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"May the Fourth Be With You" community event

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West Sacramento Civic Center

1110 West Capitol Ave. · West Sacramento, CA

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NOTE: The Registration booth and vendor area will be in the City Hall. Everything else across the street in the Community Center.

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May the Fourth Be With You! (

Join us May 4 for this out-of-this-world, community/fan-run convention! It's also a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation, the City of West Sacramento Dept. of Parks & Recreation's children's programs, and other local not-for profit community organizations.


Featuring vendors, artists, exhibits, light sabers, costume characters (including the 501st Legion Central California Garrison, Rebel Legion, SVRF, & Mandalorian Mercs), costume parade, art, contests, comedy by Critical Hit Geek Comedy Troupe & Retrocrush, live entertainment including a saber battle by, games, kid's activities, arts & crafts, and more!

Family-friendly 10 am to 4 pm; followed by PG-13* shows 4:45 pm to 8 pm (please note, no children under 13 will be allowed in the Black Box Theatre after 4 pm).

*Don't miss our special "PG-13" evening comedy acts, 5 pm to 8 pm, featuring Critical Hit Geek Comedy Troupe and Retrocrush! (Sorry, no children under 13 allowed!) Free with adult admission, but we recommend selecting a Your Highness Package while they last to guarantee a seat!

Also in the works are special day-before (Saturday May 3) activities including an art gallery reception, Old Sac Pub Crawl, and separate-ticket saber combat workshops. Check the calendar! (See below for links.)

Details to be added/updated as 2014's event draws near!

50% of ticket sales benefits
Make-A-Wish Foundation.

More info about the venue here:

Admission (via donation): $11 donation for general adult admission; free for children 12 and under.

Special at-the-door $1 off discounts available on-site!

--> Our FB page with more info (& pics from last year!):

--> Group for interested volunteers, vendors and VIPs: (

All May the Fourth Be With You activities hosted by: ( and (

Vendor room sponsored by Toy Fusion ( ( and Toy Worth ( (, and organized by the staff of Toy Fusion.



Day-before special events:

• May 3rd Saber Combat show & workshop:

• May 3rd Art Gallery Reception:

• May 3rd Pub Crawl:


Announcing a COSTUME CONTEST! Here's details:

To enter, simply line up in front of the West Sac City Hall Galleria at 11 am sharp for our short costume parade which leads up to the Black Box Theatre across the street. The contest will be in the theatre immediately following the parade!

Costume Contest Categories are:

• Excellence in Craftsmanship

• Most original/creative

• Most humorous

• Best representation of the Dark Side

• Most heroic

• Best children’s

We have an awesome group of special guest judges who will each pick one winner for each category and award a special prize that they've provided! I'll be introducing the special guest judges soon in the comments below.

Come early, don't miss the parade and costume contest! Registration line opens at 9 am so you can make sure to ready on time!

What can you expect at our "May the Fourth Be With You" event?

Costumed characters from the 501st Legion: Central California Garrison, the Rebel Legion, Sacramento Valley Rogue Force, Mandalorian Mercs & R2 Builders, posing for free pictures! (New for 2014: Dedicated cosplay photo op room! No more crowded hallways!) :)

Vendors selling Star Wars collectibles and toys, sabers and thematic art!

Gourmet food trucks including Papa Dale's, Sun and Luciano's ice cream!

Charity auction & prize drawings!

Memorabilia room featuring memorabilia including Star Wars Legos!

Free hands-on activities such as videogames and board games, and a kids' play room toy lightsaber building and arts & crafts!

Costume Parade and Costume Contest (11 am)!

Dramatic script reading contest!

Thematic LIVE comedy by local comedians!

Live entertainment including a Saber battle by and comedy by Critical Hit Geek Comedy!

Special panels!

Special guest gallery art show!

And more!

We have a lot of great local fandom groups, talents, vendors, sponsors and individuals helping us to put on this special fan event, by fans, for fans!

SPECIAL THANKS to the City of West Sacramento (, the 501st ( Legion, the Mandalorian Mercs (, the Rebel Legion (, Sac Valley Rogue Force (, R2 Builders (, ToyFusion, ( ToyWorth (, Sac-Con & Sac-Anime (, Sacramento Ghostbusters (!__our-mission), West Sacramento Community ( Theatre (, Myke Soler, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Golden Gate Knights (,, Movies on a Big Screen (, Eclectic ( Weddings & Events, RetroCrush (, Critical Hit Geek Comedy Extravaganza (, Sacramento Steampunk Society (, LOPV (, The Kimberly Trip (, Access Sacramento (, ( Gamer's Grind (, Brian Peebles Kameoka, Great Escape Games, ( Miniature Wargaming Society (, Susan Langley Massage (, Art of Toys (, Yolo Bus (, Empires Comics Vault (, Comics & Collectibles (, Sacramento River Cats, Dark Horse Comics (, Capitol Fight District (, Once Upon a Video Game (, RetroActive Arts, ( Fairytale Town, ( Capitol Bowl, ( IMAX Esquire (, FairyTale Town (, and Patty O'Baggins Designs (!

