Archive for October, 2009

Photos from the Tapestri Square Event

October 26, 2009

Everyone:  Your blogger has finally gotten the pictures back from the October 18 Neighborhood Event at Tapestri Square.

Unfortunately the photos do not give a better sense of the flow of people who came to the event during the day.  However, they do show a little bit of what they saw.  Please enjoy this brief visual recap of our event.

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Visitors stop by the table of Whitworth Cycles (2311 S Street), one of a number of neighborhood businesses participating in the event.

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Another view of the tables at the event in front of Tapestri Square, along T Street.

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Caterers from Vizcaya (21st and U Streets) display their delicious array of food and scrumptious cupcakes, in the kitchen of one of Tapestri's model homes.

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NBNA Board member Alex Ives, performing lovely music on harp, while visitors tour an elegant model home.

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NBNA Board member Ann Hamilton, greeting visitors in the downstairs garage area of one of Tapestri's model homes.

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NBNA Board President Bud Halliday, at a table with information about Tapestri Square homes.

Many thanks to Tapestri Square for co-hosting this event; and a big thanks to all the local businesses who participated!  We really appreciate all you did to make this event successful.


Neighborhood Event at Tapestri Square Was a Hit!

October 22, 2009

Several dozen visitors made it to the Neighborhood Event at Tapestri Square last Sunday, October 18–and by all accounts, it was a success.  In spite of unexpectedly overcast skies and the occasional few drops from the sky, people came and enjoyed the tours of Tapestri’s home models; the free food, wine and cheese, and harp music; and learning about what our local businesses have to offer.

The Event, co-sponsored by Tapestri Square and the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association, brought together neighbors to look at a new housing development that’s both innovative in its architecture (with steps to the street somewhat resembling the famous New York brownstone homes) and elegant in its interior designs.  Alex Ives, a member of the NBNA Board, provided harp music for guests at the main Tapestri model home above the sales office.  In the same model home, Vizcaya, a local wedding, reception, and corporate events facility, provided exquisite hors d’oeuvres and desserts; while in another model, local restaurants Sweetwater and Tuli also provided free food.  In a garage area below a third model home, Revolution Wines provided some of their wines to sample, along with cheese, crackers and fruit from the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op.  (A full list of the event’s sponsors can be found in our previous posts about this event.)

Unfortunately, your Blogger does not yet have pictures of the event.  My digital camera went haywire last week…so I’ve been catapulted back to 20th century photographic technology.  That means I had to finish shooting the entire roll of film, and now have to take it to get developed, before I can upload them to the Neighborhood Blog.  I hope to post some pictures of the event here soon.

In the meantime, in the spirit of our Neighborhood Event, please take a little time one of these days to take a walk and look around the Poverty Ridge/Newton Booth/Alhambra Triangle neighborhood–and check out the interesting local businesses, large and small, that have so much to offer.  And if you meet a neighbor on the way, be sure to stop and say “Hello.”

Neighborhood Event at Tapestri Square – Only One Week Away

October 11, 2009

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As promised, here’s more information about the Sunday, October 18 Neighborhood Event at Tapestri Square (2002 T Street).  It’s co-sponsored by Tapestri Square and the Newton Booth Neighbhorhoods Association.  Come on out, enjoy an afternoon of food, music and drink–and meet your neighbors!

Upcoming Halloween Events in the Neighborhood

October 10, 2009
Halloween decorations, like these at a house on U Street, are starting to appear around the neighborhood.

Halloween decorations, like these at a house on U Street, are starting to appear around the neighborhood.

Yes, dear readers, as the cooler weather and falling leaves are telling us, Halloween is only a few weeks away.  There are a couple of Halloween family events coming up in the neighborhood:

Sacramento Area YMCA – Family Halloween at the Y

Saturday, October 24, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  (2021 W Street).  $5.00 General admission.  (Parents are free with child admission; parents must attend with a child/children.)

Includes a Haunted House, carnival booths & games, face painting, pumpkin and scarecrow contest, a costume contest (for kids and adults), and a “Ghoulish” Bounce House.

Pre-Registration is required.  Register online at, or just drop by at 2021 W Street.  For more information, please call (916) 452-9622.


Friends of the Ella K. McClatchy Library Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.  E.K. McClatchy Library, 2112 22nd Street.  Free.

Kids are invited to come wearing their costumes and join the Library for “not too spooky” games, crafts and treats!   For more information, please call the Library at (916) 264-2700.

Natural Foods Co-op Offers More Classes for October

October 6, 2009

Dear Readers–Many apologies for my not posting anything the past week or so.  I hope you’re all enjoying this fall weather.

Our neighborhood's own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, at 1900 Alhambra Blvd.

Our neighborhood's own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, at 1900 Alhambra Blvd.

Our friends at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op continue to offer a variety of classes, on cooking, community education, and other topics of interest.  Below are some of the upcoming cooking classes; for updated, complete listings, please check the SNFC website.

(All classes are held at the Co-op Community Learning Center and Cooking School at 1914 Alhambra Blvd., right around the corner from the store–unless otherwise noted on the website.  Pre-registration is required; register online; by phone, at (916) 455-2667 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; or in person at the Customer Service Desk in the store.  Payment is required at the time of registration.)

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  A Taste of Argentina.  Go on a Latin American culinary journey, and experience dishes such as: walnut, celery and blue cheese empanadas; humita (corn and squash tamales); sausages with chimichurri sauce; carrot and potato pureé; fresh cheese with quince paste; and cookies with dulce de leche.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Saturday, October 10, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Lasagna Workshop.  Learn to make traditional lasagna with Bolognese sauce; timbale of lasagna Modena style; and polenta lasagna with Italian sausage.  ($35 for co-op owners; $45 for non-owners.)

Monday, October 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Spectacular Seafood Pastas.  Learn to make linguine with clams in a white wine sauce; spaghetti with tomato sauce and mussels; farfalle with pesto and grilled shrimp; and seafood ravioli.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Pizza Perfetto!  Learn to make three different types of pizza dough; whole wheat calzone with grilled chicken; thin-crusted pizza with prosciutto; Chicago deep-dish style with sausage and mushrooms; and quattro formaggi (corn meal crusted pizza with four Italian cheeses and mushrooms).  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Soulful Vegan Soups.  (Part One of a three-part series of classes on “the vegetarian kitchen.”)  Learn to make French lentil stew with potatoes and tarragon; smoky black bean and vegetable soup; spiced butternut squash and coconut milk bisque; and potato and celery-root leek soup.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Monday, October 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Crèpes from Around the World.  Learn to make Indian dosas filled with potato; Italian crespelle with Swiss chard and ricotta; Vietnamese rice flour crèpes with chicken and shrimp; and classic French dessert crèpes with sautéed apples and caramel sauce.  ($30 for co-op owners; $39 for non-owners.)

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Thai and Vietnamese Cooking With Mai Pham.  Join chef Mai Pham, owner of the Lemon Grass restaurant, on a journey of some of her favorite dishes from Thailand and Vietnam.  She’ll show you how to make:  spicy roasted chicken with rice; lemongrass tofu with shiitake mushrooms; green curry with shrimp; kabocha squash and basil and cucumber salad.  ($35 for co-op owners; $45 for non-owners.)

Wow!  I’m getting hungry just writing all this!  (Especially that pizza class up there…hmm…)