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Earl ‘Jack’ Koobs Sits On the Commemorative Park Bench Holding a Vintage Timepiece
Earl Koobs cradled his father’s pocket watch after a nature area veteran ceremony. Memorial services were synchronized with the WW I relic.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Ranger Jack, A Legend Remembered

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/27/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - WW II veteran Earl “Jack” Koobs helped raise a monument that became one of the nation’s first memorials to those who fell in the Vietnam War. The community leader died on February 9th from injuries sustained after a fall at home. He was 94.

Known as “Ranger Jack” to generations of students and friends, the teacher is himself immortalized by the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area. This Engle Road oasis is held in perpetuity for environmental education; it also hosts regular veteran ceremonies.

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MBK Homes Debuts New Home Community

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

Posted: 2/27/2015

Artists Rendering Of New House
Madison at Fair Oaks is a charming new home community that offers an eclectic mix of Spanish, French Country, and Craftsman architecture with unique open-concept floor plans.
Photo courtesy Roxburgh Agency

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Tour the model homes at the grand opening event Saturday, February 28th and enjoy complimentary lunch from the Swabbies food truck! MBK Homes, the California builder ranked #1 by homebuyers for purchase and first-year customer service experience through the Eliant survey systems, will debut Madison at Fair Oaks, a unique collection of single-family detached residences located in Fair Oaks. The grand opening event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be one of the first to tour the three fully furnished new model residences and enjoy complimentary food by Sacramento’s popular Swabbies on the River food truck between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Event attendees can also enter to win a free iPad!

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Tina Macuha, Pat Poremba, and Genevieve Hartsock
From left to right: Tina Macuha, anchor & reporter for Good Day Sacramento, who spoke at last year’s event about her experiences as a breast cancer survivor; Pat Poremba, chair of the 2015 Relay for Life; and Genevieve Hartsock, the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay Specialist for Fair Oaks.
Photos by Greg Lowdermilk

Fair Oaks Relay for Life Seeks to Finish the Fight

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 2/13/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - At Sacramento Waldorf School, on April 18th at 9:00 a.m., the Fair Oaks Relay for Life will begin.

Relay for Life is a yearly event by the American Cancer Society. Participants in the relay form teams, and members of each team take turns walking around the track for 24 hours straight. It’s not a race, but rather a community fundraising event to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

The public is welcome to attend the relay for free to support the participants and enjoy the proceedings.

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Three Young Volunteers Dig a Hole
Volunteers planting trees at Pioneer High School in Woodland.
Photos courtesy Sacramento Tree Foundation

Sacramento Tree Foundation: Keeping Green is Critical to Our Health

By Molly Townsend
Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Trees provide a lot more than beauty in our communities. Shade, air purification, filtration of pollutants in our water, impeding storm water runoff, and protecting soil from erosion are just some of the benefits of which Sacramento Tree Foundation works to educate the public. Since its establishment in 1982, the nonprofit organization has been working to educate and train individuals on how to preserve, protect, and properly plant trees throughout Sacramento schools, parks, neighborhoods, and open spaces.

Major partners of Sacramento Tree Foundation include California ReLeaf, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program, and Capital Public Radio. Grantors of the foundation include the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, and the Kelly Foundation.

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Dressed in Period Uniforms This Drum and Fife Band Puts On a Brightly Colored Display
The California Consolidated Drum Band entertains visitors at the event.
Photos by Jim Hatfield

Experience American Heritage Day

By Jim Hatfield
Posted: 1/30/2015

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - You are invited to attend the 13th annual American Heritage Day event sponsored by the Mount Vernon Memorial Park at 8201 Greenback Lane in Fair Oaks. The event will be held on Monday, February 16th (Presidents’ Day) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the event is free. Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and be sure to bring your cameras.

