USA Track & Field Tickets Winner

Congratulations to Katie (kspjut)!  You have won four tickets to this weekend’s USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Sac State’s Hornet Stadium.  Please contact us to claim your passes. 

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Weekend Family Fun

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6/19 – 6/22 – Placer County Fair – This year’s summer beach party has packed the Grandstands! From livestock shows to stock car racing this year’s fair will entertain all. With shopping, fair foods, art, agriculture and county exhibits this will be the biggest carnival in Roseville. There will be the longest zip line, a Kids Zone, community stage performances, and a Princess Pageant.

6/20 – Museum Campfire at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site – Sit under the stars at our outdoor amphitheater to enjoy native stories around the campfire. The museum will provide roasting sticks and marshmallows for a sweet program’s end.

6/20 – 6/21 – Once Upon a Storytime at the 24th Street Theatre – With book, words, and music by Dave and Kara Lack, Once Upon A Storytime is an award-winning original interactive musical in which the audience helps Fairytale Princess Lilly, who has lost her memory, embark on an exciting and madcap adventure to find and return to her own Fairytale Story. With help from the audience and her new-found friend the Storyteller, she wanders through other famous Fairytales searching for her own while the evil Nefaria, for her own devious purposes, tries to keep Lilly trapped in those other stories.

6/20 – 6/22 – Juneteenth Celebration – Juneteenth has been a day of celebration for many African-Americans, a de facto second Independence Day commemorating the end of slavery and a first step toward inclusion in the greater American dream.

6/21 – 6/22 – International Sun Day at the Discovery Museum – Welcome the summer season by taking part in International SUN-day — both Saturday & Sunday. The Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society, will be outside with their solar telescopes. These hydrogen-alpha scopes allow you to see the sun directly — so you can actually see sun spots, solar flares, and prominences — all in real-time.

6/21 – Hands-On History:  War in California at Sutter’s Fort – Stepping back in time to 1846, the Fort will re-visit a time when Mexican California was in a continuous state of political unrest and threats from foreign powers were a constant menace.  The turmoil reached an apex in June of 1846, when as many as five flags may have had a turn flying over Sutter’s Fort.  At the special “Hands on History” event, guests will hear debates about which alliance Sutter and the Fort should take in the conflict and will find out which five flags may have flown over the Fort.  During this exciting day, interested Fort guests will be treated to an award-winning presentation about the Bear Flag Revolt that showcases rare historic photographs and treasured maps from the Fort Archives.  Fort visitors can also participate in history-themed scavenger hunts and watch black powder weaponry in action including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.

6/21 – Lego Block Party at the Franklin Community Library – Come build with us! Join our Lego Block Party. You bring your imagination and creativity, and the library supply lots and lots of Duplo and Lego blocks to build with. This is a Summer Reading event.

6/22 – Critter Close-up at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – Get eye to eye with one of our feathered, lumpy, or scaly residents.

What are you planning on doing for “National Fruit and Vegetable Month”?

blog By Heather Crivellone

I don’t think anyone can argue that one of the best things of summer is the abundance of fresh fruit. The sweet, juicy berries, yummy peaches and nectarines. Whether they are in fresh cobblers, home-made pies or just out of the fruit bowl- everyone loves sweet summer fruit!  And a great way to get kids excited about fruit (other than the A-la-mode) is to get them involved in watching it grow and the fun of picking the fruit!

And if you didn’t know- June has been determined as “National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month” (if you don’t believe me- check out the list of “food months” at Wikipedia– we are also in the middle of “National Frozen Yogurt Month” as well).  Luckily for us here in Northern California, we have plenty of “you-pick-em” orchards where we can take the kids to explore, learn and see where our food comes from.

With the beautiful spring-like weather we’ve been having it’s a perfect time to visit some of the local farms. Impossible Acres, located in Davis is a small family farm that has been growing a variety of fruits and vegetables for over 12 years. They are very kid-friendly and when we visited they handed us all baskets and told us we could “sample” as we pick. The kids had a blast running through the peach trees and “trying” the apricots. My daughter loves raspberries, so she filled her basket in no time and informed me that were making raspberry jelly that night!I acres

Because it is a farm, don’t expect too many extra amenities… no real bathrooms, no frills, but some tables to picnic on and some of the tastiest fruit to pick and enjoy!

During the fall, Impossible Acres turns into a Pumpkin Patch and has farm animals, petting zoo and more…I’m sure we will be back for the autumn festivities! But as for now, we enjoyed the experience of picking the fresh fruit. Knowing where it comes from, how it’s grown and whose hands it was in makes for such a better experience and such a piece of mind when feeding your children.

