Makers Mart: Support local artists, buy handmade

Four times a year Bows and Arrows holds their Makers Mart. The market offers visibility to local artists and creators while providing them the opportunity to show off their talents. A large variety of handmade wares will be available to browse at this summer’s Makers Mart this weekend. The concept behind Makers Mart is to support local artists and give them a space from which to sell their creations to the community. Vendors selling a wide variety of art – both culinary and design –will be at the market. Pushkin’s Bakery is one of this season’s vendors. Located at 1820 29th St., Pushkin’s offers a menu full of gluten-, wheat-, and dairy-free options, including the strategically-named “Awesome” – a lemon poppyseed pound cake. Their menu also features S’mores Sandwiches, cupcakes, muffins, cookies and large cakes. Local artist Keenan Saiz will bring his visual art to the Makers Mart. Saiz creates dyed fabrics using “cyanotype” – a process that involves superimposing images onto cloth through methods commonly used for developing photos. Fashion-lovers fear not. KingsTribe Clothing’s handmade screen-print t-shirts and hand-sewn creations will also be available. KingsTribe is a local movement based on the ideas of being self-cultured while experiencing and connecting with different cultures. The event will also include live performances from local musicians, as well as brunch and drink specials. All proceeds from art […]

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Holiday gifting on a budget

Need holiday gifts on a really tight budget? Homemade is the way to go, and if your crafting skills make you blush, then come to the Holiday Craft Bazaar for the Shriners Transportation Fund. It is all for charity and inexpensive as well. The Ben Ali Shrine Ladies Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, located at 6151 H St. in Sacramento from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 1st. Over 100 tables of crafts, holiday decorations, home baked goodies and fresh crop fruits and nuts, as well as a Christmas tree silent auction and photos with Santa. This year there will also be two estate collections: a large number of porcelain dolls and accessories, and glassware, mid-century pottery, stoneware and collectibles from Owl’s Nest Antiques of Pine Grove, Calif. This craft fair is unique in that there are no vendors. All goods are made or solicited by volunteers. All are donated and all proceeds go to the Ben Ali Shrine Transportation Fund for children and their families. Shrine Center clubs and units from all over Northern California participate in the event each year. Many children needed to be transported from their home to the nearest Shriners Hospital, so the Ben Ali Transportation Fund was created in 1969. It has now served children for over 40 years, and has helped […]

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2nd Annual FREE Kids’ Fair Happens June 23

Summer is a traditionally a time of fun for children – yet can also be a time for accidents. To help families approach summer in "safe style," South Sacramento nonprofit groups and businesses are teaming up to present the second annual free Kids’ Safety and Health Fair Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5625-24th Street, Sacramento (off Fruitridge Road between Freeport Boulevard and Highway 99). In addition to a free BBQ hotdog lunch, there will be face-painting, karaoke, a magician, music and a children’s bounce-house. Among the participating groups are the California Highway Patrol, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento City Fire Department, Sacramento County Children’s Health Initiative, Wal-Mart and others. There is no charge to attend. All activities and materials are free! Last year’s Kids’ Fair attracted several hundred families. For information, call (916) 428-5281 or e-mail cathy.bethpres@yahoo.com. The Kids Safety Fair is presented by volunteers of Bethany Presbyterian Church and Vietnamese Grace Community Church, both of which are multi-ethnic congregations. A downloadable flyer in English and Spanish, as well as a map, are available online. Bethany Presbyterian Church is the oldest of the Presbyterian churches in the South Sacramento/Land Park area, drawing participation from as far away as Pocket/Greenhaven, Elk Grove/Laguna, East Sacramento/Rosemont and midtown/downtown Sacramento. The church, which moved from Oak Park to its current site in […]

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Making Paper Beads – a Library event

