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JUNE

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 18:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Planning for seniors workshop
June 18:

Tom Nakashima, along with Deborah Short and Eddie Fong of Planning for Seniors, LLC, will be hosting an informational get-together for Boomer with Aging Parents.They will be talking about important issues such as funding option for elder care and asset protection in California, so bring your questions. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be starting at 7 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 530-671-3308.

Family Campout at Fairytale Town
Friday, June 19 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m.:

Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $25-$30 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Free concert by contemporary Christian musician, Robin Mark
June 20:

There will be a free concert by contemporary Christian musician, Robin Mark at 6 p.m. at Greenhaven Lutheran Church, 475 Florin Road.

Fire Station 7 Open House
June 20:

Fire Station 7, located at 6500 Wyndham Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Crime prevention workshop
June 22:

The Sacramento Police Department will be presenting a crime prevention through environmental design workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 with East Sac Pet Pals at One Speed Pizza, 4818 Folsom Blvd.

Neighborhood Watch 101
June 24:

The Sacramento Police Department will be presenting a neighborhood watch workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tilden Way NW, 5770 Freeport Blvd.

Summer safety workshop
June 25:

The Sacramento Police Department will be presenting a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at ACC Senior Services Center, 7334 Park City Drive.

Learn summer safety at ACC
June 25:

Increase your awareness so that common occurrences don’t leave you vulnerable to crime. This training addresses simple things you can do to make yourself less of a target. We will also talk about scams that are directed toward seniors. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

Learn how to plan ahead for the inevitable
June 25:

A 25-minute presentation on why everyone should pre-plan funeral arrangements. Eliminate stress and relieve your family of the burden, know all available choices, get what you want, ensure every detail is covered and save money! Free lunch and free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 25, 2015 at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

Learn tips for telephone use in an emergency
June 26:

Your telephone can be a life saver. You can use it to call for help, to receive emergency announcements and check on loved ones. When there is an emergency, do you have a backup plan if cell towers or telephone lines are disabled? In this FREE workshop, we will provide some things for you to think about in the event of an emergency. In addition, we will review basic safety tips for Natural Gas and Electricity. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

Fire Station 10 Open House
June 27:

Fire Station 10, located at 5642 66th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Sex trafficking resource fair called: “Break the Chains: Stand with Us in the Fight to End Sex Trafficking”
June 27:

The resource fair will include information about sex trafficking locally. There will be speakers and a showing of the documentary “In Plain Sight” at 6 p.m. at Riverside Wesleyan Church, 6449 Riverside Blvd.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town
June 27:

From 5 to 9 p.m., celebrate William Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! This magical midsummer’s evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace and more. Celtic rock band Tempest will perform throughout the evening. Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar. Mix 96’s Dan & Michelle will emcee the evening as this year’s Honorary King and Queen. Tickets go on sale May 1 at fairytaletown.org. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 2-12. Members receive $2 off per ticket on advance tickets. Day-of tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. No member discount on day-of tickets. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Crystal Creamery. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive.

Neighborhood emergency training in Spanish
July 29:

The Sacramento Police Department will be hosting a neighborhood emergency training in Spanish from 10 a.m. to noon at La Familia Counseling Center, 5523 34th St.

July

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
July 2:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 11 Open House
July 11:

Fire Station 11, located 785 Florin Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

American-Portuguese Veteran’s Memorial Poker Tournament
July 11:

There will be a poker tournament on July 11 at SPHSS Portuguese Hall, 6676 Pocket Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. While this tournament will help fund the placement of a monument at the State Capitol to honor American-Portuguese that served the United States, it is also a template for other ethnic groups to have a similar monument. If the time comes for Chinese-American, Greek-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Mexican-American or any other ethnic gropus to place a monument, they will already have a blueprint for placement, which is required. For those who wish to buy tickets or sponsor the event can contact Eddia Maria at 314-757-0474. In regard to sponsorship, for $250 you will receive two entries into the tournament ($100 value) along with your business name and logo shown on a big screen in front of the room on a continuous loop for the duration of the event.

Fire Station 13 Open House
July 18:

Fire Station 13, located at 1100 43rd Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 15 Open House
July 25:

Fire Station 15, located at 1591 Newborough Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

August

Fire Station 18 Open House
Aug. 1:

Fire Station 18, located at 746 North Market Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Aug. 6:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 19 Open House
Aug. 8:

Fire Station 19, located at 1700 Challenge Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 57 Open House
Aug. 15:

Fire Station 57, located at 7927 East Parkway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 60 Open House
Aug. 22:

Fire Station 60, located at 3301 Julliard Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 16 Open House
Aug. 29:

Fire Station 16, located at 7363 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

September

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Sept. 10:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 20 Open House
Sept. 12:

Fire Station 20, located at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 43 Open House
Sept. 19:

Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

October

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Oct. 1:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 17 Open House
Oct. 10:

Fire Station 17, located at 1311 Bell Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 30 Open House
Oct. 17:

Fire Station 30, located at 1901 Club Center Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 56 Open House
Oct. 24:

Fire Station 56, located at 3720 47th Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Grand marshal named for upcoming 4th of July Pocket Parade

Dolores Greenslate, who was selected as grand marshal of this year’s Spirit of the Pocket Parade, sits behind flags of the United States, Portugal and the Azores Islands. Photo by Lance Armstrong
Dolores Greenslate, who was selected as grand marshal of this year’s Spirit of the Pocket Parade, sits behind flags of the United States, Portugal and the Azores Islands. Photo by Lance Armstrong

Dolores Silva, the then-future Dolores Greenslate, is shown at age 12. Photo courtesy of Dolores Greenslate
Dolores Silva, the then-future Dolores Greenslate, is shown at age 12. Photo courtesy of Dolores Greenslate

 Pocket area resident Dolores (Silva) Greenslate was selected as the grand marshal of this year’s Spirit of the Pocket Parade. Photo by Lance Armstrong
Pocket area resident Dolores (Silva) Greenslate was selected as the grand marshal of this year’s Spirit of the Pocket Parade. Photo by Lance Armstrong

Pocket-Riverside area native Dolores (Silva) Greenslate has been named grand marshal for this year’s Spirit of the Pocket Parade, which will begin at the Yay Pem Suab Academy (formerly Lisbon Elementary School) at 7555 South Land Park Drive on July 4 at 10 a.m. and make its way through city streets to Garcia Bend Park.
A special committee selected Dolores for this honor due to her longtime connection and involvement in the community.
At 90 years old, Dolores is one of the few living people who can tell firsthand stories about the Pocket area during the late 1920s and early 1930s.
She is also a descendant of early Portuguese settlers of the area, and she spent the first 10 years of her life residing in the Riverside area, just north of today’s bar, The Trap, which is located at 6125 Riverside Blvd.
Dolores was born in Sacramento to Victor Dias Silva and Maria da Gloria “Mamie” (Machado) Silva in 1924.
Mamie’s father, John Joseph Machado, immigrated to California from Santa Amaro, Pico Island, in the Azores Islands of Portugal in 1915.
But Dolores’ connection to Sacramento dates back much further, as her great-grandfather, Antone Pereira Rodrigues, came to the Pocket area in the early 1850s. His former property is the site of Lewis Park at 6570 Park Riviera Way.
Antone eventually married Pico Island native Maria da Gloria Silva.
In the early 1900s, Antone had his name legally changed to Antone Rodrigues Perry.
Dolores grew up with her brother, Marvin, and attended Sutter School, Crocker Elementary School, California Junior High School (presently California Middle School), C.K. McClatchy High School and Sacramento Junior College (now Sacramento City College). She graduated from McClatchy High in June 1942.
While attending California Junior High, Dolores met Norman Greenslate, who would eventually serve in the Army from 1943 to 1946.
Norman, who also graduated from McClatchy High in June 1942, fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Dolores and Norman were married on Oct. 12, 1946, and had their only child, Lynette, four and a half years later.
In July 1962, Dolores and Norman became one of the original residents of the Greenhaven 70 development, which is located immediately south of The Trap.
Marvin and Dolores Greenslate, shown in about 1946, have been married for 68 years. The couple met during their childhoods at California Junior High School – today’s California Middle School. Photo courtesy of Dolores Greenslate
Marvin and Dolores Greenslate, shown in about 1946, have been married for 68 years. The couple met during their childhoods at California Junior High School – today’s California Middle School. Photo courtesy of Dolores Greenslate

As mentioned in an article in the last edition (June 4, 2015) of this paper, during the development of the area, Dolores became known as the “Duck Lady,” because of her efforts in saving a group of domesticated ducks that were struggling for survival around Lake Greenhaven.
Dolores became a founding member and original board member of the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society in 1979, and she is presently that organization’s historian and archivist.
She was also active as a contributor for the 1990 edition of the book, “Portuguese Pioneers of the Sacramento Area.” She also worked on material for the second edition, which was published in 2003.
More recently, Dolores contributed to the Portuguese Heritage Publications of California books, “The Holy Ghost Festa,” “Immigrants of Agriculture” and “Tower of the Spirit.”
For many years, Dolores was involved with the annual Sacramento Camellia Festival, which featured various civic and cultural events, including an opening day parade with floats, bands, horse units and costumed marchers.
In 1983 and 1985 through 1994, Dolores served as the chairperson for the Portuguese delegation to the festival.
Additionally, for many years, Dolores volunteered to transport camellias from Capitol Park and from local home gardens to various Camellia Festival display locations.
In 1984, when Portugal was the host country for festival, Dolores assisted in decorating Portugal’s parade float entry, which sat on a sea of camellia leaves.
From 1980 to 1991, Dolores wore traditional Portuguese clothing, mainly at local schools, while lecturing and displaying artifacts pertaining to the discovery of the Azores and the Azorean people’s immigration and settlement in the Sacramento area.
Dolores also volunteered to serve as the curator of Portuguese exhibits at the Sacramento History Museum.
Through Dolores’ request, that museum ran a Portuguese exhibit from Oct. 11, 1990 to Feb. 24, 1991. And as a guest curator, she assisted the museum’s main curator in developing displays for that exhibit.
Another Portuguese exhibit was presented at the Folsom History Museum. That exhibit was presented from March 20 to July 18, 2004.
Additionally, Dolores was chief curator of that exhibit, which utilized the museum’s entire exhibit area and drew more visitors than any of the museum’s previous exhibits.
Dolores has also appeared in several television documentaries, including “Sacramento: The Good Old Days Remembered” for KVIE Channel 6.
In Ken Burn’s documentary, “The War,” Dolores told her story about having a pin up photograph taken of her to send to her then-future husband while he was serving in the Army.
That photograph appears on a page of Burns’ corresponding book by the same name.
Dolores briefly appears in another KVIE documentary, which focuses on the history of the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway.
Various Portuguese government-produced documentaries about Portuguese immigration to the United States include guest appearances by Dolores.
In those documentaries, Dolores speaks about the Portuguese people’s 19th century settlement in today’s Pocket area.
On April 19, 2000, Dolores received the prestigious Uniao Portuguesa do Estado da California (Portuguese Union of the State of California) “Causa Portuguesa” (Portuguese Cause) award during a special gathering at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley hotel.
Once per year, one Californian is selected to receive this award for his or her important deeds for the Portuguese people of California, and only a few women have received this honor.
Dolores presently serves as an alternate Sacramento representative of the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society for Portuguese Heritage Publications of California.
Additionally, she serves on that business’s selection committee and continues to contribute to Sacramento area historical writings for Portuguese of California-themed books.
Dolores also remains on the board of directors of the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society and is the liaison between the local Portuguese community and the Center for Sacramento History.
In commenting about being selected as the grand marshal of this year’s Spirit of the Pocket Parade, Dolores said, “I couldn’t believe that I was selected to be the parade’s grand marshal. I have done a lot of things in my life, but I was surprised that I should even have been considered for such a position. But since I have been selected, I consider it a great honor to have been bestowed upon me. It will be fun to see everyone at the upcoming parade. It should be a good time for all.”

