From 2013 Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival

From 2013 Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival

Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival Celebrates Art’s Many Forms

Art comes in many forms and this weekend you’ll have a chance to see them all. Chalk, music, sculpture, jewelry, paint, crafts, and even kid-created arts are among the many forms celebrated at the 24th annual Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival playing for 3 days this Labor Day weekend. It’s Chalk It Up‘s biggest event every year. And every year it helps fund the nonprofit’s mission to support local youth art programs with $500 micro-grants given to provide supplies, field trips, classes, speaker fees, and so on to K-12 schools or programs in need. And what exactly is both the nonprofit and festival’s most celebrated art form? Chalk, of course. “It’s stimulating. It’s awe inspiring,” Jerry Perry, Executive Director of Chalk It Up, said of experiencing the 200 chalk art paintings that line the sidewalks of Fremont Park every year. “There’s just something really remarkable about coming out to this event and seeing what these people can do with their hands and chalk.” Describing the chalk artists as “heroes”, Perry says it takes them up to 3 days to render their art on 6×6 ft. or larger slabs of cement. Ranging from strange to fun to lifelike to whimsical, the always colorful and always creative chalk paintings are sponsored by local companies, making raising funds possible for this free event. And as if […]

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5th Annual Banana Festival Celebrates Diversity, Family, and Bananas

Summer festivals in Sacramento always draw large crowds as families and friends enjoy spending time together. One festival that continues to attract larger audiences each year with its wide range of banana themed activities and food is the Sacramento Banana Festival. The multicultural festival, held at the Village Green in William Land Park Aug. 9-10, celebrates family and the diverse cultures that use banana as a staple in their diet and daily lives. In its fifth year, the Banana Festival was, as always, full of live entertainment, games, contests, delicious cuisine, and do it yourself activities. With over 50 banana dishes available throughout the festival, attendees were able to indulge in a variety of dishes including banana pudding, tacos with banana and mango salsa, banana drinks, sweet potato fries with banana sauce, lumpias, and banana shaved ice, just to name a few. The Laguna Creek Lions also sponsored a banana pancake breakfast. Large crowds consistently surrounded the 3 stages that held most of the live entertainment. The Children and Teen stages held a variety of dance, magic, and music acts, not to mention the ever-popular Banana Pie Eating Contest. The Main Stage provided an abundance of entertainment, including the Bay Area’s Velocity Circus Troupe, whose costumes, choreography, and daring tricks were a delight to children, adults, and aerialist enthusiasts alike. With three performances each day, […]

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“Click bait” headlines to be filtered with new Facebook algorithm

According to an article published to Facebook’s Newsroom blog, “click bait” headlines will diminish in your newsfeed due to a new algorithm rollout that will filter such headlines. For those of us who aren’t impervious to clicking on articles we never wanted to read in the first place, this new Facebook algorithm is great news. We’ve all fallen victim to “click bait” headlines. I once read an entire Buzzfeed article about how the faces of the Kardashians have changed since first appearing on TV before realizing the inanity of my choice in reading material. As defined on Facebook’s blog, click baiting is “when a publisher posts a link with a headline that encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what they will see. Posts like these tend to get a lot of clicks, which means that these posts get shown to more people, and get shown higher up in News Feed.” The problem with these headlines is that they don’t really give consumers information they want. Many click on the links only to return to Facebook within seconds, clearly unsatisfied with what they just read. But for many “news” organizations (e.g. Buzzfeed, Upworthy, and sometimes even CNN), these click bait headlines are the bread and butter of content and traffic. Side note: do check out the Twitter handle @savedyouaclick […]

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All aboard the Zombie Train

All aboard the Zombie Train

The Zombies are Coming! Sacramento Zombie Train Ride Scares…and Impresses

The Zombie Train attacked thousands with its unique concept of an end of the world Apocalyptic style scenario via railway where ticket holders get to help save the world–or die with it. Launched in 2013, the Zombie Train is an interactive zombie train ride where guests can either hop on board for the show or join the Zombie Train Militia with an upgraded ticket that lets them shoot the zombies hungrily lurking on the tracks. Zombies are cast by members of the Zombie Club, which according to the Zombie Train website, is an ”international organization for Zombie Fans, Halloween Freaks, Horror Film and FX Enthusiasts.” This year’s cast includes a rotation of many local zombie enthusiasts who previously performed in past yearly events, making this the biggest most entertaining ride of them all! The Zombie Train tickets are well worth the price because not only do riders get entertained for 2 hours, but they also interact and play along with actors and actresses. Since the result of last year’s 6 week season on the Sacramento River Train was staggering, this year’s Zombie Train returned to West Sacramento with a longer four month season from July to October. In addition to the West Sacramento location, the group also launched rides on the historic Sierra Railroad in Oakdale, which will be running from August through October. The ride has been highly recommend […]

