Amtrak San Joaquins is offering a FREE first ride on their Morning Express Service.

Book your FREE first ride

In May 2018, Amtrak San Joaquins launched a “Morning Express Service” that brings riders in the San Joaquin Valley to the State Capitol by 8:00 a.m. Test the service, beat traffic, and relax before work, at no cost at all.

You can also book a regular ticket now as well as sign up for multi-ride passes by visiting or calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. Be sure to check out Amtrak San Joaquins’ everyday discounts as well.

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Catch a FREE first ride to Sacramento using Amtrak San Joaquins’ Morning Express


The 43rd Annual Historic Home Tour, showcasing Sacramento’s Capitol Mansions Historic District, will take place on Sunday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This historic district includes Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Prairie Bungalow and Classic Four-Square styles of architecture.

Purchase tickets!

Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance, and $35 on the day of the event.

On a self-guided, pedestrian tour, see intricate woodworking, built-in cabinets, light fixtures with gas lights on top and electric lights on the bottom, grand staircases, restored wood paneling, curved glass windows, high ceilings, classy renovated kitchens, and spacious front porches.

To receive a program and wristband needed for entry, stop by the PS ticket booth at the northwest corner of 22nd street and Capitol Avenue.

For more details of the event, visit Preservation Sacramento.

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Tour some of the most historic homes in Sacramento

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We want your input for the Urban Forest Master Plan

Community invited to provide input through September 30.

The City of Sacramento has launched an online survey for community members to share their thoughts and ideas about trees throughout the City including those in neighborhoods and in public areas. The information received will help shape the City’s Urban Forest Master Plan.

Residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on trees in their neighborhood, trees throughout the City, the value of trees, how trees are currently being cared for, and opportunities to plant new trees. Community members can access the survey until Sunday, September 30.

Take the Urban Forest Survey

“The City of Sacramento has a long‐standing reputation as the City of Trees,” said City Councilmember Jeff Harris.

“Our tree canopy is essential to our health and our economy. The Urban Forest Master Plan is an important step towards assuring our City’s trees are protected now and into the future.”

“This online questionnaire provides an opportunity for the Sacramento community to help inform a vision for the City’s future urban forest,” said City of Sacramento Project Manager Lucinda Willcox.

With a changing environment and new technological tools, it was determined that an updated Urban Forest Master Plan is needed to preserve the health and stewardship of Sacramento’s urban forest.

In August 2016, the City adopted comprehensive updates to the City Code to update and clarify its tree regulations. During the process of revising the City’s tree‐related ordinances, additional policy issues were raised regarding the City’s urban forest and its future. The City’s updated Urban Forest Master Plan will address the protection, maintenance, sustainability, and enhancement of Sacramento’s tree canopy.

Questions about the online community questionnaire and the project can be directed to  Project Manager, Lucinda Willcox.

Events & Happenings

Sacramento to celebrate 35th Annual National Night Out, Aug. 7

The 35th Annual National Night Out (NNO) takes place on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in communities and neighborhoods throughout Sacramento and the nation. This event gives neighbors an opportunity to join together in a combined effort to:

  • Increase prevention and awareness of crime
  • Generate support and participation in local neighborhood watch programs
  • Strengthen the partnership between the community and police
  • Inform criminals that neighborhoods are connected and fighting back

Check out the list of 31 publicly registered National Night Out events.

Please note, there are lots of non-publicized events occurring on Tuesday night. Please check with your neighborhood organization for an event near you.


William Land Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary on Friday, August 3. We’ve planned an entire night packed with fun activities, live music, a sunset movie, and even birthday cake and ice cream.

All you need to bring is yourself! Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the William Carroll Amphitheater.

The celebration will feature:

  • Fairytale Town Pop-Up Adventure Playground
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Front Street Animal Shelter Donation Drive
  • Front Street Adopt-A-Pet Program
  • Classic Car Show
  • Live pre-movie performance by the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera Brass Quintet
  • Birthday cake and ice cream
  • Movie in the Park, “Coco”, starting at sunset


Various discounts will also be available on the day of the celebration. All visitors on Friday, August 3 will receive $1 off Fairytale Town and a discounted $9.95 rate for the Sacramento Zoo.

During the Front Street Animal Shelter Donation Drive, LPCA and Front Street Animal Shelter will be accepting new and used blankets, flat sheets, towels, pet beds, and unopened food and treats.

William Land Park will also host a 2-Person Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 4 at the William Land Golf Course. The event will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and will cover 9-holes, with an 11 a.m. luncheon and awards to follow. Registration is $60 per 2-player team. Call 916-277-1207 or email Haggin Oaks to register.

More information and a map of Land Park can be found on the William Land Park 100th Anniversary Flyer.

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Come celebrate William Land Park’s 100th Anniversary!

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The CREATIVE EDGE Strategic Cultural Plan has arrived

After months of strategic planning, the Creative Edge Strategic Plan has arrived. The plan has been a culmination of nearly a year in the making, and lays out the city’s strategic plan in the sector for the 5-7 years.


Welcome to Creative Edge, Sacramento’s plan for arts, culture and creative economy.

Sacramento is on the precipice of its next iteration—it’s on the creative edge.

Perhaps overshadowed in the past by other large California cities, Sacramento is reclaiming its story and celebrating its unique character. Sacramento has always been culturally and ethnically rich—a characteristic of the city Sacramentans know well, but one less recognized outside the region.

The city of trees, architecturally rich, with its agricultural heritage, experiencing a culinary renewal. With a commitment to the riverfront that gave life to the original city, Sacramentans prize their legacy of cultural institutions, love their neighborhoods, and are eager for more community cultural experiences close to home.

