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Jose-Luis Orozco to perform in Davis March 25

Jose-Luis Orozco to perform in Davis March 25

DAVIS - The City of Davis Community Services Department will host a family concert featuring bilingual educator, children's author and recording artist Jose-Luis Orozco, on Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. The performance will be held at the Richard Brunelle Performance Hall located at 315 West 14th Street.

This will be an evening full of fun, culture and music for the entire family to enjoy. Tickets are $10 per person. A limited number of spaces will be available at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Child Care Services by calling (530) 757-5695 or download the Ticket Order Form.

Orozco is an acknowledged expert in children's music and is a featured speaker and presenter at educational conferences and seminars for teachers, parents, librarians and childcare providers who seek to use music as an important learning tool in multicultural classrooms.

Murder on the Menu in Vacaville March 26

Murder on the Menu in Vacaville March 26

VACAVILLE - There's been a murder -- and you're invited to help solve the case! The Vacaville Community Services Department will host "Murder on the Menu at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Ulatis Community Center.

This comical mystery takes place in the dining room and during each course of the play, look for clues and try to figure out "who done it." There will be a chance to question the characters, just like a detective. Solve the crime and you might just win a prize. This will be a wonderful night of fun, mystery, no host bar and a delicious meal.

The deadline to register is March 11 and the cost is $29 per person. For more information or to reserve seats, call (707) 469-6666 or (707) 469-6673.

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.