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Amgen Tour of California kicks off in Sacramento

05/06/15

Amgen Tour of California kicks off in Sacramento

On May 10, Sacramento will gear up for the third time to host the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California, the nation’s most prestigious cycling race. More than 140 elite cyclists from teams across eight countries will take off from the State Capitol at 10:50 a.m. This year’s all-star roster features Germany’s Marcel Kittel, a two-year winner of the first and last stages of the Tour de France; England’s 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendesh and four-time U.S. national champion Freddie Rodriguez. Roughly 30,000 people are expected to attend the race, which offers a front-row view as racers exit downtown across Tower Bridge and wind through Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove along the Sacramento River. Riders will then head north into...

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10 sweet brunch destinations for Mother’s Day

05/05/15

10 sweet brunch destinations for Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day rolls around on May 10, we’ve rounded up 10 scrumptuous Sunday brunches around town—from strawberry trifle cake in Old Sacramento to crème brûlée French toast in El Dorado Hills—where you can give thanks to Mom. The Firehouse Make Mom feel extra special with this three-course meal prepared by Firehouse executive chef Deneb Williams. The holiday luncheon starts families off with an artisanal cheese and charcuterie meat platter followed by entrées like the Dungeness crab Benedict and blackened wild salmon that’s char-grilled with Cajun rub, dressed with chipotle aioli and accompanied by a side of bay shrimp ceviche. Guests can finish their meals with a dessert duet offering a milk chocolate mousse drizzled in...

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Six fun ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this Saturday

04/28/15

Six fun ways to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this Saturday

The 141st annual Kentucky Derby takes over Churchill Downs on May 2 and although local favorite California Chrome isn’t competing this year, we’ve rounded up six fun ways to saddle up for the country’s biggest equestrian showdown, from festive hat competitions to variations on the quintessential Derby drink, the mint julep. Cal Expo Race over to Cal Expo for its annual Derby Day bash, where you can participate in some friendly wagering with other Derby fans while enjoying the race at the event center’s newly remodeled club house, which just reopened last spring. The festivities include breakfast and lunch buffets serving gourmet dishes, such as carved tri-tip, roast turkey and gravy, Derby scrambled eggs and rice pilaf, as well as specialty drinks,...

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Whole Earth Festival springs up at UC Davis on Mother’s Day weekend

04/24/15

Whole Earth Festival springs up at UC Davis on Mother’s Day weekend

Mother Nature will take center stage Mother’s Day weekend at the 46th annual Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis from May 8 to 10. The three-day, eco-friendly festival invites earth lovers to spend a weekend filled with environmentally conscious festivities, such as browsing over 150 craft tents (offering handcrafted items like stained glass wind chimes, sports team-themed birdhouses and hand-sewn bohemian purses and clothing) or munching on vegetarian eats from over 20 organic food vendors, including Davis Indian cuisine favorites Raja’s Tandoor and Preethi Indian Cuisine, specialty pastry shop Butterfly Vegan Bakery, and offbeat popsicle maker Fat Face. “People come from all over the United States to be [at this festival], because it has values they agree with...

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Pet-A-Palooza lets the dogs out for a canine-friendly festival

04/21/15

Pet-A-Palooza lets the dogs out for a canine-friendly festival

The sixth annual Pet-A-Palooza returns to Sacramento on April 25, with bone-a-fide fun for both dogs and animal lovers alike. Expect over 1,000 four-legged friends to join this year’s party, which will include a live concert by “Bubbly” artist Colbie Caillat and British pop singer Katy Tiz, known for her single “The Big Bang.” “[This is] a very pet-friendly and pet-oriented event,” says Valerie Masters, Sacramento SPCA's community services director. “It’s a one-stop shop for people to learn about what’s going on in the community for animals, whether it’s rescue groups or shelters." Every dog will have his day at the Doggie Fun Zone obstacle course, in which Fido can chase furry toys through tubes and...

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