Declaration and Meaning

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-10-04

The entire class worked together to write their Declaration of Independence. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

Andrew Carnegie Eighth-Graders Declare Independence

Orangevale, CA (MPG) - History lessons are always taught through the lens of hindsight. But to get a real feel for how one important event involving the formation of a liberated United States of America took shape, this lesson shifted into real time. 

James Pantalone’s eighth grade U.S. history students at Andrew Carnegie Middle School have a real appreciation for the multitude of challenges and setbacks the crafters of the Declaration of Independence incurred because they’ve recreated the process with declarations of their own.  And the issues at play are serious: No more Common Core instruction. Abolish the school rules that require us to show up on time and infringe upon our creative spirits. And, surprising as it sounds, some even suggested that the time had come for them to declare their freedom from the myriad pressures of ….wait for it: Social Media! Not an abolishment, mind you, but a separation from the undesirable parts, such as bullying and invasion of privacy.

Crafting a declaration demanding freedom from something was intended to offer students the experience of what it must have been like to work as a group, find common ground on the issues and then, finally, put them to paper and sign it into action.  For Pantalone’s home room class, which chose to see the abolishment of Common Core, the dreaded standardized teaching and testing requirements that, arguably, as revered by students as some educators, the process was eye-opening.

“I learned that there must have been a lot of disagreements and challenges between the people who wrote the Constitution and the real Declaration of Independence,” says Shaelyn Crichton, 12.  She explained that each class was broken up into four or five groups and each group was assigned to craft certain parts of their document.  Crichton’s group was challenged with writing the preamble for the declaration, which she says was easier said than done.

“It was kind of hard because we had the part that leads you into the declaration,” Chrichton said. “It really gave me an appreciation for the hard work the original creators of the declaration put in. They must have had arguments and all kinds of challenges trying to agree on the basic principles, because our group did. We would agree on something and then we had to take it out later when we couldn’t all agree on the next part.”

Ethan Montgomery, 13, said his group, which was asked to craft the statements outlining the challenges against their cause, achieved some beneficial insight into the degree to which those guys Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, among others, must have gone to ensure the document was fair and honored by all involved.

“It really put it into perspective how difficult it must have been to go through multiple versions of the original document and keep working on it until you got it done,” Montgomery said. “They didn’t give up. They worked until they all agreed on it and it was right.”

So, with countless things to declare independence from, why in the case of Pantelone’s home room, was Common Core targeted?

“We decided to declare independence from Common Core because it was just pushed on us really fast and it was all so over-complicated,” said Chrichton.  “We all feel that the curriculum got really hard for us and all of a sudden there was all this homework and it seemed really unnecessary.”

Interestingly enough, two other periods declared independence from Common Core, as well.  Two demand a separation from the pressures and negativity created by cyber bullying, hacking and invasion of their privacy online.  And one class just went after the entire school system, demanding their independence from the pressures of conformity, and other typical teenage rebellion.

“Typical stuff there,” says Pantalone, who added that he remained100 percent neutral on all of the issues, giving each class the freedom to craft their document independently and void of restrictions.  “I wanted them to create an authentic document,” says Pantalone. “We studied the original document in class first and we talked about and how important it was. We watched a movie on the making of the declaration and then I said OK, here’s your challenge. And I am really proud of them. They learned a lot in the process and I think they truly have an appreciation for what it took and the personal risks that were involved.”

It is fitting that Pantalone’s students would be asked to create their own “living” document as a teaching exercise.  His approach to teaching history is to make it fun and keep students engaged and coming back for more.

“I want my kids to come running to my class,” says Pantalone, who has been teaching at the school for 19 years. “I want them to feel the events as if they were living them.”

That’s not too difficult a challenge. Pantalone’s classroom looks and feels like a life-size diorama of every important cultural, social and political event shaping the country between the Civil War and World War II.  Photos, memorabilia and even uniforms and kitsch from the eras studied adorn the walls, ceiling, desktops and bookshelves.

Now, there is a new addition: Five hand-inked, sepia toned, signed and laminated student declarations of “independence,” taped to the top of a bookshelf, surrounded by reproductions and original WWII era keepsakes, such as metal signs encouraging enlistment in the U.S. Army, others urging civilians to buy bonds, as well as donated items, such as a glass-encased set of military stripes, a gift from a former student earned by his grandfather.

“My students bring me all kinds of things,” says Pantalone. “They get into it and they bring me all kinds of things to add to the collection, which is great. That means they are inspired.” 

