Roseville Home Start began as a transitional housing corporation in 1995, but could not afford to continue its services due to the rent it owed at its location—a motel in Roseville. With the aid of donors, Home Start bought the location and renovated it. Today it’s 27 housing units and 99 beds shelter families with children who are experiencing homelessness for one-year periods. During that year, these families work with case managers to gain GEDs, learn about financial planning, acquire work, and find permanent homes. They can also attend therapy sessions to help them overcome any trauma they may have experienced. For the next year after families leave the transitional housing, Home Start maintains contact to ensure they undergo a stable transition into their new lives.
Composed by the German Baroque master George Frideric Handel, Orlando tracks the tumultuous love triangle created when celebrated French soldier Orlando falls in love with the eye-catching Queen Angelica, whose heart belongs to Medoro, an African prince. Countertenor Randall Scotting applies his experience singing the titular role in Budapest last year to his lead performance. The Sacramento Community Center Theater is an acoustic space designed to gently nurture delicate altos and magnify booming bass, while supertitles are featured above the stage, translating Italian lyrics into English for story lovers and aspiring Rosetta stones. The opera welcomes patrons in whatever apparel they feel comfortable in, but this opening night performance provides attendees a convenient excuse to air out tuxedos and formal gowns long hidden in backyard time capsules or dusty attic monocle collections.
Since 1960, families have converged at Foothill Farms Cabana Club #2 for summertime fun. Overseen by trained lifeguards, swimmers submerge themselves in the facility's three large outdoor pools, splashing down via a diving board or pool slide. When exercise is the main priority, lap swimming offers an endurance-building workout, while a knee-high wading pool gives tots a safe place to splash. Outside the water, dry-land activities adjacent to the pools include games of horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, and ping-pong, which help families dry off before munching on meals cooked in the outdoor brick barbecue area or purchased from the snack bar. For special events, clubhouses complete with commercial kitchens are available for rent.
To create Stoney's Rockin' Rodeo in 2007, the owner combined his two passions in life: cooking and country dancing. As a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, he has been adamant about offering hearty eats at affordable prices, which is why Stoney's menu is a line-up of comfort cuisine including barbeque meats, half-pound Angus burgers, and steaks grilled to order. At the restaurant’s front bar saloon, drinks are poured while guests belt out their favorite tunes during nightly karaoke or as they perch on a high-top chair to watch a sports game on one of five flat-screen TVs.
At the back of the house, novice line dancers and seasoned do-se-do-ers participate in free country-dance lessons in a spacious dancehall. Award-winning instructors also guide partnered and non-partnered dancers through workshops. Weekly concerts showcase such artists as Chris Young and Phil Vassar, who deliver the real-deal country music that gets everyone kicking up their heels and high-fiving with their imaginary spittoons.
Artistic Edge celebrates art in all its forms with a selection of more than 1,000 custom frame options as well as creative classes. During two-hour art classes for preteen Picassos, held Saturdays at 10 a.m., veteran elementary-school art teacher Linda Howell leads students ages 6–11 through a different project each week. The sessions, which include materials, may cover a range of traditional techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture, or swaddling skyscrapers in orange fabric.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color––which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, grey, or another neutral color to allow give the dyes maximum visibility.