Project Ride Smart

If there’s a bicycle education program to emulate in the Sacramento region, it’s Project Ride Smart for 5th graders in the North Natomas Transportation Management District. For those of you familiar with Rio Linda, this area is just west of the E Levee Road, sort of the backyard of where I grew up on W 6th St, now it’s all subdivision housing, but they do have some very cool things happening. Regency Park School is part of NNTMA and the only school in Twin Rivers USD to benefit from this excellent program. It was developed and promoted by Mellissa Meng about 5 years ago. Here, she stepped in on Day 1 to introduce the course. Every 5th grader had the opportunity to participate. Bicycles were provided. There was about 3 hours of classroom instruction, 3 hours of blacktop drills, 3 hours of on-street riding, and 1-hour follow-up/debriefing. This is an intense course and one reason why blogging gaps happen to me. image L-R: Matthew and Elle. Elle is my co-LCI lead teaching partner this time. This is her website http://www.tinyhelmetsbigbikes.com/ image Matthew is working toward achieving his LCI status by practice teaching with us. Matthew’s story is incredible. He was struck from behind in 2011 while riding his bike on Elkhorn Blvd. He generously shares his story to encourage everyone to wear a helmet. His brain injury left him without emotions and without the sense of taste.

From the Sewing Cave

In between everything else, I’ve managed to complete a few projects. A handbag/backpack for Thais’ birthday on the 17th
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using Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures and Botanics fabrics.
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A few zippered pouches from the scraps.
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And a baby quilt for Mike (Dick’s son) and Nicole in Colorado who are expecting their first baby in June. The center panel is Alexander Henry’s ABC With Me. Thais helped pick out the coordinating fabrics, I came up with the quilt design.
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Rice farming in E Nicolaus

The planting season is coming to an end. This crop duster was planting one of the last fields very close to Justin’s house. image
Standing in Justin’s driveway.
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Once seeded, the sprout must reach above the surface within 3 days, so the water isn’t very deep right now, maybe 1-3 inches. As the rice grows, water is added to the field.
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Sacramento Valley Equestrian Patrol

Many events take place at the Dry Creek Ranch House. Today, the first gathering of the season for the Sacramento Valley Equestrian Patrol. Center is event organizer Barbara Longo, right is Candace Taylor. Far left, so sorry, this reporter did not get your name.
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After a 2-hour ride, the next step was to check your poker hand
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then have a good meal.
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Deadheading roses

image image Today I learned that I merely deadhead roses at the Dry Creek Ranch House – I remove the dead or nearly-faded blossoms. Someone else on the team is the artist. I think it’s Emmie, surely it’s not me. image

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