2013 Peach Wars

Spectacular San Francisco Famous Downtown Land...

Spectacular San Francisco Famous Downtown Landmarks Cityscape (Photo credit: davidyuweb)

Growing up in Sacramento we would wait all year for the white peaches to come out for pickin.

The white peaches most of you yellow hard peach eating folks say??

Yes, white peaches.  The softest yet firm white flesh is sweeter and juicier than any yellow peach you have eaten.

But, being near to the San Francisco Bay area I also love Frog Hollow Farms and I  wait for the annual peach wars.

O’Henrys vs the Cal Reds.  each year who will win.  Well try some of each and pick a winner!

And while you are at it taste their baked goods!  Excellent turnovers even the non-fruit versions like the ham & cheese.

And in Sacramento on a warm summer evening indulge in the Fresh Peach ice Cream at Gunthers Ice Cream Shop since 1940

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Honored Elders Day 2013

Each year the California Governor proclaims the 1st Saturday in June set aside o honor the elders.  Traditionally we honor our native elders, but all cultures recognize the importance of elders, and the work to pass  the values and  traditions that our elders hold for us on to the next generation.

When  Saturday, June 8th

10am to 3pm

Where  Sutters Fort, California State Indian Museum

Sacramento, California

2618 K Street

Honoring Native Elders with luncheon, traditional dance,

music, arts & crafts, and Governor’s recognition.

Free*****and open to the public.  We recognize and honor all of our elders.

Join us!

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The 2013 Sacramento Bacon Fest

The 2013 Sacramento Bacon Fest is coming up in January.

How can anyone not like bacon?  It legitimately adds the post flavor to a dish than any other single ingredient.  I don’t care….salt, sugar, just nothing ramps the flavor level like good old pork fat!

When:                       January 20th to January 27th, 2013

Where:                     Various Sacramento locations

How can a Bacon Festival last for a whole dang week?  By having a lot of different activities including a Chef’s Challenge, a big Opening Night Party, a Kid’s Challenge, events and dinners and laughably the best activity of the week:   the 2nd Annual Kevin Bacon Tribute Night

Most of the events are free and even those that have a charge are inexpensive enough that most folks can attend.

Do you need more information???

Click Here to send them an email.

2012/2013 Sacramento Kings Season and the NBA

Special logo marking the Kings' 20th anniversa...

Special logo marking the Kings’ 20th anniversary in Sacramento (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post will cover the 2012/2013 season of the Sacramento Kings, and the rest of the NBA and maybe even some league issues.

The post covering the summer and the Pre-season of the Sacramento Kings can be found HERE.

The Kings opened their season with a three game road trip and lost every game, looking bad in one of those games.

They returned to Sacramento and won their home opener.  They won their 2nd game at home and are now 2-3 and are now sitting in the middle of their conference while early on the Los Angeles Lakers are shocking their fans by being firmly in last place with only five games played.

In the meantime, the Kings are in the rumor section once again about a possible move.

The rumor?  Well, it is a warmed over one from this summer when the Kings were said to be moving to Virginia Beach.  Everyone denied it and the city held their public meeting about the proposed Virginia Beach Arena without mentioning Sacramento or the Kings.

Since then there have been more rumors including yesterday and todays rumors that the ownership of the Sacramento Kings , the Maloof family, did indeed have meetings with the Virginia Governor about moving their team, the current Sacramento Kings, to Virginia Beach.

Citing anonymous sources, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported Thursday that a representative of the Sacramento Kings met recently with the Virginia governor about the possibility of moving the team to Virginia Beach

If true, not only were the fans in both cities lied to, but meetings between the Maloofs and Virginia’s Governor not only occurred but occurred around the time that the Maloof’s pulled the plug on a new Arena in Sacramento.  The Maloof’s pulled out of their quasi-agreement with Sacramento saying the financials “didn’t pencil out” but did not make any offer to work things out with the City that has supported them for so many years.

Anyway…check out the article here.

November 11th:
Happy Veteran’s Day!! 
The Kings play without DeMarcus Cousins (Center) and Rookie Thomas Robinson (Forward) and the Lakers run right over them!

Both players were out because of league imposed suspensions.

The Players Association is appealing the Cousins’ suspension, saying the 2 game penalty is too severe. “The immediate goal is to get the suspension lifted” prior to the Kings game on November 14th.  Check the story out HERE.

They have Tyreke Evans on the floor but Evans just has not found his groove on Offense.  He has played very good defense, but like most of the Kings has suffered on the offensive side.

The Kings want Evans to shoot the frigging ball, but too often he is passing,  the opposite problem from his first few years in the league.  The team needs him to contribute more baskets and get to the Free Throw line more often as well.

