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Volunteers Circulate Costumed as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and Other Wonderland Characters
The atmosphere at the Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks was festive and upbeat, though the purpose for being there was somber. Pictured are numerous participants at the Relay for Life event on April 18th.
Photos courtesy of Patricia Poremba

Cancer Survivors Come Together at Relay for Life

By Julia Baum
Posted: 4/24/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Children scrambled around a sunny athletic field while a band played rock ‘n’ roll music in the distance. Nearby, adults and teens power-walked the surrounding track, its edges dotted with camping tents and a lemonade stand, and volunteers arranged folding chairs for a late-night movie screening.

The atmosphere at the Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks was festive and upbeat, though the purpose for being there was somber: numerous participants at the Relay for Life event on April 18th had their lives affected by cancer at some point. The 24-hour American Cancer Society campout drew 15 teams of volunteers over the weekend, most of them survivors or loved ones out in full force, fighting back.

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Faith Bedingfield, Lorly Ruben, and Allison Bemis Are the Queens
Faith Bedingfield is Jr. Miss Orangevale (left), Lorly Ruben is Little Miss Orangevale (middle), and Allison Bemis is Miss Orangevale Queen (right).
Photo courtesy of the Orangevale Chamber of Commerce

2015 Miss Orangevale Queens Have Been Crowned

Posted: 4/24/2015

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - The sixth Annual Miss Orangevale Pageant, directed by Tamara Barbu-Brown, was held on April 10th at the Life Center in Orangevale. The pageant was hosted by Melissa Cabral from Good Day Sacramento and sponsored by the Orangevale Chamber of Commerce. A total of 19 contestants entered to become the new Miss Orangevale.

The winners are Mazlynn Grace for Wee Miss Orangevale, Lorly Ruben for Little Miss Orangevale, Faith Bedingfield for Jr. Miss Orangevale, and Allison Bemis for Miss Orangevale Queen. To meet these lovely ladies and their sponsors, you are invited to a coronation on April 24th at Eskaton FountainWood Lodge located at 8773 Oak Avenue in Orangevale at 5:30 p.m. This event will include fun door prize gifts and pictures with the winners!

The winners and all contestants will also appear in the upcoming Orangevale Pow Wow Days Parade on May 16th at 9:00 a.m. on Greenback Lane between Main Avenue and Filbert Avenue. If you are interested in joining this wonderful program next year as a sponsor, contestant, or volunteer, please like the Miss Orangevale page on Facebook ( for future updates.

Special thanks to the following sponsors who made this event a success: Orangevale View, Eskaton FountainWood Lodge, Chris Moriarty Photography, Paul Mitchell of Sacramento, Flower Shop in Orangevale, Orangevale Copy Center, Subway Truck Parts, Lisa Sampson with Lyon Real Estate, The “GoToGuy” for Insurance, Amanda McCoin for Take Shape for Life Coach, The Pentkowski Family, Best Appliance Repair, and Mercy Hospital operating room in Folsom.

Source: Orangevale Chamber of Commerce

Sidekick Listens as a Small Child Reads
A girl reads as Sidekick the dog calmly sits nearby.

Learning with Furry Friends

“Read to a Dog” Helps Children Discover the Joy of Reading

Story and photos by Christie Spurlock
Posted: 4/10/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - For many years, the Fair Oaks Read to a Dog program has been helping kids learn from the most unassuming of teachers.

Kids and dogs both reap the positive benefits that come from the program. Reading to dogs allows kids to practice their reading with an impartial party, one who will not judge how perfect their speech is but will sit patiently and listen. “It’s a bonding experience between a child and a dog,” said Katherine Matranga, organizer of Read to a Dog for nearly five years. “They’re not supposed to be corrected, guided, or tutored; it’s supposed to help them lose their inhibitions.”

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Ray Dodds Has the Look of an Old-Time Prospector - Because He Is
Ray Dodds of the Mother Lode Goldhounds gives gold panning lessons and tips at the Roseville Rock Roller’s annual Gem and Mineral Show.

Gem and Mineral Show Rocks the Region

Story and Photos by Anne Stokes
Posted: 4/10/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Roseville Rock Rollers Gem and Mineral Society hosted their 53rd annual Gem and Mineral Show over the weekend, taking over the Placer County Fairgrounds with 65 vendors, lapidary demonstrators, and educational presentations for rock hounds of all ages. With over 3,000 visitors in attendance, it’s becoming one of the largest gem and mineral shows on the west coast, according to show chairman James Hutchings.

But don’t call it a gem fair. “It’s not a ‘fair,’” says Hutchings. “A gem ‘fair’ is a commercial thing; it has nothing to do with rocks and minerals.” Enthusiasts and vendors from all over the west coast brought their collections of rough and polished gemstones, mineral specimens, fossils, meteorites, and jewelry collected from all over the world to be put on display or put up for sale. Collectors were also able to bring in rocks for expert identification. “We’ve got mineral identification, so people can come and bring their rocks, their gemstones, we’ll put them through the testing here and determine whether they have something really interesting, sort of like Antique Roadshow, and give them an idea of what they have,” explained Hutchings.

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A Crowd of Young Witnesses
A crowd of students witnesses the ceremony.
Photos by Sharon Rummery

Citizenship Ceremony Held for Young Americans

By Sharon Rummery
Posted: 3/27/2015

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - On March 17th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Sacramento Field Office held a ceremony at Twin Lakes Elementary School in Orangevale. Seventeen young people, ages 10 to 24, took their citizenship oath in front of 150 students. When a parent naturalizes, his or her children below the age of 18 automatically become citizens. That was the case for those honored, each of whom received a certificate to show as proof of U.S. citizenship.

The Orangevale students were fifth and sixth graders who traditionally stage a Patriots’ Pride observance each year. They decorated their auditorium for the ceremony, and gathered to honor those being sworn in.

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Firefighter Guides Young Camper With Extinguisher
Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Fire Camp Lets Kids Be Firefighters for a Week

Posted: 3/27/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Metro Fire recently opened the application period for Fire Camp, a day camp that takes place from July 7th through the 10th. Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Campers are grouped in “strike teams” of eight campers, and each strike team is mentored by two Metro Firefighters. Campers learn valuable life safety skills while discovering what it means to be a firefighter.

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12, or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so apply early for a better chance of securing a spot. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 4th.

In order for the accepted camper to attend, a parent or guardian must attend a Mandatory Orientation Meeting on June 18th at 7:00 p.m. The fee to attend Fire Camp is $100 per camper.

Fire Camp will be held at Fire Station 21, located at 7641 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights near Sunrise Mall, on Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (end time for Friday is flexible). In order for any child to attend camp, he or she will require daily transportation to and from the camp.

For applications and more information, visit

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Clean and Sober Living Helps Addicts Find Hope

The Founder, Don Troutman, Has Built a Lasting Community

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 3/13/2015

Restaurant Review: Mighty Tavern

Enjoy the Farm-to-Fork Experience in Fair Oaks

By Ben Barber
Posted: 3/13/2015

Ranger Jack, A Legend Remembered

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/27/2015

MBK Homes Debuts New Home Community

Madison at Fair Oaks Offers Large Open Floor Plans at an Excellent Value

Posted: 2/27/2015


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