News editor Cameron Macdonald compiles listings for the arts calendar. If you would like an event or show to be included, please send details via email to cameronjmacdonald@gmail.com and write “Arts Calendar” in the subject line. Include as much information as possible, including dates, times, ticket prices, address and details on purchasing tickets.  

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center invites local artists to submit their work for the center’s next Community Art Display show. This showing will run from March 2 through April 24. There is a small fee schedule, but there are no membership requirements and no commissions. The receiving dates are Feb. 21-23.  For more information, call (916) 685-5992, visit www.ElkGroveFineArtsCenter.org or take a trip to the center’s new home at 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road in the Emerald Park Plaza shopping center. This space is open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday.

Singer-songwriter William Mylar will play at the Waterman Brewing Company’s taproom on Saturday, Feb. 23. He is best known for his “folk wave” music and he’s invited musicians to jam at his “Mylar’s Hippie Hour” concert series at venues across Sacramento. He also performed at the Gold Rush Days festival in Old Sacramento. His Waterman show begins at 5:30 p.m. at 9824 Dino Drive, Elk Grove. Admission is free.

Families are invited to a glow-in-the-dark dance at Laguna Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 22. The Cosumnes Community Services District is hosting the party, which features DJ music, a pizza dinner, face painting and photo ops. Attendees are encouraged to wear black-light reactive or glow-in-the-dark clothing. There will also be glow-in-the-dark merchandise for sale at the party. Since space is limited, the district staff encourages dancers to buy tickets in advance. The cost is $12 per person in advance or $15 per person at the door. Admission is free for children under age 2. Party hours are 5:30-9 p.m. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.YourCSD.com or the Wackford Center at 9014 Bruceville Road. Laguna Town Hall is at 3020 Renwick Ave., Elk Grove.

The Elk Grove Arts Commission is hosting a Poetry Slam on Sunday, March 10, at the Dreaming Dog Brewery’s taproom. Local poets are invited to read any form of poetry and to connect with each other. There will also be guitar and bongos played in the background while poets read their work. Admission is free. To sign up, contact Loy Holder at loyholder77@gmail.com or Nan Mahon at nanosecond@comcast.net. This gathering lasts from 2-5 p.m. at 2501 West Taron Court, Elk Grove.

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is hosting their seventh annual Open Fine Art Competition on March 2. Submissions will be judged by Michelle Gregor, an art professor from San Jose City College. The reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the arts center’s new venue at 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road in the Emerald Park Plaza shopping center. For more information, call (916) 685-5992 or email egfinearts@frontiernet.net.  

Community members are invited to take art classes at the Elk Grove Fine Arts Center’s new location in February. They are hosting the following classes: “Watercolor Beyond Basics – Intermediate/Advanced” with Sandy Ridley, Wednesday on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. “Crazy Fun Faces in Clay: Clay Masks” with Darrci Robertson, Thursday on Feb. 28 from 5:30-8 p.m. “Basic “Acrylics” with Margaret on Thursdays, Feb. 21 and 28, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. “Kids Art 1” with Bonnie Santos and “Core Art for Kids” with Amy Vidra on Tuesdays, Feb. 12, 19, and 26, from 3:30-5 p.m. Students must register and pay a fee. To register, visit www.ElkGroveFineArtsCenter.org, call (916) 685-5992, or visit the arts center at 9683 Elk Grove-Florin Road in the Emerald Park Plaza shopping center.

Elk Grove Artists Inc. (EGA) Each month, Elk Grove Artists Inc. engages established and recognized guest artists who conduct workshops, presentations, demos, critiques and more, often sharing stories and experiences that inspire their creativity.  To sign up for future workshop notices, call (916) 715-3749 or (916) 591-7446, or visit elkgroveartists@att.net.   

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center offers private art tutoring and help on art projects, particularly on drawing animals. Painting and drawing mediums are offered. The cost is $30 per hour in an appointment, and instruction is offered to students ages 7 and up. For more information, contact Stacy Maeda at (916) 687-7457 or stacymaeda@yahoo.com. You can also visit her website, www.StacyMaeda.com. All sessions will be at the arts center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Old Town.

View artwork from Elk Grove at: http://www.elkgrovecity.org/city_hall/city_government/commission_and_committees/committee_for_the_arts/elk_grove_art_guide. The Committee for the Arts has created a virtual Citywide Art Guide for the benefit of the residents and visitors that includes a comprehensive inventory of art pieces and art events in Elk Grove. There is also an interactive map that displays the art and events in Elk Grove. Only citywide annual art events are included. If you know of a piece or event missing from the guide that should be included, contact Mona Schmidt (916) 478-3633.

The Northern Californian Filmmakers Coalition (NCFC) is based in Sacramento and was created to encourage individuals in filmmaking or film-related areas to meet on a regular basis and explore the various aspects of the film industry. Meetings are held each Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Access Sacramento 4623 T St. in Sacramento. For more information, visit www.ncfc.tv, or contact P. La Marr at (916) 502-7068 or info@tru-talent.com, or G. Bell at (916) 384-5796 or bellg777@gmail.com.

Lodi’s Art Hop is held on the first Friday of each month. For the list of participating venues and their featured artists, visit http://www.lodiartcenter.org/Art-hop.html.