Make Memories this Memorial Day Weekend!

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season—warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun. On the other hand, Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country. Sacramento events this weekend take on both those meanings, with ways to honor those that have fallen, plus plenty of outdoor festivities and summery fun – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/memorial-day-weekend-events-in-sacramento-v1#sthash.qAYFqN0I.dpuf
Vettes for Vets and American Muscle Car Show_ Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum

Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum.

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season — warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun! Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country.

Luckily, events taking place this weekend take on both meanings — giving you plenty of ways to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice AND hit up some outdoor festivities and summery fun. See below for just a taste of what to expect this long weekend in the Sacramento area:

Sacramento County Fair
Cal Expo
Thurs-Sun 10am-10pm, Mon 10am-7pm

Honor Sacramento’s agricultural heritage and eat carnival-style food for five days straight! New to this year’s festivities are the Welcome to the Jungle display and the Toughest Monster Truck Tour. Added bonus: Kids Ages 12 and under are free.

St. Anne’s Greek Food and Wine Festival
St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-8pm

Come enjoy the smells and sounds of Greece at this annual Memorial Weekend festival. Specialty foods on the menu include souvlaki, lamb, pastitiso, mousaka, and baklava (full vegan and vegetarian dishes will also be available). Don’t forget to wash down these great flavors with a shot of ouzo or Greek beer!

Sacramento Music Festival
Old Sacramento
Fri & Sat 11am-Midnight; Sun 10am-11pm; Mon 10am-4pm

Old Sacramento will be the place to be this weekend! You could be dancing in the streets with over 60 world-class soulful and rockin’ blues, country, jazz and rock acts — including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Stray Cat Lee Rocker.

Multicultural Family Festival
William Land Park Amphitheater
Sat 10am-4pm
Along with pony rides, magic shows, and jump houses, youth groups of different ethnic backgrounds will proudly perform song and dance numbers representing their cultures.

Inaugural Memorial Day Block Party
Track & Brewing – Curtis Park
Sat 3pm-9pm
Raise a glass of Track 7’s Roots Rock Red Ale as you jam to the sounds of Arden Park Roots this Saturday! Along with great tunes, you can welcome the long weekend with food from Squeeze Inn Burger, Masa Taco Kitchen, and Smokers Wild BBQ.

FamilyPalooza
Crocker Art Museum
Sun 11am-3pm
A family that plays together stays together! Come celebrate the arts, creativity, and good old-fashioned fun at the Crocker’s FamilyPalooza. This year’s event will turn the museum into Whoville! Note: The museum will also be open from 10am-5pm free of charge!

5th Annual Torch Fest
Torch Club
Sun 4pm-Midnight
Torch Fest is back and it’s better than ever! There’s no better way to celebrate this holiday weekend than with live music at the Midtown landmark!

Vettes for Vets American Muscle Car Show
California Automobile Museum
Mon 9am-3pm
The annual museum car show serves as a memorial to military veterans and to beautiful American made cars. Veterans and active duty military (and their family members) can also take advantage of free admission to the California Automobile Museum.


For even more ways to celebrate this Memorial Day, visit the Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events page.


This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

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Almost Another 365 in the Books

Old Sac 2The Sacramento365.com team takes a look back at 2015…
and shares their goals for the new year.

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As the holidays come rolling in and 2015 comes to an end, we at Sacramento365.com have plenty to be grateful for. Whether it is new faces joining the fold or some huge social media milestones, we’ve hit a lot of home runs this year. We said goodbye to Rachael Lankford earlier this year as she moved on in her career, but were fortunate enough to bring on a wonderful new face to our team, Karlee Cemo.

2015 has been a whirlwind of fun, busy schedules, and teamwork; and 2016 should be more of the same…and more! Here are a couple things our staff is looking forward to and a couple things we’re reminiscing on.

Dylan: 2015 was quite the crazy year for me. I was still learning my job on the fly for much of the year and just when I started feeling really comfortable with my role, my boss got a new job! Luckily, we were able to find a replacement fairly quickly and continued work as usual. I love seeing all of the events coming through our system and am happy to provide this wonderful resource to all who think, “What is there to do in Sacramento?” I look forward to keeping my finger on the pulse of Sacramento in 2016!

Jamila: Wow, this year was loco, but in the best way possible. Through circumstances out of my control, I’ve learned to grow out of my comfort zone. Not only did I learn the possibilities of the Sacramento365.com website, I learned the importance of teamwork. Partnerships, new additions, and nurturing the skills within our team helped Sacramento365 grow in so many ways — just see how fast our social numbers have climbed in the last half of the year! I am so happy with the synergy of our little team. I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got up our sleeves!

