38th Street Blood Drive Updates
We are two weeks away from what would have been the next 38th Street Blood Drive but of course, COVID-19 has put a wrinkle into everyones plans. I’ll be making my regular blood donation at the downtown Vitalant location instead of enjoying hanging with East Sac neighbors and enjoying a little BBQ and good conversations around my donation. Alice and Pat, the wonderful hosts of the 38th Street blood drive encourage you to do the same. Here is the email I received form them with the update: Greetings Neighbors and Friends, Well, it’s what you have probably assumed already. We will not be able to host our annual 38th Street blood drive this year due to the challenges of COVID-19. We do hope to resume our drive in 2021. In the meantime, please consider helping to save lives by making a blood donation at a Vitalant (formerly BloodSource) center or blood drive, where social distancing can effectively occur. Below are some alternate locations to donate blood. COVID-19 Antibody Testing – A COVID-19 antibody test is performed on all donations allowing Vitalant to identify donors who may be able to donate convalescent plasma to help patients fighting COVID-19. For more information: https://www.vitalant.org/antibodytest. VITALANT BLOOD CENTERS Find a convenient Vitalant donation center at Vitalant Donor Center locations. Scroll down and choose California and then search for a city. To make an appointment book online or call Vitalant at 866-822-5663. SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE Vitalant will be hosting a community blood drive at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento on Thursday, September 3 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Located at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel – 1230 J St., Sacramento. To comply with social distancing practices, appointments are encouraged and we’re asking blood donors to make an appointment – Click Here to Schedule an Appointment. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space allows. PREPARE FOR YOUR DONATION Vitalant requires all donors to wear face coverings. Donors will be required to bring their own cloth-based mask or face covering. Please bring a photo I.D. Eat well and drink plenty of water prior to donation. 16 year olds must have a signed Vitalant parental consent form. For parental consent forms go to parental consent forms. Learn more about Vitalant’s response to COVID-19: www.vitalant.org/coronavirus For eligibility questions or to schedule an appointment contact: Vitalant 866-822-5663. As always, we do this in honor of my wonderful mom, Rose Mary Lonczak. We look forward to seeing you next year. Warm Regards, Alice and Pat...read more
East Sac 4th of July Parade of 2020 Cancelled
As you can probably already guess, the famous East Sac 4th of July parade is officially not happening this year. The need for social distancing and limiting the spread of the Coronavirus is greater than the need to have our traditional parade. As the story goes, this amazing tradition starting about 90 years ago when a handful of kids with a wagon and a dog circled the blocks up 41st Street, across J Street, down 42nd Street, along Folsom Blvd and back up 41st Street creating what has been the parade route that so many of us have loved ever since. My wife and I have often ridden our tandem, recumbent, five wheeled bike along the parade route over the past 12 years. This will be the first year that there will be no fire engines or any other official parade. The City of Sacramento isn’t issuing any street closure permits this year in an effort to encourage social distancing. It’s affecting the big parade and the smaller block parties around the city. For the first time in over twenty years, the block that I live on near McKinley park won’t be blocking off our street for our annual block party and instead we will each be celebrating in our front yards instead of gathered together as a cluster in the center of the block. I hope everyone has a safe and physically distanced 4th of July this year and that we get to see you all at the Fab 40’s parade next year! ...read more
Pops in the Park 2020!
Or maybe it should be titled Pops Not in the Park 2020. Normally at this time of the year I would be blogging about Pops in the Park, when they will be playing in McKinley Park, what the bands will be and how much I look forward to hanging out with a 1,000 plus neighbors at these great events. This year they are having to reimagine them due to the COVID-19 Stay at Home orders and the need for social distancing. A huge gathering in our parks would not be a good idea right now. You can still join in some of the fun on June 6th starting at 5:30 for the first ever Virtual Pops in the Park. Jackie Green will be streaming from facebook and they will be taking donations for Women’s Empowerment. Check out more details on the official Pops in the Park page. I look forward to next years Pops even more with having to miss the social gathering of so many great friends and neighbors this...read more
My 10 Year Anniversary of Being a Real Estate Agent!
