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Five festive fiestas to ring in Cinco de Mayo

05/02/17

Five festive fiestas to ring in Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. It’s time to drink tequila, feast on tacos and listen to mariachi music. Here are five festive ways to celebrate the Mexican holiday all weekend long. Salud! Bottle & Barlow May 5 Watch Mexican wrestling and chow down on tacos during this fiesta at the R Street Corridor’s hip bar and barbershop. You can taste 80-proof tequila like Ocho Añejo and Don Julio Reposado, or opt for cocktails like the Cool Runnings with mezcal, Jamaican rum and grapefruit juice, and the Rhubarbarian with blanco tequila, strawberries and cinnamon. Lucha Libre wrestling will be blaring on the bar’s flat screens and hungry fiesta-goers who are up for a challenge can compete in a taco-eating contest, during which 12 competitors will have...

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Celebrate Mom at one of these six festive Mother’s Day activities

04/28/17

Celebrate Mom at one of these six festive Mother’s Day activities

From tea parties to a fruity festival and an outdoor tour that’s not so garden-variety, we’ve rounded up six fun ways to make this Mother’s Day all about you-know-who. Junior Kings Mother’s Day Clinic May 13 Your mom, aunt or grandma will be treated like an all-star at this Junior Kings basketball clinic, where the whole family can learn how to handle a basketball like a pro. Trainers will be on hand to teach the basics of the game, essential skills like passing, shooting and dribbling and how to work as a team, and participants can get insider tips from former members of the Sacramento Monarchs like Olympic gold medalist and hometown hero “Mighty Ruthie” Bolton. The event is BYOB (in this case, “bring your own basketball”) but...

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7 ways to celebrate Earth Day this year in Sacramento

04/20/17

7 ways to celebrate Earth Day this year in Sacramento

Whether you know it as the City of Trees or the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America, Sacramento has always been hip to Mother Nature. Here are six fun ways to celebrate Earth Day this weekend, from a human-powered spin class to guided nature walks. Celebrate the Earth Festival April 22 Kids can learn how to save the Earth during this event at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center featuring chemistry experiments, an animal show with alligators, snakes and hawks, and a scavenger hunt that asks participants to answer conservation trivia throughout the museum for chances to win eco-friendly prizes, like a sink modifier that reduces runoff. Gather in Mahany Park for classic rock from the Ant Bee Band and fare from food trucks like Kazoku Teriyaki and Dave’s Dawgs. Free. 10 a.m.-3...

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Have a hoppin' Easter at these 11 weekend celebrations

04/07/17

Have a hoppin' Easter at these 11 weekend celebrations

From pancake buffets to a Fido-focused egg hunt, here are 11 events in the Sacramento region to hop to during Easter Sunday weekend. Easter Egg Express Through April 15 All aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain for this two-and-a-half-hour Easter adventure, offered during the first three weekends of April. The train departs from West Sacramento and winds its way to Elkhorn Slough, where an epic egg hunt and bounce houses await. After munching on candy and chocolate, kids can ride home accompanied by the Easter Bunny. $10-$65. 12:30 & 4:30 p.m. 400 N Harbor Blvd. West Sacramento. 800-866-1690. sacramentorivertrain.com Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs April 8 Tongues and tails will be wagging at the Rocklin RRUFF Dog Park’s fourth annual Easter egg hunt for canines. Cheer...

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Get outdoors this spring with these 10 warm-weather events

04/05/17

Get outdoors this spring with these 10 warm-weather events

Spring is in the air, bringing more sunshine and warmer weather to the Sacramento region. From food fests to outdoor concerts, here are 10 fun ways to welcome in the new season. Doggy Dash April 8 William Land Park will go to the dogs at this 24th annual event hosted by and benefiting the Sacramento SPCA, during which pooches and their humans can strut through the scenic neighborhood on a 5K or 2K run/walk circling the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Funderland and the golf course. Stick around afterward for the Bark in the Park Festival, which will feature contests in categories like “Cutest Wag” and “So Ugly I’m Cute,” with toys and treats as prizes. Two-legged participants can browse more than 80 booths featuring pet-friendly products like toys,...

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