Karlee: I stepped into my role here at Sacramento365.com at the beginning of August, and I will be the first to admit that I knew I had some big shoes to fill. I also knew that I was taking on an opportunity that would allow me to utilize my greatest strengths to help promote one of my greatest passions, Sacramento. It was a dream that I had worked hard to turn into a reality. In the past five months, we have reached significant social media milestones, established new partnerships, and have taken many of our ideas on paper and implemented them into effective strategies. Personally, I am incredibly grateful to be part of such an awesome, creative, and hard-working team. As a team, we are thankful for our amazing partners and users of our site, because none of this would be possible without your continued support. I am looking forward to 2016 for many reasons, a primary one being that I know it will be an exciting year for our website and team!

Sacramento365.com has grown a lot over this past year and plans to continue to do big things in the year ahead. Keep in touch to see all of the exciting things we’ve got coming your way.

We at Sacramento365.com would like to wish you a happy new year!

Give the Gift of Healthy Habits

Photo courtesy of Food Literacy Center.

Photo courtesy of Food Literacy Center.

This month toy drives are in full swing, but Food Literacy Center is holding a holiday drive to meet a different need — healthy food.

Childhood obesity is a leading public health concern that disproportionately affects low-income and minority children: 40% of Sacramento children are obese. Additionally, only 4% of Americans kids are eating their recommended daily amount of vegetables. This issue impacts our entire community.

Food Literacy Center teaches low-income Sacramento area kids nutrition and cooking to improve our health, environment, and economy. Their mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables.

This holiday season, Sacramento area community members can make sure every child in the Food Literacy Center after-school programs at Leataata Floyd Elementary and Pacific Elementary goes home for holiday break with a box of 25 fruits and vegetables — five a day for five days.

Participants are encouraged to purchase produce at select Whole Foods Market locations, but can also drop off fresh fruits and vegetables during the six-hour window that have been gleaned from their gardens or local trees. The produce wish list includes items that will stay fresh for several days, and foods that kids can eat without much help from an adult.

“During the holidays, there are many worthwhile causes providing gifts to kids.  We’re in schools where 90 percent of the kids are on free and reduced price lunches,” said Amber Stott, executive director, Food Literacy Center. “When they go home for winter break, we want to make sure they have access to the fresh foods they’ve grown to love in our class. The donated produce will help them maintain healthy habits while also maintaining their enthusiasm for healthy food while they’re on break from school.”

The drive will take place 10am-4pm on Sunday, December 13 at the Arden Way and Roseville Whole Foods Market locations. Food Literacy Center hopes to raise 7,000 pieces of produce.

For more details on the Whole Foods Market Arden Way produce drive, click here. To learn more about the Whole Foods Market Roseville produce drive, click here.

***This blog post was written by Melissa A. Granville, the Community Relations Officer of the nonprofit Food Literacy Center. She’s a freelance journalist and passionate advocate of food education.

2nd Saturday Roadmap: A guide to a colorful, festive night

It may be a cold, wet weekend here in Sacramento, but our city’s 2nd Saturday festivities are really heating up! I’ve found some vibrant art, unique holiday experiences, and a performance that will have you laughing out loud.

Bundle up and prepare for some fun as I show you some of the coolest events and exhibits happening this weekend.

Get Wild:
After hitting up one of the busiest breakfast spots in town — the Tower Cafe — I’ll make the pilgrimage to William Land Park to relive one of my favorite childhood memories: watching the Sacramento Zoo’s Holiday Magic festivities. I always looked forward to the animals opening their brightly colored enrichments (a.k.a. presents) as a child; this year is no different. Even if there’s rain, watching the animals playfully open their gifts should not be missed.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Art to Make You Merry:
After watching the animals romp around with their gifts, it’ll be high time for me to treat myself. I’ll warm up with a coffee from Old Soul Co. then head across the street to the Brickhouse Gallery to treat my eyes to Visual Revel featuring the art of Sacramento365.com April Featured Artist, Demetris “B.A.M.R.” Washington. You might want to stick around the Gallery for an open mic with Candace Goodwin and Jenny Lynn later that evening.

Photo courtesy of B.A.M.R

Photo courtesy of B.A.M.R

Last Minute Shopping:
Fun fact: There are only two more weekends left before Christmas! If you still haven’t found a gift for the special people in your life (like me), Fe Gallery is having their Christmas Table-Top Sale, featuring some great gifts from local artists. The best part? A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to Developmental Disabilities Service Organization’s (DDSO) Short Center North. DDSO helps better the lives of people with developmental disabilities primarily through art.

