TOP 20+ THINGS TO DO IN SACRAMENTO THIS WEEKEND WITH KIDS! OCTOBER 13TH – OCTOBER 14TH, 2018

Here’s some of our Top Picks for the Weekend of October 13th & 14th! Go to a vinyl fair, make a bird house out of a gourd, learn about seeds, take a kitten foster class, listen to the Sac Philharmonic at a free outdoor concert in DOCO, compost with worms, eat Russian food at the Russian Festival, enjoy some Lebanese food at the Middle Eastern Festival, take a polar plunge (kids free!), play zombie tag, learn how to compose music, make botanical blueprints, eat some gumbo, make some sugar skulls, listen to Polish guitar, watch a hockey game, see an existential play called Constellations, or take an easy, flat hike the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail… and more! This weekend will be amazing. Sunny for Saturday, with a high of 87, sunny for Sunday with a high of 86. Fall in love with fall! 

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SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH, 2018

Get street cred with your teen by taking them to the awesome Vinyl and Music Fair in Davis. The Armadillo Music and KDVS 90.3 FM Vinyl & Music Fair will feature vendors from all over California selling vinyl, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, equipment, and anything else you can imagine that is music related. This event is held twice a year, and has become one of the biggest and most popular vinyl events on the west coast. If you are looking for bargains, rare releases, or the unique, this event caters to vinyl fans at every level of collecting. Buyers are encouraged to bring lots of one and five-dollar bills and a bag. Free, plus cost of purchases (early admission $5). Sat. 9am – 4pm. Davis Senior Center. More info…

Run 5k along the American River to raise money for the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. Univera is hosting their 4th Annual American River 5k and the goal is to put on a fun race and walk to raise over $30,000 for the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento. The course is a beautiful combination of bike path and horse trails along the beautiful American River. There will also be a Halloween contest and fun activities for the kids. $37.50+. Sat. 9am. Sign-up in advance. Sacramento Bar, American River. More info…

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Public Tour. Yolo Basin Foundation invites members of the community to attend a free, guided tour of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area on the morning of Saturday, October 13. Docents will help visitors identify wildlife and provide information about the Wildlife Area. October can be an exciting month for birding in the Wildlife Area with fall migration bringing in a wide variety of species. The recent harvests of wild and white rice provides abundant feeding opportunities for seed, grain and insect-eaters. Red-winged Blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) flock these newly exposed crop fields and can be seen perched high on cattails and along the tops of trees. They produce a large range of distinct, metallic calls which fill the wetlands. The glossy black males have bright red and yellow shoulder patches. The females are a more subtle dark brown with crisp streaks. Participants may want to bring binoculars and water (there is no potable water on site). Docents will have spotting scopes to enhance wildlife viewing. This is a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and optional, short walks. Free. Sat. 9am – 12pm. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. More info…

Fun on the Farm: Seeds. Kids will explore the Youth Garden and the American River Ranch learning about seeds, what they are made of, how to grow and care for them, and why they are important. Participants will engage in various fun, educational activities, make a farm fresh snack, meet the farm chickens, and create something to take home. This is a child-focused (suggested Ages 3-9) farm experience. Registration is for children only, one adult may accompany each child. $15. Sat. 9:30am – 11:30am. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch. More info…

Koobs Nature Area Seasons Finale Event. This is the final public open day for the Koobs Nature Area in 2018. Come out and explore the Koobs Nature Area in the fall—they will also reflect on what it is like in the winter, spring, and summer. There will be activity tables for kids to create and learn about the Seasons. This wonderful natural treasure in the heart of Carmichael is run and maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. Free. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Koobs Nature Area. More info…

Behind the Scenes Smartphone Animal Photography Workshop. Have you ever wondered how to get the best shot you can? Join the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary as they discuss techniques for composition, exposure and focusing tips. After the tour, you’ll take photos in the zoo, participate in an image review session, and learn how to use photo editing apps and software to enhance their photos. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary animals will be the subjects for this up-close photography workshop where you will and learn about the animals’ lives before coming to the zoo, along with the history and goals of the zoo. Digital cameras welcome. Ages 16+. $55+. Sat. 10am – 2pm. Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. More info…

Storytime and activities featuring I Lost My Tooth! at Barnes & Noble. Mo Willems is back with another breakout beginning-reader series. This time, an ensemble cast of squirrels, acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza. Free. Sat. 11am. Barnes & Noble (Arden Fair, Natomas, Folsom, Roseville, and Citrus Heights). More info…