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Community Donates 96 Baby Baskets for New Moms

Posted: 1/30/2015

A Basket Filled With Baby Clothes and Useful Things For New Moms
The Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Basket Drive raised funding for 96 baskets in December, which will be given to new moms throughout 2015.
Photo Courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Community members donated $4,800 in December to provide 96 local pregnant women with baby baskets, thanks to the Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Basket Drive. The baskets are filled with needed items including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers, and more, and are given to every Sacramento Life Center patient after the baby’s birth. Donors also gave new items to add to the 1,000 baskets the Sacramento Life Center will give in 2015. Monetary donations and new items for baby baskets are accepted year-round. For more information, visit

“Our patients may come in for a pregnancy test, but they leave with strong support systems and resources,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “We want to encourage women and teen girls and their partners that they are capable of caring for a child, and we understand the hurdles that they often face, sometimes as simple as wondering if they will be able to afford diapers. These baby baskets give new moms a boost of confidence and needed supplies.”

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Smiling Girl Scout Offers Boxes of Cookies
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California purchases its cookies from ABC Bakers, one of two licensed Girl Scout cookie bakers.

Girl Scouts About More Than Just Cookies

Posted: 1/30/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Girl Scout Cookie Season is underway and continues through March 22nd! But there’s more to Girl Scout Cookies than what’s in the box—Girl Scouts is about the essential skills a girl gains from interacting with customers and the experience of running her own cookie business and working with others. New this year, Girl Scouts will be able to sell their cookies online through Digital Cookie, adding new skills to the program like online marketing and e-commerce.

From its earliest beginnings in 1917 to its current popularity, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place. Cookie earnings help pay for the leadership activities and field trips Girl Scouts do all year long. Plus, the cookie program benefits more than just the girls selling them. With their earnings, Girl Scouts fund important community projects at the local level. When you buy Girl Scout cookies in your neighborhood, you are keeping your dollars in the community.

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Therapeutic Recreation Scores Big Since 1975

By Ryan Meza
Posted: 1/16/2015

Participants Play Soccer
TRS volunteer attempts goal during the Chargers’ last soccer practice before Special Olympics competition.
Photo by Ryan Meza

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Providing recreation services to community members with disabilities since 1975, the Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) program offered by the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks is a fun-filled atmosphere that includes activities such as “Monster Mini Golf and Dinner” and “Ridin’ on the River.”

With an active team of more than 200 athletes who compete in a variety of sporting competitions including the Special Olympics, TRS provides year-round training to all who participate in five different sports: basketball, soccer, swimming, track and field, and floor hockey. Almost everybody who trains in a sporting activity ends up competing in their Special Olympics Team called the Chargers. The Sacramento County Chargers was founded more than 30 years ago. Chargers athletes have received many awards for various sports and competitions hosted by the Special Olympics. Over the past years, the Special Olympics have also honored several of the coaches and volunteers who participate.

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Food for Families Raises Almost Three Million Pounds of Food in Holiday Donation Campaign

Posted: 1/16/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thanks to the generosity of Raley’s customers, employees, and community partners, Raley’s Food for Families annual Holiday Bag Campaign surpassed its goal by nearly 50%, raising 2.9 million pounds of food in Northern California and Northern Nevada in 2014. The total, raised from November 7th through December 31st, is among the highest in recent years and set a new bar for 2015.

“This year was one of our best Holiday Bag Campaigns ever,” said Jennifer Teel-Wolter, executive director of Food for Families. “Not only did we raise nearly three million pounds of food for those in need, we also did it by providing fresh and healthy options to our food banks. We’re thrilled to see how the community supported this effort and we’re so grateful to everyone who participated.”

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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

Annual Holiday Bus Painting Party

Regional Transit Charity Tradition Continues

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

Area Residents Raise $300k for Free Medical Services

Posted: 12/18/2014

Musical Theater Puts Young Actors Front and Center

Aladdin Jr. Captivates Audiences

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 12/4/2014

Church Fair Offers a Crafty Christmas

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/4/2014

Holiday Open House at Citrus Town Center

By Connie Hall
Posted: 12/4/2014


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