Friday, April 4, 2014

Project Prevention 5th Annual Yolo Fashion Show

Student volunteers did a fantastic job modeling sustainable designs by Timothy Westbrook and Alexis Rose (lower photo right) who brought their genius and generosity to West Sacramento last night.  The Annual YCAA Fashion Show fundraiser was held at the City Hall Galleria and there was a packed house. Other high points of the evening was a performance by the Syncopated Sea Monkeys from River City High School and a live auction for a week stay in Puerto Vallarta, donated by Wes and Jolaine Beers.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Retail Center - 1600 Sacramento Avenue

This small strip center across the street from Emma's at 1600 Sacramento Avenue doesn't seem to have any vacancy problems.  From the left there is a Market & Deli, Cigarette Mart, Cash4Gold, Ray's Barber Shop and a Pizza Place. 

Remembering Luanne the Face Painter

Today I was remembering a Funderland outing with our friends the Linkers.  Their grandaughter Keira loves to have her face painted and she was a regular customer there.  Luanne was the very sweet women who painted the faces of many children and she passed away July 13, 2011.  Funderland has a memorial on their website for Luanne.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

On the hunt!

This beautiful White Tailed Kite was perched high in our neighbor's tree this afternoon. Many of the North American kites have an eye color that is some shade of red. The White-tailed Kite has a similar hunting strategy and prey preference as the American Kestrel.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mercado Loco comes to West Sacramento

We stopped in to see the new Mercado Loco on West Capitol Avenue yesterday.  The Mexican food store features a great meat market (carniceria), produce aisle and bakery (panaderia).

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vierra Farm's Produce at Raley's

We stopped by Raley's Market this afternoon and we were greeted with this sign advertising butternut squash from Vierra Farms in West Sacramento. It was delicious!

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Tower Bridge

Beautiful black white shots of our wonderful Tower Bridge from the West Sacramento approach.  Thank you Jake Buck for sharing these great pics on our photo blog.

Iron Art at The Ironworks

Thank you Jake Buck for sharing this beautiful black and white shot
of the art piece in the Ironworks subdivision.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bike Dog Brewing Company

We stopped into Bike Dog Brewing Company this afternoon to buy some hats and T-shirts for Christmas presents and had the pleasure of meeting the brewmaster AJ Tendick.  We tried the Pale Ale Mosaic today and if was fabulous!  Their new growlers will be available to purchase on New Year's Eve to take home your favorite brew.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

RIP Coralie Munro

After more than 300 days in and out of UCSF following a bone marrow transplant and intense chemo regime, Coralie lost her battle with Leukemia last night. A loyal Kiwi and native of New Zealand, Coralie came to the US on an educational exchange program then went to work for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the Clinical Endocrinology Laboratory. She was a beautiful friend and will be missed by many. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sock Drive for the Homeless Feet

As part of their senior project, three River City High School Seniors Vonnell Jarell, Mariah Gutierrez and Mandeep Dhanota are collecting gently used socks and blankets for the homeless for Christmas. Please contact them at  916-804-0106  or  916-889-2819  if you can help. They will need to collect them from your home by this Friday, December 6 before 3:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mino Ohye celebrates Veteran's Day 2013

Minoru "Mino" Ohye, 87, donned his stars and stripes for the annual Veteran's Dinner at the VFW Post 8762 in West Sacramento.  Mino's story is legendary and the Sacramento Bee did a great write up about his saga in 2011.  I have taken the liberty of posting excerpts of some of that article:
Published in the Sacramento Bee, November 7, 2011

"Minoru "Mino" Ohye is perhaps the only man alive who has served in both the Japanese Imperial Army and the U.S. Army.   Ohye was born in Sacramento in 1926. When he was 3 years old, his father died in a freak fishing accident in Marysville, hitting his head on a river rock.  Ohye's mother sent her young sons to live with relatives in Japan. His brother got adopted by one family; Ohye lived with an uncle who died when Ohye was in second grade. He moved in with another uncle.......On June 10, 1945, the Japanese army drafted him to fight the Soviets. On Aug. 22, Japan surrendered and Ohye was sent to work in a Siberian coal mine.  He had to crawl on his hands and knees, and the more coal he dug out, the more he got fed.  Ohye was released in 1947, suffering from rickets, and returned to Japan, where he got a job giving away clothes.  In 1951, he returned to California to see his mother in Yuba City, where he worked in the fields. Then, during the Korean War, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Korea's Demilitarized Zone."

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