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Free, Fun & Oh So Cool Summer Nights

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PARTY WITH THE POODLUMS

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Freelance writer and photographer, Michelle McDaid followed Jordan and his son, Cassian around town this month as we turned the tables on this local writer and put him in the spotlight for our next door column. Meet Jordan on page 12.

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Party Planning Tips from a Pro

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Soothing Summer Bites, Stings & Burns

Take Him Out to the Ball Game

12 NEXT DOOR

Meet Jordan and Cassian

16 INSIDE LOOK

June Juice Challenge

50 HUMOR ME

Hey Bartender! Fill my Sippy Cup

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Party with the Poodlums

Summer Kick-off

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Cool Summer Nights

48 SHOWS

Cue the Houselights

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It’s the Party Guide

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LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED! This issue feels like a big meet and greet party—and it should of course—it’s the party issue! Be sure to check out our party section with everything from gift ideas and tips from a party planner, to a guide to your local party connections on page 27. You’ll be ready to throw the most epic summer bash for any occasion! We’ve also got something to celebrate, Sacramento Parent turns 23 this month! We hope you enjoy this issue and all the fresh changes we’ve made to kick-off another year of being your go-to magazine for family fun, ideas, stories and resources. publisher | SUE LETO COLE editor-in-chief | SHELLY BOKMAN editor | SHANNON SMITH art director | PATRICE VAN DAM, Studio PR administrative assistant | CHRISTINE QUARRY FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS

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We’re also excited to get to know the Poodlums! They’re local music therapists, turned rock stars who have won over some big fans in the six and under crowd! They’re bringing the party, Poodlums style, to several local libraries this month, too! Did you see our cover Dad? We invite you to meet Jordan (page 12), he’s been a new addition to our freelance writers this year and has been hard at work sharing local stories with you. It was fun to be able to turn the tables and have another of our fabulous freelance writers interview him for a change! Don’t forget to celebrate dads this month, too! We’ve got some outta the park gift ideas on page 11. P.S. If you read the article on juicing in May and were pondering giving a juice cleanse a try, Raychell and I were inspired to go for it and did a two-day all juice cleanse from Pressed Juicery. Turn to page 16 to see how it really went.

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MEET JORDAN:

Sacramento Parent’s newest writer on moving to Sactown and his non-traditional approach to fatherhood By Michelle McDaid

Name: Jordan Venema Children: Cassian, 6 years-old Writer, Jordan Venema is Sacramento Parent’s newest contributor and we decided to turn the tables, putting him in the hot seat to learn more about how he landed in Sacramento, his relationship with his son, Cassian, and how he became a writer. “It’s weird being on the other end of this,” Jordan begins before continuing to try and disqualify himself as an appropriate interviewee for the magazine. He self-describes the parenting style that he and his ex-wife, Jenny, share as “non-traditional", having mutually decided to separate some time ago. “My ex-wife and I, we were married very young,” he explains. “At some point we just realized that we were two completely different people with completely different interests and so we decided

that it would be in our son’s best interest if we separated. Some people say they stay together for the kids, we decided we wanted to do the opposite: to model for our son what it meant to be happy individuals. And we felt that, to do that, we had to pursue our own happiness separately.” Jordan and Jenny’s divorce was amicable, making their own custody arrangements outside of the courts. Theirs is a co-parenting relationship that works well, with Jordan following his ex to Visalia and now Sacramento to ensure Cassian can spend time regularly with both of them. “It just so happens that, with her work, she moves more. I know that if the tables were turned and I ended up moving somewhere, she would entertain the idea of moving as well,” he says. “We do have a great relationship, with our son being the focus. I have the key to her house and she has the key to mine.” Cassian and Jordan both share a love for detail. A typical afternoon home from school looks like Star Wars LEGOs strewn across Jordan’s midtown apartment floor,

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father and son sprawled-out beside one another zooming spaceships through the air. Cassian builds the complex LEGO characters almost without any help from his dad, who was a big LEGO fan as a kid, too. “Being a parent, play is sort of enforced,” Jordan muses. “You have to stop and play. I don’t think a lot of us realize how important play is and I really try to make time for that.” When they’re not building extra-terrestrial worlds out of plastic, they play


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Photography by Memories By Michelle www.MbyMPhotos.com soccer together and read books. On the bookshelf right now is The Chronicles of Narnia. “That was a really important book to me as a kid,” Jordan remembers, “My mother read it to me at a young age.” They’re currently on book two, and Prince Caspian, which Cassian is excited to hear, sounds a lot like his own name. Having been in Sacramento just a few short months, Jordan is still trying to find his place in the local community but he’s finding that being a dad and a

writer helps. “Sutter’s Fort is right across the street from Cassian’s school and I think I’ve been there eight times since we moved here,” he says, laughing. “Cassian loves Sutter’s Fort and I love midtown.” “Sacramento might be a valley town, but I came from more of the south valley and it’s much more cosmopolitan here, he shares. “I’ve got my coffee shop that I love to write in and where everyone’s gotten to know me now. I walk or bike everywhere. There are museums. There

were no museums where I lived before. And I’ve been really fortunate in these few months to have been given the opportunity by local magazines, like this one, to be introduced to Sacramento.” Jordan adds, “I’m getting to see it, to learn about it, through the articles I’m writing.” Jordan actually came to writing almost by accident. After completing his Master’s degree in New Mexico, he moved to continued on page 15 sacramentoparent.com JUNE 2015 13


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Meet Jordan continued from page 13

Visalia to be near his son and struggled to find even a basic service job. “You come away with your Master’s degree thinking everybody’s going to be dying to hire you, but it took me five months to get a job as a barista. It was really disheartening.” It was then that he was invited to write an article on his experiences in a Kenyan school he volunteered at for several months. It took him a couple of tries before he could really bring himself to pen anything about the heartbreaking conditions he experienced there. But, once he found the words, his

story was published and received great feedback. Before Jordan knew it, he was being asked to write regularly for the publication which, in turn, led to other, various writing opportunities. “I don’t have an education in journalism, but I’m really drawn to stories,” he says. “I thought what I could do was just talk to people, have a good conversation, find out their motivations and then turn that into a story.” Since he arrived in Sacramento Jordan has written for Sacramento News & Review and Inside Publications, as well as his first article for Sacramento Parent which appeared in the February

issue, another in May, and this issue too. “When I came to Sac I thought that maybe this was an opportunity for me to really take my writing seriously. And that it’s a really easy way to get involved in the community. I feel really privileged to be able to do it.” As a Sacramento newbie, Jordan invites readers to contact him with must-see local adventures for him and his son, and other story ideas of interest to the local community. He can be reached via his website at www.JordanVenema.com.

We couldn’t let Jordan go without getting a dad’s perspective on a few of our favorite, fun questions, typically directed at our interviewees.

IF I COULD CHOOSE ANY SUPER-POWER I’D PICK… “the ability to learn anything quickly, kind of like how BayMax the robot did in Big Hero 6. I’d love to learn martial arts or about something in history just by scanning it really quickly. That would be cool.”

THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE WAS… “I honestly can’t say. I feel like so many little things that we do and so many little decisions that we make day-in and day-out accumulate in ways that we can’t even comprehend. And so, I don’t know if I have one defining moment in my life. I think that there’s just a daily persistence, just trying to pursue things that I love and be around the people I love. It’s a culmination of little moments and little decisions.”

BEING A PARENT HAS TAUGHT ME... “a lot about humility and hard work. Until my son was born I didn’t take things very seriously. Having him, not as just a responsibility, but as somebody I want to have every kind of opportunity possible, made me realize that so much more was at stake. It didn’t bring a panic into my life but it brought a kind of, ‘now the rubber meets the road’ thinking. I’ve got to get my act together, not for my sake, but for his.” Michelle McDaid is a freelance writer and a documentary family photographer, obsessed with real families and real life. She lives in the Sacramento region with her husband and her six-year-old daughter. You can see more of her work at www.MbyMPhotos.com.

