Archive for November, 2009

Midtown hunt for Nutcracker tickets!

November 30, 2009

Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?! Starting TODAY you can visit local businesses for an opportunity to find hidden nutcrackers and a chance to win TWO *FREE* TICKETS to opening night of the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker!

100 nutcrackers are hidden at the businesses listed below and 20 of those nutcrackers hold a certificate for TWO TICKETS to opening night of the Nutcracker on December 11th! The treasure hunt runs Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 6th so go soon! Here is your treasure map…

Art Ellis Supply
Asha Yoga
Britt Steele Boutique
City Bicycle Works
Cuffs Boutique
Etc. Gifts, Cards, Paper
Gifted Gardener
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Haus Home Décor
Hina’s Tea
Krazy Mary’s Boutique
Lumens Light + Living
See’s Candies
Sugar Shack Boutique
The Bead Fetish
Tres Chic Boutique
University Art

Comment below and let us know if you find any (or if you visit a business that has run out of nutcrackers!) Happy hunting!

Shop East Sacramento

November 27, 2009

Happy Black Friday! I will go ahead and confess that I was up at 2:45AM today in order to join the rest of the crazies who shop Black Friday. It’s not as if I was camped out anywhere days ahead of time though. (Were you? Do tell!)

Now that we are “officially” into the countdown to Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or  New Years Eve) it seems like nearly everyone will be shopping in one form or another. Don’t forget to support local business!

Listed below are a few of our favorites. Which stores to you hit up for holiday gifts? Any can’t miss items we should know about? Leave us a comment on this post!

  • Ivy House: This one is at the top of our list for good reason. The BEST place in East Sac to find gorgeous and unique gifts (or decorating inspiration.)
  • Pulp Papery: Best for fun baby shower gifts, unique greeting cards and specialty wrapping paper and tissue.
  • Koukla Kids: Adorable boutique children’s attire.
  • East Sacramento Hardware: Don’t overlook them for gift cards! Instead of Home Depot why not choose a local small business?
  • Antique Row: Being environmentally responsible is cool– shop Antique Row on 57th Street and teach your kids to give new life to old things.
  • The Yoga Solution: In case you want to give the gift of health and relaxation (and mommy alone-time!)
  • Serendipity Boutique: Specialty women’s clothing and accessories that are perfect for an extra special (um, slightly pricey) gift.
  • Of course there are numerous restaurants in East Sacramento that offer gift certificates, be sure to inquire at your favorite locale.

Come back on Monday to find out how to get a chance to win *FREE* tickets to the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker by visiting local businesses. In the meantime, be sure to check out our sidebar to find some great East Sacramento activities happening this weekend.

Happy shopping!

Thanksgiving Weekend

November 25, 2009

This is a busy weekend in East Sacramento (and we are still catching up from our scheduled outage) so this is a multi-event post. Enjoy!

  • Friday, November 27th is *FREE* admission day at Fairytale Town with a canned food donation. The weather should be beautiful so go check it out! Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive; click here for more information or call 916.808.7462.
  • Friday, November 27th is also a *FREE* admission day at the Sacramento Zoo, thanks to Target! The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and is open Friday from 10AM-4PM. There is also *FREE* on-street parking. This Friday the Marines will also be on-site to kick off the Toys For Tots program where anyone donating a new unwrapped gift receives a free child’s admission ticket to the Sacramento Zoo to use at their convenience. For more information click here or call 916.808.5888.
  • November 27-29 is Train Time for Santa at the California State Railroad Museum. You and your family can enjoy a variety of operating model train and toy train layouts on display. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-17. The California State Railroad Museum is located at 111 I Street and is open daily from 10AM-4PM. Click here or call 916.324.4950 for more information.

Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and we’ll be back on Friday with more great *FREE* and cheap holiday activities for East Sac families. Also, check back in the coming weeks for the December giveaway!

We’ll see you at the Run to Feed the Hungry tomorrow!

Old Sacramento Tree Lighting and Theater of Lights

November 24, 2009

Each year the Old Sacramento Tree Lighting ceremony boasts the “first tree lighting of the season” and this year the event takes place tomorrow, November 25th. Head out to  Front and K Streets before 6:30PM to witness the 50 foot tree light up for the first time in the 2009 season. There will also be live entertainment preceeding the ceremony and Sacramento’s own Mayor Kevin Johnson will kick off the tree lighting itself.

After the ceremony stay for the first Theater of Lights show immediately following! The Theater of Lights is a “symphony of lights, sounds and visual effects” set to the poem “The Night Before Christmas”.

The Theater of Lights continues through January 3rd with 6:30PM and 8:00PM showings Thursday through Sunday. Parking is available on the street in Old Sacramento, however there is also parking available in the Old Sacramento garage on I Street or the Tower garage.

For more information on both events click here or call 916.442.8575.

Have you attended either Old Sacramento event in past years? Any tips or helpful hints for parents wanting to join in the fun with their children? Leave a comment below!

We’ll see you there!

Midtown Ice Skating Rink

November 22, 2009

For the first time, Midtown will host an ice skating rink! Beginning November 20th and running through January 18th, the Midtown ice rink is on 20th Street between K Street and J Street. There will be staff in attendance around the clock at the rink for security and, guess what? The rink is open rain or shine.

Admission to skate is $8 for adults, $5 for children (12 and under), and skate rental is $2. The rink is open to the public 10AM-10PM every day. (Of course rink hours may vary on holidays.)

Now we know you’re thinking, what about parking? (It’s because we thought that too– having to find parking has actually deterred us from events in the past.) Parking is available anytime for $5 at 1161 20th Street Garage (enter on 20th between K and L St), evenings after 5PM and weekends for $2 at 17th Street East End Garage (enter on 17th between Capitol Ave and L St), and evenings after 5PM and weekends at the parking lots at 2220 J Street and 1815 K Street. We know, that was a lot of “and”s.

