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Rosemont Celebrates Community Spirit

Residents enjoyed attractions from pony rides to salsa lessons while learning about their neighborhood at Saturday's 'Celebration of Community.'

Carol Arbini-McFarland couldn’t wait to get up and move Saturday morning in Rosemont Community Park. She sat in her seat at the Rosemont Community Association booth outside, handing out free tickets to patrons of the Celebration of Community festival, and planning what she’d do when she got a break from work.

“I just go up and down and see what booths there are,” she said.

Arbini-McFarland, an RCA board member, had a lot to choose from. Dozens of booths from local businesses, city agencies and community organizations lined park walkways, advertising goods and services. People displayed their vintage cars, while karaoke, live salsa lessons, and dance routines by the Rosemont High cheerleading squad enlivened a stage nearby. Children and teenagers slid and jumped in bounce houses and played outdoor football.

And Arbini-McFarland would be in good company when she finally left her shift — a sea of residents enjoyed the event under the hot summer sun.

The RCA and the Rosemont Community Foundation throw the event jointly each year. They held this year’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, behind Albert Einstein Middle School.

Organizers said they wanted to showcase positive influences in Rosemont’s community. Booths and attractions included those from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Activity League, a juvenile crime prevention program; the local neighborhood watch; pony rides from Pony-Up Fun; and flowers and gardening tips at the Green Acres Nursery and Supply table.

“The response has been fantastic with people telling us how much they love us,” said Greg Gayton, Green Acres’ store manager.

Sacramento Latin dance instructor Nicole Lazo displayed Central American art and purses at her table when she wasn’t giving lessons on stage. She hoped to capture children’s interest at the celebration. “This is another way to get the word out about what I do,” she said.

Arbini-McFarland said Saturday’s event was the fourth of its kind, and each one has been held in August. She was happy with the attendance and said that organizers try adding new features each time.

“There are just so many things RCA has tried to do in the community, and this is our way of trying to bring the community together,” she said.

evelynn stevens August 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Wow! I had no idea this was taking place. I would have loved to attended. I guess you have to be in the ”club” to be informed of these events. What a shame. I wish we could all be informed.
Bill Board August 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
It was mentioned on Patch before the date. SMUD sent out flyers to everyone in the nieghborhood. There was a electronic sign up at Kiefer and Watt. Hand delivered flyers to nieghborhood doors. What more do you want...........geesh, you can lead a horse to water, you just can make it drink I guess. BTW, it was great fun!! Thanks to everyone who worked and organized it.......can't beat FREE!
evelynn stevens August 12, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I beg to differ! I received the letter from smud saturday afternoon at 3:30pm when mail was delivered. I never received a hand delivered flyer. I dont travel Kiefer and Watt, so missed that sign. I usually come in off Starfire or Mayhew. No signs at those access points. Since I dont check email daily, I missed the Patch story posted the morning of or the day prior. I missed the National Night Out event also. When I first moved into this neighborhood in 1972, the fence in front of Sequoia was where all happening events were posted as well as the wall in front of Luckys. Then more schools were built and the neighborhood I beg to differ! I received the letter from smud saturday afternoon at 3:30pm when mail was delivered. I never received a hand delivered flyer. I dont travel Kiefer and Watt, so missed that sign. I usually come in off Starfire or Mayhew. No signs at those access points. Since I dont check email daily, I missed the Patch story posted the morning of or the day prior. I missed the National Night Out event also. When I first moved into this neighborhood in 1972, the fence in front of Sequoia was where all happening events were posted as well on the wall in front of Luckys as well as all the access points. Then more schools were built and the neighborhood grew and has never has been the same.
evelynn stevens August 12, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Not sure what I did to cause my last message to repeat itself
Tina Wong August 12, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Hi Evelynn: Sorry you missed out. Hope you can make another event ie. Neighborhood Watch community meeting this Thursday 7pm at Atonement Church on Kieffer. Rosemont Community Assoc meeting meets every first Thursday, same time and place. RCA also has a website: http://www.rosemontca.org/. Our community needs as many people involved as possible. Look forward to seeing you!
Brad August 13, 2012 at 09:45 AM
I believe that most people should have gotten a hand-delivered flyer (I did, as did the neighbors I talked to, all but one), but they were delivered by volunteers and maybe it didn't reach everyone this year, or maybe they didn't read it when they saw it. This was the 4th year of the event, so I guess it might still be a little new for some folks, but it is usually in Aug each year. Of course the best way of finding out about any events in Rosemont is to actually join RCA and attend a meeting or two. That is how you could be "in the club”, and at the same time help support events like this one. The Celebration is FREE, but that doesn't mean it doesn't cost anything to put it on and they need more members. Probably at least 5 x the amount of people showed up at the Celebration compared to those who actually contributed to making it happen in one way or another. It could be even bigger if more people donated time and money. It was great SMUD sent out the mailers this year, I got mine a day before. I think overall RCA did a great job in getting the word out, but I'm sure some folks haven't learned about it yet. Each year it seems to get a little bit bigger. Hope you make it next time. Oh, btw, I think there is also a Homecoming Parade still planned if you haven't been informed of that yet. Been doing that for a few years too! Just giving you some advanced notice. But like I said, want to know what is going on in Rosemont? Join RCA.
Carol August 13, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I'm one of many volunteers that pass out the flyers. Many people throw the flyers away without looking at them. At our recent block party I was asked about the event. I gave them the information, but I also told them the information was on the flyer that I left at their door. They not only got a flyer, but they got an email about it from me. The local stores and restaurants were handing flyers out. Besides the lighted sign at Watt and Kiefer there were signs around the Rosemont community. We have had problems in the pass with people tearing down the signs, but we have no control over that. As Brad stated, the best thing to do is to get involved. The more involvement of community members the better it is for our community. We did everything possible to get the word out. We welcome everyone to come to our meetings at Atonement Church (corner of Kiefer and Westporter) the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. This is your community. Please get involved.

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