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Seven haunted houses bring chills and thrills this Halloween season

Seven haunted houses bring chills and thrills this Halloween season

Want to be scared silly this Halloween season? Here are seven of the most spine-tingling, hair-raising haunted houses in the region. Read on if you dare. Callson Manor Dubbing itself as “the most extreme haunted house theme park” in the Sacramento region, the Callson Manor in...

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Read all about it: The inaugural California Capital Book Festival launches in late October

Read all about it: The inaugural California Capital Book Festival launches in late October

Hit the books this month at the first-ever California Capital Book Festival, which will host readings, presentations and panels by more than 120 authors at the Sacramento Convention Center. Developed by longtime Sacramento event organizer Marion Englund, who wanted to introduce the city to...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 17-19

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 17-19

Smuin Ballet (Friday) Begun by the late Michael Smuin, the former co-artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet, this Bay Area-based company known for its diverse stylistic range will present its “Untamed” program, which includes three works: Serenade For Strings, an...

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10 Questions for Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger

10 Questions for Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger

Sactown caught up with Kings President Chris Granger this morning while he was waiting for his flight from China to take off, returning to Sacramento from the team’s preseason exhibition matches there. Despite being tired, grubbing on plates of unidentifiable food and getting whooped at...

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A buzzy new movie about coffee makes its Sacramento debut

A buzzy new movie about coffee makes its Sacramento debut

With Sacramento Specialty Coffee Week in full swing, here’s another buzzy event to add to the list of must-dos: the Sacramento premiere of A Film About Coffee. This “sumptuous new documentary is a global, caffeinated, highly personal Jiro Dreams of Sushi for coffee lovers,”...

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Eight great events that scare up some Halloween fun

Eight great events that scare up some Halloween fun

Halloween Haunt Oct. 18 From exploring a hay maze to picking through a pumpkin patch, little ones can enjoy plenty of Halloween-themed fun inside the miniature 3.5-acre city of Safetyville. Other highlights include watching a magic show, strutting in a costume parade and playing games like ring...

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Park Toppers

Park Toppers

In densely populated cities around the country, public parks are highly treasured, but new green space is hard to find. That’s why more cities are starting to look up.

A Little Less Conversation

A Little Less Conversation

For decades, Sacramento’s political leaders have watched windows of opportunity slam shut as they talk until they’re blue in the face. Now we have a chance to let our current and future mayors do exactly what we elect them to do—lead.

Inside Out

Inside Out

How one modern family and their architect developed a Sacramento home that blurs the lines between the lives inside and the world outdoors.

The Aggie Express

The Aggie Express

Civic leaders around the world are working hard to attract the best and brightest young minds to their respective cities. Meanwhile, we’re losing thousands per year. Here’s how to get back on the right track.

For a city that once connected people from across the nation by building the Transcontinental Railroad, we sure are having a hard time connecting the people in our own backyard. When engineer Theodore Judah met with four prominent Sacramento businessmen in 1860 and pitched the idea of a railroad that would connect Sacramento to Omaha over a treacherous stretch of the Sierra Nevada mountains, ground broke on the venture a mere three years later. And the last spike was driven into the track in 1869—nine years from pitch meeting to completion for the 1,776-mile connection.

The Nuclear Options

The Nuclear Options

It’s been 25 years since Sacramento’s sole nuclear power plant was shuttered. Other cities have turned their aging cooling towers into hot commodities. Maybe we can, too.

Glass Act

Glass Act

“Obviously, to begin our life with our innovation lab at the same time we’re working with Google’s innovation lab—which is by far one of the premier innovation labs in the country—was really exciting,” McGrann says. “What we learned was that we had a lot to bring to the table.”

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