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Best of Land Park 2016 Dimple Records in Land Park sells out of Bowie Photo courtesy of kZaP

Born David Robert Jones on Jan. 8, 1947, the influential musician known as David Bowie passed away on Jan. 10, 2016 two days after his 69th birthday from liver cancer. Many people in Sacramento shared in his loss on social media and at record stores like Dimple on Broadway where the store sold out of all David Bowie albums on that day.

C.K. McClatchy parents and athletes push for facility upgrades By Monica Stark

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Over recent years, C.K. McClatchy High School athletes and parents have watched other schools upgrade their athletic facilities while alumni see their children play in the same fields they did some 20, 30, 40, 50, 60— you name it — years ago. In dire need of modernization to current standards, the “Back Forty” has not been seriously revamped since the 1960s. The dirt track is badly worn with loose shifting gravel and pot-holed jump runways. After rainfall, some joke “Lake McClatchy is back!” The “Back Forty”, a loose reference to the entire back half of the school property, which includes – pool area, softball field, outdoor basketball courts, junior varsity and varsity baseball fields, tennis courts, track with interior grassy area used for football practice – has a dead center known as the soccer field. While no significant improvements have been made to the track, football practice field, or the main athletic field encompassing areas for soccer, baseball and softball, McClatchy is the largest high school by enrollment in the district and growing.

Parents say the students deserve to have safe and modern athletic facilities. Advocating for the improvements to the fields, parent Lindsay Filby, CKM class of 1984, described the area as follows: “All of these fields are jammed together and shared by all the sports which is sort of unheard of in comparison to modern high school layouts, yet we make it work but desperately need to be updated for safety sake.” Parents, including Filby, have brought their complaints to the Sacramento City Unified School District and the board of trustees, since schools like John F. Kennedy and Rosemont high schools have recently received millions of dollars for new stadiums and all-weather track. They’re appreciative of the cooperation from the district and specifically help from school board member Jay Hansen. At Kennedy a sense of pride overwhelms the school since August 2014 a $5.2-million-stadium complete with bleacher upgrades, a press box, concesSee CKM Field, page 3

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sion stands, restrooms, a ticket booth and a synthetic track has been built. The new stadium’s designs mirror those at Rosemont, which, like Kennedy, got the upgrades in response to voter-approved Measure R, which provides funding for school projects. From stories of soccer players who have tripped on the gopher holes, breaking their ankles and dislocating their knees to football players with sprained ankles, athletes have been encouraged to tape up before going out on the field for injury prevention. It shouldn’t be that when you sign up for McClatchy that you take a serious risk, but since parents hope the student population will attend CKM instead of choosing to send their student athletes to more modern campuses, Restore the Roar (an alumni booster group dedicated to the support of the athletic tradition at McClatchy) has worked with the coaches and developed a list of improvements to the McClatchy athletic facilities so that student athletes can compete on safe and up-to-standard fields and courts. This plan was introduced to the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Trustees at the Nov. 19, 2015 meeting. These modernizations are being proposed now because the governing body of California high school sports, the California Interscholastic Federation, has voted to change the season for both boys’ and girls’ soccer teams to the winter ( January through March) for the 2016-17 school year. Without an all-weather facility, the soccer teams could not safely compete during this time of year, they argue. The additional modernizations are being proposed to the athletic facilities simultaneously to achieve the changes cost-effectively. In order of urgency, the list, prepared by Restore the Roar reads as follows: 1) install all-weather turf and track: Current football practice field, soccer field and track facilities are very outdated and are in significant disrepair, posing safety threats to athletes and other users. These fields and the track haven’t been replaced since the 1960s, though there was minor leveling in 2007. The soccer and football fields are uneven, compacted and damaged by rodents, all presenting danger of injury to students. The track ring is an outdated concrete barrier which can cause significant injury. Additionally, drainage issues often make track and field unusable.

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Shown here is how the fields at McClatchy look after a good rain, putting a damper in high school sports events and practices.

2) repair and resurface tennis courts: Current courts are degrading because of age and underlying drainage issues. Courts are heavily used by the Land Park Community during non-school hours. 3) Modernize varsity baseball field: Reconfiguration, leveling and installation o backstop/fencing meeting current standards is necessary 4) Modernize varsity softball field: Current facility lacks shaded bleachers, appropriate backstop, batting cages, scoreboard, and fencing and secures dugouts. Field also needs leveling. 5) Modernize swimming pool heating and maintenance system: Current system of integrated filters and boilers results in pool down time and high maintenance costs. Not an environmentally friendly setup. 6) adequate athletic storage facilities: Sufficient secure space is not available to store all teams’ equipment; insecure sheds result in loss of equipment 7) repair cracked and broken blacktop: Current blacktop used for physical education classes has significant wear and uneven and cracked surface.

8) restore restroom facilities: No onsite restrooms are available other than in gym facility that is over quarter mile from track/practice fields 9) athletic Locker rooms for female athletes: Current locker room arrangement does not include visitor’s locker room. Visitors change in girls’ restroom. 10) Gymnasium entrance and restroom facilities: Newly renovated gymnasium has inadequate entrance/snack bar space and restrooms are located outside of the facility.

Broadway Corridor topic of discussion at community meeting By Monica Stark

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The city of Sacramento planning department held a community meeting at Leataata Floyd Elementary School (401 McClatchy Way) on Tuesday, Jan. See Broadway, page 4

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26, 2016 to discuss Broadway corridor improvements. Updated concepts are meant to improve the historic and vibrant Broadway corridor for drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users, while limiting impacts on the Land Park neighborhood. With pie charts and architect renderings displayed on poster board, community members got to discuss and question planning proposals on the main intersections through Broadway at Riverside Boulevard, Land Park Drive and 19th Street. Of major discussion was going from a 4-lane road to a 2lane road on Broadway. Some neighbors expressed concern about overflow traffic on their streets. “You hardly use any capacity on any of those streets. I have cars coming through the neighborhood at rush hour. They make a loop. Cars are like water. My street is a gutter. It seems like narrowing it down, there would be more impact,” one stated. Another attendee said the recommendations “reminds me of Bangkok” and another individual stated the plans seemed “allergic” to pedestrian medians. While the plans could be interpreted that way, staff said that they’re hoping with the layout proposed there won’t be an actual need for pedestrian medians and that the safety for walking at crosswalks will be increased with longer signals, for example. In an interview prior to the meeting, city of Sacramento principal planner Sparky Harris acknowledged that very concern. “We want to slow

down traffic... Some people want to zip through there.” With the Broadway Bridge on schedule to be complete in about 10 years, traffic will undoubtedly increase, and acknowledging that fact, Harris told the Land Park News that their studies use the regional traffic model of 2036. “There are going to be more cars; let’s be honest about that but it will not be at a level that is unacceptable to the city.”

