Total/Partial Eclipse of the Sun

The eclipse is August 21, 2017 (see below for times).

A solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and us.  Those of us in California will see a partial eclipse.  If you wish to see a total eclipse, head on up to Salem, Oregon.

Never look directly at the sun without appropriate eye protection. One way to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing is with eclipse glasses. Eclipse glasses are available from Amazon from about $8.00 to $18.00; also from Walmart online.

Partial eclipse in Sacramento begins 9:02 am and ends 11:39 am with maximum 10:17 am.
Total eclipse in Salem, Oregon begins 9:05 am and ends 11:37 am with maximum 10:18 am.

Check out NASA’s Eyes Eclipse 2017 Web Application. “In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse.” On the right under Explore the 2017 Solar Eclipse click Launch Interactive.

Watch online with NASA’s Eclipse Live Streaming.

Various eclipse activities at the Powerhouse Science Center beginning August 5.

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The Comedy of Errors

Sacramento Shakespeare Festival presents The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, it tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities.

William A Carroll Amphitheatre, William Land Park
3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, 95822

Performance dates: July 9, 14, 16, 22, 27, 29
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays: Performance at 8pm — Box Office opens at 6pm
Sundays: Performance at 6pm — Box Office opens at 4:00pm

General Admission — $18.00
Students — $15.00
Seniors — $15.00
Persons with Disabilities —$15.00
Children ages 6-12 — Free
No children under 6.

 

Parking is available in the lot immediately adjacent to the amphitheatre and in the lot behind Fairy Tale Town. Parking is free. Disabled parking is available in front of the amphitheatre with a placard. Park disabled parking is available in the lot down near the front entrance off of Land Park drive.

William A Carroll Amphitheatre information:
1. Box office opens at 6:00/4:00pm, gates open at 6:30/4:30pm, GreenShow 7-minute performance starts at 7:15/5:15pm, curtain is at 8:00/6:00pm.
2. A blanket or a sweater, because even the warmest days will feel refreshingly cool late into the evening! Blankets will be available to rent for a small donation.
3. Short lawn/beach chairs for the lawn area, taller chairs to sit between or in front of the benches. No tall chairs on the lawn area. Blankets are great for the lawn area as well.
4. Amphitheatre is equipped with backless benches.
5. Stadium chairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
6. A picnic to snack on before and during the show.
7. Bug Repellent, remember we are outdoors! But please, no candles.
8. Cash, checks or credit cards to buy your tickets at the park.
9. Small bills for concessions during intermisson.
10. Spare change for donation.
11. Get here early if you wish to sit in the front lawn area as it usually fills up first.
12. No photography or video recording of any kind allowed during the performance.
13. Refrain from texting, phone calls or using your phone during the performance. The light is very distracting to your neighbors and it can be seen from stage.
14. No smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipes and vapes) is allowed within the fence.

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July 4th Fireworks 2017


Sacramento has two locations for viewing fireworks; one free and one with a fee.

The free event is in Old Sacramento on both the west and east sides of the Sacramento River near Tower Bridge.

The other event is at Raley Field from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm with fireworks around 9:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, live music, games and other activities. Fun playground area for the kids. Adults, 21 and over, can enjoy foosball, ping pong tables, and dart boards in the Western Health Advantage Legacy Club with a Legacy Club ticket.

NOTE: No outside food, beverage, alcohol, cans, glass or folding chairs will be permitted inside the stadium.

The Sacramento River Cats will be on-the-road playing the Albuquerque Isotopes.

General admission tickets — $10
Legacy Club tickets (21 +) — $15
Children 12 and under tickets — $5

The Round Table Pizza Ticket Office will be open on the day of event at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are also available online here.

Raley Field
400 Ballpark Drive
West Sacramento, 95691

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California Museum Free for Military Personnel

Free general admission May 30 through September 3, 2017 at the California Museum for all active, Reserve and National Guard military personnel and up to 5 family members with proof of current military ID.

Some exhibits include:

California Hall of Fame
“Inductees come from all walks of life and have made distinguished achievements across a variety fields, including the arts, education, business and labor, science, sports, philanthropy and public service.”

