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7 4th of July Fun 31 ON REPEAT

Learn A Second Language What Parents Need to Know About Vaping

Avoid the Summer Slide

Cool Summer Concerts & Events




Summer Fun Heats Up

Meet Paige, Child Artist



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I don’t think my girls could have been more excited for summer break this year! Not that my family has big plans, just a few short trips to the coast and a lot of hanging out around town! Next month, I’ll share one of our favorite coastal getaway destinations, but this month we’re staying local.

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Fortunately, there’s so much for families to to do in the Greater Sacramento area and a lot of it won’t even cost you a dime. From free concerts in local parks to special activities at local libraries, I am in awe as I look through the calendar each month! You truly can have an amazing and memorable summer staycation. Sure, there’s lots of fun and games in this issue, but if you’ve got kids that are a little older please read the article inside on vaping. It’s really a big issue locally...and across the nation. You’ve probably seen the commercials, but I was surprised to read about how high the nicotine content is and not to mention all the chemicals and additives, who knows what the long-term effects can be? Have a memorable and safe July! Happy Independence Day! SacParent SacramentoParent SacParent SacParentMag

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Top 4th of July Fireworks Shows & Festivities JUNE 30TH & JULY 1ST Home Land Concert 7pm at Auburn Library Amphitheater A patriotic concert performed by the Placer Pops Chorale in partnership with Auburn Grace Community Church. Celebrate America 4pm at Twin Oaks Park Both days include a kid’s zone with inflatables, food vendors, pre-show musical performances, a military tribute and more before the main show and fireworks, which begin around 8pm.


Folsom Pro Rodeo 6pm at Dan Russell Rodeo Arena This patriotic event features daily rodeos, nightly fireworks, live entertainment like flying cowgirls and The Painted Ladies—a horsemanship drill team—and yummy food.


9th Annual Fireworks & Freedom Concert 6pm at El Dorado Hills Town Center Join the community for 4th of July fun that includes a kid’s zone, food vendors, live music and a fireworks show. Independence Eve & Fireworks with Sacramento River Cats 7:05pm at Raley Field Celebrate Independence Day Eve with a baseball game and post-game fireworks.


4th of July at Cal Expo 4:30pm at Cal Expo, Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand Bring a picnic, listen to live music and enjoy a fabulous fireworks show. Gates open at 4:30pm; fireworks start at 9:30pm. Carmichael’s 4th of July Throughout the day in Carmichael Enjoy a pancake breakfast at Carmichael Park, the 60th Annual Elk’s Club Parade and a fireworks show at La Sierra Community Center. Check the website for details on the times and locations of each event. Independence Day Game and Fireworks 6:05pm at Historic McBean Stadium Join the Lincoln’s Potter’s baseball team for a game against the Chico Heat and a post-game fireworks show. City of Roseville’s Independence Day Parade 9am at Riverside/Vernon/Douglas This fun, old-fashioned parade includes floats, live music, horses and more. www.Roseville.Ca.Us Royer Park Activities 10am at Royer Park Hosted by the City of Roseville, this event features food vendors, music by the Capitol Pops Concert Band and more. www.Roseville.Ca.Us 17th Annual Arden Arcade 4th of July Parade 9:30am at Fulton Ave. Head to this annual parade route, which is about 1.4 miles long, then stay for post-parade activities and food at the park. Annual 4th of July Family Blast 4pm at El Dorado County Fair Gates open at 4pm with carnival rides, a hay maze, games, food, live entertainment and more. Fireworks start when it is dark. JULY 2018


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Some of my favorite memories from childhood are times spent helping my mom in our garden. Now that I have kids of my own, I’ve continued the gardening tradition with my three boys. There is nothing better than enjoying fresh fruit or vegetables straight from your own yard! I find my kids are much more likely to try a new vegetable or fruit when we’ve grown it ourselves. Today’s project is a creative way to get your kids even more involved in the garden.

Supplies Needed: Wooden tongue depressors Acrylic paint & paintbrush Hot glue gun Sharpie marker

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Instructions: Step 1: Paint tongue depressors. Each garden marker uses four tongue depressors— you’ll paint two and leave two unpainted. Step 2: Once the paint has dried, glue the two unpainted tongue depressors to the back of the two painted tongue depressors. Step 3: Using the sharpie marker, write the type of plant on the garden marker. If you’re feeling creative, you can do a simple sketch of the vegetable or fruit as well! Container gardening is growing in popularity, so it’s easy and fairly inexpensive to get started. Tomatoes are a good choice for beginners. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, an herb garden on a windowsill is great alternative.

