Archive for the ‘July 2010’ Category

2nd Annual Cal Auto Museum Car Cruise

July 28, 2010

Whether or not you’re a “car” person, you can’t help but stare when a perfectly restored cruiser passes by on a Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, July 31 the 2nd Annual California Automobile Museum Car Cruise makes its way through downtown and midtown, showcasing over two hundred unique cars from various eras and manufacturers as they celebrate an American summertime tradition of hot rod cruising with community-wide participation.

The fun begins at the Cal Auto Museum at 3:30PM with a show of the classic cars participating. At 5PM the vehicles will make their way through Old Sacramento, up Capitol Avenue, N Street and finally J Street where there will be a final car show, awards, and entertainment from 6PM to 9PM. Best of all, being a spectator is *FREE*!

The California Automobile Museum is located at 2200 Front Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.442.6802. To check out the full cruise course click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

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Kidz Love Soccer

July 27, 2010

Occasionally I am asked how I find out about some of the activities and events we feature on East Sac Mom. Basically, I’m nosy. And I ask a lot of questions.

A few weeks ago we were enjoying a cool Saturday morning at East Portal Park and happened to notice a group of toddlers and parents engaging in what appeared to be an organized soccer practice. Intrigued, I walked over (after the practice when the kids and adults all swarmed the playground) and asked the coach who they were and what they were doing there. That’s how I found Kidz Love Soccer!

For over 30 years Kidz Love Soccer (KLS) has been dedicated to teaching children the world’s most popular game within a nurturing environment. At Kidz Love Soccer the emphasis is always on fun! Located throughout the states of California and Washington, KLS provides the foremost in soccer camps and instruction for kids age 2 to 12, instilling an exuberant, skillful confidence, in the young player … through the Kidz Love Soccer method; a session experience includes age appropriate activities: skill demonstrations, fun games, and instructional scrimmages always conducted in a non-competitive, recreational format.

East Portal Park is the home of three KLS sessions that run year-round: Mommy & Me (ages 2 1/2-3 1/2), Tot-Soccer (3 1/2-4) and Pre-Soccer (4-5). Parent participating is required in Mommy & Me as well as Tot-Soccer. There were two coaches during the session we observed and there was more than enough equipment for everyone participating.

Kidz Love Soccer sessions last 8 weeks and cost $80 per child. For more information click HERE or call 408.774.4629. To register click HERE or call 916.808.6060.

East Portal Park is located at 1120 Rodeo Way, near L Street.

We’ll see you there!

Old Sacramento Underground Tours

July 26, 2010

Talk about a local history lesson. Sacramento is the only city in California to have raised its streets, leaving the old streets down below, and now through October 31 you can tour them! The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) in partnership with the City of Sacramento, California State Parks, Old Sacramento Business Association and participating merchants and businesses, is offering educational and entertaining tours of the underground in Old Sacramento.

The entertaining and history-rich “Old Sacramento Underground” tours will provide visitors with a unique glimpse into the massive and dramatic undertaking that took place when the streets were painstakingly raised in the 1860s through the 1870s to protect the city from devastating flooding. Underground tour visitors will have the opportunity to view disappearing windows and doors, dipping alleyways, exposed retaining walls, walk into underground hollow sidewalks and tour historic buildings all while being entertained and educated by tour guides and docents who portray characters true to the period.

Underground tours are an hour-long and cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 6-17). Visitors need to be prepared to walk on uneven surfaces in areas that have low ceilings and in occasional small spaces (so not an ideal activity for very young children).

Tours are offered every 30 minutes on Thursdays and Fridays from 11AM to 3PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM to 2PM and 3:30PM to 4:30PM.

The tours depart from the Sacramento History Museum located at 101 I Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7059.

We’ll see you there!

Learn about bees with the Co-op

July 22, 2010

Not too long ago the news was buzzing (haha) with concern that the bees were disappearing and the devastating effects that could have on the environment. While it seems the media hype is over, learning about bees and their role in our ecosystem is important.

