On Board for BIG Day of Giving 2016

BDOG2016_Pos_736x599pxEverywhere I look, I see the Sacramento region in a state of transformation. Our region’s rich and diverse nonprofit sector is one of our greatest examples of this. Thanks to the BIG Day of Giving, we can add “philanthropic powerhouse” to our list of attributes. The Sacramento area’s spirit of giving is undeniable!

Pride in our region and last year’s record-breaking experience led us to believe that, together, we can reach the following goal on the BIG Day of Giving this year: Raise $6 million in online donations from over 30,000 donors for 570 local nonprofits with 100% board giving from participating organizations.

If we reach these goals on May 3, it will be an incredible achievement. Reaching these numbers is so much more than a check mark on a to-do list; the money raised can help a domestic violence victim find shelter, give children the opportunity to experience the arts, and match four-legged friends to loving homes.

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Your giving on May 3 can support wonderful nonprofit programs and projects in the region, like art therapy classes at the WEAVE Safehouse. (Photo courtesy of WEAVE, Inc.)

As a board member, I know I must do more than cheer. I must lead with my own giving.

Last year, the WEAVE Board of Directors committed to 100% participation on BIG Day of Giving. I worked with the WEAVE staff to ensure giving was easy (we sent out a calendar invite with WEAVE’s Big Day of Giving link) and I followed up with thank you letters to those who gave early and “gentle prodding” to those who needed a reminder later in the day. At 10pm we achieved our goal! When our board met a few days later, we celebrated and several board members came up with the brilliant idea that we use BIG Day of Giving as the day we make our personal contributions to WEAVE in the future.

If you serve on the board of directors of a nonprofit that will be participating in BIG Day of Giving, I challenge you to lead by example with your gift. Give early. Give generously. As one of the thousands of donors throughout our region, you will be part of raising $6 million for the local nonprofits that make the Greater Sacramento region such a wonderful place to live. Even more, you will be a part of reinforcing our region as a philanthropic powerhouse.

For more information about BIG Day of Giving, and to donate, click here.

***Blog post by Garry Maisel, CEO of Western Health Advantage and Board Chairperson of WEAVE™.

Sacramento Fashion Week: 10 Years of Talent

To help celebrate a decade’s worth of fashion, Sacramento Fashion Week‘s Blog Manager Bridgett Rex highlights some of the brightest stars to come out of the annual fashion affair.


As we at Sacramento Fashion Week (SACFW) celebrate our 10 year anniversary this week, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic. Throughout the years, our volunteer effort has achieved innumerable successes, but what we are most proud of seeing is the professional growth of those who have dedicated their time to make SACFW the dazzling event that it is today.

Below we recognize current and former SACFW contributors who have made a name for themselves in the fashion and entertainment worlds.

Duane Ram1. Duane Mykha Ram, who started off his career as a model, is now the Executive Director of SACFW.

2. Formalwear designer Mimi Tran showcased in New York Fashion Week for the second time this year. She first premiered her stunning gowns during Sacramento Fashion Week.

Richard Hallmarq3. SACFW designers Richard Hallmarq and Cindy Vo went on to showcase their collections at San Francisco Week. Fun Fact: Hallmarq, a Sacramento-based designer and panelist in this year’s Fashion Forum, also competed in the 11th season of Project Runway.

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4. Designer Sacha Laurin took her unique Kombucha Couture creations to Paris Fashion Week last year. Laurin’s clothing is not just extraordinary, it’s alive! The former professional cheesemaker has gone from fermenting milk to fermenting green tea with SCOBYs (Symbiotic Colony of Yeast and Bacteria) to create “living” clothing and fashion accessories.

UFC5. Ryan Douglas’s menswear has ended up on a variety of interesting people. The local designer has dressed a red carpet winner, UFC Champion TJ Dillashaw, and the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band, Royal Tailor.

6. After gracing our local runway, Andy Allo became a recording artist and even toured with Prince.

Teen Vogue7. SACFW 2007 model Elaine Welteroth is now the Beauty and Health Director at Teen Vogue.  “I always tell young people who want to work in this industry to work tirelessly with a smile, be kind to everyone you encounter, and seek out opportunities to add value beyond the call of duty. It’s what has laid the groundwork for every job I’ve had in the industry.” (via Bullseyeview)

8. Designer Saul Latvanen took his larger-than-life couture to New York Fashion Week this year.

GQ UK9. SACFW model Andrey Ivanov went on to become a top male model, walking the runways of New York and Paris fashion weeks. Ivanov’s chiseled good looks helped him land an editorial in GQ Style UK.


What memories will be made this year? Learn more about SACFW events on Sacramento365.com. And catch all of the SACFW fun on social media by following the hashtags #SACFW and #atTENtion.

