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10 fun runs where you can get fit and have a blast in and around Sacramento

08/20/14

10 fun runs where you can get fit and have a blast in and around Sacramento

Summer is more than halfway behind us, and the promise of dropping temperatures means weather cool enough to run in the sun—and there are plenty of fun, themed runs around town to help you stay fit while having a great time. From crazy obstacle races to a doughnut-centric 5K and Oktoberfest-themed races for dogs, these 10 runs will keep you on your feet. Race for the Arts Aug. 23 Strap on your trainers at this 16th annual event benefiting local school programs, arts organizations and institutions. Talented performers from groups like the Sacramento Youth Symphony and El Dorado Musical Theatre will entertain participants along the 5K route in William Land Park, and youngsters can hit the ground running in quarter- and half-mile fun runs. The day will end on the right foot...

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Stardom is in your hands with Sacramento company's new iPhone game

08/13/14

Stardom is in your hands with Sacramento company's new iPhone game

Ever wanted to headline an arena tour? Or sing for a sold-out stadium? Or make an album with the music-industry elite? Thanks to a Sacramento company, there’s an app for that. This week, music and fan engagement mavens Ground(ctrl) helped launch TourStar, a new iPhone game that lets users hit the road as characters working their ways to cultural superstardom. Starting with a name, an avatar and $10 in one’s pocket, players can enlist an agent, producer, backup musicians and other support as they maneuver from coffee houses to concert halls, from bar mitzvahs to the big time. After players have advanced far enough through the pop, rock, country, hip-hop or R&B ranks—and with enough of a digital fortune—they can apply their wealth to tickets,...

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Snoopy license plates may score big windfall for California museums

07/31/14

Snoopy license plates may score big windfall for California museums

Snoopy, the beloved Peanuts character, is hoping to hit the road in California—on license plates, anyway, in a statewide campaign to raise much-needed funds for California museums. The California Cultural and Historical Endowment, the California Association of Museums and the Department of Motor Vehicles have reached the halfway point of their joint effort to create a Peanuts-themed license plate, proceeds from which will go to fund a grant program available to 1,400 art and history museums, zoos, aquariums, science centers, botanical gardens and other cultural institutions around the state. Since SnoopyPlate.com launched in January, drivers have preordered 4,224 license plates featuring cartoonist Charles Schulz’s beloved beagle Snoopy dancing alongside the...

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County fairs bringing late-summer flair to the Sacramento region

07/29/14

County fairs bringing late-summer flair to the Sacramento region

Sacramento's California State Fair may have closed its fun-filled, fried-food gates for another year, but things are just warming up at other parts of our region, starting with the Yuba-Sutter Fair, which kicks off this Thursday. From Woodland to Auburn, consider a trip to one of these county fairs to keep your summer festive through August and beyond.   Yuba-Sutter Fair July 31-Aug. 3 This 156th annual fair celebrating Yuba and Sutter counties will see the return of popular events, like a destruction derby and the Tuff Truck & Mud Bogs show. During the day, families can watch the Busy Bee Dogs—featuring highly trained rescue pups—show off their tricks, as well as mind-bending presentations by Las Vegas-based hypnotist Tyzen. Nightly concerts will...

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