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Shannon & Raychell’s JuneJuice Challenge Edited by Shannon Smith

After the article on juicing last month, Raychell and I were inspired to give an all juice cleanse a try. I had been feeling a little run down, not sleeping well, and relying on Dutch Brothers and grab-and-go snacks just to get through the day. Raychell, is by far the healthier eater of the two of us, but with some health issues, she was ready for a juice cleanse to detox and rejuvenate. And, I mean who doesn’t want radiant skin and hair, right? We met up the evening before our cleanse at Pressed Juicery in the Fountains at Roseville, where we picked up our cold-pressed juices and got the run down from the knowledgeable staff on our cleanse process for the next two days. We went home, drank our aloe vera Shannon & Raychell water and were excited and ready to take on this challenge! Here is our journal, as we went through the process. is cleansing this u are new to s2 yo in f “I ta : n m co co at y. eanse th sedJuicer cl es ly n Pr o to e g th in is se 1 drates.” Accord for you. Clean plex carbohy m se n co ea d cl an e ic in ju te the ch in pro s which are ri almond milk

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RAYCHELL’S CHALLENGE: “CLEANSE 2” (2 DAYS, ALL JUICE)

Day 1

I miss my coffee. Warm lemon water is pretty good— but, it’s not coffee.

Eek! The headache has kicked in. Trying to concentrate has become a challenge—on a positive note, Greens 3 is super yummy with spicy ginger—and it’s filling. I’m feeling a bit nauseous and the headache is holding strong. But, it’s on to Juice 2, and it’s a nice contrast to the Greens 3, refreshing and sweet. As I’m sipping on the green chlorophyll water, I’m surprised that I don’t mind the taste. Okay, I’m tired… so tired. Must nap now…

I took a nap after work, which helped my headache. I’m still pretty tired, but I’m not hungry.

Day one wasn’t as easy as I expected, but I made it! I wasn’t hungry at all. No hangry tantrums and it feels good to nourish my body and give my digestive system a rest. Day 2

Hooray! My headache is gone and I’m feeling motivated for day 2.

The warm lemon water is even better than yesterday—I’m ready for Greens 3–let’s do this!

Still no hunger, but my headache is slowly creeping back! I’m feeling better than yesterday, but I have to admit, I’m tired and a bit achy.

Overall, all of the juices are great (grapefruit and mint is delish)! I’m happy that I was able to complete this 2 day cleanse. I had more energy on day 3 and would definitely do it again. I’ll be starting my days with warm lemon juice and green smoothies from now on. According to PressedJuicery.com: “Our most popular and balanced cleanse. Cleanse 2 is perfect for those who want to balance great tasting, easy to drink juices with high efficacy.”


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THE DAY AFTER It works! We both felt great today and we also both stuck to warm lemon water in the morning instead of coffee. I wasn’t famished when I woke up, but I had a salad for breakfast, yep—I thought I’d want a hard-boiled egg—but a salad was what I was craving. Raychell broke the fast with a breakfast smoothie. I even lost three pounds (which I was totally not expecting since the juices totaled over 1,500 calories per day). All in all, we’re both feeling refreshed and inspired to be mindful about what we’re eating and we plan to keep up the increased hydration and continue to try to drink a gallon of water each day! As for the all juice cleanse experience, we’d both do it all over again... eventually!

Thanks to Pressed Juicery for guiding Raychell and I in our juice cleanse. Learn more at www.PressedJuicery.com, call 781-2030, or visit them in The Fountains at Roseville (next to Anthropologie). (Photo above courtesy of Pressed Juicery.)

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The Poodlums: Rockin’ Music Therapy

By Jordan Venema Photography by Samantha DeLeon Photography | SamanthaDeleonPhotography.wordpress.com

The Poodlums break down musical equipment as children approach them shyly. “I just wanted to say you guys did really good,” one fan tells Anne, while another asks Jason if she can touch his guitar. Even after a 45-minute, middleof-the-day, height-of-afternoon-heat performance, Jason doesn’t skip a beat. “Sure,” he smiles, “go ahead!” The April 30 Colonial Heights Library concert didn’t attract the largest crowd, didn’t garner media headlines; there were no synchronized lights or fog machines, but that didn’t stop the audience from clapping hands and stomping feet. Otherwise, they sat cross-legged, just out of reach of the two rock stars who pulled props from their trunk faster than a magician can pull a rabbit from a hat. Like Beyoncé or Gaga, The Poodlums put on a true performance, and an outfit for every song. They donned pirate hats and eye patches, aprons and oven mitts, and umbrellas attached by headbands. The married couple just as well could call themselves The Band Of Many Hats, but went with Poodlums instead, a name inspired by their pet dogs. “Basically we have two standard poodles and they act like hoodlums. So Poodlums,” Jason says matter-of-factly. Murray and Dina even make cameos in their

shows, though stuffed animal versions, they are brought to life with some pretty impressive amateur ventriloquism. The board certified music therapists began writing music in 2007 after a music therapy program at Alta California Regional Center lost its funding. “That program kind of tanked after the economy crashed,” says Anne, “so we thought this is a really great way to reach out to the little ones, to be able to write songs that are educational.”

And while The Poodlums actively write educational songs with special needs children in mind, “it also turns out a lot of kids without special needs like it, too,” says Anne. And if you’ve caught a Poodlums performance, you’d understand why. continued on page 20

So Anne and Jason began writing songs incorporating the principles of music therapy, songs that encourage motor participation and coordination with rhythm and beats. “People with special needs really respond to music because the rhythm actually organizes motor output,” explains Anne. “All those things”—like clapping, stomping, jumping to music—“help create new pathways in your brain.”

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The couple’s chemistry is downright infectious. Jason’s elastic expressions and exaggerated gestures regularly get kids laughing—even parents. At the Colonial Heights Library show, Jason even had his wife in stiches, proving these two aren’t just performing, they’re also having fun. Jason admits, “the idea is to make [music that] doesn’t drive the parents crazy, too, because if your kids are listening over and over then you’re going to have to hear it, too.” The couple could probably say the same for themselves, since they’ve been performing the library circuit, week on week, year after year. And to bring consistent quality performances to an audience of mostly toddlers, well, The Poodlums certainly can’t be accused of being in the business for fame and fortune. They’re in it for the kids. “I feel so close to the people I work with in music therapy,” says Anne, who writes many of The Poodlums songs for her students. “We call those kids, our kids. They feel like our children.” Between their students and audiences, then, The Poodlums are essentially the largest surrogate parents in the music industry. And the sincerity of the relationship between band and audience is especially evident after their shows, as kids shuffle step their way to talk with the band, and say hello.

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“We always feel that if we get hugs from the kids afterwards, that means it was a good show,” says Anne. It also probably means the kids had fun, which The Poodlums make a priority. “I want them to have fun, enjoy themselves, and hopefully if this is their first experience with music, it will stick with them,” says Jason. “We also hope they’re having fun learning,” adds Anne. “Because when you’re having fun, you don’t notice you’re learning, and that’s when you learn best.” On this particular afternoon, The Poodlums played a smaller crowd, maybe 20, though no less enthusiastically than when they’re playing back-to-back shows in front of crowds of about 200 kids and parents.

