Shake your Turkey Feathers this Thanksgiving for a Good Cause at One of our Local Fun Runs

 

Loosen up the belts and get ready – Thanksgiving is around the corner! For most people, that means football, mashed potatoes, stuffing and food galore.
This year, why not join other local Sacramento families and find a way to give back, earn that calorie intake and enjoy the beautiful fall weather Sacramento has to offer.
Across the region, you can find several “Turkey Trots” and fun runs to participate in with your family. Most are stroller friendly for even the youngest of participants and it doesn’t matter if you are an avid runner, walker or weekend warrior. Just lace up those sneakers and hit the streets for some community fun and exercise before the feast.

Here are my top 5 to choose from:

Saturday, November 18: Davis Turkey Trot. This family friendly event hosts eight different events and distances for all fitness levels. Enjoy the stroll through Davis’ residential neighborhoods and green belts. Live music, arts and crafts booths for the kids, vendors and fun is to be had at this event.

Thanksgiving Day: Run to Feed the Hungry in Sacramento is the largest Turkey Run in the country!
Join hundreds of people in support of the Sacramento Food Bank on Thanksgiving morning. This fun run begins at the Sacramento State Campus and winds through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento, You can choose between the 5K or 10K option.

Thanksgiving Day: Turkey Trot for Teal 7 in Herald. Join other families at the 6th annual Turkey Trot for Teal. Walk, run or jog 3.1 miles and help raise money for the children’s cancer foundation. Once you are finished, enjoy treats and raffles to get you ready for your big day with family. Race begins at the Herald Community Center.

Thanksgiving Day: Folsom Turkey Trot. Choose from a 5k or 10k to participate in, starting at the Folsom zoo park. This fun run will benefit the Twin Lakes Food Bank. Registration sells out early, so if you are in the Folsom area make sure you check to see there is still space for you and your family.

Thanksgiving Day: Roseville Turkey Trot to support the Placer County Food Bank. This course will begin and end in Downtown Roseville on historic Vernon Street.

So this year, don’t feel guilty about going in for seconds with the candied yams. Burn those calories before you sit down at the table and support your local community at one of the many fun runs in the area.

 

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Adventure Seekers Will Find Excitement on a Day Trip from Sacramento to the Granlibakken Tree Top Adventure Park in Tahoe City

Have you ever dreamed of being that “daring young man on the flying trapeze.  He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease?”  Or do you have children who were born daredevils and want to climb through the tree tops?  If so, then take a day trip to Tahoe City and visit the Granlibakken Tree Top Adventure Park. This park is not for those who have a fear of heights. It is for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.  Considered an Aerial Adventure Park, the Granlibakken has a series of courses that are linked together by a variety of ropes courses, bridges, tree platforms and zip lines.  Each course is hovering in the air, anywhere from 15 to 50 feet amongst the beautiful Tahoe Treetops.

Each course is designated for a beginner, intermediate and even black diamond challenges.  You and your family will be challenged both mentally and physically at this adventure park.  Whether you choose to do the Flying Squirrel or Monkey course, you are sure to test your limits at some point. My daughter (who is a thrill-seeker) spent the day at Granlibakken with her Girl Scout troop.  They spent 2.5 hours zipping through the trees and climbing through the ropes on the Flying Squirrel course.  This course is designed for anyone ages 5 and over.   By the time the day was done, she was begging to go back and test her skills on the Fuzzy Bunny and Twins courses (which are much more advanced… and a little scary for a mom who has a fear of heights!)  Luckily, the adventure park put my fears to ease when I was educated on the safety of the courses.  Everyone who participates wears helmets and a full body harness.  The harnesses are connected to a continuous belay system that is basically fall-proof and kept my sweet little girl swinging through the trees! Adventure admission starts at $40 and the session lasts for 2.5 hours.  The Treetop Adventure Park is open year round: Rain, Snow or Shine! Located at 725 Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City, the drive is approximately 2 hours from downtown Sacramento, and well worth it!  So, whether you are looking for an adventurous afternoon with your family and friends, or you want to have a team building event, this is a great place to be.  You will be challenged, have fun, make some great memories and enjoy the beauty that Tahoe has to offer!

 

 

 

Day Trip to Sugar Pine Reservoir

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For most kids in the Sacramento area, school has either started or will be starting up any day now. If you are hoping to get out of the city one last time before the hustle and bustle of back-to-school sets in, then take a quick day trip to Sugar Pine Reservoir. Located approximately an hour outside of downtown Sacramento, the Sugar Pine Reservoir is a perfect day trip to a quiet lake for some fishing, hiking, biking or water play activities.

