Councilman Cohn's Monthly eNewsletter

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D3 Monthly eNewsletter

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October 1, 2014

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In this Issue:

·         City Embarks on Two-Year Renovation of Historic Depot at Sacramento Valley Station

·         McKinley Playground Plaque Dedication and Trucktoberfest October 10

·         Celebrate Natomas on October 11!

·         Applications filed for Mixed Use/Residential Project and Hotels in 65th Street Area

·         City Receives Awards for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Saving Energy

·         Police Introduce Latest Camera Technology

·         Captain Jim Maccoun Moves on From Sac PD

·         City to Bring on Experts to Help Plan Park Pond Revitalization

·         City Releases RFP for Eight Parklets

·         Crude Oil by Rail Issue Update

·         RD 1000 Receives Certificate of Excellence

·         East Sac Chamber Seeks Business of the Year Nominations

·         Arena Construction Update

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What's Going On.....

·         Sacramento Celebrates ARTober

·         Free Composting Seminars this Fall

·         East Sac Farmer’s Market – Saturday Mornings

·         South Natomas Library Events

·          Hot Spot Friday Nights

·         Writing Across Continents

·         Coffee with the Sac PD – October 2

·         A Taste of Jazz – October 3

·         Sacred Heart Fall Festival – October 4

·         Eat Armenian – October 4

·         Sacramento Garden & Arts Center Fall Sale – October 4 & 5

·         I Street Bridge Replacement Project – Community Open House Thursday, October 9

·         Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest – October 10

·         Dinner Honoring Reverend Wanser of Newman Center – October 10

·         Pirates at the Library – October 11

·         Second Saturday on 57th Street

·         Harvest Festival at Theodore Judah – October 24

·         Mercy Hospital to Hold Construction Update Meeting – October 28

 

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Month at a Glance....

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NEIGHBORHOOD AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION UPDATES

Contact:

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Steve Cohn, Councilmember District 3

Phone: 916-808-7003

scohn@cityofsacramento.org

Sue Brown, District Director 

916-808-7235

sbrown@cityofsacramento.org

Anne Romo, Executive Assistant

916-808-5240

aromo@cityofsacramento.org

Address:  915 I Street, 5th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

FAX: 916-808-8546


Dear Neighbor,

Welcome to our District 3 E-newsletter with district updates, special events and my perspective on current events. I welcome your feedback and input and would be happy to share your organization’s upcoming events or neighborhood association announcements. Note that you cannot reply to this email.  Please feel free to contact me at scohn@cityofsacramento.org or (916) 808-7003.

Sincerely,
Steve Cohn
Visit my Council website at www.cityofsacramento.org
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City Embarks on Two-Year Renovation of Historic Depot at Sacramento Valley Station

Steve Addressing Crowd at Depot
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Groundbreaking kicks off $33 million second phase of transformation

In what was once a fine dining restaurant that has been closed to the public for decades, on September 26, 100 people gathered at the Sacramento Valley Station to celebrate the start of a journey to a new and improved historic depot. The depot renovation project should be completed in the fall of 2016, the 90th anniversary of the train station and before the opening of the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center.

A complete renovation is getting started on the second phase of the region’s highest priority transportation project – a world-class transit hub – and anchor to the downtown Railyards. When finished, the 68,000-square-foot building will include new Amtrak offices, leasable office and retail space and food vendors. The building and adjacent property was purchased by the City from Union Pacific Railroad in 2006. It’s the seventh busiest train station in the U.S.

The program included Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, Sacramento Rep. Doris Matsui, Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer, Councilmember Steve Cohn, City Manager John Shirey and Director of Public Works Jerry Way along with invited project sponsors, partners and team members.

“Today we are breathing new life into this historic depot, preparing for regional growth and an urban renaissance,” said Rep. Doris Matsui. “The $15 million federal grant, coupled with substantial funding from the City of Sacramento, will transform the Depot back to a true center of transportation, one that greets residents and visitors alike with activity, opportunity and a uniquely Sacramento sense of place.”