So now the Lakers with one win move up to a tie for 3rd in the Conference and the Kings drop back down to a spot they know much too well…..last.

Robinson returns for the next game while Cousins is out for one more.

November 20th:

The Kings cannot win a game or attract fans to watch them during their worst start in 20 years..  The Kings are struggling on offense and their new defensive focus.

The fun of a 5-1 pre-season seems long past as the Kings lost heir 4th game in a row early in this 2012/13 season.  They don’t seem like a “family” that most people would want to spend Thanksgiving with, and this holiday dinner could get contentious.

The Kings play the Los Angeles Lakers in their next game so things won’t get easier fas for them.  Gobble Gobble.

DeMarcus Cousins—-December 31st:

I was going to await the New Year, but I just couldn’t…

DeMarcus.  Suspended again, this time by his own Coach for whatever was said to/about Coach in the locker room at halftime.

Fist Coach left him in the locker room after the outburst.  Then Coach suspended him and sent him home.  No one would say exactly what prompted the suspension, except DeMarcus saying he needs o learn to “keep (his) mouth shut”.  I have never seen the Kings so quiet.

But I have rarely seen the social media world so active.  Everyone wants to hate on DeMarcus.  It is so easy.  He makes it even easier.  Big.  Rich.  Young.  Sometimes foolish.  Yes, DMC…sometimes.

The suspension lasted what…..two games?  And then he was back.  No one would say why and no one would say who made the decision except it seemed as if it was definitely not the Coach.  Petrie?  Owners?  He was back with a new Agent….Fegan.  The agen who has helped many NBA players secure a trade when they wanted ou of a current situation.  Was it the agent?.

And today Ailene Voisin’s article in the Bee.  I rarely agree with Voisin.  But sometimes she provides significant depths of insight that most male writers cannot plumb.  Sometimes she surprises me.  rarely does DeMarcus surprise me.  It would surprise me if he learns to keep his mouth shut as he says he wants to do.

Now that he’s back, what do you do with DeMarcus Cousins? Coddle him? Ignore him? Trade him?

You don’t trade him. You monitor his behavior, maintain certain standards and keep a velvet hammer within reach, but you don’t trade him. The Kings’ front office folks – regardless of whether Geoff Petrie re-signs or retires – need to do their jobs and let Cousins learn how to do his.”

After you read that article and understand the importance of teaching and not trading Cousins understand this:  last night Cousins scored the first triple-double of his career helping the Kings to defeat the Boston Celtics with 12 points, 10 rebounds and ten assists while receiving the game ball from his teammates.  Cousins assisted two of his teammates to reach season highs in points and another (Salmons) to score 23 which seems like it should be a season high (!!!).

Understand this:  the last time a Kings center scored a triple double was 2007 and the last time any Kings player hit those numbers was a Kings guard in 2010.

Cousins has the talent, the body,  the ability, the desire and the youth to achieve triple doubles often and for a few more years.  He expects rebounds and wants assists and baskets come, even on a poo shooting night.

January 5th:
Why do I say don’t trade cousins?  Games like last night show that he is learning.  This would be his senior year in college.  31 points and 20 rebounds against the Raptors.
Yes, the Raptors are a bad team, but the Kings were just as bad and the game was in Toronto.
He added some steals, only 4 fouls and 4 turnovers it was a MONSTER game forr Cousins and the Kings.  Cousins helped to lead the Kings to a victoy that pulled them out of the Pacific Division basement.

2012 CSUS Hornets Football

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English: This is a photo of the sign at the north entrance of Sacramento State University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sac State Hornets beat a Big Sky football opponent in 2012, beating Northern Colorado with a strong defensive effort by a score of 28-17.

Osagie Odiase was a marked man Saturday. He was picked on. Bullied even.

But the Sacramento State junior defensive back didn’t back down. He  made an interception, recovered a fumble, broke up three passes and led the Hornets with a career-high 11 tackles in their home-opening 28-17 victory over Northern Colorado.

“I love it when they throw my way,” Odiase said. “I just have to be resilient out there. But I have to give a lot of credit to my (defensive) line. Their pressure on the quarterback helps me out.”

Sac State scored one touchdown in each quarter to improve to 2-1.Even though Northern Colorado (1-2) is in the Big Sky Conference, the game was deemed to be nonconference. Both teams had an open date, and the Big Sky allowed the teams to fill it.This is the first time Sac State has been 2-1 without beating a Division II team since 2001. The Hornets beat Saint Mary’sand Idaho State that year but finished 2-9.”

