Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Davis Farmers' Market

Be sure and take time to visit the Davis Farmers' Market at Central Park and 3rd Streets in Davis, CA. Open year round, rain or shine, you will find a wide range of fruits and vegetables, including certified organic produce, as well as fresh baked goods.

Market Hours:

Sat: 8-1, year-round
Wed. 4:30-8:30 pm, Mar thru Oct

Winter Market:
Wed. 2-6 pm, Nov to mid-March

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fountain in Target Plaza

You might have passed by the charming fountain and courtyard sitting area located in the Target Plaza with out even noticing it. We are hoping for some more retail tenants in that space soon so we can enjoy even more great shopping in West Sacramento!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Crush Festival at The Galeria do Vinho

We bottled, corked and labeled our own wine, then joined in the grape stomping contest at the Old Sugar Mill's Crush Festival last weekend. These grapes were grown in West Sacramento and then made into wine by The Carvalho Family. Their Tempranillo is splendid!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Key Corner: West Sac Downtown Locksmith

Probably the smallest business you'll find in West Sacramento is West Sac Downtown Locksmith located in the corner of the Raley parking lot on West Capitol Avenue. Easy to drive up, park and get a key made in minutes...and they also offer a full range of locksmith services.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Creative Archway

We enjoy driving though areas of West Sacramento to see how homeowners have become inspired to create landscape art. We saw this creative archway in the Bridgeway Island area recently.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Indian Summer -Just enjoying the great weather!

Stephanie and I enjoyed appetizers and beverages on Ernestos patio. The weather has been so great--hard to believe it is almost October!

Meet Me In The Indian Summer (Van Morrison)
Won't you meet me
In the Indian summer
Well before
Those chilly winds do blow
Won't you meet me
In the Indian summer
Take me way back
To what I know

Oh won't you meet me
In the Indian summer
We'll go walking
By the weeping willow tree
Oh won't you meet me
In the Indian summer

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Flag Memorial on Jefferson Boulevard

Thank you to Jean Sawitzky retired Postmaster (Courtland and Clarksburg, California) and a long-time resident of West Sacramento for sharing her photo of the flags displayed by local resident John Vinson. John has been erecting the flag memorial every year since the first anniversary of September 11th seven years ago.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Visiting Canada Geese on Fowler Road

Thank you to Joan Barber of West Sacramento for sharing this photo of the visiting Canada Geese out for a stroll on Fowler Road in the Bridgeway Island area. We have seen a lot of these visitors recently at our duck pond on Linden Avenue.

Trivia: "Canada geese are known for their seasonal migrations. Most Canada geese have staging or resting areas where they join up with others. Their autumn migration can be seen from September to the beginning of November. Adult geese are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one parent at the front, and the other at the back."

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

15 Days in October Photo Contest!

City of West Sacramento 15 Days in October Photo Contest!

News Details

"15 Days in October"
is the City of West Sacramento's annual photo contest. This year, the contest is Oct. 1-15. Win $500! Residents and nonresidents are eligible to enter. Take a West Sacramento photo of your choosing between Oct. 1-15. This year, contestants have the option of entering an additional category, "Shop in West Sac". . .providing an extra opportunity to win $500. Celebrate the shopping and dining options in West Sacramento!
Open the attachment for a copy of the entry form and the complete contest rules. Make plans to take your photos between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15. Photos and entry forms and photos are due by Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.

Supply Hardware on Harbor Boulevard

Supply Hardware on Harbor Boulevard has a great selection of equipment for rent, general supply items, gardening supplies, building products and redi-mix concrete. We stopped by recently to get our propane tank filled and browsed the aisles --we love hardware stores!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Neighborhood Watch: Twin Short Hairs On Duty

Last week they greeted me with big wet kisses and muddy paws on my white shirt and slacks....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Suck the Head and Pinch the Tail

The food and music was great at the Colusa Crawdad Festival last weekend. Ron Bombardier and the Bayou Boys played some great Cajun Music--Ron's 3 years old grandson is already learning to play the Cajun Accordian. Many folks from West Sacramento who used to enjoy going to the Isleton Crawdad Festival were there dancing and enjoying great music.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bogle Vineyards & Winery

"Bogle Vineyards farms over 1,200 acres of wine grapes in the Delta region. In 1968 the father and son team of Warren and Chris Bogle planted their first 20 acres of wine grapes in Clarksburg. See their website for more of the Bogle Family's Story."