Billy Rico: Lifelong lover of baseball remembered By LancE arMStronG

Former Riverside area resident William F. “Billy” Rico died at the age of 93 on Feb. 18, 2016 leaving a legacy as a lifelong lover of baseball. More than a half-century ago, Rico was a member of a locally famous championship baseball team. In 1946, he both managed and played for the Carmichael Firemen baseball team, which was sponsored by Carmichael Fire Department Chief Dan Donovan and won the first Canadian-American “World’s Series” for Non-Professional Baseball. “We were world champions (of non-professional baseball),” Rico recalled in 2011. “Winning that ‘World’s Series’ really sticks in my mind.” Despite finishing in second place in the 48-team semipro tournament, the Sacramento County League champion Firemen were invited to compete for the international title, since the first place, St. Joseph, Mich. team, which included several former major league See Rico, page 5

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players, could not compete in the series because of its need to fulfill league obligations. The Carmichael team did not disappoint their many hometown fans, as they won the seven-game series, which was held at Lawrence Stadium in Wichita, Kan., in five games. In the final game of the series – an 8-2 Firemen’s victory against a team from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on Sept. 10, 1946 – Rico contributed two hits, scored one run and batted in two runs. The Wichita Beacon’s next day coverage of that final game includes the following words: “Carmichael had two big three-run innings, scoring in the fifth on a walk and a hit, then Rico’s single brought in two runs after two were out. Following the game, trophies were presented both teams. The Coleman, for the winners, went to Bill Rico, manager of the California club.” Rico was named the tournament’s most outstanding manager, and Les Lollis, the team’s only African-American player, was recognized as the tournament’s most valuable player. Rico, during his 2011 interview, commented about what it was like winning that championship. “It was really great,” he said. “We had a good bunch of guys. It was a great ball club. It was a tough (tournament). You take them Texas ball clubs and the Oklahoma

ball clubs, they’re tough people. I mean, when they slide into you, you know it. They hit you hard.” After his baseball playing years, Rico, who was married to his now-late wife, Alberta “Bertie” G. (Camillo) Rico, for 65 years, worked as a city park maintenance worker from 1952 to 1984. And more specifically, Rico said that he was mainly in charge of the ball diamonds at William Land Park. Rico, a longtime, dedicated fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, remained a lover of baseball throughout his life. And he could frequently be found watching televised Major League Baseball games and adding to his rich knowledge of the game and its players. Thinking back on his years as a baseball player, in 2011, Rico, who was a longtime member of Sacramento Elks Lodge No. 6, said, “Those were very memorable times for me. I would never change them for anything. It was the greatest time of my life.”

Del Rio Trail continues to move forward By Monica Stark

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Editor’s Note: We’ve written sporadically on the topic of the Del Rio Trail and you can read archived stories on the topic by entering “Del Rio Trail” into the search feature on our website: <www.valcomnews.com>.

A bit of natural beauty surrounds the old railroad tracks, owned by Regional Transit, stretching about four and a half miles through South Land Park and other neighborhoods between Interstate 5 and Freeport Boulevard. Many people enjoy walking in the serenity of this greenbelt. Neighbors and the city have been working closely to further the usability of the land by putting in an actual bike trail, providing a central link in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan. The new bike path would be laid through what once was the Walnut Grove Branch of the Sacramento Southern Railroad line. Owned by Regional Transit, the city of Sacramento would like to purchase the corridor to maintain it and construct a paved path. As for the other details city staff will be working those out in the coming year. According to a report on the topic by project manager, Jesse Gothan, the trail will provide a potential recreation amenity, but also function as an alternative commute route for people who would prefer to bike to downtown jobs rather than driving on the freeways and boulevards. This would be a new inner city trail allowing cyclists, pedestrians, runners and dog walkers to go for miles to schools, parks, stores and

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This bit of natural beauty surrounds the old railroad tracks, owned by Regional Transit, between Sutterville Road and Fruitridge Road/Seamas Avenue. Many people enjoy walking in the serenity of this greenbelt, which has been saved from the once-proposed notion that trains would run from Old Sacramento to Hood. State Parks had to ditch the section shown here because they don’t own the land, RT does. RT has no current plans to sell it either.

jobs with minimal exposure to motorized traffic. The trail passes through some neighborhoods that do not have sidewalks or bike lanes. Funded with federal funds through the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the State Active Transportation Program with matching funds provided by local transportation dollars, current funding is available for the project approval and environmental documentation phase of the project as well as for the final design. As part of the project, the city will be submitting an application for the right-of-way purchase and construction grant funds, according to Gothan’s report.

Gothan said the city has funding for the environmental studies and project approvals and design, but needs to find additional funds to purchase the corridor and the construction. Preliminary estimates for the entire trail are around $15 million, so the project would likely be constructed in phases. A community project kickoff meeting is slated to be held early next year. The Del Rio Trail project will include a community engagement program to inform and involve the community throughout the process. This will be managed on behalf of See Del Rio, page 6

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the city by a public relations consultant. The city will be soliciting professional services in the fall of 2016. Letters of support have been submitted for the project from the following groups: The Office of U.S. Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui, Walk Sacramento, The South Land Park Neighborhood Association, The Land Park Community Association, The Cabrillo Park Neighborhood Association, and various residents and business owners. LPCA has endorsed the project as has the local chapter of the Sierra Club. The South Land Park refuge for years has attracted neighbors who enjoy taking walks with friends and family, and, of course, the family dog. With signs like “You forgot to pick up your dog’s poop? Oh, my gosh, really?” — or landscaping with plants like golden poppies, and cacti, the greenbelt has been a beacon of neighborly do-goodery — one that has been saved from having trains run on the tracks south of the Zoo. There is fear that the state and railroad museum will take another run at running excursion trains south of Sutterville, but neighbors are ready for opposition. (Excursion trains will go from Old Sac to the Zoo, but plans have been cut to have them continue south to the Pocket/Meadowview/ Hood area.) “The gates of hell will open if they try to attempt that,” said SLPNA president Brian Ebbert in a phone interview with this publication. “The bottom line is state parks has bill deferred maintenance. Have you tried to go camping in a state park? I don’t know how they would have money when they have hundreds of state parks closed.” Personally opposed to the zoo extension, Ebbert recalls the heated community meetings on the topic. “People were fired up. The proponents of the rails were small in number but were very vocal.” But he said 83 percent of those surveyed were in favor of a trail over the train. “I was personally opposed to zoo extension. Trains would be literally 50 feet to Holy Spirit School.” Now talks are changing the focus on what to accompany the bike trail.

right hand. Employed now at Alchemy Salon on J Street, Clyde and his girlfriend Paloma Pompei were at a 10-year anniversary event for neighboring skate shop, PLA, when trouble started. As Paloma describes the situation: “A guy was being disrespectful towards a female and attempted to steal items from the skate shop. The guy was asked to leave nicely a couple times by Clyde and others at the event before being kicked out. He returned to the event with a knife. Clyde saw him creeping back up. Acting on instinct, Clyde knocked him out to prevent him from doing whatever he came back to do.” Clyde was able to diffuse the situation but got hurt in the process and Paloma said they had to visit UC Davis Medical Center a couple times before being sent to the emergency room. Once at the ER, he was told he needs surgery on his right hand. “At the Med Center they did an x-ray and said nothing was broken. They cleaned the cut and sent him on his way. The swelling and discharge from the cut on the knuckle got worse and worse. He went back to the Med Center two days later and they told him to go to the ER right away. Once at the ER they knew it was infected really bad and that he needed surgery. They didn’t realize how bad it was till they cut his hand open. They found a piece of the man’s tooth stuck in his hand still.” Unfortunately, Clyde does not have medical insurance and the medical bills were already piling up. “Clyde, being a barber, relies on his right hand to help him work. The injury is afhis livelihood and his main Former Good Hands barber fecting source of income. He loves what he needs reconstructive does for a living so he is really heartbroken,” Paloma said. He recently got surgery on his right hand out of surgery and the surgeon said By Monica Stark a tendon in his right hand was comFriends of Clyde Moore III, who pletely ripped. She did what she could many Land Parkers know from his but he will need to see a hand specialwork at the now-closed Good Hands ist but without insurance that will be Barbershop on 16th Street, are com- very difficult. She said he will need aning together to help save the barber’s other surgery. He will be out of work 

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for awhile. At this point they aren’t sure how much that will cost or when that surgery will take place. But a GoFundMe <www.gofundme.com/ 2fhacf5g> has been created where you can help save Clyde’s hand. A barber for over four years, Clyde has been described as a “people person” who loves the feeling of knowing he made someone feel good about themselves and making them look good in the process. “A lot of his clients feel comfortable talking to him about personal stuff and he enjoys giving advice. He is also an amazing skateboarder so this is hindering his ability to skate everyday. The two things he loves to do will have to be put on hold because of this,” Paloma said.