Read more at the link above.
October 1st:
As we start October we find the Hornets are playing good football and won their game September 29th vs Idaho State, 54-31.  Big score!!
The win puts Sac State 1-1 in thei Big Sky Conferrence and 3-2 for the season.
Go Hornets!!!  Next game is October 6th at Southern Utah at noon.
Watch the game on Big Sky video HERE.
October 13th:
In their homecoming game for 2012, the Sac State Hornets defeated Weber State 19 to 14, and add to their great start this season.
The CSUS record is now 5-2, 3-1 Big Sky in their best start since joining the Big Sky Conference.
November 18th:
The CSUS Hornets lost the 2012 Causeway Classic to the UCD Aggies.  The loss left CSUS 4-4 in the Big Sky Conference and out of the football playoff hunt.  The Hornets started the season hot as can be but in the 2nd half lost too many games especially the conference games.

2012 Apple Hill Time in Northern California

Downtown Placerville

Downtown Placerville (Photo credit: www78)

It’s still real warm in northern California, deep into September, but in the morning you can smell it.  Yes, you can smell apples in their crates inside of the barn.

No….I don’t live in a barn.  But I live in California and each year I love to visit Apple Hill near Placerville, also known as Hangtown, in Northern California.

You got to go and if not, you got to take a virtual trip and check it out.  It looks good, it smells good and it tastes damn good!!!

So check out the Association site and see what’s new for 2012.  Grab ourself a map & a guide if you need one.

What’s good there?  Well apples, of course.  Apples, apple pie, apple fritters, candy appled apples, apple juice & cide.

My favorite?  apple cider donuts.  Yum.

Plus BBQ lunches at some farms, train rides and fishing for the kids.  The smells and tastes.  A day out of the city.  Christmas tree tours, winery tours.  Pick ‘em yourself farms.  Teaching the kids where their food comes from.

Petting zoos.

Filling up the car or truck with goodies to take home.  And even more goodies to give to famil, friends, neighbors.  Put in the freezzer.

The Blossom Trail Run at the other end of the season, usuall in April so mark your calendar.

And the Apple Hill Harvest Run, race day this ear is November 4th and the course is 8.5 beautiful miles and includes the Harvest Day 3.5 mile Run/Walk.  Check the links for info and to register.

But back to apple goodness…I am more about eating my way thru Apple Hill.  I don’t even do the wine drinking thru Apple Hill any more, so I eat.

And I look forward to it each and every year.

CSUS stuns Colorado

 

CSUS stuns Colorado

September 8, 2012

SacState football was in full excitement mode for the second straight year as the Hornets beat a Pac-12 foe.  Last year it was Oregon State in a stunner, and this year we had Colorado!

With one second left in the game the Hornets won on a Field Goal b a walk-on kicker.  Wow…

Nice game Sac State.  Now I will have to pay attention as I did last season and I am pulling fo  you to improve last seasons record.  You broke my stone-cold heart last yearr so this will be better for sure.

CSUS lost their first game of the 2012/13 season in a tough game to New Mexico State.

Click thru the photo to read the SacBee article on the game and thru the above link to read about the Hornet’s 2011 season.

 

September 1st thru September 3rd, 2012 in Sacramento: What To Do??

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en: Old Town Sacramento, shows how Sacramento looked like in the 19th century de: Old Town Sacramento, zeigt, wie Sacramento im 19. Jahrhundert aussah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This weekend, September 1-3, 2012 you have many choices of things to do in Sacramento!

Greek Food & Culture in the 49th Greek Festival.  I remember when this was small enough to be called the Greek Food Festival, now it is so much more than just food and fills the Sacramento Convention Center.

When:         August 31st, Noon to 11 pm thru September 2nd Noon to 10 pm.

Where:        Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street

Cost:           $5 general; $4 for seniors 55 and older; free for children 12 and younger

Info:             www.sacramentogreekfestival.com
Celebrate African Culture
Diverse exhibits of African culture on display in William Land Park.   The second African Cultural Festival will feature dancing, food, art and craft exhibits, and a children’s area.
When:        September 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 9 am to 6 pm
Where:       3800 Land Park Drive
Cost:           $15 general; $8 for groups of 10 or more; free for children 7 and younger

Info:            (916) 222-5868 or www.africanculturalfestival.org

The Show ‘N Shine Car Show

The show will showcase more than autos at Southgate Plaza. There will also be a live DJ, children’s crafts, a rock wall, dancers and more. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Phoenix Park Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center for students in grades K-9.

When:            September 2nd, 11 am to 5 pm
Where:            4242 Florin Road
Cost:                Free!
Info:                (916) 422-2525
The Annual Gold Rush Days
The tourist area’s yearly festival turns the clock back to 1850 for 3 full days, with wagon rides, gold panning, mock gunfights and more Old Westactivities.

When:              September 1st & 2nd, 10 am to 7 pm and September 3rd, 10 am to 5 pm
Where:             Old Sacramento
Cost:                 Free!
Info:                 www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com
Check out the Sacramento Bee for more fun things to do in Sacramento this weekend!

