Rebuild McKinley, the group created to build a new playground to replace the one destroyed in a fire last year, is having a grand opening event today to celebrate the creation of the new structure. The new structure is amazing, with major elements sharing an East Sacramento theme (continuing some of the designs in the previous structure). It also appears to be surrounded by a fence, which to me is a tremendous upgrade as the place is huge. Lots of local organizations worked on this project, and to get it done so quickly is a real accomplishment.
Hacker Lab, a Silicon valley-style tech startup incubator located in Midtown, is hosting “Cereal Hack 3” this weekend. The event will feature teams who will work together over 30 hours to create a hardware or software product. The best teams win cash prizes and you gotta think probably some attention from the Nor Cal startup scene. Oh, and I think there might be free breakfast cereals.
Oakland based Wallpaper’s new album “Ricky Reed is Real” dropped yesterday (on frontman Ricky Reed’s birthday) and if this isn’t the album that makes this genre-defying act a household name, then I just don’t know what. (Well, houses that like super fun chopped and screwed party pop music, at least.)
Congrats to Sacramento’s Brotha Lynch Hung for securing a headlining spot at this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos. He is touring behind his new album Mannibalector, the third in his concept trilogy Coathanga Strangla. This release focuses on the struggles of a cannibal serial killer trying to balance his murderous urges with his family life. The video for the first single “Meat Cleaver” has multiple viewer warnings.
Living Social is first to break the news. Can’t wait to try it out.
“More than 60 years ago, husband-and-wife team Jim and Margaret Knudson started a small mobile restaurant in a converted 16-foot trailer, where they grew a loyal following with their delicious homemade tacos. Fast-forward to today and the four area locations…”
It was unveiled live at the event this evening, so it’s all over the Twitterpages, but Sac’s new pro soccer club is now officially Sacramento Republic FC. The club’s crest, featuring a brown shield, red star and the California bear, was also announced. It’s a pretty cool look! Also, I would drink that beer.
And it looks like the event tonight got a big crowd out to Raley Field. Urbs Indomita! (The Indomitable City!)
The date’s been announced for this year’s 2nd annual Burger Battle at Raley Field. Last year’s event was pretty beefy, and this year’s will probably be even more so. My favorite burger last year was a tie between Kupro’s and Flaming Grill, the former going for a luscious meat blend on a squaw roll and the latter going for lamb with more fixings than the law allows, but I felt neither got the recognition it deserved, mostly because Kupro’s has a crap reputation amongst many and Flaming Grill is amazing, but still mostly a parking lot across from former Catholic girls school.
Should you want to start your own burger battle a little early, I draw your attention to an old favorite of many, but a new find for me, Scott’s Burger Shack.
Scott’s Burger Shack on Franklin Boulevard serves a burger called the “Fat Boy,” a hefty ½ pound patty topped with bacon, two kinds of cheese and all the fixin’s. It’s a juicy, rich, gut-busting good time. For my friends in nearby Land Park, Curtis Park, and Hollywood Park, it’s a neighborhood treat not to be missed. Be warned, however. To say that conditions at Scott’s are Spartan would be like saying the Bates Motel has a strict checkout policy. The order window is the size of a wet-nap, the three tables outside have the rich patina of 25 years of spilled ketchup, and the surrounding exhaust-flavored parking lot is less than savory. Totally worth it.
Scott’s Burger Shack- 4127 Franklin Blvd. 451-4415.
The “Read & Feed” garden at Colonial Heights Library
This time it’s Colonial Heights branch in the spotlight, being named by the Urban Libraries Council as one of the Top 10 Innovators of 2013. Specifically, the branch was recognized for “Sustainability” for its “Read & Feed Garden”:
The library and garden are located in an underprivileged South Sacramento neighborhood where one quarter of the population is at the poverty level and seven out of ten neighborhood children are eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches. The area is referred to as a “food desert” because of the lack of access to fresh produce.
I have been to some events in the library, and enjoyed some fresh fruit harvested there. It’s a really special thing.
Jenkinson Lake was a good way to cool off over the weekend
If you have been conscious for the last week or so, you are aware that it is hot out there. As I have spent the better part of my 37 years in Sacramento, I am mostly immune to it at this point, though I have to remind myself that almost half of that has been spent in an air conditioned office from 9 to 5 every weekday.
The trailer for Give Us This Day, a film about the Grant Pacers, was released today. Down to the local sports radio voice over, the trailer really plays up the “Friday Night Lights” connection well in covering the emotional highs and lows at Grant over the last few years. Can’t wait for a big local opening for this film!
The film follows two seasons inside one of the nation’s top high school football programs. Two years removed from a State Championship, the Grant Pacers are poised to make another run. But fierce opponents, the neighborhood, and a major tragedy all stand in their way.
Hat tip to Chris from North Sac Beat who shared this link on his great blog today.
We enjoyed spending a lot of time at our beloved Tahoe Pool over the weekend, and are reaping the benefits of daily hours already. Our season pass will pay for itself in 2 weeks. Many thanks to the Sacramento YMCA for saving these pools!
But I am seeing a lot of grumbling about the slight changes at the pool on our NextDoor portal and it’s rubbing me the wrong way. Granted, there have been a few changes to the rules and this might take some getting used to. Yes, technically the rates have doubled (from $1 to $2). Sure, it’s a bummer to have to actually acquire swimwear in order to swim. I know, it’s such a hassle to have someone else restrict your kid’s horseplay so they don’t FALL AND GET A CONCUSSION OR DROWN AND DIE.
Some people just love to complain (here I am basically complaining about people’s love of complaining) and will rebel against any change made by “authorities,” even new safety rules at the local pool. I have been at Tahoe Pool almost every hour it has been open so far and I can attest that the enforcement there is completely in sync with safety and comfort, and the lifeguards are doing an excellent and even-handed job. I don’t know how much those kids earn but for what they have to deal with it’s probably not enough.
Anyone else seeing positive changes at Glenn Hall, Southside and Tahoe Pools?
“There must be some mistake. I ordered weed killer, not killer weed”
News10 reports that a local man received an unexpected package that would have had many locals exclaiming “Thank you, God!”
George Burton was shocked when he opened the FedEx box left on his porch and found 11 pounds of high grade marijuana. The package sat unclaimed at the J Street FedEx Office with his house as the return address. Burton turned the package over to police, who estimated the value of the stash at $24,000.
Burton and his family temporarily hid out in case the real owners of the pot came looking for it and wanted to extract information on its whereabouts.
This is so awesome, a must watch for fans of the 916. Redevelopment is clearly not a new issue facing our city. Stan Atkinson in the house!
This film spotlights a controversial piece of Sacramento history– a specific period of redevelopment, during the Fall of 1959, as city officials, community leaders and state agencies were deciding how to redevelop a large portion of Sacramento’s central city known as the West End– considered to be among the largest slum areas in California. Most of the film footage and interviews comes from a documentary on urban renewal that aired on KCRA 54 years ago. The original program was produced and reported by Stan Atkinson. This segment written/narrated by Chris Lango. Edited by SteveDavisProduction.com