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McClatchy Hall of Fame

Local high school honors leading athletes going back to 1937

By Ralph Montaño

Two coaches and 48 athletes will be inducted into C.K. McClatchy High School’s newly formed Athletic Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame’s first inductees will include both athletes who compiled outstanding records while playing on school teams between 1937 and 1962 and students who excelled in a sport not offered at the school at the time, such as golf and skiing.

A group of McClatchy alumni called Restore the Roar recently founded the hall of fame. The group will hold a dinner for inductees on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Elks Lodge #6 (6446 Riverside Blvd.)

Selecting the inductees was not an easy task, says Restore the Roar member Bob Sertich. About a year’s worth of research using newspaper files and interviews went into choosing the first 50 inductees, according to Sertich.

The most astounding sports discovery the committee came across was a winning streak by the 1951 and 1952 baseball teams. The 1951 team went undefeated and had a 22-0 record that carried 18 games into the next season. “It is hard to believe that any high school team in Sacramento, or anywhere, can match that streak,” says Sertich.

The two teams will be inducted into the hall of fame, as will the football teams that went undefeated in 1944 and 1947. Individual inductees include Starr Walton Hurley, a national downhill skiing champion and two-time Olympian.

For more information, go to restoretheroar.org.

New Look For Ella K. McClatchy Library

Big changes are afoot at Ella K. McClatchy Library.

Shelves of books have been replaced with chairs or pools of sunshine from nearby windows.

Branch manager Sally McGrath is getting the library back in touch with its roots. The branch was originally converted from a home into a library for teenagers and children. The newest renovation was made with teens in mind.

The remodeled library will offer teens a space to hang out during the summer. This fall, the library’s second floor, which was closed in 1969 because of safety hazards, will be reopened. Sacramento Friends of the Library has spent more that a decade renovating the floor and bringing it up to code.

Some people are bemoaning the loss of books to browse. Not me. I found the old layout too crowded to be comfortable and preferred doing most of my book browsing at the main branch or online.

Interesting enough, a recent article in The New York Times pointed out that the Big Apple is having a similar debate about one of its libraries, which recently shifted to more reading area.

Ella K. McClatchy Library is at 2112 22nd St.

Southside Park Pool Open for Swimming

Summer is a whole lot cooler in Sacramento’s Southside neighborhood thanks to the YMCA.

The Superior California chapter of the national organization teamed up with City Councilmember Rob Fong, the city’s parks and recreation department and Southside Park Neighborhood Association to open the pool from June 16 through Labor Day.

The pool was closed all last year due to severe cuts in the city budget. The outlook for this year was no better. A partnership was launched to open some city pools using matching funds from a local grocery chain and private donations. But that campaign, known as Save Our Pools, did not include Southside.

The YMCA will manage the pool through Labor Day. The summer program includes open swim, swim lessons, lap swimming and water exercise classes. The pool is also available for private rental on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $80 per hour with a two-hour minimum and up to 50 people. For more details, call 452-9622 or go to ymcasuperiorcal.org.

Summer in Full Swing at Fairytale Town

Fairytale Town will present a day of international dance on the Mother Goose Stage on Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regional groups will perform dances from around the world including African drumming and dancing, Scottish Highland dancing, Ballet Folklorico, Japanese dancing and more. The program is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5 for adults and children ages 2 and older.

 Mumbo Gumbo will perform at Fairytale Town on Wednesday, July 11, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Bring a blanket or a chair. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The park will also be open for a family campout on Friday, July 20. The overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along. Wake up the next morning to a light continental breakfast. Prices range from $35 to $45 per person and include all activities. Member discounts are available.

For more information, call 808-7462 or go to fairytaletown.org.

Happy 85th Birthday, Sacramento Zoo

Sacramento Zoo will celebrate its 85th birthday on Saturday, July 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a cake and ice cream safari. Enjoy all-you-can-eat Baskin-Robbins ice cream and Coca-Cola beverages. The cost is $17 for adults, $13 for kids (ages 2 to 11). For more information, call 808-5888 or go to saczoo.org.

Calamities in Sacramento’s Historic City Cemetery

California’s early settlers had it rough. Floods, fires, shipwrecks and all manner of disasters were not uncommon. Come learn more about those who survived and those who didn’t at the discussion of Close Calls and Calamities in the Historic City Cemetery (1000 Broadway) on Saturday, July 7, at 10 a.m. Tours are free. However, donations are appreciated and go for restoration and preservation of the cemetery artifacts. For more information, call 448-0811 or go to oldcitycemetery.com.

Free Medical Classes at Sutter Resource Library

Sutter Resource Library at Sutter Medical Center will hold free classes in July.

On Wednesday, July 11, and Wednesday, July 25, the library will offer a class on how to find reliable medical information on the Internet and how to use medical and health apps on your smartphone. The class will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 18, a class called The Essential Natural Medicine Cabinet will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. In that class, you’ll learn how to create a basic first aid and family health kit using essential oils from plants.

And on Tuesday, July 31, the library will hold a class on clinical aromatherapy for health care practitioners from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sutter Resource Library offers patients and their friends and family free access to the latest medical information from reliable sources. The library has books, journals, clipping files, video and audiotapes, and computer databases. Staffers assist visitors with research.

All classes take place at Sutter Cancer Center (2800 L St.). To reserve a seat, call 733-3880.

Ralph Montaño can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .