Summer fun is just getting started

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There’s really no reason to be indoors right now. Take advantage of warming temperatures and longer days by checking out some, if not all, of these Auburn-area outdoor festivities. Boys & Girls Club barbecue Support the Boys & Girls Club of Auburn while enjoying delicious food and entertainment at Chillin’ & Grillin’, which takes place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Mullin & McAdams Clubhouse, located at 679 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Pre-sale tickets are $25 and are available until 6 p.m. today at the clubhouse. At the door, admission will cost you $35. What does a ticket get you? Dinner includes barbecued ribs and chicken, corn, salad, bread and cookies. The adult-only event also features a no-host bar. The Sacramento-based band Essex brings the high-energy live music, and all are encouraged to bid on at least one of the more than 40 silent auction items. The Sugar Plump Fairies will also be on hand selling raffle tickets. Call (530) 889-2273 or visit www.bgc-auburn. org for more information. American River Confluence Festival Protect American River Canyons presents its 19th annual celebration of all things American River from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Overlook Park, located at 855 Pacific Ave. in Auburn. Admission is free for the festival, which includes entertainment, music, hikes, nature and art activities, food, a climbing wall, information booths and more. Get some exercise by participating in the 8 a.m. fun run, or the mountain bike ride or early bird hike, which both begin at 9:30 a.m. The festival kicks off with a river blessing at 9 a.m. and white doves release at 9:30 a.m. Throughout the day attendees can see juggling, wild animals, a recyclables fashion show, live dance and music, and can hear performances by Grammy Award winner Mary Youngblood. Learn more, and find a complete schedule, at Party in the Park Are you ready to rock out, outside? Auburn Recreation District’s 2010 Party in the Park takes place June 18 at Regional Park, located at 3770 Richardson Drive in Auburn. First up is the Bob Woods Trio with Pete Grant at 5 p.m. Headliner Billy Joe Shaver, a country legend, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Learn more about this free performance by calling (530) 885-8461 or visiting Auburn Family Night Out Family fun takes over Old Town and Downtown Auburn during Auburn Family Night Out, which takes places 5-9 p.m. June 19. More than 15 stops between Old Town and Downtown offer something for everyone, including a historical wagon display, a children’s area with climbing wall and pony rides, a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, alpacas, carnival games and more. Feeling artistic? Enter the Chalk-A-Lot! art contest. Contestants should meet at the Union Bank lot on High Street at 5:30 pm. Call Linda Robinson at (530) 888-1585 for more. World Music Day Auburn celebrates World Music Day, a worldwide celebration of live music held on or around the Summer Solstice, from 5-9 p.m. on the streets of Downtown and Old Town Auburn and in conjunction with Auburn Family Night Out. Learn more at or call (530) 885-5670. Summer Series PlacerArts’ 22nd annual Summer Series kicks off June 20 with a performance by Chicago Tribute Authority. Up next, on June 27, is The Air Force Band of the Golden West. The Old West Trio is scheduled to perform July 11, and Ivan Najera closes out the 2010 series on July 18. All concerts go from 7 to 9 p.m. and take place at the Auburn Library Garden Theater, 350 Nevada St. Low-backed chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome. While the concert is free, donations are welcome. Call (530) 885-5670 or see for information.