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Councilmember Hansen’s District 4 Newsletter

September 2013

 Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork Month in Sacramento!

Sacramento is hailed as the “Farm to Fork” capital of America. The region’s abundant farmlands provide fresh seasonal ingredients to feed our community’s growing desire for a vibrant culinary scene. September has been designated Farm to Fork Month by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, culminating with the inaugural Farm to Fork Festival. 

Restaurant Week: September 20-29
This 10-day event will showcase the Sacramento region as a culinary powerhouse. Dozens of area restaurants will prepare special events, menus, and opportunities to meet the farmers, winemakers, and brewers who make Sacramento America’s Farm to Fork Capital. Click on the link above for a list of participating restaurants.

Cattle Drive: September 23 at 10:00 am
The festivities kick off September 23 with a cattle drive from West Sacramento, across Tower Bridge, and down Capitol Mall towards the Capitol.

Legends of Wine: September 26th at 6:00 pm
On Thursday, September 26, Sacramento is excited to bring the Legends of Wine tasting event to the West Steps of the Capitol. Space is limited to 400 guests.

Farm to Fork Festival: September 28
On Saturday, September 28, the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau is bringing the inaugural “foodie” festival to Capitol Mall to celebrate the abundant local products Sacramento has to offer!

Farm to Fork Tower Bridge Dinner: September 29
The highlight of Farm to Fork Month is the Farm to Fork Tower Bridge Dinner. Not only did the event sell out within hours, but the waiting list quickly closed with 125 hopeful guests. With the event in such high demand, the Convention & Visitors Bureau will create recipe cards so our farm to fork enthusiasts can recreate the experience at home!


Back to School Nights in District 4

It’s the time of year when summer is winding down and kids are headed back to school. Here is a list of District 4′s SCUSD schools’ back to school nights. Looking forward to a great school year!


 City of Sacramento

Historic Places Grant Program

A Pilot Program of the City of Sacramento & Sacramento Heritage, Inc.

The City of Sacramento and Sacramento Heritage, Inc. are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Historic Places Grant Program. The program, which will fund projects between $1,000 and $24,999, is intended to facilitate the preservation of historic properties throughout the City of Sacramento.

The grant covers exterior work, or work on historically-significant publicly-accessible interiors or sites. Owners of a designated City Landmark or a Contributing Resource in a designated City Historic District can apply for grants. Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm on Monday, October 14, 2013.

For more information on property eligibility or to download an application, click here.

 Sacramento Transportation Authority

Position Open on Measure A Oversight Committee

Sacramento Transportation Authority is seeking applicants for the Measure A Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee. This is a volunteer position available to active or retired project managers. You can find more information about this opportunity here.

 Sacramento Zoo

Red Panda Day: September 7

Join the Sacramento Zoo for an interactive and educational event developed to raise awareness about Red Panda conservation. Adults and kids will become “Red Panda Rangers” after stopping by all the activity stations. Find information about this event here.

 Old City Cemetery

“Capitol Connection” Old City Cemetery Tour: September 7

Every cemetery has a story to tell and our Old City Cemetery is no exception. Take this tour to uncover tales of fortune and scandal from the early years of our state politics. This is a tour that only the walls of the Capitol could give, if they could talk.

Find information on this and other fun tours at the Old City Cemetery at Riverside and Broadway here.


Sacramento Film and Music Festival: September 11-15

The Sacramento Film and Music Festival is happening at the Crest Theater, 1013 K St., from September 11th to the 15th. It showcases filmmaking from around the world and fosters the creative works of local filmmakers in California’s Capital region. You can find a full list of this year’s film lineup here.

 Sacramento Ballet

Open Rehearsal at Second Saturday: September 14

The Sacramento Ballet will open its doors to the public on Second Saturday. On September 14, at 4:00 and 4:30 pm, the dancers will perform two open rehearsals of excerpts from Cinderella at the Ballet’s studio, 1631 K St. This is a great opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the ballet.

 Sacramento Old City Association

SOCA Mansion Flats Home Tour: September 15

Take a walk through some of Sacramento’s historic Mansion Flats homes. The biggest and best-known home on the tour is the Gallatin Mansion, also know as the Governor’s Mansion. While the home has been a public museum since 1967, this will be the first opportunity to view the newly restored third floor, which has never been open to the public. Other homes include the F.S. George House, known as Dorothea Puente’s deadly board & care, and many more.

A street fair will be held in the Mansion Inn parking lot at 16th and H Street from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Home Tour tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the street fair or in advance here.

 Crocker Art

September 15 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

“The Perspective of Color” Reception: Explore the influence of color on the artist and viewer in this multi-faceted exhibition featuring artwork by the local Artists’ Collective Natomas. This exhibition is on display until October 13. The celebratory reception is free for members of the collective and included with general Crocker admission for nonmembers.

September 22 – 11:00 am

Emancipation Jubilee: To mark the opening of Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power, the Crocker will attempt to set the world record for the largest-ever group reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on the very date Abraham Lincoln introduced it to Congress. Participate in the reading (scheduled to begin at noon) and receive free admission to view the exhibition and become part of history!