Cat and Kitten Foster Class. There is no room for kittens at the shelter and they are in need of new volunteers to give kittens a temporary home for several weeks.  Help Front Street foster kittens and cats. Next Kitten and Cat Foster Class is Saturday, October 13th from 10 am to 12 pm at the Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St, Sacramento, CA 95818. More info…

Zipline, Climb, and Explore at the Fall Harvest Festival, Opening Weekend at Quarry Park. Quarry Park Adventures will be launching the Fall Harvest Festival October 13 and 14. This weekend is the first opportunity the general public can visit the park. Quarry Park Adventures will be open on weekends and school holidays through the winter. Of course, your Premier Pass is valid anytime the park is open to the general public. $24.99+. Sat. 10am – 6pm (also Sun.) Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin. More info…

Arts In the Heart: A Celebration of Arts and Diversity in West Sacramento. The West Sacramento Community Center invites residents to kick off their weekend with family-friendly entertainment. Guests will be treated to a variety of entertainment, including music and dance performances, hands-on children’s and family art activities, food, music, an art reception, vendors, and informational booths. People itching to make art can participate in coloring and drawing part of a community mural themed around various cultural traditions including the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead. Families are also invited to work together to paint a calavera, also known as a sugar skull, as a take home memento of their day at Arts in the Heart. Local art commissioners will be voting on the best family created skull, treating a lucky family to bragging rights as winners of the inaugural art contest. In addition, with weather permitting, the sidewalk between the Community Center and Los Rios Community College will be transformed into a chalk art canvas. You can also enjoy dance performances by local dance groups, including the Community Center Jazz Dance and Tippy Toe Ballet classes, as well as a routine by the River City Dance Academy in the Black Box Theater. There will be an artist’s reception, a community altar where you can add a picture of your loved ones who have passed, and much more. A special event, indeed. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 10am – 1pm. West Sacramento Community Center. More info…

Kids can get a brain freeze for free. The second annual Sacramento Brain Freeze is a polar plunge style event to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society, which is dedicated to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumors. Fundraise for this important cause and experience live music, guest speakers, vendors, a silent auction, and so much more. When it’s time to freeze, you’ll run into the chilly waters of Lake Natoma as a culmination of your efforts! There are team and individual fundraising prizes and incentives. Teams and individuals are encouraged to wear their best costumes, bring all the spirit they have and get ready to plunge into Lake Natoma in celebration of all their hard work, promoting and fundraising for this urgent mission. Top team and top individual fundraisers will be acknowledged during the closing ceremony. Adults $30 (ends 10/11). $35 on day of. Kids 17 & under Free. Sat. 10am – 1pm. Nimbus Dam Recreation Area. More info…

October Encore in the Rose Garden. Spring isn’t the only time to visit the Historic Rose Garden in the Old City Cemetery. Many of the roses that early Sacramentans loved bloom again and again. Join curator Anita Clevenger to discover the old roses that take an encore in the fall, often with deeper colors and better flowers than earlier in the year. The group will stroll, snip and sniff roses to our hearts’ content in the midst of our beautiful, historic cemetery. Free. Sat. 10am. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery. More info, call: (916) 448-0811

Make a family date to honor a Vietnam War veteran in the family, and take the kids to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Anniversary Dedication Ceremony. Join in as the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500 marks the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park. Family, friends, fellow veterans and elected officials will gather for a memorial ceremony that will include the unveiling of new names added to the memorial wall. The memorial honors the service and sacrifice of California’s Vietnam veterans who were killed or missing in action, or who died from causes related to their service in Vietnam. The event is hosted by the California Veterans Benefit Fund, in collaboration with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 500, CalVet, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee. Following Saturday’s ceremony there will be a luncheon ($25) at VFW Post 67 (2784 Stockton Blvd.). Free. Sat. 10am. Pre-ceremony music starts at 10am, ceremony starts at 11am. California State Capitol Park. More info…

Take older kids and teens to the I Love Sugar Skull Workshop. Learn how to design and decorate your own calavera de azúcar (sugar skull) for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in one of three workshops led by Rob-O of I Love Sugar Skulls on Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Sessions require a minimum of 10 participants to proceed and $15.00 materials fee for pre-made sugar skull and royal icing. Also includes admission to “Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018,” featuring original work by Rob-O and other artists, and current exhibits. Advance registration by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 11 recommended. $15 fee includes admission to current exhibits. Sat. 11am – 4:30pm. The California Museum. More info…

