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Please join us as we welcome the Wiley Manuel Bar Association and their annual “Literacy Liberates” Book Drive for incarcerated youth featuring remarks from the Hon. Allison Williams. Mark your calendars and make your way to Underground Books for an evening to learn more about how the Wiley Manuel Bar Association is using books to encourage teens to unlock new horizons and ignite their passion for reading. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a difference.
Join us at the Guild Theater on the first Sunday of each month for a free family movie matinee.
This month we are showing Paw Patrol:The Mighty Movie
The PAW Patrol pups magically gain superpowers after a meteor strikes Adventure City. However, things take a turn for the worse when Humdinger and a mad scientist steal their powers and turn themselves into supervillains. As the team springs into action to save the city, Skye soon learns that even the smallest pup can make the biggest difference.
Come out and enjoy Paw Patrol with the whole family.
‘POHOP’ is The Guild Theater’s monthly Poetry and Hip Hop Night. Hosted by C West & J.Nash, the show features Aanisah Long, an alternative, soul, and hip hop singer, and Kokane, the headliner from Pomona, California.
Doors open at 7:00 PM, and the show starts at 8:00 PM. This is a 21+ event, and IDs will be checked at the door.
Get ready to witness some of the most incredible talent in town at The Guild Theater’s upcoming Showcase competition! This event is your chance to experience a thrilling evening of entertainment hosted by the hilarious comedian Tristan Johnson. With DJ MadStick spinning amazing beats throughout the night, this is an event you won’t want to miss.
Experience a night of laughter and fun at the Guild Theater’s Comedy Night hosted by the hilarious Dru Burks. Get ready for a non-stop riot of comedy on this 21 and up event, with doors opening at 7 PM and showtime at 8 PM.
The night’s lineup features Jerrell Parker, Michael Calvin Jr., and the incredible Hannibal Thompson, a veteran comedian who has performed in different countries and prestigious comedy clubs. VIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet and greet with Hannibal himself.
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
Frances Harris started Sac High in 2003 as a freshman and was part of the first class that graduated from Sac High as a public charter school. She is a second-generation Sac High student and lived right down the street from the school. Throughout her four years of high school, Frances was very involved in school activities and played basketball and soccer.
Maryum Ali, the eldest of Muhammad Ali’s nine children, recently held a book signing at the historic Guild and Underground Books to celebrate the 20th Anniversary edition of her children’s book, I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali. Through her book, Maryum seeks to introduce children to one of the greatest sports legends and most admired men of all time, Muhammad Ali.
We are delighted to continue our partnership with California State University, Chico’s Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (FTEA) Program. We recently hosted 19 teachers from countries across the world including Armenia, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, El Salvador, Burma, and Kenya at Sac High so they could learn about U.S. practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, service learning, and the use of technology in the classroom.
We are thrilled that two of our Sac High Seniors, Kendahl Hearne and Lamar Radcliffe, committed to colleges for football and signed their letters of intent on national Signing Day. Kendahl signed with Cornell University where he plans to major in creative writing and Lamar committed to San Jose State University where he plans to major in kinesiology.
This month, we have been fully immersed in learning about and celebrating Black history. Not only are we focused on learning from the past we are focused on seizing future opportunities and building our next generation of leaders.
‘Black history is not just February’: Art & Soul in Sacramento offers healing and education through painting
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Carla Wells uses art to heal. She’s the founder of Art & Soul in Sacramento. Art & Soul holds all types of interactive art events like paint and sips, paint and plays, and paint and healing retreats.
“We can process pain through paint,” Wells said. “It’s creative expression in its fullness. It’s coming from the inside and it’s put onto canvas. Art & Soul serves men, women, children and families through creative process and creative play.”
Twice, the Sacramento Dragons could have watched their basketball season unravel since their last visit here.
There was an abrupt coaching change just before the start of fall practices, and then there was a lull in effort and production late in the Capital Athletic League season, resulting in three losses to teams motivated to douse the Dragons return run to a championship. But on Wednesday afternoon at Golden 1 Center, the storied Dragons of Oak Park buried all of that old residue for good.
