Archive for January, 2010

East Sac Mom to Mom

January 29, 2010

East Sac Mom was created for several reasons: to give moms in East Sacramento a resource for cheap and free local events and activities, to share reviews and event wrap ups and to network with other moms. We appreciate every comment and email and please know that all of them are read and we put a lot of thought into our responses. Often we seek the advice of other readers and this is one of those times.

Meet East Sac Mom Terra, who writes:

I have stayed home with my son since he was born. He starts school next year at Caleb Greenwood and I am wanting to know what other moms in my position do? Start working? If so how do you deal with kindergarten being half days? Have [other moms] thought about offering a cheap program to help other local school moms with this problem? [Such as] mini daycare, or trading babysitting time? What to do?

Terra, let us first say that we know many moms who have struggled with this same dilemma. You have spent the last several years of your life devoted to the life of another– day in and day out. Once that little person enters school age it is a life change for the both of you. I would suggest to begin thinking about what you enjoy doing. Have you had a career in the past? Is there a job or a skill you have always wanted to learn? Being that kindergarten is only part-time it can lend itself to opening up your day to take a class, take on a part time job or even volunteer. The most important thing is that you feel fulfilled. A child leaving for school can be difficult, especially for first-time moms because there may be an “emptiness” where there once was activity, structure and (lets face it) noise. Remember that every mom is different and what works for one family will not work for another. With that said, I’d like to open it up to other readers to comment with their thoughts and suggestions.

We appreciate your feedback and look forward to reading your responses. If you are not comfortable commenting below you can email responses to eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

Since it is Friday, remember to check out our calendar page when making weekend plans, and send us your reviews or pictures!

We’ll see you there!

The B Street Theater Presents “The Conductor”

January 27, 2010

The story of one woman’s extraordinary courage and the journey from slavery to freedom.

You definitely will not want to miss this one.

The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad begins January 30th and runs Saturdays and Sundays through March 14, 2010. Saturday, the 30th is the preview showing at 1PM and ticket prices begin at just $8. Regular showtimes are 1PM and 4PM and ticket prices range from $15-22.

The B Street Theater is located at 2711 B Street. To purchase tickets call 916. 443.5300 and for more information click here.

We’ll see you there!

At what age do you think a child can appreciate this kind of theater? How else do you introduce your children to performing arts?

For (East Sac) Mom: FREE Yoga Fridays

January 26, 2010

One year ago last night I was in a yoga class. How do I recall, you ask? (Of course you did, come on.) Well one year ago today my kiddo came into the world! He arrived a month early and I have to wonder, did the yoga have anything to do with it? Maybe. But I will say I had one of the easiest labor and deliveries I’ve ever heard of a woman having. No horror stories. 9 hours from the minute my water broke to the minute he arrived. I only had to push for 15 minutes.

Are you cursing me now? Most moms do. I’m going to say it was all thanks to regular prenatal yoga classes keeping me in shape.

Aside from that, my story does have a point– and a freebie for you! It’s All Yoga is offering *FREE* yoga classes to East Sacramento Moms on Fridays. Here is a little bit about It’s All Yoga:

At It’s All Yoga, “yoga is not just a class, it’s a lifestyle.” Established in 2005, we are honored to serve this community and celebrate the practice of yoga with you. We offer classes and workshops on yoga, ayurveda, the chakras, kirtan and more. Walking the path of yoga is a practice of love, service and devotion, which leads to the presence of truth. Come, and you will find community, support and gifted teachers to help illuminate the way. Remember, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, It’s All Yoga!

I’d like you to meet one of It’s All Yoga’s teachers, Tami Hackbarth. Tami is a new instructor at It’s All Yoga and as such, is offering the *FREE* class on Fridays at 4:30PM. You can find Tami on Facebook, Twitter and on her own blog (which has some delicious healthy recipes!)

It’s All Yoga is located at 2405 21st Street and for more information click here or call 916.501.4692. Don’t forget to visit It’s All Yoga’s store (where we found that great image above, you can purchase it on a t-shirt here.)

We’ll see you there!

Normally we would ask you about your yoga experience… but we would rather hear about your own labor and delivery experience! Quick and painless (ha)? Or hours upon hours? We’d love to hear!

Children’s Book Nook at the Crocker Art Museum

January 25, 2010

This installment of the Crocker’s Children’s Book Nook will feature a special appearance by children’s book illustrator and author Peter Holwitz. With books like The Big Blue Spot and Stick Kid, Mr. Holwitz tells wonderfully creative stories with inspiring life lessons. Children ages 4-6 are invited to hear Mr. Holwitz read his book Scribbleville and then create their own books with materials galore.

January’s Book Nook will take place on Tuesday, January 26th at 10:30AM. Please remember that while participation in the Crocker Art Museum’s Book Nook is *FREE* with admission, reservations are required. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and is open 10AM–5PM Tuesday–Sunday and 1st and 3rd Thursdays until 9PM. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Don’t forget there is *FREE* admission on Sundays from 10AM-1PM. For more information call 916.808.7000 or click here.

We’ll see you there!

