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Councilmember Hansen’s District 4 Newsletter

October 2013


Welcome to ARTober!

“ARTober” is a month-long celebration of the arts that puts a spotlight on the talent and creativity of artists throughout the region.  As part of National Art & Humanities Month, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, and dozens of community partners collaborate to bring attention to over 150 art events taking place in the Sacramento region. You can find a full list of events on the ARTober event calendar.

Here is a list of ARTober events happening in District 4:
October 2: Gordon Lightfoot Concert
October 3: Where Should the Birds Fly?
October 3: Ross Hammond’s Humanity Suite Concert
October 4: 17th Annual North American All Youth Film & Education Day
October 4-6: NorCal Noise Fest
October 5-6: SacWorldFest
October 6: 14th Annual A Place Called Sacramento Film Festival 
October 8: Art Service Group Evaluation Day
October 10-19: Architecture Festival
October 10-12: Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
October 12: 2nd Saturdays at the Ballet
October 12, 19, 26: The Nightmare Before Christmas Art Lab
October 13: Leslie Sandefur & Sheryl Counter (sopranos), and Teresa Keene (Piano)
October 15: Cesar Chavez Statue Rededication Celebration
October 17: Montana Skies Concert
October 19: Midtown Arts Festival
October 24: KOLT Run Creations Presents “My Own Stranger”
October 24-27: The Firebird with Rite of Spring & Rubies
October 30: Wee Halloween
October 31: MOBS Presents: Art House Halloween


Leaf Season Starts November 1 for Residential Yard Waste Collection

City of Sacramento residential customers can legally place yard waste piles in the street for collection during the city’s designated leaf season, which runs from November 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014. For more information visit here.

Here are some tips for leaf season:

  • Fill the green can first, then make a perfect pile
  • Place piles at least 6 feet from obstructions
  • Do not place piles in bike lanes
  • Leave a space between the curb and the pile for water to flow
  • Christmas trees will be accepted in piles
  • Yard waste piles that are on the street before November 1 or after January 31 may be tagged by Code Enforcement as illegal dumping
The City’s Department of Recycling & Solid Waste is putting on composting seminars around the city to promote good practices and reduce waste. This month’s seminar is at Southside Community Garden, 5th and W Streets, on October 12. Next month, the seminar will be held at Fremont Community Garden, 14th and Q Streets, on November 2. There will be two sessions each day: 8:00-9:00 am & 9:00-10:00 am.Here are just some of the useful things you will learn:

  • How compost works
  • What materials you should and should not compost
  • Getting the right balance of air, food, and moisture to maintain your pile
  • Worm Fancy will attend to demonstrate composting with worms

Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free BioStack compost bin. You can find more information about these seminars and download our backyard composting guidehere.


The City of Sacramento Unveils New Website

Transformed web presence improves user navigation and access

Welcome to the new! The site boasts a fresh new look, improved navigation, and a functional mobile design, all of which are part of the City’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information and resources.

“We are excited to provide citizens with a refreshing approach to City services and information” – Amy Williams, Communications and Media Manger for the City.

The redesign will be launched in phases. The first phase includes the front page, Mayor and City Council, Community Development Department, and the Economic Development Department.

With the mission to better serve our citizens, the new City website will deliver online government services conveniently and efficiently, streamline business, and serve as the first and trusted source for information about the City.

All Youth Film Festival

17th Annual North American All Youth Film & Education Day: October 4

Tower of Youth, Sacramento’s all teen youth media and communication arts non-profit, is dedicated to promoting digital literacy and a world class media workforce. Come down to the Crest Theater, 1013 K Street, this October 4 for an all youth short film showcase featuring media artists from across the US and Canada, ages 13-20. Doors open at 8:30 am. Find out more about this youthful event here.


10th Annual Monte Carlo Night: October 5

Come down to the California Automobile Museum for a red carpet evening. Once you cross the entryway, you will be transported to Club Monaco as classic French and Italian cars proudly grace the floors of the museum. Monte Carlo style games will test your luck, specialty drinks will quench your thirst, and dinner will satisfy your palette. Cocktail attire is encouraged. Admission ticket includes a door prize raffle ticket, drink ticket, dinner, and $500 in starting chips. Purchase tickets here.