The Poodlums command a bit of a following in El Dorado Hills, which Jason says is cool since “some of the kids show up in pirate hats or hot air balloon dresses”—the same props The Poodlums incorporate into their shows. But large crowd or little, The Poodlums are just doing their thing, which seems to come naturally, organically, easily. “The only tough thing,” admits Jason, “is doing all the set up and break down.” But he laughs, suggesting that maybe, just maybe, when their fans get older, some will volunteer to become roadies. In the meantime, The Poodlums will keep writing fun, educational music for the kids. They have an album available, and they’ve just released a DVD with music videos, too. “And we are definitely ready to put out a new album soon,” hints Jason. But if you want to hear the new songs now? “That’s why you have to come to the shows,” says Jason. New songs or old, The Poodlums practically promise an unforgettable performance, the kind that neither parent nor child could possibly outgrow. Jordan Venema is a freelance writer and California native. He’s a fan of stories, traveling, music, and food. But mostly, he’s a fan of his six-year-old son, Cassian. Visit his website, www.JordanVenema.com.


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Have you ever attended a birthday party where the host or hostess is running around frantic, panicked, and completely stressed out? Chances are, the planning of that event carried a similar vibe. For some parents planning a child’s birthday can be blast, while others find it to be utterly stressful and dread the simple thought of it. Whether you are hosting an intimate gathering or an over the top, luxurious event, there are some simple planning steps that can be utilized to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch and is truly a memorable, stress-free experience…for all the right reasons!

Determine Your {Realistic} Budget

First things first, you need to sit down and set a budget. This is going to affect your planning in a crucial and realistic way. You can finally answer the questions that are swarming your head: home or venue, cater or not to cater, custom invitations and décor or a complete DIY? Once you know how much you will be investing, you can begin your planning process and start sourcing the proper necessities.

Create a Guest List

Are you inviting a few friends from your child’s class or the entire class? Will your extended family be attending? How about the children’s parents? Be sure to physically write down your list with two columns: one for children and the other for adults.

Pick a Theme

Set the tone for your event! Pick a theme that your child has interest in and personalize it. This makes it special for the guest of honor, but also an enjoyable experience for the guests. If your child is old enough, sit down and talk to them about what they would like and incorporate whatever is allotted within the budget. continued on page 25

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Choose Your Venue

Choosing a venue, if you will not be utilizing your home, is a very important step. You want to make sure it fits within your budget, and will accommodate your theme, ideas for décor, and your guest count.

Invitations

This is the first “sneak peek” that your guests will receive! Make it fun and customize it to match your theme. If you are super crafty, then knock yourself out and create something on your own. If the thought of creating the invitations on your own gives you a paper cut (ouch!), then source a local invitationer online, or visit Etsy.com for some ideas.

Purchase Décor or Secure Rentals & Vendors

Make a list of all the places you would like to “decorate” (i.e. cake/dessert table, gift table, welcome area, guest tables, etc.) and write down the items you will need for décor in all of those areas. If you are purchasing items, keep receipts as you may have extra/ unused items that you can always return. If you are hiring help/vendors for anything, be up front about your budget, so you don’t waste anyone’s time and that way they can create a custom look/design that fits your budget. continued on page 26

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Stay Organized

This is one of the most important aspects of planning a party. Create a separate online folder online, which entails all your lists, documents, scanned receipts, phone numbers, etc. If you hired vendors, make sure the contracts are all in that file that clearly state what will be supplied on the day of your event. If you remain organized, you will feel more in control when the day of the event arrives.

Create a ‘Day Of’ Timeline

Enjoy the Event!

Very important! You might have a flow of the event in your head; however, writing things down is crucial. This timeline is going to consist of everything that takes place at your party from beginning to end. Follow it as a guide to refer to; however, you must be flexible and able to adapt if certain highlights take a bit longer. P.S. Don’t forget to include at least 3 hours for set up time!

It’s taken you months to plan this event, so be sure to enjoy it! It is definitely worth it to hire some extra help to oversee the event, so you can spend your time with the guests. If it is not in your budget, then allocate people with clear duties; however, make sure that you are open to mingle and make your guests feel welcome. Feeling like an expert yet? Grab your next party by the horns and start crafting a successful and memorable event! Gigi Mallatt is the owner and lead planner/designer at Gigi Mallatt Events. Please visit her website at www.gigimallattevents.com to find out more information about her event planning and design services as well as the NEW Children’s Luxe Boxes!

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A to Z Party Guide 2015

Amazing Animal World

Explorit Science Center

We bring live, exotic animals directly to YOU! We blend entertainment, education and humor to spice up any birthday party, after school program, or special event. www.AmazingAnimalWorld.com

Explorit creates special birthday celebrations for your child with a hands-on science celebration and fun for everyone! Choose your science theme for a memorable day! www.Explorit.org

Greater Sacramento | 916-751-8923

The Bounce Spot

West Sacramento | 916-371-2386

The Bounce Spot, Sacramento’s super party center, offers: the best Birthday parties, a Smart, Fit & Healthy Kids afterschool program, and Fun & Fitness camps. www.TheBounceSpot.com

Bouncey House Rentals Roseville | 916-548-7995

Call today for bounce house rentals, water slides, obstacle courses, carnival games, and more. Delivery and set up are always free. www.BounceyHouseRentals.com

Byers Gymnastics

Roseville & Citrus Heights 916-781-2939

Byers offers Birthday Parties every weekend! One hour of gym time and ½ hour in our party room. See website for more details. www.ByersRoseville.com/events-birthdays

Davis | 530-756-0191

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Fast Track Hobbies Rocklin | 916-784-1722

Slot car race party: An extreme racing rush for all speed enthusiasts! An exciting past-time that comes from the time before video games and bounce houses. Action-packed excitement for all ages. www.FTHobbies.com

Fairytale Town

Sacramento | 916-808-7462

Host a magical birthday party. Choose a themed package: Royal Party, Pirate Party, Barnyard Bash or Green Thumb Party. There’s also a rental space in Sherwood Forest. www.FairytaleTown.org

Fliptastic, Gymnastic, Dance and Cheer Carmichael | 916-487-3547

Fliptastic has awesome Party Packages, Kids Night Out and teaches children Gymnastics, Dance and Cheer in a safe, great, positive atmosphere. www.Fliptastic.biz

We bring the animals to YOU! Specializing in Amazing Birthday Parties, School Presentations & Special Events! www.AmazingAnimalWorld.com

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A to Z Party Guide 2015 Funderland

LaserCraze

Rocknasium

2 hours of unlimited rides, Birthday party area for same time period, book of ten tickets, prizes for birthday child, online printable invitations: starting at $15.95 per rider (min. of 10 riders). www.FunderlandPark.com

Best Party in town! With a 7,000 Square foot state-of-the-art multi-level laser tag arena, three huge bounce houses, a full arcade with redemption center and a café serving fresh made-to-order pizza. www.LaserCrazeCA.com

Add adventure to your child’s next birthday at Rocknasium–Davis’ climbing gym since 1992. We offer 3 hours of climbing including equipment, instruction, and more, all for a discounted rate! www.Rocknasium.com

Sacramento | 916-456-0131

Rocklin | 916-259-CRAZ (2729)

Davis | 530-757-2902

Girlfriendz

Mad Science of Sacramento

Sacramento Par ty Jumps

A Fun and Fabulous little girl party venue! We offer Makeover, Princess, Spa & Luau Parties! Sing, dance & walk the red carpet! www.ClubGirlfriendz.com

Serving the entire Sacramento Valley and beyond, Mad Science has fun and interactive parties down to a science! Held at your location, or ours. Themes: Air Blast, Buried Treasure, Wizards & Potions, Galactic... www.Sacramento.Madscience.org/birthdayparties.aspx

Sacramento Party Jumps rents bounce houses, combos, water slides, and sports games for backyard parties, schools or churches. We bring the party to you! Order online, or give us a call. www.SacJumps.com

Granite Bay | 916-780-1535

Granite Arch

Rancho Cordova 916-852-ROCK (7625)

GO VERTICAL this birthday at Granite Arch! Parties include: 2 hours of staff managed climbing and up to 1 hr in the party area. Call for rates; minimum of 6; reservations required. www.GraniteArch.com

Java Mama

Folsom | 916-294-7984

Java Mama parties include private use of café for 3 hours, supervised play for 15 kids, a cocoa bar, and a coffee carafe for adults! www.JavaMama.com/folsom

K1 Speed Indoor Kar t Racing Sacramento | 916-368-7223

K1 Speed offers a variety of parties for you to choose from. Whether it is a child, adult, or bachelor party, K1 has you covered. www.K1speed.com

Kids Camp Par ty and Family Fun Center El Dorado Hills | 916-358-5437

Opening Soon! Kids Camp Party and Family Fun Center. Featuring Laser Tag, Bouncers, Slides, Redemption Arcade and high value/entertaining Event and Party Hosting. www.KidsCampFamilies.com

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Olympus Spor ts Coliseum Sacramento | 916-666-9471

Play Olympus Sports Coliseum for your next party or group outing! We offer multisport party packages for all ages–reasonable prices, flexible options, outside food allowed. www.OlympusSports.net

Oops C. Daisy and Hugz

Greater Sacramento | 916-538-0395

Sacramento Zoo 916-808-8556

Sacramento Zoo birthday parties are great for children 1 to 11 years of age. Enjoy your reserved birthday party area next to the carousel for a one hour celebration. www.SacZoo.org

Skatetown Ice Arena

Roseville | 916-783-8550 ext 105

Family entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, clown magic shows, glitter tattoo. Call today to book your party! www.OopsCDaisy.com

Whether it’s a Private Ice or Open Session Party, your child is in for a treat! Games, lessons, party Hero–guaranteed to create lifetime memories! No skating experience needed. www.Skatetown-Roseville.com

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Greater Sacramento | 916-543-7333

Paradise Party Rentals is Sacramento’s premier provider of safe and clean inflatable games and many other attractions! You bring the people, we bring the fun! www.ParadiseEventRentals.com

ReCreate Bir thday Par ties Roseville | 916-770-9880

Held at the EcoArt studio, two hour party includes: facilitator led themed art project, decorations, private party room, and an art kit party favor for each guest. www.ReCreate.org/birthday-party/

Granite Bay | 916-791-4496 Folsom | 916-351-0024 Sacramento | 916-481-4496

Enjoy a Gym, Fairytale or Ballet Dance birthday party at TRICKS. We’ll handle everything, while you’ll sit back and enjoy the smiles! www.TricksGym.com/Birthdays

World of Wonders Science Museum Lodi | 209- 368-0969

Offering private science-based birthday parties for all ages. Children’s parties are available on the weekends with the WOW’s party scientist! www.WowScienceMuseum.org


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Touchable Bubbles Awesome party favor alert! Touchable Bubbles are unique polymer bubbles that actually harden when they hit the air! You can catch ‘em, stack ‘em, and watch ‘em roll along the floor! How long will they last? Users and onlookers will be surprised to know that these bubbles will last for hours, and sometimes days! Non-toxic. Assorted, colors will vary. $2.99 www.LearningExpress.com/store/roseville

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Soothing the Stings, Bites, and Burns of Summer By Ashley Talmadge Ahhh, summer! The joy of being in the great outdoors seems endless. Yet, the season also brings an abundance of biting insects, harsh sunrays, and rash-producing plants. When exuberant squeals turn into screams of pain, most parents are well-versed in the standard treatments: ice, OTC pain relievers, lotions, and antihistamines. But with a “kick in” time of up to 30 minutes, many parents wish for faster relief than these standbys provide. The good news? Simple home remedies can be used alone or in conjunction with the standards for great results. Even better, most kitchens hold a treasure trove of quick-acting treatment options. Naturopathic doctor Michelle Rogers of Earth Friendly Medicine explains, “The main advantages include fewer side effects, supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself (which is essential for the maturing immune system), cost effectiveness, and decreased environmental impact.” Here are some household remedies for treating the unavoidable stings, bites, and burns of summer.

BEE, WASP, AND HORNET STINGS. A bee stings once, but leaves its stinger behind. Remove the stinger as quickly as possible. More venom is dispensed the longer the stinger is in the skin. Wasps and hornets do not leave their stingers behind and may sting multiple times. Leave the area before starting treatment! Make a thick paste using water and one of the following ingredients: • Baking soda • Meat tenderizer (contains papain, which is said to break down proteins in the venom)

• Charcoal (the activated form is clean- est, but charcoal from a campfire can be used in a pinch) • Honey (unpasteurized contains anti- bacterial agents) • Dirt/mud • Toothpaste (undiluted) Apply directly to the wound. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. …Or, try one of these plant-based items: • Sliced onion

Rogers warns that “when it comes to stings, it is always essential to rule out anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) before turning to our home remedies.” Other severe medical conditions may also warrant treatment by a medical professional. Call 9-1-1 immediately when any of these symptoms are present: • Skin reactions (hives, itching, flushing) in areas other than the sting site • Swelling of the mouth, throat, and/or tongue • Difficulty breathing • Weak and rapid pulse • Dizziness • Nausea or vomiting • History of dangerous reactions to stings (even if symptoms are not present)

OTHER REASONS TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION: • Multiple stings—when a person (especially a child) has been stung more than 10 times • Mouth stings (lips or inside mouth)— the airway may be affected if swelling is not reduced quickly • Mosquito bites resulting in severe headache, neck stiffness, or disorien- tation may indicate West Nile Virus • Blistering sunburn covering a large portion of the body • High fever or extreme discomfort • Failure to begin healing after several days

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• Papaya (a natural source of the papain found in meat tenderizer) • Plantain (a common backyard weed) ground into a poultice Leave on the wound for about 20 minutes.

Itchy bug bites. Many of the remedies used for stings (e.g. baking soda, charcoal, and onion) may also be used to treat itchy bites from mosquitoes, horse flies and black flies. Additional remedies for itching include: • Oatmeal bath • Aloe cream (refrigerated for better itch relief) • Green tea bag (dampened and refrigerated) • Tea tree oil, witch hazel, or alcohol (including hand sanitizer) • Basil, crushed (repels mosquitoes and contains anesthetic properties) • Mouthwash with menthol (cools the bite site)

SUNBURN. A cool bath is often the best way to relieve sunburned skin. Many believe in the addition of oatmeal, baking soda, or vinegar as a soothing agent. After a soak, try one of these home remedies: • Aloe (best straight from the plant, but pre-made lotions are helpful) • Shaving cream • Milk or yogurt • Potatoes (pulverized to a liquid, dried on the skin, and showered off) • Corn starch (dusted on non-blistered areas irritated by clothing straps or bands)

POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC. To prevent a skin reaction, plant oils must be removed within an hour of exposure. Dish and laundry soaps break down oils better than regular hand soap. Gently

lather and rinse with cool water several times. After the onset of a rash, a cooling bath can work wonders. Oatmeal and baking soda are, again, great anti-itch additives. Other soothing agents to try include Epsom salts, buttermilk, and mint tea. After you dab the rash dry, apply one of the following to dry the outbreak and speed healing: • Paste of oatmeal, baking soda, or vinegar • Water melon rind • Cucumber slices • Lemon slices • Banana peel • A bag of frozen peas placed on the rash site is the ultimate in cooling relief!

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4. Pour the ground oatmeal into running tepid bath water, stirring as you go. 5. Be sure to help your child in and out of the bath, as it will be slippery.