Take teens to the Composting with Worms Workshop in Roseville. It’s easy, inexpensive, and fun to raise worms for composting. Learn how to transform food scraps and household waste into nutrient-rich soil using worms. Participants will create their own worm bin and learn how to care for it. Discover more about this exciting way to improve your organic fertilizer. Ages 16 & up. Roseville residents $20. Non-residents $23. Sat. 10am – 12pm. Roseville Utility Exploration Center. More info…

Take your teen to The Beanwhisperer at Oak Park Farmer’s Market. “Industry” is a collection of cooking classes in Sacramento designed to introduce you to how restaurant-industry professionals approach food. Everybody loves a bean but they can be tricksey fellows. Learn to never turn your back on this delicious and important protein source at this vegan-friendly show. Dave Nelson is a Sacramento native and chef on a mission to champion a food-centric lifestyle in a fun, and approachable way. Chef Dave brings years of kitchen and teaching experience to the Sacramento Region through “Industry,” a series razor-sharp live kitchen shows. Free. Sat. 10am – 11am. Oak Park Farmer’s Market. More info…

DOCO’s Second Saturday: Family On the Green. DOCO (Downtown Commons) has announced a series of fun and free On the Green pop-up activations happening in October on the inviting outdoor plaza adjacent to Golden 1 Center and surrounded by a mix of locally-owned and national retailers, restaurants, bars and other engaging businesses that will continue to open on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. Local families are invited to gather the kids for a fun, new activity on the Second Saturday of every month at DOCO plaza. The new monthly series kicks off with Bubble Soccer and Sumo Wrestling in October. Guests of all ages can suit up and compete to win fun prizes from DOCO retailers. Free. Sat. 10am – 12pm. DOCO on J St. More info…

Build a city at the Lego Block Party. Join the Franklin Library for their Lego Block Party! You bring your imagination and creativity and they’ll supply lots and lots of Duplo and Lego blocks to build with. This is a free program hosted the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Free. Sat. 10am – 3pm. Franklin Community Library. More info…

Gifts of the Earth. Learn about Sacramento’s native people and how plants and animals played a role in the lives of the Maidu people at Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Free, $5 parking. Sat. 10:30am – 11:30am. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Rio Velo: A Sacramento Bicycle Festival! Get excited about biking at this free celebration designed to attract the recreational rider, seasoned cyclist or casual observer. Rio Velo showcases what makes cycling an amazing activity for people of all ages. Located at Township 9 Park, it offers the opportunity to explore the benefits of bicycling, active transportation and healthy living in the setting of our beautiful American River urban waterfront. The event will have live music, daredevil stunt riding sure to impress the kids, bike rodeo and bike safety training, electric bike test rides and SactoMoFo food and brew. Township 9 Park is located at the north end of North 7th Street (at Vine Street) along the American River in the River District. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Township 9 Bike Park. More info…

Community Day at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. All ages are invited for a day of play at the Sacramento Adventure Playground. Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, plus household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. The Playground is a fun and safe environment where children can use their imagination and creativity to direct their own play. The Sacramento Adventure Playground is open rain or shine. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Sacramento Adventure Playground. More info…

Russian Festival. Join in for the 5th Annual Russian Festival in the heart of Downtown Sacramento. At this event, you will have the opportunity to experience the different wonderful aspects of Russian Culture. There will be traditional food, dance, music, and art, as well as a crafts and activities area for children. There will be Russian souvenirs, Russian literature, and original art for sale. The Holy Ascension Church is happy to welcome the greater community of Sacramento to share in this unique experience and enjoy Russian culture. Adults $5, Students $3, Kids under 12 Free. Sat. 11am – 5pm. Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church. More info…

Make a bird house out of a gourd at the free workshop honoring the exhibit Anne Frank: Her Photos. Her Story. The Diary of Anne Frank has been translated to 70 different languages. The Exhibit “Anne Frank: Her Photos. Her Story.” is a combination of two exhibits from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect: “Anne Frank, a history for today” and “Anne Frank, a private photo album.” Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. Mills Station Arts & Culture Center in Rancho Cordova. More info…

Drop by the colorful, geometric art exhibit: Reaction of Rhythm and Distant Shores at JAYJAY Gallery. Mark L. Emerson is a Sacramento favorite, and a master at making paint shift and vibrate in these new well-planned rectangles. This body of work is completely up tempo and energizing, as these smaller sized works confront us with superb color compositions which actually sing. Emerson received his MFA from UC Davis, and his work is found in collections locally, including the Crocker Museum, American River College, and Sacramento City College, among others. Dean DeCocker is a brilliant sculptor who champions the modern in his elegant, funny, graceful, and streamline executions, and is making his return to JAYJAY. You will see several wall-mounted architecturally constructed marvels, with some free-standing works as well. His work continues to reference the aeronautical in its modern sweeps and underlying structure. Free. Sat. 11am – 4pm. JAYJAY Gallery. More info…

10th Annual Antelope Crossing Spooktacular in Citrus Heights. A Halloween event featuring family-friendly entertainment and activities for both kids and adults. You can see live acts on the stage, shop the craft and vendor fair, play Midway Carnival games, get free raffle tickets, have your face painted and participate in other fun experiences. Don’t miss the highlight of the day, the Kid’s Costume Contest at 1:30pm. Free. Sat. 11am – 3pm. Summerhills Plaza in Citrus Heights. More info…

Nichiren Buddhist Church Fall Food Sale. Fall Food Sale items include agesushi, barasushi, bento, curry rice, ruby’s chicken salad, spam musubi, teriyaki beef sandwich, teriyaki chicken, and udon. The church will also be selling a large selection of Japanese-language books and a limited selection of rummage sale items. Free, cost of purchases. Sat. 11am – 2pm. Sacramento Nichiren Buddhist Church. More info…

Take older teens to the Progressive Game Jam 5. The Sacramento Developer Collective and Square One Clubs are once again hosting this year’s Progressive Game Jam. They’ll provide guidance and mentoring and a place to meet once a month for the next nine months. The Progressive Game Jam is a nine-month long game jam where you work with a dedicated team on a single video game. The goal is to build as complete a video game as possible in that time, and to gain valuable development skills, and learn just what it takes to make a full video game. The Sacramento Developer Collective and Square One Clubs are dedicated to helping you along the way by providing guidance, mentorship, and support to help you achieve your goal. All skills are welcome, whether you are a programmer, artist, level designer, sound engineer, storyteller, or simply just want to help provide ideas for a game. That includes all skill-levels from novice to expert, or maybe you are just learning and looking for a great place to start. Free. Sat. 11am – 6pm. Square One Clubs, Sacramento. More info…

Community Fun Day. Five of Sacramento’s major community organizations are coming together to create an unforgettable, all-ages Community Fun Day at Maple Neighborhood Center! Fairytale Town’s Sacramento Adventure Playground, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc., Powerhouse Science Center, 916 Ink, and the Crocker Art Museum are partnering for a day of science, technology, art, engineering, play, creativity, and, most of all fun. There will be music, scavenger hunts, fort building, hands-on art projects, word games, mud play, tree climbing, poetry-making, imaginative play, resource booths, and food. Free. Sat. 12pm – 4pm. Maple Neighborhood Center. More info…

Check out Spooky Magic with Magician Mike della Penna at Ella K. McClatchy Library. Free. Sat. 12pm – 1pm. More info…

Art for Families. Do you want a fun, creative outlet for you and your kids on selected weekend afternoons? Head to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for some hands-on, quality together time with your child or grandchild (ages 5+). Work together or separately with your child. Master artists and instructors will demonstrate and assist. All materials provided. $5 donation appreciated. Sat. 1pm – 3pm. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. More info…

Haunted Afternoon Art at the Library. Join artist Julia Stagg at the library where she will teach you the techniques to create a fun work of art to display at home. Using black crayons, watercolors, and your imagination, you will create a beautiful (or spooky!) silhouette scene. All supplies will be provided. For Ages 8-19. Free. Sat. 2pm – 3pm. North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library. More info…

Clay Exploration with Creative Arts & Music Center at Sacramento Children’s Museum. Enjoy a free-sculpting session with Red Clay, courtesy of the Creative Arts & Music Center of Granite Bay. They will be hosting a clay exploration station in the Art Studio from 2-4:30, so stop by to invent and create your own miniature sculptures, and then paint your finished product. Be ready to bring your project home to dry, and display it for all of your friends to see. What a great exercise for the mind, and for those busy little fingers. Free with museum admission. Sat. 2pm – 4:30pm. Sacramento Children’s Museum. More info…

Take older kids to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A love so right, a world so wrong. A pair of star-crossed lovers takes the stage, on a set inspired by the original venue in which the world first heard the famous words in Shakespeare’s passionate and tragic tale of warring families and young love. $5+. Sat. 7:30pm. Cosumnes River College Theatre. More info…

