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.
United Way’s Week Of Caring brought together more than 1,500 local residents together to spend some time caring for their community.
On February 7th, this modest building at Tahoe Elementary opened its doors to the community in order to showcase all of the new family-friendly activities it has in store for Tahoe Park. Anyone with an interest in staying healthy, whether “in spirit, mind, or body,” is welcome to the new Community Center.
The YMCA Tahoe Park Community Center is a new initiative made possible by the YMCA of Superior California and the Sacramento City Unified School District. It seeks to bring the people of Tahoe Park, regardless of age or gender, together while promoting health, well being, and a strong community bond.
Activities now being offered at this location include art and fitness programs for kids, adult classes such as yoga, and classes that parents and their children can enjoy together.
“We’re all about health,” says Amanda McCarthy, Executive of the YMCA’s Sacramento Service Area District, and resident of Tahoe Park. McCarthy, who helped organize the grand opening, says that the YMCA has listened to the Tahoe Park Neighborhood Association, and what residents want are “resources and opportunities as a family.”
Though winter isn’t exactly the easiest time to promote staying active and healthy, the new Community Center is already off to a strong start, with even more planned for the months ahead. As the weather improves, McCarthy and the YMCA plan to take advantage of the 19 acre park just across the street, with outdoor activities and even a First Aid/CPR workshop.
Bring the family and check out Tahoe Park’s new Community Center, courtesy of the SCUSD and the YMCA.
To learn more, click here.
Hello! I’m Carly Wipf and I created this video to give you a glimpse of what it is like to live in Tahoe Park, the neighborhood where I grew up. Many residents of Tahoe Park live modest middle class lives and enjoy the luxury of being centrally located. Public education, places to eat, and commercial areas are close enough to walk or bike. The true gem of the area however, is Tahoe Park itself which has much to offer, including a swimming pool for the summer, a basketball court, a running track, and more. It is a great place for people to play with their kids and interact with others in the area. Although the neighborhood might be old, and the houses small, the community spirit keeps Tahoe Park young.
On Saturday, June 14th, Always Knocking Incorporated, the Sacramento Building Healthy Communities Hub, and the Sierra Health Foundation will host “A Day in the Park: Saving Our Sons and Brothers”, an event designed to celebrate male togetherness. The free event will be located at Tahoe Park from 10 am to 3 pm.
Always Knocking Inc. is an organization that strives to promote the growth of young and grown colored men through community support and healing.
“If we’re going to heal the community, people have got to start working together,” says the organization’s founder, Gregory King. “We have healing circles every week dealing with alcoholism and drugs. To do something for [their] family, first, a man has to heal.”
According to naacp.org, “African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.” Organizations like Always Knocking Inc. strive to change these statistics.
King hopes that the upcoming event will have a tremendous impact on struggling community members. The event is open to boys and men of color, as well as ten informational or non-profit vendors, who RSVP by May 10th.
“We’ll be celebrating the work that we’ve been doing, and we’ll also celebrate the work that we will continue to do,” King adds. “The celebration is going to be huge, [but] you’ve got to come to the event to find out [what’s happening].”
Anyone interested in attending the event may contact King by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (916) 470.2077.
Featured image courtesy of www.wecedyouth.org.
Harvest Sacramento is teaming up with Harvest Tahoe Park to collect fruit from various trees in the area. These generous food donations will benefit the surrounding community as well as the Sacramento Food Bank.
The harvest was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 8th. However, this date has been cancelled due to unexpected rain. Coordinators are now trying to choose a new gleaning day. There are still many volunteers eager to pick fruit and give back to their community.
Last year, nearly 80 enthusiastic volunteers harvested about 2,500 pounds of fruit. This year, Harvest Sacramento is hoping to get even more volunteers and donations.
The organization began with the simple observation that a lot of fruit in the Sacramento area wasn’t being utilized. Fruit would fall on the ground or rot on the tree without being eaten. Areas like these are often referred to as urban food forests. Now, thanks to Harvest Sacramento, this food is redistributed to people who need it the most.
“I was hooked on Harvest Sacramento the very first time I volunteered a little over a year ago,” said Charleen McDaniel, Harvest Tahoe Park Coordinator. “I knew that I wanted to get involved on a much deeper level though and I now coordinate my own neighborhood harvests for Tahoe Park, under the umbrella of Harvest Sacramento.”
This Saturday, volunteers are to meet up with their coordinator at Tahoe Park. After a few hours, all of the food is brought back to the meeting place to be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank, volunteers, and the surrounding community.
“The best part of this Program is the community involved,” said McDaniel. “from the volunteers who give up their Saturday mornings to harvest fruit, to the home owners who so graciously let us into their yards, to the individuals who run everything and make it all happen, and most importantly the folks who have a need or desire to use the fruit. I feel like each participant takes a little piece of the program with them that then trickles into their own lives.”
Harvest Sacramento also accepts donations of vegetables, as long as there is more than 100 pounds per site. Otherwise, you can go ahead and share your crops with your neighbors or donate directly to a food assistance agency yourself.
Although most of Harvest Sacramento’s work is done within the city limits, the organization also reaches Rosemont, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Wilton, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Citrus Heights and Carmichael. You can find out about upcoming harvesting events near you, here.
All ages are welcome and encouraged to volunteer with parental consent. If you would like to request that your tree be harvested, volunteer to glean, or find another way to help, you can volunteer with Harvest Sacramento, here.
Recently, over one hundred Tahoe park community members gathered for the Tahoe Park Clean Up Day. Throughout the years this event has never seen such a turn out, and never before was the park left so beautiful.
This video is of the Open House put on recently by the Tahoe Colonial Collaborative. The TCC is a local community group that organizes several events for the residents of Sacramento. TCC’s coordinator, Kelly Conley, gave me an interview with more information about what this organization has going on.
This video is about Harvest Sacramento, a program of Soil Born Farms that goes around to the neighborhoods of Sacramento and collects the forgotten fruit from the backyards of residents who have agreed to donate the citrus. Last Saturday, I attended the Tahoe Park neighborhood fruit gleaning and watched 70 volunteers gather over 2,000 lbs of oranges, lemons and grapefruits to be donated to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
For for information about Harvest Sacramento or other Soil Born Farms programs visit their website at www.soilborn.org
Project participants with Harvest Sacramento glean fruit from front and backyard trees as well as orchards throughout the greater Sacramento area. The majority of their harvesting happens within the city limits of Sacramento, but they also will harvest groups of trees in outlying areas such as Rosemont, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Wilton, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Citrus Heights and Carmichael.
Harvest Sacramento collects all types of fruits and nuts year-round, and also will harvests vegetables it some cases. Their primary standard is to only harvest food that they themselves would feel good about eating.
A large majority of the food gets donated to local food assistance agencies. Volunteers are encouraged to take a portion of the fruit home to their family and some fruit will be used to create value-added products such as jams and jellies to help fund the project.
Some of the primary agencies receiving fruit donations include Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, River City Food Bank, Rancho Cordova Food Locker, and Food Not Bombs.
On January 12th, 2013, Harvest Sacramento will have a gleaming event in Tahoe Park. This is a fruit harvesting event. Volunteers will be groups of 5-10 with a trained harvest leader. Each group will have a list of 3-5 tree sites (depending on the number and size of trees at each site) and will be provided with all necessary harvesting materials, including gloves, picker-poles, ladders, clippers and boxes.
Afterward, a simple lunch made of a hearty vegetarian soup, bread and salad will be held and participants will get a chance to share their experiences and meet fellow volunteers in other groups.
It is extremely helpful if each group has a pick-up truck or van to help transport materials and fruit, so if you have this type of vehicle and are willing to allow the use of it, we would be grateful.
Young children (3-10 yrs old) are welcome to join us, but will be asked to focus their energy on sorting, packing and transporting the fruit. Children under the age of 15 are required to have supervision from a parent/guardian, while youth 15-17 can attend without adult supervision, but must have a volunteer waiver signed by their parent/guardian.
- Signed Soil Born Farms volunteer waiver (we will have copies available at the event or download from link above).
- Closed toed shoes and clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions of the day.
- Sunglasses, gloves, bag/box to take home some fruit
- Water bottle and light snack
To sign up for this event link on this link. To share your fruit tree for this project, click on this link.
Learn more about Harvest Sacramento, a project of Soil Born Farms here. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help harvest fruit for donation to local food banks.