“Sacramento Valley Station is anchored by the Capitol Corridor, the fastest growing intercity rail service in the nation.  Together with San Joaquin and long distance Amtrak trains, over 1.2 million passengers use our downtown station each year.  And the numbers will grow as we offer express trains to San Francisco, light rail to the Airport and Elk Grove, and a streetcar,” said Councilman Steve Cohn.  “This phase of the station will restore the interior and exterior recapturing its former glory, while adding modern amenities including restaurants or food vendors with indoor and outdoor patio seating, bike storage/rental, and enlarged ticketing, baggage and lobby space on the ground floor.”

For more information, please go to www.sacramentovalleystation.com

 

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McKinley Playground Plaque Dedication and Trucktoberfest October 10

Councilman Cohn invites you to join him in the unveiling of the donor plaque at the McKinley Playground.  The dedication will take place on Friday, October 10, 5:30 p.m. at the playground.  You will want to spend your evening at the park as District 3’s final food truck event of the year will take place.  Trucktoberfest will offer your favorite food trucks, fun for the kids including a bounce house and face painting, a beer & wine garden and music by Departure, a Journey Tribute Band.

McKinley Plaque
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Trucktoberfest
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Celebrate Natomas
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Applications filed for Mixed-Use/Residential Project and for Hotels in 65th Street Area

An application was filed for market rate mixed-use/residential project at 6201 Folsom Boulevard in the 65th Street Transit Village Development District.  This is a staff level design review.  The first floor is envisioned for neighborhood serving commercial and the second and third floor is envisioned to one and two bedroom units.

Jackson Properties also filed an application for development of a Hampton Inn & Suites, retail and possibly a second hotel or office to be located at 1817 65th Street.  The application requests approval of two four-story hotels and a 10,000 square foot retail building fronting onto 65th Street.  The first hotel will be a 117-room Hampton Inn & Suites located at the east end of the site.  While a future second hotel is the most likely use of the west side of the site, an office building may be an option as well. 

These two recent development applications are a good sign that the mixed use/transit district is starting to gain momentum.

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City Receives Awards for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Saving Energy

The City of Sacramento was recently recognized by the Institute for Local Government and the California League of Cities at their annual conference with a Beacon Spotlight Award for leadership in promoting sustainable practices that address climate change. The City received several awards recognizing our achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy. Those awards include:


• Silver Spotlight Award for 6% in Energy Savings
• Silver Spotlight Award for 5% Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction
• Platinum Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practice Activities


City staff continues to work towards completing the necessary six elements to achieve a full Beacon Award and, more importantly, creating a healthier and more vibrant community!

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Police Introduce Latest Camera Technology

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The Sacramento Police Department is always striving to get ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation and technology. For the past three years, they have utilized mobile camera technology that has proven to be a major crime deterrent and very effective in crime prevention and suspect apprehension.  On September 24, 2014, Sac PD announced the latest implementation of fixed camera technology called Police Observation Devices (PODS). The PODS are currently located at two major intersections: one in South Natomas and one in South Sacramento.

The primary goal of this device is to serve as a highly visible crime deterrent. The PODS are clearly marked with a police logo and a flashing blue light to maximize its effect as a crime prevention tool. If a crime occurs recorded video can also be reviewed for potential evidence.

PODS are equipped with license plate reading (LPR) ability. The LPR technology is able to quickly scan license plates and alert officers that a vehicle associated with a missing person or criminal activity is in the area. The cameras have already proven successful.

On September 15, 2014, one week after the pilot program began; police received an alert of a stolen vehicle being driven through the intersection of San Juan Road and Truxel Road. Officers rushed to the area and recovered the stolen car and arrested the driver.

The Sacramento Police Department respects the privacy concerns of the community and has taken measures to exclude private residences from being recorded that are not under investigation. They are committed to ensuring public safety and deterring crime; most major metropolitan cities throughout the nation are already utilizing the benefits of this technology. This is another step towards using next generation technology to make Sacramento the Safest Big City in California.

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Captain Jim Maccoun Moves on From Sac PD

Captain Jim Maccoun of the Sacramento PD has accepted the position as the Assistant Chief of Police in Roseville.  Captain Maccoun started in law enforcement as a college student with a part time civilian job with the Roseville Police Department in 1980.  He became interested in law enforcement as a career and changed his college major. Captain Maccoun was hired by SPD in March 1982 as a Community Service Officer and attended the Police Academy. He was sworn in as a Police Officer in January 1984.

