This year’s Sacramento regional event is scheduled to begin at 9:00am/Saturday, May 17th at the Sacramento Waldorf School, located at 3750 Bannister Road in Fair Oaks.
By Richard Perez
FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Up until 30 years ago, the war with cancer was a subject that was best left to medical experts. Then a Tacoma, Washington physician, Doctor Gordy Klatt decided to change the battle plan. In 1985 the good doctor realized it was time to make the battle with this killer a community affair. He organized the first relay fundraiser by running around a track for 24 hours, ultimately raising $27,000 to help the American Cancer Society fight the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. One year later, 340 supporters signed on for the overnight event. At present, the RELAY FOR LIFE movement has blossomed into the single largest non-profit fundraising event on the planet. This year’s Sacramento regional event is scheduled to begin @ 9:00am/Saturday, May 17th thru Sunday May 18th at the Sacramento Waldorf School, located at 3750 Bannister Road in Fair Oaks.
Soil Born Farms is about so much: growing food, mentoring youth and future farmers, teaching people how to cook and garden, creating urban farms and preserving wild spaces. Developing partnerships and improving access to fresh produce throughout our community, and at the core, it is about making a difference.
All photos by Guy Galate
By Jane S. Daly
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Children from Robin Mitchum’s fourth grade class didn’t need a dictionary to learn the meaning of the word ‘manure’ at last week’s field trip to Soil Born Farms. The children gathered around a large mound of compost. They were encouraged to reach in, grab a handful, and sniff. Afterward, Soil Born Farms’ instructor told them what was in their hands. Groans of “eww, yuck” rose in the fragrant air.
Thanks to a partnership between the Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova Sunrise, and Guy Galante, Soil Born’s Education Director, this class of eager fourth-graders got to learn how the best soil produces the best produce. After spending time helping prepare one of the raised beds for planting, the class walked down to the river. Many students, all from Rancho Cordova Elementary, saw the river for the first time.
Gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate both days.
Rancho Seco Recreational Area To Host Fishing Derby
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A lake full of trout is up for grabs at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area on March 29 and 30. Anglers reeling in the heaviest trout will be awarded cash and prizes, including a grand prize for the biggest trout caught—a fishing kayak provided by The Fish Sniffer magazine.
The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local anglers since starting in 1993.
On February 22, 2014 eleven prospective residents visited the site of a new cohousing neighborhood being planned in Fair Oaks. Marty Maskell (3rd from the left), founder of Fair Oaks EcoHousing holds the civil engineer’s aerial shot of the site.
By Elise Spleiss
“Cohousing makes life more convenient, practical, and fun.”
Charles Durrett, author and architect
FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Local residents have secured a 3.5-acre property in Fair Oaks for a 30-home cohousing neighborhood. The Fair Oaks property is located at 4025 New York Avenue and offers close proximity to the American River Parkway and its miles of bike paths, as well as Fair Oaks Village, Bannister Park, Sacramento Waldorf School, and Rudolph Steiner College. Cohousing provides social, environmental and economic benefits for a more sustainable lifestyle.
Cohousing combines privately owned homes with extensive community facilities to create neighborhoods that address the needs of working parents and seniors. Homes are clustered around shared open space and common facilities. A “common house” typically includes a dining room, kitchen, lounge, workshop space, kid’s playroom, and guest rooms; it is the heart of the neighborhood for a variety of other activities. Cars are kept to the edge of the site making the neighborhood pedestrian-friendly and safe for children. Future residents are involved in the design and development so that it reflects their needs and priorities, creating a truly custom neighborhood. There are now more than 130 cohousing communities in the U.S. and Canada, including 40 in California.
Black crested herons are among species likely to be viewed at Effie Yeaw’s March 23 and 24 avian safaris. The weekend fundraiser includes guided walks and bang-up breakfasts.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
By Susan Maxwell Skinner
If omelets and ornithologists seem odd pairings, all eggs dished up Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s Bird and Breakfast event are unfertilized. No chick will be injured in the making of this breakfast.
Just as well, because fundraiser’s patrons are – from beginner to experts -- true bird lovers. And the March 22 and 23 events will incorporate their most peckish dream: all you can view; all you can eat. On a crisp morning in Effie Yeaw’s 80-acre preserve, binoculars will likely zoom in on nesting hummingbirds, broody hawks and migratory species returning from winter vacations. Given the season, mating displays are inevitable and Audubon Society guides will lead voyeurs to view the anything-goes program. An hour-plus trek rambles through the preserve and along river banks. Though deer and piscine views are likely, flighted species are this event’s gee-whiz material. Few observers could spot a thumb-nail size hummingbird nest. To view it through a telephoto scope -- bulging with microscopic babies -- is beyond cute. “Audubon people research our preserve and the riverside in advance,” says Effie Yeaw staffer Betty Cooper. “They know where the cool stuff is and will lead small groups from spot to spot, explaining what they see.”
By Jan Dalske
By Jan Ellis Float
By Linda Harper