Thursday, October 26, 2017

Zàijiàn To Kings Restaurant On West Capitol Avenue

We gathered with old friends to say goodbye to a West Sacramento landmark last night. Kings Restaurant will be serving up their last Dim Sum brunch this Sunday. The 94 year old owner and chef, Mr. Lam, is retiring and his local celebrity server Jennifer will be taking an extended vacation to visit her family in Hong Kong.  Will sure miss their Bao and old school chow main. Photo by Barbara Linker. See this link for a previous post about Kings.

Sacramento Bee OCTOBER 25, 2017 12:03 PM King’s Restaurant, the West Sacramento eatery specializing in dim sum and with roots dating back to 1960, will close its doors at the close of business on Sunday. For decades, the restaurant at 1500 W. Capitol Ave. has been run by China native Chew Lam. Jennifer Dong, a 33-year-employee, said Wednesday that Lam is finally ready to retire. She said he will turn 94 next month. “It’s about time to retire, right?” said Dong, who said she will return to Hong Kong after the restaurant closes.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

River City Big Band at Dave's Pumpkin Patch today

These members of the River City High School Big Band performed for the folks at Dave Vierra's  Pumpkin Patch today. The weather was warm but the music was really cool!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Wide Open Walls Mural Project in Sacramento

Christy Jourdan shot this remarkable photo of her niece Maya Johnson under the Wide Open Walls mural at 28th & R Streets in Sacramento.

New York magazine had this to say. "Just an hour from the hills of San Francisco or the vineyards of the Napa Valley, Sacramento is now a must-visit destination for those seeking a phenomenal, world-class street art scene. Even a day trip from either of those California landmarks will leave you feeling...WOW. So, do yourself a favor and take in the beauty of the new Wide Open Walls of Sacramento. What are you waiting for?"

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Celebrating Nat's 89th Birthday

Longtime friend and resident of West Sacramento, Nat Lopez celebrated her 89th Birthday today at the Espanol restaurant in Sacramento. Celebrating with Nat were 40 friends from her YMCA water exercise class.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Replacing the Past

A film about Sacramento's Redevelopment History.  This film made me sad and perhaps explains one of the reasons I decided to start this photoblog and capture some of the flavor of West Sacramento in transition.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

National Night Out August 1,2017 West Sacramento

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon stopped by the 2017 Night Out event at Bo & Bonnie VonHoffman's house on Meadow Road this year.  With a great BBQ, kids water slide, classic cars and DJ Music, Bo and his team of volunteers always make this night a fun time for the neighbors and his family and friends.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wheelchairs for Vets

The Knights of Columbus American Wheel Chair Mission donated 80 brand new wheelchairs still in the box to the Bryte VFW to distribute to their members in need today.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Broderick Boys in the Great War

In 1917, a group of nineteen patriotic young men from Washington (Broderick) went to Mare Island Naval Base and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  What is more remarkable, they all served on the same ship, USS Huntington, and made their community proud.

Through photographs and personal memorabilia this exhibition chronologically follows the history of the USS West Virginia before its renaming to the USS Huntington and pays a tribute to those young Broderick men who enlisted and fought in the war that was known as a war to end all wars, World War I.   City of West Sacramento, Community Center, HISTORY GALLERY, ​1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

This exhibition is brought to West Sacramento thanks to the research and commitment of volunteer members of State of California Military Department-Military Museum, the West Sacramento Historical Society, Dorothy Dupzyk and her niece Julie Duncan.

For further information, you may contact the West Sacramento Historical Society at (916) 374-1849.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

West Sacramento Launches Major Levee Project

Congresswoman Doris Matsui and West Sacramento’s Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, along with flood protection partners, broke ground on the Southport Levee Improvement Project today, Tuesday, May 9 with more than 75 people in attendance. The Southport Levee Improvement Project is West Sacramento’s largest levee project to date. It will improve nearly six miles of vulnerable levee along the Sacramento River in Southport. It is one of four significant West Sacramento levee projects initiated in the past ten years. “The Southport project represents the first levee improvement initiative to meet both federal and state requirements in the post Katrina era,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “The levee will provide a 200-year level of protection consistent with the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. This benefits not only the citizens and businesses of West Sacramento, but also provides significant habitat and recreational opportunities for the entire region.” West Sacramento is approved for $1.2 billion in federal funding for flood protection projects as part of the 2016 Water Resources Development Act thanks to the tireless effort of Congresswoman Doris Matsui and project partners. The Southport project is the first step in addressing the remaining levee deficiencies in West Sacramento. Project partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Central Valley Flood Protection Board and California Department of Water Resources spoke about the significance of the Southport Project and the benefits contained in the federal WRDA bill. About West Sac Flood Protect diligently works to improve 52 miles of levees that protect West Sacramento. Created in 1994, West Sac Flood Protect coordinates, funds and constructs major flood risk reduction projects and spearheads West Sacramento-area flood risk reduction efforts.
Contact: Paul Hosley
City of West Sacramento
M: 415.699.8196
Crocker & Crocker
M: 916.896.7406

