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Big Day of Giving returns to Sacramento with bigger fundraising goal

04/26/16

Big Day of Giving returns to Sacramento with bigger fundraising goal

Charity begins at home—and in one's hometown: Starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 3, and ending at 11:59 p.m. that evening, the third annual Big Day of Giving online fundraiser will aim to raise $6 million for 570 local nonprofits, including Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, the Crocker Art Museum, American River Conservancy, and many more. “I think what makes it so cool is the way the region comes together on this,” says Linda Beech Cutler, CEO for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which manages the event. “We see nonprofits who sometimes might have very little visibility get an opportunity to attract donors they might not otherwise attract.” Last year, the Big Day of Giving (nicknamed Big DOG on social media) raised over $5 million for 529...

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Local landscape designer aims to turn Sacramento riverfront into urban beachfront

04/01/16

Local landscape designer aims to turn Sacramento riverfront into urban beachfront

A local landscape designer is setting her sights on the riverfront as a new hotspot for urban development.  At this year’s Emerge Summit for young professionals on March 18, Sacramento native Kimberly Garza debuted her proposal to create a semi-permanent urban beach installation along the West Sacramento side of the riverfront. She won first prize in the Pitch for Change competition at the summit, which called for creative ideas to improve Sacramento, and was awarded $4,500 worth of mentorship, marketing and advising from East Sacramento marketing firm Uptown Studios. Her goal with the project, which she calls The Dune, is to engage the community with the city’s natural resource—the Sacramento River. “A river is like a front door to our city,”...

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E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts opens in midtown

03/30/16

E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts opens in midtown

The E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts will host a community open house Saturday, April 9, after opening in late March as the first multi-organization arts complex of its kind in Sacramento. Formerly the Fremont Adult School in midtown, the Studios is now home to the Sacramento Ballet, the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy, Alliance Française, Capital Stage and the McKeever School of Irish Dance. A project 10 years in the making, the Studios’ mission is to be a cultural resource for the community by providing space for different organizations and promoting performing arts programs. “[Sacramento needs a] middle ground where it’s sort of incubating and growing a mid-level arts scene,” says...

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Competitors face off at the Northern California Beard and Moustache Competition

03/29/16

Competitors face off at the Northern California Beard and Moustache Competition

Things are going to get hairy at the fifth annual Northern California Moustache and Beard Competition, which will take place in Old Sacramento on Saturday, April 2. The contest—hosted by the local Moustache and Beard Social Club at the California State Railroad Museum—offers 16 categories, from classic (like Styled Moustache) to unusual (like Uber Stache). For women and kids, there's the Whiskerina category, which currently has 25 registered competitors and is the only one that allows for fake mustaches and beards. “It’s the second-biggest category this year,” says Justin Vorhauer, the event's organizer. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Last year's gathering drew 172 competitors and raised around $2,000 for...

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