The TBar is alive at 2700 Capitol Av.


The TBar is open at 2700 Capitol Avenue despite the current pandemic. The neighboring B Street Theatre brought in a lot of evening business into the small eatery. Despite the temporary closure of the theatre, though, the restaurant continues to serve its original tea-flavored sorbets and an assortment of counter food.

Despite the “Phase 2” restrictions, the manager allowed four of her staff to pose in front of the restaurant. Although masked, the team members exude a spirit of exuberance toward each other that is absolutely infectious.

Etched on the door to the right is one of the restaurants favorite slogans: Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea. The generational vibe is for real at this slurpy sippery.

Bird Poems in My Grape Arbor

The Toast to a Hummer 

      Wrapped in a turban made with a rainbow lifted from the bottom of a wine glass

The Humming Bird picked at the gnats from a spider web

That shrouded the pendant of grapes dangling beneath the wooden arbor above my










The Tree Over University Presbyterian


The 50-year old Catalpa at University Presbyterian (Fremont Presbyterian) shades the Sunday crosswalk from the parking lot. Although some of the members say that the tree’s canopy was once rounder, with a fuller bloom, the current middle-aged tree is nothing short of spectacular.

In the last few years, the church campus is shared with a different Protestant denomination. However, PC (USA) supports a thriving outreach to young adults attending the nearby California State University, Sacramento.

The Catalpa, known for its huge leaves and magnificent blossoms, actually graces the parking lot of the Scottish Rites building across the street from the church. Nevertheless, the lovely tree soars to over half-way to the top of the interesting, modernistic steeple that presides over the church.

Palm Trees Guard the Old Korean Presbyterian Church in Sacramento


Two burly palm trees act as sentinels before the doors at the old Korean church in Sacramento. At the time of their planting when the United Presbyterians (church now occupied by the Greek Orthodox faith) worshiped in the sanctuary, the church members felt that these trees marked a sense of welcoming and openness to all entering the building.

The pathway from the street to the sanctuary goes in between these twin, vivacious trees.

In many places throughout the world, including Hawaii and other nations throughout the Pacific rim, palms are signals for friendliness and joyfulness.

Elms Over Bethany Presbyterian


The majestic Chinese Elms over the social hall at Bethany Presbyterian Church, PC (USA) in Sacramento were planted in the 1970’s. These elms have a rounded canopy and a stately dignity. At the time, though, some species of Elms were under threat from the Dutch Elm beetle.

During the 1970’s Bethany Presbyterian was a center of care for recently arrived immigrants from Vietnam. The elms, moreover, invoke a sense of protection as well as wonderful patterns of deep shade.

Tower Brewery Adapting to Change


Kasey Kaleel, the Public Relations officer at Tower Brewery waves from the back of her brew pub and taproom. Open from 3 to 8 pm, the establishment at Folsom Blvd. and 65th Street offers deliveries within a ten mile radius of the pub.

Staff are optimistic about the future. The large garage-door entrance seen in the picture promotes a steady breeze throughout patron seating. When the public decides it wants to start going out, Towery Brewery might be one of the freshest and clean venues in the Lower East Sacramento area.

East Sac and Staying Healthy


Across from the Light Rail at Folsom Blvd. and 65th St. is a diner-friendly restaurant. Bento Box has a fenced dining area. The clean tables and breezy ambiance offer a comfortable area for social distancing.

Service providers are willing to take your order from outside the restaurant. Also, they facilitate payment from the outside.

Most significantly, the tables are a spaced with reasonable distance between customers. And, the view is spacious with ample opportunity for people-watching.


Along 6th Street and Hwy 50

Across 65th St. from the Starbucks near Folsom Boulevard, an RT bus pulls out from the train terminus with a bicycle in tow.
Some commuters find a place to park their red battery-powered bikes. Others commuters, intersecting with RT Rail, feel that there is no place to park. Walking to the bus terminal is difficult–with a rush of cars in various directions.
Except for the Starbucks across the street from the open terminal, the bus lot and light rail terminal are barren and lack retail life.
Nevertheless, Office Depot store and a few restaurants at F65 (the convenience mall across from the terminal) are helpful. The Starbucks and Pita Pit offer drinks and a decent lunch, respectively.
Pedestrian Difficulties.
“I don’t recommend our residents even go to the light rail station,”explains the manager of The Element, a student housing complex across from Target on 4th Avenue. It’ just too dangerous, she adds.
Along with the busy car traffic on 65th St., much of the sidewalk areas of the short walk to the station are poorly lit and inadequately recessed from the onramps to HWY 50.
A number of bicycle commuters have begun using 69th St. from Folsom Blvd. to get to Target or, a block further, to the restaurants on Broadway. However, that detour around the light rail station is even more poorly lit than the busy 65th St. corridor.

A city bus leaves the 65th St. Rail terminal

CVS Health open to 7PM weekdays
Alvin Oralla, the pharmacy manager at CVS Health at the Target store at 6507 4th Avenue beams down from his brightly lit customer where he prepared drug orders.
Open to 7 PM on weekdays and to 4 PM on weekends, the pharmacy and Target store near the HWY 50 onramp is a key commercial partner for the Upper East Sac neighborhood.
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