Archive for November, 2009

Sacramento Press Reports on Country Day School Presentation

November 24, 2009

Jonathan Mendick at the local online newspaper, Sacramento Press, published an article on November 19 about the possible arrival next year of Sacramento Country Day School into the historic Newton Booth School in our neighborhood (see our last post).  Jonathan gave a good write-up of the November 18 NBNA Meeting, so here is the article.

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Sac Country Day School Moving to Neighborhood

November 24, 2009

First of all, dear Readers, a thousand apologies for delaying so long in posting again.  (You would not believe the housecleaning and laundry jobs I’ve had to do lately… )  In all seriousness, I want this to be a blog that’s updated regularly, and I feel badly whenever I am unable to fulfill that aim.  So I apologize.

The historic Newton Booth School building (at V Street between 26th and 27th Streets).

Now, then:  The big news from last week’s Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association meeting at Temple Coffeehouse on November 18, is that Sacramento Country Day School, a 45-year-old private PK-12 school located in the Sierra Oaks neighborhood, is drawing closer to opening a new high school campus in the historic Newton Booth School building at 2600 V Street–right here in the Newton Booth neighborhood.

Sacramento Country Day School, which enrolls nearly 500 students from preschool to 12th grade, has been looking for a second campus for nearly two decades.  According to Headmaster Stephen Repsher, Country Day School officials learned about the vacancy at the Newton Booth School in early 2008.  Built in the 1920s, the Newton Booth School was closed in the 1970s due to the high cost of retrofitting the building to protect against earthquakes.  After the building was reinforced in 1984, it served as an office building for the environmental consulting firm Jones & Stokes until 2007, when Jones & Stokes moved to a new location downtown.

The ornate (by today's standards) doorway to the Newton Booth Assembly building, near the corner of 27th and V Streets.

If all goes well, Sacramento Country Day School wants to open the new high school campus on August 30, 2010.  The new campus would host about 152 high school students, and initially only occupy the first floor of the Newton Booth School building.  In future decades, Repsher said, Country Day School hopes to add as many as 100-200 additional high school students, possibly opening up the second floor of the building to accommodate them.

The next step will be for Sacramento Country Day School to present its plans to the City of Sacramento Planning Commission in January.  According to Country Day School, Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Councilmember for the neighborhood, Rob Fong, were supportive of the proposal, and the Planning Commission did not indicate any unforeseen obstacles.  Country Day School is also in the process of raising the necessary funds for the new campus.

“We’re just so excited about this opportunity,” Repsher told the NBNA Board meeting on the 18th.  “Everyone at the School is buzzing about it.”  A group of as many as a dozen current Country Day School students attended the meeting, and also expressed their excitement.  NBNA Board President Bud Halliday and newly elected Secretary Alex Zabelin had warm words for Sacramento Country Day School’s future arrival in the neighborhood, indicating it would be a good addition and a fitting tenant for the historic Newton Booth School.

For more information about Sacramento Country Day School, please visit their website, or call (916) 481-8811.

NBNA Open Board Meeting to be held Nov. 18

November 8, 2009

NBNA 11-18-09 meeting flyer

The Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association will be holding an Open Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 18, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Temple Coffee at 2829 S Street.

Items on the agenda include planning for next year’s activities and events, including discussion of “NBNA Story Corps,” the annual 4th of July Block Party, and more.  In addition, representatives of the Sacramento Country Day School will be there–will they be joining our neighborhood, too?  Come and find out!

I’m going to add some personal comments here, in addition to the usual “Upcoming Event” information for this event.  I first attended a Newton Booth Neighborhood Association event back around 2004, not long after I moved to this neighborhood.  I didn’t have time to get involved then, but I recall attending at least one very interesting presentation–on preserving the neighborhood’s historic bungalows.  Finally last year, I decided to get involved again, became an NBNA member, and joined the Board.

In the past year, I’ve gotten to know a few of my neighbors, have started this Blog, and have gotten a little bit better understanding of what people in the neighborhood care about.  But it would be great if our Association could get more people involved; and that’s why I think this upcoming meeting could be a great opportunity for that.

I think it’s important for people who live in a neighborhood to get involved in groups like neighborhood associations.  You can find out what the people down the street from you are thinking about important issues that affect the life of the neighborhood.  You can *get to know* your neighbors.  You can get involved in creating events to help other neighbors come out of their shells, get away from the TV or the computer (yeah, I know I need to do this too!), and get to know each other.  And a neighborhood where people know each other and each other’s concerns, is in my opinion a healthier and more vibrant place to live.

What are the issues *you* care about?  Do you feel like no one’s listening?  Or do you share problems with neighbors over the back fence, and sometimes say to each other, “Yeah, I wish somebody would do something about that”?  Joining a neighborhood association can be that chance to raise your voice–to have a voice–and because it’s an association, it can speak with a stronger voice than one or two people can.

So, if you’re not doing anything on Wednesday the 18th at 6 p.m., please come on out to Temple Coffee and spend some time with us.  We’d love to have you at our meeting…and we hope more of you will want to get involved in making this neighborhood even better!  Thanks.

Temple Coffee to Hold Espresso Tasting Nov. 14

November 8, 2009
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A charming sign on a bicycle rack points the way to Temple Coffee, a new place to get caffeinated in the neighborhood.

