Figure skating, food trucks and Fishbone

We’re in holiday limbo right now: stuck right between Halloween, Thanksgiving and the brink of all those upcoming winter holidays. We can’t wear monster costumes anymore or winter coats yet, but we have a ton of leftover candy. As holiday mode creeps into our psyches near the end of November, you’ll again be reminded of all of the annoying stuff that goes along with holidays: irritating family members, gift buying, Christmas music. For this week, at least, you can enjoy several, early holiday happenings, while still having the option of attending other unique events without the presence of Santa Claus, your annoying aunt or Tofurky.


Holiday Ice Rink

What: The Westfield Downtown Plaza Ice Rink opens for its 20th season.

When: Friday, November 4, noon to 10 p.m.

Where: St. Rose of Lima Park, Seventh and K streets

Why: Start practicing your triple axels on a 7,000-square-foot open-air ice rink. It’s a good place to take a family or a date during the upcoming holiday season.

More: Admission on Friday, November 4, is free. Skate rentals are $2, and admission is generally $8.



What: A Korean performance-art form that combines artistic athletics and martial arts.

When: Saturday, November 5 at 9 a.m.

Where: Mather Sports Complex, 3755 Schriever Avenue in Mather

Why: Individuals from Northern California will compete, showcasing martial arts and demonstrating their mastery of individual styles of tae kwon do.

More: Tickets are $10. For more information, visit


Vettes for Vets

What: Corvettes at the California Auto Museum will be joined by even more Corvettes in a car show to honor veterans.

When: Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: California Auto Museum, 2400 Front Street

Why: This showing of Corvettes, an all-American muscle car, will pay tribute to veterans of all wars.

More: Free to spectators. Cost is $10-$15 to register your Corvette in the show. For more information, call (916) 442-6802 or visit


Santa Paws

What: Santa makes a visit to the Sacramento SPCA.

When: November 5 and 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day

Where: Sacramento SCPA adoption center, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road

Why: Take some holiday pictures with Santa and your two- and four-legged family members to send out to friends and family—or just for fun.

More: Photo packages start at $25. For More information, call (916) 504-2802 or visit


Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

What: See the documentary on the California band Fishbone.

When: Sunday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Sunday at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street and Monday at the Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way in Nevada City

Why: This film is about the seminal African-American punk band Fishbone, its roots in South-Central Los Angeles and the forces holding them from “making it.” It will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the filmmakers.

More: Tickets are $5 for Sunday. For more information on Sunday’s screening, visit Call for pricing on Monday. For more information on Monday’s screening, call (530) 265-2681 or visit


Holiday Open House & Art Golf

What: Buy holiday art, play a round of miniature golf and eat food from local food trucks.

When: Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street

Why: Mini golf is way cooler when the course is designed by a renowned local artist. You can also buy a piece of art for an early holiday gift and eat from local food trucks in attendance.

More: Admission is free. A round of golf costs $15. For more information, call (916) 448-2985 or visit