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Meet the Val & Sal for the year In the Pocket

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Faces & Places: MCM Home Tour

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Sac Recycles

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‘I Like Your Hat’ CD review

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Local history feature

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Library news

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In the Pocket By Shane Singh

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Lost Pets: Sad to report that a neighborhood pet store, Pet Haven, was shuttered in May, leaving the Greenhaven Plaza shopping center in an unannounced move that caught many residents by surprise. Countless GreenhavenPocket dogs, cats and birds found their human families at Pet Haven, which was a full-service shop featuring low-cost vaccinations in addition to adoptions and pet supplies. So it’s a double loss to the community -- one less option to outfit our four-legged and winged friends, and farther travel for Spot’s and Snowball’s needs. Ice Creamed: Another local business, the Cold Stone Creamery, went dark months before the hot summer heat was scheduled to arrive at Lake Crest Center.  The good news is that the neighboring Rite Aid opened an old fashioned “Thrifty Ice Cream” counter to put some chill into June, July and August.  Neighborhood parents won’t complain about the price break found at Thrifty … Dusted for Prints: In case you wondered why hundreds of people were snaked around the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library a couple of weeks ago, the answer is: protecting our kids.  The lines were for “Live Scan” fingerprinting of the soccer coaches who will oversee hundreds of recreational youth teams in the fall.  More than 340 coaches and administrators’ prints were processed at this event hosted by Greenhaven Soccer.  Club vice-president Jean Seaton comments, “The volunteer coaches are the backbone of our soccer program, we thank them for waiting in line for the fingerprints.”  And yes, wise guy, no two prints were alike … The Beautiful Game: Speaking of soccer, Norwich City FC, a bottom-feeder in the English Premier League, takes on Club Dorados of Sinaloa, Mexico in a friendly match at Raley Field on July 18 as part of “Sacramento Soccer Day.” 

Warren Smith, the owner of the new pro soccer team notes, “Sacramento Soccer Day will marry the past, present and future of soccer in the Sacramento region. Sacramento has an incredibly rich and intriguing soccer history that has flown under the radar for too long. It is time to celebrate the generations of dedicated people that have laid the groundwork for the incredible soccer culture that exists here today. This event is for them.” Expect a sell-out crowd. With the Kings staying, you’d think we could have attracted Manchester City, but no such luck. Get your tickets early. I’ll buy a pint at Pocket Bistro for the first reader who can tell me what city Norwich plays in (hint, it’s not London) … Baby Vice:  Exhaustive research by this column has established beyond a reasonable doubt that the bouncing new baby girl delivered by Angelique Ashby represents the first time a Vice Mayor of Sacramento has given birth on the job (well, Angelique wasn’t exactly on the job at the time, but you know what I mean). Congratulations to Mom and family … Gaggle:  Another springtime arrival has taken up residence in The Pocket.  A gaggle of geese has taken up residence in and around Florin Rd. and Windward Way.  The baby geese are about the size of old duck, I’m told (but taste better, I’ll wager).  Summer Reading:  The annual Friends of The Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library Summer Reading program kicks off on June 15th at 10 am.  Friends president Kathi Windheim reports that this year’s theme is “Reading is So Delicious!”  Show up for the free entertainment and delicious goodies … Sacramento Kings:  Under the leadership of Mayor Kevin Johnson, the community united and saved our sole major league franchise.  The NBA approved the sale of the team from the Maloofs to a group led by software magnate Vivek Randadive. Randadive Tweeted, “...It is an honor & a privilege to be part of such an amazing community.” We agree. 

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Recycling and yard waste changes outlined By Benn Hodapp

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As of July 1, as many as 14,000 Sacramentans will have to change their weekly waste disposal routine in order to adhere to the city’s new service changes. Garbage pickup will go on as it always has, but recycling pickup will change from every week to every other week beginning on that date. Stave Harriman, Waste General Manager of the Recycling and Solid Waste Division, outlined why some of the changes are taking place. “The city was on an every other week recycling schedule until 2006,” Harriman said. “It was changed to every week because it was believed that the tonnage of collected recycling would increase 30-40% if collected weekly, but really it only increased by five or six percent. It was costing a huge amount of money to put trucks on the



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street in order to collect this small increase in recyclables.” While the goal is to collect as much recycling as possible, the bottom line is that the city can only do so much within the constraints of its budget. “It’s a little less convenient, but we will save $1 million a year by changing it to every other week,” he said. In addition to the new recycling schedule, some Sacramento residents will have their day of the week for waste pickup changed, according to Harriman. Those affected by this new schedule have either already been informed or will be informed before the July 1 change. While recycling is changing to an every other week schedule, green waste pickup will continue to be every week as before. In order to combat confusion about the new pickup schedule, the city has launched a free app called Sac City 311 for your mobile phone. With

the app you can sign up for a weekly reminder to be sent to your phone about recycling dates. The app will also allow you to report broken cans, report illegal dumping or request a new can. For people who recycle a lot of materials and are worried that the bi-weekly pickup schedule will leave them drowning in recyclables, a second recycle can is available for $1.76. The recycling schedule will be broken up into A and B recycling weeks. To find out which week you fall on, you can either download the 311 app, or go to www.sacrecycle.org. Residents may also take advantage of appointment-based neighborhood pickup of large items. Each household is allowed one free pickup of five cubic yards (or about the size of a pickup truck). Each additional five cubic yards will be charged a fee of $28.60. Appointments can be made through the 311 app or by dialing 311 on your phone.

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Mid-Century Modern home tour Photos by Greg Brown greg@valcomnews.com

The Mid-Century Modern Home Tour held on Saturday, May 18 highlighted more than 30 spectacular midcentury modern residential and commercial structures in South Land Park and Land Park neighborhoods of Sacramento. There was a vintage transportation show, historic displays and exhibits, and lots of goodies.

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Capital City, Fort Sutter were among river’s most famous steamboats By LANCE ARMSTRONG Lance@valcomnews.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 12 in a series about the history of the Sacramento River. The history of steamers of the Sacramento River is an extensive one that covers a romantic period in the city’s past. And with the Sacramento Valley’s extensive agriculture operations, steamers were also used to transport agricultural products along the river. During the 19th century, vessels of small steamboat companies stopped at landings, so that the goods of farmers could be loaded onto those steamers.

A major event in the story of the river’s steamers, of which there were many, was the March 31, 1871 transfer of all property of the California Steam Navigation Co. to the California Pacific Railroad Co. Five months later, the Central Pacific Railroad, en route to becoming a railroad monopoly, acquired the California Pacific. And with that transaction, the Central Pacific continued the operation of steamers that were once run by the California Steam NavPhoto courtesy of the Lance Armstrong Collection igation Co. The four-deck steamer Capital City was mostly built in 1910, two years prior to the construction of the nearly identical As part of this monopoly, steamer Fort Sutter. the owners of the Central Pacific also acquired the South- came the dominant name for co-Sacramento route and Do- plying the waters of the Sacern Pacific. And gradually the all of the railroad holdings. ver, Flora, Gov. Dana and Red ramento. Southern Pacific name beIn 1873, 22 steamboats Bluff of the upper SacramenThese elegant sternwere registered for regular to River. wheelers, which includoperation on the river, with The sister ships, Modoc ed staterooms and private the largest of these boats be- and Apache, were the main baths, were both running on ing the 864-ton Amador. railroad steamers during the the river by 1912. River and harbor statistics 1880s. These vessels made for 1873 note that 231 sail- regular trips to and from Sac- Capital City ing vessels arrived in the cap- ramento and San Francisco. ital city during the same year, As older steamships in 1912 The four-deck Capital City with the greatest number of and for several years more, the was mostly built in 1910, two these arrivals being 30 during Modoc and the Apache aban- years prior to the construction the month of June. doned the common night trav- of the nearly identical steamer A ferry bay and river steam- el along the river for morning Fort Sutter. This trivial inforers report that was printed departures to and from Sacra- mation is odd in a historical in June 1878 refers to eight mento and San Francisco. timeline fashion, considering steamers that were then runDuring the same era, two that Sutter’s Fort was built a ning on the Sacramento River. of the river’s most famous decade before the founding of These vessels were: Ame- steamboats, the California Sacramento City, which belia, Chin du Wan, Enterprise Transportation Co.’s Capital came California’s capital city and Julia of the San Francis- City and Fort Sutter, began for the first time in 1852. Prior to the maiden voyage of the 1,142-ton, 220-footlong Capital City, a dilemma was being faced. Although the city wharf near the foot of M Street (now Capitol Mall) was sufficient for smaller sized vessels, it was not built to accommodate a steamer the size of the Capital City. The specific problem was that in the event of the Capital City’s use of the wharf ’s north elevator, her stern would overlap the elevator at the wharf ’s southern end, thus causing delays for other vessels. Upon the suggestion of Mayor Marshall R. Beard, and following official examinations of the wharf, the See Steamboats, page 7



