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Smiles with Friends at News 10's Social Media Day

Smiles with Friends at News 10's Social Media Day

El Dorado Hills -- News 10's Janice Williams and Michelle Ponto kick back and enjoy a taste of delicious El Dorado County wine courtesy of Eric Wolff at Skinner Vineyards & Winery in Fair Play.

The Party Starts Now at McConnell Estates Winery in Elk Grove

The Party Starts Now at McConnell Estates Winery in Elk Grove

Elk Grove -- Mike Wackman, owner of his family winery, surrounds himself with pretty women because he's the boss! Corey Chatsfield, Ashley Broussard and Deborah Larson point out that working with Mike is a fun job, especially now that the 2012 summer events began Friday evening with a free (we like free!) concert by Sorci & Martini.

ZinFest 2012 A Big Hit Saturday at Lodi Lake

ZinFest 2012 A Big Hit Saturday at Lodi Lake

Lodi -- Katie Waters, Andrew Cline and Priscella Ornelas -- also known as The Three Wine and Tears -- enjoy ZinFest 2012 at Lodi Lake on Saturday. Sunny weather, live music and lots of wine delighted everyone attending ZinFest that kicks off a heap of summer fun on tap at wineries throughout Lodi.

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Free Comic Books -- and Cash Prizes -- Delight Young Artists at Southgate Library

Sacramento -- Crayons, watercolors and glitter -- lots of glitter! -- adorn artwork created by young artists participating in Saturday's contest to win cash prizes, sponsored by the Friends of Southgate Library.

Thanks to Comics & Collectibles on Fruitridge Road, every artist received two free comic books to take home on the final day of Dia! Many Children...Many Cultures...Many Books program at Sacramento County libraries.

Nicole Powel, children's librarian, says this program celebrating Sacramento's multi-cultural diversity highlights 2012's schedule of events emphasizing in-home reading for all children and their parents. "By coming to these library events," she explains, "children are provided with free books to take home and keep.

Angels Sing in Sacramento -- Celtic Woman's Stunning Show Wednesday Night

Sacramento -- Heaven was indeed on Earth Wednesday when Ireland's beautiful faeries, Celtic Woman, performed at Memorial Auditorium. These four stunning women -- three singers and one high-kicking fiddling faerie -- enchanted us with heavenly voices akin to Sara Brightman (the original "Christine" in Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Phantom of the Opera"). Celtic Woman's Sacramento show kicks off their California performances with a big bang of energy, perfect-pitch voice harmonies and beautiful dresses that I wish I had worn for my high school proms (and not the goofy dresses that haunt me now on the classmates websites!). Growing up in a Chicago suburb, I've heard "Danny Boy" sung by many artists, yet Celtic Woman's three-part harmony floats through the air like a dewy mist on an Irish morning that opens my heart as the sunrise warms the moss-covered glen.

Hats Off at Colonial Library Celebrating Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5

Hats Off at Colonial Library Celebrating Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5

Sacramento -- Victoria Mendoza's Mexican Folkloric Dancers are just too cute entertaining an audience celebrating "Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books" throughout Sacramento County libraries until Saturday, May 5. A schedule of special events, story times, crafts and games is listed at www.saclibrary.org. Interested in learning Mexican folkloric dances or arranging performances? Email vmendozadancestudio@gmail.com to contact Victoria.