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Events & Happenings

November Events at the Crocker Art Museum

Looking for some fun to fill your November month? The Crocker Art Museum is hosting tons of events for all ages! Whether you want to kick back in the courtyard and watch a classic film or dance the night away to live music, the Crocker Museum events this fall have just what you need. So bring out your friends and family and join in on these events!

 Book Sale

Saturday, November 7, 10 AM – 5 PM

Swing by and get your hands on a few rare books and materials from the Gerald Hansen Libarary!

Classical Concert: Festival of New American Music

Sunday, November 8, 3 PM

Music to your ears! Clarinetist Jeff Anderle and pianist Kate Campbell will feature the compositions of Derek Bermel, Tristan Perich, and much more. This concert is free for museum members and free with general admission for non-members.

Art Mix | Color

Thursday, November 12, 5 – 9 PM

Join us in celebrating the 22nd Annual Pink week! This event includes art, music,  and dance. There will be live salsa music from Simonn Rowe Latin project and Dj Young Aundee will be there to keep you dancing all night. There will be food and happy hour drink specials from 5-6 p.m.


Educator Soiree

Thursday, November 12, 6 – 8 PM

This soiree is for all the educators! Come network and dance to live music. This is a free night out for all educators, retired or current teachers, homeschool parents, social workers, art docents, classroom volunteers and museum educators are all welcome! Don’t miss this grand opportunity to take a break from the classroom.

Art Rx

Saturday, November 14, 11 AM

This event is for those individuals who are dealing with chronic pain along with caretakers/ family. Enjoy conversations about select pieces with an individual with a trained eye. This event is in collaboration with the Center for Pain Medicine’s Integrative Pain Management Program.

Wonder Lab

November 15, 11 AM – 2 PM

WarmLine Family Resource Center, the Shalom School and the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Access Committee are collaborating to put on this fun event for all! Take this great opportunity to use your creativity and make some wonderful art.


Architecture Tour

Sunday, November 15, 12 – 1 PM

Explore the beautiful architecture of the Teel Family Pavilion and the historic building! No registration is necessary and is free for members, and free with general admission for non-members.

 Meet Me at the Museum

Tuesday, November 17, 10:30 AM

Find yourself immersed in art observation and conversation during this lovely tour for visitors whom are living with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. This art tour is held every third Tuesday of each month. Registration for this event is required.

 Kingsley Art Club Lecture Series: Dr. William Breazeale

Wednesday, November 18, 1:15 PM

This month’s Kingsley lecture features artists from all over. Dr. Breazeale will lead the discussion on the Crocker’s collection of German Drawings. Space is limited for this event! Reserve tickets as soon as you can.

 Wine Tastings and Paint Pairings

Thursday, November 19, 5:30 – 8 PM

Enjoy painting and enjoying a fine glass of wine? This event is perfect for you! Chef Matt Woolston will choose wines and small bites while you have a tasteful conversation about the Crocker’s collection. Try out your creativity with watercolor as you paint a still life work of art. No experience is necessary!

 Panel Talk: Art and Activism

Thursday, November 19, 6 PM

Interested in the intersection of art and activism? Join this event to understand the role that artists have played in activism and listen on their experiences in Black Lives Matter and other movements regarding civil rights.



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Streamlining the residential solar permit process

City of Sacramento offers expedited building permits for small residential rooftop solar energy systems.

With the Governor’s recent call for California to use more renewable energy, the City of Sacramento is making it easier to install small residential solar energy systems by offering an expedited building permit process.Through Sacramento Streamline, home owners and contractors are able to apply for a residential solar installation permit and receive approval in three days or less, with most being approved within one day.

The Community Development Department has issued 675 permits since January for residential solar energy. Installation is expected to increase as the permit process becomes easier and as more consumers embrace the idea of energy-efficient homes and businesses.

The streamline permit process is only for residential, single unit or duplex dwellings, and the solar energy system must not exceed 10 kilowatts.

Our goal is to make the permit process with us as fast and cost efficient as possible,” said Ryan DeVore, Director of the Community Development Department.

Streamlining the permit process for solar energy installation will encourage the effective development of solar technology, and minimize the obstacles and permit costs for installation. Residential solar permitting fees have been reduced, saving more than half in permit costs.

Previously, the permit fee for a residential solar system topped $1,000; however, with the new process, fees have been reduced to $304. This permit process coincides with the state’s climate change action plan, which is encouraging the use of solar and other renewable sources of energy to improve air quality.

