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Obituary

Robert Thomas Dias, Sr. Robert Thomas Dias, Sr. passed away peacefully in his sleep January 17, 2017. Bob was born in the Pocket area of Sacramento, a first-generation son to immigrant parents from Pico, Azores. As a boy, Bob had a paper route, shined shoes, sold movie programs, worked cleaning barracks at Mather Field, and worked at Esquire Theater. At 18, Bob joined the Navy and served 2 1/2 years as a telegrapher in the Pacific Theater. While in the Navy he had 20 bouts as a Golden Glove boxer. Bob was a lifelong produce man, starting his career loading and driving trucks for Virga Produce, later managing General Produce and retiring from United Independents in 1990. He had a powerful work ethic. He loved people and always had a compliment or a joke handy. He made everyone feel special. He was a member of Elks Lodge #6 for many years and was an avid handball player. He belonged to the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society and American Portuguese Club. He was also a member of the Southside Improvement Club. He was an ardent fan of the Music Circus. He loved the Sacramento Solons, the San Francisco Giants and the Forty-Niners. He loved working on their ranch in the Pocket area. Being an animal lover, Bob brought home many pets such as a skunk, tarantulas and stray dogs. He was a caring father, grand-father, brother, uncle, and son. He was a loving husband for 70 years to his wife, Betty, who survives him. They shared an amaz-

ing love for seven decades. He was predeceased by his parents, Amelia Furtado Dias Souza and Manuel Perry Dias, Sr., by his brother, Manuel Perry Dias, Jr, by his beloved daughter, Terry L. Dias Horton and by his beloved son, Robert Thomas Dias, Jr.. He is survived by his sister Mary Lou Anderson, daughters Claudia (Carol) and Michele. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, daughter and sons in law, extended family members and countless friends. He will be truly missed. A celebration of his life will be held Feb. 25, 2017, 1 p.m. at the Cabrillo Club, 4605 Karbet Way, Sacramento, 95822. Everyone is welcome.

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Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, Thank you to all who supported and attended the successful Pocket Little League fundraiser dinner! Together we raised over $1500 and the JFK PACE program raised an additional $150! Plus, a special thanks to Keira Norman for delivering all the extra food to the local homeless shelter! I look forward to the season to come and growing our Pocket team and the League! Special thanks to: The Sacramento Elks Lodge Pocket News Revere Court Memory Care Sacramento Produce Express Greenhaven Pack Print and Ship Sacramento Baking Company Stylish Bag Slinger – Thirty-One Consultant Carvalho Wines Manny Chavez Photography Bartley Cavanaugh

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Rotary held 7th annual speech contest with service theme The Rotary Club of Pocket/Greenhaven held their Seventh Annual Speech Contest recently. The topic was the International Rotary Theme of Serving Humanity. All three contestants, Alex Chan, Tim Trumbly, Bruce Tran, are students at John F. Kennedy High School and have worked with the speech and debate teacher, Ms Emily Sommer to prepare for the event. Each student approached the topic in a different way. Tim talked about his three years with the Reading Partners program at Wenzel Elementary School, where he experienced different degrees of success working with students Alex shared his love for this country of America, but was concerned over the violent discord between various groups present today. The third speaker Bruce Tran, talked about finding and following your passion to help others. The contest was adjudicated by former educators and administrators in the Sacramento City School District: Terry Thomas, Carolyn Farrar, and Charlotte Chadwick. Tim Trumbly was awarded First Place with a $200 check and will represent the club in the semifinal competition on March 20 in the Elk Grove City Council Chambers. Alex Chan was awarded Second Place with a $100 check and Bruce Tran received a $50 check for Third Place. The final Rotary District Competition will be held on April 27 at Faith Presbyterian Church.

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Questions and opinions arise as seepage out of levees in Pocket neighborhood concerns neighbors By Monica Stark

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Even as the evacuations have been lifted for those near Oroville, residents here along the Sacramento River worry that the levees just might not be strong enough for the upcoming storm. It troubles neighbors like Frank Peterson, who lives near where the Pocket canal converges with the Sacramento River on Sump 132. Frank has vigilantly watched the fluc-

tuation of the water seepage over the last few days. Pointing to his home, he stated that at the end of the last storm, water had seeped out of the levee and flowed up the gutter five homes up. Meanwhile, seepage has been documented by photos here coming out of the levee also near Portinao Circle and River Village Drive and Dennis Rogers, Rick Jennings’ chief of staff, noted a number of additional locations, including: Piedmont, Skipper Way,

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Little Pocket Clipper Way, Little River. So far, officials are not concerned about the seepage that has been found as the water coming out of the levees is clear; it’s when the seepage begins to make sand boils that concerns become more serious, including the possibility of levee failure. The city is maintaining 24/7 patrols of the levee in the Pocket area and every single activity, every single seepage, gets reported every 1-and-a-half to 2and-a-half hours, Rogers said. “ They’re doing this right now at this frequency, through at least Monday (Feb. 20). As the water starts coming down, we’ll see the seepage disspiate.” If a boil does occur, the staff is ready to conquer it with a flood fight. “We’ll take sandbags and stack it around (the boil) to equilize it. Our staff is supplementing what the state is doing. Rick Jennings lives behind those levees. His wife, nephew and mother-in-law live there as well. Our staff is on it,” Rogers said. If you do have any concern, he insists calling 311, or Jennings’ office at 808-7007. Public notices have been released from the councilman’s office stating: “ The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities will continue to monitor levees until the Sacramento River

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In memory of public servant

Kim Blackwell-Polk

The city of Sacramento lost a strong leader when Kim Blackwell-Polk, executive assistant to Vice Mayor Rick Jennings II, passed away on Jan. 31 at the age of 60 tragically from an unexpected case of Sepsis. A force to be reckoned with, Kim possessed the skills and tenacity necessary to manage a city council office and navigate city systems, was politically astute, had a vast array of colleagues and resources, was a friend to all and a mentor and teacher to new employees, and expressed her passions through her commitment to working with atrisk youth and projects such



as back-to-school backpacks, Santa Sam, Jazz in July, community egg hunts, the Veterans Day parade, the Spirit of the Pocket Fourth of July Parade, and the Matsuyama sister cities program. Kim earned the title as “Diva” because her lifestyle and wittiness exuded swagger and a winning mentality. “Fashion was her passion and her daily life always modeled designer clothes, shoes, purses, sunglasses and flashy jewelry, compliments of her beloved mother, Avie Lee. Kim was always dressed to impress,” according to the program passed out at her memorial service on Friday, Feb. 10.