Happy Monday East Sac Moms. How was your weekend? Don’t forget you can submit a review or wrap up for local events, activities or venues. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com!

Happy Friday!

January 22, 2010

Be sure to check out our calendar page to find something to do in East Sacramento.

We’ll see you there!

What are you doing this weekend?

Create your own Valentine at La Raza Galeria Posada

January 21, 2010

Valentines Day is one of those holidays that creeps up on me. As soon as I recover from Christmas and New Years it is already February and there are giant pink and red hearts everywhere I look.

If you need a little help bringing back that loving feelin’ check out the Make Your Own Valentine workshop sponsored by La Raza Galeria Posada. Children aged 7-12 and their families are invited to come by the art studio from 11AM-1PM on Saturday, January 23rd to make valentines with artist Raphael Delgado. Materials will be provided so please call to RSVP.

The workshop is *FREE* however an $8 donation is appreciated. La Raza Galeria Posada is located at 1022-1024 22nd Street. For more information click here or call 916.446.5133.

We’ll see you there!

Are you a fan of Valentines Day? What kind of Valentines do your children hand out (if any)?

Movie Night at Theodore Judah

January 20, 2010

One of our favorite family activities are movie nights– snuggled up on the couch with blankets and popcorn (and wine… those compliment each other, don’t they?) Occasionally it is nice to do something a little different though, and on Friday, January 22nd you can take family movie night over to Theodore Judah Elementary School for your choice of two kids’ flicks! Movie night at Theodore Judah is *FREE* and begins at 6:15PM. Families will have their choice of two films, one shown in the cafeteria and one in the auditorium.

Don’t feel like cooking? You can purchase dinner at Theodore Judah beginning at 5PM. Chairs will be set up in both the cafeteria and auditorium but families are welcome to bring blankets, sleeping bags and pillows.

In case you were wondering, your child does not have to be a student at Theodore Judah to attend movie night. The event is sponsored by the Theodore Judah School Parent Teacher Organization.

Theodore Judah Elementary is located at 3919 McKinley Boulevard and for more information click here or call 916.277.6364.

We’ll see you there!

We’d like to know, what is your favorite film to watch as a family?

Wee Wednesday at the Crocker Art Museum

January 19, 2010

This week the Crocker Art Museum hosts their monthly Wee Wednesday activities. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children ages 3-5 and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. There are two session times available: 10:30AM and 1PM.

Wee Wednesday is *FREE* with museum admission however reservations are required. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email education@crockerartmuseum.org.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. Museum hours are 10AM–5PM from Tuesday–Sunday (1st and 3rd Thursdays until 9PM.) Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. (*FREE* admission on Sundays from 10AM-1PM.)

For more information call 916.808.7000 or click here.

We’ll see you there!

Happy Monday ESM’s! How was your weekend? Remember that we welcome your activity reviews. Email us at eastsacmom@gmail.com or comment on a post.

For (East Sac) Mom: FREE Microdermabrasion

January 15, 2010

Happy Friday East Sac Moms! Being a mom is the hardest job there is (at least we think so) and it is important to take time to yourself. A great place to do that is the East Sac Endermology and Aesthetics Salon. For the rest of January you can get aquainted (and get pampered) by treating yourself to a *FREE* microdermabrasion session!

This non-surgical comprehensive approach to skin care works to remove dead skin cells on the upper layer of the skin and stimulates the production of fresh young skin cells and collagen.  Micro Aluminum Oxide Crystals are vacuumed across the skin.  As the Micro Crystals pass over the skin, they virtually erase the imperfections and the effects of skin imperfections. The resulting abrasion heals naturally from the lower skin layers upward. The newly formed skin is much smoother and finer texture. There is no down time or long healing process.

For more information on microdermabrasion click here. ESEA Skin Spa also offers a wide variety of spa services from massage to skin care and more. If you book an appointment for a treatment from 2-4PM Monday through Thursday and mention “happy hour” you’ll get 10% off your service.

To schedule your *FREE* microdermabrasion treatment call ESEA Skin Spa at 916.451.8100 and mention “East Sac MomESEA Skin Spa“.  is located at 716 57th Street. For more information click here.

We’ll see you there!

*Don’t forget to check out the calendar page to find out what is going on in East Sacramento this weekend!*

What is your favorite way to pamper yourself? Any favorite salons or treatments? We’d love to know!

Kids Club at Whole Foods

January 14, 2010

Whole Foods may not exactly be in East Sacramento (or very near us, for that matter) but we still think it is worth the drive to Carmichael to shop there once in a while. If you can carry yourself out of their wine section (maybe that’s just me…) check out their class offerings.

This Sunday, January 17th, Whole Foods has a Kids Club activity to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Bring your little one aged 6-12 (under 8 must have parent involvement) to Whole Foods at noon to create rainbow pins “demonstrating that people of all colors are part of one family.”

The activity is *FREE* however registration is required. Reserve your space by calling 916.488.2800.

Whole Foods is located at 4315 Arden Way. For more information click here or call the number above.

We’ll see you there!

As an East Sacramentan, are you a Whole Foods shopper? Do they have any items you go there specifically for?