***This blog post was written by contributor Bridgett Rex.

ARTober 2nd Saturday Adventures: Art, Beer, and Fun

2nd Saturday in Sacramento is always a great idea, but a 2nd Saturday during ARTober — National Arts and Humanities Month — is extra special! Galleries and arts groups across the region will show off our bustling arts scene this October 10th and we at Sacramento3665.com have curated a few artsy adventures so you can have your very own ARTober day and night!

FOLLOW THE RAINBOW:

Kick off the day by checking out the Rainbow Crosswalks Community Unveiling at the intersection of 20th St and K St. These crosswalks will add a touch of pride to the Lavender Heights neighborhood and to the region’s LGBT community. Afterwards, head Pachamama Coffee Co-op for some freshly roasted, farmer-owned coffee, then grab fruits and veggies at the Midtown Farmers Market. Rumor has it that the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will be performing throughout the day! …You can keep the good vibes rolling by checking out the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Rainbow crosswalks photo courtesy of Midtown Business Association

Rainbow crosswalks photo courtesy of Midtown Business Association

A SKETCHY ADVENTURE:

Head over to White Buffalo Gallery to see their new exhibit W(rapper) Dreams from Michelle Vo. This is Vo’s first exhibit and from what we’ve seen of her work so far, her collection will be one to see. After taking in a fill of Vo’s playful portraits, we’d suggest heading over to Bonn Lair for some fish and chips — and an English stout too.

W(rapper) Dreams photo courtesy of White Buffalo Gallery

                                                                 W(rapper) Dreams photo courtesy of White Buffalo Gallery

A BIRTHDAY BASH BLAST:

Help the Crocker Art Museum commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Teel Family Pavilion by partying down at Neo-Crocker 2015: A Modern Culture Party III! The museum-wide, celebration of art and creativity, not only features great exhibits, but also an Absinthe bar! Making a stop at Strings Urban Kitchen to slurp on steamed mussels is always an excellent suggestion.

Neo-Crocker 2015: A Modern Culture Party photo courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum

                Neo-Crocker 2015: A Modern Culture Party photo courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum

AN ABSTRACT ADVENTURE:

If a more intimate space is what you’re after, Little Relics Boutique & Galleria might be up your alley. The Mark Fox and Friends Art Show showcases a colorful homage to classic cubist artists like Pablo Picasso with this series of portraits. After perusing these quirky masterpieces, take a beer pit stop at Kasbah Lounge.

Mark Fox and Friends photo courtesy of Little Relics

                                                        Mark Fox and Friends photo courtesy of Little Relics

A MIGHTY MORPHING ADVENTURE:

Morphing isn’t just for Power Rangers…local artists will defy genetics and imagination with Kennedy Gallery Art Center’s Morphed Art Show. Curious creatures like chicken snails will line the walls of the charming Victorian gallery. Head on over to Low Brau to finish off the night with some good ol’ comradery.

                                                                 Morphed photo courtesy of the Kennedy Gallery Art Center

Whether you choose to follow these road maps or to blaze your own ARTober trail, you’re sure to have a blast this 2nd Saturday! Learn more about these and other events using Sacramento365.com 2nd Saturday page.

And be sure to share what your artsy adventures all month long by using the hashtag #ARToberSac!

***This post was written by Dylan Fisher the Content Specialist for Sacramento365.com.

Its All About the Sacra”tomato” This Week

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Midsummer means tomato season in Sacramento! It’s the time of year where heirlooms begin to pop up all over restaurant menus around town. This year the Sutter District wrangled its restaurants and bars together to create menu items to highlight the colorful fruit. The week-long dedication has been dubbed “Sacratomato Week” – a nod to our river city’s nickname due to the “farm fresh flavors that flourish” here locally (as quoted from the Sacratomato Facebook page) in America’s Farm to Fork Capital. The celebration begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday (July 21-27) so start planning your meals accordingly!

When I think of Sacratomato week, I can’t help but think of the movie Forrest Gump and the scene where Bubba says, “shrimp are the fruit of the sea” and proceeds to describe all of the ways you can enjoy shrimp. Like Bubba, I’ll happily eat a  tomato any way you can “slice and dice” it.

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This week, I foresee my Facebook newsfeed being filled with a steady stream of posts about the various kinds of tomato dishes my friends are enjoying in Midtown- tomato soup, tomato salsa, tomato pizza, roasted tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes…I can go on and on. There will be check-ins and pictures galore of people gallivanting around town enjoying the ‘fruits’ of our bountiful farms and culinary talents. (You’ll absolutely see some from me!)