As part of Black History Month, volunteer members from MatrixArts recently conducted a workshop on making Paper Beads at the Arden-Dimick library on Watt Avenue. Paper beads are made using strips of colorful paper, wound tightly into a shaped cylinder, glazed, and then strung into creative jewelry pieces. Any type of paper can be used, from magazine pages & newspaper to old wallpaper sample books. Heavy papers will produce larger beads, while the thinner papers will produce smaller, more delicate beads. While paper beads were a popular artform in Victorian England, more recently the craft has grown popular in Uganda, where women make beads from recycled paper. The craft has caught the attention of American crafters who purchase the beads through fair trade agreements. About 12 teens attended this workshop, hosted by Joy Gee and MaryEllen Burns, both volunteer artists in the MatrixArts programs. They supplied photo books, beads, twine and other supplies for the workshop. In less than 2 hours, the attendees were able to create their first collection of beads and simple necklaces. The finished pieces look nothing like paper.  When finished with a layer of laquer, they are smooth and durable, and can be an infinite variety of colors.  Alone, or mixed with other beads, they make beautiful pieces of jewelry. Another event to make the beads will be held Saturday, February […]

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Creativity Revived

Growing up, sometimes we forget to exercise our creative activities. For some, our creative drive dies right along with the hand-me-down car from Grandma senior year in high school. Sometimes our creative energy is put on the backburner as stresses and responsibilities of being an adult such as finding a job, keeping a job, paying bills, the mortgage and providing for our families take over… or our creative energy fades away completely. Here in Sacramento, we love each other. We support each other. Seriously, we do. Just stop for a moment and think back on how many creative projects, ideas and businesses that have thrived in the last decade or so. Regardless if the doors of any of these ideas or businesses are still open or not, the point is… they made it happen. There is no denying the inspiration of such creative ventures have spread faster than a California wildfire during a dry, hot heat wave. The latest album you’ve had on repeat is your best friend’s band. The last film you watched was your boyfriend’s short film that was screened at the local art collective spot. The earrings you are wearing are handmade from a local designer bought from the boutique your neighbor owns. Within the last few years Sacramento has built a pretty comfortable and welcoming cushion for the our creative class to fall […]

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The Best Food Comes From the Heart

The best food in world does not come from five-star restaurants that take months to get a reservation and a month’s salary when you finally get one. No, the best food comes from treasured family recipes lovingly handed down from one generation to the next. That beautiful tradition will be celebrated at the upcoming Jewish Food Faire sponsored by Carmichael’s Congregation Beth Shalom on Sunday, October 16th, from 9 am to 3 pm. Savor stuffed cabbage, corned beef on rye, chopped liver and a dizzying array of Jewish style baked goods, among other iconic Jewish foods. "The best food comes from the heart," said Sheila Wolfe, Jewish Food Faire Chair. "That’s what we want to convey with this year’s Faire theme, ‘From Generation to Generation.’" "What says love more than a steaming bowl of chicken soup, for instance," said Wolfe. "Sacramentans eager to surround themselves with wonderful, nurturing and delicious food will have a very special experience," she added. "Much of the food for sale at the Faire is lovingly made by hand by members of our congregation using their own treasured family recipes which were handed down to them by a mother or grandparent." Embrace tradition at the Jewish Food Faire on October 16th at Congregation Beth Shalom, 4746 El Camino Avenue, Carmichael. For more information, visit www.cbshalom.org. Disclosure: I am a unabashed foodie […]

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Jewish Food Faire to Celebrate Culture’s Rich Traditions

Foodies and those who just love good food in a festive atmosphere will gather at Carmichael’s Congregation Beth Shalom on Sunday, October 16th, for the 35th Annual Jewish Food Faire, featuring iconic Jewish deli items such as authentic corned beef on rye, bagels and lox and noodle kugel, plus a dizzying array of Jewish style baked goods. The Faire, located at 4746 El Camino Avenue (Mission), will be held from 9 am to 3 pm, but come early because the food does tend to go fast. This year’s Food Faire theme is "Generation to Generation," recognizing the rich tradition practiced by many cultures in the Sacramento area of passing down family recipes from one generation to the next. Join us for wonderful food that cannot be found anywhere else in the area, local arts and crafts and music. For more information, contact www.cbshalom.org. Disclosure: I am a unabashed foodie and a member of Congregation Beth Shalom.

