Bee Picks: Fun things to do this week

Published: Friday, Sep. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am


Beer train & metal

All aboard for suds and metal

What: This three-hour trip allows you to taste beer from Woodland’s Black Dragon Brewery as you absorb the tempos, drumming patterns and guitar riffs of metal music. The pouring begins 30 minutes before departure, and you’ll leave with a souvenir tasting glass. VIP boarding includes a boxed dinner.

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: 400 N. Harbor Blvd., West Sacramento

Cost: $45 to $65

Information: (800) 866-1690;


Gallery exhibit

Depictions of growing beauty

What: Should this be your weekend for a tour of wineries in the Lodi region, add an art gallery to the outing. Knowlton Gallery, which shows the work of fine artists who work within a two-hour radius of Lodi, has an exhibit through September, “Bouquets: Gardens, Farmers Markets & Floral Still Lifes.” The works of nine artists are in the exhibit.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 3

Where: 115 S. School St., No.14, Lodi

Cost: Free

Information: (209) 368-5123;


Chili cook-off

Stirring the pot for bragging rights

What: These folks respond when the fire alarm rings, but this is about fire-alarm-chili bragging rights. Local fire departments vie for the people’s vote by handing out the chili they’re cooking in this annual event. Celebrity judges have a say, too. While the cooks focus on food, others will use demonstrations and interactive activities to educate about fire safety and rescue operations. The setting is Safetyville USA.

When: Noon-4 p.m., Saturday

Where: Safetyville USA, 3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento

Cost: $5, children 5 and under free

Information: (916) 438-3351;



The story behind Land Park

What: William Land, for whom one of Sacramento’s beloved parks is named, overcame his status as an indentured servant in the 1800s to make a fortune in Sacramento. He envisioned and donated land for a centrally located public space for people from all walks of life. A documentary produced by filmmaker Robert Lee Grant focuses on the park’s story. A clip of that documentary will be shown as part of a fundraiser for the film’s production.

When: Film, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sacramento City College’s Performing Arts Center, 3825 Freeport Blvd.

Cost: $20, includes lunch beforehand at Chipotle

Information: (415) 302-7356, or the Spiritual Life Center,


Pavilions Night Out

Hitting the runway for fashion and art

What: Pavilions Night Out 2013 celebrates fashion, retail shopping, food, music and the arts. A celebrity fashion runway walk showcases apparel from Pavilions’ specialty stores. Providing entertainment will be the St. Francis High School A Capella Group, B Street Theatre and San Francisco DJ-producer David Carvahlo. Food and cocktails will be available.

When: 6-11 p.m., Thursday

Where: 563 Pavilions Lane (on Fair Oaks Boulevard near Howe Avenue), Sacramento

Cost: Free; $150 for limited VIP runway seats

Information: For VIP seating,; (916) 443-5300

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