Self Portraits at Kondos Gallery at Sacramento City College

There is a gem of a gallery at Sacramento City College, the Kondos Gallery. Each month artists Suzanne Adan and Michael Stevens put together a different and interesting show with local professional artists. In October the theme was masks, and from November 6 through 26 it is Self Portraits.

Jim Adan's self portrait; Mr. Driftwood! at Kondos Gallery

Jim Adan’s self portrait; Mr. Driftwood!

This month’s show includes self portraits from Gregory Kondos, Jack Ogden, Michael Stevens, Tony Natsoulas, and Julia Couzens. The gallery has odd hours: Monday through Thursday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sign up for the announcements with stevens@scc.losrios,edu to attend the openings on a Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The gallery is located in the art department of the Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. There is street parking 27th and 10th near a coffee shop and sandwich place. And a short walk to the gallery.

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Sandhill Cranes Return to Central Valley

Sandhill Crane Conference

Sandhill Crane Conference

The greater and lesser Sandhill Cranes are flying into the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys for the winter. To kick off the birdwatching season for cranes, the Sandhill Crane Festival is November 7-9 in Lodi. There are numerous birdwatching excursions as part of the conference.

The Sandhill Cranes are going to be in NorCal through February and you can plan your own independent birdwatching trip.

Here are a couple of opportunities in the Delta you may want to pursue:

Cal Fish and Wildlife Sandhill Crane Wetland Tours of Woodbridge Ecological Preserve

Cosumnes River Preserve viewing sites (map) includes Staten Island

These birds are really cool and you can see them from the road with just your eyes or a regular pair of binoculars. The best time is at sunset when they fly back to their nesting areas.