Learn more about the steps to getting a solar permit and incentives from SMUD by visiting the City of Sacramento Guide to Solar Energy Permits. The Community Development Department is always making an effort to streamline services to make it easier for home owners and contractors. Visit Sacramento Streamline for available services.

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October Events at the Crocker Art Museum

Looking for some fun to fill up your October schedule? The Crocker Art Museum is hosting tons of events for all ages! Whether you want to kick back in the courtyard and watch a classic film or dance the night away to live music, the Crocker Museum events this fall have just what you need. So bring out your friends and family and join in on these events!

 Public Art LIVE: “Silence Was Golden”

Saturday, October 3, 1-3PM

Be a part of a global public art experience! Join in on this event and on the discussion about “place” and what words perfectly describe what Sacramento means to you.  A few words from the community will be showcased by large gold balloons to be featured in a film.

Architecture Talk: The Modern Museum with Curtis Owyang

Thursday, October 8, 7 – 8 PM

October is an exciting month for the Crocker Art Museum. This month marks the 5th anniversary of its expansion and what better way to celebrate than to be a part of an innovative talk with Curtis Owyang, a principal at LPAS Architecture + Design and lead designer of Folsom Lake Visual & Performing Arts Center.

Crocker Birthday Bash – Celebration by Day

Saturday, October 10, 10 AM – 5 PM

You’re invited to the Crocker Art Museum birthday! It will be an exciting day full of exhibitions, live music, dance performances, and hands on art making! The Grand High School Drumline, Step 1 Dance Company, Natomas Chater School Singing Ensemble are just a few of the amazing performers that will be in attendance. Come celebrate!


Saturday, October 10, 8 PM – 12 AM

Come dance the night away to live music at the museum. Performers include Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience, and the City of Trees Brass Band. Buy your tickets here!

Classical Concert: Mirror Visions Ensemble

Sunday, October 11, 3 PM

Make sure you save the date for the Crocker Museum’s Classical Concert event.  This event will feature the musical styling and poetry by the Mirror Visions Ensemble in honor of the final day of the Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage exhibition on this lovely afternoon.

Artist Talk: Al Farrow and his “Divine Ammunition”

Sunday, October 18, 3 PM

You definitely do not want to miss Al Farrow’s one of a kind art. Al Farrow uses ammunition to create his finely detailed artwork. After displaying his work, he will discuss his journey with art. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and share their feelings about his pieces of work.

Kingsley Art Club Lecture Series: Amy Trachtenberg, artist

Wednesday, October 21, 1:15 PM

Join the Kingsley Art Club and Amy Tracthenberg, multi –disciplinary artist, as they examine her artistic expression. Space for this event is limited, reserve your tickets in advance!

Calidanza Dance Company Presents: “¡Mi Mexico!”

Thursday, October 22, 7 – 8 PM

Dia de los Muertos is almost upon us! Why not celebrate by joining the Crocker Museum in its celebration of Mexican culture, dance, and music? Dance the night away in the Crocker’s Courtyard.

Experience Día de los Muertos

Sunday, October 25, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  

It’s the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday for honoring deceased loved ones! Join instructor Estella Sanchez in making sugar skulls from scratch, assembling altars, decorating masks, and much more. This event is perfect for the whole family.

 AIA Central Valley Presents: “Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture”

Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m.

Take part in a screening and panel discussion of “Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture.” This film takes you through the journey of Annabelle Selldorf, Farshid Moussavi, Marianne McKenna, and Kathryn Gustafson.

Wee Halloween

Wednesday, October 28

Tours Depart Between 10 – 11 AM (Timed Reservations Required)

Come by the Crocker Art Museum in your best Halloween costume! Decorate treat bags and enjoy music and dance performances around the museum. All ages are welcome, but keep in mind that space is limited. Advanced registration is required.



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Unique “Living Billboard” unveiled at Sacramento City Hall

The City of Sacramento unveiled a unique “Living Billboard” featuring beautiful, low-water use plants. The billboard promotes replacing golden lawn with low-water landscapes and the City’s River-Friendly Landscaping Rebate Program.

An important factor in the City’s success is residents’ willingness to limit landscape watering and to let lawns turn golden. Sacramento has done an outstanding job conserving water this summer—far surpassing the State Water Board’s target.