It’s Black History Month and schools, like Sacramento Charter High School, are shaping their curriculum to include the rich Black history of Sacramento.
And Cassandra Jennings, the Chief Executive Officer of St. HOPE Charter Schools, reminds students at Sacramento Charter High School of exactly that.
“The history goes even further than what you’re reading in the books. We got our own history right here,” she told the seniors in her advisory class.
Throughout her time at Sac High, Janera Whitney (maiden name Montano) was very active and took advantage of all that Sac High had to offer. She was involved in Yearbook all four years, helped put on a shoe drive to support Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and joined the softball team. She also attended school board meetings to advocate for charter renewal, was involved in community improvement campaigns, and participated in internships.
St. HOPE is pleased to partner with Celebration Arts to present the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf at the historic Guild Theater. Directed by the visionary Voress Franklin, this iconic choreopoem is a profound exploration of racism, oppression, and sexism. The production weaves the tales of seven women through poetry, music, and dance, delivering a powerful narrative filled with passion and raw honesty.
Sac High recently established a partnership with MADE to provide scholars with an opportunity to learn how to use design programs and tools to create artistic projects. Scholars come to the creative community workspace located in Oak Park one day a week after school. They receive hands-on instruction and have access to graphic design programs and tools to create stickers, wood engraving, 3D printing projects, and more.
The construction teams have been hard at work on our PS7 campus renovation project since July 2023 and we are thrilled that the project is on schedule. Crews have been busy clearing land, pouring concrete, preparing building foundations, and installing new water, sewer and power lines that will serve the new facilities. They have paved the future basketball courts and new front parking lots, and began building the new campus fence.
As we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last week I was reflecting on the importance of having racial equity AND economic justice. The two are intimately intertwined and we must ensure that policies and practices are developed through a lens that provides equity and removes systemic barriers.
Celebration Arts to Present FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
January 3, 2024
Directed by the visionary Voress Franklin, this iconic choreopoem will grace the stage at the historic Guild Theater from February 2nd to 25th, marking the second year of a decade-long partnership with St. HOPE.
According to a survey by the nonprofit, National Santa, white people make up 75% of Santas, while Black people account for less than 1%.
Author: Kandace Redd
Published: 5:44 PM PST December 11, 2023
Updated: 9:22 PM PST December 11, 2023
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As I think about winning teams, I’m grateful for your support and generosity as we collectively work to uplift the Oak Park and greater Sacramento community. Speaking of winning teams, I’d like to give a shout out to our Sac High football team who came back from a slow start to make it to the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. I commend them for not giving up and making the necessary changes to finish strong. We should never count the Sac High Dragons out. Let’s go Dragons!
We are hosting our annual Christmas in Oak Park, a multicultural community celebration with activities for kids and people of all ages. Located at the 40 Acres Complex, a historic cultural gathering place, this fun and festive event is a great way to kick off the holiday season.
We hope that you can join us for an exciting in-person event as we welcome Jada Pinkett Smith as she comes to Sacramento on her book tour. Jada’s new unconventional memoir Worthy is an invitation to join her adventure in search of love and self-worth. During this special event, Jada will recount her story in an intimate conversation with readers.
Earlier this month, Micah Holmes, a Sac High senior, presented at the City Parks and Community Enrichment Commission where he told Commissioners how much he has benefited from participating in the City’s youth workforce development Landscape & Learning (L&L) program. Micah started as an intern in the L&L program in summer 2022 where he has worked in community parks and green spaces weeding, pruning, and providing general park maintenance and clean up.
To make dual enrollment more equitable, bring the college experience to high school
October 24, 2023
College enrollment was declining even before the pandemic. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “the overall college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds decreased from 41% in 2010 to 38% in 2021.” In 2021, the college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds was highest for Asian students (60%) compared to 37% for Black students and 33% for Hispanic students.