Sac365 Top 10: Sneak Peak for the Week of April 21, 2014

Spring_CarnivalSpring Carnival on the Blvd
2419 Del Paso Blvd
April 23-27
Wed-Fri 3pm-10pm; Sat & Sun Noon-11pm
Enjoy five days of amusement at this North Sacramento party.

Sac_Intl_Film_FestSacramento Intl Film Festival
April 26-May 4
A few highlights:
48 Hours Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum, Sat 12:30pm-2pm
International Cinema; Delta King, Sun 1pm-9:30pm

Sacramento_Republic_FCSacramento Republic FC Home Opener
Hughes Stadium
April 26
Sat 7:30pm
Get a kick out of seeing our city’s newest sports team take on the Harrisburg City Islanders.

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5 Reasons to Attend the Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival

The 2014 Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival is coming up this Saturday, April 19, and boy we are getting hungry over here at! Sure, it’s probably not going to be a great day for my diet, but when an event title includes both beer AND chili, what’s a girl to do? There are a lot of things to look forward to at this third annual festival, but I’ve identified five great reasons why you and your friends should attend!

Reason #1: Red Hot Chili Samples

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Getting hungry? This festival will allow guests to sample an unlimited amount of chili throughout the afternoon. (Photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo.)

This year’s cook-off will include four categories — individual, industry, vegetarian, and the People’s Choice. While I won’t be participating in the cook-off, I will gladly test every bowl I can get my hands on. Yum!

Reason #2: It’s For a Good Cause

Did you know this event is actually a fundraiser for the The Sacramento Artists Council? All proceeds will go to art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families, and adopt-a-school art programs in the Sacramento region. Yes, you read that right, we are all invited to get our grub and drink on all for the children!

Reason #3: Fun For The Whole Family

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Children can hang out at the Kidz Zone and have their face painted at  Fremont Park. (Photo by Flickr user Phalinn Ooi.)

There will be an awesome Kidz Zone where children can make crafts, get their faces painted, and let loose on the playground! While parents enjoy their beer, kids (and designated drivers) will be able to sip on juice from the Metro Juice Company. I apologize in advance for hogging the monkey bars…one day I will make it across!

Reason #4: Great Tunes to Entertain

Local bands Twilight Drifters, Hans Eberbach, As Yet Untitled, and UR-DOM will be rocking the stage throughout the event. WARNING: Just because there is a stage does not mean you are invited to perform on it. Leave it to the professionals, people.

Reason #5: Beer!

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More than 25 local breweries will be giving out unlimited tastings to pair with your delicious chili samplings. (Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival.)

Don’t let this pic fool you; your cup will be filled all day long as you sip the day away with unlimited beer tastings. Over 25 local breweries will be there. We were going to make this the number one reason, but we didn’t want you to go running to the park just yet!

Bonus: Pets Are Welcome!

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Your four-legged friend can join in on the festival fun — as long as he or she is on a leash! (Photo by Flickr user AlbertHerring.)

Friendly and leashed dogs are allowed at the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival.‘s Sir Meowington approves! (although he is advocating for cat attendance in coming years…)

Find more information about the Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival here.

***This blog post was written by‘s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

Egg-citing Adventures Await This Easter Weekend

Spring Eggstravaganza_ Photo by Greg Flagg

Find hidden treasures at one of the area’s many egg hunts. Fairytale Town Spring Eggstravaganza photo by Greg Flagg.

Celebrate the holiday of bunnies, eggs, springtime and rebirth this week in Sacramento. On the prowl for a lively egg hunt for the kiddos? Searching for a good meal? Looking for something more conventional? See below for just a smidgen of this weekend’s local Easter festivities.

Hunt for Spring Fun:
27th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
Clunie Community Center; Sat 7am-11:30am
The East Sacramento Midtown Kiwanis Club will serve a breakfast with all the fixings followed by a festive carnival and hunt.

Spring Eggstravaganza
Fairytale Town; Sat & Sun 11am-3pm

This fun-filled family weekend features egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands-on activities, and cameos by Peter Cottontail.

Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex; Sun 9:30am
After a hearty breakfast, children can search for candy-filled eggs around the golf course. A few special prize eggs include golf clubs and stuffed animals.

Get Your Grub On:
Easter Brunch at the Hyatt
Hyatt Regency Sacramento; Sun 9:30am-3pm

Power up with this scrumptious holiday brunch that features a fresh seafood bar, carving station, a charcuterie bar, and a fantastic assortments of desserts.

Easter Brunch on the Delta King
Delta King; Sun 10am-2pm
Spend your Easter on the Sacramento River while enjoying a glass of champagne and the Pilothouse’s impressive breakfast buffet menu.

Honor the Traditional:
Easter Bonnet Promenade & Spring Ball
Old Sacramento; Sat 10:45am
Celebrate Easter in high-style by watching Living History docents take a leisurely stroll in their finery along Old Sac’s historic boardwalks. Afterwards, learn some 19th century dance moves at the Stanford Gallery’s Spring Ball.

Hop, Leap, Jump
Effie Yeaw Center; Sun 1:30pm-3pm

Hop on over for a “hare” raising good time. Learn if rabbits actually lay eggs and take a hike to discover a rabbit’s habitat.

For What Propose
The Rock Church; Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm
With a cast of more than 200 people utilizing a larger-than-life stage, this play presents a dramatic re-enactment of death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

Even more local Easter-themed outings can be found on’s Holiday Events page.