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wharf ’s south elevator was moved further south of its original location, at a cost of about $400. The Capital City, which was christened in San Francisco in a special Aug. 27, 1910 ceremony that was attended Beard, Lt. Gov. Warren R. Porter and many others, was described in the Aug. 25, 1910 edition of The San Francisco Call. Included in that description were the following words: “ The vessel, built for service between here and Sacramento, will set a new mark in river transportation. Roomy and fast, the Capital City will be provided with all the comforts of a great ocean liner or firstclass hotel. Every state room will be served with hot and old running water and there will be a number of private suites with private bathrooms adjoining. The interior woodwork is all mahogany. There are wide stretches of promenade decks and on the top side is a large observation room protected on all sides from inclement weather by large plateglass (sic) windows. The hull is divided into nine watertight compartments, these compartments being separated by cross steel bulkheads. An elaborate fire sprinkling system has been installed. This all means that the Capital City will be practically unsinkable and fireproof.” The then-new steamer was put in operation between Sacramento and San Francisco in about October 1910. In 1927, the Capital City was decommissioned due to

the introduction of the California Transportation Co.’s (later River Lines’) steamers, Delta King and Delta Queen. The Capital City was relocated to the San Joaquin River and renamed the Port of Stockton. The vessel continued to work the river until 1942, when it was purchased by the Army for use as floating barracks. Following the war, theatrical manager Barney Gould purchased the old riverboat, which he planned to convert into a floating entertainment center with a restaurant and nightclub. The Capital City, according to the March 15, 1952 edition of The Sacramento Bee, was eventually renamed the City of San Francisco. On March 14, 1952, the steamer partially sunk during a storm in the San Francisco harbor channel, China Basin. The old stern-wheeler had recently been painted red, white and blue in preparation for its intended relocation to the San Francisco Maritime Museum. The Bee reported on Sept. 11, 1958 that the Sherman Crane Service of Oakland had been paid $9,477 for the wrecking and removal of the old vessel from China Basin.

In a well attended event held in San Francisco on Nov. 11, 1912, the Capital City left its shore while Eva Lowry, winner of a Sacramento High School contest for the best essay about John A. Sutter, broke a Sacramento Valley Winery champagne bottle over the steamer’s bow. Prior to breaking the bottle, Lowry raised it above her head and said, “I christen thee Fort Sutter.” Since the Fort Sutter would not begin its Sacramento-San Francisco route until the following month, about 60 Sacramentans, who had attended the event, returned home aboard the Capital City. In an early report about the Fort Sutter, The Bee described the vessel, as follows: “The Fort Sutter will cost approximately a quarter of a million dollars and will be one of the best boats of her type afloat. The (steamer) will have accommodations for 260 passengers in (66) staterooms and suites. There will be four three-room suites on the boats with bathrooms. In every room there will be electric lights, running hot and colt (sic) water an (sic) telephone connection with all parts of the boat.”

The Fort Sutter also included three decks for passengers, a dining room with a capacity of 70, a large social hall, an observation room, a barber shop, a newsstand, a candy store, a barroom/card room, smoking rooms and washstands with hot and cold water in each of the staterooms. The social room included a dome of colored glass that both lighted and beautified the room. The glass was valued at more than $2,000. Inside the staterooms was mahogany and birch woodwork and doors of teak. Fort Sutter’s original officers of the were Capt. G.H. Goodell, chief engineer William L. Ely, pilots Andrew Carlson and A.R. Paul, first mate Albert Johnson and purser F.E. Greenbaum. It was business as usual for Fort Sutter until 1927, when it was also decommissioned with the introduction of the Delta King and Delta Queen. During World War II, the Navy acquired Fort Sutter and used the riverboat to house and feed sailors near Mare Island in the Carquinez Straits. After the war, M.O. Mason, a Sacramento automobile salesman and owner of the Capi-

tal City Yacht Club, purchased the vessel from the Navy, and had it returned to the capital city in January 1947. J.H. McGee of 1712 N St., J.A. Peterson of 1744 Sherwood Ave., and his brother L.A. Peterson of 2430 V St. purchased the boat a year later for the purpose of converting it into a fishing club on the south side of the Three Mile Slough Bridge. As part of their project, these men planned to open a restaurant on the boat’s second deck, as well as club and cocktail rooms. Under the old steamer’s new ownership, the San Francisco tugs, Antioch and Paul Martin, pulled it down the river toward Rio Vista on Oct. 10, 1949. Gould later acquired Fort Sutter, which began to deteriorate in San Francisco Bay under his ownership, and was destroyed by fire in 1959.

Fort Sutter As previously mentioned, the four-deck steamer Fort Sutter, which was built by Sacramento Bay Shipbuilders, was constructed two years following the building of the Capital City.

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‘I Like Your Hat’ CD out now

By MONICA STARK

the entire CD for $9.99. If you prefer the physical CD, you can get one from CDBaby. As he says online, the best way to get a copy of the new songs for your listening pleasure is directly from him. “Come to a show, sing along, do the freeze dance, and pick up a CD for the ride home.” Here are the lyrics to his most recent album’s title track, “I Like Your Hat” which is one of the four songs he sang on a Loose Acoustic Trio CD. “I had to re-write the lyrics to make them kid friendly. I like the new lyrics better,” he says on his website. I like them too!

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Liked by kids and parents alike, Mister Cooper is always a hit and a hoot to boot, whether he’s at your local library or at your child’s school. While he describes his most recent CD “I Like Your Hat” as an album about kids not necessarily for kids, my 17 month old and her playmates at daycare boogie down when the adults put it on. Listening to it in the car definitely helps trips fly by. There is one song on the album that even my dad recognized, though. It’s a kind of bluegrassy cover of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard.” It’s a great song and Mister Cooper does it justice. He says he’s been playing it that way for 20 years and it was recorded with the Loose Acoustic Trio for their, “Sorrow Be Gone” CD. One mom at a recent storytime at the Colonial Heights branch agreed, telling him something to the effect of: “We were in traffic in San Francisco for three hours, so it was a Mister Cooper marathon.” To wit, he replied: “I’m so sorry. That sounds terrible.” That’s the kind of fun guy this musician is. Ken Cooper has been making kids’ music for 17 years, ever since his son, John Cooper, (who did a little bit of writing for Valley Community Newspapers and now works for the state) was in kindergarten and the school asked parents if they have any skills or talents they could share.

