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Artists sought for 2013 California upland game bird stamp contest


The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2013 upland game bird stamp.

The California Upland Game Bird Stamp Art Contest is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and over. Entries will be accepted from May 13 through July 13, 2013.

This year’s stamp will feature the sooty grouse, and art contest entries must include at least one adult sooty grouse.

Entries will be judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and a print.

The contest will be judged by a panel of experts in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing. The winning artist will be selected during a public judging event, with the date and location to be announced later.

An upland game bird stamp is required for hunting migratory and resident upland game birds in California.

The money generated from stamp sales must be spent on upland game bird-related conservation projects, education, hunting opportunities and outreach.

CDFW sells about 200,000 upland game bird stamps annually, which includes sales to collectors. Hunters are no longer required to attach the stamp to their license.

However, CDFW still produces the stamps, which can be purchased at .

For contest information and entry forms, please visit .


Californians can now easily purchase the Arts license plate online
by simply clicking <>. The DMV Website also accepts online orders for personalized license plates containing special combination of letters and numbers selected by the applicant. Applicants can test various combinations of letters and numbers on the interactive Website to find out instantly which ones have already been selected. With more than 88,000 plates sold, the Arts license plate is the number one specialty license plate in California and purchase of the plate helps fund arts education programs in schools and communities throughout the state.

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a passionate, biased review

When we listen to music, we tend to listen to the same kind of music most of the time. It is the music that has the power to send us where we want to go, and we try to get sent there once again. But it tends to thin out with time, obeying the law of diminishing returns. A masterpiece can easily become background, even rock and Bach can, I must admit.

On Tuesday night my musical habits fell to pieces. I attended the Embrace the World concert at Robinson Rancheria, and my ears opened right up. Just like the rest of the audience, I got sent.

It's pretty hard to describe Embrace the World. I had read that it would be music from around the world, played by a wildly international troupe of musicians, and I had encouraged everyone I know to go. Frankly, I was expecting a sampler of this music and that, some Chinese music, some Iranian music, and so on. Interesting and educational, certainly, and some of it good, some just so outside my experience I wouldn't really get it. But that is not at all what Embrace the World gave us.

For Embrace the World is a musical group that encompasses and melds all of their influences, Western and Eastern, North and South, into one music. True, there were songs in English, Spanish and Chinese. There were many tunes with exotic Latin beats. Zarfad, the Iranian violinist, clearly has immense classical chops. KC Jones, the leader and one of the keyboardists, formerly with Santana, can obviously get around in a wide range of musical styles. Lin Cheng, the leading popular singer in China, is exquisite playing her erhu, the "Chinese violin." Leonor Dely and Millero Congo is a Latin family act with mother singing and husband and children on drums and flutes, clearly talented and seasoned performers. And more, too: a base and highland pipes player from Scotland, a rock and jazz guitarist from New England, another keyboardist from Iran.

It was the integration of these styles in the hands of masters that made the concert so moving. And that was what the concert was all about, embracing and unifying the world through art.

On Tuesday night, at the Robinson Rancheria, there was only one world, in joy and peace, and the audience was dancing in the aisles.

Perhaps I should mention a couple of things. First, these musicians are unified by their spiritual beliefs, and seriously mean to unite the world through their music. This concert was brought to us by the Bahai faith, but aside from a few quotes from Bahullah you"d never have known that. Second, they took their week off between weekend gigs to come to Lake County and do a benefit for the Lake County Arts Council, and in the spirit of full disclosure I should mention that yours truly is the Executive Director of the Arts Council, and I am profoundly grateful for their generosity. But that isn't what this review is about.

This review is about the heart. We were moved. We were on the edge of our seats, when we could sit down. We were moved to our feet by rhythm, and moved to the center of our beings by beauty. I've never heard music like that before. In the old Bebop language, Embrace the World is a solid sender.

So if you missed it, you missed something astounding, but they may be back next year. If you are good, and don't look down on your fellow human beings, and keep your ears open and your heart warm, you may be seeing a notice in the paper that Embrace the World is coming to Lake County on their Around the World Tour once again. Don't blow it. Catch their act when you can. We're talking very rare gems here, folks.

Xian Yeagan

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