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Sacramento Zoo Keepers promoting Dining for Rhinos Cards

Sacramento Zoo Keepers promoting Dining for Rhinos Cards

Zoo Keepers Have Fun for Conservation

Among the Sacramento Zoo staff and volunteers there are people who take on an additional role to raise funds for conservation efforts as well as aid in the professional development of zoo keepers. They comprise the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Sacramento Chapter. Zoo keepers Matt Ardaiolo and Christa Klein are the current chapter president and vice president. Together they’re executing big ideas to help animals and their fellow professionals. As part of a national effort, AAZK chapters concentrate on raising funds for organizations like the Red Panda Network, Orangutan Outreach, Action for Cheetahs and wild rhinos through the LEWA Wildlife Conservatory and the International Rhino Foundation. Each of these tasks are of great priority as the animals all face many threats and their survival also represents the sustainability of unique ecosystems Near and dear to the heart of all AAZK chapters is the annual Bowling for Rhinos bowl-a-thon that takes place throughout the country. Did you know there are only five species of rhinoceroses left and that not all of them live in Africa? Protecting rhinos and their habitat is of great concern for the species, but their protection also ensures the sustainability of other animals that share their habitats such as elephants. This year, Ardaiolo and Klein worked with fellow members to develop the Dining for Rhinos coupon card featuring 15 Sacramento […]

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Sacramento’s First Annual Chicken Wing Festival to Debut This Weekend

Sacramento will soon be seeing a new food festival, the likes of which is sure to draw a crowd. The first annual Sactown Wings festival is set to debut this Saturday, Aug. 23 at Fremont Park, from 2pm to 7 pm. The park, located on 16th and P streets, will be host to six local vendors, live music, a wing judging contest, and, of course, plenty of chicken wings. “I was talking with a friend and the idea of wing fest came up,” said Nick Berruezo, the founder of Sactown Wings. “I had been considering a beer festival, but Sacramento has plenty of beer festivals and other food festivals, but there wasn’t anything like a wing festival.” The six local vendors include Barwest, Blue Cue, Chicago Fire, Clark’s Corner, Field House American Sports Pub, and Water’z Wing’z. The judging will be limited to 100 VIP Wing Judge ticket-holders who will sample servings from all six vendors and cast ballots for their favorite wings. Alongside the judging and plethora of chicken wings, there will be live music featuring performances from three local Sacramento bands, The Golden Cadillacs, The Crescent Katz, and Riotmaker. In addition, Berruezo said there will be giant beer pong, giant jenga, bean-bag games, and cheap beer. The event offers three ticket options that will go up in price starting Aug. 22: “Event Attendee” […]

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Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival Celebrates Art’s Many Forms

Art comes in many forms and this weekend you’ll have a chance to see them all. Chalk, music, sculpture, jewelry, paint, crafts, and even kid-created arts are among the many forms celebrated at the 24th annual Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival playing for 3 days this Labor Day weekend. It’s Chalk It Up‘s biggest event every year. And every year it helps fund the nonprofit’s mission to support local youth art programs with $500 micro-grants given to provide supplies, field trips, classes, speaker fees, and so on to K-12 schools or programs in need. And what exactly is both the nonprofit and festival’s most celebrated art form? Chalk, of course. “It’s stimulating. It’s awe inspiring,” Jerry Perry, Executive Director of Chalk It Up, said of experiencing the 200 chalk art paintings that line the sidewalks of Fremont Park every year. “There’s just something really remarkable about coming out to this event and seeing what these people can do with their hands and chalk.” Describing the chalk artists as “heroes”, Perry says it takes them up to 3 days to render their art on 6×6 ft. or larger slabs of cement. Ranging from strange to fun to lifelike to whimsical, the always colorful and always creative chalk paintings are sponsored by local companies, making raising funds possible for this free event. And as if […]

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“Click bait” Headlines to be Filtered with New Facebook Algorithm