That was the first stepping off point, so to speak. And “ Mister Cooper is for the birds” album is what he calls the gateway CD with songs more for kids than about them. Mister Cooper seems to keep relatively busy, going from libraries to schools to even performing at special events like festivals and birthday parties. His schedule for public events is on his website, www. mistercooper.com, which is where you can also find his music. You can go to iTunes and listen to a sample of every song. You can get a song for 99 cents or

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Sac Library wants to show how ‘Reading is so Delicious’ this summer By Corrie Pelc

librarian at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library. “Studies have shown that you Write a cookbook. Make need to read at least four to a pizza. Learn cooking tech- five books over the summer to niques. prevent ‘summer slide’ — the This is literally just a taste set back kids get when they of the bounty of programs the come back from summer vaSacramento Public Library cation and they’re trying to has put together for its annu- pick up where they left off in al summer reading program. school,” she explains. This year’s theme is “Reading is So Delicious,” which Feast On This! ties in literacy skills with helping kids and adults learn One of the signature proabout food and nutrition in a grams at library branchfun way, says Christie Hamm, es this summer is the “Kids manager of youth and com- Can Cook” series, which munity services for the Sac- Hamm says is through a ramento Public Library. Plus, partnership with CaliforHamm says, the theme ties in nia Food Literacy, “where with the local eating culture they talk about nutrition of Sacramento with its com- and health facts, they read munity of growers and food- a story, and then either lead ies. “It’s a perfect opportunity kids in a tasting or they’ll for us to celebrate the cultur- get some recipes.” al heritage, the opportunities, An example of a program in the different businesses and this series includes “The Litgrowers and history that we tle Red Hen (Makes Pizza),” have in this area,” she adds. where kids will get to listen Additionally, programs that to a story, make pizza dough teach how to read a recipe, from scratch, and get to taste for instance, show how liter- pizza with veggies. “The Little acy is an important life-long Red Hen (Makes Pizza)” will skill, says Donna Zick, youth be at the Arcade Library on services librarian at Belle June 20, Carmichael Library Cooledge Library in Land on June 26, Pocket Library Park. “The literacy part of it on July 11, and Ella K. Mcis so relevant in so many as- Clatchy Library on July 13. pects of their lives, and there Another highlight for kids are some very direct appli- is the “Hungry As a Bear for cations here with cooking, Books!” Puppet Show with (which are) skills you’re going ventriloquist puppeteer to need for your whole life,” Tony Borders, where kids she explains. get to learn about GladAnd taking part in a sum- ly the Grizzly who is packmer reading program helps ing his magic picnic basket kids be better prepared for with surprising foods and the return to school in the fall, delicious books. This prosays Tracey Joe, youth services gram comes to the Pocket corrie@valcomnews.com

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Library on June 15, ArdenDimick Library on June 25, Arcade Library on July 13, and Belle Cooledge Library on July 31. There’s also lots of teens to do during summer reading. At Belle Cooledge Library, teens and tweens can learn how to cook Asian and Mexican cuisine through a partnership with the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. Zick says participants will learn about seasonal produce, how to follow recipes, basic food preparation techniques, and food presentation. “Just some basic things to add to their skills set,” she adds. Asian cuisine will be held on June 28, and Mexican cuisine on July 19.

seen by Maryellen Burns, local food historian, editor, and author of Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes. The workshops will be held June 15 and 22, July 13 and 20, and August 10 and 24 from 11am-12:30pm. No registration is required, however, there may be a list of materials for each class — visit www.saclibrary.org for more information. And in the Arden area, at Arden-Dimick Library learn how to turn your favorite food memories and boxes of recipes into a family cookbook at “Recipes and Remembrances” on June 22, and on July 20 adults can learn about the music and dance of the Hawaiian Islands and taste sweet treats from the Islands at “Aloha, Hawaii! with the Ohana Dance Group.”

“Reading is So Delicious” This year’s reading program runs from June 1 through August 31. Kids and adults can sign up any at library branch location or online at www.saclibrary.org. Participants are given an activity sheet and those that complete them are eligible for a prize — kids and teens receive a free book, while adults receive a reusable book bag. And all are put in a drawing to win an iPad Mini (one per age group) or $100 Target gift card (one per library location.) For more information on the summer reading program and a full list of events, visit www. saclibrary.org.

Dig In! Remember – summer reading is not just for kids, but for adults, too! Hamm says summer reading can help give adults an opportunity to “unplug” and find time to read for fun. “Also when kids see adults reading, you model for them good behaviors that they’ll repeat,” she adds. “For parents it’s an opportunity to model those skills that kids can pick up on and will have benefits down the line.” Over in Land Park, Belle Cooledge Library is offering a “Whip Up a Cookbook” program for adults this summer. Zick says it’s a six part series of workshops where at the end, attendees will end up creating a family cookbook. The program features a number of speakers and teachers over-

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Pocket area home to ‘Bound Together’ library by Corrie Pelc

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McClatchy High School seniors Allison Yamamoto and JasMin Khoe needed to come up with an idea for their senior project. As they both had a far-reaching love books and libraries, they decided to do a project to promote literacy. Yamamoto is a member of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) for Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, while Khoe was on the TAB of the Belle Cooledge Library and for the past year has sat on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sacramento Public Library. At first, they set their senior project as a book drive at McClatchy. Yamamoto says they conducted the drive by placing donation boxes in classrooms at the school and by working with academic groups that focused on community service. Through this effort, they were able to collect more than 600 books. “My goal was around 500 (books) ... I was really happy when I found out there was over 600 -- it was a great surprise,” Khoe says.

Books for Rwanda With the books collected, Yamamoto and Khoe decided to send 270 of the books to an orphanage in Rwanda through an organization

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called Streets Ahead Children’s Center Association (SACCA). Khoe was introduced to SACCA when she traveled there last summer to help build a school. “I met a lot of kids in Rwanda and so I was really inspired to do something for them,” she explains. “I wanted to send them some materials over, and then I thought books -- just to promote literacy would be really great.” Khoe says SACCA works to take kids -- ranging from infants to teens -- off the streets in Rwanda to giving them food, clothing, and shelter, and helping them with education. “I was really inspired by that organization and what they do, so that’s where we sent the books,” she adds.

Bound Together Now with books to use from their book drive, Yamamoto says they began to look for an opportunity to help promote literacy in their own community. Then they heard about a recent movement where community members build small libraries, which look like oversized birdhouses, and set them up in a public area such as outside a home or in a park. The library is stocked with books, which anyone can take. Once you read it, you can return it. Or if

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Allison Yamamoto, Second Vice President for SCUSD Board of Education Darrel Woo, and JasMin Khoe at the grand opening of the Bound Together Library in the Pocket.

you want to keep it, community members are urged to replace it with another book. Yamamoto says they decided to built similar libraries on their own they could stock with the remainder of the books they had collected and called them Bound Together libraries. “JasMin and I are really close friends and the whole purpose of the project is to bring the community together, so we call them Bound Together libraries,” she explains. The only problem was the girls now needed help in actually building the libraries. For that, they turned to Khoe family friend and East Sacramento resident Greg Stults, who in addition to being a past teacher at Crocker Riverside Elementary has experience in construction and woodworking. Stults says he met with Yamamoto and Khoe to design the two libraries they would be building. Then after purchasing necessary hardware and using scrap wood and tools he had, he guided the girls in con-

structing their libraries. He says it took them about 10 hours to build both libraries. “I wanted them to do as much of it as possible,” he says. “I wanted them to learn how to use the table saw, bandsaw, nailgun -- I would demonstrate and make sure they were safe. They did the majority of the work themselves, so they learned a lot about measuring and how to use the tools.” Yamamoto says she learned a lot from Stults when it came to how to use the different tools. “I learned a lot about the whole mechanics and how much thought you really have to put into constructing something,” she adds. “It was just really fascinating.”

