The dogs, cats, pigs, and even horses living at the City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Center depend on the tireless efforts of its Animal Care Technicians and volunteers. Every day, these committed individuals tend to the health and well being of each animal that comes through the door – happily performing duties such as feeding, administering medication, sanitizing bedding, and walking– all in the hopes that each animal will be matched with a loving adoptive family. Oftentimes, these animals arrive as strays or are rescued from abusive and negligent conditions, so they are in dire need of the basic socializing and medical attention that healthy domesticated animals enjoy. Furthermore, the center strives to educate pet owners on the importance of proper care, including disease prevention and spaying and neutering.
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Conductor Michael Morgan and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra's seasoned tunesmiths finish their 2010–2011 season with a flourish, casting an eclectic mix of classical and pops programs sprinkled with performances by renowned guest artists. On February 19, internationally acclaimed concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner tickles the ivories during "Basically Beethoven", cascading through Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 24 before the orchestra's majestic take on Beethoven's Symphony no. 7. On April 9, "Hidden Meanings" explores issues of love and faith amid the tumultuous early twentieth century, with pieces by Edward Elgar and Dmitri Shostakovich, a secretive composer known for hiding unfinished works under the stairwells in M.C. Escher paintings. The season belts to a close on May 21 with "Homegrown Sacramento", as Tony-award-winning Broadway chanteuse Faith Prince summons Sondheim, Loesser, and other giants of the Great White Way with her strong vocal prowess.
Each night, a familiar cast of characters descends on Dee Dee's Bar and Grill, eager to take part in what the hangout does best: delivering plates of spicy chicken wings alongside tall beers and cool mixed drinks. The family-owned establishment exudes familiarity and a neighborhood-spot vibe by doling out free shots for birthdays and driving local patrons home on Fridays and Saturdays with a complimentary shuttle service. In addition to drinks and eats, Dee Dee's also hosts weekly karaoke nights, DJs, and live bands that play whatever audience members have stuck in their heads.
Breaking a sweat at most gyms requires at least a few minutes on a bike or a treadmill. But at The Oasis Club & Spa, ladies also have the option of releasing toxins while seated, soaking up the soothing heat of the sauna. Members gain access to a full range of fitness and spa services, from cardio equipment and dumbbells to tanning beds and massages. Group fitness classes, boot camps, and personal-training sessions keep exercise sessions fun and varied, and facials help women to feel beautiful even if they aren’t coordinated enough to apply makeup on the treadmill.