Faces and Places: Food Truck Expo Tahoe Park

Neighbors enjoyed each other’s company and good food from various food trucks on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Tahoe Park. Just along the perimeter of the park was a large banner informing neighbors that the event will be held every fourth Wednesday of the month. The monthly events are organized by Councilmember Kevin McCarty, Supervisor Phil Serna, SactoMoFo and the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association. Tahoe Park is located at 3501 59th St., Sacramento.


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Faces and Places: Greenhaven Lutheran celebrates ‘Children’s SONSHINE’

Families enjoyed beautiful fall weather at Greenhaven Lutheran Church’s “Children’s SONSHINE Celebration” on Saturday, Sept. 28. The free community event included pony rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house, carnival games, face painting and an opportunity to have fun and meet neighbors.

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Faces and Places: The McKinley Playground grand opening

Thank you to our wonderful community for bringing back the beloved playground to McKinley Park. It couldn’t have been done without you. Since the grand opening, held Wednesday, July 31, so many children have had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful new playground. The photos here show people working on the final touches of the rebuild and others show the children who enjoyed playing there on opening day.

Faces and Places: Greenhaven Cabana’s Fourth of July celebration

The Greenhaven Cabana Club North celebrated the Fourth of July with their traditional activities.  The group started the day with participation in the Pocket-Greenhaven Fourth of July Parade.  Spirited lifeguards and members shared candy and club information with the crowd. The celebration continued at the club, 6207 Riverside Blvd., where young boat builders designed and built their own Styrofoam ships to sail across the pool.  Prizes were given for Most Creative Boat, Most Patriotic Boat, Fastest Boat, Most Original Boat and Coolest Boat.  Activities also included diving for coins and make-your-own ice cream sundaes.

Faces and Places: Fire Station 11 held open house

Families met their friendly neighborhood firefighters at this year’s Fire Station 11 open house on Saturday, July 6. They reportedly had an excellent turnout and CERT, an all volunteer organization dedicated to educating and supporting the community in disaster preparedness, was on hand giving away fire alarms and Co2 alarms. Fire Station 11 is located at Havenside and Florin.

Faces and Places: Carmichael Fourth of July Parade

Classic cars, community floats, marching bands, military units and dignitaries made their way down Fair Oaks Boulevard to Cypress and toward the Elks at the 55th annual Fourth of July Parade. The parade ended with a big party — free swimming, barbeque, games and bocce ball for everybody! Retired Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness was the Grand Marshal.

Faces and Places: Hollywood Park Fourth of July Parade

Every year Hollywood Park has a 4th of July parade. Neighbors are decked out in red, white and blue. There’s lots of flag waving patriots for a day. There’s also a friendly neighborhood gathering at the end of the parade with refreshments and snacks. It’s a success every year and a great way to meet your neighbors.

Taste of Land Park

A vicious heat wave threatened to turn the 12th annual Taste of Land Park into a dreadful affair, but the area was spared from the blistering heat that struck just 24 hours prior. Instead, the event on Sunday, June 9 was a rousing success. The day before, temperatures in some parts of Sacramento reached 110 degrees. Much to the relief of everyone involved, Sunday’s weather barely reached 80.

“It was supposed to be 90, but the high was actually only 80. It was even better than we expected,” said event coordinator Kelly Mishell.

As it was, the pleasant weather made for great times on 14th Street between 3rd and Market where the event took place.

The Taste of Land Park is a major fundraiser for the Land Park Community Association (LPCA) to bring in money for park improvements and local beautification efforts, according to Mishell. More than 600 Land Park residents showed up to lend their support, eat some great food, drink some great wine and browse the booths set up all over the grounds.

Mishell was thrilled with the large crowd, as she was hoping for at least 350 attendees. With the number of great attractions on the premises it’s no wonder that it was well attended. In addition to the unusually mild temperatures, attendees were greeted by 24 local food vendors, 20 wins and beer vendors, and one homemade soda vendor.

For the second consecutive year, the event played host to a showcase of local artists in a section called Artisan Corner. Eight Land Park artists were on hand to show off and sell their various works that included everything from paintings to jewelry.

Patrons were also free to partake in the always popular Wall of Wine. A number of wineries donated bottles of wine worth anywhere between $20-100. The labels were then covered up and people could buy any bottle on display for $20. While some walked away with a $20 bottle of wine for their $20, some managed to grab a $100 bottle for their $20. According to Mishell, some 50 bottles were sold from the selection.

A raffle was done with prizes ranging from microwaves, River Cats tickets, a barbecue grill, free landscaping consultations, and wine tours.

The money raised by the LPCA will go into the installing of new bike racks outside of Fairytale Town and Funderland Park as well as a “prettying up” of the pony rides nearby, according to Mishell. Mark Abrahams, President of the LPCA, said that any leftover money after those projects are completed will go towards funding music and art programs in local schools.

For anyone wishing to join the LPCA, a fee of $25 (or $35 for a business) gains you membership for a year. Members can attend monthly board meetings, voice concerns, and receive the LPCA’s monthly newsletter.

“It’s a great way to stay in touch with the community,” Mishell said of the LPCA. “It keeps people up to date on park issues and beautification efforts.”

As far as next year’s version of the Taste of Land Park is concerned, well, it has a lot to live up to.

“It was a raging success. People were having a really great time,” said Mishell.

All pictures by Maura Abrahams

Faces and Places: McKinley Playground Community Build

From June 3 to June 9, volunteers battled high temps to get the beloved playground built up from ground zero. In the words of this photographer: “What a great week.  Many new friendships, great memories, and hundreds (thousands) of photos filling up my hard drive.  The new McKinley playground is beautiful.  Thank you again to all of the volunteers and community leaders who made this happen.  I am super proud to be a native Sacramentan right now.  And thanks to Phil Serna and the Republicrats for bringing great music to the closing party … One of my favorite college professors once said that every grade school playground has one group of kids that loves to build castles and forts, and another group of kids that loves to destroy castles and forts.  He said these grade school behaviors typically carry on through adult life, and we all encounter members of both groups in various ways.  It was inspiring to spend the week with an amazing group of castle and fort builders!”