Archive for the ‘October 2010’ Category

CAP Center Launches ‘Vote 4 the Quotes’ Campaign

October 12, 2010

The Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAP Center) officially launched its “Vote 4 the Quotes” Campaign for 2010, which encourages the public to vote for their favorite quote that will then be featured on a chic new t-shirt that will be sold to raise funds to support child abuse prevention efforts.

 Everyone is encouraged to vote at www.vote4thequotes.org. Each year a new quote will be featured on the special child abuse prevention t-shirts.

 The top 3 quotes for 2010 are as follows:

  • “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” — Marian Wright Edelman
  •  “Life, love and laughter — what priceless gifts to give our children.” — Phylis Dryden
  •  “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass

Cast your vote by clicking HERE and spread the word now through November 15!

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Getty Owl’s Fundraiser Supporting a Local Family

October 11, 2010

Sacramento parents Kate and Mark took their daughter, Getty, to her routine 4-month pediatric appointment back in July and assumed that the most painful part of that trip would be the immunization shots that Getty would receive at the end of the visit. What they never imagined was that they would be told their daughter likely only had two years to live.

Getty was diagnosed with SMA1. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, eventually leading to death. Infants like Getty with SMA Type 1 are born with very little muscle tone, weak muscles, and develop feeding and breathing problems over time. Weakness gets worse and will eventually become severe. There is no cure or treatment for the progressive weakness.

Since the condition is considered terminal a lot of the medical equipment that they will need will not be covered. In Getty’s honor and to raise money for the family, Mark and Kate’s friend, Stacey Ball, decided to organize a craft event.

The event will be taking place on Saturday, October 16th from 10AM to 2PM at Fremont Park at 1515 Q Street.  At last count there was 77 vendors participating.  There will be a raffle the day of the show and select vendors are donating a portion of their proceeds to the family.

You can find more information about Getty and this event at their blog: www.gettyowl.com.  They also have a Facebook event that can be shared at:

http://www.facebook.com/#%21/event.php?eid=130763776971424

Please help support Getty and her family by attending the event, making a donation or helping spread the word to others.

We’ll see you there!

Crocker Art Museum Grand Opening

October 7, 2010

After years of planning, fundraising and building, the Crocker Art Museum is finally ready to reveal its new look! Opening 10.10.10, you won’t want to miss all the fun, *FREE* festivities and a chance to check out the “new” Crocker.

From 10AM to 10PM on October 10, celebrate the grand opening of the new 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion with entertainment for children, families and adults. The all-day art festival will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community and Museum leaders. Highlights of the day’s festivities include: 12 hours of entertainment featuring performing and visual artists on multiple stages; a global arts block party with food, beer and wine; a creative community center with hands-on art activities and performances by regional dance troupes, bands and puppeteers; artist demonstrations; roaming street performers and living history interpreters; swing and salsa dance contests; and much more.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

*FREE* First 5 Children’s Celebration at Fairytale Town

October 6, 2010

Don’t miss First 5 Sacramento’s Annual Children’s Celebration at Fairytale Town in William Land Park Saturday, October 9, 2010, 10AM to 4PM. This event is a *FREE*, fun, educational event for young children and their families.

Activities, events, and participants include: 

  • Meet the Cat in the Hat
  • Community Resource Expo with more than 60 community organizations
  • Free health screenings for children under the age of five
  • Free admission to Fairytale Town when accompanied by at least one child age zero to five
  • Complimentary RT passes (limited number)
  • Free refreshments
  • Mascot conga line with more than 20 of your favorite childhood story book characters
  • Kit for new parents
  • Live performances from the Mother Goose Stage of international children’s dance groups
  • Kid’s Giant Coloring Wall
  • Face painting
  • Raffle prizes

Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.876.5865.

We’ll see you there!

Farm fresh and family friendly :: autumn reading

October 4, 2010

This isn’t a food post. It is, however, seasonal.

My kids and I are huge bookworms. We visit the library weekly. And I love seasonal books. Books provide a great way to engage and educate children in a fun, no-stress way. With the change of the season and the weather finally (hopefully!) starting to feel like fall, it’s a great time to pull out the autumn-themed picture books and to help kids think about the new season.

Here are some of my family’s favorite autumn-inspired books. We only own a few them, borrowing the rest from the library this time every year.

The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger (my 2-year-old insists on reading this one daily)

Apples and Pumpkins by Ann Rockwell

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Mousekin’s Golden House by Edna Miller

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip by Elsa Beskow

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

South by Patrick McDonnell

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

In November by Cynthia Rylant

Happy reading!

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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!

McKinley Park Produce Stand

June 29, 2010

You could probably already tell, but East Sacramento Mom is fan of supporting our local farmers markets. Our family regularly shops at the Sunday morning market under the freeway at 8th and X Streets (or somewhere around there, you know the one) and we were excited when we heard that Soil Born Farms was going to be operating one of their urban produce stands in McKinley Park!

From 9AM to 1PM every Saturday beginning July 11 and ending October 30, the stand will offer seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables. Proceeds will be used to subsidize prices of food for others in our community who need assistance. The farm stands offer certified organic produce from Soil Born Farms as well as produce from other small local farmers. When you shop at the farm stand you are supporting many small farms and local growers from Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Yuba, Sutter, Solano and San Joaquin counties. We encourage you to walk or ride your bike to the farm stand and bring your own bag. Cash and EBT are accepted.

For more information about Soil Born Farms click HERE and for more information about the McKinley Park urban produce stand click HERE.

McKinley Park is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard (the stand will be situated in front of the library).

We’ll see you there!