Archive for August, 2009

Monday Music No More

August 31, 2009

Due to budget cut backs for McKinley Park, the Monday music program will no longer be offered. Be sure to support the program on Thursdays though and lets keep it going! It is always sad to see such great community activities be cut due to budget limitations. Please remember to support our local libraries! We will let you know about fundraisers for East Sacramento libraries as best as we can. In the mean time, don’t forget they are a great place to get *FREE* movie rentals, books (teach your child to do research for their homework like WE used to do– before the internet) and even magazines (why not save money and resources and cancel your subscription?)

Thank you again to East Sac Mom, Oriana for keeping us informed! If you know of any other East Sac Happenings (or not-Happenings) email us at eastsacmom@gmail.com or leave us a comment on one of our posts.

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Mom’s Day Out?

August 28, 2009

We need reader help on this one. Does anyone know of any kind of “Mom’s Day Out” program or event in our area (or even nearby surrounding areas)? One of our East Sac Mom’s is new to the area and emailed us asking if we knew of anywhere there was a place she could drop off her little one for a couple of hours while she ran some errands.

Why haven’t I thought of that, while I’m wandering the Trader Joes aisles with a fussy infant and enjoying the “Why Did You Bring Your Crying Baby Here” stares? Apparently these programs are common in the mid-west and the south, why don’t we have something like this in Sacramento? Or do we and everyone has kept it a secret from me?

Either way, if you know of anything like this please leave us a comment on this post or email us at eastsacmom@gmail.com.

We appreciate it. Have a wonderful weekend with your families!

Rivercats Wrap Up

August 26, 2009

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For our family, baseball = summer. Summer is drawing to a close and we realized we hadn’t been to a single game this season! Sunday was the day. We planned it out, made a schedule, prepared everything ahead of time so we could arrive early and get a good spot in the grass– and yet we still managed to be standing outside the ballpark by the time the National Anthem rang out. Oh well, such is life with kids, right?

Lucky for us, there were surprisingly few people at the game and despite being late we found a good spot in the grass with plenty of room to spread out our blanket and giant umbrella. The weather could not have been more perfect and there were even people handing out free sunblock when we walked through the gates! Score!rivercats1Look how cute these kids are up against the fence, hoping to catch a ball thrown to them by an outfielder. We have a baby (under 12 months) so we mostly sat, let him people-watch, and walked around the park. Raley Field had some kind of dog-lovers promotion so there were puppies all over the place. (They handed out packages of free dog biscuits as we were leaving– score again!)

It was also military appreciation day and an enormous plane flew low over the field before the game started. It was extremely cool. We did purchase “Value Corner” tickets for $7 each instead of grass seats but the cashier assured us it was okay to sit in the grass instead of the Value Corner. After a hot dog and a frozen lemonade, plus $7 for parking, we had a great day out for less than $30. Our son slept a few innings and actually made it to the end of the game. The Rivercats lost, but our family won, in the form of a wonderful afternoon together.

There are only a few games left but if you get a chance, I highly recommend taking one in.

Chalk-It-Up!

August 25, 2009

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Chalk-It-Up! is a nonprofit organization benefiting children’s arts education and activities. The annual chalk art festival takes place Labor Day Weekend and has been running since 1991!

“The festival features over 200 sidewalk paintings created at the festival by local artists who donate their time, energy, and talent. These concrete masterpieces are left on the sidewalk for the public to enjoy throughout the month of September. The pieces are done with soft chalk pastel mixed with water.

How it works: The numbered squares on the perimeter of the park are sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Artists volunteer to create chalk drawings for their sponsors.

Personal squares are available for those who are interested in creating their own masterpiece. The squares can be purchased for $10.00 and the price includes a box of artist’s chalk. (Squares can be purchased at the Chalk Booth during the festival.)

The community square area is *FREE* and open for the public to create their own sidewalk artwork. Chalk is supplied by the festival.

During the festival local bands, musicians, and other performers entertain the artists and the public. These performers donate their time for this festival. A list of performance times is posted near both of the stage areas.

Since the aim of Chalk-It-Up! is to encourage children’s art programs, all children’s activities at the festival are free. These include chalk drawing and a variety of other art activities.

