Archive for September, 2009

NBNA Co-Sponsors Neighborhood Event at Tapestri Square, Oct. 18

September 24, 2009
Homes along T Street in the new Tapestri Square housing development

Homes along T Street in the new Tapestri Square housing development

If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association, next month offers a great opportunity to do so.  The Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with Tapestri Square, a new housing development at 20th and T Streets, will be hosting a special Neighborhood Event on Sunday, October 18, at Tapestri Square (2002 T Street) from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Come and meet your neighbors, the members and board of the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association!  There will also be food, refreshments, and information about many of the local businesses right here in our neighborhood.  Also, you can take the opportunity to check out three of Tapestri Square’s model homes.  (Admit it, you’ve always wanted to have a look inside… :))  In addition, you can find out about special discounts from local businesses; and you can enter to win one of 10 free gift certificates to your local merchants, sponsored by Tapestri Square.

Sponsors of the event include the following:

Tuli Bistro

Sweetwater Restaurant and Bar

Revolution Wines

Freeport Bakery

Vizcaya Catering

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op

Morgan’s Bar and Grill

Friends of the Library

Inside Publications

Alex Ives (harpist)

Hope Harris Photography

Crawford’s Cleaning

Sacramento Bee Keeping Supplies

Fringe Boutique

Home Style Furniture & Accessories

The Antique Company

Vision (Organic Furniture)

The Big Bang

Music will be provided by Alex Ives, a harpist (and member of the NBNA Board).  Come enjoy an afternoon of food, music, drink, and enjoyment of the best this neighborhood has to offer!  (I’ll be posting more information about the event as it gets closer, so please check back at this blog…)


Urban Design Dialogue on K Street Issues Sept. 30

September 23, 2009
Empty storefronts still dominate parts of downtown Sacramento's K Street, as shown in this photo taken in April.

Empty storefronts still dominate parts of downtown Sacramento's K Street, as shown in this photo taken in April.

What will the City of Sacramento do about the K Street Mall?  I’m bringing it up here, even though the main focus of this blog is on the Poverty Ridge/Newton Booth/Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods, because what happens with our city’s downtown area affects all of us.  If we don’t have a downtown we can be proud of, then it’s hard for us to take pride in Sacramento as a whole, isn’t it?

In particular, I’m bringing it up because there’s an important Urban Design Dialogue coming up very soon that will discuss K Street.  It’s co-sponsored by the Urban Design Alliance – Sacramento and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership; and it really ought to be attended by anyone interested in the state of K Street and our downtown.  Here’s the info:

Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

The Crest Theatre (1013 K Street)

Free admission (though donations are welcome).  Light refreshments will be provided.

The panelists for the discussion are:

Ken Kay, of Ken Kay Associates (San Francisco) – Urban Designer

Midge McCauley, Downtown Works (Washington, D.C.) – Retail Consultant

John Long, DKS Associates (Sacramento) – Transportation Engineer

Q&A Facilitator:  Bob Chase, of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute.

The three main topics on the agenda are:

Design (issues of historic preservation, use of the space, relationship of K Street to the rest of downtown, safety issues, et al.);

Commerce (balance of residential/commercial uses, issues of local vs. “big chain” businesses, possibility of a permanent farmer’s market or public market, et al.); and

Circulation (i.e., the street’s transportation issues – light rail, cars, bikes, pedestrians, and how to integrate them…and whether to bring back cars to K Street).

These are really important issues for our city to grapple with–and this sounds like it’s going to be a very important discussion.  If you are at all concerned about downtown Sacramento and its future, this event should not be missed.

E.K. McClatchy Library Offers Workshops, Children’s Story Times and More

September 17, 2009

mcclatchy library 01

Our neighborhood’s own Ella K. McClatchy Library, at 2112 22nd Street, will be offering a variety of workshops, children’s story times, and other events over the next three months.  Have a look:

Going Green in the Neighborhood – A series of workshops that has already started at the Library.  (Unfortunately this blogger missed telling you about the first one, on Solar Cooking, which took place on September 12–sorry.)  Upcoming workshops include:

Saturday, October 10, 1 -2 p.m.   Sustainable Landscape Gardening, with Dennis Dahlin – learn principles for designing your own sustainable garden, and get answers to your questions.

