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NEWS BRIEFS: Firefighters in route to Ventura County

Campus firefighters were headed out this morning (Dec. 5) as part of the response to a wind-whipped wildfire that erupted Monday in Ventura County and grew to 45,000 acres overnight.

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Delta Caucus town hall challenges financial feasibility of Delta Tunnels

Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) begin the town hall on the Delta Tunnels in Walnut Grove. Photo by Dan Bacher. |  

By Dan Bacher |  December 6, 2017 |  
On the morning of November 30, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) and Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) held a town hall in Walnut Grove that examined the financial feasibility of the Delta Tunnels and discussed related issues, including the recent report by the State Auditor Elaine Howle's Office that documented the project's major cost over-runs and mismanagement.
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What we’ve learned: first month

The Kings are currently 23 games into the season, meaning roughly one quarter of the 2017-18 campaign is already in the books... Read More

The ‘Clydes’ are here to make some deliveries

Some of our favorite guests are here again: 10 Budweiser Clydesdales (and two Dalmatians), staying the week at our Horse Barn. They’re not parade-bound, as is often the case when they stop here. Instead, the team of horses will pull the Budweiser wagon to make beer deliveries — real deliveries — in Folsom, Sacramento and Davis, and to the UC Davis Pavilion!

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Midtown Farmers Market offers fresh, fun & festive ways to celebrate in December

Midtown Farmers Market offers fresh,  fun & festive ways to celebrate in December

In addition to the “12 Days of Midtown” happening throughout the district from December 1 through 12, the Midtown Association (MA) is pleased to present a robust offering of fresh fruit, produce and locally-made gourmet items plus special holiday related activities on Saturdays in December 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.  As a highlight, a crowd-favorite activity is an entertaining cooking or tasting demonstration on the first Saturday of each month presented by a talented Midtown chef or business owner and is sponsored by University of the Pacific, Sacramento Campus. The year-round market takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (adjusted winter hours) on 20th between J and K Streets.*  

Auto Museum on track with new NorCal’s Fastest Exhibit that debuts December 2

Auto Museum on track with new NorCal’s Fastest Exhibit that debuts December 2

The California Automobile Museum is proud to present an all new exhibit titled NorCal’s Fastest: From Grassroots to the Professional that showcases compelling stories of the instrumental individuals who have been involved in Northern California’s racing culture past and present. Debuting on Saturday, December 2, 2017, the purpose of the new exhibit is to highlight the often underrated culture of Northern California racing – done on rugged back-road dirt tracks as well as slick and fast road courses – and the colorful characters who make Northern California one of the most successful regions in the automotive racing world.

Railroad Museum welcomes Union Pacific’s newly unveiled locomotive on salute to the military tour

Railroad Museum welcomes Union Pacific’s newly unveiled locomotive on salute to the military tour

As part of a multi-state Salute to Military tour and in collaboration with UPVETS -- a Union Pacific employee resource group dedicated to veterans –- Union Pacific, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to pay tribute to the United States armed forces by showcasing the newly unveiled UP No.1943  locomotive on Wednesday, November 29 at 10 a.m. that will include a brief ceremony and community celebration.  The locomotive will be on display outdoors on the Railroad Museum's turntable located on very west end of Museum nearest Sacramento Southern Railroad tracks in Old Sacramento State Historic Park Railroad (behind the Sacramento History Museum).

Sacramento Area Museums Get Into the Holiday Spirit in December!

Sacramento Area Museums Get Into the Holiday Spirit in December!

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, 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. In December, many of the nearly 30 members of Sacramento Area Museums (SAM) are featuring a number of holiday-related events and activities, a sampling of which includes the following:

Twinkling Tractors at the California Agriculture Museum – Now thru December

Think big, shop small…community encouraged to visit the urban core during Small Business Saturday

Think big, shop small…community encouraged to visit the urban core during Small Business Saturday

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Midtown Association, R Street Sacramento Partnership, City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) are joining efforts to share exciting information about a variety of special Small Business Saturday activities, offerings and amenities available for holiday shoppers on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Helping to make shopping in Sacramento’s urban core even more fun and convenient than ever, the City of Sacramento is offering free metered parking on Small Business Saturday (and on weekdays after 4:30 p.m. and all day on weekends through December 24, 2017). Plus, new this year, SacRT is offering free “shopping shuttle” service (with stops/pick-ups every 20 minutes) that will operate from 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and take shoppers throughout midtown, downtown, along R Street and in Old Sacramento on Saturday, November 25, 2017 only.

“12 Days of Midtown” in December highlights festive & fun ways to celebrate the season

“12 Days of Midtown” in December highlights festive & fun ways to celebrate the season

Committed to fostering a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core, the Midtown Association is pleased to present another season of “12 Days of Midtown” where local businesses and organizations offer celebratory events, activities and specials to encourage visitors to spend time in Midtown this season.

“Amid a thriving urban environment, the holidays offer a perfect opportunity to explore, discover and/or revisit Midtown,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Association. “With so many locally owned businesses and eateries, guests to Midtown can take great pride in supporting the community while engaging in festive activities while finding unique gift items along the way.”

Throughout the first 12 days of December, Midtown guests can experience something extra special each day, a sampling of which includes the following: