Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Att: Smartphone Techies! 2nd Saturday (April 2012) Scavenger Hunt in Fremont Park...

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is sponsoring a SCVNGR hunt! On 2nd Saturday in April, download the free app to your Android or iPhone and follow the trek to complete fun challenges at some 2nd Saturday hot spots.

The top five teams will win great prize packs including restaurant gift cards, theatre tickets, original artwork, and more.
Gather your friends, charge up your smartphone, and don’t miss this fun event. Registration starts at 5:30pm at Fremont Park on 16th & Q.

2nd Saturday SCVNGR Hunt
Fremont Park, 16th & P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
April 14, 2012
Times: 2nd Sat 5:30pm-8:30pm

Public Art Dedication & Movie in Fremont Park - Saturday May 12, 2012

Please join Councilmember Rob Fong, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, CADA, and the Friends of Fremont Park for the dedication of Confluence, the 8-foot sculptures recently added to Fremont Park.

A welcome addition to the neighborhood, the intricate and boldly colored vessels are located on the 16th Street side of the park under the grand redwood tree.

The ceremony will take place in front of the sculptures at 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Designed to be touched by visitors rather than observed from a distance, these textural concrete sculptures represent the diverse culture and history of Sacramento and the park’s namesake, John C. Fremont. Artist Stephanie Taylor will discuss the background and historic elements of her creations, as well as the unique challenges in creating the stunning pieces.

Stick around for the 7:45pm showing of "Kung Fu Panda 2," it will be fun for the whole family!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Feel a Part of Sacramento’s History

Have you seen the new art at Fremont Park (corner of 16th & Q)? Begging to be touched, these textural concrete sculptures represent the diverse culture and history of Sacramento and the park’s namesake, John C. Fremont.

The two vessels roughly measure 8 feet in height and are visually stunning due to Taylor’s bold use of color and high relief scenes (a technical art form that uses stamping, molding or carving to combine two-dimensional or three-dimensional qualities). She hopes the public interacts with the pieces and will learn more about the history that inspired her work.

Taylor’s love for history inspired her to research not only into John C. Fremont’s background but also into Sacramento’s history. For several years, Taylor has been saving 100-year-old recycled pottery shards found in an archeology dig from 9th and J Streets. She has been waiting for the right project to incorporate them into and the history of Fremont Park seemed to be the perfect fit. Her goal was to replicate the story of Sacramento’s past through the images she has created and through incorporating actual pieces from the dig. Taylor has appliqu├ęd the shards along with antique seashells from the Sacramento area to give the vessels texture. She has also created several pop outs (of fruit, cars, a silo, among other things) to add a three-dimensional look and feel.

Taylor is a Sacramento native who has a degree in history and a Masters in sculpture. She considers herself a visual historian, using her education and her passion for creating art to bring the past and the present together. Although Taylor has created masterpieces in many cities, she moved back to Sacramento in 1984 and she has been creating local art ever since. Over the past year, Taylor has been working on two publicly funded sculptural installations, including the Fremont Park vessels.

The City of Sacramento, The Friends of Fremont Park, and CADA encourage residents and visitors of Sacramento to come experience the new art pieces in Fremont Park. Come physically feel a part of California’s history.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Because Squirrels Need Housing too!

If you’ve ever walked around the Capitol Park Neighborhood then you’ve likely met our friendly neighborhood squirrels. At CADA, we strive to ensure that Capitol Park Neighborhood is a neighborhood for all, including our friends the squirrels, and that it is environmentally, socially and fiscally sustainable. In honor of Earth Day (April 22, 2011) and Arbor Day (April 29, 2011), CADA encourages everyone to plant a tree or support a tree-planting organization

Here’s a list of organizations that love to plant trees:

Sacramento Tree Foundation
The Sacramento Tree Foundation's mission is to grow healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by empowering people to plant, protect, and learn about trees. We are leading the effort to plant 5 million trees in our region.
With your help, we can do it.

Arbor Day Foundation
They inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

Eco-Libris enables people to do something reasonable, affordable yet with an impact: plant one tree for every book they read. They believe that taking responsibility for the environmental costs of the books we read is only natural.