Sacramento MoFo Five, July 21, 2012

Sacramento MoFo5 will land at 8th & W Streets on Saturday, July 21st!

MoFo is a joint mobile food truck/vendor event in Sacramento with all of Sacramento’s best food trucks as well as the up and coming vendors.  And remember:  Sacramento had two trucks in the Top 10 of the recent Food Channel‘s Great Food Truck Race!

The MoFo will feature more than two dozen trucks and vendors in one site plus a beer garden, live music, arts & crafts and a kids video game truck.

Be ready, because there will also be between 8,000 and 10,000 hungry, thirsty people on hand!

When:             Saturday, July 21st

Noon to 4pm

Where:            8th & W Street underneath the Highway 50 freeway  A map is here

The confirmed list of vendors and trucks will be announced soon.

July 21st:

Sac MoFo V is huge success—Thousands are drawn to the mobile food fair under a Sacramento freeway on a day with the temperatures hovering at 101 degrees!

City regulations require that vendors return to their original location for cleaning. That prevents many vendors from attending a two-day event.

“Maybe in three to four years with the regulations getting easier we can have a SactoMoFo that lasts a whole weekend,” Lurie-Terrell said.”

Can Sacramento’s Railyard Arena Become A Baseball Stadium?

Sacramento was all set to build a NBA basketball arena in their empty railyard for the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings owners, the Maloof family AKA the MaGoofs, said yes with a bit TV event and all the smiles possible.  Just months later they said “No” leaving Sacramento upset, fans unhappy and a very pissed off NBA Commissioner , David Stern!

Now, with a push from the Sacramento Mayor former NBA Point Guard Kevin Johnson, the question is can Sacramento build a Major League Baseball stadium and attract a team?

A lot of people believe the answer to that question is yes.

Aside from the owner of the Sacramento Bee, who also owns the Pittsburg Pirates and the MLB team just down the road looking for a place to play other than the Oakland area and unable to go South of San Francisco because the Giants say “no”….

Sacramento must seize control of its own future,” Johnson said. “We cannot rely on others, or wait for something to come along….”

One sports business consultant, when contacted by The Bee, suggested Johnson would be making a mistake if he dropped his focus now on keeping the Kings. …    “Possession is nine-tenths of the law,” said Andy Dolich, a former Oakland A’s executive. “The Kings are Sacramento’s. The River Cats are Sacramento’s, and a shining light nationally as to how a well-run franchise can be extremely successful.     “Wouldn’t you counsel him to keep his eye on the prize of the team that he has?

It is definitely complicated, but Sacramento could keep the Kings and attract a baseball team down the road.  I believe that having a stadium here could make the Maloofs change their mind about leaving town…if that is what they want to do.

Read more here
The negatives:  a stadium costs more to build than an arena.  Significantly more like close to twice as much as an arena and when you are talking about an arena that would have cost $400 Million to construct….that is a lot of money.
The positives:  From the city’s Point of View the season is longer meaning the stadium is in use more meaning more money.  The seating would be larger, stadiums seat more people.  It could be significantly larger, even in an “intimate” stadium.  The railyard is the perfect place for a stadium, maybe even more perfect than an arena.  You can do more things with a stadium.  Concerts, events…you can attract groups & people that might bypass an arena.
As I said on this Blog back in March:
Does Sacramento still dream of being the future home of the MLB Oakland A’s?

 
It was true when I was in my 20s and is true now.
 
I still have my T-shirts.
 
The Sacramento Raiders and The Sacramento A’s.
 
Back in that old-time capsule I really believed it would happen.  I’m not a big baseball fan.  Haven’t been since the old Dodger days of the late 1950s thru late 1960s.  Brooklyn and Los Angeles.  Especially Sandy Koufax.
 
When the A’s farm team the Sacramento River Cats, opened the stadium in West Sacramento and has continued to win big almost every single year that they have been here that dream rekindled.”
Sometimes a whole city has the same dreams.
You can bet there is a lot more to come on this story.
July 9th:
The Oakland A’s go public and advise everyone that they have already told Mayor Johnson they “have no interest” in moving to Sacramento.  They do have a big interest in moving to San Jose.  But San Francisco has already told the entire world they “will not” allow that to happen.  So the A’s want to move South but will not be able to.  They don’t want to say in their current Oakland stadium which frankly has been falling apart for twenty years.
I don’t know what will happen.  I just know I want my city to have a professional Major League baseball team.  I also want my city to have a National Football League team and I know the Raiders need a place to play other than the crumbling stadium in Oakland.  And they have told everyone that they have no interest in staying in Oakland.  They want to return to Los Angeles.
And I have always believed in that phrase “If you build it they will come!”
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