Free Ice Cream Event in Downtown Sac July 22

What are some sweet words to hear during a hot day in Sacramento? FREE ice cream! Michigan-based Denali Flavors, developers of the legendary Moose Tracks flavor of ice cream, has partnered with Raley’s and Sunnyside Farms Dairy to host a free ice cream give-away on Tuesday, July 22 at Cesar Chavez Plaza downtown Sacramento, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Ten thousand scoops of Moose Tracks ice cream will be served as a 10,000 Scoop Challenge issued by Denali to Sacramento area residents. Raley’s has donated 10,000 scoops of premium Sunnyside Farms ice cream, and Denali Flavors has pledged to donate $1 to The Salvation Army of Sacramento for each scoop eaten in an effort to raise $10,000 of new support for its vital community programs. During the event  ice cream lovers can tweet the hash tag #10KScoops for a chance to win free ice cream for a year from Denali @Moose_Tracks. WHEN:                 Tuesday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE:               Cesar Chavez Plaza 910 I St Sacramento, CA 95814 Disclosure: Syd Fong is the public relations director for The Salvation Army. For more information about The Salvation Army, log onto www.gosalarmy.org

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The new K St. California Family Fitness facade

The new K St. California Family Fitness facade

New California Family Fitness Brings Revitalization, Upscale Club (& Beer!) to K Street

The new California Family Fitness opened May 2 on K St., bringing to Downtown an upscale, 32,000 sq. ft. fitness club as well as a boost in the already growing energy toward revitalization of both K St. and Downtown. The new club has a host of amenities including 5 stories of specialized and state-of-the-art equipment, cardio theater rooms, free weights, and opportunities for group classes and personal training. Services to treat and care for guests include massage beds, towel and laundry service, sauna and steam rooms, private lockers, and a smoothie and juice bar. The 3rd floor also has much to offer, some of it in unexpected ways. As if it isn’t unique enough to have an outdoor basketball court and lounge area with fire pits and impressive views of city buildings, something else unique awaits club-goers: beer and wine. That’s right, the recreation room has a wet bar, accompanied also by pool tables, foosball, ping pong, and dart boards. Not typical of a fitness club, the sale of alcoholic drinks shows that the club is looking also to be a place for recreation of a different kind. “We’re stepping out of the box of what we typically do,” said Norbert Godinho, Operations Manager for the K St. California Family Fitness location. “We want this to be a total destination for adults to come in […]

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Calling All Dreamers Competition Down to Six – Vote by 5/11!

The finalists are out for Sacramento’s dream-granting, business-building Calling All Dreamers competition and it’s time for the community to weigh in. The public is asked to vote by May 11 for their favorite business concept among the narrowed-down list of 6 finalists. The competition, which will make the business dream of one lucky entrepreneur a reality in Downtown Sacramento by awarding them $135,000 in start-up funds and resources, comes at a time when momentum is building for new business growth in the downtown area. “Downtown is in a very interesting cycle where there’s a lot of excitement, not only for the arena but about the potential in the future for downtown,” said Lisa T. Martinez, Director of Marketing and Outreach for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, parent company to the Downtown Sacramento Foundation who produces the competition. “The Calling All Dreamers competition and the interest in it from the local business community is a reflection of how people are looking at Downtown as a place to do business. They want to be here, they want to be in on the action, and they recognize that when they become a business downtown they have a chance to make a difference in the community.” Over the next month, finalists will work with a SCORE counselor to help them go from having a business concept to a viable business […]

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Public Safety Weekend Recap, Jan. 17-20, 2014

In this Public Safety Weekend recap… A special fire danger message from Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant, Public Information Officer, In Downtown, a body is discovered in the area of 10th and W Streets, In Rio Linda, a bicyclist dies in the street, possible medical situation, In LandPark, SacPD’s Air1 makes an emergency landing, In Midtown, a felonious tire-slashing suspect arrested after slashing the tires of several cars, …and more [View the story "Sacramento Public Safety Weekend Recap, Fri- Mon, Jan. 17-20, 2014" on Storify]

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Support Our City and Food Literacy by Dining Downtown Jan. 8-17th

The ever-popular Dine Downtown Restaurant Week is back and there’s more than one reason to participate. Nearly 30 of downtown’s finest restaurants will take part in the 10-day event by preparing a special 3-course dinner menu for only $31. As if experiencing the best of the city’s culinary offerings isn’t enough, the event also supports our city in a big way and–new this year–food literacy in California. According to Kachet Jackson-Henderson, Marketing Manager for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership and an organizer of the event, Dine Downtown returns annually both because it is well-loved by Sacramentans and because it supports the city by “getting people to spend more time downtown…and to enjoy all the city has to offer.” During the event’s span from January 8th to January 17th, participating restaurants benefit from the boost in table-traffic. And they’re not the only ones. Neighboring bars, theaters, and businesses also benefit from the increased attraction to the area. As a result, Jackson-Henderson says the annual event is estimated to generate an astounding $1 million in sales and parking for the city. Dine Downtown also benefits food literacy in California. How? Notice the extra dollar on the usual $30 price tag? For the first time this year, $1 of every meal goes to the California Food Literacy Center, a nonprofit that aims to educate kids and parents about the […]

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Jackknifed Semi Closes Lanes on I-5- Downtown

Roadway Blocked for Three Hours The California Highway Patrol and Cal Trans had a busy morning along southbound I-5 in Downtown Sacramento. The driver of a dry hauler tractor-trailer rig jackknifed while attempting to avoid a collision that occurred in front of him near the J St off ramp just before 4am. The incident caused a large hydraulic fluid spill and spread across the right three lanes of the interstate. Crews reduced traffic to the far left lane until 7am while they worked to clean up the mess. The original collision involved a garbage truck and a passenger car, no one was injured in either incident.

