Plus, accessible trails for National Take a Hike Day.
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Get your geek on: 5 MOSAC exhibitions to pique your curiosity
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The 40-foot UC Davis Multiverse Theater is equipped with 4K projectors and Dolby Digital surround sound, providing museum-goers a stellar immersive experience. | Photo provided by MOSAC
As an avid reader of SACtoday, we know that you stay curious about the world around you. And luckily, there’s a specific place where you can let your imagination roam free in any direction: Meet MOSAC.

The Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC) is packed with 100+ exhibits and countless hands-on, interactive experiments in the worlds of science, technology, engineering, space, nature, and more.

The best part? MOSAC is for all ages.

We’re already thinking ahead to keeping kids and relatives busy (and out of the kitchen) over the holidays, and we’re pretty sure this place is the answer.
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Explore space and science at MOSAC’s space exhibition and planetarium.


Photo provided by MOSAC

If we’ve piqued your curiosity, read on for five exhibitions to explore on your next visit:
  1. UC Davis Multiverse Theater | From your chair in this 40-foot, full-dome theater, you’ll be transported through space and time to explore the night sky, our solar system, our universe, and beyond (trust us; it’s a real “wow” moment).
  2. Nature Detectives | Be on the lookout for buzzing bees: Young learners ages 4-8 will use their senses to interact with live creatures, nature, and wildlife to understand simple methods of scientific inquiry.
  3. Building Sacramento | Tinker with colorful magnetic panels and wood or foam blocks to create our city’s next big architectural masterpiece (like the new I Street Bridge in our own backyard that will soon connect West Sacramento to Downtown).
  4. Design Lab | This makerspace lab gives inventive minds access to 3D printers, laser cutting machines, circuit boards, robotics, and more electronics. (Homemade holiday gifts, anyone?)
  5. Water Challenge | Explore your direct impact on California’s water supply, guide a watershed’s flow, and learn how to make every drop count.
Bonus: MOSAC offers both daily admission and annual memberships (the latter which come with incredible member discounts and opportunities).
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | $4-$9 | Check out artisans + handmade goods from all over the country, including ceramics, jewelry, home decor and more.
  • Holiday Magic Art Show Reception | Friday, Nov. 17 + Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Annie Peony Fine Art Gallery, 9635 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove | Free | Celebrate the masterpieces of seven artists from the Sacramento area and see both a live musical performance + a watercolor demo.
  • The Avalanche Sale, Ski & Snowboard Swap | Friday, Nov. 17-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | Free | Shop or swap new and used winter sports equipment like alpine skis, snowboards, boots, clothing + more.
  • Desi Night: Chani Nattan and Inderpal Moga | Friday, Nov. 17 | 8 p.m. | Harlow’s, 2708 J St., Sacramento | $50-$60 | Get ready for beats + Bhangra (traditional dance from the Punjab region) at this event with some of Sac’s hottest South Asian artists.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Yoga on the Farm | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9-10 a.m. | Soil Born Farms, 2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova | $15 | Take part in this fall’s last yoga sesh at the farm with 60 minutes of breath work and intentional movement — don’t forget to bring your own mat + water bottle.
  • Cheesemaking Workshop | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 4932 Shady Leaf Way, Sacramento | $50 | Learn how to make multiple types of cheeses, all of which you can take home and show off to your friends.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Sacramento Wine Festival | Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Platinum Palace Banquet Hall, 11076 Coloma Rd., Rancho Cordova | $49 | Enjoy unlimited wine tastings, hear from experts, and dance to live music at this event.
  • Grand Opening Party | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 12-6 p.m. | The Lux Barber Lounge, 631 16th St., Sacramento | Free | Enjoy free men’s hair cuts along with food, music, giveaways + raffles all day.
  • Art in Action Workshop | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 1-3 p.m. | Pence Gallery, 212 D St., Davis | $4-$8 | Play with paper in this Origami folding class for kids ages 5-12, with options to make a crane, flowers + more.
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News Notes
  • 🎶Tell me what you want, what you really, really want.🎶 Sacramento’s annual community survey is open until Thursday, Nov. 30. Now’s the time to air out those hot takes on public transportation, parks, entertainment options + more.
  • High-end gym Club Studio Fitness says they’re coming to Citrus Heights, owned by parent company LA Fitness that brought City Sports Club to Crocker Village in September. The new location (5419 Sunrise Blvd.) is accepting VIP waitlist sign-ups in anticipation for their TBD opening date. (Sac Bee)
  • The Kings are on a four-game winning streak after their victory against the LA Lakers on Wednesday, Nov. 15, finishing 125-110. De’Aaron Fox + Kevin Huerter each scored 28 points during the game. (KCRA 3)
  • Davis-born comedian + TV host Hasan Minhaj released tour dates for his new show, “Off With His Head.” Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for his stop in Sacramento on March 29, 2024, at SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center.
  • Roseville is partnering with the North Pole’s very own Santa Claus to offer a meet-and-greet for children with special needs on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Sign up for a time slot + enjoy sensory-friendly activities and crafts. (Roseville Today)
  • $305,000 — That’s how much money Elk Grove’s Police Department was awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. It will be used for resources like officer training + recertification, DUI checkpoints, traffic safety community presentations, and more. (Elk Grove News)
  • Destination: space. Check out MOSAC’s out-of-this-world exhibition where you can pilot a Mars rover, test out rockets on the bridge of the International Space Station, and explore what’s next on man’s final frontier. See more details + plan your visit.*
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  • Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
🌳 Saturday is National Take a Hike Day
Oak trees stand atop a rolling green hill.
The Lake Natoma Loop Trail provides stunning views. | Photo by @Opus91
This Saturday, celebrate National Take a Hike Day by getting out and about in the beautiful City of Trees. Don’t know where to go? We have just the guide for you.

Lake Natoma Loop Trail, multiple access points
Oak woodlands, relics of Gold Rush history, and wildlife-rich marshes are a-plenty at this paved trail located in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Be sure to watch the water as you walk — you might just see a family of river otters. Pro tip: Park in the parking lot at Greenback Lane, which has two designated accessible spaces.

Effie Yeaw Nature Loop Trail, 2850 San Lorenzo Way
This brief path — which runs along the American River — is one of the very best places to observe Sacramento’s wildlife, like turkeys, woodpeckers, and deer. There are multiple designated accessible parking spots at the nature center. Be aware: There are some rocks on this path that need to be navigated around.
The Buy
A great deal from Amazon’s Black Friday sales, which officially start today. Get 40% off Adidas running shoes or 20% off Martha Stewart cotton sheets.
This week we asked “Who are you rooting for during this year’s Causeway Classic?” and here’s what you said:
73% voted for Sac State, 20% voted for everyone to have a good time, 7% voted for UC Davis.

We think it’s pretty clear where most of our viewers stand.


Graphic by SACtoday staff

Read up on our Causeway Classic preview before it kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 18, at 12 p.m. at UC Davis Health Stadium.
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