The Parks Forward Commission has collaborated with others to create a new app, caliparks.org, that allows you to find parks, trails and other recreation opportunities near you within California.
Caliparks.org screenshot of homepage
When I clicked through to State Parks and typed Walnut Grove, CA into the search bar, 4 nearby parks came up:
- Stone Lakes
- Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge
- Franks Tract State Recreation Area
- Brannan Island State Recreation Area.
In addition the application allows you to locate camping sites, mountain bike trails, dog walking opportunities, and beaches.
The annual San Joaquin Asparagus Festival will be held in Stockton April 17, 18 & 19, 2015. There is a full line-up of entertainment with a hypnotist on Sunday, Country music on Saturday headlined by John Michael Montgomery and Classic Rock on Sunday with Led Zeppelin 2.
Every imaginable kind of asparagus dish will be on offer. All to celebrate the classic Delta crop grown on Victoria Island and elsewhere in California. There is something for almost everyone from a car show to a health and wellness fair along with other entertainment.
It is affordable family entertainment: $10 per adult; $5 for children; and $7 per senior or teen. Parking is just $5 per carload.
Recently a group met in West Sacramento to discuss the Yolo Bypass. An interloper joined the meeting and caused a brief distraction. Jacob Katz caught this Mexican free-tailed bat in his hat and introduced us before releasing outside.
These delicate creatures are an important member of our ecosystem in the Yolo Bypass. Learn more and support the Yolo Basin Foundation in their 25th year of educational programming.
Robin Kulakow from the Yolo Basin Foundation was unflapped. Her organization sponsors educational programs and bat walks in the Yolo Bypass. If you are interested in a bat talk and walk, check out their events at http://www.yolobasin.org.
The 4th annual celebration of local craft beers begins today with a Local Brewers’ Showcase at the California Auto Museum. Taste beer from over 30 different brewers for $40 (advance tickets; $45 at the door).
There are events through Beer Week until the final Beer Fest on March 8. (Tickets are sold out except general admission $40). For all of the featured events, check out the calendar of events.
You must be 21 or older to participate. Use good sense and plan ahead for your rides home or plan your hotel stay. And… have fun!
The announced 2015 route of AMGEN Tour of California includes the Delta, and on the very first day–Stage One, Sunday May 10. The bike racers will depart from Sacramento, ride 124 miles along the Sacramento River to Rio Vista and back for a likely sprint finish in Sacramento.
Sir Bradley Wiggins of Team Sky won the time trial in Folsom in 2014
The State Capitol will once again provide a dramatic backdrop to the race. Adding the route through the Delta will add some visual excitement and a good excuse to visit your favorite Delta community with a picnic and a bottle of wine and watch the peloton.
Waiting for the peloton on City of Sacramento curb.
Stage Two on May 11 starts in Nevada City and ends in Lodi, California. Lodi is on the edge of the Delta and offers plenty of wine tasting and a celebratory finish. The song lyrics “stuck in Lodi” will not be running through these cyclists minds as they will be once again sprinting for the finish.
There is a gem of a gallery at Sacramento City College, the Kondos Gallery. Each month artists Suzanne Adan and Michael Stevens put together a different and interesting show with local professional artists. In October the theme was masks, and from November 6 through 26 it is Self Portraits.
Jim Adan’s self portrait; Mr. Driftwood!
This month’s show includes self portraits from Gregory Kondos, Jack Ogden, Michael Stevens, Tony Natsoulas, and Julia Couzens. The gallery has odd hours: Monday through Thursday 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Friday 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sign up for the announcements with firstname.lastname@example.org,edu to attend the openings on a Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The gallery is located in the art department of the Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. There is street parking 27th and 10th near a coffee shop and sandwich place. And a short walk to the gallery.