Top 5 Parks You’ll Want to Visit in Elk Grove

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As kids and even adults we strive to have joy in playtime as well as adventures to keep our spirits alive. Elk Grove is known mainly for its variety and vast number of Parks throughout the City and is home to extremely beautiful environments. Here are a list of top 5 parks and why they are on their list

Miwok Park: With an enclosed toddler area, this park is perfect for some fun play time outside. Huge various playgrounds with tons of swings, a child’s dream. With shady spots for mom and dad, there is a jogging pathway and picnic tables to hang out at. Bathrooms aren’t too far, right by the play structures.

Morse Park: Home to the water works, this is a must! It’s basically a playground and a water park mixed together. Who wouldn’t want to go here? There’s a workout park, park for small kids, park for older kids, baseball field, skate park and a dog park. Stop by for the whole family to have a good time.

Derr-Okamoto Park: Great selection of activities, they have a play area for     2 – 5 year old’s and then another for 5 – 12 year old’s. Huge open grass area to play sports or just toss the ball around. Has a huge parking lot and a large shaded picnic area. With fun splash features you’ll want to check this out.

Betschart Park: Has a soccer ball field, and a huge play area. A bunch of the tables are covered by an awning, big enough for a birthday party or a special event. Extended greenbelt passes through to make it a great jogging destination that leads to other parks. Huge open area for the kids to run around and you to sit back and watch!

Horseshoe Park: With a fun waterpark for the kids, this makes it the perfect place for summer. With a basketball court, and tennis courts, there are countless activates to be played here. With multiple play structures and a horseshoe area it’s fun for everyone. There a little bit of everything here and it’s a blast!

There are limitless opportunities for fun at these parks. Almost every sport you can think of or imagine can take place at one of these parks. From waterparks to throwing birthday parties, these all have something in common. And it’s the happiness that kids feel when they get there. There are also many other parks in Elk Grove that offer so much fun for the all the family.


Nightlife in Elk Grove

With a billion different activities to do in a city, the night life in Elk Grove California holds the grand prize. Hotels, Bars, Restaurants and fun adventures await the excited spirits in search of enjoyable times and memories.

Elk Grove is home to quality businesses that provide public entertainment and solitude for everyone. If you are looking for a place to go and relax, grab a drink, or just enjoy the environment, check out Babe’s Lounge. With live music venues a few nights a week and a great drink selection, you’ll feel right at home coming here to let loose or hang out with friends. Also dining on a budget? Deals and promotions are occasional yet creative a few days out of the year thanks to the owner and bartenders. Babe’s Lounge is known for its Customer service and its desirable atmosphere. In Elk Grove, it is the perfect place for your home away from home.

Babe’s Lounge isn’t the only food sensation in Elk Grove, Sage Mill, the American wine bar and small food plates galore, is just down the way. It’s food selection is as others would say amazing. Sage Mill is a customer favorite and widely known for its freshness and quality tasting food. The wine selection is excellent as well as your common soda or water served with great customer service. One thing people love about going here is the wine tasting selections, which are open until night time and the personable staff that make you feel welcomed. Businesses and people looking to throw an event and need food catering can also confide in Sage Mill as well, for their lunchboxes filled with hearty sandwich’s and their delicious portioned sides. Another great feeling to have is knowing that the Owner and Chef of this wonderful restaurant is the same owner of the popularly known Boulevard Bistro in Elk Grove. Many people give way to positive word of mouth reviews and experiences and Sage Mill is no exception for your night out on the town!

A great place to have fun at in Elk Grove’s night scene is Bob’s Club. There is never a weak drink made here and it’s the hole in the wall treasure that you’d hope to find in any scenario. Known as being a biker bar, the friendly atmosphere is welcoming and as any would hope for the customer service is personable. The most important aspect of any place you go is that the experience satisfies you enough to remember it, and want to come back. Bob’s club is that place you hoped for. Another amazing thing about Bob’s is the inexpensive prices of drinks. Perfect place to go get drinks and chill solo or with friends for the night. You won’t be disappointed when you go to Bob’s Club.

