Fairytale Town did a little bit to give back this year the day after Thanksgiving with their annual canned food drive. Families who brought in canned and non-parishable donations received free admission into the park for their entire family. This gave many parents an inspiration to give back, and hopefully taught many children that benefitting the community can be a fulfilling thing.
H.O.P.E, which stands for Hmong Opportunity Program for Education, is an organization that promotes higher education for high school and college student within the Hmong community. On Tuesday, November 20th, H.O.P.E hosted its 4th annual Hmong Culture Show. The show kicked off at noon in the main quad at Sacramento City College.
All of the seats in the quad were filled and there were quite a lot of people crowded around the stage. The show started off with a few talent acts, including singing and the playing of some traditional Hmong musical instruments like the Qeej (pronounced GHLENG), which is an L-shaped configuration of bamboo pipes.
Just before the fashion show, the audience was treated to an impromptu singing performance in the Hmong’s native language while the organizers dealt with some minor technical difficulties.
It was the colorful fashion that truly stole the show. As traditional Hmong music played, members of H.O.P.E. began to strut across the stage. Young ladies wore an assortment of traditional Hmong clothing which included an array of colors. Young men also wore vibrant clothing covered in beads and small pieces of metal.
“This show gave the crowd a true feel for the Hmong culture,” said Kim, a current Sacramento City College student who attended the event. Check out the gallery below to see some photos from the culture show.
Many local organizations are truly getting into the spirit of the season this Thanksgiving. Wednesday November 21st marked the annual Day-Before-Thanksgiving meal for St. John’s Lutheran Church located at 1701 L Street in Downtown Sacramento. The Church served many of Sacramento’s homeless a full Thanksgiving meal.
Volunteers for the event started coming in around 8 o’clock Wednesday morning and stayed late into the afternoon to help out. The day started with preparation, with groups of people working on anything from wrapping silverware, to mashing potatoes, to deep-frying turkeys. Others still decorated, while some handed out fliers to make the event well known. Volunteers would talk to the day’s lead coordinator, Linda Faux, and were told where another hand would help the most. Some volunteers even went the extra mile and stayed afterwards to help clean up. I myself kept busy cutting bread, seasoning and cooking green beans, and carving turkeys.
Around noon, the serving rush began. After a short speech, people were assigned to stations. Servers would come by to fill plates with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, bread, and get the meals topped off with gravy. And that’s not even counting the pie for dessert! All guests certainly received good portions and a variety of good food fit for the holiday.
“We end up with twenty-five turkeys or more,” says Justin Chambers, a beloved member of the church who was hard at work at his station dishing out gravy. “One of the most amazing things about this whole thing is the fact that nearly all the food we get is donated.”
Among the donations were huge cans of green beans, several sacks and boxes of potatoes, dozens of pies, and huge bags of bread, most of which were used up by the end of the day. And what better place for all that food to have gone than to those who don’t have a chance to make their own Thanksgiving dinner? The food definitely went to a good place, and was appreciated by many.
If you’d like to learn more about St. John’s Lutheran Church, you can go here, or call (916)444-0874.
This video is about the Center for Fathers and Families, an organization that has a strong history of responding to the needs of fathers and their families by offering programs and services that lead to family growth and empowerment. In this video, I interview a volunteer for the center, Jessica, who tells us a little bit about the center and how she is involved.
Welcome to the third episode of “Our Streets”, AccessLocal.Tv’s youth-produced podcast. Each week, podcast host Charles Chenault sits down with out Neighborhood News Correspondents to talk about issues that affect people young and old all across Sacramento. For this weeks show, the group discusses what they’re thankful for during this holiday season.
Come back each week to hear new episodes of Our Streets, and if you have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future, leave us a comment in the section below.
On November 15, 2012, a press conference was held at the River City Food Bank to congratulate those who committed to eating only $4.90 in food for at least one day during The 7 day Food Stamp Challenge. In this video you will hear from some of the participants and get a chance to see 10 year old Aiden cook his recipe creation.
Asael Sala is a community organizer with the group “Pesticide Watch”.
I interviewed Sala about what his work in community is like.
Check the video to find out!
By Gina Sanchez
Sacramento State University student, Age 20
As if Sacramento State wasn’t amazing enough for hosting a fashion show on their campus on November 6th of this year, but they also made it a charity show to benefit the women’s and children’s shelter My Sister’s House and The Volunteer Center of Sacramento—an organization that helps families in need with projects such as ‘Adopt-a-Family’ and ‘Birthday Magic’.
Believe it or not, charity fashion shows happen once a semester on Sac State’s campus, courtesy of their campus organization named the ‘Student Fashion Association’. Along with networking mixers, fashion workshops and seminars, SFA hosts fashion shows for great causes—all the while showcasing work of student and local fashion designers and stylists (who dressed models in clothing found at local Sacramento boutique, Article Consignment). This year’s theme was ‘Fashion by Design’—which was reflected by the metallic and light-up props that were displayed on the runway.
Student designers from Sacramento State, San Joaquin Delta College and designers and stylists from American River College had the opportunity that night to experience what it was like to show their clothing in a fashion show. Even Sac State alumni Lacey Taylor joined in on all the fun and glamour of the show with her colorful and playful fashion line ‘Jezebel Spirit’.
“I was mainly inspired by the fabric.” states Taylor, who was an apparel marketing and design major at Sac State just last year. “I bought the yellow apple and green birdie fabric back in June for only a few bucks from Hancock fabric. The fabric reminded me of something you would see on Modcloth, so I wanted to go retro with my outfits.”
The Future by Design show was hosted by Meg White, owner of Action Boot Camps and who has some modeling background as well. SFA allowed for many vendors to set up shop behind the audience seats to sell and promote their products during the beginning of the show and intermission—local fashionistas excitedly chatted with the fashion show attendees and showed off their flair and passion for fashion at their booths.
The fashion show was a success—rows were filled by many happy attendees both impressed and inspired by the looks that went down the runway. Members of the Student Fashion Association were also very pleased with the turnout.
“It meant a lot that so many people wanted to support SFA and the charities that will benefit from this.” said Elysa Quintella, a freshman at Sacramento State and member of SFA. “I’m already looking forward to plan the next show!”
The California Museum is home to the many contents of the State of California’s Archives. Through partnerships with private non-profits, the State of California opened the California Museum back in June of 1998. The Museum has continued partnering with more organizations throughout the years to further expand itself.
Since 2003, the museum has collaborated with California’s former First Lady, Maria Shriver and current First Lady, Anne Gust Brown. Staying true to its reputation, The California Museum has partnered with “Health Happens Here”, a 6-year initiative introduced by The California Endowment. Together, they hope to give the public a chance to explore health beyond exercise, diets and doctors.
The exhibit ties together the latest cutting-edge technology and interactive games to engage and educate all of its visitors. It also provides an multimedia adventure though a modern-day school cafeteria, along with encounters with school yard bullies to give participants an opportunity to physically steer their way through today’s urban environment while being confronted by positive and negative health choices. The exhibit is ongoing; however there will be free admission day on Tuesday, December 1st, during the museum’s regular hours from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
“The Health Happens Here exhibit is fun and interactive for all ages!” says Christine Tien from the California Endowment. “The exhibit shows how health is about more than just going to your doctor’s office. Health really depends on where people live, go to school, work and play.”
For more information, click on the links below.