Chalk-It-Up! takes place September 5-7 from 10AM-6PM daily.
Join in the fun and head over to Fremont Park at 15th and P Streets.

For more information click here or call 916.484.5710.

We’ll see you there!

Sacramento Greek Festival

August 24, 2009

I think I’ve mentioned before that this East Sac Mom has lived in other parts of the United States and one of the things I missed most was the diversity we have here in Sacramento. The Sacramento Greek Festival is one of the many ways you can immerse yourself (and your families) into another culture.

Presented by the Sacramento Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, the Greek Festival takes place at the Sacramento Convention Center September 4-6. Friday the festival is open 11AM-11PM, Saturday 12-11PM and Sunday 12-10PM. Treat yourself to authentic Greek food, music and dancing, cooking demonstrations, cultural displays and more. Click here for the weekend’s schedule of events.

Admission for adults is $5 but you can click here to get a $2 off coupon! Seniors are $4 and children under 12 are *FREE*. Better yet, if you show up on Friday, September 4th from 11AM-3PM, admission for the whole family is *FREE*!

Plan an outing with your family and friends and use that $2 we saved you (clicking on the link above) to treat yourself to a glass of Greek wine. This mom knows first hand… sometimes you just need it.

We’ll see you there!

Don’t forget the fair starts today!

August 21, 2009

Click here for our East Sac Mom list of freebies and cheap fair fun. Be sure to check back in and leave us a comment if you have something to add!

Also, remember to check out our calendar of events on the right hand side of the page for daily doses of “What to do” in and around East Sacramento.

Have a great weekend with your families!

Fairytale Town 50th Anniversary

August 20, 2009

Sunday, August 29 will be 50 years to the day Fairytale Town opened in 1959! Be a part of the 50th anniversary “Rockin’ Road” celebration from 5-9PM.

Join us for live music with the Tune-Ups, a vintage car display courtesy of the California Auto Museum, dancing, hula hoops, a performance from the King of Rock & Roll himself,  games, all you can eat ICE CREAM at seven Crystal Ice Cream stations PLUS a float station and much more! Food and beverages, including beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Adult admission is $19.59 if you pre-order your ticket online. Kids 5-12 get in for $5. Prices go up on the day of event. Online Presale Ticket sales end on Friday, August 28th at 4:00pm.

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive. For more information click here or call 916.808.7462.

11th Annual Race for the Arts

August 19, 2009

This particular East Sac Mom is a sucker for the fun-runs and 5K walks. Whether it be the Run to Feed the Hungry, Race for the Cure, or even the Shamrock’n 5K, I’m there. I think it’s a combination of the matching t-shirts, enthusiastic participants and the Mimosas with brunch afterwards– oh, and the fact that you’re supporting a good cause while getting some physical activity– but I can’t seem to pass them up. Whenever possible, my kiddo (and significant other) are right beside me on the trail.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out the 11th Annual Race for the Arts taking place on Friday, August 28th at 6PM. This year’s race will be held at William Land Park.

There is a kids’ 1/2 mile for ages 8 and younger, a kids’ 1-mile for ages 9-12, and a 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk. Registration is $17 for kids 12 and younger and $30 for adults and includes a race t-shirt and post-race refreshments.

If you want to come support the arts but not participate in the race you are welcome to show up and enjoy music, dance, characters in costume and interactive booths.

Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening in support of the arts. For more information click here or call 916.441.1751.

St. Mary’s 78th Annual Festival Wrap Up

August 18, 2009

St. Mary’s School knows how to throw a party! There was so much to do… carnival games, bounce attractions, live music, arts and crafts, food– so much food– Bingo, plenty of seating, a book sale… whew. Here are a few highlights:

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We are already looking forward to the 79th Annual Festival! Did you attend? What did you think? We’d love to hear your feedback! Comment on this post.

50 Cent Monday!

August 17, 2009

Today, August 24 and 31st, in honor of Fairytale Town’s 50th anniversary, the first 50 guests to come through Humpty’s gates each Monday will be admitted for just 50 cents!

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and is open from 9AM to 4PM, of course get there early to take advantage of the discounted rate.

For more information, click here or call 916.808.7462.