Temple Coffee, at 2829 S Street (near 29th and S), will be holding an Espresso Tasting on Saturday, November 14, starting at 10 a.m.  The cost of the class will be $10, with a 20 person class maximum size.

The event will include brewing and tasting of five different coffees–single-origin and blends.  Anyone interested should sign up at the counter in advance; classes fill up quickly.  For more information, please visit the store in person, or check out the Temple Coffee website.

Verge Gallery Hosts “Magic Window” Exhibition, and an Open House

November 8, 2009
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The Verge Gallery & Studio Project, at 1900 V Street.

The Verge Gallery & Studio Project  at 1900 V Street will be hosting a new art exhibition from November 12 to December 19:  The Magic Window.  This exhibition will feature the work of 11 Sacramento and Bay Area artists, displaying the range of diversity of contemporary painting.

An Opening Reception will be held for The Magic Window at the Verge Gallery on Thursday, November 12, from 5 to 10 p.m.  In addition to the preview of the exhibition, the Verge Gallery will also be hosting its annual Holiday Open House at the same time.  Verge Gallery guests will be treated to live performances by the Core Dance Collective; tours of the Verge’s studio project; treats and cider for the kids; and tasty snacks and drinks for the adults.  Verge Gallery will also be collecting unwrapped toys and canned goods for needy families through November and December; so please bring a gift or food item to share.

The Magic Window exhibition can also be seen during Second Saturday Art Walks, on November 14 and December 12 from 6 to 10 p.m.; or during the Verge Gallery’s regular hours, Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call (916) 448-2985, or visit the Verge Gallery website.

E.K. McClatchy Library Hosts Annual Fall Open House

November 8, 2009
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Stained-glass window next to the staircase to the second floor of the E.K. McClatchy Library.

Our neighborhood’s own Ella K. McClatchy Library will be hosting its annual Fall Open House on Saturday, November 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is located at 2112 22nd Street, on 22nd halfway between U and V Streets.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the McClatchy Library, which will be having its annual open meeting at the Library at 11 a.m.  The Open House itself will have a gift boutique, holiday gift crafts for all ages, and refreshments.  If you haven’t had a chance to drop by the McClatchy Library to enjoy this charming historic house and its collections for all ages, this might be the perfect opportunity.

“The Shadow Box” – Play Being Performed at Ooley’s Theatre

November 8, 2009

It may look like an ordinary green, square concrete building next to P’s Market at 28th and T Streets on the outside; but drama has come to our neighborhood’s own Ooley’s Theatre at 2007 28th Street.  “The Shadow Box,” a play by Michael Cristofer, is currently being performed by the company Another Square Production at Ooley’s Theatre.

The production company’s website describes the play this way:  “In cottages set in the wooded grounds of a large hospital…three patients and their families come to term with their lives and their commitments to each other.”  It’s described as “a powerful drama, lightened with wry humor.”  The play contains adult language and themes, and is recommended for ages 16 and over.

“The Shadow Box” will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. between November 6 and 21, and between December 4 and 12.  It will also be performed on Sundays at 2 p.m. on November 15, 22, and on December 6.

Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for seniors, California State employees, and SARTA members; and $10 for students.  Seating space is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended.  Please also note that the at-door box office only takes cash or checks.  For reservations and other information, please call (503) 703-8678; or e-mail info@anothersquareproduction.com; or visit the Another Square Production website.

Run to Feed the Hungry Is Coming Soon

November 3, 2009

Do you like to run?  Want to put some of that sweat and pavement-pounding into a good cause?  Then put on your running shoes, and get signed up for the 16th annual Run to Feed the Hungry this Thanksgiving!

The Run to Feed the Hungry goes to support Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services (located at 3333 3rd Avenue in nearby Oak Park), a local organization that feeds and provides services to thousands of needy people in Sacramento.  The race was started in 1994 with just 800 runners.  By 2008, it had grown to include over 28,000 participants, and raised over $750,000 for Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.  (This year, the Food Bank hopes to raise $800,000.)

The race takes place the morning of Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day).  It starts at California State University, Sacramento (just west of the entrance), and runs through East Sacramento.  There are timed runs of 10 km (6.2 miles); 5 km (3.1 miles); and an untimed 5 km “fun” walk/run.  Race day registration is between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. at CSUS.

Fees are $35 for adults, $20 for children 15 and under, and $50 for team members (the fees are slightly higher for registration the day of the race).  There are unfortunately no refunds.  The morning of the race, KCRA 3 News will provide live coverage during the morning newscast from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., and on KQCA My 58 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Not quite in shape, but thinking about doing the race next year?  Run to Feed the Hungry organizers have even developed a 2 1/2 month training schedule for would-be runners interested in running their first 10 K.  (Just click here and scroll down toward the bottom to download a PDF of the training schedule.)

Also, if you’re a member of our neighborhood’s own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op–and interested in the race–consider joining the Co-op Team!  Register by November 6 to receive your Team Co-op T-shirt.  Or, if you’re going to be out of town on Thanksgiving, you can even donate $20, which will provide 5 days’ worth of groceries for 3 families of 4.  Check the Co-op website above, or call them at (916) 455-2667 for more information.