You and your child (age 3 or older) can join the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op on Saturday, July 31 in discovering how bees help our food grow, chasing and identifying bugs, and snacking on buggy cakes with honey and fresh fruit. Sound like a sweet way to spend some time on a Saturday? There are two time slots available, one from 9:30AM to 10:30AM for ages 3-5 and another from 11:30AM to 12:30PM for ages 6-10. The cost is $10 for Co-op owners and $15 for non-owners and includes one parent and one child.

To register for the 9:30AM session click HERE and to register for the session click HERE. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is located at 1900 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.455.2667.

We’ll see you there!

*Today is the last day to enter the GIVEAWAY! Click HERE and leave a comment for a chance to win!*

Zoo Ice Cream Safari + Fairytale Town Camp Out

July 21, 2010

Treat your taste buds to delicious ice cream concoctions, cones and sundaes! Enjoy all-you-can-eat Baskin Robbins ice cream and Coca Cola beverages at the Sacramento Zoo’s Ice Cream Safari on Saturday, July 24 from 4PM to 8PM. There will also be family entertainment, face painting, a “GiRaffle” for great prizes, and access to the whole zoo. There will also be hot dogs and veggie burgers for purchase at the event.

Admission to the Ice Cream Safari is $17 for adults, $13 for ages 3-12 and *FREE* for children 2 and younger. Sacramento Zoological Society members receive a $2 discount per ticket.

The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive and to purchase tickets click HERE or call 916.808.5888. For more information click HERE.

Since you’ll already be in the area, after the Ice Cream Safari you can head over to Fairytale Town and attend the family camp out! Bring your sleeping bags & tents for a memorable night at Humpty’s house. This fun-filled sleepover includes a special theater performance, arts & crafts, a scavenger hunt adventure, bedtime stories and a sing-a-long. Participation is $20 for ages 3-12 and $30 for 13 and older. Admission includes all activities, an evening snack and a light breakfast.

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and to register click HERE. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7462.

We’ll see you there!

*Have you entered to win our latest GIVEAWAY yet? You have until Thursday night. Click HERE to check it out!*

Alzheimer’s Aid Society Memorial 5K Run/Walk

July 15, 2010

An estimated 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s is the 7th-leading cause of death. Staggering statistics, especially when you consider that 10 million “Baby Boomers” will develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime.

Show your support for the Alzheimer’s Aid Society and raise funds by participating in the 3rd Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk on July 24. The course begins at East Lawn Memorial Park, winds through the fabulous forties down M Street to East Portal, then back to East Lawn. Entry fees are $25 for adults if registered before July 17 and $30 after. The Kid’s Fun Run entry fee is $16. All participants receive a t-shirt, refreshments, awards, random prizes and ChampionChip timing. Even if you don’t want to race, come support your neighbors and enjoy music while you cheer on the runners (or walkers).

The race times are as follows:
7AM – registration
8:10AM – 1/4 mile for ages 5 and younger
8:15AM – 1/2 mile for ages 6 to 8
8:20AM – 1/2 mile for ages 9-10
8:30AM – 5K Run/Walk

The East Lawn Memorial Park is located at 4300 Folsom Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.492.8966.

We’ll see you there!

Baseball & Beer

July 14, 2010

You may have thought this post would be tagged with “For (East Sac) Dad” based on the title, but the Baseball and Beer History Tour is actually for the whole family!

Join Dr. Bob La Perriere and Alan O’Connor at the Historic City Cemetary on Saturday, July 17 at 10AM to learn about Sacramento’s past as it relates to baseball and brewing. You’ll hear stories of the city’s original “major league” players and enjoy the beauty of the city’s highest point. (Did you know the city cemetery is the highest point in Sacramento?)

Mr. East Sac Dad likes to take our toddler to the cemetary to walk around, smell the flowers, and just enjoy a piece of Sacramento history. Try it with your little ones.

The tour is *FREE* and donations are accepted (and appreciated) to aid in restoring the cemetery. The Historic City Cemetary is located at 1000 Broadway and for more information click HERE or call 916.448.0811.

We’ll see you there!

FREE Day at the California Museum + Third Thursday Jazz

July 13, 2010

You already know we’re all about *FREE* activities and events, so we are excited about Target’s Arts & Wonder *FREE* Family Event. Target invites you and your family to see more of the arts while spending less. As part of their efforts to support education in the communities they serve, Target is sponsoring *FREE* admission to the California Museum on July 17 from 10AM to 5PM.

