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Sacramento Ballet continues its art education with Romeo & Juliet

SACRAMENTO - The classic love story, Romeo and Juliet, comes to the Sacramento Community Center Theater this weekend. The Sacramento Ballet will play out the story with dance and spirited sword fights.

As part of their art education program, artistic director, Ron Cunningham, and his wife Carrine Binda hope to send 2000 Capital city students to a special performance on Saturday.

They are reaching out to individual donors instead of corporate sponsors to raise the money necessary for the extra performance. The total money needed to put on the performance is nearly $10,000.

If you would like to help or just want more information on the ballet, you can go to their website  http://www.sacballet.org/

And as a special bonus, Tuesday's Groupon gets you half off your tickets to the Sacramento Ballet. For more information on this go to http://www.groupon.com/

Camellia Pin-On Day - February 24

In honor of Sacramento's designation as "Camellia Capital of the World," volunteers from the State Capitol Museum will create and distribute complimentary camellia corsages to State Capitol visitors, California State Legislators, the Governor's office and Capitol staff. And these are no ordinary flowers -- the camellias will be cut from Capitol Park bushes and trees by the Department of General Services groundskeepers.

Camellias have bloomed in Sacramento since the 1850s when pioneers brought and planted seeds from Boston. In fact, with 3,000 different types of bushes and small trees, camellias have truly thrived in the Sacramento area and some of the original plants are even still growing around the city today.

I AM NUMBER FOUR The IMAX Experience® Opens February 18th at The ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE

I AM NUMBER FOUR The IMAX Experience® Opens February 18th at The ESQUIRE IMAX THEATRE

DreamWorks Pictures brings you the suspense-thriller I Am Number Four opening at Esquire IMAX Theatre. I Am Number Four has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX® DMR technology. With crystal-clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and maximized field of view, IMAX provides the world’s most immersive movie experience. I Am Number Four: The IMAX Experience opens February 18, 2011. Tickets on sale now at www.imax.com/sacramento.

Extraordinary teen John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past.

Legislative leaders approve raises for some staff

SACRAMENTO, CA - Legislative leaders say some 230 staff members deserved the raises they approved Wednesday because the employees have taken on more responsibilities and haven't had pay increases for two years.

The raises equate to about $1 million. Some of the staffers, 26 of them, already make more than $100,000 a year.

Those receiving the pay hikes constitute about 10 percent of staff members.

The raises don't sit well with some when California is facing a $25 billion-plus deficit. Gov. Brown has proposed program and higher education cuts and wants voters to approve tax extensions to help bridge the huge shortfall.

Wells Fargo hosting free mortage challenge workshop

Wells Fargo hosting free mortage challenge workshop

Thousand of Northern California homeowners have been invited to a free workshop hosted by Wells Fargo Bank to help their customers facing financial hardship.  The attendees are customers of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Wells Fargo Financial, Wachovia Mortgage and Wells Fargo Home Equity. Bilingual representatives will be available to assist borrowers during the event. 

When: This Thursday and Friday, Feb. 10 and 11 from 9:00 a.m.

Cupid Made Me Stupid art exhibit - February 9, 2011

Talented local illustrator and author Eric Decetis is known for his hilarious cartoons and cards.  For decades he's brought us smiles and his work is showcased in a new exhibit just in time for Valentine's Day called "Cupid Made Me Stupid." Clare Bailey is the owner of Gallery 2110 and says Eric's work is a great fit.  There are some other exhibits on display at the gallery now as well including some on lesser-known civil rights heroes.    

"Cupid Made Me Stupid Exhibit" 
featuring illustrations by Eric Decetis  
Now - March 4  
Gallery 2110 
2110 K Street  
Sacramento 
(916) 444-5500 
gallery2110.com

Brown drops plan to sell state buildings

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) -- Gov. Brown says he's killing a plan to sell 24 state government buildings to private investors.

The state had been in negotiations to sell the properties for $2.3 billion under a proposal by former Gov. Schwarzenegger to help close the state's budget deficit. The state would have continued using the space by entering into a 20-year lease with the new owners.

The Associated Press reported last year the deal would end up costing the state $5.2 billion in rent over 20 years, perhaps saddling taxpayers with costs beyond whatever the state would net from the sale. That assessment was confirmed by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.

Brown said Wednesday that he canceled the sale because it "amounted to a gigantic loan."

Sacramento police: Another motel, market targeted by serial robber

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento robbery detectives believe the same man has struck two more local businesses this week after committing four similar crimes in January.

Sgt. Norm Leong said a man entered a market near H and 20th streets at 6:30 Monday morning and told the clerk he was armed and wanted money. A delivery driver pulled up at the same time, interrupting the crime and the would-robber left without any cash.

Then at 8:24 a.m., detectives believe the same man went into a motel on the 200 block of Bannon Street and indicated he had a gun while demanding money. He left without money.

Witness descriptions and security camera photos have investigators believe the man has been pulling off similar robberies or attempted robberies since Jan. 19.

Sacramento Fashion Week - February 8, 2011

Sacramento Fashion Week is geared toward showcasing the fashion and artistic talents of the Sacramento Region. It will be a platform for new and upcoming designers to have their collections transform from sketches to pieces of art gracing the runway.  

Kicking off the week will be an exclusive Launch Party Thursday February 24th. The Emerging Designers showcase is being scheduled to take place on Friday February 25th which will feature designs from some of our region's top student designers. Saturday February 26th, the finale showcase will highlight both 2012 Winter/Fall Collections, as well as Couture Collections from some of Sacramento's premier cutting edge fashion designers. Ending the week will be a Fashion Forum on Sunday February 27th, which will be produced by Sac State Student Fashion Association.

Animal House Pet of the Week - February 8, 2011

The Sacramento & Co. Animal House introduces "Wisdom"

Wisdom is a 4-year-old male, orange tabby domestic long hair kitty.  This is one mellow fellow!  Wisdom is gentle, friendly and very affectionate. He likes to be carried, enjoys being brushed and loves getting pets.  Wisdom is the quintessential lap cat.  He has been introduced to other kitties and doesn't seem to be bothered by them.  If you are looking for a kitty who will kick back and keep you company while reading or watching TV, Wisdom is the one for you.     

Wisdom has already been neutered, so he can go home the same day he is adopted. 

Sacramento City Animal Care Services Center
(916) 808-PETS
(916) 808-7387
http://www.sacpetsearch.com