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10th Annual 38th Street Blood Drive

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10th Annual 38th Street Blood Drive

The amazing McAuliffe family is holding their 10th Annual Blood Drive on Monday September 17th. I’ve already booked my time for giving blood and I look forward to seeing many of my neighbors there. Below is the email they sent me because hearing about the event in their words is better than me trying to paraphrase it.   Dear Friends and Neighbors, We like to think the 38th Street Blood Drive is a party, and we hope you’ll consider joining us.  We’ll have tents and tables on the front lawn, and two bloodmobiles parked on the street.  As usual, we’ll be grilling sausages and pouring our favorite beverages. Our tenth annual Blood Drive occurs Monday, September 17  from 3:00-7:00.  To schedule an appointment, please go to bloodsource.org/drives and enter location code M597.  If you prefer, please call us at 451-5507 or email alicemcauliffe12@gmail.com with your preferred time and I’ll schedule an appointment for you.  If you have any friends who would like to donate, we’d be happy to schedule them as well.  Anyone 17 or older can donate.  Those who are 16 can donate with parental permission, using a form available on the bloodsource.org website.  Please remember to bring a photo id and drink plenty of fluids beforehand.  If you have any questions about eligibility, please call 800-995-4420 and ask for the “Nurse of the Day”.  If possible, please make an appointment so we have no gridlock and we know how many folks to expect.  We look forward to seeing you and having a good time. Year after year, you keep coming back, even on 100 degree days.  We are honored and touched that  you continue to support this very worthwhile cause.  We do this in memory of my wonderful mom, Rosemary Lonczak, who lived years longer as a result of numerous blood transfusions. Sincerely, Alice and Pat...

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Sutter Park Neighborhood Updates

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I got some updates on the development at Sutter Park Neighborhood at the East Sac Chamber of Commerce. I know that so many of the neighbors (and those that want to be new neighbors) have been eager for new details so here is what I’ve gathered from listening to Randy Sater speak at our luncheon. The builder selection is almost complete and they should be able to announce who the builder of the homes and the mixed use space be next month. There will be one builder for the mixed use development and one for the rest of the housing except for the 11 custom home lots. There are some changes in the development and the original cottages design will be replaced by some more traditional homes. The mixed use section will have about 3,000 square feet of commercial and it is already fully leased to include some upscale food, a barber shop and more. There will be flats ranging from as small as 900 to 1,600 square feet above the retail, accessed by elevators. I’m very excited to hear about these since they will be the smallest and most affordable units in the development. Pricing is still to be determined but there should be properties starting in the $600,000’s and the larger custom homes will be over $1,000,000. The current mix looks like there will be 38 Traditional homes, 17 Courtyard homes, 29 Garden Homes, 11 Cottage homes and 11 Custom homes. They are predicting that we will have lots of new developments some time next month including more information on the recently updated official website of sutterparkneighborhood.com. The streets should be going in in a couple weeks and finished lots should be ready to build on by November. Hopefully we will see the first homes completed late next Spring. Stay tuned, this Fall should bring a lot of great developments to the...

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The Taste of East Sac 2018

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The Taste of East Sac 2018

The Taste of East Sac, one of my favorite events of the year, is this weekend on Saturday July 14th! This is the 10th year of the event. I’ve gone every year for the past 5 years and it just keeps getting better and better.  More than 40 local restaurants, breweries and wineries will be offering samples of the delicious treats that they serve up in their local establishments and it will be more than enough food and drink for everyone. There will be music, a silent auction and over 500 of your neighbors and friends mingling at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 600 Alhambra Boulevard right across from McKinley Library. The event starts at 6:00 and ends at 9:00 so don’t be late for this...

