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The California State Fair | A Photo Gallery

This is the 160th anniversary of the California State Fair. According to an article by Mike Blount in a program about the fair, in 1854, California’s number one industry was agriculture. It’s still true today and it was a large part of the first State Fair. “The State Fair is all about celebrating the past and showcasing the future,” explains Rick Pickering, CEO of Cal Expo and the State Fair, in Blount’s article. The fair also showcases technology and is the best place to showcase California. 90% of the wine people drink comes from here. Blount explains that “the Sacramento region considers itself to be the Farm-to-Fork Capital and there is a lot of research in agriculture being done right here.” And I thought it was all about the rides and special fair food. The photos below barely touch the surface of the fun and eclectic atmosphere of the fair: The State Fair runs through July 27. For information visit www.castatefair.org.

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Free Ice Cream Event in Downtown Sac July 22

What are some sweet words to hear during a hot day in Sacramento? FREE ice cream! Michigan-based Denali Flavors, developers of the legendary Moose Tracks flavor of ice cream, has partnered with Raley’s and Sunnyside Farms Dairy to host a free ice cream give-away on Tuesday, July 22 at Cesar Chavez Plaza downtown Sacramento, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Ten thousand scoops of Moose Tracks ice cream will be served as a 10,000 Scoop Challenge issued by Denali to Sacramento area residents. Raley’s has donated 10,000 scoops of premium Sunnyside Farms ice cream, and Denali Flavors has pledged to donate $1 to The Salvation Army of Sacramento for each scoop eaten in an effort to raise $10,000 of new support for its vital community programs. During the event  ice cream lovers can tweet the hash tag #10KScoops for a chance to win free ice cream for a year from Denali @Moose_Tracks. WHEN:                 Tuesday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE:               Cesar Chavez Plaza 910 I St Sacramento, CA 95814 Disclosure: Syd Fong is the public relations director for The Salvation Army. For more information about The Salvation Army, log onto www.gosalarmy.org

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9th Annual Worldwide Dreamnight at the Sacramento Zoo

In 1996 at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands an event was created that would quickly spread to zoos around the world: Dreamnight. The Dreamnight mission is to provide one annual and cost-free evening at the zoo exclusively for chronically ill and disabled children and their family members. Since 1996 it has become an annual event that includes participants from more than 300 institutions in 35 countries worldwide. In June, the Sacramento Zoo quietly opened its doors to more than 1,300 chronically ill children and their families from the Sacramento region; the event gave families an opportunity to visit the Zoo in a relaxed environment with other children and families who have similar challenges. Special performances by the Star Performers and Twinkle Stars Dancers kicked-off the evening.  The performers have special needs or are disabled children who enjoy dancing.  When describing why the children perform Isabel Pena, one of the parents said, “They enjoy doing it, also they love presentations, they love to be in front of the audience we can see the difference between practices and real presentations. We also like these events because we can motivate other children to do what they enjoy doing, It doesn’t have to be dancing. We have found that this is a way to socialize, to have discipline, to exercise and to enjoy an activity. We as parents […]

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Sac Republic FC Earns a Draw with Orlando City

In its first game back from a two-game road trip, the Sacramento Republic FC hosted the undefeated Orlando City SC at Bonney Field on Thursday night. Both teams were aggressive and had good chances to score throughout the night, but the match concluded as a 0-0 draw. Midfielder Max Alvarez gave Sacramento (10-6-3) its best chance of a goal against Orlando (14-0-4) with a shot at the top of the box during stoppage time in the first half, only to be saved by the opposing goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo-Aparicio. Sacramento goalkeeper Jacob Gleeson had four saves throughout the night, including three in the second half. The Republic FC would play a man short for the rest of the night when Alvarez was given a red card and ejected after a physical altercation during a throw in at the 79th minute. Although Republic FC Coach Predrag Radosavljević was not pleased with the result, he praised his players for holding the USL’s only unbeaten team scoreless. “I can only take my hat off to our guys,” Radosavljević said. “They showed a lot of heart, a lot of courage against the No. 1 team in the league, the team that’s going to the MLS. I’m just disappointed because things didn’t go our way tonight.” The Republic FC will host the UK’s West Bromich Albion FC, also known as the Baggies, […]

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SPCA Pet of the Week – Sammie Cat!