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Apoyo de Padres para Padres 6pm at Southgate Community Library, Sacramento This group of Spanish speaking parents supporting parents who have children with disabilities was formed in 1991 with Family Campout at Fairytale Town, see p.41 the purpose of sharing common interests. Emotional help and a sense of self understand- 5 FRIDAY ing will be provided. Communication, resolvFirst Friday Family Flick: Mockingjay Part 1 3:45 pm at North Sacramento-Hagginwood ing conflicts and receiving mutual support Library from each other is a significant function of See The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The the group. Families work together to plan the Hunger Games saga continues in this sequel meetings held at the Library. that finds Katniss Everdeen faced with a deci264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org sion that could sway the fate of a nation. In the Comix Club wake of the Quarter Quell, the Hunger Games 6pm at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, have been changed forever and Katniss ends up Sacramento in District 13. See how it unfolds. Free. Have you ever wanted to write or draw your 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org own comic? Work your way through Jessica Keaton Raphael’s Fun-Tastic Evening! Abel and Matt Madden's work Drawing Words 5pm-8pm at Funderland, Sacramento Writing Pictures with the end goal of producing On this evening Unlimited Ride Wristbands are an eight page comic. Write it, thumbnail it, edit only $5 per person, and food and drink specials it, pencil it, ink it, and publish it. will be available for only $1. There will be games, 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org raffles, and more during this special fundraising event. All proceeds will go toward the Keaton 3 WEDNESDAY Raphael Memorial to help support children and Art Invasion! with Sac Philharmonic their families with emotional, educational, and 12pm at Central Library, Sacramento financial support while increasing awareness The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Muand funding research toward a cure for cancer. sicians return with Spring 2015 Art Invasions! CASH ONLY! Please bring cash for purchasing Sponsored by the City of Sacramento. any food, drinks, or raffle tickets. For more 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org information, contact Jessica at Dances of the Hawaiian Islands programs@childcancer.org. 3:30pm at Elk Grove Library 456-0131 | www.FunderlandPark.com Summer Reading 2015: Enjoy the beautiful Summer Reading Kickoff with Musical music and dances of Hawaii with the Ohana Robot Dance Group! 3:30pm at McKinley Library, Sacramento 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge then listen to the musical stylings of this ukulele and JUNE 4, THURSDAY drum duo, Musical Robot. Musical Robot will Musician Invasion! entertain you with their original songs, dances, 3pm at Belle Cooledge Library, Sacramento puppetry, and storytelling that is sure to be a The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Mufun show for the whole family. Free. sicians return with pop up performances during 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org the Spring 2015 Art Invasions! Sponsored by the City of Sacramento, free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

Cowboys, Farmers, and Ranchers 2:30pm at Rio Linda Library Hey little dudes and dudettes, come out to the Library and see horses, chickens, goats and more! Plant a seed, spin wool and learn about where your food comes from. The first 100 little cowgirls and cowboys will receive a cowboy hat and a Rio Linda homemade bandana to wear on the range. This Summer Reading Challenge is sponsored by the Friends of Rio Linda Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Dance Around the World 3pm at Rancho Cordova Library Sing, laugh, and dance your way around the world with Nikola Clay. Children and their families are invited to experience a variety of cultures through the universal language of music and dance by learning several easy folk dances, the favorites of children near and far. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Cordova Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Doggy Dash 9am at William Land Park, Sacramento You, your dog(s), and thousands of other dedicated animal lovers will start the day with a leisurely 2K walk through William Land Park. Then, it’s back to the starting line to take in the festivities waiting for you in the park, including a talent show and Ruff Mutter. This annual fundraising event for the Sacramento SPCA, is a celebration of people coming together to raise much-needed funds that provide the Sacramento SPCA the means to care for more than 11,000 each year. $35 walk registration, $10 children, free for ages 5 and under. Free general entry. 504-2868 | http://sspca.convio.net Nature Tales 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Members of the Sacramento Storytellers Guild will share their entertaining tales of animals and nature. There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net

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calendar Reading is Magic-Dale Lorzo 2pm at McClatchy Library, Sacramento Dale Lorzo's magic show is an exciting event and by getting into the rhythm of reading, the imagination expands. Marvelous magic wonders come to life in a show that includes a sprinkle of science puppetry and humor. Part of the library's Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance” June 6-7 at Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento An up-close, interactive experience like you’ve never experienced before! You, the audience, are invited to dance as all of your favorite Sesame Street friends join you on the dance floor. See website for available seating, prices and parking. www.SleepTrainArena.com Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off Party and Ice Cream Social 12:30pm at Franklin Community Library, Elk Grove Read to the Rhythm this summer! Get into the rhythm and sign up for the Summer Reading program at this fun annual community event. They’ll have games and crafts and of course yummy ice cream! This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Community Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Summer Reading Kick-off Party with Ohana Dance Group 11am at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, Sacramento It’s the annual Summer Reading Kick-off party with a special presentation by the Ohana Dance Group at 11am. The Ohana Dance Group and Kuhai Halau O Ke`alaanuheaokalaua`e is a non-profit multi-generational hula halau where students of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities are exposed to the Hawaiian culture and music through traditional hula. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Summer Reading! The Hoots 2pm at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, Sacramento Kick-off Summer Reading with the Hoots. This year's theme is Read to the Rhythm. Take the opportunity to sign up for the summer reading program and dance and sing with local kid's rock band The Hoots (back by popular demand)! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Summer Reading Kickoff with Mr. Candee 12pm at Walnut Grove Library Sing along with familiar songs you didn't know were hundreds of years old and learn the history behind them. Be prepared to sing, laugh and learn with Mr. Candee. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

7 SUNDAY Rattlesnakes 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Warm weather is perfect weather for snakes,

especially for rattlesnakes along the American River. Learn all about these snakes and their imposters, and how to enjoy the American River and keep your family safe during this season. There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net

9 TUESDAY Art Invasion with the Sacramento Philharmonic 6pm at North Natomas Library, Sacramento The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera Musicians return with Spring 2015 Art Invasions! Sponsored by the City of Sacramento. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Craft to the Rhythm: Thumb Drums 12:30pm at Rio Linda Library Come hear a story about thumbs and drums and then make your own thumb drum to play on. Come for the fun, stay for the snack. This Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading program is sponsored by the Friends of Rio Linda Library. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

10 WEDNESDAY Animals from Around the World 3:30pm at Elk Grove Library Summer Reading 2015: See animals from around the world in the exciting program from Nature's Critters! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Boswick the Clown 3:30pm at Orangevale Library Come meet Boswick the Clown! Boswick’s Reading Circus is a fun, funny, fast-paced show filled with audience participation. Boswick includes magic, juggling and comedy clowning. Head out to the Orangevale Community Center for more Summer Reading Challenge events! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Introduction to Dyslexia 6pm at Rancho Cordova Library Learn about dyslexia, the myths, the research and cause, symptoms and solutions by the Dyslexia Alliance. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

11 THURSDAY Summer Reading Kickoff Ice Cream Social 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library, Sacramento Join us for fabulous ice cream and take time to sign up for the new "Read to the Rhythm" Summer Reading program. They'll have lots of ice cream and other special treats, so don't miss it! 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

12 FRIDAY Mr. Shap the Balloon Twisting Magician 1pm at McKinley Library, Sacramento Enjoy magic balloons and fun with Mr. Shap, the award-winning balloon twisting magician. Mr. Shap will astound with his magic tricks and balloon-twisted creations. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

Musical Robot 4pm at Southgate Community Library, Sacramento Celebrate Summer Reading with Musical Robot! Two chums with a ukulele and a drum, use songs, storytelling and out of this world dance moves to provide an opportunity for kids to engage in fun and frolic. Equipped with catchy tunes and a contagious sense of wonder and enthusiasm, Musical Robot always brings the fun. Program is best suited for ages 2 to 8 yearsold. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Tinikling Dance 4pm at Rancho Cordova Library Learn about the popular traditional dance of the Philippines—tinikling! Franklin High School's Tinikling Dance Club will perform. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

