End-of-summer squeeze

Illustration by Margaret Larkin

Fall may officially be here according to celestial events or whatever, and I get that everyone is real excited about it being decorative gourd season and whatnot, but the end of summer never ceases to be a huge bummer every year, and it appears that the city concurs; this week, there are a bunch of last-gasps-of-summer things going on, so take your pick to get your fill, because all those pretty fall leaves will be winter gutter slush before you know it.

Start off with the End of Summer and 108 Sun Salutations Class on Saturday, September 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the McKinley Park Rose Garden (3330 McKinley Boulevard). Yoga instructors from all over the region will lead more than 300 people in this vinyasa marathon. Afterward, there will be raffles, a kirtan band, a DJ and a photo booth. It’s free to attend, but donations benefiting yoga-awareness endeavor Yoga Moves Us are welcome. Find out more at http://yogamovesus.org.

Later that night, turn back the hands of time with a back-to-childhood camping retreat for adults with Camp Capital City from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Central YMCA (2021 W Street). There will be barbecue for dinner, a s’mores dessert bar, beer from Bike Dog Brewing Co., wine from Bogle Vineyards and tunes courtesy of Ross Hammond, plus archery, rock climbing, horseshoes and more. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at http://ymcasuperiorcal.org/

On Sunday, September 25, the PaddleSplash Festival is going down at Lake Natoma. Grab your stand-up paddleboard and sign up for a five-mile solo race, a four-person relay or a solo paddle for funsies; kids are also welcome to participate in a short course. Meet up at Nimbus Flat (1901 Hazel Avenue in Gold River) at 8 a.m. to pick up your packet, and paddle to your heart’s desire until 2 p.m. Visit www.norcalsup.com for more info.

Also on Sunday: the BarkHappy: West Sacramento Bar Crawl from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your dog along as you and your buds drink some brewskies at Jackrabbit Brewing Co., Yolo Brewing Co., and Bike Dog Brewing Co. Tickets are $10 and get you access to a doggy photo booth, treats, discounts and goodies from Wag Hotels and drink specials. Check out https://barkhappy
for more info.