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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.
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

Best Use of My Precious Time

Summer may not have been the most relaxing time we think it is, but now the activity really flares!
School's back in session. Get everybody up, dressed and fed. Drive kids to school, rush to work. Meet with a prospective client over lunch. Back to the office to draft an Annual Report and then off to a staff meeting. Rush out to pick the kids up from two schools, take them to soccer practice and dance class and a scout meeting, then rush home to prepare dinner. Time to relax? No way - it's off to a PTA meeting. Whew, now head home to clean the kitchen, tuck everyone in, and get to bed. Who has time for an oil change? You NEED your car every day, all day.

Even those drive-thru activities aren't so convenient: Drive to them, wait in line, get it done, drive back to work, grab some noxious fast-food lunch on the fly. Not the best use of my precious time!

A friend told me about a company she know that does oil changes where she is, they come to her! She said she found out about then when she had a flat tire, actually a damaged tire, at work in the parking lot. A coworker told her about Premier Mobile Tire. The came to her and replaced her tires, right there while she was working!

I need and oil change NOW, and probably need some tires soon. It is time to get acquainted with those guys! Whatever it takes to unburden some of my life is worth it! Hey, though, I heard they weren't even more expensive that the average. Who are those guys, again? Yeah, Premier Mobile Tire. I will be calling them now, so gotta go!

Sacramento Music Circus Presents Mamma Mia!

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to an island paradise. Featuring over 20 ABBA songs, including the hits “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me,” this high-spirited, feel-good international sensation will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Music Circus premiere.

MAMMA MIA! Begins This August at Broadway At Music Circus
by BWW News Desk Jul. 31, 2018

The 2018 season continues with the Broadway At Music Circus premiere of the mega-hit musical comedy Mamma Mia!, which has been seen by millions of people worldwide and launched two enormously popular movies. The plot involves a woman who, on the eve of her wedding, attempts to discover the identity of her father by bringing three men from her mother's past back to an island paradise. Featuring more than 20 hit songs by pop super-group ABBA, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me," "The Name of the Game" and "The Winner Takes It All," this high-spirited, feel-good international sensation has audiences singing and dancing in the aisles. Performances of Mamma Mia! are Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 12 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Ticket availability for the show is extremely limited due to high demand.

Appearing for the first time at Broadway At Music Circus as Donna Sheridan is Michelle Dawson, whose many credits include Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Mamma Mia! and Ragtime on Broadway, national tours of Mamma Mia! and The Secret Garden, and an appearance as a featured performer on the Tony Awards. Eric Kunze returns to Broadway At Music Circus as Sam Carmichael after last appearing as Captain Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2016); along with his many Broadway At Music Circus roles, Kunze has played Marius in Les Misérables, Chris in Miss Saigon, and Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees on Broadway. Appearing in the role of Sophie Sheridan, Francesca Arostegui returns to Broadway At Music Circus for Mamma Mia!, after traveling with the show's national tour to over 75 cities; her past performances at Broadway At Music Circus include Evita, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Michael Campayno, who made his Broadway debut in Wicked, his television debut in NBC's live telecast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood as Rolf, and is set to appear in the pre-Broadway premiere of The Cher Show in Chicago, will play Sky. Jodi Kimura, who has appeared with numerous regional theatres as well as playing Bloody Mary in the first national tour of South Pacific, will appear at Broadway At Music Circus for the first time as Rosie. April Nixon, who has appeared on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Café, The Who's Tommy and Cats, and on tour in 9 to 5, Fosse, The Wiz and Damn Yankees, will also make her Broadway At Music Circus debut as Tanya. Trey Ellett, playing Harry Bright, performed in Amélie on Broadway, with the national tours of If/Then, The Fully Monty and Rent, as well as television appearances in Mad Love, How I Met Your Mother and Charmed. Playing Bill Austin in his Broadway At Music Circus debut, Eric Petersen has appeared in Broadway shows including Escape to Margaritaville, School of Rock, Shrek: The Musical and Peter and the Starcatcher, on national Broadway tours and in films and TV shows.

The cast for Mamma Mia! also includes Ashley Arcement, Jordan Beall, Keely Beirne, Taylor Broadard, KC Fredericks, Alexandra Frohlinger, Jay Garcia, Michael James, Emily Kelly, Daniel Kermidas, Amanda Minano, Carlina Parker, Richard Peacock, Tera-Lee Pollin, Marcus Shane and P. Tucker Worley.

