Start the new year with a month’s worth of activities

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After the Christmas tree’s hauled out to the dump, the candy canes are gone and the yuletide cheer has been boxed up and stashed away in the attic, January might feel like a big, gray month of, well, nothing exciting. Au contraire! Auburn’s calendar is filling in with all kinds of entertaining options to keep boredom at bay. Here is a sampling of what the community has to offer this month: Break a sweat Tony Hunt’s Karate Do has the perfect solution for anyone looking for a good workout this winter — during the month of January the High Street martial arts studio is offering free cardio kickboxing classes. Effective Saturday and continuing through the month, all five cardio kickboxing classes are free to new participants. Cardio kickboxing is offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. Tony Hunt’s Karate Do is located at 896 High St. in Auburn. Call (530) 823-3376 for information. Library love The annual We Love Our Library Dinner will be held Jan. 25 in the Auburn Library, located at 350 Nevada St. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a no-host wine bar and appetizers crafted by Friends of the Library members. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Guests have their pick from Korean ginger beef, teriyaki salmon or Korean ginger tofu, all served with rice and Asian vegetables, and all prepared by Latitudes Restaurant. Barry Stigers will play his keyboard for the listening pleasure of diners. Tickets for this fundraiser are $35 per person. For reservations please contact Margo Fulmer at (530) 885-6864 or mkfulmer@ In the ‘Flesh’ The Arts Building Gallery in Downtown Auburn features the work of three Placer County artists with “Flesh,” opening with a reception Jan. 15 and continuing through Feb. 14. Lisa Marasso’s glitter and cardboard creations, Blue Reid’s nude pastel figure drawings and Judi Stickney’s stone sculptures all demonstrate a fascination with the feminine nature. The opening reception for this PlacerArts show will be held from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Arts Building Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call (530) 885-2787 or visit for more information about the show and featured artists. Songbird of the South Woodland-based soprano Nadine Salonites presents a first-person narrative of the life and career of Kate Smith, known as the “Songbird of the South,” at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Pioneer United Methodist Church. Songs associated with Smith that Salonites will sing include “The Woodpecker Song,” “White Cliffs of Dover” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” Donations are welcome at this performance, sponsored by the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center. Call (530) 885-9009 for more information.   Celebrating Dr. King The nation observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 19, but Auburn holds its community celebration at 1 p.m. Jan. 31. The theme for the 2009 celebration is “One More Step — From Lincoln to Obama.” Sacramento’s New Home Baptist Choir will perform “Up on the Mountain: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Other highlights include a performance by the New Home Baptist Praise Dancers, a children’s skit, a reading of “Determination” by Randi Ales, and a special birthday cake. Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists is located at 190 Finley St. in Auburn. Call (530) 823-0215 for information. ––Staff report