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Throughout the year, Underground Books proudly features several local black-owned vendors.
Please stop by the store to show your support of these talented and creative entrepreneurs.
Beads by Kiwi is a unique small business that features Bracelets Waist beads & Anklets.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The entire family is invited on the 1st Sunday of each month to attend Free Movie Matinee’s at the Guild Theater!
About this event
Join us for free family movies at the Guild Theater!
Date: First Sunday of each month
Time: 2pm Showtime
Location: Guild Theater (2828 35th Street)
Sunday, October 2- The Addams Family 2
Introducing, ‘POHOP’ to The Guild Theaters monthly Poetry and Hip Hop Night.
Hosted by J.Nash, ‘POHOP’ sheds its light on the masses.
Head-lined by poet, Two Sense
Featured Poets include:
– Brown Suga
Doors Open at 7:00 PM
Showtime at 8:00 PM
This is a 21 + Event. ( I.D. will be checked at the door)
About this event
Join us at 40 Acres’ Underground Books and Esther’s Park for this fun and free event for kids of all ages!
Saturday, December 10, 2022
11am-1 pm – Pictures with Black Santa and Children’s Activities
11 am – 4 pm – Kids Play Area and Vendors
All SHPS schools closed during Winter Break from December 15th - January 2. Scholars return to school on Tuesday, January 3.
Introducing, A Very Special Christmas
Hosted by : “Neketia Henry”
Headliner : “Shawn Raiford”
Features includes :
– “Christa Grant”
– “Reena Lynn”
– Dj Supe on the 1’s & 2’s
Doors Open at 6:00 PM
Showtime at 7:00 PM
This is a 21 + Event. ( I.D. will be checked at the door)
ABOUT THIS EVENT
The Oak Park Speaker Series is a monthly fireside chat featuring black thought leaders and influencers from around the country.
All SHPS schools closed for President’s Day on Monday, February 20, 2023. Scholars return to school on Tuesday, February 21.
All SHPS schools closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th Scholars return to school on Tuesday, May 30.
All St. HOPE offices and SHPS Schools Closed in recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday.
St. HOPE began in 1989 as an afterschool program in a portable classroom at Sacramento High School
After 13 years, St. HOPE realized that an after school program simply wasn’t enough to dramatically improve the academic outcomes of children, that it would be necessary to establish and run our own schools.
In 2003, St. HOPE Public Schools was founded as a preK-12 independent charter school district that provides high-quality education to nearly 2,000 students.
7,000 square foot facility opening at 4101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. HOPE’s first economic development project.
St. HOPE’s largest economic development project opened with Underground Books, Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut, Starbucks and the Guild Theater.
40 Acres is the jewel of the SHDC efforts in the Oak Park community. The building was the historic Woodruff Hotel which was build in 1922 and was renovated by St. HOPE Development company in 2003.
The 23,000 sq. ft. mixed use facility includes:
- Guild Theater
- Underground Books
- Old Soul Coffee House
- Coopers Wine Bar
- Upper Room Apartments
God And Great People Have Shown Up For Cynthia ‘Cynt’ Marshall
Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall was always destined for greatness.
The straight-A student was plucked out of the Richmond projects on a full-ride scholarship to UC Berkeley, going on to become one of the first Black female officers at AT&T. She walked with grace through a public battle with colon cancer in 2011, beating the stage-3 diagnosis and living to make history in 2018 when she became the NBA’s first Black female CEO as head of the Dallas Mavericks.
The Inaugural five-day “Oak Park Black Film Festival” kicks off Sept 7 at the Guild Theater.
The first annual Oak Park Black Film Festival is just days away – and it’s a must-see.
In Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, community members braved the heat to check out the ‘First Friday’ block party
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first Friday of September ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend was a hot one across Northern California, with temperatures rising above 100 degrees.
In Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, community members braved the heat to visit the community block party from 32nd and 36th Street along Broadway.
Oak Park’s foundation is Sacramento’s Black contributions, community, and history. And for the first time, the neighborhood is rolling out a “red carpet” of sorts. The inaugural Oak Park Black Film Festival will showcase more than a dozen films, as well as panel discussions over five days. Cassandra Jennings is the CEO of St. Hope and oversees a family of nonprofits committed to revitalizing Oak Park, joined Insight to provide a preview of the festival.
Juneteenth Celebration In Oak Park Promotes Opportunity For Change
(OAK PARK) – On a moment’s notice, Dr. Julius Garvey flew across the country from New York City to attend the inaugural Oak Park Black Film Festival in Sacramento. He’d been invited to sit on the discussion panel for the short film about his father, “Whirlwind: The Marcus Garvey Story,” directed by Shaka Satori.