Hillary Clinton supporters pack city college’s north gym By Monica Stark

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“A house divided is a house that cannot stand.” Democratic presidential candidate quoting past-president Abe Lincoln Just two days prior to the June 7, 2016 California primary, Hillary Clinton supporters braved the 100 degree heat to see the presidential hopeful inside the North Gym at Sacramento City College. The venue was too small to accommodate the hundreds left outside waiting to see Clinton. Mothers and daughters, young and old came arrived together donning Madame President buttons and other regalia because for many of them it was a historic moment as the former First Lady became closer to reaching the presidency as the first woman president. After the event, Sacramento City Unified School District trustee Jessie Ryan relayed on social media about how in 1984 when she was just 6 years old, her mother took her to see vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro speak. “I was six years-old and I will never forget my mother’s words, ‘If she can run for Vice President, Jessie, you can be anything you want to be.’ Life has come full circle because tonight I whispered in my six yearold daughter’s ear, ‘Brooklyn, if Hillary can run for President, you can be anything you want to be!’” Adding to the festive nature of the rally, the Grant Union High School drumline played a few times that afternoon and the who’s who of Sacramento politicians and celebrities arrived in support of Clinton, including Kevin McCarty and his family, Steve Hansen, Eric Guerra, Darrell Steinberg, Dave Jones and Phil Angelides. Mayor Kevin Johnson and Congresswoman Doris Matsui were among those who introduced Clinton.

Of all those who took the stage to introduce Clinton perhaps the greatest response came from St. Francis High School graduate senior Maggie Oise who voted in her first election this year. Proud to be passing her vote for Clinton, she volunteered with the campaign in Nevada and California because to her, the presidential hopeful “represents more than just herself. She is the voice for those who are not heard” and “gives voice to the marginalized” from “children who do not receive adequate education” to “women who are still subject to pay gap,” the “LGBT community. She understands the struggles in all people,” Oise said. “She has given me a voice that would otherwise not be heard. Hillary is transcendent in that she can relate to people in different generations, backgrounds and cultures. My grandmother wants nothing more than to see Hillary in the White House. She wants me to do everything I can to help her get there.” Having had the privilege of knowing Clinton for a long time as a friend and a colleague, Congresswoman Doris Matsui described the nominee as “absolutely remarkable” while noting “she is a lot of fun.” After the congresswoman’s husband Bob Matsui passed away on Jan. 1, 2005. Clinton was one of first people who called and said, “Doris I am so sorry. I know how much you and Bob are so close.” Doris recalled saying what if their granddaughter, who at the time was just a baby, won’t remember Bob Matsui. Quoting Clinton (who was sharing the stage with her) Doris said, “We will continue talking about him through her stories about him.” When Clinton took the stage she applauded California for its progressive ideals. “My husband and I crisscrossed this state which we love. We have a lot of folks that are working hard. Everything I just said, Donald Trump disagrees with. He thinks climate change is a hoax, a Chinese hoax. Well he doesn’t know he’s not a scientist. He could come here, talk to science professors. I talk about raising minimum wage, which he doesn’t agree with. He accuses me of playing the woman’s card. If (that means) standing up for raising the minimum wage and equal pay, if so deal me in.” Shingle Springs resident Cecilia Maida, 56, said the Hillary rally was the first political rally she ever wanted to attend in her life because she realizes how high the stakes are. Disabled from a genetic kidney disease, Maida said she also saw Bill Clinton speak in Sacramento State a few weeks ago. When the past-president mentioned disabled rights, Maida was brought to tears. “He mentioned it and I cried.” Originally from Texas, Maida keeps in touch with old family and friends See Clinton, page 7 Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


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who relay more recent stories of Planned Parenthood facilities being shut down. “During time closed Planned Parenthood, 100,000 chose to selfabort. How many of those died because they were trying to shut down Planned Parenthood?” Maida grew up before the legalization of abortion. “Anyone who wants to set women back to 1969 (Roe v. Wade was 1973), it’s a slap in the face… This is the election to me for the women.” “We need to put egotistical men in their place… and (Clinton) Stands for everything that is right in this country.”

Meet the Marmaladies:

East Sac and Land Park neighbors developed unique recipe for the California State Fair By Pat Lynch

They don’t lounge at spas and plan leisurely retirement cruises. They are K. D. Proffit from Land Park and Barbara Ruona from East Sacramento, and they play for keeps. They created and developed a unique marmalade recipe. Making extraordinary marmalade requires the science of a chemist and the art of a superior chef. In 2015, Proffit and Ruona earned a second place award in the Cal Expo canning and baking competition. In 2015, determination heightened, they entered again. Using tasty naval oranges from Proffit’s tree and Seville oranges donated by a friend, the women set to work. Both are acknowledged excellent cooks, but that is not nearly enough to win the coveted State Fair awards. You won’t find too many more focused protagonists than Profitt and Ruona, and they worked resolutely on three entries—three identically sized small jars of marmalade, two bitters, one sweet. Now they needed a name. The rules demanded it. “How about, the Marmaladies?” suggested friend, Eileen Lynch, and the two women were now the Marmaladies. July 14, 2016–the judging begins. Proffit had to leave to Colorado, so a nervous Ruona went with other friends through the milling State Fair crowds to Building B, Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.

where the fate of the marmalades would be decreed. Some people had come early, sat on pillows, and had brought stools upon which they propped their feet. Contestants and general fairgoers filled the seats. Some, who sold wares at the Farmers Market, longed for those blue ribbons that would testify to the high quality of their goods. Finally the judges began to sample the products. People watched intently. Ruona’s nervousness now palpable, she listened as the judges (all cookbook authors, chefs or other acknowledged experts) began smelling, tasting with spoons, holding jars to the light, intently discussing the texture and flavor. Some entries were quickly disqualified for multiple reasons: the jars didn’t match, the lids were wrong, the spread was too thick, or a jar was found with exterior dirt. The judges generally tried to find something encouraging to say as they disqualified people, but there were no exceptions: if you were out, you were out. Ruona’s nervousness increased. But there were so many entries the judges didn’t reach the Marmaladies offerings in time. She would have to come back later that night. What a long day it was. Her friends took her to the movies to distract her, but it didn’t work. The Marmalady couldn’t stop thinking about marmalade. At 9:30 pm they returned to the fair. The contest area was empty now, the jars behind a window display. Ruona and her friends advanced on the display, began reading. Then a shout—“Here it is—a blue ribbon.” One blue ribbon. No, two blue ribbons. No, three. A blue ribbon sweep for the Marmaladies! When they shared a second place ribbon in 2015, Ruona kept it for six months at her house, Proffit for six months at hers. Now there would be no need to share. The next day Ruona made a phone call to Colorado and heard jubilation. “K. D. was so thrilled,” she said. “We worked so hard to get it right. It all paid off.” “Now you can relax,” somebody said. “You’re a big winner.” “Oh no,” replied Marmalady Barbara Ruona. “Now we have to aim for Best of Class.”

