Post-election, pre-Thanksgiving survival guide


Assuming we’re not in the midst of a full-blown apocalypse by the time this reaches you, chances are you’re in dire need of some post-election rejuvenation and/or a way to decompress before having to spar with batty Uncle Steve at the Thanksgiving dinner table next week over the fact that we’ve made a reality TV star the most powerful man in the world. Here are a number of options to help you mellow out (or at least achieve some semblance of making it through this month):

On Friday, November 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., recognize that Granny got it right when it comes to the relaxing repetitiveness of knitting; this Knitting for Beginners class will walk you through making a cowl scarf or braided headband. This class will take place at the Michael’s in Elk Grove (7611 Laguna Boulevard) and the fee is $25. Visit
to find out more.

Then, get buzzed while celebrating the annual fruity, youthful batch of red wine from France at La Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau on Saturday, November 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Silverado Building Materials & Nursery Design Center (5250 South Watt Avenue ste. 200) on behalf of Alliance Française. There will be Beaujolais to taste, bien sur, but also hors d’oeurves, live music, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $45-$60 and can be purchased at

Also on Saturday, learn to make your own whimsical centerpiece in the Felt Flower Centerpiece Workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greenhouse Sacramento (114 K Street) with crafting superstar Erin Garcia of Feed the Fish Co. The cost is $45 and parent-child, grandparent-child, sibling, couples and friends are encouraged to participate together; find out more at

Before the big feast (and, depending on your family, potential big family blowout), find some Zen at the Thanksgiving Morning Slow Flow Yoga at the Yoga Seed Collective (1400 E Street) from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $20 and attendees will focus on moving with intention and gratitude. Visit to find out more.