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WONDERFUL RIVER PARK Desirable 3 bedrooms, remodeled bath, hardwood Àoors and more. The updated kitchen is complete with granite counters, gas cooktop, stainless steel appliances and soft closure cabinets. The large backyard has great shade trees and is very private. The beautiful swimming pool Too! $429,000 CHRISTINE BALESTERI 966-2244
REMODELED MEDITERRANEAN 3 bedrooms 2 baths with Old World charm. Spacious living room with beamed ceilings and surround sound. Hardwood Àoors. Updated kitchen with stainless appliances and Aga stove. High quality bathrooms remodeled down to studs. Jetted tub. Outdoor kitchen, 2 fountains. $799,000 COLLEEN WIFVAT 719-2324
FABULOUS EAST SACRAMENTO This 45th Street home has been meticulously renovated ... incorporating vintage charm with modern convenience. 3 bedrooms 2 baths, a master ensuite with 2 walk-in closets! New kitchen features shaker cabinets, quartz counters and upgraded appliances. Large corner lot could be RV storage or fabulous garden! $724,900 JAMIE RICH 612-4000
BRIDGEWAY TOWER PENTHOUSE Enjoy the best of downtown living! Completely remodeled with stunning kitchen and baths. 3rd bedroom now a formal dining room. Living, dining and bedrooms access the full length balcony, walls of glass for amazing southern views off the 15th Àoor. Walk to Kings Arena, restaurants, Capitol. $719,000 NATHAN SHERMAN 969-7379
BEAUTIFULLY REDONE Remodeled 2 years ago with open Àoor plan. 3 bedrooms 2 baths, re¿nished wood Àoors, spectacular kitchen with built-in stainless steel appliances, new bathrooms. Lots of natural light, and plantation shutters. Large basement for storage. Low maintenance yard. 2-car detached garage. $610,000 COLLEEN WIFVAT 719-2324
EAST SACRAMENTO DUPLEX Property has great curb appeal. 2 bedroom units, across the street from market and bus stop. Floors, paint and new stove (4102 side). Each unit has dual paned windows, central heat and air conditioning, laundry hookups and private yards $525,000 JERRY KIRRENE 455-1001, DAVID KIRRENE 531-7495
CLASSIC EAST SACRAMENTO East Sac charmer with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams in the living room, great hardwood Àoors with inlays and leaded glass throughout this amazing home. Updated kitchen, walk in closet. Converted garage a charming 225 square foot guest cottage/home of¿ce with full bathroom. $449,000 NATHAN SHERMAN 969-7379
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McKINLEY PARK CLOSE Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath home located minutes from the park! Unique one story offers a large remodeled kitchen, a formal dining room, indoor laundry, a master bedroom with lots of closet space, and updated baths. Backyard has one of the best garages you will ¿nd; perfect for car collectors. $599,000 TIM COLLOM 247-8048
MIDTOWN VICTORIAN Beautiful Victorian home with a dream kitchen, renovated with subway tile, granite counters, high end cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Tankless water heater, new roof and fresh paint make this house shine. It even has a full basement. Easy walk to retail, restaurants and all midtown has to offer! $355,000 ALEXIS JONES 715-0237
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EXQUISITE LAND PARK SPANISH COLONIAL! This elegant Spanish Colonial home has been impressively renovated while preserving the original character. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath property boasts formal Living and Dining rooms with hand-carved beams, and a Gourmet Kitchen (professional appliances and an island) that opens to a 21’x21’ Great Room. Presenting both downstairs and upstairs living quarters, the spacious Master Suite offers a welcoming Àreplace and French doors that lead to views of William Land Park. The home has been thoroughly remodeled to include new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and windows. Other amenities include a spacious backyard that invites the potential of both a pool and casita, hardwood Áoors, and a two-car garage. $1,565,000
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This inviting 1,788 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath offers a formal Living room with a Àreplace, formal Dining room with builtin cabinetry, and a recently updated Kitchen. Inviting opportunities to entertain, the backyard presents a glistening pool, mature foliage, and a patio area. Other amenities include a Master Suite that looks onto the backyard, hardwood Áoors, and charm abound! $829,950
E X T R A O R D I N A RY CHARM! Resting on one of
East Sacramento’s premier streets and adjacent to the coveted Sonoma Way, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage boasts captivating appeal! This 1403 square foot home presents a formal Living room with an inviting Àreplace and vaulted ceilings, and a formal spacious Dining room with builtins. Other amenities include hardwood Áoors, an indoor laundry room, and plantation shutters. This lovely property is dripping with charm, and ready for you to make it home! $619,950
STUNNING EAST SAC CRAFTSMAN! Leticulously maintained and in keeping
with the Craftsman tradition, this 4 bedroom (plus an ofÀce), 3.5 bath home will simply stun you! This home offers a formal Living room that Áows into the spacious Dining room, and a luminous Family room that opens to an updated Kitchen that boasts Bosch appliances, marble countertops, and dining bar.The Master Suite embodies tranquility as it hosts a sitting area, walkin closet, and a spa-like bathroom with dual vanities, a large shower, and marble abound. Posing opportunities to entertain, the private backyard offers a glistening pool and large brick patio. Other amenities include plantation shutters, hardwood Áoors, and surround sound. $1,189,950
ICONIC GEORGIAN COLONIAL! For the Àrst time since 1940, this 5800 square
foot brick Georgian Colonial, located in the heart of the revered East Sacramento’s Fab 40’s neighborhood, is offered for sale. This 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath home, resting on .42 acre, presents a spacious formal Living room with a marble Àreplace, a formal Dining room that looks onto the expansive backyard, and a Kitchen with many original features including a Butler’s pantry and adjoining Breakfast room. The backyard beckons the opportunity to entertain: a tile pool, the large fountain, lush Áower beds and lawn area. Boasting unique nuances including two garages, hardwood Áoors, original windows, and incredible crown moldings, this home couples both charm and potential. $1,250,000
INVITING MED CENTER COTTAGE! Nestled near UCDMC, East Sac restaurants, and
shops, this 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage presents charm and character throughout! This home offers combined Living and Dining areas with Áawless French doors that open to the spacious backyard. This property presents an updated Kitchen with granite counters and newer appliances. Other amenities include, impeccably-kept original hardwood Áoors, fresh interior and exterior paint, new (2015) HVAC and dual pane windows. $259,950
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The Ultimate Gallery PUBLICATION ON OUR COVERS EXPOSES ART TO TENS OF THOUSANDS
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ocal original art is the first thing you see when setting eyes on our publications. We consider it our distinctive signature. As we celebrate 20 years of publishing this year, it is fitting that we also celebrate 20 years of art on our covers. Brothers Matt and Fred Haines opened 33rd Street Bistro in East Sac in 1996, the same year we started publishing Inside East Sacramento, our first monthly. We’ve been good friends ever since. So the decision was easy to partner with them to present a collection of original art that has been on our covers in their special events room for the months of September and October. With four publications over 20 years, we have featured more than 660 art images on our covers. At best guess, we have represented the work of more than 200 artists. Since adding the Pocket edition in 2014, we now feature 48 art images each year. Original art was not on our first cover in February 1996. We started with a more traditional newspaper look with a story and a photo. But when my mother, who lived in Ann
Some of my favorite covers include art by Kathy Waste, David Lobenberg, Jill Estroff, William Tuthill, Earl Boley, Wayne Thiebaud, Sam Francis, Samantha Buller and Judy Lew Loose (left to right, top to bottom)
Arbor, Mich. (where I had gone to college), found out I was publishing a newspaper, she sent me a copy of her local newsmagazine, called Ann Arbor Observer. The minute I saw it, I knew this was the direction I wanted to go with our fledgling publication. In my college years, I had enjoyed the art on the Observer covers. Many people are surprised to find out that my college degree is in fine art, not journalism.
My husband loved the idea when I showed him, but he cautioned me that it probably wouldn’t take long for other Sacramento publications to copy such a great idea. I figured more art in our community was a good idea, and if it happened, all the better. But it never did. The first artist we featured painted watercolor home portraits. I photographed about a dozen of her
paintings, figuring I’d run them for several months until I discovered more artists. But once they were published and mailed to more than 10,000 homes, artist David Lobenberg contacted me and became a regular. He began doing watercolors of local events and arts organizations, setting the visual standard for what I wanted in terms of cover art. In turn, I recommended him for commissions for events, including the Pops in the Park summer concert series in East Sacramento. He painted the poster image for that event for several years. Lobenberg shared his feelings with me early on about the power of bringing art to so many each month. He earned a living on commissions and at the time did watercolor portraits of high-profile people. But he said those portraits are hung in private homes and are seen by few people other than friends and family. Our covers, he said, guaranteed that tens of thousands of people would see his work. He thought that exposure was priceless. Another milestone was our first edition of Inside The City (now Inside Land Park) in 1998. I met Barry Smith, owner of Smith Gallery, who introduced me to the work of artist William Tuthill, who is now deceased. Tuthill was a retired engineer; his meticulously detailed and brightly colored watercolors of the downtown Sacramento skyline stunned me with their beauty. It might be hard to imagine now, but in 1998 the city of Sacramento didn’t exactly have a great reputation as a dynamic central core for our region. When we first started pitching PUBLISHER page 13
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PUBLISHER FROM page 11 our new city-focused edition, folks weren’t exactly sure how we could make it work. But as soon as they saw the first cover with Tuthill’s gorgeous view of the city, people quickly got on board. I am convinced the first cover did a great deal to lift the self-esteem of our city residents in showing the beauty of their city. That is just one example of the power of art to transform. Our first decade of publishing occurred before widespread Internet access, and during those early years, I spent time visiting galleries and going to shows and fairs. At that time, our local art scene was just a fraction of what it is now. For many years, I visited artists’ studios with a film camera to shoot their work for use on our covers. I professionally printed the photos and then scanned them to create digital images. About 12 years ago, I started using a digital camera, which was a huge improvement. Without websites to show their work, artists rarely used to photograph their art. Nowadays, just about every serious artist has a website and takes his or her own photographs. That makes my job much easier. Mastering the printing process was something I had to learn by trial and error since no one printed art images. Newsprint is an absorbent medium, and images “dot gain”—a process in which halftone dots grow in area between the original printed film and the final printed result. As a result, they have to be adjusted in Photoshop so that they don’t look too dark. I still prepare every image for print every month. Selecting the art for the covers is easily the most enjoyable job I have every month. I choose from hundreds of images on file from regularly featured artists. But I spend time and energy to bring in new artists each year. In early 2014, I started an art gallery preview page for our publications, highlighting gallery shows in the coming month. It has been a great way to discover new artists. Some months, I have even
been able to feature cover art to coincide with current gallery shows. In 2009, I was asked to judge a part of the California State Fair Fine Art Competition. I recognized a number of artists whose work had appeared on our covers and decided I’d feature their winning works on our cover the month of the fair. This evolved into my annual publisher’s awards at the fair, where framed covers are hung next to the original art. Judging at the fair has been a great way for me to discover new artists. I find out where the winners live and try to feature them in their neighborhood edition if possible. The Sac Open Studios tour being held this month has also been a godsend for me. I visit art studios, meet artists and discover many new artists every year. Someone once asked me to name the most famous artist we’ve ever featured on our cover. That is no doubt Wayne Thiebaud, whose art we put on our cover to celebrate a major retrospective of his work at Crocker Art Museum in 2010. We've also partnered with the Crocker to help promote other special exhibits., including a Sam Francis retrospective. Our most featured artist is Judy Lew Loose. As of this month, her art has appeared on more than 20 of our covers. Just this past spring, my husband and I attended a fundraising event at a winery. As we sat and enjoyed the concert with friends, a woman approached me and introduced herself as Jill Estroff. I immediately recognized her name. She’s an artist whose work appeared on the cover of the Land Park edition last October. Called “Curtis Park Blues,” it was a colorful, somewhat gestural depiction of homes in fall colors. She told me a heartwarming story about her experience as a first-time cover artist. Two summers ago, she was recovering from cancer treatment and was unable to do all the sports she enjoyed. She’d once worked at the Crocker and thought that maybe painting would help occupy her mind without physically taxing her. “Curtis Park Blues” was her first attempt. She’d sent it to me but said she’d had
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no illusions it would be selected. I took one look at the piece and let her know I’d feature it on our October cover. I was touched by what she said next. “I was encouraged beyond belief,” she said, “and went on to paint more than a hundred paintings since then, almost all of which have been sold.” She said it was a lifechanging experience for her. I mentioned our upcoming art show and asked if the painting was still available. She said it’s still hanging proudly in her home, despite many offers to purchase it. “I told my husband I could never sell the art that was featured on your cover!” she said. While I know many of the artists we have featured over the years, I’ve never met some of the newer ones. But I get lovely notes and emails from artists expressing the pure joy they feel. I can only imagine what widespread publication of their art has meant to them. Our art show is designed to bring together these artists and our readers. We have assembled more than 45 original works of varying sizes and
mediums for the show. Many are recent pieces. (Artworks featured on our covers tend to sell well, so they’re not available for exhibition.) But a few are more than a decade old. We also will have a huge wall of framed covers on display. In 2013, Crocker Art Museum held a fabulous retrospective of the work of legendary artist Norman Rockwell, featuring 50 original paintings and more than 300 original covers of The Saturday Evening Post. It gave me the idea for our show. Please join us at our Second Saturday reception on Sept. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m., where you may get a chance to meet the artists. Or stop by the bistro for a meal and visit thier special events room to see the show all month long. Many of the pieces are available for purchase from the artists. The fact that we can keep bringing local art to you month after month on our covers is testament to the breadth and depth of artists who gratefully call Sacramento home. Cecily Hastings can be reached at email@example.com n
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All Fixed Up TOUR SPOTLIGHTS NEW AND REMODELED HOMES
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he Urban Renaissance Home Tour, sponsored by Friends of East Sacramento, will take place Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour features five remodeled or new homes in East Sacramento. “This year we have a real eclectic mix of homes,” says Cecily Hastings, co-founder of Friends of East Sacramento. “We have a gorgeous new Craftsman-style home that was designed to be ‘net zero,’ which means it generates more energy than it consumes. We also have a Mediterranean-style home that was converted from a duplex and completely remodeled with state-ofthe-art amenities. On a smaller scale, we have an architect’s design for her own family home and a jewel-box remodel of a smaller two-bedroom, one-bath home whose owner lived there for 30 years before doing a complete remodel. She was passionate about keeping the original footprint and enhancing the original art deco details.” The purpose of Friends of East Sacramento is to organize activities
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The Urban Renaissance Home Tour, sponsored by Friends of East Sacramento, will take place Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour features five remodeled or new homes in East Sacramento and raises funds for McKinley Park.
that generate funds for improvement, renovations and maintenance in the neighborhood’s parks and facilities. The all-volunteer organization currently manages Clunie Community Center and McKinley Rose Garden. Proceeds from this year’s tour will go to the McKinley Park Renewal Fund. Chris Little of Little Real Estate Services is the major sponsor. Other sponsors include Councilmember Jeff Harris, East Sac Hardware, Realtor Phyllis Hayashi, Realtor Polly Sanders, Realtor Rich Cazneaux, Riverview Capital
Investments, architect Ted Smith and design firm Creative Eye. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. Cash and checks are accepted. Tickets can be purchased online at sacurbanhometour.com or in person at East Sac Hardware at 4800 Folsom Blvd. On the day of the tour, tickets will be sold at the home at 1425 46th St. To volunteer as a docent, call 452-8011 or email friendsofeastsac@ aol.com. For more information on the tour, go to sacurbanhometour.com
ROSE GARDEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ON 9/11 Thirty-five volunteers are needed to work at McKinley Rose Garden on Friday, Sept. 11, as part of United Way’s third annual Day of Caring. The campaign will mobilize more than 1,000 volunteers for 37 different projects across the Sacramento region and neighboring counties.
