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STEM Night
Sac High

Thursday, February 20th is our first ever STEM Night!  The event will take place in the Main Commons, Mel Lawson and the East Wing. Scholars from our STEM club and/or from our Honor’s Research Course will be running different interactive Math and Science stations.  We will have a guest speaker from the community speaking and several STEM Fair Projects will be showcased in the Main Commons!  


A Tribute to Toni Morrison
Underground Books

Join us for this engaging discussion celebrating the life and work of the late Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, editor and professor Toni Morrison. 

Sac State African American Studies professor Christine Montgomery, Ph.D will lead a series of readings, conversations and Q&A with fellow college professors Allia Griffin, Ph.D, Rosa Martinez, Ph.D and Alexandria White, M.A. in remembering the great Toni Morrison during her birthday month. 


Children’s Storytime
Underground Books

Come join us on the last Saturday of each month from 12-1pm for Children’s Story time at Underground Books (2814 35th St.).

The free event is catered to children ages 3-10 and includes a book reading and an organized arts and crafts project.  Kids also receive a free book!

Parents are welcome to attend and participate with their children. 

Please visit our upcoming events section for future dates, or contact the bookstore for more information.

(916) 737-3333


Gregory Douglas “The Trilogy of The Boogie Men”
Discussion and Book Signing

Join us for a conversation with local author Gregory Douglas as he discusses his latest novel. 

“The Trilogy of the Boogie Men” is a clever story about the boogie men in our lives, real or imagined. Dr. Gregory Douglas, a master of poetry, has begun to experiment with longer works of prose, tied together by a powerful theme. We hope this book will be the first of many of his books in this genre.



Book Signing with Dr. Chase Martin Moore “The Emotion, the Tree and Me: Your Guide to Discussing Emotional Health and Wellness with Your Children”
Underground Books

Join us as we welcome author Dr. Chase Martin Moore for a discussion about his latest book “The Emotion, The Tree and Me”

Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances our youth’s capacity to connect with others (interpersonal skills), develop a healthy relationship with themselves (intrapersonal skills), and accurately perceive the world so they can manage behaviors and deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges (self-control).


Clifford Williams Discussion and Book Signing: “Pimps to Pops: A Story about Fatherhood”
Underground Books

Join us as we welcome Clifford Williams for a discussion about this latest novel “Pimps to Pops: A Story about Fatherhood”.

This is the fictional story of seven men, who in their lifetime were spoiled by the luxuries of fine women, fine wine and good times. They made their mark in their communities as Pimps, Playas, and Mack daddy’s. They were at the top of their game when it came to manipulating women to get what they wanted. Their goals were to make money at any cost and exploit others, particularly women, for prominence and sexual favors.


Book Signing with Myron J. Clifton “BLM-PD”
Underground Books

Join us as we welcome local author Myron J. Clifton to discuss his latest novel “BLM-PD: Revenge Was Inevitable”

WOMEN WILL LEAD THE REVOLUTION In the not too distant future, the US has been taken over by white nationalists, and the institutionalized racism that has underscored the country’s entire history has once again been codified.


Discussion and Book Signing with Chianne “Cloudy” Rhodes Carrier
Underground Books

Join us for a local book signing event with local author Chianne “Cloudy” Rhodes Carrier as she discusses her book “Receipts of Ungiven Gifts”


Love and intimacy are not simple topics. There is no handbook for how to fall in love or find the one, just experiences. Receipts of Ungiven Gifts is an offering; a collection of experiences and realizations about love and intimacy. Sometimes you aren’t meant to fall in love with your significant other, you’re meant to fall in love with yourself.


“Paint and Sip” with Ebony London
Underground Books

Join us as Ebony London returns for her latest paint and sip event “Girlfriends”.

During this paint and sip session entitled “Girlfriends” you will draw & paint elegant figures! You will customize the figure’s skin tones, hair styles clothing & accessories.

Cost: $35

Wine is included for those 21+

Space is limited so be sure to reserve your seat online, or by calling or stopping by Underground Books.


Spring Break

There will be no school during Spring Break from March 19th to March 30th, 2020.  Students return to school on March 31st, 2020


Comedy Night featuring Carl Payne
Guild Theater

Comedy Night at the Guild Theater is a 21 & over event . this Months Headliner Is Carl Payne AKA Cole Brown from the hit TV Show Martin !!!!

About this Event

Comedy Night At The Guild Theater

Hosted By: Comedian Dru Burks



7:00PM Door

8:00PM Showtime


Blog post By Matthew KeysComstock Magazine

At Underground Books in Sacramento, youth find their freedom

Author’s note: The following story was originally written for Comstock’s magazine as part of my recurring “Media File” column, a monthly examination at media-related businesses in the Sacramento region. Comstock’s declined to publish this story.

Walk into Underground Books along Broadway in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood and the first thing you’re likely to notice is that it isn’t your typical bookstore.

Article Oracle BRANDVOICE By Sasha Banks-Louie

St. HOPE Puts Data To The Test, And Aces It
November 14, 2019

After a difficult past, the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento has been undergoing a revitalization. One longtime force in this renewal has been a nonprofit, St. HOPE, that has spent 30 years energizing public education and economic development aimed at helping resident families thrive.


Which high school grads go to college? These Sacramento schools send the most students

About two thirds of students who finish high school in the Sacramento region attend a two- or four-year college within a year of graduation, but college-going rates vary dramatically by school, according to California Department of Education data.

