With the first public hearing on UFOs in 50 yearshappening Tues., May 16, we thought it was as good a time as any to look into Sac’s starry skies.
While no one knows for sure if aliens exist, there are plenty of sightings in the City of Treesthat raise the question: are we alone?According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there have been 15,000+ sightings in California — and 400+ sightings in Sacramento.
The truth is out there — somewhere. | Photo by ArtHouse Studio via Pexels
👀 Eyewitness accounts for UFOs
They say seeing is believing. Here are several eyewitness accounts of UFO sightings in Sac from the State Report Index:
Mon. April 4 | “I was flying over Folsom from Sacramento to Vegas and saw a pill shaped dark grey object suspended in the air that did not move.”
Thurs., March 31 | “Witnessed 2 hovering circles of light, with green and red beams of light coming from it, just sitting in an area and not moving around just hovering.”
Sat., Feb. 12 | “Around 5PM on Saturday spotted a metallic triangle/pyramid about 1000-2000 ft high tumbling stationery in the sky, for a few minutes than drifted very slowly north.”
Airplanes | One possible reason for the sightings in the River City could be due to the activity at Sacramento International Airport. Even a commercial plane can create vivid vapor trails that may look like extraterrestrial evidence. ✈️
Clouds | A hole-punch cloud(a donut-shaped cloud that can look like a flying saucer) can occur when a plane flies through cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. ☁️
Optical illusions | Reflections may look like lights in the sky, especially at night. Sightings on Highway 50 + I-80 may be headlights refracting off the windshield or rearview mirrors. 🌀
Or… maybe the sightings really are visitations from extraterrestrial tourists. The aliens might have heard about Sacramento Bacon Fest and decided to pay us a visit.
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Love Mischief & Superblume | Fri., May 13 | 9 p.m. | The Starlet Room | $15 | Let the good vibes roll with these jam bands from Sacramento + Santa Cruz. 🎸
Salsa Night | Fri., May 13 | 6 p.m. | Heringer Estates, 37375 Netherlands Rd. | $45+ | Enjoy vineyard views as you eat food, drink wine + learn how to salsa during this four-hour class.
Open Air Jazz Festival | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Cesar Chavez Plaza | Free | Put on by the California Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation, this festival celebrates Sac’s jazz history. 🎷
About the Artist: Making Art in the Golden State | Sat., May 14 | 1-4 p.m. | Crocker Art Museum | Prices vary | Enjoy this screening of two documentaries from a local filmmaker that are part of a larger series exploring the life + work of contemporary artists in Sac.
Jibe Bike Swap | Sun., May 15 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | North Natomas Aquatic Center, 2601 New Market Dr. | Free | Pick up a new bike, sell your old one or donate it to someone in need. 🚲
Impressionistic Painting | Sun., May 15 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Virtual | $90+ | Brush up on your acrylic painting with this virtual course hosted by the Crocker Art Museum + taught by an artist who has her own gallery in Oak Park. 🎨
Alexander String Quartet | Sun., May 15 | 2 p.m. | Mondavi Center | $17.50+ | The popular San Francisco-based quartet performs work by Bohemian composer Antonin Dvořák, with lectures to precede the two pieces of chamber music. 🎻
!!! | Mon., May 16 | 8 p.m. | Harlows | $22 | The New York dance-punk group — also known as Chk Chk Chk — returns to its hometown of Sacramento.
Tootsie | Tues., May 12-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center | Prices vary | Broadway Sacramento brings the “Unstoppable” musical to the River City. 🎶
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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Sacramento will receive$3.5 million in federal funding to go toward improvement projects for the River City’s combined storm and wastewater system. Expected outcomes are to prevent flooding + increase water quality, with projects to include underground reservoirs in Midtown. 🚰 (Sac City Express)
Let’s go Indomitable City —The Sacramento Republic FCwon 2-0 against Phoenix Rising FC at Heart Health Park on Wednesday. The home field victory kicks the soccer team into the round of 16for thethird time in its history. ⚽ (Sac Bee)
All the food that’s fit to bake. An LA-based ghost kitchen company is planning to open a location in the former Sacramento Bee plant at 1829 22nd St. in early 2023. Called Maker Kitchens, the 11,200-sqft building will feature ~21 different eateries + a pick-up window — but no inside dining. (Sacramento Inno)
The gloves are off — Nails 19, the luxury nail salon from Roseville, has announced that it will open a second location at Broadstone Plaza in Folsom. Located at 2761 E. Bidwell St., no opening date has been set as of now. 💅 (Sac Biz Journal)
Kau Kau — the Hawaiian soul food eatery that previously operated out of places like The Golden Bear + Cider House — has opened a restaurant in East Sac at 855 57th St. Expect both brunch and dinner fare, like the french toast with pineapple-ginger compote and Kalua pork.
As part of the ongoing FixSac5 project, sections of the I-5 highway — like the J St. off-ramp + the W St. on-ramp — will close beginning tonight at 10 p.m. All lanes and ramps will reopen Mon., May 16 at 5 a.m. See the full list of closures. 🚧
California Cultured — a startup based in Davis — has raised $4.5 million to support its research, like producing lab-grown chocolate products from cell cultures of cocoa pods. To accommodate its growth, CEO Alan Perstain said the company will likely move out of the college town by the end of 2023. 🍫 (Sacramento Inno)
A total lunar eclipse known as the blood moon will color the night sky a pinkish-red on Sun., May 15, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere filtering out the blue light from the sun. The eclipse will begin at 8:29 p.m. + end at 9:54 p.m. 🌕 (ABC10)
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We love seeing how the community shows up to support May is Bike Month when it rolls around every year, like at this Wednesday afternoon event.
Hosted by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, the family-friendly ride started at Albert Winn Park + pedaled around Midtown before cycling back for the farmers’ market. We’ll admit that we wheelie wish we had joined in on the tire-throwing game…
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Editor’s Pick: One time, while driving down an empty California highway near Los Banos, my friend and I are pretty sure we saw a UFO — it was there in the sky, and then suddenly it wasn’t. Have you ever seen something like that? Let me know.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? We looked at four artists who are participating in this year’s Wide Open Walls celebration.
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