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10th Annual 38th Street Blood Drive

10th Annual 38th Street Blood Drive

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in East Sac, Fab 40's, Volunteer | 0 comments

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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East Sac 4th of July Parade 2018

East Sac 4th of July Parade 2018

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in 4th of July, East Sac, Events, Fab 40's | 0 comments

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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East Sacramento Lady Bird Pride

East Sacramento Lady Bird Pride

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in East Sac, Fab 40's, McKinley Park, Sacramento | 0 comments

  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...

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Fab 40’s Christmas Light Tour

Fab 40’s Christmas Light Tour

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in East Sac, Fab 40's | 0 comments

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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Fab 40’s Christmas Lights

Fab 40’s Christmas Lights

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in East Sac, Events, Fab 40's | 15 comments

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I’m getting calls asking for details about the Fab 40’s Christmas Lights! The long holiday tradition of impressive light displays in the Fab 40’s is anticipated and enjoyed by so many neighbors as well as people that drive in from miles away to look at them. Some home owners in the Fab 40’s have already started putting up their lights and and more will join the displays over the next couple weeks. By the end of next weekend the homes will be ablaze with dazzling displays. You can drive up and down the streets (40th-49th, between J Street and Folsom Blvd.), wander at your leisure by foot or get extravagant and hire a horse-drawn carriage to enjoy the festive show the this amazing neighborhood puts on every year. Go on a weeknight an you won’t have quite as many people out at the same time or join the biggest gawking crowds possible on Christmas weekend. Bundle up, bring your hot chocolate and get into the holiday spirit with another amazing year of the Fab 40’s Christmas lights!   – 2017 Christmas update based on all the past questions: 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. They often book up well in advance. 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 start 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. I am not affiliated with the hayride company or the brew bike company. The Christmas lights that the neighbors put up is not really an organized event. I am just an East Sac resident and real estate agent with Dunnigan Realtors who loves my neighborhood and blogging about different events in East Sac. I hope you find the information in this post and other parts of my blog helpful and enjoyable. Happy...

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9th Annual Fab 40’s 5k Walk Run

9th Annual Fab 40’s 5k Walk Run

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in East Sac, Events, Fab 40's | 0 comments

Come out and join a lot of your neighbors for the 9th Annual Fab 40’s 5k Walk/Run this Saturday! Fortunately they start the race early enough in the day so that the heat won’t be crazy during the event. Here are the details from their site at http://fab40s5k.org: The 9th Annual Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk and ¼ mile and ½ mile kids’ fun runs start and finish at the highest point in our City – in beautiful East Lawn Memorial Park in East Sacramento at 4300 Folsom Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95819. The event is this Saturday, July 30, 2016 and Race Day Registration starts at 7-8:30 am. The Kids’ ¼ Mile (ages 5 & under) starts at 8:05 am, the Kids’ ½ Mile (ages 6-10) starts at 8:10 am and the 5k Run/Walk City of Sacramento 5K Championship starts at 8:30 am The rout starts in East Lawn Memorial Park then goes through  the Fab 40’s neighborhood on M Street before returning to the Park for one gorgeous, final-mile loop to the finish at the highest point in the city of...

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