“I had a very fortunate career path where I was promoted through the ranks, completed his education, and worked a wide variety of assignments throughout the Police Department while working with some of greatest people in law enforcement,” said Captain Maccoun.

In 2007, Captain Maccoun was promoted to Captain and in 2010 he assumed command of the Kinney facility serving North Sacramento, South Natomas, and North Natomas.  We wish Captain Maccoun well as he moves on to his new position as the Assistant Chief of Police in Roseville where he will return to work in the town where he was raised. 

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City to Bring on Experts to Help Plan Park Pond Revitalization

McKinley Pond

Health and beauty doesn’t always come naturally to park ponds, adored by park visitors for the wildlife attractions. An abundance of fish, turtles, birds, ducks and geese can stress the pond’s health over time, threatening the wildlife it attracts and eroding its most attractive features. There are seven park ponds among the City’s 220 parks.


As reported in our previous eNewsletters, the City Parks and Recreation Department says it’s time to renovate four park ponds next year, three in Land Park and one in McKinley Park. But how best to go about it when no one on the staff is a wildlife expert?


The City is going about the planning for cleaning up the park ponds two ways ¬– one: recruiting a volunteer wildlife biologist for a newly established Pond Advisory Committee and two: requiring that expertise to part of the consultant team chosen for the project. “We’re only going to hire a firm with expertise in pond renovation as well as requiring them to have a wildlife biologist on the team,” explained park planner Gary Hyden.
The cost for the renovation projects are about $400,000 for Land Park and $225,000 for McKinley. Whatever team is chosen will design a project based on priorities and will also provide the City with a maintenance program for Council consideration.


During the contractor selection process, Pond Advisory Committee members will sit on an interview panel and pick the best contractor. In addition to the wildlife biologist, Pond Advisory Committee members include a landscape architect, the park maintenance supervisor and staff and two members from Council districts four and three. The District 3 members are Greg Lim and Judy McClaver.  After the selection is made, the committee members will continue to participate by overseeing the project’s progress.


The Request for Proposals have been issued. Proposals will be evaluated based on their knowledge, experience and approach to pond renovation so as to go about the job with the highest degree of consideration for the pond dwellers ¬– the fish and wildlife. Work on the ponds is expected to start in 2015, however, exact timing will depend upon recommendations from the experts based upon the wildlife.

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City Releases RFP for Eight Parklets

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In honor of Park(ing) Day, September 19, 2014, the City released an RFP for eight Parklets.   Please review the Request for Proposal (RFP) and the online form via “Planet Bids” for further details at: "Pilot Parklet" for temporary Sidewalk Extensions”. Registering with Planet Bids is easy and free.  Click on the Documents/Attachments tab, then click on Download and click Register to sign up. The City Council has approved only 10 Parklets (two are currently in the review process) so this is your opportunity to join the select few in Sacramento who build a Parklet in the public right-of-way.  Bid proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on  November 3, 2014 .  The City is seeking to add eight quality Parklets throughout Sacramento.   Motivated by public inquiries, City staff began exploring the possibility of implementing a Parklet program in January of 2013. Based on a similar model of San Francisco’s program as a reference, Parklets will convert public right-of-ways (mostly utilized as parking spaces) into mini-parks for recreation. On March 18, 2014, the City Council approved a two-year Pilot Parklet Program, limiting the program to 6-10 Parklets city-wide.

Parklets in other cities have demonstrated the following positive outcomes:

• Provided a path for merchants, community organizations, business owners, and residents to take individual actions in the development and beautification of the City’s public space.

• Create positive impacts to the aesthetic enhancements of streetscapes by providing an economical solution to the need for increased open space and re-energizing the street.

• Support local business communities by encouraging pedestrians to linger and enjoy the surroundings.

• Encourage growth as a neighborhood anchor and becoming an enjoyable destination point by providing spaces for merchants and neighbors to gather.

• Influence a positive calming effect on passing traffic.

The role of the City of Sacramento in the Pilot Parklet Program is to regulate the use of the space as an extension of the public sidewalk, oversee the removal of any parking spaces where acceptable, ensure the final product is maintained properly and verify that the design and construction both adhere to the California Building Standards Codes, City of Sacramento Codes and the American with Disabilities Act. The role played by the City is similar to situations where a private entity seeks to use the public right-of-way to establish an outdoor dining area adjacent to a restaurant.


