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2020

A new playground for dogs and their pet humans to open in Sacramento

06/26/20

A new playground for dogs and their pet humans to open in Sacramento

You know the scene: A fenced-in, sunbaked dirt lot doubling as a dog park, with nary a hydrant nor a tree nor a patch of grass upon which rambunctious canines might take aim. Nevertheless, there are many of them running amok, so good-natured and grateful to be off leash among their fellow Fidos that the thought of something better than this barren plain would never cross their innocent minds. But soon, the earthly equivalent of a doggy nirvana will open in Sacramento. Mark and Kristin Minnie—owners of The Local Bark pet resort in Rancho Cordova and The Animal Den Pet Resort & Spa outside Tahoe Park—will launch The Local Bark Park at The Animal Den on Friday, July 3, as the city’s first membership-based pet recreation area. “People love giving their...

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Some Good News—Sactown Magazine Edition

05/22/20

Some Good News—Sactown Magazine Edition

As Stephen King once wrote, “There is no bad time for good news,” and with that, we’re happy to report that Sactown received some very good news recently. A few weeks back, we were thrilled to win Best City Magazine at the 68th annual Maggie Awards, as well as Best Cover for our 2019 “Best of the City” cover design. Then on Thursday, May 21, at the 2020 National City & Regional Magazine Awards, Sactown took home the Herb Lipson Award for Column Excellence. Named in tribute to the late, legendary publisher-owner of Boston and Philadelphia magazines, the recognition was for Sactown co-editor Rob Turner’s 2019 essays—one about reimagining the Sacramento Zoo; another concerning the renovation of the Community Center Theater; and the third...

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7 CSA produce boxes that bring the farm to your fork

05/20/20

7 CSA produce boxes that bring the farm to your fork

With restaurants struggling to turn a profit during the pandemic, the regional farms they rely on are also seeing their revenues dry up. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition expects a loss of $1.32 billion between March and May for farms and ranches that sell in local food markets. While the federal government rolls out plans to keep the food chain moving and Gov. Gavin Newsom expands his guidelines for restaurant reopenings, many valley farmers are turning to a community-supported agriculture (CSA) model, popularized in the 1980s, to sell their farm-fresh produce by the box via subscription. Nowadays, with some farms, you can even handpick your fruits and veg online without a subscription, and have them sent to your doorstep or to a designated pickup location. From...

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The 8th annual Big Day of Giving offers cash-strapped nonprofits a chance to stay afloat

04/30/20

The 8th annual Big Day of Giving offers cash-strapped nonprofits a chance to stay afloat

With the needs of the community reaching overwhelming levels during the pandemic, a daily good deed has something of a butterfly effect, in which small acts of kindness can set into motion bigger changes for the better. Creative ways to pay it forward have emerged from this strange and unprecedented moment in history, including picking up the check for a healthcare worker’s meal through the city’s Feed the Frontlines initiative and leaving care packages for delivery workers on your doorstep. On May 7, the eighth annual Big Day of Giving offers even more ways to help. The 24-hour fundraising drive, organized by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, will spotlight the fundraising efforts of over 600 local nonprofits that are severely...

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Download Sactown's coloring book cover and spring into creativity

04/22/20

Download Sactown's coloring book cover and spring into creativity

Spring has definitely sprung here in the Central Valley and the season is all about color — blooming flowers, bright blue skies and more. Download this coloring book version of our April/May cover illustrated by artist Michael Byers, and bring the California poppies, Monarch butterflies, Tower Bridge and our solo cyclist (practicing social distancing, of course) to life! When you’re done, share it on social media with the hashtag #ColoringSactown, tag us, and we'll share some of our favorites. One lucky entry will win a free subscription to Sactown Magazine!

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How can we take care of our mental health during a physical health crisis? A local anxiety specialist provides some answers

04/20/20

How can we take care of our mental health during a physical health crisis? A local anxiety specialist provides some answers

On March 17, the coronavirus pandemic led to Sacramento County issuing a stay-at-home directive. Over two months in, we’re still trying to find our footing, and it looks like we’ll need to keep trying to adjust to our new normal. The mandate for our region expired May 22, but has been renewed until further notice as the county allows certain businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, to reopen. And even when the lockdown lifts, the return to our old normal (or some semblance of it) won’t happen overnight. About reopening California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said, “There’s no light switch here.”  So we wait. And the psychological effects of trying to avoid the virus, of facing economic uncertainty and of girding ourselves for an...

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Local distilleries working to put elusive hand sanitizer into the palm of your hand

04/15/20

Local distilleries working to put elusive hand sanitizer into the palm of your hand

While we're all doing our best to wash our hands while humming "Happy Birthday” (twice!), there are times when soap and water are out of reach. Enter hand sanitizer, the convenient alcohol-based, no-wash solution that used to live in a palm-size bottle at the bottom of your purse. Though the CDC advises that it’s not a perfect substitute for thorough handwashing, it gets the job done in a pinch. In light of pandemic-buying trends, many drugstore shelves are bereft of the handy gel disinfectant, making the curve-flattening provision difficult to find for regular citizens and essential workers alike.  A recent New York Times report cautioned against DIY hand-sanitizer recipes (the most popular of which mixes rubbing alcohol with aloe...

