Sierra 2 Center Activities

In the 1970s, Curtis Park residents joined together to save Sierra School on 24th Street from demolition. The movement to save the school led to the formation of the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association (SCNA). Today SCNA manages the transformed school building, now called the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community, as a dynamic center for cultural and educational activities.

Sierra 2 Center is home to many organizations that have programs available to the public. Below is a list of the ongoing activities that take place at Sierra 2.

Click here for a current schedule of 24th Street Theatre productions.

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Special Events
Martial Arts
Spiritual Services

Special Events

MELT Relax and Restore Workshop
Date: December 18
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Fee: Earlybird- $20/After December 11- $25
Register at:
Relax and restore in this special MELT Method workshop.  If you are stressed out, overworked, or just want to feel your best, join this workshop!  The MELT Method is a best-selling book and has been featured on Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Prevention Magazine and many others! Vanessa Light, certified MELT Method Instructor, will guide you through simple self-treatments you can do at home to remain active, healthy and pain-free. This all-levels class will use specialized soft rollers and small MELT Hand and Foot Balls to relax your nervous system and restore hydration in your connective tissue.  You can reduce inflammation, ease chronic neck and low back strain, improve alignment, and learn how to keep your whole body working better.

Participants must be comfortable enough to get on and off the floor and roller, and must be able to lie on the floor on their backs for short periods of time. If pain or restricted movement makes this too difficult, a private introductory session is recommended. Drink water before class and also bring water. A yoga mat is recommended. Tools will be supplied for class use and also available for purchase – including the new Hand and Foot DVD.

Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF)
Dates: December 21
Time: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Curtis Hall
Phone: (916) 447-3589
AOF promotes the civic understanding of atheism and the acceptance of atheists in our community. They use educational programs, projects, and publications, to extend secular perspectives to the public.

Wisdom of the Wild Heart: an intuitive painting and creative writing workshop
Date: Saturday, January 10
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location:Room 11
Fee: $75 (all materials and lunch will be provided)
Instructor: Toni Tiedemann
Info and registration: (916) 468-9440 or
Painting and writing from the Wild Heart are ways of listening to yourself, being intimate with your deep soul. In this workshop you will honor where you’ve been and discover where you are going.  You’ll tune into what you want and need. You'll reflect, celebrate, let go, grieve, dream and tune into who you are at the deepest level. In this workshop you will not learn techniques but, instead, will learn something more precious. You will learn to be fully present to yourself in the moment, listening to your inner voice that is yearning for self-expression.  By surrendering to spontaneous creative expression you will reignite the childlike passion to play and create that you may have lost along the way to adulthood. No painting or writing experience required.  You'll learn to let go of being attached to painting and writing something pretty and allow your inner truths to flow onto the page.

This workshop is for you if you:

  • You want to start the New Year getting in touch with yourself at the deepest level.
  • You’re interested in personal growth and are curious how a painting and writing practice can be transformative. 
  • Don’t think you’re creative but wish you were. YOU ARE. You just need a little encouragement.
  • You know you’re creative and are looking for additional outlets to get your creative juices flowing.

Dress comfortably you might just get messy!

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Additional children/youth classes listed under Art, Dance and Martial Arts

Arts Guild Rio Valley Charter School
Ages: K-12
Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-Noon
Locations: Room 10 and Studio 3
Rio Valley Charter School’s Arts Guild begins teaching classes at the Sierra 2 Center this fall. RVCS homeschooling students who are considering the performing arts will have the opportunity to participate in two new Arts Guild’s programs. One program consists of a two-hour a week workshop that will include drama activities, guest speakers, career & college planning for the artist, and student-interest projects. The other program is called The Intensive, a 7 week block of workshops taught by local experts- Jacob Montoya (Dance & Movement), Nisa Hayden (Scene Study), and LuAnn Higgs (Vocals).

Capital City Music Together
Children ages 0-5 enjoy singing, dancing, drumming, playing, giggling fun!
Time: call for schedules
Location: Room 9
Contact: Jennie Ribadeneira
Phone: (916) 990-3222

Dance For Theatre/Contemporary Jazz with Jacob Montoya
Sacramento Theatre Company
Date: September 10-December 17
Location: Studio 1
Fee: $200
Ages: 1st-3rd Grades
Time: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm
Ages: 4th-6th Grades
Time: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm
Registration & Info:
A dance class designed for kids who love both theater and dance.  Each class will combine elements of contemporary and jazz with the foundation of ballet and alignment. This dance class is also meant to instill the passion of dance into the students by allowing them to explore their creative side through improv and creation. Using the belief that everyone has a voice in dance, and every dancer is valuable no matter how much training they have had.  Sessions culminate in a final presentation.

