99 Days Of Summer
Elena M. Macaluso
Posted on May 29, 2006
Just because the temperature is hovering around the century mark doesn't mean you need to spend the summer cloistered in a dark, air-conditioned room. We present 99 ways for you to spend the 99 "unofficial" days of summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day), including activities that say "summer in Sacramento" to local media folks. So grab your shades and come discover (or re-discover) what's cool to do in this region so well-known for its hot, dry summers.
1. "The place that screams summer to me is Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. For me, it's mental health without the co-pay. There's no quicker way to erase a stressful week than to pack up the dog, mountain bike, kayak, running shoes, hiking boots, picnic, etc. and head to the lake with my husband, Kipp. My favorite spot is the easiest location to drive into. Take Douglas Boulevard to the main boat launch and you'll find access to the Granite Bay multiuse trail. After a couple of hours of trail running or mountain biking, I love to crash on a short stretch of beach that is just a short hike from the main boat launch. It's surrounded by big rocks and white sand. I call it "poor man's Hawaii." I've killed many Saturday afternoons on that beach throwing sticks into the water for my dog. If only it had a beverage service!"-Deirdre Fitzpatrick, News Anchor/Reporter, KCRA 3 Good To Know: For more information on Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, call (916) 988-0205 or go to parks.ca.gov.
2. Laugh Out Loud-and under the night sky, at Comedy Under the Stars, a night of stand-up comedy co-sponsored by Laugh's Unlimited, from 7 to 10 p.m. June 17 at Laguna Town Hall's outdoor amphitheater, 3020 Renwick Ave., Elk Grove; and July 15 at Strauss Island in Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove. Food and drink will be available for purchase, or bring your own. Cost is $5. For more information on the shows, which are recommended for adults, call (916) 405-5300 or log on to egcsd.ca.gov. Good To Know: A portion of your $5 entry fee goes to Operation Clyde, an activity assistance fund for low-income families.
3. Come dancing. Sure, you may work up a sweat, but the air conditioning should prevent you from becoming a puddle on the floor. Two places to kick up your heels: Club 21 (1119 21st St., Sacramento), which offers swing dancing every Tuesday night. The $5 cover includes a lesson from 8 to 9 p.m., dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Call (916) 443-1537 or click on to sactownswing.com. On Fridays, head over to the Sacramento YWCA (1122 17th St., Sacramento) for an evening of swing dancing presented by Midtown Stomp. A $6 cover gets you a lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. and dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Call (916) 719-8607 or click on to midtownstomp.com.
4. Pretend you're Tiger Woods and play a round of golf at an area golf course. For a list of courses, pick up a copy of the 2005 edition of the Northern California Golf Guide, published by Sacramento Magazines Corporation, on sale at several area book, grocery and drug stores, or go to norcalgolfguide.com. Good To Know: For all of you golf-loving insomniacs, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex's driving range is open 24 hours a day through the end of September. Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is at 3645 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. Call (916) 481-4653 or log on to hagginoaks.com.
5. Recognize and accept that you're nowhere close to being Tiger Woods and go play a round of miniature golf. (Besides, isn't it more fun to hit the ball into the pagoda-made sinisterly more difficult by the up and down door-anyway?). A few places to try: o Scandia Family Fun Center, 5070 Hillsdale Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 331-0115 o Paradise Island Amusement Park, 1600 Exposition Drive (Cal Expo, Gate 9, corner of Arden and Ethan ways), Sacramento; (916) 922-4000 o Prospector Hill Mini Golf, 1799 Auburn Ravine Road, Auburn; (916) 885-8551 o Roseville Golfland SunSplash, 1893 Taylor Road, Roseville; (916) 784-1273
6. Play softball. To join an adult team, call the Sacramento Softball Complex at (916) 277-6082. Good To Know: Have a team and want to join a league? Call the city of Sacramento Adult Sports Section at (916) 808-2307 or the Sacramento Softball Complex.
7. Slip 'n' slide at a water park. With thrilling rides and other water-related attractions, water parks such as Six Flags Waterworld (Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 924-3747; sixflags.com) and Roseville Golfland SunSplash (1893 Taylor Road, Roseville; (916) 784-1273; golfland.com) are good for the kids-in all of us. Be the first on your block to try the Honolulu Halfpipe-a U-shaped, four-story "extreme surf-slide" debuting this season at Six Flags Waterworld. If you hit Golfland, discover your inner SpeedRacer at the park's Fastcar Raceway. Just be sure you know how tall you are-in inches (ride and slide restrictions are specified this way).
8. Feed the ducks. Grab some bread and head off to the ponds in William Land Park, McKinley Park, Granite Regional Park, North Laguna Creek Park or Southside Park in Sacramento to feed the ducks and geese. (Best part, the ducks and geese don't mind if the bread is slightly stale, and they even seem to appreciate those hearty end pieces we turn up our noses at.) Go to cityofsacramento.org/parksandrec for park locations.
9. "My favorite lunch place in summer is Valencia's Carniceria Taqueria on Greenback Lane near Fair Oaks Boulevard. They have the best taqueria, mariachi music on weekend afternoons with soccer on TV, and Mexican ice cream and pastries. Super casual and inexpensive. I practice my Spanish there. It's a little flavor of Mexico right around the corner. I also pick up fresh tortillas and tamales there from the market." 8040 B Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights; (916) 729-2926-Kristine Hanson, Meteorologist, KOVR 13
10. Don a poodle skirt and dine at a retro drive-in. Even if you aren't old enough to have experienced a bona fide drive-in, visiting a retro one can't help but conjure up images of summers past when a burger, a shake, your dad's 1950s Studebaker and your best buddies alongside you made the world yours on a summer night. A couple of places that stir up some nostalgia: o Bert's Diner, 8972 Grant Line Road, Elk Grove; (916) 686-6622. Straight out of the 1950s (although it's only about 15 years old), this locally owned diner boasts a jukebox full of '50s and '60s tunes. o Sonic Drive-In, 981 Gray Ave., Yuba City; (530) 671-3736; sonicdrivein.com. This is the closest thing to "Happy Days" you'll find in the area. Pull up your car to a stall, place your order, and Sonic's carhops bring the goods to your car on roller skates. If you're not up for dining in the car (although that's the most fun), there are a few outdoor tables and chairs, but no inside dining. Good To Know: A Sonic Drive-In is planned for Sacramento by the end of this year.