Kids 10 & up can participate in the City of Elk Grove Zombie Tag. In this live action zombie tag game, the undead will chase those seeking shelter at several designated checkpoints. Fortunately, the zombies are only fellow participants, who “infect” the living by tagging them. The first survivors to make it back to headquarters receive prizes. This year the City of Elk Grove has added a special treat for everyone — following zombie tag, there will be a screening The Nightmare Before Christmas. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars. Zombie Tag $5, Movie Screening Free. Sat. 3:30pm – 7pm. Registration Sat. 3:30pm. Starts at 5pm. The Nightmare Before Christmas screening is at 7pm. Elk Grove Regional Park. More info…

Take older teens to learn how to write music. Join the Library of MusicLandria for Intro to Musical Notation: Read and Write Music, an informal, hands-on workshop that will give you the basic knowledge you need to get started with standard Western musical notation — i.e. reading & writing music. This event will cover treble and bass clef notation, basic rhythm notation, key and time signatures, and try the opportunity to try your hand at reading and transcribing simple melodies. Bring a writing surface if you can (a notebook would work great). $10 suggested donation, registration required. Sat. 4pm – 5pm. The Library of Musiclandria. More info…

Go to a free symphony orchestra concert: Symphony d’Oro: Heroes. Symphony d’Oro Rancho Cordova (formerly the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra) with Pete Nowlen, conductor/music director, invites you to join them in Heroes concert, honoring all who make a positive difference in our world. This concert presents violinist Chase Spruill performing Vivaldi’s Autumn (from The Four Seasons) and Dvorak’s Humoresque. Also featured are Beethoven’s Eight Symphony and works by Mendelsohn, Gordon Jacob, and Harry Thacker Burleigh. SORC is an all-volunteer community orchestra. This SORC concert will benefit the Cordova Community Food Locker’s Annual Turkey Drive. Free. Sat. 4pm – 6pm. River City Christian Church. More info…

Celebrate the Fall Fest in El Dorado Hills. A free family-friendly event at the El Dorado Hills Town Center West includes live music, a classic car show, food trucks, carnival games, bounce houses, a costume contest, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and a wine bar/beer station. Free. Sat. 4pm – 8pm. El Dorado Hills Town Center West. More info…

You Are Art: Costume Party and Reception. At “You Are Art: LRCFT Costume Party & Reception” you can become your favorite masterpiece (costume optional). Meet the union staff and fellow members. Free. Sat. 6pm – 8pm. Union Hall Gallery. More info…

Listen to Polish piano and guitar music by Duo Klavitarre. Celebrate Polish Heritage Month with a concert by Duo Klavitarre. This internationally known Polish couple delights audiences with their piano and guitar arrangements of Chopin, Bach, and Mozart, as well as original modern compositions. For one night only they will grace the stage of the Polish American Community Hall. General $20. Sat. 6pm – 9pm. Polish American Community Hall. More info…

Watch an exciting game of ice hockey. The Stockton Heat hockey team goes up against San Jose Barracuda. Get fired up for the return of Hispanic Heritage Night, where the Stockton Heat will help celebrate our proud Hispanic roots in the San Joaquin County. $15+. Sat. 6pm. Stockton Arena. More info…

Ghost Tours: Mayhem in the Museum. Join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time. Beware of wayward miners, murder victims, and other colorful Gold Rush characters. Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived — and died — in this fair city. Tours are recommended for Ages 8+. $15. Sat. 6:30pm – 9pm. Sacramento History Museum. More info…

Cheer on the Sacramento State Hornets women’s volleyball team as they challenge Weber State. It’s Kids Day too! Sat. 7pm. More info…

Get pumped up to watch a live soccer game!  Watch our very own Sacramento Republic FC battle it out with the Las Vegas Lights. Always a great time. Sat. 7:30pm. Papa Murphy’s Park. More info… 

Take teen instrumentalists to hear the delightful Mendocino Quartet in Davis. Featuring four-part harmonies, the quartet includes long-time collaborators Steven Bates, David Hayes, Gwyneth Moreland, and Gene Parsons playing contemporary and traditional folk music. Each writes songs, sings, and plays guitar, among other instruments. Each has recorded and performed solo and with other musicians, ranging from Michael Jackson-collaborator Bill Bottrell (Bates) to Foxglove (Moreland), Morrison and Jesse Colin Young (Hayes), and the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers (Parsons). As a duo, Hayes and Parsons played a sold-out concert at the Odd Fellows in September 2016. Moreland has also performed in Davis several times. Last year the Mendocino Quartet, which takes their name from their home county on California’s North Coast, released their first CD, Way Out There.  $20. Sat. 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Old Fellows Hall in Davis. More info…

