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


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


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).
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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.

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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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Is it really a mom’s world, Raley’s?

Have you noticed Raley’s new marketing campaign?  It’s a mom’s world, apparently, and we’re all just shoppin’ in it.

This ad probably wouldn’t have bothered me 6 months ago.  But then something happened.  I became a mom myself. Read more


Five Guys – so the East Coast can feel better about not inventing In-n-Out

Okay – here’s a post guaranteed to highlight my native SoCalness.  I may as well get my biases out in the open at the start: I think In-n-Out is the burger to beat.  I think people from NorCal are slow to embrace In-n-Out because it comes from SoCal and therefore must be suspect.  Anyway….

So President Obama likes Five Guys and there’s now a Five Guys open in Natomas – gotta give that a try, right?  The place gets excellent reviews and has been creeping west after starting in DC.  How’s the burger? It’s a solid B.

What kind of place is Five Guys?  It’s In-n-Out without the Palm Trees out front, right down to the super basic (but we have our own lingo!) menu. And the red and white color scheme.

A note to first-timers: where In-n-Out defaults to burger meaning burger and something with “double” in the title indicating there are two meat patties in the double-double, at Five Guys, the burger has two patties and the “little” burger, I imagine, has one patty.  I’ve never eaten a double-double so I’d have never ordered a two-patty burger from Five Guys but whoops, there it was, two patties.  You make your own burger by specifying the toppings – all of ’em – that you want. Don’t assume you’ll get anything unless specified. My husband described it as “Subway sandwich style” burger making.

We placed a to-go order over the phone, so know that this review is based on eating a ten minute old burger that endured a car ride.  Our burgers kind of made it home in one piece.  The biggest failure? The bun. Oh, the horrible, squished, waste-of-calories bun.  It was so flat I wished it were one of those half-bun diet-friendly things on sale at the market now because why waste calories on compressed bread?  Five Guys should take some lessons from In-n-Out on this one: either pack your product better or invest in better bread.  Also, it was just plain, untoasted bread.  There’s no heaven like that of the perfectly toasted edges of an In-n-Out burger bun – amirite?

The burger itself was fine.  Tasty.  I don’t know that it was superlative or that I’d place it above all others in its class.  Also – it’s more expensive than In-n-Out. Just sayin’.

The fries are legit.  Thicker cut than most fast food and definitely made from fresh potatoes – you can taste that.  So A+ there.  How you rank them, if you’re a fryfan, is probably going to depend on why kind of fry you’re in the mood for.

Like I said, I give them a strong B grade overall. A tasty burger and one I would gladly eat again, but posing no threat to the current title holder in Cali.


Making it easier to pay the price

A few years ago, I mentioned that Sac should offer online payment of parking tickets.

Guess what? Now they are!

Maybe they have been accepting online payment for awhile and I’ve just been exceptionaly responsible lately – whatever – I’m glad they’ve taken some of the pain out of apying fees.

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Take me Down, S[ac] Underground

Did you know Old Sac has an underground? Me neither! But it does!  And you can check it out on a tour by the Old Sacramento Historic Foundation:

[Tours will be given] on Thursdays and Fridays, tours depart every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on Saturdays and Sundays, tours depart every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (although no tours will be available at 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. due to special stage performances in Old Sacramento).

Tours of the underground last approximately one hour and cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-17). Tour check-in is located at the Sacramento History Museum, 101 I Street, in Old Sacramento. Underground visitors will need to be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces in areas that have low ceilings and in occasional small spaces.

I can hang with uneven surfaces (and really, in Old Sac, how many surfaces are even?) but small spaces under centuries old buidlings? Mayyybe.  But if you go, drop your photos into our woefully neglected Flickr pool and we’ll post them on our site.

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State Fair Bovine Buzz Kill

Rampaging, Pregnant Cow Shot To Death At State Fair reads the KCRA3 headline.

Wow, seriously? There are so many ways to go with that headline, I don’t even know where to start.

But it kinda makes me want to avoid the fair.  Not out of cow-fear, but out of baby-cow mourning.

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