Celebrating the Fourth—Sac-style!

My first Fourth of July celebration since moving from Kenosha, Wisconsin to North Sac was very different from what I was used to experiencing. In Kenosha, we would walk or drive down to the Lake Michigan shoreline for a 30-minute extravaganza put on by the city after enjoying the two hour long parade the previous Sunday afternoon(for some unfathomable reason, the city felt to have the parade and the fireworks on the same day—the actual holiday—was too much). There would be the occasional unauthorized fireworks displays in neighborhoods, they were few and quickly stopped by local police. Here I was able to witness several competing fireworks shows in just my little area which went on most of the night and compared favorably with the tape of the official fireworks at Cal Expo that I saw on the television news. I was also able to marvel at the coordination which kept the ‘bears in the air(i.e. the Sac PD helicopter patrol) flittering back and forth across the sky trying to locate the sources of the multiple displays. Added to all of this was watching the informal game of ‘Fireworks or Gunshots’ with the ability to earn bonus points if you could identify the type of gun being used. I understand that other areas of Sacramento(both city and county) also have their own unique ways of celebrating […]

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Red, White, & Brews: Cheers to Independence Day

The 3rd of July may not be a nationally recognized holiday yet, but Sacramentans will celebrate like it is at the Red, White, & Brews party on the eve of Independence Day. On 4th of July Eve, the skies over the river will light up with fireworks. If you’ve already got plans to catch the River Cats game that evening, fear not – the show will begin after the game is over. For the older crowd, the fun won’t end with the fireworks. Fifteen bars in Old Sacramento – including River City Saloon, O’Mally’s Irish Pub and Sports Corner – will serve a variety of American beers throughout the night, each for $3. Partygoers will also get to experience live music, DJs, karaoke, and dancing. The party kicks off at 7:00 p.m. in Old Sacramento and goes through 1:00 a.m. the following morning. Editor’s note: Every Thursday we deliver a local event guide straight to your inbox, right on time to make your weekend plans. Sign me up.

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Top Five Fridays: Sac’s downtown, NYE shooting and the Kings

It’s time for the first Top Five Fridays of 2013! Scroll down for The Sacramento Press’s most-viewed articles of the past seven days. Community Contribution 5. New Year’s Eve fireworks in Old Sac | Photos by Kati Garner Making one of her regular appearances on Top Five Fridays, Kati Garner comes in at No. 5 with another great photo journal. 4. Django Unchained by Luke Soin This movie is HOT right now. In the words of Mr. Soin, “People are throwing the word masterpiece around this movie like they throw cigarette butts on the ground at a Depeche Mode concert, and rightly so.” 3. Tune up cycling skills with free Bikeology 101 Workshop by Bonnie Osborn Free bike info? Sign me up! Don’t worry, there’s still time. The workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 5 at noon in Discovery Park.  2. Johnson hits gamewinner versus Knicks in crazy home game by Mark Needham, photos by Darren Hall Mark Needham recapped a game in which the Kings went from a 27-point lead to eking out an unlikely win in its final moments.  1. Where did the downtown population go? by William Burg Sacramento history expert William Burg discusses the evolution of downtown, tracking the population drop between 1950 and today.   Overall 5. Farewell 2012: Our top 12 articles of the year by Allison Joy Rocking […]

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Tragic end to 2012: Suspect caught after two killed, three injured in New Year’s Eve shooting in Old Sacramento

UPDATE – On Friday, January 4, 2013, a male and female associated with Carlito Montoya were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon related to this incident. Amber Scholz-36 is believed to have instigated the altercation and her husband Charles Fowler-Scholz-34, was involved in the physical fight that preceded the deadly shooting. No further details are available at this time.   UPDATE – Suspect identification: According to a Sacramento Police update, the suspect, 22-year-old Carlito Montoya, is in police custody in an area hospital. Montoya is receiving medical treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.   A 22-year-old man wanted in connection with a New Year’s Eve shooting in Old Sacramento that left two people dead and three others with gunshot wounds was apprehended by Sacramento police last night. The suspect allegedly pulled a gun during a fight inside the Sports Corner Cafe and began firing, hitting a 30-year-old female, a 35-year-old male and an employee in his 20s, according to a police press release. The two male victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died on the scene, while the female victim survived and was taken to a hospital. The fight had begun as an argument before turning into a physical altercation, which a bar employee attempted to break up. It was not immediately clear from the press release if that was the same employee who was […]

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FREE New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular in Old Sac – 12/31!

Following a popular tradition 13 years in the making, visitors to Old Sacramento will be treated to a free New Year’s Eve celebration along the historic waterfront.  Prior to the two dazzling firework shows scheduled to light up the night sky at 9 p.m. and midnight, the festive community event also features live music, food and drink vendors and a variety of live entertainment all evening from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  There will be kid-friendly entertainment provided under the tent in the early evening at Waterfront Park stage followed up later by a crowd-pleasing 70’s and 80’s cover band. The free celebratory evening activities are produced by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau and sponsored by the City of Sacramento. The special children’s programming will feature the Radio Disney Rockin’ Road Crew and Swift Country—a tribute to Taylor Swift. Throughout the evening, other highly anticipated entertainment will include Big Bad Boogie Rock, the Spike Show, and more. In addition, the iconic Raley’s Theatre of Lights will wrap up the holiday season with two final performances at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. along K Street. Guests to Old Sacramento can enjoy two different firework shows — both stunning and memorable — as part of the high-energy community celebration.  Choreographed to pop music and other family-friendly tunes, the exciting 9 p.m. fireworks show will […]