Trivia: We just tried their new release is phantastic!

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Neighbors Fair at Riverwalk Park

Bring your family to West Sacramento's Neighbors Fair on October 3, 2009 (noon to 5:00 PM) at the Riverwalk Park and enjoy diverse foods, crafts, KidsZone and live entertainment with R&B artist, Lenny Williams featuring Savannah Blue. Free Admission to all Activities and Free Parking

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Meet Charlie - WestSac's Celebri-dog

Thanks Danny Luna ( for sending this great shot. Per Danny "I always see this dog at Starbucks, I know he rides on a motorcycle and he's always wearing his little sunglasses. I think he wears a helmet too!!!"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In the Company of Crows

Bryan Miller shot this photo of a crow helping a neighbor clean his car mats. Bryan said "this crow insists on being within feet of me while I'm doing yard work---literally on my lawnmower at one point."

According to researchers, the bold behavior of these pesky crows is not unusual and it is most likely being fostered by a human in the neighborhood who is feeding them. For more information on the evolution of crow - human interactions see this publication: In the Company of Crows and Ravens

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

USAF Thunderbirds: Here is Freedom!

West Sacramento resident Matt Hargrove took this photo of F-16 Fighting Falcon ("Viper"), USAF Thunderbirds flying overhead during the California Capitol Airshow at Mather Air Force Base.

"Air Force Week Sacramento
was celebrated from September 5 through 13, 2009 in various locations throughout Sacramento, California. Highlighted by performances from the USAF Thunderbirds and Tops in Blue, Air Force Week Sacramento put a spotlight on the great work being done by the folks stationed at Travis Air Force Base and around the Air Force."

Monday, September 14, 2009

Heritage Peak Charter School, West Sacramento

Heritage Peak Charter School, is a non-profit independent study charter school for students in grades Kindergarten through High School, that focuses on disenfranchised students allowing them an avenue to excel academically and socially. See their website for more information:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Goodbye Hollywood Hardware West

Hollywood Hardware West has closed their store on Merkley Avenue. For many years they were the only hardware store in the West Sacramento area. Over the years it was always a regular stop for our family whether we needed 1 screw, a gallon of paint, a 2 x 4, or the screen door repaired. I really could spend hours there just looking..... We will miss you Denny & Jerry and thank you for 40 years of service to our community!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Iron Sculpture at the Ironworks Loft Homes

Thanks to Marty Swingle for sharing his photo of the iron sculpture in the courtyard of the Ironworks loft homes located in the Triangle in West Sacramento.

"The Triangle area, bounded by Highway 50/Business 80, the riverfront and Tower Bridge Gateway, includes Raley Field and the 196-unit Ironworks lofts in progress by Regis Homes of Northern California, one of Northern California's leading homebuilding companies, specializing in well-designed high quality homes."

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering September 11th- Fostering World Peace

Thanks to Terri Tanner for sharing this picture from her recent trip to New York City. The now damaged Sphere, created in 1971 by artist Fritz Koenig, once stood in the fountain of the World Trade Center plaza now stands in Battery Park.

More from the Battery Park Website:"In Battery Park, a now-damaged sculpture called The Sphere, which stood in the fountain of the World Trade Center plaza, forms a memorial. Sphere has been stored by the Port Authority in a hangar at Kennedy Airport since the piece was pulled from underneath the collapsed towers. It was one of two public artworks found in the debris. The memorial was inaugurated at a ceremony marking six months since the attack. "Created in 1971 by artist Fritz Koenig, The Sphere was described as "a monument fostering world peace." The 45,000-pound sculpture is 15 feet in diameter and is made of steel and bronze. It sustained a gash through its center, but remains structurally intact."