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The 40th annual Historic Home Tour, sponsored by Preservation Sacramento is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
EAST SAC LIFE FROM page 14 Volunteers are needed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the rose garden, which is managed by local nonprofit Friends of East Sacramento. Projects will include weeding, raking, deadheading roses and spreading mulch. The McKinley Park Volunteer Corps, run by Friends of East Sacramento, will supervise workers. To volunteer, visit yourlocalunitedway.org/dayofcaring United Wayâ€™s Day of Caring is sponsored by Nationwide and begins at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and rally at Cal Expo. Neighborhood volunteer projects will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 is a National Day of Service and is the nationâ€™s largest annual day of charitable engagement. Millions of people worldwide commemorate the day by performing good deeds that benefit others.
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The 52nd annual Sacramento Greek Festival happens Labor Day weekend, from Friday, Sept.
4, through Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Sacramento Convention Center. The festival is a celebration of Greek culture, food and tradition. Featuring celebrity chefs and authentic cuisine from across the Greek Mediterranean, the villagestyle block party captures the legendary Greek passion for life, food, drink and dance. Bring the family and enjoy a weekend of hands-on cooking demonstrations, dance lessons and performances, language instruction, live music and more. Admission is free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. After 3 p.m. Friday, admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Children under 12 get in free. Festival hours vary by the day. To view a detailed schedule, visit sacramentogreekfestival.com
HISTORIC HOME TOUR The 40th annual Historic Home Tour, sponsored by Preservation Sacramento (formerly Sacramento Old City Association), is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will showcase the architecturally diverse Richmond
Grove neighborhood, which makes its first appearance on the tour this year. Richmond Grove, bounded by W, R, 10th and 19th streets, exemplifies Arts & Crafts and art deco architecture and features a Buddhist temple, a Portuguese Catholic church and the revitalized R Street Corridor. The tour will start on the lot at the southeastern corner of 14th and R Streets, near Rice Alley. At the ticket booth, volunteers will issue tour brochures and wristbands, which are required for entry into the buildings on the tour. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. Visit 2015hometour. brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets online. In conjunction with the tour, a free street fair will feature local contractors and artisans who specialize in historic home rehabilitation and remodeling. Businesses, artists and craftspeople will be on-site displaying their wares, and nonprofit, advocacy and history organizations will provide information and outreach. Local musicians will perform live. Tour docents are needed for this event. Docents are asked to work one two-hour shift in one of the tour homes; in return, they will receive a tour ticket at the discounted price of $10. To volunteer as a docent, contact volunteer coordinator Vickie Valine at 457-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org Preservation Sacramento is a citywide nonprofit dedicated to preserving Sacramento’s historic places and encouraging quality urban design through advocacy, outreach and activism. To learn more, go to preservationsacramento.org
A TASTE OF JAZZ River Life Covenant Church’s third annual fundraiser, A Taste of Jazz, will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy live music from Beth Duncan Jazz Quartet and appetizers and beverages provided by local chefs. The event will be held in the backyard garden of a private home. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. All proceeds benefit River Life’s facility projects. For more information and to purchase tickets,
agriculture. Local chefs and food trucks will create their own interpretations of Third Plate dishes, using the Sacramento region’s most sustainable ingredients. McClatchy Park is at 3500 5th Ave. For more information, visit foodliteracycenter.org
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TOAST TO EDUCATION WITH THEODORE JUDAH On Saturday, Sept. 26, join your neighbors at Theodore Judah Elementary School’s third annual Taste and Toast, a family-friendly PTA fundraiser held at the corner of Meister Way and McKinley Boulevard. Admission for children is $10 and includes a meal and access to face painting, a bounce house, a magician, Firefly Art and Early Engineers stations, and more. Adult admission is $20 and includes a meal featuring Harris Ranch barbecue and unlimited access to the beer garden, where a wide selection of Sacramento breweries will be pouring tastes. There will be a raffle, and DJ Fabrezio will provide musical entertainment. “This is a great neighborhood event and a great way to kick off the school year,” says PTA president Rob Ferrera. “We love that so many members of the community get involved. The support and sponsorship of the Sacramento Artists Council really helps promote the art,
science and music program at our school.” Board member Paige Schulte agrees, and stresses the importance of community relationships to the success of the event. “Taste and Toast allows us to fundraise while also building the friendships that are essential to a strong neighborhood school,” says Schulte. “Community is really what makes this neighborhood so wonderful. We’re so lucky to have community partners and friends that also help us fund the enrichment programs that touch every student at Judah.” Taste and Toast will run from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at theodorejudahpta.org, or at the ticket booth on the day of the event. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
FIFTH ANNUAL FOOD LITERACY FAIR On Saturday, Sept. 12, Food Literacy Center will host the Fruit-toRoot Food Literacy Fair at McClatchy Park. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free. The fair will include a farmers market, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, music, handson activities, art and zero-waste information. This is a free community event inspired by chef Dan Barber’s bestselling book “The Third Plate,” in which Barber argues for changing eating habits to promote sustainable
July’s seventh annual 38th Street Blood Drive was a success. Fiftythree pints of blood were collected, surpassing the goal of 45. This is the largest amount of blood collected in the event’s history. Sixty-one people braved the day’s triple-digit heat and registered to donate. Organizers Alice and Pat McAuliffe would like to thank everyone who has supported the drive, held in honor of Alice’s mother Rosemary Lonczak, who was kept alive by blood transfusions. The 38th Street Blood Drive is always on the third Thursday in July. Mark your calendars for July 21, 2016.
THERE’S A TRUCK FOR THAT Rich Cazneaux of Keller Williams Realty recently purchased a moving truck that he hopes to put to work for the community. “We are offering use of the truck not only to our past, present and future clients, but also to various community, charity and school gatherings,” says Cazneaux. Whether you’re relocating, planning an event or want to buy a piece of furniture from the East Sac Moms’ Facebook group and have no way to transport it, the truck is available free of charge to anyone who needs it. “This is basically a gift back to the community, to say thank you for 10 years of support,” Cazneaux says. Clients have already been consistently taking advantage of the service—an Eppie’s Great Race team recently booked the truck to transport their gear—and Cazneaux expects it EAST SAC LIFE page 18
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Elmhurst Neighborhood Association will hold its next general meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Attendees who missed the July Summer Safety Summit will hear a recap from that meeting. All ENA meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at Coloma Community Center at 4623 T St. All residents are encouraged to attend, get informed and get involved in the neighborhood.
FANCY THAT Enjoy a Fancy Nancy-themed party at McKinley Library on Friday, Sept. 4. Guests will don feather boas and pearl necklaces, read a Fancy Nancy story, make fancy crafts and share
some light refreshments. (That’s fancy for snacks.) Costume supplies will be provided, but fancy dress from home is also welcome. The party starts at 3:30 p.m. McKinley Library is at 601 Alhambra Blvd.
GOLD RUSH DAYS Gold Rush Days returns to Old Sacramento over Labor Day weekend, running from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7. Go back in time to the 1850s at this popular heritage celebration, which typically draws more than 110,000 visitors. Gold Rush Days features live period music, street theater (including the occasional gunfight) and historical reenactments, such as Pony Express riders making their arrival on the original route. Guests can enjoy wagon rides, gold panning, Artisan Alley, children’s arts and crafts, and Tent City, which depicts daily life during the Gold Rush. There will be an outdoor showing of the classic family Western film “Paint Your Wagon” on Saturday and Sunday nights.
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IN BLOOM Shepard Garden and Arts Center will host three botanical events this month. The Joan Coulat American Begonia Society Annual Show and Plant Sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Delta Gesneriad and African Violet Show will be held the weekend of Sept. 12-13. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The California Native Plant Sale will be held the last weekend of the month, Sept. 26-27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more information, visit sgaac. org
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RIVER PARK TREE TOUR Sacramento Tree Foundation will host a free guided tree tour through River Park on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Expert community forester Matt Buland will lead the tour. Attendees will learn about tree identification, Sacramento’s tree history, fun tree facts and more. The tour will begin at Glenn Hall Park. To sign up, visit sactree.com/ event/565
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ONE BOOK TO BIND THEM Join your neighbors at McKinley Library on Tuesday, Sept. 22, for a discussion of “The Third Plate,” this year’s One Book Sacramento selection. In the book, chef and author Dan Barber proposes a new definition for ethical and delicious eating and encourages everyone to imagine a future for the nation’s cuisine that is as sustainable as it is delicious. One Book Sacramento is an annual community reading event sponsored by Sacramento Public Library. The 2015 One Book Program is designed EAST SAC LIFE page 20
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WORM COMPOSTING SEMINAR Vermiculture, or vermicomposting, is the process of growing worms to produce high-quality castings or compost for your garden. In celebration of “The Third Plate,” the One Book Sacramento selection, McKinley Library will host a 90-minute presentation on vermiculture, led by a UC Master Gardener. Learn how to enhance your garden with help from a few “red wigglers.” The presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. McKinley Library is at 601 Alhambra Blvd.
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On April 23, a city ordinance took effect that allows urban farmers to sell the produce they grow. This marks the first time since the 1950s that urban farmers in the city of Sacramento can legally sell produce from farm stands in their front
yards. Since the ordinance passed, farm stands have been cropping up throughout the neighborhood. Shanee Barner and his girlfriend Jenny run Tahoe Park-based Bird Dog Farm. “We started our farm in January, but leading up to that I’d been doing a backyard garden for five or six years,” says Barner, who also attended the California Farm Academy at the Center for LandBased Learning in Winters. Barner is a member of the group Sacramentans for Sustainable Agriculture, which formed in order to advocate for passage of the city ordinance. Bird Dog Farm measures exactly 1 acre and focuses on seasonality and diversity. “We are literally planting almost everything under the moon,” Barner says, “and just seeing what people respond to.” The Bird Dog Farm stand is open every Tuesday from May through September from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The stand is located on 58th Street between 11th and 14th avenues in Tahoe Park. Another local operation, East Sac Farms, opened for business in July. Run by East Sac residents Morgan Daily and Kyle Hagerty, the biweekly produce cart features “small amounts of almost everything,” says Daily. “Our goal is not to make a profit, but to connect with the community, reduce waste and encourage people to support local growers and buy what’s in season.” All items are free, although donations and trades are accepted. Visitors are asked to take only what they need for the next meal
or two, so that everyone can share the wealth. “We’d like this to be a sort of trading post for the community,” says Daily. Neighbors with excess fruit or vegetables are invited to bring their produce to the stand to donate or trade. Daily and Hagerty currently have seven raised beds in which they cultivate vegetables and herbs. They also tend fruit trees and berry bushes, and they are happy to give visitors a garden tour. In addition to produce, the couple plans to offer herb cuttings and fruit and vegetable starts. They hope to add chickens to their farm in the future and eventually stock the cart with fresh eggs. The East Sac Farms cart is open every other Tuesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. year round at 1058 56th St. During the winter months, Daily and Hagerty will use a makeshift greenhouse, or hoop house, which Hagerty says “allows us to extend the growing season of our summer vegetables and provides a more consistent and comfortable growing
environment for our fall and winter crops.” To learn more and to receive updates on the cart’s hours, follow urbanfarmstead on Instagram, or check Nextdoor.com for Daily’s postings. Mini farms are currently restricted to 3 acres. Farm stands in residential neighborhoods may operate only on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. An exception is made for stands on vacant lots, which may operate without time or day restrictions. An Aug. 6 city council decision further advanced the cause, naming the city an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone and making owners of vacant lots eligible for tax breaks if they allow their land to be used for agriculture for five years.
The East Sac Farms cart is open every other Tuesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. year round at 1058 56th St.
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eople really love and care about McKinley Park,” says Lyn Pitts with the nonprofit volunteer organization Friends of East Sacramento. The numbers prove Pitts right. Since 2010, more than 2,000 people have volunteered in the park, either with McKinley Park Volunteer Corps or the park’s playground rebuild in 2013. East Sac’s support of the park has been recognized by United Way California Capital Region, which awarded a grant to Friends of East Sacramento for a volunteer day in McKinley Rose Garden on Friday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 is the National Day of Service and Remembrance. People in more than 150 countries will observe the day by volunteering in their communities. In the United States, it is the largest annual day of volunteerism. East Sac resident Cole Forstedt is heading up the Sept. 11 Day of Caring program for the local United Way. According to Forstedt, the director of volunteerism and community engagement for the local United Way, volunteer projects will be located at 37 sites in the Sacramento region this year, including one at McKinley Rose Garden. The garden has been maintained by the Friends organization since April 2012. The nonprofit leases the garden from the city and manages event rentals in the garden. Rentals, combined with the garden’s Adopt-aGarden program and corporate and private donations, fund the weekly
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lawn and plant maintenance services. Deadheading and pruning of the garden’s 1,200 rosebushes is done by volunteers. According to Pitts, who as the garden’s 2015 Fellow coordinates the volunteer efforts, more than 20 volunteers work in the garden on a regular basis. “We have volunteers who come from some distance to help out,” she says. Ellie Longanecker, president of the Sacramento Rose
Society, was driving to the garden from her home in Carmichael a few times a week to oversee the replanting and care of the rosebushes. Pitts, who has helped in the garden for the past two years, drives 30 minutes each way. “I love working in such a beautiful and peaceful place,” says volunteer Linda Jayne. “I need to be in the garden at least once a week. There are always children with questions about
the roses and people who just need to stop and smell the roses.” On the Day of Caring, volunteers will help prune rosebushes, weed and spread mulch. “There will be projects for everyone to help with, though we will have some experienced volunteers there to help train newcomers,” says Pitt. While some equipment and garden supplies will be provided, volunteers are asked to bring a pair of garden gloves, pruning shears and a rake if they have them. Patty Wait, co-chair of McKinley Park Volunteer Corps, is helping to coordinate this month’s volunteer day. “At McKinley Park, we have had volunteers from all walks of life,” says Wait. “I have learned how a simple common effort will bring these folks together.” Wait credits Forstedt and the United Way for providing funds and support for the Day of Caring. “Thanks to their generosity, we will have supplies for our volunteers and will be able to provide them with coffee, water and lunch. The United Way is encouraging others to be a part of taking care of this Sacramento area treasure!” To volunteer at McKinley Rose Garden for the Sept. 11 Day of Caring, call 452-8011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the United Way California Capital Region’s Day of Caring and other volunteer opportunities at yourlocalunitedway. org To suggest someone for a volunteer profile, call 443-5087 or email email@example.com n
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The one tool that appears best suited to hold elected officials accountable for their misconduct, and to clear them when they are innocent of claims, is an independent ethics commission. • Councilmember Angelique Ashby and the city are defendants in a lawsuit currently pending in federal court that alleges Ashby wrongfully fired a staffer, who claims to have worked 67 hours per week in her office, for seeking to take time off to receive medical care. The city attorney has said that she believes that Ashby acted “reasonably” in the matter. Ashby is also a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Good Governance. (Councilmember Steven Hansen has asked that both Ashby and Warren step down from the committee while claims against them are pending.) Ashby has been strong opponent of a city ethics commission. • In addition to claims of personal misconduct, the public has seen skirmishes over city emails. Early on in his administration, Johnson created
a private email system for his own city emails and those of many of his staffers, putting such emails beyond the reach of city officials who are obligated to turn over nonprivileged city emails when they are requested by the public. Johnson is currently in a position to be able to pick and choose which of his emails he releases to the public, taking advantage of a legal ambiguity under California law over whether emails kept on private email accounts, but involving city business, are considered public records and subject to disclosure. • Johnson recently took the highly unusual step of filing a lawsuit against the city and Sacramento News & Review seeking to stop the city from releasing emails between him and a private law firm that was advising him on a hostile takeover of a national black mayors organization. Upon assuming control, Johnson placed the organization in a bankruptcy proceeding and launched a replacement organization. Some are questioning the appropriateness of the mayor using taxpayer-funded city staff on such a venture. The mayor’s spokesman, Ben Sosenko, has been quoted as saying that there is nothing in the emails that the mayor is trying to hide; he just wants to protect his privileged communications. The emails in question ended up on the city’s email server in the first place because city staffers received copies of the emails. • While testifying in the arena fraud trial in July, Johnson admitted that he deleted text messages from his smartphone despite having received legal warnings not to do so. He testified that he did so inadvertently and CITY HALL page 26
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reportedly advised by the city attorney to not discuss the planned deletion with either Eye on Sacramento or the media. The concern of the groups that have been working on meaningful ethics, transparency and redistricting reform in Sacramento (a group that includes Eye on Sacramento) is that our city government, as currently constituted, lacks an effective means of holding elected officials accountable for their misconduct, as well as an effective means of exonerating them when
unsubstantiated or false claims are brought against them. The city’s go-to response to a claim of misconduct against an elected official has been to ask the city attorney to conduct an investigation of the matter and, in the case of the claims against both Johnson and Warren, to hire an outside law firm to conduct an investigation. In Johnson’s case, the investigations of the city attorney and the city’s outside private law firm concluded that the claim against him was “unsubstantiated.”
