Archive for May, 2010

Week End Wrap Up

May 28, 2010

Happy Friday! Enjoy the long weekend with your families, spend some time outdoors and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday with more *FREE* and cheap East Sacramento activities. Remember we’d love to see your pictures and hear your reviews from past events. Send them our way at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

Be sure to click over to our calendar page for suggestions for this weekend and each day throughout the week.

We’ll see you there!

17th Annual Doggy Dash

May 27, 2010

Join the Sacramento SPCA for the 17th Annual Doggy Dash and Bark at the Park Festival on Saturday, June 5th in beautiful William Land Park. An estimated 4,000 animal enthusiasts will gather both with and without their canine companions to raise funds for animals sheltered at the Sacramento SPCA. Make sure to stay after the Dash for the Bark at the Park Festival, where you can enter your canine pal in the Pup Show, high-flying Disc Contest, or the ever-popular Pug Races! Visit with pet-friendly businesses, learn about Sacramento-area animal rescue organizations, or just have lunch while watching all the action.

Activities include:

– 5K run, or 5K or 2K walk
– Fourth Annual Pug Race
– Camp Kindness KidZone – fun for the entire family
– Pup Show! Ugliest Dog, best wag, best smile, best kisser, best tricks, most magnificent pup and more!
– Pet-friendly businesses in Vendor’s Row
– Demonstrations by K9 Police Dogs, Sacramento Flyball and Haute Dawgs Agility Group
– Disc Toss and Fetch Contest

Also – meet Pabst, winner of the 2009 World’s Ugliest Dog Competition and current title holder of the Sacramento SPCA’s 2009 Ugliest Dog Contest.

Registration opens at 7:30AM and the festivities begin at 8AM. The 5K run starts at 9AM with the 5K and 2K walks begin at 9:15AM. The festival continues until 1PM. Participation in the Doggy Dash is $25 through tomorrow and $30 through the day of the event.

William Land Park is located at 1701 Sutterville Road and for more information click HERE or call 916.383.7387.

We’ll see you there!

2010 Pops in the Park

May 26, 2010

Is anyone else giddy with excitement over the Pops in the Park starting June 5th? If you were to ask May, summer officially begins when the school year ends. If you ask me, it’s the first evening of Pops in the Park. The *FREE* concert series is sponsored by Council Member Steve Cohn and take place at various parks around East Sacramento. Each concert begins at 6PM and while there is street parking, we encourage you to ride your bike and enjoy the *FREE* bicycle valet provided by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates.

Here are the dates, locations and performers for this year’s Pops in the Park:

Saturday, June 5
East Portal Park
51st & M Streets
“Whiskey Dawn”

Saturday, June 12
Glenn Hall Park
Sandburg & Carlson Drives
“Because” (Beatles tribute)

Saturday, June 19
Bertha Henschel Park
45th Street & Brand Way
“Swing Masters”

Saturday, June 26
McKinley Park
H Street & Alhambra
“The Q-Balls”

Gather your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners!

Pops in the Park is *FREE* and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7235.

We’ll see you there!

Farms, Friends & Fairytales

May 25, 2010

Fairytale Town is hosting the third annual Farms, Friends & Fairytales event which promises to bring another exciting day filled with everything agriculture! Arrive early to watch the twin Babydoll sheep, Lucy & Ethel, get sheared, then watch as a wool spinner spins the wool into thread using an old fashioned spinning wheel! Enjoy agriculture focused hands on activities, a mini-farmer’s market and visit with Sacramento area farms and agricultural organizations to learn more about California’s rich agricultural history and how you can get involved.

Special guest appearance By SUPER WHY…with the Power to Read! SUPER WHY is the only preschool show created to help kids learn key reading skills through interactive storybook adventures, connecting with kids in their everyday lives and helping them learn to read in a powerful and exciting way.

Farms, Friends and Fairytales takes place on Saturday, May 29 from 11AM to 3PM. Admission is $4.50 for ages 3 and up and *FREE* for members and children under 3. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5233.

We’ll see you there!

Stranger Danger & Safety Meeting

May 24, 2010

For the second year in a row the River Park Mothers’ Club is hosting a Stranger Danger and Safety Meeting at the Glenn Hall Park Playground.

The event takes place on Tuesday, May 25th at 6PM and is open to all. The Sacramento Police Department will be giving short presentations to kids appropriate to their age.

3 to 5 year olds: What to do if you are approached by a stranger (the lesson taught through story books and scenarios), road safety and the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.

6 years old and older: A more mature conversation on awareness, reacting to negative attention, gun safety, the consequences of calling and hanging up a 911 call and looking out for others.

After the talks there will be time for parents to ask questions pertaining to child, personal and community safety. Both discussions will be topped off with the opportunity to sit in the back of a police car, hang out with the police officers, get stickers and have their photos taken. The K9 Unit will also attend so the kids can “meet” the dogs and learn about their jobs.

This is a community event so bring a picnic, hang out at the playground, and get to know your neighbors better. This is not just for members of the Mothers’ Club, they want everyone in the area to benefit from this important education.

Organizers would like to have an idea of how many children to expect and the ages of the children attending, so please RSVP to Jill at Also, if there is a topic that you would like to be discussed please let Jill know and she will ensure it is included in the questions and answers time.

