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Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit Plus Offers Free Admission to Music Festival Badge Holders

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit Plus Offers Free Admission to Music Festival Badge Holders

Coinciding with the 42nd Annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive.  In addition, festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the Railroad Museum given it is an official musical venue for the special event.

Inside the Museum, visitors will be treated to entertaining jazz musicians in the Roundhouse throughout the holiday weekend, May 23-25, 2015.  And, guests who choose to take a lovely six-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion train ride along the levees of the Sacramento River will also be entertained on board by talented banjo performers from the Sacramento Banjo Band.   

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Read to the Rhythm with the Yolo County Library This Summer

Read to the Rhythm with the Yolo County Library This Summer

The Yolo County Library System is holding its annual Summer Reading Program, themed “Read to the Rhythm”, June 1 through August 15.  All eight library branches will host summer a reading incentive program as well as activities and performances for the whole family.

“Summer reading programs help improve the student reading skill, increase fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, and reduce the achievement gap,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong. “Self-selection, access to and sharing of books are essential factors in reading motivation, and are key elements of our Summer Reading Program.  Come ‘Read to the Rhythm’ with us this summer!”

May 31 World No Tobacco Day

May 31 World No Tobacco Day

Every year, communities around the world mark May 31 as ‘World No Tobacco Day’, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.  In commemoration of the event, the Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Program invites residents to join in their efforts to stamp out tobacco use in Yolo County.

“Tobacco use is still the number one cause for preventable deaths worldwide,” said Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, M.D.  “Every year, over 40,000 Californians, 480,000 Americans and 6 million people worldwide die due to tobacco-related illnesses.  Regrettably, many who die will not be smokers themselves, but instead, were put at risk due to secondhand smoke.  Now, with electronic cigarettes enabling more and more youth to get hooked on nicotine, it will take the support of the entire Yolo County community to fight back against all deadly and addictive tobacco products.”

Police arrest 1, seek another for West Sacramento's man beating


West Sacramento police arrested a man Friday and are looking for another suspect they believe assaulted a man on Thursday.

The victim was attacked on Westercre Road and Rockrose Road, police said. He was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Witness Susan Kalar captured the attack on her cell phone and posted it to Facebook. The video shows two men chasing the victim down and kicking him several times.

On the video, Kalar pleads with the assailants to leave the victim alone. She recorded the beating from her mom's front porch.

"One thing led to another and next thing I know they're kicking him in the face, they're punching him," Kalar explained.

The suspects are heard yelling at the victim, saying that this is their neighborhood.

"This is my hood, you got to understand," one suspect yelled.

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West Sacramento engineer in Nepal for 2nd major earthquake


A second major earthquake struck Nepal Tuesday — 17 days after the first devastating quake — killing 42 and injuring 1,117, the Nepali government said.

Dr. Kit Miyamoto, an earthquake structural engineer and CEO of Miyamoto International in West Sacramento, has been in Nepal for two weeks to help the region rebuild after the first earthquake.

Miyamoto said he felt the tremors from this latest quake.

"People are pretty shaken up, obviously," he said.