By the late 1940s, the world of customized cars was truly in its golden age, so it's not surprising that those enterprising mechanics wanted someplace to show off their hard work. Enter the Sacramento Autorama, which began bringing together the community of custom-car builders in 1951. Now one of the longest-running indoor car shows in the world, the Autorama continues to bolster Sacramento's status as one of the world's custom car capitals. Over the years, the show has showcased hot rods, muscle cars, and chrome creations from master designers ranging from George and Sam Barris to Boyd Coddington. This year's edition will be no different; hundreds of show vehicles will compete for show honors including the coveted Custom d’Elegance and King of Kustoms prizes and the "Big B" awards, which reward engineering ingenuity while honoring the memory of Sacramento customizers from years past.
Voted best French restaurant by IE Weekly, Christophe's serves up a variety of Francophone fixin's, eponymously prepared by Chef Christophe Jardillier, who honed his culinary chops on cutting boards throughout France. The sleek dining room, dominated by leather and mahogany hues, creates a swank backdrop for house specialties such as the beef bourguignon, a hearty dish composed of beef, mushrooms, and vegetables in a rich red-wine sauce ($21.95). After dinner, sashay toward the lounge for cocktails and live music on Wednesdays through Saturdays, courtesy of jazz musicians, enthusiastic karaokists, and sassy rapping grandmas.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawa will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$75) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonal options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of the design center's more than 22,000 images, painters will select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all firing work in the kiln, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting. The studio fee of $10 for adults and $6 for children covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
Do or Dye 5K Color Run Temecula can be whatever you make of it—casual participants can walk the untimed course, simply looking forward to the beer garden that awaits them at the end; more serious runners can track their own time, stopping at the optional CrossFit stations and obstacle courses along the way. But no matter your level of participation, everyone meets in the Color Lifestyle Village at the end to toss eco-friendly colored powder at each other's race T-shirts and costumes. And registered runners can feel good about their performance whether or not they achieved a personal best: through donations and race registrations, the Do or Dye organization has raised more than 1 million dollars for charities such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House.
Redlands Gymnastics Club’s action-packed classes endow children between 18 months and 18 years of age with the interpersonal skills and physical discipline they will need to succeed in school or reality television. Led by enthusiastic coaches, classes meet once or twice a week and range from 45-minute parent-child sessions for tots (3.5 years or younger) to progressively longer and more challenging instruction for older girls and boys. Grade-schoolers can rise to the top of playground politics by mastering the splits in beginners or intermediate classes, and 3- to 5-year-olds can learn fundamental movement patterns in Tumble Tots sessions, also focused on cultivating social skills such as listening and not eating gym socks without the proper condiments. Redlands’s innovative program incorporates music, gymnastics, and dance to promote robust personal development and a positive self-image among its young charges.