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The Western States Horse Expo is one of the country's leading equestrian events, sure to pique the interest of any horse enthusiast. Like a horse's opinion of being painted into a picture with Napoleon, the schedule changes day-to-day. The line-up includes horsemanship demonstrations, breeders' showcases, and an art show, as well as special events such as the Magnificent 7 Stock Horse Championship. In this event, 17 of the country's top horse and rider combos compete in four events: herd work, rein work, steer stopping, and fence work. If the well-trained stock horses inspire you to improve your horsemanship skills, you can attend one of the many expo clinics that focus on a variety of topics including rider confidence, reining, colt starting, dressage, and driving.

1600 Exposition Blvd
Sacramento,
CA
US

Since 1984, Sports Fever has outfitted fans of nearly every professional and collegiate sport with the colors and emblems of their beloved teams. With 16 brick-and-mortar stores throughout Northern and Southern California and an extensive online catalog of apparel and accessories, Sports Fever lets locals celebrate the Giants' recent world-championship victory with sporty T-shirts while supplying alumni with college hoodies that show off their schools’ chart-topping ACT scores.

1689 Arden Way
Sacramento,
CA
US

To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

1689 Arden Way
Sacramento,
CA
US

For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.

Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.

Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.

1919 Arden Way
Sacramento,
CA
US

Instructor Stephanie Nishikawa teaches students to create intricate handmade cards, origami, and unique paper crafts during edifying two-hour sessions. With the nimble manipulation of budding paper wizards, Japanese washi papers transform into bound origami books, and beautiful paper flowers attract paper bees in droves. Handmade cards provide guests with thoughtful gifts for birthdays and custom invitations for special events. Like trees' comfort with being nude, class offerings change with the seasons.

558 Pavilions Lane
Sacramento,
CA
US

The Market at Pavilions builds its lunch menu around gourmet ingredients such as smoked prosciutto, crème fraiche, and imported cheese. Smoked turkey and lappi cheese, the Lewis and Clark of the deli empire, forge a bold path through the sprouts, tomato, and Mendocino mustard of the signature Mendocino Masterpiece sandwich ($6.99). Deli masters dish out salads by the pound or pint, such as beets with pickled onions and artisanal red-wine vinegar ($8.99/lb), and accessorize meals with potato chips in eight different flavors ($1.29/small) and 11 different kinds of house-made cookies ($2.25). Lunchers can bask with a glass of Talbott chardonnay or Byron pinot noir ($8) amid the flowers and umbrellas of The Market’s sunny patio or in its glass-roofed atrium, or take their eats on the road for an elegant monster-truck-rally picnic.

515 Pavilions Ln
Sacramento,
CA
US