Saturday, November 7, 1 – 3 p.m.   Window Repair for Energy Efficiency.  Learn how to do window repair and window restoration, from local homeowners who have done it.

Saturday, December 12, 1 – 3 p.m.  Tour McClatchy’s Upstairs.  Visitors will be able to climb the stairs (in small groups) and tour the little-seen second floor of the E.K. McClatchy Library.  Visitors will also be able to make gingerbread houses downstairs.

As mentioned above, the McClatchy Library also has programs for children of all ages.  Some upcoming children’s events include:

Wednesday, September 30, 4:00 p.m.  “Things that Slither” with the Effie Yeaw Center.  Come see a varienty of live reptiles, amphibians and other critters, presented by a naturalist with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.  This is a free program intended for school-age children.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.   Preschool Story Time at the Ella K. McClatchy Library.  Join Miss Kati for fun stories, songs, crafts and more – for preschoolers, age 3-5.

Thursday, October 8, 10:00 a.m.  Jumpstart’s Read for the Record.  Join Eric Carle in a reading of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and enjoy other fun activities as well – all to support early education.

Saturday, October 17, 2:00 p.m.  Lotions and Potions.  Teens – learn to make your own home beauty products, for yourself or to create as gifts!  (Also, please note the date for the next teen program – Saturday, December 5, 2:00 p.m. – “Marble Magnet Gifts.”)

For more information, please check out the McClatchy Library website, or call (916) 264-2700.  See you there!

SOCA Home Tour in Boulevard Park on Sept. 20

September 13, 2009

This event may not be in our neighborhood; but the Sacramento Old City Association (SOCA) is a good local group that’s doing important work to preserve historic homes and improve neighborhoods in Sacramento, so it’s well worth mentioning here.  Plus it looks like it might be fun.

SOCA is holding its 34th Annual Home Tour on Sunday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The tour will feature historic homes in the Boulevard Park neighborhood.  A street fair will be held at the 21st Street Esplanade between F and G Streets; artisans will be showing their work, and there will be opportunities to learn how to research the history of your own house.  Plus the Sacramento Capitol A’s Model A Club will be displaying their antique cars throughout the tour.

Tickets are $18.00 in advance, $20.00 on the day of the tour, and $19.00 for bicyclists.  Advance tickets may be purchased at: Green Sacramento (1931 H Street); Joann’s Elegant Gifts (1019 L Street); Collected Works & Other Fine Gifts (4524 Freeport Blvd.); The Avid Reader (1600 Broadway); and 57th Street Antique Mall (875 57th Street).  On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the street fair on the 21st Street Esplanade between F and G Streets.

For more information, please visit the SOCA website.

“Women on Nature” Art Showing at the Verge Gallery

September 9, 2009

An intriguing new art exhibition is coming to our neighborhood’s own Verge Gallery (at 1900 V Street).  “Women on Nature,” an exhibit featuring recent works by several Bay Area women artists (and curated by San Francisco artist Emily Prince), will run from Thursday, September 10 through Saturday, October 24 — with a reception this Thursday from 6:00 t0 10:00 p.m.  The show will also be open for Second Saturday on September 12 and October 10; and some of the artists will attend a panel discussion on their works on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

According to the Verge Gallery’s website, the “Women on Nature” artists will “investigate our human manipulation of the natural world” through a “dynamic” variety of mixed-media and conceptual art pieces.  The pieces in this exhibition range from Amy Balkin’s large-scale projected website proposal for a clean-air park, “Public Smog”; to Sara Bright’s and Lindsey White’s landscape photography; to Sierra Zumwalt’s paper sculptures and Sunaura Taylor’s “large-scale epic” painting, “Chicken Truck.”  There will also be a temporary library with books that have inspired specific pieces in the show.

Sounds interesting to me.  I’m definitely going to check it out…. (See another article about it on the Second Saturday website here.)

Alhambra Triangle – Land of Intrigue

September 5, 2009

Okay, so it’s hardly a “land of intrigue” (just making a little joke there), but the geography of the Alhambra Triangle Neighborhood is indeed a little puzzling.  A few weeks ago I posted my first attempt here to describe the neighborhoods covered by the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association.  Here’s a closer look at the map I made of the Alhambra Triangle:

alhambra triangle 01

Alhambra Triangle is everything that’s east of Business Route 80 (that’s the wide band on the left), south of the light rail tracks, and north of Highway 50.