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Her memory filled St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church (3996 14th Ave.) that morning, as people shared an outpouring of love and concern for her and her family. Born to proud parents Avie Lee Holmes-Carpenter and Edward Davis at San Francisco General Hospital on Aug. 7 1956, Kim grew up as the “baby” of the family, the youngest of seven children in the cities of San Francisco, Pacifica, and Daly City. After graduating from Jefferson High School, Kim attended San Francisco State University where she excelled in business administration and modern office procedures before marrying and giving birth to two sons, Averi and Marcus. She later relocated her young family to Sacramento, where she established her home and began her lasting career with the city of Sacramento mayor and council office in 1992 working for then-District 7 Councilman Terry Kastanis and later Robbie Waters. After she

left for a 3-year stint in the office of Congressman Robert T. Matsui, she returned to the city to serve as executive assistant to Mayor Heather Fargo, followed by District 8 Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell in 2011 before returning to District 7 in 2014 to work for current Councilman Rick Jennings, II. To coworkers, she epitomized professionalism and held herself and the office to high standards because of the love and care she had for others, no matter which neighborhood in the district they lived in. As Dennis M. Rogers, chief of staff to the vice mayor, aptly stated: “She wanted to make sure people were taken care of...What I learned from her is no job is too small. Every job has a purpose; everything has a reason and don’t forget that. A missed trash can pick-up is probably not big deal to most people, but super important to (those who called it in)... (Kim) was focused on doing everything right, the big and the small. “ On an even greater scale, Kim would try to make sure services in Valley Hi matched those provided in Greenhaven/Pocket. “She didn’t want to see any differences in the services we provided. She wanted to level the playing field,” Jennings stated. “Kim was a task master. I don’t know if she worked for me or if I worked for her. She kept me on point. Everything was always well-organized. She wanted to make sure she accomplished everything... I don’t even know how you replace 25 years of institutional memory. I don’t know how to bring somebody in who had all of her knowledge.” Most recently a resident of Elverta, Kim did live in the Pocket area when she worked for Waters and Jennings appreciated her knowledge of the neighborhood when he took office. “She often talked about the Pocket area because of the time living there,” he said. “That helped me tremen-

dously. She knew it as well as I knew it.” Jennings had the honor to marry Kim to her second husband Jimmy Polk. He recalls it was a beautiful day at the Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course and one in which Kim was truly happy. “She was as happy as I ever seen her. I don’t really think she took a lot of time to express her happiness. She was always in search of perfection. She was always looking to do better, do more, but on that day, she let her guards down.” Because she grew up in San Francisco and most of her family resides in the city, her football loyalty remained with the 49ers – a point for witty banter between herself and Jennings, a former player for the Raiders and Super Bowl XI champion. “Because of her love for the 49ers, I would ask her how she could work for a former Raiders player. She never gave me an answer. I think she said, ‘I must have been good or you wouldn’t have hired me if I wasn’t.” Rogers appreciated Kim’s focus on her grandchildren and stories she would share about her time with them. A father to a high schooler and a sixth grader, Rogers appreciated Kim’s relationship with her grand kids. “Just the joy that she would talk relative to her grandchildren and the service had several hundred people including a large contingent of her family (as well as people from) her work life speaks to her relationships over time. It was affirming of who she was as a person.” Rogers said Kim was fun to be around and misses the discussions they would have as well as the passion with which she would attack her job and her commitment to helping people. “I knew her for a number of years and worked with her last the two. My first memory of working with her was when I showed up to the office, she had everything orSee Obit, page 7 Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


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ganized – all the paperwork I needed to sign, every meeting I needed to attend. Everything was done ahead of time... I do miss her.” Kim’s hobbies included golfing, reading, collecting beautiful fans and reading glasses, singing, dancing, enjoying her red wine soirees, and enjoying quality time with her family, granddaughters, Avery, Nya, and Kimora, a host of family and friends, and her best friend and the love of her life, Jimmy Polk, with whom she shared many wonderful years and happily married on Oct. 10, 2015. Jennings spent the last five days with her in the hospital and thought her prognosis looked promising.”From my standpoint, I saw progress and was saying she’d get better and it was unfortunate when it was all said and done, the infection attacked her vital organs... I am just convinced God needed an executive assistant and He needed her more than I did. It was her time and we will miss her tremendously. The whole community has reached out. She had 700-plus people show up at services on Friday (Feb. 10). The bottom layer of the church was packed. What a great tribute to her.” Jennings stated that when he asked for those in the audi-

ence who worked for the city, over half of the church stood up, including all the surviving council members and electeds she worked for. “Everyone she worked for except for the late Bob Matsui was there.” Kim was preceded in death by her parents: Avie Lee Holmes-Carpenter and Edward Davis; stepfather Charlie Carpenter; paternal grandparents: Inez Moore-Davis and Gilbert Davis Sr.; maternal grandparents: Cora LoveHolmes and Curve Holmes; sisters Alice Theus-Thomas and Barbara Jenkins-Gardner. She is survived by her husband Jimmy L. Polk Sr.; sons Averi Davis Blackwell and Marcus Lamar Blackwell III; daughter-in-law Dena Hood; step-children Jimmy L. Polk II and Jill Polk; Elisha Polk, Antoinette Polk-Campbell and Bruce Campbell; grandchildren: Avery Fischer-Blackwell, Nya Blackwell, Kimora Blackwell, Marcus Blackwell IV, Sadie Polk, Josephine Polk, Jimmy L. Polk III and Nicolette Campbell; sisters Dell Jenkins, Sharon Davis, Karen Davis, Sherry Blackwell and Dera Jackson; brothers Harold Jenkins and Charles Gardner; aunts Ruth Davis-Poole, Flora Davis and Connie Holmes; 15 nieces and nephews, 33 great nieces and nephews, seven greatgreat nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends. Call Melissa at (916) 429-9901 www.valcomnews.com