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Life on the #15 Bus – Brief encounters

The bus and train stop at 7th and K streets in downtown Sacramento, aside from being the home to a daily Hitchcockian swarm of birds, is also the go-to location for those getting released from the county lock up in the early morning hours. Many mornings, the just-released arrive at the stop. They look for assistance from their fellow Sacramento residents, asking for the use of a cell phone to inform loved ones of their release and impending arrival home. On one particular morning, after getting off the No. 15 bus at this stop prior to catching my connecting bus to work, I had the pleasure of meeting “Tank” (real name unknown) – one of the newly released. Tank went from person to person, looking to borrow a cell phone to call home. He immediately reminded me of actor Michael Clarke Duncan of “The Green Mile,” except Tank didn’t seem to have the same warm, friendly smile nor the nice attitude toward waiting commuters. Most of the people approached found one reason or another not to let Tank use their phone (I understand from discussion with other commuters and friends that the best reason to give is that you are expecting an important call and don’t want to tie up the line). Being the folksy son of the Midwest and Wisconsin that I am, I followed my […]

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Josh Groban charms Sacramento

Josh Groban is a charming guy. At his concert Sunday night at Sleep Train Arena, the boyishly handsome singer had the audience in the palm of his hands, wowing with his velvety vocals and entertaining with his jokes and stories. Groban said being back in Sacramento was extra special to him, and mentioned how he got his start in Sacramento, performing as a 17-year-old at the 1998 inauguration of Gray Davis as governor of California at what was then Arco Arena. A few weeks later he went on to sub in a duet with Celine Dion for Andrea Bocelli at the 1999 Grammy Awards rehearsals, and his career skyrocketed from there. Performing in-the-round, Groban opened with “Brave,” and continued with a crowd-pleasing set of favorites, including “February Song,” "False Alarms," “Un Alma Mas," and “Vincent” (aka “Starry, Starry Night”), the 1972 Don McLean tribute to Vincent van Gogh. A powerful instrumental version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” was a pleasant surprise. Groban saved some of his best songs for the finale — Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever),” “You Raise Me Up” and Charlie Chaplin’s timeless “Smile.” Hand-picked by Groban to open was “The Voice” alum Judith Hill, a striking songstress poised for great success in the music industry. You also might remember her from the Michael Jackson documentary-concert […]

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Mansion Flats Home Tour

On Sunday, September 15, Sacramento Old City Association presents its 38th annual Historic Home Tour in the Manison Flats neighborhood. Each year, SOCA showcases a central city neighborhood, giving visitors a rare look inside beautiful historic homes and the latest infill developments. This year, Mansion Flats (between 12th & 16th Street north of H Street) is the focus of the Home Tour, showing off houses ranging from the 1880s to the late 2000s. Tickets are available at soca2013hometour.brownpapertickets.com The featured homes on the tour includes the Historic Governor’s Mansion, originally built for Huntington-Hopkins Hardware manager Albert Gallatin, featuring the newly remodeled Manison’s third floor (never before open for public tours!) and the Hale Mansion, built for the manager of the Sacramento branch of Hale’s Department Store and son of its founder, now known as the Sterling Hotel and Restaurant Thir13en. But this tour isn’t jus about the mansions of the wealthy. A pair of 1890s Queen Anne homes , one built for a Southern Pacific boilermaker, the house restored by legendary Sacramento housewright Roger Lathe, and another built for a Union Iron Works pattern maker, the house most widely known as the "Dorothea Puente House," are also on the tour. The current owners of the Puente house were aware of the home’s reputation when they bought it, but have converted it back to a beautiful […]

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“Sacramento Renaissance” Signing at Time Tested Books

My new book Sacramento Renaissance owes a lot to Sacramento Press. Several sections of the book were developed from articles originally written for Sacramento Press, including articles about how downtown Sacramento lost 30,000 people due to redevelopment, and some of the research was shown at presentations promoted here, like "The Downtown Generation" at a TDA forum inside Downtown Plaza. I published an excerpt on Sacramento’s early gay pride parades here, a bit about filmmaker Russ Meyer’s visit to Sacramento, and promoted a "Living Library" talk with Stan Lunetta, one of the 25 Sacramentans I interviewed for the book. A lot of the themes and ideas used in this book even pop up in comment sections of Sacramento Press articles, so some parts may sound familiar to regular contributors to this site. But the new book includes a lot of information that may surprise students of Sacramento history–as it certainly surprised me. On Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 PM, Time Tested Books (1117 21st Street, Sacramento) will host the first signing and talk for Sacramento Renaissance, published by The History Press. The presentation will include some of the images used in the book, and a few that didn’t make it into the final version. The book covers Sacramento’s story during the civil rights era and the era of downtown redevelopment, in some ways picking up where […]

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