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Sacramento SPCA to Host 2nd Annual Blessing of the Animals

Sacramento SPCA to again host a blessing of the animals Free event to be held at its shelter the first Saturday of October On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Sacramento SPCA will host five local Franciscans at its shelter at 6201 Florin-Perkins Road to provide blessings to both the shelter and public animals. Public animals will be blessed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People of all faiths are invited to bring their pet(s) for individual blessings. The event is free and will take place outdoors (rain or shine) on the promenade in front of the Sacramento SPCA Adoption Center. Dogs must be on leash while cats and other small animals must be in a carrier. A pet food donation to the local pet food pantry is encouraged. Around this time every year, millions of people from around the world have their pets blessed during an annual blessing of the animals ceremony. The event is held in celebration of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi, and his love for all animals. Arranged by one of its volunteer dog walkers, Friar Cindy Haug-West, this is the second blessing of the animals the Sacramento SPCA has hosted. Friar Haug-West will be joined by fellow Franciscans from the Ecumenical Order of Saints Francis and Clare in Sacramento. For more information, please visit www.sspca.org/blessing or call […]

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Looking for something to do Saturday? Check out a museum for free with Smithsonian Museum Day!

Haven’t planned your Saturday yet? Then check out one of five museums participating in Museum Day Live!, a nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which select museums offer free admission for a day. Guests are able to obtain a special event ticket via smithsonianmag.com granting two people free access into one museum of their choice on Sep. 27. Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day, give local museums across the country the chance to do the same for one day each year at this annual event. Sacramento museums participating are: California State Railroad Museum State Indian Museum California Automobile Museum Maidu Museum & Historic Site The California Museum In addition to free admission, the Maidu Museum & Historic site will also be offering guided tours (10am-1pm), bracelet making, acorn grinding, and a scavenger hunt. “[Museum Day Live!] is a great opportunity to experience our local culture and institutions,” said Delta Mello, Community Relations Director for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. “In the spirit of the Smithsonian, we’re proud to participate on this special day that celebrates the culture, art, and history that is also celebrated by museums across the country.” A printed ticket (downloadable upon registration) is required for entrance and is limited to one ticket per household. Remember, you can only choose one museum so choose the one you’re most excited […]

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Sacramento Republic FC Finishes Strong to Capture USL Pro Title

You have to believe, since Sacramento really feels that it’s Major Soccer League worthy, the Sacramento Republic FC has made a heck of a case. In just its first year in the league, Sacramento’s Cinderella pro soccer team blasted league attendance records and then rolled through the USL Pro playoffs, capping its third and final victory with a dominating 2-0 home win against the Harrisburg (PA) City Islanders Saturday night before a raucous sold-out crowd at Bonney Field. The win improves Sacramento’s home record to 13-2-2, including 11-1-1 at Bonney Field. Led by Coach Preki, a former MLS Coach of the Year, the Republic FC became the first USL Pro team in its inaugural season to hoist the championship banner. With a live TV and Internet audience tuned in, Sacramento did all the scoring it would need when it took a 1-0 lead nine minutes before the break. Octavio Guzman drilled one into the right corner of the net after a pass from Rodrigo Lopez, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Lopez’s three goals the week before provided the margin of victory as the Republic FC beat LA Galaxy II to advance. In the final seconds, Tommy Steward added a second goal to ice the title win, and the celebration began. Now, after all of its efforts the past weeks wooing MLS officials, […]

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TBD & Music Festival Madness

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Aftershock Festival held in Sacramento’s Discovery Park. I personally am not a huge follower of rock music, but when I arrived at the music festival I could feel the energy and excitement exude from the festival grounds and into the atmosphere. The festival featured 4 stages, providing the park with nonstop music. 37,000 people attended this year’s festival and still managed to dance through the heat. Now that fall is upon us and the weather will start cooling off, I’m getting excited for Sacramento’s new 3-day festival, TBD! Formerly known as the Launch, this year’s revamped, 3-day TBD Fest will take place Oct. 3-5 on Riverfront Street in West Sacramento (hence the name change to TBD–The Bridge District). This larger venue is big enough to host this year’s much more impressive line-up! The Fest gives festival goers a variety of music from hip-hop and R&B, alternative, dance music and instrumentals. The beauty of TBD is that there are only 2 stages so you don’t have to sacrifice missing any acts since stages will play one at a time. And they recently started selling single day passes for $69. The TBD Fest website has the full line-up and details, however, below I listed some of my favorite acts that I’m looking forward to see […]

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New films: A Moviebriefs Roundup of Four (good) New Films

