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Pop-Up Vendor: Beads by Kiwi
Underground Books

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!


Sunday Movie Matinee
Guild Theater


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)


Movie Lineup:

Sunday, October 2- The Addams Family 2


Poetry Night at the Guild
Guild Theater

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

– Remy

– Hurricane


Doors Open at 7:00 PM

Showtime at 8:00 PM

This is a 21 + Event. ( I.D. will be checked at the door)


Christmas in Oak Park @ 40 Acres
40 Acres


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






Article The Sacramento ObserverBy Jared Childress

God And Great People Have Shown Up For Cynthia ‘Cynt’ Marshall

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.


Oak Park hosts ‘First Friday’ as heat bears down across the region
ABC 10 - September 2, 2022

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 Black Film Festival
Capitol Public Radio 9.1.22

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.  

Article By Jared ChildressThe Sacramento Observer

Inaugural Oak Park Black Film Festival Stirs Passions
September 17, 2022

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(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.

Article Sacramento Historical SocietyBy: Meagan McPhillips

St. HOPE’s History Builds the Foundation for its Future
Oct 7, 2020

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.

Article By Jared ChildressSeptemer 21, 2022

8-Year-Old Entrepreneur Finds A Sweet Spot
Sacramento Observer

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.

Pipeline Newsletter

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.