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but they lack the teeth to enforce their judgments or to compel change. For wrongdoing that rises to the level of criminal misconduct (i.e., sexual battery, as distinguished from sexual harassment), the Sacramento County District Attorney can investigate and bring formal criminal charges against elected officials. While former DA Jan Scully made a campaign promise when she first ran for office that she would make the prosecution of public corruption and wrongdoing cases a priority if elected, her 12 years in office featured almost no prosecutions of elected officials for wrongdoing, which is rather remarkable when you consider that Scully had jurisdiction to prosecute crimes occurring in the State Legislature during that time. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office have had no trouble finding criminal wrongdoing under the dome to prosecute. We will see if our new DA, Anne Marie Schubert, who also made a campaign pledge to make the prosecution of public corruption and misconduct a
priority, takes a different approach from Scully. The one tool that appears best suited to hold elected officials accountable for their misconduct, and to clear them when they are innocent of claims, is an independent ethics commission, armed with subpoena power and the power to place witnesses under oath, as well as the authority to levy fines, make findings and, in particularly egregious cases, remove officials from office. With appropriate safeguards in place to ensure that the full protection of due process of law is afforded to those subject to a commission’s jurisdiction, an ethics commission should help deter misconduct and help restore public trust in city government while ensuring that parties who come before it are treated fairly. A city ethics commission would cost between $400,000 and $500,000 annually to operate, amounting to about 0.005 percent of the city’s annual budget. The city has yet to publicly disclose the total cost in legal fees, lawyers’ salaries, investigation costs and other expenses that city taxpayers
have incurred, or can expect to incur in the future, in connection with the investigations of Johnson and Warren and the lawsuit involving Ashby. But given the very high hourly billing rates charged by attorneys these days, it’s very likely that the taxpayers’ tab will greatly exceed the costs of maintaining a city ethics commission. Would an independent and empowered ethics commission avoid all other future costs associated with claims against councilmembers and other senior city officials? No. But the prospect that city officials will be accountable to an ethics commission should deter some officials from engaging in misconduct. And if deterrence fails, such a commission would have the tools to ferret out the truth behind the allegations, impose consequences on the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Craig Powell is a local attorney, businessman, community activist and president of Eye on Sacramento, a civic watchdog and policy group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-3030 n
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Reading Together VOLUNTEERS TEAM UP WITH SCHOOLKIDS TO TEACH THEM TO READ
BY TERRY KAUFMAN
ifteen years ago, three teachers on the San Francisco Peninsula launched a movement to bring the reading skills of struggling elementary schoolchildren up to grade level. The nonprofit they started, Reading Partners, now has a presence in 12 cities across the country, helping more than 11,000 students at 150 schools in 2014.
Over the past academic year, more than 788 volunteer tutors served 488 students. The Sacramento Reading Partners program, begun in 2009, could be the organization’s poster child. With a bright and energetic director, a team of hardworking program managers, site coordinators at each participating school and a community of dedicated volunteers from all walks of life, Reading Partners is changing lives in a fundamental way.
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Reading Partners provide one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed in school and in life
“This is about building a movement for literacy,” says executive director Rachel Minnick. “It’s a strategy for the prevention of other social problems. If children can’t read, they can’t function in society. You can’t even get into the military now without a high school diploma. When we intervene early, we prevent other negative consequences, like gangs and crime. I want kids to have every option available to them.” The emphasis is, of course, on reading. The curriculum is developed by a national team of educators, and it focuses on grades 1 through 4,
the period at which it will have the biggest impact. The objective is to bring children who are reading a half year to two years below grade level up to the skill level appropriate for their age. Although the curriculum is the same for every school in the system, it takes on its own character to reflect the geography and demographics of the local community. Each student is assigned to one of three categories. Emerging readers are still learning letters and their sounds; beginning readers are starting to understand what they’re reading; comprehension readers are
learning to read for meaning. Each child has an individual learning plan, and the tutors communicate regularly with teachers and principal. The results speak for themselves. Over the past academic year, more than 788 volunteer tutors served 488 students in one-on-one sessions at nine sites throughout Sacramento. Eighty-eight percent of participating students showed an increase in their monthly rate of learning, and 63 percent narrowed the literacy gaps with peers reading at grade level. Beyond the lessons and sessions, something magical happens in the
Reading Partners classroom. A fourth “R” is introduced: relationships. Tutor and student are carefully paired because they will become part of each other’s life. Each tutor spends an hour a week working with and on behalf of their student, and each new achievement is a milestone in both lives. “It’s so personal,” says Minnick. “You’re interacting directly with the person you’re helping.” Maria Barrs still gets goose bumps when she remembers one of her students reading. “It was a story using a pattern, and she commented on how it kept repeating the same words. I suggested she come up with another way to say it, so she gave an alternative sentence. We turned the page, and there was the exact sentence she had just said. It was just perfect.” Barrs has tutored with Reading Partners for several years, most recently at Ethel Phillips Elementary in Oak Park. When she’s not helping kids read, she is the president and general manager of KXTV News10.
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She came to the program after hearing about Mayor Johnson’s literacy initiative and made it a station project. “There’s a connection between illiteracy and crime,” she says. “I’m very passionate about the power of reading.” Equally passionate are members of the Sacramento Police Department, who see firsthand the consequences of illiteracy in the community. As part of their regular duties, officers adopt local schools and become part of their fabric, interacting with kids and keeping the schools safe. Reading Partners has given many of them the opportunity to connect on a much more intimate level with students. “These are kids who have the highest opportunity to be delinquent,” says Lt. Brian Ellis, who brought Reading Partners to the department. “Right off the bat, I saw that this was an awesome thing. The one-onone interaction tells such a great story. We’re helping a particular kid, empowering them to succeed.” Ellis
notes that the kids aren’t the only ones who benefit. “We can all use interpersonal development skills. Our officers develop empathy as they connect with the kids, making behavioral changes for the community and for our workforce.” Reading Partners’ mission also resonated with Metro EDGE, the young-professionals arm of Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. Metro EDGE selected the nonprofit as its 2015 sponsorship recipient, thanks to the advocacy of its president, Michael Marion, associate vice provost at Drexel University. “It was important to look at an area where we could make an immediate impact,” he says. “As an educator, this aligned perfectly with my vision. We can roll up our sleeves instead of just writing a check.” Learn more about Reading Partners at readingpartners.org Terry Kaufman can be reached at email@example.com n
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The Alchemist HE TURNS RESTAURANT FOOD WASTE INTO COMPOSTING GOLD
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here are more organisms in a tablespoon of soil than people on this earth,” David S. Baker says, and he should know. As the founder of Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento (better known as GRAS), Baker is an avid advocate for maintaining healthy soil through the magic of composting. “Healthy soil is healthy food,” says Baker, whom most people know as Scott. “Soil sequesters the carbon we’ve released into the atmosphere, along with the help of trees. By composting organic matter, you’re keeping more water in the soil, which builds soil structure to prevent flooding, so it’s more drought resistant. Most vegetable matter is water, so instead of wasting this water and taking it to a landfill, you’re putting it right back into the soil.” Baker was somewhat ahead of his time in 2010 when he started collecting food waste from restaurants and redistributing it for use in residential, school and community gardens. In the past year, there’s been a worldwide push for the awareness of healthy soil—2015 was even declared the United Nations’ Year of Soil—as well as a more local focus on the need for mandates governing the diversion of organics (a technical term for composting). “Now it’s not just me making a big deal of this,” Baker says. The Sacramento native and former competitive cyclist first started churning up interest in community composting when he was working
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David Baker is the founder of Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento and avid advocate for composting
as a wine steward and doing graphic design for Selland’s Market-Cafe. He had spent a dozen or so years in the Bay Area and, upon returning to his hometown, wondered why Sacramento wasn’t implementing some of the eco-friendly practices he’d observed elsewhere. “In San Francisco, everybody has to compost,” he explains. “It’s the most progressive city in the country in that way: The city drops off bins, educates everyone, picks up the bins. Unfortunately, there’s no funding here for a municipal program like that, so our investment is in community composting. Hopefully, by empowering and educating people, we can be out there with a spotlight.”
While working for Selland’s in 2010, Baker approached several local farm-to-fork restaurants about collecting their scraps for composting. (The farm-to-fork aspect is key because composting works best with whole produce that was broken down by hand on-site, not precut or packaged.) Perhaps not surprisingly, they jumped at the chance. “They said, ‘We’ve wanted to do something like that for a long time. Thank you for making it happen,’” Baker says proudly. ReSoil Sacramento, GRAS’s first composting project, collects produce scraps from farm-to-fork restaurants and local grocery stores like Selland’s, The Waterboy, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Magpie Cafe, Chocolate Fish
Coffee Roasters, Formoli’s Bistro and more. To date, 190,000 pounds of waste have been diverted thanks to Baker and what he calls “pedalpowered” community composting: a cargo bike that Baker rides in a 3-mile radius around downtown. “Our system is very boutique,” says Baker, who now counts on a “posse” of like-minded volunteers who tool around town with him, collecting waste and delivering it to community and school gardens as well as urban farmers in the area. The success of ReSoil Sacramento has led Baker to do zero-waste consulting for local restaurants and to provide zero-waste services for local events like Chalk It Up. GRAS has also partnered with Atlas Disposal for the past two years
to feed the CleanWorld anaerobic digester (Sacramento’s first), which makes fuel from the methane gas released from the composting process. “It’s an alchemy of sorts,” Baker explains. Anyone can perform this alchemy in his or her own backyard with the help of Baker and GRAS. “We encourage home composting because you don’t have to transfer it anywhere and it’s very sustainable,” Bakey says. “But with urban composting, there are a lot of things to watch for: odor, insects, vermin. We try to be very specific and careful, as well as very particular about the neighbors. You need to cover it well with straw, leaf or other organic matter. You don’t want to bother anybody with the smell. It’s kind of like baking a cake without a recipe.” Thanks to GRAS, residents, restaurants and community groups can get in on the eco-friendly action— one compost pile at a time. For more information about Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento, visit grasacramento.org n
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Reopening Washington THE MIDTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GETS A SECOND CHANCE
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ashington Elementary School’s wild ride isn’t over just because Sacramento City Unified School District voted unanimously last month to reopen the school in fall 2016. The school, at 18th and E streets in Midtown, closed in 2013 when enrollment numbers plummeted to just over 200 students—the second lowest enrollment of any school in the district. The closure met with fierce opposition by neighborhood residents and parents. After it closed, students were reassigned to either Theodore Judah Elementary or William Land Elementary. Parents, stakeholders and a group of community leaders led by City Councilmember Steve Hansen and school board member Jay Hansen undertook a tenacious effort to reopen the school. The school is essential to accommodate the planned growth in residential housing and to help attract families to the city’s central core. Mayor Kevin Johnson and other city leaders are backing an initiative to build 10,000 housing units in the central city within the next 10 years. While the housing could run the gamut from low income to market rate, many new developments will
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Jay Hansen has been involved in reopening Washington Elementary School in Midtown
target young, single professionals inclined to an urban lifestyle. There’s hope that families will come, too, and that those young professionals will eventually have families and want schools close by. It took a lot of work, advocacy and a focused effort by the neighborhood to get Washington open again, according to Steve Hansen. “We can’t have a successful central city without good schools,” he said. “This could be a turning point for the central city and help reverse a trend of families leaving the city.” While the city itself has no direct control over schools, Steve Hansen got involved in resurrecting Washington Elementary soon after taking office.
“Before closing, there was a disconnect between the school and neighborhood,” Hansen said. “It was a downward spiral, and parents were pulling their kids out. But right before it closed, it was getting better under principal Richard Dixon, and the school and the neighborhood were coming together.” After he was elected to the school board, Jay Hansen joined with Steve Hansen to push to reopen the school. While he’s optimistic about the school’s success, he also knows there are no guarantees. “Students who relocated to Theodore Judah or William Land don’t have to come back to Washington Elementary if they
don’t want to,” Jay Hansen said. “We assume students living around the school will return because of the convenience, but we will need students from outside the area to enroll.” There’s an expectation that some of the thousands of commuters to the central city may opt to have their kids attend a school close to their work. “I would say if we could get to 250 enrolled students, it would be a win,” said Jay Hansen. “That’s about our break-even point financially. But our longer-term goal would be 500 or more students at the school.” To position the school as an attractive alternative, a number of programs are being considered. On top of the list is the STEAM program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Another program might be Spanish language immersion. “The STEAM program would be in collaboration with the community,” said Steve Hansen. “Just look at the Midtown neighborhood. You have arts groups like B Street Theatre, the ballet and others. You also have the creative class and technology like Hacker Lab and VSP’s The Shop.” Currently, William Land Elementary and Theodore Judah Elementary are experiencing growth that could help build enrollment at Washington Elementary. William Land Elementary offers a very popular Mandarin language immersion program that’s oversubscribed, and because of enrollment growth, Judah now requires additional classroom construction. The McKinley Village development, currently under construction, DOWNTOWN page 39
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DOWNTOWN FROM page 36 is expected to bring even more students into the district. Many will likely attend Judah. With that growth, there’s an expectation that Washington will benefit if the other two schools become even more impacted.