The California Museum is full of California history and culture. Families can easily spend hours walking through exhibits and participating in the interactive learning experiences. We like to pack lunch to eat outside beneath the huge “rights” wall. Be sure to check out the California Museum’s website for lots of online activities for kids.

The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street. For more information click HERE or call 916.653.7524.

Speaking of the arts and museums, we are anxiously anticipating the grand opening of the Crocker Art Museum coming in October. Until then, support the Crocker by attending the Third Thursday Jazz Summer Concert Series on July 15.

Held in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard, each concert features a different type of jazz from R & B and smooth to Latin rhythms and funk. With a versatile range from bebop to modern contemporary jazz, the Garrett Perkins Project is dedicated to promoting music that is at once educational and entertaining. Light refreshments and drinks are available for purchase. The concerts begin at 5:30PM and end at 8PM. Admission is *FREE* for Crocker members and $10 for non members.

Enter through the Courtyard gate on Third Street between O and P Streets. For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

East Sacramento Public Pool Hours

July 12, 2010

Bertha Henschel

If your kids are like mine, they can spend the entire day at the pool (although last time we took our 1 1/2 year old he was more interested in figuring out how to get out of the gate than he was with playing in the water). Here are East Sacramento’s public pools with hours and admission:

Clunie Pool & Wading Pool
601 Alhambra Boulevard (in McKinley Park)
Open through August 22
2-4PM Tuesday through Friday/1-5PM Saturday & Sunday/Closed Mondays
$1 for 17 and younger/$2 adults

Glenn Hall Pool
5415 Sandburg Drive (where Carslon Drive ends)
Open through September 6
3-5PM Monday, Wednesday & Friday/1-5PM Sundays/Closed Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Open Labor Day 1-5PM
$1 for 17 and younger/$2 adults

Bertha Henschel Play Pool
A & 45th Streets
Open through August 22
12-4PM Monday-Friday/1-5PM Saturday & Sunday
Admission for parents and children under 7 only

We’ll see you there!

Baby Cuisine Demo/Book Signing + Cloth Diapering/Baby Wearing Workshop at Whole Foods

July 8, 2010

Join Shane Valentine, author of The Baby Cuisine Cookbook, on Sunday, July 11 for a special event at Whole Foods. Shane will be teaching a recipe from his book and asking participants to help. This event is Mommy/Daddy & Baby Friendly. Shane will also be signing copies of his cookbook after his mini-workshop.  All participants will be entered into the following raffles: a Whole Foods Market gift basket and a Keekaroo high chair ($250 value)!

There are two demo/book signing sessions available and while participation is *FREE*, you must register ahead of time. Click HERE to register for the 10-11:30AM session and HERE to register for the 12-1:30PM session.

On the topic of babies, Whole Foods is also offering two fabulous workshops:

Part 1: Are you interested in learning how to cloth diaper? Overwhelmed by all the choices on the internet? Modern cloth diapers are easy, better for the environment, and more affordable than disposables.  In this workshop they will discuss various styles of cloth diapers (pockets, pre-folds, all-in-ones), how to use the various styles, and how to care for cloth diapers.

Part 2: Temperance Harkins will discuss and demonstrate some of the many ways to wear your baby: sling-style (Maya wrap), Asian-style (Mei Tai), wrap-style (Moby), and structured (Ergo, Baby Bjorn).   Also covered will be reasons to wear your baby, pros and cons of the different carriers, and safety.

Both workshops will take place on Tuesday, July 13. Part 1 will be 6-7PM and Part 2 will be 7-8:00PM. The cost for both workshops is $5 and you can register by clicking HERE. For more information check out the Mothers’ Support Network website HERE.

Whole Foods is located at 4315 Arden Way and for more information click HERE or call 916.488.2800.

We’ll see you there! (No really, we will– I’ve already registered for the second session of the book signing.)

*Have you entered July’s East Sac Mom GIVEAWAY yet for an awesome got milk? prize package? If not, you have until midnight tonight to enter HERE. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning!*