Pocket Canal Lights & Ceremony

2022 Pocket Canal Lights
Since 2018, PGCA co-founder and parks commissioner, Devin Lavelle, has led the effort to light the Pocket canal for the holidays along with City Council member Rick Jennings.  Since then, the lights have become a holiday favorite and have grown to span more and more of the canal.


Each year, the goal is to further expand the lights, but your help is needed. You can donate to light even more of the canal at giftstoshareinc.ejoinme.org/donate.


Each year, the community comes together to string the lights along the canal. If you would like to volunteer to help string lights, visit bit.ly/3GgWHA9.
 When: December 3, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where:Portuguese Community Park, 7350 Durfee Way Sacramento, CA 95831

Canal Lighting Ceremony

This year’s lighting ceremony will feature a visit from Santa!
 When: December 4, 2022, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where:Portuguese Community Park, 7350 Durfee Way Sacramento, CA 95831

Holiday Toy Drive Sat. 12/3 @ 2-4pm

Holiday Toy Drive Returning on December 3rd
The Greenhaven Soccer Club and City Council member Rick Jennings are proud to announce that they are once again hosting their annual holiday toy drive, benefitting Outside the Walls.
 Where: Parking lot of the School of Engineering and Sciences, 7345 Gloria Drive
When: December 3, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bring new and unwrapped toys to donate at the convenient drive through drop off, where volunteers will help you unload your donation.  Last year, approximately 1,100 toys were collected.

Outside the Walls (OTW) is a 501(c)3, dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, domestic violence, food insecurity and incarceration. OTW works with at risk youth and families; providing a wide variety of counseling services, as well as parenting classes, job training and a food/household item pantry. They serve families in a large geographic region, including our area.

Soccer Skills Clinic & Fundraiser: Friday 12/2 @ 6:00pm

5th Annual Holiday Soccer Skills Clinic & Fundraiser
The Greenhaven Soccer Club, City Council member Rick Jennings, and the John F. Kennedy High School Women’s Soccer Team will be holding their annual holiday soccer skills clinic and fundraiser.  All proceeds will be split evenly to benefit the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and the JFK Women’s Soccer Team. The cost is $25 and all kids age 4-13 are welcome to join in a fun-filled soccer clinic.

When: December 2, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: John F. Kennedy Stadium, 6715 Gloria Drive

Announcing the Pocket Greenhaven Community Association Scholarship

The Pocket Greenhaven Community Association (PGCA) is proud to announce that it will be awarding two $500 scholarships to local high school seniors who live within the organization’s boundaries for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year. These hyperlocal scholarships will help students and their families cover some of the costs of attendance to accredited colleges. 

“The PGCA is so excited to be offering a first-of-its kind scholarship to students in our community,” said PGCA Board President Katie Butler. “These grants align with our mission to enhance our community by supporting local. It is our hope that through partnerships with Pocket-Greenhaven businesses, we will be able to increase the amount of scholarship funds going to our high school Seniors in subsequent years.” 

The main requirement is that students must live within the group’s boundaries (North – 35th Avenue; South – Freeport Regional Water Authority Intake Facility; East – Interstate 5; West – Sacramento River).

The PGCA is currently accepting applications for the scholarships at: www.pocketgreenhaven.org/scholarship. Applications are due by March 1, 2023. 

2023 General Meeting Schedule

General membership meetings are held quarterly on the third Thursday of the month at Robbie Waters Library. Our schedule for 2023 is as follows:

Q1 – January 19, 2023
Q2 – April 20, 2023
Q3 – July 20, 2023
Q4 – October 19, 2023

The Pocket-Greenhaven Community Association Continues to Support our Neighborhood by Hosting Many Meetings Regarding Local Issues and Assisting Local Charities and Groups.

Over the last year the PGCA has hosted many meetings regarding important local issues.  Here is a list of the groups who made presentations and offered our neighbors a chance to share their feedback.

  • The Pocket Transportation Plan and the proposed changes to our neighborhood.
  • Lt. Bui with the Sacramento Police Department regarding crime stats for our neighborhood.
  • Paolo Nardi with the Sacramento Fire Department regarding their services in our neighborhood.
  • Residents Against Illegal Fireworks and how neighbors can help support their efforts.
  • Sacramento Utilities regarding upcoming changes to rates and green waste.
  • SMUD regarding their 0 Carbon Plan and changes to rates.
  • Frontstreet Animal Shelter re: their facility and how neighbors could get involved.
  • Important meeting on how redistricting works and the impact it would have on our neighborhood.
  • Pocket Area Churches Together and the amazing work they are doing to support our community.
  • Community Meeting held with Congressmember Matsui’s Office to deal with the ongoing issue of cluster mailbox break-ins.

Over the last year the PGCA has assisted the following charities and groups:

  • 2021 Pocket-Greenhaven Holiday Toy Drive that led to 1000’s of toys being donated to disadvantaged youth.
  • Supported 2021 National Night Out hosted by Pocket Nextdoor.
  • Pocket-Greenhaven Crop Swap
  • Planted trees at Sojourner Truth Park to support Pocket Girls Softball.
  • Worked with Vic Cima and the Elks Lodge to help launch our local Pocket-Greenhaven Farmers Market.
  • Pocket-Greenhaven Citrus Donation Drive to support families in need.
  • Established the Pocket-Greenhaven Community Association Scholarship.

The PGCA remains committed to keeping our neighbors informed and supporting important charities and groups that are working on improving our neighborhood.

PGCA Community Meeting Leads to Progress in the Fight Against Cluster Mailbox Break-ins.

After listening to neighbors concerns regarding cluster mailbox break-ins, the PGCA put together a community meeting that was held in conjunction with Gabriela Herrera from Congressmember Matsui’s Office.  As a result of the meeting the cluster mailboxes that were recently broken into with an illegal master key will have their locks replaced. Here is a list of streets that had cluster mailboxes broken into with an illegal master key and have now had their locks replaced:

  • 7700 West Shore Dr
  • 699 Coriander Way
  • 7605 Pocket Rd
  • 26 Axios Court
  • 7465 Pocket rd.
  • 7005 Warbler Way
  • 7605 Pocket Rd.
  • 7800 River Village Drive
  • 20 Pebble River Circle
  • 267 Brewster Avenue
  • 60 Portinao Circle
  • 300 Portinao Circle
  • 231 Portinao Circle

The PGCA also put together a community meeting in 2018 to make sure neighbors would have their old style cluster mailboxes replaced with them more secure F-series after a break-in.

A video of the recent meeting can be found here:


Thank you again to everyone who came out to the community meeting. Your feedback was responsible for helping to get these locks changed.


The Pocket/Greenhaven Community Association is hosting a citrus donation drive to help families in need.  Please join us on Sunday, February 20th at 11:00 am in front of Robbie Waters Library to drop off any extra citrus you may have.