“Schools are an important amenity, and we’re supportive of quality schools as part of the fabric of a better urban community.” Both Hansens agree the success of Washington Elementary will be a collaborative effort between the school, the school district, neighborhood residents, local businesses and local organizations like Midtown Business Association and Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “It took a lot of stakeholders to get Washington Elementary reopened, and it will take a lot of stakeholders to make sure the school is successful,” Steve Hansen said. “We have to get the word out. It won’t happen overnight, but we feel it’s the right time, right place and right people.” “Schools are an important amenity, and we’re supportive of quality schools as part of the fabric of a better urban community,” said Emilie Cameron, policy and advocacy manager for Downtown Sacramento
Partnership. “Single downtown professionals will eventually shift to families and won’t want to give up their downtown lifestyle.” Also supporting the reopening of Washington Elementary was Midtown Business Association. “Our primary role is to inspire the greatest use of land and development,” said Emily Baime Michael, the association’s executive director. “When it came to an elementary school and educational opportunities, the Grid was light. The opening of Washington Elementary addresses that.” Both Cameron and Michael feel that schools are critical in attracting families to live in the central core. Now that the school board has approved Washington’s reopening, the next steps will be to find a principal, get the facility ready, hire support staff and start marketing. The school board has already authorized funds for the principal and marketing. “We need to find the right person as principal,” Jay Hansen noted. “We hope to have someone on board by mid-October. We will be getting the community involved every step of the way. To get students enrolled, we hope parents will see a couple things: We have a great principal and teachers; we’re convenient and have a very beautiful campus.” “The opening of Washington will be great for the neighborhood,” concluded Steve Hansen. “I think everyone is committed to its success. How can we not be excited about the possibilities? But we have to continue to work at this and be proactive to see success.” n
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as well as a restaurateur for 15 years. But she returned to her first love of fashion in 1999 when her good friend and well-known haberdasher Steve Benson, owner of men’s clothing store S. Benson & Co., invited Kemmler to share his retail space at 57th and H streets.
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o one embodies the je ne sais quoi of French fashion more than Katia Kemmler, the proprietor of Katia’s Collections on H Street. Kemmler herself is a native of Paris, considered the world capital of chic by many, and she brings her French aesthetic and considerable experience to bear on every client she dresses. “I grew up in Paris surrounded by designers, seamstresses, beautiful textiles and a sense of being welldressed every day, not just on special occasions,” Kemmler explains. “French women have fashion in their blood. I like to think that in many ways, Katia’s Collections reflects my personal style: timeless, classic and elegant, with that je ne sais quoi that we call the French touch. “Although I have lived in the States for over 30 years, when it comes to fashion, there’s still a lot of French woman in me, never predictable but always chic.” Kemmler uses her innate sense of style as well as three guiding principles to help women build their wardrobes as well as self-confidence. “The fashions at Katia’s Collections are chosen for the modern woman who likes to dress for herself,” Kemmler says. “What you won’t see are the cookie-cutter fashions you find at major department stores. “We cannot count on standard sizes anymore. That’s why I choose a variety of designer labels, some that specialize in petite figures, others that cater to a fuller figure, some to taller women.
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Kemmler uses her innate sense of style as well as three guiding principles to help women build their wardrobes as well as self-confidence.
The proprietor of Katia’s Collections Katia Kemmler and associate Joanna Fedicky
“When selecting fashions, I use three basic criteria. First, the garment must have a great ‘hand,’ meaning it feels good to the touch. Second, it must be of the highest quality and be comfortable to wear. And third, the fit and color have to be right. “Color is so essential. If you have clothes you love but you don’t wear, chances are they are the wrong color.” Luckily for Kemmler’s clients, the stylish businesswoman is adept not only at selecting attractive clothing, but matching each client’s individual needs.
“By getting to know my clients and understanding their personal styles, I can help them find exactly what’s right for them—the right colors, the right fit, the right look,” Kemmler says. “Most women who are attracted to the clothes they see in fashion magazines don’t know how to adapt them for themselves. I help by taking that inspiration and interpreting it for their ‘real world.’ ” Kemmler’s ability to cater to all different people perhaps stems from her former career as an actual caterer for eponymous Katia Davies Catering,
“It was the perfect alliance,” Kemmler says. “I got to know his clients and their spouses and I learned so much from Steve—his business skills, his customer appreciation, his refined talent as an artist. Steve was invaluable in helping me launch my dream small business.” With the continued support of Benson as well as Kemmler’s husband, Richard, who handles the administrative side of the business, Katia’s Collections is able to serve a variety of clients all over the country. “I gather some of my out-of-town clients’ favorites pieces and send them a surprise box, which I call ‘shop/dash,’ ” she says. “They can try everything on in the privacy of their bedroom.”
She also has served local organizations through the hosting of fashionable community fundraisers for the past 12 years. “We stage informal fashion shows to help raise considerable funds for schools and nonprofit organizations while showcasing the latest fashions featuring their own members as models,” Kemmler says. These runway fundraisers have raised money for organizations including Soil Born Farms, Alliance Française de Sacramento, Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento Camellia Symphony Orchestra, Soroptimist International, Save the American River Association, East Sacramento Preservation Association, Women of B’Nai Isael, Shalom School, and many others, as well as gained Kemmler a slew of new customers and loyal friends. “It is the personal relationships that I have built with clients that give me the most satisfaction,” Kemmler says. “By forging relationships with my clients built on trust, I can help them create and manage their wardrobes while respecting
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wenty-three years have come and gone since those improbable days when decisions made by Gregg Lukenbill drew headlines and started arguments in Sacramento. Lukenbill was the city’s boy wonder then, in his 30s and living a dream life as managing partner of the basketball team he hammered into existence, the Sacramento Kings. And there he was one recent sunny Tuesday afternoon, looming over my table at Esquire Grill, wondering if he should sit down. Why, of course he should. We hadn’t seen each other in a decade, but we had plenty of history, the former NBA franchise owner and the old sportswriter who covered the Kings when Sleep Train Arena, originally named for a gas station in a marketing deal Lukenbill drew up on a cocktail napkin, opened its doors in North Natomas. He looks remarkably well preserved, down to the trademark mustache and running shoes. The flannel shirt and relentless chain of cigarettes are gone, replaced by a
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dressy baby-blue cotton number and reformed lifestyle. “I didn’t expect to see you here,” Lukenbill tells me, noting he was supposed to dine with one of my regular Tuesday lunch mates, Rusty Areias. Apparently, Rusty didn’t
explain how we all share one big table on Tuesday. You never know who may show up. Lukenbill is one of those remarkable Sacramento characters who doesn’t receive the credit and love he deserves. Today, as a new
arena rises at the old Downtown Plaza, aligning its structural steel with the city’s hopes for economic revitalization and cultural inspiration, the accomplishments of Gregg Lukenbill are more relevant than ever. Bottom line: None of this would be possible without him. The story of Lukenbill’s creation of the Sacramento Kings may be vaguely familiar (he bought the Kings in 1983 from a group of Kansas City businessmen for $4.5 million in cash and $4.5 million in deferred payments, plus a $1.5 million moving bonus), but the motives behind the purchase are what matter today. Those motives shape the landscape of Sacramento circa 2015. Lukenbill was the first builder in the city’s history to deploy a new type of political leverage: the pressure of sports fanaticism. He connected planning decisions to the community’s pride in a big-league team. Lukenbill figured it out, twisted the right arms and made it happen. He won big—and lost. The blueprint created by Lukenbill is basically the same show now playing out downtown with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and friends. The site and dollars are different, but the strategy is pure Lukenbill: Amass land parcels and use the basketball team to leverage the city to dream. Lukenbill brilliantly deployed the Kings to maneuver the city into hastening its zoning process in North Natomas. That’s where Gregg and partners, led by lead funder Joe Benvenuti, were eager to develop 1,620 acres of fallow farmland adjacent to the arena site.
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stay, like we did. Too often these days, they leave for greener pastures.” Things turned sour for Lukenbill because he wasn’t able to market his insight and creativity and love for Sacramento. He was the idea man. Benvenuti was the cash box. Lukenbill developed hundreds of acres around town. He created a beachhead downtown when he developed the Hyatt Regency, the city’s first big hotel in decades. But when he sold his Kings stock in 1994 and moved to other interests, like charter airlines, his financial rewards were modest compared to Benvenuti, who was worth $600 million when he died in 2012. We touch on these things at lunch. But Lukenbill is more interested in whimsical topics worthy of a heroic visionary. What would it be like, he asks, to have lunch with Napoleon and Andrew Jackson? And of course he proceeds to answer. R.E. Graswich can be reached at email@example.com n
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pring is a season of new beginnings and growth, for planting and harvesting the hardier greens like broccoli and collards. It’s only fitting then that the city’s premier grocer of those greens, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, should also open the doors of its new location in spring of 2016. It will be a big move for the co-op, signifying tremendous growth in a relatively short time and even shorter distance: The store is moving just two blocks from its current location to a parcel bordered by 28th, 29th, R and S streets. Since its founding in 1973, the co-op has evolved with the organic revolution and been party to Sacramento’s emergence as the farmto-fork capital of the world. It’s due for new digs. The co-op began as a buying group that mostly purchased food in bulk, according to Jennifer Cliff, the co-op’s communication and design manager. “We’ve been a full-service grocery store essentially since the ’90s,” she says, “and we probably outgrew this space a long time ago.” Owned by the community (through membership), the co-op should also grow with the community. Serving approximately 12,000 members but open to any shopper, the co-op is ready for more space. The new 26,000-square-foot location will dwarf the current 16,000-squarefoot building and will also include a 16,000-square-foot mezzanine for offices. According to Cliff, the expansion will improve every department of the co-op, but will especially increase
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Rendering of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op new store in Midtown
the prepared-foods department while introducing more self-serve options. The co-op also plans to significantly expand its deli, produce and meat departments. If the new co-op opens by its target of April 2016, it will get a jump on the new Midtown Whole Foods Market, which plans to begin construction around the same time. But the co-op isn’t exactly focused on competition. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Raley’s “all do phenomenal jobs,” says Cliff, “and there’s definitely room for everybody.” She believes that the co-op, as a smaller business, already has an advantage. “We truly engage in this community, and that’s something that’s harder to do for a really large company,” explains Cliff, who suggests large corporations tend to lose connections with farms. “But
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BUILDING FROM page 44 best choice,” says Cliff. “All of our signage indicates whether it’s a local producer and the mileage it’s coming from.” The co-op’s expansion will mean more space for more produce, and it could translate to relationships with new farms. In the wake of Sacramento’s recently passed urban agriculture ordinance, Cliff believes the co-op will be willing to work with urban farmers. “Absolutely,” she says. “Already, one of the main partnerships that we’ve had is with Soil Born Farms, and they’re an urban ag project.” That, says Cliff, “is an example of our commitment to supporting urban ag and small farms. We try to support our neighbors first.” One of the co-op’s main goals for its expansion is to increase its accessibility, especially for its customers. The new parcel will offer 108 new parking spaces, including five with charging stations for electric vehicles. For bikers, there will be 36 spaces, as well as a bicycle repair station. Plus, says Cliff, “we’ll be right on the transit line, so you can literally get on and off. Being more accessible is something that we’re really excited about.” Accessibility isn’t just about convenience but also about outreach. “From our membership, we’re always directly connected to what’s happening,” says Cliff. “We have new programs working with the community, [like] our Co-op Community Kitchen. We are partnering with nonprofit organizations to serve low-income individuals and families throughout the Sacramento region.”
Through Co-op Community Kitchen, the co-op offers free fourweek, two-hour classes to low-income individuals. The cooking classes focus on preparation of high-nutrition, low-cost meals (less than 2 bucks a serving) while educating about nutrition and labels. Beside the Community Kitchen, the co-op also offers a 10 percent discount on store purchases to income-qualifying individuals through its Community Discount Program. Cliff believes as the co-op grows, these programs will expand. While growth is a sign of any healthy business, for the co-op there’s an underlying thread connecting food, health and environment, which gives a deeper meaning to growth. In an owner survey conducted in 2008, of the seven co-op goals, 82.5 percent of owners said this was the most important: “to honor the earth and cultivate the co-op’s relationships with the communities we serve and with the broader network of farmers, suppliers, manufacturers and cooperatives.” The words corporate and cooperative have a similar ring to them, and as grocers they function similarly, too—on the surface, at least. But the co-op really can be called our grocery store, since its ownership is open the community. “We’re an important part of the community,” says Cliff. “People who are members here, this is their business.” And come next April, not just its members but any Sacramentan who chooses to can appreciate the fruit of the co-op’s labor. Jordan Venema can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org n
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Bringing Back Broadway THE KITCHEN’S MOVE WILL KICK-START A TRANSFORMATION
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mpty lots blanketed with brown weeds surrounded by chain-link fences, those signatures of failed dreams and shattered economic policies—tha t’s the landscape of Lower Broadway, gateway to Land Park. But not for much longer. A generational shift is underway along Lower Broadway. Once the city’s southern boundary, the place where we buried our pioneers in the old city cemetery, the Lower Broadway of generations past became a landscape of auto repair garages and small manufacturing plants and warehouses, cozy alongside two of our largest housing projects. Today, Lower Broadway can be called Sacramento’s premier comeback trail. The old Setzer fruit packing box factory is being transformed into a sparkling new community of 1,000 market-rate homes called The Mill at Broadway. And the city is painstakingly formulating plans to demolish and replace the public housing projects, with the mandate to provide 21st-century opportunities and respect to our neediest residents.
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Good and smart people have responded. They bring creative powers, inspirational leadership and investment dollars to Lower Broadway. “You have to start doing things, and that nudges more people to action,” says Teresa Rocha, executive director of Greater Broadway Partnership, a group of business and property owners along the Broadway corridor organized to advocate for the community. “When things start to happen and people see actual change taking place, that’s when the imagination kicks in. The momentum is amazing.”
“I can’t say enough about what the Selland family is doing for Lower Broadway,” Rocha says. Today, when Rocha walks from her office near Broadway at 15th Street and heads west along Lower Broadway, she sees only progress and possibilities. Empty lots and chainlink fences become restaurants and coffee shops and public gathering spaces. Broadway is inviting. It unifies. This is more than wishful thinking. One of Sacramento’s best and most ambitious restaurants, The Kitchen, is moving to Lower Broadway from its suburban home on Hurley Way. Ronald Selland and family, who created The Kitchen’s unique fixed-price, demonstration-kitchen
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approach and carved a niche as the first interactive gourmet restaurant in town, are investing heavily in the Lower Broadway revitalization. The Kitchen has been a suburban institution since 1991. By late 2016, it will belong to Lower Broadway, occupying a building once know as a grocery store but for decades reduced to an anonymous existence and neglect. The Kitchen, newly reimagined across from the old City Cemetery, will link Middle and Lower Broadway. It will become a bridge and
meeting point along a boulevard that rivals any in the region for diversity, history, access and walkability. “I can’t say enough about what the Selland family is doing for Lower Broadway,” Rocha says. “The Kitchen will be far more than just a restaurant. It’s extremely ambitious. There will be a courtyard with an outdoor kitchen, deliberate walkways and trees to give the site a Mediterranean feeling that takes advantage of Sacramento’s wonderful weather. It will be a gathering place.”
