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Ana and Dean from the Drowsy Chaperone

Fair Oaks Theatre Festival Home of the Theatre Under the Stars Presents the Drowsy Chaperone

Posted: 8/21/2014

FAir oaks, CA (MPG) - Fair Oaks Theatre Festival is reprising its production of the Tony Award winning The Drowsy Chaperone for its second play of the 2014 season. Last year The Drowsy Chaperone received five stars from the News and Review and the Sacramento Bee called it… “The song-and-dance frolic with 1920s style”

The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, musical theatre fan; who as he plays the recording of his favorite stage show, the fictional 1928 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage.

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Volunteer Marty Delgado with Colorful Balloons and Flowers
Marty Delgado of Mercy San Juan Medical Center Guild, a non Profit Group of men and women who spend time every month guiding, assisting, comforting, and encouraging patients and their families in the hospital. Photo courtesy of Mercy San Juan medical Center

Mercy San Juan Medical Center Guild

Posted: 8/21/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Come join us! Add a new and interesting facet to your life. Mercy San Juan Medical Center Guild is a non Profit Group of men and women who spend time every month guiding, assisting, comforting, and encouraging patients and their families in the hospital.

We help by streamlining patient registration, escorting visitors, selling those much needed gifts, assisting the worried families of surgery patients, soothing infants, making Snoopys for Kids and Heart Bears for adults, as well as collecting and distributing clothing to patients as needed.

We work to raise money to fund scholarships for students and adults working toward their medical educations, buy specialized equipment, and assist in the Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Tea.

We also gather to enjoy four luncheons annually. Come be a part of Mercy San Juan Medical Center's Volunteer Guild. If you are interested, call Carol Lee at (916) 965-3479.

Source: Mercy San Juan Medical Center Guild


Free Safety Fair Coming to Citrus Town Center

By Connie Hall
Posted: 8/21/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Citrus Town Center, located at the corner of Sunrise Blvd. and Greenback Lane in the heart of Citrus Heights, is presenting their annual Free Safety Fair. This much-anticipated community event is scheduled for Saturday, August 30th, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Working in conjunction with Officer David Jones of the Citrus Heights Police Department, the Safety Fair this year promises to hold interest for every member of the family. One of the returning top attractions of the Safety Fair is the Free Drive-Thru Child Car Seat Installation and Safety Check. Administered by officers from the Citrus Heights Police Department, child seats will be checked for proper placement, securing, appropriate sizing for the child, and more.

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California Institute of Jewelry Training

By Sarah Banks
Posted: 8/7/2014

Gonzalo Forero, Larry Pegden, Cici Yim, Dee Rouse Huth, and Mel Huth
Recent Master Valuer™ graduates Gonzalo Forero of Arkansas and Larry Pegden of Washington DC, display some examples of rare jade with jade specialist Cici Yim (center), director and founder of CIJT Dee Rouse Huth, and instructor Mel Huth.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The atmosphere of excitement is palpable at the California Institute of Jewelry Training (CIJT). Students lean over benches, busily wielding torches as the murmur of happy chatter hums along with the sound of Foredom drills as they learn to become Master Jewelers. Part of the growing excitement comes not only from their recent move from Carmichael to Fair Oaks, but the school’s new business model and fresh focus.

Touted as the first jewelry school west of Chicago, CIJT recently celebrated its 35th anniversary with an open house that showed off their new location. At the celebration, CIJT’s talented staff and students displayed off their skills with artisan demonstrations like gem stone carving and wax carving. Alumni and friends came to help celebrate, and representatives from both the Fair Oaks and Carmichael chambers were there to commemorate the occasion with a ribbon cutting.

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Casey McCommell, Tara Cormier, Meisha Jackson, Sierra Bird, Suzi Lawton, Mia Bersola-Isaguirre, Nicolas Barry, Gloria Torres
The Outstanding Youth Colunteer and Volunteer Coordinator nominees at DOVIA’s awards reception: (left to right) Casey McCommell, Tara Cormier, Meisha Jackson, Sierra Bird, Suzi Lawton, Mia Bersola-Isaguirre, Nicolas Barry, Gloria Torres (accepting on behalf of Alex Stamas).
Photo by Jennifer Trovato.

DOVIA Celebrates Sacramento’s Volunteers

By Jennifer Trovato
Posted: 8/7/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Representatives of Sacramento’s volunteer community gathered Thursday, July 18th to acknowledge the dedication, hard work and value of Sacramento’s volunteers. This marked the Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) annual awards reception, which was held at the Wellspring Women’s Center in Sacramento.

Youth volunteers and volunteer coordinators were nominated for the Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year Award and Outstanding Volunteer Coordinator of the Year Award. All present this evening were either active in the volunteer community or there to support those who were, and the positive energy was a palpable presence in the room.