There is an opportunity for a $1000 grant from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District if you decide to add at least two secure bicycle parking spaces to your Parklet. Note: bicycle parking is not a requirement for a Parklet. Please feel free to review the guide lines in the Parklet manual.  Additional information, including the RFP, Parklet Manual and Parklet Grant Application can be found at www.sacparklet.org

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Crude Oil by Rail Issue Update

In September, the City of Sacramento submitted a comment letter on the Valero Crude by Rail Project Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the City of Benicia.  You can access the City’s letter, along with letters submitted by Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) on my website.

The Valero Benicia refinery is one of two California refineries that are in the process of securing permits to build rail terminals to import Canadian tar sands and Bakken crude oils from the Dakotas.  The crude oil trains enter northern California via Donner Pass, through Auburn, Rocklin, and Roseville and proceed along the Sacramento River through Sacramento and Davis.

As SACOG Board Chair, I helped bring our region’s elected leaders together to look at this important issue from a public safety perspective. SACOG is the Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization for the six-county region, which includes 22 cities and a total population of 2.4 million.  In addition to filing comments on the Valero refinery EIR, SACOG filed comments on proposed federal regulations to improve the safety of transport for crude oil and other hazardous and volatile materials.  Our comments asked for seven things:  (1) Mandate speed limits in all areas; (2) Study the risks of multi-car trains; (3) Quickly phase-out unsafe tank cars, and to the extent that tank cars that do not meet new safety standards continue to operate at all, however briefly, we urge that they only be used on low-risk routes outside of populated and habitat-sensitive areas; (4) Require enhanced tank car features, e.g., minimum 9/16” thickness steel, electronically controlled pneumatic breaks, rollover protection; (5) Prioritize implementation of Positive Train Control on high-risk corridors and work with other federal agencies to remove barriers to implementation; (6) Provide more information, training and notification to emergency response providers—including funding for training and development of emergency response plans; and (7) Regulate the transport and storage of crude oil on railroad sidings. 

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RD 1000 Receives Certificate of Excellence

Last month the Reclamation District 1000 (RD 1000) received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.

“This award is a testament to Reclamation District 1000’s commitment to open government,” said Paul Devereux, General Manager.  The entire district staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.”

In order to receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of eight essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.  Finally, the district must demonstrate outreach to its constituents that engages the public in its governance, through completion of a salary/benchmarking survey and community transparency reviews.

The mission of RD 1000 is flood protection for the Natomas basin providing for the public’s health and safety by operating and maintaining levees, and the District’s canals and pump stations in a safe, efficient and responsible manner.

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East Sac Chamber Seeks Business of the Year Nominations

ES Chamber logo

East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards recognizing outstanding businesses in East Sacramento. Business of the Year Award: Recognizes a business that provides exemplary service to its customers and participates in neighborhood activities working to improve the neighborhood for either the business or residential communities, or preferably both.
New Business of the Year Award: Recognizes a business that opened in 2014 and provides exemplary service to its customers and participates in neighborhood activities working to improve the neighborhood for either the business or residential communities, or preferably both. 

A Special Place Award: Recognizes a business that has architectural or design features which have beautified our neighborhood. 

Send your nominations to eastsacchamber@aol.com or to East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, 3104 O St., # 222, Sacramento, CA 95816. Include a short paragraph about why the business should receive the award. The deadline for nominations is October 31.

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Arena Construction Update

Demolition of the eastern Downtown Plaza structure and former men’s Macy’s building continues, as well as temporary concrete footings to be poured this week for the wall bracing system along J Street. Next week, the project will start demolition on the 560 J building. 

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What's Going On

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Artober

For the fourth year, October will become “ARTober”, a month-long celebration of the arts that puts a spotlight on the talent and creativity of artists throughout the region.  As part of National Art & Humanities Month, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sacramento365.com, For Arts Sake, and dozens of local arts organizations collaborate to bring attention to art events taking place in the Sacramento region during the month of October.  Throughout the month the public can experience and participate in arts events, performances and free family activities including exhibitions, temporary public artworks, art festivals, concerts, musicals, live poetry, a street food and design market, and theater.   For more information visit www.artobersac.com

Here are a few events taking place in District 3:

Celebration Arts
Jitney by August Wilson 
September 5 - October 5
at Celebration Arts Theater, 4469 D St., Sacramento

Set in 1970 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, Jitney is a beautiful addition to August Wilson's decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.

