Archive for February, 2010

Co-ops in Our Community: A Panel Discussion

February 22, 2010

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, have you ever wondered whether there could be a way for groups to do business that didn’t involve their becoming big, impersonal companies, grasping for their customers’ every last dime?  Or a way of doing business that would have more personal involvement and investment from its customers and employees, and would keep money in the community, rather than sending it away to far-off shareholders and corporate headquarters?

One alternative business model is the cooperative, or co-op.  At an upcoming presentation at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op on Tuesday, March 2, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., you can learn more about the different types of co-ops that are out there–not just grocery stores, but credit unions, farming co-ops, and other types of businesses.  Learn how cooperatives benefit local communities and support the economy.  A lively and informative panel discussion is planned, with audience participation.

This presentation is free, and will be held at the Co-op Community Learning Center at 1914 Alhambra Blvd. (right around the corner from the Natural Foods Co-op).  To register, please visit www.sacfoodcoop.com, or call (916) 455-2667.

Stories on Stage comes to Sac Poetry Center

February 22, 2010

Interested in a different sort of entertainment this Friday night?  The Sacramento Poetry Center, located just a short walk from the Newton Booth Neighborhood at 1719 25th Street (between Q and R Streets), will be hosting “Stories on Stage,” a series of readings of short fiction, on Friday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Martha Omiy0 Knight will read “Talking Fowl with My Father” from Lori Ostlund’s debut short story collection, The Bigness of the World.  Eric Baldwin will read “Toll Man” by Adam Russ.

Suggested donation for the evening’s entertainment is $5.  Come by early for refreshments at 7:00 p.m.  For further information, please visit http://valeriefioravanti.com/SoS.aspx, or call the Poetry Center at (916) 979-9706.

Sacramento Museum Day Coming Up This Saturday

February 3, 2010

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, on L Street between 26th and 28th Streets - one of many museums and historic sites open for free this Saturday.

Looking for a way to experience culture, history, science and learning — and do it for free?  The Sacramento Association of Museums has just the thing for you:  Sacramento Museum Day 2010, this Saturday, February 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You can visit as many as 26 museums in the Sacramento area for free, all day long.

Here are the participating museums in Sacramento Museum Day 2010:

Aerospace Museum of California

California Automobile Museum

California Foundry History Museum

California State Military Museum

California State Capitol Museum

The California Museum

California State Indian Museum

California State Railroad Museum

Crocker Art Museum

Discovery Museum Science and Space Center

Explorit Science Center (Davis)

Fairytale Town

Folsom History Museum

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park

Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland)

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Museum of Medical History

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Sacramento Zoo

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery

Sacramento History Museum

Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento and Downtown locations)

Also:  If you take Regional Transit to Archives Plaza light rail station during Museum Day, you can transfer to a free event shuttle bus provided by the Sacramento Association of Museums.  (Please note that the shuttle bus does not go to the Aerospace Museum, the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center, or to the Crocker Art Museum.   Also please note that the Crocker Art Museum is undergoing construction for its upcoming expansion, and therefore parking and gallery access will be limited.)

Whether you’re interested in science, history, automobiles, animals, trains, or art–or if you just want to get out of the house and do something fun this Saturday–Sacramento Museum Day 2010 should have something for you.

E.K. McClatchy Library Offers Valentine’s Day Events for Teens and Kids

February 3, 2010

Our neighborhood's own Ella K. McClatchy Library, at 2112 22nd Street (between U and V).

Ah, it’s February, and love is in the air…perhaps.  Well, maybe for some of us.  Anyway, Valentine’s Day is not far off, and the Ella K. McClatchy Library is hosting a couple of fun events for young people in order to celebrate.

Teenagers are welcome to the Library’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Party on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m.  According to the event flyer, participants can “enjoy lots of yummy treats and the company of your friends.”  Hmm…a chocolate party?  How can you say “No” to that?

Children are welcome to the Library’s “Make Your Own Valentines” Party on Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.  All materials to make your own valentines will be provided…just bring your creativity!

Both events are sponsored by the Friends of the Ella K. McClatchy Library.  For more information, please visit the Library website, or call (916) 264-2700.