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History Museum to offer free Summer admission to military personnel, families!

History Museum to offer free Summer admission to military personnel, families!

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento History Museum announced its participation in Blue Star Museums -- a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America -- to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Last summer, an estimated 300,000 military families visited partner museums as part of the Blue Star Museum program.

“We are proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program for the first time this year,” said Historic Old Sacramento Foundation Deputy Director Kristina Swanson.

State Capitol Museum to unveil special World War I exhibit June 14

State Capitol Museum to unveil special World War I exhibit June 14

SACRAMENTO - Through compelling letters and prized artifacts on display as part of an upcoming new (and free) exhibit at the California State Capitol Museum titled “Californians Over There! California’s Role in the First World War,” visitors will gain an understanding of what families endured during World War I when soldiers were “over there” and separated by thousands of miles. 

This new exhibit features the letters of the Bates family from Alameda, California, that include vivid descriptions of wartime experiences written by their son Edward, who fought on the front lines in France.

Founders of the #HereWeBuild Sacramento Kings campaign speak at #HereWeMeme

Founders of the #HereWeBuild Sacramento Kings campaign speak at #HereWeMeme

Leveraged in virtual reality over blogs, Twitter and Facebook and spilling into the real world of council meetings and rallies, the fight to keep the Kings in Sacramento captured the hearts and attention of NBA fans across the nation.  Leading the charge were social media-inspired grassroots campaigns #HereWeBuild, #HereWeStay, SacDeflated.com and their spinoff campaigns #HereWeSit and #HereWePurple.  Ultimately, the public pressure built by these campaigns over social media channels helped result in the Kings decision to remain in Sacramento for another year. 

Presented by the Sacramento Chapter of the Social Media Club, a panel of founders and major contributors to these campaigns will discuss key learnings and best practices from their experiences on the front lines of launching and running successful social media grassroots campaigns. 

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Red-carpet premiere for youth-made videos at crest theatre

Red-carpet premiere for youth-made videos at crest theatre

Teens from 14 middle and high schools in Sacramento have spent the past school year creating short films that preserve the stories of community leaders and advocate solutions to community challenges.

May event: Sacramento

May event: Sacramento

Sac Jazz Festival & Jubilee (CC) caribb Renowned Jazz names like Tom Rigney of Flambeau (who just happens to be the 2011 choice for Emperor of the 38th Annual Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilee), Banu Gibson & New Orleans Hot Jazz, Black Dogs, Sonny Leyland (2010 inductee to the Boogie-Woogie Piano Hall of Fame), and Hal Smith's International Sextet - are featured performers this year.

May events: San Francisco & Sacramento

May events: San Francisco & Sacramento

More NorCal events and festivals coming this weekend:
May 21st and 22nd:
San Francisco's Uncorked Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square
Saturday: Live music with Latin/Fusion Trip, wine seminars , chef demonstrations by Chef Mark Richardson of Seasons at Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, among others - everything's free except for the wine tasting, and proceeds benefit Save the Bay!
Uncorked Wine Festival

Congresswoman Matsui Announces $35,000 in NEA Grants for Local Organizations

Congresswoman Matsui Announces $35,000 in NEA Grants for Local Organizations

SACRAMENTO, CA - Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced that two local organizations, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra Association and California Presenters, have been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The Sacramento Philharmonic will receive $20,000 to support an educational outreach series featuring Carnegie Hall's LinkUP!