11. Watch the sunset while dining at The Cliff House of Folsom. A table outside or by the window is akin to front-row seats at a theater when it comes to viewing the grand exit of the day's summer sunlight. Dine on lighter fare-perhaps one of the restaurant's fresh fish specials or a salad, accompanied by a glass of Chardonnay. The Cliff House of Folsom is located at 9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom. Call (916) 989-9243 or click on to folsomliving.com.
12. Star Gaze. Try to catch a falling star while watching the Delta Aquarids meteor shower on July 27 and the Perseids meteor shower on Aug. 12. Check out stardate.org/nightsky/meteors/ for more information on meteor viewing.
13. Be a star student. Take "The Majesty Of The Night Sky: An Introduction To Stargazing" from the Learning Exchange, taught by telescope maker and former ranger and naturalist Vic Maris. The class includes a nighttime field trip to put your newfound knowledge to the test. Cost is $49 plus a materials fee. Call (916) 929-9200 or log on to learningexchange.com.
14. Stroll the Carolee Shields White Flower Garden ("Moon Garden"). Ah, we can feel the serenity now just thinking of this tranquil garden located in the UC Davis Arboretum. Picture it: a sultry summer night, your honey by your side, taking in the fragrant scents of Chilean jasmine, mock orange and myrtle as you walk amid this garden, best-illuminated by the full moon. Summer full-moon dates: June 22, July 21 and Aug. 19. UC Davis campus, (530) 752-4880; arboretum.ucdavis.edu. A couple of other walk-worthy gardens in town: o Jensen Botanical Garden, 8520 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael; (916) 485-5322. o Capitol Park, State Capitol, between 10th and 15th streets and L and N streets, Sacramento; (916) 324-0333; statecapitolmuseum.com. (The World Peace Rose Garden is located on 15th Street, between L and N streets.)
15. Have fun at a festival and celebrate the cultures of the people who inhabit our region. Traditional foods, drinks and entertainment are the hallmarks of these events. A few to check out: 23rd Annual Croatian Extravaganza, June 11-12, Croatian American Cultural Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, (916) 971-0663, cacc.com; Festa Italiana, Aug. 6-7, Croatian American Cultural Center, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, (916) 482-5900, italiancenter.net; and 42nd Annual Greek Food Festival, Sept. 2-4, Sacramento Convention Center, 13 and J streets, Sacramento, (916) 443-2033, greekfoodfestival.annunciationsac.org.
16. Wax nostalgic by watching favorite movie musicals under the stars when Pops in the Park presents Screen on the Green at two Sacramento parks. Bring blankets and low-back chairs for comfy seating. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Call (916) 808-5240. o Grease, Saturday, Aug. 20, at Glen Hall Park, Sandburg and Carlson drives. o The Wizard of Oz, Saturday, Aug. 27, at East Portal Park, 51st and M streets. Good To Know: Snacks-including popcorn-will be available for purchase. Or, bring your own goodies.
17. Run, bike, inline skate, stroll and more along the American River Parkway on the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail, a 32-mile trail that runs from Old Sacramento to Folsom Lake. You can enter or exit the trail at many points in between. Good To Know: Be courteous; the parkway and trail are used by a variety of people participating in a variety of activities. Pick up the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail map, which offers, in addition to a detailed map, rules and regulations plus tips on staying safe, whatever your activity. Purchase one for $2.95 at The Rest Stop, 3230 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 453-1870.
18. Tap your feet to the music: At Strauss Island in Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove), July 1, 8, 22; and every Friday in August at Laguna Town Hall's outdoor amphitheater (3020 Renwick Ave., Elk Grove). The lineup includes Contraband, Latigo, Key Lime Pie, Amigos and On Air. Food and drink are available for purchase, or bring your own. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Call (916) 405-5300 or log on to egcsd.ca.gov.
19. Goof off during a game of disc golf, a more laid-back take on traditional golf where you throw a disc (it resembles a Frisbee, hence the sport's nickname: Frisbee golf) into an elevated metal basket. As in traditional golf, the object of the game is to get the disc into the basket in the least number of shots. A few courses to try: o Auburn Regional Park, (530) 885-3516; pdga.com/courses_by_city.php?id=34 o Shady Oaks Park, corner of Oak and Hazel avenues, Orangevale; (916) 987-3472; pdga.com/courses_by_city.php?id=72 Good To Know: Log on to pdga.com for additional information on the sport.
20. Gather the kids, grandkids, godkids, neighbor's kids, any kids and head to Fairytale Town and see who has more fun running the Crooked Mile. Fairytale Town is at 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Call (916) 264-5233 or log on to fairytaletown.org.
21. Beach bum it at the beach. With two rivers plus Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma, what excuse do we have for not getting waterlogged? You can get information about various area beaches online: At sacramentoriver.org, click on the “public access sites” for swimming, for a list of public beaches with phone numbers to call for more information and a map you can download. Or call the Sacramento County Parks and Recreation Department at (916) 875-6961. And don’t forget about Paradise Beach, Sandburg and Carlson drives, in the River Park neighborhood.
22. Learn more about our natural environment and the many creatures that inhabit it by going on an educational nature walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park. During the summer, you’ll see pipevine swallowtail caterpillars, California quail (the state bird) as well as California poppy, California pipevine and spring vetch. Saturday and Sunday tours start at 1:30 p.m.; they’re free, but there is a $4 parking fee. Ancil Hoffman Park is located at 2850 San Lorenzo Way off of California Avenue, Carmichael. Call (916) 489-4918 or log on to effieyeaw.org.
Good To Know: Children 5 and older can celebrate their birthdays at the nature center. Parties, which can be held indoors or out, include an exploration of the current indoor exhibit, a 30–35 minute hike and a visit with a live animal—perhaps a snake or an owl.
23.“Watching airplanes. I wanted to be a pilot when I was young, and I’m still fascinated by planes. There’s just something about watching them land and hearing this huge chunk of technology that’s very relaxing to me for some reason. So, one of my favorite summer activities is finding a spot and watching planes. The sky is clear—no Sacramento fog—and the weather is perfect, no rain or clouds to block my view. I used to be able to park on a side road near Sacramento International and watch the planes go right over my head just before they landed, but tightened security after Sept. 11 has made that impossible. I still get my plane fix by going over to Sacramento Executive Airport.” —Nick Toma, Co-Host, “Good Day Sacramento” UPN 31 KMAX.