Glenn Hall Park is located at the end of Carlson Street in River Park. For more information email or call Jill at 415.846.1497.

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

May 21, 2010

Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief that it is Friday. Ready?


I feel better, how about you? Now then, what are you and your families up to this weekend?

Here are some ideas:

Send us your weekend (or weekday) pictures and reviews! We would love to share them with other East Sacramento Moms. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

We’ll see you there!

18th Annual Pacific Rim Street Fest

May 20, 2010

In 1993, the first Pacific Rim Street Fest was presented in Old Sacramento by the restauranteur, Frank Fat, and community groups. With his ever optimistic spirit, he was able to create a coalition of community leaders and succeed in seeing his dream of a street festival come to pass.

For seventeen years the festival has displayed the richness and diversity of many Pacific Rim cultures through cultural programs, entertainment, art and food. The event also enhances the community’s knowledge of Asian/Pacific Island cultures in a fun and positive environment.

There are so many reasons to take your family to Old Sacramento for the Pacific Rim Street Fest— my favorite reason is the food! The festival takes place on Sunday, May 23 from 10AM to 5PM and the festivities are *FREE*.

For more information click HERE or call 916.451.6200.

We’ll see you there!

Camp BEAST at ArtBeast

May 19, 2010

Are your children counting down the school days left? Are you? You might be dreading the last day of school if you don’t have summer plans. ArtBeast is here to help, with weeks of super fun summer camps for children ages 4-6.

Our camps are about exploring art and self expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, we promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art. After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Camp BEAST session times are 9AM to 1PM and 1:30PM to 5:30PM and the cost is $160, with additional children from the same family discounted 15%.

Here are the session dates and camp themes:

June 14 to June 18
Morning Camp: Acting and Storytelling
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

June 21 to June 25 Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Camp Gizmo

June 28 to July 2
Morning Camp: Garden Camp
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

July 5 to July 9
Morning Camp: Exploring Textiles
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

July 12 to July 16
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Dance Camp

July 19 to July 23
Morning Camp: Camp Gizmo
Afternoon Camp: Acting and Storytelling

July 26 to July 30
Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

August 2 to Aug 6
Morning Camp: Dance Camp
Afternoon Camp: Drum and Movement

August 9 to Aug 13
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Dance

Aug 16 to Aug 20
Morning Camp: Drum and Movement

For camp descriptions and more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. To register click HERE. Remember that all proceeds from ArtBeast go to benefit the Tubman House and are tax deductible.

We’ll see you there!

Walk for Wishes + Walk ‘N Rock for Kids

May 18, 2010

Are you tired of me talking about 5K’s and fun runs and jog-a-thons yet? What if I told you there was one you could participate in while wearing PAJAMAS?! Possibly my favorite active, family friendly activity ever.

Walk for Wishes: Pancakes and Pajamas is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that takes place on Saturday, May 22 from 9AM to 12PM. There is no minimum needed to fundraise and no registration fee. Just collect donations and join in the fun! The walk begins at the West Steps of the Capitol downtown.

For more information click HERE or call 916.437.0206 or to register click HERE.

Saturday the 22nd won’t work for you? How about Sunday the 30th?

Walk ‘N Rock for Kids is a fundraising walk and benefit concert to support local children’s charities. 

The event will kick off with a morning 5K walk involving families, local businesses, walk teams and supporters. Participants will walk and raise funds on behalf of our 2010 Nonprofit Partners and Nonprofit Associates. The morning will be filled with music at Raley Field and along the route. After the walk, enjoy entertainment, interactive booths, kids activities, more music, food and fun! There is NO FEE to register before 5/22/2010, and all funds raised will go directly to the children’s charity you register to walk in support of.

Registration begins at 7AM and the walk begins at 8AM. Raley Field is located at 400 Ballpark Drive and for more information click HERE or to register click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

Farm fresh and family friendly :: strawberries

May 17, 2010

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s strawberry season. They’re everywhere. Farmers markets are overflowing and street corners are full of baskets and flats. And there’s really not an easier fruit to eat…especially for families. In the spirit of the season, I have a few suggestions on how to enjoy these luscious red fruits.  Some are healthy, some not so much. Enjoy!

  • On cereal. Who needs sweetened cereal with a sliced strawberry or two in the bowl?
  • In a smoothie. Add a frozen banana, your milk of choice (cows, soy, almond, etc.), some kale or spinach, a bit of honey and you have instant pick me up.
  • On salad. Wash up some spinach and add some sliced strawberries, walnuts, and a raspberry vinaigrette.
  • In a pie. Not only is it strawberry season, but also rhubarb. Strawberry rhubarb pie. Whip up a pie crust in your food processor or buy a non-trans fat containing crust at your local store. Mix the strawberries and rhubarb with some sugar, corn starch, and lemon juice and enjoy! If a pie seems too daunting, try a crumble or crisp. No dough required, but just as yummy.
  • Strawberry ice cream. There are a couple of ways you can go with this idea. Take some vanilla or chocolate ice cream and place a couple of strawberries on top. Or, make your own strawberry ice cream. We’ll be trying it this weekend!

For recipes,  simply Google any of the above ideas and you’ll find more information than you probably wanted.  There are hundreds of other things to do with strawberries, as well. Experiment, explore, or simply pop one in your mouth!