How does the oldest rattlesnake in captivity celebrate his record-setting 32nd birthday? By chilling in a locked terrarium while his guests—visiting him at nonprofit Splash Education Center at Mather Field on Saturday, November 2—play snake-themed games, compete for prizes and chow down on a giant snake made of cupcakes. That’s OK, Striker, we stayed in for our 32nd, too.
Brown and brew
Beer lovers are thanking Gov. Jerry Brown for inking Assembly Bill 647 last week. The law, which the governor signed over a pint at local Track 7 Brewing Co. last Wednesday, allows containers called “growlers” to be filled up at any brewery. Previously, folks could only fill one up at the location at which it was purchased—which made for growler gridlock in some kitchens.
Wax on and on
He must really love that car. Sacramento police busted a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing a car they found him waxing outside of a house on Sunday evening. The conscientious suspect, Brent Grimes, was also charged with possessing cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Police apprehended three other subjects at the home on 34th Street and Temple Avenue. No word on whether Grimes is learning karate.
Home, not so sweet, home
Scorekeeper loves it some cable TV—but what the hell is up with (formerly) award-winning Showtime series Homeland? Can someone explain what this season’s gonna be about? If not, please pass the heroin, Brody.
Auburn ales rule
Congratulations to local breweries Knee Deep Brewing Co. and Auburn Alehouse (both based in Auburn, eh?) for their big wins at this past weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. Knee Deep won a silver medal for its Belgian double IPA and Auburn a bronze for its pilsner. (Scorekeeper sees a beer trend this week …)
The through deal
Sacramento County has accepted a cool $81 million from the federal government for 13 new bridges (and one remodeling) over the next five years. It’s sad to see some of these landmark structures go, but a revitalized infrastructure could be a step in the right direction.