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B.Z. Smith, local arts advocate and storyteller, was Friday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

On Saturday (Feb 9th) people can “Learn The Simplicity of Storytelling”.

This is a Storytelling Training Workshop from 2PM to 4PM in the Modesto Library Auditorium at 1500 I St.

It is designed for early childhood education specialist and is free to the public. Pre-Registration is required. Call (209)558-7814 or email

Smith also spoke about the 30th Sonora’s 2nd Saturday ART NIGHT (tomorrow night) from 5-8pm.

The public is invited to enjoy live music, art, wine tasting, and delicious food while strolling the eight-block long arts and culture district of historic downtown Sonora.

Smith said that the cold winter weather has not kept the crowds away.

“People just move a little more quickly in the cold to gather in the warm indoors at the next venue,” Smith said. “There are now twenty-five participants and I am so pleased that this event is so wildly successful.”

According to Smith, in 2010 the arts had a direct $135 billion impact on the american economy.

Smith is passionate about arts and encourages local residents to get out and explore the local arts scene in Calaveras and Tuolumne County; from paintings to music to crafts to stage productions and “discover things about your community that you may have either never known about or appreciated before”.

For additional information on The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild or 2012 Tellabration! program, please call (209)532-7697.

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The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.