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An Art Expo, called “Inspirations from the Forest,” displaying student and community art that reflects our local forests , will be showcased with a display from the Smithsonian Institute by the same name from March 22 to April 2 (closed March 27 and 28) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in the Northern Mines Building, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Admission is free. A reception will be held at the same location on March 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with opening remarks at 6 p.m.

The National Endowment for the Arts is sponsoring several local artists who will demonstrate or share their art on the weekend of March 25 to 26. Plein air painters Betsy Lombard and Jerianne Van Dijk, poet Will Staple, photographer David McKay, and Mountain Maidu basketweaver Ennis Peck will be present at different times during the weekend.



For more information, contact the Tahoe National Forest, (530) 265-4531 or Ann Westling at (530) 478-6205.

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Dr. Michael Barbour, UC Davis ecologist, will lecture on the importance of fire in the Sierra Nevada on the Sierra College Rocklin campus, located at 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin, on Thursday, April 6.

The lecture will be presented as part of the course Interdisciplinary 6: The Sierra Nevada. Interdisciplinary 6 is a semester-length class examining the art, history, natural history and public policy of the Sierra Nevada region.

Barbour will discuss historical fire regimes in western forests with emphasis on those of the Sierra Nevada. He will review current management options and how the reduction of fuels and prescribed burning play a role in recreating healthy forest ecosystems.

The lecture will be in the campus Library/Learning Resource Center in Room LRC 107 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to this free lecture, although campus parking permits are required. Parking permits can be purchased for $1 at campus dispensers.

For more information about this lecture, Interdisciplinary 6, or the Sierra Nevada lecture series, contact Joe Medeiros at (916) 789-2725 or jmedeiros@ sierracollege.edu.

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The Sierra Community Chorus is presenting its Spring Concert 2006, entitled “Spring Rhapsody,” on May 13, 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. at the Dietrich Theater, Sierra College campus, Rocklin. The chorus will be directed by Lorin Miller.

The program includes the music of George Gershwin, Henry Mancini, Leonard Bernstein, John Rutter and more, sung by the chorus for the first time with a full orchestra. A highlight of the concert will be the artistry of Diana Murray Tudsbury, soloist in “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Visit http://www.sierrachorus.org for more information about the singers. Tickets for “Spring Rhapsody” will go on sale March 27, 2006. Order online at http://www.sierrachorus.org/tickets.htm or call 916.789.2609. All tickets are $18, reserved seating.

Tickets for a night performance on May 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Bayside Church, 8191 Sierra College Blvd., Granite Bay, will cost $18, $15, and $10, sectioned seating, not reserved.

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