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their own money, when they have a ‘Why don’t we do it here?’ attitude, that’s when you make real progress.” Now the trick will be to connect Lower Broadway with the reinvigorated amenities to the north—downtown and Midtown. The pathways to convenient linkage exist, but Lower Broadway remains spiritually separated by bureaucratically inspired obstacles, from a fence around the lake at Southside Park to the elevated highway that represents the W-X Freeway. “We’ve tended to turn inward in Sacramento,” Rocha says. “People build these amazing backyards for themselves, for example, and spend their time there. We lack the spectacular, inviting public gathering places you see in great cities around the world. We need to get there.” Broadway, the city’s historic demarcation line from urban to suburban, is the next bridge to human-scale connectivity.
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Just Passing Through MOURNING THE DEATH OF A DAD WHO LEFT DECADES AGO
BY STEPHANIE RILEY PARENT TALES
e were the first family. Not in the “Wow, cool, your dad was the president” sense. We were the children of the first wife, the ones who got left behind when my parents split up. It was 1972. With the words “Your dad isn’t going to live with us anymore,” the world changed. My dad not only moved out of the house; he eventually relocated out of state. From then on, we had a loose arrangement of seeing him from time to time. At some point, my two brothers and I started spending several weeks each summer with my dad and his new family in Oregon. In an effort to forge a closer relationship between her kids and their father, my mom moved us to a town 20 miles away from him in 1978. We were geographically close, but not emotionally close. We eventually lost touch entirely. Fast forward to 2015. One minute I was enjoying the fresh smell of redwoods in El Dorado National Forest, and the next minute I was talking to my brother on the phone. With the words “Steph, our dad
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passed away,” the world changed again. How do you mourn someone you never really knew? Who was this person? What were his dreams? Did he ever miss us? When you see your dad for only a few weeks a year or on sporadic holidays, you don’t get the opportunity to know him. Likewise, he doesn’t know you. After the divorce, both my parents moved on and had other relationships. My dad and his new wife had another child. And that wife and that daughter (along with my stepsiblings) became his family. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t blame the new family for my dad checking out. Whether he intended it that way or not, when he started a new family, we became “othered.” We went from simply being his kids to being his “other” kids.
I didn’t even know where he lived for the past 20 years, but he always had my address. Mourning an absent parent is twofold. Of course, there is the loss of someone important to you and a unique loneliness: Your tribe here on earth has become smaller. When you are part of the left-behind family, you also mourn the loss of the relationship that could have been. It’s a grief that is felt, bit by bit, as the years stretch on.
When I first heard the news about my dad, my initial instinct was sadness for my half-sister, the daughter who had a relationship with my dad. Her loss was delivered in one deft blow. As I watch her grieve for her dad via social media, I see him through her eyes. I recognize the face, but I honestly didn’t know the person. In contrast to my sister’s grief, my loss has been a part of me for 42 years. Up until that call, I felt almost comfortable in my loss, rationalizing that I’d amortized it over a lifetime. I was completely unprepared for the balloon payment of pain at the end, however. I don’t know how my dad could have let us go, but I do know with absolute certainty that grief is not a competition. The last time I saw my dad was in 1994. It was a year after my wedding, and he casually stopped by on the way to (or was it from?) a camping trip. We had dinner and then he continued on. He was just passing through. He attended my wedding and my high school graduation, milestones nearly a decade apart. There were long stretches with no contact at all. He did not meet any of my children, never reached out on a single holiday or any of those days in between. I didn’t even know where he lived for the past 20 years, but he always had my address. Until now, I only had to acknowledge the absence of my dad on Father’s Day. While everyone else celebrated their dads, my brothers and I would send our mom a card, telling her how we appreciated her being both mother and father to us. The most significant outward sign of
our fatherlessness was our conviction that our children would never have a parent who was just passing through. In every experience, there is a takeaway, a lesson that you hold and use later. Losing my dad gives me a greater appreciation for the other men who’ve shaped my life. My friend April’s dad was always there with a joke or some semiserious advice for us when we were kids. His caring for his wife and three daughters gave me hope for a close family of my own. My maternal grandfather was a man of integrity and purpose who shaped the lives of me and my brothers as well. And what about my brothers? They found excellent role models along the way and grew to become involved, caring fathers.
I am ever thankful my dad chose a wife who did her best to make us feel special. I’m told my dad didn’t want any formal services to mark his passing. Once we were able to move past the shock of it all, my brothers and I decided we’d travel to Southern Oregon on what would have been his 69th birthday. We will revisit some places that currently seem like static snapshots from our childhoods. I think it would be great if the three of us could open a bottle of wine and share perhaps 10 memories of our dad. Problem is, I don’t think I have
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10 memories to share. Maybe our collective memories will create a more complete picture. Here’s what I do remember. When we were with my dad’s family, we never missed church on Sunday. We went to hundreds of amateur baseball games and shoveled down a lot of ballpark food. While playing in the creek near my dad’s house, I imagined becoming rich ... if only that pyrite on the shore was actual gold! My dad liked mushrooms on his pizza and peach ice cream.
Most of my memories of my dad are actually memories of my stepmother, who took the parenting role when we visited. I am ever thankful my dad chose a wife who did her best to make us feel special. Sadly, if my life had a highlight reel, my dad had only a few cameos. He was, after all, just passing through.
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Change of Address MOVE BRINGS PEACEFUL CHANGE
BY NORRIS BURKES SPIRIT MATTERS
y wife and I recently sold our McMansion and donated or sold much of its contents. We banked the equity and rented a 40-year-old doublewide from a friend at a third of our former house payment. This shocked our financial planner, who almost choked at the news, asking why we’d made “such a whopping change.” It’s a question I couldn’t completely answer, but I tried to explain how we were preparing for
an itinerant life of retirees. But spiritually, I knew it was more than that. Homeownership in the ’burbs seemed more and more about the obesity and audacity of materialism. We had filled every room and decorated every wall. It was time for a change. We drew a line in the fiscal sand to declare that we had more than enough things. We said goodbye to all the stuff that weighed us down. We saw wisdom in the biblical admonition from Hebrews 12:1 to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” So, during Sacramento’s recordsetting 109-degree heat, we hired three men, two boys and a truck to squeeze the remains of our 2,800-square-feet of home furnishings into a U-Haul. We drove north out of our manicured subdivision and then literally across the proverbial tracks toward our new neighborhood. We followed the moving van in our cars and were soon caught up
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in a jam of older-model cars. Their drivers reflected the racially diverse community, which the 2010 U.S. census identified in 2010 as 70 percent nonwhite.
We drew a line in the fiscal sand to declare that we had more than enough things. We said goodbye to all the stuff that weighed us down. During our 15-minute convoy, the street noise intensified with delivery trucks and two passing freight trains. The social scenery changed drastically, too. Youths loitered outside a convenience store and shirtless men gathered in a liquor store parking lot. Crime here is 167 percent above the national average. I now have a 1 in 13 chance of becoming a crime victim. Soon we arrived at the park, and I punched the gate code. Three other cars entered on my coattails. My sense of security faltered until I entered the park, where I found an island of wellkept homes. The new neighborhood was quiet enough to be a golf course. The only noises I heard were Shar-Peis and poodles yapping through open porch doors as retired residents told them to stop. Flags, wind chimes and bird
feeders swayed from cleanly swept porches. A gaggle of geese crossed the road, a covey of quail scurried beneath the shrubs and a nest of rabbits scampered for their holes. We passed over 10 speed bumps before finally parking our truck in front of our new, yet old and very dated, mobile home. As we unloaded the contents, our movers expressed what we already knew: “This is very different,” they said, comparing our new home to our old one. “Different” was putting it mildly. We’ve transitioned from a privileged community to a modest, working-class community. There are no libraries, no golf courses or health food stores. The nearest Starbucks is five miles away, and the booms in the distant night aren’t fireworks. After the movers finished, my wife and I took a breather on our living room couch to look out our window into the shaded playground. We watched as a dad played catch with his son, a retired couple strolled by and our neighbor unloaded his work truck. My wife turned to me and said, “I feel at peace here.” “Me, too, sweetie.” I said. “I just hope our financial planner finds some of that peace.” Norris Burkes is a chaplain, syndicated columnist, national speaker and author of the book “Hero’s Highway,” about his experiences as a hospital chaplain in Iraq. He can be reached at ask@ TheChaplain.net. To download a free chapter from “Hero’s Highway,” go to thechaplain.net n
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Modern Showpiece AN EAST SAC HOME ON TOUR IS REMODELED TO BE BETTER THAN EVER
BY JULIE FOSTER HOME INSIGHT
ringing his home back to its original style was a two-step process for John de la Vega. When de la Vega purchased his 2,800-square-foot East Sacramento house 12 years ago, it had already undergone a drastic remodel in the 1980s or ’90s. Built in 1926 in the Italianate style, the house was later redone with art deco flourishes.
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“It is better than we imagined. Now we live in every room in the house.”
In 2009, de la Vega remodeled the garage and backyard, altering the feel of the property. The original backyard offered no shade, just a kidney-shaped pool plopped in the middle of the yard that provided no inducement to linger. So local landscape architect David Gibson drafted a plan for a backyard haven, reconfiguring the pool into
“We wanted people to wonder what was original and what wasn’t,” de la Vega says. By adding wing walls in the front of the house, they created more defined rooms. They stained the floors a darker color and replaced the shiny brass fixtures with ones of softer brass or oil-rubbed bronze. They upgraded the living room fireplace to gas for a cozier feeling. They painted the interior and updated the HVAC and electrical systems.
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a rectangle surrounded by lush landscaping. With the addition of a second story, the detached garage became a comfortable studio with a bathroom. A loggia facing the pool provides shade as well as a snug seating area, complete with gas fireplace that provides a cozy spot during cool evenings. The transformation took a year.
A few years later, de la Vega married Jenny Gilmore. One evening, as they sat down to a Valentine’s Day dinner in the kitchen, the refrigerator’s water dispenser began gushing water onto the floor. The couple had talked briefly about redoing the kitchen, but now they had no choice. Soon, their remodeling plans expanded, and they embarked on a
complete house remodel that took six months. During construction, they lived in the garage studio, making it easy for them to keep tabs on the project’s progress. “We were lucky to be able to stay on-site during the construction,” says de la Vega. Converting the house from art deco back to its original Italianate look was key for the couple.
“We didn’t focus on changing the floor plan,” he says. “We did small things that had a big impact.” The kitchen, which felt very dark due to floor-to-ceiling cabinets, received a total revamp. Mahogany cabinets and marble counter tops showcase the show-stopping fiveburner Lacanche stove, which set the tone for the rest of the room. “We loved the old-world feel,” says Gilmore. “And it has a middle burner that will boil a pot of water in no time,” she explains. Since there wasn’t a kitchen nook, the couple opted for a long, movable table rather than a fixed island. The upstairs bath had what Gilmore describes as a glass tube shower in the middle of the room, with a wall full of mirrors and a skylight above. Showering was not a pleasant experience. So the couple added a new shower and a clawfoot tub from local vendor Mac The Antique Plumber. For decorating, the couple loves shopping at local mom-and-pop stores rather than big-box operations. HOME page 57
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HOME FROM page 55 “We wanted to make the point of supporting people who really knew and loved their product and enjoyed helping us create our home,” Gilmore says. River City Builders did the construction on both projects, and Kristy Lingner and Kirk Todd were involved throughout. Lingner advises flexibility when remodeling an older home. “Expect things to not go 100 percent as planned,” she says. “Always stand back and look at the big picture when considering the minutiae. Lastly, respect the house for what it was but still make it your own.” Gilmore and de la Vega are completely satisfied with their new home, noting there isn’t a thing they would change. “It is better than we imagined,” de la Vega says. “Now we live in every room in the house.” The Gilmore-de la Vega house will be featured on the Urban Renaissance Home Tour of five new and remodeled homes in East Sacramento. Sponsored by Friends of East Sacramento, the tour takes place Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the McKinley Park Renewal Fund. Tickets are available at sacurbanhometour.com If you know of a home you think should be featured in Inside Publications, contact Julie Foster at foster firstname.lastname@example.org n
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Fresh From the Farm A LOCAL CHEF TRANSFORMS FARMER’S BOUNTY AND TURNS IT INTO GOLD
BY GWEN SCHOEN FARM TO FORK
arly this past spring, I spent a morning visiting Singing Frog Farm in Pleasant Grove. That day, tomato grower Milt Whaley was busy planting heirloom tomatoes and tending to the fragile new sprouts. He had high hopes for a bumper crop. I recently caught up with the farmer as he was making the rounds of local restaurants where chefs feature the best locally grown produce our region has to offer. He had just arrived at Masullo, a pizzeria on Riverside Boulevard in Land Park. He was pulling boxes loaded with eggplant, okra and peppers out of his truck when I arrived. No tomatoes? “It wasn’t a great year for our heirlooms,” said Whatley. “We are just now finishing up with the last of them. Things don’t always go as planned when farming. We just switched gears and planted lots of eggplant, squash and okra. And I’ve had fun trying out some Sweet Pea tomatoes. Each one is about the size of a pea, and they grow in clusters on long stems.” He held out a branch of the tiny red buttons in the palm of his hand. “I’m not sure what you could do with them,” he said. “But they are just so cute and sweet. They’d make a great garnish or sprinkled on a salad.
