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2015 Cajun & Blues Festival Dedicated To B.B. King

2015 Cajun & Blues Festival Dedicated To B.B. King

 R.I.P. B.B. King September 25,1925-May14,2015

Seven Local “Blue Star Museums” Offer Free Admission to Military Personnel This Summer

Seven Local “Blue Star Museums” Offer Free Admission to Military Personnel This Summer

Seven Sacramento area museums will participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day (May 25) through Labor Day (September 7), 2015.  The seven local museums participating in Blue Star Museums include the following:  Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, The California Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town, Sacramento Children’s Museum and the Sacramento History Museum.

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” on 5/16!

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History:  A Community of Many Faces” on 5/16!

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month,  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event will celebrate and honor the richly diverse cultures represented at the Fort.  In fact, the Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world.  But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social and cultural diversity.  In the New Helvetia Diary (the daily log book of Sutter’s Fort), there are at least 30 different groups of Native people mentioned as having visited the Fort and/or provided labor for John Sutter.  

Support Sacramento Area Museums During the BIG Day of Giving on May 5!

Support Sacramento Area Museums During the BIG Day of Giving on May 5!

Interested and involved community members are encouraged to support their favorite Sacramento area museums and/or popular destinations during the BIG Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.  Presented by GiveLocalNow, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Placer Community Foundation and Yolo Community Foundation, the BIG Day of Giving is a local initiative designed to increase philanthropy in the Greater Sacramento region.  The fundraising effort will take place from midnight to midnight on that one special day. For those 24 hours, online donations will be accepted through www.bigdayofgiving.org with a goal to inspire and unite our community in supporting hundreds of local nonprofits.

Indian Museum Presents Special Native American Basketweaving Demonstration on May 2

Indian Museum Presents Special Native American Basketweaving Demonstration on May 2

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are pleased to present a special Native American Basketweaving Demonstration with Dixie Rogers, Karuk, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Museum guests will be mesmerized by watching Dixie as she skillfully demonstrates how to use a variety of materials and techniques while sharing Native stories and showing basket artistry.  

Dixie is a talented and respected basketweaver who served on the California Indian Basketweavers Association Board of Directors and is the great-niece of renowned weaver Florence Harrie who demonstrated her skills at the California State Fair for many years.
 

State Indian Museum Presents “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale – 4/21-25

State Indian Museum Presents “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale – 4/21-25

In celebration of the Museum’s 75th anniversary happening this year, the State Indian Museum and California State Parks are proud to present a “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale on Tuesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Given the important role books and reading play in shaping the lives of youngsters, this is an important opportunity to provide education about Native American culture -- for now and for the future.  These books help youngsters learn Native stories and legends, and are suitable for storytelling both at home and in the classroom.  With special discounts offered only during the sale, this is a great opportunity for teachers and parents to stock up and save.