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Weekend Family Fun

May 16, 2013

A day on the farm, a Lao Fest, a bike expo, Sutter’s Fort Hands-on-History, open cockpit day at the Aerospace Museum, a production of Rumpelstiltskin.  These are just a few of the events going on this weekend.  So, choose wisely and have fun!

fun_fest_2013_category5/18 – Scooter’s Clean Air Fun Fest and Bike Expo -The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and the Air Districts of the region will host the fourth annual Spare The Air kick-off event. This family-friendly event is slated to feature bike-centric exhibits and live entertainment.

Scooter, the Spare The Air mascot, and his mascot friends such as Dinger, Jelly Belly, and others will be there along with residents throughout the Sacramento region to bring awareness to the 19th Spare The Air season, which runs from May through October. The fun fest and bike expo will feature a celebrity host, a BMX bike team performance, bike safety demonstrations, helmet fittings, a live DJ as well as numerous organizations and businesses that cater to bicycles, families, pets, and the environment. The first 300 people who attend the event will receive a free goodie bag, and there will be raffles and prize giveaways throughout the day.

5/18 – Armed Forces Open Cockpit Day at the California Aerospace Museum – Celebrate and honor those who serve in our Armed Forces with this special Open
Cockpit Day.  Kids will have “fun with physics” while checking out the museum’s large indoor and outdoor collection of impressive aircraft.

babydollsheep-300x232_category5/18 – Farms and Friends Go Green at Fairytale Town – Fairytale Town brings together two of its popular spring programs and creates one magical day celebrating agriculture and the environment. Arrive early to see the twin Babydoll sheep get sheared, then watch as a wool spinner spins their wool into thread using an old-fashioned spinning wheel.  Stop by several local area organization booths to catch educational displays on conservation, learn about incentives and information on green programs, and get some easy tips on how you and your family can go green. Enjoy agriculture themed hands-on activities, a mini-farmers’ market, and visit with local area farms and organizations to learn more about California’s rich agricultural history.  It will be a fun-filled celebration of the earth!

suttersfort_category5/18 – Hands-on-History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846: A Community of Many Faces – The Gold Rush of 1849 brought tens of thousands of people to California from all over the world. But even before the first gold seekers arrived, Sutter’s Fort was already a melting pot of ethnic, social, and cultural diversity. The volunteers of Sutter’s Fort and invited guests will honor and celebrate the diversity of the fort before the Gold Rush.

reading_day_category5/18 – Reading Day at the Greater Sacramento Urban League Headquarters –  Please join the Greater Sacramento Urban League Young Professionals (GSULYP), as they celebrate the joy of reading at the next Reading Day.   A full day of fun is planned with a free pancake breakfast for the kids, 9am-10am, and free storytime and reading activities, 10am-2pm.  Afternoon lunch will be provided. All kids will receive a certificate for attending Reading Day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover how much fun reading can be! Event is for children ages 5-10 years old.

fenixrising_2013_category5/18 – Fenix Rising presented by Fenix Drum and Dance Company – Come enjoy an extraordinary experience as Fenix members show off their talents in this evening of West African and Afro-Caribbean drumming and dance. This event will include a marketplace with handcrafted musical instruments. Refreshments will also be available. Attendees will enjoy a night of entertainment for the whole family!

5/18 – Abalone Necklace Making at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Join a naturalist in the replica Nisenan Maidu village to polish an abalone shell piece for your own unique necklace. All ages welcome; children will need assistance from an adult.

lao_category5/18 – Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Fest – Explore the Jewel of the Mekong River. Join the crowd in one of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular events in Northern California. Take a walk through the sprawling market stalls of fine arts, crafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Watch enchanting folk dances and a fashion show. Participate in the pageant parade and interactive games. Dance and sing along with live music and taste some of the world’s most exquisite cuisines.

The festival is a celebration for the 2556 Lao New Year, which is related to the water festival shared by Asian communities from the Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Laos. Although typically the water festival is celebrated in April, the Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Festival is celebrated in a later month in order to encourage the public to attend temple festivities throughout April.

5/18 – 5/19 – It’s Butterfly Time at the Discovery Museum – Flutter by the Discovery Museum this weekend and enjoy a bounty of butterfly activities. Using stereoscopes, you can view the fascinating structure of butterfly wings—then create a butterfly life cycle using pasta. Remember to leave time for enjoying the grounds; bring a picnic and explore the butterfly garden showing plants that attract butterflies.

rumpelstiltskin_category5/19 -California Theater Center: Rumpelstiltskin at Three Stages in Folsom – Recall the Grimm Brothers’ moral tale of promises made and promises broken. A poor miller tries to impress the royal cousin by boasting untruthfully that his beautiful daughter can turn straw into gold. When the girl is locked in a room with a spinning wheel and some straw to accomplish this task, a strange little man appears and entices the young maiden to promise him her first-born child if he assists her. Later, he returns to claim the baby in fulfillment of their bargain, but is undone by his own ego.  Recommended for grades K-5.

dayonthefarm_category5/19 – A Day on the Farm with Soil Born Farms – This event has become a regional favorite! Collaborating for the past six years with Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, the intention of this event is to create an opportunity for families to visit the American River Ranch for a day of learning, eating, celebrating, and exploring the natural world. There will be gardening and cooking classes, kid’s garden and art activities, live music, delicious food, and community education demonstration tables and lots of fun for the whole family. Soil Born Farms organic plants and produce will be sold at the ever-popular plant sale and farm stand.

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