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an Executive Order in April mandating all Californians to reduce water use. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) set Sacramento’s conservation target at 28 percent for June 2015 through February 2016 (compared to the same timeframe in 2013).

Fall is an ideal time to plant. In fall, the soil is still warm, allowing roots to grow, and winter rains often mean you don’t need additional water.

The City’s River-Friendly Landscape Rebate program offers up to $1,650 for single-family customers and $6,000 for multi-family and business customers. Rebates will help offset costs for replacing turf, as well as for installing efficient drip irrigation, sprinklers or a weather-based controller.

Rebates are also available for rain barrels to capture the rain we do receive this winter. The “Living Billboard” was created in partnership with Auburn-based Plantasy.

Details and applications for rebates available from the City of Sacramento can be found at Spare Sac Water.

Events & Happenings

3nd Annual GearUp Cycle for Youth

On September 19th, Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer and West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon, will be kicking-off the 3rd Annual GearUp Cycle for Youth. Registration for four different rides are available, and interested participants are encouraged to visit Gear Up For Youth.

The charity ride will begin at the West Sacramento City Hall at 7 a.m. on the morning of the 19th and will conclude at Cesar Chavez Plaza in Downtown Sacramento at approximately 1 p.m. Riders will enjoy a scenic course down into the Delta passing by notable regional landmarks such as Dave’s Pumpkin Patch and the Old Sugar Mill, ending with a lunch-time celebration with gourmet food trucks, a local-area band and a beer garden in Cesar Chavez Plaza.

“The first and second years of the ride have been a resounding success, and we’re excited to have even more options for riders this year,” said Councilmember Schenirer. “We’re excited to have cycling enthusiasts from West Sacramento and Sacramento come out and join the fun, while helping to support two great organizations.”

GearUp was conceived by Councilmember Schenirer and West Sacramento Mayor Cabaldon as a way to support youth programs that target the under-served children in the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento. All proceeds from the GearUp Cycle for Youth will benefit WayUp Sacramento; a wraparound youth support network, and FutureReady: The Mayor’s Trust for Youth charity.

Who: GearUp Cycle for Youth
What: The 3rd Annual GearUp for Youth Ride
When: September 19th, 2015, ride begins at 7:00 AM
Where: West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, CA 95691

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Events & Happenings

Residents and businesses asked to weigh in on short-term vacation rentals such as AirBnB

Community meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 9 at City Hall

A community meeting will allow City of Sacramento residents and businesses an opportunity to discuss new rules for short-term rentals within private homes through websites such as AirBnB. The meeting is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the Sacramento City Hall lobby, 915 I St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Councilmembers and staff want to hear from the community about whether or not there should be regulations on the “home/room sharing” industry, and if so, then to what degree. AirBnB operates a web platform enabling property owners to rent out a room/house short-term.

Topics up for discussion include:

  • a cap on the number of nights a home or room can be rented in one year without triggering a requirement for the property owner to obtain a conditional use permit and related one-time fees
  • ensuring that the 12 percent transit occupancy tax on the nightly rental fee is being paid
  • the challenges and opportunities for Sacramento in the vacation rental industry

There are about 170 properties within City limits currently listed on AirBnB.

After the community meeting, the item will be heard at the City’s Law and Legislation Committee meeting, followed by the Planning and Design Commission meeting before being heard by City Council.

City Express

Trees suffering from poor health slated for removal in Land Park

In an effort to promote a safe, sustainable and healthy urban forest for the Sacramento community, the City will be removing 66 trees at William Land Park starting the week of August 24.

The trees slated to be removed are in poor health and structural conditions. It is important to understand that each park is different and has its own set of tree problems that can occur during normal water years; however, due to the drought, trees are more predisposed to disease, and are more susceptible to problems.

Trees that are dead or dying, in poor structural condition, poorly placed, or are otherwise unsustainable are being removed. Of course, public safety is a primary concern. In some cases the removals will allow for better development of surrounding trees, and in other cases allow opportunities for replacement with better species more adapted to park settings.


Trees slated for removal with orange markers

There are approximately 25,000 trees in Sacramento’s parks, and this year’s removal represents a very small fraction of the total tree population within the City’s parks, cemeteries, and streetscapes, and is well within the normal range of losses that we expect to see within any given year.