We visited the reservoir on a Friday afternoon, and my children and I enjoyed the 3-mile walk around the lake (we didn’t actually finish all 3 miles, as they decided they wanted to play in the water instead). The paved trail winds around the lake, in and out of the forest with plenty of shade and lake views. It’s great trail for those with younger children in strollers or those who like to ride bikes or scooters. It’s not a strenuous hike, so you could even do it in flip-flops (although, I really wouldn’t recommend walking 3 miles in flip-flops).

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If you enjoy fishing, water sports, biking, hiking or just having a relaxing picnic with your family and friends, then this is a great spot to visit. The Sugar Pine Reservoir is located in the Tahoe National Forest, just above Foresthill. From Sacramento, take Hwy 80 East towards Lake Tahoe and exit onto Foresthill Road. Once you pass the town of Foresthill, you will come to Sugar Pine Road on your left. Follow the road for approximately 8 miles and you will find the Sugar Pine Reservoir boat launch area. This is a paid parking area ($5), so bring cash.

So if want to take a day trip and relax in the mountains, this is the perfect place. No crowds, just you, your family and the great outdoors.

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Seeing the Sights of Sacramento by Bike: Our Top Family Friendly Biking Trails in the Region

Living in Sacramento, we are fortunate to have some of the best biking trails in the area. Even if you are not an avid biker and don’t sport the fancy shorts, you can still enjoy a stroll down the trails with your family by your side.

Whether you want to stay within the Sacramento city limits, or head to some of our surrounding areas, you will find a trail that meets your needs. Rugged or flat terrain, cityscapes or river views…we have them all!

Here is a list of some of my favorite family friendly bike trails in the area:

American River Bike Trail (aka:  Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail).  This is probably one of the most popular trails in Sacramento.  On any given day, you find people running, hiking, biking and even rollerblading along this trail.
The trail is paved, runs along the river in many parts and is easily accessible from Beals Point (near Folsom Lake) and down at Jibboom Street in Discovery Park. Spanning 32 miles from Folsom to Old Sacramento- you have many options as to where to get on the trail at. We have done this trail many times with our children (ages 8 and 10) and we always find it easy to get on the trail at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery (off of Highway 50 at Hazel Avenue).

The Yolo Causeway Bike Path is a path that follows along the highway from West Sacramento to Davis.  If you are looking for an easy 3.7 mile path to lead you into the city of Davis, then this is it.  It’s definitely not a quiet path (going alongside the freeway is a bit noisy and windy), but it does have some nice views and is well-traveled by locals commuting in and out of the city.  There are no parking areas for the Yolo Causeway Bike Path, but the trail can be accessed from West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento and County Route 32A east of Davis.

Miners Ravine Trail is a 7.5 mile trail that winds its way through the city of Roseville. The trail travels between Sierra College Boulevard, through Royer Park and into Downtown Historic Roseville, along the way enjoying a wooded greenway, passing over creeks and through suburban neighborhoods.  This is a very easy trail for walkers, bikers and strollers to take advantage of.  There are several access points to the trail, but I have found the easiest (with children) have been to begin at the access at the shopping plaza along Sunrise Avenue (opposite of the Roseville Auto Mall).

Finally, if you are searching for a nice easy ride with kids, then check out William Land Park.  Trails will wind you around gardens, ponds and of course – the famous Sacramento Zoo, Funderland and Fairytale Town. Plenty of shade and areas to stop and rest make this a nice family friendly bike ride in the heart of Sacramento.

If you are visiting from out-of-town and want to check out some of these great trails but don’t have access to a bike, there are plenty of places to rent nearby.
Practical Cycle is conveniently located at 114 J Street in Old Sacramento and also at 150 Natoma Station Drive in Folsom.  They rent bikes, hybrids and even electric bikes.

City Bicycle Works is another option for bike rentals in downtown Sacramento.  Located at 2419 K Street, they have road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes for daily rentals.

So the next time you are feeling a bit adventurous, hit the trails and explore the Sacramento region on a bike – you will see some great sights, get some exercise and create wonderful memories with your family.

By Heather Crivellone

 

Best Way to Cool Off in Sacramento this Summer? Head to the Lake!

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Summertime brings longer days, warm nights, heat waves and the constant hum of air-conditioning units.  If you don’t want to be stuck indoors all summer long, grab some sun block, a wide-brimmed hat and head to the beach! Even though we live in the Sacramento valley, and a couple of hours from the Pacific Ocean, it doesn’t mean we can’t spend our days lounging at the beach. Luckily, we have access to many local lakes where we can be playing in the sand within just a short drive from downtown.  Two local “beaches”  that our family enjoys visiting are Beal’s Point and Rollins Lake.