13 SATURDAY Along the River Edge 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Who lives at the river edge? Hike with a naturalist and explore the habitat where beaver, otter, herons and other wildlife live. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. All ages welcome. There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net Cupcake Ball 6-8pm at the Sacramento Children's Museum, Rancho Cordova The Museum cordially invites daddies and their daughter(s) to dance the night away at the fourth annual Cupcake Ball. Princess dress-up is encouraged, and each child will receive a fairy wand! Enjoy Museum play and DJ dancing for the coterie of visiting princesses! Cupcakes and light refreshments will be served. Sacramento Children's Museum. $30 couple ($20 members), $5 additional child $4 members). 638-7225 | www.SacKids.org Family Health & Safety Expo 10am-3pm at Safety Center, Sacramento Safteyville USA’s Annual Family Safety & Health Expo is a free event designed to give families valuable information and access to community resources in the Sacramento area. 438-3351 | www.SafetyCenter.org Feel the Rhythm with ArtBeast 10am at Fair Oaks Library After sharing some award-winning books about the beauty and abstract nature of music, participants will be invited to make their own artwork while listening to music. We will use mixed media to create one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the feelings evoked through music. This is a Summer Reading Challenge event. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Instruments from around the World 2pm at McClatchy Library, Sacramento Join musician, Catherine Madella as she introduces a variety of instruments from around the world. She will focus on the instruments sacramentoparent.com JUNE 2015 39


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calendar and the continents from which they come and kids will have a chance to try the instruments out. Part of the Library's Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading program. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Relay for Life of Sacramento 4pm-midnight at Hughes Stadium, Sacramento The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. There will be activities, entertainment, food, and the community joining together to fight cancer! Free. 446-7933 www.RelayForLife.org/sacramentoca Second Saturday Sensory Storytime 10am at North Natomas Library, Sacramento This inclusive storytime was developed for kids with Autism and/or sensory disorders. It features songs, stories, sensory activities and interactive materials and is targeted for a developmental age of 2 to 6 years-old. Behaviors and/ or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Summer Reading Challenge–Ice Cream Social 2pm at Carmichael Library This Ice Cream Social is a Summer Reading kickoff and a Carmichael Library tradition! Come enjoy a cool delicious treat and sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Tiny Tykes and Family Gardening 10am-12pm at Placer Nature Center, Auburn It's planting day at the Placer Nature Center garden! Together we'll plant vegetables and flowers in the Placer Nature Center garden and then plant pots for you to take home for your own garden over the summer. Bring the family to join the fun! Free, thanks to First 5 Placer. 530-878-6053 | www.PlacerNatureCenter.org

14 SUNDAY Cold Blooded Creatures 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Some have scaly skin, some have slimy skin, some have legs and some do not. Can you guess what they are? Come to find out! Meet a resident animal up close. All ages welcome. There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net Read to the Rhythm with Fenix Dance and Drum 1pm at Central Library, Sacramento Celebrate Summer Reading with the high energy Fenix Dance and Drum! Their dance journey begins in Africa then travels across the ocean to

Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Brazil, and the Caribbean and on to the Americas. Street parking is free on Sundays. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

16 TUESDAY Family Movie Matinée: Annie 1:30pm at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, Sacramento A family-friendly showing of the 2014 movie "Annie" starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx (PG, 118 minutes). This program is provided free of charge as part of the Sacramento Public Library's "Read to the Rhythm" Summer Reading Challenge. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Music Invasion! with the Sacramento Philharmonic 6:30pm at McKinley Library, Sacramento The Sacramento Philharmonic Brass will do a pop-up performance at McKinley Library as part of their Spring 2015 Art Invasions! Sponsored by the City of Sacramento. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

17 WEDNESDAY Dance Around the World with Nikola Clay 3:30pm at Orangevale Library In Dance around the World, kids and families will be invited to sing, clap and dance to rhythms near and far. Join them at the Orangevale Community Center for all of your Summer Reading Challenge events! 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

18 THURSDAY El Dorado County Fair June 18-21 at El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Nothing feels more like summer than a county fair! The theme this year is “Hog Days of Summer,” enjoy some carnival rides, entertainment and all of the traditional fair fun! 530-621-5860 | www.ElDoradoCountyFair.org Food Truck Mania 5pm at North Natomas Library, Sacramento A fun, family event with scrumptious food from Sacto MoFo food trucks, DJ, face painting, balloon artist and more. Stop by the Friends of the North Natomas Library bookstore in the library lobby for a great selection of reasonably priced books, too. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

19 FRIDAY Campfires at Maidu Museum 7:30-8:30pm at Maidu Museum & Historic Site, Roseville Sit under the stars at the outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire every 3rd Friday of the month. They will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program's end to this fun family event. $5 general, $16 family of four, free for ages 2 and under. 774-5934 | www.Roseville.ca.us

Family Campout at Fairytale Town 5:30pm to 7am, Saturday, June 20 at Fairytale Town, Sacramento Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $25-$30 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. 808-7462 | www.FairytaleTown.org Fruit and Veggie Orchestra 4pm at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library What are the different parts of the orchestra? Kid conductors will learn about different kinds of instruments and how to create an “ensemble.” We'll make an “ensemble” of fruits and veggies, read Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae and listen to songs by Mister Cooper. This program is part of the Read to the Rhythm! Summer Reading Challenge! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Magician Magical Mary 3pm at Belle Cooledge Library, Sacramento Experience the wild stage antics of Magical Mary! At once, a comedian and a magician, Mary brings magic to life while engaging attendees of all ages! This program is a Summer Reading Challenge Event! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Musical Safari with Juan L. Sanchez 2pm at McKinley Library, Sacramento Enjoy music, dancing and fun with Juan L. Sanchez’s Musical Safari. Juan will entertain with interactive bilingual animal songs in Spanish and English for the whole family to enjoy. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Read to the Magical Rhythm with Magic Dan 4pm at Rancho Cordova Library Magic Dan presents a fast-paced, highly energetic and entertaining magic show for all ages that emphasizes the joy of reading and the power of books. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Cordova Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

20 SATURDAY Birding for Families 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a Naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or they can loan you a pair. There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net Happily Ever Laughter 10am at Fair Oaks Library Come together outside the library for a funfilled event featuring faeires, face painting,

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calendar balloon twisting and magical delights! You won't want to miss this. This program is part of the Summer Reading Challenge. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Magic Show with Andy Amyx 2pm at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, Sacramento A dazzling display of magic (and music) in this free program for families. This program is sponsored by the Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Ohana Dance 2pm at McClatchy Library, Sacramento Enjoy the magic of Hawaiian music and Dance with the local Ohana Dance group. Part of the library's "Read to the Rhythm" Summer Reading Program. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Peter & the Wolf 1pm at North Natomas Library, Sacramento Follow Peter on his journey through the woods. Peter and the Wolf is performed with marionettes and features a digital symphony recording. After the performance, get a 'back stage' look at the marionettes. Take the Summer Reading Challenge! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Sutter Community Day 10am-2pm at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento It’s the “grand unbundling” of the new Sutter Medical campus! Head out to this family-friendly event for the ribbon cutting, hospital tours, performances, children’s activities and more! www.SutterMedicalCenter.org/ communityday

21 SUNDAY HAPPY FATHER’S DAY Fathers and Feathers 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Fathers and Feathers: Bring Dad and meet some of the Natures Center’s feathered residents. Learn all about what makes these birds so special and how they became educational ambassadors for the Nature Center! There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net Father’s Day at Funderland They wouldn’t leave you out dad! Dad’s ride free on Father’s Day! 456-0131 | www.FunderlandPark.com Read to the Rhythm with Magical Mary 1pm at Central Library, Sacramento Celebrate Summer Reading with Magical Mary! Prepare to be amazed with astounding illusions and fantastic feats of magic. Street parking is free on Sundays. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

