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Steve Hansen - Sacramento City Council

Councilmember Hansen's District 4 Newsletter

May 2014

May is Bike Month

May Means Biking

Biking is one of the many ways we enjoy our great weather and quality of life here in Sacramento. We benefit from 265 days of sunshine and each summer we kick off the season with a month of events to celebrate biking. May is Bike Month 2014 offers over 100 bike-related events throughout the region. Here are a few fun events in District 4:

May 4 Concrete Thinking: Modern Architecture Tour, 9:00 am - Noon
May 6 SABA's Big Day of Giving Party, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
May 7 National Bike to School Day
May 8 Capitol Bike Fest, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
May 10 Bicycle Film Festival, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
May 11 Amgen Lifestyle Festival and Tour Stage 1, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
May 15 Bike to Work Day
May 18 Sacramento Cyclefest Bicycle Show, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

You can find a full list of May is Bike Month events and activities here.

Shop Dine Bike in May

Shop Dine Bike is a business program that encourages biking to shops and restaurants during May is Bike Month. Participating businesses are offering discounts and hosting special events for bike-riding customers. Find current events and participating business promotions here.


The City offers residents a free bike registry and theft prevention program called RideOn! This program emphasizes the three important steps to prevent your bike from being stolen.
  1. Register your bike for security
  2. Lock your bike the correct way
  3. Report thefts promptly
May is Bike Month is the perfect time to register your bike for free in Sacramento Police Department's secure database here.
California State Parks

Old Sacramento General Plan Update

The California State Park and Recreation Commission will discuss and possibly vote on the Old Sacramento State Historic Park General Plan and EIR this Friday, May 2. The Commission meets at 10:00am in the Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 9th Street. This is a public meeting.

Included in the General Plan is a proposal to extend the current service of the Old Sacramento Excursion Train through two projects: one would extend the current train route a half mile to provide service to the Sacramento Zoo from Old Sacramento. The second would be a new route from Meadowview Road to the Town of Hood. This second route raised a good deal of concern from neighbors because of the possibility for trains to be transported for maintenance purposes through Land Park to Meadowview. However, this segment has been removed from the General Plan. You can find further clarification on the revised Old Sacramento SHP General Plan here. If you still have concerns, you can comment to the State Park and Recreation Committee at the May 2 meeting.
City of Sacramento Dept. of Utilities

City Student Utility Worker Program

Spend your summer learning valuable skills, making friends and money!

The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is currently looking for excited and motivated high school students to become a part of its summer Utility Worker Program.

Students can earn $9 or more per hour and learn about career opportunities in the City while participating in a variety of activities that help to build valuable skills. Work may be in the office or in the field, allowing students to learn about everything from welding to machining to the water treatment process.

Interested students should email for an application. Applications can also be picked up at 1395 35th Ave. between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Participants must be at least 16 years old, a City of Sacramento resident, and a current student returning to high school in the fall of 2014 to qualify.

City of Sacramento

Positions Open for District 4 Youth Commissioners

The Sacramento Youth Commission has openings and two of them are for our District 4 commissioners. The Youth Commission advises City Council on issues relating to youth in the Sacramento area. Interested applicants can learn more here.
Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park: May 2

Sacramento's free Friday night Concerts in the Park series is coming back to Cesar Chavez Plaza starting May 2. The concerts begin at 5:00 pm and with five Fridays in May. Check out all the great bands playing in May.

May 2: Zuhg | The Nickel Slots | IdeaTeam | Rock & Rhyme

May 9: The Nibblers | Autumn Sky | Eli & The Sound Cult | EGG | DJ Epik

May 16: Burn Halo | Some Fear None | Alex Vincent Band | FUDI | Sleep Rockers

May 23: The Snobs | Phil & The Blanx | Massive Delicious | Simple Creation | J- Ras

May 30: James Cavern and the Council | Joy & Madness | Survival Guide | Once an Empire | Billy Lane