Updated: Oct 8, 2020
With 30 years of challenges, successes and reinvention, St. HOPE proves it’s a valuable part of the Oak Park community.
History of Sacramento High School
St. HOPE was founded in 2003 but the school campus’ history dates back to the late 19th century. Named after the city, Sacramento High School started as a small one room building with less than 40 students in attendance. After several moves the school settled at its current location at 34th and Y street in 1924.
On a triple-digit heat day in Sacramento, what’s better than an ice cold glass of lemonade?
Answer: supporting Achazia, an 8-year-old entrepreneur.
As the creator of Sippin’ Pretti Lemonade, Achazia has become one of the city’s youngest entrepreneurs. Founded in August 2021, the traveling pop-up business has delighted Sacramentans with homemade lemonade pouches for just $5. There are 25 flavors, including original, black cherry, watermelon, and a mystery flavor that has been guessed by only one customer.
The 1st annual Black Film Festival for Oak Park will debut at the Guild Theater in Sacramento.
Dear St. HOPE family and friends,
I always enjoy this time of year as we come together to celebrate our scholars and recognize their success. Together with their families, teachers, the greater community, our scholars have reflected on how far they have come and are now looking ahead at their bright future.
Over the past few weeks, St. HOPE Public Schools had promotion ceremonies for kindergarteners, 5th graders, 8th graders and the mighty Sacramento High School class of 2022.
Sacramento Charter High School is celebrating a high number of college acceptances this year, sending their seniors off with a special celebration.
Dear Community Members,
The Big Day of Giving (BDOG) is an important way to support local nonprofits that are working hard to make a difference in the community. St. HOPE has been on the ground for over 30 years to bring high quality education and economic development and investment to a historically underserved community. I hope you will support St. HOPE by making a meaningful contribution by clicking here or on the Big Day image today or anytime leading up to the Big Day on May 5.
Within the last few weeks, our hearts have been saddened by the gun violence and business break-ins that have cast a shadow right here in our Sacramento community and across the nation. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones and all of those who have been touched or traumatized by the recent events.
Sacramento-area bookstores celebrate their day with tour for bibliophiles (April 30)
The Sacramento Bee
Underground Books manager Georgia West, commonly known as “Mother Rose,” of Oak Park, admires a photo of a child with “Black Santa” during the second annual Christmas in Oak Park event Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at the bookstore and neighboring The Guild Theater. “For kids to see a Santa Claus that looks like them for a change … I mean any Santa is good, but I just think we need some options,” West said. “It’s a diverse community, and so we want diversity, we want everybody to come,” she added, “but I just think, for us, this is a great option and a great event.”
St. Hope Public Schools is hosting a spring market full of food trucks and family-friendly activities!
All families are invited to St. HOPE Public Schools’ Spring Festival! SHPS will be hosting a free admission event with local night market vendors, food trucks, community resources, and a kids zone with a variety of activities and attractions. This event will safely bring everyone together for a day of family-friendly fun in the Oak Park community. The kids zone will feature face painting, bounce houses, a petting zoo, carnival rides, and more!
Join us Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Sacramento Charter High School football field.
In this critical time and focus on social injustice and asian hate crimes, St. HOPE has partnered with the CA Railroad Museum and the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival to bring together the African American and Asian American communities to watch the Sacramento premiere of the “Far East Deep South” followed by Q&A discussion with the film’s producers and Sacramento’s Black and Asian Communities on Saturday, April 9 at 4pm.
Recently, we caught up with St. HOPE alumnae, Aryanna Lewis, to discuss her recently being crowned as Miss Black Sacramento. Aryanna who attended St. HOPE Public Schools from Kindergarten - High School, graduated from Sac High, Class of 2014 and was her class Student Body Vice President. She credits her St. HOPE background as the foundation of her morals and as the pathway that lead her to reach higher goals. We are certainly proud of Aryanna’s accomplishments and how she continues to be a positive representative of our St. HOPE family!
The official grand opening of Guild Record Studios held last month on February 25th brought a large turnout of local creatives and also served as a listening party for Sacramento’s own, TIP Vicious for his upcoming EP “No Sleep”, which was produced and recorded at Guild Studios.
The Guild Record Studio is managed by Guild Theater Director, Dru Burks, and studio Engineer, Bobby “Babagazoo” Reed. The studio offers affordably priced recording sessions and membership packages for vocal recording, music production, podcasting, voice overs, mixing and mastering.