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Native Film Screening of "Black Indians: An American Story" - 2/22!

Native Film Screening of "Black Indians:  An American Story" - 2/22!

In honor of Black History Month, the State Indian Museum is proud to present a very special Native American Film Screening of “Black Indians: An American Story” on Saturday, February 22, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  

Narrated by James Earl Jones, the engaging film explores the cultural and ethnic fusion of Native and African Americans and brings to light an often forgotten aspect of America’s pastThe special film presentations are free with regular Museum admission and seating is limited (first come, first served).  The State Indian Museum will be open that day and guests are encouraged to explorethe treasures on display that proudly showcase the enduring Native American culture. 

For more information about this special event or other activities happening at the State Indian Museum, call 916-324-8112 or visit www.parks.ca.gov/indianmuseum

Railroad Museum Presents "Lincoln Living History" Day on Sunday!

Railroad Museum Presents "Lincoln Living History" Day on Sunday!

In celebration of President’s Day weekend, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a special “Lincoln Living History Day” on Sunday, February 16. 

To the delight of guests of all ages, a Living History character portraying President Abraham Lincoln – who signed the Pacific Railroad Act more than 150 years ago -- will be roaming throughout the Railroad Museum providing guests with thoughtful dialogue and his unique historical perspective about the exhibits and offerings at North America’s most popular railroad museum. For instance, Lincoln will certainly share his insights about the new 150th Anniversary of State Parks exhibit as he was the one who signed the Yosemite Grant Act in 1864, protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove and ceding them to the State of California as the nation's first State Park (although it is now a national park).

Sutter's Fort "Hands on History" Event this Saturday!

Sutter's Fort "Hands on History" Event this Saturday!

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Railroad Museum Announces Tuesday Train Rides!

Railroad Museum Announces Tuesday Train Rides!

As an expansion of the well-established weekday train ride program for local school groups, the California State Railroad Museum is now offering excursion train rides to the general public on 12 pre-determined Tuesdays in 2014. Tuesday Train Rides are available on the following dates:February 4 & 18; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6. Two train ride times will be available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the scheduled Tuesdays when the trains are running.

Cruel Beauty Book Review

Cruel Beauty Book Review

Cruel Beauty
Balzer & bray
Edelweiss
For review
Jan 28

Nyx is to be married to the Gentle Lord because her father has made a bargain with him. She is intending to kill him for the family.

Nyx learns that the house has many secrets. She needs to find the signals to kill the beast. He gives her many challenges & to find his name.

This was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast  with some Greek mythology mixed in. I enjoyed the many characters and loved that they grew to love another. I loved that they worked together. Nyx is the key to the story , and she loved Beast more than any of his other wives. The shadow was a nice complication.

I admit that I love Beauty and the Beast , and this is my fave story. I loved that Nyx is smart and sassy, and can hold her own against the Beast. I loved the family aspect in this book. I loved the romance too. This book had action, romance , and some very good lines in this book.
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Heartbeat Book Review

Heartbeat Book Review

Heartbeat
Harlequin Teen
Net Galley
For Review
Jan 28 , 2014

Emma has lost her mother to death, but she is pregnant and being kept alive because of the baby. Emma and her step father Dan aren't ready to communicate. Emma life is turned upside down.

Emma get to know Caleb , and there is some insta love  because they have both gone through the same thing. Caleb is the bad boy and has issues with his family.

While this book did pull on the heart strings, I think that this book could have been resolved much soon with a good discussion between Emma and Dan. They are still dealing the loss of a wife and mother. I think Emma has a great friend . This is also my first time reading this author and it won't be the last.

Book Review= C

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EGUSD receives $50,000 grant for Digital Media Academy at Pleasant Grove

EGUSD receives $50,000 grant for Digital Media Academy at Pleasant Grove

The Elk Grove Unified School District has received a $50,000 Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) grant to be used to enhance the Digital Media Academy at Pleasant Grove High School (PGHS).  SSP grants help school districts develop innovative programs to help students learn and develop real-world, 21st-century skills.  These programs can cover a variety of subjects, including English language arts, math, science, history/social science, foreign language and visual/performing arts.  The programs may include Linked Learning pathways, career academies and arts-integrated models.

With the SSP grant, PGHS will build a sequence of two new animation courses and two new academic core classes integrated with career technical education (CTE). The PGHS Digital Media Academy’s goal is to develop a two-year animation sequence.  The academy will offer Animation I beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.