This blog post was written by’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Sac365 Top 10: Sneak Peak for the Week of April 14, 2014

Teen_Takeover Teen Takeover
Crocker Art Museum
April 17
Thurs 5pm-9pm
Back by popular demand, area youths will take over the Crocker this spring break.

Sac_Earth_Day - CopySacramento Earth Day
Southside Park
April 19
Sat 11am-4pm
Learn how to be a better steward of the planet at this community event.

Holiday_Easter_WeekendEaster Weekend
A few highlights:
Spring Eggstravaganza
Fairytale Town; Sat & Sun 11am-3pm
Easter Brunch
Hyatt Regency; Sun 9:30am-3pm
Hornblower’s Easter Cruises
L Street Dock; Sun Noon, 1:30pm & 3pm


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Sac365 Top 10: Sneak Peak of the Week of April 7, 2014

Sacramento_Has_TalentSacramento Has Talent
Crest Theatre
April 10
Thurs 7pm
Access Sacramento found some of the best artists & performers in the region — come see them perform!

Carnival1st Annual Spring Carnival
Placer County Fairgrounds
April 12
Sat 10am-2pm
Come one, come all for this fair-themed fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Information Alliance!

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Sacramento Zoo
April 13
Sun 8am
Find out if you’re as fast or slow at this 5K/10K run benefiting the Sacramento Zoological Society.

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Spring Into Wellness

It’s that time of year, folks: time to start counting those calories, and dust off the old running shoes. Summer is just around the corner and it seems that everyone is heading back to the gym. (Isn’t it funny how swimsuit and “short shorts” season forces people to buckle down and focus on their health?)

I know I have a lot of work to do to reach my fitness goals, but I have made the conscious decision to start eating right and working out — and to stick with it! While running on the treadmill is pretty effective, I know I need to find other ways to stay active to prevent myself from getting bored. Using, I found a number of events that will not only get me moving, but also allow me to explore our great city at the same time!

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2014 Fight For Air Climb  participants will run up stairs to make it to the rooftop of the beautiful Wells Fargo Center in downtown Sacramento. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons user Xnatedawgx)

Climb Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Next Saturday (4/12) marks the fifth year of the Annual Fight for Air Climb and Festival.  Benefiting the American Lung Association, this race will be the climb of your life taking racers up and down the 30-story Wells Fargo Center. Participants can celebrate with live music from Sacramento area musicians, food trucks, and a beer garden at the Capitol Mall. After conquering the skyscraper, I know I won’t feel so guilty about having a beer…or five.

For more Fight for Air Climb information:

Bike Trail- Courtesy of Flickr user Matthew Fern

Peak Adventure’s Road Rides will get you familiar with the beautiful American River bike trail. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Matthew Fern)

Explore Local Bike Trails

Since I live so close to the American River, I try and find time to ride my bike along the beautiful trail, but I sometimes worry about going alone. Luckily, Sacramento State’s Peak Adventures offers bike rides along local trails on select Saturdays each month. Led by an instructor, these rides are a great way to see Sacramento while being active. Parents: These outings are appropriate for everyone ages 9 and older, so bring your kids along for this fun adventure!

For more Road Ride information:

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Thousands will participate in the three-mile March for Babies and festival zone. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Parker Knight)

Walk For A Good Cause

If you’re like me and prefer walking over running, March for Babies is probably the event for you. On April 26, thousands will gather for this three-mile walk around the West Steps of the Capitol. The inspiring walk through Old Sacramento supports programs that help moms in our community have healthy, full-term pregnancies. At the finish line, there will be a festival zone with live music and even a t-shirt contest. Philanthropy never felt so good.

For more March for Babies information:

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Real men really do wear heels at this Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, which raises money for victims of sexual violence. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Damien D.)

Fun Runs For Him And Her

Thanks to WEAVE, Inc., on Sunday, April 27th the Capitol Mall will be filled with more than 700 men who will walk, run (or most likely limp) for one mile while wearing women’s heels! This Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event is not only hilarious, but it will raise money to ensure 24-hour services are available for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Is it weird if I get jealous of the guys who can walk in heels better than I can?

For more Walk A Mile In Her Shoes information:


These ladies make mud look good as they try and move through one of the several obstacles at the Pretty Muddy Women’s Run. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Micadew)

While the men get pretty, the ladies will get muddy! May 3rd marks the Pretty Muddy Women’s Run 5K, an adventurous obstacle course mud run for woman! This event is perfect for those of us who want to get outside, spend time with girlfriends and be silly. I know I’ll be rewarding myself afterwards at the epic Finish Line Party, where there will be entertainment, music, drinks, and celebration galore!

For more Pretty Muddy information:

I know that getting into shape is not an easy thing to do, but the best way to stay active is to have fun while doing it! Keep an eye out for my next blog post for more fun, active things to do in Sacramento, as well as an update on my own personal path to wellness! I hope these events help you on your journey, and if you have any stories or ideas about wellness, please share them on my Sac365 Facebook page!

***This blog post was written by‘s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.




Get to Know April 2014 Featured Artist Kristi Hughes

This month, spoke with interior designer and artist Kristi Hughes. Hughes specializes in helping clients think outside the box to create one-of-a-kind, but most importantly, comfortable environments. Drawing from her background with the acclaimed LeavittWeaver design firm, she seeks to create “inspired calm” by weaving together client ideas, unconventional interior furnishings and her creative talents.

Read up and find out what drives the skilled interior designer here.