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Lady DIY lives in Rocklin and stays home with her three boys. When she’s not too busy with DIY projects around the house, she enjoys gardening, fitness and living the glamorous life of a baseball/soccer/football mom.


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Warning: Whiffer Sniffers May Make Your Mouth Water! Whiffer Sniffers are cute little stuffed characters that smell oh so good and can clip onto your child’s backpack! As their tag line emphasizes, “Boys and girls love to collect ‘em, give ‘em and trade ‘em”. Beyond the pleasing scents is the thrill of tracking down and collecting specific characters. We’re giving away: Danny Dipperelli, Willy Hyde, Waffle Aaron and Chill Bill!

Get Coding With mPie A good transition kit that moves from the basics of circuitry and hardware components of its predecesor mPuzzle, to initial concepts of coding. Using mPie’s components, children will discover ‘hardware coding’ which helps visualize the logical order of things in a physical way. The mPie lessons link cocepts between physical and virtual and the projects increase in complexity to form the basis that the sequence of things is vital and when not successfully ordered leads to the start of problem identification and solving. (Ages 7+) https:/

Become A Circuit Conductor This kit teaches children about electricity, currents, and magnets through fun, imaginative play! Use 12 different electrical function blocks and special insulated wires to build fun circuits and learn about electricity through the free app. Scan circuits to view electrical flows in real time with Augmented Reality, follow tutorials, and play in-game puzzles to enhance problem-solving and critical thinking. (Ages 4+)

Hydrate with Gululu Go This app-connected reusable water bottle tracks a child’s water intake and alerts parents if they need to drink more. Drinking water awakens a virtual pet that lives inside the bottle, engaging your child in play. Built in sensory technology measures your child's fluid intake and relays the information to you through a linked mobile app. It also features a speaker, which allows the virtual pet to talk to children using over 100 phrases with different voices for the various characters. JULY 2018 11

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Sacramento [is] International

Encourage Kids to Learn a Second Language By Stephen Muff

Americans are notorious for not learning another language. Roughly three-quarters of Americans have no foreign language. Yet, a nation to the North speaks French, a nation to the south speaks Spanish, and we can see Russia approximately 55 miles from Alaska. The benefits of learning a second language is overwhelming. It doesn’t just improve job prospects, but improves multitasking, helps prevent Alzheimer’s, and even improves your understanding of English. This is not to mention job and travel opportunities that were not previously available. Good thing Sacramento has lots of opportunities for language learning. If you would like to make use of these opportunities, then keep reading! SPANISH When Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga discovered the Sacramento Valley and the Sacramento River, the home of the the Nisenan and Plains Miwok tribes, he was overcome by its beauty. He compared it to the Catholic Eucharist with the words, "¡Es como el sagrado sacramento!” It’s like the Blessed Sacrament. And such the city was named! At this point, the region was (at the very least) tri-lingual with two major tribes and the Spaniards. As California’s second-most popular language, opportunities to learn Spanish abound. However, Casa de Español has classes for kids, teens, and adults. CHINESE For almost 200 years, Chinese immigrants have come to the Sacramento region and preserved their cultural and linguistic traditions. There is even the town of Locke just south of Sacramento on the Delta, built and maintained by Chinese immigrants. Now, Chinese is the world’s most popular language with over a billion speakers, and children can take Mandarin or Cantonese classes at The Wisdom Chinese School.

FRENCH Another language that has had a presence in the Sacramento region since the Gold Rush is French. In fact, the nearby town of Auburn was founded by a Frenchman named Claude Chana. His statue is in Old Town. In any case, the Alliance Française de Sacramento has French lessons for all ages. Also, Education Française de Sacramento is a language school dedicated exclusively to French and has many locations throughout the area. ARABIC The fifth most popular language in the world today is Arabic, with millions of speakers and an official language in dozens of countries. In Sacramento, ALEFE, Inc. is a nonprofit that “aims at providing free and low-cost Arabic language programs to TK-12 students”, and even have an Arabic Montessori After School Class. GERMAN For over 150 years, the center for German language and culture in Sacramento is undoubtedly the Turn Verein. The Turn Verein has a German Language School for children as young as one-year-old and continues through adulthood. They have