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Children’s Home turns 150 years old this year The iconic main building of the Sacramento Children’s Home, located at 2750 Sutterville Road across from Curtis Park, turns 150 years old this year. To prepare for a year of celebration, last year the home underwent major renovations that improve accessibility and administrative efficiency. The Children’s Home is Sacramento’s longest standing non-profit and plays as the most comprehensive child and family service organization in Sacramento County. The Sacramento Children’s Home started as an orphanage and later developed into a children’s farm association and home for the abandoned and now serves more than 6,200 children and 4,600 families through a comprehensive spectrum of residential, community-based, mental health and educational programs. Throughout its long history, SCH has been at the forefront of trauma-informed care and developing new ways to improve the outcomes of children and families through communitybased prevention and early intervention programs. The renovations to the iconic administrative building that faces Sutterville Road was intended to meet several goals, stated Roy Alexander, the Children’s Home Chief Executive Of-

ficer. Most importantly, he said some of the goals include bringing the building to current ADA standards, and making the building more energy efficient, upgrading electrical and plumbing and current life and safety code, and bringing it back to its 1925 design. In researching the history of what is now called the Sacramento Children’s Home, one constant is that the agency has always responded to the needs of the community, and has adjusted programming accordingly, Alexander said. The campus use has changed dramatically over the past 14 yours; moving from 80 youth in the residential program to 30. There are some dramatic changes coming to the field of child welfare and the Sacramento Children’s Home will be responding to those changes. In terms of available space on the grounds, there is only one building that has not been remodeled to another use. The Marzen building, currently used for after school educational services is yet to be remodeled for a new use. There are buildings on campus that were intended to be temporary 40 years ago. Alexander foresees that they will be replaced by modern buildings as the home grows to meet the needs of the future. In describing the rich history of the site, Alexander said the agency was first formed as an orphanage and operated that way until 1942, when the move was made to start

operating more as treatment facility. In the mid 1960s, it started moving toward a mental treatment program and in the 1980s, the Children’s Home branched out to providing prevention and early intervention programs. The addition of the mental health clinics, the family resource centers, and the crisis nurseries opened the campus to the community and created a See Children’s Home, page 8

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path to building family strengths and avoiding children being placed in the foster care system. Live in staffing ended in the early 1980s and the only remaining live-in staff is Lisa King who will be retiring this month after 35 years of working at the Sacramento Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home. She is currently the Program Manager over our Educational programs both on campus and also serving 2000 students per year on public school campuses, Alexander said. Next year three major events will be planned to celebrate the 150-year milestone: a business lunch with other Sacramento businesses from the late 1800s will be held on Jan 25, 2017. On Sept. 16, the home will celebrate with a large gala at Memorial Auditorium. Additionally, Family Resource Centers will be hosting family events throughout the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will be increasing the activity at those events to celebrate the anniversary for families that otherwise would not have the opportunity,â&#x20AC;? Alexander said. The campus on Sutterville Road is 13 acres. The iconic building facing Sutterville is administrative offices. Behind that building are office buildings (once cottages) for mental health clinics and Lilliput Adoption agency. Additionally there are two residential facilities, and a recreation center housing 30 boys. Also on the campus is the Pat Anderson Education Center, a School operated by Land Park Academy serving children with Autism.

Land Parker discussed life of Nine Inch Nail keyboardist By Monica Stark

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sic as part of the crew. He had never said anything about the band during the hours they spent listening to The Cure, the Sisters of Mercy and NIN, Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite bands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even at shows in arenas filled with 20,000-plus people, he would mingle with the fans before the show, striking up conversations, and no one knew who he was,â&#x20AC;? she said. James loved his family and the pair visited them as often as possible, those early years of their relationship. Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fondest memories though are of closing her eyes in the studio with headphones on as he played some new tracks for her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt honored to be a witness to the creative process,â&#x20AC;? she said. With fame also came every depraved thing you can imagine happening backstage at a rock concert, Kate said. And then some things you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the time it seemed like fun and games, but looking back, there was extreme dehumanization of groupies, both male and female. I believe many of the shocking situations deeply affected the guys. I know it changed James in a negative way.â&#x20AC;? Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite song from The Downward Spiral is â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Warm Placeâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes my heart ache for what

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could have been. The children like NIN because of the connection with their dad, but I listen because I love the music,” she said. Going back in time and asked to recall those early days driving up to the Sharon Tate house, Kate said the experience was surreal, as she recognized the doorbell and security gate from photos of the Manson murder crime scene. Recalling that moment in their history, she said James, who was staying in the maid’s quarters off the kitchen, kept his suitcase in front of the closet door. Even if it was completely closed, the closet door swung open and it freaked him out. “I was skeptical until I witnessed it for myself in the middle of the night. His suitcase moved a couple of inches as the door popped open,” she said. “James started spending nights at my apartment in Venice after that. The gardener told us about a bleached out part of the front lawn where he had tried everything to get the grass growing again. He told us it was in the same place one of the bodies had been found. Chris, the drummer, lived in the guest house where he had his own mini studio set up. The dark living room in the main house was where the magic happened. You could feel electricity in the air, not just from all the equipment, but from the creative juice being generated.” With her apartment in Venice, they tried to make it to the beach every evening to watch the sunset. “James worked hard and played hard with NIN. He brought coolness to playing keyboards, which isn’t as easy to do as playing guitar or drums. Those years were truly magical and quite an adventure. After his time with NIN came to a close, we moved into a house in Topanga Canyon, got married and start-

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ed a family. James played briefly in Rob Halford’s band Two, produced music for a wide array of groups, worked on sound design for The Simpsons (those fart sounds are authentic), and worked on his own tunes for his band VOID in our home studio.” James worked for Prince briefly to bring in an income to support the family when Kate was home in Topanga, pregnant with Anne and taking care of two toddlers. At that time, James told her hilarious stories about Prince playing baseball in high heeled boots, opening up a bowling alley in the middle of the night for his friends, and some other shenanigans. “But James’s mirthful attitude got him fired after he entertained the crew while sitting on Prince’s motorcycle he rode in Purple Rain. Apparently he did not realize Prince was standing behind him until he noticed the faces of the roadies. His next phone call to me was to explain that Prince did not have a sense of humor,” she said. Though their marriage ended, James always stayed close to his children. He loved being a father, she said. Because of significant neck and spine injuries, he wasn’t capable of doing a lot of physical activities with them, but he loved sitting down to paint, or teach piano, or just look at nature. He passed his amazing musical and artistic talents to all three children.” A “charismatic, charming man who somehow talked everyone he met into doing things for him,” Kate said, he made you feel like the only person in the room when you spoke with him. He never looked over your shoulder to see who else was there, she said. “James zeroed in on your soft spots and shared tears with people he just met. I don’t know if it was the empathy in his eyes, but strangers told him their deepest secrets. James had the best sense of humor as well. It carried us through very challenging situations

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Shown here is James Woolley in front of the huge NIN poster at the Sunset Blvd. Tower Records right before the Downward Spiral album was released.

and disarmed people who may have had a problem with him. He was extremely intelligent with a sharp memory. On the other side of the personality spectrum, he had high anxiety. If he was expected to show up to an after party as James, the keyboardist in NIN, he suffered panic attacks. It was much easier for him to be incognito.” To Kate, going through photos of James with his children has been bittersweet. “Every photo shows his obvious love of them,” she said. However, he did give the biggest, warmest hugs of anyone she has ever known. “I will miss his humorous insight into people and situations. I will miss the music he had not yet created.” Brendan said what he will miss most about his dad was that James taught him something new every day. For example, Brendan mentioned he wanted to learn to read and play some blues scales on the piano. The next morning, without saying a word, his dad set a book of blues scales out for him. Brendan remembers that his dad did

not judge people. He talked with everyone because he said every person has a lesson to teach, no matter if they are homeless or the CEO of a company. Brendan said his grandma told him James was the only band member to personally thank the roadies and crew for their hard work. His mom knew this because crew members told her when she met them backstage after a show. Brendan said James kept his passion for music alive by playing open mic nights in local bars in Illinois. He will miss sneaking into the bars with his dad. Mary says her dad would do anything for his children. She knows he did his best to come through on his promises. She loved how he taught her new things and gave advice. Mary says NIN music is a little hardcore for her taste but she likes watching the live video with her dad playing. She feels close to him when she draws and See Best of 2016, page 10

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paints. James had a collection of digital images he created that the children now have. Anne says her dad’s love was unconditional and she always felt he cared about the littlest detail in her life. He would stay on the phone for hours. She will miss playing the ukulele and singing for him because he was so encouraging. She will miss his sense of humor and hugs. The children and their mother Kate are still close to NIN guitarist Robin and his wife Bianca who live in a home a few miles from their old Topanga house.“Danny, who played bass and keyboards, is a sweet, funny talented guy. Chris, the drummer, was quiet and always working on music. He was (frontman) Trent (Reznor)’s best friend during The Downward Spiral recording and tour. Trent was always kind to me. He let me join them for a week on the bus and gave me a coveted media all access pass so I could stand between the stage and the fans to film the band. I saw approximately 25 shows, standing in front of 15 foot speakers. To this day I have a hard time hearing people talk – but it was worth it.” A creative genius who had a difficult time fitting into normal society, Kate said James Woolley was a truly tortured artist who created from the pain that flowed through him. “His music still brings tears to my eyes and makes me smile. Maybe someday it will be shared with everyone.”