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23 TUESDAY Craft to the Rhythm; Click Clack What? 12:30pm at Rio Linda Library Can cows really type? Come listen to our story today and find out. Then make your very own typewriter sound generator. This Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading program is sponsored by the Friends of Rio Linda Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org R.E.C. Van: Recreation Engaging Children 6pm at Southgate Community Library, Sacramento Celebrate Read to the Rhythm! In partnership with the Southgate Recreation and Park District the R.E.C. Van will stop by the Southgate Library. Look for the Van! Games and crafts will be held on the lawn and join us for this free and fun event for the whole family. R.E.C. Van is not held on days when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees, during rain or on Save the Air Days. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

24 WEDNESDAY Jungle James Animal Adventure 3:30pm at Orangevale Community Center The Jungle James team and their reptile, insect and amphibian friends captivate audiences with an educational presentation. Through the use of anecdotal stories, cool facts, and animal handling the audience will better understand the similarities and differences that we share with these creatures. Join Orangevale Library at Orangevale Community Center for their Summer Reading Challenge events! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Sandwich Songs 3:30pm at Elk Grove Library Who loves sandwiches? Learn how to make a classic sandwich through song: peanut butter and jelly. We’ll read The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle and make sandwiches using sunflower seed butter and fresh fruit with the Food Literacy Center. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

25 THURSDAY Folk Dancing Fun 1pm at North Natomas Library, Sacramento Join music-maker Alan Candee for dancing fun. Easy dances will be chosen from American, Afro-Cuban, Israeli, Romanian and Greek cultures. Take the Summer Reading Challenge! 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

26 FRIDAY Dances of the Hawaiian Islands with Ohana Dance Group 2pm at McKinley Library, Sacramento Take a Hawaiian staycation with music and dancing with the Ohana Dance Group! In this interactive event, the audience will be given coconut halves, sea shells and sticks to join in the rhythm of the music while enjoying tradi-

tional Hawaiian dances. The audience will then be taught the dances and invited to join in the fun! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Drum and Movement Circle 4pm at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library Gather around the drum circle to create a community of rhythm! Children will learn basic musical concepts and move to music while their teacher inspires the circle toward unity. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore music, rhythm, and percussion instruments and to encourage young children to create their own music with real instruments and everyday items. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org The Puppet Company: Fantasy on Strings! 4pm at Southgate Community Library, Sacramento Celebrate Summer Reading! Using three feet tall, fully articulated marionettes to take children on a magical excursion where they can meet up close and personal: dragons, disco, dancing, ducks, tap dancing, skeletons, and other fanciful creations. Done in the style of "cabaret puppetry," where the audience sees the puppeteer dance and perform with the marionette in front of a curtained stage. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

27 SATURDAY Autism-Friendly Family Flicks! 10am at Sylvan Oaks Library, Citrus Heights Enjoy a special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. "Typical" toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too! This month: Big Hero 6 (2014, 91 min, PG). Enjoy healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don't need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys! For more information please contact Janet at jwininger@ saclibrary.org. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Cardboard Kingdom 2pm at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library, Sacramento In this family program, cardboard is provided (some in block form for stacking and some in box form for cutting and building) and some kid-friendly tools: a safe saw, screwdrivers, screws, and hinges. From there, use your imagination. Help build a castle or a car or a boat. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Dave the Horn Guy 10am at Fair Oaks Library Dave provides a family friendly comedy show— he wears a full body suit that holds 25 chromatically tuned bulb horns. Depending upon how Dave flexes or bends, the result is multi-harmony honks on favorite songs. This is a Summer Reading Challenge event. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org


calendar Gardener's Produce Share 10am at Isleton Library You may have already noticed it: Fruit trees with fruit falling on the ground, zucchini plants that have exploded or herbs that are overgrown and beginning to dry out. What's a gardener to do? Bring your excess fresh produce to the Isleton Library for our annual Produce Share. Meet farmers from the Sacramento River Delta Grown Trail. Get some gardening tips from Master Gardener, Denise Esperson. Learn tricks of the canning trade from local canners. Donate non-perishable items to the library's food drive benefiting the Delta Food Bank. Not a gardener? Not a problem. Come and share the bounty! This summer program is sponsored by the Isleton Friends of the Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Make your own Musical Instruments 2pm at McClatchy Library, Sacramento Make your own musical instruments from everyday materials. Part of the Library's "Read to the Rhythm" Summer Reading program. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Reading Time—Rhythm Time 12pm at Walnut Grove Library Heera Kulkarni will play different styles of music of India with various types of beats and will demonstrate steps and dance movements to the rhythms of India. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Run 4 Hunger 8-12pm at Elk Grove Regional Park The 11th Annual Run 4 Hunger benefits Elk Grove Food Bank Services, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping over 4,500 individuals monthly by providing nutritious food, and a safety-net of services and resources. The run includes 5K and 10K courses that start in beautiful Elk Grove Regional Park and into surrounding neighborhoods. See website for more information and to find out how to register. 685-8453 | www.EGRun4Hunger.com

Solstice Stroll 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Beat the heat and join a Naturalist for a hike through the preserve as the summer season arrives. See what changes are happening as the weather heats up! There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net

28 SUNDAY Read to the Rhythm with Alan Candee 1pm at Central Library, Sacramento Celebrate Summer Reading with the musical talents of Alan Candee! Be prepared to sing, laugh and learn. Street parking is free on Sundays. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Tools and Tales 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Enjoy some tantalizing tales of creatures, people, and nature! Get a chance to view replica Maidu artifacts made from the gifts of the earth and learn about their many uses. There is a $5 per car entrance fee into Ancil Hoffman County Park (Free to members). 489-4918 | www.SacNatureCenter.net

30 TUESDAY Boswick's Reading Circus 4pm at Rancho Cordova Library A fun, funny, and fast-paced magic/juggling comedy clown show filled with interaction! Program sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Cordova Library. Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org Family Game Night 6:30pm at Colonial Heights Library, Sacramento Join the Friends of the Colonial Heights Library for Family Game Night! Each month features a different game for family and friends to play from Pictionary to Family Feud. All ages are welcome! Free. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org

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Shop, groove, swim, catch a flick—whether it’s date night or family night, the summer fun’s begun—check it out, here!

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DOWNTOWN TUESDAY NIGHT’S

FAIR OAKS SUMMER CONCERT IN THE PARK SERIES

5-9pm, Vernon Street, Roseville www.DowntownRosevilleEvents.com

Every Tuesday much of Vernon Street is closed to bring in over 100 vendors, live entertainment, great bands, a kids fun zone, a wonderful farmer’s market, delicious foods, Classic Car Show, a beer garden and much more.

7-9pm at Village Park, Fair Oaks www.FairOaksPark.org

A free series of concerts for families to come together and enjoy a relaxing summer evening in the park.

JUNE 9 Throwback Tuesday: Rocky and the

JUNE 4 T odd Morgan & the Emblems JUNE 11 Old West Trio JUNE 18 Capitol Pops JUNE 25 Groove Thang

JUNE16 Blues Night: Lucky Losers/Kid Zone: It’s All

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JUNE 2 Country Night: Terry Sheets Band

Kid Zone: Amazing Animal World Show

Revellettes

JUNE 23 Fiesta Night: Banda Terra Azteca

Kid Zone: Super Duper Fun Comedy Juggling Act

JUNE 30 Tribute Tuesday: Boys of Summer - Eagles

5:30-8pm at the Sacramento Zoo www.SacZoo.com

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WEDNESDAYS PALLADIO SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

7-9pm at Palladio (Piazza near the Fountain), Folsom | www.GoPalladio.com

Head out to the Palladio on Wednesday’s for great live music from the area’s best bands!

