Monday, March 31, 2014


Come on by the Sacramento Turn Verein at 3349 J Street this Friday or Saturday (or both) to celebrate that fine Bavarian libation: Bockbier. The 46th Annual Bockbierfest will be held from 6pm to 12am on April 4 and from 3pm to 12am on April 5.

During that time, attendees (those 21 and over, that is) will enjoy plenty of the rich, dark beer as well as live German music, Bavarian folk dancing, traditional German food and the outdoor Biergarten. From 3-6pm on Saturday, there will also be activities and crafts available for the kids.

Tickets are limited, so don't delay. Call (916) 442-7360 or go to for more information about the event, purchase tickets and even get a little Bockbier history lesson (so you can impress your friends with your beer knowledge).  

Just Sold 1348 40th Street in the Fab 40's of East Sac

I had the great pleasure of helping a wonderful client purchase this home in the Fab 40's of East Sac. It has been completely rebuilt and is in great condition and is as cute as can be.

This is one of those properties that made it onto my short list as soon as it came on the market and I knew that I wanted to be the agent to help a buyer get this home. I think that my client got a great deal on this home, especially given the great condition, location and charm.

Best of all, my client was a true joy to work with through the whole process!

I do love my job!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

St. Jude Fundraiser

My wife and I are going to be hosting a block party BBQ and fundraiser. While I can’t make the invitation open to everyone who reads my blog, I wanted to share what we are doing and hopefully inspire others to connect with their neighbors and/or give to a good cause. 

This fundraiser is in honor of our next door neighbor, Mike Keating, who lost the battle against cancer on February 8, 2014. While he was an East Sac resident living on the same block for over 35 years, we only knew him for the 9 months that we lived next door to him. In that time he touched our lives deeply. We will miss him and he will be in our hearts forever more. 

He loved kids so we thought St. Jude's would be a wonderful organization to do a fundraiser in his honor. St. Jude's focuses on treatments for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. You can learn more about them at

If you had the honor of knowing Mike or ever enjoyed a Murder Burger in Davis (he was an owner at one time) and would like to make a donation in his name or if you just want to give to a great cause, you can do so at

As the weather turns to spring and everyone starts to get outside more, I encourage you to get to know your neighbors, pull the BBQ into the front yard, share some wine and beer and hang out with the amazing people that make up our community. Then make a habit of it! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Plant Sale

This Saturday, March 29, the Sacramento Perennial Plant Club will host its annual plant sale from 9am-3pm at Shepard Garden and Arts Center. They will be offering all of their favorite and most unusual plants for sale, as well as second hand gardening books. In addition to the plants for sale, there will be a raffle. And farmer, teacher and soil scientist Bob Cantisano will provide a lecture on organic gardening at noon.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit local horticultural projects and community gardens. For more information, call (916) 455-8166 or visit

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Plant and Craft Sale

This weekend, all of the various horticultural clubs that meet at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, as well as a number of arts and crafts vendors will be on hand to sell their wares. In addition to browsing all the plants and crafts for sale, attendees will also get to enjoy great food and music.

The show will run from 10am-4pm both days. For more information, contact Kathy Norton at (916) 617-2406 or Or visit the Shepard Garden and Arts Center website at

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sacramento Food & Film Festival

On several evenings spread out over the next ten days, people throughout Sacramento will get to enjoy food, wine, beer and movies at the 3rd Annual Sacramento Food & Film Festival. The goal of the festival is to promote food literacy throughout the Sacramento region in a fun and truly delicious way.

The current schedule is:
-March 20 (Thurs.): Food Film Festival Premiere, 6-8pm
-March 22 (Sat.), Film: Beer Wars, 4-7pm
-March 25 (Tues.), Film: Bottle Shock, 7-10pm (a great movie!)
-March 26 (Wed.), Film: Cafeteria Man, 6:30-8:30pm
-March 28 (Fri.), Film: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 6-9pm
-March 29 (Sat.), Film: The Slow Food Story, 5-7pm
-March 30 (Sun.), Film: Sweet, Sexy Ocean, 4-6pm

The various films will be screened at different locales around Sacramento, most accompanied by food and drink related to the film. Especially exciting for residents of East Sac is that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be screened at the Clunie Community Center in McKinley Park. What could be better than that? Spaghetti, garlic bread and salad will be provided by Selland's.

