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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.

Oh, No! Mr. Bill at Free Library Program -- Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5.

Oh, No!  Mr. Bill at Free Library Program -- Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5.

Christian Hill, a six-grade student at Florin Elementary School, is a regular participant at Southgate Library's free educational programs because, he says, "They're fun, entertaining and help pass time! "

Christian joins teens on Tuesday to create animated stories on a mini-TV taught by Artworks' instructors. Christian and his friends are shown how to create stories combining old-fashioned animation "flip" books with today's digital media.

For information about daily programs celebrating Dia! Children's Day/Book Day through May 5, contact www.saclibrary.org and remember there are many children, many cultures and many books! (Who remembers RoseAnn RoseAnna Danna?)

Marty Cohen & The Sidekicks Jam in Acampo

Marty Cohen & The Sidekicks Jam in Acampo

Acampo -- Baby Boomers rocked to our favorite songs from the 1960s when Heritage Oak Winery hosted Marty Cohen and The Sidekicks at another fabulous free party on Saturday. For more information about the band, contact www.sidekickmusic.net and find future performance dates.