Boxtrolls Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi “Boxtrolls” is the latest animated film from the studio behind “Coraline” and “Paranorman” and is the most fun release of the week. It’s also one of the few kids’ films of the last couple of years that actually has some good messages and genuine heart to it, along with the usual hijinks. A small town with a love of cheese is also the home of an underground species of troll who, as the title might suggest, wear old cardboard boxes. They scavenge at night for bits of machinery they might recycle for their mechanized underworld. A classic children’s villain, who wants to join the town council, runs an extermination company and convinces the residents that the trolls are dangerous so that he might round them up and gain favor. Meanwhile, the boxtrolls have been raising a human boy who, naturally, thinks he’s a boxtroll. It’s animated using stop-motion, and so it has a slight jerkiness to the motion that might surprise kids raised on the smooth execution of Pixar and Disney films, but this is a delightful tale told delightfully and deserves to be seen by assorted ages. The cast is unnecessarily stellar for a film in which many of the voices are so heavily accented and probably barely recognizable for many, and some known actors have […]

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The Miss Sacramento County Beauty Pageant contestants (in red) and Miss Sacramento County Teen Pageant contestants (in white) pose with pageant founder Mykesha Robinson

The Miss Sacramento County Beauty Pageant contestants (in red) and Miss Sacramento County Teen Pageant contestants (in white) pose with pageant founder Mykesha Robinson

Miss Sacramento County 2014 Hosts Pageants & a Bowling Tournament This Weekend

It’s a fashionable weekend this weekend as the Miss Sacramento County Beauty Pageant Finals and the Miss Sacramento County Teen Pageant take place on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Cosumnes River College’s Performing Arts Center. Also happening is the Queens vs. Celebrities Bowling Tournament, a bowling event scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 27 in coordination with the pageant and hosted by Justin Bird (Bravo TV’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker”) at Pins N Strikes from 6pm-9pm. At the bowling tournament, Miss Sacramento County Beauty contestants will bowl against other teams that include a celebrity group. Scheduled to appear are NBC’s Mission Control star Malcolm Barrett, Greys Anatomy’s Dr. Spalding actor Brandon Scott, and musical performing artists IM5 founded by Perez Hilton, Bobby DeBarge Jr. and recording artist Andre Mieux (A.M.X). Sacramento Fashion Week will be partnering with the Miss Sacramento County USA to produce the bowling tournament. Sac Fashion Week will also have a bowling team participating at the tournament. Along with the festivities, a Backpacks and School Supply Drive, designed to encourage youth to pursue education and to stay in school, will be taking place in an effort to give back to the community. People are asked to bring backpacks and school supply donations to the tournament. The is drive lead by the efforts of the City of Elk Grove Youth Commission and will benefit the Elk Grove […]

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Sacramento Republic FC Finishes Strong to Capture USL Pro Title

You have to believe, since Sacramento really feels that it’s Major Soccer League worthy, the Sacramento Republic FC has made a heck of a case. In just its first year in the league, Sacramento’s Cinderella pro soccer team blasted league attendance records and then rolled through the USL Pro playoffs, capping its third and final victory with a dominating 2-0 home win against the Harrisburg (PA) City Islanders Saturday night before a raucous sold-out crowd at Bonney Field. The win improves Sacramento’s home record to 13-2-2, including 11-1-1 at Bonney Field. Led by Coach Preki, a former MLS Coach of the Year, the Republic FC became the first USL Pro team in its inaugural season to hoist the championship banner. With a live TV and Internet audience tuned in, Sacramento did all the scoring it would need when it took a 1-0 lead nine minutes before the break. Octavio Guzman drilled one into the right corner of the net after a pass from Rodrigo Lopez, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Lopez’s three goals the week before provided the margin of victory as the Republic FC beat LA Galaxy II to advance. In the final seconds, Tommy Steward added a second goal to ice the title win, and the celebration began. Now, after all of its efforts the past weeks wooing MLS officials, […]

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New films: A Moviebriefs Roundup of Four (good) New Films

Boxtrolls Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi “Boxtrolls” is the latest animated film from the studio behind “Coraline” and “Paranorman” and is the most fun release of the week. It’s also one of the few kids’ films of the last couple of years that actually has some good messages and genuine heart to it, along with the usual hijinks. A small town with a love of cheese is also the home of an underground species of troll who, as the title might suggest, wear old cardboard boxes. They scavenge at night for bits of machinery they might recycle for their mechanized underworld. A classic children’s villain, who wants to join the town council, runs an extermination company and convinces the residents that the trolls are dangerous so that he might round them up and gain favor. Meanwhile, the boxtrolls have been raising a human boy who, naturally, thinks he’s a boxtroll. It’s animated using stop-motion, and so it has a slight jerkiness to the motion that might surprise kids raised on the smooth execution of Pixar and Disney films, but this is a delightful tale told delightfully and deserves to be seen by assorted ages. The cast is unnecessarily stellar for a film in which many of the voices are so heavily accented and probably barely recognizable for many, and some known actors have […]

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Looking for something to do Saturday? Check out a museum for free with Smithsonian Museum Day!

