Pacific Rim Street Fest brings Asian culture, cuisine

The streets of Old Sacramento will be soon be alive with Asian culture and cuisine. The Pacific Rim Street Fest is returning on May 19th for its 11th annual event. The festival began in 1992 in response to restaurateur Frank Fat’s dream to celebrate the diversity and richness of the Asian Pacific community in Sacramento. This year’s festival theme is “Shoes of Asia and the Pacific.” Attendees will receive a punch card at the information booth which will be used in a shoe scavenger hunt. Pictures of various shoes will be hanging among the vendor booths, and guests can get their card punched after finding each shoe picture. Guests who find all ten shoes will be entered into a raffle. Continuing with the shoe theme, a preview of a Macy’s footwear fashion show will be shown on stage at the Downtown Plaza at noon, and the show itself will be held at Macy’s at 1:00 p.m. The four stages in the Downtown Plaza will host various acts throughout the day including martial arts demonstrations, a dance performance by KMA Filipino Cultural Dance, musical performances from the Davis Chinese School and Davis Korean School, and traditional drumming by Sacramento Taiko Dan. Some of the performers includ Cultures represented at the festival include Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Hawaiian, Indian, and more. More than 100 vendor booths will […]

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Springtime in Paris

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.- March 4, 2012- You cannot escape the world of  fashion. Everyone has their own sense of style and this is what makes them unique. Whether you’re rocking the latest fashion statements from  fashion week or you’re wearing a brown paper bag, your clothes are part of what makes you, you. Yesterday, the Hidalgo Family hosted the fashion show "Springtime in Paris" at Oakmont High School. It was a night of high fashion and French delicasies.  Not only was it a great show, but the all proceeds went to a non-profit organization, Zafia’s Family House. Zafia’s Family House is a local non-profit that provides temporary housing to families who have children that need medical treatment at Roseville Kaiser Permanente or Roseville Sutter hospitals. Zafia’s Family House was a young girl’s dream. Zafia was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma cancer at the age of 12. She fought for two years before passing away. This organization is dedicated to her, her fight and the fight that other children will continue to battle with any illness. The following local designers and retailers showed off their latest pieces to show their support of Zafia’s Family House: Cache, Fashion Bug, Sugar Shack, IP’S 9saps, Ashton, Dakota, and BrownSkin Designs.  The show ended with a fabulous line by BrownSkin Designs. Fashion designer, Nina Brown, born and raised in her native Canada, has […]

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Custom Toms: A mode of expression for local artist

  What began as a favor to a friend became a breakthrough for local artist Kimberly Webster. Her friend had purchased a pair of Toms shoes and asked Webster to design a camellia flower as an homage to her name, Cammy. Webster’s intricate flower design was so popular with friends and family that she unintentionally launched a side business that Webster calls “a hobby with benefits.” “It’s something I can’t give up,” said Webster, who only started freelancing her custom designs for Toms a year and half ago. “I call it a fortunate accident.” Toms is a shoe company founded by Blake Mycoskie in 2006, and its mission statement is printed inside the sole of each pair of shoes produced: “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. One For One.” “To me, it definitely gives me more fulfillment in what I buy,” Webster said. “If I buy a pair of heels, it just benefits myself. I can buy a pair of Toms shoes and benefit a child who has never owned a pair of shoes in their life. I can do that and at the same time put art on it.” According to company’s annual Giving Report, as of 2010, 1 million pairs of shoes have been donated to children throughout the world, including […]

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L Street Goodwill opens its doors

A new “boutique” Goodwill store has opened its doors on L and 16th Streets, offering area shoppers a well organized, eco-friendly retail experience and deals on merchandise like books, lamps, shoes and purses. Store manager Noelle McCrea said the L Street location is unique in that its stock is handpicked from Goodwill locations across the country. While other Goodwills accept and sell most all donations, a “boutique” Goodwill strives to feature name brands, high-quality and vintage goods. Clothing is centrally located and sectioned into garment-specific, labeled racks, like: women’s plus size tops, long sleeve knit tops, lingerie, men’s jackets and men’s dress shirts. The women’s section is stocked with summery skirts and sleeveless blouses in the $5 range, along with vintage Levis cut-off shorts and skirts for $20. The “Goodwill Fashionista” racks, located on the store’s front left wall, are targeted toward younger, more trend-conscious shoppers and feature an array of knit tops and juniors-sized jeans from brands like American Eagle, DKNY, Gap and Ralph Lauren, priced in the $20 range. Susan Finnerman, who came out to the opening in search of skirts, said she enjoys shopping at thrift stores that are well organized, noting that the Goodwill’s women’s shoe section is arranged by size, each shelf labeled with a corresponding number. Mother of eight, Lisa Farnworth, whose youngest son tipped her off to the […]

