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Sunflower art contest celebrates community spirit

Sunflower art contest celebrates community spirit

Attention aspiring artists!  Show off your artistic side by entering the annual Sunflower Art Competition sponsored by NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Celebrating 9 years of sunflower art, NAMI-Yolo's Sunflower Art Competition raises funds for programs for mental health clients and their families.  Using the sunflower as a symbol of light and hope, one of NAMI's goals is to bring the wider community into positive and more frequent contact with the community of the mentally ill and their families to help reduce the myths and prejudices that often surround mental illness.

This year's judges, well-known artists Marie Therese Brown and Cathie Duniway, will choose art to be featured on the sunflower seed packets that NAMI members sell as a fund-raiser and are part of the Tallest Sunflower in Yolo County contest. 

The judges will also award first, second, and third place awards for four age groups (under 8; 8-

West Sac Resident Goes Hollywood

West Sac Resident Goes Hollywood

 

John Hammer Maxwell, one time resident of West Sacramento and manager of Tower Records on Watt Ave., now a set dresser on feature films based out of Hollywood with dozens of film credits, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Jerry McGuire and Apollo 13, will be showing his Original Collages at the James Gray Gallery in Santa Monica.   Max's opening is on April 29th and 30th, from 6pm to 9pm, and will be up until May 29th, 2011.  The James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, is located at 2525 Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica.  If you're in the neighborhood, stop by, say hi and see what inspires him.

Zac Brown Band performing at Raley Field May 12

Zac Brown Band performing at Raley Field May 12

Two-time Grammy award winners Zac Brown Band are back on the road with their southern-flavored rock and will be performing at Raley Field on May 12.

Following up their 2010 Grammy win for Best New Artist and multiple "Entertainer of the Year" nods in 2010 (ACM & CMA), Zac Brown Band has sold out shows across the country and scored six consecutive #1 singles on the radio.

Community Center Programming

Community Center Programming

Lots of new programming now at the West Sacrament Community Center, says city spokesman Art Schroeder in the city's e-newsletter.

For current information on Community Center programs, click on these links:

  • Salsa, Ballroom, Raggae, Contemporary Dance starts April 6
  • Black Box Theater Show Schedule
  • Now Playing in the Black Box-Storytime Theater: Jack & the Beanstalk
  • Gallery 1075 – West Sac Art Guild – Distinguished Artists Show now through April 29
  • Active Aging Program and Information Schedule  Click Here

Water Awareness poster contest

Water Awareness poster contest

"May is Water Awareness month, highlighting the importance of California’s water resources," said Water Resources Association of Yolo County spokeswoman Donna Gentile in a press release.

Gentile said the Water Resources Association (WRA) and the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District are sponsoring the 2011 Water Awareness Student Poster Contest in recognition of May as Water Awareness month The contest educates students about the need to use water carefully and its importance in our every day life.

The contest is open to all students from kindergarten to 8th grade including home schooled students living in Yolo County.

Yolo County libraries to close for training

All seven Yolo County branch libraries will have shortened hours on Monday, April 11 so staff may attend system-wide training.  The library’s Central Services and County Archives will also be affected.

Branches will reopen from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. if the branch is normally open on Mondays.

The seven libraries affected are:

Gallery 1075: Distinguished Artists of West Sacramento

Gallery 1075: Distinguished Artists of West Sacramento

The West Sacramento Community Center’s Gallery 1075 (so-named for the community center's street address, 1075 West Capitol Ave.) celebrates the opening of a new art exhibit, “Distinguished Artists of West Sacramento” with a free reception, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

The mixed media exhibit honors such local artists as Alice Driver, John Ohlson, and Betty Sokolich, whose works have been displayed over the years at the Turner Community Library, which is now adjacent to the community center. The art gallery is located on the first floor of the community center. The community center is directly across the street from city hall (1110 West Capitol Ave.).

Free parking for the community center is available in the city hall parking lotFor more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department, 617-4620.