Lance@valcomnews.com

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Ongoing

Los Ninos Service League volunteer opportunities

Combine community service with fun as a volunteer with the Los Ninos Service League by working in the dining room, kitchen or garden at the Casa Garden Restaurant. Since 1974 the Casa, located in the Curtis Park neighborhood, has been raising funds to help support the Sacramento Children’s Home. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please join us for an information and recruitment coffee on Tuesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Casa, 2760 Sutterville Road, Sacramento. RSVP at 452-2809.

Low Impact Fitness at Tahoe Park:

Enjoy a low impact workout outdoors at Tahoe Park. Neighbors come together for fun and exercise every Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Examples include: Jogging-in-place, jumping jacks, Fingertip-to-toe jacks. Donations of $1-$2 are requested to pay for the online service, Meetup.org, which this group is a part of. This is a meet-up for neighbors to provide guidance and encouragement for each other. There is no professional trainers and all injury is at your own risk. Meet by the pool house, 3501 59th St., 95820.

Free yoga in Tahoe Park

Free yoga in Tahoe Park every Sunday at 9 a.m. (starting April 12) at 59th Street at 11th Avenue. Please bring a mat, towel, and a water bottle. This is an all-levels class and everyone is welcome.

“Stretch, Strengthen, and Thrive” at ACC:

This class is designed for the needs and abilities of active older adults, who are interested in gaining or maintaining mobility, 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. $5 per class if pre-paid; drop-in fee is $6. ACC Senior Services Center, 7375 Park City Dr., 393-9026 x330, HYPERLINK “http://www.accsv.org/”www.accsv.org.

Free Hawaiian language workgroup

Every Monday at 5:30 p.m., a free Hawaiian language workgroup meets at 6235 Belleau Wood Lane Suite 1B in South Land Park to learn about the Hawaiian language. Everyone is welcome. Call 808-782-2483 to sign up.

Gray Eagles monthly meeting

Gray Eagles- For 25 years, a male/female group sharing history of military/civilian aviation. Former air, ground, or carrier crew, or anyone interested will enjoy monthly speakers. Topics include airshows, warbirds, Reno races. Drop by to visit- FREE. We meet on second Mondays, each month at Hometown Buffet, 4300 Florin Road (private dining room), 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See www.grayeagles.net. Lou, 421- 0844.

Preschool storytime at Ella K. McClatchy Library(Early Childhood (0-5))

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. there will be time for books, songs, stories and fun. Miss Lindsey and her guitar always make this story time a fun event. Everyone is welcome to “stay and play” after with the library’s toys. Ella K. McClatchy Library, 2112 22nd St.

Advanced ESL Class at Ella K. McClatchy Library (Adult)

This advanced English as a Second Language class is taught by Toni Chapralis to enhance conversational skills. All teens and adults are welcome to join this weekly class held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

E-Reader Help at Ella K. McClatchy Library (Technology Instruction)

E-reader help is available every week on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your device with you. Sign up at the service desk or stop by for the first available appointment. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

Easy Tai Chi at ACC

Learn 24-form Yang Style Tai Chi at a slower pace. Experience the gentle flow and treat your whole body to a gentle and relaxing workout. $16 per month or $5 Drop-in class. For schedule call 393-9026, ext 330, HYPERLINK “http://www.accsv.org/”www.accsv.org. ACC is located at 7375 Park City Dr.

Monthly tours of Sacramento Children’s Home

Find out about the Sacramento Children’s Home mission, programs, and how you can get involved on the fourth Thursday of each month, starting at 10:30 a.m., 2750 Sutterville Road. For more information and to RSVP, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.kidshome.org/tour-sch”www.kidshome.org/tour-sch.

Senior Fitness at St. Anthony’s

Senior Fitness meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hall at 660 Florin Road. Cost is $2 per class. Do not have to belong to the church. Class incorporates dyna bands, small hand weights, balls, and rubber bands plus cardio. Chair and standing exercises for flexibility, strength and balance accompanied by music of “the good ol’ days.” Participants do not have to get down on the floor! Paula has a Masters in Exercise Physiology and has been in the fitness business over 25 years. Equipment supplied if needed.

Riverside Wesleyan Church offers older adult fitness class

Oasis, a fitness class for older adults, is held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wesleyan Church, 6449 Riverside Blvd., in the Pocket/Greenhaven area. The charge for each class is $2. Participants do not have to be affiliated with the church. The class has about 40 regular members, but the area used to exercise is large and can accommodate more.

Senior Yoga at ACC

This class is designed to maintain joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility. A yoga mat is required. $25 per month or $6 drop-in class. For schedule call 393-9026, ext. 330, HYPERLINK “http://www.accsv.org/”www.accsv.org

Tai Chi Ch’uan & Qi Gong at Parkside Community Church

This introduction to Yang style Tai Chi is to learn the world’s most popular exercise routine, improve your personal health, in a relaxing and enjoyable setting, and garnish new friendships with a common goal. Empowering you to take care of yourself, and doing something for yourself.
Classes are $5 per session every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. all year round. New students are always welcome and no prior experience is necessary. No special equipment needed.
The goal is to teach an exercise routine that can be practiced anywhere at any time, by anyone, of any age. First visit, participation or observation always free. Parkside Community Church
5700 S. Land Park Dr. For information call George Bonilla at 730-1704 or Valen Lee at 505-1996.

Taiko for fun at ACC

Learn the history and basics of Taiko which refer to the various Japanese drums. Wear comfortable clothing. $16 per month or $5 drop-in class. For schedule call 393-9026, ext 330, HYPERLINK “http://www.accsv.org/”www.accsv.org. ACC is located at 7375 Park City Dr.

Stretch, strengthen and thrive

This class is designed for the needs and abilities of active older adults interested in gaining or maintaining mobility. These exercises will help participants maintain their cardiovascular health, muscular endurance, and vitality, enhancing their range of motion and increase energy with a mix of full body stretches, body weight exercises, strength training and active stretching. 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at ACC Senior Services Center, 7375 Park City Dr. Pre-registration is preferred but drop-ins are welcome. For detail, call 393-9026, ext 330, www.accsv.org

ACC presents Senior Yoga

Enjoy movements designed to maintain joint mobility, muscle strength, and flexibility. This class is gentle, easy to follow and uses the floor and chair. 10:30-11:30am Wednesdays at ACC Greenhaven Terrace, 1180 Corporate Way. Pre-registration is preferred but drop-ins are welcome. For detail, call (916) 393-9026, ext 330, www.accsv.org

Tai Chi/CQ Gong

Learn the simplified 24-forms of Tai Chi, plus Qi gong exercises, a healing art combining movement, meditation, and visualization. Ideal for students new to Tai Chi. 9:00-10:00am, Thursdays at ACC Greenhaven Terrace, 1180 Corporate Way. Pre-registration is preferred but drop-ins are welcome. For detail, call (916) 393-9026, ext 330, www.accsv.org

Free Young Adult Bereavement Counseling:

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Monday evenings from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17. Each session will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Home Care Services Building, 3630 Business Dr., Suite F.

Sunday Jazz with the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society at the Elks Lodge

Every second Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m., enjoy Jazz bands in the Main Ballroom (nominal fee), Emblem Room (free) & Lounge (free) at the Elks Lodge No. 6, 6446 Riverside Blvd. There’s always plenty of food available for purchase.

Sunday breakfast at the Elks Lodge No. 6

Come and enjoy a great breakfast with your family and friends every Sunday morning from 8:30 to 11 a.m. for a cost of $9.
Specials include: Eggs Benedict & Corned Beef Hash. In addition, eggs as you like them, pancakes, waffles, biscuits & gravy, juice & coffee.

Stretch, Strengthen, and Thrive!

This class is designed for the needs and abilities of active older adults, who are interested in gaining or maintaining mobility. The class consists of a mix of full body stretches, body weight exercises, strength training, and active stretching. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. $5 per class if pre-paid. Pre-registration and pre-payment is preferred, but drop-ins are welcome at a rate of $6 per class. Held at ACC Senior Services Center, 7375 Park City Dr., Sacramento, 393-9026 x330, HYPERLINK “http://www.accsv.org/”www.accsv.org.

Sacramento Zoo needs wheelchairs

The Sacramento Zoo is looking for a few “gently used” wheelchairs, 808-5888. Your wheelchair can be a tax deductible donation, and four zoo tickets will be offered as a thank you.

Support group for alienated grandparents

Meeting is the last Friday of each month at 2717 Cottage Way, suite 4. Meeting is at noon. 761-9121.

Tai Chi at Hart Senior Center


Focuses on low impact form of ancient Chinese exercise, combining slow movements with relaxation. Mondays, 10:30 –11:30 a.m. at the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, 915 27 St. Try it once for free! Stop by the Hart Senior Center front desk or contact 808-5462. Cost: $23 for five classes.

Zumba for Seniors at Hart Senior Center

Zumba for Seniors incorporates physical exercise and dance steps to the rhythms of Cumbia, Merengue, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, and much more. Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am and Fridays 3 to 4 p.m. at the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, 915 27 St. Sacramento (27th and J streets). Try it once for free! For more information or to register, stop by the Hart Senior Center front desk or contact 808-5462. Cost: $20 for five classes; $40 for 10 classes.

Active Yoga at Hart Senior Center

Increase your strength and flexibility, improve balance, and enhance the ability to relax and release stress. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. For more information or to register, stop by the Hart Senior Center front desk or call 808-5462. Cost: $35 for five classes or $70 for 10 classes. Try the class once for free and see if Active Yoga is right for you.

Singers with Hart

Experienced and beginning singers age 50 and above are welcome. New sessions start every nine weeks and are held at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street, Sacramento (27th and J streets). Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the Hart Senior Center front desk or contact (916) 808-5462. Cost: $15.

Emotions Anonymous

Meets regularly Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Meeting information is available at www.emotionsanonymous.org. Free 12-step program/support group for those who desire to become well emotionally healthy. Acquire a new way of life, sharing experiences, and learning to live with unsolved emotional problems. Meets Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Parkside Community Church 5700 South Land Park Dr.;
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sierra Arden Church of Christ, 890 Morse Ave (at Northrup), Room F-4. Thursday 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd,1615 Morse Ave. (at Arden Way) left of choir room. An optional newcomer orientation occurs on Saturdays from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at Wellness Recovery Center, 9719 Lincoln Dr. Ste. 300. Also on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a topic for discussion at WRC, 9719 Lincoln Dr., Ste. 300.

Mahogany Urban Poetry Series – Queen Sheba – poetry readings

Each Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. at Queen Sheba in Sacramento, local talent makes it way to the restaurant for weekly open-mic events. $3-$5. 1704 Broadway.

David Lubin Elementary tours

David Lubin Elementary School, located in East Sacramento, is hosting Kindergarten tours every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am. David Lubin is located at 3535 M St. A highly committed and caring staff, a strong emphasis on academic rigor and a warm family environment allows David Lubin Elementary School to provide the high quality educational experience for which we are known. For more information, call 277-6271 or visit www.davidlubin.scusd.edu

Youth Connections Unlimited announces fundraising campaign

Did you know that one Sacramento organization can reduce recidivism for crimes committed by youths by up to 70 percent? Youth Connections Unlimited has been providing mentoring and other services to incarcerated and probationary youth for over ten years that gives youth tools for staying outside the juvenile justice system. YCU works with the Sacramento County Probation Department with a focus on re-entry mentoring and preventative programming with a commitment to the principles of Restorative Justice. The support youth get from YCU and its volunteers gives hope to Sacramento County youth, make communities safer and save taxpayers money. For more information, call David Taft at 835-1147 or visit http://www.sacycu.com


Brain Gymnasium

Exercise your mind and have some fun at this on-going Brain Gymnasium class! Inviting all seniors to Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Boulevard, 9:20 a.m. Thursdays. $6 per class. Call 441-1015 for more information.