“First Two of Many” On May 2, Yamamoto and Khoe, along with community members, held the grand opening of their first Bound Together Library on Arabella Way in the Pocket area. The second library is expected to

be placed in Curtis Park by the end of May. Yamamoto hopes that more students and community members will take up the charge to build Bound Together libraries and place them in other areas of Sacramento. She says there are other students at McClatchy, as well as students at John F. Kennedy High School already talking about building their own libraries. “Hopefully this is just the first two of many,” she adds. According to Kathi Windheim, president of the Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library, the Friends has set aside $500 to reimburse students and have more built, and Eagle Scout Jonathan Louie plans to build one. To help community members learn more about Bound Together libraries, Yamamoto and Khoe will be offering a workshop on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Robbie Waters PocketGreenhaven Library. “We’ll be there presenting what it is, how they can use it and how they can build their own,” she explains. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


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Boy Scouts and VFW provided Memorial Day ceremonies at Pioneer House Photo courtesy of Scott Jow

Boy Scout Troop 259 and the VFW Post 8358 provided Memorial Day ceremonies at the Pioneer House Retirement Community. Troop 259 is based in the Greenhaven Pocket area and is sponsored by the Elks Lodge #6.

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Earth Day every day MLK Children’s Center

Students collected items for TerraCycle By Kristen Encinas

Martin Luther King Children’s Center, a school district before and after school program on the campus of MLK K-8 Elementary School, collects a variety of items for recycling with TerraCycle. The Children’s Center collected drink pouches, used toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes, empty beauty bottles, cheese wrappers along with dairy tub containers and sends them postage paid to TerraCycle. MLK Children’s Center earns about $.02 per item. TerraCycle then converts the collected waste into a wide variety of products and materials. TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. Founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a 20-year-old Princeton University freshman, TerraCyle began by producing organic fertilizer, packaging liquid worm poop in used soda bottles. Since then Terracycle has grown into one of the fastest growing green companies in the world. Terracycle is creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable waste. MLK Children’s Center is just one group of 20 million people collecting waste in over 20 countries. TerraCycle has diverted billions of units of waste and used them to create over 1,500

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different products available at major retailers ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market. The goal is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating collection and solution systems for anything that today must be sent to a landfill. So far, MLK Children’s Center has sent in 18,146 drink pouches alone. Staff, students and families collect these items from their homes along with collection tubs in the school cafeteria at lunchtime. It’s a great way we celebrate Earth Day everyday! Good for the environment, community and especially the children. Here are some accolades from the students: “Terracycle is cool because we help the environment by recycling our trash.” -- Leiomi Gastinell, sixth grader “It’s so easy to save and bring in the items.” -Alyson Eystad, fourth grader “It’s a good way to help the environment and the children’s center without doing anything hard or extreme.” -- Elise Ledesma, sixth grader Kristen Encinas is the Head Teacher at MLK Children’s Center

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MLK young authors are published writers! Selected students in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade from Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School have had their stories published by the Sacramento Public Library’s I Street Press. Sixty-five authors’ works have been published in one of three volumes. Student authors and their families had the opportunity to see their books rolling off the press in person when they visited the I Street Press at the Central Library on May 21st. The authors were each presented with a copy of their book. The Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library hosted an Author Celebration event on June 4. MLK’s Young Authors signed their books and reading selections of their works. This program was supported by the MLK PTA, The Greenhaven Mother’s Club, Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library, and the Sacramento Public Library.

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Thank you Big Al’s BBQ for hosting the Chinese Culture Club’s Goodbye Luncheon for the seniors and scholarships By Anstonia Ma and Mai Yang Edited by Quentin Ng

Big Al’s BBQ Luncheon for the Chinese Culture Club was a fantastic experience. This luncheon was leaning toward giving appreciation to the seniors, who have been in the Chinese Culture Club for a long time and have shown

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a great deal of loyalty to the Chinese program. Mr. Alfred Kuhn, the owner of Big Al’s BBQ, was extremely generous to donate this luncheon to the students. Also, all of the students had a great time socializing and learning from the owners. As the owners learn about the students, a connection was made. Mr. Alfred Kuhn and his workers, Mr. Fernando and Mr. Tony, all showed deep interests in the welfare of the students and encouraged them to pursue their dreams and to persevere through all type of situations. This somewhat struck the senior students as an inspiring moment; thus, causing them to be more excited about their future when Mr. Kuhn told them about his own successful life story. As invigorating music was playing in the background and the students began to put their forks down in satisfac-

tion, the seniors, Daniel Li, Deion Sugianto, Brian Wong, Chris Lim, and Phock Hang, were beginning to be honored for their commitment to the Chinese program. Furthermore, many scholarships will be given out to some students in the Chinese Culture Club. Matthew Huang will be receiving the Doctor Arnold Barbara Scholarship for his academic achievements. Deion Sugianto, president of the Chinese Culture Club, will receive the Alumni Tim Lim Scholarship for his technological advancements this year. Daniel Li will also receive the June Chen Scholarship for his leadership skills. AdSee Culture Club, page 17

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Kennedy High Chinese Culture Club students with Big Al’s BBQ owner, Mr. Alfred Kuhn. Shown up front, from left to right: Mr. Fernando, Mr. Tony, Mrs. Lim, Mrs. Hatamiya, Anstonia Ma, Chun Ming Yan, Zang Yang, Mai Yang, Mui Hang, Mr. Alfred Kuhn. Second Row: Kevin Chan, Brian Wong, Daniel Li, Chris Lim, Deion Sugianto, and Phock Hang.

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nation for Zang Yang’s trip to China. After the seniors were introduced and bid their farewells, everyone left the restaurant with a new sense of fulfillment and optimism of the world and the endless possibilities it held.

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Pocket resident wants to make magic Ever since he was an infant, Pocket resident Wes Okuhara could hardly wait for the annual family jaunt to Disneyland. The soon-to-be CK McClatchy graduate will soon embark on realizing his dream and hopefully one day work for Disney as an Imagineer. His parents, May and Ken, wondered if he played too many video games as a child. Well, apparently it paid off. “Growing up, I frequently visited the ‘Happiest Place

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on Earth’ or Disneyland, and it really was a ‘happy’ place for me. Eventually, I was motivated to develop this passion into a potential career. Combining my skill in math and science and love for Disney, I am inspired to pursue a path as an Imagineer. I want people to be happy too!” Okuhara says. Imagineering is responsible for designing and building Disney theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other entertainment venues at all levels of project development. Imagineers possess a Photo by May Okuhara broad range of skills Wes Okuhara. and talents, and thus more than 140 different job team where he recently earned titles fall under the banner of Metro League MVP, AllImagineering, including illus- League (for the second year trators, architects, engineers, in a row), and McClatchy Selighting designers, show writ- nior Student/Athlete awards. ers, graphic designers, and Okuhara currently has a 4.0 many more. Okuhara would NCGA golf index and wants like to focus on engineering to improve his short game this animation, which is fascinat- summer. He hopes to contining to him. ue his golf career at UCSD. Okuhara will attend the Okuhara is also an Eagle University of California, San Scout with Boy Scout Troop Diego this fall where he will 50 (sponsored by the Sacramajor in Computer Science mento Betsuin Church). As a and Engineering. At Mc- Life Scout, Okuhara planned, Clatchy, Okuhara is enrolled organized, and supervised his in the Humanities and In- Eagle Scout project by replacternational Studies Program ing a large turf area with a new (HISP). HISP is a rigorous decomposed granite parking honors program that teach- lot at the Walnut Grove Budes students to explore glob- dhist Church. He also installed al perspectives on learning, new landscaping around the study college-level literary parking lot and a drip irrigation works and ideas, and prepares system. His project logged a tothem for the rigors of college. tal of 331 hours. A long-time Okuhara is a member of Walnut Grove resident comthe National Honor Society, mented to him that she had not California Scholarship Fed- seen the church look so vibrant eration, Key Club, Fair Trade in over 40 years. Club, and Japanese Club. He One of many Pocket stucarries a weighted 4.3 GPA. dents on the journey to realHe is also the team captain izing a dream and make peofor the McClatchy varsity golf ple happy along the way.