Creativity is the soul of this city. Live music, creative work and live spaces, lifelong learning in the arts, and universities engaged with the community; all are part of Sacramentan life.

Now, Sacramento is calling for more.


More street activation and more risk taking. Investment in the entire ecosystem of creative expression. A more dynamic city, a more creative community, and a competitive creative workforce. As implementation begins, equity and access are a governing priority. Every Sacramentan deserves access to education and the opportunity to develop skills through the arts and creative practices. Resources for the field need to be increased and distributed with a priority towards equity.

Creative Edge is ultimately a guide book, created by thousands of Sacramentans from throughout the City, setting forth their collective priorities for the cultural and creative life of the City. The success of Creative Edge, which will be measured both experientially and with data, will rely on a community of partners, led by the City of Sacramento, but in step with the community.

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City celebrates the completion of the Front Street Embarcadero

With a snip and a shout, City of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Vice Mayor, Steven Hansen and reps from Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and Old Sacramento celebrated the completion of the Front Street Embarcadero.

This milestone event celebrated the collaborative effort among City officials, the business community, and partners to revitalize the waterfront. The ceremony kicked off summer events and activities in the historic district and highlights the vision of waterfront activation.

The project consisted of rehabilitation of the waterfront walkway between J Street and Neasham Circle, west of Front Street. Worn out boards at the end of their lifecycle were replaced with stamped concrete, a more durable, and safer alternative that still feels like wood.

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Exciting changes are in effect for the June 5 Primary Election

This message is shared on behalf of the Office of the California Secretary of State.

Big changes are in effect for elections in the counties of Madera, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento and San Mateo thanks to the California Voter’s Choice Act. For the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary, you’ll have more flexibility and voting options — you can choose when, where and how you cast your ballot. Watch the video below or visit to learn more. If you have additional questions, email

Check your mailbox! All registered voters will receive their ballot in the mail. Ballots will be mailed out starting Monday, May 7. Most polling places will no longer be used for voting. Instead, voters will have three choices for how to vote:

By Mail

You can mail your ballot as soon as you receive it.

Ballot Drop Boxes

You can drop off your ballot at any secure Ballot Drop Boxes in your county. Drop Boxes will be open May 8 and located conveniently throughout your county. No postage is required at Ballot Drop Boxes.

Vote Center

You can still vote in person by visiting any Vote Center in your county. All Vote Centers will be open for at least 4 days: Saturday, June 2 through Election Day on Tuesday June 5. Some Vote Centers will be open for 11 days starting Saturday, May 26. For the hours and location of your nearest Vote Center, visit

At every Vote Center you can:

  • Vote in person.
  • Register and vote the same day, all the way through Election Day
  • Drop off your completed ballot.
  • Vote with an accessible voting machine.
  • Get help and voting materials in multiple languages.

This message is shared on behalf of the Office of the California Secretary of State.

Events & Happenings

‘Last Call Town Hall’ for the Creative Edge Cultural and Creative Economy plan

Join us to walk through the first draft of plan and learn what’s next.

You are invited to join the conversation once again about the future of the arts in our city and region as part of Creative Edge: Sacramento’s Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy Plan.

The plan will envision how our community engages with the arts, culture and creative economy for the next five to seven years. It is also the last City event to be held at Memorial Auditorium before it undergoes renovations. Learn more at

“We have been overwhelmed by how passionate Sacramentans are about arts, and culture, and the desire to strengthen our creative economy,” said City of Sacramento’s Director of Cultural and Creative Economy Jonathan Glus. “We are extending an open invitation to all to come together one last time and hear what we heard before we move forward.”

The draft plan will be shared via the City Express blog on Monday, accompanied by an online survey for those that cannot attend the town hall.

CREATIVE EDGE – Last Call Town Hall – tickets still available

Monday, April 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Sacramento Memorial Auditorium – 1515 J Street

RSVP for free:

Following opening remarks, there will be discussion and prioritization of recommendations in the plan.

The draft plan, which will be discussed at the meeting, is the result of widespread community engagement including, 66 In-depth interviews, 57 discussion groups, 10 City Council District community forums, one community wide town hall, 1009 open online community-wide survey respondents and 700 phone survey respondents.

A few take-aways from the draft plan:

  • Arts education reigned supreme in its importance and agreed upon need from the community of Sacramento;
  • Access and equity will be a priority, as will greater neighborhood-based cultural resources;
  • The cultural plan recommends more grants for creative businesses and entrepreneurs, convenings of  artists, students and higher education institutions, simplified grants and permitting procedures, and an in-depth creative economy assessment.

Following the town hall, the final draft will be released in May followed by the adoption by Sacramento City Council. In July, implementation will begin.

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Last Call Town Hall for the CREATIVE EDGE Cultural Plan, April 23

Monday, April 23, is your LAST CHANCE to give us thoughts on the CREATIVE EDGE Cultural Plan

This free event will feature a draft of the plan itself and is the last opportunity make sure your thoughts are entered.

The plan will envision how our community engages with the arts, culture and creative economy for the next five to seven years. It is also the last event held at Memorial Auditorium before it undergoes renovations.

CREATIVE EDGE – Last Call Town Hall
Monday, April 23, 2018
6-7:30 p.m.
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium – 1515 J Street

Creative Edge is an initiative to gather priorities, expectations, and needs regarding the Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy in the Sacramento area.

The plan will engage the entire community of the City and County of Sacramento to create a comprehensive vision of Arts and Culture for our city. The goal is to strengthen cultural vitality through excellent, relevant, and sustainable results that can be implemented over the next five to seven years.

Find more information and get engaged in the planning process at

Creative Edge is a partnership between the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, and the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.