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Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/18/2014

Nicole Pesco and Lisa Culp
Nicole Pesco of Save Mart gives Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment a check for $25,000 to empower women who are homeless to find homes and jobs.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. has donated $25,000 to help homeless women in Sacramento find homes and jobs to support their families through Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job-readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with the mission of Save Mart C.A.R.E.S., which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education, and/or sports.

“Women who experience homelessness have greater barriers in their job search, so our program addresses all of their basic needs including nutrition, so they can get healthy and focus on job readiness skills,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. for its steadfast support that ensures more women leave our program healthy, employed, and living in their own homes.”

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Annual Holiday Bus Painting Party

Regional Transit Charity Tradition Continues

Dozens of Volunteers Paint the Holiday Bus
Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party. More than 100 people used a paint-by-numbers technique to bring the decorative bus to life.
Photos by Rick Sloan and Michael Young

By Michael Young,
RT Marketing Representative
Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party.

Colored lights and holiday decorations adorn the workshop and surround a 40-foot bus wrapped in white vinyl and marked with outlines of lights, candy canes, and other fanciful creations of the season in preparation for the annual gathering.

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Area Residents Raise $300k for Free Medical Services

Posted: 12/18/2014

Abby Johnson and Other Guests at Fundraiser
Author and former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (center) speaks with guests at the Sacramento Life Center dinner that raised funds for the nonprofit’s free medical care, counseling, and education for low-income pregnant women and teens.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - More than 650 local residents raised $300,000 for the Sacramento Life Center’s free medical care, counseling, and education services for pregnant women and teens at the organization’s annual fundraising dinner on November 8th. The Salute to Life Dinner and Auction included a gourmet dinner, auction, raffle, and stories of people who have received help from the Sacramento Life Center. The keynote speaker was Abby Johnson, author and former Planned Parenthood director.

“We rely on this event for the funding to continue the work we are doing, and last year we saw nearly double the number of women and teens that we expected,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “Thanks to this community’s generosity, we can continue to reach even more women and teens who feel scared and alone and instead provide them with a support system and the care they need.”

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Musical Theater Puts Young Actors Front and Center

Aladdin Jr. Captivates Audiences

Young Actors on Stage in 'Arabian' Costumes
EDMT features actors of varying levels of talent and experience on the stage, but the show was so well choreographed that every actor got a chance to be seen, and even the youngest performers were highlighted at various times.
Photos courtesy of Richard Wilson, CEO, El Dorado Musical Theatre

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 12/4/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The El Dorado Musical Theatre (EDMT) Lamp Cast finished its run of the fall show of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. with their last performance on Saturday, November 14th at the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College. The fall show featured actors between the ages of 6-20, and these young actors worked hard to put on spectacular performances.

The youth who starred in the show have many talents; they act, sing, dance, and captivate the audience. There was also a major time commitment involved with performing. They began rehearsals for the show in late August and rehearsed two to three days per week. Parents are also a key part of the EDMT organization, putting in at least 20 hours per show working at rehearsals, working backstage, loading sets, painting, helping the costumer, etc.

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Church Fair Offers a Crafty Christmas

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/4/2014

Christine Bagley, Tosha Tillotson, Pat Holbus, Carole Czimskey, and Amy Swanson
Pat Holbus (center) has organized the Holiday Show of hands fair at St John the Evangelist School for 36 years. Her volunteers include (kneeling left and seated far right) daughters Christine Bagley and Amy Swanson, school principal Tosha Tillotson (left) and Carole Czimskey.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - St John the Evangelist School’s annual blowout, A Holiday Show of Hands, will ensure a crafty Christmas to more than 10,000 shoppers.

Holiday and entrepreneurial spirits annually soar as crafters install wares for the first December weekend at the Carmichael campus. In its 36th year, the three-day fundraiser jams Locust Avenue and surrounding streets with shoppers’ cars.

Wares are too diverse to list. Suffice to say that whether hand-knitted, jeweled, hammered, or turned from a potter’s wheel, if it is tooled with artistry and love, St John’s is the place to find it. The fundraiser began when organizer Pat Holbus had seven children at St Johns and supported the school’s struggle to keep costs down for working families. That tuition fees are still among the lowest of Sacramento Catholic schools speaks to the event’s continuing success. The 1976 debut event hosted 20 vendors. Booths now sell out at 150 spaces and prospective crafters are juried so merchandise is not duplicated.

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Holiday Open House at Citrus Town Center

By Connie Hall
Posted: 12/4/2014

Actors Costumed as Nutcracker Themed Christmas Characters
The Holiday Open House at Citrus Town Center is fun and free event. Come see the Sunrise MarketPlace Christmas Characters who love to meet, shake hands, and take pictures with the whole family.
Photo courtesy of Hall Market Media

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Shopping during the holidays can be stressful and crazy—or it can be fun and joyous with all the special sights and sounds of the season. Make your holiday shopping fun by taking advantage of one-stop shopping for everyone on your shopping list this year while enjoying the special holiday festivities happening at Citrus Town Center in Citrus Heights.

Citrus Town Center, conveniently located at the corner of Sunrise Blvd. and Greenback Lane with plenty of free parking, will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13th from 1-3 p.m. Come on out to enjoy this very special free event for the entire family, especially the kids. A strolling Santa will be on hand to hear about those special Christmas wishes, along with Ellie the Elf who will be handing out special treats. Take a photo with Santa and Ellie and then enjoy a free ride on the Christmas Train!

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The Sacramento Moustache Run Raises Awareness of Men’s Health Issues

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/13/2014


Grant Allows Artist to Continue 35-Year Project

Posted: 11/20/2014


Buon Appetito a Tutti!

Columbus and Olive Oil Celebrated

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014


Boos and Brews Go Pop

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014


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