24.Hail the River Otter Water Taxi. What better way to spend a sweltering summer day—or a steamy summer evening—than cruising on the River Otter Water Taxi? The launching-off point is Old Sacramento. From there, you can cruise to the Riverbank Marina, the Virgin Sturgeon Marina, the River View Marina and Raley’s Landing/West Sacramento. (Restaurants served: Crawdad’s River Cantina, The Blue Gecko Bar and Grill, The Virgin Sturgeon, Chevys Fresh Mex and Samurai Sushi on the River) Or, stay on the boat and enjoy the one-hour ride. Tickets are $6 per adult for a continuous round trip with a $1 reboarding fee. (Children ride for $3 with no reboarding fee). The River Otter Water Taxi boards at Front and L streets, Old Sacramento. Call (916) 446-7704 or log on to riverotter.com.
Good To Know: Reservations are recommended for the taxi seats. And if you’d like to charter a boat, call (916) 552-6808, ext. 226.
25. Float down the American River. Bring sunblock, snacks and beverages, and you’re on your way. But be prepared: As relaxing as a float trip sounds, these trips are not for those afraid to mess up their hair. Friendly water “fights” are a common occurrence. Need a raft? American River Raft Rentals (11257 S. Bridge St., Rancho Cordova; 916-635-6400; raftrentals.com) or River Rat Raft and Bike (9840 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks; 916-966-6777; river-rat.com) can help you out.
Good To Know: A shuttle bus picks your group up from the end point and brings you back to the starting point to get your cars. However, you can edit out this step by leaving one of the cars at the end of the route.
26. Discover the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. Not a traditional zoo, the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary “treats animals as individuals” (with rights and stuff), teaches visitors to respect wildlife, and houses and cares for animals that have been rejected as pets, such as wolf-dog hybrids. The zoo is open Tuesday through Sunday and most holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday is an animal rest day.) Ages 13 and older are $3; ages 5 through 12 are $2. Children 4 and younger are free. The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located in Folsom City Park at Natoma and Stafford streets, (403 Stafford St.), Folsom. For more information, call (916) 351-3527 or click on to folsom.ca.us.
27. Tackle your desire to watch football in the summer. Yeah, we know NFL football doesn’t start until September; we’re talking about our own Sacramento Sirens women’s football team. They play June 11 against Portland Shockwave. The game starts at 6 p.m. at Foothill High School, 5000 McCloud Drive, Sacramento. Tickets run $5–$10. For more information, click on to sacramentosirens.com.
Good To Know: The Sirens are the 2003 and 2004 Independent Womens Football League champions.
28.“Sticking to my car seat. I’ve spent the last 14 Sacramento summers driving a pickup truck with cheap vinyl seats and no air conditioning. Fortunately, I’m a disc jockey—so even though I’ve fried most of my brain cells, no one has noticed yet.”
—Jeff Jensen, Morning Drive Co-Host, KZZO 100.5 FM
29.“What says summer to me? Barbecue. Come on, who doesn’t like to barbecue? Your neighbor could be cooking a shoe on the grill with a little sauce and you’d pop your head over the fence and say, ‘Hey, Bob! Whatcha cooking? Smells delish. Mmmmm, barbecued shoe!”
—Shawn Cash, Morning Drive Co-Host, KZZO 100.5 FM
30. Travel over to the 59th Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar, Aug. 13–14, and take in exhibits, cultural activities, traditional dancing, concerts and more. Admission is free, but bring money for food, drinks, games and souvenirs. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m., although we’ve been told the best time visit is before 4 p.m. when the crowds get thicker. The Buddhist Church of Sacramento is located at 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 446-0121 or log on to buddhistchurch.com (click on bazaar).
Good To Know: You can park for free at Seventh Street between W and X streets under the freeway and take a free shuttle bus to the bazaar.
31. Board a steam train. Every weekend through the end September, steam-powered trains depart on the hour from the Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot in Old Sacramento on Front Street. Choose to sit inside or out as you travel along the banks of the Sacramento River for 40 to 45 minutes. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 children ages 6–12, free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call (916) 323-9280 or log on to csrmf.org
Good To Know: Restrooms are not available on the train. Take care of business beforehand.
32. Catch a thrill while staying chilled by spending a whole or half day white-water rafting. According to Beyond Limits Adventures Inc., the South Fork of the American River is the premier whitewater rafting route this year “by far” because of the healthy snowfall the Sierra enjoyed. Most companies launch just up the hill from Coloma and offer half- or full-day trips, some with a barbecue lunch included. Peruse the Yellow Pages for “river trips,” log on to rivertrip.com or call (800)-234-7238 for information.
33. Roam the streets of Old Sacramento. Some locals give this place a bad rap as a tourist trap, but with numerous restaurants and museums—not to mention tons of history in the buildings themselves—it’s a bona fide destination on a warm summer day. And who can resist the kitschy shops? Make sure to stop by Munchies Candy Store, 122 J St., (916) 442-8256, which boasts a huge selection of saltwater taffy. Staff will urge you to “grab a sample.” So put on a pair of walking shoes and prepare to absorb a bit of Sacramento history.
34. Waltz on over to the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove July 28–31, then sit back and enjoy as more than 25 costumed dancers perform to music by Johann Strauss Jr. and family, performed by a 32-piece professional orchestra conducted by Jay DeWald. This year’s theme is “Happily Ever After.” Food and drink are available for purchase, or bring your own picnic items. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. and are free, but there is a $10 parking fee. The event is held at Strauss Island, Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove. For more information, call (916) 714-2527 or click on to straussfestival.com.
Good To Know: You can “reserve” a spot on the lawn in advance. Call or check out the website for more information.
35. Jet away Jet skiing. For Jet Ski rentals, try Water Fly’s Mobile—they deliver to you anyplace in the Delta: (916) 777-6431. Get information about other fun water sports, such as wakeboarding at launchwakeboarding.com; boating at boatingontheweb.com/california. For information regarding boating on other California waterways, including waterway maps, call (916) 263-1331.