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Awaken My Art Collective
Time: Tuesdays, noon-3 p.m.
Location: Room 11
Fee: $30 for four sessions (includes supplies)
Contact: Karen Sharp
Want to bring your inner artist to life in a fun and supportive atmosphere? Awaken My Art Collective teaches an ongoing series of glass mosaics classes. Creating mosaics is a fun way to explore colors and shapes while sharing ideas with one another. All levels of artistic abilities are welcomed, from beginners to experienced artists. Come join the fun!   


Auntie Amy's Hula
Time: Thursdays, 3 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Contact: Amy Cornellier
Phone: (916) 792-5561

Mindful Bellydance
Tribal fundamentals class for all levels
Time: Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Contact: Sawako Ama

Awakening Bellydance
Cardio class to live music for all levels
Time: Every Fourth Saturday, 11 a.m.
Location: Studio 1
Contact: Sawako Ama

Irish American Ceili Dancers
Time: 1st and 3rd Mondays,7-9 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
$5 per class, pay at the class
Contact: Helen Healy
Phone: (916) 444-8051
Description:  There are 3 types of Irish dancing: Step Dancing (a form of competition dancing popularized by River Dance), Ceili dancing (a short repeated pattern with different partners) and Set dancing (a fixed group of 8 dancers, precusor of square dancing).  This class offers lessons in the two forms, Ceili dancing and Set dancing.  The class is energetic and fun; all ages and skill levels welcome.
Manasa Tribal Belly Dance
Time: Sundays, 2-3:30 p.m.
(June-September, 3-4:30 p.m.)
Location: Studio 1
Contact: Patrice Norris
Phone: (916) 736-1730

Polynesian Dance
Time: Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm
Location: Studio 2
Contact: Tyra Simoni
Dances of Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, and Tahiti.

River City Taps
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5-8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1p.m.(Studio 1) & 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.(Studio 3)
Contact: Richard Walters

West African Dance
Time: Fridays, 6-7:00 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Contact: Jessa Cruz
Come learn African dances to live drumming. The rhythms are guaranteed to move you! All levels and ages welcome.

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Dates: Wednesdays
Times: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Fees: $10 Drop In; $45 for 5 Pack (no expiration); $80 for a 10 Pack (no expiration); $5 Drop In for students/seniors 65+/military/veterans
Contact: Emily Wishman
Phone: (510) 299-1066
A low impact class that draws on flowing movements of tai chi; the strengthening theories of ballet, pilates and yoga which creates long, lean, flexible muscles; and the healing principles of physiotherapy which create a pain free body. Taught by Emily Wishman, Sacramento's first certified Essentrics instructor. The first class is FREE! Get a FREE class for every friend you bring to try it! Bring a yoga mat & small towel; wear comfortable clothes & bare feet. Contact Emily with questions or for more info.

Motivational Aerobic Dance Exercise
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., Room 10
Thursdays, 5:45 p.m., Studio 1
Fee: Drop-in $5
Fitness Instructor: Kia
Looking for something new? Come shake, tone and burn fat in this high intensity, calorie busting group fitness dance class. Featuring today's hottest Latin inspired, hip-hop and jamming old school music, this class will leave you sweating and wanting more. MADE- is a stress free, worry free, energetic and overall positive environment. Men, women and children of all fitness levels are welcome. So come on out, step outside yourself and take the steps to a healthier you. Dance 'til you drop. All you have to do is move!

Time: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Intructor: Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland
Nia – the original Dance Fitness – is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial, dance and healing arts, leading to health, wellness & fitness. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. It is a vehicle for fitness and personal growth, in which every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Nia helps students to increase their strength, flexibility, agility, mobility, and stability, and nurtures healing of the body*mind*spirit through somatic exercise and awareness. Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland holds a Black Belt in Nia.

Weight Watchers
Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.
Registration begins half hour before each meeting
Location: Room 10
Phone: 800-374-9191

Zumba with Annalisa
Time: Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Contact: Annalisa Brown
Phone: (530) 513-0768

Zumba with Pakko
Fridays, 6-7 p.m.
Sundays, 11-noon
Location: Studio 2
Contact: Abraham Contreras

Eagle Claw Kung Fu Academy of Sacramento
Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
Saturdays, 12:30-2 p.m.
Location: Studio 2
Phone: (916) 441-7215

Sacramento Bushido Kai
Japanese Martial Arts
Ages 4-Adult 
Monday, 6-7 p.m., Studio 2
Wednesday, 6-7 p.m., Studio 1
Contact: Michael Mason
Phone: (916) 616-5452

Sacramento Sword School
Martial Sword Arts of Europe
Time:  Thursdays, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Location:  Studio 2
Instructor:  Maestro Eric Myers
Phone:  (916) 276-2247

Typhoon Philippine School of Martial Arts
Times: Tuesday & Friday, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Studio 2
Instructor: Master Maurice Gatdula
Phone: (916) 509-6671
This class includes Jow Ga Kung Fu and five styles of Phiippine Martial Arts

Unified Chinese Martial Arts
Saturday, 9-10 a.m., Studio 2 
Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Studio 2
Thursday, 8:30-9:30 p.m., Studio 2
Friday, 7-9:30 p.m., Studio 3
Contact: Shifu Byron

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Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
Free monthly meetings for writers, artists, & musicians on all levels & from all music genres welcome.
Date: 2nd Wednesdays
Location: Room 12
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Contact: Gabrielle Kennedy
Phone: (916) 476-5073
String Orchestra Lessons
Dates: Second and Fourth Wednesday
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Room 9
Fee: $20/month
Contact: Krystyna Taylor
Phone: (916) 216-0429
The K street Orchestra is a late-starters string orchestra welcoming any string players over 18 years of age who can read basic music and play in first position. Their mission is to create and fun and friendly orchestra setting for those beginning and intermediate string players who wish to play with other learning adults. Music and chairs are provided, all you need is a music stand and an instrument.


Art of Living Foundation
Time: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Room 11
Phone: (916) 601-3101
Yogic breathing and meditation

Iyengar Yoga
Time: Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.
Location: Studio 1
Contact: Gladys Callander
Phone: (916) 382-9943

River Song Meditation
Location: Room 14
Phone: 212-0062
Description: dharma, yoga, writing.

Sacramento Yoga Center
Location: Room 6
Phone: 996-5645
Description: Students of all levels welcome!  We offer Hatha yoga, meditation, workshops and special events. Qualified instructors. Safe and comfortable environment.

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Spiritual Services

Services: Monthly Meetings
Times: call for schedule
Phone: (916) 491-5871

Believers Fellowship
Services: Sundays,10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 10
Contact: Lee Aviles
Phone: (916) 203-6461

Know Thyself as Soul
Meditation: 1st Sunday of the month, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Curtis Hall

New Destiny Ministries
Services: Sundays, 12:45-2:15 p.m.
Location: Room 9
Contact: Pastor Singleton
Phone: (916) 532-5581

The Vibe Church of Sacramento
Sunday Services: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Garden Room
1st & 3rd Wednesday Bible Study: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Room 11
Contact: John Macdonell Pastor
Phone: (916) 595-5622


Center for Soul Healing
4th Tuesday, Room 9, 7-8:30 p.m.
3rd Saturday, Room 12, 1-5:00 p.m.
Description: Soul Power techniques and practices introduced by Master Zhi Gang Sha to help you connect with your soul and develop your soul abilities. Soul Healing techniques are highly effective, yet incredible simple. Many are sacred and secret practices known only to high-level masters for thousands of year. They applied them for self-healing, healing others, opening the spiritual channels, attaining enlightenment and much more.

EBT, Emotional Brain Training, the Solution for Weight Management
Dates: Thursdays
Times: 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Location: Room 12
Contact: Eve Lowry, RD
Registration: (530) 677-1969
Do you know how to eat?  Do you know how to exercise?  Do you wonder why sometimes it seems easy to do all the things you already know how to do to be healthy and happy… and other times it seems almost impossible?  EBT gives you the tools to rewire your brain from stress to
balance, from balance to joy, where the need for fixes of food, drink, drugs and workaholism melt away. 

Italian Cultural Society Language School
Location: Room 13
Phone: 482-5900
Description: Classes for all levels, travelers and children.

Marxist School of Sacramento
Speaker Series: call for schedule
Phone: (916)799-1354

Sierra 2 Senior Center
Location: Room 12
Dates: Monday-Friday
Times: 8am-4pm
Phone: 455-6339
Description: The Sierra 2 Senior Center is located in Room 12 at Sierra 2. It is open Monday-Friday. Hours vary depending on the scheduled activities. The Senior Center was established in November 2000 and it provides activities, information and fellowship to seniors who live in Curtis Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. For a schedule of current events, click here.


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