The Community Housing and Services Coalition monthly meetings

Originally created by the Sacramento Community Services Planning Council, the Community Housing Coalition (CHC) was created as a vehicle to provide information and educate community leaders and decision makers regarding housing for low income, disabled and older adults. CHSC monthly meetings are free and open to the public; they are held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. am on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) at the Sacramento Sheriff’s South Area Office Community Room at 7000 65th Street, Sacramento (the Sacramento County Voters Registrar Building). At each meeting a guest speaker is invited to attend and give a 30-minute presentation with 10 minutes for Q&A. Speakers are selected for their expertise and knowledge in their respective fields, and agencies/organizations. The speakers are encouraged to provide handouts, fliers, and other informational materials to the 15 to 30 attendees.
If you have any questions, please contact either: Alex Eng at 424-1374; email xeng916@sbcglobal.net; or Cindy Gabriel at 916/732-6189; email cynthia.gabriel@smud.org.

Your social security questions answered at Hart Senior Center

Meet with a Social Security Administration representative every third Thursday of each month at the Hart Senior Center and learn general information about Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I) as well as retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Make an appointment at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street (J and 27th streets) or call 808-5462. Cost: Free.

Gentle Qi Gong

Learn powerful relaxation techniques reduce stress, reduce physical pain and emotional suffering, lower blood pressure, increase immune response and improve balance. Inviting all seniors to Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Boulevard, 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays. $7 per class. Call 441-1015 for more information.

Kiwanis Club of East Sacramento-Midtown

Visitors Welcome, weekly breakfast meeting on Fridays at 7 a.m. Topical weekly speakers and ‘first meal for visitors on us’. Meet at The Kiwanis Family House, (at UCD Med Ctr/ 50th St & Broadway) 2875 50th St. HYPERLINK “http://www.eastsacmidtownkiwanis.com/”www.eastsacmidtownkiwanis.com. Meeting/Membership info: 761-0984, volunteers always welcome! Food trucks at Carmichael Park
Every first Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. (July will be held on July 10) food trucks hit Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Road.

The Sacramento Capitolaires meeting

A men’s Barbershop Harmony group, meets every Tuesday night at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.capitolaires.org or call (888) 877-9806. Men who love to sing are welcome! Men come from Elk Grove, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Roseville or the greater Sacramento area. The group is 40 men who love to sing and wants to encourage more men to join along.

Soroptimist International of Sacramento South meetings

A service organization dedicated to insure the status of women and girls, the group meets at Aviator’s Restaurant, 6151 Freeport Blvd. for lunch and to discuss the day’s topic. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 12:15 p.m.

South Sacramento Rotary club meetings

Every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m., South Sacramento Rotary meets for lunch at the Iron Grill located at
2422 13th St. (near Broadway). Rotary is one of the largest service organizations serving local, national and international charities through community service and good fellowship. For more information, contact Michael DiGrazia at 396-7244.

Audition applications for Sacramento Youth Symphony’s 2015-2016 season:

If you play brass, woodwinds, percussion, or strings then we invite you to join the award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony, the Sacramento area’s premier youth organization for musicians (ages 6-21)! We have orchestras and ensembles for every level, from beginning through advanced. Online applications are available at www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org. Full merit-based scholarships available for select instruments! Call Robert at 916-731-5777 for details.

‘Meditation and More’ at Eskaton

Every second Monday of the month starting at 1:30 p.m. (session begins), enjoy a meditation session at
Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd. Studies consistently show that even a semi-regular practice of meditation increases immunity, while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, risks of heart disease and stroke. Meditation and More sessions are non-denominational and all ages are welcome. Participants sit comfortably in chairs and no special poses are required. FREE for residents and their families, $4 for guests. Call 441-1015 or email scott.okamoto@eskaton.org to reserve your space today!

Health and Wellness TAI CHI With Chuck Malone at Eskaton

Every Thursday starting at 2:30 p.m., enjoy Tai Chi with Chuck Malone at Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
FREE for residents and their families – $4 for guests. Call 441-1015 or email scott.okamoto@eskaton.org to reserve your space today!

Fire Station 8 Open House
May 30:

Fire Station 8, located at 5990 H St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

June

Career fair
June 2:

There will be a job fair from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel,
100 Capitol Mall. Bring 10-15 resumes, dress business professional. This is a free event for job seekers. Job opportunities include: Inside sales representatives, outside sales representatives, account executives, retail managers, account managers, insurance sales, customer service, technical sales, sales managers, pharmaceutical sales, telesales, sales trainer, merchandiser, mortgage brokers, financial planner, route sales, retail sales, retail management, human resources and much more! Many of the companies we work with offer some of the following: Base and uncapped commission pay structure, flexible work schedule, full benefits, 401K, stock options, company car or gas allowances, president club trips and other incentives and opportunity for immense growth. Make $70,000-plus your first year.
(Note: parking is $1.50 per half hour.)

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 4:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 5 Open House
June 6:

Fire Station 5, located at 731 Broadway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

The Folsom Symphony presents: Sport Night at the Symphony
June 6 and 7:

Narrated as a sports event, the symphony presents a-Monday Night Football theme, featuring Bizet’s “March of the Toreadors” (Carmen), Reineke’s “Casey at the Bat”, themes from Rocky, Chariots of Fire, and Brian’s Song, Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”, Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach’s hilarious version of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway. The Saturday, June 6 show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday, June 7 starts at 2 p.m. For more information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.folsomsymphony.com/”www.folsomsymphony.com or call 608-6888. Tickets range from $20 to $55 depending on location.

A theater performance “Anansi, The Spider” to be held at Fairytale Town
June: 6 and 7:

Show times are 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In the jungles of Africa lives a tiny spider known as Anansi. Believing the children of Earth need stories to tell each other, he begins a quest to get the golden box of stories from Nyami, the sky god. This story is presented by The Puppet Company using hand and rod puppets with authentic African music, colorful costuming and classical African design. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Film showing about Sutter’s birth place, Kandern
June 12:

At 7 p.m., Peter Volker from Kandern will be in Sacramento at the Turn Verein to show a film about Kandern, which is not only the birthplace of General Sutter, but in 1848 there was a fight at Kandern where the first “Republicans” (i.e. students etc.) were demanding and fighting for establishing a “Republic of Baden.” When they were defeated many of them fled across the Rhine-river and then to the USA. They founded many “Turnvereine” in America. After the film, Peter will have a discussion and answer questions. This is a project of a partnership between Sacramento and Kandern. Those interested in this project are invited to join the meeting at the www.sacramentoturnverein.com

Fire Station 12 Open House
June 13:

Fire Station 12, located at 4500 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 18:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Planning for seniors workshop
June 18:

Tom Nakashima, along with Deborah Short and Eddie Fong of Planning for Seniors, LLC, will be hosting an informational get-together for Boomer with Aging Parents.They will be talking about important issues such as funding option for elder care and asset protection in California, so bring your questions. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be starting at 7 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 530-671-3308.

Family Campout at Fairytale Town
Friday, June 19 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m.:

Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $25-$30 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 7 Open House
June 20:

Fire Station 7, located at 6500 Wyndham Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Learn summer safety at ACC
June 25:

Increase your awareness so that common occurrences don’t leave you vulnerable to crime. This training addresses simple things you can do to make yourself less of a target. We will also talk about scams that are directed toward seniors. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

Learn how to plan ahead for the inevitable
June 25:

A 25-minute presentation on why everyone should pre-plan funeral arrangements. Eliminate stress and relieve your family of the burden, know all available choices, get what you want, ensure every detail is covered and save money! Free lunch and free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 25, 2015 at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

Learn tips for telephone use in an emergency
June 26:

Your telephone can be a life saver. You can use it to call for help, to receive emergency announcements and check on loved ones. When there is an emergency, do you have a backup plan if cell towers or telephone lines are disabled? In this FREE workshop, we will provide some things for you to think about in the event of an emergency. In addition, we will review basic safety tips for Natural Gas and Electricity. Free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Class will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. For details, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

Fire Station 10 Open House
June 27:

Fire Station 10, located at 5642 66th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town
June 27:

From 5 to 9 p.m., celebrate William Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! This magical midsummer’s evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace and more. Celtic rock band Tempest will perform throughout the evening. Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar. Mix 96’s Dan & Michelle will emcee the evening as this year’s Honorary King and Queen. Tickets go on sale May 1 at fairytaletown.org. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 2-12. Members receive $2 off per ticket on advance tickets. Day-of tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. No member discount on day-of tickets. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Crystal Creamery. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

July

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
July 2:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 11 Open House
July 11:

Fire Station 11, located 785 Florin Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

American-Portuguese Veteran’s Memorial Poker Tournament
July 11:

There will be a poker tournament on July 11 at SPHSS Portuguese Hall, 6676 Pocket Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. While this tournament will help fund the placement of a monument at the State Capitol to honor American-Portuguese that served the United States, it is also a template for other ethnic groups to have a similar monument. If the time comes for Chinese-American, Greek-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Mexican-American or any other ethnic gropus to place a monument, they will already have a blueprint for placement, which is required. For those who wish to buy tickets or sponsor the event can contact Eddia Maria at 314-757-0474. In regard to sponsorship, for $250 you will receive two entries into the tournament ($100 value) along with your business name and logo shown on a big screen in front of the room on a continuous loop for the duration of the event.

Fire Station 13 Open House
July 18:

Fire Station 13, located at 1100 43rd Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 15 Open House
July 25:

Fire Station 15, located at 1591 Newborough Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

August

Fire Station 18 Open House
Aug. 1:

Fire Station 18, located at 746 North Market Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Aug. 6:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 19 Open House
Aug. 8:

Fire Station 19, located at 1700 Challenge Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 57 Open House
Aug. 15:

Fire Station 57, located at 7927 East Parkway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 60 Open House
Aug. 22:

Fire Station 60, located at 3301 Julliard Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 16 Open House
Aug. 29:

Fire Station 16, located at 7363 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

September

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Sept. 10:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 20 Open House
Sept. 12:

Fire Station 20, located at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 43 Open House
Sept. 19:

Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

October

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Oct. 1:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 17 Open House
Oct. 10:

Fire Station 17, located at 1311 Bell Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 30 Open House
Oct. 17:

Fire Station 30, located at 1901 Club Center Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 56 Open House
Oct. 24:

Fire Station 56, located at 3720 47th Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

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Ongoing

Los Ninos Service League volunteer opportunities

Combine community service with fun as a volunteer with the Los Ninos Service League by working in the dining room, kitchen or garden at the Casa Garden Restaurant. Since 1974 the Casa, located in the Curtis Park neighborhood, has been raising funds to help support the Sacramento Children’s Home. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please join us for an information and recruitment coffee on Tuesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Casa, 2760 Sutterville Road, Sacramento. RSVP at 452-2809.

Free Hawaiian language workgroup

Every Monday at 5:30 p.m., a free Hawaiian language workgroup meets at 6235 Belleau Wood Lane Suite 1B in South Land Park to learn about the Hawaiian language. Everyone is welcome. Call 808-782-2483 to sign up.

Gray Eagles monthly meeting

Gray Eagles- For 25 years, a male/female group sharing history of military/civilian aviation. Former air, ground, or carrier crew, or anyone interested will enjoy monthly speakers. Topics include airshows, warbirds, Reno races. Drop by to visit- FREE. We meet on second Mondays, each month at Hometown Buffet, 4300 Florin Road (private dining room), 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See www.grayeagles.net. Lou, 421- 0844.

Preschool storytime at Ella K. McClatchy Library(Early Childhood (0-5))

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. there will be time for books, songs, stories and fun. Miss Lindsey and her guitar always make this story time a fun event. Everyone is welcome to “stay and play” after with the library’s toys. Ella K. McClatchy Library, 2112 22nd St.

