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It's game on at the fourth annual Sacramento Indie Arcade

03/21/17

It's game on at the fourth annual Sacramento Indie Arcade

Roll some dice, shoot some aliens or play your best cards at the fourth annual Sacramento Indie Arcade, April 8 at the West Sacramento Community Center. The gaming convention, hosted in part by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), invites fans to test out tabletop, card and video games and demos designed by over 30 indie developers from around the region, as well as a selection of classics from Nintendo, Atari and other gaming giants. “The indie arcade is a collective, cooperative event,” says Gabriel Gutierrez of Rancho Cordova, who serves as the chair for the city’s IGDA chapter and has been organizing the event alongside business partner Briana Aea since 2014. “It’s a celebratory event. Play, learn and inspire; that’s what we...

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A new outdoor movie series for grown-ups launches in June with four Coen brothers films

02/23/17

A new outdoor movie series for grown-ups launches in June with four Coen brothers films

Get out the popcorn and pop the cork: An al fresco movie series geared toward grown-ups will debut in June with four selections from the Coen brothers’ eclectic repertoire. The Sacramento Outdoor Film Festival, which will be held at Fremont Park in midtown, is the brainchild of River Park-based media guru Robert Hayes, whose company Sacramento Outdoor Movies provides the equipment and setup for the majority of under-the-stars cinema programs around the region. “Most of the [outdoor screenings] around town are for the families with young children,” says Hayes. “Everybody loves them and I love doing them, but I wanted to do a series of outdoor movies for ‘big kids.’ These are movies that small kids wouldn’t be interested in, or [that]...

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10 fun places to explore for free on Sacramento Museum Day

01/30/17

10 fun places to explore for free on Sacramento Museum Day

More than two dozen museums, galleries and cultural centers will open their doors Saturday, Feb. 4, with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for this year’s Sacramento Museum Day. From gold panning to a historic scavenger hunt, here are 10 ways to make the most of the region’s annual cultural deal. California Automobile Museum Be among the first auto enthusiasts to check out a British sports car exhibit that opens here on Sacramento Museum Day, featuring vehicles from across the pond dating back to the 1970s. Or catch the special exhibit Live Free: California Motorcycle Culture, which showcases many makes and models of the two-wheeled vehicles, from Harley-Davidson to Honda, and documents how a subculture was formed within the state. The museum will have food...

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Go walking in a winter wonderland at one of these six idyllic Christmas tree farms

12/08/16

Go walking in a winter wonderland at one of these six idyllic Christmas tree farms

It’s time to deck the halls and pick out that perfect evergreen. You can find your own Tannenbaum, be it a noble fir or a Sierra redwood, and also have a holly, jolly time roasting marshmallows or taking a train ride at one of these six local tree farms. Billy’s Farm Located just outside of Elk Grove, this 40-acre farm grows many varieties of certified organic Christmas trees, including Monterey pine, golden Deodar cedar and Sierra redwood. Cut your own tree or pick out a pre-cut one, then cart it home in your own sleigh or opt to have it delivered straight to your home. Stop by Star’s Craft Barn to select a handmade ornament to commemorate the tree-cutting experience, or pick up a 3-pound bag of organically grown walnuts. Stock up on other festive treats like...

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Five farms to open their doors for Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

11/30/16

Five farms to open their doors for Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

’Tis the season for twinkling lights, gift-giving and—if you live in the Sacramento region—those plump orange orbs called mandarins that we've grown to covet. For two weekends each December (this year's dates are Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 17-18), dozens of Placer County mandarin farms and orchards open their doors to offer a bushel of events and homemade goods in celebration of the popular citrus. You can view a map of all of them here. Read on for five juicy highlights. The Flower Farm Citrus lovers can dig into farm-fresh mandarins, naval oranges, blood oranges and Meyer lemons at this bucolic farm in Loomis, which also offers a tasting room featuring Loomis’ Casque Wines. Visit the cafe for a mandarin salad with arugula, feta cheese, toasted sesame seeds...

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