36. Attending a Lunada. “These ‘Lunadas’ (nights of moon) are part of the oral tradition of my ancestors: Aztecs, Mayans, etc. Basically it is a gathering of mujeres (women) around the fire at a friend’s back yard who engage in conversation and listening to the elders. After several traditional rituals, one has the option of entering the Temezcal (vapor bath) with wonderful herbs, water and incandescent rocks. (The Temezcal is held inside a tent.) It is a spiritual healing as much as a physical one. This Lunada is done only during a full moon and any time of the year, but my favorite time is when the weather is beautiful—summer is best.”—Xochitl Arellano, Political Reporter, Univision 19 KUVS-TV
Good To Know: Anyone interested in attending a Lunada is welcome to call La Raza Galeria Posada at (916) 446-5133, ext. 3.
37. Dine by the water. Sit outside at one of the many restaurants along the Sacramento River. You can dine at a different restaurant every day of the week. A few options:
• Alamar Restaurant & Marina, 5999 Garden Highway, Sacramento; (916) 922-0200
• Chevys Fresh Mex, 1369 Garden Highway, Sacramento; (916) 649-0390
• Crawdad’s River Cantina, 1375 Garden Highway, Sacramento; (916) 929-2268
• Joe’s Crab Shack, 1210 Front St.,
Old Sacramento; (916) 553-4249
• Rio City Cafe, 1110 Front St., Old Sacramento; (916) 442-8226
• The Blue Gecko Bar and Grill, 1379 Garden Highway, Sacramento; (916) 922-2885
• Samurai Sushi on the River, 1801 Garden Highway, Sacramento; (916) 567-1112
• The Virgin Sturgeon, 1577 Garden Highway, Sacramento; (916) 921-2694
38. Drive a short distance on the Jackson Highway to Sloughhouse for some of the sweetest-tasting corn in the region. One place to buy: Davis Ranch L.L.C., where corn is available in late June or early July (call or check website for availablility), and $1 will get you six ears—a drop in price from last year. Other items you may find, depending on when you go: tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, bell peppers and beets. Open daily 9 a.m.–7 p.m., starting the second week of June (9 a.m.– 5 p.m. until then). Davis Ranch L.L.C. is located at 13221 Jackson Road, Sloughhouse. For more information, call (916) 682-2658 or click on sloughhousesweetcorn.com
Good To Know: First-day fresh is best, but you can store your corn in the refrigerator for up to a week or in freezer bags in the freezer up to six months. Just make sure to keep them in their husks. When boiling your previously stored corn, add some sugar to the water.
39. Buy fresh strawberries at a roadside fruit stand. One good place to try is the stand on Oak Avenue behind Vic’s IGA in Folsom. No guarantees, but it does seem to be open more regularly than most stands—and for longer hours. In addition to red, juicy strawberries (which will run you $1.50 a bakset), you might find torpedo onions, blackberries and green beans.
Good To Know: To keep your strawberries fresh, place unwashed strawberries in a plastic container lined with a paper towel and store in the fridge.
40. Skate away the summertime blues. Tie on traditional roller skates at Kings Skate Country, 2900 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento; (916) 363-2643 or 10408 Franklin Blvd., Elk Grove; (916) 684-7132; kingsskatecountry.com. Or, totally chill out by ice skating, perhaps at Iceland Ice-Skating Rink, 1430 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 925-3121; icelandsacramento.com or Skatetown Roseville, 1009 Orlando Ave., Roseville; (916) 783-8550; skatetown-roseville.com.
41. see the sun rise from an east-facing, top-floor room at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento.
A room will run you $159 to $189 Friday and Saturday, and $239 to $369 Monday through Thursday. The Sheraton Grand Sacramento is located at 13th and J streets, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 447-1700 or log on to sheraton.com.
Good To Know: The two-bedroom east-facing Presidential Suite runs $625.
42. Sleep like an animal at one of the Sacramento Zoo’s Family Overnight Safaris offered June through August. The safaris, which run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 a.m., feature mini-tours of the zoo, animal feedings, barbecue dinners and pancake breakfasts. Bring your own tent. Or, forget about the tent and sleep under the stars in your sleeping bags. Tickets are $59 for adults and $55 for children. The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 264-8814 or log on to saczoo.com.
Good To Know: Children must be 4 years old or older and accompanied by an adult.
43. Museum hop (and escape the heat) by spending an afternoon in some of the area’s many museums. Check out sacmuseums.org for a list of museums, which offer everything from art and history to trains and the military. One cool exhibit to check out: the California Military History mural, which features imagery of—what else—California military history by Verlyn Dean Gleisberg, at the California Military Museum. At press time, the museum’s target debut date for the mural is Flag Day, June 14. Call the museum to determine if it’s on schedule. The California Military Museum is located at 1119 Second St., Old Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 442-2883 or click on to militarymuseum.org.
44. Explore the wetlands of the Cosumnes River Preserve for prime viewing of birds, butterflies, aquatic life, plant life and more. Options for viewing are available via foot, auto or kayak. The preserve is open every day from dawn until dusk. For information and directions, call (916) 684-2816 or go to cosumnes.org.
45. Bring your own kayak or canoe and join in the Preserves’ Guided Paddling Tour on June 5. Meet at the visitors center for the 9 a.m. departure.
46. Revel in retail therapy. You may not feel like shopping for sweaters when it’s 110 degrees out, but we’ll tell you this: If you hit the stores midsummer, you’re going to get first pick at the fall fashions. On the flip side, if you’re lucky, you’ll also get a swimsuit for a song.
47. Act like a kid again at the California State Fair, Aug. 12–Sept. 5. This year, the fair brings back last year’s crowd-pleasing KidPark, with 20 age-specific games and rides, and two stages—one featuring juggling and comedy acts, the other storytellers and puppet shows from different countries and cultures. “Big kids” (that includes adults) will enjoy the midway, at the west end of the fairgrounds. Ride the much-touted, 50-meter-high “La Grande Wheel.” Ooo-la-la! The California State Fair is held at Cal Expo,1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 263-3247 or log on to bigfun.org.