Advanced ESL Class at Ella K. McClatchy Library (Adult)

This advanced English as a Second Language class is taught by Toni Chapralis to enhance conversational skills. All teens and adults are welcome to join this weekly class held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

E-Reader Help at Ella K. McClatchy Library (Technology Instruction)

E-reader help is available every week on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your device with you. Sign up at the service desk or stop by for the first available appointment. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

Monthly tours of Sacramento Children’s Home

Find out about the Sacramento Children’s Home mission, programs, and how you can get involved on the fourth Thursday of each month, starting at 10:30 a.m., 2750 Sutterville Road. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://www.kidshome.org/tour-sch.

Riverside Wesleyan Church offers older adult fitness class

Oasis, a fitness class for older adults, is held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wesleyan Church, 6449 Riverside Blvd., in the Pocket/Greenhaven area. The charge for each class is $2. Participants do not have to be affiliated with the church. The class has about 40 regular members, but the area used to exercise is large and can accommodate more.

Tai Chi Ch’uan & Qi Gong at Parkside Community Church

This introduction to Yang style Tai Chi is to learn the world’s most popular exercise routine, improve your personal health, in a relaxing and enjoyable setting, and garnish new friendships with a common goal. Empowering you to take care of yourself, and doing something for yourself.
Classes are $5 per session every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. all year round. New students are always welcome and no prior experience is necessary. No special equipment needed.
The goal is to teach an exercise routine that can be practiced anywhere at any time, by anyone, of any age. First visit, participation or observation always free. Parkside Community Church
5700 S. Land Park Dr. For information call George Bonilla at 730-1704 or Valen Lee at 505-1996.

Taiko for fun at ACC

Learn the history and basics of Taiko which refer to the various Japanese drums. Wear comfortable clothing. $16 per month or $5 drop-in class. For schedule call 393-9026, ext 330, http://www.accsv.org. ACC is located at 7375 Park City Dr.

Tai Chi/CQ Gong

Learn the simplified 24-forms of Tai Chi, plus Qi gong exercises, a healing art combining movement, meditation, and visualization. Ideal for students new to Tai Chi. 9:00-10:00am, Thursdays at ACC Greenhaven Terrace, 1180 Corporate Way. Pre-registration is preferred but drop-ins are welcome. For detail, call (916) 393-9026, ext 330, www.accsv.org

Free Young Adult Bereavement Counseling:

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UC Davis Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Monday evenings from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17. Each session will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Home Care Services Building, 3630 Business Dr., Suite F.

Sunday Jazz with the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society at the Elks Lodge

Every second Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m., enjoy Jazz bands in the Main Ballroom (nominal fee), Emblem Room (free) & Lounge (free) at the Elks Lodge No. 6, 6446 Riverside Blvd. There’s always plenty of food available for purchase.

Sunday breakfast at the Elks Lodge No. 6

Come and enjoy a great breakfast with your family and friends every Sunday morning from 8:30 to 11 a.m. for a cost of $9.
Specials include: Eggs Benedict & Corned Beef Hash. In addition, eggs as you like them, pancakes, waffles, biscuits & gravy, juice & coffee.

Stretch, Strengthen, and Thrive!

This class is designed for the needs and abilities of active older adults, who are interested in gaining or maintaining mobility. The class consists of a mix of full body stretches, body weight exercises, strength training, and active stretching. 5:00-6:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. $5 per class if pre-paid. Pre-registration and pre-payment is preferred, but drop-ins are welcome at a rate of $6 per class. Held at ACC Senior Services Center, 7375 Park City Dr., Sacramento, 393-9026 x330, http://www.accsv.org.

Sacramento Zoo needs wheelchairs

The Sacramento Zoo is looking for a few “gently used” wheelchairs, 808-5888. Your wheelchair can be a tax deductible donation, and four zoo tickets will be offered as a thank you.

Support group for alienated grandparents

Meeting is the last Friday of each month at 2717 Cottage Way, suite 4. Meeting is at noon. 761-9121.

Emotions Anonymous

Meets regularly Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Meeting information is available at www.emotionsanonymous.org. Free 12-step program/support group for those who desire to become well emotionally healthy. Acquire a new way of life, sharing experiences, and learning to live with unsolved emotional problems. Meets Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Parkside Community Church 5700 South Land Park Dr.;
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Sierra Arden Church of Christ, 890 Morse Ave (at Northrup), Room F-4. Thursday 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd,1615 Morse Ave. (at Arden Way) left of choir room. An optional newcomer orientation occurs on Saturdays from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at Wellness Recovery Center, 9719 Lincoln Dr. Ste. 300. Also on Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a topic for discussion at WRC, 9719 Lincoln Dr., Ste. 300.

Mahogany Urban Poetry Series – Queen Sheba – poetry readings

Each Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. at Queen Sheba in Sacramento, local talent makes it way to the restaurant for weekly open-mic events. $3-$5. 1704 Broadway.

Brain Gymnasium

Exercise your mind and have some fun at this on-going Brain Gymnasium class! Inviting all seniors to Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Boulevard, 9:20 a.m. Thursdays. $6 per class. Call 441-1015 for more information.

Women with Good Spirits monthly meeting

Each second Tuesday of the month at Revolution Wines at 6:30 p.m., Women With Good Spirits invites a community non-profit to present on its mission work. The presenter will start their presentation promptly at 7:15 p.m. and will last 15-20 minutes with an open question and answer forum after. RSVP is appreciated as well as a $5+ donation per person that will go directly to the non-profit presenting that month. 2831 S St. Visit http://www.womenwithgoodspirits.com or find the group on Facebook.

The Community Housing and Services Coalition monthly meetings

Originally created by the Sacramento Community Services Planning Council, the Community Housing Coalition (CHC) was created as a vehicle to provide information and educate community leaders and decision makers regarding housing for low income, disabled and older adults. CHSC monthly meetings are free and open to the public; they are held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. am on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) at the Sacramento Sheriff’s South Area Office Community Room at 7000 65th Street, Sacramento (the Sacramento County Voters Registrar Building). At each meeting a guest speaker is invited to attend and give a 30-minute presentation with 10 minutes for Q&A. Speakers are selected for their expertise and knowledge in their respective fields, and agencies/organizations. The speakers are encouraged to provide handouts, fliers, and other informational materials to the 15 to 30 attendees.
If you have any questions, please contact either: Alex Eng at 424-1374; email xeng916@sbcglobal.net; or Cindy Gabriel at 916/732-6189; email cynthia.gabriel@smud.org.

Your social security questions answered at Hart Senior Center

Meet with a Social Security Administration representative every third Thursday of each month at the Hart Senior Center and learn general information about Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I) as well as retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Make an appointment at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street (J and 27th streets) or call 808-5462. Cost: Free.

‘Meditation and More’ at Eskaton

Every second Monday of the month starting at 1:30 p.m. (session begins), enjoy a meditation session at
Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd. Studies consistently show that even a semi-regular practice of meditation increases immunity, while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, risks of heart disease and stroke. Meditation and More sessions are non-denominational and all ages are welcome. Participants sit comfortably in chairs and no special poses are required. FREE for residents and their families, $4 for guests. Call 441-1015 or email scott.okamoto@eskaton.org to reserve your space today!

Health and Wellness TAI CHI With Chuck Malone at Eskaton

Every Thursday starting at 2:30 p.m., enjoy Tai Chi with Chuck Malone at Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
FREE for residents and their families – $4 for guests. Call 441-1015 or email http://www.folsomsymphony.com or call 608-6888. Tickets range from $20 to $55 depending on location.

A theater performance “Anansi, The Spider” to be held at Fairytale Town
June: 6 and 7:

Show times are 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In the jungles of Africa lives a tiny spider known as Anansi. Believing the children of Earth need stories to tell each other, he begins a quest to get the golden box of stories from Nyami, the sky god. This story is presented by The Puppet Company using hand and rod puppets with authentic African music, colorful costuming and classical African design. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Film showing about Sutter’s birth place, Kandern
June 12:

At 7 p.m., Peter Volker from Kandern will be in Sacramento at the Turn Verein to show a film about Kandern, which is not only the birthplace of General Sutter, but in 1848 there was a fight at Kandern where the first “Republicans” (i.e. students etc.) were demanding and fighting for establishing a “Republic of Baden.” When they were defeated many of them fled across the Rhine-river and then to the USA. They founded many “Turnvereine” in America. After the film, Peter will have a discussion and answer questions. This is a project of a partnership between Sacramento and Kandern. Those interested in this project are invited to join the meeting at the www.sacramentoturnverein.com

Fire Station 12 Open House
June 13:

Fire Station 12, located at 4500 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 18:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Family Campout at Fairytale Town
Friday, June 19 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m.:

Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $25-$30 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 7 Open House
June 20:

Fire Station 7, located at 6500 Wyndham Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 10 Open House
June 27:

Fire Station 10, located at 5642 66th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town
June 27:

From 5 to 9 p.m., celebrate William Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! This magical midsummer’s evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace and more. Celtic rock band Tempest will perform throughout the evening. Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar. Mix 96’s Dan & Michelle will emcee the evening as this year’s Honorary King and Queen. Tickets go on sale May 1 at fairytaletown.org. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 2-12. Members receive $2 off per ticket on advance tickets. Day-of tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. No member discount on day-of tickets. For more information, visit http://fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Crystal Creamery. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

July

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
July 2:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 11 Open House
July 11:

Fire Station 11, located 785 Florin Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

American-Portuguese Veteran’s Memorial Poker Tournament
July 11:

There will be a poker tournament on July 11 at SPHSS Portuguese Hall, 6676 Pocket Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. While this tournament will help fund the placement of a monument at the State Capitol to honor American-Portuguese that served the United States, it is also a template for other ethnic groups to have a similar monument. If the time comes for Chinese-American, Greek-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Mexican-American or any other ethnic gropus to place a monument, they will already have a blueprint for placement, which is required. For those who wish to buy tickets or sponsor the event can contact Eddia Maria at 314-757-0474. In regard to sponsorship, for $250 you will receive two entries into the tournament ($100 value) along with your business name and logo shown on a big screen in front of the room on a continuous loop for the duration of the event.

Fire Station 13 Open House
July 18

: Fire Station 13, located at 1100 43rd Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 15 Open House
July 25:

Fire Station 15, located at 1591 Newborough Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

August

Fire Station 18 Open House
Aug. 1:

Fire Station 18, located at 746 North Market Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Aug. 6:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 19 Open House
Aug. 8:

Fire Station 19, located at 1700 Challenge Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 57 Open House
Aug. 15:

Fire Station 57, located at 7927 East Parkway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 60 Open House
Aug. 22:

Fire Station 60, located at 3301 Julliard Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 16 Open House
Aug. 29:

Fire Station 16, located at 7363 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

September

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Sept. 10:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 20 Open House
Sept. 12:

Fire Station 20, located at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 43 Open House
Sept. 19:

Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

October

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Oct. 1:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 17 Open House
Oct. 10:

Fire Station 17, located at 1311 Bell Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 30 Open House
Oct. 17:

Fire Station 30, located at 1901 Club Center Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 56 Open House
Oct. 24:

Fire Station 56, located at 3720 47th Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

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Audubon Program to highlight loss and recovery of Central Valley Wetlands
May 15:

The story of the loss and recovery of waterbird habitat in the Central Valley will be told by CSU Stanislaus Associate Professor Philip Garone at the May 15 meeting of the Sacramento Audubon Society.
The 7 p.m. meeting will be at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Ancil Hoffman Park (For directions, see http://sacnaturecenter.com).
There will be no charge for the program or parking, and no park-entry fee.
Professor Garone teaches environmental history and is the author of several publications, including The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley (UC Press 2011).
For the first 100 years of statehood, the original four million acres or so of permanent and seasonal wetlands in the Central Valley was “reclaimed” to a fraction of its size and converted to agriculture, Professor Garone notes.
But in the second half of the 20th Century and into the present we have been protecting and restoring – rather than destroying – Valley wetlands.
The different ways this came about in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, and some of the challenges still facing us, will be the main thrust of his presentation, Professor Garone states.