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The Sacramento Press’ Mother’s Day gift guide

Mother’s Day is coming Sunday, and The Sacramento Press has a few gift ideas that are sure to let mom know how much you love her.   Gift idea No. 1: Send your mom on a relaxing getaway. Super Spa, located at 1722 J St., Suite 1, offers a variety of massage services. Relaxation or therapeutic massages range from $40 to $120 depending on the length of the massage. A warm stone therapy ranges from $90 to $140, and a head and scalp treatment for 30 minutes costs $40. Every 60 minutes of massage includes an organic aromatherapy steam. According to owner Suzanne Saunders, Super Spa’s "Treat Mom to 90 minutes of bliss" special includes a L’initié facial care with Univera’s super hydrating line-reducing face cream. "We we will finish with their radiant and tightening skin toner," Saunders said. "She will be glowing for days." Super Spa offers a chiropractic service, nutrition consulting, yoga sessions and a rain forest tub with Super Spa Me Organics bath salts, soaps and organic teas. They have couples and single spa packages, including a chocolate rub and scrub package with a steam, 90-minute massage, body scrub, one-hour rain forest tub soak and organic chocolate. Gift idea No. 2: Make her garden special. The Gifted Gardener, located at 1730 J St., is a family-owned store that has an array of […]

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Men walk a mile in high heels to support WEAVE

Men of all ages and shoe sizes gathered at the corner of 18th Street and Capitol Avenue, ready to walk one mile in women’s high heels to support WEAVE’s first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. “There are so many men that are affected by sexual assault, and this is a way for men to show their support,” said Amber Stott, WEAVE director of communications relations. Stott estimated that since Friday WEAVE has raised over $63, 000. Stott said all proceeds will go to WEAVE and benefit the various services that WEAVE provides, including counseling, WEAVE safe house, legal assistance, prevention programs and 24-hour support and response teams to help survivors of sexual assault. In addition to hosting the event, WEAVE members also participated. “We thought it was important to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault, and this is a really great way to spotlight this issue,” WEAVE board member Bryan Merica said while wearing his gold heels, knee-high socks and white headband. The River City Gems, a transgender and cross-dressing support organization, also played a big part in the event. Member Melissa Hansen, 51, said WEAVE contacted the River City Gems to help with the shoe distribution process and to coach the men walking in heels. At 10 a.m. Saturday, 215 men walked toward the starting line as a crowd of […]

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Shoe guy shines as bright as his shoes

He arrives at 7:30 every weekday morning in a tie and crisp dress shirt, smart trousers and that big smile. The shine on his shoes has been decades in the making. But he doesn’t disappear into the upper reaches of some government building or law office. His workplace is a shaded black bench at the corner of 14th and I streets. Gee — just Gee — is a shoeshine man. Yet he’s no ordinary shoeshine man — if there even is such a thing. He’s got far too much passion about his work and the importance of a well-shined shoe to be considered ordinary. And then there’s that whole flaming shoeshine thing. Gee sets up shop where he can find a steady stream of people who take their shoes as seriously as he does — which is what led him to relocate his business from Roseville to downtown Sacramento six weeks ago. "I don’t want to have to convince somebody to take care of their shoes," he says. "I want people who dress sharp and wear nice shoes and get their shoes taken care of. "If a guy’s wearing a $200- to $400-pair of shoes — I can’t even afford shoes like that — and he doesn’t take care of them, to me, it’s an insult to the shoe. And to me — because I’m […]

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Air Jordans

Random hanging pairs of shoes on power lines has always been a source of confusion for me. I attempted to solve this mystery by calling the Sacramento Police Department, PG&E and SMUD. According to Sgt. Darrell Martin, the hanging shoes are not a sign of gang activity, at least not from local gangs. Brian Swanson, spokesperson for PG&E, told me that the hanging shoes could cause two major problems: 1. The shoes can weigh the wires down which can impact traffic. Tall trucks such as garbage trucks may snag the wires and cause power outages. 2. The shoes can also bring the two wires together which can short circuit the wires and cause damage to the electrical equipment on power poles, such as transformers and circuit breakers. The worst case scenario, according to Swanson, would be if energized wires were brought to the ground because of the shoes. Swanson advises that if anyone sees a safety issue — including a pair of hanging shoes that cause a wire to hang lower than normal or bring two wires together — they should report the problem to PG&E by calling 1-800-743-5000. The SMUD representative could not be reached by the time the article went to press. Does anyone else know the reasoning behind why people throw pairs of shoes on power lines? Has anyone done this personally? […]

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