City of twees

How much hip is too hip? Are you tired yet of potted succulents in white rooms, vintage Levis and earthy-looking sodas? (They’re called shrubs, you guys; get with it.) To be fair, it’s hard to feel even remotely cool when all your extra time and energy right now is dedicated to not running out of Poké Balls; who would have thought that watching baristas compete in a latte-art competition would signal a slight return to reality? But you can do that and more with various au courant events around the city this week:

On Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24, the Semi-Annual Dollar Sale will be going down at Old Gold at the Warehouse Artist Lofts (1104 R Street) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Vintage clothing and handmade clothing, home goods and shoes will be up for grabs on tables marked $1, $5 and two for $5. Check out to get a preview of the kind of goods you can expect, or call (916) 329-8569 to find out more.

Also Saturday: the Can Do! Tomatoes preservation class at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op (1914 Alhambra Boulevard) at 10 a.m. ’Tis the season, and you can bottle up that goodness by learning to can tomatoes and also make salsa and tomatillo-chili marmalade (which can then be canned). Take your passion for produce one step further with the Cooking Out of the CSA Farm Box class at Soil Born Farms (2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova) on Wednesday, July 27, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will learn simple vegetarian recipes based on seasonal produce. Class admission is $10; head over to or call (916) 363-9685 to find out more.

Top it all off with the aforementioned foam-art intake at the second round of the Sacramento Public Latte Art Tournament (a.k.a. SPLAT) at Old Soul Co. (1716 L Street) on Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. The areas artsiest baristas will go toe-to-toe to see who can create the best tulip (barista’s choice isn’t until round 4, so don’t count on seeing a Pikachu this time). Find out more at