Click here or call 916.752.4644 10AM-10PM for more information.

Now go teach the kiddos a sport that we Sacramentans don’t get to enjoy very often. We’ll see you there!

16th Annual Run to Feed the Hungry

November 20, 2009

If there is one event that defines East Sacramento it is the Run to Feed the Hungry that takes place on Thanksgiving Day each year. This 10K run and 5K run/walk is attended by massive amounts of people– this year’s participation is expected to be well over 30,000 runners and walkers.

The Run to Feed the Hungry is a true family friendly activity. Children who are too young to walk on their own can be pushed in strollers or worn in baby carriers and the pace is completely set by you and your family. We have made a tradition of getting up early, making cinnamon rolls and enjoying warm cider or hot chocolate before we head out. This year will be the first year for our little 10 month old peanut and we’ve got the scarves, beanies and jogger stroller ready!

Race day looks like this:
7:30-9AM Registration
8:45AM 10K run begins
9:05AM 5K run begins
5K fun runners, walkers, strollers, & baby joggers to follow 5k runners

It is not too late to register and you can even wait until the day of the event to sign up. Registration is $35 for adults ($40 day of) and $20 for children which includes the signature RTFTH t-shirt (subject to availability if you wait until race day).

Don’t forget the whole reason for the event is to support the Sacramento Food Bank:

Run to Feed the Hungry has become an annual holiday tradition for countless area families. Beginning in 1994 with only 800 runners, the event now ranks as Sacramento Valley’s largest annual run & fun run/walk. In 2008, over 28,000 participants attended and we met our goal of raising $750,000 for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. As we approach our 16th year we look forward to another record crowd and donations topping $800,000.

The race begins at CSU Sacramento and winds through the streets of East Sacramento. For a map click here and for more information click here or call 916.712.5366.

We’ll see you there!

And, we’re back!

November 19, 2009

Well… what do you think?

New beautiful banner, new fun background, and fresh enthusiasm to seek out those free/cheap/fun/educational family oriented activities in East Sacramento. Along with our new look we’ll be launching some new features in the coming weeks, including a “Meet East Sac Mom” where we’d love to introduce our readers to each other!

We would love to get more community involvement in East Sacramento Mom so please email us if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Submitting a “Real Mom Review” of an event, group, or venue.
  • Allowing us to feature you in a “Meet East Sac Mom” article.
  • If you know (or own) an East Sacramento business we can show support of.
  • You’d like to submit a kid-friendly craft idea.
  • You have a product review you’d like to share.
  • You’re willing to be a guest (or regular) contributor to East Sac Mom.

East Sacramento Mom relies heavily on reader feedback so please leave us comments or shoot us an email with any input you have. Our email address is

Side note: We are working on getting a seperate page for events so there isn’t a ridiculously long scroll on the home page, as there is currently.

Is there anything else you’d like to see? Anything you’d like us to feature? Please let us know!

Thank you for your patience this month and we’ll be back tomorrow with regular daily posting.

We’ll see you then!

Scheduled ESM Outage

November 5, 2009

We have good news and bad news, which do you want first?

The bad news? Okay here goes…

East Sacramento Mom will be temporarily decommissioned.

The good news is…

We’re getting a makeover!!!

New logo, new blog design, same great information.

Please bear with us over the next week and a half or so and we’ll be back soon with regular “Real Mom Reviews”, upcoming events and local mom discussion.

Thank you for your patience and we’re excited to re-launch East Sac Mom!

Coats for Kids Winter Coat Drive

November 4, 2009


This will be my first holiday season as a mother and one of the most important values I seek to instill in my child is compassion for others. While I look for opportunities all year long to demonstrate kindness and generosity toward those in need, there is something about the holidays that makes me more mindful of ways to give back.

Now through December 18th families can donate new or “gently used” coats to News 10’s Coats for Kids drive. Over the past 18 years over 440,000 coats have been donated to children and families in need in the Sacramento area.  This year, the goal is to collect 30,000 coats.

How many coats do you own? How many do your children own? How many still fit them??? Consider donating jackets to the cause and take advantage of this teachable moment to encourage your children to think of others.

In addition to doing a great thing and supporting our community, you can get a little *bonus* for your donations at the following East Sacramento businesses:

  • Mikuni (1530 J Street) – order the Big Red Roll and 100% of the proceeds go to Coats for Kids
  • Deeda Salon (1734 34th Street) – 10% off hair and skin services with a donation
  • Giovanni’s Pizza (6200 Folsom Blvd) – $5 off any large pizza with a donation

For more information and additional donation sites click here.

Have you donated to this cause in years past? Do you intend to participate this year? We’d love to hear any other holiday traditions you have that allow you to teach your children to give back. Comment below!

6th Annual Run for a Safe Haven

November 3, 2009

esm-runYou probably already know this East Sac Mom loves a good 5K or fun run! There is one coming up this Saturday, November 7th and it is not too late to sign up to participate.

The 6th Annual Run for a Safe Haven is a 5K run/walk benefits My Sister’s House, a non-profit organization and safe haven dedicated to serving Asian and Pacific Islander women and children impacted by domestic violence. Activities include a half-mile kids’ fun run, children’s activities and family friendly entertainment.

Registration begins 7:30AM, kids race begins 8AM, 5K begins 8:30am at William Land Park’s Village Green in Sacramento. The cost of registration is $30 for adults and $15 for kids. William Land Park is located at Freeport Boulevard and Sutterville Road.

For more information click here or call 916.868-7820.