Archive for August, 2010

20th Annual Chalk It Up!

August 31, 2010

Chalk-It-Up! to Sacramento is a nonprofit organization created to benefit children’s arts education and art activities. Funds are raised through an annual chalk art festival held each Labor Day Weekend since 1991. Bring the family out to Fremont Park September 4, 5 and 6 from 10AM to 6PM and join the fun!

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. The squares are divided into the following categories:

Sponsored Squares: On the perimeter of the park, sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Artists volunteer to create chalk drawings for their sponsors.

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

Community Squares: Free and open for the public to create their own sidewalk artwork. Chalk is supplied by the festival. Artists must keep the community chalk as well as their artwork within the confines of the community squares. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Born in Sacramento: Reserved especially for native Sacramentans of all ages to make their marks. Officer Henry Luckie sponsors this area.

During the festival local bands, musicians, and other performers will 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.

Fremont Park is located at 16th and Q Streets and for more information click HERE or call 916.444.1453.

We’ll see you there!

Real Mom Review: McKinley Library SRP Wrap Up

August 30, 2010

East Sac Mom May hit up the McKinley Library’s Summer Reading Program Wrap Up (how could anyone resist *FREE* Burr’s ice cream?!) and here is what she thought…

The McKinley Park Summer Reading Program Wrap Up Party was awesome!  the event, which started at six, had activities including arts and crafts and the Bubble Lady. My son and I hung out at the Bubble Lady’s show upstairs in the library.  The show was interactive and every child was engaged the entire time.  The show entertained kids from as young as one and up to age ten.  The parents and grandparents seemed to enjoy the show also, at one point one of the grandfathers was brought up on stage and put inside a giant bubble.  By the end of the show everyone in the room was covered with a thin film of “bubble mixture”. After the show we headed down to the lawn for ice cream.  There were also arts and crafts activities and face painting (we didn’t make it over to the arts once my son got his hands on a cone of Cookies and Cream). One of my favorite things during the event was seeing the librarians.  After spending the summer attending storytimes hosted by the very talented librarians, it was almost like spotting a celebrity. I attended last year, and both events were great.  In fact, knowing that the wrap up party was coming motivated us to keep up on our summer reading program, so we could enjoy the wrap up party and celebrate the reading we had done.


The moral of the story? Support your local libraries! That, and send us your own Real Mom Review of a local event, activity or venue to share with other moms. Feel free to include pictures and don’t worry, we can spell-check for you. Not every review has to be positive either! I’m not saying be rude, but how about realistic for other moms who want to try the same thing? Questions? Reviews? Email us: eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

August 27, 2010

Happy Friday! I actually saw a 7-day weather forecast this week that included both “extreme heat” and “unseasonably cool”. You’ve got to love summer in Sacramento. Get out and enjoy the moderate heat this weekend in East Sacramento. Here are a few ideas to get you going…

We’ll see you there!

East Sac Support: KidzArt

August 26, 2010

Imagination sparkles. Curiosity powers up. Ideas take form. Self-discovery is set in motion.

Owned and operated by an East Sacramento Mom, Jessica Tindel, KidzArt has grown from a studio in Natomas and expanded into all areas of Sacramento by way of art education classes.

KidzArt is a fun, unique and confidence-building drawing program for preschoolers through seniors. Our mission at KidzArt is to provide kids of all ages with the opportunity to have art in their lives, increase their skills and knowledge of various art media, learn to draw using a proven method, and most of all, to have fun!

KidzArt enhances a child’s experience of art.  Kids have a great need to express themselves in many ways — artistically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  KidzArt impacts each and every area of expression.  The KidzArt classroom is a non-competitive environment enhanced by soft music that allows children to focus and enjoy what they are doing.  Parents see the difference in the quality of art their children bring home.  Kids get immediate results as their enthusiasm for art increases.

KidzArt impacts their lives by sparking their creative process in other areas as well.  KidzArt reaches the artistic individual as well as those who never thought they could draw or create works of art!

Not only does KidzArt offer studio classes (including Mommy & Me) and art education in the public schools, they can even help you host birthday parties with a focus on activities and imagination.

