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With spring in the air Rocklin has plenty of fare

By: Susan Belknap, Placer Herald Editor
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Spring has definitely sprung in Rocklin and throughout Placer County. With so many trees and flowers in bloom, there is beauty to be seen in every neighborhood. Along with the warmer weather and more daylight hours, it seems everyone is coming out of winter hibernation. Lately, I’ve seen more and more people out walking their dogs, jogging and bike riding after work hours. In addition to so many at-home activities, the last weekend of the month offers three fun-filled community events right here in Rocklin that are sure to please everyone. nnn For the art lover, the third annual Art Studio Trek takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Eighteen artists from Rocklin, Roseville and Granite Bay will be showing and selling their work in their home studios. Admission is free and with this year’s theme, Art and Chocolate, how can you go wrong? At last year’s tour, I understand Rocklin artist Barbara Kee cooked up some decadent chocolate concoction that she shared with tour visitors. Yum! For more information about the tour and to buy tickets, visit www.artstudiotrek.com. nnn Forget doing any chores during the last weekend in April and continue the day at Sierra College where the fifth annual Taste of Excellence food and wine extravaganza takes place from 6-10 p.m. April 25. Last year more than $175,000 was raised for the Sierra College Foundation, which used the funds toward making the campus wireless in addition to funding several other campus programs. With local favorites as Monkey Cat Restaurant in Auburn, Hawks in Granite Bay and Crush 29 in Roseville, your tummy will be in ecstasy. The evening will also include a silent and live auction with prizes such as vacations, cash and more. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased by calling 660-7020. nnn But don’t stay up too late because you’ll want to be in good shape to participate in the sixth annual Run Rocklin, 5K and 12K race, April 26. This was the first race I had ever participated in last year, and even though I didn’t come anywhere near the front of the crowd, it was a great day. The support of the Rocklin community amazed me. The 12K route meanders throughout various Rocklin neighborhoods with several rolling hills, which toward the end, I must admit, required positive thinking to get to the finish line. But it was so worth it because of all the hundreds of people who came out in their pjs to cheer us all onward. And the delicious pizza and other treats at the finish line didn’t hurt either. According to Rocklin resident Gary Day, this year’s race registration numbers are up 10 percent from last year’s race. This year more than 2,000 people are expected to get their work-out. Quite a increase from 950 runners the first year. But if you’re not quite a 12K runner, Run Rocklin, which benefits the Matt Redding Foundation, also features a 5K route and even the kids can get in on this one with the quarter-mile fun run that begins at 7:45 a.m. All participants even get a commemorative performance T-shirt. To be part of this run day, visit www.RunRocklin.com or call 415-9991. With so much to do, why would anyone want or need to go out of town? Mark your calendars now and get ready for a fun-filled weekend.