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Catch gold fever during interactive and fun new tours in Old Sac

Catch gold fever during interactive and fun new tours in Old Sac

Starting April 1, guests to Old Sacramento can experience what it was like to catch gold fever while getting actively involved in the intriguing and new Gold Fever! guided tours.

Each tour guest has the unique opportunity to take on the persona of a character in history – or a “real-life rascal” – who scratched and clawed their way to make this area the center of the Gold Rush. Never the same tour twice, the all new Gold Fever! tours relive Sacramento’s early days when gold fever ruled amid horrible disasters that threatened fates and fortunes. To spice things up even more, elements of chance are introduced that could change the fate of tour guests. Through the course of the lively tours that meander through Old Sacramento, visitors find out if they successfully escaped the many floods, if they managed to keep their gold dust (or lose it all at the gambling tables) and if they survived the fires, disease and occasional steamboat explosion.

Midtown Farmers Market gets growing along with new season launch on April 1

Midtown Farmers Market gets growing along with new season launch on April 1

The Midtown Association (MA) is pleased to announce the launch of the new spring season of the Midtown Farmers Market that will expand a half-block in size to accommodate up to 90 farmer, grower and vendor booths bursting with fresh fruit, produce, and gourmet or locally made goods each week. Proudly sponsored by Sutter Health, the Midtown Farmers Market will take place on 20th Street as usual but will extend from J Street to Kayak Alley effective April 1, 2017.  Open year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.*, the Market fluctuates in size by a half-block depending on the seasons and time of year.

A few new season highlights during the month of April include the return of the bike valet in partnership with Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates along with the following:
April 1 at 11 a.m. – Chef Demo Rick Mahan, Chef/Owner of the Waterboy with an enter-to-win raffle prize opportunity

Picture this: Railroad Museum to showcase award-winning photographs from around the world

Picture this: Railroad Museum to showcase award-winning photographs from around the world

Coinciding with the start of the 34th consecutive weekend excursion train ride season on April 1, 2017, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will also debut a new exhibit inside the Museum that showcases the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s 2016 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. For a new twist on the international competition, the Center split the awards program into two categories: one for recent images made with mobile device cameras, and the other for most evocative photographs of all time. The new two-category format resulted in an incredible array of submissions that included 331 images taken by 141 photographers from more than 30 different states and 10 countries.

Spring beauties awaken

Spring beauties awaken

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Join Historic Rose Garden curator Anita Clevenger and Hamilton Square's Perennial Garden's manager Leslie Hurlburt to see and smell spring flowers that have emerged from a brief winter slumber and are blooming brightly throughout the gardens. Visitors will have an opportunity to tour either or both gardens, spending time with volunteers who created and care for them. Both gardens are nestled among the cemetery's monuments, re-creating the garden cemetery that was established in 1849. The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is registered as a National Historic District. In spring, the combination of blooms and tombs are at their best.

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway in Sacramento. There is ample free street parkng on surrounding streets, with limited parking within the cemetery. Tous are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted for garden operatins. For more information, call 916-448-0811.

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/18

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/18

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month,  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

State Parks names Chris Rockwell as Librarian for the California for State Railroad Museum Library

State Parks names Chris Rockwell as Librarian for the California for State Railroad Museum Library

California State Parks has named Chris Rockwell as Librarian for the California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) Library & Archives that provides free public access to the Railroad Museum’s impressive and extensive documentary collections. The CSRM Library & Archives serves as a valuable community and industry resource that responds to approximately 5,000 requests per year from a wide range of individuals, including historians, genealogists, writers, students, film makers, members of the legal community as well as from the general public.

New menus at The Firehouse & Ten22 feature fresh seasonal flavors

New menus at The Firehouse & Ten22  feature fresh seasonal flavors

Get your taste buds ready for spring!

Reno man sentenced for role in attempted terrorist act against India

March 8, 2017 |
A Reno man who pled guilty to plotting terrorist act against India in an attempt to create an independent Sikh state was sentenced yesterday in Federal Court in Reno, NV. 
Balwinder Singh (pictured above), 41, was sentenced on yesterday by U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists for a movement to create an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region of India. Singh could also be deported following completion of his sentence. 
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Hidden beneath paint, a famed artist's wall decorations

CATSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — Not only did Thomas Cole paint the lush mountain landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School art movement of the 19th century, he also painted on the walls of his home... Read More

Festive fun for St. Patrick’s Day

(Family Features) Turn your St. Patrick’s Day celebration into a chance to enjoy Irish heritage with hearty foods and a lively atmosphere. When it’s the one day each year it’s acceptable to pinch non-conforming friends and family, it’d be a shame not to go all out.
These few simple tips can help you put together the perfect party to revel in all things green – and tasty... Read More