The Director for Mamma Mia! is Nick Corley; Choreographer is Janet Rothermel; Musical Director is Steve Marzullo.

Broadway At Music Circus is produced under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director/COO Scott Klier and Artistic Consultant Glenn Casale. California Musical Theatre President/CEO is Richard Lewis.

Tickets for Mamma Mia! start at $45, and availability is extremely limited due to high demand. For best availability call or visit the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street in Sacramento, (916) 557-1999. Tickets may also be available online at www.Tickets.com. Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday, August 7 - 11, at 7:30 p.m.; matinee performances are Thursday, August 9 and Saturday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, August 12 at 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.BroadwaySacramento.com.

The Get on the Map team of local social media influencers, tagged #instayelpatweetasnap, will be attending Mamma Mia for the preview show on August 6th.
Broadway at Music Circus is one of the top Sacramento entertainment options

Successful Film & TV Producer & Homegrown Filmmaker To Screen His New Film At Sacramento International Film Festival

A product of Davis High
, and CSU Sacramento, where he majored in Journalism, former Sacramentan, Matt Dearborn has been enjoying a 30-year successful career in Hollywood as a Director, Writer and Producer of a string of hit TV series and individual programs. 

On Saturday, April 28th, Dearborn returns to Sacramento with a screening of “Bubble.” The short film, which is featured in this year’s Sacramento International Film Festival, (written and directed by Dearborn), screens at  The Delta King Theater in Old Sac. Bubble tells the story of a romantic relationship developed and nurtured by social media and explores new ways to define romantic obsession involving courtship, “stalking,” voyeurism and intimacy.

Its an absurdist love story. Boy stalks girl. Girl stalks boy. And they live happily ever after, sort of.”
—Matt Dearborn

stable of young, experienced actors make up the ensemble, including:

—AJ Michalka/A series regular on ABC’s #1 Comedy-The Goldbergs and roles in J.J. Abrams’ film Super 8 and the film, The Lovely Bones.

Graham Patrick Martin/A series regular on TNT’s Major Crimes and Two and a Half Men

“Sacramento is where I call home. It’s where I met the people who shaped me, and I look forward to returning, reuniting with some of those same influences.”
—Matt Dearborn

***The Sacramento International Film Festival takes place from April 21 through April 29 at various times and locations.  Please visit californiafilm.net for specific screening times and locations.

Matt Dearborn Bio
 As a creator and storyteller, Matt Dearborn has a long track record of accurately assessing the ever-changing television marketplace. He has developed, pitched and sold original pilot ideas to every major network in Hollywood including, FOX, HBO, NBC and CBS.
Additionally, Mr. Dearborn has also written over 100 episodes of television, across a broad spectrum of genres. Night time dramas: Beverly Hills, 90210Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Early Edition.  Primetime comedy: Parker Louis Can’t Lose, Breaking In and even science fiction:  Eerie, Indiana and Sliders
But it’s in the children’s space that Mr. Dearborn has become an essential element. Starting with Even Stevens where he discovered an 11-year old Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Mr. Dearborn has created and executive produced shows for the 4 biggest kids network; Cartoon, Nick, Disney and CTW.
His fast-paced, absurdist comic style has earned Dearborn Emmy Award nominations and a BAFTA Award for Outstanding International Series.  Other accolades include nominations for the NAACP’s Image Award and the prestigious Environment Media Award. 
Currently Mr. Dearborn is Exec. Producing Fast Layne for Disney (based on Herbie: The Love Bug) and developing Holes for television with Walden Media.

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!

Whistleblowers Win Protections

Politicians in elected positions of authority aggressively retaliate against public employees who report acts of fraud, waste and abuse that impact their electability. 
This is illustrated by a case of two employees in Georgia, who headed the Office of Professional Standards They were fired because they would not sit on their findings simply because elections were underway. Their case illustrates the critical need for public employers to have the means to fully investigate whistleblower complaints and let the outcome be guided by the evidence. When elected officials truly commit to running a transparent government free of fraud, waste and abuse, whistleblowers become effective agents of change that should be thanked rather than fired.
While suing a government is challenging, due to historical rules of sovereign immunity, this veil of protection is coming down with good representation.
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