Archive for March, 2011

Cooking School Preview – Free Class April 4

March 31, 2011

In the past on this blog, you’ve probably seen announcements for upcoming cooking classes at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op.  If you haven’t been to one, you may soon have a chance to take a *free* class to preview some of the upcoming cooking classes being offered at the Co-op this spring.

On Monday, April 4, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Co-op will be offering a “Cooking School Preview: Free Cooking Class.”  Like most of these classes, this one will be held at the Co-op Community Learning Center & Cooking School at 1914 Alhambra Blvd., just around the corner from the Co-op.  Although attendance at this class is free, pre-registration is required.  To pre-register, go to; or call (916) 868-6399, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or stop by the Co-op at 1900 Alhambra Blvd.  (Due to limited parking space at the Co-op, participants are requested to please not park in the Co-op parking lot for the class.)

What kinds of classes are in the works this spring?  Here are a few in the current schedule (available for free at the Co-op) that caught my eye:

On Saturday, April 9 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m., Jill Simmons introduces classic French cuisine dishes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in “Jill and Julia.” 

On Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cris McKone picks up on the popularity of TV shows like “Cupcake Wars” and shows you how to make delicious cupcakes with “incredible” frostings, in “Cupcake Creations.” 

On Thursday, April 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Shankari Easwaran teaches you how to make biryani, an Indian dish traditionally made for royalty, in “Biryani Galore.” 

And on Monday, May 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., local chef Kurt Spataro teaches you about the flavors, techniques and ingredients of regional Mexican cuisine in “Authentic Mexico with Kurt Spataro.”  Or, check out the “Tamale Workshop” led by Dioniso Esperas on Monday, April 25 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., and learn how to make three different types of tamales.


City Planning Commission to Discuss Proposed 24th and T Street Development

March 7, 2011

Months after the property on the northwest corner of 24th and T Streets (shown above) was cleared and a house on the lot taken down, the proposed development for the site will shortly be reaching the City Planning Commission.  On Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m., the Planning Commission will be holding a hearing on the proposed 24th and T development in the New City Hall, 915 I Street (1st floor).

This proposed development has attracted a great deal of attention and debate within the neighborhood.  A group of neighbors has organized against the planned 6-unit condo building, arguing that (1) the large size of the building is out of proportion to the surrounding neighborhood; (2) the density of the development is too high, considering the large number of multi-unit apartment buildings already in the near vicinity; and (3) the design of the building is too “modern” in contrast to the immediate area, which has many historic older homes and bungalows.

Arguments and counter-arguments have been made over the past few months, and this is clearly an issue on which many neighbors have strong,  passionate feelings.  Thursday night’s meeting at the Planning Commission will therefore be of great importance to many people in our neighborhood.  For more information about attending the meeting, please call City Hall at (916) 264-5011.

McClatchy Library Offers Teen Program, Traveling Bee Show

March 7, 2011

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

The Ella K. McClatchy Library at 2112 22nd Street, continues its historic tradition as a library for young people, with a couple of upcoming programs for teenagers and for children aged 5-12.

On Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m., the Library will be hosting a Teen Program: Manga-Rama.  Have fun creating a shoebox diorama from your favorite Japanese “manga” comic book.  Will it be Ichigo and Rukia from “Bleach,” or Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura from “Naruto,” or Hikaru and Sai from “Hikaru no Go”…or something else?  Shoebox dioramas are a simple, low-tech way to have fun bringing a story to life…and whether it’s a book or a “manga,” it’s all about experiencing the joy of reading.

On Wednesday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m., the Library is hosting kids ages 5 to 12 for “Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show.”  Learn about the physical characteristics of bees; the science of pollination; and honey production and harvesting.  This should be a fascinating journey into the world of an insect we sometimes fear, but would have a hard time doing without.

Finally, on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., pre-school children are invited to the Library for Pre-School Storytime.  Join Miss Kati for fun stories, songs and crafts.

For more information, please call the Library at (916) 264-2700.

Natural Foods Co-op Serving Up Film Screening March 11

March 4, 2011

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

Once again, our neighborhood’s own Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has an interesting film screening coming up next week.  On Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m., the Co-op presents the film “Bag It!“, which examines the cost of plastic bags to our health and environment. 

Where do plastic bags end up?  Are plastic bags really necessary?  What are they made of?  What happens to them when they are discarded?  Jeb Berrier explores the answers to these and other questions.  (Watch the trailer here.)

The film will be shown at the Co-op Community Learning Center & Cooking School at 1914 Alhambra Blvd., just around the corner from the Co-op.  The price is $10, which goes to benefit One Farm at a Time.  Pre-registration is required; to register, go to the Co-op website; call (916) 868-6399 weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm; or just drop by the Co-op.  Attendees are asked to please not park in the Co-op parking lot, due to space limitations (additional parking is available in the parking garage at S and 30th Streets).  See you there!