Faces and Places: Sweating for McKinley

A good ol’ fashioned Sweat-a-thon was held on Saturday, Sept. 13 to raise money for the McKinley Rose Garden and Clunie Community Center. The event included a health fair, yoga, Thai Chi, Kettle Bell Boot Camp action as well as nutrition tips and ‘Blood Pressure Basics with Nurse Bubbles.’

Hundreds flocked to the 30th annual Ice Cream Safari at the Sacramento Zoo

Hungry animal lovers frolicked from ice cream booth to ice cream booth at the 30th annual Ice Cream Safari for all-you-can-eat Baskin Robbins Ice Cream on Saturday, Aug. 14. There were ice cream booths around every corner. There was entertainment for the kids and fun for everyone, including face painting, an ice cream dance party, and live entertainment. All proceeds benefited the general maintenance and animal care at the Sacramento Zoo.

This year’s Banana Festival was the biggest yet

Offering programs and events for the entire family, the 2014 Banana Festival wowed visitors on the weekend of Aug. 9 and 10 attracting the largest attendance in its five-year history, as well as more exhibitors than ever before.

The weather was perfect this year, warm but not too hot, as Velocity Circus entertained folks with their high-flying stunts and acrobatics several times on both Saturday and Sunday. Latin Magic Band, which celebrated its 25th anniversary during the festival, also attracted a big crowd to the main stage. Many families purchased the bargain wristband for the kids’ jumpers, and those were popular with the young set.

And, of course, everyone was looking for banana cuisine—the banana popcorn and fried bananas, which undoubtedly were big hits.

One of the exhibitors at Sacramento Banana Festival was Stacy Anderson, Individual & Family Plans Outreach Manager for Blue Shield of California. She was at the festival on behalf of Blue Shield of California to provide information and educate members of the community on the Affordable Care Act. She said she enjoyed the festival because, “it is a great event to bring everyone together to share resources that will empower the community.” Anderson said the banana pancakes, served by the Laguna Creek Lion’s Club, were delicious.

The Banana Festival was produced by National Youth Academic Corps and the Sojourner Truth Museum, which provides year-round arts, educational and health and wellness programming serving more than 15,000 at-risk youth from all communities in the Greater Sacramento area.

Other featured acts included: Texas Blues Band, Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento (CMBA), Pan West Caribbean Steelpan Music by Harry Best; Urban Fire; Soma Sila Polynesian Dance; Latin Magic Band; College Fund Band; Umoja African Dance Interactive Show; Paul Ryan Band and more. Featured attractions included: a Chef’s Challenge, banana pancake breakfast provided by the Laguna Creek Lions Club, Banana Split-Eating Contest, fashion show, youth chess tournament, teen talent competition, community line-dancing, Banana Salsa Dance Competition, kiddie carnival rides, and lots of banana cuisine, from banana pudding to banana salsa to banana bread.
The festival was drug- and alcohol-free and offered a wide variety of health and wellness and environmentally themed activities for families. The Power Soul Stroll for Health, a fun walk-run produced by the County of Sacramento Infant Health Program, was held on Saturday morning, along with 1-, 2- and 3-mile routes and a half-mile kids’ route.

The Sojourner Truth Museum and its parent organization, National Academic Youth Corps, produces arts education programming through the year, including after-school arts education and cultural awareness programs that have alcohol and drug prevention and anti-crime components. Currently the museum has an exhibit of youth art inspired by the Harlem Renaissance showing at the Crocker.

Photos by Stephen Crowley
Shown here are photos from this year’s Banana Festival, held at William Land Park on the weekend of Aug. 9 and 10.

Faces and Places: Hollywood Park Neighborhood 4th of July Parade

The annual 4th of July Hollywood Park Neighborhood Parade featured a vintage 1920s fire truck, which led the parade through the streets. Dressed in red, white and blue, some residents and their families marched the parade route, while neighbors cheered them on from their front yards. Along the parade route, there was a lemonade stand, a mimosa stop, and a World War II veteran who waved the flag at the parade goers. Like every year, snacks and refreshments were served at the end of the parade at Leonardi DaVinci School.

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.

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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.

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