There are many “U Pick-em” farms throughout the area and to locate others, check out http://www.pickyourown.org/CA.htm to find out locations and what types of produce are available. Currently at Impossible Acres you can get Ollalieberries, limited Raspberries, Peaches and Apricots. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 9am-6pm, and closed Monday and Tuesday.

fruit pickIf you decide to make the trip out to the farm with children here are a few tips: make sure the kids (and you) wear “real” shoes…my daughter refuses to wear shoes and even flip-flops drive her insane. Well, the dirt, thorns and bushes were enough to make her put on her “lace-up” shoes. Bring water and put on the sunscreen!!! We took a picnic and then headed out to one of the parks in Davis to enjoy lunch with the fresh berries we had picked. It was the perfect end to a wonderful summer morning!

And if you find that you have picked more peaches than you can consume, here is my absolute favorite Peach Bar Recipe (it’s always a hit at the summer picnics!).  Enjoy!

Peach Crumb Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Dough: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold 1 egg, lightly beaten

For the Filling: 5 cups diced or sliced peaches (about 7 peaches, peeled) 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. For the Dough: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, and then the egg. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

3. For the Filling: Place the diced (or sliced) peaches in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and mix gently.

4. Spread the peach mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.peaches berry

 

 

Three Reasons to Bring the Family Out to the USA Track and Field Championships

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The 2014 USA Track & Field National Outdoor Championships will be held in Sacramento at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium June 25-29. The events will highlight the best track and field athletes, including Olympians, and give fans a total experience with interactive exhibits and great food from America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

“The best athletes in the world will be here – Olympians and future Olympians – and the energy at the event will be great with lots to do, and it’s something Sacramento can be proud of,” said Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “This is a world-class event, and we’re a great city for track and field.”

Sacramento hosted the Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2000 and 2004, which saw Stacy Dragila set her first world record in the pole vault. Other records have been set in Sacramento, including the “Night of Speed” in 1968, when three American men all beat the world record in the 100 meters.

Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium has a brand-new Mondo track, so there could very well be new track and field world records set this month.  In addition to the excitement on the track, there is plenty for fans to do at the event – from interactive exhibits, vendor booths and the Farm-to-Fork Marketplace.  Here are three great reasons to grab the kids and head on over the Sac State to enjoy this exciting event.

See world-class athletes and catch a free event at a unique venue – Athletes Allyson Felix (200 or 400 meters), LaShawn Merritt (400 meters) and Lolo Jones (100 hurdles) will compete in Sacramento this month, so now is your chance to see some of the best athletes in the world, whose names will be synonymous with Olympic cities in years to come.

Sacramento is the capital of California, and to showcase that, the shot put event will be held on the west steps of the State Capitol in Downtown Sacramento, a first for USA Track & Field. That event, on Wednesday, June 25, will be free to the public.

Don’t just spectate – participate The Fan Fest will give visitors the chance to try their skills at track and field events. The six-station course allows participants to sprint, hurdle, long jump, shot put, high jump, throw a discus and throw a javelin. Photography and different sensors tell each participant how he or she would fare against the pros, such as Allyson Felix, Ashton Eaton and David Oliver. A kids zone will let future track and field stars get their first chance to get their hands on track equipment and the fun of the events.

Eat like a champ –  Food in the stadium won’t be limited to the typical hot dogs and nachos. The Farm-to-Fork Marketplace in Hornet Stadium will serve a variety of foods made with the freshest ingredients America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital has to offer. Gourmet food trucks will be on-hand as part of the marketplace, and spectators can expect to find a marketplace full of unique offerings.

Would you like to attend?  What is your favorite track and field event?  Tell us in the comments section and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win four tickets to the event.  The winner will be announced on Monday, June 23, 2014.  Good luck!

For more information on this event, click here.

Sacramento Zoo’s King of Feasts Ticket Giveaway

KOF Orang (2)If you are reading this post, you more than likely have kids at home…which means you are probably overdue for a night out.  Alone.  Without kiddos.  Am I right?  Well, you are in luck.  Our friends over at the Sacramento Zoo have graciously supplied us with two tickets to this weekend’s King of Feasts event, an adults-only food and wine luau, to give away to one of our lucky readers.  Here’s a little bit about the event:

King of Feasts features a wide selection of local beers, wines, premium spirits and mouth-watering specialties offered by 38 of the Sacramento region’s finest restaurants, wineries and breweries.  The evening will include ukulele players, Polynesian dancers, D.J. dancing and three silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind items.  Proceeds benefit zoo improvements, education programs and wildlife conservation.”

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The zoo closes down to the public for this event, so not only will you get to enjoy wonderful food, drink and entertainment, you’ll also have a chance to check out exotic animals without the crowds.

It’s sure to be a KOF Logo Ad (2)fantastic night!  If you would like a chance to win two free passes to this event, take a look a the event website, then come back here and tell us in the comment section of this post, which restaurant, winery or brewery you are most excited about trying.  One lucky reader will be randomly selected on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 to win the tickets.  Winners must be 21 years of age or older.

 

What:  King of Feasts

When:  Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time:  6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where:  Sacramento Zoo

Cost:  For adults age 21 and older

$45 for Zoo members, $50 for non-members (purchased in advance by 6/18)

$60 per adult 6/19 – 6/21