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Farmer Milt Whaley delivers tomatoes and peppers to Robert Masullo of Masullo Pizza
Next year, I’m going to plant a lot more.” Whaley carried his bounty into the restaurant, and we watched as chef Robert Masullo picked through the box. The process was part of the farmto-fork stage that consumers don’t often get to watch. He checked the heft of the eggplant, asked about the hotness of the peppers and studied the purple okra. Masullo has high standards. He buys local almond wood. Each log is split by hand so that it precisely fits
into the wood-burning oven. He uses only Frate Sole extra virgin olive oil, which is grown and produced on a family estate in Woodland. The produce he uses is all grown in the Sacramento region, which means it’s seasonal and as fresh as possible. You won’t find corn or watermelon on the menu in January. This is the epitome of farm to fork: local, fresh and seasonal. It doesn’t get much better. One of the things Masullo says he enjoys about buying from small local
growers such as Whaley is being able to make special requests. He rinsed off a handful of peppers, drizzled them with olive oil and popped them into the oven close to the hot flames. When the peppers began to char, he slid the pan onto the counter using a long wooden paddle and gave them a taste. They were wonderful to my palate, but Masullo thought they needed a little more time in the field before harvesting. Whaley made a promise to return the next week with more peppers, melons
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and Canada Crookneck squash. Then he packed the boxes back into his truck and headed off to Bella Bru Cafe and Biba, where he’d go through the whole process again with other top Sacramento chefs who specialize in farm-to-fork fare. Masullo says he loves how his customers have embraced the farmto-fork movement. “It’s unfortunate that people are just now excited about discovering locally grown, fresh, seasonal foods in restaurants,” he said. “That’s something that should have been
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Coming Soon: The Robocab SELF-DRIVING CARS COULD DISRUPT TRANSPORTATION AND MORE
BY WALT SEIFERT GETTING THERE
t’s fun to speculate. I’ve been thinking more and more about how the coming changes in automotive technology might transform the many facets of our lives that revolve around private automobiles. Cars haven’t really changed much functionally for 100 years. Sure, there have been mechanical upgrades, but to many consumers, the addition of cup holders has been the most significant innovation. Now, however, we’re on the cusp of something truly revolutionary. Selfdriving cars are going to change how we live in profound ways. Unlike the still-farfetched and impractical dreams of flying cars and personal jetpacks, the advent of self-driving cars appears to be an inevitable development. Major car manufacturers have already made incremental changes and are delving into new forms of automated driving. Deep-pocketed tech giants Google, Apple and upstart mobile app developer Uber are in the hunt as well. Their goal is bigger: to have completely autonomous vehicles, not just ones that can stay in a freeway lane or parallel park on demand. Last
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year, Google asserted its autonomous technology was only five years away. Certainly, some drivers will be reluctant to turn over control to sensors and a computer. But at airports, society has long accepted driverless trams. The notion of elevators requiring operators is downright quaint. Today we simply push a button and trust Otis. Once autonomous cars are perfected and accepted, a next logical step after private, individual ownership of the cars is corporate or public “robocab” fleets. Robocabs would relieve individuals of the burdens of ownership. Fleet operation would allow highly efficient utilization of cars, which are costly capital assets, and create economies of scale. Currently, cars are not well used. Their size is often a compromise. Parking lots and garages take up a
surprising amount of real estate: 31 percent of central business district land, according to one study. Cars are usually parked. They sit idle (but still depreciating) 90 to 95 percent of the time.
Certainly, some drivers will be reluctant to turn over control to sensors and a computer. Family cars are sized to meet a variety of uses. That means they have four empty seats for trips such as the typical single-occupant commute. Storing cars, in a home garage or in a parking lot, is a real, but often
ignored, cost and waste of valuable space. A robocab will be able to respond to a call in minutes. Ordering and payment could be made with a cell phone app. Consumers will be able to tailor the vehicle to their specific trip need. One might request a onepassenger, highly fuel-efficient or electric car for a commute. You might want a car designed to get you there as cheaply as possible without any frills, a luxurious vehicle or a wellequipped office on wheels. A bigger, multiseated robovan could take the family to a ballgame or to visit relatives. Need to haul something bulky? Just order up a robopickup for an occasional use. Even cheaper robobuses could replace carpools. Autonomous cars will give people higher disposable incomes and more time. They will create monumental
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changes in the marketplace for auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurance companies and transportation providers. They may cut congestion and affect how cities are designed, including whether there is onstreet parking and traffic signals. Itâ€™s likely they will spawn many other predictable and unpredictable changes. People will be able to read, text, work, watch movies or sleep while getting someplace. One prognosticator suggests people will routinely have sex in cars. Nothing
new there really, but unlike drive-in escapades in the past, the cars will be in transit. Some consequences of limited car ownership are easier to envision. Large tracts of real estate will be opened up for development and reuse. Parking lots can become building sites or parks. Rental cars and cabs will likely disappear. Public transit will have to adapt to a formidable competitor or adopt the change itself. Millions of individual auto insurance policies will no longer be needed.
Consumers wonâ€™t have to license, fuel, maintain, repair, wash or store cars. Fleet operators will take care of that. All car occupants will be passengers, not drivers, so no driverâ€™s licenses or driver training will be needed. Kids, the elderly and the disabled, including the blind, will be able to get around without a chauffeur. Robocabs will operate most efficiently in urban areas, where cars can quickly be dispatched. Rural residents may need to buy their own self-driving vehicle.
Billions of dollars in crash damages will be prevented, millions of injuries avoided and thousands of lives saved as driving becomes safer due to the elimination of human error. No more crashes caused by drunks, distracted drivers or speeding. Walking and bicycling will be safer and more desirable. Entrepreneur and Tesla owner Elon Musk has suggested driving by humans might be banned as too dangerous. Another observer opined that a downside to fewer vehicle fatalities will be a shortage of donated organs from crash victims. Of course, thereâ€™s a lot yet to sort out. It will take decades to replace the current fleet with autonomous cars. There are regulatory and policy issues that must be addressed. And perhaps truly autonomous car technology is still a year away from being five years away. Nonetheless, the future is coming, and itâ€™s fun to dream about how much getting there may change. Walt Seifert is a bicyclist, driver and transportation writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org n
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Flowers Every Day BRING THE OUTSIDE IN WITH BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS FROM THE GARDEN
BY ANITA CLEVENGER GARDEN JABBER
or many years, I worked in windowless offices. Flowers from my garden helped keep me sane. Sometimes I’d bring in a big bouquet, but usually I’d pick just a little nosegay with a few fragrant flowers to put on my desk. My goal was to have something blooming in my garden that I could pick throughout the year. Nearly all of my time was spent inside, but the flowers were a blessed reminder of the world outside. I often didn’t get home from work or meetings until after dark, but there were flowers waiting for me in the house. I installed a shelf over the kitchen sink and kept little bouquets there and bigger ones on our dining tables. This followed the example set by my incredibly busy mother, who taught school and worked on the family farm but found time to put fresh posies in a milk glass bud vase on the kitchen table. Now that I am retired and outside every day, it’s less important to have flowers inside the house. Still, it makes me happy to look up from washing dishes and contemplate blossoms. It seems strange to sit down to eat without a floral centerpiece. It
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adds a sense of peace and civility to have flowers nearby. What kinds of flowers are good for cutting? Roses are my favorites, for fragrance and long-lasting flowers. Anything that flowers is a possibility, however. Many shrubs have flowers that look nice in a vase. Annuals such as cosmos, zinnias, poppies and sunflowers, as well as many perennials (including droughttolerant varieties), will keep on blooming longer if you cut off the flowers before they set seed. Iris, dahlias, gladiolus, narcissus: The list goes on and on. Even flowering vines like clematis have blossoms that can last a long time as cut flowers. This fall, plant for winter and spring bloom. Stock, snapdragons,
pansies and calendula will bloom for months. This is the best time to sow seeds of sweet peas, California poppies and other spring-flowering annuals and to plant perennials. To extend the flowering period of spring bulbs, put some into pots and bring them inside to force earlier bloom. You can also force bloom on branches cut from flowering shrubs and trees such as quince, cherry, forsythia and plum. Some people make elaborate arrangements, but mine are simple. Occasionally I start with a foundation of beautiful foliage and fill in with flowers. I grow a few plants, including ferns, just for their greenery. More often, my bouquets are casual handfuls of whatever looks pretty. You can use vases, pitchers
or jam jars. You can also float roses, camellias or other flowers in a glass bowl. To make flowers last, it’s best to harvest in the morning or evening. Choose blossoms that aren’t fully open. Cut with a sharp knife or pruning shears and plunge the stems immediately into water. Before arranging, cut the stems again under water so that cells don’t fill with air. Sunflowers and other flowers with milky sap in their stems don’t absorb water well unless you first plunge their cut ends into boiling water for 15 seconds, followed immediately by cold water. Scrub out the vase with soapy water and rinse it thoroughly to eliminate any bacteria that might shorten the blossoms’ life. Remove any leaves that will be below the water level to keep the water as clean as possible. Should you put an additive into the water? I don’t usually bother, but I do change the water every day or two. According to the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, you can prepare a simple solution by mixing regular lemon-lime soda with three parts of water, or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar, in a quart of warm water. In either case, add 1/4 teaspoon of household bleach per quart to keep the solution clear. Their tests have shown that commercial flower preservatives are not equally effective. For roses, if you condition them in the refrigerator or a cool space overnight, the flowers will last longer. Remove any fruit from the refrigerator that emits ethylene gas (apples and pears, especially) because GARDEN page 66
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Golden Opportunity E-WASTE RECYCLING COMES OF AGE
BY DR. AMY ROGERS SCIENCE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
t e-waste collection sites, printers, TVs, mobile phones, VCRs, laptops and video game consoles are piled high. There’s gold in them thar hills. And platinum, copper, cadmium, mercury … Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a type of trash that didn’t exist decades ago when the county’s Kiefer Landfill started operations. Now, e-waste is the fastest growing part of the county’s waste stream, with more than 25 million pounds processed last year, and an increase of 10 percent expected this year. We own more electronic devices than ever, and we’re rejecting or upgrading them with astonishing haste. E-waste, which includes anything that has a circuit board and a power cord, is both a menace and an opportunity. Menace, because circuit boards and screens contain toxic heavy metals that, if dumped in a landfill, can poison the surrounding land and water. Opportunity, because e-waste also contains precious metals, aluminum and high-quality plastics
that are valuable if salvaged and recycled properly. Because of toxic lead in the glass, in 2001 California banned landfill disposal of CRTs (cathode ray tubes), those fat TVs and computer monitors that used to swallow your desk. The only safe way to dispose of such screens is to disassemble them by hand, piece by piece. Because this is costly, vast quantities of American e-waste have been shipped to developing nations by unscrupulous exporters who turn a blind eye to the fate of these devices. In the slums of China and Nigeria, desperately poor people have plucked apart our e-waste under appalling conditions, using
improvised smelters in huge trash dumps that quickly became some of the most poisonous environments on the planet. In response to this travesty, California passed a bill (effective 2005) that required consumers to pay an electronic waste recycling fee, collected by the retailer, when they purchase any device with a screen larger than 4 inches. This pot of money is used to pay California recyclers for environmentally responsible dismantling of those devices here in the state. For Sacramento engineer Paul Gao, this was a big opportunity. Gao had been recycling e-waste
commercially since 2000. In 2003, his company CEAR (California Electronic Asset Recovery) contracted with Sacramento County to manage the county’s e-waste, including CRTs. The new consumer fee greatly expanded his business and has assured that millions of pounds of discarded TVs and monitors were safely recycled close to home. “I’m very proud that in 2010 CEAR was certified as an e-Steward by the Basel Action Network,” Gao says. The network is a global advocacy group dedicated to stopping the export of hazardous waste from rich countries to poor ones. SCIENCE page 66
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aluminum. If you run them through a knife shredder, the oils inside contaminate the rest of the material. But in the centrifuge, they stay whole.” I asked DiLallo Sherrill about data security. If I turn in an old computer, what happens to the hard drive? “Any hard drives we get from the public, we shred,” she said. Can’t some be erased and reused? “In theory, but we salvage drives only for certain specific customers’ contracts.” Ultimately, materials are sold to recyclers who smelt the metals or reuse the plastics, and nothing toxic goes to the landfill. To responsibly get rid of your old electronics, never put them in the trash. Surrender them at a county drop-off center or directly to CEAR, or donate them to an e-waste drive for charity. Amy Rogers is a novelist, scientist, and educator. To invite her to speak at your book club or public event, email her at Amy@AmyRogers.com n
SCIENCE FROM page 64 At Gao’s Mather facility, devices with a screen larger than 4 inches, and printers/scanners with any kind of (mercury-containing) fluorescent light bulb, still must be taken apart by hand, a process subsidized by the recycling fee. Dismantling all other “universal” e-waste is less labor-intensive. According to Kristin DiLallo Sherrill of CEAR, most e-waste recyclers use knife shredding: E-waste is cut up into pieces by giant steel blades, followed by automated and manual sorting of the mixed fragments. But Gao envisioned a better way. For the past five years, CEAR has operated a more efficient separator affectionately called “the green machine.” This noisy green metal box the size of a two-story bedroom contains California’s only centrifugal chain shredder. The green machine uses 30 percent less energy than a knife shredder and produces cleaner output material, which has a higher value when sold to recyclers.