Find more information here.
River Oaks Community Association

Barandas Adopt-a-Park Clean-up: May 3

Join in with neighbors and friends at Barandas Park to help weed, prune, rake, dispose of debris, pick up trash, and make the bike trail a better place for all to enjoy. Barandas Park is located in the River Oaks community at 2805 Grasslands Avenue. The clean-up is scheduled for May 3 starting at 9:00 am. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring gloves if you have them. This is a great opportunity to meet neighbors and be involved with the community. For more information call (916) 808-2285.
Big Day of Giving

BIG Day of Giving: May 6

BIG Day of Giving is a 24 hour online giving challenge. Starting at midnight on May 6, the community will come together to support close to 400 non-profits from the region. It is an amazing opportunity to shine the spotlight on our vibrant non-profit sector. It is also an opportunity to have those donations boosted by a pool of matching dollars! Find more information here.
Simply Mad for Tea

Simply Mad for Tea: May 8

Since its founding in 1985, Saint John’s Program for Real Change has been a unique solution for woman who are ready to fight the cycle of homelessness, poverty, and abuse. The shelter is having a special benefit party celebrating mothers. The event will be held at Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. For tickets or more information click here.
Crocker Museum

Art Blast: May 10

On May 10, visit the Crocker for their most creative Second Saturday event yet. Go up to the third floor and be ready to get inspired by the works of art while creating your own masterpiece. This event is free for members and is otherwise included with general admission. Find more information here.

Mother's Day: May 11

Show mom she's special; treat her to a day at the Crocker. Mother's Day Brunch at the Crocker Cafe includes french toast, biscuits and gravy, frittatas, eggs benedict, and more. Or come out for the Classic Concert from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and hear Trio 180 as they play emotion-invoking music to bring the Jules Tavernier exhibit to life. Concert tickets are limited. Find more information here.

Jazz in the Courtyard: May 15

Kicking off the Jazz in the Courtyard series this summer is Peter Petty and his 11-piece prohibition era jazz band. This event in the Crocker Museum courtyard will begin at 6:00 pm on May 15 and is free for members. For more information call (916) 808-1182.
Blind Tiger

The Blind Tiger Speakeasy Gala: May 15

The rip-roaring 20's will soon be back in style in Old Sacramento. The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is proud to present The Blind Tiger Speakeasy Gala, a glamorous underground party. Come at your own risk because the "coppers" could raid this speakeasy at any time.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite prohibition era apparel, including flapper dresses, headbands, and hats adorned with feathers for the ladies, fedoras, and newsboy hats for the gents. Proceeds benefit the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation and their efforts to preserve the cherished history of Sacramento. The party begins at 5:30 pm on May 15. For tickets or more information click here.
West Coast Brew Fest

West Coast Brew Fest: May 17

The 15th Annual West Coast Brew Fest will be in Miller Park this May 15 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Fifteen years ago, Matson Breakey of Creative Cats had an idea and, with the help of some friends and beer lovers, the WCBF has become one of the best beer-focused events in the region. The event will include live music by local bands and great food. Find more information and purchase tickets here.
Sacramento Ballet

Beer and Ballet: May 23

Join the Sacramento Ballet Company for their Beer and Ballet performances at Sacramento City College's Art Court Theatre, 3835 Freeport Blvd. The Company will perform original pieces. The show begins at 7:00 pm on May 23. For tickets or more information click here

District 4 Contact Information

Office phone: 916-808-7004

Councilmember Steve Hansen

District Director
Consuelo Hernandez

District Representative
Jameson Parker

District Representative
Peter Fenolio

Executive Assistant
Amy Mansfield Weinberg
City of Sacramento

Youth Volunteer Directory

Just in time for students to get in the last of their required community service hours, the City is releasing an important resource for parents, teachers, and students looking to find high quality community service opportunities. The Youth Volunteer Directory provides a comprehensive guide to non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. You can access the publication for free here.
Lan Park Comunity Association

Land Park Volunteer Corps:
May 3

The Land Park Volunteer Corps will hold its monthly cleanup in William Land Park this Saturday, May 3. The group meets at 9:00 am at the large picnic area directly behind Fairytale Town. Breakfast and lunch are generously provided by neighborhood sponsors. For more information contact the Corps' coordinator at
Old City Cemetery

Music in the Bone Yard: May 3

On May 3, the Old City Cemetery will host an old-timey concert featuring local musicians! Admission is $5.00. Tickets (limited to 50) will be sold at the front gate beginning at 6:30 pm. Free parking is available in the lot at 10th & Broadway. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit The Old City Cemetery's preservation efforts. For more information call 916-264-7839.

