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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Faces and Places: Sacramento Ballet presented Peter Pan at the Clunie Clubhouse

Photos by Stephen Crowley

Photos by Stephen Crowley

Dozens of children enjoyed Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys in excerpts of this world premiere by Sacramento Ballet’s Ron Cunningham. Attendees got a first look at some of the show’s dances and a sneak peek of behind-the-scenes demonstrations of this new ballet performance.

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

The 33rd Annual Capitol March for the Dream  / Photos by Monica Stark

The 33rd Annual Capitol March for the Dream / Photos by Monica Stark

“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.

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Faces and Places Greenhaven Cabana Club North to sponsor Polar Bear Plunge

Photos by Stephen Crowley

Photos by Stephen Crowley


About a dozen swimmers took plunge, the cold, icy polar plunge at The Greenhaven Cabana Club North, 6207 Riverside Blvd. on Saturday, Jan. 17. Polar bears warmed up with hot chocolate and s’mores after the plunge. The Greenhaven Cabana Club North is a not for profit community resource in the Greenhaven/Pocket community. During the regular swim season, swim lessons, Masters’ Swim and other community programs as well as member family swim times are available. Additionally, the club offers its space for private parties through out the year. More information on the club can be found at the club website, gccnorth.com. If you are interested in purchasing these photographs,

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Faces and Places: Ugly Sweater Run in William Land Park

Photos by Monica Stark

Photos by Monica Stark

Thousands of runners and walkers donned their worst apparel in a holiday celebration like no other, flooding the streets on Saturday, Dec. 13. The merriest 5-kilometer event held in William Land Park was a fundraising event for Save the Children, a children advocacy organization that helps children in 120 countries.

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