Rebirth and growth continues at the Panama Art Factory after devastating break-in By Monica Stark

Inside the darkness of one of Panama Pottery’s 103-year-old kilns, a voluptuous female figure moved and swayed like a baby in the womb, enjoying mother’s comfort. But, outside stood crowds of artists and art lovers mesmerized by the hypnotic movements of Caro Novella in what she called “corpo ® ate”, a performance that examined the relationship of mutual cofeeding of corporations and health. A performance artist from Spain currently doing her PhD at UC Davis on performance studies whose interest lies in the intersection of collaborative practice, performance and non-normative bod-

ies, Caro states:”We choose the kind of products that we buy, right? We have created economies that are dependent on petroleum by our daily choices of plastic.” Exploring the idea of how could she could insert herself into the industrial complex, the kilns and the factory at large presented itself as an incredible location, while the newly revived Panama Art Factory once was a commercial factory with two large stone and brick kilns that were its hot heart. Caro’s performance epitomized what the event, held last spring, which was titled “Body of Art,” advertised: “The Body is a temple: a library, a trap, the means, the end, stardust and mud, a work of art... Still standing inside (Panama), like giant, earthen breasts waiting to nourish all who arrive and need it.” Like Caro’s body emerging from the womb-like mesh that hung from the center of the kiln in clear symbolism of birth, Panama Pottery itself has been in a constant rebirth since a new wave of about 30 artists have entered the formidable structure. About a decade ago, the space, long-time Panama artists and retail shoppers may recall resembled a graveyard of broken pottery, scattered throughout the historic property, a reminder of the history of the longtime running “hot as hell” beehive kilns that for decades produced more than 30,000 pots per month. In an effort to preserve the rich history of both the land and the inspiring historic landmark, Panama artists today have filled the constantly renovated factory with incredible art of various media. Much more than a hub for ceramics, Panama Art Factory is the perfect name for the ever-changing, ever-improving art mecca that some hope serve to be as a center for a 24th Street art district. Besides Panama Art Factory, 24th Street is home to JAM Art Studios (4311 Attawa & 4330 24th St.), Fountainhead Brewery (4621 24th St.), Phono Select Records (4370 24th St.). Nearby is Sutterville Bikes at (2365 Sutterville Bypass), Capital City Judo (2300 Sutterville Road), Two Rivers Cider (4311 Attawa Ave #300), 3747 W Pacific Ave., Kline Music (2200 Sutterville Road); Sacramento Art Glass recently moved from the area to 204 23rd St. In passing at the Art of the Body event, property owner David DeCamilla described the success of the night and the transformation of the space, briefly, as follows: “The rule is there isn’t a lot of rules. This is not an overnight success; it’s something that’s been in the works after 10 years.”

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Caro Novella performed beehive “Corpo®ate” inside one of the kilns at Panama Pottery.

As news broke that artists’ tools, from camera equipment to welding supplies, were stolen on the early morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, the Panama community and friends rallied together for the artists spawning further unity that they say will make the collective stronger. As of this writing $3,505 had been donated to the “Panama Art Factory Fund” on https://www.gofundme. com/panama-artists. The artists consider Panama an art haven and their second home. To Franceska Gamez, a sculptor, painter and muralist, “it’s a place for productivity and community, where we can work comfortably, have our tools and equipment readily available to us.” And the break-in was a violation felt by all the artists, uncertain the thieves would come back, she said. “Panama is not only a place for us to work- but See, Panama Pottery, page 14

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it’s a place for the community. It’s a hub for art; we open our doors once a month to enrich the community and culture of the area and we were taken advantage for that. I think my first thought was whether or not anyone was in the building late night while this happened. Thankfully no one was, but the thought of that being a possibility really freaks me out. It’s incredibly frustrating to have to watch my friends go through this, knowing that we all don’t grow money trees in our backyard and most of the equipment we’ve acquired we’ve worked really hard to get. So far, the community has been incredibly supportive. Just the response on Facebook alone – people are pretty outraged by this happening, more so than the victims. It’s nice to see that we aren’t alone and that we’ve got people who care for us and what we do.” Similarly commenting on the unity and strength of those at Panama, resident artist Colleen Craig, a former art teacher at C.K. McClatchy and John F. Kennedy high schools, said, “I know a lot of us creative peeps are feeling pushed out of our own town (downtown), but times like this remind me of how rad people here are and we all need each other.” Like Caro’s performance at Art of the Body, event goers were invited to bask in the motherly cloud of comfort that was Colleen’s womb installation – a microcosm of a cozy bedroom with flowing white sheets and blankets with scents of essential oils surrounding a soft bed. A wild artist at heart, Colleen says at home, her bedroom is really serene. “The way I can be creative is to have a space to calm down, but that piece was really deeper. It was to create a safe space for myself.” Having gone

through a lot of trauma, she said the womb installation was meant to create a space that is really safe for us and to share with other people. “I created a space with certain sense to have an energy that is protective.” An energy that surrounds her constantly at Panama. With familiar faces from the Art Hotel – where visual installations, music, poetry and films filled the downtown Jade Hotel last February for eight days — Panama’s ongoing events create a scene sometimes resembling that of New York where Colleen says, “You can go anywhere anytime and see amazing art.” Living in the Big Apple at one time, she likened that night at Panama to the daily atmosphere back East where there would be dancers on the street, random musical theater at 3 a.m.“Art is more accessible to everybody,” she says, comparing to Sacramento where it’s not as open and inviting to the masses. After she returned to Sacramento after living in Venice and New York, Colleen needed a space for her art, but downtown had changed since she lived there just a little more than five years ago. “I couldn’t find a co-operative space that was affordable. I went to Safeway, saw my friend who is an artist at the WAL (Warehouse Artists Lofts). She asked, ‘When are you going to have a show?’ Then, (the manager of the Panama Art Factory) Dave Dave (Dave Davis is his actual name) walks out and said, ‘I have one (space) right now.’ I said, ‘I want it.’ I came that day and it has been magic ever since... We have so many different strengths. It’s so exciting. And we have a lot to do. We want to have a whole lot more art. We’ll have film nights here, bands, performances. It’s a gold mine of knowledge. There’s so much history. We could do a walk-in museum here. There’s a lot of (old factory) equipment here that actually works.”

Ironically, back when interviewed for this piece the factory hadn’t yet been broken into and Colleen had mentioned that as the Panama Art Factory becomes more of a public place, monitoring should be considered. “We want to maintain open studios but also need to be careful of monitoring the space...That’s one of our challenges. We can look at art students at city college and some students at the MET (high school). We need more support here... not ‘security’ but just to keep an eye on things.” As the artists recover from the violation of the break-in, like Caro’s womb-like performance that symbolizes rebirth, Panama will continue to strengthen and grow from experience.

Sacramento City College celebrates 100 years of higher education When students returned to classes at Sacramento City College for the Fall 2016 semester on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, they entered on the 100th anniversary of the college’s founding and were treated to cupcakes and ice cream, the first of several events and programs highlighting this historic centennial.

