Dear Readers: Once again, many apologies for my delay in putting up regular posts the past couple of weeks or so. I do have some good news: the Blogger has bought a new camera (my old one went on the fritz last October), and hopes to be posting new photos from around the Newton Booth neighborhood soon. Please stay tuned.
In the meantime, I have to use a “file photo” for this next upcoming event… 🙂
On Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m., a series of public discussions to be called Community Conversations, will be held at various locations in Sacramento. The idea is to encourage civil discussion on topics of vital importance to our community. This first series of discussions will be based on the topic, “What will it take to propel our region beyond the present slump into a thriving, vibrant future?”
The discussion in our area (actually intended to cover “Land Park/South Midtown,” which is also City Council District 4) will be held at Temple Coffee at 2829 S Street. The discussion at Temple will be facilitated by Becky LaVally, an instructor in the Communications Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento, and a former Sacramento bureau chief for Gannett News Service and United Press International.
Other locations include the Old Soul coffeehouses at 1716 L Street (rear alley) in Midtown and at 3434 Broadway in Oak Park; It’s a Grind at 2731 Del Paso Road in Natomas; The Art of Food at 1825 Del Paso Blvd. Suite 2 in North Sacramento; the Starbucks at 8393 Folsom Blvd. in College Glen; Caffe Latte at 7600 Greenhaven Drive in the Pocket area; and the Starbucks at 6200 Mack Road in South Sacramento.
Community Conversations is sponsored by a partnership of The Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Capital Public Radio, and the Sacramento Bee. The discussion question is an extension of the “Road to Recovery” news series created as a collaboration of Capitol Public Radio and the Bee.
For more information, please visit the website www.communityconversations.net. Participants are also encouraged to read the following Guide to Civil Discourse beforehand. Most of its recommendations are pretty basic, but unfortunately even the most basic rules of courtesy and respectful discussion have sometimes fallen by the wayside in our current political culture; hence the need for such a guide.