For a complete class schedule with prices, click HERE. You can also take advantage of one *FREE* preview class per child.

The KidzArt studio is located at 4480 Duckhorn Suite 100, at I-5 and Arena Boulevard, and for more information click HERE or call 916.574.9700.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast Big & Little Beast Workshops

August 25, 2010

Every Friday from 10AM to 12PM, Art Beast offers the Big and Little Beast Workshops. These workshops are designed for adults and children to explore a new art or craft together. A bit more intricate than their typical offerings, the workshops are a great time to learn together and appreciate one another’s strengths in exploring the creative world. Often the children remind the grown ups how to greet the unfamiliar with joy and a sense of adventure.

Workshops can accommodate up to 20 families over the two hours and there is usually have room for everybody. On August 27 participants will make Acorn Babies from Felted Wool.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. Admission to Art Beast is $8 for adults and children, with second adults and babies 12 months and younger *FREE*.

We’ll see you there!

12th Annual Race for the Arts

August 24, 2010


“It’s More Than a Run – It’s an Experience!” 

To experience the 12th Annual Race for the Arts for yourself, plan to show up at William Land Park on Saturday, August 28 at 8:30AM. Enter to race in the 5K run/walk, the 220 yard kids run, the 440 yard kids run or the 1/2 mile kids run. Entry fees are $30 for the 5K and $15 for the kids’ fun runs and include a t-shirt and refreshments. 

Should you decide to observe rather than participate, you can enjoy lots of entertainment, including interactive booths and refreshments. Or why not make a donation or sponsor a participant? 100% of pledges benefit designated nonprofit arts organizations or school programs. 

Race for the Arts takes place at William Land Park at 15th Avenue and Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.933.4056. 

We’ll see you there! 

Pre-K Pilot at Theodore Judah

August 23, 2010

The two most common questions we get at East Sac Mom are, “Can you recommend an East Sacramento preschool?” and “How can I get information about East Sacramento child care programs?” Theodore Judah Elementary is attempting to address that first frequently asked question with a new Pre-Kindergarden Pilot program.

Theodore Judah’s Pre-K pilot is open to all Sacramento preschoolers, even if they plan to attend kindergarten at another school. The program will start as soon as there are enough children enrolled, so don’t wait if you’re interested in getting your preschooler in. Since it’s summer, we haven’t been able to get much more information on the program (other than its existence) but with the school year drawing near, you may have more luck.

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

We’ll see you there!

Week End Wrap Up

August 20, 2010

Is anyone else as excited about the weekend being here as I am? Some weeks are just longer than others, I guess. Now that it’s Friday, what do you and your families have planned for the weekend? A date night at McCormick & Schmick’s, perhaps? Or one of the possibilities below…

If you check out some of the *FREE* (and cheap) East Sacramento activities, send us your pictures and reviews– we’d love to hear your thoughts or suggestions. Email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

We’ll see you there!

Leave No Trace Workshop at Trailmix.Net

August 19, 2010

My favorite childhood memories are of huge family camping trips with aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents. Every time we packed up to leave, my great grandpa would offer a cash incentive to the grandchild who collected the most trash or litter from our camp site. We learned from a young age how to “leave no trace” and, thanks to Trailmix.Net, you can too!

Leave No Trace promotes responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. They are hosting a *FREE* awareness workshop covering the seven principles of leave no trace for families with children of all ages on Sunday, August 22 from 9AM to 11AM.

Although the workshop is *FREE*, seating is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to reserve your space in advance by calling 888.95.TRAIL or emailing

The Trailmix.Net store is located at 116B I Street and for more information click HERE or call 888.95.TRAIL.

We’ll see you there!

Fire Station #4 Open House

August 18, 2010

The Sacramento Fire Department’s Fire Station #4 is the oldest working fire station in the Sacramento area, first built in 1902. In 1933 the station was relocated from 26th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue to its current home on Granada Way, nearAlhambra. On Saturday, August 21 from 2PM to 5PM the public can visit the fire house for a tour and meet the firefighters.

Fire Station #4 is located at 3145 Granada Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.1357.

Firefighters + big trucks + photo ops for me my toddler = we will definitely see you there!