Faces and Places: Food Truck Mania at McKinley Park

Photos by Monica Stark
Photos by Monica Stark

SactoMoFo is back every second Friday of the month for Food Truck Mania at McKinley Park.
March’s lineup on Friday, March 13 included Krush Burger, Bacon Mania Truck Sacramento, Gameday Grill, Drewski’s, Smokers Wild BBQ, Cruzin Crustacean, La Mex Taqueria, Green Papaya Food Truck, Smokin Hot Pizza, Happy Cow Ice Cream, The Sweet Spot, and Frenchy’s Waffles. Live music was provided by Jimmy Ashley and proceeds from the beer garden benefited the Front Street Animal Shelter. Boy, there were a lot of dogs at the park!

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Heart Kids Rock

Photos by Stephen Crowley
Photos by Stephen Crowley

A rockin’ evening for heart kids and their immediate family members with dinner, dancing and entertainment was put on by non-profit Angels for Hearts on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Sutter Cancer Center.

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Faces and Places: American Heritage Festival

American Heritage Festival / Photos by Monica Stark
American Heritage Festival / Photos by Monica Stark

People enjoyed the annual American Heritage Day Celebration at Mount Vernon Memorial Park on Monday, Feb. 16. There were musket firings; some were dressed in Colonial time period costumes, some were in Native American wear. There were many vintage cars on display too.

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Faces and Places: Donut Dash

Faces and Places
Faces and Places

The Seventh Annual Donut Dash, in support of Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center, was held on Saturday, March 7. The four-mile race started and ended in William Land Park with Marie’s Donuts as a turnaround spot, where runners will got a bag of four doughnuts.

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Dog Faces and Places

Photos by Monica Stark
Photos by Monica Stark

Despite the postponed grand opening celebration for the Lynn Robie Dog Park, dogs (and their owners) have opened the gates and have enjoyed the beautiful facility, located at 7895 Freeport Blvd. at the Bill Conlin Sports Complex. The celebration has been postponed to March 21 at noon and will include a best dressed dog contest at 12:30 p.m. There will a prize for the first place winner.

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Faces and Places: Neighborhood smoke detector installation

Photos by Stephen Crowley
Photos by Stephen Crowley

Thanks to efforts by the Sacramento Fire Department, John F. Kennedy High School’s Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Pocket/Greenhaven, happy were residents to receive new batteries for their smoke detectors on Saturday, March 7. The Sacramento Fire Department has once again generously donated 200-plus batteries for Rotary and Interact volunteers to distribute and install them free of charge for Pocket/Greenhaven and neighboring community residents who need assistance. Many people who die in fires die from inhaling poisonous gases and smoke. A working smoke detector provides a warning signal to allow escape. Smoke detectors are the single most important means of preventing residential fire deaths and are one of the best safety features to protect yourself and your family.

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Faces and Places: Community flow jam at McKinley Park

Photos by Stephen Crowley
Photos by Stephen Crowley

Colors caught on camera: About a dozen folks came to McKinley Park on Saturday, Feb. 21 for a community flow jam as the sun set. With glowing hula hoops and other glow-in-the-dark toys, the folks have a great time each month as they watch colors spiral from their finger tips out into the air. Everyone is welcome to these monthly gatherings held each third Saturday of the month. Details on the group can be found at photosbycrowley@yahoo.com

Faces and Places: Undy Run 5K

Faces and Places: Undy Run 5K Photos by Stephen Crowley
Faces and Places: Undy Run 5K Photos by Stephen Crowley

Runners came out in their underwear to race a 5K through Land Park on Feb. 28. The Undy 5000 is an annual family-friendly event created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. It is unique because participants were encouraged to run in their boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer. The Alliance found that by getting people talking about this disease, they can save lives. Over running gear, attendees sported everything from their favorite underwear to tutus, capes and costumes, with some even coming fully dressed as superheroes or ninja turtles. Whatever your style, the Undy took on colon cancer in a fun and exciting way.

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Faces and Places: Sacramento Steampunk Society emporium and swap meet at Great Escape Games

Photos by Stephen Crowley
Photos by Stephen Crowley

The Sacramento Steampunk Society held and emporium and swap meet on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Great Escape Games on Howe Avenue. People got a chance to see what steampunk is all about and visit with an estimated dozens of vendors. The emporium was an artists’ bazaar with a steampunk flair, featuring artisans selling items they have made, including costumes, jewelry, leatherwork, books, and hats.

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Faces and Places Chinese New Year Celebration 2015

Photos by Stephen Crowley
Photos by Stephen Crowley

The Chinese New Year Celebration Association and the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation at Hiram Johnson High School celebrated the Year of the Goat with stage entertainment, food, arts, children’s games, martial arts, and community exhibits on Feb. 7 at Hiram Johnson High School,
6879 14th Ave.

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