Pocket Life October 2019

By Corky Mau
October 2019

Century and Counting
Night of cheers for 15 who’ve seen it all

Talk about a night of inspiration. I recently attended the 33rd annual fundraiser for the ACC Care Center. It was a wonderful event filled with delicious food, wine tasting and entertainment. Then came the inspirational part.
A spotlight shined brightly on 15 centenarians residing in the Sacramento region. Each honoree took a few minutes to share some amazing experiences from their 100 years of life. Every story was unique, but all touched on changes brought about by World War II and the arrival of such exotic creations as the television. Many noted they didn’t feel old, but rather “felt the same” as when they were a mere 90.
With the hearty 15 collectively topping 1,500 years of age, I was eager for a few secrets to a long life. They gave up no secrets, but you could see in their eyes that they loved the attention. What an honor to share an evening with these centenarians.

PLANT A TREE

District 7 parks commissioner Devin Lavelle needs volunteers to help plant trees at the Bill Conlin Youth Sports Complex on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This activity is co-sponsored by Pocket Little League and City Councilmember Rick Jennings. Tools and a light lunch will be provided to all participants. RSVP via email at parks@devinlavelle.com.

CAR SIDESHOWS

Are you concerned about the potential danger of car sideshows in our neighborhood? The California Highway Patrol will address this issue at the next meeting of the Pocket Greenhaven Community Association on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library.

ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL

Matsuyama Elementary School will hold its annual Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Organizers promise the family event will offer a “cornucopia of fun” for everyone.

Arts and crafts activities, a pumpkin patch, cake walk, square dancing and delicious food will be featured. Tickets can be purchased at the festival. For information, call the school at (916) 395-4650.

PROTECTED PATH HALLOWEEN WALK

Protected Path is Camellia Waldorf School’s fright-free alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. The walk takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event is geared toward children ages 18 months to 6 years old. Come dressed in fright-free costumes and walk a path that winds around the school. Children will receive a non-candy treat bag, and chili and cornbread will be available for purchase.

The cost is $5 per walker, payable at the door. It is strongly recommended that walkers reserve times in advance. For information or reservations, email admissions@camelliawaldorf.org.

COMMUNITY FALL FESTIVAL

River’s Edge Church will hold its annual Harvest Festival on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be safe trick-or-treating activities and games for children. A barbecue dinner and photo booth can be enjoyed by all ages. For information call (916) 391-9845.

PARKING LOT SALE

If someone’s trash is your treasure, check out the fall Parking Lot Sale at the Elks Lodge on Riverside Boulevard. This annual event takes place Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vendor spaces go for $20 per spot. Contact the Elks Lodge at (916) 422-6666 for information. No cost to browse and shop.

50TH CLASS REUNION

Attention JFK class of 1969, your 50th class reunion is around the corner. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 11 p.m. at the California Automobile Museum.

The evening will include museum tours, a photo booth, entertainment and food. Tickets are $75 per person if purchased before Oct. 1 when they bump to $85. For information, go to www.jfk69.com or contact Mark Carlos at mcarlos@gmail.com.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP

Marilyn Van Loben Sels will hold two college workshops for high school parents at the Robbie Waters Library. Financial aid is the topic for Saturday, Oct. 12. How to apply for scholarships will be discussed Saturday, Oct. 26. Both sessions start at 11 a.m.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR

It’s not too soon to start your holiday shopping. The annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at the Elks Lodge is a good place to begin.

Local artists will have an array of seasonal products and homemade gifts. The fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact the Elks Lodge at (916) 422-6666 or visit www.elks6.com.

SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

Summer is gone, but there’s still music on the lawn at Freeport Wine County Inn & Bistro. The popular Sunday afternoon performances are free, with food and beverages available for purchase.

Enjoy smooth jazz from Ray Iaea on Oct. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Julie and the Jukes entertain with classic blues on Oct. 20 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, call (916) 665-9500.

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

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