48. “Going to the American River. That says we’re in Sacramento, big time. I’m always there picnicking. I listen to the sound of the water, fight off the mosquitoes. My wife and I take walks along the river, just enjoy the scenery. I’m into photography, so I take a lot of photos. [Summer’s] my favorite time of year despite the fact that it’s 116 degrees outside.”—Dr. Don Sainte-Johnn, Afternoon Drive Personality, V101.1/KHYL FM
49. Head to the river first thing in the morning. There is something intrinsically peaceful about being among the first (humans) at the river on a summer morning. The stillness of the water and the cool morning air mix with the silence, offering respite before the hustle and bustle of the day commences. There are many entry points along both the American and Sacramento rivers, but one we like is the William Pond Recreation Area in Carmichael. To get there: Drive down Arden Way east until it dead-ends at the American River.
50. Rent a houseboat. Summer days are officially “Delta Days” here in Sactown: So “marrrrrk twain!” it on a 65-foot houseboat for a long weekend or a week. Catch dinner—lots of black bass, catfish and crawdad to be caught (if you have a license)—or moor your boat and dine at any one of a number of shoreside restaurants. Rent an additional watercraft, like a kayak, or just bird-watch from the deck of your floating home-sweet-home. Rates during the summer season vary, starting at $2,295 (depending on dates of trip and the size of the boat). For more information, call (800) 255-5561 or click on to deltahouseboats.com.
51. Attend a Sierra Club outing or social. John Muir founded the Sierra Club in 1892 “to share his love of Earth and all of nature.” Today, the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club offers hikes, camping and other social outings. It’s a great way to connect with nature—and with other nature lovers. All activities are open to the public and there is no charge unless it’s designated as a club fund-raiser. However, set aside money for car pooling, group dinners out, camp entrance fees, etc. Young adult singles (ages 18 to about 40) may want to check out the Young Adults Car Camp (driving to a camp and setting up tents), Aug. 26–28, in Yosemite National Park. Contact the leader, Jeff Utberg, no later than Aug. 24. (916) 984-0967 / email@example.com. For more information, go to motherlode.sierraclub.org.
Good To Know: There are Sierra Club outings specifically designed for singles, seniors, gays and lesbians.
Pretend you’re Italian and play bocce ball. The East Portal Bocce Club has bocce leagues open to men and women of all skill levels. Games are played at East Portal Park Bocce Courts, 1120 Rodeo Way, Sacramento. For more information, contact Jack Roupp at (916) 455-4861 or click on to eastportalbocceclub.com.
Good To Know: The members of East Portal Bocce Club are the national champions for the four-man open competition.
53. Jazz it up at the 12th Annual Meadowview Jazz and Cultural Festival June 25. Along with entertainers such as Grammy Award-winner George Duke, The Jazz Crusaders Al-Stars, Angela Bofill and Mercy Me, there will be cultural displays, children’s activities, food vendors, postshow fireworks and more. (No alcohol is allowed.) Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate, with proceeds benefiting the Meadowview community. The event takes place at the Cosumnes River College Stadium, Bruceville Road and Cosumnes River Boulevard, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 808-7008.
54. My fondest summertime memories as a child growing up in Sacramento were the picnic outings we had in William Land Park. As part of a baby-boom family of five kids, picnics were a cheap form of amusement for our family. Now I take my 5-year-old daughter and my nephew for picnics there. It wouldn’t be summer in Sacramento without images of a blanket spread under a big sycamore or other shade tree in William Land Park while enjoying a cool soda and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” —Lonnie Wong, Reporter, FOX40, and host of “FOX40 In Focus”
55. Spend a summer day in Winters. An especially good day to go: the first Saturday of every month for the Winters Art Walk, a walking tour of artists’ studios, art galleries and antiques shops in downtown Winters. (The central point is the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Main Street.) The event goes from morning until night; pick up a map at the Putah Creek Cafe, 1 Main St., Winters; (530) 795-2682. For more information, call (530) 795-3297 or click on to bluehillsgallery.com.
56. Fetch fresh produce, flowers and other locally grown finds at area farmers markets. During the summer, you can visit a different farmers market nearly every day of the week. One to try: Davis Farmers Market. “It’s like a giant picnic in the park on Wednesday nights during the summer,” says one Davis resident, referring to Picnic in the Park, which features an international foods fair, a beer garden, children’s activities and live music, in addition to the farmers market, every Wednesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. through mid-October. The market also is open Saturdays 8 a.m.–noon year-round. The Davis Farmers Market is held in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, Davis. For more information, call (530) 756-1695 or click on davisfarmersmarket.org.
Good To Know: For a comprehensive list of area farmers markets, click on to cafarmersmarkets.com.
57. Allow your little kids to experience big-kid thrills at Funderland, an amusement park geared toward children ages 2–12, with a train ride that circles the park and a roller coaster that was many a native Sacramentan’s first thrill-ride ever. (Come on, that first drop was scary back when you were only 2 feet tall, admit it!) Admission is free. Ticket prices for rides weekdays are $1.25 for a single ticket, $10 for a book of 10. On weekends, it’s $1.50 for single tickets, $12 for a book of 10 tickets. (Unlimited-ride wristbands are available for $11 per person; birthday party packages also are available.) Funderland is located at 1465 Sutterville Road at 17th Avenue, Sacramento—across from the zoo in William Land Park. For more information, call (916) 456-0115.
58. Behold the Bard at William Land Park June 24–July 31. Bring picnic items and a blanket and enjoy performances of As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, offered in repertory. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8:30 p.m. No reservations are accepted, except for large groups. Tickets: $14 general, $10 students, seniors, SARTA members and people with disabilities. For more information, call (916) 558-2228. William A. Carroll Amphitheatre (15th Avenue and Land Park Drive), William Land Park, Sacramento.
Good To Know: New this year are expanded food options. If you’ve run out of time to pack a picnic, you can buy dinner at the amphitheater.
59. Develop swing fever by attending a Sacramento Capitals tennis match. The five-time World Team Tennis Champions play on their home turf July 6, 8, 10, 17, 18, 20 and 23 (the season runs July 4–24), in a stadium set up in a parking lot at Sunrise Mall at Sunrise MarketPlace (6184 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights). Catch tennis champion Anna Kournikova when she plays with the Caps on July 10. Boris Becker and Venus Williams play against the Caps on July 17 and July 23, respectively. Gates open at 6 p.m.; matches start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets run $20–$89.50. For more information, call (916) 638-4001 or click on gocaps.net.