a long tradition in Sacramento and put on the city’s largest annual Oktoberfest celebration (with kid-friendly activities). Also, they have the Christkindlmarkt, or Christmas market, in December (2018 is their 19th annual celebration) that lets kids experience some of the traditions from the Old World. ITALIAN The Italian Cultural Society, with their “Ciao” language program for children, teach the Italian language through “play, games, songs, food and art”–some of the very things that brings Italy to mind. They have been active in Sacramento since 1986. They also have activities like Italian folk dancing and festivals. JAPANESE The Sakura Gakuen school in Sacramento has provided Japanese language instruction for over a century. The school was founded in 1903 as a school for the children of Japanese immigrants, and is taught today by native speakers. Their kindergarten class starts at 4 years old, but they have adult classes in case the whole family wants to learn. Language continued on page 15 JULY 2018 13


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OTHER RESOURCES Do not forget that when learning a language, every little bit helps. The Sacramento area is rich in resources, and there are all kinds of opportunities for you and your children to hone language skills. Check out local libraries for additional resources and consider joining a group, where you can engage native speakers when you identify them. Of course, there are always online resources–some of which, like, are free. Also, many charter schools have language learning

options for home study programs, which is quite useful for parents who are homeschooling their children but do not speak the language well enough to teach it themselves. Another option is The Spanish Immersion Program, a local resource that is essentially a Spanish Language learning program in a box. Whatever your language du jour is (see what I did there?), Sacramento has options. While Sacramento International Airport only goes to about three destinations outside the United States (Cabo

San Lucas, Guadalajara, and Mexico City), the city does have an international undertone and opportunities for exposure to cultures from across the globe. It certainly has the tools to give children a lifelong gift of a love for travel, cultures, and people. Sacramento’s language resources could put your kids uniquely apart from over 75% of this country. More importantly, it’s easiest for kids to learn languages, so it’s important to start them young. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Stephen Muff is a travel writer and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He lives in Auburn with his wife and two daughters. JULY 2018 15

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Bringing Imagination to Life Through Art By Shannon Smith Paige’s mom, Sara recently wrote in to Sacramento Parent to share her daughter’s love of drawing. Paige is a ten-year-old, self-taught artist who finds inspiration from her friends, animals and music. She lives in Elk Grove and she loves having a big family, with two younger sisters and a little brother. Her dad is originally from India and her mom grew up in Grass Valley. Read on and get to know a little more about Paige and check out some of her favorite sketches!

WHY DO YOU THINK ART MEANS SO MUCH TO YOU? You get to express yourself, and let your imagination run without limits.

HAVE YOU TAKEN ART CLASSES? No, I have never taken art classes.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE TO DRAW MOST? I would say my style is cartoon-like and my favorite things to draw are people and animals.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO DRAW AND BE CREATIVE? Music inspires me to draw and be creative. Whenever I hear music, animations and sketch ideas will just pop into my head.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? Yes, I want to be an animator. When Paige is not drawing, you can find her playing video games online or in Virtual Reality, playing with her pets and swimming. She is looking forward to taking a summer trip with her family to Stinson Beach. Around town, Paige loves Sacramento area parks and thinks Elk Grove is a “friendly place to live”. Keep drawing Paige! Do you have a talented child? Send us an email us at

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What is Parent-Child Interactive Therapy?

The need-to-know for parents of kids with behavioral challenges. By Michelle Kopkash Frequent tantrums. Non-stop whining. Shows of aggression. Constant complaining. Acts of defiance. Deliberate attempts to annoy others for attention. If any of these negative behaviors sound painfully familiar to you as a parent, there’s good news. With the right parenting tools and skills, these negative interactions and attitudes can be greatly reduced, a more peaceful household can be established, and parental and sibling relationships can improve with the child who exhibits these types of behaviors. Whether you’re raising a child with a mental health challenge or one who frequently displays emotional or behavioral difficulties, Parent Child Interactive Training (PCIT) can successfully coach caregivers through some of parenting’s biggest struggles. During this training, parents and caregivers are equipped with tools and training to properly reinforce positive behaviors, set clear limits on their child’s negative behaviors, effectively discipline, re-establish familial bonds of attachment and cope with their child’s specific behavioral challenges. As a result, the child’s negative behaviors are reduced and replaced with positive behavioral interactions and attitudes. Dr. Tanda Almont, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, was trained at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in PCIT and has been on the forefront of the evolution of this program for nearly two decades. She worked as one of the clinical psychologists at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital in the early 2000s and observed the positive and long-lasting results of PCIT for the families and kids she worked with first-hand. In 2006, she founded the Monarch Center in Roseville, a specialized mental health services center for struggling children and parents, in order to bring the practice of PCIT to the private insurance sector, which until then, was out of reach financially to many families in our area. To learn more about this highly touted program, I spoke with Dr. Almont at great length. Below is an excerpt from our interview. Describe the program to those of us who are unfamiliar with this treatment plan. Essentially, this is a training program for parents who are challenged by behaviors that their children routinely display; rather than a therapy program for children, one of the main results is that they’ll see a reduction in their child’s negative behaviors and an increase in compliance and positive attitudes.