I would like to take this moment to thank my 39 year old self. Man, you were brilliant and you didn’t even know it. You took a huge leap of faith and it was the best decision ever! Saturday January 25th marks the 10 year anniversary of getting my California Real Estate license. It has been the best career choice that I have ever made! I originally resisted it because I didn’t want to be in “Sales” but I found I could be a Consultant and Advocate for my clients instead of a salesman. I resisted it because I wanted a steady paycheck and the stability of an office job. I found that I thrive in the self employed environment, more so than I ever did in my corporate job. I love what I do and I love all the clients that I get to help. Over these past ten years I’ve closed 248 purchases and sales for my clients. I’ve been in the top 10% of Sacramento agents ever since my first full year and most years I’m in the top 1% or 2%. Most of those transactions are for repeat clients or for people referred to me from past clients. Best of all, many of my clients have become good friends over the years. I have the honor of working for one of the most respected real estate companies in Sacramento. Dunnigan Realtors, the Swayne family and my amazing fellow Dunnigan agents make it a blast to do this work during the best of times and make it more than bearable during the worst of times. I never would have made the leap without the amazing support of my wife Cheryl who encouraged me to get my license, to quit my past job and do this full time, to strive to provide the best service I could imagine and to achieve this level of success without paying for any traditional advertising. Best of all, she also encourages me to take amazing vacations and get away from the work as often as possible. I can’t see myself doing any other work. I truly have found my...read more
Run To Feed The Hungry 2019
I’ve been busy with helping clients and have neglected my blog as of recently. The Run to Feed the Hungry event can’t be neglected though! Below is everything you need to know about the event (or at least links to everything). The new item of note for this year is that Waste collection for homes in the River Park Neighborhood and part of the East Sac Neighborhood will occur on Friday, November 28th 2019 instead of Thursday, November 27, 2019. This year, the Solid Waste Team will be collecting garbage, recycle and containerized yard waste on Friday in neighborhoods where access is usually blocked during the race closures. Collection will remain on the Thursday schedule for areas outside of designated area. If you are in the special collection area, have your containers out by 6 a.m. Friday November 28,2019 for collection. Event Information WHAT Run to Feed the Hungry is a 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services WHEN Thanksgiving morning – Thursday, November 28, 2019 — Rain or Shine! 10K – 8:15 a.m. • 5K – 9 a.m. WHERE The event starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the beautiful tree lined streets of East Sacramento. View the course map for more information. PACKET PICKUP Packet pickup is available Saturday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 27 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Dr, Sacramento, CA 95819. (Please do not contact Fremont Presbyterian Church directly for information.) The packet pickup hours are as follows: Saturday, November 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, November 24 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday, November 25 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 26 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 27 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Packet pickup is also available on Thanksgiving Day from 7-9 a.m. at Fremont Presbyterian Church. (Please do not contact Fremont Presbyterian Church directly for information.) Registration INDIVIDUALS Youth (17 & under) – only $20! Adult (18 & older) Early Bird Registration (through Thursday, November 21) – $35 Regular Registration (Friday, November 22 – Wednesday, November 27) – $40 Race Day Registration (Thanksgiving Day, November 28) – $45 *Race day registrants will not be timed Paper registration available! Click here to print and mail in your registration by November 15! Teams Team registration closes on Thursday, November 7 at midnight. Youth, 17 and under – $35 Adult, 18+ – $55 Teams receive an upgraded, gender specific shirt with their personalized team name on the back, group photo, breakfast and more! Teams info. DRUMSTICK DASHER (VIRTUAL PARTICIPANT) Out of town? Responsible for the Thanksgiving meal? Want to sleep in? Register as a Drumstick Dasher to receive your bib and shirt, but skip the running. THANK YOU GIFT Individuals who give a donation of $50 or more AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION (and WHILE SUPPLIES LAST) will receive a Run to Feed the Hungry turkey hat. Register today! Merchandise Run to Feed the Hungry merchandise items will be available for purchase! Stay warm this Thanksgiving with Run to Feed the Hungry gloves or showcase your support with a Run to Feed the Hungry baseball cap! Select your favorite items when you register! Things to Remember Please keep dogs at home … for...read more
38th Street 11th Annual Blood Drive!
