November 2015 Around Town 1


Biggest Show on Snow

We know you never thought you’d ever be able to ice skate or see an outdoor ice hockey game at Raley Field, but thanks to the inaugural Biggest Show on Snow, that’s about to change! Presented by Entercom Communications Sacramento, Raley Field and RS Ice Sports & Entertainment, the six-week winter event will be held at Raley Field from Nov. 20-Jan. 3. The Biggest Show on Snow will be highlighted by the Golden State Hockey Rush on Dec. 18 – an event designed to celebrate the exciting sport of ice hockey in California. On that night, the GSHR and Raley Field will host the first-ever American Hockey League game held outdoors in western North America between the Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors. Other attractions for The Biggest Show on Snow include the “Monster Ice Slide,” rides, public holiday skating, arts and crafts, Santa Claus picture opportunities, a Christmas tree lot and much more.

Pop-Up Dog Park Wins International Award

The Midtown Business Association has been honored with a Downtown Merit Award for its work and initiatives related to the mobile Pop-Up Dog Park concept that was successfully launched in 2014. Recognized by The International Downtown Association (IDA) in the Events and Programming category, projects and initiatives were selected from organizations working to further their city centers and improve the image and vitality of downtown with events that promote downtown and attract visitors. The Washington, D.C.-based IDA is a champion for vital and livable urban centers and strives to inform, influence and inspire downtown leaders and advocates. With 500 member organizations and thousands of professionals, IDA is a guiding force in creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities, and regions.

The Midtown Business Association is the advocacy and management organization representing the interests of property owners in downtown Sacramento and is a member of the International Downtown Association. Using portable picket fencing, sustainable materials and a double-gate system to ensure dogs are secure inside the structure, the mobile Pop-Up Dog Park was designed by the Midtown Business Association to increase canine-friendly communication and interaction and help to nurture a strong sense of community in the heart of Midtown. Originally created as a solution to a restrictive space requirement for off-leash dog parks, the success of Midtown’s Pop-Up Dog Park has resulted in significant progress to develop a permanent dog park in Sacramento.  Led by the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA), plans for a permanent dog park in Midtown were reviewed by the Sacramento City Council on Sept. 29.

Sacramento County Named 
Best of Web

Sacramento County’s website,, was recently named the winner of the county portal category for eRepublic’s Center for Digital Government’s 2015 Best of the Web (BOW) awards. Now in its 20th year, the BOW awards recognize city, county and state governments for outstanding portals and websites based on their functionality, innovation and productivity.  According to a news article on, the win is attributed to such factors as better mobile device accommodations and a comprehensive online service directory to help residents and businesses easily find answers to questions concerning services with the County.

Crocker Art Museum Hosts The Age of Albrecht Dürer

In its only North American presentation, “The Age of Albrecht Dürer: German Drawings from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris” will open at the Crocker Art Museum Nov. 1 and will run through Feb. 14, 2016. The exhibition presents new research and discoveries to create a better understanding of Dürer, who revolutionized the arts of drawing, painting and printmaking at the turn of the 16th century and is considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the Northern Renaissance. The exhibit includes more than 100 drawings, prints and illustrated books from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, including works by Dürer, as well as works by his precursors and artists who spent time in his workshop.

Green Apple Day of Service

Community volunteers, students, parents and school administrators convened at Leonardo Da Vinci School in Sacramento on Sept. 26 to help create a more sustainable learning environment for students through the Green Apple Day of Service program. Improvements at the school included a general garden clean up, sealing of the aquaponics stations, and preparing the garden beds for fall planting. The school gardens and aquaponics system (freestanding units for cultivating water-based plant and small animal life) provide students with hands-on experience and a first look at the importance of protecting our natural environment.  In addition to the service project, renowned local artist Milton Bowens displayed work from his new collection “The Lost Mother Nature Diaries” during the event. Green Apple Day of Service events took place throughout the United States and in communities around the globe on Sept. 26. The Green Apple Day of Service is an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council that brings together advocates in communities around the world and encourages them to take action through service projects at local schools. The Green Apple Day of Service, now in its fourth year, provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations, companies and more to transform all schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places.

Cancer Survivors Urge Californians 
to Pink Their Plates

Breast cancer survivors and their supporters recently launched a drive to urge California motorists to order “Pink Ribbon License Plates” that deliver a message of early detection and help fund breast cancer screenings for underserved women. At least 7,500 pre-orders are needed for the Department of Motor Vehicles to begin producing the plates. Orders can be made at Funds generated from the California Pink Ribbon License Plate will allow more women across California to get regular breast exams and mammograms, potentially saving the lives of countless women. The funds will be directed to the Breast Cancer Control Account, which funds the state’s Every Woman Counts administered by the California Department of Health Care Services. The agency partners with county departments of public health and county health consortia across California to provide women with local, easy access to screenings.