Take older kids to see Julie Fowlis, a celebrated Gaelic singer, perform at the Mondavi Center. For an artist who will forever be known for “Touch the Sky,” the stirring theme song from the Disney/Pixar film Brave, Julie Fowlis is anything but a one-hit wonder. Fowlis, a native of the Outer Hebrides, is one of the preeminent modern interpreters of traditional Gaelic songs and a deeply knowledgeable scholar of Highland and Gaelic culture. Her latest album, alterum, is a continued exploration of those storied traditions and further evidence of her unique gift. $25+. Discounts available for youth & students. Sat. 8pm. Mondavi Center in Davis. More info…

Star-gazing on Saturday night… Uranus, the ice giant, rises during twilight and climbs 30° above the eastern horizon by 9:30 p.m. local daylight time. The magnitude 5.7 planet lies in the southwestern corner of Aries, 10° due south of the Ram’s second-brightest star, 3rd-magnitude Beta (β) Arietis. Although Uranus glows brightly enough to see with the naked eye under a dark sky, binoculars make the task much easier. A telescope reveals the planet’s blue-green disk, which spans 3.7″. [astronomy.com] Take a trip out to the free Community Observatory in Placerville and see the universe through their giant telescopes. More info…

 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14TH, 2018

Go for a kid-friendly hike on the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail in Folsom and enjoy the splendor of autumn in the sun. Find the picturesque Jim Konopka Volunteer Bridge. 

Single Mom Strong’s Mother and Child Hike On Auburn’s Quarry Trail. Join Single Mom Strong on their annual hike. This gorgeous trail is wide and smooth and fairly level with the exception of the last bit up to to the quarry. Walk along the river where the historic railway once traveled and end up at a stunning amphitheater of carved limestone. This great hike along the Middle Fork of the American River ends in a spectacular amphitheater of sheer limestone walls rising around you. Enjoy the natural beauty of the American River canyon and also pass by an enormous cave that was the site of both paleontologic excavations and more mining activities. The trail is wide and smooth and follows the path of the old railway that was used to carry out the limestone. They will leave from Brookfields on Taylor Rd. in Roseville promptly at 7:30am, Sun. More info…

Find some treasures at the Sacramento Antique Faire. 300 vendors from California, Nevada, and other neighboring states will be selling antiques and collectibles that are 20 years and older. Vintage clothing, military antiques, art, jewelry, lighting, glassware, silver, toys, furniture, and so much more can be found. This event is held every 2nd Sunday of the month, rain or shine. Kids 16 & under free, Adults $3. Sun. 6:30am – 3pm. 21st & X St. More info…

The Carmichael Park Farmers Market is hosting the Falling Leaf Craft Festival. This free event includes artisan & craft good, organic produce, a pumpkin decorating and carving contest, a doggy costume contest, live music and more. Free. Sun. 9am – 2pm. Carmichael Park. More info…

Imagine the possibilities of your backyard at the Sacramento Home and Garden Show. The Sacramento Home and Garden Shows in March and October every year are the events thousands of consumers enjoy for getting answers and building their dreams. Over 200 home and garden vendors make one stop shopping so easy at the Sacramento Home and Garden Show. You can spend your time getting to know the experts for your home renovation. Additional features include a wine garden and a full slate of speakers who are experts in their field. Meet the pros and learn in a casual atmosphere. Kids 12 & under Free. General $7, or $6 with a canned food donation. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also open Fri. & Sat.). Cal Expo. More info…

Davis Art Studio Tour. Grab family friends and plan an art filled weekend. Join Davis Arts Center’s celebration of 19 local artists on the Davis Art Studio Tour. This year the family-friendly tour will feature 19 Davis-based artists. Visit with artists and gain added insight of the work and the artistic process. Before going on the Tour, preview the work of each artist by viewing the Davis Art Studio Tour Exhibition in the Tsao Gallery at Davis Arts Center. The exhibition is open through October 26. Kids 12 & under Free. General $10. Sun. 10am – 5pm (also open Fri. & Sat.). More info…

