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Local museums to showcase variety and diversity with interactive booth at the State Fair

Local museums to showcase variety and diversity with interactive booth at the State Fair

Back by popular demand, the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) will offer a fun and interactive booth at the California State Fair (July 8-24, 2016) in an effort to showcase the variety and diversity of offerings available in our region. State Fair guests are invited to imagine, explore and discover more about local museums and destinations at the visually-exciting Sacramento Museums booth that will be located in Building B (southwest corner).

In addition to providing helpful information about the nearly 30 SAM member museums, the Sacramento Museums booth will include a number of hands-on activities every day that include the following:
Guests can experience what it’s like to sit in a F-16 Pilot Procedures Trainer provided by the Aerospace Museum of California;

Programs at the West Sacramento Library in July

Programs at the West Sacramento Library in July

The following special programs will be held during the month of July at Yolo County’s Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento:

July 2 and 16: IT Consultant by Appointment Only, 2:00 p.m. Participants can ask questions and bring their laptops or mobile devices. Samples of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Apple devices will be on hand. Time slots are limited so make a 15 minute appointment in English or Spanish at the information desk or by telephone at (916) 375-6465.

July 5: Sports-Themed Activity Sheets, 11:00 a.m. Children ages 6-12 and their parents or caretakers are invited to participate in sports-themed activity sheets like crosswords and word searches. Turn in your finished activity sheet to be entered to win a prize. All supplies provided by the library.

Railroad museum invites guests to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day weekend

Railroad museum invites guests to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day weekend

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation invites guests to celebrate dad on Father’s Day weekend with memorable steam train ride and even first-class service aboard an air-conditioned vintage lounge car on June 18 & 19, 2016. All weekend long, guests can enjoy excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad pulled by the recently restored and popular vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock 10.

Steam train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats or VIP train ride experiences onboard the Museum’s beautifully restored first class El Dorado lounge car.

Make Plans for Summer 2016...Local Museums Offer Fun Camps, Classes & Special Activities

Make Plans for Summer 2016...Local Museums Offer Fun Camps, Classes & Special Activities

With summer just around the corner, signing up kids for fun summer camps is heating up right about now.  Instead of the traditional camp concepts, parents are encouraged to consider local museums and destinations that have unique and memorable hands-on activities planned.

All Aboard for Story Time with Sacramento River Cats Mascot “Dinger” & His Partner “Mike on the Mic”

All Aboard for Story Time with Sacramento River Cats Mascot “Dinger” & His Partner “Mike on the Mic”

To the delight of children, rail fans and baseball enthusiasts of all ages, it’s all aboard for a special story time with the popular Sacramento River Cats Mascot “Dinger” and his partner “Mike on the Mic” on Monday, May 2, 2016. Beginning at 11 a.m., Mike on the Mic will read the illustrated children’s book Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey and Zachary’s Ball by Matt Tavares while Dinger listens in attentively along with the children. Afterward, the duo will pose for pictures and greet Story Time participants. Through this interactive and fun program, parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading introduce and foster the love of reading with their imaginative young children ages two to five.

Concert - "Gershwin & Grainger!"

Concert - "Gershwin & Grainger!"

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties" on 1/16

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties" on 1/16

California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties” event on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.