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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

Nicole Pesco and Lisa Culp
Nicole Pesco of Save Mart gives Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment a check for $25,000 to empower women who are homeless to find homes and jobs.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. has donated $25,000 to help homeless women in Sacramento find homes and jobs to support their families through Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job-readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with the mission of Save Mart C.A.R.E.S., which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education, and/or sports.

“Women who experience homelessness have greater barriers in their job search, so our program addresses all of their basic needs including nutrition, so they can get healthy and focus on job readiness skills,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. for its steadfast support that ensures more women leave our program healthy, employed, and living in their own homes.”

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Annual Holiday Bus Painting Party

Regional Transit Charity Tradition Continues

Dozens of Volunteers Paint the Holiday Bus
Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party. More than 100 people used a paint-by-numbers technique to bring the decorative bus to life.
Photos by Rick Sloan and Michael Young

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

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party.

Colored lights and holiday decorations adorn the workshop and surround a 40-foot bus wrapped in white vinyl and marked with outlines of lights, candy canes, and other fanciful creations of the season in preparation for the annual gathering.

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Area Residents Raise $300k for Free Medical Services

Posted: 12/18/2014

Abby Johnson and Other Guests at Fundraiser
Author and former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (center) speaks with guests at the Sacramento Life Center dinner that raised funds for the nonprofit’s free medical care, counseling, and education for low-income pregnant women and teens.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - More than 650 local residents raised $300,000 for the Sacramento Life Center’s free medical care, counseling, and education services for pregnant women and teens at the organization’s annual fundraising dinner on November 8th. The Salute to Life Dinner and Auction included a gourmet dinner, auction, raffle, and stories of people who have received help from the Sacramento Life Center. The keynote speaker was Abby Johnson, author and former Planned Parenthood director.

“We rely on this event for the funding to continue the work we are doing, and last year we saw nearly double the number of women and teens that we expected,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “Thanks to this community’s generosity, we can continue to reach even more women and teens who feel scared and alone and instead provide them with a support system and the care they need.”

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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

The Sacramento Moustache Run Raises Awareness of Men’s Health Issues

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/13/2014

Grant Allows Artist to Continue 35-Year Project

Posted: 11/20/2014


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