Proceeds from the festival will go to the California Food Literacy Center. To find out more about the various venues and films and to buy tickets, call (916) 595-7822 or go to

Friday, March 14, 2014

Glenn Hall Park Volunteer Day

From 9am-12noon this Saturday, March 15, volunteers are needed to help tidy up Glenn Hall Park. Projects will include pruning, weeding, planting the flowerbeds and otherwise getting the park ready for spring. Some tools will be provided, but if you have your own, that's great. You are also encouraged to bring you own gloves and a hat. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

While drop-in help is certainly appreciated, R.S.V.P.s are preferred. If you are interested in participating or have other questions, send an email to The only thing that could potentially delay the volunteer day is heavy rain.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Four Leaf Clover Scavenger Hunt

Save the green beer for later, and come on out to the East Sacramento Mercantile this Saturday, March 15, to join in the "Search for the Four Leaf Clover" scavenger hunt. The hunt is on from 11am-6pm, with drinks and snacks provided.

There will be up to $200 worth of prizes available. And while you're there, you'll want to take a break from your clover quest and check out all the great arts and crafts on hand from East Sac artists and craftspeople. For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

East Sac McKinley Park Food Truck Mania is Here!

Just a reminder, Friday March 14th is the first of this years Food Truck Mania in McKinley Park. They will continue on every 2nd Friday through October!

They will have music, a beer/wine garden and great eats from a wide variety of food trucks including: Swabbies, Bacon Mania, Game Day Grill, Drewski's, Krush Burger, Dave's Dawgs, Crusin Crustacean, Happy Cow, Simply Southern, Chando's, Davepops and others.

The trucks will be out from 5:00 to 8:00 on these dates: March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th and October 10th!

I hope to see some of you there!

Food Truck Mania

As I mentioned last month, this coming Friday, March 15, marks the debut of Food Truck Mania in East Sac. If you've never tried feasting from a food truck before and/or are excited to try all the variety of tasty foods that will be available, then come on by McKinley Park, near the playground, from 5-8pm to see all that area food trucks have to offer.

There will be at least ten local food trucks on hand, including Drewski's, Chando's and DavePops, as well as a beer and wine garden and music. Organized by Councilmember Steve Cohn, this monthly event will occur every second Friday, March through October. For more information, call (916) 808-7003 or check out the Sacramento Mobile Food Events (aka SactoMoFo) website at

See you there!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

908 45th Street Just Sold in East Sac

Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of handing off the keys to an amazing home in East Sac.

908 45th Street had multiple offers on it since it is such an amazing three bedroom, two bath home on a picture perfect block of 45th Street. My clients were wonderful to work with, the listing agent was the pinnacle of professionalism and the seller took care of everything to make it a great transition to the new owners.

All in all, this was one of the smoothest transactions that I have had in a long time, and it was on a house that I love and could have easily seen myself living in (if I didn't already have the dream home for my wife and I)!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Celebrate Girls at the Library

In honor of Women's History Month, the Friends of McKinley Library are sponsoring a program at the library designed to encourage girls to be curious, confident and make a difference. It is called Girls Like You! and will be held at McKinley Library this Saturday, March 8, starting at 2:30pm.

All school-age girls are invited to attend the talk (conducted by Leslie Stair from Artsy Mommas) and learn more about a couple of curious and brave girls who were able to make a difference at early ages. The talk will be followed by art activities inspired by these girls. For more information, call (916) 264-2920.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Junior League of Sacramento Crab Feed

This coming Friday, March 7, the Junior League of Sacramento will be holding its Totally '80s Crab Feed at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center (6151 H Street). From 6-10pm, enjoy all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, pasta, bread and salad, a no host bar, live music, dancing and generally just Wang Chung tonight for a great cause. There will also be a silent auction, raffle prizes and dessert auction.

While not required, '80s dress is encouraged. Those with the best outfits are eligible to win an iPad during the totally tubular costume contest. So be sure to get out your best Day-Glo neon tops, member's only jackets and leg warmers.

Tickets are $55 in advance for adults 21 and older only, and $65 at the door (if any are still available). Proceeds will fund various League community programs, including Kids in the Kitchen, Impact Sacramento and the new Read and Feed Garden. For more information and to buy tickets, go to