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One day only: free or cheap admission at many Sacramento museums

A family of visitors at the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center -- one of the destinations offering free or reduced ticket prices for one day only (courtesy photo)

A family of visitors at the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center — one of the destinations offering free or reduced ticket prices for one day only (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 21, 2015 —

From the Sacramento Association of Museums

Nearly twenty-five local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, during the 17th Annual Sacramento Museum Day. Most of the nearly 25 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 traffic control and security costs.

Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sacramento Museum Day is a popular cultural tradition designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s wealth of art, history, science and wildlife — at little or no cost.  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.

In addition to offering free or reduced cost admission, many of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day.  A sampling of the special activities include the following:

• The Aerospace Museum of California 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;

• The Masonic Service Bureau will be on-site at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center providing free electronic fingerprints of children for their parents;

• The Sacramento History Museum will offer hands-on gold panning activities for kids;

• The crowd-favorite Sacramento Children’s Museum mascot “Leo” will make special appearances throughout the day;

• And, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum will serve cake to celebrate the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder and mark the anniversary of Sacramento’s first public school in 1854.

While admission is free at most of the museums, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows:  Sacramento Zoo is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two;  Fairytale Town is $2.75 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 is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

Participating Museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2015:
Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – California State Capitol Museum –  California State Railroad Museum –  Discovery Museum Science and Space Center – Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Fairytale Town –  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 – Verge Center for the Arts – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

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City to offer free shade trees:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Attend a free city workshop about shade trees, and qualify for up to two free trees per year for the life of the program (depending on availability). The City of West Sacramento is giving from a stock of trees including Gingko biloba, bur oak, golden rain tree, Zelkova serrata, emerald sunshine elm and willow oak. Last workshop of the season is 6-7:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 14, at the community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

To reserve a seat, call (916) 617-4620 soon.

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Teen Center hosts party, gives presents

A young visitor to the holiday party at the Collings Teen Center on Merkley Avenue December 13 concentrates hard as she decorates a Christmas cookie. (courtesy of John Yang)

A young visitor to the holiday party at the Collings Teen Center on Merkley Avenue December 13 concentrates hard as she decorates a Christmas cookie. (courtesy of John Yang)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

Courtesy of Collings Teen Center

Seventy employees from Agrium and Clark Pacific (two West Sacramento companies) and the Collings Teen Center at 1541 Merkley Avenue hosted a Christmas meal for 130 local kids and their parents on Dec. 13 at the center.

Visitors received a turkey dinner, games, activities and a visit from Santa. There were also giveaways: four families each received a TV, one got a laptop and one lucky girl got a bike.

“The families that got TVs were ecstatic!” reported Rosa Clements, the director of the teen center. “One was a family with seven girls. The mom was yelling and cheering on the phone. Another had three girls, and the mom started to cry, saying she’s never won anything in her life.”

Teen Center Director Rosa Clements (right) with a member of the event committee, Annette Seeber, take a pause during the event  (courtesy of John Yang)

Teen Center Director Rosa Clements (right) with a member of the event committee, Annette Seeber, take a pause during the event
(courtesy of John Yang)

Donations from the community included 250 jackets to give away, 40 pairs of socks, 80 pairs of gloves and 150 hats, amont other items.

The teen center’s year-round mission is “to be a safe place where young people are always welcome after school, a place where activities are blended with tutoring, community service, educational seminars, trips outside the area, and job training,” reported a spokesperson.

GIFT STOCKINGS were ready and waiting for local kids to show up at a sponsored holiday party at the Collings Teen Center.  (courtesy of John Yang)

GIFT STOCKINGS were ready and waiting for local kids to show up at a sponsored holiday party at the Collings Teen Center.
(courtesy of John Yang)

The facility offers a free meal each afternoon to any young person coming in.

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West Sacramento church offers free Christmas lunch to locals in need

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Baptist Church is offering a free Christmas luncheon to anyone who needs it. The luncheon (turkey, ham, and all the trimmings) will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 2124 Michigan Blvd. The church can be reached at its message phone, 371-2111.

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Storm info: where to get sandbags, how to prevent local flooding

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 10, 2014 —

From the City of West Sacramento

The City of West Sacramento is taking steps in advance of the heavy storm expected to strike the area, beginning Dec. 10. Incidents of flooding caused by fallen leaves and clogged drains are anticipated. The City will respond to emergencies as quickly as possible. The Fire, Police and Public Works departments request the public’s assistance, as follows:

  • Before the storm arrives, keep drain inlets clear by placing leaves and debris in the green waste containers. If full, use plastic bags to bag excess leaves. Do not sweep leaves into the street.
  • The City has dedicated two street sweepers to picking up fallen leaves.
  • Public Works has crews ready to assist for overnight duty.
  • Sandbags are available at the City of West Sacramento Corporation Yard, 1951 South River Rd., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents are allowed up to 10 bags per address. Sand is also available at the Corporation Yard, but residents need to fill their own bags.
  • A limited number of sandbags are available after 4 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.
  • Residents are recommended to use plastic or visqueen sheeting as a water barrier with sandbags used to hold the sheeting in place.
  • Sandbags and sand will also be in supply at Fire Station 42, 3585 Jefferson Blvd.
  • For additional questions about sandbags, local flooding and clogged storm drains, call Public Works, (916) 617-4850.

City staff thank the public for its cooperation. As the City checks storm emergencies, residents are urged to stay safe and drive safely. Be prepared for street signs advising caution. The City will continue responding to storm issues as quickly as possible.

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Free concert by West Sac orchestra

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento Community Orchestra
(News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to a free concert of holiday favorites, 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. On the program will be the “Hansel and Gretel Overture” from Humperdinck, “Christmas at the Movies,” “Sleigh Ride” and more.

You’ll have a second chance to catch the concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Centennial Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento.

For information, call 991-5262.

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