If only we could ask Sammie Cat what was on her mind. Beautiful two-year-old (domestic medium hair) cat is available for adoption at our Petco location (1878 Arden Way)! Sammie has been with us since early May, much too long for such a friendly, playful girl. Though she tolerates other cats, she would sort of prefer to be the only pet in your home. Though shy at first, once she warms up, you won’t be disappointed! Our Petco location is open Monday – Friday (1:00 – 7:00 p.m.) and on weekends from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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New films: Planes – Fire & Rescue, The Purge – Anarchy, Sex Tape

Moviebriefs Roundup This is one of those weeks where, for mainstream wide releases, audiences are likely to have a better time than critics. None of these films have fared well in the media, but all have audiences who are more likely to recognize their respective appeal. Planes: Fires & Rescue This surprisingly rapid sequel to last year’s somewhat lackluster “Planes” looks more promising in theory than it manages to be in practice. The “Planes” franchise is an attempt to copy and cash in on the “Cars” phenomenon and it hasn’t really managed to deliver in quite the same way – probably because cars are far more accessible and recognizable, even to children, than planes and helicopters. This time around, Dusty Crophopper is enjoying his race winning celebrity status, until he damages his gearbox and it turns out the parts aren’t available to fix him. When he causes a fire at the local air strip, he decides to train to be a fire fighting plane in order to help the facility earn back its safety rating. This sounds very noble in practice and the movie seems to be being sold as a tribute to firefighters – which certainly might appeal to some parents of small children. But the problem is that Dusty isn’t really dedicating himself to this new pursuit or sacrificing much to do it. […]

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The California State Fair | A Photo Gallery

This is the 160th anniversary of the California State Fair. According to an article by Mike Blount in a program about the fair, in 1854, California’s number one industry was agriculture. It’s still true today and it was a large part of the first State Fair. “The State Fair is all about celebrating the past and showcasing the future,” explains Rick Pickering, CEO of Cal Expo and the State Fair, in Blount’s article. The fair also showcases technology and is the best place to showcase California. 90% of the wine people drink comes from here. Blount explains that “the Sacramento region considers itself to be the Farm-to-Fork Capital and there is a lot of research in agriculture being done right here.” And I thought it was all about the rides and special fair food. The photos below barely touch the surface of the fun and eclectic atmosphere of the fair: The State Fair runs through July 27. For information visit www.castatefair.org.

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SPCA Pet of the Week – Sammie Cat!

If only we could ask Sammie Cat what was on her mind. Beautiful two-year-old (domestic medium hair) cat is available for adoption at our Petco location (1878 Arden Way)! Sammie has been with us since early May, much too long for such a friendly, playful girl. Though she tolerates other cats, she would sort of prefer to be the only pet in your home. Though shy at first, once she warms up, you won’t be disappointed! Our Petco location is open Monday – Friday (1:00 – 7:00 p.m.) and on weekends from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Sacramento Zoo’s 9th Annual Worldwide Dreamnight Gives Chronically Ill Kids a Special Evening

In 1996 at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands an event was created that would quickly spread to zoos around the world: Dreamnight. The Dreamnight mission is to provide one annual and cost-free evening at the zoo exclusively for chronically ill and disabled children and their family members. Since 1996 it has become an annual event that includes participants from more than 300 institutions in 35 countries worldwide. In June, the Sacramento Zoo quietly opened its doors to more than 1,300 chronically ill children and their families from the Sacramento region; the event gave families an opportunity to visit the Zoo in a relaxed environment with other children and families who have similar challenges. Special performances by the Star Performers and Twinkle Stars Dancers kicked-off the evening.  The performers have special needs or are disabled children who enjoy dancing.  When describing why the children perform Isabel Pena, one of the parents said, “They enjoy doing it, also they love presentations, they love to be in front of the audience we can see the difference between practices and real presentations. We also like these events because we can motivate other children to do what they enjoy doing, It doesn’t have to be dancing. We have found that this is a way to socialize, to have discipline, to exercise and to enjoy an activity. We as parents […]

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Free Ice Cream Event in Downtown Sac July 22