Friends of the Urban Forest
Friends of the Urban Forest is a nonprofit committed to the belief that tree are a critical element of a livable urban environment.

International Society of Arboriculture
Through research, technology, and education, the mission of the ISA is to promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater public awareness of the benefits of trees.

Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide each year.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fremont Park this Summer

On Friday, August 20th Fremont Park was filled balloons and families as they gathered for the 3rd annual Movie in Fremont Park. This year the event featured the Disney/Pixar movie “UP” on the giant inflatable movie screen. Attendees came out early to enjoy pre-movie activities and entertainment such as face-painting, temporary hair-coloring, red-carpet walk, and live music.

Community members also received the opportunity to preview this Labor Days Weekend event in Fremont Park, Chalk It Up! as Leta Wrightsman, former president of Chalk-it-Up, canvassed the park with her chalk masterpieces of the movies main characters. Both young and old admired her talent and passion as she whipped out these dazzling sidewalk drawings. 2010 marks the 20th Anniversary of the annual Chalk It Up! festival.

The chalk art festival will be held daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 4th to Sunday, September 6th in Fremont Park. This three-day celebration brings together hundreds of sidewalk chalk artists and dozens of live music acts for a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend! Over 200 squares will feature sidewalk paintings showcasing local artist’s creativity as well as masterpieces created by children of all ages. It’s a chance for Sacramentan’s to feel young at heart and create something together. The event benefits Chalk It Up! to Sacramento a nonprofit organization created to benefit children’s arts education and art activities. The soft chalk pastel mixed with water creations are left on the cement throughout the month of September. So roll up your sleeves or sit back and relax as chalk masterpieces transform Fremont Park into a colorful work of art.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Need to Beat the Heat?

If summer time demands anything, it’s access to a swimming pool. Luckily, Sacramento has plenty of local public pools to help you stay cool for next to nothing.

Daily Rates

$2 Adults 18+
$1 Children/Teens (ages 17 & under)

Frequent Swimmer Cards
For those who swim almost every day or for those who like the convenience, save money by purchasing a punch card at your neighborhood pool. The cost for an adult daily passes is $18 for 10 (swims), $32 for 20, and $42 for 30. Children/teen (ages 17 & under) daily passes are $9 for 10 (swims), $16 for 20, and $21 for 30.

Play Pools
Free admission to the following play pools: Colonial Park, Land Park, Roberston Park, Mama Marks Park & Bertha Henschel Park

More Information (Including Swimming Lessons)

Pool Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Public Swim Location & Hours

Pool phone numbers are valid only during the summer swim season unless otherwise noted. The area code for all phone numbers is 916.

Cabrillo Pool & Wading Pool, 1648 65th Ave., 433-6271.
Closed for recreational swim. Swim Lessons are offered as scheduled.
Mapquest Map to Cabrillo Pool

Clunie Pool & Wading Pool, 601 Alhambra Blvd. in McKinley Park, Phone: 808-5301; Opens May 29/closes Aug. 22.

  • Open 1-5pm Sat/Sun 5/29,30; 6/19,20. Closed for staff training 6/5,6,10,11.
  • Beginning 6/21, POOL IS OPEN FOR RECREATIONAL SWIMMING, 2-4pm Tuesday through Friday, and 1-5pm Saturday/Sunday.
  • Lap Swim and Water Aerobics will continue as scheduled.
    Mapquest Map to Clunie Pool

Doyle Pool & Wading Pool in Northgate Park, Brewerton Dr. and Mendel Way, 566-6420; opens June 21/closes August 22.

  • Open 2-4pm for recreational swim Monday-Thursday, Saturday/Sunday.
  • Recreational swimming closed Fridays
    Mapquest Map to Doyle Pool

Glenn Hall Pool, 5415 Sandburg Dr, where Carslon ends, 277-6071.

  • Opens June 21/closes Sept 6. Swim lessons, swim team and Jr Lifeguard Academy are offered as scheduled.
  • Open 3-5pm Monday/Wednesday/Friday and 1-5pm Sundays
  • Recreational Swimming closed Tues/Thurs/Sat
  • Open Labor Day 1-5pm
  • Many thanks to RPNA and River Park residents who fundraised to make this happen!
    Mapquest Map to Glenn Hall Pool

Johnston Pool & Wading Pool, 231 Eleanor Ave., 566-6421. Opens June 21/closes August 22.

