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Are you ready for some football?
Sac state football players celebrate following the 2019 Causeway Classic
Sac State’s 2019 Causeway Classic win also helped them secure a Big Sky Conference Championship. | Photo via Flickr by Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone
There is nothing better in college football than a good old-fashioned rivalry. The spirit of passionate students screaming in pride from the stands following an early afternoon of tailgating (and all its associated activities) just gets us so amped.

Today, we wanted to prepare you for our region’s rivalry: The Causeway Classic between Sac State and UC Davis, which kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 18, at 12 p.m. at UC Davis Health Stadium.

🏈 The history

First squaring off on Oct. 9, 1954, the two teams have faced each other 69 times, with UC Davis taking home the victory 46 times. Named after the Yolo Causeway that connects the two cities, the winner takes possession of a unique trophy — one made from a concrete core sample of the road.

🏈 The Hornets

Sac State comes into the game ranked No. 10 in the FCS Coaches Poll behind their 7-3 record. The team hopes to keep their playoff hopes alive + earn a bid into the FCS playoffs. The Hornets buried Cal Poly during last week’s Senior Day contest, with the 41-30 victory giving the team its fourth straight season of seven or more wins.

🏈 The Aggies

Don’t let UC Davis’ lack of a ranking fool you — the Aggies are a team that punches above its weight class. Running back Lan Larison leads the Big Sky Conference with 980 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns — even after sitting out for three weeks with a knee injury. Two of the team’s four losses came during games where Larison missed playing time.
 
Asked
 
Who are you rooting for during this year’s Causeway Classic?

A. Sac State
B. UC Davis
C. No one, football is silly
D. I just hope everyone has a good time
 
Events
 
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Autumn Harvest Paint and Sip | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Pieology, 1020 16th St., Sacramento | $45 | Chow down on some pizza and learn how to create your own autumn-inspired work of art.
  • We Own The Laughs | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | Punch Line, 2100 Arden Way, Ste. 225, Sacramento | $20.25-$27.25 | Head to the Callback Bar for a night of intimate stand-up performances.
  • Reminisce: A Fall Instrumental Concert | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7-10 p.m. | The Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, 4600 Blackrock Dr., Sacramento | $13-$15 | Drift away to the sounds of fall at this vocal-free performance by students at Natomas Charter School.
  • “20,000 Leagues Under the Seas” | Thursday, Nov. 16-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Harris Center, 10 College Pkwy., Folsom | $9-$29 | Witness this stage adaptation of the classic Jules Verne tale.
  • “Snow Fever: A Karaoke Christmas” | Thursday, Nov. 16-Friday, Dec. 24 | Times vary | B Street Theatre, 2700 Capitol Ave., Sacramento | $9-$39 | This play tells the story of a group of coworkers determined to make the holidays at their tiny Montana bar better than last year’s.
  • Drag Bingo | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 7-9 p.m. | Tipsy Putt, 630 K St., Ste. 120, Sacramento | $5 | Stop by for bingo + beer with the chance to win prizes, hosted by Sacramento’s Apple Adams.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Imaginarium | Friday, Nov. 17 | Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento | $21-$27 | Step into the holidays with a musical light show, circuses, carnival rides + more.
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News Notes
 
Open
  • Woodland community members have a new place to shop for groceries — Sprouts Farmers Market will hold a grand opening for its newest location (1430 E. Main St.) Friday, Nov. 17. The first 200 shoppers on both Friday and Saturday will receive a free reusable goodie bag. (FOX40)
Cause
  • The Elk Grove Food Bank is still seeking donations for its annual turkey drive, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 18. The food bank has yet to reach its goal of 1,500 turkeys for this year’s event — so lend a hand (or a wing) if you can. (KCRA 3)
Award
  • Republic FC’s Danny Vitiello has been named the USL Championship Goalkeeper of the Year, which comes on the heels of his second Golden Glove award. Vitiello had 82 saves and 11 shutouts in 30 matches with the club. (KCRA 3)
Sports
  • Speaking of soccer, 16-year-old Sierra Ruehl of Folsom is preparing to join the Guam national team for its appearance at this year’s East Asian Football Federation tournament. Ruehl will spend a week training in Guam before heading to China to compete. (ABC 10)
Shop
  • Just in time for some holiday shopping, the Sacramento Shop 916 gift card is back. The gift card can be used at 100+ local businesses, and shoppers can net a bonus gift card worth $10-$50 depending on their initial purchase amount.
Real Estate
  • A 1.23-acre shopping center property on Broadway is headed to online auction for the second time this year. The property (1401-1429 Broadway) is home to Walgreens and Power Bowl + will be up for sale Monday, Dec. 11. This follows a two-day auction for the same property in October, where a $3.4 million bid went unaccepted. (Sac Biz Journal)
Plan Ahead
  • Extinct animals are coming to the Sacramento Zoo. A new exhibit called UNEXTINCT will bring 40+ endangered and extinct critters back to life as an “immersive experience of light and sound.” Tickets are now available for the exhibit, which runs Dec. 26-March 9. (Sac Bee)
 
 
Civic
 
Pride in progress
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Be proud of Sacramento. | Photo by @sammy.inthe.sierra
The Human Rights Campaign released the 2023 Municipal Equality Index, and Sacramento is on the list. How did we score?

Each year, the Human Rights Campaign releases a Municipal Equality Index which takes a deep dive into municipal laws, policies +services, and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. This year’s edition examined 506 cities on 49 different criteria across five categories — non-discrimination laws, municipality as employer, services and programs, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.

Based on these criteria, Sacramento earned a score of 100 out of 100. A perfect score. Here’s a breakdown of how we got here… and how that score may change.

Non-discrimination laws

This category looks at whether LGBTQ+ discrimination is prohibited by law in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodation. Sacramento achieved a 30 out of 30 for our laws across the state, county + municipality, and received bonus points for single-occupancy all-gender facilities and protections against youth conversion therapy.
 
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From the editor
I love that the Sac Comedy Spot has a show combining two of my favorite things — improv and Dungeons & Dragons.
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