Haven’t planned your Saturday yet? Then check out one of five museums participating in Museum Day Live!, a nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which select museums offer free admission for a day. Guests are able to obtain a special event ticket via smithsonianmag.com granting two people free access into one museum of their choice on Sep. 27. Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day, give local museums across the country the chance to do the same for one day each year at this annual event. Sacramento museums participating are: California State Railroad Museum State Indian Museum California Automobile Museum Maidu Museum & Historic Site The California Museum In addition to free admission, the Maidu Museum & Historic site will also be offering guided tours (10am-1pm), bracelet making, acorn grinding, and a scavenger hunt. “[Museum Day Live!] is a great opportunity to experience our local culture and institutions,” said Delta Mello, Community Relations Director for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation. “In the spirit of the Smithsonian, we’re proud to participate on this special day that celebrates the culture, art, and history that is also celebrated by museums across the country.” A printed ticket (downloadable upon registration) is required for entrance and is limited to one ticket per household. Remember, you can only choose one museum so choose the one you’re most excited […]

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Sacramento SPCA to Host 2nd Annual Blessing of the Animals

Sacramento SPCA to again host a blessing of the animals Free event to be held at its shelter the first Saturday of October On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Sacramento SPCA will host five local Franciscans at its shelter at 6201 Florin-Perkins Road to provide blessings to both the shelter and public animals. Public animals will be blessed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. People of all faiths are invited to bring their pet(s) for individual blessings. The event is free and will take place outdoors (rain or shine) on the promenade in front of the Sacramento SPCA Adoption Center. Dogs must be on leash while cats and other small animals must be in a carrier. A pet food donation to the local pet food pantry is encouraged. Around this time every year, millions of people from around the world have their pets blessed during an annual blessing of the animals ceremony. The event is held in celebration of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi, and his love for all animals. Arranged by one of its volunteer dog walkers, Friar Cindy Haug-West, this is the second blessing of the animals the Sacramento SPCA has hosted. Friar Haug-West will be joined by fellow Franciscans from the Ecumenical Order of Saints Francis and Clare in Sacramento. For more information, please visit www.sspca.org/blessing or call […]

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TBD & Music Festival Madness

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Aftershock Festival held in Sacramento’s Discovery Park. I personally am not a huge follower of rock music, but when I arrived at the music festival I could feel the energy and excitement exude from the festival grounds and into the atmosphere. The festival featured 4 stages, providing the park with nonstop music. 37,000 people attended this year’s festival and still managed to dance through the heat. Now that fall is upon us and the weather will start cooling off, I’m getting excited for Sacramento’s new 3-day festival, TBD! Formerly known as the Launch, this year’s revamped, 3-day TBD Fest will take place Oct. 3-5 on Riverfront Street in West Sacramento (hence the name change to TBD–The Bridge District). This larger venue is big enough to host this year’s much more impressive line-up! The Fest gives festival goers a variety of music from hip-hop and R&B, alternative, dance music and instrumentals. The beauty of TBD is that there are only 2 stages so you don’t have to sacrifice missing any acts since stages will play one at a time. And they recently started selling single day passes for $69. The TBD Fest website has the full line-up and details, however, below I listed some of my favorite acts that I’m looking forward to see […]

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Miss Sacramento County 2014 Hosts Pageants & a Bowling Tournament This Weekend

It’s a fashionable weekend this weekend as the Miss Sacramento County Beauty Pageant Finals and the Miss Sacramento County Teen Pageant take place on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Cosumnes River College’s Performing Arts Center. Also happening is the Queens vs. Celebrities Bowling Tournament, a bowling event scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 27 in coordination with the pageant and hosted by Justin Bird (Bravo TV’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker”) at Pins N Strikes from 6pm-9pm. At the bowling tournament, Miss Sacramento County Beauty contestants will bowl against other teams that include a celebrity group. Scheduled to appear are NBC’s Mission Control star Malcolm Barrett, Greys Anatomy’s Dr. Spalding actor Brandon Scott, and musical performing artists IM5 founded by Perez Hilton, Bobby DeBarge Jr. and recording artist Andre Mieux (A.M.X). Sacramento Fashion Week will be partnering with the Miss Sacramento County USA to produce the bowling tournament. Sac Fashion Week will also have a bowling team participating at the tournament. Along with the festivities, a Backpacks and School Supply Drive, designed to encourage youth to pursue education and to stay in school, will be taking place in an effort to give back to the community. People are asked to bring backpacks and school supply donations to the tournament. The is drive lead by the efforts of the City of Elk Grove Youth Commission and will benefit the Elk Grove […]