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Citrus Heights, CA (MPG) - Sunrise MarketPlace and Sunrise Mall have teamed up to host the Sunrise Crafts, Carvings & Carnival event on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Sunrise Mall. The event is scheduled from 11am to 4pm.

This free family event will feature: More than 50 handmade craft and specialty vendors; Live musical entertainment; Carnival with rides and fun games for ghouls of all ages (October 19-22). Tickets can be purchased at www.midwayoffun.com.

More great fun for the family will include a live pumpkin carving demonstration from 12pm to 2pm in the JCPenney Court inside Sunrise Mall. There will also be contest to enter to win a chance to participate in the hands-on pumpkin carving event. Ten lucky winners will learn how to carve a pumpkin like a pro on October 21 from 12pm to 2pm in the JCPenney Court inside Sunrise Mall, conducted by carving artist, Luis Rodriguez, as seen on Good Day Sacramento.  Online contest runs October 2-15. Entry and rules can be found at www.sunrisemallonline.com.

Kick off the start of the fall shopping season at this family friendly event in the parking lot at Sunrise Mall.  For more information about the event, contact Kathilynn Carpenter at (916) 536-9267. For the contest, contact Susie Rodgers at (916) 728-1916 or visit www.ShopSMP.com or www.sunrisemallonline.com.

Shop smart, savor selection and stay connected. Sunrise MarketPlace is a collection of more than 400 retailers, restaurants and professional services in one of the region's most heavily travelled commercial corridors in the heart of Citrus Heights, CA.  For more information visit www.ShopSMP.com.  Sunrise Mall, located at 6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights.

Source: Sunrise Marketplace

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Share in The Magic!

By Sydnie Anderson  |  2017-10-18

The staff Murphy’s Magic invite you to learn a magic trick or two! Photo courtesy Murphy’s Magic.

Learn a New Trick: October 31st Is National Magic Day

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Murphy’s Magic Supplies is wanting to share the joy of National Magic Day with you.

Magicians are in the business of keeping secrets, but National Magic Day is something to be celebrated with everyone.  In 1927 a “Houdini Day” was established to honor the deceased Harry Houdini who was world renowned for his escapology and full range of stage magic tricks. In 1938,  it was proclaimed October 31st, the day of his death, to be National Magic Day in honor of Harry Houdini.  A plan was formulated to celebrate this day by having free magic performances for those who would otherwise not be able to go out and enjoy a show. 

Over the years National Magic Day has evolved and different forms of magic are being shared. Murphy’s Magic Supplies, a leading international magic supply wholesaler, has made it their mission to get as much magic into the hands of people to stay true to its origin.  Observe this day by teaching yourself a magic trick or watch other magicians perform.  Like www.facebook.com/MurphysMagicSupplies to learn more about magic and sign up at  www.murphysmagic.com/gift to learn 5 free tricks you can be prepared to share on October 31st, National Magic Day.

Murphy’s Magic Supplies, Inc. is the world’s largest wholesaler of magic and is committed to providing outstanding service with honesty and integrity unparalleled in the magic industry.  Established in 1998, Murphy’s sells magic tricks and supplies to on-line and brick-and-mortar stores around the world.  Their retail partners sell amazing magic effects to famous magicians, local performers and hobbyist alike. 

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Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - With the time change comes greater danger. Awareness and conflict avoidance are first steps.

Robinson’s Taekwondo offers a free clinic on personal safety and self-defense just for women.  Women are especially vulnerable as they are often exposed to danger as they pick up and drop off family members in school, run errands or shop for the holidays in the early dark. This is a special night of self-defense, safety and conflict avoidance with Black Belts and extra special tips, treats and temptations from style, fashion, makeup and more for the ladies!

Plan to attend this safety awareness and simple self-defense clinic, our instructors will help raise awareness of dangerous situations and locations, show how to escape an attacker’s hold and give everyone who attends a safety ‘mindset’.

Experts and vendors will also attend to share ideas, tips and treats with those attending.

The event is being held at all Regional participating Robinson’s Taekwondo locations across the Sacramento area on Friday Night, October 27, 2017 at 6:30pm

This special community service event is FREE, but failing to be aware and prepared to survive a very high price to pay! Be safe not sorry later, but register today!

Visit www.robinsonstkd.com to register. Click on Events! 

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Women's Empowerment Receives $25K from US Bank

By Kristin Thébau  |  2017-10-18

U.S. Bank Foundation representative Pam Maxwell presents check to Women’s Empowerment’s board of directors and executive director Lisa Culp.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - U.S. Bank Foundation’s Community Possible program has awarded a $25,000 grant to Women’s Empowerment. The grant will support classes and programs that help homeless women gain the skills and confidence they need to secure a job and create a brighter future for their children. 

“We are so impressed with U.S. Bank’s commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “This generous donation will ensure homeless women can get a job, become financially self-sufficient and provide their children with a safe, stable home. We are very grateful to U. S. Bank for their investment in ending homelessness.”

In Women’s Empowerment’s initial nine-week program, women who are homeless receive free onsite child care in the group’s child development center and transportation assistance. Each woman works with a master’s level social worker to address her root causes of homelessness. She attends classes on job-readiness, financial literacy, confidence building, health and empowerment, as well as support groups for domestic violence and substance abuse. Women then focus on job placement with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor. 

Women who have graduated from the nine-week program can enroll in the group’s graduate services at any point in their lives when they need assistance. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, and job retention services for employer and employee.  

“The building blocks of a thriving community where all things are possible include stable employment opportunities, a home to call your own and a community connected through a culture of arts, recreation and play,” said Jessica Cook, product manager with U.S. Bank and Women's Empowerment board member. “Women's Empowerment provides the most comprehensive solution in Sacramento for women and children who are homeless. At U.S. Bank we believe in Community Possible and are proud to have Women's Empowerment as one of our partners in Sacramento.”

Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $54.2 million in 2016. Visit www.usbank.com/community.

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com

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Sacramento Arts Festival Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary 

MPG Staff  |  2017-10-18

John Lane, of John Lane Photography, will be displaying his photographs at the upcoming Sacramento Arts Festival, November 3 – 5, at the Sacramento Convention Center Complex.Photos courtesy c3 Communications, Inc.

Sacramento Region, CA  (MPG) - The 20th Annual Sacramento Arts Festival, considered the best ever in quality and variety, returns to the Sacramento Convention Center from November 3 through November 5. The festival has become not only the premier art and craft show in the Central Valley, but is also one of the top art festivals in the country.

Local favorite John Lane of Carmichael and John Lane Photography, will be displaying his photographs at the upcoming Arts Festival.

Strolling through the festival, attendees can shop from a vast selection of extraordinary art and contemporary craft.  Visitors can choose from ceramics, clothing, decorative fiberworks, furniture, glass, gourd art, jewelry, leather, metalworks, paper, stone, woodworks, drawings, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, sculpture, photography and two and three dimensional mixed media.

Festival attendees can shop for themselves, their homes and for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts.  There is something for everyone including:

The festival includes 225 of America’s best contemporary craftspeople and fine artists offering more than 15,000 original works. It will feature both local and national artists from 11 states, as far away as New York

There will be special demonstrations of craft and art where attendees can meet and talk with the talented artists and craftspeople about how they make their unique items

Also included will be delicious festival food featuring Spiro’s Gyros (Greek), Indian Gourmet, American cuisine, and five vendors selling take home food, as well as continuous live Main Stage entertainment including the GG Amos Blues Band, The Kurt Ribak Jazz Quartet, and Gabe Lewin on guitar

The event is planned for Friday through Sunday, November 3 – 5. Times are Friday 10am to 6pm,  Saturday 10am to 6pm,  and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St. (Entrance at 14th and J Streets), Sacramento, CA 95814. Admission is $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, with children under 12 free. For more information, tickets and $1 off coupon please visit www.sacartsfest.com

Source: c3 Communications, Inc.

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Business Coach Holds Special Open House

By MPG Staff  |  2017-10-18

A full house of friends and clients attended the open house event to thank the BizCoach.com team for all their support. Photo by Paul Scholl

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – Some things get better with age. Business gets better with coaching.

On Wednesday September 13th, BusinessCoach.com held its annual open house at their offices in Sacramento, with a special surprise in store for one of the partners.

Gary Henson, president and founder of the business, invited folks from all over the greater Sacramento area to enjoy some food, drink, and fun, and to participate in a big surprise.

During the first hour of the event Gary introduced everyone to his staff at BusinessCoach.com, which includes his wife, Jenene Stafford, the Architect of the Company, Sales Partner Johnny Lujan, and Executive Assistant Brittany Swafford.

The best part of the evening was revealed at the end, when cake and decorations were brought out as a surprise for Mr. Henson's wife Jenene, who turned 50. Friends she hadn’t seen in years were there to wish her a happy birthday.