More info at: http://celebrationarts.net/

Chamber Music Society of Sacramento
Beethoven, Franck, Brahms concert
October 19, 7:30pm
at the CSUS Music Building, 6000 J St., Sacramento
More info at: http://www.cmssacto.org/performances/

 

Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra
SCSO Stained Glass Concert Heralds July 2015 European Tour
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

The Sacramento Choral Society will launch its 19th season in fine style with repertoire that it plans to showcase during its July 2015 European tour with performances at Notre Dame in Paris, Normandy and St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

George Frederic Handel's jubilant Dettingen Te Deum will feature the large SCSO Chorus, Ryan Enright, Organist, the SCSO Festival Brass, and soloists Karlie Saenz and John Martin. The concert will also include Gregorian chant and motets from the Renaissance and 20th Century.

Conductor Donald Kendrick and the SCSO are pleased to return to Fremont Presbyterian Church, home of one of the largest pipe organs in Northern California, for this Stained Glass performance. Tickets are $35 Reserved and $25 General. All student tickets are discounted 50%.
Tickets and information: www.sacramentochoral.com or (916) 536-9065

For more ARTober events visit www.artobersac.com

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Free Composting Seminars This Fall

Backyard composting allows you to recycle your yard clippings and fruit and vegetable scraps into a valuable soil amendment right in your own yard. It is a great way to save money, reduce the amount of waste that is disposed, and improve the quality of your soil. The Recycling & Solid Waste Division is hosting three free composting seminars this fall:

Saturdays: Two Sessions from 8:00-9:00AM and 9:00-10:00AM on the following dates:
• October 4, 2014 Southside Community Garden, 5th and W Street (Downtown)
• November 1, 2014 Fremont Community Garden, 14th and Q Street (Mid Town)

City of Sacramento residents who attend can purchase a GeoBin compost bin for $10. The GeoBins are only available to seminar attendees. Advance registration is not required. To help us plan you can RSVP on our events page at www.facebook.com/SacRecycle  

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East Sac’s Farmers Market – Saturday Mornings

The East Sac Farmer’s Market is taking place every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McKinley Park next to Shepard Garden and Arts Center. The market sells gourmet mushrooms from Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms, organic produce from Rio de Parras Organic Farm, local meat from Coffee Pot Ranch and organic cold-pressed juices from Lidquidology Bar. Devine Gelateria, owned by East Sac residents Elizabeth and Brian McCleary, has gelato sandwiches and push-up pops for sale. For more information, go to the East Sacramento Farmers Market Facebook page or email aclark@eastsacfarmersmarket.com.

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South Natomas Library Events

The South Natomas Library offer activities for all ages from Baby Stay and Play to Toddler Story time, from homework help for teens to teens helping seniors learn computers.  You can find a printable monthly calendar by clicking here.

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Writing Across Continents

McKinley Library (601 Alhambra Blvd.) is offering a poetry reading and writing series with instructor Frank Dixon Graham, published poet and editor of the Sacramento Poetry Center's Tule Review. A different culture or region will be discussed each week. The classes are free and open to the public.  Participants can choose to attend one or all of the classes depending up their interest. The series will be on Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library and run until November 22. For more information, call 264-2770 or go to www.saclibrary.org

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Coffee with the Sac PD – October 2

Sacramento Police Lieutenant Alisa Buckley wants to hear from local residents.  On Thursday, October 2, at 7 p.m. Lt. Buckley is holding a Coffee Chat at Starbucks on J Street.  Buckley, whose area assignment includes East Sacramento, will be available to answer questions and listen to neighborhood concerns.  The event is open to the public.

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A Taste of Jazz – October 3

Mix, mingle and munch while enjoying live music with the Beth Duncan Jazz Trio, delicious appetizers and beverages provided by local chefs, restaurants and other community businesses.  The party will be held in the garden of a private home on Friday, October 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. River Life Covenant is a community church located in East Sacramento at 4401 A St. Having served the community for more the 50 years, the church is in need of Continued maintenance and upgrades. All proceeds from A Taste of Jazz will benefit River Life’s facility fund. Tickers are a suggested donation of $30 in advance, $40 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, email lauraloots@yahoo.com or call Laura Elkins at 601-7236.