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The origin of the name

Greenhaven By Lance Armstrong Lance@valcomnews.com

For well more than a half century, local residents have referred to a portion of the Pocket area as Greenhaven. Commuters in the area often see Greenhaven Drive and a nearby pedestrian bridge above Riverside Boulevard that invites people to the Pocket-Greenhaven area. There is also a sign that reads: “Welcome to the Pocket-Greenhaven neighborhood.” Additionally, a residential complex at 6230 Greenhaven Drive is called The Villas at Greenhaven. With the name so prominent in the area, the obvious question is posed: “What is the origin of the name Greenhaven?” The name actually dates back to the early 1960s through the development of a neighborhood known as Greenhaven 70. The project was established by developers, Kermit L. Lincoln and Harold E. Parker, of L&P Land Development, Inc., and ground was broken for this neighborhood in 1961. L&P acquired 708 acres for the project from the Ellsworth Cavis Zacharias and King families in 1958. The master plan for Greenhaven 70 was created by David Whittet. But before the city could approve that plan, L&P Land Development was required to present a proposed plan for the entire 4,674-acre Pocket area. That latter named plan was known as the Pocket Area General Development Plan. That plan originally included homes, schools, a marina on the river, a shopping center, two churches, a hospital with medical offices, a social-cultural center with a library and a theater, gas stations, a teen center, an open space pavilion, a heliport, a nursery, a motel, a hotel, arts

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and crafts shops, a firehouse, a restaurant, a cabana swimming club, a pedestrian overpass above Riverside Boulevard, a pedestrian underpass from the residential area to the extended parkway at Riverside Boulevard, and a recreation area around the present Lake Greenhaven. Today, Lake Greenhaven is surrounded by a private residential area. Among the builders in the Greenhaven neighborhood were Lee Basford and Evan Zacharias, a grandson of Ellsworth Cavis Zacharias. Evan even built his own home on Royal Garden Avenue. A 1962 Greenhaven 70 advertisement recognizes this development as “the start of tomorrow” and notes that this then-future community would present “a new and better way of living for the entire family.” Although the majority of Greenhaven 70 consisted of houses, the frontage of the neighborhood, from Greenhaven Drive to Havenside Drive, was reserved as a construction area for apartment buildings. A park, which begins at Riverside Boulevard, extends through the neighborhood and ends

near Florin Road, eventually became known as Frank H. Seymour Park. Today, signage for the park reads Frank Seymour Park. Seymour was a longtime Sacramento City Council member and was dedicated to making contributions to recreational opportunities in the capital city. For many years, he was chairman of the council’s Recreation Committee. It took a few years before L&P began to physically develop Greenhaven 70, which was partially named after its 1970 target year for completion. Greenhaven 70 was recognized for its attractive homes and residents of the neighborhood originally belonged to the Greenhaven Homeowners Association. The success of Greenhaven 70 won it the National Association of Home Builders award for community planning, and the neighborhood became recognized as the newest and most progressive home development in Sacramento.

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jail. The unoccupied home sustained significant damage. (Shooting Investigation): 1300 block of Florin Road at 1:16 p.m. Officers responded to the area regarding a shooting that occurred. Upon arrival, officers determined that an unknown suspect shot at the victim causing damage to the victim’s vehicle and a nearby residence. The suspects fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers. No injuries were reported. A report was generated and follow-up will be conducted. tuesday, Feb. 7 (Shooting): 1700 block of Florin Road at 7:36 p.m. Officers responded for a shooting in front of a residence. Officers arrived and located the victim with gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. Officers canvassed the area and interviewed witnesses. A report was taken and this is an ongoing investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.

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Local author to discuss new book on sexual abuse By Monica Stark

follows is a Question and for live performance, never for Answer with Valley Com- publication. I am primarily a Local author, Wanda Ar- munity Newspapers. visual artist, but that medium nold, will read from and is open to interpretation in discuss her new book, The VCN: Tell me about your ways that can totally obscure Long Silence: Finding My background as an author. the original intent, so this Voice Again After Child- WA: This is my first pub- time I chose to write because hood Sexual Abuse at the lished book. I have written a I want people to understand. Avid Reader at Tower, 1600 genealogical history, but only Broadway on Saturday, Feb. for my son and his family. I VCN: Tell readers about your 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. What used to write poetry, but only book. Can you tell readers what it’s about in a nutshell and why and how you came to want to share your story publicly? And, tell us about the process of writing this book. WA: The book is more memoir than autobiography as it focuses on certain time periods and events in my life, all revolving around a central theme. That theme is childhood sexual abuse and how it affects the entire life of an individual: one’s sense of selfworth; the ability to trust and form lasting relationships; the inward focus and loss of interest in the wider world; contemplation of suicide; how it can percolate down through the generations as secrets and lies and destroy families.

This project started as an exercise for myself, as a way to understand the anger I still felt, and how that anger sometimes came between me and those I love most in the world. Over several years, it morphed into something more. As I researched statistics, I began to understand that behind every one of those numbers are human beings, too often young children feeling pain, fear, and isolation. I decided to reach out to people in a position to help those children, to the adult survivors who still need to know that they are not alone, and even to people who “don’t want to know about things like that.�

and innocent to see them for what they were. The repercussions for me lasted a lifetime; for him they were minimal. The story is in the book. VCN: Where can people get this book? WA: The book is currently available only through the author or at AVID READER at Tower. I have chosen to promote it locally first. Later, it will be available at ondemandbooks.com and at amazon.com. VCN: Anything else you’d like to add? WA: This may not be appropriate for your community newspapers, but I thought I would include it as being indicative of the extreme emotions I felt when young. I saw this as my only way out: Have you ever deeply wanted to kill another human being? Have you planned how it could be done, the method and the instrument; have you watched for the right opportunity? I have. I was 12 years old. (Preface; p.xi)

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A new look planned for the Bel Air shopping center on Florin Road By Monica Stark

