Fourth of July Pocket Parade drew large crowd

Thousands of people enjoyed the Pocket 4th of July Parade. The Pocket News thanks the community for your participation, whether you volunteered, had a float, sat on the sidelines, manned a booth at Garcia Bend at the business fair. A great time was had. Congratulations to Sacramento Urgent Care, Sacramento Youth Band and Merryhill – float winners this year. Also, let it be known that the NextDoor Pocket float won the best in a nationwide NextDoor float contest. Here’s to next year!

4th of July in East Sacramento and River Park drew large crowds

Red, white and blue filled the streets of East Sacramento and nearby River Park with happy revelers who decked out floats, bikes and, of course, themselves. Photos on this page of the East Sacramento parade were taken by Mike Saeltzer and those of the River Park festival held at Glenn Hall Park were taken by one of the event’s main organizers, Brenda Jew Waters. At the River Park event, there were kiddie parades, which began at Caleb Greenwood; there were antique cars, bounce houses, imagination stations, carnival games and prizes. Additionally, at the festival, there was musical entertainment by Mere Mortals, a local band that plays blues rock, classic rock, R&B and oldies.

Faces and Places: Fourth of July on Govan Way

Neighbors and friends decorated their bikes, scooters, strollers and wagons for the annual Govan Way Fourth of July Parade, which began on the corner of Govan and Perkins ways.

Faces and Places: Carmichael 4th 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 56th annual Fourth of July Parade. The parade ended with a big party — free swimming, barbecue, games and dancing for everybody!

Faces and Places: Pops in the Park

Big band swing, rock and roll, and a lot in between – those were the tunes that got folks dancing in their lawn chairs at the Pops in the Park at Henschel Park on Saturday, June 21. While it’s unfortunate Pops is now over for the year, there’s more fun to be had in August with Screen on the Green. On Aug. 2, “The Perfect Game” will be showing at South Natomas Community Park (2901 Truxel Road) and “The Nut Job” will be the feature at Glenn Hall Park (Sandburg and Carlson Drive) on Aug. 9. Also the Tahoe Park Starlight Movie Series presents “The Goonies” on Saturday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Faces and Places: Arden Garden Market

Arden Garden Market debuted in the neighborhood on Saturday, June 21. The now weekly farmers’ market is carrying out an ambitious mission of feeding the body as much as the soul.

Sacramento sits within one of the richest farming regions in the world, yet has less than 50 percent of farmers markets per capita, compared to the rest of the State of California. Arden Garden Market is located at 1409 Del Paso Blvd. across from Iceland.

Faces and Places: Hart in the Park

The Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission presented its first “Hart in the Park” concert series June 6 at Marshall Park in midtown Sacramento showcasing the singing talents of the newly-formed older adult choral group, Singers with Hart. The concert kicked-off with a solo performance by professional music director, Christiana Quick-Cleveland (a Carmichael resident), followed by a performance of “Frere Jacques” by the Hart Senior Center’s ukulele group and Spanish folk songs by the center’s Manitos group. With guest performer Isaac Smith accompanying on the tuba, Singers with Hart ended the mini-concert on a high note by performing “Now I Walk in Beauty” (Navajo prayer song), “Sansa Kroma” (African folk song), and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” For more information about upcoming Singers with Hart sessions or “Hart in the Park” concert dates, visit the Hart Senior Center front desk, 915 27th St., Sacramento or call 808-5462.

Faces and Places: Pups in the Park

Celebrating all of those crazy canines in Sacramento, Pups in the Park was a fun-for-the-whole-family event at McKinley Park on May 31. Sacto MoFo donated a percentage of sales to the Front Street Shelter, as pups and their human friends enjoyed carnival-style games, photo booths, agility demonstrations, a big raffle, and more.

Faces and Places: Ice Cream social at Belle Cooledge Library

On Friday, May 30, children and their families enjoyed free ice cream from Vic’s, face painting by Happily Ever Laughter Fairies and entertainment and tricks by Busy Bee Dogs, an organization that reminds people to “adopt not shop” when looking for a new pet. There was also a huge book sale inside the library community room where volunteers reminded folks to vote “yes” on Measure B, which voters did! Happy summer reading everybody!

Faces and Places: Fashion show benefited Holy Spirit

Moms with model bodies strutted their gorgeous selves at a fashion show on Friday, May 16 at Park Terrace, 5500 Parkfield Ct. Organized by Pocket resident and fashion consultant, Debbie O’Hearn, the moms started their day Macy’s for makeovers, which were donated by the department store.