Archive for July, 2010

Community Conversations – now in Land Park (July 13)

July 12, 2010

It may be short notice, and I apologize – but the next edition of Community Conversations is coming to Land Park/Curtis Park on July 13.  Plus it’s in Oak Park, Midtown, and other parts of Sacramento.

The second in a series of community dialogues, Community Conversations is sponsored by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Capital Public Radio, and the Sacramento Bee.  The series, which deals with different topics of current public importance, aims to allow neighbors to listen to each other and learn from each other, leading to better informed, more engaged citizens.

The next conversation will be taking place at various locations across Sacramento (one in each City Council district), on Tuesday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m.  Tuesday night’s topic is: “Budget cuts: What are we willing to do without, and what are we willing to do about the rest?”

Since the Poverty Ridge/Newton Booth/Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods are basically all in City Council District 4 (which includes Land Park and Curtis Park), the conversation for this district is being held at Espresso Metro, 2104 11th Avenue.  There are also conversations being held at Old Soul Co. on 3434 Broadway in Oak Park (Council District 5); and at Butch and Nellie’s at 1827 I Street in Midtown (Council District 3).

One more thing:  In order to keep the discussion civil, participants are asked to read the following Guidelines for Civil Discourse, and to please abide by them during the conversation.

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Come to U Street’s Annual 4th of July Block Party!

July 2, 2010

Grilling meat at the U Street 4th of July Block Party (2009)

It’s time once again…time for outdoor grilling.  Time for hanging out in the street…and meeting your neighbors.  Time for music, drinks, food, and fun.  It’s time for sparklers, cracklers, screamers…fireworks.

It’s the Fourth of July, folks!  And in our neighborhood, U Street between 25th and 26th Streets is the place.  It’s our annual Block Party.

Local musicians provide front-porch live music entertainment (2009)

The party starts Sunday, July 4, at 6:00 p.m., and doesn’t stop until it gets dark.

Food & drink:  Starts at 6:00.  Grills and serving tables will be provided (but please bring something to cover your food!).  Please bring chairs, meat to grill, or other food or drinks (no glass, please) to serve.  Feel free to bring your family…the street will be blocked off, so there’s plenty of space for the young’uns to run around.

Neighbors enjoy some fun with sparklers (2009)

Fireworks:  You’re welcome to bring them if you choose–we start setting them off at dusk.  Please don’t bring the illegal kind, though (you know, the ones that shoot up in the air)…we don’t want to have any unwanted fires or worse.  Thanks.  (Also, grownups–please make sure your kids are safe around the fireworks…)

That’s about it.  Come on out and enjoy the 4th of July fun!