Friday, February 29, 2008

Hefty Burger on West Capitol Avenue

According to one local account "Hefty's been around for quite a while now; it used to be a Pioneer Chicken - that's why the sign looks a little weird, as their logo was a "chuck wagon-in flames" of some sort." This sign will probably be gone soon as the City of West Sacramento continues to enforce the new sign ordinance. Photo by Barbara

Update: The sign is now gone due to the new sign ordinance.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Fairytale Town: The cheese stands alone

FairyTale Town at William Land Park in Sacramento has been a favorite destination for our family for two generations. Photos by Debbie.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Silver Pampas Grass at Touchstone Lake

This shot was taken last summer when the Papas plumes were full and covered with silky hairs, and the lakeshore was full of shrubs and ground cover. This is to remind us how beautiful our little lake will be again soon.
Post by Barbara

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Daffodils on Gary Court

It seems like these daffodils are blooming a little early this year.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Stay warm, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest

This round of storms has kept us home, hugging the fire, and drinking hot tea-- experimenting with my new Nikon DX40 I took this photo of the flames licking upwards on the fire log. Post by Barbara
Below photo by Florene Kunder who said " I saw this from the hallway, and grabbed the camera. Not a professional image, but interesting.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A view of Linden Park

This photo of Linden Park was shot from the Summerfield side. You can see the horseshoe pits, the new restrooms and a tree with lots of personality!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

California Duck Days at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

California Duck Days, a wetlands festival in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, will be celebrated on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.

Friday, February 22, 2008

James Marshall Nursery School

Hello Barney!

The James Marshall Preschool, a parent participation program, has been a tradition in West Sacramento for almost 50 years. My brother, kids, niece and nephews and now grandkids have all been in the program.
Photos by Christy

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

Award winning Cajun Zydeco accordianist Jeffrey Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, on
tour from Southwest Louisiana, made a special appearance at the West Sacramento
Lodge last week. Photo by Barbara

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Westside Pub and Grill

On the curve at 6th and C Streets in Broderick is the old Westside Bar and Grill --now closed and for sale.

Trivia: Years ago there was a bar/restaurant in this same location called the Venetian.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

West Sacramento Phone Booths..Old and New...

Maggie Rich, West Sacramento's quintessential Red Hatter, posed in
the Antique phone booth at the Elkhorn Station.

Calls anywhere in the USA for 25¢ a minute on this public phone near Ramos Oil Company on South River Road.

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Old Bryte and Broderick and Fire Stations

I've heard that the old Bryte Fire Station on Lisbon Avenue (top) is slated to be the museum by the West Sacramento Historical Society and the Broderick Station on Third Street (bottom) will be renovated into a bar and restaurant.
Post by Barbara

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Holy Cross Parish (est. 1913)

Holy Cross Parish and School, 800 Todhunter Ave. in West Sacramento. Holy Cross School was established in 1957 and has been staffed by Sisters of Mercy throughout its history. The School offers Grades K-8, Extended care, Athletics, Band, Baton, Cheerleading, Counseling, Tutoring, Hot lunch Program and Weekly Schoolwide Mass.
Post by Debbie

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Lucky Tires on Jefferson Boulevard

Lucky Tires & Auto Detail on Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. What a display of beautiful rims...what a lot of work to roll them out every day for display...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bridge View Market Building-Historical Landmark

The Old Bridge View Market and apartment Building on Third Street in Broderick dates back to 1930 and is on the list of West Sacramento Historical Sites and Buildings. The West Sacramento Historical Society and Museum is also located in that building.
Post by Barbara

Thursday, February 14, 2008

St. Valentine's Day "You Gotta Have Heart"

Jack and Hal form the heart..Maya would not cooperate. Post by Christy

Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Copyright 1955
From the Broadway Musical Damn Yankees

You gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are saying you'll never win
That's when the grin should start

You gotta have hope
Mustn't sit around and mope
Nothing's half as bad as it may appear
Wait'll next year and hope

