What to do around Sacramento on Inauguration Day (and the day after)

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Donald Trump arrives to a rally at Sacramento Jet Center on June 1, 2016

From a patriotic viewing party to an angst-filled interactive art show and "nonpartisan Buddhist-inspired meditation," here are eight diverse events to mark the inauguration of President Trump on Jan. 20; whatever your political persuasion, there's something here to help you heal, deal or celebrate.

Inauguration Day Yoga

8 a.m. Say ommm at this hour-long morning class that Akasha Yoga in Davis has opened up specifically for the inauguration. Instructors Dion Wiedenhoefer and Wendi McCaskill will guide yogis of all experience levels through a mindful, peaceful practice that focuses on finding joy and calm within a supportive community. The class will be offered on a donation basis, with all proceeds going toward Woodland-based Empower Yolo, an organization that provides emergency shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence and assault. Space is limited, so yogis are encouraged to stake a mat space early. 8-9 a.m. Akasha Yoga. 140 F St. Davis. 530-302-5886. facebook.com/events

Inauguration Day Meditation and Prayer 

9 a.m. If you’re in need of a moment of Zen on the morning of the election, find your way to the Sacramento Dharma Center, which is inviting guests to partake in a "nonpartisan, Buddhist-inspired meditation and prayer gathering" to cope with worldly changes and connect with fellow peacemakers. Three facilitators will lead guided meditations accompanied by soft music, and guests of all backgrounds and political beliefs are encouraged to join in, whether they have a couple minutes or a couple hours to spare. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sacramento Dharma Center. 3111 Wissemann Dr. 386-9844. sacdharma.org

Operation Gratitude 

10 a.m. The Sacramento State College Republicans are ringing in Donald Trump’s inauguration by hosting a viewing party in Roseville to watch the day’s events unfold. Mingle with fellow patriots for coffee and donuts as you watch America’s 45th president take office and write letters to military members, which the nonprofit Operation Gratitude will include in care packages going to deployed troops, new recruits and veterans. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 1220 Melody Ln. Roseville. facebook.com/events

“Not My President!” Inauguration Day Protest

Noon Warm up your voice, lace up your walking shoes and decorate your picket signs for this Inauguration Day protest, hosted by the Sacramento division of the Democratic Socialists of America, which encourages participants to meet at one of four locations—McClatchy Park, Woodlake Park, Sacramento City College’s quad, or the transit terminal at Sacramento City College’s West Sacramento Center—to march to the State Capitol in protest of the inauguration and issues like police brutality and gentrification. 12 p.m. Locations vary.  facebook.com/events

Protestors pass in front of Golden 1 Center on Nov. 18, 2016 (Photo by Steven Styles)

Trump Inauguration Party 

3 p.m. Those ready to “make America great again” can belly up to the bar at Louie’s Cocktail Lounge in Rancho Cordova to watch Inauguration Day unfold on flat-screens, socialize with other supporters and purchase Trump merchandise, like hats, buttons, bumper stickers and T-shirts. Supporters of Hillary, Bernie and third-party candidates are welcome, as are any who are still undecided, and everyone is encouraged to bring snacks and hors d’oeuvres to share. If you’re late to the political party, don’t miss the voter registration tables set up at the event. 3-8 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge. 3030 Mather Field Rd. Rancho Cordova. meetup.com

Trumpty Dumpty

6 p.m. If the election had you reeling to blow off some steam at the expense of Trump and his coming administration, this one-night, interactive art exhibit at Beatnik Studios will let you do just that. Sacramento-based sculptor Tyrone Billingsley has fashioned egg-shaped effigies of Donald Trump and encourages his audience to knock the pieces off of a brick wall throughout the evening. Sip complimentary beer and wine while Trumpty Dumpty has a great fall from his beautiful wall. Free. 6-8 p.m. Beatnik Studios. 723 S St. 400-4281. dymaxicon.com/trumptydumpty

Sculptor Tyrone Billingsley's "Trumpty Dumpty" exhibit comes to Beatnik Studios Jan. 20 (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Never Trump Inaugural Slam

8 p.m. Those bearing the weight of political frustration can spark their inner slam poet at this open mic night at Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar in downtown Sacramento, hosted by Sac Unified Poetry Slam, who is inviting writers (novice slam poets are welcome, too) to prepare two poems that are three minutes long or less. Cafe owner Art Luna expects the evening’s poetry and performances to be “fun and critical” using fodder from the election and inauguration. Get ready for your mic drop. Free. 8-10:30 p.m. Luna's Cafe & Juice Bar. 1414 16th St. 441-3931. evensi.us

Women’s March on Sacramento

Jan. 21 “Because women’s rights are human rights” is the motto of this march at the State Capitol, set to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington and other nationwide rallies that same morning. Thousands of participants who aim to stand up for the rights of marginalized communities—from women and immigrants to the LGBTQIA community and assault survivors—are expected to convene at Southside Park to march 1.2 miles to the Capitol in an effort to send a bold message to America’s new administration on its first day in office. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. California State Capitol. 1315 10th St. womensmarchsac.com

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