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It’s been called an eye-sore by many South Land Park and Pocket area residents. The Bel Air shopping center on Florin Road at Freeport Boulevard boasts mid-century design, but the place needs work. If all goes according to the plans by developers Mike Maffia and Todd Oliver of Preserve West Capital, construction for renovations will start this summer and if luck’s on their side (ie: good weather, no problems with permits, etc.), it will be completed by the end of this calendar year. While the date’s not set yet, they expect the plans to reach the planning commission soon and they’re expected not to need city council approval. The pair, who hail from the Bay Area, visited with neighbors at the shopping center’s Round Table Pizza on Monday, Feb. 13 and laid out that timeline and discussed what some of the features will entail. The renovated Bel Air will maintain the scale and the architectural features, including the existing columns, heights and lines. Stone veneer will be replaced with plaster. On the new buildings, the same scale as the original buildings will be used, but with a more modern and sophisticated pal-

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ette. There will be slight architectural differences between each business, so each suite feels like an individual unit, rather than a “ubiquitous storefront,” which Maffia called a flaw seen in other developments, where this “gives a personal identity to each tenant.” The plans for the shopping center include upgrading the facade; no buildings would be torn down. No current tenants would be displaced. Plans also include shrinking the parking lot by putting in a drive-thru restaurant. Landscaping will be enhanced with the planting of trees throughout the parking lot. If you build it (or in this case renovate and build it), the tenants will come. That’s what everybody’s banking on. Maffia said they have received a lot of interest in the shopping center tenant-wise, but it’s premature to get in contract with any of them at this point. Of course that raises the question: What would you like to see in the shopping center? “I hope it’s not a check-cashing place or another nail salon, something different that the community likes,” said Teresa Kalninis, who’s lived in the neighborhood since before the store existed, when the area was farmland. “I’ve seen it grow and I am excited about (development) be-

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cause this Bel Air is very outdated looking. This will be a nice change for the neighborhood.” She would much rather see places like a coffee shop. Noting that Bel Air sells Peet’s Coffee, Teresa said it would be nice to have someplace to go and sit and have coffee and meet with a neighbor. “A sit-down restaurant would be nice. Another one besides Rosalinda’s, which is all right, but it’s one type of food and it would be nice if there’s something different.” Praising the design, she said she loves the mid-century. “It goes with the Eichler homes in (South) Land Park. I think that would be really nice.”

To Maffia, this project is “meaningful because we think we could improve the neighborhood. We feel like the retail is not aligned with the maturity of the residential community. It’s lagged behind and we want to bring it current to meet the demand and the quality of the neighborhood. People in the neighborhood will be proud to go shopping here. Right now, I don’t think people are proud to go shopping here. It will be a much more enjoyable - a renovated grocery store with new eateries.” The pair have worked on a number of Raley’s/Bel Air projects, however in an interview after the meeting they declined to comment on which ones.

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Vic’s Ice Cream celebrates 70th anniversary By Monica Stark

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Nostalgia was in the air last week when Vic’s Ice Cream celebrated a milestone in its storied history. While offering 70-cent, single scoop ice cream cones and grilled cheese sandwiches, and anniversary T-shirts and bumper stickers, this local institution recognized its 70th year in operation at the northeast corner of Riverside Boulevard and 8th Avenue. The special event, which was held from Feb. 2 through 5, drew many people of all ages, including those who remember the early days of the business, which first opened its doors to the public on Feb. 2, 1947. Jim Coombs, who grew up around the corner from Vic’s, said that he was among the early customers of this popular neighborhood business. Coombs, a 1957 graduate and former teacher and counselor at C.K. McClatchy High School, mentioned that he purchased ice cream cones at Vic’s for 5 cents each, and also attended kiddie matinees at See Vic’s, page 15

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Tower Theatre at 16th Street and Broadway. At the time of Coombs’ early visits to Vic’s, the business was owned by its founders, Vic Zito and Ash Rutledge. Vic and Ash met while they were both serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. Following their time in the Coast Guard, they would spend evenings together enjoying ice cream at Gunther’s Quality Ice Cream on Franklin Boulevard. Due to their love of Gunther’s, Ash and Vic eventually decided to open their own ice cream business. Although Vic’s name was the one selected to represent their business, Vic’s untimely death in 1966 left Ash to continue as the primary face of this ice cream parlor for four decades. Ash died at the age of 90 in 2010, and the tradition of Vic’s has continued through his son, Craig, who is a 1969 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. With its menu of nearly 31 ice cream flavors, and various seasonal flavors, soda fountain beverages, and sandwiches and hot dogs, as well as a vintage interior, Vic’s has many regular customers, who arrive to satisfy their quests for both quality food and nostalgia. Dean of Students and longtime basketball coach Isaac Ricard, who is better known as “Mr. Cal” at California Middle School, said he has been coming to Vic’s for 20 years. He was in line for a praline pecan ice cream. “This is the place,” he said. “They do a lot of activities for the school. (It is) a place for all the kids to come in and be safe.

“This neighborhood has been able to hold its ground because it’s so close to downtown and now that the downtown has become more active, it’s the place to be.” –Craig Rutledge “All the schools, all the kids around, meet here. They don’t just serve them; they look after them.” Marie Balshor, of the Land Park business, Balshor Florist, also stopped by Vic’s, where she exchanged flowers for ice cream for her employees. During that visit, she noted that her husband, Al, who died on March 19, 2015, began delivering flowers to Vic’s 70 years ago. “Al was working at Relles (Florist at that time),” she said. “Four years later, we opened up our shop. We’ve been in business 66 years. All their celebrations, we supply the flowers.” Marie, who is a big fan of Vic’s strawberry ice cream, fondly recalled Ash. “Ash and my husband were (very close),” she said. “(Ash) would ride on his three-wheel bicycle with his two little poodles (Charly and Caesar). He would come up a mile to our shop, and three times a week he would do this. I gave the eulogy at Ash’s funeral, because we were so close.” Lauren Mackey, 26, said she has been coming to Vic’s since she was 5 years old. “We’d come on Fridays after school,” she said. “I attended Brookfield (School) and we got out at 1 (p.m.). We’d walk over. At first, we had to go with helpers and then, after a certain age, we’d walk by ourselves. So that was exciting.”

