Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

FREE Playdate at Fancy Feet Dance Academy

April 14, 2011

After almost two years, we finally have an East Sacramento Mom playdate scheduled! Why didn’t we think to do this sooner? Elizabeth Ercila, owner of the newly opened Fancy Feet Dance Academy, has graciously offered to host a *FREE* playdate next Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30AM. Come join us!

At the Fancy Feet ESM playdate, we’ll let the kids enjoy a dance class, play some games, and even get in a little fun and exercise with the moms (or dads). Spread the word and bring a friend.

Fancy Feet Dance Academy is located at 712 57th Street, near Crepe Escape, and for more information click HERE or call 916.451.4900.

We’ll see you there!

April Events at the McKinley Library

April 5, 2011

All McKinley Library programs are *FREE* and sponsored by the Friends of McKinley Library.

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26

Baby Lapsit Storytime
Ages birth through 24 months. This storytime is designed to help develop literacy with stories, songs, and movement.

Toddler Storytime
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for children aged 18 months to 3 years.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27

Preschool Storytime
Stories, songs, fingerplays and more for preschoolers aged 3 – 5. Younger children welcome as space permits.

Thursday, April 7

Just Dance 2
Teen program. Come shake your groove thing at McKinley Library!

Thursday, April 21

Spring Crafts
School-age program. Bunnies and eggs, flowers and butterflies, make many lovely little tokens of the season.

Saturday, April 30

Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Family program. Tea party and fashion show. Come show your glittery best at the library. Crafts include fancy hats, crowns, and accessories.

The McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.264.2700.

We’ll see you there!

April Events at the Crocker Art Museum

March 29, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 3PM
Classical Concert: William Feasley, Guitar
Inspired by “John Buck: Iconography,” classical guitarist William Feasley will perform works by American composers Peter Madlem, Robert Beaser, Carlos Jobim, and Thelonius Monk along with the world premiere of “Black Tango” (“Tango Negro”) by the Argentine composer Marcelo Ferraris. Purchase tickets HERE, at the admission desk, or by calling 916.808.1182. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

This would be a great afternoon activity for a parent and teen! Why not grab a dessert at Ginger Elizabeth afterward and discuss the music?

Thursday, April 14, 5-9PM
Art Mix: Lit Fix
Celebrate Literary Arts Month with a night full of poetry, spoken word, live music, tours, and talks. Don’t miss an open mic session and interactive activities. *FREE* with museum admission. Art Mix is part of the program series Thursdays ‘til 9.

Another good parent-teen activity, this would make for a fun “date night”. Grab dinner Tapa the World before you get your art fix.

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20 & 27, 11AM
Wee Wednesday
Bring your little one and yourself for gallery-based art activities for children ages 3 to 5.  *FREE* with museum admission. This is a family program and space is limited. Signup begins at 10AM on the day of the event at the museum admission desk.

SUCH a fun activity for your toddler! Get them exposed to the arts at an early age.

Saturday, April 9, 1PM
Sunday, April 17, 11AM
Drop, Yak, Splat! A Museum Adventure for Families
Different artworks will provide inspiration for a stimulating gallery experience for families and children of all ages. *FREE* with museum admission.

This would be a great way to start your family Second Saturday fun.

Tuesday, April 12, Noon-2PM
Homeschool Day
Homeschool and family groups are invited to visit the museum regularly for thematic gallery adventures designed to intrigue children ages six and older. Registration is required. For pricing specifics and registration, click HERE or call 916.808.1182.

Sunday, April 17, 1-3PM
Opening Reception: Meaning and Medium – Self-Portraits by Christian Brothers High School Students
See the exhibition “Meaning and Medium,” on view April 7 through July 10, 2011, and meet the artists who have explored portraiture through fresh eyes.

Tuesday, April 19, 10:30AM
Baby Loves Art – Singing in the Rain
Baby Loves Art is an entertaining and interactive way for children ages three and under and their caregivers to experience the educational stimulation that the visual arts can provide. Children sing, move, groove, touch, and play at the Crocker while building key cognitive and motor skills. This program is funded by the First 5 Sacramento Commission.

I can’t WAIT to take my 2 year-old to this new program for babies!

If you attend (or have attended in the past) any of the program or special events at the Crocker, we’d love to hear about it and get your thoughts and insight. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

We’ll see you there!

Runaway Stage presents

March 15, 2011

We LOVE theater– especially if it involves kids. The 24th Street Theater is the home of the Runaway Stage, a theater company performing plays and musicals by kids and for kids (and for adults too). With super reasonable tickets, a show at the Runaway Stage might be just the thing to beat the cabin fever that is setting in due to all the rain this week.