All in all, Elk Grove’s night scene is abundant and full of life if you’re looking for bite to eat or a few drinks with friends or family. Finding something to do isn’t always easy but in Elk Grove get ready for fun and adventure.

The History of Elk Grove

Elk grove is a family oriented tight knit community that was founded in 1850. Elk Grove was established as a hotel stop for people passing through! Providing major access between two seriate freeways it creates a beautiful middle ground with evangelic houses along the way. The population started with a couple hundred people and grew to over 75,000 people in 2001. Now currently in 2017 we have 171,059! Wow, crazy what 16 years can make a difference in.

           One of the most significant things elk grove is known for is the great school district. Elk Grove Unified School District is one of the highest preforming districts in all of California. Known for the 5th largest, they have an entire collection of forty elementary, to nine middles, nine high school, and Consumes College, with Davis nearby and then alternative high schools also included. That makes for a peaceful and positive place to live.

           You want to get involved with the fun things around town, they are known for their widely historic and beautiful buildings. With memorial parks, libraries and homes. You want to check out the Elk Grove Historical Society, built in 1850 by James Hall who founded Elk Grove. You can check out their research library, with unique treasures such as historic documents from the history of Elk Grove. They offer tours the first Saturday from each month from 12pm to 4pm. So, go check them out and read about the community you live in and embrace the culture and heart of Elk Grove.

           If you want to embrace more of a blast from the past, check out Old Town Elk Grove. They filled the streets with boutiques and businesses, with all things you can imagine. With a fire department, water service and Chamber of Commerce, you don’t want to forget to come here! Lucky for you they also have annual Chili festivals! Every year around May time you can pay a few bucks and eat all you can eat chili! And then when November rolls around you can also experience the 29th annual Dickens Street Faire. You can walk down the parade and look at all the unique vendors, selling food, jewelry, crafts and all that good stuff. Great place to take the family out all day and experience a little bit of history with good food and little shops.

           Elk Grove is home to an exciting historic past and culture that welcomes all, whether its locals or tourists. A fun place to visit with a vibrant and rich culture, that give you the comfort of home.

Elk Grove Library, The Perfect Place to Work or Study

A peaceful and quiet place to get away is nice for people who enjoy reading and studying or just need to use a computer. This place located in Elk Grove is called The Sacramento Public Library.

The past 100 years, this library has seen a few different locations in Elk Grove and finally touched down on 8900 Elk Grove Blvd in 2008. Because this safe- haven is in downtown Elk Grove, it is easily open to anyone near or far and is completely free! Need a library card? You can get a card here and check out the variety of books. Because we know youll want to take them home, you can reserve them too. Some even check out Audio books which are used so that people can listen to an automated voice reading the book back to them, rather than reading it themselves. Well that’s not all the wonderful Library has to offer. Due to the donations made by the Genealogical Association of Sacramento some people can now find their family tree!

Now more than ever, everyone might just be a little curious as to who our great, great, great ancestors were, where they came from, or even just a little bit of information of how we got here without being charged for the information. The Libraries new collection of select Genealogical books and other materials are for study and use here during the working hours of the day for free. Not only can you search the rows and rows of historical books but you can use online sites with the libraries free access to Computers. Everyone, whether it is students, adults, children, or teens can use the popular sources and use of Wi-fi for a secure and better internet connection.

Although there are so many avenues and resources that the library provides, one of them really reaches out to a specific group of people that may or may not seek information. They are the Veterans, and here at the Sacramento Public Library in Elk Grove Veterans can come and get a multitude of information and help if they need it. The benefits and resources are things transitioning from military to civilian life, education and help for post dramatic stress disorders, finding jobs and Veterans benefits and support for families.

Access to these resources for all different kinds of people are essential and healthy for our communities and well beings. If you are interested in reading a new book, searching the web, or just writing an essay for that class you’re taking, come on by Elk Grove’s Sacramento Public Library!