The oldest institution of higher learning in the capital city, Sacramento City College celebrates its 100th anniversary during the 2016-17 academic year. In 1916, former Sacramento Mayor Belle Cooledge brought 46 students and 16 part-time faculty to the top floor of old Sacramento High School for advanced education classes. Two years later, the first graduating class – comprised of six women – completed the college’s first associate degrees. Since then, more than 70,000 other students have completed associate degrees and thousands more have earned certificates of achievement in various academic and career-oriented disciplines. The main campus, at the corner of Freeport Boulevard and Sutterville Road, now comprises more than 70 acres, 40 buildings, and educates approximately 22,000 students each semester. In addition, Sac City has built educational centers in West Sacramento and Davis. All three campuses will be involved in centennial celebrations throughout the upcoming school term. “There’s a lot of history at this institution,” Interim President Michael Poindexter said. “And while we certainly celebrate our past, it’s also important to celebrate our future. This college is a leader for Sacramento.” See Centennial, page 16

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Best photos of 2016 Local Landmark, “Joe Marty’s” hosts Successful Sporting Public Debut

If you look in the sports pages of the local newspaper this time of year, you’ll see that baseball Spring training has already started. Similarly, if you look in the windows of 1500 Broadway, you’ll notice that Joe Marty’s Bar and Grille is also underway with a newly refurbished, baseball-themed atmosphere. With eight flat screen TVs to ensure that no fan misses any of the sports action, this local Land Park landmark is ready for the start of regular season.

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hollywood Park celebrated 4th of July with annual down-home parade

Neighbors began their revelry with drinks and snacks in front of Leonardo Da Vinci School before departing for an annual parade around the neighborhood on July 4, 2016. Kids, friends, and four-legged buddies all gathered in festive patriotic decor. Bikes, trikes, unicycles, wagons and strollers were also decorated in red, white and blue. The master of ceremonies of the event was Greg Brown and the event wouldn’t have been possible without all the volunteers.

70th annual Buddhist food festival and bazaar attracted nearly 40,000

There are several Sacramento-based cultural festivals that educate, feed and entertain River City residents, including those inspired by immigrants from Greece, Scotland, Portugal and Italy. But none have shared their music, dance, recipes and love for their adopted country as long and as consistently as the Japanese-Americans of the Sacramento Buddhist Church. The members of the church staged their 70th annual bazaar Aug. 13-14, 2016 – a celebration that serves as a reunion for family members, and as an introduction to the cultural and religious tenets of the church. Photo by Barry Wisdom

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La Fiesta de Frida! Frida Look-alike contest

Ladies young and old dressed up like Frida Kahlo for the Frida Kahlo Look-alike contest. There were fabulous prizes, art workshops for kids as well as food and drink. The event also featured a “little Frida children parade.” There was a special performance by Mariachi Los Gallo and an exhibition titled: Traditional Art of Lacustre Michoacan de Ocampo at the Latino Center of Art and Culture, 2700 Front St.

Inside the darkness of one of Panama Pottery’s 103-year-old kilns, a voluptuous female figure moved and swayed like a baby in the womb, enjoying mother’s comfort. But, outside stood crowds of artists and art lovers mesmerized by the hypnotic movements of Caro Novella in what she called “corpo ® ate”, a performance that examined the relationship of mutual cofeeding of corporations and health. A performance artist from Spain currently doing her PhD at UC Davis on performance studies whose interest lies in the intersection of collaborative practice, performance and nonnormative bodies, Caro states:”We choose the kind of products that we buy, right? We have created economies that are dependent on petroleum by our daily choices of plastic.” Exploring the idea of how could she could insert herself into the industrial complex, the kilns and the factory at large presented itself as an incredible location, while the newly revived Panama Art Factory once was a commercial factory with two large stone and brick kilns that were its hot heart. Caro’s performance epitomized what the event, held last spring, which was titled “Body of Art,” advertised: “The Body is a temple: a library, a trap, the means, the end, stardust and mud, a work of art... Still standing inside (Panama), like giant, earthen breasts waiting to nourish all who arrive and need it.” Like Caro’s body emerging from the womblike mesh that hung from the center of the kiln in clear symbolism of birth, Panama Pottery itself has been in a constant rebirth since a new wave of about 30 artists have entered the formidable structure. Photo by Will Bazargani

Sacramento 2016 Winter tweed ride

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While times have undoubtedly changed in 100 years, students continue to be the college’s number one passion and priority. “We believe education changes lives. We are here to give students an option and access to higher education that they otherwise may not have, due to whatever their circumstances may be. We have a strong history of being pioneers and advocates for our students, and we plan to continue that for many years to come,” Poindexter stated in a message to the Land Park News. Through the website, community members are welcome to share their SCC stories. “We’ve been here a long time and we know a lot of people in Sacramento and beyond have walked through our halls, and – hopefully – we have helped them in some way and that SCC has become part of their stories – we want to hear what their memories are of SCC,” Poindexter said. Now accepting applications for “Fast Track” classes (classes that start later in the semester, so classes go through the content faster), which start Oct. 13. Register online at www.scc.losrios.edu. Spring enrollment starts Nov. 21 “We encourage people to begin the application process as soon as possible so the classes they want don’t fill up before they can enroll,” Poindexter said.

Chinese United Methodist Church held 150th anniversary celebration By LancE arMStronG

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ed its 150th anniversary with a special dinner on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The event, held at the Asian Pearl Restaurant at 6821 Stockton Blvd. #165 at 5 p.m., featured a 10-course seafood banquet, a PowerPoint presentation with photographs from various eras, music performances by two singers, speakers and raffle prizes. Tickets for the event were $40 per person. This gathering also served as the church’s rebuild fundraiser from a vandalism/fire on Dec. 27, 2012. Following the vandalism/fire, the church has met on its 28th Avenue grounds in portable buildings, and established its rebuild project. Demolition for the new church structure began in June 2015 and its groundbreaking was held that Father’s Day. Sally Wong, the church’s treasurer, expressed the church’s excitement for its future building, which should be completed in 2017. “After waiting almost four years, it’s overwhelmingly exciting for us,” she said. “We already know what programs we’re going to be able to offer the community and what services we want to expand and offer. With the new facility that we’re building, it’s going to just be able to offer so much to the community, and it’s just so much fun.” In regard to its history, the church was organized and chartered as the Chinese Methodist Church of Sacramento in 1866. The church was renamed Chinese United Methodist Church as a result of the general conference in Dallas in 1968. The church was located at 6th and N streets for many years and moved to its present location on 28th Avenue in 1959. Wong invited the community to attend the upcoming anniversary celebration at the Asian Pearl Restaurant, as well as the church anniversary wor-

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ship service at 2470 28th Ave. on Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. “We welcome all to come out and celebrate our 150th anniversary, which is a milestone of leadership, faithfulness and dedication,” she said. “We’re open to the public, all are welcome, and we hope to see everybody.”

Bathhouse on Broadway: Asha Urban Baths now open By Pat Lynch

Sacramento may have finally made it with Cori Martinez’s new first-ofits-kind-here business: Asha Urban Baths at 2415 27th Street. First, what truly puts a city on the urban-hip map? It’s not the colossal downtown arena. Look at blighted Detroit: four arenas, each supposed to revive and restart the core. None worked. We trust that ours will do better, but the mammoth Golden One doesn’t define urbanity the way the Asha bathhouse does. Neither does extensive Mac Mansion housing development. A city is marked by the variety, not the size, of its offerings.

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Ashra Yoga and part-time manager of the bathhouse. “We’re a co-ed facility, swimming suits required. Some people bring their own towels, others use ours. But everyone comes out glowing.” Do clients make specific comments when they leave? “Yes. They say they feel so refreshed.” Bathhouses of yore were often associated with mystical beliefs, adding a dollop of reverence to the experience. It originated with the Greeks who built bathhouses around springs and tidal pools that they believed were blessed by the gods. Romans baths were built on natural hot springs and many dedicated to Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. In England under Roman occupation, the baths started as hot spring shrines, dedicated to the goddess, Sulis. The Celtic polytheism of Britain believed in her as both a nurturing mothergoddess and an avenging deity who would right wrongs done to her worshippers. Recently in Bath, England, anthropologists unearthed famed “curse tablets” where irate bathers scratched messages to Sulis in Latin. Sacramento’s Asha bathhouse provides no curse tablets; instead it gives flip-flops and towels for those who don’t bring their own, and promotes positive emotions: wellness, well-being. “Grab your suit and join the revolution to slow down, live well, enjoy life,” its website urges. There is no question that the bathing experience relieves tension, soothes achy muscles, and invites modern bathers to reflect peacefully upon issues that are probably not much different from the problems that perplexed the ancients. The Sacramento Asha claims to provide “a modern, cultural fusion of the old-world bathhouse—a center for healing and rejuvenation, a gathering place to restore wellbeing with heat and water.” The word, Asha, comes from a Zoroastrian concept meaning, in broad English translation, True Force, truth, righteousness, lawfulness, and moral order. This is something to contemplate perhaps as warm, soothing water slowly quiets your restless mind. McGrath observed that Asha patrons return, so it’s safe to say that the waters have been tested, and found to be excellent.

