Pocket Life

By Corky Mau
July 2024

Get Organized

Community group strives to improve Pocket

The Pocket-Greenhaven Community Association supports area schools, businesses and community organizations. President Katie Butler says the group has two major goals: increase membership and find new opportunities to strengthen community resources.

The mission is to unite residents and support the neighborhood’s social fabric. Meetings are held quarterly and serve as a forum for residents to discuss community issues, such as neighborhood watch groups, mailbox break-ins and stolen catalytic converters.

The community association supports many local events. You’ll see the group at Trucks and Such, the farmers market, St. Anthony’s Harvest Festival and the Fourth of July Pocket Parade.

In years past, the association spearheaded Pocket Canal Holiday Lights. It organized crop swaps in partnership with Pocket Community Garden growers, and a holiday toy drive with the Greenhaven Soccer Club.

Last year, the group hosted a Christmas Light Bike Ride along Pocket Canal. The event will be held again this December. The association is exploring logistics for a community yard sale.

Two years ago, the community group began a scholarship program for local high school seniors to continue studies with $500 awards. City Council member Rick Jennings pledged to double the scholarships next year.

Butler encourages every resident to get involved and join the Pocket-Greenhaven Community Association. “The more our membership grows, the more resources we’ll have to collectively address community needs,” she says. Members receive discounts from participating area businesses.

The next meeting is Thursday, July 18, at 6 p.m. in the Robbie Waters Library. For information, visit pocketgreenhaven.org.


Wave those flags and celebrate community at the Fourth of July Pocket Parade, stepping off at 10 a.m. The mile route begins at South Land Park Drive and Windbridge, heads south on Windbridge and ends at Garcia Bend Park.

Family activities take place at the park after the parade. Food trucks are on site and the Sharpe Family Singers perform from noon to 2 p.m.

Parking is limited due to park construction, so walk or bicycle to Garcia Bend. For information, visit july4thpocketparade.com.


Hot weather means hot jazz at Friday night park concerts sponsored by Councilmember Jennings. Bring lawn chairs. Concerts are 6–8 p.m.

Enjoy trumpeter Joe Mazzaferro at Marriott Park on July 12, vocalist Vivian Lee at Garcia Bend Park on July 19, and vocalist Virginia Ayers Dawson and her band AyerPlay at Belle Coolidge Park on July 26.


Bring the family and check out vintage cars on Fridays, July 5 and 19, at Device Brewing Company in the Promenade Center. Cars are on display from 4–8 p.m. in the parking area along Windbridge Drive.


Don’t cook dinner Friday, July 19. Head to Garcia Bend Park for Food Truck Mania. Trucks serve a variety of meals and beverages from 5–8 p.m.

Corky Mau can be reached at corky.sue50@gmail.com. Submissions are due six weeks prior to the publication month. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @insidesacramento.

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