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Kick off the holiday season at one of these 11 festive tree-lighting ceremonies

11/22/17

Kick off the holiday season at one of these 11 festive tree-lighting ceremonies

Not feeling the holiday spirit just yet? There's nothing like a good old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony and copious amounts of marshmallow-topped liquid chocolate to warm the cold hearts of even the sourest Scrooges. Behold our list of 11 of the region's most spirited celebrations. Old Sacramento Nov. 22 On the eve of Thanksgiving, Old Saint Nick will arrive at the historic district to light its 60-foot-tall Christmas tree. Sourced from Shasta County, the towering giant will sparkle with about 100,000 lights from Sacramento Theatrical Lighting, four 9-foot-long stockings, three decorative sugarplums and one 4-foot-tall mouse. Stick around after the tree lighting to watch the opening performance of Macy’s Theatre of Lights festival, featuring a...

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New interactive cycling facility to open downtown

11/17/17

New interactive cycling facility to open downtown

Sacramento, get ready to ride. A new cycling workout facility is launching at the 700 block of K Street in downtown Sacramento across from Golden 1 Center. All City Riders will offer an immersive workout experience featuring 30 stationary bikes set up in front of a 20-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall video wall that will play first-person footage of rides through the streets and trails of Sacramento, as well as through cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and all the stages of the Tour de France with themed music fueling each energetic class.  “Imagine lights are flashing, music is loud; it’s going to give the rider an experience that is very similar to being outside riding in a particular environment,” says owner Bryan Washington, who also...

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Steven Spielberg, Lucille Ball among the latest California Hall of Fame inductees

11/15/17

Steven Spielberg, Lucille Ball among the latest California Hall of Fame inductees

Director Steven Spielberg leads the pack of nine new inductees into the California Hall of Fame's 11th class, which the California Museum and the office of Gov. Jerry Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown announced Tuesday. Spielberg's major contributions to the Golden State's film industry, which began with his 1975 breakout blockbuster Jaws, earned him a seat on the Hall of Fame stage. His prolific four-decade career has included adventure films (Jurassic Park, The Indiana Jones franchise), sci-fi flicks (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and 2018's Ready Player One) and dramas, such as Schindler's List, which earned him two of his three Oscars, as well as the upcoming The Post, which stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as the publisher and editor, respectively, of The...

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Chill out at these five local ice rinks this holiday season

11/02/17

Chill out at these five local ice rinks this holiday season

Now that there’s (finally) a chill in the Sacramento air, here are five fun ice rinks where you can play it cool and embrace the holiday spirit. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Nov. 3-Jan. 15 (except Dec. 25) For the 26th season in a row, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership will open its outdoor ice rink at St. Rose of Lima Park across from Golden 1 Center. Lit with twinkling bulbs strung from trees overhead, this festive rink will host several special events throughout its seasonal run, including “Princess and Superhero Day” (Nov. 4), which encourages skaters to dress up as their favorite Disney royal or comic book vigilante, and “Drag Queens on Ice” (Nov. 16), which will feature photo-ops with Sacramento drag personalities to benefit local...

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