Vessels and Vines: October 5

Join the Sacramento Delta Youth Maritime Association and the Sacramento Marina for a fun filled evening on the water to celebrate boats! Come see boats of all styles on and off the water, listen to live music, taste wine, eat food, visit vendors, artists and more! All proceeds benefit the Sacramento Delta Youth Maritime Association. The Marina is at 2710 Ramp Way, and the event is free. Find more information here.

Ales on Rails

Ales On the Rails: October 5

The California State Railroad Museum brings you a sunset train ride along the river with Track 7 Brewing Company and the Sacramento Southern Railroad starting at 6:00 pm. The museum is at 125 I Street. Your ticket includes beer, appetizers, train ride, and a commemorative glass. Find more information about this sunset ride here.

SacWorld Fest

6th Annual SacWorld Fest: October 5

Get ready to dance in the streets and be inspired by exciting sights and sounds from around the world. The spectacular multi-cultural event showcases the region’s rich and diverse communities through live musical performances, visually exciting ethnic dances, and a dynamic “Global Village.” This free event happens on Front Street in Old Sacramento between L and K Streets. Find more information here.


Sacramento International LGBT Film Festival: October 10 – 12

It’s time for the 22nd Annual Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival at the Crest Theater, 1013 K Street.

Each evening, starting at 6:00 – 6:45 pm, the doors to the beautiful Crest Theater are open to all VIP ticket holders. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, wine, and first choice of seating, good for all three nights, is well worth the $40 VIP ticket price.

Audience members with $10 General Admission tickets will be ushered in beginning at 6:45 pm and the fun begins in the theater sharply at 7:30pm. You can find full programing details here.


GearUp Cycle for Youth: October 12

The GearUp Cycle for Youth Bike Ride, a cooperative effort by the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento, is a fun family ride along and around the beautiful Sacramento River that raises funds for regional youth programs.

The ride begins at West Sacramento City Hall, 1951 S. River Road, and finishes at Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento. All proceeds benefit WayUp Sacramento, a wraparound youth support network and FutureReady: The Mayor’s Trust for Youth charity. Find out more about this great ride here.


Celebrando Nuestra Salud: October 13

“Celebrating Our Health” is a community celebration that’s primary purpose is to provide a venue for the Latino community to obtain free health screenings and access to educational material relating to healthcare. The event showcases cultural entertainment and children’s activities, with a large focus on children’s services, nutrition, physical activity, cardiovascular health, and chronic disease prevention.

The celebration is happening at Southside Park, 2115 6th Street, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Governor's Mansion

Governor’s Mansion After Dark: October 25 – 26

Looking for a safe and spooky alternative to trick-or-treating this Halloween? Consider visiting the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park for “Mansion After Dark.”

These unique open-house style tours will feature tales of ghosts, bats, great pumpkins, coffin corners and Halloween adventures in the decorated darkened rooms of the Mansion. The event is from 6:00 – 9:00 pm on both nights at 1526 H Street. You can find more information about this event here, or by calling (916)323-5916.

Halloween Pooch

Midtown Halloween – Trick or Treat & Pooch Parade:
October 26

The Midtown Business Association, in partnership with The Sutter District, is hosting the Pooch Parade. It will take place on October 26 between 3:00 and 6:00 pm at 28th & J Streets in Marshall Park.

3:00 pm – Costumed Pooch Parade
3:00 to 6:00 pm – Halloween Fair
5:00 to 6:00 pm – Trick or Treat at participating Midtown businesses

You can find more details here.


Boo at the Zoo: October 30 & 31

The Sacramento Zoo is opening its gates for two nights of ghoulish family fun. The events are from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on October 30 and 31, rain or shine. Kids can safely trick-or-treat around the lake at 25 different candy stations! Other activities include magic shows, costume dance party, ghoulish games, and lots of family fun! You can also ride the Spooky Train or Creepy Carousel for an additional fee.

Please note: Only the front half of the Zoo will be open during this event.  The spookiness is appropriate for children under 10 years of age. You can find more information about this event here.

