Archive for the ‘September 2010’ Category

September Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

September 2, 2010

This month’s Home Improver Club project is a cool football stand, just in time for the season. Take your little builder or crafter to Home Depot on Saturday, September 4th from 9AM to 12PM to make one on their own.

Home Depot Kids Workshops are *FREE* and participants ages 5-12 get to decorate and keep their crafts along with a kid-sized Home Depot apron and achievement pin.

The Home Depot is located at 8000 Folsom Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.381.3181.

We’ll see you there!

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Sacramento Greek Food Festival

September 1, 2010

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One of the best reasons to live in Sacramento (right up there with the proximity to both San Francisco and Tahoe) is the diversity we have and availability to immerse your children into another culture. Personally, the Greek Food Festival is my favorite way to do that!

The Sacramento Greek Festival is held each year during Labor Day weekend at the Sacramento Convention Center. Friday, September 3rd from 11AM to 11PM, Saturday, the 4th from 12PM to 11PM and Sunday, September 5th from 12PM to 10PM you can take a tasting tour of Greece, stroll through Hellenica (a cultural display), sample Greek wine and beer and enjoy music of “Mythos” band– all without the pricey plane ticket.

Don’t miss the authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, Greek folk dancing (there are even lessons available), the Pantopolion (marketplace of imported gifts and jewelry) and cooking demonstrations! General admission is $5, seniors (55 and older) are $4 and children 12 and younger are *FREE* and if you click HERE you can print a $2 off admission coupon. Also, show up on Friday from 11AM to 3PM and admission is *FREE* for everyone!

The Sacramento Convention Center is located at 1400 J Street and for more information click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

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!

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!