Fairytale Town presents a day of “Farms, Friends & Fairytales”
May 16:

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Fairytale Town for a fun-filled celebration of farm animals and agriculture! At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. watch Fairytale Town’s Babydoll sheep get sheared and the wool spun into yarn using an old fashioned spinning wheel. Plus, participate in agriculture-themed hands-on activities, and visit with local area farms and organizations. This program is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. For more information, visit http://fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market and SAFE Credit Union. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Free Community Safety Event for Children/Parents
May 16:

To keep kids safe over the summer months it’s important to share safety awareness, self-defense and strategies to avoid conflicts including bullying. So, Robinson’s Taekwondo will be offering a free one-hour safety clinic to bring parents and children together to learn and practice being safe together, including easy escapes from grabs and anti-bully roleplaying families can share. With many parents working and the kids out of school many are often more vulnerable to bullying, playground assault or potential victims of predators. Safety in our community comes from raising awareness and giving children and families the tools they need to cope. Robinson’s Taekwondo at 1 p.m. Registration is required and space limited. Register online at:
http://www.robinsonstkd.com/tickets to reserve your place and find a participating location in the Sacramento region. Call 1-888-249-7853 for more information.

Fire Station 6 Open House
May 16:

Fire Station 6, located at 3301 MLK Jr. Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

‘Haute Stuff’, a benefit fashion show and marketplace for the Sacramento Children’s Home
May 17:

From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy a marketplace of fashion, home, and lifestyle temptations. There will be local food and wines as well as a fashion show of Haute trends. Even benefits the Sacramento Children’s Home. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.kidshome.org/events. Event will be held at Jardin Rue Estate, 4475 Garden Highway.

Free band concert
May 18:

The Sacramento Concert Band will present a free Spring concert at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., in Carmichael. The concert by the 50-piece band will include “Colonel Bogey” (theme from the movie “Bridge Over the River Kwai”), “Marche Militaire Francaise”, and a medley of tunes by Jule Styne (“The Party’s Over”, “People”, and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”). The band has been performing in the Sacramento area since 1969. There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit the band’s web site: http://www.sacramentoconcertband.net. Come and enjoy the music!

Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra spring concert
May 19:

A 3 p.m. spring concert with the Sacramento Guitar Society Orchestra directed by Sean O’Connor and guest artists including Live Oak Waldorf School in Auburn’s Guitar Class directed by Nan Shaw will occur at Capistrano Hall, Room 151, California State University, Sacramento. Donations accepted.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 20:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring jazz guitarist Doug Pauly and Friends. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from http://www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

What: Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands History Hike
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s featured monthly history hike at Deer Creek Hills
is the Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come travel a new trail with Deer Creek Hill’s historian David Scharlach as he points out evidence of prior residence to Sacramento’s largest open space preserve. Put your boots onto the soil where Native Americans hunted and chanted songs to the early hours, where European trappers took beaver, where Californios were rewarded for their services,
where miners scoured the gulches for a bit of color and, finally, ranchers grazed their
sheep and cattle. Good for all ages. Cost is $10. Register online: http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Woodland and Pond Birding
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy invites you to participate to a docent guided Pond
Birding at Deer Creek Hills from 7 to 11 a.m. Volunteer Birding Docents Thomas Baumann and Lisa Couper will guide and lead you on cattle paths at this open space preserve. You’ll observe birding activity at stock ponds
and seasonal creeks, as you take shelter along the edge of the oak woodland canopy. Late
departing migratory birds can be seen and heard, as well as the activity of the year-round
birds of Deer Creek Hills. Hushed tones, walking and stopping are the best ways to bird watch on this outing. Wear “quiet” warm, muted earth-tone colors, sturdy boots for uneven surfaces. Cotton or wool
fabrics are considered “quiet” and work great! Birding scopes, binoculars and/or cameras,
are highly recommended for any birding outing. The event is good for all ages. The cost is $10.
Register online: http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Auditions for Sacramento Youth Symphony’s 2015-2016 season
May 23, 24, 30, 31:

If you play brass, woodwinds, percussion, or strings then you’re invited to join the award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony, the Sacramento area’s premier youth organization for musicians (ages 6-21)! SYS has orchestras and ensembles for every level, from beginning through advanced. Online applications are available at http://www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org, and are due by late April Auditions will be held on May 23 and 24 and May 30 and 31. Full merit-based scholarships available for select instruments (must apply before April 10)! Call Robert at 731-5777 for details.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 27:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring violinist Igor Veligan and pianist Natsuki Fukasawa. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from http://www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Fire Station 8 Open House
May 30:

Fire Station 8, located at 5990 H St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

June

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 4:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 5 Open House
June 6:

Fire Station 5, located at 731 Broadway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

The Folsom Symphony presents: Sport Night at the Symphony
June 6 and 7:

Narrated as a sports event, the symphony presents a-Monday Night Football theme, featuring Bizet’s “March of the Toreadors” (Carmen), Reineke’s “Casey at the Bat”, themes from Rocky, Chariots of Fire, and Brian’s Song, Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”, Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach’s hilarious version of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway. The Saturday, June 6 show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday, June 7 starts at 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.folsomsymphony.com or call 608-6888. Tickets range from $20 to $55 depending on location.

A theater performance “Anansi, The Spider” to be held at Fairytale Town
June: 6 and 7:

Show times are 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In the jungles of Africa lives a tiny spider known as Anansi. Believing the children of Earth need stories to tell each other, he begins a quest to get the golden box of stories from Nyami, the sky god. This story is presented by The Puppet Company using hand and rod puppets with authentic African music, colorful costuming and classical African design. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Film showing about Sutter’s birth place, Kandern
June 12:

At 7 p.m., Peter Volker from Kandern will be in Sacramento at the Turn Verein to show a film about Kandern, which is not only the birthplace of General Sutter, but in 1848 there was a fight at Kandern where the first “Republicans” (i.e. students etc.) were demanding and fighting for establishing a “Republic of Baden.” When they were defeated many of them fled across the Rhine-river and then to the USA. They founded many “Turnvereine” in America. After the film, Peter will have a discussion and answer questions. This is a project of a partnership between Sacramento and Kandern. Those interested in this project are invited to join the meeting at the http://www.sacramentoturnverein.com

Fire Station 12 Open House
June 13:

Fire Station 12, located at 4500 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 18:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Family Campout at Fairytale Town
Friday, June 19 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m.:

Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $25-$30 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. For more information, visit http://fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 7 Open House
June 20:

Fire Station 7, located at 6500 Wyndham Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 10 Open House
June 27:

Fire Station 10, located at 5642 66th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town
June 27:

From 5 to 9 p.m., celebrate William Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! This magical midsummer’s evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace and more. Celtic rock band Tempest will perform throughout the evening. Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar. Mix 96’s Dan & Michelle will emcee the evening as this year’s Honorary King and Queen. Tickets go on sale May 1 at http://fairytaletown.org. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 2-12. Members receive $2 off per ticket on advance tickets. Day-of tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. No member discount on day-of tickets. For more information, visit http://fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Crystal Creamery. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

July

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
July 2:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 11 Open House
July 11:

Fire Station 11, located 785 Florin Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

American-Portuguese Veteran’s Memorial Poker Tournament
July 11:

There will be a poker tournament on July 11 at SPHSS Portuguese Hall, 6676 Pocket Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. While this tournament will help fund the placement of a monument at the State Capitol to honor American-Portuguese that served the United States, it is also a template for other ethnic groups to have a similar monument. If the time comes for Chinese-American, Greek-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Mexican-American or any other ethnic gropus to place a monument, they will already have a blueprint for placement, which is required. For those who wish to buy tickets or sponsor the event can contact Eddia Maria at 314-757-0474. In regard to sponsorship, for $250 you will receive two entries into the tournament ($100 value) along with your business name and logo shown on a big screen in front of the room on a continuous loop for the duration of the event.

Fire Station 13 Open House
July 18:

Fire Station 13, located at 1100 43rd Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 15 Open House
July 25:

Fire Station 15, located at 1591 Newborough Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

August

Fire Station 18 Open House
Aug. 1:

Fire Station 18, located at 746 North Market Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Aug. 6:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 19 Open House
Aug. 8:

Fire Station 19, located at 1700 Challenge Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 57 Open House
Aug. 15:

Fire Station 57, located at 7927 East Parkway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 60 Open House
Aug. 22:

Fire Station 60, located at 3301 Julliard Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 16 Open House
Aug. 29:

Fire Station 16, located at 7363 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

September

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Sept. 10:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 20 Open House
Sept. 12:

Fire Station 20, located at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 43 Open House
Sept. 19:

Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

October

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Oct. 1:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact http://sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 17 Open House
Oct. 10:

Fire Station 17, located at 1311 Bell Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 30 Open House
Oct. 17:

Fire Station 30, located at 1901 Club Center Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 56 Open House
Oct. 24:

Fire Station 56, located at 3720 47th Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

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Ongoing

Low Impact Fitness at Tahoe Park:

Enjoy a low impact workout outdoors at Tahoe Park. Neighbors come together for fun and exercise every Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Examples include: Jogging-in-place, jumping jacks, Fingertip-to-toe jacks. Donations of $1-$2 are requested to pay for the online service, Meetup.org, which this group is a part of. This is a meet-up for neighbors to provide guidance and encouragement for each other. There is no professional trainers and all injury is at your own risk. Meet by the pool house, 3501 59th St., 95820.

Free yoga in Tahoe Park

Free yoga in Tahoe Park every Sunday at 9 a.m. (starting April 12) at 59th Street at 11th Avenue. Please bring a mat, towel, and a water bottle. This is an all-levels class and everyone is welcome.

Preschool storytime at Ella K. McClatchy Library(Early Childhood (0-5))

Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. there will be time for books, songs, stories and fun. Miss Lindsey and her guitar always make this story time a fun event. Everyone is welcome to “stay and play” after with the library’s toys. Ella K. McClatchy Library, 2112 22nd St.

Advanced ESL Class at Ella K. McClatchy Library (Adult)

This advanced English as a Second Language class is taught by Toni Chapralis to enhance conversational skills. All teens and adults are welcome to join this weekly class held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

E-Reader Help at Ella K. McClatchy Library (Technology Instruction)

E-reader help is available every week on Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your device with you. Sign up at the service desk or stop by for the first available appointment. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

Monthly tours of Sacramento Children’s Home

Find out about the Sacramento Children’s Home mission, programs, and how you can get involved on the fourth Thursday of each month, starting at 10:30 a.m., 2750 Sutterville Road. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://www.kidshome.org/tour-sch

Tai Chi at Hart Senior Center


Focuses on low impact form of ancient Chinese exercise, combining slow movements with relaxation. Mondays, 10:30 –11:30 a.m. at the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, 915 27 St. Try it once for free! Stop by the Hart Senior Center front desk or contact 808-5462. Cost: $23 for five classes.

Zumba for Seniors at Hart Senior Center

Zumba for Seniors incorporates physical exercise and dance steps to the rhythms of Cumbia, Merengue, Mambo, Salsa, Samba, and much more. Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am and Fridays 3 to 4 p.m. at the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, 915 27 St. Sacramento (27th and J streets). Try it once for free! For more information or to register, stop by the Hart Senior Center front desk or contact 808-5462. Cost: $20 for five classes; $40 for 10 classes.

Active Yoga at Hart Senior Center

Increase your strength and flexibility, improve balance, and enhance the ability to relax and release stress. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. For more information or to register, stop by the Hart Senior Center front desk or call 808-5462. Cost: $35 for five classes or $70 for 10 classes. Try the class once for free and see if Active Yoga is right for you.