Mangan Pool, 2230 34th Ave., 433-6272

McClatchy Park Pool & Wading Pool, 35th St. and 5th Ave., 277-6041.Opens June 21/closes August 22.

Natomas High School Pool, 3301 Fong Ranch Road near Truxel Road & San Juan Avenue; (on the high school campus. Enter on Fong Ranch Road), 566-3644.

Oki Pool & Wading Pool, Wisseman Dr. and Cliffwood Wy., 277-6160. Opens June 21/closes August 21.

Pannell Meadowview Recreational Pool & Wading Pool
Located next door to Samuel C. Pannell Meadowview Community Center at 2450 Meadowview Rd., 808-6622.Opens May 29/Closes Aug 22.

  • Beginning 6/21, POOL IS OPEN FOR RECREATIONAL SWIMMING, 2-4pm Monday through Friday, and 1-5pm Saturday/Sunday.
  • Lap Swim and Water Aerobics are offered as scheduled.
    Mapquest Map to Pannell Meadowview Pool

Sim Pool & Wading Pool , 6207 Logan St., 382-3768. Pool is closed. Mapquest Map to Sim Pool

Southside Pool & Wading Pool, 6th and U Sts., 808-5331. Opens June 21/closes August 22.

  • Open 2-4pm for recreational swim Monday-Wednesday, Friday/Saturday/Sunday.
  • Recreational swimming closed Thursdays
  • Lap swim will be available 6/1 through 9/10, Mon-Fri from 11am-1pm.
    Yahoo Map to Southside Pool

Tahoe Pool & Training Pool, 3535 59th St., 277-6072. Opens June 21/closes August 22.

Play Pools (free admission)
All dates and times are subject to change!

Bertha Henschel Play Pool, A St. & 45th St., 277-6071. Open June 21/closes August 22.

  • Open 12-4pm for recreational swim Monday-Friday.
  • Open 1-5pm for recreational swim Saturday/Sunday
  • Many thanks to the neighborhood for making this happen!
    Mapquest Map to Henschel Pool

Colonial Play Pool, 18th Ave. & 53rd St,. 277-6072. Open June 21/closes August 20.

Mama Marks Play Pool, 1140 Roanoke Ave., 808-6421. Open June 22/closes August 13.

Robertson Play Pool, 3525 Norwood Ave., 808-6421. Open June 22/closes August 13.

William Land Play Pool, Riverside Blvd. & 13th Ave., 808-5331. Open June 21/closes August 22.

  • Open 11am-1pm for recreational swim Monday-Wednesday & Friday.
  • Open 1-3pm Saturday & Sunday.
  • Closed Thursdays.
    Yahoo Map to Wm Land Pool

Friday, July 16, 2010

Your Passport to Adventure

Looking to get the kids out of the house to enjoy some fun in the sun for the whole family? "Your Passport to Adventure" is more affordable and uniquely exciting this year at the California State Fair. Wednesday, July 14th marked the opening of the 2010 State Fair which runs through Wednesday, August 1st.

The new schedule, which is a full month earlier than usual, along with discount tickets and lower food prices are expected to generate more fair goers than in the past years. The California State Fair does not want anyone to miss out on the adventure. The fair also announced a 25% slash in food prices as well as the extension of the "Poppy Pack" - four admissions, four rides and a parking pass.

This year's adventure theme has motivated food vendors to bring out the weird and usual delicatessens including chocolate-covered scorpions, grilled frog kabobs, and deep-fried alligator. But don’t worry, you will still be able to enjoy your favorite fair foods. This year the State Fair will feature all the traditional exhibits and attractions that fair-goers love as well as new attractions designed around this year’s theme. A "Jungle and Reptile" exhibit, the-world-renowned "Days of the Dinosaur" exhibit, and the New "Get Animated" pop culture exhibit are just a few of the new attractions designed to create a new generation of fair fans.

Whether you’re after the thrill of the midway or on a quest to sample unique eats, Big Fun and adventure is sure to be discovered this year at the California State Fair.

For more information visit: