This Week: Sacramento’s Newton Booth proposed as historic district

Sacramento’s central city is dotted with historic districts. These include such neighborhoods as Boulevard Park and Poverty Ridge, whose streets are lined with the elaborate architectural confections that once housed the town’s elite.

The Newton Booth neighborhood, while right next to Poverty Ridge, was built mainly for the workers – not the bosses – and it’s been left off the city’s historic roster until now. On Wednesday, the city’s Preservation Commission will consider designating the blocks between R Street, Capital City Freeway, Highway 50 and 23rd Street as a historic district. The plan would still need City Council approval.

Newton Booth rose from Sacramento’s farm fields in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is characterized by craftsman bungalows but includes Victorians, Tudors and other architectural styles. The neighborhood centerpiece is the old Newton Booth School, now a private Merryhill school campus.

Historic districts are subject to rules designed to protect the look of a neighborhood and to prevent contributing buildings from being demolished or altered in historically inappropriate ways.

Mary Lynne Vellinga


‘Chanticleer Christmas’ at Sacramento cathedral

A blend of medieval and Renaissance sacred works, traditional carols and spirituals will be performed at “A Chanticleer Christmas.” The concert is scheduled at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St., Sacramento.

Info: www.chanticleer.org

Santa Run scheduled Saturday downtown

The Sacramento Santa Run 5K and Merry Mile Walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Capitol Mall roundabout between Ninth and 10th streets and finishes at the west entrance of Downtown Plaza. Participants are encouraged to dress up for the holiday run. Every registered runner will receive a free Santa suit.

Info: www.sacramentosantarun.com

Bubbly bike bus tour to visit boutiques Saturday

The Boutiques and Bubbly Bike Bus Tour continues at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sacramento. The tour starts with a mimosa toast. Then, revelers 21 and older will board Off the Chain’s 15-passenger bike bus to boutiques downtown. Space is limited, so advanced purchase is required.

Info: http://downtownsac.org/boutiques-bubbly-bike-tour

‘Hanukkah Storytime’ at Sacramento bookstore

“Hanukkah Storytime” features “Honey Hanukkah” by Woody Guthrie. The event, which includes activities and treats, is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble at Arden Fair, 1725 Arden Way, Sacramento.

Info: (916) 565-0644

Kids Camp planned at Bradshaw Animal Shelter

The Bradshaw Animal Shelter is sponsoring a Kids Camp for children age 8 to 12. The humane education camp is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sacramento County Animal Shelter, 3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento. Participants will receive a shelter tour, hold animals, make toys, talk to a veterinarian and animal care officer, and more.

Info: (916) 368-7387

‘Jingle All the Way’ scheduled at St. Francis

The Sacramento Master Singers will present “Jingle All the Way” at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1066 26th St., Sacramento. The family event will feature many familiar songs for children, who are invited to sing along.

Info: www.mastersingers.org