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Santa with mermaid Aimee Alejandre at the YMCA’s annual Swim with Santa event.

A Jolly ‘Ol Time at the Family Y Twas not yet Christmas, and all through the Y, children were swimmin’ and havin’ good time. The decorations were hung by the pool with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Now Sophie! Now Billy! Now, Albert and Ben! Oh, Jeffrey! Oh, Samuel! Oh, Audrey and Jen! Over to the shallow end! To where you can stand! Now tell Santa your wishes! Tell him all night!

The children were splashing all fun in the pool, while visions of merfolk danced real cool. And lifeguards on deck, and one on a chair, were watchin’ the kids for a long evening stare.

Covering her tail as she walked through the Y, Aimee Alejandre, her fins underlie some scarves and a jacket that hid her mer-self until she was ready to reveal her true self.

When out on the deck there arose such a clatter, Children swam all around to see what was the matter. Away to the deck they swam like The Flash, to see Santa Claus and offer a splash.

Whose mermaid career began in ‘11 as a lead at Dive Bar Aimee’s giving back now after being a sea star A fish in water almost her whole life She loves the community there at the Y

With little red swim trunks, and a candy cane shirt, Santa was quiet and the children alert. More rapid than sharks, the children they came, Santa whistled and shouted HO, HO, HO just the same:

And Santa whose presence there on that fun night Aimee had a wish for the man – keep the children safe and all right. The children were fine; they had a good time. So did the parents whoopity do.

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Sacramentans goers discuss 2016 and their resolutions for the New Year By Laura Winn

This year was one for the history books in more ways than one. The country watched as Olympians, such as stars Simone Biles and Michael Phelps, took home multiple golds. Our city welcomed a new arena and a new mayor. And the presidential election was unlike any other. Valley Com-

munity News spoke to people visiting McKinley Park and asked them to share their thoughts on 2016, as well as their resolutions for the new year.

Sam Cecil While enjoying a winter picnic with his girlfriend, 21-

year-old Sacramento State accounting student, Sam Cecil, took a moment to reflect on 2016 and concluded it was a tough year. From politics to the death of so many celebrity icons, including Prince, Bowie and Gene Wilder, “it was a shock,” Cecil said. Stresses in Cecil’s life also taught him unexpected lessons: For exam-

ple, too many finals and not enough money can help you lose 20 pounds, and living with roommates is awful. “I do not recommend it!” he stressed. But the year wasn’t all gloom. “The new arena is awesome!” Cecil, a King’s fan, said. “I think it will bring a lot of musicians and important people to our town.” As for

his resolutions, Cecil plans to get his own place in East Sac, graduate and find good employment, “So I can take my girl on a real date instead of a picnic in the park.”

Alex Madrigal “It’s been a strange year,” said 39-year-old Alex Madrigal, who was showing the park– “his second home” during childhood–to his two young children.“A lot of people passed away; then there was the election. A lot of things happened that I don’t think anyone could have foreseen.” Madrigal said he doesn’t really do New Year’s resolutions because he doesn’t have many vices. Still, he added, “I will try to keep an open mind on things like the new president.” Madrigal currently lives in the Bay Area and was visiting his parents, who previously ran McKinley Upholstery just down the street from the park.

Katelyn Gregory For 24-year-old Katelyn Gregory, 2016 was the year that changed her outlook on life. “The past year was really hard, but I learned that no matter how many bad things happen to you, you have to stay positive and focus on what you can do to better yourself,” she said. Gregory, who recently started work as a self-employed organizer, already had a New Year’s resolution in mind. “I set a bar to never go so low again,” she said. “No matter how cruel people can be, be yourself. Try to be positive and know that good wins in the end.”

Giovanni Troja “2016 has been a journey,” said Giovanni Troja, while throwing the ball for his yellow Labrador Retriever, Maximus. After studying criminal justice at Sacramento State, Giovanni, 29, said he is ready to begin a career in law enforcement and hopes to eventually work in the K9 unit. “I want to focus on the future and stay in shape.” In 2016, baseball kept him active. As a pitcher for Twins 18, Troja helped his team win its division playoffs in the Sacramento National Adult Baseball Association. 20

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Fairytale Town Trouper Auditions to be held Jan. 23 Fairytale Town looking for The Elly-Award winning Fairytale Town Troupers will be holding auditions for actors and singers for their 10th exciting season of original and innovative entertainment— and your child can be part of the fun! The program is open to youth ages 5 to 18. No theatrical experience is required. Parents and guardians are welcome to accompany minors. Auditions will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23 at Fairytale Town. Audition appointments are required. To make an appointment, or for questions about the Troupers, please contact John Lee at mrlee@ fairytaletown.org. The Fairytale Town Troupers is a theatre arts program that teaches the essentials of live stage production in a practical rehearsal and performance format. The Troupers program is open to young actors ages 5 to 18. Internship opportunities are also available for ages 18 to 21. In this unique program, novices work side-by-side with seasoned veterans to gain invaluable hands-on experience in

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the art of producing live theatre. The Troupers program is led by Fairytale Town’s Education & Theatre Arts Specialist John Lee, an awardwinning local playwright, director and actor. For Auditions: Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue—preferably memorized. Monologues can be sonnets or speeches from Shakespeare, passages from favorite books, plays or poems. Popular choices include selections from Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and Lewis Carroll. Please do not memorize a speech from a movie,

Entering a place called Fairytale Town just has to be a magical experience. Staff there work hard to make sure that once children and families cross under the Humpty Dumpty gate, they enter an enchanted realm where stories come to life and children can play to their heart’s content. These days, after hearing the initial “Oohs!” and “Ahhs!” upon entering the park, the next comment we often hear is,“What is that supposed to be?” when children see the drought-stricken waterways throughout the park. One frequent guest hit the nail on the head when she said, “Fairytale Town has done such a great job of upgrading and refreshing the grounds and playsets. It’s a shame the moats are such an eyesore.” A statement on the nonprofit’s website reads the following: “The board and staff of Fairytale Town are committed to keeping the historical integrity of our storybook park. We can easily justify maintaining and improving the moat around King Arthur’s Castle and the waterways close to the Pirate Ship and the Water Wheel. But, after many years of drought, it has become difficult to rationalize the use of water as a decorative element and costly to fill the nonthematic waterways in the park. For these reasons, we began to look at ways to repurpose the non-thematic waterways in the park. “Thanks to a grant from Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, we are in the process of creating a new playset! The grant allows Fairytale Town to request proposals from artists and arts organizations to create a new playset to replace the waterway between the Tipi playset and the Mary’s Little Lamb exhibit. Like all the structures at Fairytale Town, the new playset will be story-based, interactive, and powered by the imagination rather than electricity.” The grant requires a one-to-one match, and we need your help to raise the $100,000 match! The public is invited to join us in making this exciting and collaborative project come to life.

TV show, or any video or audio recording. After presenting your monologue, be ready for cold readings of scenes from the scripts and possibly some movement exercises. For Singing Auditions: Songs should be 2 minutes maximum length (shorter is okay). Please query for music restrictions. For more information, call the main office at 916-8087462 or the 24-hour line at 916-808-5233. Or email: mail@fairytaletown.org Fairytale Town is locat- Donate Today ed at 3901 Land Park Drive, Make a contribution online, or please contact Kathy Fleming at Sacramento. (916) 808-7060.