parents tools to reduce troublesome behaviors and encourage positive interactions with their child. After the session, the parent is given homework to practice with their child for five minutes each day. Every week, we build on that material. It’s a very intensive program. Depending on the family, the program may be completed in 10 to 15 sessions, which occur about once per week.

During the sessions, a trained therapist sits behind a one-way mirror while parents work with the child on the other side to learn new parenting strategies for behavioral problems. The parents get trained in real-time, wearing an earpiece, as the therapist coaches them through their child’s behaviors and gives the

What types of skills do you work on during the training sessions? We provide the parent with a “tool belt” of tailored techniques that they can use to improve their parenting skills and better manage their child’s specific behaviors. Then, they have a skill for whatever their child does. Not only does the child become more

compliant, but the parents feel more confident and learn how to effectively work with their child in a more encouraging, calmer manner. It’s a win-win. There are two parts to the program. The first phase teaches positive parenting skills which include reinforcements, rewards, reflective listening skills and inactive discipline strategies. The second part to the program teaches active discipline techniques, such as the proper way to do a time out and other consequences that matter to the child. Every kid is different. In the end, children feel more accepted by their parents as well. PCIT continued on page 27 JULY 2018 25

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What kinds of issues might lead a parent to seek you out for PCIT services? There are a wide range of behavioral challenges and struggles that might cause a parent to seek help for their child and family, but typical issues that can be reduced by PCIT include difficulty managing negative behaviors such as whining, dawdling, tantrums, aggression, defiance, noncompliance and the like. Many children have mental health issues such as ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, anxiety or emotional challenges that contribute to these behaviors. I also see a large number of families whose children just simply have behavioral issues and parents want to become better parents to these kids. Perhaps the parents are bribing, spanking or yelling in an effort to reduce their child’s negative behaviors, or they have no tools to deal with a child who has emotional outbursts and the negative cycle is becoming more ingrained in their family’s interactions. What types of improvements might a family expect to see after completing the PCIT program? The program is really meant to improve three areas—the first being behavioral issues, the second being that many parents just want to figure out how to parent their child better, and the third is that they have sibling issues within the home, which often result from the behavioral issues and repetitive negative cycles that have been established within the family’s dynamics. We also get referrals from schools when teachers have ongoing problems with a child. In those cases, we will work with the staff to train them on how to better work with that child’s personality to improve classroom and school behavior. What age group benefits most from this form of help? Research indicates that the best success comes from kids who are between the ages of two to eight years old developmentally, not chronologically. However, in my practice I always involve the siblings and those children can be any age. How and why do you incorporate the sibling into the training program? It differs per family. Some parents can easily multitask and we work with the whole family at one time. Other families have problems multitasking and so we bring in the sibling after a few sessions.

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We always include sibling in the trainings at some point because there’s always a level of dysfunction between the child who struggles to behave and the sibling who doesn’t. We teach parents how heal the whole family so that they’re not reinforcing bad behavior, but giving positive attention to the sibling and the child who needs extra help. To learn more about the PCIT program, visit or the www.MonarchCenter. net, which include research findings from a number of studies. Michelle Kopkash is a local freelance writer. She’s got two spunky kids and loves being in nature with her family. Visit her website at to view her writing portfolio, services and blog. JULY 2018 27

