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Principle Performers Arrayed in Costume
A compilation of cast members in costume for the new production of Mulan, Jr.
Photos courtesy of El Dorado Musical Theatre.
Photo collage by Allison Buchholtz

Local Actress Fritz Grows into Star Role

Posted: 7/3/2015

FOLSOM, CA (MPG) - El Dorado Musical Theatre is proud to present Disney’s Mulan, Jr., which will run from July 10th through 19th at the Harris Center (formerly Three Stages at Folsom Lake College) in Folsom.

Emily Fritz of Orangevale is one of two cast members that performed in the 2009 production of Mulan. She was just six years old at the time and it was her third show. Now, in 2015, she’ll star as the title role of Mulan in her 22nd show with El Dorado Musical Theatre—she just turned 13 last month! In 22 shows, Emily has never missed a show. She has performed in every age-appropriate production that El Dorado Musical Theatre has run since 2008. Emily is also a part of the theatre’s performing group, High Voltage. She is the youngest member of the group.

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Paddlers Gather for Race Trial
While the American River’s water flow is low this spring, flows in the summer—including on Eppie’s Great Race day—should be very similar to last year’s flow, which was very good for boating/paddling.
Photo courtesy of Eppie’s Great Race

Eppie’s 2015 Great Race Team Sets Time to Beat

Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Each year prior to “Eppie’s Great Race,” a three-person team and two “Iron People” who are regional celebrities, officials, media personalities, or community leader athletes set the “time to beat” for all of the competitors who participate in the following week’s Eppie’s Great Race, to be held this year on July 18th, 2015.

Known as “Eppie’s Great Team,” Eppie’s pacesetters have included some of California’s most respected government officials, media representatives, successful business leaders, renowned athletes, local celebrities and semi-celebrities throughout its 42-year existence. All Eppie’s Great Race participants who beat the Great Team’s pacesetter time receive a free breakfast coupon courtesy of IHOP Restaurants and the Eppie’s Great Race Foundation.

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Two Seussical Characters Pose
Seussical the Musical features the award-winning Fair Oaks Theatre Festival ensemble.
Photo courtesy of Don Langford

Seussical the Musical

Posted: 6/19/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover and commits himself to protecting it and the Whos who live on it; Jojo, a misfit Who who “doesn’t think normal thinks,” struggles to find his place in the tiny Who society; and Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love, the kind and compassionate Horton.

Through mishaps and adventures, these unique characters finally find what they seek: a place in their world. It is the storyline from Seussical the Musical, the opening production for the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival Summer Series. Seussical the Musical is from the Broadway 2000 musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It’s based on the books of Dr. Seuss, mainly Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches the Egg, and Miss Gertrude McFuzz. Seussical the Musical features the award-winning Fair Oaks Theatre Festival ensemble. The Cat in the Hat, played by Sandra Hill, guides through the book Horton Hears a Who! Horton the Elephant, played by Joe Hart, endeavors to protect the people of Whoville and his newfound friend JoJo, played by Kaden Torres. Analise Langford Clark as Gertrude from The Butter Battle Book show up along with Sour Kangaroo, played by Corey Winfield, and Mayzie, split cast with Brianne Hidden and Anna Russell. You’ll also find a whole host of other Seuss book characters.

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Long Lines of White Gravestones on the Green Lawn of Gettysburg
Generations have passed since blood soaked the battlefields of Gettysburg. You can still feel the grief of each of the Unknown Soldiers.

What Memories May Come

Story and photos by Paul V. Scholl
Publisher, Messenger Publishing Group
Posted: 6/19/2015

In a matter of minutes, everything changes. In a matter of hours, we lose, then regain our focus. In a matter of days, we recover. In a matter of years, we forget. In solitude, we best remember those precious minutes.

So much happens for us in the time between Memorial Day weekend and the waves of a long hot summer. Graduations that culminate years of learning and parenting children through schools, May and June weddings, Father’s Day, and of course, our nation’s birthday. Blink and you will miss it all. Luckily, this year I didn’t blink.

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Kurt Baird is Focussed on Piping
Bagpipers Kurt Baird and Casey Young.
Photos by Nicolas LaPolla

Memorial Day Ceremony Commemorates Our Fallen

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/5/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Memorial Day at the Fair Oaks Cemetery began with the traditional parade of motorcycles. Members of the American Legion Riders Chapter 383, followed by bagpipers, rolled onto the Avenue where hundreds of flags led the way. They drove toward the memorial and flagpole where the ceremony was held.

This year’s ceremony was filled with meaning and memories, a history lesson for all. The program began with Chaplain Mark Rice (Chapter 383 American Legion Riders) giving the invocation. He introduced this year’s theme: to pay special tribute to the veterans who fought and died in the American Civil War. This May marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, so the service was dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the battles of the war. The service aimed to help people remember and understand the sacrifice of those who died, paving the way for “the new birth of freedom.” It also honored veterans laid to rest at the cemetery and around the world.

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Color Guard Retires the Flags
The Casa Roble Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard retiring the flags at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Honoring Casa Roble High School’s Best and Brightest

Story and Photo by Sheila LaPolla
Posted: 6/5/2015

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - Casa Roble High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) 25th Annual Awards Night ceremony was held in May and honored the cadets in the program for their scholastic achievement in the Aerospace Science Academics Studies program.

The AFJROTC cadets, audience, and dignitaries were welcomed by Group Commander Cadet Colonel Tristan Adamson. AFJROTC CA-901 Aerospace Science instructors Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Houdek and Senior Master Sergeant John DeVenere moderated the awards ceremony where 26 national and special awards were presented by numerous military service organizations. The awards ceremony provided an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the cadets and to symbolically pass the torch to the next group of future AFJROTC graduates.

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Volunteer Has a Heart Bigger than His Clown Shoes

Shriners Hospital Volunteer Recognized for Exceptional Service

Posted: 5/22/2015


Annual Taste of Fair Oaks Returns

Posted: 5/22/2015


Clean Sweep for Creeks

Water Wisdom Shared at Carmichael Park by 1,800 Volunteers

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/8/2015


BBQ Dinner and Dance Raises Funds for Local Veterans

By Sheila LaPolla and Elise Spleiss
Posted: 5/8/2015


Cancer Survivors Come Together at Relay for Life

By Julia Baum
Posted: 4/24/2015


2015 Miss Orangevale Queens Have Been Crowned

Posted: 4/24/2015


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