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nick's Diner

Nick's Diner on Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento is a great place to stop for a friendly and delicious dinner. They are especially generous with the senior's in our community!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Four Generations of Tooties

Big feet- small feet. My friend Barbara's family posed for this shot.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Volunteering for Youth Softball at Raley Field

These folks working at the snack bar at Raley Field are volunteers from Cordova Girls Softball League. They had big smiles as they enjoyed the John Legend Concert and raised money for their kids league.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Riding velocab from Old Sac to Raley Field

We had dinner at Rio City Cafe then rode the velocab across the Tower Bridge to the John Legend Concert at Raley Field...really cool fun ... I can tell you his quads must be in great shape...

Trivia: Velocabs are zero emission, human-powered vehicles - the latest evolution in pedicab design.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Raley Field - John Legend in Concert with India.Airie

Raley Field was the place to be Friday evening for the John Legend Concert. The acoustics were fantastic, the weather was perfect (even a romantic full moon overhead) and the crowd all felt the magic of John's fantastic performance.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

West Sac Early College Prep Moves to New Campus

W. Sac. charter school launches first high school class at new campus. See article in Sacramento Bee

West Sac Prep started with sixth- and seventh-graders and has been adding grades year by year. Its first class of ninth-graders started Monday. There are now about 200 students. Class sizes are small, with about 20 students each.

Friday, September 4, 2009

West Sacramento BrownieTroop No 449 - circa 1963.

Eve Westvik sent this photo of her West Sacramento Brownie Troop #449 planting a tree at the new Activity Center that was being built in then to be named Sam Combs Park on Stone Boulevard in West Sacramento.

Eve said "I can't place the date, maybe 1963 or 1964. They aren't calling it Sam Combs park in the article, but I don't know if that's because they just left it out, or didn't have an official name for it yet, or it wasn't named that until after he died in 1966. I know he (Sam Coombs) was instrumental in making that land available for use as a park, and I know we were meeting in that building as of 1966 because I distinctly remember Mrs. Shumaker and another leader talking about Ronald Reagan running for governor in 1966." In this photo: Lisa Watson, Joan Russell, Cindy Vondette, Darlene Nichols, Barbara Allen, Phyllis Martin, Lynn Martin, Carol Benjamin, Cindy Mallen, Sharon Brown, Toni Flores, Karen Barr, Mrs. Erma Snyder, Eve Westvik, Miss Cherille Linch, Denise Granger, Mrs. Dolores Shumaker, Sharon Shumaker, Patty Russell, Robin Rugue and Mrs. Stella Nichols.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fundraiser for Westmore Oaks Elementary School

Please join the West Sacramento Educational Foundation and Friends & Parents of Westmore Oaks Elementary School as they come together for a second year to raise funds for the school. It's a night of wine and food, friendship and fun, and all for a good cause!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Say Hey I Love You" Michael Franti's All Rebel Rockers CD at Target in West Sacramento

Rebecca proudly points out her little brother's CD on display at the Target in West Sacramento. Michale Franti and Spearhead's hit song "Say Hey I Love You" is one of the greatest songs you will hear this year! Our family has designated it as our Family Theme Song..... Hopefully you were all up late last night and caught Michael on Jimmy Fallon.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Topping Off" Ceremony at the new West Sacramento Community Center: Signing the final beam

The community was invited to come by and “sign” the final beam used to top off the framing of the new West Sacramento Community Center. Members of the City Council and Supervisor McGowan signed the beam first, then community members were invited to sign; the structural crew on top had the final signing after the beam was swung into place!

The new Community Center on West Capitol Avenue is right next to the college, library, and transit center also under construction.

Wikipedia Trivia: "In building construction, topping out, or topping off, is a ceremony held when the last beam is placed at the top of a building.