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Alice Frankland and Carol Spiker
GFWC Sutter District President Alice Frankland (left) holds the 2012 Heifer International award accepted by Spiker on behalf of the work of members of CFWC while she was State International Outreach Chair. Carol Spiker (right) displays the first Linda Dennis Heifer Hope Award, a GFWC personal achievement award, presented at the 2015 GFWC International Convention in Memphis, Tennessee.

A Lifetime of Dedication

Story and Photo by Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/21/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Carol Spiker, past president of the Citrus Heights General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), recently received a prestigious award from the nonprofit Heifer International, which helps people in underdeveloped countries lift themselves out of poverty.

Since its founding in 1944, Heifer has been able to assist over 22.6 million families in 125 countries around the world to become self-sufficient as a result of monetary donations to fund the gifts of animals and other resources for these families. In 2014, Heifer celebrated its 70th anniversary and partnership with GFWC by creating an award, the Linda Dennis Heifer Hope Award. Spiker was the recipient of this initial award that was given out at the 2015 GFWC International Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on June 15th.

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Smiling Attendees Display Foods
Congregation Beth Shalom’s food festival celebrates traditional and modern Jewish cuisine.

Great Nosh at Beth Shalom

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/21/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The 38th annual food festival at Congregation Beth Shalom promises fine Jewish cooking on Sunday, August 30th.

A tradition in Arden/Carmichael, the event is held in and outside the synagogue at 4746 El Camino Avenue. Food may be preordered, purchased to eat on site, or taken home.

Lox and bagel breakfasts are a draw for early birds. Lunch includes matzo ball soups and stuffed cabbage rolls. Congregation booths will also sell falafels, pitas, hummus, kosher hot dogs, and barbecued brisket. Pastries, coffee cakes, and kosher babka are much anticipated desserts. While many of the promised treats are prepared locally, other are shipped from famous Jewish delis in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Oakland. A bakery section offers specialty breads.

Vendor booths, live music, dancing, and children’s games will fill the synagogue yard. Activities begin at 9 a.m., continuing until 3 p.m.

Anyone may attend this free festival. To pre-order food, visit

For more information, call (916) 485-4478.

A Windsurfer on Lake Natoma
Windsurfing is a popular recreation activity on Lake Natoma.
Photos courtesy of the Aquatic Center

Splish Splash Summer Fun at the Aquatic Center

By Sal Arrigo Jr.
Posted: 8/7/2015

How many times have you driven near or bicycled past that lake located on Hazel Avenue just off of Highway 50? This is Lake Natoma, home to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, a facility that opened in 1981 and is open to the general public, but is the best-kept secret for water recreation activities in the area. Perhaps residents believe it is a private facility only to be used by Sacramento State faculty and students, but let me tell you, they are missing one quality aquatic venue.

There are water activity programs for all ages and abilities at the Aquatic Center, and if you are afraid of the water, the Aquatic Center staff is available to assist you in conquering that fear. If you have ever wanted to sail or kayak, here is your chance to learn in an atmosphere dedicated to teaching you the proper techniques and, above all, how to be safe on the water. Cindi Dulgar, associate director of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and veteran water enthusiast, told me about an eight-year-old girl who took a boating safety class from her many years ago. The girl remembered her safety training and was instrumental in averting a potentially dangerous situation that occurred on a family outing.

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Golf Tournament Changes the Lives of Special Needs Youth

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

Center and High School Staff With  Beneficiaries
Staff members from Richardson Center and Luther Burbank High School post with the Diedrich family and Andre Justice’s family.
Photo by John Swentowsky

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “It’s All About the Kids” is how all those involved in this year’s annual Sacramento Rotary “Golf 4 Kids” fundraiser on August 10th. Funds raised from this one event have been changing the lives of 100 special needs students at Ralph Richardson Center in in the San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) in Carmichael and three other schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) for three decades.

The annual tournament held at the Northridge Country Club in Fair Oaks funds programs for the physically and health impaired at the Richardson Center, and at Luther Burbank High School, Fern Bacon Middle School, and Bowling Green Charter School in the SCUSD.

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Reading Outside of School Is Very Important for Kids

Posted: 7/17/2015

Young Woman Reading on a Lakeside Dock
Encouraging your tween to read in their free time, as well as at school, offers them with a wonderful hobby today and lifelong benefits down the road.
Photo courtesy of Brandpoint Media

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (BPT) - Reading is a fundamental skill people use throughout their lives, and in this digital age reading is more important than ever. When children and tweens read, they improve their reading skills and they also improve their comprehension, knowledge base, concentration, and vocabulary. Many children love books, but getting those children to continue to read as tweens can be more difficult.

As a parent, you cannot afford to let your tween’s reading fall by the wayside or trust that the reading they do at school is sufficient. Supplemental reading at home will help your child do better at school and in the real world after graduation, too. To encourage their reading outside the classroom, follow these suggestions.

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A White Vase With a Blue Lotus Flower Motif
Shimo, Lotus Series #16, 2013. Porcelain, 9 x 16 x 16 in.
Photos courtesy of Shimo

Exhibition of Chinese Porcelain at Crocker Art Museum

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Born in Shanghai in 1962, Shimo is a respected Chinese artist who immigrated to the United States in 2003 and now divides his time between Sacramento and Shanghai. Approximately 25 porcelain objects created by Shimo, including exquisite pieces previously exhibited by major museums in China, will be on view this summer at the Crocker Art Museum. The exhibition Flowers of Fire and Earth: Shimo’s Blue-and-White Porcelains will be displayed in the Crocker’s light-filled Weborg Gallery through September 6th, 2015.

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Local Actress Fritz Grows into Star Role

Posted: 7/3/2015

Eppie’s 2015 Great Race Team Sets Time to Beat

Posted: 7/3/2015

Seussical the Musical

Posted: 6/19/2015

What Memories May Come

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

Memorial Day Ceremony Commemorates Our Fallen

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 6/5/2015

Honoring Casa Roble High School’s Best and Brightest

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


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