WANT TO BE INVOLVED BEHIND THE SCENES? If you would like to display your favorite memorabilia or collection, or want to be a vendor, or would consider volunteering, donating prizes or supporting us in other ways, please email [masked], ( or call Steph at (530)[masked], or contact us via our FB page . We also welcome questions, comments and suggestions. Thanks!

You'll find registration and the vendor hall in our City Hall Galleria. The cosplay room, children's Holiday Special room, and exhibits room will be on the first floor of the Community Center; Live entertainment will be in the theater on the 2nd floor of the Community Center.

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We will be raising funds for the following two CHARITIES:

1) Moo-la, the City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department's official fee assistance program for West Sacramento families who want their children to benefit from Parks & Recreation programming, but may not be able to afford the cost for activities. With Moo-la, those families can receive financial aid so their kids can play and be active for a lower cost.

2) Make-a-Wish Foundation,® - Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work.



Information for using Yolobus to get to the West Sacramento Community Center:

From Woodland and Davis:
•Board Route 42B (Check route map for possible bus stops to board the bus (
•Exit bus at West Capitol and Merkley (West Sacramento Transit Center) West Sacramento Community Center / City Hall

To Davis and Woodland:
•Board Route 42A Merkley at West Capitol
•Exit bus in Davis and Woodland (Check route map for possible bus stops to exit the bus (

From downtown Sacramento:
•Board Route 42A along L St. between 13th St. and 5th St.
•Exit bus at Merkley and West Capitol (West Sacramento Transit Center) West Sacramento Community Center/ City Hall

To downtown Sacramento:
•Board Route 42B West Capitol at Merkley
•Exit bus along J St. between 5th St. and 14th St.

For more information please visit (

(be sure to check out the transit trip planner in top left corner of the Yolobus website!) or call[masked].

PARKING INFO: For parking info, Click here (




9 AM – 3 PM: REGISTRATION opens in the CITY HALL front desk (moves to Black Box Theater at 4 pm)

10 AM – 6 PM: VENDOR HALL (in the GALLERIA adjacent to registration), presented by Toy Fusion.

10 AM – 7 PM: VIDEO GAME LOUNGE, in the upstairs foyer above the vendor hall, hosted by Once Upon a Video Game.

10:30 AM: CHARITY HEAD SHAVING for St. Baldrick’s, outside in front of the City Hall. Watch cosplayer Jennifer Ravensong get her head shaved down to nothing but a Sith symbol! And you too can get a Sith or Rebel symbol buzzed in your hair or airbrushed on your skin for a $10 donation to St.Baldrick’s, all day ‘til 4 PM!

11 AM: COSTUME PARADE: all costume contest participants, please join our short walking route, starting in front of the Galleria – look for the line-up sign outside. (Parade leads across the street to the costume contest in the Black Box Theater, upstairs of the Community Center.)

4 PM – 5 PM: CHARITY AUCTION in the Vendor Hall.


10 AM – 8 PM: ART EXHIBIT in the 1075 ART GALLERY, featuring Star Wars-inspired art by Brandon Bracamonte', Chris

Cinder, Noel Serrato, Ted Buffington, and Jeremy Rathbone.

10 AM – 5 PM: STAR WARS MEMORABILLA EXHIBIT, in the SENIOR LOUNGE, featuring Myke Soler’s extensive Star Wars collection and Brian Kameoka’s “Empire Strikes Bath”.


11 AM – 4 PM: KID’S CRAFT ROOM (AKA Young Padawan’s Training), in the RIVER CLASSROOM

12 PM – 5 PM: COSPLAY/PHOTO OPS ROOM, in the LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM (opens after costume contest).


2 PM – 5 PM: SABER GUILD. Meet leaders of local saber clubs! Handmade sabers available for purchase!



· 11 AM – 12 PM: COSTUME CONTEST: immediately following the parade.


· 1 PM – 2 PM: “HOW TO MAKE A HOMEMADE LIGHTSABER” EXPERT PANEL presented by the leaders and makers of the top NorCal saber clubs and lighted saber manufacturers.

· 2 PM – 3 PM: COSTUME MAKING PANEL presented by James Burns of the Mandolarian Mercs

· 3 PM – 4 PM: SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS CONTEST: Audience-participatory readings of excerpts from “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope.” Hosted & judged by Raeann of Critical Hit and theatrical director John Lee

· 4 PM – 4:45 PM: THEATRE INTERMISSION (Note: No children under 13 years old allowed in the theater after 4 pm)


· 5 PM – 7:15 PM: Critical Hit Geek Comedy Show: May the Fourth Edition, followed by audience-participation improv!

(Intermission 6:15-6:30)

· 7:30 PM – 8 PM: DEATHSTAR INTERROGATION DROID: meet with the West Sacramento Parks & Recreation staff and event organizers to provide feedback and get any questions you may have answered!


In YoloBus curb in front of Community Center: Papa Dale’s & Sun's gourmet food trucks, 11 am to 7pm, plus Luciano's ice cream 4 pm to 7pm.

Across the street on the City Hall side: Subway restaurant, open 8 am to 8 pm.