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Time – your most expensive cost of car maintenance.

Not the mechanic's time, but YOURS. Have you factored this in when you consider getting something as simple as an oil change? I hadn't until recently. I have been reluctant to buy everything online, because I LIKE to support local businesses. I think it is good for the local economy, provides jobs, contributes to local taxes, etc. However, there are things which are local AND convenient. What a concept!

Local grocery stores now have delivery or drive-up services. I haven't tried that yet, but I have a home-bound friend who has, and it makes a world of difference to her. I have ordered printer ink and a few other commodities online, reluctantly, but price and time and hassle weighed into my equation of 'cost'.

So what about car maintenance services? A friend had a service come to her for an oil change, right at her home, which is also her work site. No hassle, no lost time from work, and reasonable price. The company also offered to replace her tires at her Sacramento home! Now, that saves some serious TIME, and hassle and money.

It makes a big difference to me to support a local Sacramento business, particularly an independent local company. This business owner has kids in Sacramento area schools, supports local churches and charities, votes locally, pays taxes locally. Yup. I am a localvore. Why not?!

This is my home and I want it to thrive. My clients are mostly from here, and while I may transmit my work online, we still have coffee together and have face-to-face meetings. That kind of contact builds trust and confidence. I really don't have heart for people in some other country that advertise shoes and fashions just because a searched for a show store! When I search for Sacramento Tire Shops, I am so glad that there are service providers here.

Mobile Oil Service in Sacramento Saves the Day

At the change of seasons, it is a good idea to look at what needs to be done for good main tenance of your cars. We depend on them for so much, especially for families where both parents work. Taking time for routine maintenance, like oil changes, can be costly in time. But not doing it is costly, too.

Sacramento is fortunate to have Premiere Mobile Tire, which also comes to YOU with oil changes, even to West Sacramento. You heard that right! They will come to your home or office and get your car maintained without you having to make any changes in YOUR day.

Imagine. Your boss called a lunch meeting the day you planned on taking your car to the shop for a quick oil change and lube. Drat! Cancel that. Can't go after work; soccer practice and gymnastics class back to back for the kids. Pizza on the way home.

The rest of the week is just as busy.There are so many basic life support services are mobile. We get groceries and prepared food delivered; there are mobile veterinarians, dry cleaning delivery, it just makes sense that the car services are mobile now, too! What an easy to have oil changes come to me, and even get my tires replaced. Thank you, Premiere Mobile Tire!

Season Changes in Sacramento Mean Insulation Time

The weather in Sacramento shifts from very hot to mild to down-right chilly quickly. That first nip of cool nights calls to attention the need for ways to keep homes warm without cranking up the heaters. Utility costs in Sacramento can cut deeply into your winter budget. Especially with an older house.

Sacramento is blessed with more than it's share of beautiful older Victorians, Craftsman homes and others which just get drafty and cold in the winter (as hot and stuffy in the summer). They may have been built to last, but not so much to be economically comfortable. It takes special skills to make those treasured homes truly livable.

A contractor who knows how to retrofit an older home for economy and comfort is worth his weight in gold! But you probably don't love paying in gold! We are fortunate to have a contractor with a background in architecture and environmental science, with a knack for economy. Your goals and budget can be reconciled with a qualified, experienced contractor like Brian at Guardian Home Insulation..

Of course, not every home poses the challenges of an older structure. In recent years, there has been so much innovation in the fields of insulation material, energy production, better use of environmental conditions, and the general 'greening' of our homes and communities.

Part of the Greening of Your Home is your yard, and in Sacramento we love our Trees! Make sure you follow environmental practices both inside and outside your home. This means just about any home can benefit from an upgrade to lower utility costs and provide greater year-round comfort.

Cruise Favorites—NUTmobile and Wienermobile Back for Sacramento CruiseFest 2018

It’s touted as being 180 peanuts high, 415 peanuts long, 140 peanuts wide and weighs in at about 3 million peanuts. The NUTmobile is back! 

And in this lane…

Weighing in at 140,500 hot dogs, 24, dogs high, 60 dogs long and 18 dogs wide, the Wienermobile is back. Hot-diggity dog!

They’re back for the annual CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue, FREE to the attending public and benefitting the California Automobile Museum (through paid entries). 
This year’s cruise takes place on Saturday, October 6th, from 3:00 pm till 7:30pm with the cruising portion from 3pm to 5pm.  Hundreds of custom and classic vehicles of all makes and models will be cruising the newly repaved Fulton Avenue, from El Camino to Marconi, followed by a street fair with vendors, live music, entertainment, a dozen food & dessert trucks, beer sales and more.
While we are waiting on commitments from some standout participants, here are some other entries:
Save Mart’s 12 foot tall mega-motorized shopping cart, which is powered by a 454 Chevy engine, can handle a handful of passengers and a few bags of groceries.
The Tahoe Photo Bus —A unique & funky photo booth in a mid-60’s era VW Bus prints top quality photos 
The Tombstone Hearse-A 21st century motorcycle version of a 19th century horse-drawn hearse, actually used in funerals. 
There will be a single stage with rotating bands all day. 
A consolidated food and beer festival area next to the stage with live music.
There will be special reserved parking for car clubs which will park together.  Participating clubs include the Porsche SVR club, the Porsche 356 club and Sacramento area Miata club.  More car club spots are available for interested clubs. 
Kid zone—Various activities for the kids
Discounted pricing for the first 300 cars to register is $25 for Museum Members and $30 for the general public.
For an additional $10, participants will receive a CruiseFest t-shirt and VIP bag with generous gifts from sponsors, and a free drink ticket.
To register, log on to calautomuseum.org or call the Museum at (916) 442-6802 ext 13.   
To access the page directly-calautomuseum.org/CruiseFest

One of the best urban trails in the country - The American River Parkway

It’s so easy to forget about one of our region’s great treasures — the American River Bike Trail — or more properly, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail, accessible from Discovery Park at the Garden Highway. The American River Bike Trail hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point.