Here are a few sneak peeks from the preview night I was lucky enough to get an invite to:

For more information about Sacratomato Week, visit the event page here.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Marketing & Development Manager, Rachael Lankford.

Labor Day Events to “Warm Up” Your Weekend

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Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Carlton

Labor Day weekend is almost here and there is no need to go out of town to have a good time! Summer continues to heat up in Sacramento- as the forecast is slated to stay in the 90s through Monday.

Here’s a little peek at some of the fun stuff going on, there’s sure to be something to spark your interest! You can also search the full list at in the Sacramento365.com Holiday Events section.

Sacramento Neighborhood Highlight: Give me The Kay!

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If you’re looking to grub, drink, and catch a sweet show—all without getting behind the wheel—then K street will fix you up real nice. This ever-growing downtown area is sure to provide anyone with a day of activity bliss!

Get down on some gratifying grub: This might be a dilemma, with so many beautiful options available. There’s Mayahuel ($10-$25 per plate) if you feel like munchin on Mexican. If you are more into Traditional American you can check out Esquire Grill ($15-$35 per plate), offering everything from good ol’ fashioned burgers to Filet Mignon. Those who want to get a little fancier can check out Ella ($25-$60 per plate) for some delectable New American and French Style cuisine. Personally, I suggest getting your pizza party on at Pizza Rock ($10-$20 per plate); with a gluten-free crust option available, now all the people can get down on some classical Ninja Turtle cuisine.

Wet your whistle with some bodacious brews: If you want to spend some quality time with beer, K Street can provide for you via Pyramid Breweries. With seasonal beers, alehouse exclusives, and specialty offerings, this place is sure to satisfy even the deepest of thirsts. Heck, they even have growlers to go!

Shop till you drop: The Downtown Plaza is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. Currently they are playing host to weekly free live music. Check out an acoustic adaptation of Zuhg on Thursday Jan 10!

Catch a fascinating flick: This fabulous little patch of Sacramento offers not one, but two different theatres! Madness, I know. Get up close and personal with some Polar Bears at IMAX with To the Arctic 3D or learn some cinema at Crest Theatre with Hitchcock.

■ Venerate the view: Among other things, Sacramento is home to a rising art scene. Don’t forget to check out The Blue Trees, a public art piece by Konstantin Dimopoulos, before it fades away. While The Blue Trees is temporary, there is still plenty of permanent public art to be found on The Kay.

Dance until delirium sets in: If you enjoy boogieing the night away, The Kay has a couple options for you. The night-loving young thang is sure to enjoy the unique club atmosphere that is Dive Bar; check out Le Twist every Tuesday for an eclectic mix of tunes from the ’60s to the present. If you are more into live music, look no further than Marilyn’s on K, where you can play a game of pool while you enjoy the tunes of local bands. Tonight’s show will feature local singer/songwriter James Cavern.

Whatever it is you’re in to, The Kay—or K Street—is sure to satisfy your needs. So get there!

See more photos from The Kay in the gallery below:

Last minute gift ideas for Sacramento shoppers

Photo by Cali4Beach under Creative Commons.

Photo by Cali4Beach under Creative Commons.

Scrambling for some last minute gift ideas? Hopefully you’ve already pledged to Keep Your Green on the Grid this season and are aware there are a host of local boutiques and stores where you can peruse endless unique gifts. In addition, here are some alternative options for your gift giving this season:

  1. Tickets to shows or events: See an event that looks interesting on Sac365? Click the orange “Buy Tickets” link to be instantly directed to an online purchasing option. Print the receipt and slip it into a silly card for a simple gift.
  2. Gift cards to local restaurants or shops: Most everyone craves to eat and loves to shop, so why not feed those desires with a gift card or two to a local hot spot? Consider Cuffs for the fashion lover, Mayahuel for the foodie, or Fleet Feet for the athletic type.
  3. Museum memberships: California State Railroad Museum ($25+), Sacramento History Museum ($25+), California Museum ($50+), California Automobile Museum ($50+), Crocker Art Museum ($65+).
  4. Kids & Family memberships: Fairytale Town ($40+), Sacramento Zoo ($40+), Discovery Museum ($50+), Sacramento Children’s Museum ($65+), ArtBeast (monthly or annual prices).
  5. Art from local artists: Available at many local galleries and artist studios, as well as directly from the artists. Check out shows at Elliott Fouts Gallery, Artistic Edge Gallery & Framing, or Archival Framing & Gallery, all of which have current special exhibits on view offering more affordable art options.
  6. Attend a shopping event: The Artist Market at La Raza Galleria Posada on Friday, Dec 21 and the After Hours Last Minute Holiday Shopping Party at Crimson & Clover on Saturday, Dec 22 will provide you with some more ideas.