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East Sac 4th of July Parade 2018

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East Sac 4th of July Parade 2018

The weather has heated up and summer is almost here! We’re just a week away from the biggest neighborhood block party of the year.  The East Sac 4th of July parade is a great way to start off your summer celebrations. Come and hang out with hundreds of neighbors and see all the amazing ways that people show their festive red, white and blue spirits.  Unless things have changed from all of the past years, the parade will start at 11:00 on 41st Street just south of J Street. The block will be packed all the way down to M Street and probably even half way down the next block.  Once the parade starts it will do a big loop onto J Street, down 42nd Street, around Folsom Boulevard and then finish where it started on 41st Street. Then it will breakout into a large block party with live bands and people milling in the streets and visiting with their neighbors. When we call it a parade what we really mean is a bunch of festive neighbors ambling along together and a few people sitting on the sidewalks or front lawns watching the masses of revealers doing the slowest walk around the block as possible.  Do as we do after the morning parade and go have a great block party and get to know your neighbors better or make your way to Cal Expo in the evening (or somewhere with a good view of the sky above Cal Expo) and enjoy the fireworks show.  I love the community that we have here in East Sac and knowing more of my neighbors here than I have in all of my pervious homes combined. Given that I’m never leaving East Sac or my home now that I’ve discovered them, the number of neighbors I know will continue to grow over the years due to great events like this.  Here are some pictures from last year taking by the incredibly talented Carlos Castille of http://www.castillephotography.com! ...

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Pops in the Park 2018

Posted by on 12:07 am in Bertha Henschel Park, East Portal Park, East Sac, Events, Glenn Hall Park, McKinley Park, Pops in the Park | 0 comments

Pops in the Park 2018

Apparently business has been good for me this year because it has kept me distracted from my blog and I’ve missed the first Pops in the Park of 2018! June 2nd was in East Portal Park with IdealTeam. June 9th will be in Bertha Henschel Park with AKA Live. June 16th will be in McKinley Park featuring Jessica Malone June 23rd will finish out the series at Glen Hall Park with The Count. All of the concerts begin at 6:00pm and as usual, there is free bike valet parking if you don’t want to fight for a parking space and don’t live close enough to walk in. I hope to see a lot of my neighbors when I make it out for some Pops in the Park fun this...

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McKinley Park Food Truck Mania 2018 Starts

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McKinley Park Food Truck Mania 2018 Starts

The good weather will bring lots of neighbors out to enjoy dinner together in McKinley Park. The Food Truck Mania season starts up on Friday March 9th at 5:00. Come join us for some of the best food to be served out of a truck, enjoy some good music and lots of good company. You’ll find the food trucks out on the second Friday of each month through Spring, Summer and a little bit of...

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C Street and Elvas Curve is Changing

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C Street and Elvas Curve is Changing

Do you like taking the C Street to Elvas loop around the north end of East Sac to zip thought the neighborhood? It will take a little longer in the future when you come to a full stop after the intersection get reworked. After too many accidents where drivers didn’t make the full turn and ended up in a neighbors yard, the city has decided to change this from a curve to a full stop intersection there where Lanatt Street comes off of the C Street and Elvas change over. They will start on this work at the end of February so watch for the change and be prepared to...

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Sutter Park Neighborhood Updates!

Posted by on 11:27 pm in East Sac, Sutter Park | 28 comments

Sutter Park Neighborhood Updates!

After a long wait we finally have some updates to share on the Sutter Park Neighborhood progress! The developer has been working on the utilities and the other infrastructure and over the next couple months you will see the neighborhood start to take shape with all of the new roads getting completed. The developer plans on marketing to prospective builders in March. There will be multiple builders within the development but it looks like each builder will be taking on building 30-40 homes. This means that we won’t be seeing individual lots sold to owners or small scale builders building out just a few lots. Instead it will be highly experienced builders who can commit to the purchase and development of 30 plus homes. The land developer plans on having lots completed and ready for the builders to start work in September. We should see the first houses starting construction this Fall and I think the first homes will be completed and ready to move into early next year. I’ll should be able to post information and updates more regularly in the coming...