After shopping ’til I drop, I’ll swing around the corner to Hoppy Brewing Company for a pint of their Burnt Sienna Ale.

Photo courtesy of the Fe Gallery

Photo courtesy of the Fe Gallery

Say Anything IRL:
Next, I will take part in Sacramento’s inaugural Unsilent Night. This event was created by composer Phil Kline in an effort to bring the community together for a unique “caroling” experience. Unsilent Night is built upon audience participation, so make sure to download the tracks and bring a boombox. Of course, I will have to stop by Hot Italian for some Magnini pizza after hand. There are very few things better than pizza; being a part of a new event is one of them.

Photo by Noel Y. Calingasan

Photo by Noel Y. Calingasan

Whether you choose to follow my map of fun or blaze your own trail, this 2nd Saturday is certain to be a delight!

If you’re looking to make your own plan, check out Sacramento365.com’s 2nd Saturday and Holiday sections. Brave the rain, and have a jolly old time this weekend with me!

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

A Day in the Life with The Sugar Plum Fairy

behind the sceneSacramento Ballet’s principal dancer Alexandra Cunningham shares how she and The Sacramento Ballet Company dancers prepare for the region’s holiday tradition.


As the orchestra tunes their instruments there is a certain magic in the air. It’s almost opening night of Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker and I can hardly contain my excitement! All the memories of performing in this classic holiday production for the past 22nd years come flooding back to me.

From my humble beginnings as a Baby Bunny in the “Battle Scene”, I always knew that one day I wanted to be a professional dancer for The Sacramento Ballet. I would watch the ballerinas in awe as they accomplished their choreography with the confidence and grace that comes with years of experience. Still a youngster, and just starting my ballet training, I couldn’t imagine exactly how they did it — but I knew that I wanted to be just like the dancers on stage.

Now, 22 years later, there I am backstage in my Sugar Plum tutu preparing my pointe shoes and trying to calm the butterflies in my stomach. Yes, even after all these years, and after all the hours of rehearsal, I still get nervous before every show. I know all the choreography inside and out, but the thing about a live performance is that you never know what might happen on stage — and that thrill is one of the many reasons why I love to perform.

This year alone, the Company dancers and I have spent over 200 hours in rehearsal for The Nutcracker. This year’s Nutcracker is certainly not our first rodeo –if you add up all the years each Sacramento Ballet dancer has performed a version of the Nutcracker, we dancers bring audiences a total of 361 years of experience! For many, like myself, The Nutcracker was our first experience on stage and the reason why we eventually pursued a professional ballet career.

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The life of a dancer is one that requires immense dedication, discipline, and vision. We start our workday with a one and a half hour ballet class to improve our ballet technique and build stamina, followed by up to five hours of rehearsal, six days a week. We rehearse our choreography for our Artistic Director or ballet master (equivalent to a coach) who constantly corrects us in an effort to helps us achieve our best possible performance. Over time, we develop tough skin like the calluses around our toes. Dancers are taught to strive for perfection, although we all know that it is unattainable. Our work never ends as there is always a next level to reach.

All the hard work and hours of training however become instantly worth it once we step onto the stage. The Nutcracker is particularly treasured by the dancers as, in our Sacramento version, we work with over 500 children throughout the performances. To see their smiles and genuine joy as they take the stage alongside us reminds us of the reason we pursued our chosen profession in the first place.

The Nutcracker is so much more than just a ballet performance — it’s a holiday tradition that celebrates our community in the most meaningful way. It’s truly a miracle to watch people from all walks of life spend their time and invest their hearts into making The Nutcracker a success. For me, it wouldn’t be the holiday season if I wasn’t backstage preparing to dance The Nutcracker. Now, as I prepare for opening night, I am filled with a special kind of happiness that comes from knowing I am part of a legacy that inspires the spirit of the holiday season for generations.


See The Sacramento Ballet’s hard work throughout the month of December. Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker will be performed December 12-22 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. To learn more, visit its Sacramento365.com event listing here.


This blog post was written by The Sacramento Ballet’s principal dancer, Alexandra Cunningham.

Run, Stretch, and Dance This Turkey Day

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Thanksgiving is a time to remember all that you are thankful for. This year, spend some quality time helping others at these local sports events.


 

The weather may be getting chillier, but Sacramento’s sports scene is really heating up! Take the chance to run with those you’re thankful for and celebrate the season with these fun athletic outings.

Run to Feed the Hungry Thurs (11/26):
The Run to Feed the Hungry is something of a tradition in the Fisher household.  My family and I have piled into the car way earlier than anyone should have to wake up on a holiday and head off to Sacramento State to run in the cold. While this may sound like torture to some, this run is truly a magical experience. I’m not running fanatic, in fact, I may only jog once or twice a year, but I never miss the Run to Feed the Hungry because of how much fun this experience is. I haven’t missed the run in six years (my parents haven’t missed in even longer) because the fundraising goes towards a great cause and the camaraderie among the community is too fun to miss.

Photo courtesy of SMUD

Photo courtesy of SMUD

Where else will you see people dressed as turkeys, wearing turkey hats, or simply making turkey noises everywhere you look. Before the race begins everyone huddles together at the starting line like a rookery of penguins trying to stay warm. My favorite part of the race every year is the start of the race or as I affectionately call it “The Stampede.” This “stampede” isn’t an unsafe trample of people, but rather a joyous kick-off to the race.

Photo courtesy of Run to Feed the Hungry

Photo courtesy of Run to Feed the Hungry

The most important part of the Run to Feed the Hungry is that it helps benefit the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Their goal is to “[help] those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and moving them toward self-sufficiency and financial independence.” This run is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year and it couldn’t come at a better time. Every family deserves to have a great holiday and the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services helps make that a possibility for thousands of local families.

Photo courtesy of Run to Feed the Hungry

Photo courtesy of Run to Feed the Hungry

Find more information about the Run to Feed the Hungry here.

More family fun:
Are you worried how to entertain your family over the holiday weekend? Fret no more! I’ve scrounged up a couple great events that will get your family moving and maybe even raising a little moolah for worthy organizations.

Thanksgiving Vinyasa FUNdraiser
The Yoga Seed Collective
Nov 26
Is running not your thing? Stretch it out before your meal and help raise some money for the Yoga Seed Collective’s educational programming.

Photo courtesy of the Yoga Seed Collective

Photo courtesy of the Yoga Seed Collective

Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kings Food Drive
Sleep Train Arena

Nov 27
Cap off your philanthropic efforts with a slam by checking out the Kings take on the Timberwolves.
 The Kings will match every ticket purchased the donation of a canned food item to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Family Dance Night
Nov 28

Studio 18
Didn’t get enough “Boogie” at the Kings game? Then take your family out for a night of dancing at Studio 18.

Photo courtesy of Dance Studio 18

Photo courtesy of Dance Studio 18

Sports365 is about showing off some of the coolest upcoming sports events in the region. Check back in once a month to see what sort of sporty stuff I’m looking forward to. Of course, you can also your own create your own “game plan” using the Sports section of Sacramento365.com. Look for more Sports365 coming to you soon! 

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Be Grateful at these Sacramento Thanksgiving Events

ThanksgivingAs Turkey Day steadily approaches, we at Sacramento365.com have searched far and wide for local outings that’ll put you in the spirit of giving (and eating)! Feel-good turkey trots will support local nonprofits and keep your metabolism high for your Thanksgiving feast, while local Black Friday and Small Business Saturday celebrations will ensure that our community (and wallets) benefit from holiday spending.

Be driven to share…

8th Annual Turkey Drive*
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Fri (11/20) 4:30am-7pm

*Families interested in receiving a turkey can go to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Service Building on Monday, November 23. Distribution begins at 8am.

If you want to move for a great cause, consider one of these Thanksgiving Day races:

Run to Feed the Hungry
Sacramento State
Thurs (11/26) 8am

Folsom Turkey Trot
Folsom Parkway Trails
Thurs (11/26) 8:50am

A number of local groups will be offering free Turkey Day meals for those in need:

Thanksgiving Community Meal
Ray Robinson Oak Park Community Center
Thurs (11/26) 11am-1pm

20th Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Pannell Meadowview Community Center
Thurs (11/26) 11am-2pm

Don’t stress out this Black Friday…treat yourself to some fun activities while supporting local:

Free Admission Day: Canned Food Drive
Fairytale Town
Fri (11/27) 10am-4pm

Brewery Black Friday: 3rd Annual Party
New Helvetia Tasting Room
Fri (11/27) Noon-Midnight

Sacramento Kings v. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kings Food Drive Game
Sleep Train Arena
Fri (11/27) 7pm

Search the Sacramento365.com Holiday Events page for a cornucopia of things to do during the long holiday weekend.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.