Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
The 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.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Parking: Old Sacramento Garage (I St & 2nd St), Tower Garage (Capitol & Neasham), and Macy’s West Garage (3rd St & L St).
If 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
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
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.
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The 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
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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The 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.
Parking: Use parking garage at 10th and L streets. Street parking, where permitted by the City, is free after 6 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sacramento beat out cities like Austin, Portland, San Diego, and, would you believe, New York, coming in as the sixth gayest city in America. The ranking over at the Daily Beast credits our central location (ah, the old “two hours from everywhere” credential!) and status as the state capital as attractive to gay couples looking to avoid the buzz of SF or LA. Certainly Second Saturday’s epicenter at 20th and K helps keep the community vibrant and at the forefront of Sac social life. So are you surprised we get such high marks? We’re above even LA and DC. Small towns can be more welcoming after all!
No, no, don’t adjust your news feeds and readers – this is, in fact, a new post at Metroblogging Sacramento. Time to brush away the cobwebs and get on with things. I’m back from an extended maternity leave and trying to, you know, like figure everything out. If the posts from now on sometimes take on family-friendly theme . . . well, hopefully that’s cool with y’all.
And speaking of . . . if you’ve ever wondered where all the families go on Thursday nights in July, I think we found them – at the Sacramento Zoo’s Twilight Thursdays. (No, not that kind of Twilight. This is strictly Team Giraffe v. Team Red Panda.)
The Thursday events cost no more than regular admission, but the Zoo is open until 8pm, rather than the usual 4pm. Each Thursday through the end of July has its own theme, car show, and dinner special. Tomorrow is British Night with, of course, British cars, a Beatles tribute band, and a fish-n-chip special. If the higher prices of Zoo food scare you, bring your own picnic and eat on the lawn by the band. Don’t like noise? Enjoy a less-crowded, hopefully cool, evening stroll through the zoo – some animals are more animated in the evening hours too. Last week we enjoyed some Giraffe World Cup soccer (yeah, they were playing with a ball), some red panda antics, and a great view of a chillin’ lioness.
For around $10 – free if you’re a member! – it’s a great way to burn those hours after work but before bedtime. Even if you don’t have kids.