Singers with Hart

Experienced and beginning singers age 50 and above are welcome. New sessions start every nine weeks and are held at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street, Sacramento (27th and J streets). Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the Hart Senior Center front desk or contact (916) 808-5462. Cost: $15.

Youth Connections Unlimited announces fundraising campaign

Did you know that one Sacramento organization can reduce recidivism for crimes committed by youths by up to 70 percent? Youth Connections Unlimited has been providing mentoring and other services to incarcerated and probationary youth for over ten years that gives youth tools for staying outside the juvenile justice system. YCU works with the Sacramento County Probation Department with a focus on re-entry mentoring and preventative programming with a commitment to the principles of Restorative Justice. The support youth get from YCU and its volunteers gives hope to Sacramento County youth, make communities safer and save taxpayers money. For more information, call David Taft at 835-1147 or visit http://www.sacycu.com


Brain Gymnasium

Exercise your mind and have some fun at this on-going Brain Gymnasium class! Inviting all seniors to Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Boulevard, 9:20 a.m. Thursdays. $6 per class. Call 441-1015 for more information.

Your social security questions answered at Hart Senior Center

Meet with a Social Security Administration representative every third Thursday of each month at the Hart Senior Center and learn general information about Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I) as well as retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. Make an appointment at the Hart Senior Center, 915 27th Street (J and 27th streets) or call 808-5462. Cost: Free.

Kiwanis Club of East Sacramento-Midtown

Visitors Welcome, weekly breakfast meeting on Fridays at 7 a.m. Topical weekly speakers and ‘first meal for visitors on us’. Meet at The Kiwanis Family House, (at UCD Med Ctr/ 50th St & Broadway) 2875 50th St. http://www.eastsacmidtownkiwanis.com. Meeting/Membership info: 761-0984, volunteers always welcome! Food trucks at Carmichael Park
Every first Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. (July will be held on July 10) food trucks hit Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Road.

The Sacramento Capitolaires meeting

A men’s Barbershop Harmony group, meets every Tuesday night at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.capitolaires.org or call (888) 877-9806. Men who love to sing are welcome! Men come from Elk Grove, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Roseville or the greater Sacramento area. The group is 40 men who love to sing and wants to encourage more men to join along.

Audition applications for Sacramento Youth Symphony’s 2015-2016 season:

If you play brass, woodwinds, percussion, or strings then we invite you to join the award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony, the Sacramento area’s premier youth organization for musicians (ages 6-21)! We have orchestras and ensembles for every level, from beginning through advanced. Online applications are available at www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org. Full merit-based scholarships available for select instruments! Call Robert at 916-731-5777 for details.

Health and Wellness TAI CHI With Chuck Malone at Eskaton

Every Thursday starting at 2:30 p.m., enjoy Tai Chi with Chuck Malone at Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
FREE for residents and their families – $4 for guests. Call 441-1015 or email scott.okamoto@eskaton.org to reserve your space today!

May

What: Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands History Hike
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s featured monthly history hike at Deer Creek Hills
is the Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come travel a new trail with Deer Creek Hill’s historian David Scharlach as he points out evidence of prior residence to Sacramento’s largest open space preserve. Put your boots onto the soil where Native Americans hunted and chanted songs to the early hours, where European trappers took beaver, where Californios were rewarded for their services,
where miners scoured the gulches for a bit of color and, finally, ranchers grazed their
sheep and cattle. Good for all ages. Cost is $10. Register online: http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Woodland and Pond Birding
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy invites you to participate to a docent guided Pond
Birding at Deer Creek Hills from 7 to 11 a.m. Volunteer Birding Docents Thomas Baumann and Lisa Couper will guide and lead you on cattle paths at this open space preserve. You’ll observe birding activity at stock ponds
and seasonal creeks, as you take shelter along the edge of the oak woodland canopy. Late
departing migratory birds can be seen and heard, as well as the activity of the year-round
birds of Deer Creek Hills. Hushed tones, walking and stopping are the best ways to bird watch on this outing. Wear “quiet” warm, muted earth-tone colors, sturdy boots for uneven surfaces. Cotton or wool
fabrics are considered “quiet” and work great! Birding scopes, binoculars and/or cameras,
are highly recommended for any birding outing. The event is good for all ages. The cost is $10.
Register online: www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Auditions for Sacramento Youth Symphony’s 2015-2016 season
May 23, 24, 30, 31:

If you play brass, woodwinds, percussion, or strings then you’re invited to join the award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony, the Sacramento area’s premier youth organization for musicians (ages 6-21)! SYS has orchestras and ensembles for every level, from beginning through advanced. Online applications are available at www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org, and are due by late April Auditions will be held on May 23 and 24 and May 30 and 31. Full merit-based scholarships available for select instruments (must apply before April 10)! Call Robert at 731-5777 for details.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 27:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring violinist Igor Veligan and pianist Natsuki Fukasawa. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Fire Station 8 Open House
May 30:

Fire Station 8, located at 5990 H St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

June

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 4:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 5 Open House
June 6:

Fire Station 5, located at 731 Broadway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

The Folsom Symphony presents: Sport Night at the Symphony
June 6 and 7:

Narrated as a sports event, the symphony presents a-Monday Night Football theme, featuring Bizet’s “March of the Toreadors” (Carmen), Reineke’s “Casey at the Bat”, themes from Rocky, Chariots of Fire, and Brian’s Song, Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”, Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach’s hilarious version of the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway. The Saturday, June 6 show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday, June 7 starts at 2 p.m. For more information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.folsomsymphony.com/”www.folsomsymphony.com or call 608-6888. Tickets range from $20 to $55 depending on location.

A theater performance “Anansi, The Spider” to be held at Fairytale Town
June: 6 and 7:

Show times are 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. In the jungles of Africa lives a tiny spider known as Anansi. Believing the children of Earth need stories to tell each other, he begins a quest to get the golden box of stories from Nyami, the sky god. This story is presented by The Puppet Company using hand and rod puppets with authentic African music, colorful costuming and classical African design. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Film showing about Sutter’s birth place, Kandern
June 12:

At 7 p.m., Peter Volker from Kandern will be in Sacramento at the Turn Verein to show a film about Kandern, which is not only the birthplace of General Sutter, but in 1848 there was a fight at Kandern where the first “Republicans” (i.e. students etc.) were demanding and fighting for establishing a “Republic of Baden.” When they were defeated many of them fled across the Rhine-river and then to the USA. They founded many “Turnvereine” in America. After the film, Peter will have a discussion and answer questions. This is a project of a partnership between Sacramento and Kandern. Those interested in this project are invited to join the meeting at the www.sacramentoturnverein.com

Fire Station 12 Open House
June 13:

Fire Station 12, located at 4500 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
June 18:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Family Campout at Fairytale Town
Friday, June 19 5:30 p.m. through Saturday, June 20 at 7 a.m.:

Spend the night in Fairytale Town’s storybook park. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $25-$30 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 7 Open House
June 20:

Fire Station 7, located at 6500 Wyndham Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 10 Open House
June 27:

Fire Station 10, located at 5642 66th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy at Fairytale Town
June 27:

From 5 to 9 p.m., celebrate William Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream! This magical midsummer’s evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace and more. Celtic rock band Tempest will perform throughout the evening. Costumes for the whole family are encouraged. No host food and bar. Mix 96’s Dan & Michelle will emcee the evening as this year’s Honorary King and Queen. Tickets go on sale May 1 at fairytaletown.org. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 2-12. Members receive $2 off per ticket on advance tickets. Day-of tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12. No member discount on day-of tickets. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Crystal Creamery. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

July

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
July 2:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 11 Open House
July 11:

Fire Station 11, located 785 Florin Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

American-Portuguese Veteran’s Memorial Poker Tournament
July 11:

There will be a poker tournament on July 11 at SPHSS Portuguese Hall, 6676 Pocket Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; the tournament starts at 6:30 p.m. While this tournament will help fund the placement of a monument at the State Capitol to honor American-Portuguese that served the United States, it is also a template for other ethnic groups to have a similar monument. If the time comes for Chinese-American, Greek-American, Irish-American, Italian-American, Mexican-American or any other ethnic gropus to place a monument, they will already have a blueprint for placement, which is required. For those who wish to buy tickets or sponsor the event can contact Eddia Maria at 314-757-0474. In regard to sponsorship, for $250 you will receive two entries into the tournament ($100 value) along with your business name and logo shown on a big screen in front of the room on a continuous loop for the duration of the event.

Fire Station 13 Open House
July 18:

Fire Station 13, located at 1100 43rd Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 15 Open House
July 25:

Fire Station 15, located at 1591 Newborough Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

August

Fire Station 18 Open House
Aug. 1:

Fire Station 18, located at 746 North Market Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Aug. 6:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 19 Open House
Aug. 8:

Fire Station 19, located at 1700 Challenge Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 57 Open House
Aug. 15:

Fire Station 57, located at 7927 East Parkway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 60 Open House
Aug. 22:

Fire Station 60, located at 3301 Julliard Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 16 Open House
Aug. 29:

Fire Station 16, located at 7363 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

September

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Sept. 10:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 20 Open House
Sept. 12:

Fire Station 20, located at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 43 Open House
Sept. 19:

Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

October

Free! Riverside Concert Series at Camp Pollock
Oct. 1:

Come Relax at Camp Pollock! Concert will feature a relaxing musical experience on Sacramento’s American River Parkway. Concerts start at 6 and continue until 8 p.m. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket. Bring your leashed dog. Enjoy S’mores compliments of Sierra Service Project! The events are hosted by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. For more information, contact sacramentovalleyconservancy.org or call 731-8798. Camp Pollock is located at 1501 Northgate Blvd.

Fire Station 17 Open House
Oct. 10:

Fire Station 17, located at 1311 Bell Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 30 Open House
Oct. 17:

Fire Station 30, located at 1901 Club Center Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 56 Open House
Oct. 24:

Fire Station 56, located at 3720 47th Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

South Land Park resident speaks about his Swiss heritage, lengthy career

South Land Park resident Ferdinand Morant prepares to cut meat at Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen, which he owned from 1980 to 1989. / Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Morant
South Land Park resident Ferdinand Morant prepares to cut meat at Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen, which he owned from 1980 to 1989. / Photo courtesy of Ferdinand Morant

