McKinley Library and Clunie Center to celebrate 75 years of memories

Special to Valley Community Newspapers

On Sunday, Oct. 23, Friends of McKinley Library will throw a party to celebrate the 75th anniversary of McKinley Library and Clunie Community Center.

CLUNIE CENTER. Painting by East Sacramento artist David Lobenberg. The McKinley Library and Clunie Community Center will celebrate 75 years on Sunday, Oct. 23. / Image courtesy, Friends of McKinley Library

CLUNIE CENTER. Painting by East Sacramento artist David Lobenberg. The McKinley Library and Clunie Community Center will celebrate 75 years on Sunday, Oct. 23. / Image courtesy, Friends of McKinley Library

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., there will be presentations on the history of East Sacramento and Midtown, McKinley Park, Clunie Center and the library by historians and authors Bill Mahon and Amanda Graham.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the history buff, or just the curious, to learn more about the neighborhood,” said McKinley Library’s Shari Nichelini.

The library will be open that afternoon for special programs for children. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., old-fashioned children’s activities and board games from the 1930s such as Scrabble will be set up for children and teens to play. At 2 p.m., Penny the Clown will perform in the library.

Across the hall in the Clunie Center auditorium, there will be dancing to live big-band music by the SwingMasters from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

As part of the celebration, McKinley East Sacramento Neighborhood Association is planning a juried art exhibit and sale of art from regional plein-air artists. The group is hosting the first Sacramento Plein-Air Paint-Out from 8 a.m. to noon that morning. Paintings by more than 20 artists will be on display in the Clunie entrance hall and auditorium. All the art will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to projects in the neighborhood supported by MENA.

Special guests from Sacramento Art Deco Society will attend in period costumes, and vintage cars from the 1930s will be parked in front of the library.

And no party would be complete without cupcakes and old-fashioned root beer floats.

The event is co-sponsored by City Councilmember Steve Cohn, the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and Inside Publications.

All events and refreshments are free. For more information on the celebration or to volunteer to help the day of the event, call 452-8011.

Clunie Community Center and McKinley Library are at 601 Alhambra Blvd. in Sacramento.

Plein-Air Paint Out

Artists participating in the first Sacramento Plein-Air Paint-Out on Sunday, Oct. 23, are looking for suggestions on what to paint.

“Plein-air art is painting done outdoors using natural light,” explained Claudia Bordin, chair of the event and a board member of McKinley East Sacramento Neighborhood Association, the event’s sponsor.

Bordin and her co-chairs, artists Debbie Gualco and Beth Winfield, have invited 16 of the best plein-air artists in the region to come to East Sacramento that morning and create paintings that will be hung that afternoon at Clunie Community Center as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the library and community center.

“On that Sunday morning, you may run across artists all over the neighborhood painting,” Bordin said. “In the afternoon during the celebration at Clunie, we expect a few of them to be painting near the center. We hope the public will take the opportunity to engage with the artists and learn more about plein-air art.”

The group is looking for people who may be interested in having their home, garden, business and/or classic car featured in an original work of art. “There is no guarantee that your home or business will be chosen as a subject by an artist, and no obligation on your part to purchase the art, though we do hope you will come to the show that afternoon to see the final piece of art,” Gualco says.

“Several other communities in California sponsor significant plein-air festivals.    This event in East Sac presents a great opportunity to expose plein-air painting to the general public,” adds Gualco.

To make a request for an artist to “Come Paint Me,” contact Marti Walker at (916) 224-5909 or

For more information about the event, call Bordin at (916) 736-3450.

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