Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The dog days of summer bring big fun, culture and free events

July 13, 2010 |

Arts and entertainment columnist

Summer is in full swing, and there are lots of activities out there this week, for just about every interest.

Big Fun at Cal Expo

The California State Fair opens today. The ÒBig FunÓ starts earlier this year, with adventures waiting inside Cal Expo. Check out all that is offered at A new feature of the fairÕs website this year allows visitors to plan their itineraries for the fair. Simply click on ÒFair InfoÓ and scroll down to ÒPlan Your Day.Ó Then, select the day you plan to attend the fair, select the events you are interested in, and Ñ presto Ñ print out a personalized itinerary. Similar to the online feature for Disneyland, you will love this for planning an experience at the State Fair that you will never forget.

Dachshund Derby

The 11th annual Dachshund Derby will be run at the California State Fair this Saturday, July 17, starting just before 2 p.m. This event is always a crowd pleaser, as visitors cheer on their favorite wiener dogs. Maxwell von Crumpmeister, my Òracing dachshund,Ó wonÕt be running this year Ñ a first after running in every state fair derby for the past six years. Max is fine, but he likes to sleep in a bit more these days. And I missed the deadline for entering him (the fair was early É I forgot). Max sends his greetings to all his El Dorado Hills canine buddies who will be at the fair.

New exhibit in Folsom

ÒWay of the Brush: Chinese Brush PaintingÓ opens at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom on Friday, July 16 and runs through Sept. 2. The exhibit features the work of local artist Betty Liu. As a traditional Chinese art form, brush painting can incorporate traditional Chinese images and poetry. Sometimes, this art can be a blending of both: the painting is in the poem, and vice versa. The exhibit will feature selections from LiuÕs body of work from the past three decades.

The public is invited to attend a fabulous opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, July 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 the Gallery at 48 Natoma, located on Natoma Street in Folsom. The reception will include wine, refreshments and feature live Chinese instrumental ÒGu-ZhengÓ music.

During this same time in the Community Gallery at 48 Natoma, the annual 48 Natoma Student Show will feature studentÕs work from classes taught by Liu, as well as other adult art classes taught at the center. This exhibit will be on display through Aug. 26.

The artistsÕ reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public and art is available for purchase. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with additional hours on some weeknights and Saturdays. To request additional gallery information, or to schedule a tour, contact the gallery coordinator, Cindy Abraham, at (916) 351-3506 or

Arts & Wonder

Finally, the California Museum in Sacramento is offering free admission and free parking on Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for their ÒArts & WonderÓ free family event. Families will enjoy demonstrations by local artists, music, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Plan ahead and take the train. It is easy to use the park and ride system from Folsom. Light Rail Regional Transit goes right by the museum, which is located at 10th and O streets in Sacramento. Check out the numerous exhibits at the museum, including ÒUnder the Dragon: CaliforniaÕs New Culture,Ó which runs through Aug. 1., and ÒThe Purse and the Person: A Century of WomenÕs Purses,Ó through Sept. 26. For more information, call (916) 653-7524 or visit

Share your arts and entertainment event with Susan at





District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3

Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3



My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4



Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Large bangs

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 4 Comments



Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8



Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5

Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5



Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2



Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




Women’s Health

Love the skin you’re in

By Noel Stack | From Page: WH4

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: WH7Comments are off for this post

Women’s Health Expo

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH8

Find the confidence you need to fight back

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH12

Our choices directly affect our health

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH14

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH17