On Saturday, July 28th, the Washington Neighborhood Center held a small workshop for kids and family. It focused on art made with materials from around the house, like tissue paper and paper plates. Check out the Barrio Art Workshop in this video.
On Saturday October 29th, the Oak Park Farmer’s market will host the “Harvest Festival”, a Halloween-themed event. It will take place from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This event is in partnership with the Neighborworks Homeownership Center.
Oak Park Farmers Market is a place where many diverse groups of local farmers come to vend their fresh fruits and vegetables and more, to the food desert within Oak Park. The market also provides a variety of interactive activities each week including live music from local bands and activities for children.
The Oak Park Farmer’s Market is located at McClatchy Park. This event will have many fun activities for children such as a scavenger hunt, zombie tag, and boo toss. They will also have many fun and creative artistic activities such as apple pop making, cider making, face painting, and pumpkin painting and even a raffle with giveaways. Make sure to wear a good costume because they also will have a costume contest.
“Yeah, I’ll definitely be heading out to this Harvest Festival and taking my kids to go have fun,” said Esperanza Mercado when asked if she will go to this event. “It definitely seems like something enjoyable for me and my kids.”
For more information please go to https://www.nwsac.org/
Covered California is hosting the Healthy Kids Day event on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Sleep Train Arena. Healthy Kids Day is aimed to help the community of Sacramento gather information on matters such as dental, medical and vision services for children.
The Healthy Kids Day event will have various activities to help keep children stay safe and healthy such as flu shots for all ages, healthy lunches, a free farmers market, and much more.
“We’re doing dental screening for children and adults and of course, we’re providing health coverage information for everyone eligible for medi-cal or covered california,” says Kelly Bennett-Wofford, the Executive Director with Covered California. “We’re also enrolling (people in) a nutrition program such as Calfresh.”
Last year’s 14th annual event had many fun activities for children such as a smoothie bike, a hula hoop contest, and more. They also had the Sacramento Kings Dancers and the Grant High School drumline. If you need assistance on traveling to this event, there is a free shuttle service that will take people from South Sacramento straight to the event.
For more information on The Healthy Kids Day event at Sleep Train Arena, visit http://sacramentocovered.org/healthykidsday2015/
Recently 916 Ink, a program empowering kids and teens through writing, shared a video describing the transformations that occur as students journey through classes there.
The interviews of a few stand out teens give the video a soul of its own as it exhibits universal problems many people have and will face.
They revealed stories and feelings, kept secret from friends and family, in their writing assignments.
“I kind of saw writing as an opportunity to… say what I like to say,” said Kaitrin Tat, a 916 Ink participant.
As a member of the most recent Find Your Voice class, Tat saw herself open up in many new ways.
“My parents had no idea I was getting bullied,” said Tat. “It was huge for me because I was able to stand up there and just say yes this happened to me and yes it really sucked.”
Maribella Smith, another student enrolled in the Find Your Voice class was able to reveal a crative side of herself she had not realized existed.
“My creative outlets just weren’t there and I was just so angry,” said Smith. “This class really … cleaned my soul in a way.”
Hillary Brugger, a 916 Ink instructor, swears that their programs allow students to make great strides in their creative writing abilities.
“We’re doing creative work with them to instill confidence and to make them unafraid to put words on a piece of paper,” said Brugger. “And it has actually had a big impact on that.”
Visit the 916 Ink website for details on all the courses they offer for youths of all ages.
Before I started working with kids I used to load trucks for FedEx. It was my first job and I thought it would never end, but I became irresponsible and was terminated. It was my first job so it sucked when I lost it, I thought my life was over. But then I found out about a program at La Familia Counseling Center. In that program I was able to help my other co-workers plan an after school program for that community. I never cared for kids to0 much; I always just thought they were just boring kids. But soon after the program started I got to see how fun it was to work with them.
I never knew how much they enjoy telling you about their day or just what their favorite color is. The kids I worked with were so creative and full of energy. This job was way better than loading trucks. It was fun and I enjoyed being there. After school was over the program ended and summer was beginning, I realized working with children is what I wanted to do for right now. Later, I got an interview with this place called Relationship Skill Center, and I got the job as a play care provider. It is a really fun job, we entertain the kids as well as teach them how to share and play together. Now I really enjoy working with kids. It’s a lot easier than loading trucks and it is fun!
I didn’t realize that you can fit a carnival inside a tiny park, but that’s what happened at an event called “Splash” at Colonial Heights Park. The day consisted of kids hammering plastic frogs into buckets, testing their strength at the high striker, dunking volunteers into water tanks, flying inside the jump house and catching toy ducks with nets. The Splash event was coordinated by Alberto Mercado of Sac BHC (Building Healthy Communities) at the Colonial Heights Park on July 18th.
The event started at 3:30 p.m. and when I arrived the park was already a crowded circus. Families from all around the community gathered. Even council-member Jay Schenirer came by to show some love. Along with various branched organizations of The Hub, who have all came to outreach and show support. Agencies including; Asian Resources, YLC(Youth Leadership Council), Connect Center, Ubuntu Green and Legal Services of Northern California. Melissa Yeager from Panacea Services stated, “Today the future youth leaders are putting on a Splash event to celebrate summer. They’ve raised money to put this on with the South Sac coalition, so everyone can come out and enjoy themselves.”
“What motivated me to help with this event with my companions is because most pools are getting shut down, and not everybody is going to have this type of experience.” said, Marco, a volunteer from YLC.
At about 5 o’clock, everyone began forming a line for a free meal and a raffle ticket. The food was delicious, and I can see the kids were really satisfied.
I watched them run around beaming. Most running back and forth between parents and games. The parents were enjoying watching their kids have so much fun. A participant, Augustine Garcia gladly said, “I always come to this park with my sons, so they can play in the playground. I got this piece of paper, and noticed there was going to be a little get together at the park. It was bigger than i thought. We’ve seen it from far away, and all the kids just ran over. It was nice for you guys to do something like this for the community.”
I asked two BHC members from Boyle Heights, L.A. the question, “What do you think of the event, and how has it affected you?”
“The energy was contagious, as soon as we arrived. everyone was partaking in some kind of activity. Just to see the community come together and to kind of let go, was really nice.” Joel Perez answered.
Hub manager Ruthie Flores Retana said, “It’s full of fun, festive, good energy. I really love seeing the youth taking leadership in the development of the event. As well as being hands on deck. that they were really working to make the event fun for the community. There’s a lot of similarities between cities. The hunger of making our community a safer place. It gives us hope to be able to bring this back, to share an experience of no stress.”
During Summer, most kids are stuck at home playing with electronics, while the others are repeatedly spending time outside with nothing new to do.
YMCA is hosting a Summer Fun Program for the local kids at Max Baer park from the hours of 10-2p.m. Monday through Thursday, ending on August 24. The program provides a safe, learning environment to help promote self-esteem, leadership and fun.
There is a fee of $35, but don’t be worried. The program is flexible for struggling families and may offer assistance for your children. Children who participate regularly will be eligible for an end of the simmer field trip.
Streeter and Black coordinates the extended Friday program and encourages all children to attend. The program is highly educational, which is a great opportunity to keep kids ready for school.
For more information, please play the interview below with Steve Streeter and Carrie Black, and view the poster underneath.