You have a choice of two productions this month. The first is Pigs In Space which runs Saturdays March 19th and 26th at both 12pm and 2pm. Shows are just $8 for general admission and $6 for kids 12 and under!

The second, a musical, Seussical Jr. plays March 22-24 at 7pm and admission is just $10. Here is a little more about Seussical Jr.:

Do you like Green Eggs and Ham and pretty much all the other Dr. Seuss books? Well, from there to here and here to there, funny things are everywhere during this staging of Seussical Jr. Kids and teens from Runaway Stage Productions’ youth workshops will perform this one-act version of the Broadway musical, which still features beloved characters such as Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat and Gertrude McFuzz, and songs like “Oh the Thinks You Can Think”.

The Runaway Stage is located inside the 24th Street Theater at 2791 24th Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.207.1226.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast Winter Camp: Camp Wonderland

December 20, 2010

For children ages 4-7, Art Beast Winter Camps will celebrate the arrival of Winter in proper Art Beast fashion with lots of creating, storytelling, and movement activities. The children will use art, dance, and dramatic play to explore the world of Winter as they consider the magic of the changing seasons, the coming of a new year, and the busy animals preparing for the cold. As always, Art Beast welcomes all so the camps will center on the joy of the season rather than specific holidays.

Two sessions of Winter Camp are offered, each running from Monday through Thursday. The first session runs from December 20th (today) to the 23rd and the second from December 27th to the 30th. Each session will be unique. Camps will start at 9AM each day and end at 1PM.

Sessions fill at 16 children and are led by two teachers, promising a group that can grow close. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Art Beast camps are about exploring art and self-expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, they promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art.

After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like.

The first week’s camp is led by Brenda Brinkhous-Hatch. It includes the following activities:

-Book Nook includes stories with winter themes such as arctic animals and snowy landscapes.
-Winter Wishing Tree for children to write wishes and hang on the branches.
-Animal Shelters: Build “nests” or “caves” for different woodland creatures using fabric, feathers, leaves, etc.
-Migration patterns: Using large maps, plot the migration route for different birds &/or animals.
-Make feeders for the creatures that do not migrate.
-Animal Tracks: White play dough and small toy polar animals (reindeer, polar bears, penguins, arctic wolves, etc.) are placed in the play dough area.
-Clay Arctic Animal: Children will sculpt an Arctic creature from clay, then paint it with liquid watercolor and “glaze” with glossy Modge-Podge.
-Melt Ice with Salt: When we do this, the salt seems to “eat away” at the ice creating crystals.
-Cryogenics: Freeze four different substances (water, liquid soap, vanilla pudding, and honey) to observe what effect freezing had on the substances.
-Ice Rainbows: Drop colored water onto crushed ice to watch the colors travel down through the ice.
-Winter Walk & Painting
-Make a Snowman Snack
-Glittering Snowballs: Balloons are covered with glue, yarn, and glitter for a beautiful effect.
-Snowflakes: Learn to make glorious snowflakes!
-Snowstorm: Create a “snowstorm” of warm snow by using cotton balls and crumbled tissue.
-Snowy Snapshot: Turn yourself into a paper doll!

Holly Grupe leads the second week with even more art, dance, and movement activities!

Each session is $150. Siblings receive a 15% discount. To register, click HERE. If morning sessions fill, they will consider adding afternoon sessions to meet demand. Call 916.441.1233 to express interest in an afternoon session.

As always, when you choose Art Beast, your money supports Tubman House, a residential community for young, homeless parents and their children. A portion of your camp fees is tax-deductible.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Hats off to the Holidays with the Sacramento Women’s Chorus

December 8, 2010

Does anyone still go Christmas caroling in their neighborhood? I’ve heard of groups of neighbors who make an event out of it, meet at one house, enjoy hot chocolate, light candles and roam their street belting out holiday cheer. I have yet to live on one of those streets though. If your block doesn’t participate either, the Sacramento Women’s Chorus has an alternative.

Join Sacramento Women’s Chorus for a *FREE* Seasonal Singalong, Monday, December 13 from 7PM to 8:15PM at 3901 Folsom Boulevard (First Christian Church – SWC is not affiliated with any church). They will be collecting warm hats, gloves and socks for the homeless women and children served by Maryhouse and Wellspring. Canned food and non-perishable donations will also be accepted.

For more information, call 877.758.7827.

We’ll see you there!

Sacramento Greek Food Festival

September 1, 2010

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One of the best reasons to live in Sacramento (right up there with the proximity to both San Francisco and Tahoe) is the diversity we have and availability to immerse your children into another culture. Personally, the Greek Food Festival is my favorite way to do that!

