The Weekender

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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Ruhstaller opens its hop farm for classes

04/20/15

Ruhstaller opens its hop farm for classes

Craft beer aficionados will have the opportunity to get their hands on some hops beginning May 2, when the Sacramento brewery Ruhstaller begins offering classes at the Farm & Yard in Dixon, where the company has been growing hops since 2013. Ruhstaller owner J.E. Paino has partnered with the Center for Land-Based Learning, the Winters-based non-profit dedicated to promoting youth farming education programs, to create the classes, which will focus solely on hop production—from planting and farming to harvesting and processing. Interested parties can show up to Ruhstaller’s 7.5-acre hop farm on Saturday mornings between 6:30 and 7 a.m. (the classes will be drop-in at first, but there may be a way to sign up on Ruhstaller’s website in the near future) and...

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CMND SHFT expo to bring together designers from around the state to the Crest

04/15/15

CMND SHFT expo to bring together designers from around the state to the Crest

Image will be everything at CMND SHFT, an all-day graphic design event that will be held at the Crest Theatre on Saturday, April 18. A collaborative effort between the Crest Theatre, Mother (the neighboring vegetarian restaurant) and local design cooperative Interval Press, CMND SHFT will comprise speakers, a panel discussion, film screenings and interactive collaboration to explore the artistic and business elements of the world of two-dimensional art. “There is a need for a group [event] like this. Right now there are designers and they are kind of on their own islands—a lot of them work from home,” says Ryan Donahue, co-owner of Mother and co-founder of the expo. “Anytime you can get like-minded people together and provide them with pertinent...

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Walk (or dance) down memory lane this summer with concerts by Huey Lewis, The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men and more

04/10/15

Walk (or dance) down memory lane this summer with concerts by Huey Lewis, The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men and more

Do you love the '80s? What about the '60s, '70s or '90s? From The Beach Boys to Boyz II Men and Huey Lewis & the News, a new lineup of retro acts are coming to the Sacramento region this summer. Get ready to have some fun, fun, fun in the sun. Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick June 6 British guitarist Peter Frampton co-headlines with rockers Cheap Trick at Thunder Valley this June. Frampton, a Grammy-winning artist who was inducted into Nashville’s Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014, will perform classics like “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Baby! I Love Your Way,” while Cheap Trick will bring what Rolling Stone characterizes as a “blend of Beatles-style pop, hard rock chops, and a cartoonish stage act” to the table with hits like...

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