JUNE 3 The Department of Rock JUNE 10 Disco Revolution JUNE 17 90s Alternative: Total Recall JUNE 24 Dance Party: Hip Service WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

6:30-8:30pm at Various Auburn Locations www.AuburnRec.com

Pack your dinner, come for Family Fun swimming for $1, then dry off and watch a free movie under the stars. Movies include: Finding Nemo, Box Trolls, A Dolphin Tale, LEGO Movie, Big Hero 6, Planes and Frozen. See the website for dates and locations!

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Enjoy extended hours and live local bands performing on the Reptile House Lawn during Twilight Thursday’s the Zoo.

JUNE 18 East Wind/Jazz with Giraffes: Symposium JUNE 25 Blood Red Sky (U2 tribute band)/Skyler’s

Pool (feat. Kitty O’Neal) / Jazz with Giraffes: Reggie Graham Project

FRIDAYS CONCERTS IN THE PARK 2015

5pm at Cesar Chavez Plaza, Sacramento www.GoDowntownSac.com

Downtown is a place where community, culture, and creativity collide. This series is a gathering place in the heart of the city and marks the official start to summer in Sacramento.

JUNE 5 Element of Soul, Burro, Once An Empire,

50-Watt Heavy

JUNE 12 Jonah Matranga, The Storytellers, Kevin

Seconds, One-Leg Chuck

JUNE 19 Mr. T Experience, The Four Eyes,

The Enlows, Rebel Punk

JUNE 26 Slaves, A Lot Like Birds, Tell the Wolves,

We Went to the Moon

Facebook.com/DowntownTuesdayNights, in Roseville

EL DORADO SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK 7pm at Community Park, El Dorado Hills www.ElDoradoHillsCSD.org

Free Friday night concerts at the Community Park. Live music, food, bounce houses and children’s activities!

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6-10pm at the Fountains, Roseville www.FountainsAtRoseville.com

First Friday has something for everyone in your family. Stop by June 5th and have a fun summer night.

FRIDAY EVENINGS IN THE PARK

7pm at Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin www.Rocklin.ca.us All movies and concerts are free! Check the website for “Family Feud” night for a chance to play a game before the show and win prizes.

JUNE 12 Penguins of Madagascar JUNE 19 Concert by Mr. December JUNE 26 Princess Bride JULY 10 Concert by Two-tone Steiny & the Cadillacs JULY 17 Big Hero 6 JULY 24 Concert by Cripple Creek Band


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Facebook.com/CIPSacramento, The Cripple Creek Band playing at Cesar Chavez Park, photo by Seething Studios.

WEEKENDS CARMICHAEL SATURDAY CONCERTS IN THE PARK 6:30-8:30 at Carmichael Park Band Shell www.CarmichaelPark.com

Free music every Sunday and every other Saturday, bring your family, friends, lawn chairs and dancing shoes!

JUNE 13 Unlicensed Therapy JUNE 14 The Bongo Furys JUNE 21 Swing Masters JUNE 27 Ma Barker Band JUNE 28 Elvis & the Experience FOUNTAINS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 8-10pm at Fountains, Roseville www.FountainsatRoseville.com

Browse shops, eat great food, and dance to live, local bands.

JUNE 13 British Invasion (Music of the Beatles) JUNE 20 Swift Country (Music of Taylor Swift) JUNE 27 Johnny O & The Blue FO’s (Jump Blues) POPS IN THE PARK

6pm at various locations in East Sacramento www.EastSacPopsinthePark.com

JUNE 6 Tom Rigney & Flambeau (East Portal Park) JUNE 13 John Skinner Band (Bertha Henschel Park) JUNE 20 Mumbo Gumbo (McKinley Park) JUNE 27 The Count (Glen Hall Park) TOWN SQUARE CONCERT SERIES 2015

7:30pm at Vernon Street Town Square, Roseville www.Roseville.ca.us

Gates open at 6:30pm, enjoy tasty food truck grub, visit the beer garden and claim your space for the show. No coolers, outside alcohol, glass or animals permitted. Free.

JUNE 20 Skynnyn Lynnyrd

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Disney’s Mulan Jr.

Aladdin

Catch Me if You Can

June 4-13 at Cosumnes Oaks High School, Black Box Theatre, Elk Grove Enjoy the classic story of honor, loyalty and love as these talented performers ages 5 to 18 bring Mulan Jr. to life onstage! 525-2995 | www.MMPkids.com

June 6, 13 and 20 at Runaway Stage, Sacramento Join Runaway Stage on a musical fantasy with Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. Fun for the whole family! 207-1226 | www.RunawayStage.com

Through June 21 at 24th Street Theatre, Sacramento Based on the hit film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is a high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 207-1226 | www.RunawayStage.com

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Through June 7 at the Woodland Opera House The play is based on Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the enigmatic candy man as he stages a contest in a quest to find an heir to the candy factory. It guarantees to take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination! 530-666-9617 www.WoodlandOperaHouse.org

My Fair Lady June 9-14 presented by Music Circus at Wells Fargo Pavilion, Sacramento Lerner and Loewe transform George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion into this musical theatre classic. When aristocratic professor Henry Higgins takes in Cockney pupil Eliza Doolittle on a bet, he gets far more than he wagered. 557-1999 www.CaliforniaMusicalTheatre.com

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Anansi, The Spider June 6-7 at Fairytale Town, Sacramento In the jungles of Africa, lives a tiny spider known as Anansi. Although small in size, he is known for his large ideas. One day he decided that the children of Earth needed stories to tell each other, but…all the stories were kept by Nyami, the sky god. This story is presented by The Puppet Company using hand and rod puppets with authentic African music, colorful costuming and classical African design. 808-7462 | www.FairytaleTown.org

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June 16 at Harris Center, Folsom High-energy entertainment! Exceptional singing and dancing! Flat-out fun that will have you on your feet! You’ve just described High Voltage, the premier performing group from El Dorado Musical Theatre. 608-6888 | www.HarrisCenter.net

Big River June 23-28 Presented by Music Circus, Sacramento “King of the Road” Roger Miller brings Mark Twain’s classic to life in this toe-tapping musical. Huck and Jim take to the mighty Mississippi on a journey of adventure, hope, and self-discovery. This will be the show’s first appearance at Music Circus in 20 years. 557-1999 | www.CaliforniaMusicalTheatre.com

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy June 27 at Fairytale Town, Sacramento Celebrate William Shakespeare’s popular fairythemed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! This magical midsummer’s evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace, and more. 808-7462 | www.FairytaleTown.org

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TIP #3: BARTENDER! FILL MY SIPPY CUP “Hey Bartender, do you mind filling up this sippy cup?” The big game is here. Okay, it’s not the big game—but, it’s a game. And, you can’t even remember what hairstyle you were sporting the last time you actually got to go to the bar for a sports Sunday. These days, your game days are spent on a pee wee soccer field trying to coerce your little cherub into not accidentally hanging themselves on a soccer net. But guess what, Mommy’s not here this weekend and your child’s super adaptable. So... “Sorry Coach, we’re not feeling too well today.” Then, you run through the list... Diaper bag, packed. Binky, check. Sippy cup, locked and loaded. Game on! You don’t mind the stares. You have to expect people are going to look when a grown man walks into a bar wearing a marsupial like pouch filled with a wide-eyed two-year old. But, what you’re not expecting is to be judged by a guy who just finished pouring a tray of “Buttery Nipples.” So, when he refuses to refill your sippy cup with two percent because “you brought a child into a bar?!”, you accuse him of being an ageist, right? Wrong.

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