The trail has been in the news for several reasons. The Jibboom Street Bridge, in Discovery Park, right on the edge of Old Sacramento, has been closed since they are repairing the 1931 bridge and it’s not scheduled to open until May 31. In 2017, there were safety concerns due to violence along the trail. Most of the activity happened in the first four or five miles where increasing numbers of homeless people were living. Sacramento Supervisors last August approved a $5 million plan to beef up patrols along the parkway and clean up homeless encampments after dozens of citizens packed the chambers. Sacramento is creating more options for homeless people. Mayor Steinberg hopes to keep open a winter triage warehouse that houses more than 250 people and create more centers.

This year on the trail, there is a regular presence of rangers. They even staff an information table handing out excellent free trail maps that mark phones, rest rooms, camp sites, picnic areas and vehicle access with parking. It is recommended to have a partner on the trail.

You feel like you are in wilderness much of the time. Along the trail we saw deer, turkey, squirrels, egrets and ducks — many bird species. Great horned owl and hawks are very visible in the just-leafing-out trees. In the past I have seen coyote, otters, salmon spawning and coveys of California quail. One year on March 31, pipevine swallowtail butterflies were in profusion along all 32 miles of the trail.

The Southern Maidu lived along that trail as long as 3,000 years ago. Jedidiah Smith was the first explorer to come over the mountains and reach California in 1827. He was impressed with the turbulence of the river and the grizzly. You’ll find the location of John Sutter’s grist mill.

Take advantage of one of the best urban trails in the country.

The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.

Check out the dining options along the Garden Highway, like Chevy's and Crawdad's after your ride.

Excerpted from the Davis Enterprise Column, Jean Jackman, At The Pond; and TrailLink by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Brought to you by Barron Law http://lawbarron.com/

Greater Sacramento Farmers' Markets

Sacramentans are lucky to have several choices when buying fresh flowers, fruit, and vegetables from Northern California farmers. A popular way to buy the agricultural bounty of the Central Valley is at local farmers markets peppered throughout the city and outlying areas. A few are open all year long, while others are seasonal, mostly opening in May and running through October. Some are morning markets, while others operate in the afternoon.


Kaiser Permanente, Point West
1650 Response Rd, Sacramento
Monday, 9:30am – 2pm, February – December


Fremont Park
15th & P St, Sacramento
Tuesday, 10am – 1:30 pm, May – September

Roosevelt Park CFM
940 P St, Sacramento
Tuesday, 10am – 1:30pm, May – September


Chavez Plaza CFM
950 J St, Sacramento
Wednesday, 10am – 1:30pm, May – October


Capital Mall CFM
600 Capital Mall, Sacramento
Thursday, 10am – 1:30pm, May – September

Florin Sears CFM
5901 Florin Rd, Sacramento
Thursday, 8am – 12pm, year round

Natomas Regional Park
2501 New Market Dr, Sacramento
Thursday, 4pm – 7pm, June – August

Orangevale Farmers Market
9295 Greenback Ln, Orangevale
Thursday, 4pm – 8pm, May – October


Kaiser Permanente, Morse Ave
2025 Morse Ave, Sacramento
Friday, 9:30am – 2pm, February – December

Mack Rd Valley Hi Farmers Market
6100 Mack Rd, Sacramento
Friday, 8:30am – 1:30pm, May 20th - October

Market at Power Inn
3009 Power Inn Rd, Sacramento
Friday, 10am – 2pm, April – October


Country Club Plaza
2400 Butano Dr, Sacramento
Saturday, 8am – 12pm, year round

East Sacramento Farmer’s Market
35th & Parkway, Sacramento
Saturday, 8am – 1pm, year round

Historic Folsom Farmers Market
915 Sutter St, Folsom
Saturday, 8am – 1pm, year round

Laguna Gateway CFM
8245 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove
Saturday, 8am – 12pm, year round

Midtown Farmers Market
20th St between J & K St, Sacramento
Saturday, 8am – 1pm, year round

Natomas Promenade CFM
3637 N. Freeway Blvd, Sacramento
Saturday, 8am – 12pm, May – September

Oak Park Farmers Market
3500 5th Ave, Sacramento
Saturday, 9am – 1pm, May - November

Sunrise Light Rail CFM
11164 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova
Saturday, 8am – 12pm, year round

Sunrise Mall Farmers Market
6196 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights
Saturday, 8am – 1pm, year round


Carmichael Park Farmers Market
5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael
Sunday, 9am – 2pm, year round

Central CFM
800 W St, Sacramento
Sunday, 8am – 12pm, year round

Land Park Farmers Market
3800 S Land Park Dr, Sacramento
Sunday, 9am – 1pm, year round

Old Town Elk Grove Farmers Market
9615 Railroad Ave, Elk Grove
Sunday, 9am – 1pm, year round

Sponsor the Sacramento Santa Parade

Become a Sponsor Take part in this fantastic event that supports the Gifts to Share 501 C3 organization founded to help Sacramento area children's arts program, so affected by cutbacks in our region. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities like: enter a float, on-site marketing, parade route signage, entry into the parade, internet exposure, VIP parade viewing...these are just some of the myriad of opportunities available. Please help us keep one of Sacramento's greatest traditions vibrant and make your business a part of a holiday memory sure to last all year long. See ya in December!
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