Black History Month

Black History Month

Black newspapers date back more than a century ago in Sacramento By LANCE ARMSTRONG With Black History Month currently being celebrated, it is a good to present the history of black newspapers More »

Alhambra Theatre to be featured in new, big-screen production

Alhambra Theatre to be featured in new, big-screen production

By LANCE ARMSTRONG Once recognized as the “showplace of Sacramento,” East Sacramento’s Alhambra Theatre captured the hearts of many area residents. And although more than four decades have passed since this movie More »

Sutterville Bicycle Company celebrates four years in business and giving back to the community

Sutterville Bicycle Company celebrates four years in business and giving back to the community

Shop works in tandem with East Sacramento-based Boys 4 Bikes charity By Joe Perfecto For many local (and not-so-local) bicycle-riding residents, Jeff Dzurinko is a household name. The mechanic-cum-fabricator-cum-engineer-cum-philanthropist recently marked the More »

Sacramento resident’s dream bell tower has holiday visitor: Santa Claus

Sacramento resident’s dream bell tower has holiday visitor: Santa Claus

By Lance Armstrong Among the more unusual scenes in Sacramento this holiday season is a 4-foot tall, plastic Santa Claus waving from the interior of a bell tower. Perhaps even more unusual More »

Iceland to open under new roof in 2018

Iceland to open under new roof in 2018

By Lance Armstrong Iceland, Sacramento’s iconic ice-skating rink that was demolished by a fire in 2010, will return to its former existence as a full-time indoor facility in 2018. Since this More »


Award‐Winning, Sacramento band for kids, launches contest to bring more music to schools

Winning school gets a free concert by The Hoots! Far more the Beatles than Barney, The Hoots, an award winning kids music band from Sacramento, are  running a nationwide contest to win a free concert for a school or youth


By James Peyton It was 1985 at Nicholas Elementary in Sacramento. Or was it ’84? The principal was one mustached Ron Nishimura. We had an assembly that day, and this time it was a special treat. It was a cartoonist

Matias Bombal’s Hollywood

New in theaters: The nation of Columbia’s Oscar submission “Embrace of the Serpent”

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT This film has not been rated. Oscilloscope Laboratories has a studio logo not unlike like the classic Toho-Scope logo of the Golden Era. In glorious black and white, it sets the stage for remarkable cinematography to

Janey Way Memories #161

When Sacramento Was a Boxing Town

By Martin Relles Last Thursday, when I picked up my granddaughter Gabrielle for dance, I got into a conversation with my son-in-law Ryan.  I asked him about his plans for the weekend, and he told me he was attending a

The Pony Express is coming to Land Park

The Pony Express will pass through town on May 1 and you can be a part of it. It’s a Boston Marathon qualifier and is being advertised as “flat and fast”, starting on Capitol Mall and touring the city on

The story behind changing the name of Sacramento Junior College

By Jim Coombs On a beautiful fall afternoon in 1958 about eight of us from the student government were sitting around the quad at Sacramento Junior College talking about life, sports, dating, and politics.  (Dave Alltucker, Gene Breeland, Jackie Mauger-Linn,

Fountainhead Brewing Company nearing completion, to open this month

By Monica Stark This story begins six years ago when Daniel Moffatt began brewing beer at home, gradually perfecting his craft. Hooked almost immediately, he started learning about the science behind the craft. A self-taught brewer, he’s come a long

Coffee Garden now closed, but owner has plans on re-opening

By Monica Stark Neighbors wanting their regular cuppa at their regular neighborhood hangout were met with an irregular cardboard “closed” sign at the Coffee Garden in Curtis Park. As passersby questioned the shuttered coffee shop, rumors surrounding business dealings surmounted

Land Park Egg Hunts

Land Park Spring Egg Hunt & Hat Parade set for Saturday, March 19 The Land Park Community Neighborhood Association annual Spring Egg Hunt and Hat Parade is co-sponsored by the City of Sacramento and brings 14,000-15,000 eggs to scavenge in

Billy Rico: Lifelong lover of baseball remembered

Rico was player-manager of Carmichael Firemen’s 1946 Canadian-American ‘World’s Series’ champions

By Lance Armstrong Special to Valley Community Newspapers Former Riverside area resident William F. “Billy” Rico died at the age of 93 on Feb. 18, leaving a legacy as a lifelong lover of baseball. More than a half-century ago, Rico