Good To Know: Tickets go on sale June 1 at 8 p.m. Call early to ensure a ticket—especially for the July 10 game featuring Kournikova.
60. Swing into action yourself and take some tennis lessons. You might not become the next Andre Agassi, but for $48 per class series, you’ll learn that “love” means “zero”—and (hopefully) how to hit the ball back and forth. The city of Sacramento offers beginning and advanced lessons, and students can be as young as 4. (Prices and schedules for children are slightly different than for adults.) Go to cityofsacramento.org/parksandrecreation, then download the Summer 2005 Recreation and Community Programs directory, or call (916) 277-6054.
61. Sip sangria after work or on a lazy weekend afternoon sitting outside Tapa the World at 2115 J St., Sacramento; (916) 442-4353, and watch the traffic on
J Street whiz by.
62. Hike your way away from the heat. Pick up a hiking guide book and go solo or with a group (much more fun). Join hike leader Bob Tribe—an avid outdoorsman who has taught classes for California State Parks and California State University, Sacramento, among others—this summer as he leads groups on Northern California trails, providing expert advice and interesting commentary along the way. Go to mountaintribe.org for more information. Hikes cost $20.
63. Trot along in a horse-drawn carriage in Old Sacramento. It’s the perfect way to see Old Sacramento and other downtown attractions, whether you’re entertaining a date, out-of-town family or the kids. Rides start at Second and J streets, Old Sacramento. One service to try: A Touch of Elegance Carriage Service. Splurge on the Deluxe Tour, which, for $80, takes you through Old Sacramento, by Crocker Park, the State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, and lasts about an hour and a half. Oh, and that $80 is per group, which can include up to six people. Call (916) 501-4794.
Insiders’ Tip: Take a tip from the classic “Seinfeld” episode and make sure your chosen horse hasn’t lunched on “Beef-A-Reeno.”
64. Don’t whine about the heat: Wine taste at the wineries in Amador
County. One place to try is Story Winery, which sits atop the Cosumnes River Canyon, making for a great picnic locale. (Bring your own goods.) The winery is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the open house Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring wine tasting, discounts on wine purchases and live music. Story Winery is located at 10525 Bell Road, Plymouth. For more information, call (800) 713-6390 or log on to zin.com.
65. Wind down the month of June at the Summer Solstice Wine Daze, June 25–26. For more information, call (888) 655-8614 or go to amadorwine.com.
66. Harvest the gardner within during Harvest Day 2005 on Aug. 6 at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center. The event will feature how-to gardening sessions, more than 16 educational booths, garden tours, demonstrations, tree fruit, grape and vegetable samplings, nearly a dozen speakers, and more. Harvest Day 2005 starts at 8 a.m. and lasts until about 2 p.m. The Fair Oaks Horticulture Center is located in Fair Oaks Park, near the corner of Madison Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard. The event is free but donations are requested. For more information, call (916) 875-6913 or log on to cesacramento.ucdavis.edu.
67. Check out the boys of summer at a River Cats baseball game. Sit in the bleachers or bring a blanket and purchase the cheap lawn seats. Staff and ushers appear genuinely glad that you came. Check the River Cats schedule for a list of special game days/nights such as Fan Appreciation Night Sept. 1 (The Cats will be giving away free stuff all night to say “thank you” to their fans). For more information, call (916) 376-4700 or log on to rivercats.com.
68. “Running along the American River on a perfect evening when the skyline rests on the mountains. My summer challenge: finding clothes to keep cool and hide the belly bulge that running never seems to burn. It doesn’t bother me! My serotonin levels are soaring since the sun is still up when I leave work.” —Jodie Stevens, Afternoon Show Host, 105.5 The Fish, KKFS
69. Get dirty dirt-bike riding. There are several dirt-bike riding trails at Folsom Lake and all along the American River—off to the side of the bike trail, on the water’s side—and in remote areas in Auburn, such as the Mammoth Bar trail area. Go to trailsource.com for a comprehensive list of area trails, or ask the cool-looking dirt-bike sellers at local bike stores for tips on best places to ride.
70. Exercise your freedom by running the free Fourth of July 5-Miler. Yup! Absolutely free (in honor of our “free”dom, we wonder?) The flat-course run takes you through Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood, where neighbors cheer you on, often wearing festive red, white and blue gear, of course. The race starts at 8 a.m. (The kids race starts at 7:45 a.m.) at Glen Hall Park, corner of Sandburg and Carlson drives. For more information, call (916) 492-8966 or log on to capitalroadrace.com.
71. Take part in the world’s oldest triathlon, Eppie’s Great Race, which consists of a 5.82-mile run, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 6.35-mile paddle on July 16. Events are held along the American River Parkway and run through Sacramento, Rancho Cordova and Folsom. The race, in its 32nd year, starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call (916) 875-6640 or click on to thegreatrace.org.
Good To Know: Not up for competing in the race? Spectators and cheerleaders are welcome. Two good spots: Guy West Bridge at CSUS, where you’ll also see the run-to-bike transition, and Goethe Park in Rancho Cordova, which is the start and finish line.
72. Ladies, show your grrl power by participating in the Fleet Feet Women’s Fitness Festival June 12. A 5K run/walk, which starts on the west steps of the State Capitol, is just the beginning of this celebration. The postrace expo includes food, health testing, music, massage and more. All proceeds benefit Girls on the Run, a program that works to build healthy lifestyles and self-respect in girls through running. For more information, call (916) 441-1751 or log on to fleetfeetsacramento.com.
73. Feel like you’re taking a day trip but only go as far as Roseville. The Miners Ravine Bike Trail offers 2.5 miles of walking, running and biking trails. Even though it’s located near the freeway, you’re sheltered from the sounds, allowing you instead to enjoy the flowers, birds and other gifts of nature.
Good To Know: Sculpture Park, marked by “Cosmos,” an 80-foot-tall metal sculpture created by artist Aristides Demetrios, marks the start of the trail—and is your landmark by the freeway. (You take the Eureka Road exit off Interstate 80.)
74. Seek shelter in a movie theater. If you can’t beat the heat, hide from it. One place with guaranteed air conditioning: movie theaters. One movie to check out: Bewitched. Opening June 24, the movie features Will Ferrell as a Hollywood star, Jack Wyatt, looking to make a comeback by playing Darrin Stephens in the movie version of the 1960s television show about the friendly witch, Samantha, and her mortal husband. When Wyatt spies Isabel Bigelow, played by Nicole Kidman, he decides she must play Samantha—not realizing that Bigelow really does have “bewitching” tendencies.