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Sacramento Archives Crawl -
A Passion to Preserve:
October 5

This popular annual and free event gives archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region the opportunity to showcase their rarely seen holdings. Historic treasures from over twenty Northern California institutions will be on display at four downtown host locations –
California State Archives
California State Library
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento Public LibraryShow up at any of these four locations between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to receive a “passport.” Visitors who get stamps from 3 of the 4 locations will get a commemorative set of coasters. You can find more information about this event here.
Red Dress Party

2nd Annual Red Dress Party: October 5

Sacramento’s LGBT Community Centerbrings you the 2nd Annual Red Dress Party at Badlands Bar, 2003 K Street. This event serves as a powerful symbol of solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS. All guests are required to wear a red dress, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation. General admission tickets are $45 and doors open at 9:30 pm. Find out more about this charitable event here.

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery Tour – Misbehaving Politicians: October 5

Even before California was a state, its officials were busy fleecing the electorate. Pork barrel legislators, fraudulent election workers, dueling senators and land-grabbing governors are just a few of the nice folks you will meet on this free tour. Donations are appreciated and benefit cemetery preservation. The tour begins at 10:00 am at 1000 Broadway Ave. Find details about this and other exciting tours here.


Saddle Up and Paint: October 5

La Raza Galeria Posada and the Sacramento Police Mounted Association are two non-profit organizations coming together for a good cause. This unique fundraiser will support programs for the community. SPMA is “saddling up” horses to support ongoing community outreach. La Raza Galeria is “painting” to raise money for children’s art education programs. The event is from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at 2700 Front St. There is a suggested donation of $10. Find full event details here.


River City Food Bank – Harvest For Hunger 2013: October 10

Celebrate the harvest season with an evening of food trucks, beer and wine, live music, tours of the food bank, and other festivities. Your support enables River City Food Bank to continue educating, feeding, and nourishing the over 6,000 children, adults and seniors they serve monthly. Find out more about this charitable event here.

Envisioning California

Envisioning California Conference: October 11

The 24th Annual Envisioning California Conference will be held at the Tsakopolous Library Galleria, 828 I Street. The theme this year is Food for Thought: Current Food Trends and Policies in the Golden State. In addition to engaging panel discussions, you will enjoy California foods, wines, and beers. Following the dictum “you are what you eat,” the conference will explore California’s character by examining its food products and culture to better understand our identity as a leader in food trends. The Panelist information and the conference schedule are available here.


2nd Saturdays at the Ballet – Open Rehearsals: October 12

The Sacramento Ballet is pleased to announce the launch of its newest innovation. On 2nd Saturdays in September, October, January, February, March, and April, The Sacramento Ballet will offer a series of FREE Open Rehearsals.

This month, on October 12, there will be two sittings at 4:00pm and 4:30pm at the Ballet Studios located at 17th & K Streets, in the heart of Midtown. Dancers will rehearse select scenes fromCinderella. Look for more informationhere.


Cesar Chavez Statue Rededication Celebration: October 15

The newly refurbished statue of Cesar Chavez is back in Cesar Chavez Plaza! Come down to the park, 910 I Street – directly across from City Hall, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on October 15 for the unveiling and celebration of this legend. You can find more information about this event here.

Fairytale Town

Safe and Super Halloween -
A Hobbit Adventure:
October 25, 26, & 27

Visit Fairytale Town between 5:00 and 9:00 pm on Friday through Sunday, October 25-27, as it is turned into the magical world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Trick or treat at 17 candy stations as you journey through Middle Earth on your way to the Lonely Mountain. You can find more information about this event here.

Sutter's Fort

The Haunted Fort:
October 25 – 26

Back by popular demand, Sutter’s Fort is putting on the fourth annual “Haunted Fort!” The historic site will offer special lantern-lit guided tours on October 25 and 26. The event is from 6:30 – 9:00 pm on both nights at 2701 L Street. You can find more information about these and other events happening at Sutter’s Forthere.


Haunted Open House:
October 27

Front Street Animal Shelter presents their 3rd Annual Haunted Open House. Come down to 2127 Front Street from 12:00 to 4:00 pm for Halloween fun. There will be a shelter dog costume contest, free hot dogs and soda, live music, kids activities, games, prizes and more! You can find full details about this event here.


District 4 Contact Information

Office phone: 916-808-7004

Councilmember Steve Hansen

District Director
Consuelo Hernandez

Constituent Services
Jameson Parker

District Representative
Peter Fenolio

Executive Assistant
Amy Weinberg

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