Friday, May 9, 2014

Thrift Shop Fundraiser at HW Harkness Elementary School: May 9th-16th

The Thrift Shop Fundraiser will also 

support the fun at Family Game Nights.
The Harkness PTO is holding a Drive-Thru Re-Use It Fundraiser May 9 - 16, 2014. PTO President Brandi Maurizio says, "the goal is to get 10,001 pounds of reusable items donated."  The donation area is at 54th Avenue and Hogan Drive or you can take items directly to the Thrift Store at 5005 Stockton Blvd.  Just let the store staff know that the items are for Harkness.

Because of budget cuts, the PTO raises funds to pay for music, art, and dance instruction and the annual Sly Park camping trip.

Acceptable items include: clothing, shoes, kitchenware, small furniture, jewelry, bikes; not acceptable: wet/rusted items, cans, bottles, scrap metal, construction waste, TV's over 32 inches, mattresses/box springs, or large furniture.  Call 433-5042 for details.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Thursday, May 15th, 7pm - Quarterly GCTENA Neighborhood Meeting at John Morse

This spring's meeting will be at the renovated Multipurpose Room at the John Morse: 1901 60th Avenue at 20th Street.  Formerly the John Morse Waldorf School, the site is now home to the Sacramento City Unified School District's Therapeutic Center for K-8.  Be sure to come early to tour and learn about the Community Garden which is brimming with vegetables and herbs.  Click here to view the May 2014 Newsletter.

Along with our speaker from the Sacramento County Master Gardeners of the University of California Cooperative Extension, we have invited candidates running in the June 3rd Primary to our Election Forum. You can find out who's running to represent our community by clicking here at the League of Women Voters Smart Voter.Org

Find out how to garden with limited watering, discuss your concerns, and meet your neighbors on Thursday, May 15th at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cabrillo Park Neighborhood Association's Egg Hunt Extravaganza this Saturday, April 19th

From David Bain, President of the Cabrillo Park Neighborhood Association via Nextdoor:
A reminder that the Cabrillo Park Neighborhood Association will be holding an Egg Hunt Extravaganza this Saturday, April 19th. The Egg Hunt is free and is sponsored by District 8 Councilmember Bonnie Pannell. 
At the same time, there will be a Hot Dog BBQ and Bake sale, which is a fundraising event for the Cabrillo Park Pool. There will also be free games for the kids, a face painter, and reps from the MLK Library. The event will occur on the south side of Cabrillo Park at 1825 67th Avenue, between Milford and 19th Street.
Hot dogs and baked goods will be available at 11:00am, with the Egg Hunt scheduled to start at 11:30am.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SPD South Command at GCTENA February Meeting

Speakers included SPD official and Neighborhood Watch trainer Barbara Falcon.  Barbara provided tips for using the social media site Nextdoor and talked about how Neighborhood Watch has changed communities for the better including her own.  See the most recent issues of the SPD Safety Newsletter here:
Following Barbara's presentation, a contingent of officers gave the audience encouraging statistics on the crime rate; for various categories it has dropped dramatically in our area. 
Officers warned that the often unintelligible helicopter loud speakers are usually telling everyone to stay indoors because the K-9 corps is probably pursuing a suspect. 

If you're using a cell phone within the City of Sacramento for emergencies/ crimes-in-progress, dial 732-0100.  Otherwise your call for help goes to the California Highway Patrol first.  Right now 911 is direct to the SPD for landlines only.  For non-emergency calls to the Sacramento Police, dial 264-5471.
Officers reminded everyone that although Nextdoor is great for neighborhood networking, it's private and not monitored by the SPD.  Concerns voiced on Nextdoor will not be seen by the Police Department.
GCTENA plans to invite South Command officers to future meetings to answer your neighborhood safety questions.

Friday, February 14, 2014

February 2014 Newsletter - GCTE Neighborhood Meeting is Thursday, February 20th, 7pm

HW Harkness Elementary School, 2147 54th Avenue at Hogan Drive.

We'll have several speakers on issues important to our neighborhood including Neighborhood Watch, Barbara Falcon, Sacramento Police Department official  and our ongoing water shortage, City of Sacramento Department of Utilities Director David Brent.
We'll also make our annual holiday lights awards and kick-off our membership drive and much more.  Come out and meet your neighbors, get some news you can use, and enjoy the provided refreshments.

Your Newsletter will be delivered this weekend but if you'd like to view it online, click here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

From the office of our District 5 City Councilmember Jay Schenirer

Leaf Season Ends January 31, 2014The last day that yard waste and Christmas trees can be placed out on the street for collection is January 31, 2014. Weekly residential yard waste container collection will continue year-round on a customer's usual collection day. Customers can find out when the next on-street collection is estimated for their address by checking the Leaf Season schedule at or calling 311.

City Expands Household Junk Pickup Program to Two Appointments Per Year
Program runs February – October
The City’s Household Junk Pickup Program (formally the Appointment Based Neighborhood Cleanup Program) is taking appointments for the 2014 season. This year, all residential customers can make two appointments – per year – for the free pickup of acceptable bulky items including yard waste. Household Junk Pickup occurs from February through October. The same equipment and personnel used for Leaf Season operate the Household Junk Pickup program.
"We hope that the additional appointment will be helpful to customers as well as useful in discouraging illegal dumping," says Steve Harriman, Integrated Waste General Manager for the Recycling and Solid Waste Division.
To request an appointment, customers can:
• Call 311
• Make an online request at
• Use the Sac 311 App for iPhone or Android
The City will collect up to five (5) cubic yards of material (4’x4’x9’) per appointment - approximately the amount that will fit into the bed of a pickup truck. Extra charges may apply if load is in excess of five cubic yards. Piles put out more than 24 hours before an appointment or put out without an appointment will be considered illegal dumping and fines may be issued.
Accepted items include yard waste, one (1) appliance, TV’s, computers, e-waste, furniture, mattresses, carpet, toys, and four unmounted tires. A full list of acceptable items and guidelines for the Household Junk Pickup Program can be found at