Trees that are removed due to structural condition are recycled and are used in various citywide programs including our volunteer effort —“Mulch Madness”.  The City is working with the Sacramento Tree Foundation on “Mulch Madness” over the summer, and will be installing mulch under the drip lines of trees in order to hold in moisture, and protect exposed roots from the sun.  For more information about this volunteer effort, please visit our Volunteering Opportunities.

We are working closely with our Urban Forestry department to closely monitor the health and structural condition of Sacramento’s trees in 226 of our parks. For more information, please visit the City of Sacramento.

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Business First Spotlight: Mark III Construction

This week’s Business First Spotlight features Mark III Construction, Inc. Located at 5101 Florin Perkins Road in Sacramento, Mark III has been in business in Sacramento for nearly 40 years. Starting as an electrical contractor in 1976, they have added various trades over the years. Currently, Mark III has staff that self-perform electrical, plumbing, underground, fire protection, and MEP design. Significant projects Mark III Construction has been involved with recently include the new Vision Service Plan Optical Laboratory and working with Macy’s to renovate the Campbell Soup Building in Sacramento.


Mark III Construction, Inc. enjoys doing business in Sacramento because the great talent pool for employees and being a part of tenacious projects that are shaping our city.


Ever thought about telling the story behind your business? Let us know what’s unique and why you love doing business in Sacramento! Now is the chance to share! Contact Tim Padden, Economic Development Department at (916) 808-8506 or send an email. Please limit any submissions to 500 words or less.

“Business First Spotlight” is a unique part of the Sacramento Business First program that features small business in Sacramento. Find out more info here.

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Earn River Cats Tickets by Sharing Your Water Conservation Story

Share your water-saving actions to earn River Cats tickets* and be entered to win a wheel barrow full of water-wise goodies for your yard, compliments of the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and local water providers.

“We want to recognize people who are taking action, whether large or small, to conserve water during this severe drought–to recognize the region’s Drought Champs,” said Amy Talbot, RWA’s Water Efficiency Program Manager.

We understand that residents are making real changes to their daily lives in the name of water conservation…

They’re letting their lawns turn golden, taking shorter showers and reusing bath water on plants, to name a few things,” Talbot said. “We want to share those stories and thank people for their actions.”

People can share their stories and earn River Cats tickets* by entering RWA’s  Drought Champs Facebook sweepstakes at The first 100 people to enter will receive a pair of River Cats ticket vouchers.*

They can also join all of the other Drought Champs in the Sacramento region by sharing their story and photos at #DroughtChamp

Tips for reducing water use while helping landscapes and trees endure the drought, are available at Be Water Smart.


About the Regional Water Authority: RWA is a joint powers authority representing two dozen water providers and affiliates in the greater Sacramento area. Its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.

* While supplies last

City Express

City begins July with a Spare the Water Alert

Sacramento Utilities Department reminds customers to limit water use during hottest summer days.

The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities announces a Spare the Water Alert through July 3, 2015. Spare the Water Alerts are typically declared when three consecutive days of 100+ degree temperatures are forecasted.  However, with these extreme temperatures over the week, the City is asking customers to cut back on their non-essential water use, only water on their scheduled watering days, and to water only before 10 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

Spare The Water Alert

“It is especially important to use water wisely during the drought and on these hot days as statewide water supplies are short, river levels are low, and operational costs are higher.  While the City doesn’t expect to have supply issues, the extended stretch of high temperatures can push our equipment to its limit.

Drought and high temperatures are a good reminder of how precious a resource water is and why we need to conserve it,” said Terrance Davis, the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities Sustainability Program Manager.

Suggested ways that customers can save water on Spare the Water Days and every day, especially during the drought:

  • Follow the City’s Watering Rules. Water lawns and gardens before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. and water only on scheduled watering days:
      • odd numbered address on Tuesday and Saturday
      • even numbered address on Wednesday and Sunday
  • No outside irrigation is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays
  • Cutting back irrigation watering 1-2 minutes per station can save up to 250 gallons of water per cycle
  • Run major appliances with full loads before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. for optimum water and energy savings
  • Wait until the heat wave breaks to  wash your cars or visit a commercial car wash that recycles water
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, washing hands or scrubbing dishes
  • For more information on ways to save water, visit

View our post on ways to keep cool during the heat.

For more information on the City’s River-friendly Landscaping program, rebate programs – toilets, clothes washers, dishwashers and aerators with high-efficiency models, or upgrading water-wasting sprinklers and irrigation equipment, visit our Rebates page.