Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Car For The Next Generation

The Mercedes A-Class F-Cell is hydrogen powered meaning no harmful gasses are emitted when driving the vehicle. This F-Cell probably just stopped in to to refuel at the Hydrogen Fueling Station at the California Fuel Cell Partnership on Industrial Boulevard in West Sacramento.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Amazing Glass and Metal Wind Ornament

I think this metal and glass lawn sculpture is amazing..stainless steel bowls and martini glasses make up the decorative elements, and some recycled pipes and fittings hold it all together. It stands about 6 feet tall and I'm sure it must make some interesting sounds when the wind blows.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Grotto for Virgin Mary

This decorative lawn niche is much like those seen in the countryside of central Italy, this statue of Mary is also lit for night time display!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Wanted... Old Watch!

Debbie saw this sign posted at the corner of Alameda and Alabama.....there is a phone number posted if you have one you'd like to pass on!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"The Alkali"

Alkali Flat (named for the crusted alkali deposits left in vernal pools after seasonal flooding) is the oldest remaining neighborhood in Sacramento. The neighborhood was born in 1852 after the great fire of Sacramento. For more info on the Alkali Flat Neighborhood see http://www.saclibrary.org/?pageId=1130

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Curb Appeal!

This corner of Park and West Acre was an eyesore for many years, but someone recently purchased the duplex, fixed up the homes and re-landscaped the yard. Congratulations to the owners...much more appealing!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sidewalk repairs on Reuter Drive

The folks living in the old Elkhorn Village area of West Sacramento are thrilled about the repairs on the gutters, sidewalks and curbs. Hopefully the streets will also be scheduled for repaving soon..riding a bicycle is a pretty dangerous undertaking for young kids and seniors in the condition they are right now. See photo below.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Silly Dillies Balloon Art

Silly Dilly The Clown was back at the River Walk during the Harmony on the River concerts this year, weaving her wearable balloon magic for both big kids and little kids.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wicked West Pizza & BBQ Opening Soon

Wicked West Pizza & BBQ is hosting a Job Fair on September 11, 2010 from 1 to 4 PM at their new facility in the Jefferson Plaza Retail Center. Be sure and share the info with those that are looking for employment!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Jr. Raider-Ready for Action

Thank you Sarah Sieck for sharing this great pix of her Jr. Raider in full gear! See this website for more information on the River City Jr. Raiders Youth Football in West Sacramento. http://rcjrfootball.com/homepage.html

Friday, August 20, 2010

"Cinema at Sundown" presents A Dive-In Movie

Friday Night Fun for kids of all ages at the West Sacramento Rec Center. Movie starts at sundown this evening and is free to all Rec Center Pass Holders. For non-pass holders Adults: $5.00/Students $3.50. For more info see www.westsacfun.org

Thursday, August 19, 2010

West Sacramento Opossum

They heard a noise...a rustling and scratching sound during the night...hearing it again the next night they had the camera ready...a baby possum was visiting their backyard.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Egret at the Riverwalk

The beautiful Egret is engraved in the cement on the main walkway at the Riverwalk Park.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Vince's Hand Made Pizza Pies

If you sit in the bar at Vince's, you can order the hand-made pizzas, baked in the wood fire oven. The pizzas are not listed on the menu, but are a special treat for those who know to order them!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sacramento River Crossing Alternatives Study

According to a City of Sacramento Press Release dated July 2010, nearly 1,700 people responded to the Sacramento River Crossing Alternatives Study. Of those responding, 1,035 said they live in Sacramento, while 409 identified themselves as West Sacramento. Seventy six percent of respondents believe new options for crossing the Sacramento River between Sacramento and West Sacramento are ”very important” or “important.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sacramento River Historical Marker

One of our earliest accounts of the Sacramento River is from Spanish sea captain Gabriel Moraga, who sailed up the river in 1808. This Sacramento River Exploration Plaque is mounted on the Tony's Place Restaurant building that sits at the intersection of Market and Bridge Streets in Walnut Grove.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Spanish Style in West Sacramento

Of all the new home designs and styles in West Sacramento..I like the Spanish Style in this development the best. These folks have done a great job in adding landscape and design accents to show off the best of the architectural elements.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Whatever Lola Wants

Lola is a Dodgue De Bordeaux, also known as a French Mastiff and a Bordeaux Bulldog. She and her human were customers at the Janet Drive Garage Sale last weekend. Lola wasn't thrilled about having her picture taken but she stood patiently while I ran to get my camera.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Carolyn's Treasures