Beal’s Point is located just 30 minutes from downtown at Folsom Lake. Conveniently located off of Auburn-Folsom Boulevard, in Granite Bay, Beal’s Point is a great place for kids and families, with all the amenities for a fun-filled summer day. They have a sandy beach and buoyed swim area with lifeguards present. If you would like to BBQ, there are pits on site, picnic tables and plenty of shade with grassy areas to play on.
Most moms are concerned with “facilities”- and they do have clean restrooms and even a snack bar in case you forget snacks.  My kids love getting ice-cold sweet treats at the snack bar after a long day of playing in the sand!

You can spend the day building sand castles and swimming in the lake, or you can rent rafts, paddle boards, pedal boats and kayaks on site. Summer hours for Beal’s point are 6am to 9pm. If you are feeling adventurous, you can pack a tent and spend the night in their campground (reservations are required).

Rollin’s Lake is another one of our favorite day-trip destinations.  Located between Colfax and Grass Valley off of Highway 174 (approximately an hour drive from downtown Sacramento), this lake has everything a family needs for a day of fun! If you are feeling adventurous, you can rent boats, paddleboards, kayaks or canoes.  For the less adventurous, you can just kick back and relax at the swimming beach.  They have plenty of picnic tables and shade, along with BBQ pits for your day outing.  If you forget something at home – no worries, as they have a well-stocked marina store.  If you have a child who likes to fish, the lake is stocked daily.   We took our children fishing for the first time here, and even though Grandpa or Daddy should have been the ones to catch a fish, it was my daughter who had the biggest “bite of the day”.   She was grinning ear to ear while the men were fuming…oh well. Better luck next time to the real fishermen! Rollin’s Lake also has clean restrooms and showers if you would like to clean off before you leave.

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Both lakes are easily accessible and are fun for the whole family.  So, don’t stay cooped up inside this summer – take advantage of the beauty of our surroundings and spend a day out at the beach!

By Heather Crivellone

 

Ticket Giveaway: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds Baseball Game

Do you love the Sacramento River Cats as much as we do? Would you like to take your family out to a game this week? Well, we’ve got a River Cats ticket package that includes four tickets and a parking pass to give away to one of our lucky readers. The tickets are for this Thursday’s home game against the Memphis Redbirds. If you would like a chance to win the tickets, tell us who your favorite Sacramento River Cats player is and why in the comment section below. Leave your comment no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm for a chance to win. One entry per person, please. A winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on May 24, 2017. Best of luck!

What: Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

Where: Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento

Cost: Tickets start at $10 for general admission

 

Sacramento’s Raley Field Overhauls Food and Kids Zone for the 2017 Baseball Season

The 2017 baseball season officially kicks off here in Sacramento this Thursday, April 6 at 7:05 pm at Raley Field. If you are thinking of treating the family to a night out at the game, here’s some motivation. Raley Field has overhauled their concessions and kids zone to make the Sacramento baseball experience top-notch for the whole family. First, when you enter the stadium, you’ll notice right away the new restaurant storefronts. River Cats management wanted to take eating at Raley Field to a whole new level in America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, so partnered with RS3/Ryan Sanders Sports Services to create a unique culinary experience at the ballpark. In the mood for Mexican food? Head over to Oso’s Cantina for fresh tacos. How about a gourmet hot dog with buffalo sauce topped with fresh blue cheese? You can grab that from the 50’s-style Cadillac Diner. There’s also Coop & Kennel, an Irish pub, the railroad history-themed Golden Spike for burgers, Raley’s for specialty sandwiches, and the old-fashioned Sweet Spot where you’ll be able to get your favorite frozen dessert like ice cream, root beer floats and even spiked shakes for the adults.

Once you’ve enjoyed your farm-to-fork dinner and watched a few game innings, the kids will probably get antsy. Head over to the new Down on the Farm children’s Area, located behind third base. While the old Raley Field kids zone required a fee for entrance, this new one is FREE. Your little ones will love to climb atop and slide down the one-and-only Tower Bridge play structure or climb all over the gigantic baseball and glove. Don’t worry, the bounce houses will still be available, in addition to a new misting pad to stay cool (yay!)

While the Sacramento River Cat’s Raley Field was already a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, it just got better. So, head across the river to enjoy a spectacular 2017 baseball season in Sacramento. For the 2017 River Cats baseball schedule, click here.

The 50’s-style Cadillac Diner was named after the 1989 movie Pink Cadillac, which was partially filmed her in Sac.

The Clint Eastwood dog at the Cadillac Diner.


Head to the Sweet Spot for a good, old-fashioned root beer float.

The new Down on the Farm children’s area.