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Railroad Museum presents “Trains & Tripods” photo opportunity & lighting seminar on May 12-13

Railroad Museum presents “Trains & Tripods” photo opportunity & lighting seminar on May 12-13

Lights, camera, action! California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a two-part “Trains & Tripods Photo Opportunity & Lighting Seminar” for photographers on Friday evening, May 12 and Saturday morning, May 13, 2017.

In partnership with Mike’s Camera, the unique program starts with an optional, fast-paced and information-packed seminar about existing light photography on Friday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. that will be conducted by former Sacramento Bee photographer and Canon USA Digital Learning Center Instructor Dave Henry. Then on Saturday morning, a photographers-only “bring your own tripod” photo workshop will take place inside the visually-enticing museum from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (before it opens to the public for the day). Photographers of all skill levels can choose to attend one or both of the activities.
 

Midtown offers fresh, fun & fanciful 2nd Saturday stops in May

Midtown offers fresh, fun & fanciful 2nd Saturday stops in May

A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month. Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, participating in hands-on activities, meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and more.  On Saturday, May 13, 2017, a sampling of the offerings presented by Midtown galleries and businesses include the following:

Railroad Museum encourages interested volunteers to attend special open house on May 13

Railroad Museum encourages interested volunteers to attend special open house on May 13

Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park (SHP) are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. For those interested, a special, drop-in Volunteer Open House is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery located at 111 I Street in Old Sacramento (next door to the California State Railroad Museum). Volunteer applications are being accepted now through May 17 and will be followed by an interview process. The next Docent Training session is scheduled to begin on June 3.

CDPH participates in prescription drug Take-Back Day

Apr. 26, 2017 - The California Department of Public Health announced that consumers who have prescription drugs that are no longer needed or are expired can dispose of them safely on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 29... Read More

Pioneers in Petticoats

Pioneers in Petticoats

Coming to California in the mid-1850s in a covered wagon was not a luxury vacation. As women and children walked (not rode) across the plains, they picked up buffalo dung to use for fuel, and had not bathrooms or running water. Hear their own experiences ripped from diaries written by our pioneer ancestors. Definitely not a weaker sex…

Come enjoy a spring stroll through Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery for this enjoyable and educational tour. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway. Free parking is available on surrounding streets. For more information, call (916) 448-0811.

Auto Museum celebrates 30 years with rides in fire trucks, 30 cent ice cream & more!

Auto Museum celebrates 30 years with  rides in fire trucks, 30 cent ice cream & more!

The California Automobile Museum – which first opened on May 1, 1987 – is recognizing 30 years of history, art and technology with a special celebration on Saturday, May 6, 2017 that includes rides in historic fire trucks from the 1920s to the 1960s, 30 cent ice cream, a children’s story time activity, and more! Rides are offered 10 a.m. to noon and again 1 to 3 p.m.  Rides in historic fire trucks are free (although a donation of $5 is suggested)

These special activities are made possible by participation from involved community organizations such as the Sacramento Fire Museum, Shriner’s Hospital Fire Brigade, West Sacramento Fire Department, City of Davis Centennial, Firefighters Burn Institute, Sacramento Fire Department and the Sacramento Fire Reserves.

Midtown Farmers Market heats up in May with summer on the way

Midtown Farmers Market heats up in May with summer on the way

With summer just around the corner, the Midtown Association (MA) is pleased to announce exciting special activities happening in May at the popular and thriving Midtown Farmers Market. Proudly sponsored by Sutter Health, the Midtown Farmers Market offers up to 90 farmer, grower and vendor booths bursting with fresh fruit, produce, and gourmet or locally made goods each week.  The year-round market takes place on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 20th Street from J Street to Kayak Alley.*  

In addition to a convenient bike valet – perfectly timed for National Bike Month in May and presented in partnership with Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates – guests to the Midtown Farmers Market can enjoy the following:

Harvego Restaurant Group announces season opening of outdoor dining

Harvego Restaurant Group announces season opening of outdoor dining

Known for their commitment to quality and offering unparalleled dining experiences, Harvego Restaurant Group (HRG) is celebrating the season by opening Ten22’s spectacular Garden Patio on Thursday, April 27 and The Firehouse’s award-winning Courtyard on Friday, April 28, 2017.

To make the outdoor dining seasonal openings even more appealing, the popular restaurants are offering specials – in addition to their normal lunch menus – that include the following:

Ten22
Known for its welcoming ambiance and focus on locally sourced ingredients, Ten22 is offering an Opening Day Garden Patio two-person special on Thursday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. that includes a Caesar salad, house-made pizza to share and two mouth-watering desserts for only $25. Additionally, Ten22 offers 24 draft beers and an impressive wine list for interested guests. Advance reservations are suggested.

The Firehouse

Midtown’s massive saber battle returns bigger and brighter

Midtown’s massive saber battle returns bigger and brighter

Science fiction fans in Sacramento won’t have to use a mystical force to have a good time when Saber Battle rolls through Midtown on Thursday night, May 4, 2017 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Massive fan-run events in cities from coast to coast have brought together generations of fans to participate in massive saber battles, watch swordplay masters show off expert moves, and dress up as their favorite sci-fi movie characters at a themed party in cities across North America. This May, the fun returns to Midtown Sacramento.   

In partnership with the Midtown Association and Visit Sacramento, the fan group Newmindspace aims to bring the fun and free community event, martial arts spectacle, and thousands of glowing sabers to fans of all ages. In December 2015, the group broke the world record for Largest Global Light Sword battle, and this spring aims even higher.

Give where your heart is...museums go big for Day of Giving

Give where your heart is...museums go big for Day of Giving

The dedicated and diverse Sacramento area museum community is gearing up for the 2017 Big Day of Giving scheduled for Thursday, May 4, 2017, in hopes local contributors will choose to support their endeavors during this special giving challenge. For the past few years, more than $16 million has been raised for local nonprofits from throughout the region, state, country and world.

The Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long. For the 2017 Big Day of Giving, a dozen Sacramento Area Museum members are participating in this collaborative effort that is focused locally but extends globally, including: