Community celebrates return of Greek Food Festival to East Sac

Community celebrates return of Greek Food Festival to East Sac

By LANCE ARMSTRONG Sacramento’s annual Greek Food Festival returned to East Sacramento on Oct. 6-8, as the event was held at the church’s Alhambra Boulevard and F Street grounds for the first More »

Friends, family celebrate life of Pocket resident Betty Dias

Friends, family celebrate life of Pocket resident Betty Dias

By LANCE ARMSTRONG The life of Betty Maude (Lorbeer) Dias, a longtime Pocket resident who was known for her strong-willed demeanor and determination to live life in her own manner, was celebrated More »

Jim Piskoti, A Double Life in Art

Jim Piskoti, A Double Life in Art

By Mark Hanzlik Many artists approach a blank canvas without any expectation or where the creative journey might take them. There are also those who seek immediate gratification, a desire to see More »

Know your neighbor: Hoàng Chi Trương Smith, author of TigerFish

Know your neighbor: Hoàng Chi Trương Smith, author of TigerFish

By Monica Stark editor@valcomnews.com In her memoir TigerFish, Pocket author Hoàng Chi Trương Smith chronicles the tumultuous years growing up in war-torn Vietnam and the abrupt and brutal regime change that forced More »

Kaleidoscopic Artwork PL!NK a Highlight of Museum’s Newest Art Spots for Kids

Kaleidoscopic Artwork PL!NK a Highlight of Museum’s Newest Art Spots for Kids

PL!NK Invites Virtual Visitors to Participate from Remote Locations Via Website In an immersible experience of dazzling color, light and reflection, children are invited to explore the Crocker Art Museum’s newest Art More »

 

Pest detection pooch retires

     Retiring pest detection dog Tassie will have time on her paws to smell the roses. Despite her big heart and talented nose, Tassie, a nine-year-old Lab mix, has reached the mandatory retirement age for pest detection dogs. She

Lady golfers invited to check out Bartley Cavanaugh Women’s Club

  Golf can be one of the most relaxing and fun activities one can partake in. Many believe that golf is a good way to stay active, get outside and get away from the everyday stresses of life. But it can

Author to speak on ‘Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America’ on Nov. 20

Judy Yung is a retired professor who currently lives in Santa Cruz and has lived her entire life in northern California. She attended San Francisco State University and got her Masters and Ph.D. from Cal Berkeley. She is more than

‘Giving Thanks and Giving Back’ donation drive in memory of Pocket pooch

  Land Park/Greenhaven Jazzercise is hosting a donation drive to benefit the animals at the Sacramento SPCA in honor and loving memory of dachshund Olive Collins, a Pocket resident whose life was tragically cut short when she was hit by a

Preserve good health by canning food properly

Home canning of fruits and vegetables is regaining popularity thanks to the economic downturn and a growing interest in eating locally grown food. A downside to this practice is that if food is preserved improperly, consumers may become ill or

Soil Born Farms’ ‘Harvest Sacramento’ is a win for all

  Millions of dollars worth of fruit are hidden in plain sight in Sacramento trees. And by 2008, East Sacramento resident Mary McGrath grew tired of seeing the free food go to waste. As a girl growing up in Omaha,

A Relles Family Thanksgiving

My uncle George Relles coached football at Sacramento High when I was growing up, so every year our whole extended family attended the “turkey day” football game at Hughes Stadium. Back in the 1950s and ’60s, the whole town showed

Riverside-Pocket marinas were rich part of area’s history

  The Riverside-Pocket area has undoubtedly changed since its early years when the area was predominantly home to Portuguese immigrants. Among the many developments of the area during its history was the establishment of several marinas along the Pocket side of

Progressive, Pioneer Congregational Church founded in 1849

It is quite fitting that directly south of Sutter’s Fort – the 19th century establishment that predates the founding of the city of Sacramento – sits a church that was established when the fort was only a decade old. Presently

Handel’s ‘Orlando’ to open Sacramento Opera’s 30th season

Sacramento Opera kicks off its 30th season with themes of love and madness in George Frideric Handel’s “Orlando” on Nov. 19 and 21. It is in perfect keeping with Sac Opera’s 2010 – 2011 theme of “Love Makes You Crazy.”