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UPCOMING EVENTS: Bach, civics lesson, humanities tours and hikes, arboretum

By Dave Jones on June 23, 2006 in University

Bach soloists to perform

The American Bach Soloists bring their popular Summer Fest series to Mondavi Center during July 14-16. All shows will begin at 8 p.m.

Each music-filled evening includes:

  • Meet-the-artist—at 6 p.m., enjoy a lively discussion with a musician who will offer close-up demonstrations of priceless period instruments. New for this year is the Baroque Family Concert, a special interactive introduction to Baroque music for children of all ages
  • Bach's suppers—beginning at 6:30 p.m., savor a gourmet picnic-style meal in the Studio Theatre's atrium lobby. Choose from three meal options — menus change for each performance. For July 14, a children's meal is also available.
  • Twilight Serenades—at 7:15 p.m., revel in a musical entertainment performed by some of the Bay Area's most popular musicians. This is free to all ticket holders.The evening culminates at 8 p.m. with a concert of baroque and classical music.

For more information and ticket prices, see

Civics lesson for youth

Legislators in Sacramento will consider a bill on June 25 that requires all eighth-graders to take a career aptitude test to channel them into appropriate vocations. The bill also places all graduates in an apprenticeship for suitable jobs, where they will work whether they like it or not.

The new "law," proposed for the fictitious state of "Sierra Cascade," was invented to spark debate among 4-H delegates about freedom of choice and establishing stereotypes at the 4-H California Focus conference, June 23 through 27 at the Holiday Inn Hotel Capitol Plaza, 300 J St., Sacramento. California Focus is an annual citizenship project that this year will draw 90 high-achieving 4-H members from around California for hands-on experiences designed to help them learn about stereotyping, cultural differences and discrimination. Considering the bill will be one way the participants examine the theme, Cultural Groups of California, during the five-day conference.

For more information or a complete conference schedule, contact Pat English at (916) 397-4641 or

Humanities tours, hikes

The UC Davis Humanities Institute will hold the following upcoming events:

  • June 24—A Tour of the Night Sky: Star Gazing. After a one mile hike, settle into a meadow and gaze toward the stars. Members of the UC Davis Astronomy Club point out planets, deep sky objects, constellations and share stories on the mythology of the night sky. This outing fills up quickly, so RSVP early. Bring binoculars and wear appropriate clothing for evening. Begins at 8:30 p.m. and lasts until 11:30 p.m.

  • July 8—Full Moon Hike and Storytelling. If you like to tell stories or if you just like to listen this outing is for you. If you like to hike through a canyon under the dim light of a nearly full moon this outing is for you; or if you like to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours this outing is definitely for you. The hike is about two miles roundtrip. Begins at 8:30 p.m. and lasts until 11:30 p.m.

For more information on the Humanities Institute, including speaker events, conferences, music concerts and museums, visit

Arboretum tour set

A tour of the UC Davis Arboretum, Summer in the Redwood, begins at 10 a.m. July 2 at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. California's state tree, the coast redwood, is native to an area with lots of rainfall and year-round fog. Learn about the understory plants in the arboretum's redwood grove and enjoy the cool shade of the grove. Docent Alice Gruenwedel will lead the tour.

For more details, call (530) 752-4880 or visit

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Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,