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McClatchy Library Holding Open House This Saturday

November 17, 2011

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

Like local libraries?  This Saturday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Ella K. McClatchy Library (located at 2112 22nd Street) will be hosting its annual Fall Open House.  It’s a great chance to come by and check out a delightful community resource here in our neighborhood.

Starting at 11:00 a.m., the Friends of the McClatchy Library will be holding their annual board meeting at the Library.  If you already know and like what we’ve got and are interested in supporting the Library, this would be a good chance to meet the people who’ve been working to preserve it, find out what’s been going on lately, and get involved.

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Library is opening up its patio in back for a Patio Sale.  Check out fine books, non-fiction books, gift baskets and more.  From 2:00 to 4:00, learn how to make an Ella K. McClatchy Library magnet; or take a tour of the upstairs rooms (rarely seen by the general public).

Refreshments will also be available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Come on out and enjoy meeting neighbors, shopping for a gift, and of course browsing for books!


Newton’s Night Out – Coming Up November 10

October 30, 2011

A special neighborhood event will be coming up on Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Newton’s Night Out will be a chance for neighbors in the Poverty Ridge, Newton Booth and Alhambra Triangle neighborhoods to come out and enjoy wine, refreshments and friendly conversation at Revolution Wines, located at 2831 S Street (at the corner of 29th and S) in Midtown Sacramento.

In addition to being a chance for neighbors to meet and enjoy wine and refreshments, the Newton Booth Neighborhoods Association will also be presenting the new Growing Together Award to Mike McKeever, Chief Executive Officer of SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments), for his work in mediating a dispute over a proposed development in our neighborhood earlier this year.  Come on out and enjoy a neighborhood night out!

4th of July Block Party Returns to U Street

June 25, 2011


Come on out to the 4th of July block party!  Right here in the middle of the Newton Booth neighborhood, on U Street between 25th and 26th Streets, people from around the neighborhood will be gathering to grill tasty food, listen to music, visit with their neighbors…and after dark, set off some fireworks!

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

The festivities start at 6:00 p.m., and of course it’s free.  Bring your own chairs, meat to grill, and drinks (no glass, sorry).  Bringing fireworks is optional.  (Remember, we’ll have children in attendance…and plus, it’s dry weather and fire season…so please keep the pyrotechnic activities safe and sane, okay? Thanks.) 

Neighbors enjoy some fun with sparklers (2009)

What better way to celebrate America than to get to know the neighbors right here in your own community…and, of course, have some fun at the same time?  Hope to see you there!

Co-op Hosts Evening with Urban Forest Visionaries

May 10, 2011


This Friday, May 13 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op will be hosting an Evening With Visionaries at the Co-op Community Learning Center on 1914 Alhambra Blvd. 

Hear from two people who are working to help plant urban forests and build better communities: 

Andy Lipkis, President of TreePeople, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to growing a sustainable future for Los Angeles (well, he’ll be there on DVD, anyway); and

Ray Tretheway, of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, a local group dedicated to empowering people to plant protect, and learn about trees, and aiming to plant 5 million trees in the Sacramento region.

The $15 admission includes a vegetarian, organic supper featuring local produce (at 6:00 p.m.).  A group discussion will follow the speakers at 8:00 p.m.

To pre-register, please visit, or call the Co-op Customer Service Desk at (916) 868-6399.  Proceeds of the event go to benefit One Farm at a Time and the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

Second Saturday Galleries In (or Near) the Neighborhood

April 8, 2011

Looking for places to see art close by the Newton Booth/Poverty Ridge neighborhood for this month’s Second Saturday Art Walk?  Here are a few ideas (and by the way, thanks to this week’s Sacramento News & Review d’Art section for some of the information below):

The Midtown Art, Meeting & Event Complex, located at 1925 U Street, is hosting a Second Saturday event called “Springtime Freshness Art, Music & Dance.”  Artist Minta Ricketts, an 86-year-old local resident, will be accompanied by music by Todd Morgan and harpist Luanne.  For more information, please call (916) 706-1269.

A Bitchin’ Space, located at 2114 19th Street, will be hosting a Second Saturday reception from 12 noon to 10 p.m. for “3: 3 Artists, 3 Mediums, 3 Days.”  The artwork includes three-dimensional work in clay, wood and steel by Elliott Rogers, Nathan Cordero and Gale Hart.  A reception will also be held on Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. (one was also held today, Friday).  For more information, please call (916) 448-5090, or visit the above weblink for the gallery.

Not very far from the neighborhood, the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, located at 1519 19th Street, will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibition “The Velocity of Ideas” by artist Gay Outlaw, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday.  The artwork features three-dimensional sculptures with a mesmerizing array of holes and interesting shapes.  At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, the gallery will be hosting a 30-minute video presentation of a conversation between Outlaw and the exhibition curator, Chris Daubert.  For more information, please call the gallery at (916) 498-9811, or go to the above weblink.

Next door, Axis Gallery (at 1517 19th Street) will be hosting a Second Saturday reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for the exhibition “Cybernetic,” by artist Gene Oldfield “and friends.”  According to the gallery’s website,

“Oldfield’s show references Norbert Wiener’s Cybernetics: or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (published in 1948 with a 2nd edition in 1961)….The ideas presented in the book spanned C.P. Snow’s two cultures of the literary and scientific circles (even with advanced mathematical sections!).  The Cybernetic show at Axis Gallery will present pieces that show some of these ideas in symbolic and physical form, with the hope of spanning the art and scientific cultures of today.”

Interestingly, the gallery’s website also says that the Second Saturday reception “will have some of the electric rides that Oldfield has been building.”  Is that what the above paragraph is talking about?  Guess you’ll have to go to the reception to find out!  🙂

Finally, also within a few blocks of the neighborhood is the always-funky Shiny Nickel Art Gallery at 1518 21st Street, featuring a variety of art, and if past experience is any guide, probably plenty of music as well.

The weather may be cool at night, but spring is finally here.  Enjoy Second Saturday…and remember, stay safe, celebrate creativity, and help keep our Art Walk the joyous celebration it was meant to be.

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!

Community Meeting to Discuss 24th & T Street Project

November 17, 2010

Dear Readers–The Blogger apologizes for the extremely short notice on this news.

An important community meeting will be held Thursday, November 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Eleanor McClatchy Center at 2131 Q Street (across from the Sacramento Bee).  The topic is a proposed residential development for a 0.19-acre property on the northwest corner of 24th and T Streets.

Want to learn more about the proposed development?  Have concerns about it?  Please come, learn more, and join the discussion.