Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

The Bee's guide to events, activities, arts and entertainment


May 6, 2011
Searching for things to do with mom? Options abound in Sacramento region

Forgot to make Mother's Day plans? Worry not, dear procrastinator, we're here to help.

From gardens to celebratory dining events, there are several events this weekend that could serve as a lovely opportunity to spend time with mom.

Two garden tours in Sacramento neighborhoods will offer guests a chance to stop and smell the roses.

Seven gardens in the Fabulous 40s are the focus of the 13th annual East Sacramento Garden Tour, a fundraiser for David Lubin Elementary School. The tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An optional luncheon at Sutter Lawn Tennis Club, catered by Gonul's, also is available, the event website states.

Advance tickets are $20 for the garden tour and $35 for the tour and luncheon combo and are available for purchase online until 9 p.m. today (May 6). Tickets at the door are $25 for the tour.

A boutique also will be open to the public at Lubin Elementary during the event, 3535 M Street.

In Land Park, home gardeners will be welcoming guests into their front and backyards for the Land Park Garden Tour and Tea, an event benefiting Holy Spirit Parish School and the Mustard Seed School arts education program.

Several of the gardens have been enhanced by local businesses and students' artwork also will be on display, the event's website states.

A boutique also will be available at Holy Spirit Church, 3159 Land Park Drive, during the event.

While tickets for the tea are sold out, tour tickets are still available for $25 and can be purchased Saturday at the boutique at Holy Spirit Church, said Sheri Carello, the event organizer.

In El Dorado Hills, a free wine and arts event Saturday and Sunday offers mothers and families a one-stop shopping expedition complete with food, drinks, music, art and performances, the event's website states.

More than 150 artists will be on hand at the 8th annual El Dorado Hills Art and Wine Affaire, located at the El Dorado Hills Town Center, off Latrobe Road.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. A schedule of performances is available by clicking here.

More than 25 wineries also will be on site offering tastings. Tickets for the wine tasting are $20.

If you're looking to treat mom to a Mother's Day meal, many restaurants throughout the region are offering meals to celebrate mom.

On the river, The Delta King is hosting a Mother's Day Champagne brunch and dinner. Brunch is $39.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 12 years old and younger. Dinner is $30 per person. Call (916) 441-4440 for reservations.

In Old Sacramento, the Firehouse Restaurant is hosting a Mother's Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are required.

Want to celebrate mom with a lobster dinner? Try Rudy's Hideaway, off Highway 50 at Hazel Avenue, where a three-course Mother's Day dinner will run you $23.95 per person. The meal includes Boston clam chowder or a garden salad, 5-ounce lobster tail, prime rib or fresh Dungeness crab and chocolate covered strawberries or bread pudding. Call (916) 351-0606 for reservations.

Don't want to wrestle the crowds this Mother's Day? Head to our Appetizers blog, where there are recipe ideas on how to create a perfect Mother's Day meal.

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