Gary and the team at BusinessCoach.com want to thank everyone who came out and helped make Jenene's night such a special treat.

BusinessCoach.com is the industry leader in Executive Coaching services. They provide coaching to businesses and also teach, certify, and empower those who want to become, or already are, business coaches. They work with owners and leaders that are stuck working long hours, managing under-performing employees, and are struggling to produce enough profit.

Over the past 28 years they have helped over 7000 clients stay focused, work less hours, and dramatically increase their profits to provide them overall peace of mind. Coach Gary says, "You are growing the most when you are least comfortable."

BusinessCoach.com is located at 2025 Hurley Way Ste. 111 in Sacramento, CA. We can be reached by calling (916)-922-7766 or emailing admin@businesscoach.com.

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Citrus Heights, CA (MPG) - Sunrise MarketPlace and Sunrise Mall have teamed up to host the Sunrise Crafts, Carvings & Carnival event on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Sunrise Mall. The event is scheduled from 11am to 4pm.

This free family event will feature: More than 50 handmade craft and specialty vendors; Live musical entertainment; Carnival with rides and fun games for ghouls of all ages (October 19-22). Tickets can be purchased at www.midwayoffun.com.

More great fun for the family will include a live pumpkin carving demonstration from 12pm to 2pm in the JCPenney Court inside Sunrise Mall. There will also be contest to enter to win a chance to participate in the hands-on pumpkin carving event. Ten lucky winners will learn how to carve a pumpkin like a pro on October 21 from 12pm to 2pm in the JCPenney Court inside Sunrise Mall, conducted by carving artist, Luis Rodriguez, as seen on Good Day Sacramento.  Online contest runs October 2-15. Entry and rules can be found at www.sunrisemallonline.com.

Kick off the start of the fall shopping season at this family friendly event in the parking lot at Sunrise Mall.  For more information about the event, contact Kathilynn Carpenter at (916) 536-9267. For the contest, contact Susie Rodgers at (916) 728-1916 or visit www.ShopSMP.com or www.sunrisemallonline.com.

Shop smart, savor selection and stay connected. Sunrise MarketPlace is a collection of more than 400 retailers, restaurants and professional services in one of the region's most heavily travelled commercial corridors in the heart of Citrus Heights, CA.  For more information visit www.ShopSMP.com.  Sunrise Mall, located at 6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights.

Source: Sunrise Marketplace

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Austin Bennett Speaks October 18 for Your Kids

By Karen Klinger  |  2017-10-17

Austin Bennett

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Austin Bennett (Bennett4Senate) is running against Senator Richard Pan in California Senate District 6.  Please attend and hear Austin Bennett speak at the Eagle Forum of Sacramento Meeting on Wednesday October 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM - Arden Park Recreation and Park District, 1000 La Sierra Drive, Sacramento 95864. 

A father of 5 children Mr. Bennett is well aware and concerned about the loss of parental rights through legislation authored by Senator Pan's "Mandatory Vaccination Bill SB 277", which became law; principal author of Sanctuary State SB 54, which became law, and "Bill of Rights for All Children of California SB 18", which will be reheard January 2018.  Join others who want to hear a vision for a better future for California families.

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Flick-or-Treat returns to Raley Field

Sacramento River Cats Media  |  2017-10-17

Annual community Halloween event features movie screening and trick-or-treating

West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Flick-or-Treat is back for its fourth year at Raley Field. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, this generation-defining story will play on the videoboard following an evening filled with trick-or-treating, games and prizes, and more at Raley Field on Saturday, October 28th. Flick-or-Treat is part of Dinger's Drive In, a two-part movie series at Raley Field.

Pre-movie trick-or-treating on October 28th is offered from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. before the movie screening begins. Various local partners and organizations, including Sacramento State, Sacramento Public Library, WestSacramento Police, Yolo County Library, and more will be in attendance, handing out treats and other goodies. Local media, including KCRA and K-LOVE will also be participating. Additional pre-movie activities include Harry Potter themed games, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and much more.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Warner Bros’ wizard-filled fantasy film – based on the novel series by J.K. Rowling – stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. The adventurous movie follows Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as he discovers that he is a famous wizard and begins his education, and is rated PG.

The screening is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. Trick-or-treating and family friendly activities will begin when gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for all children are $4 while adults are $6. Tickets can be purchased online or by visiting the Round Table Ticket Office at Raley Field. This event is rain or shine.

For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

Source: Sacramento River Cats Media

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