According to an article published to Facebook’s Newsroom blog, “click bait” headlines will diminish in your newsfeed due to a new algorithm rollout that will filter such headlines. For those of us who aren’t impervious to clicking on articles we never wanted to read in the first place, this new Facebook algorithm is great news. We’ve all fallen victim to “click bait” headlines. I once read an entire Buzzfeed article about how the faces of the Kardashians have changed since first appearing on TV before realizing the inanity of my choice in reading material. As defined on Facebook’s blog, click baiting is “when a publisher posts a link with a headline that encourages people to click to see more, without telling them much information about what they will see. Posts like these tend to get a lot of clicks, which means that these posts get shown to more people, and get shown higher up in News Feed.” The problem with these headlines is that they don’t really give consumers information they want. Many click on the links only to return to Facebook within seconds, clearly unsatisfied with what they just read. But for many “news” organizations (e.g. Buzzfeed, Upworthy, and sometimes even CNN), these click bait headlines are the bread and butter of content and traffic. Side note: do check out the Twitter handle @savedyouaclick […]

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Zoo Keepers Have Fun for Conservation

Among the Sacramento Zoo staff and volunteers there are people who take on an additional role to raise funds for conservation efforts as well as aid in the professional development of zoo keepers. They comprise the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Sacramento Chapter. Zoo keepers Matt Ardaiolo and Christa Klein are the current chapter president and vice president. Together they’re executing big ideas to help animals and their fellow professionals. As part of a national effort, AAZK chapters concentrate on raising funds for organizations like the Red Panda Network, Orangutan Outreach, Action for Cheetahs and wild rhinos through the LEWA Wildlife Conservatory and the International Rhino Foundation. Each of these tasks are of great priority as the animals all face many threats and their survival also represents the sustainability of unique ecosystems Near and dear to the heart of all AAZK chapters is the annual Bowling for Rhinos bowl-a-thon that takes place throughout the country. Did you know there are only five species of rhinoceroses left and that not all of them live in Africa? Protecting rhinos and their habitat is of great concern for the species, but their protection also ensures the sustainability of other animals that share their habitats such as elephants. This year, Ardaiolo and Klein worked with fellow members to develop the Dining for Rhinos coupon card featuring 15 Sacramento […]

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5th Annual Banana Festival Celebrates Diversity, Family, and Bananas

Summer festivals in Sacramento always draw large crowds as families and friends enjoy spending time together. One festival that continues to attract larger audiences each year with its wide range of banana themed activities and food is the Sacramento Banana Festival. The multicultural festival, held at the Village Green in William Land Park Aug. 9-10, celebrates family and the diverse cultures that use banana as a staple in their diet and daily lives. In its fifth year, the Banana Festival was, as always, full of live entertainment, games, contests, delicious cuisine, and do it yourself activities. With over 50 banana dishes available throughout the festival, attendees were able to indulge in a variety of dishes including banana pudding, tacos with banana and mango salsa, banana drinks, sweet potato fries with banana sauce, lumpias, and banana shaved ice, just to name a few. The Laguna Creek Lions also sponsored a banana pancake breakfast. Large crowds consistently surrounded the 3 stages that held most of the live entertainment. The Children and Teen stages held a variety of dance, magic, and music acts, not to mention the ever-popular Banana Pie Eating Contest. The Main Stage provided an abundance of entertainment, including the Bay Area’s Velocity Circus Troupe, whose costumes, choreography, and daring tricks were a delight to children, adults, and aerialist enthusiasts alike. With three performances each day, […]

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The Zombies are Coming! Sacramento Zombie Train Ride Scares…and Impresses

The Zombie Train attacked thousands with its unique concept of an end of the world Apocalyptic style scenario via railway where ticket holders get to help save the world–or die with it. Launched in 2013, the Zombie Train is an interactive zombie train ride where guests can either hop on board for the show or join the Zombie Train Militia with an upgraded ticket that lets them shoot the zombies hungrily lurking on the tracks. Zombies are cast by members of the Zombie Club, which according to the Zombie Train website, is an ”international organization for Zombie Fans, Halloween Freaks, Horror Film and FX Enthusiasts.” This year’s cast includes a rotation of many local zombie enthusiasts who previously performed in past yearly events, making this the biggest most entertaining ride of them all! The Zombie Train tickets are well worth the price because not only do riders get entertained for 2 hours, but they also interact and play along with actors and actresses. Since the result of last year’s 6 week season on the Sacramento River Train was staggering, this year’s Zombie Train returned to West Sacramento with a longer four month season from July to October. In addition to the West Sacramento location, the group also launched rides on the historic Sierra Railroad in Oakdale, which will be running from August through October. The ride has been highly recommend […]

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Sacramento SPCA Pet of the Week

Name: Kada Breed: Domestic shorthair mix Color: Grey/orange tortoiseshell Age: 6 years Sex: Female  In need of a home since: Since April 16, 2014   Kada arrived at the Sacramento SPCA through no fault of her own. Her owners simply realized that they no longer had the time to care for her. Now we are seeking a new place for this gentle girl. She’s great with kids and other cats, but not too fond of dogs.    Adoption fee (through the end of August) is $10. Click here or call (916) 383-7387 for more information.

