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New sights, sounds & experiences greet tour guests in Old Sacramento this summer

New sights, sounds & experiences greet tour guests in Old Sacramento this summer

There are plenty of exciting and new reasons to take a tour in Old Sacramento this summer, all offered by the Sacramento History Museum and Sacramento History Alliance. The ever-popular Old Sacramento Underground tours are now available seven days a week (through Labor Day) that include new archaeology exhibits and recently added sounds of 1860 street life in the hollow sidewalks. Earlier this year, weekend Gold Fever! tours were added where guests become part of the story and tour by taking on the persona of (often rascally) Gold Rush era characters. The new Gold Fever! tours depart from the newly renovated Sacramento Visitors Center (corner of 2nd & J) in Old Sacramento which provides reason enough to stop in for a visit.  Plus, during the month of June, a complimentary pass to visit the Sacramento History Museum will be provided to everyone who purchases a tour ticket (i.e. Old Sacramento Underground, Underground After Hours or Gold Fever! tours).

Deadheading at dusk

Deadheading at dusk

Join volunteers at the Historic City Cemetery’s Rose Garden for deadheading at dusk. We will be removing spent blooms from the many rosebushes and tidying up the garden which encourages repeat blooming of the roses in the garden. Tools and training will be provided, and light refreshments will be served. The workshop is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help support rose garden operations. Monday, June 5, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. till dark. Call (916) 448-0811 for more info.

The lost graves of New Helvetia

The lost graves of New Helvetia

New Helvetia, a beautiful Sacramento cemetery, possibly related to where Sutter did burials in the 1840s, was turned into a park (and later the site for Sutter Middle School). The “known” remains were unceremoniously removed to the Old City Cemetery, whereas almost 5,000 others were re-interred at East Lawn as “unknowns.” We’ll share their stories, from the famous to the “infamous” and speculate on what happened to their grave markers. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Call (916) 448-0811 for more info.

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been named a top 25 hospital for environmental excellence by Practice Greenhealth, a national group dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. In all, Kaiser Permanente received 16 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards. The Environmental Excellence Awards are given each year to honor environmental achievement in the health care sector. Kaiser Permanente has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for its sustainability work every year since the awards program began in 2002.

2016 "Calling All Dreamers" winners officially open oblivion comics & coffee shop

2016 "Calling All Dreamers" winners officially open oblivion comics & coffee shop

The winners of the 2016 Calling All Dreamers competition presented by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF) have officially opened a downtown Oblivion Comics & Coffee storefront. Centrally located in the downtown core and easily walkable from the State Capitol, Golden 1 Center and the Sacramento Convention Center, co-owners Laura Benson and Neil Estaris opened a 2,600 square foot storefront in May that is a fresh and new retail concept in the local market. In addition to an impressive comic book selection (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, Image and Valiant, to name a few) along with popular action figures and posters, Oblivion Comics & Coffee offers specialty coffee from Chocolate Fish plus pastries and artisan toast with vegan options.

Carmichael Park community band festival

Carmichael Park community band festival

Creative Students in Elk Grove Win Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest

Creative Students in Elk Grove Win Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest

Billboards around the Sacramento region are spreading a message about the dangers of smoking, and the artists behind the artwork are students. It's part of Kaiser Permanente’s “Don’t Buy the Lie” program now in its 24th year. Students throughout the Sacramento region were invited to design an anti-smoking message and submit the image for a chance at a $1,000 gift card and to have their design appear on dozens of billboards. This year, students in the Elk Grove Unified School district claimed both top prizes. The middle school winner was Kirin Vang from Toby Johnson Middle School. Her poster showed an image of a marionette on strings below two cigarettes. The message was “Don’t Let Your Addiction Control You.” The high school winning submission came from six students at Franklin High School, calling themselves “Team V:” Davion Clarke, Patrick Cunanan, Katrina Do, Tyrese Everett, Leann Kamaya and Darlene Tran. Their poster compared tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes.

What's Blooming?

What's Blooming?

Come join a one hour guided tour of the Hamilton Square Garden in the beautiful Historic City Cemetery, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. With 800 plus unusual Mediterranean perennial plants the garden has drought tolerant color all year long. Meet at the tenth street gate.

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. There is ample free street parking on surrounding streets. For more information, call 916-448-0811.

Automobile Museum celebrates Memorial Day with Vettes & Vets and American Muscle Car Show

Automobile Museum celebrates Memorial Day with Vettes & Vets and American Muscle Car Show

Hit the road to the California Automobile Museum on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29, 2017) for the 8th Annual Vettes & Vets and American Muscle Car Show sponsored by Performance Chevrolet.

The popular annual event celebrates America’s love for the automobile while honoring our country’s brave veterans and active duty military. All car owners and enthusiasts are encouraged to enter their vehicles – especially Corvettes, American “muscle cars” and military vehicles – in the show that takes place in a parking lot behind the Museum. At noon, the amazing cars on display will be judged in a variety of categories including a best-in-division award for each generation of Corvette.   

In addition to the eye-catching automobiles, attendees will be treated to a DJ spinning some classic summer tunes, military color guard and national anthem along with a barbecue lunch available for purchase.

Railroad Museum to showcase automobiles alongside locomotives with new “A World on Wheels” exhibit

Railroad Museum to showcase automobiles alongside locomotives with new “A World on Wheels” exhibit

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation – in partnership with the California Automobile Museum -- will debut an eye-catching and new “A World on Wheels” exhibit on Friday, May 26, 2017.  In addition, interested guests can enjoy a one-day-only Shuttle Train Ride to and from the two nearby museums (for a small fee) on Saturday, May 27, 2017. This special Shuttle Train will be pulled by the steam-powered Granite Rock 10 locomotive.

“A World on Wheels” Exhibit