Among the roughly 17,700 graduates in the four-county area who quickly went to college after the 2017-18 school year, almost 60 percent went to a community college, nearly 20 percent went to a CSU campus, and 8 percent went to a UC campus. The rest went to a private or out-of-state college.


First Look at the Brand New PS7 Elementary School

In the winter of 2018, PS7 Elementary was awarded a $25 million dollar grant for a new facility. Over the past year we have hired key members of the team (construction manager, architect, civil engineer) and have developed the preliminary design. Our goal is to create one of the finest school facilities in the Sacramento area!


1st Annual Back to School BBQ and Backpack Giveaway with Diamond Autosport 

We are super thankful to have partnered with Diamond Autosport this year for a community barbecue and backpack giveaway that was held at McClatchy Park on August 9th. Hundreds of families came out for free delicious grub, backpacks, and school supplies. Children also participated in a basketball tournament and Diamond Autosport even brought a few of their most decked out vehicles for the kids to enjoy. Overall the event was a win for our community and we send a huge thank you out to Diamond Autosport for their partnership!

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Fixins Soul Kitchen brings soul food and more to North Oak Park

A new spot to score soul food and more has opened for business in the neighborhood. Called Fixins Soul Kitchen, the new arrival is located at 3428 Third Ave. in North Oak Park.

Fixins Soul Kitchen specializes in comfort food. On the menu, you’ll find fried catfish, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, gumbo, chicken and waffles, mac and cheese and more. 

With a five-star rating out of 18 reviews on Yelp so far, the new addition is on its way to developing a local fan base.


Sacramento’s Oak Park transformed: One organization and its $89 million footprint
Sac Bee Article by David Caraccio

Long-time Oak Park resident and activist Robbin Ware remembers that when he moved to the neighborhood, “there wasn’t a damn thing.”

“There wasn’t nothing here but gangs, drugs, drugs being sold,” said Ware, 82.

Nearly 20 years later, Oak Park has become a hotbed of investment and development. One organization in particular has been busy — St. Hope.

Article Sacramento Business JournalBy Ed Goldman

St. Hope turns 30 and self-sustaining
July 8, 2019

One week ago today, at 4 p.m., to be exact, former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and his fellow dreamers quietly celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of St. Hope — which started as a summer program in a portable classroom for 12 African-American boys but became an economic and education turbo engine for what had been the historically neglected Oak Park.


New soul food restaurant opening soon in Oak Park. One of its backers is Kevin Johnson
Sac Bee Article by Benji Engel

How does a restaurant capture the flavor of a neighborhood steeped in history that’s simultaneously more in flux than any other part of Sacramento?

Fixins Soul Kitchen went straight to the source: Oak Park residents’ family recipes. When the restaurant opens in St. Hope’s 40 Acres building around the end of July, someone’s grandma’s fried chicken or biscuits will share menu space with creations from executive chef Melvin “Boots” Johnson’s mind, said St. Hope CEO/president Jake Mossawir.

Article CBS 13By Anna Giles

Kevin Johnson Opens New Soul Food Restaurant In Oak Park
July 9, 2019

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A familiar face is making moves in Oak Park again.

Former Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has plans to open up a new soul food restaurant off of Broadway.

The new restaurant, called Fixins, is still a work in progress. Many would say that about the Oak Park neighborhood in general, but also that the area has come a long way in a short amount of time.

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96% of Sac High Seniors Accepted to Four-Year Universities!

The Class of 2019 will be remembered as one of our most cohesive classes ever to walk through Sac High’s doors. The students from the Class of 2019 are as close as a true family who supported each other throughout the ups and downs of high school, ultimately emerging as graduates. Ninety-six percent of the seniors have been accepted to four-year universities across the nation, including 38 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 21 California State University campuses, all nine of the University of California campuses, and 26 private and out of state colleges and universitie

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PS7 Shows Off for First Art and Music Showcase

PS7 Elementary is always dedicated to bringing as many experiences to our scholars as possible. This year, we knew we wanted to increase the number of electives scholars had the opportunity to participate in while at the elementary school, so we added two — art and music. Throughout the year our scholars learned the various elements of art and music enabling them to present their first ever art and music production, “It’s A Creative World.” 

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6th Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair Celebration

The Sacramento Black Book Fair kicked off its 6th Annual event earlier this month in Oak Park and brought together African American authors and artists from all over to the community. This highly anticipated h two-day event included a panel discussion among featured authors, book signings, cultural and food vendors, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and so much more.

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A New Home for St. HOPE

As St. HOPE approaches its 30th anniversary serving the Oak Park Community, we can reflect back on the many locations we have called home. Many people still recall the original St. HOPE Academy after school building on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, which is now home to the SETA preschool. Others may remember the more corporate office space on 34th Street and 3rd avenue, which has since been completely remodeled and is now home to our friends at Valley Vision.  

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PS7 envisions their future selves!

PS7 Elementary hosted its first ever Career Day on Friday, April 19th! Our students dressed up as their future selves – teachers, pilots, music artists, athletes and more – and were able to explore and hear from professionals in and around the Oak Park community. As part of the learning experience, students had the opportunity to see an actual human brain thanks to researchers from UC Davis; they put in some sweat with a personal trainer; and, listened to each other’s heartbeats with a stethoscope like a pediatric nurse.

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Student Diaries: The Impact of Notre Dame

Before winning the Transforming Youth through Travel scholarship by Context Travel, the only country outside of America I had visited was my parents’ homeland, Mexico. Paris is not what the movies or people make it seem to be, and it is certainly very different from both America and Mexico. My recent trip to Paris was amazing and life changing because I learned so much about the city’s history.