Elk Grove Summer Events

Get out to Elk Grove this summer for some fun in the sun and some tunes in your ears. Elk Grove California is home to some of the most adventurous yet laid back environments around. If you’re out to have some fun enjoy a lovely evening at Elk Grove’s Free Friday night concerts which are happening every Friday this August in 2017!

There will be food, music, and fun for all ages as bands come together for the event to put on shows for everyone coming. This event every Friday is sponsored by the City of Elk Grove and popular supporters such as Mazda and Nissan just to name a few. Have kids? Bring them along with some cash and enjoy the concessions provided in this Hot Summer Night Concert Series. Not only will you have a blast, but this event is free! Yes, free! Bring yourself or family and friends because the Concert Series begins at 6:30pm and goes until 9:00pm. Whether you live in Elk Grove or are a local around the city you can catch this event at 3020 Renwick Avenue at the Laguna Town Hall in Elk Grove Ca.

Hot Summer Night Concert Series isn’t the only event you can catch in Elk Grove this summer. Located at 9080 Elk Grove Blvd the Elk Grove Fine Arts center is hosting some events this summer that all can enjoy. For example, if you appreciate or find art fascinating, starting on July 1st you can visit the First Saturday Art Reception from 11:00am to 4:00pm. This event is featuring two artists by the names of Steve Wilson and Katrina Ernst, who are local to Elk Grove. Steve Wilson is a wonderful Metal Sculptor as Katrina Ernst is a representational oil painter. Both will be present at the gallery to talk about their art and meet the people who come. This fantastic event is also free this summer and is going to continue through July 26th. Enjoy Live music by Gregg Matson, refreshments, and free parking. And just as if this event couldn’t get any better, also available to take part in is a Tile Fundraising Event that allows people at the gallery to be a part of the fun and Glaze a tile for installation on the Entrance of the Galleries walls. Better act fast, only one more wall to go with 4 walls already being finished.

Events such as these are fun, and enjoyable just for you and many people alike. Get out there this summer and experience what Elk Grove has to offer. Make sure to have a safe time if you’re traveling and keep the energy positive!

Adventures at Morse Park

We’ve all played at parks growing up. You’ve got your playground, your swing set, and hopefully lots of grass to go wild on. But what if there was a park that was much more than what you’d expect out of any other park you’ve visited. What if there was a park with a few dog parks, a lovely walk around view of nature, an outdoor standing waterpark?! And there’s much more where that came from.   

           It sounds like too much fun, and a dream come true. That sounds just like Morse Park in Elk Grove California. Google reviewers comment that this park “Is a beautiful park with plenty to keep you, your friends, and your family busy.” With its reputation for clean bathrooms, playgrounds for all ages, skate ramps, and delightful views of green nature and blue skies, you’ll be walking in and out of paradise once you’ve experienced Morse Park for yourself.

          Feeling up for a picnic? Enjoy the parks wide open spaces, places to sit and enjoy a meal, a birthday, or just a barbeque bash. Lounging around this delightful park isn’t the only fun you can come across, because sports is a commodity here. From basketball courts, to baseball and soccer fields, any kind of exercise you’re looking for can be found here! They also can have a blast at this park’s notorious water wonderland Just like when you point the hose up in the air and the water comes back down like rain. Pure fun, and a great time await you here. Stop on by and enjoy the adventures at Morse Park!

5 Things to Do For Memorial Weekend in Elk Grove

Summer is here and Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect way to start it off. By celebrating those that have served us and our country, we are always so grateful and there are plenty activities to be a part of. Here is a list of our top 5 activities in Elk Grove to celebrate this amazing weekend.

1.       The  2nd Annual Elk Grove Brewfest 

Elk Grove Brewfest is returning for another year, and with an ever growing craft beer scene in Elk Grove, it’s high time that the city had an annual Brewfest. EGBF sold out last year, so don’t wait to get your tickets! 