What are some sweet words to hear during a hot day in Sacramento? FREE ice cream! Michigan-based Denali Flavors, developers of the legendary Moose Tracks flavor of ice cream, has partnered with Raley’s and Sunnyside Farms Dairy to host a free ice cream give-away on Tuesday, July 22 at Cesar Chavez Plaza downtown Sacramento, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Ten thousand scoops of Moose Tracks ice cream will be served as a 10,000 Scoop Challenge issued by Denali to Sacramento area residents. Raley’s has donated 10,000 scoops of premium Sunnyside Farms ice cream, and Denali Flavors has pledged to donate $1 to The Salvation Army of Sacramento for each scoop eaten in an effort to raise $10,000 of new support for its vital community programs. During the event  ice cream lovers can tweet the hash tag #10KScoops for a chance to win free ice cream for a year from Denali @Moose_Tracks. WHEN:                 Tuesday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE:               Cesar Chavez Plaza 910 I St Sacramento, CA 95814 Disclosure: Syd Fong is the public relations director for The Salvation Army. For more information about The Salvation Army, log onto www.gosalarmy.org

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Sac Republic FC Earns a Draw with Orlando City

In its first game back from a two-game road trip, the Sacramento Republic FC hosted the undefeated Orlando City SC at Bonney Field on Thursday night. Both teams were aggressive and had good chances to score throughout the night, but the match concluded as a 0-0 draw. Midfielder Max Alvarez gave Sacramento (10-6-3) its best chance of a goal against Orlando (14-0-4) with a shot at the top of the box during stoppage time in the first half, only to be saved by the opposing goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo-Aparicio. Sacramento goalkeeper Jacob Gleeson had four saves throughout the night, including three in the second half. The Republic FC would play a man short for the rest of the night when Alvarez was given a red card and ejected after a physical altercation during a throw in at the 79th minute. Although Republic FC Coach Predrag Radosavljević was not pleased with the result, he praised his players for holding the USL’s only unbeaten team scoreless. “I can only take my hat off to our guys,” Radosavljević said. “They showed a lot of heart, a lot of courage against the No. 1 team in the league, the team that’s going to the MLS. I’m just disappointed because things didn’t go our way tonight.” The Republic FC will host the UK’s West Bromich Albion FC, also known as the Baggies, […]

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New films: Planes – Fire & Rescue, The Purge – Anarchy, Sex Tape

Moviebriefs Roundup This is one of those weeks where, for mainstream wide releases, audiences are likely to have a better time than critics. None of these films have fared well in the media, but all have audiences who are more likely to recognize their respective appeal. Planes: Fires & Rescue This surprisingly rapid sequel to last year’s somewhat lackluster “Planes” looks more promising in theory than it manages to be in practice. The “Planes” franchise is an attempt to copy and cash in on the “Cars” phenomenon and it hasn’t really managed to deliver in quite the same way – probably because cars are far more accessible and recognizable, even to children, than planes and helicopters. This time around, Dusty Crophopper is enjoying his race winning celebrity status, until he damages his gearbox and it turns out the parts aren’t available to fix him. When he causes a fire at the local air strip, he decides to train to be a fire fighting plane in order to help the facility earn back its safety rating. This sounds very noble in practice and the movie seems to be being sold as a tribute to firefighters – which certainly might appeal to some parents of small children. But the problem is that Dusty isn’t really dedicating himself to this new pursuit or sacrificing much to do it. […]

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Insight Coffee Brings On the Competition (and fun) with Third Thursday Throwdowns

Beginning this Thursday, Insight Coffee will continue their endeavor to highlight the craft of coffee by hosting Third Thursday Throwdowns, a once-monthly opportunity for Sacramento’s coffee community to compete in coffee tournaments that go beyond just a fight to the finish. The inaugural Third Thursday Throwdown, which will take place July 17 at Insight’s 10th St. Capitol Cafe location, will kick off with a latte art competition. This first competition will intentionally serve as an extension of the city’s recent 4-month long latte art competition, SPLAT, whose exciting monthly contests ended in June. The idea behind the throwdowns encompass more than just latte art, though, as the focus, according to Matt Gale, Communication Director for Insight Coffee, will be on a letting local coffee professionals take the lead on what they want to do. “The goal is to celebrate the Sacramento coffee community…and to offer an opportunity for professionals to have fun with coffee, improve their skills, and be excited about their craft.” Latte art was chosen as the focus of the first competition because of its ability to visually showcase the skill of coffee professionals, but Insight plans to explore a variety of coffee-centric contests. Competitions could revolve around tasting contests that use an Aeropress, French press, Chemex, or Hario v60. Their throwdowns may even see a “sprodown” (espresso throwdown) or a mixologist-style coffee […]

