Things to Do: Jan. 6 through 13

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Friday, Jan. 6
Zac and Jay Band will play country rock from 9 p.m. to closing at Ava’s Lounge, 3129 Penryn Road, Penryn. Call (916) 740-0131 or email

Placer Nature Center presents a First Friday Lecture, “Saving the Sierra Snow Pack by Restoring Mountain Meadows,” from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Aside from sheer beauty, the Sierra Nevada mountain meadows may offer a major solution to managing California’s challenging water issues. Find out what can be done and learn about recent studies into mountain meadow restoration projects in Northern California. Cost is $9 for members, students and Roseville residents (with ID); general admission is $12. Call (530) 878-6053 or visit

Saturday, Jan. 7
The Dez Phoenix Band will perform hip-hop and Top 40 music starting at 9 p.m. at Ava’s Lounge, 3129 Penryn Road, Penryn Exit. Call (916) 740-0131 or email

The Auburn Recreation District will showcase different adult classes from 1-6:30 p.m. in the Stella Room at Recreation Park in Auburn. This event is free to the public, so feel free to come by and participate in or observe any of these enrichment classes. Instructors will be available to consult with attendees about specific needs. Classes include karate, Hula, belly dancing, Zumba Gold and clogging. Free refreshments will be served and additional information about specific classes will be available. Visit

The Apple Z Band plays at the Milestone Saloon, 2968 Highway 49, Cool, starting at 9 p.m. The Sacramento-based trio presents a unique blend of cover songs and originals, and has been compared to the Strokes, Police and Kings of Leon. Musicians are Scott Rodell (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Brandon Lawrence (bass) and Bradley John Sander (drums). The stage will ignite with energetic, danceable rock throughout the night. Drink specials include the “Apple Ziney” for $4. No cover. Visit or email

Late Night Music at Colfax Greek Bistro presents “Hearts of Romaine” at 7 p.m., playing rock, blues and pop. Come enjoy the wonderful music and ethnic food. Colfax Greek Bistro is at 30 N. Main, St., Colfax. All events are free. Call (530) 305-4050.

The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. with the dark 1948 drama “Rope.” The movie is shown in the Beecher Room of the Placer County Library, 350 Nevada St., Auburn. Presented by the library, the movie is free. For information, call (530) 878-7938 or visit

Thursday, Jan. 12
The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center’s Cinema at the State Film Series presents the 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary “Inside Job” at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 at the State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn, sponsored by the firm Bottomline Lawyers. “Tickets cost $8 at the door, with a limited number of seats available for advance purchase at, or call the box office at (530) 885-0156. The box office opens 90 minutes before show time for each performance. For a full schedule of upcoming films at the State, visit

Friday, Jan. 13
Bathtub Gin plays country rock starting at 9 p.m. at Ava’s Lounge, 3129 Penryn Road, Penryn. Call (916) 740-0131 or email

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival begins at the South Yuba River Citizens League, 216 Main St., Nevada City. Each year, the festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to historic downtown Nevada City. This year’s film selection includes “The Adventures of Oranges,” “Among Giants” and “The Last Mountain.” Nevada County Arts has selected more than 56 artists whose work will be displayed in several venues throughout downtown Nevada City, at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and at Briar Patch during the 10th annual festival, Jan. 13-15. Tickets and more information available at

Patrice Webb plays at Dave’s Cave, 540 Wall St., Auburn. Webb is a singer songwriter from Georgetown whose songs tell of the lives of those whose stories make up the vibrant tapestry of California, told on a bed of folk, country, swing and blues. Will Morebeck opens the show. Desserts and coffee available for purchase. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and kids at the door. Call (530) 878-2488.