Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hair & Fashion Battle Expo

This Saturday, August 23, come to the Scottish Rite Center to satisfy your craving for cutting edge fashion and beauty at this year's Hair & Fashion Battle Expo. As stated on the H&F Battle website:

"Hair & Fashion Battle Expo is a professional competition & trade show presented for the benefit of enhancement of your learning and understanding in the field of hair and fashion. This event will feature the top salons and designers from Sacramento and surrounding areas, which will showcase and compete in the areas of hair, make-up and fashion for cash and other prizes. With our diverse battle and showcase this show will showcase the most innovative stylists and designers highlighting unique hair and fashion styles worn by trendy fashionistas from every background, body shape & size." 

The battle begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Roberts Family Development Center. For more information, go to or call (916) 271-2351.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Glenn Hall Park Volunteer Day

This Saturday, August 23, volunteers are needed from 9am-12noon to help keep Glenn Hall Park looking neat and tidy. Tasks will include pruning hedges, weeding and planting flowerbeds. While some equipment will be available, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, hat, clippers, rakes, etc. Coffee and snacks will also be available. 

While RSVPs are preferred, drop-in help will not be turned away. For more information, email

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ice Cream and Magic

This year, Friends of McKinley Library will hold its annual ice cream social on Tuesday, August 19, from 5:30-7pm at McKinley Park. In addition to all the delicious free ice cream from What's the Scoop?, magician Mike Della Penna will be performing. There will also be outdoor games, children's crafts and face painting.

You can even make an evening of it and bring a picnic dinner. For more information, call (916) 264-2920.

Photographing Jewelry and Small Artworks Lecture

Anyone who sells things online and wants their products to stand out, or who is in the visual arts and trying to get their portfolio to stand out, will benefit from the Photographing Jewelry and Small Artworks Lecture that will be held at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center this Monday, August 18, from 1-2:30pm. 

Artist and photographer Charr Crail will discuss lighting, set-up, backdrops, equipment, necessary file formats for online presentation and how to devise your signature look. This lecture is presented by the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts (SCTA). Admission for non-SCTA members is $10, while members get in free. 

This lecture will be followed next Monday by a hands-on workshop. For more information about both sessions, call (916) 736-2014 or email

Thursday, August 14, 2014

31 River Bluff Lane Just Listed in Carmichael

I've just listed a great property at 31 River Bluff Lane in Carmichael. It is a three bedroom, two and a half bath home listed for $550,000.

I was able to help the owners transform it from a heavily wallpapered and dated looking home into a stunning beauty by working with several contractors. Since they were unavailable to manage the contractors directly, I worked with several contractors to get bids and after the owners selected which ones to work with I helped with access and updates along the way. Seeing the transformation and hearing the feedback has been greatly rewarding.

Here is the listing description:
You’ve found the perfect oasis in the gated community of Riverwood. This highly sought after floor plan with a ground level master suite is in a quiet interior location. 

The living room has vaulted ceilings, a gas fireplace & lots of light. Enjoy a large kitchen with a breakfast nook & seating area. 

You can access to your two private patios from the kitchen, dining room, living room or master bedroom. The lush grounds with many trees turns your patios into the perfect outdoor living spaces.
Riverwood has two pools, a tennis court and wonderful views and access to the America River to call you out to play in the great outdoors.

Here are some of the links to the properties listing and all of the details about it:
The properties own website.

The listing on the local MLS client page.

The listing on my own website,
The general MLS page.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sutter's Fort 175th Anniversary

175 years ago, John Sutter arrived in the Sacramento area, leading to the construction of Sutter's Fort, discovery of gold and the eventual founding of Sacramento. To commemorate Sutter's arrival in August of 1839, Sutter's Fort State Historical Park will conduct a special Hands On History event. 

From 10am to 5pm this Saturday, August 16, you can relive history through a display of rare Sutter family and Fort artifacts, special guests (including Sutter family descendants) and a variety of interactive activities. These will include pioneer dress-up, cooking demonstrations, a corn husk doll craft station, period games for kids, and much more. 

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children 6-17 and free for children 5 and under. For more information, go to or call (916) 445-4422.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

McKinley Park Tree Tour

The next free Sacramento Tree Foundation tour of McKinley Park's numerous trees will take place this Tuesday, August 12, from 6:30-8pm. Attendees will meet up at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center parking lot. From there, a certified arborist will lead the tour through the park.

Anyone attending is encouraged to come ready with comfortable shoes, water if the weather's hot and, for the technologically inclined, a smartphone or tablet to learn how to use the tree mapping app GreenprintMaps. For more information and to sign up for the tour, go to

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Food Truck Mania August 8th

Yay, it's here again! This Friday, August 8, stop by McKinley Park from 5-8pm to enjoy the latest round of amazing food trucks. This month's lineup will offer dinner and dessert that purists, adventurers, carnivores, herbivores, kids and adults will all enjoy. 

Live music will be played throughout the evening by The Pressure Lounge. For adults, there will be a beer garden and wine garden. And for the kids, there is a bounce house, face painting and balloons. For more information, go to

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

National Night Out

More than 30 years ago, the National Night Out was devised in an effort to heighten awareness about crime and drug prevention, encourage support of and participation in neighborhood anti-crime programs and generally enhance community spirit. The 31st Annual National Night Out continues this tradition, and takes place tonight Tuesday, August 5, from 6-10pm.

Neighborhoods can participate by holding block parties, barbeques, ice cream socials, etc. East Sacramento Preservation will be holding its own event at 926 43rd St. from 6-8pm. In addition to free ice cream, local elected officials and reps from area fire departments and police are expected to be on hand to chat with East Sac residents and answer questions. For more information, contact or call (916) 808-6467.

My wife and I have organized our own block party BBQ and Neighborhood Watch kickoff meeting tonight as well. We've invited every neighbor on our block as well as the neighboring block that our street ends into. We are providing the hotdogs, bottled water and lots of safety information. It's time to stop the wave of crime that has swept through our neighborhood!