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Call Out Now for Volunteers & Artisans During Gold Rush Days!

From friendly greeters to crafty artisans and everything in between, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is now accepting applications for more than 200 volunteer positions during Gold Rush Days 2011.  Widely known as Old Sacramento’s annual heritage celebration, Gold Rush Days volunteers are needed over Labor Day weekend (September 3-5) and for a preview “education day” on Friday, September 2, that is set-up primarily for area school children. Gold Rush Days 2011 is free to the public and produced by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation, the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Sacramento and California State Parks. Given the sheer magnitude of the large-scale community event that transforms Old Sacramento into a scene straight out of the 1850s, a large number of volunteers are needed to help with the Gold Rush Days information booth, hospitality tent, first aid station, security booth, children’s activity areas, and much, much more. Some, but not all, positions require period appropriate attire that will be provided.  Additionally, interested artisans are encouraged to submit applications to participate in a new “Artisan Alley” happening this year in the Freight Depot — candle dippers,  soap tanners, gold panning experts, dyed wool makers, basket weavers, leather makers, silver smiths and barrel makers are just a few of the artisan opportunities during the three-day community event.   Those chosen to participate in the period […]

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Sacramento Cat Hospital Hosts Third Annual Arts & Crafts Fair to Benefit Felines in Need

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend that will also help kitties in need, please stop by the Sacramento Cat Hospital’s Third Annual Cat’s Meow Arts & Crafts Fair. Fair hours are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the Sacramento Cat Hospital, 4115 Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael. All fair proceeds will benefit the Sacramento Cat Hospital Foundation Benevolent Fund, established to provide treatment for injured, sick, and feral cats. Some of these cats require extensive and costly treatment to save their lives. The Benevolent Fund also provides routine physicals, vaccinations, viral screening, food, water, and shelter to the hospital’s foster cats until they find forever homes. One such kitty is Charlie, who was brought to the Sacramento Cat Hospital after being shot twice; one of the bullets had shattered his left rear leg. Charlie was in need of costly surgery to repair the breaks. Through its Benevolent Fund, the Sacramento Cat Hospital worked hard to raise the money needed to cover the cost of Charlie’s surgery with a specialist. Funds were also needed for post-operative care and preventative medicine while Charlie was fostered at the Sacramento Cat Hospital. After being treated and nursed back to health, Charlie was adopted into a loving home. Attendees at the fair can purchase many handmade, artisanal items including jewelry, beaded purses and clothing, […]

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Sacramento to “Chalk it Up!” this weekend

Sidewalk chalk isn’t just for kids, anymore. This Labor Day weekend, Sacramentans can get in touch with their inner child at the 20th annual “Chalk it Up! to Sacramento” chalk art festival in Fremont Park. Saturday through Monday, 200 professional artists will be on their hands and knees, creating two-by-four masterpieces on the sidewalk. Non-professionals can purchase their own squares for $10, which includes a box of chalk. A communal space with communal chalk on the interior of the park will also be available for kids and adults alike to chalk it up. Darby Flynn, president of Chalk it Up! said this type of event is special to Sacramento. “We want to make sure that our arts remain visible,” Flynn said. “I know it’s tough right now in this economy for everyone: Arts and artists especially have a hard time. So it’s something that definitely keeps the profile of artistry in Sacramento alive.” Each sidewalk square is sponsored by a local business, for the cost of $150. Each artist receives a 24-piece box of chalk. Flynn said this chalk is not your typical chalk: It is buttery in texture, and similar to pastel chalk, yet is environmentally friendly because of its water-soluble component. More than 5,000 pieces of chalk will be used this weekend, all donated by University Art on J Street. Traditionally, Chalk it […]

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