Vaping 101 By Christa Melnyk Hines Just as cigarette smoking drops to its lowest level in years, e-cigarette use, a.k.a. "vaping," is exploding among middle and high school students. Teens may blow off the trend as harmless, but experts think otherwise. "It's important to understand that this is a drug delivery system. In some ways, calling it 'vaping' almost makes it sound benign and not dangerous," says Dr. Stephen Thornton, a medical toxicologist and emergency room physician. WHAT ARE E-CIGARETTES? Initially marketed as smoking cessation devices, e-cigarettes are electronic nicotine delivery systems that use lithium-ion battery operated devices to heat up and vaporize a flavored, liquid solution called e-juice. The user then inhales the vaporized solution. WHAT'S IN THE E-JUICE? The e-juice usually contains nicotine extract, which is mixed with propylene glycol (typically used in inhalers) and flavorings, like mint, fruit loops, gummy bears and passion fruit. Since solutions aren't currently regulated by the FDA, buyers have no way of knowing how much nicotine is in a product, including those that claim to contain zero nicotine. “Right now many manufacturers are putting whatever they want in it, including potentially harmful chemicals," says Jamie Katz, a youth drug and alcohol prevention coordinator. WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Chemicals found in e-cigarette vapor include aldehydes (formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein and acetone); diacetyl, a highly toxic chemical linked to lung disease; volatile organic compounds found in car exhaust; and heavy metals like nickel, lead and chromium. "Unfortunately, we still need more time 28 JULY 2018

to know exactly what kind of short or long-term problems you're going to get from exposure to these chemicals," Thornton says. "Some products are probably safe if you eat or drink them, but once you start inhaling them into the lungs and you start vaporizing them, it changes the dynamics." In the short-term, users may be more prone to viral infections in the lungs and asthmatic types of reactions. Hospitals are also treating more people with traumatic injuries related to the devices exploding in their faces or in their pockets. "I don't think people appreciate how much power is in the devices in order to get the heat that vaporizes the solution," Thornton says. "If you think about it, you're holding up a grenade to your face and if it goes off, that's going to be a very bad story." WHAT'S THE APPEAL? According to Katz, kids think vaping is cool, healthier than smoking cigarettes, and a stress reliever. Leaving no odors other than a light, fruity scent, e-cigarettes are easy to conceal in a pocket or purse. They often resemble pens or USB flash drives, like JUUL, which is especially popular among kids. Then, there's the celebrity effect. "An adolescent sees celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Katherine Heigl using these products openly in public, and there's that diminished sense that it's not a harmful product," says Kevin Kufeldt, an adolescent treatment center program manager. Vape "cloud chasing" competitions featured online, in which people blow clouds and do tricks with e-cigarettes add to the attraction. CREATING A NEW GENERATION OF ADDICTS? With candy flavored solutions and labels like Unicorn Milk,

Cotton Candy and Zombie Juice, many experts believe that e-cig marketers are specifically targeting kids. "I doubt there's a 45-year-old guy out there who says 'Man, I really need to have my spearmint bubble gum vape today,'" Thornton says. A JUUL pod contains 59 milligrams of nicotine per milliliter of liquid, which the manufacturer says is equivalent to the amount of nicotine in a pack of cigarettes. "On a milligram per milligram basis, nicotine is ten times more potent than heroin," Kufeldt says."Kids will tell me they think they actually smoke more with e-cigarettes than with a traditional cigarette because they can use more often throughout the day." Research suggests that teens who vape are more likely to smoke cigarettes later. Many users also vape substances like synthetic cannabinoids, fentanyl, Xanax and marijuana. Talk to your kids. Promote a healthy lifestyle, discuss the harmful effects of addictive substances on the body, and talk about healthier ways to manage stress. "Parents can influence their kids' decision to vape," Katz says. "Talk to your children about your expectations and why you don't want them to use e-cigarettes. You can expect them to live tobacco free."

Poison Alert! Many youngsters find and ingest the e-juices, mistaking them for candy or actual juice. Liquid nicotine is extremely poisonous. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, tremors and rapid heart beat. In severe cases, seizures and death can occur. Sources: Dr. Stephen Thornton; American Association of Poison Control Centers

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Sources: Dr. Stephen Thornton; Kevin Kufeldt Christa Melnyk Hines is a nationally published freelance journalist and author. She and her husband are the parents of two middle school-aged sons. Her latest book is, Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.


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Hello, Summer Nights! TUESDAYS ROSEVILLE DOWNTOWN TUESDAY NIGHTS 5pm along Vernon Street

Summer Evenings Are Heating Up! Whether it’s date night or family night, summer is knocking at the door and it’s time to enjoy some of these cool summer evening events happening around town! As always, be sure to double check the event websites before you go.

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO CONCERTS IN THE PARK 5pm at Cesar Chavez Plaza, Sacramento

WEDNESDAYS PALLADIO SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 7pm at Palladio Piazza, Folsom Bring the whole family on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9pm!