 California Auto Museum

Cars Under the Stars: September 19

Each third Thursday of the month, the California Automobile Museum stays open late just for you! Enjoy all their exhibits, including the current Elegance in Motion: Cars of the Golden Age, a lavish display of luxury from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. On September 19, the theme is All About Cords! Find out more about this all ages event here.

 Fairytale Town

ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival: September 28 & 29

All aboard the reading train! Join in the reading fun at the largest early childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Fairytale Town, enjoy readings from authors and illustrators, storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities and more. Admission is free. You can find full event details here.

 California Museum

California Museum, Lost Restaurants of Sacramento: September 28

In case you missed them at the Central Library on September 17, you have a second chance to meet historians Maryellen and Keith Burns for a presentation and book signing event. Come down to the California Museum at 1020 O St. to learn about Sacramento’s culinary history from its saloons to neon lit drive-ins.

 Latin Food Festival

Latin Food and Music Festival: September 29

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a festival dedicated to the sounds, performers, and flavors of the 21 countries that represent Latino culture. Come down to Southside Park between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm on September 29 to find out about the diverse people who create Sacrament’s vibrant Latin community. Find more details about this energetic event here.

 Launch Festival

Launch Festival 2013

LAUNCH is Sacramento’s annual celebration of creativity. Its mission is to inspire and enrich our community through music, art, fashion, and design.

Kick off the festival with this party at Ace of Spades, 1417 R St., to celebrate LAUNCH friends and family. It starts at 7:00 pm.

LAUNCH’s signature fashion showcase brings internationally celebrated designers to Tsakopoulos Library Galaria, 828 I St. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

LAUNCH x Music: Sept 7 & 8
The music returns with an expanded two-day event at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th & I Streets.


Annual BPNA Spaghetti Dinner: September 7

The Boulevard Park Neighborhood Association’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner brings out the best in neighbors. There will be plenty to eat and drink and an opportunity to make new friends. Come down to Boulevard Park at 21st and G Streets on September 7, at 5:30 pm. For information contact Suzie Johnston at

 Capitol Museum

California Admission Day Celebration: September 9

California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850. Come out to the West Steps of the Capitol starting at 11:00 am for California’s official birthday party. There will be cake and ice cream provided by California State Parks. Visit the State Capitol Museum website for more information.

 Home & Garden

California State Home & Garden Show: September 13, 14, & 15

The California State Home & Garden Show is the premier consumer event held at the Sacramento Convention Center. The finest home improvement professionals are invited to showcase the latest products and services in the remodeling industry. You can find full event details here.

 Movie Night In the Park
Movie nights in the park continue through our last days of summer. Bring your lawn chairs and join us on one or both of these evenings for a family friendly night of fun.

Southside Park Movie Night: September 14

Join us for Madagascar 3 at our Southside Park Movie Night. There will be free popcorn, water, and juice. The show starts around 7:00 pm at 2115 6th Street.

Fremont Park Movie Night: September 20

Join us for another movie night at Fremont Park, 1515 Q Street. Live music will play from 6:00 pm until dusk, followed by Wreck It Ralph playing on the big screen at 7:45 pm.

 Sacramento Library

September 17 – 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes: From saloons and tamale vendors to greasy spoons and neon-lit drive-ins, come down to our Central Library, 828 I St., as Sacramento natives Maryellen and Keith Burns trace the trends of over 150 years of dining out.

September 19 – 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Third Thursday Poetry: Bring your favorite poems (preferably by a writer other than yourself) to read and discuss. Third Thursday Poetry is offered each month in the Sacramento Room on the 2nd floor of our Central Library.

September 22 – 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Cascade de Flores: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at our Central Library with musical ensemble Cascade de Flores. They will perform “The Tree and the Donkey Who Wanted to Sing.”

For a full list of events and activities offered by the Sacramento Public Library visit

 PARK(ing) Day

Sacramento United PARK(ing) Day: September 20

Parking Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks, also known as “parklets.” Come down to the MARRS building, 1050 20th St., from 12:00 to 9:00 pm on September 20 to see a themed parklet designed by Maki Kawaguchi entitled “Shifting the Paradigm.” Find out more about this international event by clicking here.

 Sutter's Fort

Hands On History

Harvest – The Real Gold in California: September 21

When John Sutter first arrived in 1839, his dream was to build an agricultural empire in California. In this month’s Hands on History, visitors to Sutter’s Fort will be invited to thresh and winnow wheat, turn the stones on the grist mill, make rope, sling a lariat, and learn to use a lasso. Guests can also make an eye opening trip to the doctor to learn how a cut arm or a bruised head was treated back then. You can find out more about this event here.

District 4 Contact Information

Office phone: 916-808-7004

Councilmember Steve Hansen

District Director Consuelo Hernandez

Constituent Services Liaison Jameson Parker

District Representative Peter Fenolio

Executive Assistant Amy Weinberg

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