Mackey, while waiting to order a peanut butter ice cream on Feb. 2, added that although she has not lived in Sacramento for some time, she enjoys returning to Vic’s. Adjacent to Vic’s Ice Cream is Vic’s Café, which opened in 2013 in the business space historically occupied by Eales Pharmacy. Craig told the Land Park News that his two sons, Matthew and Jeffrey, don’t have an interest in carrying on the Vic’s business after his retirement. However, current general manager Dave Gilson, has shown an interest, Rutledge said. Altogether 28 employees work in those businesses under the direction of Gilson, whose favorite Vic’s ice cream is cookies and cream. Asked about his average day as general manager, Gilson, who graduated from Kennedy High in 2001, replied, “It goes from prepping the food in the morning, opening up the coffee shop with the ice cream parlor, or serving all day.” Craig, 66, recognized Vic’s Ice Cream as an institution that draws six generations of families. And he added that his business is fortunate to be located in a neighborhood that has maintained its charm and integrity. “ This neighborhood has been able to hold its ground because it’s so close to downtown and now that the downtown has become

more active, it’s the place to be,” he said. “I think we’re fortunate in being the state capital of California. Having the state government here kept at least some kind of structure. If we were in an industry related city, if they went somewhere else or did something else, then downtowns would die off. Luckily, we’ll keep going and now it’s vibrant with a lot of stuff.” Although Vic’s interior has undergone various changes, it continues to have its quaint atmosphere that has drawn people to this spot throughout its history. Among the reminders of the business’s history are a service counter with stools, several dining booths, a vintage scale that was used to weigh ice cream, and the initials of Jim Bunnell, who worked at Vic’s for more than 40 years making ice cream until his death 22 years ago. A bit of local trivia is that Jim’s son, Jamie, also worked at Vic’s Ice Cream before founding the popular Jamie’s Bar & Grill (now Jamie’s Broadway Grill) at 427 Broadway. Another tradition of Vic’s Ice Cream is its dedication to assisting schools, churches and nonprofit organizations. This year, The Fizz Bowl Golf Classic – a longtime Land Park event that evolved from an annual flag football game at California Junior High School (now California Middle School) – was dedicated to celebrating Vic’s 70th anniversary. The event raises funds for local charities. As for Vic’s rich history, the business prides itself in maintaining its notoriety as a Sacramento institution, and a locally iconic place that continues to attract both old and new customers.

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Sewical Sacramento: Sewing in bars and at birthday parties By Monica Stark

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A no-experience required, imbibing optional sewing party, Sewical Sacramento has hit local bars and neighbors’ homes with sewing machines and friends who like to “sewcialize.” Held in chic urban locations or privately hosted parties, Sewical Sacramento allows participants (aka “sewcialites”) to meet new people (aka “sewcialize”) in their community and complete a groovy project within two to four hours. Sewcialites can relax and enjoy beverages of their choice during the event. Once an event for friends, family, and a few close neighbors, Sewical Sacramento parties started catching on and ladies wanted to host parties for their best friends, so the group’s brainchild Melissa Barton began offering a free registration to the hostesses in appreciation for opening their home to their

guests and Sewical Sacramento soon received rave review on Nextdoor.com, which then, in turn prompted an invitation from local breweries, like SacTown Brewery to host the group. Now, other establishment maker-spaces have asked her to hold “sewcials” at their venues. Sewing is Melissa Barton’s self-proclaimed superpower and she’s known for making an entire dress or skirt only hours before an event. Melissa’s sewing days harken back to when she was just 5 years old. “It was a very small, real working machine, with a needle, fly wheel, and foot pedal. But my dedication to the craft began at 10 years old. My mom taught me how to sew an apron,” she recalls. “We purchased the materials and I got my first tutorial in fabric selection. I spent the entire weekend cutting the pattern, pinning, ironing, creating and lots of laughter. My mom might dispute that last bit though. Looking back, the overall experience was am-

bitious for a first project, but she obviously had confidence in my abilities and saw my potential – I’m proud of her.” Since becoming a mom, Melissa has been active in the community. Having lived in Sacramento for almost 16 years, she has fostered close relationships with some of the nicest people on the planet. A-stay-athome, work-at-home mom, Melissa quickly discovered

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that it takes a village. And part of Sewical Sacramento is her giving back to the community. “ The men and women in our communities are so thoughtful and resourceful and have helped me in more ways that I can express. I can’t think of a better place to invest my appreciation and love of community than Sacramento,” she says. Melissa sources her sewing materials from her sister venture, Say You Do, which makes accessories and gifts for brides and her bridesmaids. She tries to purchase supplies semi-annually so that the freight is as eco-friendly as possible given supply needs. “Sewcial Sacramento and Say You Do is co-branded, meaning we have a cohesive style between the brands making it easier to manage two businesses while juggling the messy mommy business of what is in my child’s diaper or what did the cat catch this time,” she says. Sewical Sacramento currently uses strait stitch sewing machines with new machines joining the team every few weeks. “Participants need to know what it’s like to work on a quality machine and feel great about their experience. There should be no other way to sew,” she says. Because once in a while a machine has a bad day, Melissa has a backup machine on stand-by or you can bring your own working machine. Melissa’s dreams for Sewical Sacramento never end. “It’s a wonder that I

sleep enough to dream them at all. It’s been so energizing and exciting to share my knowledge and skill with so many enthusiastic people,” she says. In the very near future, there will be a calendar of upcoming public Sewcials, making it easier for participants to check her availability or book their girls night out at Sewical Sacramento. She would love a dedicated studio in the mid-town community, with multiple sewing machines, amazing lighting, and patterns that don’t have sizes on them because when you make it, it’s whatever size you say it is. She dreams of a childcare room so mommies who need a day-break can sewcialize and have a place for their babes to have fun too. Melissa wants to hold virtual events for friends everywhere who maybe feel “un-sewcial” or just want to wear pajama pants and drink wine. She promises silly narration with the ability to pause and replay lessons on demand. “I am also working on a sewing guide for beginners – a fabulous book of techniques that I have cataloged in my head for the past 15 years.” Sewical Sacramento’s calendar has many exciting private and public events coming up. All of them are unique and special, but some of the most mentionable booked events is a private teenager co-ed birthday Sewcial, a 34 participant birthday summer extravaganza, a live televised event. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


