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Community BBQ + Backpack Giveaway



Let’s kick off the upcoming School Year with Food, Fun, & Community!

About this event

Bring your family out to St.HOPE’s Community BBQ and Backpack Giveaway, on Friday, August 19 from 4pm to 6pm!

We’re going to have a delicious BBQ, fun activities, school supplies, and much more. Don’t miss out!

Students will receive a FREE Backpack and Supplies!


Summer Nights at Esther’s Park
Esther's Park


SMS Events presents Summer Nights at Esther’s Park Staring Foxxy And Friends with special guest TIP Vicious.

About this event

SMS Events presents

Foxxy And Friends

With special guest TIP Vicious

Friday August 19, 2022

from 6 pm to 10 pm

Hosted By : Dru Burks

VIP Tickets : You get to enter the Park early and Meet & Greet After the Show


Local Pop-Up Event: Health Juicery
Underground Books

In an effort to support local black-owned vendors, Underground Books is pleased to feature several pop-up shops throughout the year. 

Please stop by the store to show your support for these talented and creative entrepreneurs. 

On August 20 we will be featuring the Healthy Juicery.  

More than a Juice Bar, provides a wide range of nutritional Smoothies, Juices, Shakes, Salads, Acai Bowls. We serve you life in a cup .


Happy Hour at Esther’s Park: Tacos & Tequila
Esther's Park

Join us for Happy Hour at Esther’s Park for Tacos & Tequila!

About this event

What better way to unwind after work? Come out and spend Taco Tuesday at Esther’s Park for Happy Hour!

Our vendors will be serving authentic tacos and our bar will be stocked with your favorite Tequilas!

We will have Happy Hour pricing on our Tequila Shots and Margaritas.



Labor Day
St. HOPE Public Schools

Sac High and PS7 Closed in recognition of Labor Day, A Federal Holiday. 

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday of September annually. The day celebrates the American labor movement and the contributions and achievements of the American worker. In the United States Labor Day is the three day weekend ending the summer season, where Memorial Day weekend starts the summer season.


Let’s Read Oak Park
Underground Books

Let’s Read Oak Park is a FREE reading & exploration event for children ages 5-12

About this event

Elementary school aged children explore books and participate in hands on activities with an emphasis on cultural themes. Students will engage in interactive book readings, and select a free book of their choice to take home and encourage reading together as a family!

Space is limited to 12 per event so sign up today!

Let’s Read Oak Park is presented by St. HOPE and in sponsorship with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.


Local Pop-Up Event: Curl Appreciation
Underground Books

In an effort to support local black-owned vendors, Underground Books is pleased to feature several pop-up shops throughout the year. 

Please stop by the store to show your support for these talented and creative entrepreneurs. 

On August 20 we will be featuring the Curl Appreciation  


• Clean haircare products

• Made w/ earth grown ingredients to
enhance, grow + maintain your hair


Homecoming Week
Sac High

This week is Homecoming week! Every day this week is a Spirit Day leading up to our Homecoming Football Game and Homecoming Dance this Saturday!

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JUNE- Celebrating the Future. Acknowledging the Past.
A Message from St. HOPE

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.


Big Day of Giving
A Message from the President

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.

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RISE UP TOGETHER to build stronger communities
A Message from the President

Dear Community,

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. 

Article By Sarah Murphy

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.”

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All families are invited to St. HOPE Public Schools’ Spring Festival!

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. 

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“Far East Deep South” Premiere
Movie Premiere + Discussion

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. 


Alumni Highlight: Aryanna Lewis

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!

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Guild Record Studio Grand Opening

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.

Blog post By Cassandra Jennings

Crowning our History
A Message from St. HOPE President & CEO

Dear Friends of St. HOPE,

The celebration of the legacy of great women during Women History month is most valued when we share with our children and grandchildren, grooming the next generation of legacy. It is important that the history is kept visible and active in the hearts and minds of those who are standing on the shoulders of many who have come before us and building for a brighter future. We have to continue to make history, celebrate and memorialize great legacy and crown our history forever.

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Matt Johnson to Coach Boys Varsity Basketball Team
Sac High

Sac High is excited to announce Matt Johnson as the new Varsity Boy’s Basketball coach. As an alumni of Sac High, Johnson was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball and was nominated as a Dragon team MVP, Capital Athletic League MVP and was named 1 st team All-City.

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Sac High Sports Highlights
An Update from Coach Reber

Sac High is building on a strong foundation for its athletics – closing out 2021 with a series of successes, and looking ahead at some great opportunities for the coming year.

The Dragons football team had an excellent season, building up a full team after the COVID pandemic caused cancellations and delays. The Varsity team finished with a record of 9-3, and made it to the playoffs where they battled the Manteca Buffaloes, the team which ultimately went on to win the section championship.

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Black History Month Matters
A Message from the President

Black History Month is a time of reflection and acknowledgement of the journey of a people with resiliency and determination for freedom, justice and equity. It is also a time of encouragement for continued pathways towards liberty and justice for all.

St. HOPE Spotlight: Mother Rose

St. HOPE Spotlight: Mother Rose
St. HOPE Pipeline

Welcome to the St. HOPE Video Spotlight.  This month’s video features the legendary Georgia West aka “Mother Rose” who for many years has been an icon in the Oak Park Community.  Mother Rose is not only the manager of Underground Books, but is the official cheerleader for St. HOPE. 

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Free Movie Matinee

Looking for something to do on the weekend?  Come one, come all to the Sunday Movie Matinee at the Guild Theater on the 1st Sunday of each month at 2pm.  Bring your family, friends or come by yourself to watch (or rewatch!) some of the most popular feature films on the big screen.  St. HOPE is pleased to present these family friendly movies that are FREE for the entire community!


Movie Schedule: 

March 6   “Hidden Figures”

April 3  “Black Panther”

May 1  “A Wrinkle in Time”


‘A place where we can show Black excellence’: Inside Sacramento region’s only Black-owned bookstore
KCRA - February 3, 2003


The Sacramento region’s only Black-owned bookstore can be found in the heart of Oak Park.

Underground Books opened its doors in 2003 to fill a need in its community: There are no public libraries in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood.

“If people don’t benefit, if the community doesn’t benefit, then we’re doing something wrong,” Cassandra Jennings told KCRA 3.

Article KHYL V101.1By Rebekah Gonzalez

Sacramento Is Home To California’s Best Soul Food Restaurant
February 4, 2022

Sacramento is home to the best soul food restaurant in the state of California, according to a recent report from LoveFood . The website set out to find the best food every state had to offer.

“Nothing beats the comfort of soul food. Here are the best restaurants celebrating the African-American tradition, where many of the recipes have been passed down through generations,” reads the report. “Expect the likes of collard greens, beans, cornmeal in many forms, along with crispy catfish, pork and tender fried chicken.”

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Let’s Read Oak Park
Launch of New St. HOPE Reading Initiative

With a new focus on racial injustice, there is a spotlight on the sobering statistics in the reading levels between black and white students. In 2019, The Nation’s Report Card from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that just 15% of Black 8th graders were at or above reading “proficiency.” About half didn’t even reach the “basic” reading benchmark.