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Notorious Shank Brothers to perform in Woodland March 5

Notorious Shank Brothers to perform in Woodland March 5

WOODLAND - If you like traditional Bluegrass, you will like the solid combination of classic songs and instrumentals dished up by The Notorious Shank Brothers, appearing at the Woodland Opera House on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

After polishing their technique and repertoire, Erik and Al Shank found some local players to complete the band in May 2006. After weeks of practice they appeared in July at the Peach Festival in Marysville. They have continued to appear at several venues throughout Northern California including being selected to play on “Vern’s Stage” at the California Bluegrass Association Festival. In the summer of 2009 the quartet hit the “winery circuit” playing at several wineries such as Imagery Estate, Rominger West and St.

YoloArts hosts communication workshops for non-profits Feb. 23

YoloArts hosts communication workshops for non-profits Feb. 23

WOODLAND - YoloArts will host a free workshop for non-profits in Yolo County about the use of an online calendar system designed to increase organizations' visibility and vitality. The workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m in the Yolo County DESS building located at 25 North Cottonwood Street, Room #175 in the Madison Lab.

Made possible by a grant from the California Arts Council and its Creating Public Value program, calendar creators Rebecca Martinez and John Potter of Blue Cat Studios will be conducting this hands-on computer workshop. Attendees will learn how to maximize limited staff and volunteer resources, increase traffic to websites, promote events, activities and meetings, access statistics for satisfying grant accountability requirements, and measure the success of advertising campaigns.

Through its California Arts Council grant, YoloArts is able to offer the calendar system free to three county nonprofits serving the arts.

'Prom Night Goes Old School' in Vacaville March 12

'Prom Night Goes Old School' in Vacaville March 12

VACAVILLE - Enjoy a night free of teen drama, crying over prom queen or worrying about a date, as the City of Vacaville's Community Services Department presents "Prom Night Goes Old School."

Designed for those ages 50 and older, "Old School" features the Big Band sounds of Alive Music Orchestra and will take place from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at the McBride Senior Center, located at 91 Town Square Place.

Celebrate 'Sweetheart Day' at the Nut Tree

Celebrate 'Sweetheart Day' at the Nut Tree

VACAVILLE - Treat your special someone to Sweetheart Day at the Nut Tree on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy free cupcakes, warm beverages, ride the Nut Tree Train for only $1 per ride., and win raffle prizes.

Guests can also listen to a romantic reading by Crystaline Energy and kids can have fun at the "Create a Card" activity station.

The Nut Tree is located at 1681 East Monte Vista Avenue. For more information call (707) 447-6000.

Parents, students rally to save Vacaville music programs

VACAVILLE - Parents and students plan to take to the streets in front of Willis Jepson Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in an attempt to save the music programs in the Vacaville Unified School District. The school is located at 580 Elder Street.

Demonstration organizer Matt Carmichael said the grassroots effort is in protest of the district's intent to cut music programs at the elementary school level. Last year, the district's music boosters all pitched in to save teacher jobs and music programs, said Carmichael.

Vacaville PAL to hold judo tournament; Community support needed

Vacaville PAL to hold judo tournament; Community support needed
VACAVILLE - The Vacaville Police Activities League will hold a "Battle for the Star" Judo Tournament on Feb. 27 starting at 10 a.m. at Vacaville High School on Monte Vista Avenue. The tournament is a primary fundraiser for the non-profit's Makimoto Judo Club.

Due to recent budget cuts and increased costs to host the tournament, organizers are in urgent need of community and business donations to pull off the event. In addition to the local tournament, the group needs enough funds to fly their 11-member team plus 3-4 chaperones to a national judo tournament in Ohio in July.

All proceeds from the tournament in February will go to the team's expenses. Donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Police Activities League, Makimoto Judo Club or how you can help the team reach their financial goals, call Jocelyne at (707) 332-0388.