California Missions
“The California Missions served as the first major European effort to colonize the Pacific Coast, which gave Spain a valuable toehold in the New World. “

California Museum
1020 O Street
Sacramento, 95814
General information: (916) 653-7524

Visitor Guide (PDF)

Admission:
Adults (18+) — $9.00
Students & Seniors (65+) with valid ID — $7.50
Youth (6-17) — $6.50
5 & under — free

All active, Reserve and National Guard military personnel and up to 5 family members — free (May 30 through September 3, 2017)

Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday
Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday
Open 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Parking:
On-street parking is available in metered on street spaces during the Museum’s regular business hours Tuesday through Sunday. On weekdays, parking is also available in the hourly garage located at 1500 10 Street across the street from the Museum.

Public Transit: Archives Plaza Light Rail stop


Fire Station Open Houses

Check out the inside of your local fire station, meet the firefighter, climb aboard a fire truck or engine, receive informative brochures on disaster preparedness and more.

Your Local Fire Station Open House:

-May 6: 624 Q Street, 95811
-May 13: 1229 I Street, 95814
-May 20: 5642 66th Street, 95824
-June 3: 3145 Granada Way, 95816
-June 10: 731 Broadway, 95818
-June 17: 3301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 95817
-June 24: 785 Florin Road, 95831
-July 8: 7363 24th Street, 95822
-July 15: 6500 Wyndham Drive, 95823
-July 22: 5990 H Street, 95819
-July 29: 4500 24th Street, 95822
-August 5: 1311 Bell Avenue, 95838
-August 12: 1901 Club Center Drive, 95835
-August 19: 4201 El Centro Road, 95834
-August 26: 1100 43rd Avenue, 95822
-Sept 9: 746 North Market Boulevard, 95834
-Sept 16: 1700 Challenge Way, 95815
-Sept 23: 3720 47th Avenue, 95824
-Sept 30: 7927 East Parkway, 95823
-Oct 7: 1591 Newborough Drive, 95833
-Oct 14: 3301 Julliard Drive, 95826
-Oct 21: 2512 Rio Linda Boulevard, 95815

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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower 2017

On May 5 and 6 (peak), 2017 before dawn, is the Eta Aquariids meteor shower.

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is debris from Halley’s Comet.

The best time to watch these meteors is in the early morning hours, before the beginning of morning twilight (see below).

Give yourself at least an hour of viewing time for watching as there will be lulls. Remember that it may take up to 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark.

Some meteors may fly in the dark hour before dawn for a few days before and after May 5/6.

May 4 — morning twilight: 4:24 AM
May 5 — morning twilight: 4:22 AM
May 6 — morning twilight: 4:21 AM
May 7 — morning twilight: 4:19 AM

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Record Store Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 is Record Store Day.

“This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records.”

The artists releasing special vinyls include Madonna, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Willie Nelson, David Bowie, and others.

Participating Stores (Not all of the stores will choose to participate in all promotions, or carry all releases. Call store.):

Dimple Records
2500 16th St
Sacramento, 95618
916-441-2500

Dimple Records
2433 Arden Way
Sacramento, 95825
916-925-2600

Dimple Records – Book & Vinyl Store
2499 Arden Way
Sacramento, 95825
916-239-3760

Dimple Records
7830 Macy Plaza Dr
Citrus Heights, 95610
916-962-3600

Dimple Records
9692 Elk Grove-Florin Blvd
Elk Grove, CA 95624
916-686-8300

MediumRare Records & Collectibles
1931 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
916-442-5344

Phono Select Records
4370 24th Street Unit O / 19th Ave
Sacramento, 95822
916-400-3164

Cherry Records
925 Lincoln Way
Auburn, 95603
530-823-2147

Armadillo Music
207 F Street
Davis, 95616
530-758-8058

Gearhead Records
132 E. St. Suite 370
Davis, 95616
530-750-7900

Heavenly Daze CDs & Records
741 Cooper Ave
Yuba City, 95991
530-673-5300

Keynote
2660 South Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, 96151
530 541 6967

South Shore Mad About Music
3447 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Ste 2
South Lake Tahoe, 96150
530-544-5700

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Train Rides along the River


Historic locomotives, steam or diesel, run along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion.

Weekend excursion trains run Saturdays and Sundays; April through September; every hour on the hour, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting — If temperatures reach 100 degrees or higher, trains may be cancelled).

Train ride tickets are available to book online in advance. Regular Coach: $12 adults, $6 youths (ages 6-17), ages 5 and under ride free. First Class Car available on select weekends with a higher ticket price. No tickets are available for pre-purchase online the day of the train ride.

Train depart from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot (On Front Street between J and K Streets).

