Sacramento Chocolate Salon

ChocolateLovers of chocolate and yes, addicts of chocolate, come to the Sacramento Chocolate Salon at the Embassy Suites Riverfront on January 28 to sample chocolate.
The event include chocolate tasting and chef & author talks.
Advance tickets are recommended as there is limited availability.

Embassy Suites Riverfront
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, 95814

Saturday, January 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Tickets
Adults: $20 Advance Purchase (recommended)
Adults: $25 Door
Children, 6 to 12: $10
Children under 6: Free*
*Applies to 2 children per adult. Each additional child under 6: $10


Story Time for the Young

StoryTime2Introducing the love of reading for children (Ages 2-5). The California State Railroad Museum every Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the East Theater. Museum volunteers will read a different railroad-related book. Afterwards the youngsters can visit the Museum with their parent(s).

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

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.


Rose Pruning Classes

roseIt would be nice if we could plant roses that need no pruning at all, but no; thus, rose pruning classes. The Historic Rose Garden will have two pruning workshops Saturday, January 14 at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

The 9:00 am class will focus on pruning climbing roses. The 1 pm class will show techniques for pruning and rehabilitating mature plants. Admission is a $10 donation.

The Historic Rose Garden at
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
1000 Broadway
Sacramento, 95818

Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Admission: $10 donation

Parking within the cemetery is very limited. Park across the street at the Sacramento Works building and enter the Cemetery at the main gate on 10th Street and Broadway.

Public Transit:
Bus lines 2, 51 and 53 from downtown.
Stop at the main gate on 10th Street and Broadway.

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Home & Garden Show 2017

Home & GardenThe Home and Garden Show at the Sacramento Convention Center on January 6, 7 and 8th.

The latest products including energy efficient upgrades and top home improvement experts.

Planning a remodeling or just getting ideas, you’ll get expert help.
Energy efficient upgrades: doors, windows, roofing, siding, cabinets and more.

Landscape professional will offer great ideas on creating a drought resistant yard.

Friday (1/6) —  Noon to 6:00 pm
Saturday (1/7) — 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday (1/8) — 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission:
Adults $6.00
Children 16 and under Free
Active Military & First Responders Free with current ID
Seniors $2.00 – Friday Only

$2.00 Off coupon (PDF)

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St.
Sacramento, 95814
(916) 808-5291

Parking map (PDF)

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Sky Spectacular 2017

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Saturday, December 31, 2016 is the New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular a free family-friendly event from 6:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
There will be Superheroes roaming Front street. Bring your camera to take photos of your kids with their favorites.
In the Waterfront Park area there will be balloon twisting and face painting.
At 9:00 is the fireworks show with music simulcast on 106.5 FM. Only one fireworks show this year; however, it will be about 20 minutes long.

Plan ahead, the will be a great deal of traffic. Consider public transit. If driving, consider this: Old Sacramento will be closed to ALL vehicle traffic at 4:00 p.m. also the Tower Bridge will be closed beginning at 7:30 p.m. to ALL vehicle traffic and will re-open after the 9:00pm fireworks display.

New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular
Old Sacramento
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Admission: free
Parking: SacPark

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Harry Potter Yule Ball

Harry Potter Yule BallThe third annual teen Yule Ball December 17, 2016 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Witches and wizards ages 14-19 are invited to the Galleria for a formal dance. Dress code is semi-formal; cosplay is encouraged.
Registration for this free event is not required; however, suggested.

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street, Sacramento, 95814
(916) 264-2920
Saturday, December 17, 2016
8:00 p.m. to midnight
Ages 14-19
Admission: Free

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22nd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

craftHoliday Arts and Crafts Saturday and Sunday December 3-4, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sacramento Fine Arts Center.

Looking for a special and unique handmade gift by local artisans then check out the Holiday Arts and Crafts Show.  The handmade items include but not limited to fabric, gemstones, glass, and needle work.

Sacramento Fine Arts Center
5330B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, 95608
(916) 971-3713

Saturday and Sunday December 3 & 4, 2016
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Admission: Free

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Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Old Sacramento Tree Lighting Ceremony

oldsactree002The 58-foot tall Old Sacramento Christmas Tree will be lit Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (Thanksgiving Eve), at 6:00pm Front Street and K Street. Festivities from 5:00pm to about 8:00pm.