My description of the Alhambra Triangle, however, came as a surprise to one reader.  Patrick Wilson wrote:

“I’m confused how 37th street is the Alhambra Triangle…. a little help? I thought 37th was by the Starbucks on Stockton.”

What he meant is that he was confused by 37th Street being the eastern boundary of Alhambra Triangle.  That’s the way it’s written in the NBNA bylaws; but in actual fact, there’s almost nothing east of Stockton Boulevard, south of the light rail tracks and north of Highway 50, except for the Highway 50 on- and off-ramps:

highway 50 on and off ramps

What may also compound the confusion, is that Stockton Boulevard goes down diagonally from P Street and Alhambra in a southeasterly direction.  Where Stockton meets T Street, a small segment of 37th meets T Street close by; and there is indeed a Starbucks there.  However, it’s south of Highway 50, so it’s not part of Alhambra Triangle.

I joked earlier about Alhambra Triangle being a “land of intrigue”; but I walked around it the other day and found it had quite an interesting variety of things to see.  In addition to a number of nice homes, the neighborhood also includes a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) equipment yard; a major new housing development along S Street east of Alhambra; Morgan’s, a bar and grill at 34th and S; and of course, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (the place with the cooking classes…).

Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op Offers Cooking Classes

September 1, 2009

So, dear reader, tell me honestly:  Are you a fan of “Hell’s Kitchen”?  Are your Saturday nights planned around “Iron Chef America”?  Are you crazy about “Top Chef”?  Or maybe, are you someone who’s seen “Ratatouille” three times–or perhaps, are you hankering to get into the kitchen after seeing all those Julia Child recipes in “Julie & Julia”?

If you’re tired of just watching other people cook, and want to try out some new dishes yourself, you may be in luck.  The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, located right here in our neighborhood at 1900 Alhambra Blvd. (Alhambra and S Street), offers cooking classes on a regular basis at its Community Learning Center (on Alhambra, right around the corner from the Co-op).  The class topics vary from low-calorie and quick-fix dishes, to dishes that use herbs out of your garden.  Take a look at this class, coming up next week:

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Wholesome 30-minute Meals.  Dishes to be learned include black-eyed pea salad with lemon vinaigrette; veggie quesadillas; nut burgers with sweet potato fries; and crispy tuna casserole.  Price is $39 for the general public, and $30 for co-op owners; in addition, at this class you can “bring a friend for free.”

However, the greatest variety of classes at the Co-op cover a number of international cuisines.  For example:

Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. — Tour of Africa: Morocco, Senegal and Algeria.  Dishes to learn include Algerian sauteed mushrooms in filo, Senegalese lemon soup, Moroccan carrot salad, saffron chicken with apricots, and rose water pudding.  The price is $45 for the general public; $35 for co-op owners.

Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Spanish Tapas.  $39 general public; $30 co-op owners.

Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — French Inspiration.  Dishes include vichyssoise with orange zest (chilled leek and potato soup); croque monsieur (French ham and cheese sandwiches with rustic bread and bechamel sauce); clams steamed in vermouth with garlic crouton; haricot vert with bearnaise sauce; and cream puffs for dessert.  $39 general public; $30 co-op owners.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Italian Al Fresco! Under the Tuscan Sun.  Dishes include melanzane ripiene (stuffed eggplant with prosciutto and provolone…and aren’t English translations helpful?); spaghetti alla viareggina (that is, in the viareggio style…guess you’ll have to take the class to find out what that means!); fagolini al sesamo e limone (green beans with sesame seeds and lemon); and caffe in forchetta (coffee on a fork…say what!?).  $39 for general public; $30 for co-op owners.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. — Vegetarian Indian Cuisine: Indian Feast.  Dishes include chilled summer rice; spicy hot coconut chutney; shredded radish, coconut and carrot salad; chick peas and potato chaat; and ginger lemonade.  $45 for general public; $35 for co-op owners.

For more information (and to see the entire list of classes, including the ones I left out here), please visit the co-op website, or call them at (916) 455-2667.  Or just stop by the Co-op and inquire at the information desk.  And just think–at these classes, even if you make a mistake, no one’s going to yell at you and call you “donkey.”  🙂