2.       Cal Expo Sacramento County Fair 

“Let’s Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White & Blue” – This year’s theme for the Sacramento County Fair! Great way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.  

3.       Cars and Coffee 

Family friendly car show featuring DJ Jimmy Jam, Raffle Prizes, Vendors. $5.00 to enter and looking is free! Proceeds benefit local charities! 

4.       Lego Block Party 

Join the Lego Block Party! You bring your imagination and creativity, and the Franklin Community Library will supply lots and lots of Duplo and Lego blocks to build with.

5.       Surf Xtreme Day Camp

Northern California’s ONLY indoor double Flowrider… plus they have Trampolines, Paintball, Girls Makeover Salon and more! Their day camp is the perfect place to enjoy Memorial Day with the kids.

Community Highlight in Elk Grove: Laguna Lake

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Living in Elk Grove is like living in a movie. The town is set in a wonderful suburbia with plenty of new construction, things to do, and places to see. The communities are full of life and diversity, and the market is one of the hottest for millennials right now. It’s truly a booming city. Therefore, we’d like to highlight one of our favorite communities: Laguna Lake.

Most of the homes in this beautiful community are single family homes with three to four bedrooms. Many homes have access to the lake through their backyard and can cruise on their boat when the weather is nice. Residents can also swim and fish in the 75 acre lake. A trail surrounds the lake which makes it convenient to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The Valley Hi Country Club is right next door, where most residents just ride their golf courts over for a relaxing game of golf. Other amenities of this lovely community are a tennis courts, and a club house with a pool and party room.

Laguna Lake is located in a convenient area where grocery shopping and banks are within one mile. If you have kids, the schools that they would attend are among some of the best in the area. The closest schools to Laguna Lake are Arlene Hein Elementary School, Toby Johnson Middle School, Franklin High School, and Cosumnes Oaks High School. Click here to learn more about schools in the area.

Current Housing inventory in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove housing inventory is running at a slow pace. The homes are moving fast and this helps fuel the rising prices. Generally we will see an increased listing inventory in Elk Grove starting in April. Lets keep an eye on it and see if tradition will win.

The list below is the current inventory in Elk Grove as of today. For more information contact Mark DeGennaro at 916-849-4810


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Declutter Your Home This Spring


Here it is, already March when it feels like New Years was last weekend. With that being said, the sun is starting to peek out a little bit more making it exciting to start on your new home projects. However, first things first: you need to declutter your home. It’s always good declutter your home everywhere and here is how you can do it:

Get your Strategy Organized

Before you even get started it’s wise to get your game plan in order. Take notes on which room needs to be done first, and prioritize all the other rooms. Then, make sure you have some bins that will help keep you organized. You should have 3 bins for a Keep pile, a toss pile, and a storage pile. Also, make sure you have trash bags too for any garbage you find lying around.

Commit to Getting Rid of your Junk

People often have emotional ties to stuff they may not need. As a result, it turns into junk and clutter. It’s okay to get rid of something you don’t use or want even if you care about the person who gave it to you. Also, it’s important to recognize that not EVERYTHING should have emotional value either. Therefore, it’s important to recognize what is worth saving and what is worth getting rid of.

Use this Clutter Scale for Deciphering How Important it is to keep it:

5 — Important items whose place in your home is non-negotiable. For me, this included my green-stained Depression glass, photos, business files, office equipment, and my car.

4 — Items that are difficult to replace and items you use every day. This pile included most of my clothes, CDs, some furniture, a favorite sheet set, towels, and jewelry.

3 — Items you use occasionally but haven’t used within the last six months.

2 — Items you rarely use but feel hesitant to toss.

1 — Items you never use, like seasonal items, specialized tools, or kitchen gadgets. I got rid of stationery, extra wrapping paper, old boxes, and my printer.

You know what I found as I used the clutter scale? There were rarely items that rated a 2 or 3. And once I established some criteria, I was able to sort and purge the 2s and 3s like never before.