 

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SHPS Fall Fest

 

Sacred Heart School and Parish will host its 73rd annual fall festival on Saturday, October 4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The old fashioned neighborhood carnival features children’s game booths, live entertainment and a craft fair. There will also be a bounce house, slides, food for sale, and a beer and wine garden. The festival takes place on the school playground at 856 39th St. For more information, call 456-1576. 

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Eat Armenian – October 4

The annual Armenian Food Festival will be held on Saturday, October 4, at Greek Hellenic Hall, 614 Alhambra Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be traditional Armenian food prepared by members of St. James Ladies Society. Food is available to eat at the festival or to take out. The festival will also feature live music and folk dancing. The music will begin at 5 p.m. The festival is one of the longest-running food festivals in the Sacramento area. The event is sponsored by St. James Armenian Church. Admission is free before 5 p.m., $3 after. For more information, call 443-3602.

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Sacramento Garden Center Fall Sale – October 4 & 5

Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park will hold its fall sale on Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5. The sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, will feature plants, handcrafted items, harvest food items and other merchandise.
All proceeds will benefit the center and the nonprofit garden and art clubs that meet there. Vendor booths are available for rent. Contact shepherdcenter@gmail.com  or 396-889.

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I Street Bridge Replacement Project – Community Open House Thursday October 9

The Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento are holding a second open house meeting to give an update about the I Street Bridge Replacement Project. A new low-level, neighborhood friendly bridge upstream of the I Street Bridge is being planned to provide better access for bicycles and pedestrians, and serve motorists more efficiently.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCOPING MEETING
Thursday, October 9
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Stanford Gallery, 111 I Street, Sacramento

A walking tour will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The project is entering the environmental assessment phase and this meeting is an opportunity for the public to provide comments or concerns related to potential environmental effects of the project. Input received will become part of the public record and will be considered during environmental studies.

Staffed information stations with maps and other project materials will be available from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Join the project team for a walking tour to view the bridge location at 5:30 p.m. The tour will feature project area highlights and be approximately one mile, mostly on paved surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes.

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Sacramento Turn Verein Oktoberfest – October 10

Sacramento Turn Verein (3349 J Street) will host its 47th annual Oktoberfest on Friday, October 10, from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, Oct. 11, from 3 p.m. to midnight. There will be dancing and authentic German food and beer. Entertainment will be provided by local traditional German bands, including The Gruber Family Band. AKAlive, a local rock-’n’-roll band, will perform in the upstairs banquet hall both evenings. Tickets are $20; $5 for children 6 to12, free for children younger than 6. There will be free parking at Sutter Middle School. For more information, call 442-7360 or go to www.sacramentoturnverein.com to purchase tickets. 

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Dinner Honoring Reverend Wanser of Newman Center – October 10

The Newman Catholic Community at Sacramento State will honor Reverend George Wanser , SJ with a fundraiser dinner and roast celebrating his 50th anniversary as a member of the Society of Jesus.  Known as “Father George,” Reverend Wanser served as Director of the Newman Catholic Community from 2001-2011. The fundraiser, which benefits the Center will be on Friday, October 10 at the Newman Center.  Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple.  Seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door.  The Newman Center is at 5900 Newman Ct. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sacnewman.org or call 454-4188.

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Pirates at the Library – October 11

McKinley Library (601 Alhambra Blvd.) will host a pirate treasure hunt throughout the East Sacramento and Midtown area.  The family program will be held on Saturday, October 11, beginning at 11 a.m. with the making of pirate’s maps, eye-patches, hooks and hats;  and end at Midtown’s Ella K. McClatchy Library with pirate games and snacks from 2 to 3 p.m. During the treasure hunt, clues will lead participants to various stops, where they will find  prizes and another clue.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Both children and adults are encouraged to wear pirate costumes. For more information, call 264-2770 or go to www.saclibrary.org.  

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Second Saturday on 57th Street

The businesses in East Sac’s 57th Street Antique Row are throwing a free party on Saturday, October 11.   According to Mary Weber of Evan’s Kitchen there will be live music, a car show, and artists displaying their works, activities for children and food and beverages for purchase.   Weber and Jessica Holcomb, owner of Sassi Salon, are coordinating the event. The event will be in the parking lot of the Antique Row at 855 57th St.  For more information, call 452-3896.

