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Many Sacto museums will offer free admission on Saturday, Feb. 1

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 2014 —

Thirty Sacramento-area museums will offer either free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, to celebrate the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.

28 of the 30 museums will offer free admission, whereas two destinations located in residential areas — the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town — will offer half-priced admission to offset parking control and security costs.  Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this event is also sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

Some of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day.    For instance, the Aerospace Museum will offer an “open cockpit” day where most aircraft will be open for viewing (weather permitting), a children’s art contest and on-site exhibitors such as the Tuskegee Airmen.  And, some of today’s big monster tractors will hit the road to make a special trip to be on display at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland.

“We are very excited to continue this popular annual tradition and we are proud to welcome two new museums to the event this year,” said Sacramento Association of Museums Chair Kristina Swanson in a press release. “With each passing year, more and more community members are introduced to the amazing array of arts, culture and museum offerings available in the Sacramento region.  And, we are especially pleased that Chipotle Mexican Grill has continued as a title sponsor.  The support of generous corporate sponsors is invaluable and helps to make Sacramento Museum Day possible each year.”

While admission is free at 28 of the participating museums during Sacramento Museum Day, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows:  Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two;  Fairytale Town is $2.50 per person and free for children ages one and under.

Some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons.   The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but note the last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m.  More detailed information about participating museums, addresses, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

Here’s a list of participating museums:

Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – The California Museum – California State Capitol Museum – California State Military Museum – California State Railroad Museum – California Statewide Museum Collections Center – Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento – Center for Sacramento History – Crocker Art Museum – Discovery Museum Science and Space Center – Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Fairytale Town – Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park – Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland) – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum – Sacramento Zoo – Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

In addition to the title sponsor Chipotle Mexican Grill, other sponsors include KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Magazine and STAR 106.5 FM.

 

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Chamber installs new officers; Kristoff to get ‘lifetime achievement’ award

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 —

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce will install a new board of directors at its annual installation dinner, held this year at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 16)  in the civic center galleria.

Marty Swingle of Capital West Realty is the 2014 chairman of the board of directors.

At the dinner, the Chamber will also honor several people and companies.

BILL KRISTOFF: West Sacramento's longest-serving city council member will receive a 'lifetime achievement award' from the local Chamber of Commerce tomorrow  (News-Ledger photo)

BILL KRISTOFF: West Sacramento’s longest-serving city council member will receive a ‘lifetime achievement award’ from the local Chamber of Commerce tomorrow (News-Ledger photo)

“Businessperson of the Year”: Chris White, California Fuel Cell Partnership/Capitol Bowl.

“Business of the Year”: The Burton Law Firm.

“West Saramentan Lifetime Achievement Award”: Bill Kristoff (a city council member).

“Volunteer of the Year”: Chris Jarosz, Broderick Roadhouse.

“Ambassador of the Year”: Michael Brady, CSQHA Architects.
For information on the event, call 371-7042.

 

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Boxer-type dog sought after West Sac bite

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 14, 2014 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department Animal Services Section is looking for a dog and its owner after a biting incident Friday morning at a West Sacramento dog park. Finding the dog can help prevent the victim from having to undergo rabies exposure treatment.

The incident happened about 11 a.m. on Jan. 10 at the Sam Combs Park’s dog run.  According to the Animal Services Section:

“An adult male was in the Sam Combs dog park, 205 Stone Boulevard, and was attempting to break up a dog fight that started when the dogs were playing at that location, when the victim was bitten by the dog that began fighting with (the victim’s) dog.”

The bite victim describes the biting dog as a medium size brown or “brindle” boxer with a “New York Giants” collar and tags. That dog’s owner was described as a white male, about 5’9″ tall, with a thin build. The man was wearing glasses and had a New York-type accent.

Anyone with information is asked to call (530) 668-5287, or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

 

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‘Beer for a Butterfly’ contest underway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 8, 2014 —

The hunt is on:

UC Davis professor Art Shapiro is offering a pitcher of beer, or its cash equivalent, to the person who catches the first cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of 2014.  The wee beasties typically make their first appearance of the season sometime around Jan. 20, give or take.

The catch is that Shapiro, who according to UC Davis usually spends 200 days per year in the field, usually wins his own contest. Last year, he found his first specimen of the season in West Sacramento, sharing the beer with his grad students.

The cabbage white butterfly. Look also for several dark spots on the top of the wings (photo from Wikipedia  Commons, license granted)

The cabbage white butterfly. Look also for several dark spots on the top of the wings
(photo from Wikipedia Commons, license granted)

To win, be the first to catch an adult outdoors (look in vacant lots, fields and gardens, especially among weedy mustards) and take the live specimen to the Department of Evolution and Ecology, 2320 Storer Hall at UC Davis. It should keep alive in the fridge for a few days if necessary.

Provide your exact date, time and location of capture, along with your name and contact information (email preferred).

The contest is open to catches made in the counties of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano.

Good luck.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The UC Davis website says that Shapiro caught a butterfly specimen at 1:18 p.m. on New Year’s Day.  But he has declared the contest still open, because he believes his specimen was from the “fall brood,” which slipped into January.  He is still looking for a specimen hatched from the new brood.

   The website says he caught the New Year’s Day butterfly in West Sacramento, on the south (sunny) side of a railroad embankment.

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