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Dozens of Local Nonprofit Groups to Receive Community Benefit Funding

Kaiser Permanente in Greater Sacramento announced today that it has awarded 55 grants totaling $1.4 million to local not-for-profit organizations, schools, and government entities that seek to improve access to medical care, support mental health services, reduce violence, and promote healthy eating and active living. The Community Benefit grants – which range in individual amounts from $7,590 to $99,000 – are part of a longstanding practice for the region’s leading integrated health-care provider, which seeks to improve the health of the communities it serves in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties. The largest allocation of funding will help the uninsured and underinsured access health care programs and services at various community clinics and organizations. The Sacramento Native American Health Center, for example, will use its $52,000 grant to implement a team-based approach to improve the outcomes for patients with high medical needs, such as chronic conditions, multiple medications management, and co-occurring disorders. “This grant will help us identify patients who meet the definition of ‘high need,’ offer a high intensity case management, and have greater impacts on their health outcomes, including helping to prevent emergency room visits,” said Britta Guerrero, chief executive officer of the Sacramento Native American Health Center. “As a result, our medical teams will be able to provide more efficient and effective care, while empowering and educating our patients to advocate […]

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Sacramento’s Full TBD Festival Line-Up Announced

TBD Fest, Sacramento’s revamped music festival, is coming back better than ever with 3 days of music and will continue building off LAUNCH’s previous success for the last 7 years. A new venue is being built at the River Walk in West Sacramento for the festival that will be taking place October 3, 4 & 5, this year. Sacramento will enjoy 3 days of headliners and more impressive supporting acts than ever with the likes of Empire of the Sun, Justice, Blackalicious, RAC, Dillon Francis, and more. Empire of the Sun and Justice are both international electronic duos. Justice originates from Paris, France, consisting of Graspard Michel Andre Auge and Xavier de Rosnay. The French duo has headlined other major music festivals such as Coachella, San Francisco’s Outsidelands and Chicago’s Lollapalooza. Empire of the Sun is an Australian electronic music duo formed in 2008 and had instant success with popular hits “We are the People” and “Walking on a Dream.” Sacramento’s Blackalicious will also be making their music festival debut at this year’s TBD Festival. This local hip hop duo consists of rapper Gift of Gab, also known as Timothy Parker, and DJ/producer known as Chief Xcel. They’ve made four LPs: Nia (1999), Blazing Arrow (2002), The Craft (2005), and will be releasing their latest LP, Emoni, in July 2014. Supporting acts Dillon Francis and RAC […]

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54th Annual Folsom Pro Rodeo Wows Audiences

Tradition has long and historical roots in Folsom dating back to the Gold Rush days. Folsom honors their western traditions as a tribute to the famed era, cattle ranches, and the Pony Express by hosting the Folsom Pro Rodeo every Fourth of July weekend for the past 54 years. The 3-night event, running from July 3-5, kicked off its festivities with the annual Folsom Cattle Drive and Parade on Historic Sutter Street on July 2. The Dan Russell Rodeo Arena, where the rodeo is held every year, was packed to capacity each night. The rodeo featured a variety of competitive events including individual and team roping. Steer and calf roping showcased the riding, roping, and wrestling skills of the competitive cowboys. These were timed events and in some cases the animals did what they know to do best: run. Brahma bull riding and bareback bronc riding showcased massive animals that thrilled the audience. Riders attempted to ride them for as long as possible and some cowboys hobbled off the rodeo. One of the main attractions of the rodeo is the Painted Ladies Rodeo Performers, who have been riding their magnificently well trained horses for over 20 years. The performers delighted the audience and served as special inspiration for all the little girls on hand. Another popular event was Mutton Bustin’ where children five to six […]

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