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Harvest Festival at Theodore Judah – October 24

On Friday, October 24 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., Theodore Judah Elementary School (3919 McKinley Blvd.) will host a harvest festival. Admission is free and the event is open to all. There will be a haunted house and game booths for children. Tickets for the game booths are 25 cents. There will also be live entertainment.  A variety of food trucks will have refreshments for sale. Children (and adults) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. The festival is sponsored by the school PTA. Funds raised will go toward classroom supplies, materials, and field trips. For more information, email hellotjpta@gmail.com.  

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Mercy Hospital To Hold Construction Update Meeting – October 28

Mercy General Hospital will hold a meeting on Tuesday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m. to address residents’ questions and concerns about the construction at the hospital’s East Sac campus.  The hospital hosts quarterly meetings. They are open to the public. The meeting will be held in the conference room, Greenhouse A & B of the hospital at 4001 J St. The hospital has also established a construction information hotline, 552-6931, for residents with construction-related questions.

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Month at a Glance

Sweatin for McKinley Fundraiser - September 13

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Councilman Cohn Addressing Attendees at the River District Annual Celebration - September 18

River Dist Annual Event

Sac Republic Block Party at 20th & K - September 18

Sac Republic Rally

S.F. Giants' announce River Cats as their Official AAA Team beginning 2015 - September 19

Rivercats

Groundbreaking Celebration of Renovation of Historic Depot at Sacramento Valley Station - September 26

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Celebrating the Sac Republic USL Champions - September 27

Sac Republic

Farm to Fork Dinner on Tower Bridge - September 28

Tower Bridge Dinner

Celebrating Food Literacy Month - Dinner at the Overlook - 6th Street Bridge - September 28

6th St Bridge
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Neighborhood and Business Association Updates

East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber meetings are generally held the Second Wednesday of each month at various locations, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.  Cost $15.  For more information on the Chamber, contact Lisa Schmidt at 457-2721 or visit http://www.eastsacchamber.org/

East Sacramento Improvement Association (ESIA) –Board Meetings are generally held the First Monday at the Clunie Community Center, East Sacramento Room from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  If you would like to attend please call 451-5271 for details.  Quarterly membership meetings will be announced.  For more information, contact Paul Noble at Noblep5@comcast.net

East Sacramento Preservation Neighborhood Association (ESP) – Meetings held the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Clunie Clubhouse, East Sacramento Room. Contact Ellen Cochrane (916) 457-2725 or email contact@eastsacpreservation.org for more information or to suggest agenda items or speakers.  www.eastsacpreservation.org.

Gardenland Northgate Neighborhood Association (GNNA) –Membership meetings are held the months of February, April, June, August, October and December on the second Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at Stanford Settlement, 450 El Camino Avenue.  For more information contact gnnaboard@gmail.com  or visit  www.gnna.info.

McKinley East Sacramento Neighborhood Association (MENA):   Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held the First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Clunie Community Center, 601 Alhambra Blvd.  For more information, contact Deane Dana at mena@eastsac.org  MENA is an all-volunteer neighborhood association formed in 1992. The group also manages EastSacWatch, a website that provides crime updates and incident reports from the neighborhood. 

Natomas Chamber of Commerce:  For up to date information, visit http://www.natomaschamber.org/

North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce:  For up to date information, visit http://www.northsacramentochamber.org/

Natomas Community Association (NCA).  Meetings are generally held at the South Natomas Community Center on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. except November and December when the meeting is held the first Wednesday of December. For more information, visit http://natomascommunity.org

Point West Transportation Management Authority.  For updates contact Rebecca Garrison at Rebecca@80corridortma.org

River Park Neighborhood Association:   Board meetings are held the Third Thursday of each month in the multi-purpose room at Caleb Greenwood Elementary School.  Block Captains at 7:00 p.m., RPNA Board at 7:30 p.m..  See www.riverparksacramento.net.

The River District – Board meetings generally held on the Second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m., 300 Richards Boulevard, Room 221.  To confirm meeting or for more information visit http://www.riverdistrict.net/

Sacramento Police Captain Jim Maccoun’s Neighborhood Leaders Meeting is generally held on the Fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at W. J. Kinney Police Facility, 3550 Marysville Blvd. 

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