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Stay healthy at home with virtual workouts from local fitness studios and gyms

04/13/20

Stay healthy at home with virtual workouts from local fitness studios and gyms

There's nothing like a quick midday workout routine or a morning ashtanga class to boost your energy and clear the mind. Local gyms, yoga studios and other organizations are doing their part to help us adjust to our new stay-at-home situation by pivoting to online classes that can be joined any time of day, whether it’s between Zoom meetings or between Lunch No. 1 and Lunch No. 2. So whether you're a yogi or a yoga newbie, you can stay active and try a virtual vinyasa session (or a do 7-minute Desk Detox or take a hip-hop class courtesy of the Sacramento Ballet), with no one watching and without leaving your living room. Sacramento Ballet The company recently released a series of SB @ Home classes via Zoom ($10 drop-in fee) that take aspects of the professionals’...

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Warmer weather means more outdoor exercising. Is 6 feet of distancing enough?

04/10/20

Warmer weather means more outdoor exercising. Is 6 feet of distancing enough?

Beautiful spring weather—partly sunny with highs in the 70s—has arrived in the Sacramento region, which means that many of us will be breaking free of our shelter-in-place swaddle and heading outdoors. Even during the stay-at-home mandate, the official state and county guidelines consider outdoor activities like walking, hiking, biking and running “essential,” provided social distancing is involved. But is the 6-foot rule enough when it comes to potentially virus-carrying respiratory particles that we naturally emit when we breathe or talk, much less cough or sneeze? (It’s the height of pollen season, after all.) Recently, a group of 37 global scientists petitioned the World Health Organization to raise the distancing regulations to more than 6...

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Beam into culture class from your couch with virtual art and history tours from 6 local institutions

04/03/20

Beam into culture class from your couch with virtual art and history tours from 6 local institutions

With many local museums doing their part to flatten the curve by closing to the public, gone are the days of hours-long wanders through our arts centers, at least for now—Gov. Gavin Newsom said California's stay-at-home directive could last through June. But being homebound doesn't mean our artistic masterpieces are completely out of reach—Sacramento arts centers are coming up with creative digital solutions by posting online exhibitions, video tours and more. Here’s your guide to getting virtually cultured. Anytime Tours Learn more about the historic River City on The Center for Sacramento History's Anytime Tours app or website, which launched in 2018. The virtual guided tours are around 45 minutes, and for every stop there’s a short video...

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Show our healthcare workers some love with a caring cup of coffee

04/02/20

Show our healthcare workers some love with a caring cup of coffee

In the days of COVID-19, no one needs (or deserves) a morning or afternoon fix more than the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic. Thanks to a grassroots coffee-and-sympathy movement, you can buy a well-earned dose of caffeine for the region’s doctors and nurses. And with Gov. Gavin Newsom recently calling on “thousands and thousands” of retired and soon-to-graduate healthcare workers to quickly join (or re-join) the workforce, the volume of java needed, even at the local level, just reached bottomless. Pachamama Coffee Cooperative was the first local cafe to organize such an effort after noticing that more doctors and nurses than usual were filing into its East Sacramento location, just a two-minute walk away from Mercy General Hospital....

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Local artists activate new midtown apartment building with performances, murals and a gallery

02/28/20

Local artists activate new midtown apartment building with performances, murals and a gallery

UPDATE: Art Rise has been postponed until further notice due to recommendations by the California Department of Public Health in relation to coronavirus. The event will be rescheduled to a future date. Check sactownmag.com for updates.  ********* In the spirit of Art Hotel and ArtStreet, both forgotten buildings temporarily turned into grand-scale art venues with awe-inspiring installations, there’s now Art Rise—an art apartment block that’s bucking the tear-down trend and rising up instead in midtown. A grand-opening event at the new H16 building will highlight the work of local artists in a series of original performances, and also on the walls of the new first-floor Groundswell art gallery space. The ticketed show takes place from March...

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9 city-centric artworks to celebrate Sacramento's birthday

02/27/20

9 city-centric artworks to celebrate Sacramento's birthday

Happy Birthday, Sacramento! In honor of the River City’s 170th anniversary, we scoured the neighborhoods to find striking backdrops bursting with hometown pride. Here are nine of our favorites, ready to take your Instagram feed up a Sac-centric notch. East Sac This abstract floral mural by Tyson Anthony Roberts went up in 2017 on the south-facing exterior wall of then-new restaurant Canon. 1719 34th St.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Michelle Satterlee (@dressedtomatch) on Oct 3, 2019 at 6:54am PDT Sacramento (Ice Blocks) Sacramento painter Jeremy...

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Sacramento photographer captures the glow of the past at new neon-sign exhibit

01/29/20

Sacramento photographer captures the glow of the past at new neon-sign exhibit

“Poetry of nights” is how the French philosopher Luis de Miranda described the neon signs that dominated cities throughout the 20th century. While the rise of energy-efficient LEDs and the high cost of handcrafted neon advertisement have dimmed the light art’s modern-day presence, a new exhibit at Sacramento State's University Union Gallery is highlighting the historic signs that still remain. Neon and Nostalgia, which opened on Jan. 21 and runs through Feb. 13, displays over 20 images taken by local photographer René Domingo featuring different neon signs (and a couple of vintage non-neon lighted signage) in their current state, whether meticulously preserved (as in the case of the lights that crown the Tower Theatre) or neglected (the chipped...

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