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Sacramento Zoo

Where the Wild Kids Are: May 3

Visit the Sacramento Zoo on May 3 for a day of art, music and dance. Where the Wild Kids Are features interactive crafts, performances and fun for the whole family. It is free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission for non-members. Find more information here.

Senior Tea & Tours: May 5

Tea & Tours offers guided tours for seniors, age 55 and up. Docents take the group on a guided tour through the zoo featuring tea service. During tea, the group will be treated to ice tea, lemonade, water, tea sandwiches, salad, and cookies. All Tea & Tours programs start at the front gate of the Zoo at 9:30 am and will last until about noon. For more information about the Tea & Tour event call 808-5889.
Chavez Farmers' Market

Cesar Chavez Plaza Farmers Market: May 6

Cesar Chavez Plaza Farmers Market is back for summer starting May 6. For the second year, my office will sponsor a program allowing the market to accept EBT so all Sacramentans have access to fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farms.

The market takes place every Wednesday from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, May through October. Located in the heart of downtown at 10th and J Streets, the market showcases local agriculture, prepared foods, artisans, and crafts. Find more information about local farmers markets here.
Fairytale Town

Mad Hatter Meets Sherlock Holmes Fundraiser: May 8

The Mad Hatter Meets Sherlock Holmes fundraiser benefits Fairytale Town's education programs and park improvements. The event features wine and food tastings, live music, a Mad Hatter hat contest, and much more. This deliciously zany party will be held offsite at the Masonic Temple,1123 J Street, starting at 5:30 pm on May 8. Find more information click here.
Dress Up Wine Down

Dress Up - Wine Down: May 10

Join the Handle District, Women Escaping a Violent Environment, the Midtown Business Association, and LoCA for a Fashion Show on May 10 on Capitol Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. Complimentary wine will be poured from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. This event is free to the public but donations benefiting WEAVE are encouraged. Find more information here.
Hart Center

Online Safety for Silver Surfers: May 13

McAfee in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance developed a curriculum to help seniors stay safe on the internet. A course in online safety will be held at the Ethel Hard Senior Center on May 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. For more information or to reserve your spot, call the Hart Center at (916) 808-5462.
Sacramento Soccer Alliance

Soccer Tryouts: May 17 & 24

Sacramento Soccer Alliance is hosting tryouts for U15–U19 boys and girls team this month. Pre-registration is required. To register, please visit prior to tryouts. All players are expected to attend both tryouts, which will be held at Bahnfleth Park, 950 Seamus Ave., in the Little Pocket neighborhood. Players should wear a white shirt, bring water, a soccer ball, and shin guards. Tryout times are by age as follows:

U15    9:00–10:30 am
U16    11:00–12:30 pm
U17+  1:00–2:30 pm

Pacific Rim Street Festival

Pacific Rim Street Fest: May 18

Visit Old Sacramento to get a taste of the City's Asian Pacific heritage. The Pacific Rim Street Fest displays the richness and diversity of the Asian Pacific Rim cultures through entertainment, food, and art. This event will be held from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on May 18 and will feature martial art exhibitions, music, and dance. Find more information here.
Sacramento Music Festival

Sacramento Music Festival:
May 23 - 26

This Memorial Day weekend, music will be performed at over 20 sites from Old Sacramento to the Convention Center area for the annual Sacramento Music Festival. There will be dancing in the streets! Music will play morning, noon, and night. The excitement begins May 23 at 11:00 am and ends on the 26th. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

City Year

Ripples of Hope Dinner: June 4

Celebrating the Impact of California's Leading Women

Join City Year for their second annual women's leadership event this June 4th from 6:00 - 9:00pm. The dinner will be held at The California Museum, 1020 O Street, and tickets are going fast. Find more information and purchase tickets here

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