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Reading Outside of School Is Very Important for Kids

Posted: 7/17/2015

Young Woman Reading on a Lakeside Dock
Encouraging your tween to read in their free time, as well as at school, offers them with a wonderful hobby today and lifelong benefits down the road.
Photo courtesy of Brandpoint Media

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (BPT) - Reading is a fundamental skill people use throughout their lives, and in this digital age reading is more important than ever. When children and tweens read, they improve their reading skills and they also improve their comprehension, knowledge base, concentration, and vocabulary. Many children love books, but getting those children to continue to read as tweens can be more difficult.

As a parent, you cannot afford to let your tween’s reading fall by the wayside or trust that the reading they do at school is sufficient. Supplemental reading at home will help your child do better at school and in the real world after graduation, too. To encourage their reading outside the classroom, follow these suggestions.

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A White Vase With a Blue Lotus Flower Motif
Shimo, Lotus Series #16, 2013. Porcelain, 9 x 16 x 16 in.
Photos courtesy of Shimo

Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain at Crocker Art Museum

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Born in Shanghai in 1962, Shimo is a respected Chinese artist who immigrated to the United States in 2003 and now divides his time between Sacramento and Shanghai. Approximately 25 porcelain objects created by Shimo, including exquisite pieces previously exhibited by major museums in China, will be on view this summer at the Crocker Art Museum. The exhibition Flowers of Fire and Earth: Shimo’s Blue-and-White Porcelains will be displayed in the Crocker’s light-filled Weborg Gallery through September 6th, 2015.

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Principle Performers Arrayed in Costume
A compilation of cast members in costume for the new production of Mulan, Jr.
Photos courtesy of El Dorado Musical Theatre.
Photo collage by Allison Buchholtz

Local Actress Fritz Grows into Star Role

Posted: 7/3/2015

FOLSOM, CA (MPG) - El Dorado Musical Theatre is proud to present Disney’s Mulan, Jr., which will run from July 10th through 19th at the Harris Center (formerly Three Stages at Folsom Lake College) in Folsom.

Emily Fritz of Orangevale is one of two cast members that performed in the 2009 production of Mulan. She was just six years old at the time and it was her third show. Now, in 2015, she’ll star as the title role of Mulan in her 22nd show with El Dorado Musical Theatre—she just turned 13 last month! In 22 shows, Emily has never missed a show. She has performed in every age-appropriate production that El Dorado Musical Theatre has run since 2008. Emily is also a part of the theatre’s performing group, High Voltage. She is the youngest member of the group.

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Paddlers Gather for Race Trial
While the American River’s water flow is low this spring, flows in the summer—including on Eppie’s Great Race day—should be very similar to last year’s flow, which was very good for boating/paddling.
Photo courtesy of Eppie’s Great Race

Eppie’s 2015 Great Race Team Sets Time to Beat

Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Each year prior to “Eppie’s Great Race,” a three-person team and two “Iron People” who are regional celebrities, officials, media personalities, or community leader athletes set the “time to beat” for all of the competitors who participate in the following week’s Eppie’s Great Race, to be held this year on July 18th, 2015.

Known as “Eppie’s Great Team,” Eppie’s pacesetters have included some of California’s most respected government officials, media representatives, successful business leaders, renowned athletes, local celebrities and semi-celebrities throughout its 42-year existence. All Eppie’s Great Race participants who beat the Great Team’s pacesetter time receive a free breakfast coupon courtesy of IHOP Restaurants and the Eppie’s Great Race Foundation.

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Two Seussical Characters Pose
Seussical the Musical features the award-winning Fair Oaks Theatre Festival ensemble.
Photo courtesy of Don Langford

Seussical the Musical

Posted: 6/19/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to protecting it and the Whos who live on it; Jojo, a misfit Who who “doesn’t think normal thinks,” struggles to find his place in the tiny Who society; and Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love, the kind and compassionate Horton.

Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek: a place in their world. It is the storyline from Seussical the Musical, the opening production for the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival Summer Series. Seussical the Musical is from the Broadway 2000 musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It’s based on the books of Dr. Seuss, mainly Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches the Egg, and Miss Gertrude McFuzz. Seussical the Musical features the award-winning Fair Oaks Theatre Festival ensemble. The Cat in the Hat, played by Sandra Hill, guides through the book Horton Hears a Who! Horton the Elephant, played by Joe Hart, endeavors to protect the people of Whoville and his newfound friend JoJo, played by Kaden Torres. Analise Langford Clark as Gertrude from The Butter Battle Book show up along with Sour Kangaroo, played by Corey Winfield, and Mayzie, split cast with Brianne Hidden and Anna Russell. You’ll also find a whole host of other Seuss book characters.

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Long Lines of White Gravestones on the Green Lawn of Gettysburg
Generations have passed since blood soaked the battlefields of Gettysburg. You can still feel the grief of each of the Unknown Soldiers.

What Memories May Come

Story and photos by Paul V. Scholl
Publisher, Messenger Publishing Group
Posted: 6/19/2015

In a matter of minutes, everything changes. In a matter of hours, we lose, then regain our focus. In a matter of days, we recover. In a matter of years, we forget. In solitude, we best remember those precious minutes.

So much happens for us in the time between Memorial Day weekend and the waves of a long hot summer. Graduations that culminate years of learning and parenting children through schools, May and June weddings, Father’s Day, and of course, our nation’s birthday. Blink and you will miss it all. Luckily, this year I didn’t blink.

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Memorial Day Ceremony Commemorates Our Fallen

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/5/2015


Honoring Casa Roble High School’s Best and Brightest

Story and Photo by Sheila LaPolla
Posted: 6/5/2015


Volunteer Has a Heart Bigger than His Clown Shoes

Shriners Hospital Volunteer Recognized for Exceptional Service

Posted: 5/22/2015


Annual Taste of Fair Oaks Returns

Posted: 5/22/2015


Clean Sweep for Creeks

Water Wisdom Shared at Carmichael Park by 1,800 Volunteers

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/8/2015


BBQ Dinner and Dance Raises Funds for Local Veterans

By Sheila LaPolla and Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/8/2015


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