Posts Tagged ‘events’

Another great Kids Day

27 April 2019

This was my 2nd year attending Rancho Cordova’s Kids Day with fellow church members. We were there mainly for the parents, but we gave the kids lots of things to do, too. It’s never been easy to raise children, and our various programs can assist parents to make better choices and be more confident in an activity that – last I checked – isn’t even taught in schools.

Kids Day, on the other hand, has been happening for the past 30 years.

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I don’t know if it’s always been in this venue (Hagan Park), but it’s a lovely setting, especially at this time of year.

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The event starts late morning (to give us all time to set up) and lasts into mid-afternoon (to avoid the hottest part of the day). A lot of parents and children show up.

Rancho Cordova is one of Sacramento’s older suburban communities. Its current inhabitants are from all over the world, and have arrived here for numerous different reasons. We saw many people obviously from Pakistan or India. The Orient is also well-represented. And you can sometimes tell the Russian families, if they speak a little of their own language or have an accent. The oldest “new” suburbanites in the area are probably African-Americans who have been able to join the “middle class.”

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While members of our group took pictures, the kids enjoyed the activities we dreamed up for them.

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The “Fish Cup Game” at the CCHR booth is always a big hit.

And at the Drug Free World booth we had coloring for the younger children. This girl I took pains to photograph because at this young age she was already taking a professional attitude in her work. She drew two perfect little cartoon characters.

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Older children are invited to sign our Drug Free Pledge, and many did.

Sunburn not withstanding, it was a fine day for one and all.

St. Patrick’s Weekend in Sacramento

17 March 2019

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“St. Patrick’s Day? Who cares about St. Patrick’s Day?” the lizard seems to be saying. Well, he lives in Folsom, so missed out on all the excitement.

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I wasn’t the only one out with my camera.

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The new businesses at 7th and K used the sunny, mild weekend to seek new customers.

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Three bars in a row…the fate of modern downtowns?

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Lots of people came out to see what was going on. Across from these shops, at the little square, the local more-established pub had an outdoor stage set up with a band playing. This happened both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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Look at the crowds walking to and from DOCO (Downtown Commons)!

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Police have a lighter load with these mostly well-behaved crowds. Some ride cars, some ride bikes, and some ride horses!

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The K Street “canopy” is not even green yet, but Sunday was quite warm, with most choosing summer t-shirts and tops.

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Cars, trains, people and dogs are all part of the downtown scene. This is the crosswalk at 8th and K, right next to my building and home to two different light rail stations.