Every Tuesday through July 31st Vernon Street is closed down to bring in over 100 vendors, multiple stages of live entertainment, great bands, a kids fun July 11 - HIP SERVICE zone, arts and crafts, delicious foods, a Classic Car July 18 - CHEESEBALLS Show with over 100 cars, a wine and beer garden, July 25 - SWIFT COUNTRY street entertainers, artists and more. Every week the bands and performers change to provide a unique experience so you’ll want to come back again and FAIR OAKS CONCERTS IN THE PARK again. 6:30 at Village Park, Fair Oaks

THURSDAYS Over 6,000 fans gathering in the heart of the city to see local and nationally touring artists and downtown Sac’s hottest DJs spinning between sets, Concerts in the Park (CIP) is the ultimate destination for Friday night happy hour! July 13 - HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS, THE GOLD SOULS, MINO YANCI July 20 - MIDDLE CLASS RUT, BLACK MAP, DARK SIGNAL, BLACKHEART July 27 - THE CRYSTAL METHOD, WRITE OR DIE, RYAN MOE

GATHER: MOVIE IN THE PARK 5pm (movie at dusk), Kathy Lund Park, Rocklin

Concerts in the Park are a free series of concerts for the Fair Oaks Community. It’s an opportunity for families to come together to enjoy a relaxing summer evening in the park.

TOWN SQUARE CONCERT SERIES 2018 6:30pm at Vernon Street Town Square, Roseville VernonStreetTownSquare Head out to the Square for free music, yummy food trucks and good summer fun! July 21 - MICHAEL FURLONG (Tom Petty Tribute)


Experience great food, music and a movie in a wonderful community atmosphere under the warm California sun! With plenty of outdoor dining, interactive art, an artisan alley, local food trucks, an activity station for the kids, AND a movie to finish off the night, what more could you ask for?



FIRST FRIDAY STREET FAIR 6pm at The Fountains, Roseville

SATURDAYS Stop by July 6th to for a great Summer Fun themed night out for the whole family with various artisans, crafters, car show, kid zone, costumed characters, make-n-take activities and much more!

FOUNTAINS SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES 8pm at The Fountains, Roseville Sing, Dance & Rock Out! Every Saturday night through September, enjoy in headlining concerts to perform on the main stage. From Country to Rock, they have a full roster of bands lined up this summer.

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Sometimes plans change, don’t forget to check the event’s website before you go!





Science Sundays

Fish Hatchery Exploration

Open Play Art Exploration

10am at Sacramento Children’s Museum

8am at Nimbus Fish Hatchery

9am at The Art Box

Explore the world of science with hands-on experiments designed for kids.

Tour the visitor’s center and ponds to learn about the Chinook salmon and steelhead, then walk to the American River to complete the experience. www.Wildlife.Ca.Gov/Fishing/ Hatcheries/Nimbus

Explore the art studio during open play hours on Tuesdays for $8. Dress for a mess. (18 months to 8 years old)


All Aboard for Story Time With only 18 summers before 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center at California State Railroad Museum they’re grown, make this one Enjoy nature tales, then stay to take 11am Join this world-class museum each a nature hike around the center’s Monday for story time. Free with paid of your child’s most memogrounds. museum admission. rable. From outdoor concerts and movie nights in the park 15 9 Excursion Train Rides Open Play to camping at the zoo and 11am at California State Railroad Museum 9:30am at BusyKidz aboard for a 45-minute train ride museum tours, our area offers Hop A hands-on learning space designed along the Sacramento River. Tickets to look like a mini town, where the countless ways to enjoy this are first-come, first-served and check interactive exhibits foster little ones the website for departure location. cherished time in life. imaginations and social skills. www.CaliforniaRailroad.Museum Story Time

Leapin’ Lizard 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Meet skinks, blue bellies and alligator lizards up close and learn interesting facts about these cold-blooded critters. California State Fair KIDZ BOP Live 2018 Tour, July 16th

11am at Cal Expo

Head to California’s biggest fair for carnival rides, live music, horse racing and more. (July 13-29)

22 Meet the Menagerie 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Visit the critters that live in the nature center, walk to the river and stay for a picnic. Big Trucks, July 10 and 24

29 Sunday Funday with Sacramento River Cats 1:05pm at Raley Field

Join K-LOVE radio station and other baseball lovers to watch the Sacramento River Cats play against Iowa.

16 KIDZ BOP Live 2018 Tour 6:30pm at Papa Murphy’s Park

This family concert is headlined by The KIDZ BOP Kids, who have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artists” for eight years in a row. $1 Movie: Children’s Summer Series 10am at Studio Movie Grill

Watch “The Peanuts Movie” (PG) for $1 per ticket and beat the summer heat.