We went to visit our good friends Carolyn and Tom Sisson last week and as usual I became mesmerized by all of Carolyn's treasures. Trivia: Those baby shoes once belonged to long time Broderick resident Ethel Reynolds. Ethel and Norm Reynolds were old friends of the Norton family and they lived in one of the old Victorians on 3rd Street in Broderick.... If you read the pages from the past in the News-Ledger you will find lots of interesting anecdotes concerning the Reynolds and Norton families.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Greening of Poquito Park: "Alice's Memorial Garden"

Poquito Park has been adopted by her neighbor. Valencia has been removing the weeds and raking the gravel for some time and now has planted a lovely garden in memory of her grandmother. Valencia says "...Memorial Garden is dedicated to my late Grandmother Alice Docker who died last August 3, 2009. Some cactus plants were her's from Santa Barbara. All the rocks were donated by my friend Janet that lives only 2 houses away, she also donated some cactus. My best friend Marsha, donated a lot of the plants too. I hope people in the neighborhood will enjoy the park now, and maybe leave a plant in someone's memory and I will plant it. Maybe someone else will enjoying making our park look better and start planting plants on the other side too."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Garage Sailing in the 95691

Last weekend there were garage sales all over West Sacramento..including our neighborhood. Natalie and Jerry organized our group and we had a great time... we made a little money that will go to our "Rock Band" Fund.....Hal sold his "Tropicial" punch and donated his profits to the cause too.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Holy Cross Festival Recap - 2010

The Piroshkies at the annual Holy Cross Festival were fantastic....the line was always long, but they were so worth the wait. Many folks enjoyed getting a Mariposa painted on their cheeks including our Maya and the lady at the Margarita Stand. We also had a great performance by the hula dancers and in the bottom photo we caught Cliff and Ramona dancing to the great music by"Midnight Players"!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bringing The Saint Joseph Home

The Sea Scouts of West Sacramento under the direction of Nate Eckler sailed the Saint Joseph home from Morro Bay Saturday ..for the full account of the crew's odyssey see the Neptune's Website.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Southport Sunset by Keith Slagerman

Thank you photographer Keith Slagerman for sharing this beautiful shot of the sun setting over the deep water channel. You can find more of Keith's beautiful works of art at this website: http://www.slagermanphoto.com/

Friday, August 6, 2010

West Sacramento Photo of the Day Turns 3

West Sacramento Photo of the Day celebrated our 3 year anniversary and 1110 posts on August 5, 2010. Some folks asked "won't you run out of things to photograph in West Sacramento?"...well..they were so wrong! Things just keep getting better and more interesting in our city every day! Debbie and Barbara say thanks again to all our readers, contributors and commentators!

Southport Gateway Park

Located on Gateway Dr.and Sansome Streets, Southport Gateway Park covers 2.5 acres and features a playground, sheltered picnic area that can be reserved for private parties, a turf area for athletic fields and walking paths.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

RWQCB Erosion Control

These vacant lots on Quail are waiting for construction to begin on new homes..in the meantime the Regional Water Quality Control Board requires the contractor to provide for effective drainage of storm water to prevent erosion and sediment run off into the gutters.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

National Register #82002233

A closeup shot of our wonderful old I Street Bridge...The 3,150 ton swing span is the heaviest in the United States and was the heaviest in the world when the bridge was built in 1911. The upper deck of the bridge carries automobiles and the lower deck carries trains.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Bridge District Infrastructure Project--ETA Fall 2011

The top photo was shot while driving over the Pioneer Bridge and lower photos were shot from the corner of S. River Road and Riske Lane. The Bridge District Infrastructure project includes "new roadway segments and supporting utilities - sewer(Pump Station Project), water, storm drainage, and commercial utilities - for the area bounded by Tower Bridge Gateway to the north and northwest, US50/Business 80 to the south and southwest, and the Sacramento River to the east."

Monday, August 2, 2010

"The Elder"at the Xilonen (she-lon-en) "Fiesta del Maiz"

Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dancers performed at the Xilonen (she-lon-en) "Fiesta del Maiz" at Southside Park last weekend. The tribal elder above was seated in a place of honor during the ceremonial dances. She explained to me the festival was in honor of the young women dancers below dressed in white.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Need we say more!

Debbie saw this bumper sticker today.....a wonderful reminder for us all! Remember "Minds are like parachutes — they only function when open."