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'The Eagle' Moon Landing Craft Descending
The Eagle Prepares to Land
The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine.
Photo courtesy: NASA

Our Connection to the Moon Landing, 1969

By Patricia Johnson, Harvey Williams,
and Terri Pennello
Posted: 8/7/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - July 20th marked the 45th anniversary of the United States landing on the moon; it is important to remember the role Sacramento County played in that historic event. A part of the Saturn V Rocket that NASA launched in 1969, sending astronaut Neil Armstrong on his journey, was initially tested in Sacramento, California before being sent to Florida for launch into space. The Douglas Aircraft Company tested the third stage of the rocket known as S-IVB at its test site, the Douglas Aircraft Sacramento Test Facility, in what is now Rancho Cordova at Sunrise Boulevard and Douglas Road. Testing of the S-IVB began in 1963 and was a significant component of the Saturn V Rocket in the future moon missions.

NASA awarded the Douglas Aircraft Company the contract for the Saturn S-IVB lunar vehicle in 1963. This vehicle was needed to support the Saturn 1 program development of the Saturn V Launch Vehicle. The S-IVB was 21 feet in diameter and 59 feet in length, and would be the third stage of the giant Saturn 1B vehicle with a payload capacity of 37,000 pounds. The Saturn 1 vehicle’s primary objective was to develop a large two-stage vehicle for use in earth orbit operations. The S-IVB was a single stage liquid propellant (liquid oxygen and hydrogen) vehicle with a Rocketdyne 233,000 pound thrust engine capable of restarting in outer space.

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Competitor Celebrates Completing the Kayaking Segment of Eppie's Great Race
The EGR participants run 5.82 miles, cycle 12.5 miles, and paddle boats 6.35 miles on a racecourse located on and alongside the American River Parkway.

41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race

Special Tributes to Founder Eppie Johnson

Posted: 7/17/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The 41st annual Eppie’s Great Race, known as “The World’s Oldest Triathlon,” is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, 2014. The first Eppie’s Great Race post-Eppie Johnson’s passing in 2013, the 41st Annual Eppie’s Great Race will include both the traditional event as well as special tributes, events, and fun memorabilia celebrating Eppie Johnson’s life and his community contributions such as, Eppie’s Great Race (EGR), and the Eppie’s Kids Duathlon. However, new, modern elements have also been added to this year’s EGR, such as new technology and updated EGR sports gear to provide a better and more fun experience for the participants and fans. Organizers also are proud to report that the 2014 EGR will remain on its traditional, American River Parkway racecourse due to positive spring rains and American River water flow projections for July.

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Soil Born Farms’ American River Ranch Farm Stand Now Open

Posted: 7/17/2014

A Class of Local Kids Celebrate Fresh Food
The goal of our Farm Stand is to bring organic produce to the Sacramento community and provide a relaxing place for people to spend their day and to further connect Sacramento’s sustainable community.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - With the 2014 summer harvest officially underway, Soil Born Farms has opened our American River Ranch Farm Stand to the public. The Farm Stand, which is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November 15th, is located alongside the American River bike trail between mile marker 15 and 16.

The goal of our Farm Stand is to bring organic produce to the Sacramento community and provide a relaxing place for people to spend their day and to further connect Sacramento’s sustainable community. Every Saturday we take another step towards accomplishing these goals and ultimately creating a local food system that the Sacramento community can depend on.

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School is out and You’re Going Crazy!

By: Bill Martin
Posted: 7/3/2014

Kids and Lifeguards at the Pool
There are week-long, weekday, themed-camps at Rollingwood Athletic Club, and your child can register for one week or for as many weeks as you like.
Photos courtesy of Rollingwood Athletic Club

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - It’s summer, the kids have been home for a few weeks and you’re already going crazy! Many kids have a limited vocabulary during the summer months, relegated to “I’m bored” and “There is nothing to do.” They ultimately end up watching endless television or playing non-stop video games. Yes, we’ve all been there. What they are really saying is “Please entertain me or I will drive you crazy!” We all love our kids, but we want to see our children engaged in something challenging, social, and fun during the summer months. Depending on the age of the child, one might get away with some home arts and crafts, but that only takes care of a day or two. What about the older ones? You can’t give them money every day to hang out at the mall!

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Wild Things a Wild Success for Effie Yeaw

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/19/2014


Life Changes in an Instant

By Paul V. Scholl
Posted: 6/12/2014


Relay For Life Takes Victory Lap

By Richard Perez
Posted: 6/5/2014


Pow Wow Days Lights Up The Sky

By Richard Perez
Posted: 6/5/2014


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