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Sacramento’s First Annual Chicken Wing Festival to Debut This Weekend

Sacramento will soon be seeing a new food festival, the likes of which is sure to draw a crowd. The first annual Sactown Wings festival is set to debut this Saturday, Aug. 23 at Fremont Park, from 2pm to 7 pm. The park, located on 16th and P streets, will be host to six local vendors, live music, a wing judging contest, and, of course, plenty of chicken wings. “I was talking with a friend and the idea of wing fest came up,” said Nick Berruezo, the founder of Sactown Wings. “I had been considering a beer festival, but Sacramento has plenty of beer festivals and other food festivals, but there wasn’t anything like a wing festival.” The six local vendors include Barwest, Blue Cue, Chicago Fire, Clark’s Corner, Field House American Sports Pub, and Water’z Wing’z. The judging will be limited to 100 VIP Wing Judge ticket-holders who will sample servings from all six vendors and cast ballots for their favorite wings. Alongside the judging and plethora of chicken wings, there will be live music featuring performances from three local Sacramento bands, The Golden Cadillacs, The Crescent Katz, and Riotmaker. In addition, Berruezo said there will be giant beer pong, giant jenga, bean-bag games, and cheap beer. The event offers three ticket options that will go up in price starting Aug. 22: “Event Attendee” […]

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New films: The Giver plus three moviebriefs

The Giver Directed by Philip Noyce It’s hard to consider “The Giver” without thinking about the timing of its wide release this week. The film is based on the 1993 Newberry Medal winning novel of the same name that is required reading for many schoolchildren. It was optioned for a film adaptation by Jeff Bridges only a couple of years later but, for various reasons, took almost 20 years to come to the big screen. A lot has happened in those 20 years. Whereas an earlier adaptation would have caused inevitable comparisons to films such as “Pleasantville,” the intervening years have seen the Young Adult literature segment take off with such hit series as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent,” each of which have dystopian future society themes, as does “The Giver.” Indeed, that market segment has become dominated by dystopias, apocalypses, and vampires. However, “The Giver” has a more simplistic tone and was written for younger readers than the often brutal action of some of these other, more recent stories. It’s not that “The Giver” doesn’t have mature themes, after all it deals with eugenics and the forced killing of senior citizens, but it’s all very clean – it doesn’t, for example, yield a film in which teenagers are slaughtering each other in assorted bloody ways. In “The Giver,” a future version of our society, […]

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Colorado Springs Pulls Off First Triple Play in Raley Field History; River Cats Still Win

Despite the best efforts of the River Cats’ Alden Carrithers to break it up, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox pulled off the first triple play in Raley Field history Thursday night. Sacramento had runners on first and second with no outs when Colin Walsh hit a hard grounder to third baseman Drew Garcia, who stepped on third, then threw to second baseman Angelys Nina who fired it to first to complete the play. The River Cats and Carrithers had the last laugh, though, driving in the walk-off winning run in the 12th inning. Sacramento beat Colorado Springs 5-4.

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Sacramento – A City For 21st Century Gold Miners?

A morning stroll past the demolition site for the Kings Arena followed by reading the Sacramento Press article, Sutter’s Fort Celebrates 175 This Weekend, got me thinking – how will Sacramento attract the 21st century gold miners? We should celebrate our historic past with our gaze on the horizon.  The Gold Rush and Sutter’s Fort propelled Sacramento forward as a regional destination and this history should be instructive.  An entire city can be built around a vision.  The sustaining power of an idea can be felt in the presence of the fort walls. It is readily apparent how important planning, infrastructure and vision are to the growth and expansion of a city.  James Parker posed a question in a tweet last month – What could have been without the construction of I-5?  The placement of a freeway dividing our city from the riverfront was the antithesis of visionary.  What infrastructure projects will improve our city? We are now witnessing the massive, financial investment in a downtown arena to economically revitalize our urban core.  Will this arena rise from the demolition to energize our city?  Our collective dreams are pinned to the vision that this arena will be the catalyst for economic development. Photo by Darren McQuade. Photo from sactownroyalty.com Try to imagine Sutter’s Fort without the Gold Rush.  An arena alone will not be enough […]

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