23 $1 Movie: Children’s Summer Series 10am at Studio Movie Grill

Watch “Boss Baby” (PG) for $1 per ticket and beat the summer heat.

10 Big Trucks: Electric Line Trucks 9:30am at Roseville Utility Exploration Center

Climb inside a new truck each week, watch the truck demonstrations, play games and hear a story at each Big Trucks event. www.Roseville.Ca.Us Open Art Studio 11am at The Art Bistro

Choose from a variety of art mediums and freely create art with your child. $10 fee for supplies. (Ages 4+)

17 Camp Blue Sky Family Night 5pm at Rockin’ Jump

Blue Sky Counseling Center rented out Rockin’ Jump for the evening to teach local parents and children coping skills while playing dodgeball, laser tag, jumping on the trampolines and more. Pre-registration required. Baby Loves Art 10:30am at Crocker Art Museum

Join other parents and babies in a gallery walk designed to engage babies up to 18 months old.

24 Big Trucks: Vactor and Dump Trucks 9:30am at Maidu Regional Park

10am at Face in a Book

Climb inside a new truck each week, watch truck demonstrations, play games and hear a story at each Big Trucks event. www.Roseville.Ca.Us

Visit this cute bookstore for a weekly story time with songs and fun.

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Children with special needs and their caregivers will appreciate the special pricing and accommodations at this indoor trampoline park. (All ages)

Story Time

Self-Guided Museum Tour 10am at Aerospace Museum of California

With over 50 historic airplanes on display, many of which your kids can climb aboard, this is worth the drive.

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3pm at Sky High Sports


4 Open Gym

5 Family Night

12pm at Extreme Gymnastics

4pm at Sky High Sports

Climb, run and tumble during open play hours every Wednesday between 12-2pm. (Ages 4 and up)

A family of four enjoys jump time, one large pepperoni or cheese pizza & four bottles of water for $35.

Free First Wednesdays

Park, Rec and Eat It

9am at Sacramento Zoo

5pm at Carmichael Park

Thanks to Wells Fargo, children ages 2 to 11 are free with a paid adult on the first Wednesday of each month.

A monthly family event featuring food trucks, vendors and entertainment.

11 Half-Price Game Day 11am at Dave & Busters

Take a break with the family to play video games at half-price each Wednesday. Stay for dinner. Ohana Dance 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library

Participate in the music and dances of the Hawaiian Islands. (All ages)

Gather Oak Park 5pm at Oak Park

Enjoy an evening outdoors with food trucks, entertainment for kids and live music.

Rockin’ Tots

A special story time with magic and bubbles, featuring a Pixie Tribe costumed performer. (Ages 0 to 5)

25 Kids Yoga 8:30am at BusyKidz Play Town and Coffee Shop

Children and families will enjoy the benefits and fun that yoga offers to participants. Mats provided.

10am at Rio Linda Library

19 Art Lab 12pm at BusyKidz Play Town and Coffee Shop

Infants and toddlers will have a blast painting and exploring with art. Garden Lab for Kids 10am at Rancho Cordova Library

Learn about growing food, garden bugs and building planters.

26 Story Time 10am at Face in a Book

Visit this cute bookstore for a weekly story time with songs and fun.

Puppet Show: Cinderella 12:30pm at Fairytale Town

Enjoy an evening of all-you-can-eat ice cream sundaes and swimming.

Kids will love this short rendition of the classic tale, Cinderella, performed in puppet theater style.

13 California State Fair 11am at Cal Expo

Glow-in-the-Dark Science Crafts

Dine outdoors on the second Thursday of each month while listening to live music.


5:30pm at Rutter Swim Center

Food Truck Mania

Preschool Pixie Tribe for Kids

Head to this indoor trampoline park with your tot. They’ll love you. (Children 6 and under)

Ice Cream Family Splash


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Head to California’s biggest fair for carnival rides, live music, horse racing and more. (July 13-29)

5pm at Vernon Street Town Square




3:30pm at McKinley Library

Make glow-in-the-dark crafts using science. Projects include glow-inthe-dark slime, sand, play dough and more! (School age)

20 Movies in the Park: “Wonder” 7pm at Fair Oaks Village Park

Come early to experience the Wonderful Outdoor World (W.O.W.) bus before the movie begins. Concessions available. Bring a chair or blanket. Outdoor Adventure 1pm at Del Paso Heights Library

