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June jammed with easygoing summer fun

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The weather’s warming up, school’s out and it’s time to switch into summer mode. Put on your flip-flops and your sunscreen and check out one or all of these upcoming June events. Auburn Art Walk Thursday marks the second Auburn Art Walk of the 2009 series. Dozens of artists take over the wall space throughout Downtown and Old Town Auburn between 6 and 9 p.m. A free shuttle runs every 20 minutes between the two districts, making it even easier to maximize art-viewing potential. The Auburn Art Walk is free and open to the public. Learn more, and view a map of participating locations and artists, at PlacerArts.org. Call (530) 885-5670 for more information. Confluence Festival There are a million reasons to appreciate the American River Canyon, so head out to the 18th annual American River Confluence Festival, which will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 at Overlook Park on Pacific Avenue. Protect American River Canyon’s annual river festival features family friendly nature, food, art and canyon recreational activities. The festival is free and open to the public. New this year is a Confluence Festival Evening of Film, which begins at 8 p.m. June 13 on the River Stage at Overlook Park. For complete details, call (530) 887-9314 or visit www. parc-auburn.org Party in the park Auburn Recreation District kicks off summer June 19 with Party in the Park, an outdoor evening of live music and family fun at Regional Park. Best part? Everyone gets in free. Kate Gaffney kicks off the party at 5:30 p.m., followed by The Waybacks at 7:30 p.m. Regional Park is located at 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn. See partyinthepark.net to learn more. Family Night Out While on the subject of free summer fun for the whole family, mark your calendar for the 10th annual Auburn Family Night Out, to be held 5-9 p.m. June 20, which is said to be the longest Saturday of the year. This mile-long event promises to have something for everyone, with more than 15 locations between Old Town and Downtown Auburn offering everything from strolling musicians, a historical wagon display, a health and safety fair, rock climbing, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, and the annual “Chalk-A-Lot! Art contest and recycle costume contest. Call (530) 888-1585 for information. Cruisin’ for Down Syndrome Whether you own a classic car or just like to check out other peoples’ rides, stop by the Gold Country Fairgrounds June 26-27 for the fifth annual Cruisin’ For Down Syndrome car and bike show, held by and benefiting the locally based National Down Syndrome Coalition. The show kicks off June 26 with a street cruise through Old Town Auburn, a “Super Charged Chili Cook-off,” wine and beer tasting and live music by Moonlight Swing. June 27 festivities include a pancake breakfast, poker walk, a raffle, silent auction, live music by Hand Me that Piano and awards. Learn more, and find registration forms, at www.NDSCoalition.org. For more information, call (916) 532-4773 or (916) 768-8934. The Gold Country Fairgrounds is located at 1273 High St. in Auburn. Western States The runners have been training for eons — last year’s event was cancelled due to wildfires — but spectators don’t have to do even a portion of the work in order to appreciate the Western States Endurance Run, which begins bright and early June 27 at Squaw Valley. A hundred miles later, the runners show up in Auburn, crossing the finish line at Placer High School’s Le Febvre Stadium. Learn all about the race at www.ws100.com.