Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

April 9, 2013
New space is previewed at San Francisco's Exploratorium

By Ed Fletcher

With triple the space at its new Pier 15 location, the Exploratorium promises to build on what was already a must-see San Francisco experience.

The new building opens to the public April 17 and adds 150 brand new exhibits -- including a free outdoor space -- to the experience.

"It was a bit dark," Dennis Bartels, the center's executive director, said of the old space where the hands-on museum lived for 43 years in the Palace of Fine Arts.

He said the new center with views to both the city and the bay will be more accessible.

Some 200 journalists attended the preview Tuesday.

Advanced tickets are for sale online. Tickets are $25, with discounts for various groups. For more information visit Read the full preview in the April 19 ticket section.

August 28, 2012
Drop by Earthbound Farm in Carmel Valley for all things organic

viewer (1).png We were on the Monterey Peninsula recently and stopped by Earthbound Farm in Carmel Valley for a looksee. Hmm - impressive on many levels and well worth a visit.

Earthbound specializes in organically grown produce that's readily available in Sacramento-area supermarkets.

The on-site 20-year-old Farm Stand Market offers a wide array of fresh produce and a salad bar, plus prepared and packaged foods - all organic. Included are soups, sandwiches, pasta, chicken and turkey meatloaf. While you're there, taste the house-made raspberry frozen yogurt.

We strolled through the Cut Your Own Herbs Garden, the Aromatherapy Walking Labyrinth and the Kids Garden full of touchable foliage (and a teepee). Coming Sept. 29 will be a corn maze.

One of the reasons to return to Earthbound Farm is for its Saturday Events program. Special events will be held every Saturday from this Saturday, Sept. 1, through mid-December. They include cooking lessons, garden workshops, fall decorating tips, garlic-braiding, food samplings and much more.

For the complete calendar, go to Click on "Our Story," then on "Our Farmstand."

The Farm Stand is open year-round at 7250 Carmel Valley Road, 3-1/2 miles east of Highway 1. Information: (831) 625-6219.

August 7, 2012
One way to see historic Lake Tahoe is by this tour bus

Summer is running out at Lake Tahoe, but not just yet. Make plans to catch the annual North Lake Tahoe Historical Society's Historic Bus Tour and see some highlights around the lake, without the hassle of driving in traffic.

Lake Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin will deliver an informative commentary and answer questions during the seven-hour journey.

"I will talk about the history and legends of the region, (relate) anecdotes and tidbits about the lake, and discuss environmental issues," McLaughlin said this morning. "I'll (address) whatever subjects are appropriate to where we happen to be at the time."

Right now, the tour itinerary is a work in progress. The half-dozen or so stops along the route likely will include Emerald Bay, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Center at Taylor Creek, and the Tallac Historic Site. "There will be some walking involved," McLaughlin said.

The bus will leave at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 from the Gatekeepers Museum, 130 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Tickets are $70 and include a picnic lunch. Buy tickets at the door or in advance at (530) 546-5612. More information:

May 18, 2012
Sierra Nevada Geotourism map guide goes live...


With the travel season looming many Californians will be headed to the Sierras.

And they will be deeply interested in a new resource available in that pursuit.

It's called the Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide. The guide - which can be accessed online at is a partnership between National Geographic, the Sierra Business Council and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, along with hundreds of local residents.

April 30, 2012
No reservation needed for Tuesday travel talk

By Linda Beymer

The No Reservations Travel Club, which meets the first Tuesday of every month, will discuss traveling in South Africa and Namibia at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento. For more information, go to or call (916) 457-1426.


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