One lucky retail entrepreneur will win free
rent downtown for a year
By Cecily Hastings
One thing our fine city lacks is bricks-and-mortar shops where you can buy things. Yes, we have our share of national retailers. But the recession years have not been good to Sacramento when it comes to locally owned retail businesses. Sadly, we’ve lost many fine local retail institutions and a number of smaller neighborhood shops.
Mother’s Day event shows seven gorgeous backyards
By Lisa Schmidt
David Lubin Elementary School will host its 15th annual East Sac Garden Tour on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. The popular tour has become a Mother’s Day weekend tradition in East Sac.
This year’s event will showcase seven gardens embellished by local designers.
It’s All About the Money
City treasurer on the arena deal, municipal finances and more
By Craig Powell
The NBA board of governors is expected to act in the first week of May on a Seattle investment group’s application to relocate the Kings to Seattle. According to leaks coming from NBA sources, there appear to be two alternative scenarios: The NBA could approve Seattle’s relocation request. Or it could turn the Seattle group down or table its relocation request to give the Sacramento investors and our city government more time to solidify its plans to build a new arena at Downtown Plaza and give the Sacramento investors time to secure a deal with the Maloof family to buy the Kings.
At Wellspring Women’s Center, they feed women’s bodies and souls
By Terry Kaufman
It started with a simple walk one evening on the streets of Sacramento. A needy woman approached a pair of nuns asking for food. After they took her to a restaurant for a meal, they began to think about all the women throughout Sacramento who struggled, on limited means, to feed themselves and their children.
University Art thrives with its ‘competitive edge’
By Jessica Laskey
Where else can you find a cuddly collection of plush puppets sharing shelf space with an awe-inspiring array of markers, magnets, paintbrushes, pens and paint supplies—not to mention a treasure trove of frames? University Art isn’t your average art supply store, and David Saalsaa is partially responsible for that.
Oak Ridge Elementary students learn how to run a restaurant
By Jan Ferris Heenan
Sixth-graders at Oak Ridge Elementary School drew rave reviews for the dinner they prepared and served to a host of dignitaries recently on their Oak Park campus, an effort led by Sacramento chef Patrick Mulvaney and a host of other volunteers.
The Governor’s Mansion looks great, but the grounds need help
By Gloria Glyer
Parts of the Governor’s Mansion at 16th and H streets were recently restored. But what about the gardens surrounding the house? The Garden Volunteer Program has been established to restore the grounds and landscaping in a manner that reflects the rich history of the mansion, its occupants and the atmosphere of days gone by.
These kayakers get together for adventure at local lakes
By Gwen Schoen
Standing on the shore at Nimbus Flat Lake Natoma State Park, I had a sad feeling watching the Sacramento Paddle Pushers disappear around the bend. It was one of those enchanting late afternoons at the lake with a hint of a breeze gently stirring the leaves, causing the water to lap at the rocks. The sunshine was just warm enough to feel comforting. Even LuLu, my dog, gazed longingly after the group of 12 kayakers. For a minute, I thought she might dive into the water and paddle after them. I certainly wanted to do just that.