Archive for the ‘Summer 2010’ Category

Summer Reading Program Wrap Up (+ ice cream!)

August 16, 2010

Have you and your children been keeping up with your summer reading? If so, reward yourselves with the Summer Reading Program wrap up and ice cream social on Thursday, August 19 from 6PM to 7:30PM at the McKinley Library.

Rebecca Nile, the Bubble Lady, will work her magic, filling the air with bubbles. Ice cream will be provided for *FREE* by Burr’s Fountain. Kids can make their own fish prints and have a blast with their families to celebrate a successful Summer Reading Program.

Even if you didn’t pick up a book this summer, come out and show your support of the public libraries and relax during one of the last summer evenings before school starts.

The McKinley Library is located at 601 Alhambra Boulevard and for more information click HERE or call 916.264.2700.

We’ll see you there!

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St. Mary’s 79th Annual Festival

August 12, 2010

Sunday, August 15 is the 79th Annual Festival at St. Mary’s Church. Stop by any time from 10AM to 8PM to enjoy carnival games, Bingo, water play, bounce houses, food, drinks (adult beverages included), local vendors, a book sale and bake sale.

If you can walk or ride your bicycle I would recommend it, as there is usually limited parking. Also, be sure to bring cash. Join in a Bingo game or two and don’t forget to stop by the bake sale– last year I had the most amazing brownie I have ever eaten there! Even if you just go to walk around and enjoy the festivities, you will be entertained for *FREE*. Oh, and you may want to take it easy on the pitchers… you are pretty much guaranteed to see at least three of your neighbors at any given time at the festival.

St. Mary’s is located at 1333 58th Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.452.0296.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. You have until 11:59PM tonight to enter to win the August GIVEAWAY for a $25 McCormick & Schmick’s gift card! The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Sacramento Zoo *FREE* Days

August 11, 2010

Thanks to Target’s *FREE* Admission Days, you can take your family to the Sacramento Zoo on Mondays, August 16, 23 and 30 at no charge!

Get in a few last visits to the monkeys, lemurs and lions before your own little wild animals go back to school. Zoo hours on Mondays are 9AM to 4PM.

The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.808.5885.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. Click HERE to enter to win a $25 McCormick & Schmick’s gift card, our August giveaway. Good luck, the winner will be announced Friday!

1st Annual Banana Festival

August 10, 2010

What is the Banana Festival? It is a family friendly festival aimed at building community, promoting health and sharing culture. Kids 11 and under are *FREE* all weekend and adults are only $5.00.

The Banana Festival is being put on by volunteers from the National Academic Youth Corps and the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, both here in Sacramento, and is happening at Consumnes River College August 13th through 15th. Yes, this is a little bit outside of our “East Sacramento” range, but how much fun does a Banana Festival sound? Especially when it’s so cheap! There will be music, dance, educational booths, a 5K fun run, all kinds of food and even a banana cook-off.

The Banana Festival runs the following days and times:
Friday 4-8:00PM
Saturday and Sunday 11AM-8:00PM

Consumnes River College is located at 8401 Center Parkway and for more information click HERE or call 916.424.3904.

We’ll see you there!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win this month’s GIVEAWAY: a $25 McCormick & Schmick’s giftcard!

Week End Wrap Up + a GIVEAWAY!

August 6, 2010

August is one of the busiest months for fun, *FREE*, family friendly activities and events in East Sacramento. Take advantage of one of the last few weekends of summer (at least, summer vacation from school) and enjoy one of the following…

 

After spending all summer entertaining your kids from sun up to sun down, could you use a date night? Now through September 30, McCormick & Schmick’s is offering $5 movie tickets you can add to your bill, with the purchase of an entrée at their restaurant. Personally, I haven’t been to the movie theater in… I can’t even remember… but I know how expensive it has become. This is the perfect excuse to splurge (maybe even make it a girls night and you won’t have to get a sitter– thanks, East Sac Dad) and get out of the house without having to pack a bag full of extra diapers, baby wipes and Goldfish crackers!

McCormick & Schmick’s even wants to help one East Sac Mom (or dad) out by offering a complimentary $25 gift certificate toward their night on the town.

Bringing the freshest seafood to Sacramento, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant is located at the historical Elks Club Building in downtown Sacramento – just minutes from the Convention Center and Arco Arena, as well as near a number of theaters.  Whether you are a local or a visitor, enjoy a delicious, specially prepared meal combined with impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail.  Come to McCormick & Schmick’s and experience seafood dining at its finest!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite East Sacramento activity or event is! The contest closes at midnight on Thursday, August 12 and a winner will be selected at random and announced next Friday. Good luck!

2010 Sac Screen on the Green

August 5, 2010

Round up your picnic blankets, chairs, pillows and popcorn and get ready for the 2010 Screen on the Green series! All shows are *FREE* thanks to Council Member Steve Cohn and East Sacramento businesses and begin at sundown. The location and films being shown are as follows:

Saturday, August 7
Grant Park (21st and C Streets)
“Happy Feet”

Saturday, August 14
Babcock Park (2498 Cormorant Way)
“Superman”

Saturday, August 21
East Portal Park (51st and M Streets)
“The Rookie”

Saturday, August 28
Glenn Hall Park (Sandburg and Carlson Drives)
“Aladdin”

For more information click HERE or call 916.808.7235.

We’ll see you there!

Walk for Team Hope

August 4, 2010

Huntington’s Disease is a hereditary neurological brain disorder that slowly robs the affected individual of the ability to walk, talk, think and reason. HD affects over 30,000 Americans and places more than 200,000 “at risk” for developing the disorder. In Northern California it is estimated that at least 1,300 individuals are affected with more than an additional 6,500 at risk.

On Sunday, August 8 you and your family have the opportunity to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and their pursuit to find a cure for HD. Registration for the Walk for Team Hope begins at 9AM with the walk starting at 10AM. The walk takes place at William Land Park and the cost for participation is *FREE*! Raise as much as you can and bring your donations. All participants also receive a *FREE* t-shirt.

William Land Park is located at 3800 South Land Park Drive and for more information click HERE or call 916.927.4400.

We’ll see you there!

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!