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Glowing gourds will light up Auburn at the region’s inaugural Pumpkin Nights

09/08/17

Glowing gourds will light up Auburn at the region’s inaugural Pumpkin Nights

Something wickedly cool this way comes. From Oct. 13-29, the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn will be alight with the spooky glow of over 3,000 hand-carved foam jack-o’-lanterns at the region’s first annual Pumpkin Nights festival. Revelers can meander through a half-mile of pathways in the Halloweentown, stopping at areas set to themed music, like the Great Pumpkin Reef with mermaids and illuminated blue pumpkins carved with shapes of underwater creatures like starfish and sea horses; the Día de los Muertos set with sugar skulls and a strumming pumpkin mariachi band; and Rum River Pirates with skeletal swashbucklers waving cutlasses and palm trees made from pumpkins. Harry Potter fans can take selfies at Pumpkin Passage, inspired by the Great Hall at Hogwarts...

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"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" returns to the silver screen for its 40th anniversary

08/31/17

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" returns to the silver screen for its 40th anniversary

It’s been 40 years since Steven Spielberg released his science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and movie theaters throughout the country are marking the milestone anniversary by hosting showings of a newly remastered, digitally restored version of the cult classic for a week-long run beginning the evening of Thursday, Aug. 31. In the Sacramento area, Close Encounters will appear at UA Arden Fair 6 (1739 Arden Way), Regal Natomas Marketplace 16 (3561 Truxel Rd.) and UA Laguna Village in Elk Grove (8755 Center Parkway Dr.) until Friday, Sept. 8. The timing may be serendipitous, because the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is suggesting folks stay inside this Labor Day weekend due to smoke from numerous fires burning in Northern...

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Park(ing) Day returns, with creative parklets sprouting downtown

08/30/17

Park(ing) Day returns, with creative parklets sprouting downtown

If you’re walking near Capitol Mall on the morning of Sept. 16, you might notice a rose garden that seemingly grew up overnight alongside a miniature music festival stage, a mod art bar and a lounge area filled with chairs made of logs beside a wall resembling a beehive. These whimsical installations are part of Sacramento United Park(ing) Day—a pop-up event that will transform parking spaces in front of the State Capitol between 9th and 10th streets into temporary parklets. Fourteen local groups comprising architects, art students, design firms and non-profits will participate in this year’s event—centered on the theme “Creative Capitol”—including American River College Art Club, Lionakis, Callander Associates and Stantec. Each...

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Cabo, Orlando and Austin, here we come! Sacramento International Airport adds nonstop service to major destinations

08/28/17

Cabo, Orlando and Austin, here we come! Sacramento International Airport adds nonstop service to major destinations

Sacramento International Airport just got a little bit more … international. It's adding nonstop service from the capital city to Cabo San Lucas, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, beginning in March 2018, with additional service via Alaska Airlines commencing in June. The Southwest flight will be the carrier’s first international route from Sacramento (other carriers currently serve Mexico City and Guadalajara, and Cabo seasonally). Southwest is also expanding its nonstop domestic service out of SMF, adding four new destinations, including New Orleans starting next March, Austin and St. Louis in April, and Orlando in May. Altogether, Southwest will be upping the number of daily nonstop flights out of the airport from 22 to 82. That will bring the number of nonstop...

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