Take a glimpse at the Sacramento’s own healthy food movement taking rounds from the Sacramento Harvest organization. This event brought many people together to work and go out to pick trees for fruit.
This video is about the Heart Walk project held Saturday 11th at the La Familia Center. This video contains a recap of the event, as well as interviews with the organizers. Also discussed is the partners that helped bring the program together.
The “Art Street” exhibition is bringing crowds of people to an old warehouse at 300 1st Ave in Sacramento, where local artists have set up installations and interactive galleries for a nearly month-long presentation in continuation of the “Art Hotel” event of last year. The exhibition opened on February 3rd and will continue through February 25th, open Monday through Friday from 3pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 9pm, closing later many nights for special events listed on their website. Attendance is first-come, first-serve, and even those who make limited reservations are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before their reservation slot.
In an old warehouse off of Broadway Avenue, local Sacramento artists have set up interactive exhibitions and installations, bringing a new creative life to the city.
Featuring displays from over 100 artists, the Art Street gallery event opened to the public on February 3rd and will run until February 25th in the warehouse at 300 1st Avenue, Sacramento, CA. The exhibition is open Monday – Friday from 3pm to 9pm and Saturday – Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
The official website notes that the warehouse may stay open past closing hours for special evening events. These events include musical and theatrical performances, many taking place in the West End Club venue within the warehouse itself.
The event is a continuation of last year’s Art Hotel presentation, also organized by the M5 Arts collective.
“I think Art Street is a little bit above and beyond,” an attendant of both Art Hotel and Art Street said of the differences between the events. “It’s more interactive, and it’s a bigger space and a bigger venue.”
Due to the popularity of Art Street and the limited space within the warehouse, slots to enter the warehouse are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited number of reservations are also offered on their website, linked above.
The success of the event is a positive sign for the future of artists as a whole in Sacramento.
“I think it’s growing stronger and stronger every year,” an Art Street attendant said of the Sacramento arts scene. “I think the Art Hotel last year made a huge impact on our community. It’s still bringing people in and people are still talking about it.”
On average U.S teen smoking rates are at an all-time high these past several years. A recent article by CNN confirms the harmful risk for teens consuming e cigarettes. The new research and information conducted by one of the nation’s top doctors aims to encourage teens to not smoke e-cigarettes.
“These products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and hookahs,” says Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the US surgeon general.
Dr. Murthy also confirmed that the use of e-cigarettes use among high school students increased by 900% from 2011 to 2015, and vaping among young adults has doubled. E- cigarettes cause harmful effects including addiction and, acting as a gateway to other tobacco products and drugs. Since the rise is mainly from middle school to high school grade level, which means that group is more vulnerable because of brain development. Teens may have majority of their brain development but the harmful effects of an e-cigarette is creating new issues to arise.
The numbers suggest that rather than prompting teenagers to replace cigarette smoking with vaping, e-cigarettes instead have enticed teenagers to use nicotine. The problem now is according to Murphy, teens brains are still being developed at this adolescent stage. Young people who consume nicotine disrupt their neurotransmitter activity and it becomes highly addictive, particularly in a developing brain. Research conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics found that liquids inhaled contain solvents, formaldehyde and other ingredients that pose health risks when inhaled.
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services found e-cigarettes may not be as harmful as cigarettes. Since your lungs aren’t being harshly filled with smoke. However, that doesn’t make them a healthy alternative to regular cigarettes. Many people believe that because the e-cigarettes are a way for many smokers to wean themselves off of cigarettes that they are harmless, but it is still an addictive drug that is toxic if consumed in high doses. What we do know is that nicotine affects the brain, nervous system, and heart. It raises blood pressure and heart rate. The larger the dose of nicotine, the more a teen’s blood pressure and heart rate go up.
“I usually just always was a frequent hookah user, but once I started to notice e-cigarettes had flavors that started to entice me to try”. Karandeep Gill Health Science Major at CSUS.“I started using e-cigarettes and I don’t plan on quitting!”
Today’s generation of leaders and community need to help conquer this new trend e-cigarette has created. Just as taxes were increased on tobacco products in the past, it’s up to the federal, state, and local government to take a stand and regulate this substance. There is a complete lack of government oversight which is allowing tobacco industries to continue to market to children. Tobacco companies are targeted kids through promotion using colorful, sweet flavors, and grasping their attention with exciting logos. Also engaging teen’s interest with themes of independence, rebellion, and sex. The only way that promotion of ads like these can be stopped is taking action to regulate the ads and marketing targets. In the past tobacco companies have promoted cigarettes to young people in the past, but now it’s time to shift gears and urge the FDA to regulate e-cigarettes.
Sac City Council Hold Sacramento Teens Speak Up At Council Meeting For Youth Programs Meeting On Investment For Youth
“My name is Arabella Smith and I was saved by 916 Ink,” said a Sacramento teen named Arabella during a City Council meeting regarding the investment of youth programs.
Sacramento’s City Council, led by its Mayor, Darrell Steinberg, held a meeting to discuss the investment in youth and youth programs. In Sacramento, many organizations such as 916 Ink, Sol Collective, The California Endowment, the Boy & Girls Club and much more are working to make an impact on Sacramento’s youth.
The issue of this meeting was to push the city council to consider more investment into the many youth programs as mentioned above. It is believed by the issue’s supporters that a higher investment in youth programs can lead area children to a healthy, active, engaged, and ready-to-learn lifestyle.
The majority of city youth services are run through the City Department of Parks and Recreation, Also known as DPR. It runs around 26 different major youth services.
The policy considerations included increasing investment for the DPR’s youth-serving programs and working in collaboration with Sacramento’s school districts to create school-based beacon centers.
There are a good amount of studies that indicate that a stable and healthy early childhood learning environment improves student achievement. Governments can save more than $7 for every $1 spent on early learning instead of spending on student suspensions, being held back, or later getting involved in crime and going to prison.
Many youth and adults came to this meeting in hopes of getting more investment towards these programs and to supporting creating more youth programs to help youth development, mental health, and physical health
“A lot of kids who grow up in a poverty area don’t want to do bad things, it is caused by the help they get around them- which is basically nothing,” said a young teen, Tommy Lee, when speaking to Darrell Steinberg about his experiences while living in Oak park, one of many struggling communities in Sacramento.
Tommy was one of the many youth who attended this city council meeting. He spoke about the horrifying experiences of the sounds of police sirens in his neighborhoods and even not being able to go outside as a young child in caution of the problems facing the neighborhood.
“We must help our kids believe that they can do anything in life,” said another youth speaker named Noelle Alvarez. “Education means everything and not everyone can do it alone.”
Many speakers, including several teens, spoke about their experiences in low-income neighborhoods or living in a struggling situation. Many of them have had help from many youth development programs that they often say have helped them recover and move on from an unhealthy life.
“I know what it’s like to go down the wrong path and I don’t want the next generation to make the same mistakes I did,” said Alvarez as he ended his comments.
Sacramento was crowned the City of Trees. To champion such title Sacramento has many trees, but where does those trees come from?
Sacramento alone has many areas with food deserts. Food deserts are places that don’t have affordable grocery stores within a one-mile radius. We discuss this on-going issue in this video.
In this video, residents of the Tahoe Park Community show support for two local businesses that were vandalized and which police say now is a hate crime.
This video contains a recap of the Hurley Way Harvest event, as well a an interview with Dominic Allamano, and a home owner who allowed the volunteers to pick fruit from trees on her house.