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People’s Art Campaign
Underground Books

About this Event

Underground Books is committed to supporting literacy, making fine art accessible and helping individuals build generational wealth for their families as part of The People’s Art Campaign.

Milton 510 Bowens shares this commitment, and wants each and every person who wants to own an original piece of art to do so. As a result, he is creating 510 original, affordable works of art for the general public to enjoy.

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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.

Video KVIE - February 23, 2019

Rob on the Road
Oak Park's Mother Rose

Oak Park’s Mother Rose | Region Rising

Meet the matriarch of Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood who is helping our region thrive by ensuring cultural diversity. Mother Rose of Underground Books shares her store and her heart with Rob in this rare interview. Proudly sponsored by Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP.

Blog post February 25, 2019

Meeting of the Minds
By Jake Mossawir

Some neighborhoods get pushed to the side, separated (figuratively and sometimes literally) from the heart of a city and left to face growing rates of crime, poverty, unemployment, or other harmful consequences.

For too long, that was the story of the Oak Park neighborhood near downtown Sacramento, California.  Through a concerted effort by a local non-profit in the community for the last 30 years, we are seeing real change and an upward trajectory. The Oak Park story provides lessons and hope for similarly situated communities across the country.

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HOPE to HOPE: Educator Spotlight

Mr. Cody is one of our newest additions to the St. HOPE team! He received his B.S. in Mathematical Education from California State University, Chico and is now teaching Algebra II at Sac High.

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The Guild Theater’s Fresh New Look!

The Guild Theater, originally known as the Victor Theater, was designed and completed in 1915. At that time, it featured movies and vaudeville shows for the community. 

The theater eventually fell into a state of disrepair and remained vacant for many years. In 2003, St. HOPE updated and restored the Guild Theater to showcase plays, movies, live performances, and more. 

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PS7 Pick and Rolls with The Kings!

One of the most exciting perks of being a PS7 scholar and staff member is our community partnership with the Sacramento Kings! Throughout the basketball season, the Kings community program graciously donates tickets to different games to St. HOPE. We are then able to reward staff, scholars and families with FREE KINGS TICKETS! Who doesn’t love a Kings game?! Many times, these tickets are used to incentivize positive behavior, leadership, and perseverance. Other times, these tickets are used as rewards!

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(Civil Rights) History in Oak Park

Indivizible’s October program was a timely commemoration of local history and civic engagement. Highlighting a grassroots movement that has made game-changing impacts on American culture and society, the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party generated a crowd of members and devotees alike that packed the historic Guild Theater to capacity. Mayor Kevin Johnson commenced this three-course tribute with a dedication ceremony adjacent to the 40 Acres building in Oak Park. Mayor Johnson officially designated the Victorian-era home at 3418 3rd Avenue as the Huey P.

Article CURBEDWritten by Pendarvis Harshaw

CURBED Picks Broadway as 1 of 10 Street that Define America

The curious thing about Broadway, Sacramento’s most storied street, is that it’s cleaved in half by a 10-lane interstate, California Route 99.

To the west, it reaches to the Sacramento River, passing one of the oldest cemeteries on the West Coast and running through the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods. To the east, it stretches just shy of the Sacramento State campus, passing through Oak Park, a neighborhood with deep ties to Sacramento’s culture.

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Activism Through Education
By Staff Writer

September’s Indivizible program served as a pitch-perfect lesson on how to best inspire, uplift, and empower our young people. With school back in session, focusing on the advances made by trailblazers within the American education system helped facilitate an important dialogue about how we can help our young people become tomorrow’s leaders.

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Highlights from the Seeds of HOPE Dinner 

The Seeds of HOPE Dinner is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together students, all-star chefs, and community partners. The Annual Dinner supports the Edible Sac High Garden, which provides scholars with the necessary skills, tools, and confidence to make intelligent choices about the food they choose to fuel their bodies, while simultaneously providing opportunities to develop real-world business skills and acumen.

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Oak Park is Smart
By Staff Writer

On Saturday, October 1st, St. HOPE Public Schools participated in “Celebrate Oak Park”, a community event organized by Sacramento City Council Member Jay Schenirer’s District 5 team and WayUp Sacramento to help kick-off Oak Park Smart.

Article Sacramento Press Written by Jessica Lee

Coming Together at Gather: Oak Park

Sacramento’s Unseen Heroes and the Oak Park Business Association continue to bring the community together through a special experience known as Gather: Oak Park.

Article Sacramento Business SourceWritten by Allen Young, Staff Writter

Sacramento Asian Chamber moves into larger building in Oak Park

As part of an ongoing expansion, the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce has moved from midtown to a larger building in Oak Park that it may someday share with Sacramento’s other ethnic chambers of commerce.

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Indivizible Meets Tedx
By Staff Writer

On August 15, the Indivizible Speaker Series held its 2nd annual version of TEDx at the Guild Theater.  The sold-out crowd of 200 people was entertained by a variety of speakers, videos and performers during the 90 minute event. 

The theme for the event was “40 Acres and a Muse” and the program consisted of local entrepreneurs and entertainers. Place maker Tre Borden, and Rapid Brands CEO Chris Johnson, who appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” headlined the program. 

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Oak Park resident invests in revitalized Broadway with new jewelry shop

BY CATHIE ANDERSON

canderson@sacbee.com

Oak Park resident Janell Lacayo is investing in her neighborhood, opening her Nectar jewelry boutique a few weeks ago in one of the renovated properties that architect Ron Vrilakasredesigned and owns on Broadway.

Lacayo had been selling her handmade jewelry mostly at arts and craft shows for seven years, though some locals will recall that she also had short stints at the now-shuttered East Sacramento Mercantile over at 3257 Folsom Blvd.