This outdoor play date features a mud hole, water slide and other adventures with the help of Fairytale Town. Wear a bathing suit or dress for a mess. (Ages 6 to 12)

Free First Saturdays at the Museum 10am at Sierra College

Learn all about fantastic sharks and monster fish at Sierra College’s open house, hosted by Sierra College Natural History Museum. (Ages 6+) Home Depot Kid’s Workshop 9am at Home Depot

Build a fishing game with your child at the Carmichael, Roseville and Rancho Cordova locations. Kids also receive a free workshop apron, while supplies last. (Ages 5 to 12)

14 Concerts in the Park: Iola Rose 6:30pm at Carmichael Park

A family-friendly concert featuring the Iola Rose Band.

21 Family Campout 5:30pm at Fairytale Town

Before sleeping under the stars, enjoy play time inside the park, a private theater performance, crafts, a scavenger hunt, games and more.


Kids Night Out

Family Overnighter at the Zoo

Drop the kids off for 3 hours of play, including bounce house fun, games, obstacle courses, crafts and pizza at the Granite Bay, Folsom and Sacramento locations.

5:30pm at Sacramento Zoo

Take an educational tour in the evening and then spend the night at the Zoo.

6pm at Tricks Gymnastics

Fourth Fridays: ¡Fiesta de Animales/Animal Party


10:30am at Crocker Art Museum

Lincoln Potters’ Disney Night with Fireworks

Listen to live music and discover a variety of art-making projects and sensory play opportunities throughout the museum.

6:35pm at McBean Stadium

Take your family to a local ball game, complete with live Disney characters and a fireworks show. Drum & Dance: A Royal Tea Party 1pm at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library

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It’s always a good idea to check the website before you head out! Deladier Almeida: Aerial Abstractions

101 Dalmatian KIDS

Through July 5 at Elliott Fouts Gallery

Saturdays and Sundays through July 8 at Sutter Street Theatre Based on the classic animated film and adapted for the stage, this furry tale will put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Beautiful oils on canvas of aerial views created in an abstract style. Superheroes and Villains Through July 10 at Kennedy Gallery

Featuring the art of Juan Garcia, this exhibit creatively plays on the theme of superheroes and villains and is inspired by classic TV shows like “Bonanza” and “I Dream of Jeanie”.

Disney’s Newsies

July 10-15, performed by Broadway At Music Circus Based on the Disney film, this Tony-winning musical tells the story of a group of spunky New York City newsboys who take a stand against their oppressive publishers. Families will fall in love with the musical numbers and choreography.

Mary Poppins Jr.

Saturdays and Sundays through July 8 at Sutter Street Theatre This musical tells the tale of a nanny who shows up to help the troubled Banks family and charms everyone with her magical ways and common sense life lessons. Performed by a junior cast and designed for younger audiences.

Placer County Youth Orchestra

July 26 at Johnson-Springview Park Enjoy an afternoon of music performed by local students.


July 6-15 at Harris Center, Folsom Lake College Featuring performers ages 6 to 13, this musical comedy is about secret agents who are called on to save humanity from Dr. Victor Malaproop, a villain who wants to take over the world by stealing a device that will put people under his control.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

July 20-28, performed by Roseville Theatre Arts Academy A touching play that tells the story of six tweens who enter a spelling bee contest, but end up sharing both funny and heart-rending stories of their home lives while trying to spell hilarious words without being eliminated from the bee.

The Music Man

July 27-August 5, presented by The Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre (YPT) This high energy musical tells the tale of con man Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who convinces the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he promises to lead, though he has no knowledge of music whatsoever. He plans to leave town with the money, but falls in love with the town librarian, who changes his heart.

Twilight Thursdays Concert Series!

July 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Historic Folsom Amphitheater Great regional bands will keep you entertained. Bring a beach chair.

Artist: Bud Gordon, Storefront with Man, Woman and Mannequins, 2018, acrylic on paper 18” by 24”

Bud Gordon Exhibition and Summer Gallery Group Show July 5-August 11 at John Natsoulas Gallery

A contemporary landscape painting collection of Bud Gordon, inspired in part by the Sacramento valley, as well as local painters. 2018 Member Exhibit July 10-August 4th at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center

This exhibit showcases the photographic artwork of the gallery’s members and offers a wide range of subject matter that expresses the varying interests of its members. Perfect art show for the young photographer in your family.




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