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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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The Manetti Shrem Museum's grand opening will feature a unique ribbon created by UC Davis alum

10/14/16

The Manetti Shrem Museum's grand opening will feature a unique ribbon created by UC Davis alum

The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum will be tied up in a one-of-a-kind ribbon for its grand opening ceremony on Nov. 13. Through Verge Center for the Arts, the museum commissioned Bay Area-based artist and UC Davis alum Lisa Rybovich Crallé to create the ribbon concept. The three-dimensional ribbon, which Crallé likens to a piece of jewelry because of its chain-like quality, comprises more than 400 interlocking, fabric-covered foam loops, each measuring three and a half feet in diameter, and is expected to clock in at 1,500 feet long when it is installed on the exterior of the Manetti Shrem Museum during the first week of November. Also wanting to incorporate the community in the creation process, Crallé has hosted two...

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Halloween Town: 7 ways to have a spook-tacular time with the little ones this fall

10/10/16

Halloween Town: 7 ways to have a spook-tacular time with the little ones this fall

Hop aboard a spooky train, do the Monster Mash at a dance party and trick-or-treat the night away at these seven family-friendly Halloween events happening throughout Sacramento. Spookomotive Oct. 15-30 This train ride boasts a different theme every weekend, such as Princesses and Pirates (Oct. 22 & 23). The train, decorated with skeletons and bats, will also host a mad scientist’s laboratory. $8-$25 ($8 for ages 2-17; free for ages 2 and under). Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Central Pacific Railroad Train Depot. Front St.  between J and K streets. californiarailroad.museum Safe & Super Halloween Oct. 21-23 During this year’s superhero-themed Halloween festivities at Fairytale Town, tots can make their own masks, trick-or-treat at 17 candy stations,...

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Raise a stein at these four festive Oktoberfest events

10/06/16

Raise a stein at these four festive Oktoberfest events

Get ready to don your lederhosen and hoist a cold one in celebration of beer at these four regional Oktoberfest events. Oktoberfest at Sacramento Turn Verein Oct. 7-8 Sacramento Turn Verein in East Sacramento is hosting its 49th annual celebration. Sip authentic German beers like Weihenstephaner, which is made in a hilltop abbey in Bavaria that was established by Benedictine monks in 1040 and is known as the oldest continually operating brewery in the world. Nosh on sausages and chicken sandwiches and do a polka on the dance floor to the tunes of the Gruber Family Band, who will be playing German music both nights. $20 ($5 for children 6-12; free for under 6). 6 p.m.-12 a.m. on Fri. & 3 p.m.–11 p.m. on Sat. Sacramento Turn Verein. 3349 J St. 442-7360....

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