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Plenty to fill up warm summer days, nights

By: Lauren Weber, Associate Editor
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The days are longer and the nights are warmer. It’s the perfect time for getting out in the community. And that’s simple for Rocklin residents. There’s plenty of ways to spend those hot summer days and warm summer nights whether it’s summer camps for the kids or a tasty meal benefiting a local foundation. Celebrate local writers Tonight is a big night for local authors. Anna’s Books on Sunset Boulevard is holding a Wine and Cheese Night showcasing many of the books written by people in the community. Some of the local talent include Michael Patrick Murphy, author of “The Greens,” Debbie Wilson, author of “From Suicide to Serenity: One Survivor’s Story” and Vi Parsons whose story is featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More.” The event takes place from 5-7 p.m. and is also a celebration of the bookshop’s second anniversary. Anna’s Books is located at 1150 Sunset Blvd. For more information, contact Anna’s Books at 435-1335. Summertime music If it’s music you crave during the summer nights, head over to Johnson-Springview Park from 7-9 p.m. Friday for the second installment of this summer’s Evening in the Park concert series. The night features “Stealin’ Time,” a local cover band playing favorites such as “Under the Boardwalk,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Run to You,” “I Heard it Through the Grape Vine,” and more. The free concerts continue with “Whisky Dawn” July 24 and “Azuar” Aug. 14. For more information, contact the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce at 624-2548. Food for a cause Also this weekend, Rubino’s Ristorante will be serving up a benefit dinner with all proceeds going to the Matt Redding Memorial Foundation. For $21 a person, diners get an entrée choice of fried shrimp, bistro filet, chicken kiev, chicken alfredo or spaghetti and meatballs. In addition, guests will enjoy a side dish, soup or salad and an appetizer for the table. The cost includes tax and tip. The foundation is in memory of Matt Redding, a Rocklin Police Officer who was killed by a drunk driver in October 2005. Since the foundation’s start, funds raised have gone toward scholarships for local senior high school students. For more information on the benefit dinner, contact Rubino’s Ristorante at 624-3401. The restaurant is located at 5015 Pacific St. For more information on the Matt Redding Memorial Fund, go to www.mattreddingfoundation.org. Keep kids busy Finding things to do during the summer days may be the toughest part of summer – especially with kids out of school. But thanks to many of Rocklin’s camps, sports, programs and classes, kids will have plenty to keep busy. The city of Rocklin holds basketball, karate, kickboxing, soccer and more sports programs with either daily or weekly sign ups. The camps are available for kids ages 3 to 17. For more information, go to www.rocklin.ca.us/RecDirect. To keep preschool-age kids occupied, weeklong camps may just be the trick. From 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, the city holds weekly themed camp sessions for kids whose birthdays fall between Dec. 3, 2004 and July 2, 2006. The third session, held July 13 to 24, is themed “Adventures with Storybooks,” while the last session running July 27 to Aug. 7 is “Adventures with the Ocean.” The camps are taught at the Fifth Street Preschool and the Rock Creek Preschool. For more information, contact Penny Bundy at 625-5264. Making reading fun Another cost-effective way to entertain the young is through the Rocklin Library’s summer programs. Every Thursday through July 30 will be Storytime from 11:15-11:45 a.m., as well as Mother Goose on the Loose (nursery rhymes and musical rhythms) for babies and children up to age 2 from 10:30-11 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays through July 31. Wednesday, July 15 will be free craft time at 11:30 a.m. Coming up July 22 will be Magician Donny Crandell to show off his tricks for the kids at 11:30 a.m. For more information on upcoming library programs and events, call 624-3133. For more ongoing events and programs, click on ‘Calendar’ at placerherald.com. With all that’s going on around Rocklin, there’s no excuse to be bored this summer.