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School of Engineering and Science win Best Design-Mechanical It was a day of teamwork, competition and learning on Friday, May 17 as high school students from across the region navigated solarpowered boats across Rancho Seco Lake and vied for prizes in an educational and fun competition. Pocket area’s School of Engineering and Sciences’ boat is brown canoe variety with distinctive paddle wheel. This academic competition provided a chance for students to learn about solar power and renewable energy while showcasing their engineering and design skills. For the second year, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) sponsored the Northern California Solar Regatta at the Rancho Seco Recreational Area. The teams of local students, grades 7 through 12, designed and built 23 solar-powered boats and raced them at Rancho Seco Lake. Winners were judged on speed, slalom, endurance and design of the solarpowered, student-piloted boats. Next year there are plans to expand the competition to a two-day event that includes collegiate-level solar boaters. There were booths hosted by the Sacramento County DART team, Sierra Paddle, Radio Disney, US Coast Guard, Big Wake Weekend and others. Laguna Creek High School won the overall competition, placing first in the speed and slalom segments. The team was rewarded with life jackets from the California Department of Boating and Waterways. The boat was developed and used in the school’s green technology curriculum and had funding from various grants. “ The boat is well-designed and built for speed,” said SMUD organizer Suzette Bienvenue. “Clearly the students had very detailed instruction in engineering, materials and physics and were very competitive.” Laguna Creek also won overall best boat design, while Sacramento City Unified School District’s School of Engineering and Science picked up the Best Mechanical Design award for its entry that featured riverboat style paddle wheels port and starboard. “ They used their vast engineering resources to design the cool-looking paddle boat,” said Bienvenue. All boats were subject to some basic rules, safety checks and a battery inspection. Once the battery was approved and tagged it could not be swapped or charged by any means other than the sun. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.

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Winners:

Best Design-Mechanical: School of Engineering and Science (SCUSD) Best Boat Design: Laguna Creek HS Best Sustainable: Foothill HS Best Design-Artistic: Folsom HS Best Drivetrain: Ceres Jr. HS Spirit Award: Evergreen Middle School (Paradise, CA) Best Video: Ceres Sr. HS Judges’ Award: Ceres Sr. HS Best Middle School: Evergreen Speed: Laguna Creek HS Slalom: Laguna Creek HS Endurance: Ceres Jr. HS Presentation: San Joaquin (SJOE)

(All are high schools except where noted…Ceres Jr. HS and Evergreen Jr. HS) Best Design-Mechanical: School of Engineering and Science (SCUSD) Boat#2 Best Boat Design: Laguna Creek Boat#4 Best Sustainable: Foothill Boat#5 Best Design-Artistic: Folsom Boat#9 Best Drivetrain: Ceres Jr. HS Boat#11 Spirit Award: Evergreen Jr. HS (Paradise, CA)Boat#3 Best Video: Ceres Sr. HS Boat#7 Judges’ Award: Ceres Sr. HS Boat#7 Best Middle School: Evergreen Boat#3

Cup: Laguna Creek HS (Cup winner decided by most points in the 4 race categories above) Next year the competition will expand to a two-day event that will include collegiate-level solar boaters. SMUD is looking to increase adult technical involvement and support to broaden the number of teams and boats that will compete. “Since we will be expanding the event to a twoday program to accommodate a collegiate level SMUD would like to institute a formal program with colleges to keep the high school students on track,” said Bienvenue.

Speed: Laguna Creek Boat#4 Slalom: Laguna Creek Boat#4 Endurance; Ceres Jr. HS Boat#11 Presentation: San Joaquin (SJOE) Boat#8 Cup: Laguna Creek (Cup winner decided by most points in the 4 race categories above wins brand new life vests from California Dept. of Boating and Waterways)

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JFK graduation candidates

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Vincent Carrera Saige Carter Laquinta Andre Ceaser Stuart Cervin Pengzong Cha Pritesh Chand Kaylan Charles Mirla Chavarria Mariah Chavez-Vasquez Ivan Chen Zichi Chen David Chi Aaron Ching Gregory Chow Eddie Chu Takari Cita-Waddy Brittany Clark De’Aaron Clark Robert Colburn Sasha Collier Tatiana Comer Avondre Conner Christopher Cornelius Tyler Cox Corina Crary Tara Crawford Cody Cruz Daniel Cuellar Cynthia Cueva-Hernandez Jennifer Davalos Darius Davis Kevin Davis Leola Davis Emilie De Fazio Jalen Dedrick Ubaldo Manuel Del Toro Jose Diaz-Barriga Tisinhriki Dinteru Aaron Dotson Alan Duenas Mitchell Duncan Rachel Durfee Joseph Eccles Maxwell Eckhardt Devon Edwards Megan Ehrhardt Derek Embree Emmanuel Escobar Catalina Esparza Jesse Espinoza Arevalo Kenneth Eto Roger Euwing De Andra Evans

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Class of 2013

Meet the Valedictorian

Kyle Abdelnour Lauren Adams Kendall Ader Jerardo Aguilar Vasquez Julian Aguilar Rowena Aguilar-Sot Alissa Aguirre Jose Aguirre Ayo-Deji Akinyele Jr. Shaun Alaniz Darrian Alcorn Jr. Leslie Alfaro Anisha Ali Bianca Almanza Avorie Alvarez Marissa Ambol Mariano Andres-Miguel Garrett Armes Ashley Arreola Celia Arroyo Simone Asberry Andrew Asoo Juan Ayala Nicholas Ayala Noah Ayala Whitney Bailey Trevor Ball Nancy Barrera Joseph Barrett Kory Bartlett Mmaette Bassey Thomas Begley Ranell Benfield Tyler Benson Malachi (Mickey Bermudez Robert Bernal Ocean Blue-Cassella Andrew Bonilla Devon Boyd Grace Brown Aaron Bruner Nathan Bryant Victoria Bryant Brandon Burns Mariah Butler Christopher Cabitac Amanda Cabrera Madelyn Cagulada Brianna Callahan-Gray Jerruz Calzado Olivia Cano Denise Cardenas Alexis Carlson

Valedictorian Jose Aguirre Jose Aguirre attended Bowling Green Elementary, Sam Brannan Middle and JFK. He was a member of PACE all throughout high school and was a member of the MESA club from 10th through 12th grade, a member of Latino Leadership on campus during the ninth grade. As a part of his community service with Chacon Elementary School, he worked with Latino students in tutoring and mentoring. He has served at the SPCA thrift store downtown. Aguirre will attend CSUS and pursue Computer Engineering courses. He hopes to have an internship with Intel this summer. Jose’s GPA is an impressive 4.54.

