Faces & Places: Easter!

Photos by Linda Pohl and Monica Stark
The Easter bunny also made an appearance at the Greenhaven Lutheran Church Easter egg hunt and carnival to a large crowd of children on Saturday, April 12. The event also featured a petting zoo.

Photos by Monica Stark
Children filled their Easter baskets with candy-filled eggs on Saturday, April 12 at the District 7 spring egg hunt held at Garcia Bend Park. The Easter bunny made an appearance and volunteers offered face painting for the children.

Faces and Places: Matsuyama Honors Sister City with Cherry Blossom Festival

Matsuyama Elementary School honored its namesake and Sacramento’s sister city – Matsuyama, Japan – with a traditional Cherry Blossom Festival on Friday, March 21. Japanese heritage and culture were celebrated through food, crafts, performances and art. The day also emphasized the school’s warm relationship with Sakura Elementary School in Matsuyama.

Faces and Places: Food Truck Mania at McKinley Park

Food trucks attracted a large crowd to McKinley Park on Friday, March 14 for the first Food Truck Mania event of the season. Food Truck Mania occurs every second Friday now through October from 5 to 8 p.m. at McKinley Park! Besides food from Swabbies Mobile, Drewski’s, Krush Burger, Game Day Grill, Papa Dale’s, Chando’s, Gyro King, Cruisin Crustacean, Happy Cow, Costas Kettle Corn and
Local Kine, folks enjoyed music and a beer and wine garden. The event also made for a very busy playground.

Faces and Places: Farmers’ Market in Carmichael Park

Each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Farmers’ Market at beautiful Carmichael Park has more than 75 certified and organic farmers and specialty item vendors. This Farmers’ Market in the heart of Carmichael is special, offering a wonderful park-like setting making it a special occasion shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and more. Don Hall is the Market Manager. For more information, call 484-7000. The park is located at 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael.

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Faces and Places: Happy birthday, Dr. Arthur Burbridge

Happy 60th birthday to local dentist, Dr. Arthur Burbridge! In business now for 25 years, the dentist has established strong ties in the Pocket neighborhood, and, boy, does he know how to throw a party! At his home on Saturday, March 1, Samba dancers, Brazilian drummers and guests had a great time. For identification purposes, the photo showing the man dancing and wearing a painted blue mask is Dr. Burbridge.

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Faces and Places: Del Dayo Father Daughter Dance

Del Dayo Elementary School’s multipurpose room was transformed into a beautiful ballroom for the third annual Father Daughter Dance, which was held Friday, Feb. 7. Fun was had with friends and an enjoyable evening of dancing. There were dads in ties and daughters in dresses, learning how a gentleman treats a lady! Fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles or other significant adult males were invited to escort the young ladies. Moms were welcome to quietly spectate at the dance for only the last 15 minutes. Hosted by the Calcagno, Davis, Garcia, Lynch, Rios and Tully families, the event benefited the Del Dayo PTO.

Faces and Places: Matsuyama family dance

On Jan. 25, the Matsuyama Elementary School community came together for a family dance in order to raise money for the school’s Parents Teacher Association. The PTA helps pay for extra activities at the school for things like assemblies, equipment, the crossing guard, books, computers, classroom supplies, and after school programs, like band and robotics. Three hundred and seventy-five people danced the night away to fun music spun by parent volunteer and disc jockey, Rege Farina. The red-carpet event sold out and Farina got the crowd line-dancing, doing the limbo and forming a conga line.

Faces and Places: Northern California Art By Fire held a “Seconds Sale”

Faces and Places: Free Museum Day at Sutter’s Fort

Sutter’s Fort participated in the 16th annual Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, Feb. 1. Visitors experienced the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush free of charge. Free Museum Day was presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and proudly supported by Umpqua Bank. A number of participating museums (including all Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks) welcomed guests for Free Museum Day.

Faces and Places: The 33rd Annual Capitol March for the Dream

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, Jan. 20, Sacramento hosted the 33rd Annual Capitol March for the Dream, Northern California’s largest celebration to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration attracted about 28,000 participants for the Capitol March and Diversity Expo. The march began at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in front of the Oak Park Community Center with more people joining at Sacramento City College and along the route of the march. The walk took them through some of Sacramento’s most historic neighborhoods, passing the State Capitol to the Sacramento Convention Center on J Street.