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The green machine’s main chamber spins a bit like a washing machine, but without plastering the e-waste against the sides. Instead, it hurls a pair of chains (fixed to the bottom) in such a way that a tornadolike vortex is created. This forces the e-waste up and into the air, where pieces collide against each other hard enough to crack the material into its component parts. This generates a lot of heat, so the chamber’s walls are filled with water for cooling. After the spin, broken fragments are separated by a giant magnet into ferrous (steel) and nonferrous components. Then an eddy current device pulls out the aluminum. Humans sort the rest, picking out wires and plastics. The last one-third or so goes to a shredder. The resulting lower-purity bits are separated by color and shape by an optical sorting machine. On a conveyor belt running out of the green machine, I saw weirdly intact blocks of aluminum and metallic cylinders amid general brokenness. “Heat sinks,” DiLallo Sherrill said. “Almost pure aluminum. And those are capacitors. Also mostly
GARDEN FROM page 62 it will cause premature wilting, and lightly cover the flowers with plastic to hold in moisture. Flowers are fleeting, no matter what. If you look at still-life paintings, you often see petals scattered on the table. I don’t mind that. It shows that the flowers are real, and that time passes on. When the arrangement begins to fade, there are fresh flowers outside, waiting to come in. Anita Clevenger is a UC Master Gardener. If you are interested in becoming a Sacramento County Master Gardener, applications will be available in September for training in 2016. Call 875-5338 or go to ucanr.edu/sites/sacmg for more information about training or answers to gardening questions. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center (11549 Fair Oaks Blvd.) will host its next Open Garden on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. n
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Meet the Artists TOUR GIVES PATRONS A BEHIND-THE-SCENES, INTIMATE LOOK AT CREATIVITY
BY JESSICA LASKEY
f you’ve ever seen a pretty painting or an eye-catching collage hanging on a gallery wall and wondered how the artist created such an interesting piece, the Sacramento Open Studios Tour on Sept. 12, 13, 19 and 20 is the answer to your artistic queries. The free, self-guided tour, now celebrating its 10th year, presents a unique opportunity for the public to meet and greet 125 emerging and established artists in their personal workspaces all across the county. “The tour is the only venue like it in the region,” says Shirley Hazlett, a watercolor artist and former board member of the tour’s founding body, the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento (CCAS). She has participated for nine of the past 10 years. “By coming on the tour, people get a better sense of the artists,” Hazlett says. “You get an expanded sense of who they are, how they work, and you get an opportunity to talk to them. It’s very different than just seeing art on exhibit.” This interpersonal interaction is just what the tour founders had in mind when they launched the program in 2006. Former CCAS board president Cheryl Holben and her fellow board members observed other communities having great success with events of this kind and immediately got to wondering why their own active artistic community couldn’t do the same. What originally began as the Capital Artists Studio Tour—a two-day event with a focus on women artists and a strict scope
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Elaine Bowers is one of the artists to be featured on the tour
of studios within 3 miles of CCAS’s former location on 19th Street—has since grown to be the largest nonjuried art event in the region. “The robust nature of Sacramento’s arts community dictated an expansion of the tour in those early years to include all artists citywide with a much larger
geographic reach,” explains Liv Moe, the founding executive director of Verge Center for the Arts, which merged with CCAS and took over administration of the tour last year. “As the tour expanded, market research was done to look at tours in other cities throughout the West Coast to determine how Sacramento’s
studio tour should evolve to meet regional trends. These investigations resulted in the development of the Sac Open Studios Guide (a 21-page handout complete with maps and artist info), along with the addition of special events, artist workshops and hands-on art demos.” Hazlett can speak to this evolution first-hand, citing “major changes” in the first few years that have only served to better the experience for all involved, thanks in part to Verge’s commitment to maintaining CCAS’s original vision. “I’m very thankful to Verge for continuing this tradition,” Hazlett says. “The tour keeps growing and expanding, but all within a similar trajectory. It’s a good thing for Sacramento. It’s part of the richness and the fabric of the city, and I look forward to it every fall.” Though painter Kathy Dana is relatively new to the tour (she’s now in her second year), she echoes Hazlett’s appreciation of the tour’s focus on one-on-one conversations and community camaraderie. “The experience is really like a pilgrimage from studio to studio,” Dana says. “It’s on a different level than showing work at a gallery. People see your art in the guide, they’re attracted to certain pieces and then they come to the studio knowing they’re going to be meeting the artist. That’s very different from wandering from gallery to gallery. You don’t usually get that kind of intimate exposure.” Leslie Toms, an accomplished painter, is celebrating 35 years as an artist-in-residence in East TOUR page 72
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Sacramento. Toms’ studio is at 1641 41st St. “As an artist I’ve long enjoyed the privilege of visiting other artists in their studios, so extending this to the public is very special,” Toms says. “It is truly a delight for me to welcome guests to my space during this event; especially when they bring children. “Open studios and private hosted art parties in cities from coast to coast are now considered very hip. And it’s always a surprise to see who drops in.” The first weekend, on Sept. 12 and 13, will feature studios west of Business 80 and Highway 99. The second weekend, Sept. 19 and 20, will feature studios to the east. In addition to facilitating these personal pilgrimages to artists’ sites over those four days, the tour offers a variety of special events to get locals excited about and involved in the arts that make up Sacramento’s unique creative community. Events include a free reception at the newly opened Warehouse Artist
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Lofts (WAL) at 1108 R St. on Sept. 12, featuring food, drink and live performances by WAL residents as well as visits to their studios; a letterpress printing demonstration at Delta Workshop at 2589 21st St. on Sept. 13; the grand opening of Blick Art Materials at 905 Howe Ave. on Sept. 19, which will include a special art activity led by Verge teaching artists; and plenty of other interactive events during both weekends. So whether you’re in the market for a new piece to add to your art collection, you’re interested in finding out what the inside of a working studio really looks like, or you want to hobnob with fellow art aficionados in your area, the Sacramento Open Studios Tour is the place to be. Elaine Bowers' studio is at 2613 14th St., Shirley Hazlett’s studio is at 4311 Attawa Ave., and Kathy Dana’s studio is at 3810 McKinley Blvd. For more information on Sac Open Studios and to access the guide, visit vergeart.com n
Painter Kathy Dana's East Sac studio will be open for visits during the tour
Beyond Childhood THIS ARTIST LOOKS AT THE DARK SIDE OF GROWING UP
BY DEBRA BELT ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
usan Silvester opens the door to her second-floor studio at Verge Center for the Arts and reveals a space full of multimedia works depicting forests, mysterious flowers and innocent figures. It’s a world where sci-fi, natural history, fairy tales and the decorative arts meet and emotional themes play out in subtle colors and complex compositions. “I try to create a psychological rather than a literal interpretation in my work,” she says. Memory, loss and nostalgia merge in her imagery and cast reflections of joy, but there is a darker reality, too. These themes figure in Silvester’s paintings, drawings, prints, computer renderings and sculptures. In a recent leap to public art, she translated her signature style onto large-scale surfaces such as a 22-foot-long dumpster and a downtown utility box. But she’s not stopping there. “I don’t want to be known only as the dumpster lady,” she jokes while showing her work. While her surfaces range from paint-primed steel to waxcoated canvas, Silvester’s style remains consistent and her images recognizable. Animal references convey a dreamlike quality, and symbolic rabbits are ever present. “I am drawn to using rabbits in particular as they are a symbol of rebirth, new beginnings and innocence. Plus they have an interesting form,” she points out.
Susan Sylvester in her studio
“I am just looking to touch upon some emotion and get a reaction from the viewer,” says Silvester. Her work is about that precarious time between adolescence and adulthood, a time of uncertainty. It’s about reliving that time and trying to make it right, realizing a sense of play, a balance, a
sense of calm. “I would like the worlds I create to be safe, but they can be scary.” Regarding the darker elements in her work, there is a sense that something sinister, some danger, lurks or something is about to happen. The figures are usually
solemn and serious. “I feel like there is a sense of loss and longing in their expressions, a tension between innocence and anxiety,” she says. The works tap into the difficult nature of a child making his or her way in an uncertain world. But they also reach back to a time when Silvester says she clearly visualized beauty as a 5-year-old sitting under the Brooklyn Bridge. “It was summer and the sun was going down,” she recalls. “My parents were there. There was a sense of the earth and the bridge. It was perfect. I knew then I would be an artist.” The daughter of an elementary schoolteacher and a homemaker, Silvester says her mom encouraged her and her sister to try creative endeavors such as decoupage, knitting and sewing. “We were always making things,” she says. “One of my playmates even asked me: ‘Can’t we stop making things and just play?’” Silvester’s creative ambitions set her on a course leading from art history studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo to a BFA from Long Island University and a master’s in painting and digital art from Sacramento State. In between, she spent 15 years as a freelancer tackling a broad swath of work including fabricating art pieces for artists Robert Rauschenberg and Tom Wesselman. During her gig with Rauschenberg, Silvester worked with a partner and created four fiberglass resin bicycles with fabricated geese attached to each set of handlebars. For Wesselman, they constructed a large lightbox, kind of like the signs seen at gas stations. ARTIST page 74
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ARTIST FROM page 73 Commercial work led her to diverse jobs such sculpting and painting Pillsbury Doughboy heads, creating sculpted animals for “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and supervising the set creation of the “Back to the Future” ride for Universal Studios. She worked as a digital designer on one of first PC computer games, called “Rise of the Triad.” Her work took her from New York to Dallas and, ultimately, Sacramento where she had the chance to leave commercial work behind and focus on being a painter. Here she tapped into the fertile creative culture and studied with Mick Sheldon and Jim Albertson at American River College and Rachel Clarke at Sacramento State. Silvester began showing in local galleries and caught the attention of owners such as Natalie Nelson at Pence Art Gallery, who especially responded to her felted wool sculptures.
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“Susan is wonderful at using her background in model and toy fabrication and her fascination with childhood to create these almost magical sculptures,” Nelson says. “They are felted, which gives them an inviting, tactile appearance that you just want to hug. Yet Susan also shows that growth and childhood is not all peachy. She’s got a lot of dark in her paintings, prints and sculptures, which gives them a slightly surreal touch.” Silvester says she feels like her work is never absolutely done. She borrows a quote from writer Paul Gardner: “A painting is never finished. It simply stops in interesting places.” For more information, go to susansilvester.com n
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f you’re a reader of Inside Publications (considering you’re reading this paragraph, I’m assuming you are), you’ll know that each edition of the paper is graced with stunning cover art every month. To celebrate Inside’s 20th anniversary, and to showcase the beautiful work that’s made our covers so eye-catching through the years, don’t miss a special art show at 33rd Street Bistro featuring the original pieces that have been featured on our covers. “Matt and Fred Haines opened their first bistro the same year we started publishing,” says Inside publisher Cecily Hastings. “We’ve been friends ever since, so it was natural that we’d partner with them for this special show.” More than 40 original paintings and drawings will be on display by more than 35 local artists, along with a framed print of the cover from the month the piece first appeared. Some are on loan from the artists or collectors, but many paintings are still available for purchase, so if you have a favorite piece of cover art, don’t wait too long to snap it up.
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Has your tyke been bitten by the ballet bug? Don’t miss the chance for her or him to dance in Sacramento’s favorite Christmastime classic, Sacramento Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.”
Hoping to meet some of the artists in person? Swing by the Second Saturday artists reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, or stop by the bistro’s special events room anytime to view the show. 33rd Street Bistro is at 3301 Folsom Blvd.
TINY DANCERS Has your tyke been bitten by the ballet bug? Don’t miss the chance for her or him to dance in Sacramento’s favorite Christmastime
classic, Sacramento Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Auditions for the children’s cast will be held on Sept. 9, 12 and 13 at the ballet’s studios on K Street. “We normally have approximately 800 local children throughout the community auditioning over a single weekend for 500 roles,” says the ballet’s co-artistic director, Ron Cunningham. “Some come from as far as Yuba City, Lake Tahoe, Stockton and Fairfield. With kids lined up
around the block from morning to night, it is quite a major operation.” Some things to keep in mind if your kid wants in on the act: Children must be at least 6 years old by Dec. 1, 2015, to participate. They may audition for more than one role if they meet the height and skill requirements. However, once they are cast in a part, they may not audition for a second role. Rehearsals for some roles may begin as early as Sept. 13. Dancers selected to dance in PREVIEWS page 78
GALLERY ART SHOWS IN SEPTEMBER
WASH Inc. Annual Open Watercolor Exhibition“Go With The Flow 2015” runs through September 26 at the Sacramento Fine Arst Center. Shown above: 2014 Best of Show, “Did Someone Say Carrot” by Ronnie Rector. Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330B Gibbons Drive
Gallery 1855 presents “Life Histories” by artist Christopher Dewees. “Life Histories” provides the viewer a unique experience blending science, history and the ancient art form of gyotaku. The show runs through September 30. Shown above: A gyotaku by Christopher Dewees. Gallery 1855 is at 820 Pole Line Road in Davis. Visit davisgallery.wordpress.com
Artspace 1616 presents works by Robert Jean Ray, Lou Bermingham, Vera Ximenes, Phillip Kunz, Linda Welch and sculpture by Roy Tatman. Shown right: “Surge” oil on canvas by Vera Ximenes. Shown below: “Royal Seed” by Lou Bermingham. The show runs Sept. 9 through Nov. 1. Artspace is at 1616 Del Paso Blvd.
Helen Jones Gallery presents bronze sculptures by Jay Bishop. The show runs Sept. 4 through Oct. 3 with a sculpting demonstration by the artist on Sat., Sept.12. Shown above: “Hope,” bronze, by Jay Bishop. Helen Jones Gallery is in Arden Town Center, 588 La Sierra Drive. helenjonesgallery.com
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PREVIEWS FROM page 76 “The Nutcracker” will be required to attend all pertinent rehearsals. For specific audition requirements and appointments, go to sacballet.org The Sacramento Ballet studios are at 1631 K St.
OPEN SESAME For a chance to see the studios of Sacramento’s coolest creatives, don’t miss the Sacramento Open Studios Tour on Sept. 12, 13, 19 and 20. The free, self-guided tour, now celebrating its 10th year, presents a unique opportunity for the public to meet and greet 125 emerging and established artists in their personal workspaces all across Sacramento County. What was originally founded by the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento (CCAS) in 2006 as the Capital Artists Studio Tour—a twoday event with a focus on women artists and a strict scope of studios within 3 miles of CCAS’s former location on 19th Street—has since grown to be the largest non-juried art event in the region. The event is now run by Verge Center for the Arts, which merged with CCAS and took over the tour last year. The first weekend will feature studios west of Business 80 and Highway 99, while on Sept. 19 and 20 studios to the east will be spotlighted. For more information on the Sacramento Open Studios Tour and to access the free, 21-page guide complete with interactive maps, go to vergeart.com
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PONY UP Where else could you get the excitement of a polo exhibition while also contributing to a worthy cause? Nowhere but at the Lasher Polo Classic from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, benefitting the Sacramento SPCA. This elegant event, set at the beautiful Chamberlain Ranch in Wilton, features an exhibition polo match—with all the regalia reminiscent of royal polo events—as well as food by chef Matt Wolston, fine wines, a champagne divot stomp, a parade of hats, and more. Proceeds will go to the programs and services offered by the Sacramento SPCA. For ticket and more information, call 504-2802, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to sspca.org
W, R, 10th and 19th streets, you are driving through an area with a rich, untapped history called Richmond Grove. Discover everything that this unique neighborhood has to offer at the 40th Annual Historic Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. The tour is sponsored by Preservation Sacramento (formerly the Sacramento Old City Association), a citywide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Sacramento’s irreplaceable historic places and encouraging quality urban design through advocacy, outreach and activism. Though it is Richmond Grove’s first time on the tour, the bustling area boasts Arts & Crafts and Art Deco architecture, a Buddhist
temple, a Portuguese Catholic church and the vibrant R Street corridor, a hip hangout chock-ablock with restaurants, art galleries, entertainment venues and artists’ lofts. The tour costs $30 on the day of the event or $25 in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Buy your tickets now at http://2015hometour. brownpapertickets.com For an even better deal, why not become a docent? Docents will work a two-hour shift in one of the tour homes and pay only $10 for a ticket. Contact volunteer coordinator Vickie Valine to sign up at 442-1160 or email@example.com The tour starts on the lot at the southeastern corner of 14th and R streets, which will also host a free street fair in conjunction with the tour. The fair will include appearances by local contractors and artisans specializing in historic home rehabilitation and remodeling; businesses, artists and craftspeople displaying their wares; and nonprofit, advocacy and history organizations. For more information, go to preservationsacramento.org
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own comic book convention. Don’t miss out! First up is Art Mix Crocker-Con from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Bust out your cape and tights to meet local comic book artists and writers, try out new comics and board games, shake hands with a Storm Trooper from the 501st Legion, compete in the costume contest, get your groove on to beats from the Sleeprockers, or test your skills in a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament. Hook & Stone will be onsite recording live podcasts and Big Brother, Empire Comics and Comics & Collectibles will host a reading lounge where you can kick back and peruse your favorite reading material. The event is free for museum members, free with general admission for nonmembers and free for cosplayers, so don’t forget your costume! Enjoy food and drink discounts during happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and $5 drink specials all evening. If classical music helps you keep your cool, be sure to lend an ear to the Classical Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday,
Sept. 13, featuring Konstantin Soukhovetski on piano. The Julliard graduate and multiaward-winning pianist will explore the themes of classicism in the ongoing David Ligare exhibition as well as offer his own transcriptions of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.” Tickets are $6 for museum members; $10 for students, youths and Capital Public Radio members; and $12 for nonmembers. For tickets, call 8081182. Turn up the heat on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the Crocker’s final Jazz Night of the season featuring Carlos McCoy’s High Octane Latin Band. Combining the power and excitement of dance rhythms with the soul and complexity of jazz, the band will present a mesmerizing Main Stage show at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a performance of the Grant Union High School Sextet on the Cafe Stage at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $7 for museum members; $12 for Capital Public
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Sacramento Turn Verein’s 48th Annual
Oktoberfest Enjoy our Great Outdoor Biergarten
Friday, October 9 6pm - 12am Saturday, October 10 3pm - 12am 3-6pm Children Hours Activities and Crafts • Bier, Wine, German Food • German Music & Dancers • Plus a Rocktoberfest Band • Live Music on Three Stages Car parking available one block away and Bike parking onsite
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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Led by consummate trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and comprised of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been hailed as “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune.