Swiss immigrant Ferdinand Morant is a man who knows sausages.
This point is certainly difficult and actually useless to argue, considering that Ferdinand, 92, has been making sausages for the majority of his life.
Although retired from his longtime career in that field for nearly a half-century, Ferdinand continues to make sausages in his home for his own, noncommercial enjoyment.
His post-career sausage making is common enough that it was only a slight coincidence that he had made some sausages only a few days prior to meeting with this publication last week.
During his interview with this paper, Ferdinand shared details about his life, including his entry into the United States as a sausage maker.
When asked about how he began that career, Ferdinand said, “Actually, the whole thing started in Switzerland. That’s why I came over here.”
Ferdinand followed that statement by presenting some of his memories about his life growing up in the town of Hasum, which is located a short distance from the larger town of Hauptwil (now Hauptwil-Gottshaus) in the Swiss canton of Thurgau.
“I lived in Hasum,” Ferdinand said. “Hasum is a little town that (then) only had about maybe six houses on it in the neighborhood.
“Then there were about two farmers that had houses and barns around there. All the farmers surrounding in the neighborhood brought the milk to us, and we made cheese. My father (who was also named Ferdinand) had a cheese factory there. That’s where I grew up. That’s why I like cheese.”
In addition to his father, who is no longer mentioned in this article to avoid confusion, Ferdinand had a mother named Maria (aka Marie), and three siblings, Margaret, Paul and Pius.
Ferdinand, who during his youth enjoyed practicing gymnastics as a Turn Verein member, playing with a model train and shooting rifles and revolvers, mentioned that a turning point in his life occurred in 1939.
“The cow has milk seven days, so you worked seven days a week,” Ferdinand said. “That’s what really got to me. I had to help. I got out of school in 1939 and then already World War II started and it was tough. I had to help at home. Our helper had to go to military duty. We had three boys and the other two boys were in France in college. Before they closed the border, they wanted to ship them home. They came back and so the two college kids, they didn’t want to work. They were fighting all the time, so I had to do all the work.
“In 1939, I got sick. I had meningitis, and then after the doctor, I had to go home. Then I said, ‘I don’t want to be a cheese maker and work seven days a week.’ I wanted to become a sausage maker. I would go (to work for) six days, but not seven days. So, I got healthy and about a month later, I was in (a sausage making) apprenticeship.”
In describing that apprenticeship, which began in February 1940, Ferdinand said that he gained extensive knowledge about meat processing.
Ferdinand also recalled that during that time, he would attend a professional school each week in Olten, Switzerland.
“One day a week, every week, I had to go (to school) at 8 o’clock in the morning to 4 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon,” Ferdinand said. “There is where I learned the basics of the business.”
In 1943, at the end of his apprenticeship, Ferdinand took a two-day examination, which included making about 30 pounds of garlic sausage.
After being asked how he fared in that examination, Ferdinand said, “Oh, I got a silver (first place) medal. I was very proud of it, because it was from the Metzgermeister-Verband (butchers’ association).”
Following his apprenticeship and examination, Ferdinand worked at various sausage factories and a store in Switzerland at different times.
During that part of his life, Ferdinand dedicated time to the Swiss army, as well as to learning French in the French speaking portion of Switzerland.
In recalling his decision to immigrant to America, Ferdinand said, “One day, Mrs. Gysin, a woman, a customer said, ‘Oh, I got an uncle in the United States who has a butchers’ business, too.’ And I said to her, ‘I wouldn’t mind to go for a year to the United States.’ So, she said, ‘I’m going to write to (Swiss native Jacob “Jake”) Gysin (1876-1953) in Alturas (Calif.). He was already 74 and his son, Walter, was running the business.”
Ferdinand said that in a response to that letter, Jake wrote, “That would be good, because we need some help.”
Unfortunately, Jake’s wife, Nina, would not sign the affidavit recommending that Ferdinand work at the Alturas factory.
Ferdinand explained that situation, saying, “The reason (Nina would not sign the paper) was because she sent money to a nephew in Switzerland to come over here and he never came. She said, ‘I’m not going to do that no more.’”
Although he was discouraged by that response, Ferdinand decided to take a gamble and show how serious he was to work for the Gysins.
A day after learning about Nina’s response, Ferdinand went to the Canadian consulate in Bern and obtained a visa to go to Canada, with the intention of making his way to Alturas. He arrived in Quebec in October 1951.
After traveling to Montreal, Ferdinand worked for a short time as a butcher before taking a job as a dishwasher.
In the meantime, he corresponded with the Gysins, who later signed the approval papers recommending that Ferdinand work in the United States.
After working for the Gysins from March through October 1952, Ferdinand returned to his native land, where he married Betty Baumann on Oct. 11, 1952. And together they made their way to Alturas.
While working in Alturas, Ferdinand was recruited to work at the well established butcher’s shop, Clauss & Kraus, at 1700 I St. in Sacramento.
In recalling that experience, Ferdinand said, “I got the job there (at Clauss & Kraus) before I even got here (to Sacramento), because (John Clauss, Sr., co-owner of the business) heard about me and he wanted me so badly. I was in Alturas first, and then they found out about me through a salesman who used to pedal their merchandise up into the hills. So, this guy went to Mr. Clauss and said, ‘Boy, there’s a guy over there from Switzerland you should see. There isn’t even a speck of meat on there for a fly on the bone with the job he does.’ (The salesman) came back and he gave me his card and he said that Mr. Clauss said, ‘You have a job anytime you come to Sacramento.’”
Ferdinand accepted John Clauss, Sr.’s offer and came to Sacramento to work at his business, which then had about 110 employees.
In addition to working for Clauss & Kraus, Ferdinand joined the Sacramento Helvetia Verein on Jan. 2, 1953, and today he is that Swiss organization’s longest term member.
Ferdinand, who was known as “Ferdy” to his co-workers and others who knew him well, eventually spent 13 years working for Clauss & Kraus.
And for 16 years, Ferdinand was a partner in the proprietorship of Kohler’s Pork Store at 2309 Fulton Ave.
During that time, Ferdinand became a member of the United Revolver Club of Sacramento, and he is still a member of that club today.
On July 1, 1980, Ferdinand and his son, Ed, opened their own business, Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen, at 5001 Franklin Blvd.
Ferdinand said that it was important to him to offer unique tasting sausages at his business.
“I never bought the (prepared) spices to make (sausages) like every big company now buys,” Ferdinand said. “Like a spice company came to me and I said, ‘I mix my own spices, because this way nobody has it. If I was going to (use those spices), then it would be like Oscar Meyer and all that stuff. If (a salesman) tells me Oscar Meyer makes it, I don’t want to be like that. Then there will be no competition. That’s why Morant’s is still in business.”
Ferdinand sold Morant’s in 1989 to the German-trained fleisher (meat master) Dirk Müller, who still operates the business.
During the early part of his retirement, Ferdinand became a painter of various types of paintings, including Chinese brush paintings.
Toward the end of his interview with this paper, Ferdinand reflected upon his work at Morant’s, where he made sausages that were enjoyed by many Sacramentans, including immigrants from many parts of the world.
“I just feel like I accomplished something for humanity, for Sacramento, because I could see (many immigrant) people, Italians, Portuguese, Polish people. I made Swedish sausages for the Swedes, linguica for the Portuguese. I made South African sausages. German people came to my store and they enjoyed my product. That makes me so happy. I brought a lot of cultures together, and no matter where they came from, they all appreciated it.”

Lance@valcomnews.com

Ed Mauricio recalls life in Riverside-Pocket area in the 1920s, beyond

Photo Caption: Ed Mauricio grew up in the Riverside-Pocket area in the 1920s and 1930s. Photo by Lance Armstrong
Photo Caption: Ed Mauricio grew up in the Riverside-Pocket area in the 1920s and 1930s. Photo by Lance Armstrong

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series about Riverside-Pocket area native Ed Mauricio.

At 92 years old, Riverside-Pocket area native Ed Mauricio is a rarity, as he is one of the few people who can tell firsthand stories about life in that area during the 1920s and 1930s.
It was because of that point that he was asked to share some of his memories of his life with readers of the Pocket News.
During his interview with this publication last week, Ed said that there is a possibility that he was born at a roadhouse that was located a short distance north of the old bar, which is known today as The Trap.
“I could have been born at home (at the roadhouse on the old Riverside Road),” Ed said. “I don’t know. I know the doctor used to make home calls.”
Ed was the youngest of the children of Manuel Mauricio and Carrie (Nevis) Mauricio.
His siblings, in order of their births, were Beatrice “Bea”, Isabel, Manuel and Herman.
Ed, who is the last survivor of these featured Mauricio family members, experienced hardship in the early part of his life, as his father died when he was 5 years old and his mother died five years later.
After being asked to speak about his parents, Ed said, “I don’t remember that much about my parents. It was pretty hard on my mother taking care of us. I figure we were on welfare. And I think the (St. Maria) Church – the old church down there on (today’s) Pocket Road – helped us out.
“We lived (in the roadhouse) until my dad passed, then we moved to the home there across the street (at 5890 Riverside Blvd. on the west side of the road near the levee), where Wesley Silva lives. We moved to that house when I was about 5 or 6.”
Ed said that his father operated a 33-acre ranch that was located on the east side of the roadhouse, and that his father’s ranch was one-third of a once larger property.
“It was (formerly one property) and they split it three ways,” Ed said. “I don’t remember who (originally owned the property). There was a man we used to call Black John. He was one of (the ranch owners). Then there was my father. I don’t know who the other person was (who owned the third ranch). And I don’t know who bought the acreage, but they split it three ways. (The ranches) were all about the same size. They were all Portuguese who owned the properties.”
The Mauricio ranch had wheat, grapes, alfalfa, and some orchards, which included peach trees.
Following his father’s death, Ed moved with his aunt and uncle, Tony and Lena Silva, and their children, Wayne, Arlene and Harlan, into the house where Wesley Silva now resides.
During his grammar school years, Ed was a student at the old Sutter School, which is now home to Cabrillo Civic Club #5 at 4605 Karbet Way.
Ed said that he lived in that house until he was about 11 years old, at which time he moved to (the Merced County city of) Gustine, where he worked on a dairy farm milking cows.
“I went to a dairy and that was a bad time in my life,” Ed said. “I felt like maybe (his aunt and uncle) didn’t want me anymore. I went to work for the Souzas in Gustine. I don’t remember their first names. I was milking cows. I would get up in the morning and go to school and then when I was 13, I got sick and I was still milking cows. I got to where I was milking 13 cows a day. I got down to one cow, and my uncle who happened to come by, he brought me to Sacramento and took me to the doctor and they put me on medication.
“What I remember was I thought the doctor said I had Asian flu. I know I was sicker than a dog. I lost a lot of weight. It took me about six months for me to get my weight back. When my uncle brought me back, I went to my grandma’s house in the Pocket and I stayed with my grandma (Mary Nevis) for a while. My oldest sister, Bea, got married (to King Silva) and then I moved in with her in the old house there where Wesley lives. I was still about 13 then. I stayed there until I went and joined the Navy (in August 1942).”
Ed, who also attended California Junior High School and was one of the earlier students at C.K. McClatchy High School, spoke about some of his neighbors, saying, “One of the neighbors was Dolores and Marvin (Silva), and Victor, their father, and Mamie, their mother, and then (Dolores and Marvin’s) grandparents (John Joseph and Clara Perry Machado) were next door. The DaRosas were down the street. That was my uncle (Antone Garcia DaRosa, who was married to Maria Filomena Simas DaRosa). Elmer and Francis were the sons. Alice and Marie were their daughters. And then there were the Rosas. Manuel (Garcia) Rosa was the one who married Mary Dutra, who was one of the daughters (of Antone Perry and Louise Florence Lewis Dutra of the old Dutra House at the present day address of 8144 Pocket Road). (Manuel) had the box factory (Florin Box and Lumber Co.). And they had a couple of kids. And then we had Japanese neighbors (the Masuharas, near) us. There were a lot of Japanese in the area.”
In responding to a request to describe the distances between houses in the area at that time, Ed said, “Where I was born and raised, maybe it was 200 or 300 feet between the Silvas’ house and maybe 200 or 300 feet to where the Japanese (neighbors) lived. Maybe it was further than that. The houses in those days really weren’t that close. The next house after the Machados was maybe a couple of blocks, maybe three blocks from the next house, and I don’t remember who used to live there.”
With a smile on his face, Ed continued to describe his memories of the area during his meeting with the Pocket News.
More of those memories will be presented in the next edition this paper.