When your luck is battin' zero
Get your chin up off the floor
Mister, you can be a hero
You can open any door
There's nothing to it
But to do it

You've gotta have heart
Miles and miles and miles of heart
Oh, it's fine to be a genius, of course
But keep that old horse before the cart
First, you gotta have heart

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bloom's Garage on Jefferson Boulevard

Bloom's Garage is located on the corner of Harmon and Jefferson Boulevard.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Under the Southport Sky

I've looked at clouds from both sides now, From up and down, and still somehow --It's cloud illusions I recall. I really don't know clouds at all.
Lyrics by Joni Mitchell..Photo by Barbara

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Bounce Spot: Indoor Inflatable Fun Center

"The Bounce Spot on Promenade Street is a fun place for all ages, from babies to toddlers, elementary to college students, parents to grandparents."
Post by Barbara

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Joan's Blooms

Could we possible be having a hint of spring weather? This is one of Joan's beautiful flower pots. She has a magnificent green thumb....her brothers are also talented landscape designers and artists. I wish some of her flower patience would rub off on me..
Post by Barbara

Saturday, February 9, 2008

UC Davis Double-Decker Bus

West Sacramento Early College Prep: Hoping to give underserved kids a head-start on college, UC Davis has joined with Sacramento City College and the Washington Unified School District to launch an innovative charter school housed in a wing of the Evergreen Elementary School campus in West Sacramento.

Trivia: I will really miss campus life when I retire...the new crop of beautiful bright-eyed students each year, the food at the Student Union, the campus artwork, the bicyclers, doubledeckers, backpackers and the Whole Earth Festival each spring. The longer I'm on campus the more I grow to love it. It is amazing how many faculty retire, but keep coming back to work for no salary. I doubt there are many professions that can claim this unusual loyalty.
Post by Barbara

Friday, February 8, 2008

Southport Beauty Salon

Located in the Southport Town Center, the Southport Beauty Salon is a great place to spend some time...offering to manicure, cut, massage, mask, pluck, perm and pamper! This is where I buy the stuff to do my "do". Patricia cuts and styles my "do".
Posted by Barbara

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Save The Oaks

This beautiful Oak tree stands on the "ripe for development" property
across from the new Lowes shopping center on Lake Washington Boulevard.
Photo by Anneke

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

West Sacramento Fire Station #44

West Sacramento Fire Station #44 on Fremont Street in West Sacramento.

West Sacramento Trailer Park-Last tenants standing

The above photo was taken in November 2006 by Tom Spaulding.

There are only a couple of trailers left in the old Trailer Park on 5th Street. A chain link fence surrounds the property.
Post by Barbara

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

FAT TUESDAY....Lindsay's Berries!!

Served with a Sparkling Wine (we learned we are not to call it Champagne) in Waterford Crystal ..what could be more decadent? These delicious berries were Lindsay's creation and were served at Christy's wine tasting party on Saturday night.

This was really a great way to try different wines --Becky McReynolds was our tasting guru and it was much more fun than a pampered/plastic/cropping/lipstick party.....
Post by Barbara

Monday, February 4, 2008

A grand view from Grande Vista Avenue

Blues Skies-- Photo by Christy, Lyrics by Irving Berlin:

Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When youre in love, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Bums, hobos, drug addicts, gangsters....???

I hope this was a temporary condition for this fellow.

Trivia: In past years, this is the image that came to mind when people from across the river would think of our West Sacramento area. This photo was taken just a few blocks from the West Sacramento Police Station...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

La Favorita Taqueria

A great new restaurant has opened in West Sacramento and is located in the Shopping Center at the corner of West Capitol Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. La Favorita Taqueria has great food, atmosphere and a very friendly staff. I had the Friday Night Special Chile Relleno dinner and it was fabulous!
Post by Barbara

Friday, February 1, 2008

February 1, 2008 Theme Day: When people think of my city they think of

The Port of Sacramento, Whitey's Jolly Kone, The Tower Bridge, 1000 Rooms, Raley Field,
The River Walk, The Ziggurat Building, Vince's and The Club Pheasant...

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