Insiders’ Tip: Take a sweater. Sometimes theater air conditioning works a little too well.
75. Treat Your Taste Buds at the Sacramento Zoo’s 21st Annual Ice Cream Safari July 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. Entertainment, zoo admission, face painting and all-you-can-eat ice cream and soft drinks highlight this zoo fund-raiser. Admission: $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger, with a $2 discount for zoo members. The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 264-5888 or click on to saczoo.com.
Good To Know: In preparation for the event, the zoo will close at 1:30 p.m. that day.
76. Cheer on the Sacramento Monarchs and discover for yourself that basketball isn’t just a winter sport—or a man’s game. Check out wnba.com/monarchs for schedule information—including special game days. Opening day is June 4 when the ladies host the Los Angeles Sparks. Home games are held at Arco Arena, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 928-0000.
77. “Playing in the pool on a hot day with my 2-year-old. The hard part is getting her out of the water. She’s a total water baby.”—Monica Woods, Meteorologist, News10
Whether you’re swimming laps, playing Marco Polo or floating peacefully on a raft, you can’t beat the swimming pool. Don’t have a pool in your back yard? Click on cityofsacramento.org for a list of public pools, most of which charge nominal entrance fees.
78. Scope out the Second Saturday Art Walk scene to see the latest offerings by area art galleries and enjoy artists’ receptions taking place throughout the Sacramento area including uptown, midtown, Fair Oaks, Folsom and Auburn. Log on to sacramento-second-saturday.org, call your favorite art gallery or check out that week’s Sacramento News & Review and The Sacramento Bee’s Friday “Ticket” for more information.
79. Welcome the second Friday of the month at Davis’ Second Friday ArtAbout, a chance to check out the art gallery/artists’ receptions in downtown Davis the second Friday of the month from 5:30 to 10 p.m. For more information, call (530) 758-8330 or log on to artery.coop.
80. Prepare a sumptuous summer salad. Better yet, learn how to make a few new ones by taking a Good Eats! class from cooking instructor Paulette Bruce-Miller on Sunday, June 5 or June 12. “Salad Sunday” recipes will include lemony potato salad with olives, corn and cashews, and farfalle and spinach salad with sun-dried tomato-walnut pesto. Classes are $65 and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (916) 498-9804.
81. Become a pro at outdoor entertaining by taking a class at the Co-op Community Learning Center on June 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The class will teach you recipes—including wild rice salad and grilled herb shrimp with mango salsa—that you can make ahead of time and that can be served at room temperature. Yes, there will be samplings. Cost: $40, $30 for co-op members. The Co-op Community Learning Center is located at 1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 455-2667 or click on to sacfoodcoop.com.
82. Day Trip It down at the Delta for the 33rd Annual Delta Pear Fair, Sunday, July 31. Celebrating the Bartlett pear and offering music, a parade, a fun run and an abundance of food and drink—many pear-related, the Delta Pear Fair is more than a fair way to spend a summer day. And if you’re lucky, you’ll be fanned by the oft-present, highly regarded Delta breeze. The event is free, with a $10 “donation” toward the Courtland Fire Department. The Pear Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at the Courtland School Grounds, 180 Primasing Ave., Courtland. For more information, call (916) 775-2000 or log on to pearfair.com.
83. Enjoy live, outdoor theater during the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival in Fair Oaks. Performances, including The Apple Tree and Great Songs of the Sky, run through Sept. 25. Tickets are a steal—$15, with discounts for students, children, seniors, groups and SARTA members. Call (916) 966-3683 for directions to the theater. For more information, click on fairoakstheatrefestival.com.
84. Find your inner cowboy or cowgirl with an hour out on the happy trails—just you and your very own Silver for the day. Gibson Ranch offers guided trail rides for ranch-hand wannabes ages 8 and older for $28, every day, all summer long. . .
’ceptin’ Mondays and Tuesdays, when the lil’ dogies rest up. A working ranch located off Elverta Road and Watt Avenue, Gibson also offers horseback riding lessons and other activities. Call (916) 991-7592 for reservations or e-mail Dawn@Gibson-Ranch.com for more information.
85. The Valley Is Alive With the Sound of Music
Experience a slice of Sacramento history at Music Circus. This theater-in-the-round has been delighting Sacramento audiences with Broadway musicals for more than 50 summers. With the completion of the new Wells Fargo Pavilion two years ago, theatergoers now enjoy the same great shows staged under a huge tent, but with the added convenience of air conditioning and more bathrooms and minus the worry that their view will be obstructed by a pole. This year’s performances include The King and I, West Side Story and Beauty and The Beast. The Music Circus is located at 1419 H St., Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 557-1999 or log on to californiamusicaltheatre.com.
Good To Know: For a nearby, free parking spot, go a couple of hours before showtime, park in an area that doesn’t meter after 6 p.m., then walk to one of the many nearby restaurants for dinner before settling into your seats for the show.
86. Become a little bit country July 31 at Country in the Park, presented by country radio station KNCI. Musical acts include LeAnn Rimes, Sugarland, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye. For more information, call (916) 766-5105 or log on to kncifm.com.
87. Start the weekend on a good note by moseying (or driving, if you’re not a downtowner) on over to the free Friday Night Concerts in the Park, 5– 9 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th and J streets, Sacramento, through Aug. 12. Performers include Mumbo Gumbo on June 10, Jackie Greene on July 22 and The Brodys on Aug. 5. Food and drink are available for purchase. There’s also a beer garden for patrons 21 and older. (Bring your I.D.—you won’t get into the beer garden without it.) For more information, call (916) 442-8575 or log on to downtownsac.org.
Good To Know: Take public transit or carpool. Parking close by can be a challenge.
88. Groove at the Sacramento Zoo during Music in the Zoo concerts, Tuesdays, June 7–July 26, 6–8 p.m. Gates open at 5:15 p.m. Bring picnic items or purchase food and drink on the premises and enjoy live music from the likes of Conquista Musical and Garrett Wilken and the Parrotheads. Admission is $9 adults; $5 children ages 3–12; $4.50 adult members, $2.50 child members; children 2 and younger are admitted free. The zoo is located at 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 264-5888 or log on to saczoo.com.