The lights and sound of Theatre of Lights begins after the tree lighting Wednesday, November 23, skipping Thanksgiving Day then Thursday through Sundays, at 6:15 and 7:45 from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.

Old Sacramento
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
5:00pm
Free
Parking: Old Sacramento Garage (I St & 2nd St), Tower Garage (Capitol & Neasham), and Macy’s West Garage (3rd St & L St).
SacPark

 

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Supermoon

supermoonIf you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe. — Carl Sagan

Supermoons, most of us can’t detect the difference between a supermoon and a regular full moon, using just our eyes. Finely tuned instruments or composite images do show that a supermoon is indeed closer to Earth and thus bigger than an ordinary full moon. Therefore, if we can’t see that a supermoon actually appears larger in the sky, we notice the increased brightness of the supermoon.
Supermoons bring the highest and lowest tides, they follow the date of full moon by a day or two.

The supermoon event happens Sunday November 13 and Monday the 14th.
The best time to observe the supermoon is when the moon is near the horizon during either moonrise or moonset; allegedly, Monday is best. …

Sunday Evening, Nov. 13 — Moonrise — 4:47 pm
Monday Morning, Nov. 14 — Moonset — 6:42 am
Monday Evening, Nov. 14 — Moonrise — 5:34 pm
Tuesday Morning, Nov. 15 — Moonset — 7:54 am

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. — Douglas Adams

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Veterans Day Parade 2016

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The Sacramento Veterans Day Parade along Capitol Mall Greens begins on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (when World War I officially ended in 1918).

California is home to 1,851,470 veterans.

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

The National Park Service invites all visitors to remember our veterans by visiting any National Park Service site free on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.

Veterans Day Parade 2016
Capitol Mall Drive Between 3rd & 9th Streets
Friday, November 11, 2016 — 11:00 am
Free

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Fall Back 2016

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It’s time we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time, Sunday morning November 6 at 2:00 am.

Does this mean we get to spend an extra hour at our favorite bar? No, bars actually stop serving alcohol at 1:59 am, one minute before the clocks are set back one hour.

This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Do you like/dislike time change? Check out “Daylight saving time could end in California” a story from February in the Sacramento Bee.

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2016 November 6
2017 March 12 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1
2021 March 14 November 7
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Sacramento Arts Festival 2016

sac-artsThe 19th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival this November 4, 5, 6 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Stoneware artists will exhibit their porcelain or raku works, offering clay creations ranging from functional hand-thrown plates, cups, tea sets and vases, to whimsical sculptures and hand-made tile tables.

Woodworkers will exhibit items including candlesticks, salad bowls, jewelry boxes, tables, lamps, and chairs.

Painters, working in watercolors, oils, pastels, and acrylics, will display traditional and modern, landscape and still life, animal and floral, portrait and abstract, whimsical and surrealistic, originals and limited-edition prints.

Sculptors will exhibit works ranging from bronzes that fit on the mantle to giant welded assemblages suitable for the yard.

Jewelers, have items with gold and silver, enamel and fabric, precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Also there will be continuous live Jazz and Blues music on the Main Stage.

Tickets at the Door – $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, Children Under 12 Free.

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Sacramento Convention Center
J Street and 14th Street
Sacramento, 9581

November 4, 5, 6

Parking for the Sacramento Convention Center Complex is available at the city-run Memorial Garage at 14th and H Streets and privately owned lots within walking distance of the facilities. Parking rates vary by location and event. On-Street parking meters, requiring quarters or debit cards, are also available and surround the Convention Center.

Public Transit — Online Destination Guide

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Kiki’s Delivery Service at the Crest Theatre

kikiThe Crest Theatre will present master animator Hayao Miyasaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) with showings Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Kiki is a young witch striking out on her own and starting her own delivery service. Venturing out, with only her chatty black cat, Kiki flies off for the adventure of a lifetime.

In Japanese, dubbed into English.

Since this movie is being shown on the Saturday before Halloween, all are invited to wear their Halloween costumes, and there will be a showcase on stage before the film.

I have the DVD: however, seeing the film on large screen would be special.

Tickers for 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm shows.

Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, 95814

Parking: Use parking garage at 10th and L streets.  Street parking, where permitted by the City, is free after 6 pm.

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