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What’s THURSDAY, JAN. 12 PUBLIC MEETING - RACE AND CULTURAL EQUITY: The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission has created a Race and Cultural Equity Task Force comprised of 16 members of the public and cochaired by two arts commissioners. The work of the task force is to review existing policies and guidelines, provide direction and make recommendations to the Arts Commissioners. Specifically, the task force will provide recommendations for the formation of the Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity Statement and for cultural inclusiveness in the selection of grants. Two public meetings will be conducted in order to gather information and receive feedback. January 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. is the first public meeting. Beatnik Studios, 723 S St.

FRIDAY, JAN. 13 CLASS DISMISSED FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: From 7 to 9 p.m., Discovery of Learning Northern California presents a free screening of Class Dismissed, a film about learning outside the classroom. The screening will happen at Discovery of Learning Sacramento, located at Riverside United Methodist Church, 803 Vallejo St. in Land Park. Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st Century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting. For reviews of the movie, visit: http://www. homeschoolfilm.com/about. This film is 90 minutes long and family friendly (most kids sat through & enjoyed the movie), plus organizers will host a discussion about the film with Discovery of Learning’s Founder and Executive Director, Amy McCamly and Kelly Harris, Discovery of Learning’s Regional Coordinator. Both Amy and Kelly are passionate about homeschooling and providing support to families navigating their homeschooling journey. This event is sponsored by Discovery of Learning. Discovery of Learning is coming to Sacramento at the end of January and is a multiage program, TK-8th grade, that considers the needs of the whole child. The first day in Sacramento will be Monday, Jan. 30 and will continue each Monday and Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Sacramento Open House will be on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Discovery of Learning Sacramento at Riverside United Methodist Church, 803 Vallejo St. in Land Park. For more information, visit www.discoveryoflearning.net or call 888-625-2012 ext. 9.

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VIC//JUN ALBUM RELEASE PARTY AT SOL COLLECTIVE: After one year of creating, recording, mixing, and mastering, UMBRELLAS is finally here. All proceeds go towards Sol Collective’s building purchase and community efforts. Performances by Tony Sharp, Kennedy Wrose, GSB4MAYOR, Issa Jackson, Lowlifeilli, Ant Magor, Voiice, and Cam Ofgenx! Hosted by Salvin of Native Children. Doors open at 6 p.m., $10 cover, all ages. For more information follow VIC// JUN on IG @forthecityguy | #umbrellas2017. Sol Collective is located at 2574 21st St. in Land Park.

SATURDAY, JAN. 14 CANINE SEARCH AND RESCUE PRESENTATION@ BELLE COOLEDGE LIBRARY: From 2 to 3 p.m., Roberto López will be joined by his dog, Marx, a search and rescue team-in-training, as he discusses the experience in becoming wilderness search and rescue dog training certified. López has been a member of the Sacramento arts community, apiculture and running community. In 2014, upon adopting Marx, both commenced an apprenticeship to become a wilderness and human remains rescue team. After a two-year training process, Roberto and Marx will be testing in the first half of 2017 to become a deployable mission-ready team. This presentation will focus on this team’s experience and other topics related to dog-training in search and rescue. 5600 South Land Park Drive. BARS & BEATS: POETRY + PRODUCER SHOWCASE: “Bars & Beats: Poetry + Producer Showcase” is a Sol Life presentation highlighting performance poets and producers through a new experience which bridges the two mediums together. This gathering will include established as well as rising poets and producers which will allow you to digest the two powerful forms of art in a new and memorable way. All proceeds will go towards Sol Collective and their campaign to purchase their building for future generations. 7 to 11 p.m. Sol Collective is located at 2574 21st St. in Land Park. Tickets are available at barsandbeats.eventbrite.com. Bars include: Salvin, Dre-T, Liala Zaray, Maafa The Poet, Mercy Lagaaia, Anne Capcap, Paul Willis, David AndYes Loret DeMola. Beats include: Mr. Dibiase, El Indio from World Hood, The Philharmonik and Dre-T.

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36TH ANNUAL CAPITOL MARCH FOR THE DREAM: The March for the Dream includes the Capitol March and the Diversity Expo. This free event honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and dramatizing the issues that can impact our future. As Northern California’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. day march, this event attracts a diverse crowd of 28,000 very enthusiastic participants to California’s Capitol for day of civic engagement, reflection and fun. For more information, call 426-4227. The schedule is as follows: The “Extra Mile”, the ceremonial start of the march for leaders and Oak Park residents (Oak Park Community Center—3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) begins from 8 to 8:30 a.m., but the official start of the march is between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at Sacramento City College (3835 Freeport Blvd.) The march arrives at the Convention Center, 1400 J St. between 11:15 and 11:45a.m. The “Diversity Expo” continues through the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the main stage program and opening ceremonies will start promptly at noon in addition to the activities that will be in full swing. (Sacramento Convention Center— 1400 J Street). Food options will be available at the end of the march. Buses will shuttle walkers back to their points of origin immediately upon arrival.

24TH ANNUAL - 2017 CRAB FEED - TOES IN THE SAND: The Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento #10 All guests will enjoy ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT service of crab, clam chowder, pasta, salad, and bread from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St. Complimentary beer, wine, soda, coffee and water. This year’s event will feature a live auction with benefit auctioneer, David Sobon of DSA Auctions. Proceeds from this event will benefit the following major beneficiaries as well as other Sacramento children’s charities: Aly and Izy Foundation -Helping NICU Babies and Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. General admission ($65 per person) and VIP tickets ($100 per person) are on sale now. Various sponsorship opportunities are available. (VIP Tables also available for purchase.) Please note this event is non-refundable and a 21 and over event. VIP tickets include: early entry to the event at 4:30p.m., served first for dinner, souvenir drink glass, 5 raffle tickets per person, 2 specialty cocktail drink tickets per person and two complimentary bottles of wine per table. If you would like to sponsor the Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento #1032’s Crab Feed, please check out sponsorship levels at http://www.sacwomens2030. org/ or by emailing info@sacwomens2030.org

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS – Learn when and where to look for scholarships and get tips on what to include in any scholarship essay. Instructor Marilyn Van Loben Sels, a certified college counselor, has been helping students and their families for over 15 years. Registration is required for this workshop by calling (916) 264-2920 or online at saclibrary.org. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento.

THURSDAY, JAN. 19 SACRAMENTO’S MOTORCYCLE STORIES AND HISTORY: From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the California Auto Museum will be joined by several local motorcycle historians and California Motorcycle Culture club members as they share their stories, answer questions, and display some of their biker artwork and artifacts. Snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase (one free drink with event admission). The cost for this event is as follows: non-members: $15; museum members: $5; executive and above members: Free! California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. Tickets are available at www.calautomuseum.org.

THURSDAY, JAN. 26 CIDER, BACON AND SKEE BALL!: From 5 to 9 p.m. at Two Rivers Cider Company 4311 Attawa Ave., Ste. 103, Sacramento Bacon Fest presents an evening of cider (including bacon cider!), bacon food specials and a Skee Ball tournament in which the winner will win a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT final Bacon Fest event at Mulvaney’s on the 29th!

SATURDAY, JAN. 28 SACTOWN VEGFEST 2017: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Sacramento Vegetarian Society is proud to sponsor the second annual SacTown VegFest, a celebration of vegan/plant based living, featuring: speakers, exhibitors/vendors offering animalfree goods/services, free samples, cooking demos, entertainment, children’s activities. Cost: Free admission. Organizers are building on last year’s success, when more than 1,100 attendees came to the original STVF, many who had never been to a veg-themed event before. STVF is an event for everyone, from vegetarians of all stripes, including vegans/plant-based veterans; animal-rights advocates; environmental activists; to omnivores looking for ways to add more plant-based options to their repertoires, or to learn more about the hows and whys of doing so. Sacramento High School, 2315 34th St.

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