Linda Bottjer

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Looking Good While Dancing, Releve’ Dance-Wear Co.

Both twinkle toes and confirmed klutzes are welcome at Elk Grove’s Releve’ Dance- Wear Company where friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to help.


A man flys his kite in the Olympic park

Guide to Kite Flying in Sacramento Region

Let’s go fly a kite! Here is an activity everyone in the family can enjoy.


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Guide To Best Regional Barbera Wines

Known, as one of the Tuscan wines, the Barberas of the Sierra Nevada and Central Valley are created in landscapes reminiscent of Italian Piedmont region. Travel to these varied wineries for a taste of some of the best Barberas in California.


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Best Amateur Theatre in the Sacramento Area

According to Shakespeare, “all the world is a stage.” That statement is so true in Sacramento and the surrounding region thanks to a number of amateur theatre groups performing here.


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Best of Alternative Holiday Activities in Sacramento

Even the grumpiest of Scrooges will have a tough time being a curmudgeon with all the spirit-lifting
activities offered throughout Sacramento over the next few weeks.


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Guide to Horseback Riding in the Sacramento Region

Giddy-yap as you learn to ride or take your skills on nature filled trails. Even enjoy wine tastings with
a horse. From first-timers to experts everyone will have fun.


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Everything Is New Again at the Sacramento Antique Faire

As their website proclaims, time spent at the Sacramento Antique Faire is “part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt.” The best advice is to make sure you arrive early, bring single dollar bills and something to transport your newfound riches home in.


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Guide to Calaveras County Wines

Striking it rich was what brought many to this region starting in the mid 19th century. 162 years later seekers of riches now know it is the fermented liquid of crushed grapes that puts Calaveras County on the map of exploration for wine lovers of all levels.


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Back in the Saddle Again at the Tack Warehouse Saddle Shop

If you are looking for anything related to saddles and tack, and it cannot be found at the Tack Warehouse Saddle Shop, then chances are the item just does not exist!


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Guide To Amador County Wineries

Ah… Amador. The mere mention of the county’s wine has oenophiles salivating and makes newbies to wine tasting curious. Known primarily for its big flavored Zinfandels and Barberas the wines are grown and produced by mainly small family-run operations.


(photo credit: Linda J. Bottjer)

A Shining Gem: The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum

There is a small artistic gem tucked into a rather nondescript office complex at the corner of 24th Street
and Florian Roads. Like other Sacramento art museums, the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum’s
collection shines brightly.


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Guide to Art Walks in the Sacramento Region

Moveable feasts of art can be found in and around Sacramento at monthly and seasonal art walks.
Galleries and businesses, filled with artistic endeavors of professionals and amateurs, invite aficionados
and the uninformed to wander, wonder and buy.