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Bees use the long ball to defeat River Cats

The final Saturday night game of the 2012 regular season drew a sold-out crowd of more than 14,000 fans to Raley Field to watch the Sacramento River Cats in game four of a five-game series with the Salt Lake Bees. After winning the first two games of the series the River Cats dropped their second straight game to the Bees on Saturday by a final score of 4-3. The score was quickly 1-0 in favor of Sacramento when Collin Cowgill, who reached base on an error, was driven home on a single to center field by Kila Ka’aihue in the bottom half of the first inning. However, Sacramento’s lead would not last long. With two outs in the top of the second inning Hank Conger hit the first of three Salt Lake solo home runs on the night. Conger’s shot, a screaming line drive down the right field line, quickly tied the game at a run apiece. The tie was also very short lived as Grant Green led off the home half of the second inning with a home run of his own, this one to left field. The River Cats scored a second time in the inning after Daric Barton singled and scored following a base hit by Jemile Weeks. Following the first two innings, Salt Lake starting pitcher Greg Smith settled down and […]

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River Cats use a big seventh inning to beat the Sky Sox

In what had been a close game for the first six innings, the Sacramento River Cats used a five-run seventh inning to distance themselves from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and take game one of the four-game series by a final score of 9-3 on Saturday night at Raley Field. Saturday night also meant it was a fireworks night at the ballpark in West Sacramento, and a crowd of 11,130 came out for the game and the pyrotechnic show that begins once the final out is recorded on the field. The River Cats received yet another outstanding performance by a starting pitcher. Recently named Pacific Coast League All-Star Graham Godfrey kept his perfect record intact and improved to 8-0 on the season. Godfrey gave up 10 hits and three runs over eight innings but he did not walk a batter. Sacramento sent all nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scored three runs as they loaded the bases twice. A base hit to center field by Kila Ka’aihue drove in the first two runs while a groundball out to first base by Stephen Parker brought Josh Donaldson home. One night after his game-winning hit, Eric Sogard continued to swing a hot bat, going four-for-five with a pair of singles, a double and a bases-clearing triple in the seventh which broke the game […]

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Ask the County Law Librarian – “Safe & Sane” Fireworks on New Year’s Eve?

Q. Hello, I found your website and I have a question about fireworks. I happen to have been born on New Year’s Eve and always thought it would be fun (weather permitting) to have some of the Red Devil fountains to light . . . I guess they are called safe and sane now . . . in my day, that meant Red Devils! So, is it legal to set off California legal fireworks any time of year? If not, would I need a permit or something? Also, is it legal to purchase fireworks online, as long as they meet a safe and sane standard? Also, I would most likely be celebrating with friends in Citrus Heights . . . does that make a difference? FYI, we would either use the street, or the driveway. I’m totally willing to get oil drip pans and fill them with clay cat litter to catch the sparks. We always have a bucket of water, a hose and a fire extinguisher handy. Thanks! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Pamela A. Hi Pamela! Nice to see that someone else is concerned with safety when it comes to handling fireworks. Personally, I think “safe and sane fireworks” is an oxymoron, but I realize I am in the minority. According to the California Code of Regulations, a license isn’t required for […]

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Officials share fireworks and water safety tips

Lighting fireworks at the Fourth of July block party is a common tradition in Sacramento, and local firefighters shared tips to make sure those fireworks are used properly so the holiday is a safe one. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Assistant Chief Dale Turner said the two most important safety concerns with fireworks are making sure they are used correctly with adult supervision and that they are used in a safe area away from combustible materials. There should also be 30 feet of pavement, concrete or dirt around fireworks to ensure no fires are started, Sacramento Fire Department Deputy Chief Lloyd Ogan said. He added that only “Safe and Sane” fireworks are legal to use in the city. “Safe and Sane” fireworks are approved by the State Fire Marshal and are sold by reputable dealers. When shooting off fireworks, Turner advised having a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby to put out any fires that could start. “Don’t put used fireworks directly in the trash can,” he said. “Even an hour, two hours, six hours later, they can actually cause a fire.” He said that with most people storing garbage cans near their houses, those fires can spread and become potentially lethal house fires. “It always happens every year,” Turner said. “It’s absolutely life-threatening, especially in the middle of the night.” Ogan stressed the need to […]

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CITY OF SACRAMENTO ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN THIS JULY 4TH HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The City of Sacramento reminds residents and visitors to be safe this July 4th Holiday weekend. Below are a few friendly reminders: • The City and County of Sacramento require that anybody under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while in the regions’ waterways. • Children should be supervised at all times when fireworks are in use; even Safe and Sane fireworks can cause injury. Do not let your children run with sparklers and ensure that they maintain a safe distance from others while handling them to avoid accidental burns. Always have a functioning hose ready to fully extinguish used fireworks. • And, please do not drink and drive. Given the historically high volume of calls over the 4th of July Holiday, the Sacramento Fire Department will be adding three additional fire companies into service and two boat companies from July 2 through the 5. In addition, the Sacramento Police Marine Unit will be on the waterways patrolling to make sure everyone has a good but safe time on the river. In addition, the Sacramento Fire Department’s CERT Team will be at Tiscornia Beach at Discovery Park this 4th of July Holiday weekend loaning out life jackets to anyone who is at the beach from 2 to 5 p.m. This effort is part of the regional free lifejacket use program at participating regional […]

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