89. Catch island fever Fridays 6–10 p.m., June 3–Aug. 12, by listening to live reggae music by the pool at the Red Lion Hotel Sacramento during Jamaica Me Crazy. (Enjoy a refreshing swim, too.) Food and drink are available for purchase. Admission is $7, free for children 17 and younger. The Red Lion Hotel Sacramento is located at 1401 Arden Way, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 922-8041, ext. 4240.
90. Enjoy the shaded beauty of four Sacramento parks (and the CSUS main quad). Spread out your picnic, settle into some low-back lawn chairs and soak up the sounds of some great local bands at Pops in the Park. Food and drink are available for purchase, too. All concerts begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call (916) 808-5240.
• June 4th: Bucho! at East Portal Park, 51st and M streets
• June 11th: California Cowboys at Glen Hall Park, Sandburg and Carlson drives
• June 18th: Funkengruven at California State University, Sacramento, main quad
• June 25th: Bill Rase Orchestra at Bertha Henschel Park, 45th Street and Brand Way
• July 9th: The Pulsators at McKinley Park, H Street and Alhambra Boulevard
Good To Know: With the exception of CSUS—where you may have to pay to park— street parking is your only (legal) option. This could translate into walking long distances from parking space to park, bogged down with chairs, blankets, coolers, etc. Our advice: 1) pack lightly, 2) recruit friends to help you carry your load or 3) bring a wagon to help you haul it all.
91. Do lunch in The Firehouse Restaurant’s courtyard. Two fruitless mulberry trees and one Japanese elm create a canopy effect in this lovely, secluded courtyard, whose tranquility is further enhanced by 16-foot-high brick walls. Flowering plants (rotated out every six–eight weeks), fresh flowers on the tables and flowers in the soothing water fountain make this gardenlike dining spot a perfect choice for summer dining. We’re told the temperature never goes above 75 degrees thanks to rooftop water coolers, which provide a gentle breeze. Tree lights provide romantic ambiance for evening diners. Lunch: Monday–Friday 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.;
dinner Monday–Saturday 5–10 p.m. Happy hour: Monday–Friday 2:30–
7 p.m. The Firehouse Restaurant is located at 1112 Second St., Old Sacramento; (916) 442-4772.
92. “Scream” for ice cream. What better way to cool off when the mercury reaches 100-plus than with a creamy ice-cream treat? One thing not to miss: Chocolate Dipped Moussecake ($2.95 each) at Gunther’s Ice Cream, (2801 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 457-6646). Served on a stick—what fun!
93. Indulge in a cool summer treat, sans the fat.
A Merlino’s Freeze—a Sacramento institution—should fit the bill perfectly. Get yours at 3200 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 731-4000 as well as at kiosks during the summer at Raley Field, Downtown Plaza and the Folsom Premium Outlets.
94. Kayak in the moonlight at the CSUS Aquatic Center. Even if you’ve paddled numerous times at Lake Natoma, it’s a completely different feel under the glow of a full moon. Experience isn’t necessary, but if you’d rather not venture out into the moonlit waters uninitiated, the aquatic center offers classes in kayaking. Or, just rent a kayak in the daylight ($8/hour), get your “lake legs” and you’ll be good to go. Sunset Paddle dates: June 24 and July 22, 8–10 p.m; Aug. 19, 7:30–9:30 p.m. The CSUS Aquatic Center is located at 1901 Hazel Ave., Gold River. Call (916) 278-2842 or log on to csusaquaticcenter.com.
Good To Know: For your water-loving pleasure, the CSUS Aquatic Center also offers classes in canoeing, water skiing, Jet Skiing and other water-related activities. Equipment rental also is available.
95. Park it at a drive-in movie theater. Stay in the car or bring lawn chairs and set up your own outdoor theater seating. Bring your own grub or splurge on a buttery tub of oh-so-bad-but-oh-som-good movie-theater popcorn. Sacramento 6 Drive In is located near Highway 50 at Bradshaw Road, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 363-6572.
Good To Know: We keep hearing rumors that this one remaining area drive-in is closing. But as of press time, it was still up and running. Maybe move this item to the top of your summer “to-do” list. Just in case.
96. Dig a different type of drive-in: Sunflower Drive-In. Although you won’t find ’50s music playing from the speakers or have your food served to you by young bucks and buckettes on skates, this drive-in, birthed in the ’70s and serving the likes of nutburgers, fruit smoothies and vegan cookies, is the antithesis of the burger-and-shake cuisine found at most drive-in joints. Complete your summer experience by taking your scrumptious treasures to a nearby park, or park it on one of the drive-in’s outside picnic benches and watch the resident roosters and chickens mill about—a common occurrence in Fair Oaks Village—basking in the knowledge that you’re indulging healthfully. Sunflower Drive-In is located at 10344 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks Village; (916) 967-4331.
Good To Know: This isn’t fast food—in any way, shape or form. Unless you’ve got lots of time on your hands to wait for your order, call it in ahead so it’s ready when you arrive.
97. Go fish on June 11, the first of two free fishing days—free meaning that you don’t need a fishing license. (The next one is Sept. 24.) Put on by the State Department of Fish and Game, this is a perfect way to determine if fishing is the sport for you. Call (916) 358-1644 or log on to fgc.ca.gov/html/fishregs.html for more information.
98. Arrange for a romantic rendezvous at La Provence Restaurant and Terrace. This oh-so-French restaurant in Roseville offers not only French cuisine and an extensive wine list (including some French selections, of course), but myriad activities and events including periodic French film and French conversation nights, live jazz Thursday through Saturday evenings, and even an outdoor petanque court for a game or two. But we think the best reason to visit La Provence is its pastoral setting: Enjoy lovely views of massive oaks and fruitless olive trees from an inside window table—doors and windows are opened on pleasant days—or outside on the terrace, surrounded by foliage and flowers. (Copper fireplaces combat any chill once the sun goes down.) Such ambiance makes this little bit of Roseville feel a lot like the South of France. La Provence is located at 110 Diamond Creek Place in Roseville and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (916) 789-2002 or go to laprovenceroseville.com.
99. walk barefoot in the evening and enjoy the warmth of the cement, asphalt, dirt surfaces.