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East Sacramento Lady Bird Pride

Posted by on 11:31 pm in East Sac, Fab 40's, McKinley Park, Sacramento | 0 comments

East Sacramento Lady Bird Pride

  Exploring Sacramento through Lady Bird written by our very own Greta Gerwig, was like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket of Sacramento familiarities and love. It’s an absolute pleasure living and working in California’s capital city but getting to see this love letter to Sacramento gives me such pride. This now iconic coming-of-age story is not only getting Sacramento recognized but Lady Bird has achieved great success even winning Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes. Now with 5 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director (the first female director nominated for an Academy Award since The Hurt Locker eight years ago) the movie has really taken flight and gone from a small Indie film to a one of the most notable films of the year. Sacramento is like living in a big city with a small-town feel. Let me share with you some of my very own favorite East Sac spots featured in the film. Rose Garden at McKinley Park – 3255 H St, Sacramento, CA 95816 Located in Historic McKinley Park, the McKinley Rose Garden sprawls over 1.5 acres and is the largest of Sacramento’s rose gardens. Rent the garden for your wedding, memorial or special event, or come enjoy its colorful and peaceful beauty. Living just two blocks away from McKinley Park, my wife and I often start our day with a walk around the park before starting work. St. Francis High School – 5900 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA 95819 The highly sought after St. Francis school serving students from more than 120 different schools and 90 zip codes. Offering 28 Honors and AP classes and most years seeing 100% of our graduates go on to college or study abroad after graduation. Fabulous 40s neighborhood – 38th-47th, between J Street and Folsom Blvd. This is a spectacular section of large immaculate homes in a tree-lined neighborhood of East Sacramento and home of the big blue house in the film. Club Raven – 3246 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816 Club Raven has been a neighborhood destination for 70 years. Stop by this friendly bar and grab a drink with your new friends. Pasty Shack – 4746 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819 In business since 1952, the Pasty Shack serves variations of the Cornish pasty. El Dorado Savings – 4768 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819 Another small cameo in the film right next door to the Pasty Shack Cookie’s Drive In – 5640 H St Sacramento, CA 95819 For some of the best burgers in town, the choice is easy but which burger to have there is a tough choice. They have all of the regular burger choices plus buffalo, ostrich and more. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cookie’s Drive In is a great dining option for any time of day. Other great locations through out the city and the film: The Tower Theatre – 2508 Land Park Dr. Sacramento, CA 95818 Another Sacramento landmark, this movie theater reminiscent of a 1950s theater is known for showing artistic and foreign films. Crest Theatre – 1013 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814 The Crest Theatre is a historic theater located in downtown Sacramento. It is currently undergoing a modernization project and remains operational during this on-going...

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Fab 40’s Christmas Light Tour

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Fab 40’s Christmas Light Tour

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! East Sacramento, and the Fabulous 40s in particular, is a great place to enjoy the long holiday tradition of impressive light displays and pretty houses dressed up in holiday decor. The Fab 40s’ Christmas Lights is the most, well known spot to explore East Sacramento’s residents Christmas display all night long! Some home owners in the Fab 40’s have already started putting up their lights and more will join the displays over the next couple weeks. Go on a weeknight or go early as the sun sets, so you can explore the lights easier. Head up and down 40th through 49th streets, between J Street and Folsom Boulevard, and you’re bound to see some impressive light displays. Wander at your leisure by foot or get extravagant and hire a horse-drawn carriage to enjoy the festive show this amazing neighborhood puts on every year now through New Years. For all of those that want someone else to do the driving you have some options: Top Hand Ranch does horse drawn hayrides through the Fab 40’s. You can call them at (916) 655-3444 to make a reservation. You can also take the Sac Brew Bike tour to see the lights and hit up some pubs as well. Call them at 916-952-7973. The lights usually starting going up the first weekend after Thanksgiving, are in full force by the second weekend of December and start coming down the weekend after Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bundle up, pack a thermos of hot chocolate, and get into the holiday spirit with your family and friends. Now is the time to enjoy another amazing year of the Fab 40’s Christmas...

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