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PREVIEWS FROM page 79 Radio members, students and youths; and $14 for nonmembers. While you’re on the premises, don’t forget to check out the Crocker’s newest exhibition, “Rain Forest Visions: Amazonian Ceramics from Ecuador, The Melza and Ted Barr Collection,” on display from Sept. 19 through Feb. 14, 2016. This exhibition features 100 works by the Canelos Quichua-speaking people of eastern Ecuador, and represents one of the first of its kind in an art museum. The beautiful bowls, vessels and sculptures that make up this collection hail from a geographic area ranging from the Andean foothills through the Upper Amazonian regions. For more information on all Crocker events, call 808-1182 or go to crockerartmuseum.org The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St.
TALES FOR TAILS Take in a stunning storytelling session while raising life-changing funds for the local chapter of Heifer International at “Heifer Tails: Uplifting Stories from Around the World” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Storytellers will include Mary McGrath telling “The Palace Monkey,” a story from India; Ray Tatar telling “Anansi Brings Stories to the World,” a story from Africa; Diana Zuniga telling “The Aztec Legend of the Birds,” a story from Mexico; and Nancy Griffith telling “The Camel,” a story from Lebanon. The afternoon will also include live musical interludes between each story that are sure to delight listeners of all ages. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Heifer International’s Nepal relief fund. Heifer International is a worldwide organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by strategically placing farm animals in specific communities. Each family who receives an animal passes on the first female offspring to another needy family, along with the training
at Witherell’s auction house gallery in midtown. Its catalog boasts some fascinating finds, including a cream-colored 1964 230 SL Mercedes, a framed early watercolor by legendary Sacramentoborn artist Wayne Thiebaud, a Hermann Herzog landscape painting discovered in a Woodland thrift store, a Three Graces chandelier, and a pair of 19th century gold scales accompanied by a note that reads, “Yankee Jim, the namesake of the famous town of Yankee Jim near Foresthill, used these scales in his business with the early miners.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 4466490 or go to witherells.com Witherell’s gallery is at 300 20th St.
Don't miss the auction at Withrell's auction house gallery on Sept. 26. This early painting by Wayne Thiebaud is one of the items featured.
in its care. As the gift is passed along, entire communities are lifted out of poverty and are able to use their own resources to build community facilities such as hospitals and schools. This storytelling session will focus on helping Heifer International communities in Nepal that were drastically affected by the 7.0-plus magnitude earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 of this year. All proceeds from this event will benefit those communities, both for immediate relief and long-term recovery. Tickets are $10 general, $5 for children and $20 for families. For tickets and more information, go to heifertails.eventbrite.com or contact Linda Eisenman at 838-4338. Westminster Presbyterian Church is at 1300 N St.
IMPRESSIVE FEET Congratulations are in order for Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento, which recently was awarded a $1,000 grant by its parent franchisor, Fleet Feet Inc., for its continued commitment to the ongoing Project Fit program. Project Fit is a free, after-school running program for elementary school-age children that provides additional financial support to underserved schools through coaching stipends and race fees. Since its inception in 2002, Project Fit has served more than 10,000 students
in four states. The “FITlanthropy” Grant that Fleet Feet Sacramento recently received (for the third time and counting!) was established to help fund the important work Fleet Feet Sports stores do to support the needs of their local communities. Hoping to get in on some of the dogooding action? Simply by shopping, you can help the Sacramento store raise funds for the Front Street Animal Shelter through the Power of Running campaign. On weekends for the next several weeks, Fleet Feet Sacramento will collect a portion of the proceeds from select products and donate the funds to help keep stray animals off the streets through the tireless efforts of the Front Street Animal Shelter. Eligible products are as follows: on Sept. 5 and 6, Asics Gel Kayano 21 and 22 shoes; on Sept. 12 and 13, all Addaday Rollers; on Sept. 19 and 20, all CEP compression products; and on Sept. 26 and 27, all Nathan Visibility products will send funds to the shelter. For more information, go to fleetfeetsacramento.com Fleet Feet Sports is at 2311 J St.
FASCINATING FINDS If you’re a collector, you’re not going to want to miss one of the top three auctions in the area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26,
SENSES OF SELF See the beautiful images that abound when artist Laurelin Gilmore explores her emotions surrounding identity in her solo show on display at Gallery 2110 this month. Gilmore, a life-long artist, began to realize that painting people with hooves, wings, scales and horns were so attractive to her artist’s eye because they were expressions of her own experience. As a woman of blended ethnicities living with Vitiligo, a skin condition that shows up as patches of colorless skin, the duality of fence sitters, go-betweens and people with a foot in two different worlds captivates her imagination. Through her art, Gilmore has been able to move the conversation about Vitiligo to the forefront and look at the reality of living with the condition without the mask of metaphor. As part of Gallery 2110’s mission to support nonprofit organizations, the gallery and Gilmore will be donating a percentage of all sales to “916ink,” a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting youth literacy in Sacramento through creative writing workshops. They have published more than 30 books, serving over 1,000 young authors in the Sacramento region. For more information, visit 916ink.org
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PREVIEWS FROM page 81 Meet Gilmore in person at the artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, or at the Second Saturday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 12. For more information, call 333-3493 or go to gallery2110.com
HEAVY METAL From Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, see what the talented trio of Taylor Gutermute, Vinay Sharma and Zbigniew Kozikowski have cooked up at their group show, “Paper Ink Metal,” at ARTHOUSE on R. All of the works on display are based in the monotype printmaking and drypoint etching processes, but the results are anything but industrial. Gutermute and Sharma worked as a team to create large, wallmounted installation pieces that meld together hard metal surfaces with both monochromatic and brightly colored monotypes. Kozikowski’s monotypes reflect his use of abstract forms and the vivacious beauty of nature, light and color that he usually captures on canvas.
Hobnob with all three artists at the Second Saturday opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 12. For more information, call 455-4988 or go to arthouseonr.com ARTHOUSE on R is at 1021 R St. Jessica Laskey can be reached at email@example.com. Please email items for consideration by the first of the month, at least one month in advance of the event n
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Paragary’s Reimagined MIDTOWN STAPLE IS BACK AFTER EXTENSIVE REMODEL
BY GREG SABIN RESTAURANT INSIDER
aragary Restaurant Group is one of the foundational food presences in the Capital region. Randy Paragary and his myriad associates have carved out a rather large place for themselves throughout the area, with upscale restaurants, quick-casual cafes and bars of all stripes. Among the stable of eateries and drinkeries under the Paragary umbrella are Cafe Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Esquire Grill, Monkey Bar, R15 and Hock Farm Craft & Provisions. But the flagship restaurant of the group has always been the Midtown restaurant Paragary’s Bar & Oven, known to most locals as simply Paragary’s. Open since 1983, Paragary’s has been known for California-style cuisine and one of the best outdoor dining spaces in Sacramento. When it closed for an extensive remodel in February of last year, loyal patrons and casual observers weren’t sure what to expect. Would the menu be completely different? Would the atmosphere be something progressive and minimal? Would the outdoor patio lose its luster? Turns out that the answer to each is “no.” Instead of going for a more modern menu and forward-looking design concept, the newly named Paragary’s Midtown Bistro went in the other direction: traditional. Traditional French, to be precise. The remodeled Paragary’s looks, feels and tastes like a French brasserie. Black and white dominate the space: stark white walls, black
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The remodeled Paragary’s looks, feels and tastes like a French brasserie with crisp black and white design elements
cane-back chairs, white bulbs in black sconces, black chalkboard elegantly scripted with white chalk. It’s a loud, bright space, not exactly cozy, but not uncomfortable. The patio, always a favorite of local diners, hasn’t changed as radically as the indoor space. The effort to capture that Parisian feel throughout the restaurant falls away as you go outdoors. The patio still has its man-sized fireplace and waterfalls. The tree canopy shades the tables and makes the patio a destination on all but summer’s hottest days. Put the two spaces, indoor and outdoor, together and you have a busy, urban French eatery with a lush California backyard. The menu, too, has one foot in the traditional French world and one in California. New to the menu are
a passel of French favorites. Basic dishes on the lunch menu include that iconic sandwich, the croque monsieur, as well as wood-fired mussels, chicken liver mousse, trout almondine and steak frites. All these dishes are handled with flair and with an emphasis on plating. The actual preparations are classic and without any newfangled additions. Other classics get a little bit of an update, such as the salad nicoise, which features seared ahi tuna and a garlic dressing that would make a vampire stay away for weeks. Then there are the crab beignets, a decadent take on the traditional French doughnut, speckled with crabmeat and served with a piquillo pepper aioli.
Despite this new image as an outpost for French cuisine, Paragary’s still maintains some of its old favorites. Remaining on the menu is the shaved mushroom salad. It remains basically unchanged with shaved mushrooms topped with Jarlsberg, parsley and lemon vinaigrette. Also remaining on the menu are Paragary’s signature wood-fired pizzas. It doesn’t quite jive with the French theme, but it feels like a necessary holdover from the restaurant’s previous iteration. On the dinner menu there are some standout dishes. Chief among them is the chicken ballotine, a rolled and prosciutto-stuffed chicken breast, served alongside summer corn and a luscious jus. It’s a beautifully presented and wonderfully flavorful dish. The summer flavors meld perfectly with the chicken and salty
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prosciutto. I would hope that the kitchen keeps the dish on the menu and adapts it to the seasons. The diver scallops make a nice plate as well. Also using seasonal corn, and served with a slightly sweet vanilla sauce, it’s a picture on the plate and a total treat for the senses. There are a couple misses on the menu as well, but no doubt they'll quickly work out any miscues. An example is the poached lobster salad, which pairs a rather diminutive serving of lobster and indulgently rich burrata cheese. The richness of the burrata tended to overpower the lobster. In the first few months after Paragary’s reopened, local diners are filling up the dining room day and
night. It can be tough to find a seat at the bar on a weekday evening, and reservations are suggested almost any day or night. So the Paragary’s reboot sure seems to be a winner with diners flocking to see the dramatic changes to the interior and patio and try the new menu. The choice to rebrand as a (mostly) French eatery is a very interesting choice, but those who loved the old Paragary’s will still find familiar favorites and the high quality they’ve come to expect from Paragary Restaurant Group. Paragary’s Midtown Bistro is at 1401 28th St.; 457-5737; paragarys. com Greg Sabin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org n
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Sunday, October 4 10am to 3pm at Eﬃe Yeaw Nature Center Carmichael, CA
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ARNHA and Sacramento Water Forum present
This Month at the Market
A LOOK AT WHAT’S IN SEASON AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS IN SEPTEMBER
BLUE LAKE BEAN
This root vegetable comes in a rainbow of colors: red, gold, pink, white, even striped. It has a very high sugar content and is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Its greens are edible, too: Prepare them similar to spinach or chard. To eat: Roast and serve in a salad with arugula, goat cheese and chopped walnuts.
Nearby Apple Hill supplies the apples in our local farmers markets. They come in numerous varieties: Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith and more. This popular autumn fruit can be used in a variety of ways, from salads to desserts. To eat: Bake in a pie with a lattice crust or crumb topping.
This popular bean, also known as a snap or string bean, is considered the gold standard of green beans. Mild and versatile, it has a dark-green, cylindrical, stringless, firm, plump pod. To eat: Use for quick pickling or canning.
Despite its name, this vegetable is not related to celery. A dense, fleshy white root vegetable, it is a flavorful source of vitamin C. It’s also known as celeriac. To eat: Use in salads and slaws.
This root vegetable looks like a top-heavy white carrot. It develops a rich, nutty flavor after cooking. Don’t try to eat it raw—it’s practically inedible. To eat: Add to soups and stews.
This small, waxy potato gets its name from its long, narrow shape, which makes it look like a finger. It comes in a variety of colors and maintains its shape when cooked. To eat: Slice in half vertically, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in a hot oven.
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B L D $-$$ Full Bar Espresso, omelettes, salads, table service from 5 -9 p.m. • bellabrucafe.com
L D $$-$$ Full Bar Celebration of the region's rich history and bountiful terrain • Paragarys.com
L D $$ Full Bar Italian bistro in a casual setting • Cafevinoteca.com
Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar
3535 Fair Oaks Blvd. 487-1331
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd. 482-0708
L D Full Bar $$-$$$ Japanese cuisine served in an upscale setting • Mikunisushi.com
B L D $-$$ Wine/Beer Patio European-style gourmet café with salads, soup, spit-roasted chicken, and desserts in a bistro setting • Ettores.com
1530 J St. 447-2112
1022 Second St. 441-2211
L D Wine/Beer $$ American bistro favorites with a modern twist in a casual, Old Sac setting • ten22oldsac.com
1120 Fulton Ave. 483-7300
L D $$ Wine/Beer Creative cuisine in a casual setting • Jacksoncateringevents.com
Jack’s Urban Eats
LAND PARK Casa Garden Restaurant 2760 Sutterville Road 452-2809
L D $$ • D with minimum diners call to inquire $$ Wine/Beer. American cuisine. Operated by volunteers to benefit Sacramento Children's Home. Small and large groups. casagardenrestaurant.org
2966 Freeport Blvd. 442-4256
B L $ Award-winning baked goods and cakes for eat in or take out • Freeportbakery.com
2535 Fair Oaks Blvd. 481-5225
L D $ Full Bar Made-to-order comfort food in a casual setting • Jacksurbaneats.com
2225 Hurley Way 568-7171
D $$$ Wine/Beer Five-course gourmet demonstration dinner by reservation only • Thekitchenrestaurant.com
La Rosa Blanca Taqueria 3032 Auburn Blvd. 484-0139 2813 Fulton Ave. 484-6104
L D Full Bar $$-$$ Fresh Mexican food served in a colorful family-friendly setting
Leatherby’s Family Creamery
13th Street and Broadway 737-5115
2333 Arden Way 920-8382
L D $$-$$$ Full Bar Upscale neighborhood steakhouse • Ironsteaks.com
L D $$ Full Bar Patio Vietnamese and Thai cuisine in a casual yet elegant setting
5132 Fair Oaks. Blvd. 779-0727
L D Beer/Wine $$ Neighborhood gathering place for pizza, pasta and grill dishes
The Mandarin Restaurant 4321 Arden Way 488-47794
D $$-$$$ Full Bar Gourmet Chineses food for 32 years • Dine in and take out
2381 Fair Oaks Blvd. 489-2000
Hock Farm Craft & Provision
Total DINNER food order of $40 or more
With coupon. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Expires 9/30/15.
427 Broadway 442-4044
1415 L St. 440-8888
Sacramento’s Oldest Restaurant
Jamie's Bar and Grill
L D $ House-made ice cream and specialties, soups and sandwiches
B L D $$-$$$ Full Bar American cuisine with a Western touch in a creative upscale atmosphere •
571 Pavilions Lane 649-8885
L D $$ Full Bar Contemporary Italian cuisine in a casually elegant setting • piatti.com
Sam's Hof Brau
2500 Watt 482-2175 L D $$ Wine/Beer Fresh quality meats roasted daily • thehofbrau.com
427 Munroe in Loehmann's 485-3888
L D $$ Wine/Beer Featuring the great taste of Thai traditional specialties • sacthaihouse.com
5050 Fair Oaks Blvd. 488-5050 L D $ Great burgers and more • williesburgers.com n
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