Lance@valcomnews.com

Florist Al Balshor leaves grand legacy in community

“Mr. Southside” was connected to his childhood neighborhood for 90 years

Al and Marie Balshor, shown in this 2010 photograph, were married on Jan. 1, 1948. Photo by Lance Armstrong
Al and Marie Balshor, shown in this 2010 photograph, were married on Jan. 1, 1948. Photo by Lance Armstrong

Sacramento native Antonio Alberto “Al” Balshor, who operated one of the city’s oldest floral shops, the family-owned Balshor Florist, died last Thursday, March 19. He was 90.
Born on Nov. 22, 1924, Al grew up in a large family in a home at 315 U St., near Southside Park. And he remained connected to the Southside area for the remainder of his life, thus earning himself the nickname of “Mr. Southside.”
In speaking about that title, his wife, Marie, 87, said, “(Al) was a Southsider through and through until his dying day. He always felt so proud to own the home that he was born in. That was 90 years ago. And he was so involved with the Southside Improvement Club.”
Additionally, Al was a charter member of Southside American Legion Post 662 and a member of the Sacramento Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Portuguese Club and the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society.
Al’s family, which also includes his surviving children, Judie, Al, Jr. and Jerry, was a cherished part of his life.
And, of course, there was his Portuguese-born mother, Grace (Secco) Balshor, who was one of Al’s greatest loves. A large photograph of Grace hangs on a wall at Balshor Florist at 2661 Riverside Blvd., just south of Broadway.
Al’s bond with his mother increased following the death of his Portuguese-born father, Arthur, on Dec. 15, 1929.
Marie, who met Al in 1934 and was married to him on New Year’s Day in 1948, added that with Arthur’s death, Al “became an instant man.”
And with added responsibilities as the “man” of the family, Al began working during his youth.
His jobs included selling programs for boxing matches at the old L Street Arena at 223 L St., pitching watermelons at the Sacramento Farmers Market at 2630 5th St., just south of Broadway, washing bottles at Jones Howell pickle works at 315 T St., and working as a motorcycle courier for Willis & Martin Co. at 1001-1003 K St.
Additionally, while attending the old Lincoln Junior High School at 4th and Q streets in the late 1930s, Al delivered newspapers on three routes for The Sacramento Bee.
In an interview with the Land Park News last May, Al spoke about one of those routes, saying, “I used to go out and get the first papers off of The Sacramento Bee’s press, and that was at 7th and I (streets). I would take the first papers. There would be 25. They would come up the chute and I would run down the hallway, get on the bike and I had 10 minutes to get over to the (Southern Pacific) depot and catch the train going to San Francisco. The papers would come out at 12:15 (p.m. and) the train left at 12:25 (p.m.). Many times, I caught (the train) on the go.”
After graduating from Sacramento High School in June 1942, Al obtained a job as a flower wholesale worker for Lino Piazza at 1328 7th St., before accepting a position delivering ice for the Consumers Ice & Cold Storage Co. at 831 D St.
Like many young men in the 1940s, Al served his country during World War II.
In speaking about that time in Al’s life, Marie said, “He was so proud of being in the service for 23 months, and he was under Gen. George Patton’s army. He served in the European campaign.
“He wasn’t exactly in the Normandy invasion, but he came in to clear the path, they built the beaches and they were able to drive their ambulance right off of the boat.
“And he was definitely in the Battle of the Bulge. (Many) Americans got killed, and he picked up dead bodies.”
Although Al was given official clearance to return home after his brother, Joe, died in the war on Jan. 13, 1944, he opted to remain in the Army.
Al spent six months in Wales before D-Day and was on the border of Poland when the war ended.
After returning to his hometown, Al went to work at Relles Florist at 2220 J St. by way of the GI Bill.
And on Nov. 4, 1950, Al opened the original location of Balshor Florist at 730 O St.
Twenty-two years later, a plan to redevelop the site forced Al to relocate his business to its present location at 2661 Riverside Blvd.
Until recently, Al continuously went to work every day, six days a week.
While sitting in his office at his floral shop a few months ago, Al commented about his continuous run of working that dated back to his childhood.
“A little hard work never hurt anyone,” Al said, with a gentle smile that was part of his endearing demeanor.
It was his kind-hearted, soft spoken nature and knack for listening that drew people to seek his advice and friendship.
And as a longtime icon in the community, Al attracted many friends throughout his life, as was evident by the constant flow of visitors who stopped by his shop four months ago to wish him a happy 90th birthday.
Al’s many friends are invited to attend his funeral service at St. Elizabeth Portuguese National Church at 1817 12th St. on Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m.
A viewing will be held at Klumpp’s funeral home at 2691 Riverside Blvd. on Sunday at noon, and a rosary will be held at the same site on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The burial will occur at St. Mary’s Cemetery at 6700 21st Ave. on Monday, following the funeral services.

Lance@valcomnews.com

California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial close to becoming a reality

Steve Kanelos installs the temporary sign for the future California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial at Capitol Park. Photo by Lance Armstrong
Steve Kanelos installs the temporary sign for the future California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial at Capitol Park. Photo by Lance Armstrong

Having a California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial placed at the southern end of Capitol Park is something that a group of local people have been striving to have become a reality for several years. And it appears that the group’s dedicated efforts are finally about to pay off.
On Monday morning, March 9, Steve Kanelos arrived at the park and installed a sign, which reads: “Proposed site: California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial.”
Steve’s father, Gus, had suggested the idea of such a memorial many years prior to the formation of a committee for the project.
After being asked to describe his feelings regarding having that sign placed at the park, Steve said, “Well, it’s been a long time coming, and we’ve been waiting a long time for this (moment). It’s a great accomplishment and we feel that it’s just the beginning of what’s next to come here.”
The group working to have the monument set in place at Capitol Park prefers the name American Portuguese, as opposed to Portuguese American, because they are dedicated to the notion that they are “Americans first and Portuguese second.”
In commenting about that point, Eddie Maria III, the chairman of the committee, said, “We never lose sight of the fact, of course, that we are Americans first that have a strong, rich (appreciation) of our Portuguese heritage.”
And part of that heritage is the service of “American Portuguese,” who served in the United States military.
During an interview with this publication following the installation of the sign, Maria said, “(Portuguese) came here from Portugal and without being required to do so, signed up and said, ‘I want to fight for this country. I’m from Portugal, but I’m an American citizen and I want to fight for the freedoms of America. And even if I’m not being asked to do so, I’m going to step up and fight for this country.’”
Maria, whose Portuguese grandparents came to America through Hawaii in the 1910s, also shared details about the project to have the memorial placed at the park.
“It all started at an American Portuguese Club meeting some years ago,” said Maria, who grew up in the Pocket and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1987. And Gus Kanelos (who had a very Greek American upbringing and is also part Portuguese and part Italian) came in as a past president of the APC. He attended the meetings regularly, and at the meeting that I attended – one of my first meetings, actually – (Gus) talked to the group about the opportunity to honor American Portuguese that served for this country (from) California.
“There was quite a bit of excitement about the opportunity. It was something that I’m sure a lot of the people within the organization had not considered before. We knew about these monuments (on the grounds of) the state Capitol, but they always looked to be so expansive, in such that we never thought that a little group like the American Portuguese Club could do something like that. We saw hundreds of thousands of dollars into these incredible looking monuments, and thought, ‘What could we really accomplish?’ But we set forth to see.”
The group met with people who had previously worked on monument projects to obtain a better understanding of what it would take for the group to meet its goal of honoring “American Portuguese” military veterans from California through a special monument.
The first official meeting of the committee was held at Balshor Florist at 2661 Riverside Blvd. in May 2011, and later meetings were held at the Cabrillo Club at 4605 Karbet Way.
Maria acknowledged the ongoing efforts of the committee, saying, “I believe that the only reason we’re here today putting the temporary sign to let people know the future of this monument is because of the hard work and the passion and the dedication that the eight-member committee had to making this happen.”
Additionally, Maria praised the APC, noting that it “took (the monument project) by the horns and ran with it.”
APC presidents during that time have been Wes Silva, Phil Soto and Jack Cornelius.
In speaking about one of the obstacles of the lengthy process of reaching the present status of the monument project, Maria said, “Maybe 18 months or so ago, I didn’t even know if we would be able to put a temporary sign in this spot. There were a lot of concerns from different departments of the state Capitol. They just didn’t want this to be a situation where you had a bunch of monuments all over the place. And they termed it as looking like a graveyard.”
The group had originally planned for a much larger memorial, which was described in the Sept. 15, 2011 edition of this paper, as follows: “The arched-topped center piece of the green granite memorial, which will include American and Portuguese national flags and insignias of military service branches and the POW-MIA insignia, will stand 96 inches tall by 24 inches wide by 10 inches thick, and will be accompanied by two outside wing pieces, which will each measure 86 inches tall by 24 inches wide by 10 inches thick.
The base of the monument, which will be created by the Ruhkala Monument Co. of Sacramento, will be 10 inches tall by 96 inches wide by 16 inches deep.”
That large monument plan was eventually abandoned, and a compromise was agreed upon.
The committee mentioned that the project now calls for a granite memorial bench, which is anticipated to be installed as early as this summer, but no later than the end of this year.
The cost of the project is estimated at $80,000, a sum that includes an $8,500 state inspection fee. Thus far, about $43,000 of those needed funds has been raised.
In front of the bench, which will be about 7 feet long, will be four pavers, with the names of sponsors, donors and honored veterans.
Maria spoke about the bench, saying, “Over time, we got some responses back from the Department of General Services (and) the California Department of Veterans Affairs. And their point of view was that we needed to do something a little different than we initially anticipated. We needed to create something that could be useful in the park, and that’s where the bench idea came into play.”
A very significant day in the process of having the memorial placed in the park was Sept. 28, 2012, when the bill for the memorial was signed. The bill’s author was Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, of Modesto. There were also about 10 coauthors of the bill.
In speaking about Olsen, Maria said, “Without her support, we would not be here. There is no doubt about it. She’s been part of (the monument efforts) every step of the way.”
Maria also commended various members of the Department of General Services, and J.P. Tremblay, deputy secretary of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, who he described as “a huge supporter and somebody that we’ve counted on from the very beginning.”
But Maria’s highest praise was given to committee member Loretta (Petit) Kanelos, who was heavily supported in her efforts by her husband, Gus, who is also a member of the committee.
“It is amazing the amount of time that (Loretta) has put into (this project). She has never wavered in her desire to make this a reality. Her mindset has always been, ‘This will happen.’
“I can’t say enough of how much gratitude the American Portuguese community of California should have for Loretta Kanelos. And, of course, with her husband, Gus, as well, she is really the reason that all of this came about. They came up with an idea, they plugged people into place to make sure that idea came to fruition. And every step of the way, they’ve been there supporting us, not only from an emotional standpoint, but from just a work ethic that I’ve never seen before. It’s just amazing, and I’m very proud to have been able to work with them. I can assure you that we would not be here today without their efforts. And Loretta really is the backbone. There’s no doubt about it. But it has been a group effort.”
Loretta, who was present with her husband at Maria’s interview with this paper and at the sign installation, responded to Maria’s comment, saying, “No matter what I’ve done, I couldn’t have done it if (Maria) would not have led (the committee).”
Maria said that having the California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial placed at Capitol Park sets a precedent for future cultural veteran memorials at the park.
“(The state commented), ‘You’re really the guinea pigs in all of this, because you’re the first of a kind when it comes to a group coming together from an ethnic perspective or a nationality perspective, and placing something in (Capitol Park) as this bench,’” Maria said. “To have a bench here and to have the American Portuguese be honored in that way, it is the first of its kind and it will be the template for groups that want to do something similar in the future.”

Salute dinner to be held April 11

As a fundraiser for the California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial project at Capitol Park, a “Salute Dinner” will be held at the SPHSS Hall at 6676 Pocket Road on Saturday, April 11, beginning with a no-host bar at 4 p.m. and continuing through 8:30 p.m.
The event will include guest speakers, a “Portuguese in California” presentation, entertainment, a silent auction and appearances by Nuno Mathias, consul general of Portugal in San Francisco, and Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen.
The cost of the event is $50 per person.
Additional information about this fundraiser can be obtained by calling Rod Rosa at 916-924-3000 or by visiting the American Portuguese Club’s Facebook page.
Further donation information, including how to reserve a name on the memorial’s pavers or how to contribute items for the dinner’s silent auction, can be obtained by contacting Maria at 314-757-0474 or by email at Eddie.Maria@att.net.

Lance@valcomnews.com