Redwood Empire Live Steamers Completes ‘Back Loop’ Train Track Expansion

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The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexica- nos (United Mexican States).

The red poinsettia (which the Aztecs called cuetlaxochitl) originated in Mexico and is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico (in the 1820s).

Mexico is the 14th largest country in the world by total area.

There are 200 seeds on an average strawberry.

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ When the train at Santa Rosa’s Youth Community Park opens for the season at noon on May 5th, families are invited to a Golden Spike celebration and to be the first to enjoy double the train riding experience! That’s because Redwood

Empire Live Steamers Inter- active Museum has just com- pleted a 1,000-foot, back loop track expansion, taking train riders beyond the existing wa- terfall loop and into the back, wooded section of the park. “On May 5th, we’ll be driving the Golden Spike at our grand opening celebration to mark the completion of a multi-year project that doubles the length of track at Youth Park; this ex- pansion creates a whole new dimension to the train riding experience,” says Don Brun- er-Welch of Redwood Empire Live Steamers. The project, which was com-

pleted with the help of the Boy Scouts of America, brings the total length of track to just over 2,000 feet. The train and track,

built and operated by Red- wood Empire Live Steamers, offers free rides to train lovers of all ages at Youth Park, one weekend a month May to Octo- ber. “Riding the steam train at Youth Park has been a favorite activity for Santa Rosa families since 2007 and now it promises to be all that much more fun”, says Jason Nutt, Acting Direc- tor of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks. “The hard-work and generosity of Redwood Empire Live Steamers—a nonprofit, all-volunteer group— makes this experience possible and we’re excited and proud to join the celebration!” he adds. The Grand Opening and

‘Driving of the Golden Spike’ begins at noon on May 5, 2018 at Youth Community


in Santa Rosa (1701 Fulton Road), followed by free train rides until 4pm. The train’s operating schedule for the 2018 season is Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4pm: May 5 & 6, June 2 & 3, July 7 & 8, August 4 & 5, September 1 & 2, and October 6 & 7.

Marin, CA. ~ The second half of the 18th century was an ex- citing, revolutionary time pe- riod in music. Changes in style and the instruments themselves corresponded with a new type of ensemble and compositional form. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach rejected

the conserva-

tism of his father’s music and helped to pioneer a new form, the string symphony. Several generations later, a young Fe- lix Mendelssohn looked back to J.S. Bach and synthesized this

inspiration into creating

his own neo-baroque string ... continued on page 15

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