Make Botanical Blueprints at Pence Gallery in Davis. Beautiful blue cyanotype prints are fun and easy to make. You don’t need to be an artist to get amazing results. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn all the basics of this magical alternative photo technique. Using light-sensitive chemicals, you’ll expose prints in the sun and process them in water. By the time you leave, you’ll have 4 deep blue 8 x 10 sunprints and the know-how to create more at home. Bring an assortment of your favorite plants and interesting flat objects to make prints that are uniquely yours. Pressed plants and flowers work really well. All materials are supplied by the instructor. This class is designed for all levels kids 12 and over are welcome. $90+ (parents do not need to purchase a ticket). Sun. 10am. Pence Gallery in Davis. More info…

California Freethought Day Festival. The 17th Annual California Freethought Day Festival will combine the fun and festivity of a fair with the education and activism of a conference. Featuring speakers, entertainers, music, food, prizes, a “family fun zone,” vendors, exhibits, panels, art, and tons of fun. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 5:30pm. California State Capitol Park. More info…

American Lebanese and Middle Eastern Music and Food Festival. The festival attracts over 1,800 people from all parts of Sacramento and Northern California who come together to celebrate the best in Lebanese and Middle Eastern food and culture. Experience authentic Lebanese and Middle Eastern food, desserts, music, dance, traditional dance, henna tattoos and a kids’ zone. Kids under 2 Free, General $3. Sun. 11am – 7pm (also Sat.). Our Lady of the Rosary in Carmichael. More info…

Gumbo & Jambalaya Music Festival & Little Miss Beignet Pageant. Eat gumbo at this family-friendly event with live music and activities for kids. Free, cost of purchases. Sun. 11am – 5pm. Miller Regional Park. More info…

Candy Science. Head to Design Lab where you will be challenged to build a structure using only gum drops and toothpicks. Every visitor (12 and under) will  receive a goodie bag and experiments to take home. Free with admission. Sun. (and Sat.) 12pm – 4pm. Powerhouse Science Center. More info…

Going Batty. Explore the mysteries of bats at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and discover why these creatures are so misunderstood. Free, $5 parking. Space is limited, arrive 30mins early. Sun. 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Effie Yeaw Nature Center. More info…

Sacramento Spooky Halloween River Cruise. Does your child like to wear their Halloween Costume all month? Or maybe they have more than one? For three weekends in October, Hornblower will be offering a fun, family-friendly Halloween river cruise. Spend one hour cruising along the Sacramento River as the evening creeps in with the chilling sounds of background Halloween-themed music. Take the kids to color spooky Halloween-themed sheets or stop and have your faces painted. As you disembark, children will receive a fun Halloween party favor. Activities include: One-hour yacht cruise on the Sacramento River, Scenic Sacramento views, Halloween coloring/activity sheets for kids, Background Halloween-themed music. Kids 3 & under Free. $8.96+. Sun. 1:30pm & 3pm (also on Sat.) L Street Dock, Sacramento. More info…

Take older teens to the existential play: Constellations. Suppose that life exists in a multiverse — a set of parallel existences that contain infinitely different futures. The possibilities in our lives are, quite literally, endless. Every possible event that could happen, does happen, in one universe or another. And if two lovers meet — are drawn together in every version of existence — every possible happy ending and heartbreak that could befall them, will. Marianne, a physicist, and Roni, a beekeeper, meet at a party. They hit it off, and go for a drink. Or perhaps they dont. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. Perhaps Marianne is engaged to someone else, perhaps Roni is. Perhaps they come together and their love story can finally take root and grow, or perhaps it will be tragically cut short. Nick Paynes beautiful play, Constellations, explores how even the smallest change in our lives can dramatically alter the course we take. It is a spellbinding exploration of love, science, quantum theory, and infinite possibility for heartbreak or for hope. This play is recommended for audiences Ages 14+. $16+. Sun. 2pm (also Fri. & Sat.) Geery Theatre. More info…

West Side Story. West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Leonard Bernstein is often considered Broadway’s finest, its songs a part of the nation’s musical heritage. And the dancing, originally staged by Jerome Robbins, is remarkable. $10+. Sun. 2pm (also on Fri. & Sat.) American River College Theatre. More info…

Mesmerize older kids with beautiful and haunting chamber music at The Great Composers Chamber Music Series: The Empire Strikes Back at Harris Center. Susan Lamb Cook gathers together musicians from around the country to present exciting and engaging performances of some of the greatest chamber music ever written. The Great Composers Chamber Music Series includes violinist Ian Jesse, violist István Polónyi, pianist Gayle Blankenburg, and cellist Susan Lamb Cook. This event, “The Empire Strikes Back,” showcases music from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including works by Beethoven, Dohnányi, and Brahms. Just check out this video to see Susan Lamb Cook in action. General $25-35. Students $20, Kids 12 & under $15. Sun. 2pm. Harris Center for the Arts. More info…