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They say home is where the heart is. As cliche as that sounds, the saying rings true for the groups that can now call the Sacramento Dharma Center home. With a mission “to create a sanctuary for meditation and Buddha’s teachings, welcoming everyone who seeks to end suffering and live in harmony,” the nonprofit organization’s board of directors envision the new location at 3111 Wissemann Drive as “an inclusive and accessible community resource available to all people who wish to encounter Buddha’s teachings, enjoy the benefits of meditation practice, practice with a Sangha, and participate in a Buddhist tradition.” On Sunday, Jan. 29, the nonprofit held its grand opening, in which the entire community was invited including honored teachers, neighbors and supporters and others who helped realize the Center’s vision. Once the location of two credit unions, the renovated Buddhist haven for Western practitioners, the Sacramento Dharma Center, boasts space for six small offices, a library, kitchen, meditation room, break room, four bathrooms, a small meeting room, two vaults and 1.7 acres of yard space where ideas for gardens, walking paths, a labyrinth and a memorial garden (for those who have passed away) may soon be a reality. Looking outside the windows of the meditation room on a recent rainy Mon20

day afternoon, Julia Mullen, SDC vice president, said, “I imagine all of that.” Helping to organize the many volunteers there, Julia posed the question: What would you imagine being here? A simple question, all answers need consensus for anything to materialize at the SDC, so when it came to the big picture of possibly finding a space to house the three local groups or Sanghas – the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group, Sacramento Insight Meditation and Valley Streams Zen Sangha – Zen practice leader and ordained priest Jim Hare eight years ago asked the three groups what they thought about having a permanent home that would house all the groups. No more moving around; they could offer more programs and support each other. Julia and Linda Dekker, office manager and board member, spoke with the Arden-Carmichael News regarding the big changes at the Center. For the first year, Jim simply met with people and asked about their interest in it, and then in April of 2010, a steering committee was formed, which laid the groundwork of what the Dharma Center would be. Out of that spawned the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Dharma Center. For six years, the organization fundraised, looked at properties, and, as Julia adds, “(We) figured out how we’re going to live together because even though we’re all Buddhist practitioners, there (are) differences and so how do we take our differences and make them our

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strengths. It is a challenge and hopefully it will be an ongoing challenge because the three groups they want to maintain their personalities, their cultures.” From humble beginnings, groups have met at various yoga studios, have leased space in Land Park at the Congregation B’nai Israel, the Buddhist Church of Sacramento and other locations near downtown. Specifically, the Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group started 26 years ago in a living room of people who were interested in Buddhism as a means of practice with dealing with everything that was going on when the United States was invading Iraq. “SBMG was in response to all that turmoil. And trying to find some serenity and peacefulness around it,” Julia said. “Well, SBMG moved several times. The last place we were at was Congregation B’nai Israel on Riverside. We rented the big social hall to us. They were a wonderful host.” SBMG hosts teachers from all different traditions to come and talk each week, so for first timers or the more curious, that group is a good place to start to learn about local traditions. A number of the visiting teachers hail from the Bay Area and are shocked at the energy inside the walls of the SDC. “(They) enjoy being here,” Linda said. While many of the members hail from downtown and its nearest neighborhoods, real estate agent Kari Bryski convinced the Sanghas to look outside of the area. “We thought we wanted to be in Curtis Park, Land Park, East Sac, midtown, close to where everybody had been before and she said you would not get what you want. You can’t afford what you want. What you want does not exist in that part of the city with this kind of property. As soon as we opened up, we found this place a month later,” Linda said.

Because the Dharma Center Board of Directors consists of representatives of each of those organizations, Julia went back to the groups and asked whether they could go looking further out from the central city. “The boards had to discuss this because one of the things they thought was we’re going to lose membership if we go too far out from the central city. Once the Sanghas gave us permission to go looking further this appeared,” Julia said. Convenient to the Watt/Manlove stop on the Gold Line of the light rail and between 10-15 minutes from downtown (without traffic), the Wassermann location seems to work out, as membership continues to grow. “We had to take down the walls of the little office (inside the meditation room) because the Sunday group needed the space,” Julia said. Additionally having the groups under one roof can help leaders direct newcomers to a group that may be a good fit. As Julia explains, “Now that we are all under one place, if we think someone is dipping their toes in the water and they say, ‘Oh, Zen doesn’t speak to me,’ they can come Thursday night and go to Sacramento Insight Meditation.” On Inauguration Day, the Sacramento Dharma Center hosted a meditation titled, “For the Benefit of All Beings”. A nonpartisan Buddhist-inspired morning of meditation and prayer, the event, held Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon called for people to sit together to “support community, to support those outside community, to be in touch with the here and now and to water the seeds of interconnection.” People were welcome to sit for a few minutes, an hour or the entire time but were able to be part of a collective effort for peace. The center looks forward to an Interdependence Fourth of July Celebration at their new location. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.


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JR HOME RUN DERBY: The Parkway Little League is hosting a Jr. home derby for boys and girls ages 12 and under and 14 and under at 1 p.m. at 4700 Brookfield Drive. For questions, call Coach Curtis at 868-3189 or visit www.JrHRD.com. Click on PARTICIPATE and print out the forms and sign them and bring a copy of the your child’s birth certificate ,with out those your child can not enter into the contest. This program includes three levels of competition, with top performers from the local level advancing to regional level and ultimately, the national finals prior to Major League Baseball Home Run Derby during MLB All-Star Week.

