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reenhaven Soccer Club is renovating the soccer fields at Renfree and Portuguese Parks, which suffered significant damage from the November rains. In large areas of both parks, the grass has worn away and there are many bare and muddy spots. The club feared that continued play at these sites could be unsafe. At Renfree Park, the club installed protective fencing around the most fragile areas, where it plans to reseed and fertilize. The fencing will be taken down by February for the start of the middle school soccer season. At Portuguese Park, the club will dispose of the unsightly permanent goal posts and bring in portable goals for use during the season. The club will level the playing surface, plant new grass and do gopher remediation. The field will be fenced to protect it during construction and while the grass is growing. The fence will be in place at least until April, depending on weather and health/durability of the new grass.

A VALENTINE’S DEAL Hood Supply Company will offer a free bottle of house wine to the first 50 people who make Valentine’s Day dinner reservations. The restaurant, owned by Pocket residents Vonne and Mark Matney,

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Renovations are in progress at the soccer fields at Renfree and Portuguese Parks is at 10761 Hood Franklin Road in Hood. For reservations, call 775-4494. For more information, go to

NEW PRESCHOOL AT CAMELLIA WALDORF Camellia Waldorf School will begin accepting applications this month for a new preschool program based on the European “forest school” model. The school will begin in fall 2017. Taught by Jennifer Mason, Wildflower Forest Preschool will focus on child-led learning in an outdooronly environment. Classes will be conducted on the grounds of Camellia Waldorf, in the riparian woodlands

behind the school and in Garcia Bend City Park. At European forest schools, children learn social-emotional and motor skill development while exploring forests and woodlands. The school is at 7450 Pocket Road. For more information, call 427-5022 or go to

SPORTS BAR SET TO OPEN FOR SUPER BOWL The new Riverside Sports Bar is expected to be open by Saturday, Feb. 4, in time for the Super Bowl. It’s located at 6401 Riverside Blvd. and can be found on Facebook.

Sacramento Kings public address announcer Scott Moak grew up in the Pocket area. He attended Caroline Wenzel School and Sam Brannan Middle School and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. While at Kennedy, Moak played both football and baseball in an era when the school competed for and won league championships. He played baseball for his own father, the legendary Don Moak. Moak was hired as the Kings announcer after an open tryout. For aspiring public address announcers, he advises, “Get on a microphone as often as you can. Announce all kinds of sports, all kinds of levels. When I was starting out, I announced the Sacramento Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament at American River College. This included calling 16 games in three days. It was the best training ever.”

Golden 1 is simply the best,” he says. “It is a venue that the people of the Sacramento region have deserved for decades.” Moak also works for the team as vice president of community impact and executive director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation. It

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