September Things to do

Posted on September 22, 2008 – 4:53 PM | by OldManFoster
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Sidewalk SaleMidtown Sidewalk Sale
At over 50 boutiques on the grid
September 5, 6, and 7

Get ready for Midtown’s twice-annual huge Sidewalk Sale! Midtown boutiques and shops will clean out their wares in preparation for the new fashion season. As we’re going to print we still haven’t seen a comprehensive list of stores involved, but if this is anything like the last sale it will be well worth checking out. For more details keep checking, which is helping coordinate things and will have maps at the ready. Or just head out on the streets and keep an eye out for helium balloons flying in front of participating Midtown shops.

Book Sale3rd Annual Art Book Fair at the Crocker
Crocker Art Museum
September 6
216 O Street, Sacramento

If you’re anything like us here at MM bringing a new book home causes a great deal of anxiety. Despite the fact that I love reading and browsing through books, selecting one for my personal collection these days means I’ll be displacing another. None of this, however, will stop me from attending the Crocker’s third annual Art Book Sale, of course. On Saturday, September 6 the museum will be hosting the sale of gently used art books in their Victorian garden. The used offerings are being provided by both the Crocker’s own Museum Library as well as the Friends of the Sacramento Library. In addition to used books, there will also be activities and games for children, book signings by Victoria Randall author of And the Pony, Too, and Poet Laureate Julia Connor will be on hand with artist Suzanne Johnson to introduce their collaborative project Poets on Deck. This event will be one more great way to get acquainted with your local art community, and pick up some great scores while you’re at it.

Midtown Community Festival
Capitol Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets
September 13, 1 – 6 PM

Glynn Phillips, the owner of the Rubicon puts this event together each year to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. We’re not sure exactly what he was thinking when he scheduled it on a Second Saturday, (“Let’s see.. how can I make Midtown even more INSANE on a Second Saturday? Wait, I have an idea…) The Midtown Community Festival features live music, entertainment for kids and adults alike, raffle prizes along with the ever-so-famous beer tasting and delicious BBQ. The event is FREE (!) and open to everyone. Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento will also participate in a Kids Walk-A-Thon, promoting healthy lifestyles for kids. (The rest of us will just have another beer.) The Walk-A-Thon is scheduled to begin at 1 PM at Rubicon Brewery then laps around the Capitol and back. Kids can be sponsored at any denomination and all proceeds go directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. Donation forms are available at the Rubicon, or may be faxed or emailed by contacting Boys & Girls Clubs at 916-392-1350.

Second Annual Curtis Art Fest
Curtis Park
September 20, 10 AM – 5 PM
26th Street and Donner Way

So, we totally forgot about the giant Curtis Park Neighborhood Garage Sale back in May, and then everybody we knew scored so much cool old junk (and then %$#! gloated about it) that we can barely even think the words “Curtis Park” without curling into a fetal position on the floor. That said, we’ll be choking back the tears to check out the second annual Curtis Art Fest, nestled in the shade trees of Curtis Park. This is a free all day event featuring acoustic music on several informal stages, strolling performers, food booths, and an Art show with 60+ vendors offering paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fused glass, garden sculpture, and more. There will be a children’s area with entertainment and activities for all ages. We’ve never been to this event before, but I’m kinda picturing the Whole Earth Festival without the hippies. Wait, what?…

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