I love what our neighbors do for the community and the annual blood drive on 38th Street is a perfect example. I don’t know how many years I’ve participated but I look forward to giving a pint every year for such a good cause. I hope to see many of my neighbors there this year. Here is the email I received from the organizers. Dear Friends and Neighbors, We like to think the 38th Street Blood Drive is a party, and we hope you’ll consider joining us. We’ll have tents and tables on the front lawn, and two bloodmobiles parked on the street. As usual, we’ll be grilling sausages and pouring our favorite beverages. This is our eleventh annual drive. It is the longest running neighborhood blood drive in Sacramento. It occurs Thursday, October 3rd, from 3:00-7:00. To schedule an appointment, please go to bloodsource.org/drives and enter location code M597. If you prefer, please call us at 916-451-5507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred time and I’ll schedule an appointment for you. If you have any friends who would like to donate, we’d be happy to schedule them as well. Anyone 17 or older can donate. Those who are 16 can donate with parental permission, using a form available on the bloodsource.org website. Please remember to bring a photo id and drink plenty of fluids beforehand. If you have any questions about eligibility, please call 800-995-4420 and ask for the “Nurse of the Day”. If possible, please make an appointment so we have no gridlock and we know how many folks to expect. We look forward to seeing you and having a good time. We are honored and touched that you continue to support this very worthwhile cause. We do this in memory of my wonderful mom, Rosemary Lonczak, who lived years longer as a result of numerous blood transfusions. Sincerely, Alice and Pat McAuliffe...read more
Sutter Park Home Pricing!
If you haven’t seen the news yet, Sutter Park has released their home pricing to the public and has just opened their sales office (appointment only)! The single story Garden homes have already sold out. Those had started in the low $700’s. The Garden Residence 2 start at $785,000 and the Garden Residence 3 start close to $900,000. The Classics Residence 1 starts at $815,000, the Residence 2 is sold out of the current release and the Residence 3 starts at $1,075,000. The Traditional Residence 1 is sold out for the current release, the Residence 1x starts at $1,145,000, the Residence 2 starts at $1,100,000, Residence 3 at $1,262,000 and Residence 3 at $1,311,000. This should give buyers the opportunity to either make a purchase or make the decision that it’s more than they were expecting and then buy one of the older homes in East Sac or a new home elsewhere. I would love to hear other peoples thoughts now that the prices are released to the public. What do you think? Are you going to buy one?...read more
Sutter Park Neighborhood Construction Moving Along…
Have you been paying attention to the development in Sutter Park Neighborhood? The construction is moving along nicely. They have the model homes framed in and the first release of homes have their foundations poured and they will probably start framing those homes soon too. The sales office is in place and should be ready to open in the coming weeks. They have already started the sales process with the first pre-approved buyers and word has gotten out all over East Sac as more buyers get in contract. It will be interesting to see how many units are pre-sold by the time they open the sales office. I’m guessing that it will be a decent amount. What’s your thoughts? How many do you think will be in contract before they even get the sales office...read more
Sutter Park Construction
Have you been watching the construction taking place in East Sac’s Sutter Park? Things are starting to happen in there and it’s going to get very exciting over the next few months! If you aren’t already on the builders list of pre-approved buyers for one of the homes you might get left out when they finally release them to the public. The list of eager buyers is long and I predict that these homes are going to go fast despite the premium prices they will be sold for. This shot is of the foundations for the Classic homes that will be on the corner of F and 53rd...read more
East Sac Fab 40’s 4th Of July Parade 2019
Get ready to kick off the summer with hundreds of your favorite neighbors at the East Sac Fab 40’s 4th Of July Parade! Once again, the parade will start at 11:00 on 41st Street between J and M Street. The parade will do a big loop onto J Street, down 42nd Street, around Folsom Boulevard and then finish where it started on 41st Street. Then it will breakout into a large block party with live bands and people milling in the streets and visiting with their neighbors. When we call it a parade what we really mean is a bunch of festive neighbors ambling along together and a few people sitting on the sidewalks or front lawns watching the masses of revealers doing the slowest walk around the block as possible. There are usually more people in the parade than watching it so come out and join us. The weather this year is going to be perfect for being outdoors so I expect record levels of turnout this year. This will also be a great opportunity to have a block party and hang out with your neighbors so take advantage of a 4th of July that’s not over 100 degrees and get outside early and often on this amazing day! Pictures provided from 2017 by the incredibly talented Carlos Castille of...read more