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Sacramento SPCA Pet of the Week – Buddy

Name: Buddy Breed: Shih Tzu Mix Color: White/Brown Age: 1 year Sex: Male In need of a home since: September 13, 2014 Buddy is a friendly, handsome fellow who will need regular grooming because of his adorably shaggy hair. He walks very nicely on a leash. Buddy loves car rides and devours treats, and wants a snug and warm home to settle into before the cold autumn weather arrives. Adoption fee: $100 Meet Buddy at the Sacramento SPCA, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visit www.sspca.org for details.

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New films: A moviebrief roundup of five new releases

A quick roundup of this week’s major new releases, with the best two coming from first time directors: Tusk Directed by Kevin Smith When Kevin Smith isn’t making movies these days, he produces a podcast in which he and his friends and colleagues tell anecdotes, talk about assorted topics, and on occasion make up stories. “Tusk” is the outcome of a story that originated on the “SModcast” between Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier and, during the final credits of the movie, you can hear part of them ad-libbing the story idea. Sadly, that snippet of creation is more enjoyable than the resultant production. It’s not that it’s all bad – there’s actually much to like in this crazy story of a podcast host (art imitating life) (Justin Long) who goes off in search of weird stories to tell, and gets caught up in the weirdest one he’s ever found. There’s wit and originality and some solid, moody camera work. The problem is that there’s not really enough material for a feature film. This might have worked quite well as part of an anthology or as an hour-long episode, which really only requires approx. 40 minutes of actual content between bookends, for a show like “The Twilight Zone,” “The Outer Limits,” or “Tales From the Crypt.” But at 102 minutes, “Tusk” overstays its welcome and then […]

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Lopez’s Hat Trick Sends Sacramento Republic FC to USL Pro Championship Game

At halftime, down 2-0 at Sacramento’s Bonney Field to the stingy LA Galaxy II, even some of the Sacramento Republic FC’s most ardent supporters figured the team’s magical first-season run would end with the hotly contested semifinal playoff match. Not so. As the final 25 minutes showed, Sacramento, now 18-7-4, still has a little magic left. The Sacramento club that had spent a good part of the past week wooing Major League Soccer officials who were in town assessing the city for a possible MLS expansion franchise, rallied with three second-half goals by Rodrigo Lopez – two of them penalty kicks and the game-winner a truly magical free kick – to stun the favored club from Southern California. The winning goal came during the extra added time just seconds before overtime, to the delight of the 8,000 in attendance. The win allows Sacramento to host next Saturday’s USL Pro championship match against the Harrisburg (PA) City Islanders. The championship is scheduled for 7:30pm at Bonney Field (Cal Expo) and is sure to be a sellout. The aggressively played semifinal match was accompanied by a constant raucous soundtrack of chants, bells and whistles provided by the partisan Sacramento crowd, and lead by the always boisterous Tower Bridge Battalion. They were joined by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and numerous MLS officials who were on hand to witness in […]

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Sacramento Burger Battle Wows the Crowds (and our stomachs!)

The people walking outside of Cesar Chavez Park and unable to get in to the sold-out Sacramento Burger Battle on Thursday must have been jealous, because, oh wow, did it smell amazing! The scent of flame-cooked burgers wafting in the smoky haze of grilled goodness filled the air as over 1000 people roamed the park sampling burgers all-you-can-eat-style. Fifteen restaurants including Ten22, Iron Grill, Krush Burger, Ettore’s, Mikuni, Mother, Cafe Bernado, and The Porch participated in the 3rd annual battle that seems to be gaining more momentum and excitement each year. And why wouldn’t it? Not only has the charity event raised over $60,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in 3 years, but it also showcases burgers with creative ingredients such as bacon jam, herb potatoes, goat cheddar cheese, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, charred grape relish, pork belly, tuna, mac & cheese, and even peanut butter and jelly (!). The winning combination went to the Hyatt’s Dawson’s who won the Chef’s Choice award and De Vere’s Irish Pub who won the People’s Choice award. Krush Burger and The Chef’s Table won 2nd and 3rd for Chef’s Choice, and Broderick and The Chef’s Table for People’s Choice. “[I'm] shocked and awed,” Dawson’s Chef de Cuisine, Michael Grande, said in response to winning. “Hotels get a bad wrap for the food they make, but that’s […]

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