The Sacramento Greek Festival is held each year during Labor Day weekend at the Sacramento Convention Center. Friday, September 3rd from 11AM to 11PM, Saturday, the 4th from 12PM to 11PM and Sunday, September 5th from 12PM to 10PM you can take a tasting tour of Greece, stroll through Hellenica (a cultural display), sample Greek wine and beer and enjoy music of “Mythos” band– all without the pricey plane ticket.

Don’t miss the authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, Greek folk dancing (there are even lessons available), the Pantopolion (marketplace of imported gifts and jewelry) and cooking demonstrations! General admission is $5, seniors (55 and older) are $4 and children 12 and younger are *FREE* and if you click HERE you can print a $2 off admission coupon. Also, show up on Friday from 11AM to 3PM and admission is *FREE* for everyone!

The Sacramento Convention Center is located at 1400 J Street and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

FREE Day at the California Museum + Third Thursday Jazz

July 13, 2010

You already know we’re all about *FREE* activities and events, so we are excited about Target’s Arts & Wonder *FREE* Family Event. Target invites you and your family to see more of the arts while spending less. As part of their efforts to support education in the communities they serve, Target is sponsoring *FREE* admission to the California Museum on July 17 from 10AM to 5PM.

The California Museum is full of California history and culture. Families can easily spend hours walking through exhibits and participating in the interactive learning experiences. We like to pack lunch to eat outside beneath the huge “rights” wall. Be sure to check out the California Museum’s website for lots of online activities for kids.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street. For more information click HERE or call 916.653.7524.

Speaking of the arts and museums, we are anxiously anticipating the grand opening of the Crocker Art Museum coming in October. Until then, support the Crocker by attending the Third Thursday Jazz Summer Concert Series on July 15.

Held in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard, each concert features a different type of jazz from R & B and smooth to Latin rhythms and funk. With a versatile range from bebop to modern contemporary jazz, the Garrett Perkins Project is dedicated to promoting music that is at once educational and entertaining. Light refreshments and drinks are available for purchase. The concerts begin at 5:30PM and end at 8PM. Admission is *FREE* for Crocker members and $10 for non members.

Enter through the Courtyard gate on Third Street between O and P Streets. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Twilight Thursdays at the Sacramento Zoo

June 15, 2010

Twilight Thursdays at the Sacramento Zoo begin June 17 and run through July 29. Seven Thursdays of hot cars, live music, good food and cool drinks. Each Thursday from 5:30-8:00PM you can enjoy live music featuring local bands and a car show with local car-clubs. Dinner and drink specials will also be available for purchase at the Zoo’s Kampala Café. The Zoo will be open extended hours for summer enjoyment until 8:00PM.

Here are the dates and deets:

June 17 – Bugs & Beetles VW’s
Music by Indestructible Band (80’s cover band) and a VW car show

June 24 – Grandparent’s Night
Music by The Detours and a 50’s & 60’s car show

July 1 – Red, White and Blues
Music by Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers and a Muscle Car & Harley show

July 8 – British Night
Music by Because: A tribute to the Beatles and a British car show

July 15 – Kickin’ It Old Skool
Music by East Wind and a low-rider car show

July 22 – Rockabilly Night
Music by The Nickel Slots and a Rat Rods car show

July 29 – Hot Rods Night
Music by the Q Balls and a Hot Rods car show

Twilight Thursdays are included with zoo admission which is *FREE* for members and children under 3, $6.50 for ages 3-12, $10.50 general and $9.75 for seniors. The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5888.

We’ll see you there!

8th Annual Jazz in the Park

June 3, 2010

Picnic in the grass + ice chest full of cold drinks + good music = my idea of a perfect Sunday evening. Interested? Pack up the picnic baskets and blankets and head out to Winn Park for the 8th Annual Jazz in the Park.

Jazz in the Park is sponsored by the Midtown Neighborhood Association and from 4-8PM families can come enjoy blues from The Hucklebucks and food from Dave’s Dawgs and Fat Face Pops. For the big kids, the a beer and wine garden will be sponsored by Brew-it-Up and Revolution Wines. Add to that: raffles, a bounce house and crafts for the kids, and the teen band Exhale, and there’s something for every one.

Your family will also have an opportunity to support the River City Food Bank by donating nonperishable food items to fill up barrels at the park.

Winn Park is located at 27th and P Streets and for more information click HERE. The 8th Annual Jazz in the Park is a *FREE* family event.

We’ll see you there!