SACRAMENTO ELKS LODGE #6 CRAB FEED: The Elks have ordered more than pounds of crab and one pound of shrimp per person! This event is one of the most popular events for both members and guests, so secure your tickets now. There will also be exciting raffles. Book a whole table and have a fantastic night out with friends. No-host cocktails are at 6 pm; dinner is served promptly at 7, and includes fresh-caught crab, (this is different from the old, frozen stuff you are offered at other crab feeds; you can tell the difference in the smell when the crab is fresh. The crab is delivered the same day direct from the San Francisco Bay!) There will also be shrimp, antipasto, green salad, and garlic bread. Call 422-6666. You can order tickets via credit card, and they will be mailed to you!

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22: THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY PRESENTS EASY MAGIC TRICKS FOR GRANDPARENTS, HARRY MOSSMAN AT ACC: Harry shows ACC and the general public why magic tricks are an easy way for grandparents to entertain, teach life lessons, and demonstrate that they really are cool. And as an added benefit, folks will learn that they keep your mind sharp. WHAT IS RENAISSANCE SOCIETY? An organization for older adults in cooperation with Sacramento State University (CSUS) that provides opportunities for lifelong learning and community engagement. Currently there are over 60 seminars offered Fridays on campus plus another 30+ at various locations in the Sacramento area. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Allan Keown at (916) 501-8833. There are different weekly topics for the seminars offered at ACC (Asian Community Center). THE PUBLIC IS INVITED. The fee to non-Renaissance members is $5 and free to members. Members be sure to wear your name tag.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE INEVITABLE: A 25-minute presentation on why everyone should preplan funeral arrangements. Eliminate the stress and relieve your family’s burden, know all available choices, learn what you need to know to ensure all detail is covered and save money. Free lunch provided. Pre-registration

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 KOREAN SEAWEED RICE ROLL AND STIR FRIED RICE CAKES WITH BEEF AND VEGETABLES: ACC will teach how to make two popular Korean dishes packed with balanced nutrients, made with a variety of colorful ingredients. This class will provide a handson experience as you make your own roll for yourself to enjoy. Pre-payment of $15 and Pre-registration required. Class will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Drive. For more information, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7 WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS HURTING OR CONTROLLING YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE: Are you being hurt by someone? Or is someone you know being hurt or controlled by someone? Come to this workshop to learn steps you can take to change the picture. Pre-registration required and free of charge. Class will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Drive. For more information, call 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 READ TO A DOG AT ROBBIE WATERS POCKET-GREENHAVEN LIBRARY– Looking for a way to boost school-age reading skills? Join us in the library’s Reading Tower area and practice reading out loud to Marvin, the Wonder Corgi, a registered therapy dog. Kids are invited to bring their own books or borrow one from our collection. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 SACRAMENTO HISTORIC CITY CEMETERY AND EAST MEMORIAL PARK: ACC invites you for a field trip to the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery and East Lawn Memorial Park. The City Cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in Sacramento and is designed to resemble a Victorian garden. East Lawn Memorial Park also holds a wealth of California history. Pre-payment of $10 and preregistration required. Trip will be from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Drive. For more information, call (916) 393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 READ TO A DOG AT ROBBIE WATERS POCKET-GREENHAVEN LIBRARY– Looking for a way to boost school-age reading skills? Join us in the library’s

Reading Tower area and practice reading out loud to Marvin, the Wonder Corgi, a registered therapy dog. Kids are invited to bring their own books or borrow one from our collection.1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive.

ONGOING HOMEWORK ZONE AT BELLLE COOLEDGE LIBRARY – Teen and adult volunteer homework coaches will be available to assist students in grades K8 with homework assignments. Space is available with coaches on a first-come, first-served basis. Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive. DROP-IN TECHNOLOGY HELP AT BELLLE COOLEDGE LIBRARY– Experts are on hand to help with your computer and technology related questions. Staff will be available during this time to help you with eBooks, social media, software training or anything else you bring to the table. Wednesdays from 2 p.m. at Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive.

BABY/TODDLER STORYTIME AT ROBBIE WATERS POCKET-GREENHAVEN LIBRARY– Babies and toddlers (ages 0 to 3 years) and their caretakers are invited to the library for songs and rhymes. Arrive extra early or stay later for extra social time with other children and parents. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. at Robbie Waters PocketGreenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive. KNIT TOGETHER AT ROBBIE WATERS POCKET-GREENHAVEN LIBRARY– Love to knit? Want to learn? Join this group for expert advice, great conversation and more. All crafters are welcome, not just knitters! Every Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF SACRAMENTO SOUTH MEETING: The club welcomes women and girls to the club’s lunch meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at the Aviators Restaurant, at Executive Airport, 6151 Freeport Blvd.

SING ALONG WITH MISTER COOPER AT BELLLE COOLEDGE LIBRARY– Neighborhood favorite Mister Cooper will provide 30 minutes of music time and freeze dancing for families, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive.

WEDNESDAY COFFEE AND CONVERSATION GATHERING: Every Wednesday morning from 7 to 11 am., join neighbors at Caffe Latte, 7600 Greenhaven Drive, for conversation and fun. Find the group back near the piano.

JOB COACH APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE AT ROBBIE WATERS POCKET-GREENHAVEN LIBRARY– Make an appointment to meet one-on-one with a volunteer job coach and get help with online job searching, using library databases, interviewing tips, resume writing, and more. For questions or to schedule an appointment, please ask at the library service desk or call 916-264-2920 during open hours. Appointment times are available for most Wednesdays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive.

TEA DANCE: Every first Sunday of the month from 2 to 5 p.m, dance to the music of the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s, played by a live 16-member orchestra. A touch of class is yours for $8 at the Elks Lodge, No. 6, located at 6446 Riverside Blvd. That includes tea/coffee, crumpets, scones, cucumber sandwiches, and other delicacies to grace your afternoon experience. Enjoy quaint conversation and dance music. It’s a romantic chance to recapture the magic of the past and fall in love all over again. For tickets, contact the Lodge at 422-6666.

TECH HELP APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE AT ROBBIE WATERS POCKET-GREENHAVEN LIBRARY– Have a technology question or problem? You can sign up for a one-on-one technology help session with library staff. They can help with basic computer, Internet or e-mail questions, and/or get you started with library services like e-books or e-magazines! Stop by the service desk or call 916-264-2920 during open hours to make an appointment. Appointment times are available for most Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursdays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon, at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive.