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our Lady of Grace Track Meet

Thank you to Laura Garcia-MacDonald for sharing this great photo of a hurdler from Our Lady of Grace Scool in West Sacramento.  This girls stride is picture perfect!Log track photo IMG_0131_zpsynsmybil.jpeg

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ready for summer Burgers and Brew

Patios are ready and the slide up doors are open for this wonderful weather at the new Burgers and Brew on Third Street in West Sacramento!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Runaway Stage Productions coming to West Sacramento

How exciting! Runaway Stage Productions will be moving to their new facility of South River Road.  Read more in the Sacramento Bee
"The nonprofit theater company produces six shows a year, and also runs a series of youth workshops for dancing, vocals and acting. Runaway Stage Productions will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017, and currently rents separate spaces for equipment storage and rehearsals. Plans for its West Sacramento theater call for all of its operations and storage to be housed in one facility."

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

RIP Carla Soost Marquez

On November 24, 2016, Carla passed away, peacefully after a heroic battle with cancer. Carla was born in Sacramento, California on November 30, 1946. She was the first child born to LeRoy "Bud" and Alma Soost. Carla was a life-long resident of West Sacramento, graduating from James Marshall High School. She later attended San Jose State where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential. Carla touched thousands of lives as an educator, serving 42 years in the Washington Unified School District as a teacher, Elementary School Assistant Principal, and Elementary School Principal. Carla was nominated several times and received the Employee of the Year Award for Washington Unified School District both as a teacher and administrator. Carla was first and foremost a mom. She was active in the West Sacramento Little League, River City High School Athletic Boosters, and American Legion Baseball. Carla was a dedicated fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers and enjoyed vacationing with her boys; spending time with friends; playing penny slots at the casino; crafting; shopping; and watching the Hallmark channel. "Grandma Carla" was also always available to babysit for those who asked her to. Carla was preceded in death by her parents LeRoy "Bud" and Alma Soost. Carla is survived by her husband, Andres "Andy"; sons, Vincent and Stephen; sister, Toni Johnson; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at the Oncology Department of Mercy General Hospital for their outstanding care, comfort and support. Visitation hours will be Friday, December 2nd from 2:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. with 7:00 p.m. vigil service, all at RIVER CITIES FUNERAL CHAPEL, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 911 Park Blvd., West Sacramento. Entombment, St. Mary's Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00p.m. at Stonegate Elementary School, 2500 LaJolla Dr., West Sacramento. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society . Repost from the Sacramento Bee

Saturday, November 19, 2016

RIP Tina Marie Villanueva Blessing

Tina Marie Villanueva Blessing 
July 12, 1974 - November 5, 2016

 Tina passed away on November 5, 2016 due to a brief, but courageous, battle with ovarian cancer. Born on July 12, 1974 in Sacramento, CA, she is the daughter of Antonio “Tino” and Diane Villanueva, sister to David Villanueva (Natalie), Auntie Tina to Michael and Mariah and loved by the entire Blessing family. She graduated from McClatchy High School (1992) and California State University, Sacramento (1996) where she earned a BA in Humanities/Religious Studies – Psychology. In 1995, Tina met the love of her life, Michael Blessing. They married in 1999 and together created a beautiful family of three sons, Drew (15), Luke (8), and Beckett (6). The boys are Tina and Michael’s greatest accomplishments and sources of joy. Tina’s most rewarding time was spent devoting herself to her three boys and being a loving wife and friend. Tina was the mother who always volunteered at her sons’ schools, the spur-of-the-moment adventure companion, the friend who always had time to listen, the “Mom” who all children loved and adored. Famous for her style, Tina’s smile was her signature accessory. Like the sunflowers she loved, she was a burst of sunshine, welcoming all with her infectious smile, friendly nature and contagious laugh. Tina’s gift of sharing love and compassion was limitless. In keeping with her love of people, Tina proudly represented Nerium International and Palm Coast Travel. Tina cherished annual family trips to Lake Tahoe, wine tastings, and Christmas tamale-making parties. Tina enjoyed celebrations, concerts, and cruiser pub-crawls. As an avid SF Giants fan, Tina honed her cheerleading skills although her loudest whoops and hollers cheered on her boys and other loved ones at soccer, baseball, and rugby games. Tina’s girlfriends brought sisterhood, strength, and spice to her life; their support, especially over the last few months, was a priceless gift. “Love is everywhere. See the love in all things and all people. Life will be much happier and rewarding,” a challenge for us all to live by posted on Facebook by Tina. She will be greatly missed by all. Her loving grandparents, Lyle and Ellie Van Airsdale and Antonio and Maria Villanueva preceded Tina in death.

 A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at the Yolo Brewing Co., 1220 Terminal St., West Sacramento from 12:00-4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made @ Please post memories and pictures @
Published in the Sacramento Bee November 20, 2016