This Weekend: Help Solve a Mystery, Dine from a Taco Bar and Witness a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Here’s our fun (and food-centric) weekend event lineup:

Dine with Scoundrels
Leap aboard the Sacramento River Train on Saturday evening for its goofy Murder Mystery dinner. Train guests enjoy a three-course meal while doubling as “extras” in the show, described as a “deliciously dreadful soap opera” called Days of Our Nights. Featuring “murderers and scoundrels…loose on the train,” the show recruits guests to participate as key witnesses in order to catch the bad guys. Dinner selections include marinated tri-tip and baked cheese tortellini (yep, there’s wine available, too).
For more info or to purchase tickets visit www.sacramentorivertrain.com
Date: Saturday, August 8
Time: 6pm
Location: Sacramento River Train boarding area, 341 Industrial Way, Woodland
Tickets: $64 per guest (includes dinner and 28-mile train trip); $89 for a Gold Ticket upgrade (see website for details)

Family Film Al Fresco
Pack up a basket of goodies, some lawn chairs and a couple of sweaters and bring the kids out on Saturday evening to midtown’s Grant Park (21st and C streets) for Screen on the Green. Hosted by Council Member Steve Cohn, this delightful summer event series gives families a chance to snuggle up and watch a movie together outside in the park. Free and open to the public, Screen on the Green’s movies start at sundown. Saturday’s flick is Bee Movie (www.beemovie.com).
For more information, call (916) 808-7235

Eat Tacos and Groove to the Blues in Plymouth
Deaver Vineyards in Plymouth is celebrating its “Cool August Daze” party on Saturday afternoon. Featuring a live band (“eclectic blues, jazz and Brazilian themes”), an elaborate taco bar catered by Juan in a Million Taqueria (www.juaninamillion.biz) and – of course – an array of Deaver wines, this promises to be a fun event.
For more information, visit www.deavervineyard.com
Date: Saturday, August 8
Time: Event 10:30am – 5pm; Taco bar available 11:30am 3:30pm; Band performs from 12pm to 4pm
Location: Deaver Vineyards, 12455 Steiner Road, Plymouth, (209) 245-4099
Tickets: $13.00 per person

Celebrate all things Japanese
Sacramento Buddhist Church is hosting its 63rd Annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar on both Saturday and Sunday. This very popular event, which started as a simple social gathering, was born in 1947 when the Sacramento Japanese families began rebuilding their community following their forced evacuation from the West Coast during World War II. Today the Bazaar attracts 40,000 to 50,000 people, and features a colorful, exciting lineup of  Japanese exhibits and demonstrations, including flower arranging (Ikebana), classical dancing (Odori), tea ceremonies, storytelling and folk singing – and, everyone’s favorite – thunderous, soul-stirring Taiko Drum performances. There’s also a delectable selection of Japanese food to sample, from chicken teriyaki and sushi to shrimp tempura and noodle dishes.
For more information, visit www.buddhistchurch.com/events/Bazaar.htm
Date(s): Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9
Time: 12pm to 9pm both days
Location: Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento
Tickets: Free to the public