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Railroad Museum to Debut Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition “Journey Stories” on 6/21!

Railroad Museum to Debut Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition “Journey Stories” on 6/21!

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to be the first institution in California to debut a Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled “Journey Stories” on June 21, 2014.  With the use of compelling photographs, visual display panels, narrative text and more, the “Journey Stories” exhibition highlights how transportation and migration helped build the United States, how it has changed us as a nation, and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. The exhibition also demonstrates our collective personal heritage and how everyone has an interesting story to tell.   

Special “Diesel Days” Activities on Father’s Day Weekend!

Special “Diesel Days” Activities on Father’s Day Weekend!

On Father’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are offering very special “Diesel Days” activities with train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad featuring visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives.

Plus, on Father’s Day Sunday, the rarely seen Southern Pacific road switcher No. 5208 will be on special display for one day only.  Built in 1948 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and retired in 1969, SP5208 is an early diesel locomotive that represents the major effort of its day to adapt to diesel locomotive construction. Excursion train ride guests will be treated to a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating.

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Sacramento Museums Celebrate Summer With Special Evening Events & Activities in June!

Sacramento Museums Celebrate Summer With Special Evening Events & Activities in June!

Imagine. Explore. Discover.  In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long.  In June, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are showcasing special evening events, a few of which include the following:

Thursday Night at the Museums at the Railroad Museum & History Museum -- through August 28

History Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families This Summer!

History Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families This Summer!

The Sacramento History Museum is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. 

“We are proud to participate in the growing and nationally recognized Blue Star Museums program this summer that helps to enrich the lives of our valued service members and their families,” said Historic Old Sacramento Foundation Deputy Director Kristina Swanson. “We are happy to provide an opportunity to help these dedicated families further connect with the community and enjoy our national treasures.  It is our way of giving back to those who sacrifice so much.”

May & June Gardening Classes at Community Garden

May & June Gardening Classes at Community Garden

Want to expand your knowledge of gardening?  The Hannah and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden, sponsored by the Yolo County Health Department, is holding four free gardening classes in May and June.  Hosted by the Yolo County Master Gardeners and Tuleyome’s Home Place Adventures Program, these events will be held at the community garden adjacent to the Bauer Building at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

On Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m., join Master Gardener Barbara Ohlendorf for a presentation on Integrated Pest Management. Barbara will cover the basic principles, importance of beneficial insects and how to preserve them, least toxic insecticides, top 10 garden pests and nontoxic controls, and pests to be on the lookout for in the garden.

Sacramento Music Festival FREE "Kickoff Soiree" at the Starlite Lounge Thursday, 5/22!

Sacramento Music Festival FREE "Kickoff Soiree" at the Starlite Lounge Thursday, 5/22!

Great news -- a special Sacramento Music Festival "Kickoff Soiree" is set for Thursday evening, May 22 at Midtown's new Starlite Lounge located at P streets (1517 21st Street, Sacramento, California 95811).

The 2014 Sacramento Music Festival and Jubilee runs Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.A FREE after-work event, the party will start at 5:30 pm and run til 10 pm. Live music will be shack-shaking county blues from Oakland's HowellDevine rompin' bebop swing with The Afterlife from Sacramento.

Sexy shack-shackin’ music—that's Howell Devine, the massively talented NorCal trio, who became the first blues band the legendary Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records (Fred McDowell, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton) signed in 27 years.