Last week, I asked the members of La Familia’s Youth Voice Program what they would like to see in the Sacramento of five years from now. Their answers were insightful, everything from jobs and cleaner streets to gangs and entertainment, these young people shared a lot of great ideas. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to the conversation.
Teens from 10 middle and high schools in Sacramento have spent the past school year creating short films to inspire community change. Through a digital storytelling after-school program, youth produced videos highlighting local or cultural history as told through unsung heroes. They also created videos that identify community and school wide issues to engage in a new dialogue to find solutions. On May 24th, the public is invited to a free screening of this film series at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Over 100 student representatives from participating schools will also be on hand to present these films for the first time to the public.
The Premiere will showcase films produced through California Voices, an initiative of the Center for Multicultural Cooperation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality youth leadership and service experiences. This event will showcase films from each project site and will include:
• Stories of community heroes such as the Tuskegee Airman, the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces during WWII.
• Stories of youth perspective on community challenges including bullying, teen health issues, and drug abuse.
• An award ceremony for youth produced Public Service Announcements.
• A red carpet, limo escorts, and “paparazzi” to interview youth producers.
Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and red carpet appropriate dress is recommended. Many of the youth producers involved in this initiative come from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, and this premiere is a culminating event to their high school experience.
The 4th Annual California Voices Youth Film Premiere is a celebration of teens in this community and their hard work to make a difference in our community.
California Voices is supported by the Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, The California Endowment, The City of Sacramento, Center of Praise Ministries, Sierra Health Foundation, Target Excellence, and Wii Girls.
4th Annual California Voices Youth Film Premiere
Thursday, May 24, 6:00 PM
(Doors open at 5pm for red carpet festivities)
Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA
Cosumnes River College student Drahcir Ballesteros has more on the Literary Series in the attached video report.
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Celebrate and support local food and local farmers at the opening day of the Oak Park Farmers Market Saturday May 5th. The Oak Park Farmers market offers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, healthy local products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, flowers, baked goods, olive oil and much more. This year’s opening day will unveil the extensive McClatchy Park site improvements including widened concrete walkways, decomposed granite paving for vendor stalls, landscaping, shade trees and benches. Their will be over 20 vendors including three certified organic producers and some new unique additions. One of those is Dragon Gourmet Mushrooms which offers delicious oyster, shitake and beech varieties and grow your own mushroom starter kits.
When: Saturday, May 5, 2012 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: 3500 5th Ave. McClatchy Park (corner of 35th St & 5th Ave)
Built in 1928; the Eastern Star Hall is an architectural gem that played an important role in local women’s history, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. While the building retains it’s orginal beauty, time has taken a toll on the building and the organization that owns it does not have the resources for desperately needed repairs to the building facade.
To raise funds for repair, and highlight the building’s beauty and utility as a social center, the Eastern Star Hall committee, in conjuction with Midtown Neighborhood Association and the Capitol City Preservation Trust, invite you to an evening og music, dancing and the delights of the Jazz Age.
Featuring MUMBO GUMBO and the musical talets of the FREEBADGE SERENADERS, and introduced by master of ceremonies Matias Bombal!
Beer and wine for 21+, appetizers, and a prize raffel featuring unique gifts from local businesses round out the evening of revelry to save a Sacramento landmark!
The California Endowment and its Building Healthy Communities initiative is doing great things in Sacramento to promote the availability of fresh and local fruits and vegetables throughout the region. The above video highlights those efforts.
The Sacramento City College Film Club is inviting the public to its fundraiser event on Saturday May 26th at Bows&Arrows in Midtown Sacramento. Doors will open at 7:30pm with a suggested donation of $5. There will be live musical performances by local favorites Paper Pistols, and Dusty Brown, as well as a segment of short films made by students in the Los Rios College District. You can buy raffle tickets at the event for $1 a pop, or an arms length for $10 for the scaling raffles that will be escalating in value as the night goes on.
Don’t forget to bring your thirst and appetite because Bows has a great beer/wine selection, and the Fat Face Cafe is always on point. Below is a link to the Bows&Arrows website e you can check out the venue, beer/wine list, Fat Face menu, as well as other upcoming events.
Please feel free to invite your friends, as this is an open event. All proceeds will help the SCC Film Club in their goal of making short films every semester as well as to promote, expand and strengthen the presence of the Film Department, Club and community on the Sacramento City College campus. We hope to see you there!
We would like to thank the following local businesses for sponsoring the event/raffle:
Bows&Arrows, Tuli Bistro, Restaurant Thir13en, Crest Theatre, Elixir Bar&Grill, Tower Theater, and Insight Coffee.
Without your donations we could have never made this event a reality.
The California Latino Capitol Association Foundation (CLCAF) is proud to announce its seventh annual Summer Internship Program. This summer, a select group of Sacramento area high school students will have the opportunity to intern for a State Legislator in the Capitol or a Governmental Affairs office.
Eligibility criteria for the internship includes having junior or senior status at a high school in the Sacramento area, having a flexible summer schedule and being available 10-15 hours per week to intern for a Senator, Assembly member or a Governmental Affairs office.
Students must also have an interest in public policy, government, or community service and be in good academic standing, with a minimum a 2.0 GPA.
The goal of the CLCAF Summer Internship Program is to provide high school students from underserved communities a chance to gain a meaningful professional experience in public service and a greater sense of civic responsibility. The program also will provide mentorship and support to assist students in pursuing their higher education goals.
Click here to see a copy of the application.
I recently asked the members of La Familia’s Youth Voice Program to share with me some of the unique flavors that they can only find within their own neighborhoods. Their answers were insightful as well as appetizing. Click on the video above to hear the discussion.