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Salutatorian Daniel Li

Meet the Salutatorian

Curtis Kwong Stefani Lahaye Isaisah Lamarr Boniface Larbi Christine Larot Dominic Lavezzoli Michael Lawson Kimberly Leathers John Lee Lue Lee Pa Houa Lee Nicole LePage Andrew Leung Lim Cho Leung Victoria Lew La’Rhan Lewis Angela Li Daniel Ming-Xu Li Tandy Li Tina Li Christopher Lim Stephen Liu Taylor Lomax Kenia Lopez Robert Riley Lopez Pazou Lor Tina Lor Wendy Lor Quy Lou Christianna Louie Kinsey Louie Vivian Low Adrianna Lozano Eduardo Lozano Marissa Lucas Bruce Luu Gabriel Luvian Hannah Lynch Jared Maas Tashia-Ann Madeira Theresa Mancia Austin Marsh Janeast Martin Monica Martin Sabrina Martin Adrian Martinez Jessica Martinez Cole Masuda Michelle Matney Dylan Matsumoto Makaela Matsuura Justin Mazur Christian McClure Tiana McQueen Alexander Medellin Alex Mejia Robin Menefee Madisen Messick Brittney Miller Eric Misner Kristina Mitrofanova Kurt Miura Helen Molina Gerard Monreal

Daniel Li’s parents migrated to the United States from Taiwan and China. Daniel has two brothers, both of whom went to UC Berkeley. Li attended Genevieve Didion K-8 and then has been in the PACE program at JFK since the 9th grade. He has a 4.375 weighted GPA. Athletics include: Swim team for four years. He was the captain of the swim team 11th and 12th grade and the MVP of the swim team 11th grade and was the most improved swimmer in 10th grade. His club participation has included: Key Club all four years. He was a president senior year. He was a member of the California Scholarship Federation all four years and was the school’s VP during 11th and 12th grades. He was a member of the Interact Club during the 11th and 12th grade. He founded the club with the local Rotarians. He was a member of the International Student Society during his 11th and 12th grades, a member of MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement) all four years. Li performed community service with Chinese Grace Church Bible youth Camp and Merrill Gardens Senior Home. Li will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall. What Li has to say about the Kennedy: “The teachers at JFK and PACE have helped prepare me for the rigors of college and life.”

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Alice Birney gardens have taken over industrial looking campus Neighbors take notice, one donated maple tree to kinderyard By MONICA STARK

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Three years ago, there was nobody there. The barren Alice Birney campus in South Land Park campus wasn’t much to look at when the Waldorf-inspired public school moved in. “It wasn’t in the greatest of shape when we got it,” principal Michelle Homing said. “It was very stark, very plain, very industrial.” But since then, working together, the Alice Birney community planted just “a little bit of everything” from vegetables to native flowers, to vines along the fence for color and beauty. They even created a pollinator path, built benches and now have a chicken coop -- the soon-to-be-home of three chickens that now live with teacher Ms. Rodriguez, who uses her prep time to help children build a fence around the structure. “We will start with three (chickens). They have been waiting to come here. They are at my house,” said Ms. Rodriguez on a warm May morning as children were busy stapling chicken wire to boards for the fence. Across the yard, children were harvesting fava beans that they, with the help of teacher Mr. Melman, were going to cook. Some were too eager to wait and ate them raw, but they were told by their peers to be patient. “This year we have a large variety of (vegetables). Almost every week we have something,” Mr. Melman said.

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Helping out in the yard was Ms. Alex Morton, a parent of two children, a fourth and a sixth grader. Last year, she helped out in the third grade yard and this year, she continued working the space three days a week. “I do it because I am not working. I have excess time. When you have time, you step up to volunteer. We have a tight knit community,” Morton said. She loves watching the children eat the raw spinach and kale right out of the ground. Formerly employed by the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Morton is thinking gardening may be her next career. In essence, nature has become the classroom for the parents and students who attend Alice Birney. Planting what’s in season, they use plantings for their cooking lessons, which of course, includes lots of measuring. In the kinderyard, every Thursday the youngest students harvest and chop vegetables they have been growing in preparation for Friday soup days. Meanwhile, as part of their curriculum, third graders work in a garden along 13th Street and the sixth grade has a garden between the patio and quad areas. They, too, are growing vegetables as part of their curriculum. Then there are the first graders who work with their fifth grade buddies to take care of roses. In the corner gardens, herbs are growing. The grass area, which has used a lot of water in the past, recently has been transformed into a nice landscape with decomposed granite and mulch,

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thanks to a grant one of the fourth grade teachers got from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. Parents have stepped up, writing and receiving grants, holding contests, fundraisers, auctions dinners. “We do everything,” Homing said. The school’s “green team” won them $350,000, which will be used to beautify the front of the school and for the installation of skylights in the portables. One goal is to make gardens more lush, to have students learn more about native California plants, insects and birds. They’ve added in native plants that also use less water. Another goal is that the pollinator path would attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It goes on. “It’s a whole school-wide focus caring for our environment and other living creatures,” Homing said. And that includes the South Land Park neighborhood. Neighbors have taken a liking to the beautification of the school and one in particular anonymously offered a maple tree she grew from seed. The tree sits in the middle of the yard, but no one at the school knows who the mystery donor is.

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“Neighbors saw the parents working and offered that tree and planted it in the middle of the yard (one day in April),” Homing said. “It will grow as the children grow,” she said. The connection between neighborhood and school extends to the lifestyle changes some parents have made, as more are moving closer to the school, said Homing. So they’ve added bike racks closer to the entry to help promote biking and built benches to facilitate respite while parents wait for their children to get out of class. Before those improvements, Homing recalled parents waiting for their children in the mud. “It was terrible,” she said. The school recently held a pancake breakfast, which was followed up with working in the south side of the parking lot. They are mulching that whole area and will build a dry creek and a bridge to go over it. “Kids will have fun crossing the bridge and it will serve as a better entry into the campus,” Homing said. All this gives students authentic learning experiences, Homing said. “We’re not quote-on-quote giving them a science lecture. They don’t realize they are learning … They are having fun.”

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June Rotary Club of Pocket/Greenhaven June 6: Guest speakers address local, regional and international topics. Visitors welcome. 7:30 a.m., every Thursday. Aviators Restaurant, 6151 Freeport Blvd. (916) 684-6854. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Twilight Thursday at the Zoo June 6: Zoo open until 8 p.m. Enjoy warm summer nights at the Sacramento Zoo with extended hours. The Zoo is open from 9am to 8pm for your whole family to enjoy. Dinner specials, live music and activities start at 5 pm. Regular daily admission rates apply. General admission is $11.25. Children ages 2-11 are $7.25. Children under one are free. For more information call 808-5888 or visit saczoo.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch meeting June 7: The California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch’s Writers Network presents Harry Leman whose topic at the breakfast is “Marketing with a Facebook Business Page.” He will present a Business Facebook Page (Timeline); show how easy it is to get started; point out some areas that may be overlooked; demonstrate posting events and pictures; and give pointers for getting noticed by Google and other search engines, no matter what your product or service is. The CWC Writers Network is held the first Friday of the month at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), 2216 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova, 9 a.m. Meetings are free. Attendees pay for their own breakfast. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Bi-Polar Anonymous June 7: Free 12-step program/support group, for people who have Bi-Polar and those who love them. Meets every Friday, 78:30 p.m. 4300 Auburn Blvd., Room 106. (916) 889-5786. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kiwanis Club of East SacramentoMidtown meeting June 7: Visitors welcome, weekly breakfast meeting on first, second and third Fridays at 7 a.m. and dinner meeting on fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. Topical weekly speakers and ‘first meal for visitors on us’. Meet at The Kiwanis Family House,  (at UCD Med Ctr/ 50th St & Broadway) 2875 50th Street Sacramento, CA 95817.  www.eastsacmidtownkiwanis.com, 761-0984, volunteers always welcome! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pops in the Park presents Mercy Me at Glenn Hall Park June 8: Free music event starting at 6 p.m. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Old Sugar Mill debuts Second Saturday reception June 8: Old Sugar Mill is partnering with the downtowngrid association to bring Second Saturday to the Old Sugar Mill from noon to 5 p.m. There will be many artists featuring multiple medias of art. They are looking forward to hosting Installation Receptions, Hands on Demonstrations, and Artist in the Round Curation. The Old Sugar Mill is located at 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg, 95612. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.

Reducing Gun Violence: What Can We Do? June 8: Nick and Amanda Wilcox, Legislative and Policy Chairs for the California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, will lead a discussion on this topic on Saturday June 8th from 10 a.m. to noon in Curtis Hall at the corner of 24th Street and 4th Avenue in Curtis Park, at the Sierra 2 Center. The presentation is free. A question/answer discussion will follow. Questions: RGVSAC@gmail.com or 916-304-6180. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

2013 Doggy Dash to benefit Sacramento SPCA June 8: Mark your calendar and join us for the Doggy Dash and Bark at the Park Festival and help make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Walk, stay, play. Walk for the animals and party with the pets. It’s the 20th anniversary for the Doggy Dash at William Land Park. The 2- and 5k Doggy Dash walk will be followed by festivities where you can enter your pup in the Pup Show, high-flying disc contest, or the everpopular pug races! Or you can visit with pet friendly businesses, learn about Sacramento-area animal rescue organizations, or just have lunch while watching all the action. And enter for your chance to win an iPad mini, or one of dozens of raffle prizes. Register at SSPCA.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

June 11: Guest speakers address local, regional and international topics. Visitors welcome, every Tuesday. ArdenArcade meets at noon, Jackson Catering and Events, 1120 Fulton Ave. (916) 925-2787. Carmichael meets at 6 p.m., Palm Street Pub & Grill, 6416 Fair Oaks Blvd. www.rotary.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Soroptimist International of Sacramento North meeting June 11: An organization for the betterment of women and children meets at the atria El Camino Gardens at 2426 Garfield, Carmichael. Call Sheila at 624-4643. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

East Sac Rotary June 12: Meets at noon, Evan’s Kitchen, 855 57th St. Sacramento. www.eastsacrotary.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Rotary Club of Pocket/Greenhaven June 13: Guest speakers address local, regional and international topics. Visitors welcome. 7:30 a.m., every Thursday. Aviators Restaurant, 6151 Freeport Blvd. (916) 684-6854. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Mission Oaks Computer Club meeting June 13: The Mission Oaks Computer Club will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mission Oaks  Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Dr., Carmichael. The meeting topic will be “Navigating the Sacramento Public Library’s New Website”, presented by Ann Owens. A problemsolving clinic, led by Adam Lacey of Applications, Etc, will follow the meeting. First-time visitors are welcome. For additional information call 366-1687 or visit www.missionoakscomputerclub. org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Teen/Tween Gaming and Kendama at Belle Cooledge Library June 13: Starting at 2:30 p.m., come challenge your friends with a WII, show off your Kendama skills or just hang out. For more information visit www.saclibrary.org or call 264-2920. Belle Cooledge Library is located at 5600 South Land Park Dr. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Bi-Polar Anonymous June 14: Free 12-step program/support group, for people who have Bi-Polar and those who love them. Meets every Friday, 78:30 p.m. 4300 Auburn Blvd., Room 106. (916) 889-5786. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kiwanis Club of East SacramentoMidtown meeting June 14: Visitors welcome, weekly breakfast meeting on first, second and third Fridays at See more Calendar, page 26

Twilight Thursday at the Zoo June 13: Zoo open until 8pm. Enjoy warm summer nights at the Sacramento Zoo with extended hours on Twilight Thursdays, June 6th through July 25th. The Zoo is open from 9am to 8pm for your whole family to enjoy. Dinner specials, live music and activities start at 5 pm. Regular daily admission rates apply. General admission is $11.25. Children ages 2-11 are $7.25. Children under one are free. For more information call 8085888 or visit saczoo.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Japanese food bazaar (chicken teriyaki, noodles, sushi, more) June 8-9: The Nichiren Buddhist Church Bazaar will again be having their annual food bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bazaar will be held at the church, located at 5191 24th St. (2 blocks north of Fruitridge Road). For more information, contact Gail at 422-6449. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kline Music 50th Anniversary Party June 9: From noon to 6 p.m., there will be live music, food and drawings for musical prizes to celebrate Kline’s 50 years in business at Sierra II, Curtis Hall. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic June 9: TEAM (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter), the nonprofit affiliate of the Sacramento County Animal Shelter, has scheduled its next low-cost spay/neuter clinic and space is still available. The clinic is open to income-eligible Sacramento County residents and pre-registration is required. The cost is $20 cash per pet, which includes vaccines as may be needed. The clinic is held at the Sacramento County Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road (between Highway 50 and Kiefer), in Sacramento. Check-in is at 8 a.m. To submit an application, leave a brief message at 875-5160 and a volunteer will follow up with specific clinic requirements and scheduling information. 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, sacanimalshelter. org, contact@sacanimalshelter.org ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Sacramento Suburban Writers Club will meeting June 10: The meeting goes from 7-9 p.m., at Crossroad Christian Church, 5501 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks. All are welcome to attend. See sactowriters.com for more information or call 530-878-7304. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– www.valcomnews.com • June 6, 2013 • The Pocket News

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Continued from page 25 7 a.m. and dinner meeting on fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. Topical weekly speakers and ‘first meal for visitors on us’. Meet at The Kiwanis Family House,  (at UCD Med Ctr/ 50th St & Broadway) 2875 50th Street Sacramento, CA 95817.  www.eastsacmidtownkiwanis.com, 761-0984, volunteers always welcome! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pops in the Park presents John Skinner Band at Bertha Henschel Park June 15 : Free music event at 6 p.m. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Fr. Tom Weston gives talk on ‘Clean and Sober Living’ June 15: Renowned speaker Fr, Tom Weston will be giving a talk on “Clean and Sober Living” at 3 p.m. at Fruitridge Christian Church of Sacramento. Noted author and lecturer on alcoholism and addiction, he has been leading retreats for people in recovery and their families and friends since 1984. His inspiring words have touched the lives of many. The church is located at 4445 Fruitridge Rd., Sacramento and the phone is 456-4700. Refreshments are provided following the talk, and the event is free. Everyone is welcome. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Annual Puppet Festival at Fairytale Town

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Thursdays - Sundays through June 16 Weekdays at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Weekends at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Fairytale Town brings you another season of playful puppetry! Children and adults can enjoy live puppet show performances inside Fairytale Town’s Children’s Theater. This year’s festival features six original productions based on new and traditional fairytales. Puppet show performances through June 2 will be performed by Puppet Art Theater Company. The festival will end with the premiere of Fairytale Town’s original puppet production of “Rumpelstiltskin” from June 6 through 16. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. Tickets can be purchased at the Fairytale Town main gate or at the entrance to the Children’s Theater 15 minutes prior to show time. For more information and a show schedule, visit www. fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462. Sponsored in part by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

June 17: 7 p.m. at SMUD, 6301 S St., Sacramento. The program will be a beaded amulet bag. Guests welcome. Free. 223-2751. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Whip up a Cookbook workshop at Belle Cooledge June 15: Starting at 11 a.m., collect, organize and put it all together during this 6part series. Workshop #1 will focus on recipes and remembrances. Bring recipes in any format or condition. For more information visit <http://www.saclibrary.org> or call 264-2920. Belle Cooledge Library is located at 5600 South Land Park Dr. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Music in Carmichael Park June 15: Free music featuring Because, a Beatles Tribute Band, songs by the Beatles from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carmichael Park Band Shell 5750 Grant Ave. 485-5322. www.carmichaelpark.com. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Music in Carmichael Park June 16: Free music featuring Swing Masters, big band/swing music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carmichael Park Band Shell 5750 Grant Ave. 485-5322. www.carmichaelpark.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Rotary Clubs of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael June 18: Guest speakers address local, regional and international topics. Visitors welcome, every Tuesday. Arden-Arcade meets at noon, Jackson Catering and Events, 1120 Fulton Ave. (916) 925-2787. Carmichael meets at 6 p.m., Palm Street Pub & Grill, 6416 Fair Oaks Blvd. www.rotary.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Soroptimist International of Sacramento North meeting June 18: An organization for the betterment of women and children meets at the atria El Camino Gardens at 2426 Garfield, Carmichael. Call Sheila at 624-4643. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

East Sac Rotary June 19: Meets at noon, Evan’s Kitchen, 855 57th St. Sacramento. www.eastsacrotary.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Delicious Reading Recipe with the California Puppets June 19: Starting at 4 p.m., join Jungle Joe and his silly group of characters. For more information visit www.saclibrary.org or call 264-2920. Belle Cooledge Library is located at 5600 South Land Park Dr. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Food trucks at Carmichael Park June 19: From 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy food from various food trucks at Carmichael Park, 5750 Grant Ave. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Rotary Club of Pocket/Greenhaven June 20: Guest speakers address local, regional and international topics. Visitors welcome. 7:30 a.m., every Thursday. Aviators Restaurant, 6151 Freeport Blvd. (916) 684-6854. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Twilight Thursday at the Zoo June 20: Zoo open until 8pm. Enjoy warm summer nights at the Sacramento Zoo with extended hours on Twilight Thursdays, June

6th through July 25th. The Zoo is open from 9am to 8pm for your whole family to enjoy. Dinner specials, live music and activities start at 5 pm. Regular daily admission rates apply. General admission is $11.25. Children ages 2-11 are $7.25. Children under one are free. For more information call 808-5888 or visit saczoo.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Bi-Polar Anonymous June 21: Free 12-step program/support group, for people who have Bi-Polar and those who love them. Meets every Friday, 78:30 p.m. 4300 Auburn Blvd., Room 106. (916) 889-5786. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kiwanis Club of East SacramentoMidtown meeting June 21: Visitors welcome, weekly breakfast meeting on first, second and third Fridays at 7 a.m. and dinner meeting on fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. Topical weekly speakers and ‘first meal for visitors on us’. Meet at The Kiwanis Family House,  (at UCD Med Ctr/ 50th St & Broadway) 2875 50th Street Sacramento, CA 95817.  www.eastsacmidtownkiwanis.com, 761-0984, volunteers always welcome! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Family Campout at Fairytale Town June 21, 5:30 p.m. - June 22, 7 a.m. Spend the night at Humpty Dumpty’s house. This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a singalong. Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $35-$45 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available. For more information, visit www.fairytaletown. org or call 808-7462. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pops in the Park presents Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers at McKinley Park June 22: Free music event, starting at 6 p.m. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Walk with a Doc at Garcia Bend June 22: Walk with a Doc, a free walking program for anyone who is interested in taking steps to improve their heart health. In addition to the numerous health benefits you’ll enjoy just by walking, you’ll also get the chance to talk with the doc while you walk. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; the 2.2-mile walk along the levees starts at 8:30 a.m. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

King of Feasts June 22: From 6pm to 9pm, enjoy this unique gourmet food and wine luau featuring live entertainment, Polynesian dancers, local celebrities and a silent auction at King of Feasts. Feast on foods from dozens of the finest Sacramento area restaurants and bakeries. Sample premium California wines, beers and spirits in the relaxed and lush setting of the Sacramento Zoo. Please note that this is an adults-only event. Zoo closes early at 1:30 pm. Parking is free and available throughout the park. For more information, please call 916-808-5888 or visit saczoo.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Whip up a Cookbook workshop no. 2 at Belle Cooledge June 22: Starting at 11 a.m., collect, organize and put it all together in this 6part series. Workshop #2 focuses on writing a cookbook and how to write a recipe. Bring recipes in any format or condition for your cookbook. For more information visit <http://www.saclibrary.org> or call 2642920. Belle Cooledge Library is located at 5600 South Land Park Dr. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Music in Carmichael Park June 23: Free music featuring Lincoln Highway, 50s-90s country and rockabilly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carmichael Park Band Shell 5750 Grant Ave. 485-5322. www.carmichaelpark.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Rotary Clubs of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael June 25: Guest speakers address local, regional and international topics. Visitors welcome, every Tuesday. Arden-Arcade meets at noon, Jackson Catering and Events, 1120 Fulton Ave. (916) 925-2787. Carmichael meets at 6 p.m., Palm Street Pub & Grill, 6416 Fair Oaks Blvd. www.rotary.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

East Sac Rotary June 26: Meets at 6 p.m., Evan’s Kitchen, 855 57th St. Sacramento. www.eastsacrotary.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Rotary Club of Pocket/Greenhaven June 27: Guest speakers address local, regional and international topics. Visitors welcome. 7:30 a.m., every Thursday. Aviators Restaurant, 6151 Freeport Blvd. (916) 684-6854. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

your whole family to enjoy. Dinner specials, live music and activities start at 5 pm. Regular daily admission rates apply. General admission is $11.25. Children ages 2-11 are $7.25. Children under one are free. For more information call 916808-5888 or visit saczoo.org. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Bi-Polar Anonymous June 28: Free 12-step program/support group, for people who have Bi-Polar and those who love them. Meets every Friday, 78:30 p.m. 4300 Auburn Blvd., Room 106. (916) 889-5786. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Teens and Tweens create Asian Cuisine June 28: Starting at 3 p.m., a monthly food class with the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (ages 9-18). For more information visit http://www.saclibrary.org or call 2642920. Belle Cooledge Library is located at 5600 South Land Park Dr. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

12th annual Sacramento French Film Festival June 21-30: Film festival to be had at the Crest Theatre, located at 1013 K St. For more information, visit www. sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Music in Carmichael Park June 29: Free music featuring Group Therapy, classic rock and R&B from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carmichael Park Band Shell 5750 Grant Ave. 485-5322. www.carmichaelpark.com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Music in Carmichael Park June 30: Free music featuring S ongbird Trio, 50s-90s oldies, country, pop and rock , from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carmichael Park Band Shell 5750 Grant Ave. 485-5322. www. carmichaelpark .com. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Kiwanis Club of East SacramentoMidtown meeting June 27: Visitors welcome, weekly breakfast meeting on first, second and third Fridays at 7 a.m. and dinner meeting on fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. Topical weekly speakers and ‘first meal for visitors on us’. Meet at The Kiwanis Family House,  (at UCD Med Ctr/ 50th St & Broadway) 2875 50th Street Sacramento, CA 95817.  www.eastsacmidtownkiwanis.com, 761-0984, volunteers always welcome! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Twilight Thursday at the Zoo June 27: Zoo open until 8pm. Enjoy warm summer nights at the Sacramento Zoo with extended hours on Twilight Thursdays, June 6th through July 25th. The Zoo is open from 9am to 8pm for

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