California State Railroad Museum
125 I Street
Sacramento, 95814
916-323-9280

Weekends — April through September
Hourly from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Advance Tickets

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The Explore Science: Earth & Space

The Explore Science: Earth & Space event at Powerhouse Science Center is March 18 & 19 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Your family will discover the exciting fields of Earth and space science; learn about NASA science research and explore Earth and space phenomena.
Make clouds, imagine what extraterrestrial life might be like, investigate gravity, explore icy worlds, and other activities.

All activities are included with the price of the Powerhouse Science Center’s weekend admission: $8 adults (18+), $7 seniors (60+), $7 teens (13-17), $6 children (4-12), $0 children (3 and younger).

Powerhouse Science Center – Discovery Campus
3615 Auburn Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 485-8836 or (916) 485-8836

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Spring Forward

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Spring forward this Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Clocks are set forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Many people set their clocks Saturday before bed.
Check if you need to reset the computer, microwave, phone, digital camera and other devices.
Daylight Saving Time begins 2:00 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March and lasts until 2:00 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.

Pacific Daylight Time is 7 hours behind of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Offset: UTC -7 hours

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2017 March 12 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
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Hard Working Women of the Frontier

Sutter’s Fort presents a “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience what life was like for pioneer women in California’s 1840s.
Pioneer women did not live lives of leisure; women set up their own businesses selling eggs, milk, or baked goods.

See Dutch oven cooking demonstrations that include the sampling of bread from a recipe that dates to the 1840s.

Demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the firing of Sutter’s cannon at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Author and historian Cheryl Stapp will give presentations at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Sutter’s Fort
2701 L Street
Sacramento, 95816
(916) 445-4422

Adult Admission: $7
Youth Admission: $5 (Ages 6-17)
Metered street parking (quarters)

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Free Pancake Day at IHOP

Tuesday, March 7 is National Pancake Day. Get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes between 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at participating IHOP restaurants.

The pancakes are free, but consider at least a $5.00 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (local: UC Davis Children’s Hospital). Extra good: make a $5 donation and receive a coupon good for $5 off your next visit.

National Pancake Day
IHOP Restaurants
Find your IHOP here

Tuesday, March 7, 2017!
Free pancakes 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

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2-1-1 Sacramento

2-1-1 Sacramento is a free confidential information and referral service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This 2-1-1 service connects you to various information including support groups, drug treatment, elderly needs, homework help along with how to volunteer or provide assists during a crisis.

Some of the services include:
Employment and Training
Housing Information
Financial Assistance
Legal Assistance
Children’s Services
Car Seat Safety Inspections
Parenting Skills
Services for People with Disabilities
Mental Health Services
Senior Services
Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing
Independent Living Communities/Complexes
Assisted Living Referrals
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Food Programs
Home Delivered Meals
Health Care Services
Substance Abuse Services
Military and Veteran Services
Homeless Services
Emergency/Crisis Programs
Transportation Information

“Assistance is available in multiple languages, and services are accessible to people with disabilities. Call Specialists speak: Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Thai, Lao, Mien and English. All other languages can be assisted with the use of our Language Line translation service. Utilizing a comprehensive computerized database of more than 1,600 nonprofit and public agency programs, trained information and referral specialists give personalized attention to each caller. Specialists can refer callers to a variety of service that best meet their needs.”

Phone: 2-1-1
Online: http://www.211sacramento.org/211/

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Railroad Museum’s Exhibit “Clearing the Way”

railroad mueamThe California State Railroad Museum is presenting an exhibit featuring various snow removal methods, now through March 2017.
See how cumbersome and dangerous snow removal on the railroad can be and how the preferred methods have changed over time.
The exhibit and a historic 1920s 251,000-pound rotary snowplow will be on display in the Museum’s Roundhouse; included in the Museum admission.

California State Railroad Museum
125 I Street
Sacramento, 95814
(916) 323-9280

Clearing the Way exhibit through March 2017

Adults – $12
Youths – $6 (ages 6-17)
Children – Free (ages 5 and under)

Parking: Old Sacramento Garage, Tower Bridge Garage also limited-term, metered street parking.

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National Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland

YogurtlandNational Frozen Yogurt Day is celebrated annually on February 6th.

Get a free yogurt and toppings in commemorative cup at Yogurtland Monday, February 6, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Find your Yogurtland location and check with them if they are participating. Yes, this should be easier.

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