Take musical teens to the Crocker Classical Concert Series: Leslie Sandefur. In honor of the exhibition Duane Michals: The Portraitist, which showcases the photographer’s keen ability to capture personalities with images, soprano Leslie Sandefur will perform operatic music known to express character through music. An award-winning lyric soprano noted for her rich and full voice, Sandefur has performed throughout the United States, including at the San Francisco Opera and Carnegie Hall. The program will include works by Mozart, Puccini, and Richard Strauss. For more than 50 years, the Crocker has proudly presented its Classical Concert Series, a monthly concert featuring the finest musicians and singers from around the region and across the world. Performances are 60-minute concerts with no intermission and draw a connection to the art on view at the Museum and offer audiences a chance to hear a variety of classical music, from Baroque to contemporary. Performers are selected by the Crocker’s Classical Concert Music Board based on experience, quality of a proposed program, and, most importantly, talent and musicianship. In advance of the Classical Concert, enjoy a docent-led tour of select works from the exhibition Duane Michaels: The Portraitist, plus portraits from the Crocker’s permanent collection, to help put the music in context with the art. Prelude Tours are open to all visitors. $10+. Sun. 3pm – 4pm. Crocker Art Museum. More info…

DOCO’s Concerts On the Green. DOCO (Downtown Commons) is proud to announce a series of fun and free On the Green pop-up activations happening in October on the inviting outdoor plaza adjacent to Golden 1 Center and surrounded by a mix of locally owned and national retailers, restaurants, bars and other engaging businesses that will continue to open on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. The community is invited to relax and enjoy soothing sounds at DOCO plaza on Sunday afternoons while listening to rotating Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera ensembles ranging from traditional to experimental classical music. Free. Sun. 3pm – 5pm. DOCO on J St. More info…

Listen to an incredible, world-renowned flute player. Globally renowned as the ultimate interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends musical boundaries. His uniquely expressive interpretations span an extensive range of genres, from classical masterworks to high-profile commissions. He has also collaborated on film soundtracks such as The Lord of the Rings and partnered with such popular artists as Stevie Wonder and Sir Elton John. The diversity of Galway’s repertoire reflects his impressive musical range and has served to establish him as an artist of the very highest stature. Michael McHale on piano. $$27.50+. Sun. 7pm. Mondavi Center in Davis. More info…

Star-gazing on Sunday night… Saturn stands 1.5° to the left of the waxing crescent Moon this evening. The two lie 20° above the southwestern horizon at the end of twilight and remain on view until after 10 p.m. local daylight time. The ringed planet shines at magnitude 0.5 this week, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. If you own a telescope, there’s no better target than Saturn. Even the smallest instrument shows Saturn’s 16″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 37″ and tilts 27° to our line of sight. [astronomy.com] Take a trip out to the free Community Observatory in Placerville and see the universe through their giant telescopes. More info…

 

Plan Ahead…

Join the first-ever girls firefighters camp organized by local Sacramento fire agencies! The Sacramento Area Girls Fire Camp takes place on Nov. 3rd – 4th (9am – 5pm) and is open to girls in the 9th – 12th grades. They’ll get instruction from women firefighters, hands-on learning with special tools and equipment, basic first aid and CPR experience, and learn about all of their career options. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. Sactown Kids highly recommends this program. More info…

Die-hard Sac Republic FC fans can get early tickets for the 2018 USL Playoffs, Round 1! Kickoff is Sat. Oct. 20th. Go Sac Republic! More info…

Have a teen thespian? Take them to audition for Acme Theatre’s two winter productions The Burials and The Mythology Project. Actors of color, actors with disabilities, and trans & non-binary actors are encouraged to audition. No previous experience necessary.  Auditions are open to all actors in 9th- 12th grade. More info…

Find yourself strangely child-free next week Thursday at lunchtime?

Check out the eccentric ZOFO Piano Duo in a free concert at the Ann E. Pitzer Center in Davis (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert). These two have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This GRAMMY-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble—one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets—is blazing a bold new path for four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year. Against an ever-changing backdrop of contemporary paintings, 15 new ZOFO-commissioned duet compositions are revealed throughout continuous performance. Free. Thurs. Oct. 18th. More info (and video preview) here…

 

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Happy Adventuring!

xo, sabrina : )

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