ACC PRESENTS ‘BODY WISDOM BREATH AND MOVEMENT’: Perform easy to follow seated and standing exercises for health and well-being. Most movements are based on eastern techniques for relaxing and re-energizing the body. Use simple Qigong postures to stimulate vitalizing “Chi”. Discover the joy of self-massage and acupressure. Slow down with guided imagery and meditative breath-work. Improving your health and be simple and fun. Pre-registration and Prepayment of $20 @ $5 per class required. $7 Drop-in rate per class. Class will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at ACC Senior Services, 1180 Corporate Way. For more details, call (916)393-9026 ext 330, www.accsv.org.

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1928 Tri-Motor airplane flies in Sacramento for the first time at Executive Airport By Monica Stark

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A model of the first upscale commercial airliner in existence sailed through southern Sacramento County, demonstrating to passengers commercial flying at the start of the Art Deco era. With multiple flights from — Jan. 26 to 29 — the 10-passenger airplane known as the Ford Tri-Motor seated guests on the lap of luxury with each person enjoying both a window and an aisle seat. The 89-year-old plane appealed to the adventurous and art deco aficionados. Movie buffs may recall the scene in Temple of Doom when Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), a young Vietnamese kid named Short Round ( Jonathan Ke Quan) and nightclub singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) board the Tri-Motor also known as the “ Tin Goose” (with its all metal body).

The memorable part occurs when the plane crashes into the side of a snowy mountain in the Himalayas. With no parachute on board, Jones pulls out an inflatable raft, to which Scott yells: “A boat? We’re not sinking; we’re crashing.” Fortunately, Jones’ strategy was not the escape plan for pilot Cody Welch and passengers aboard the Tin Goose in Sacramento on Jan. 26. In fact, it was a safe and non-eventful landing and after the first excursion’s return to Executive Airport, Welch told the Land Park News: “It’s so much fun to land. We snuck up on the ground today.” Welch, a retired Boeing 757 Captain for a major airline, helped develop the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Ford TriMotor Tour program, and is currently its chairman. Having flown Tri-Motors for 25 years, to Welch it’s a great privilege. “I’m getting to fly a plane from the early airline days, literally these

are the first commercial airlines and I’m getting to share that with passengers and have people have a trip back in time,” he says. About 20,000 people each year take advantage of that opportunity nationwide. All the 15 pilots are volunteers who do weekend gigs. Welch does about one per month. Not his first journey to Sacramento, as an airline pilot, Welch said he remembers “one foggy night. Only the ducks were walking.” While not the first visit to Sacramento for Welch, it was for the Tri-Motor. And on the first day, 140 reservations were made for the 20-minute trip, a number volunteers double for an estimated total amount of tickets sold, since about half are purchased right before the trip. Elk Grove Ford gave a large presentation-size check for $4,000 – a generous donation that did not go unnnoticed by the pilot who few passengers

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along the Sacramento River down to Elk Grove. Flying over suburbia, the trip took a turn at the Ford Dealership. Said Welch: “ They were really nice to sponsor and the least we could do is give people a chance to see (the dealership). So, we made a turnaround at the Ford dealership.” Vicky Thompson of Elk Grove said she was surprised by the choice of route and thought it was interesting seeing her hometown from that viewpoint: “I wasn’t expecting him to go that way.” Regarding the landing, Thompson said, “It was the smoothest I’ve witnessed and ever been a part of in my entire life.” Celebrating the 89th birthday of family member Di-

ane Wilcox, daughter Sandra Scott and husband Jim Scott of Cameron Park came to aboard the Tri-Motor. Diane, whose birthday isn’t until Aug. 4, said the trip is her “early gift.” Sharing the same birth year as the Tri-Motor, Diane and the plane have something in common. Antique collectors, the Scotts decorate their home with items from the Art Deco period. “Our whole front room is Art Deco, the bar, dining table,” Sandra said. “We are kind of antique collectors back in the Art Deco period,” Jim added. “This plane is 1928 and that was at the beginning of Art Deco. So it’s like, when would you be able to fly in a 1928 airplane?”

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7th Annual Gardens Gone Native Garden Tour Are you thinking about replacing your lawn or landscaping with drought tolerant plants? Do you want to draw beneficial insects and birds to your yard by adding interesting habitat? Do you need inspiration for your garden? Consider using beautiful and diverse California native plants! Whether you are just now contemplating a change in your landscaping, or you already have some California native plants and want additional ideas, mark your calendar for April 8, 2017 for the 7th annual Gardens Gone Native (GGN) tour. The annual GGN tour is free to registrants, and is organized by the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The tour includes over 20 California native plant gardens in the greater Sacramento region. All the gardens on the tour have more than 50% California native plants in the landscaping.

Tour participants will see a wide range of California native plants in home garden settings and will have the opportunity to learn what plants might work best in their own garden. The GGN tour offers the unique opportunity for garden visitors to talk to garden hosts and ask questions about the plants, the design, and the process of creating their California native gardens. Each garden host will have free lists available of the plants growing in their own yard. In addition, the tour includes a range of gardens from well-established mature plantings to more recent native landscape conversions. The tour also features professionally landscaped gardens as well as homeowner designed gardens. Registration for this inspirational tour opens March 10. Registration information can be found at SacVal-

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The homeless balloon artist You may have seen him blowing up balloon swords, butterflies and doggies for kids or creating nature-inspired scratch and sketch art pieces on various sidewalks along the Broadway corridor. Nick Cistone, a young man became homeless in Sacramento about five years ago shortly after receiving his associate of arts degree from the Sacramento Art Institute. Employed by the 15th Street Melting Pot fondue restaurant as a host, he lost that job during a hospital visit where he was hooked up to IVs. Meanwhile, his landlord kicked him out because he wasn’t paying his rent and also packed up all of Nick’s belongings and threw them away. “Something I found out later was illegal,” Nick says today. “That’s what a lot of people don’t realize is they’re only one paycheck away from being homeless.” Nick makes a few dollars here and there with his artwork and balloons. “It’s better than panhandling,” he says. -Monica Stark Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.

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