Fair Oaks, CA (MPG) – It is that time again to vote for your favorite businesses in Fair Oaks. Presented by the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce and the American River Messenger, the event has exceeded expectations each year.

This year the event is mainly designed and prepared by a local youth group. The Fair Oaks Youth Outreach (FOYO) will be working hard on all aspects of the presentation as a way to raise funds for their scholarship programs.

Businesses can promote the vote at their stores, through their social media contacts or other means to get people to cast their votes to win. The award winners are voted on by Chamber members, Fair Oaks citizens and readers of the American River Messenger newspaper. All the votes cast are tabulated by a third party to verify authenticity.

The rules to become a “Best of Fair Oaks” award winner are simple. A business must be located in the Fair Oaks zip code 95628, or must be a member of the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce to be recognized as “The Best”.

The business event of the year, “The Best of Fair Oaks” has been a crowd pleaser, with great food, fun and surprising winners of the annual awards. Plan to get your tickets early! Get your tickets and enjoy the evening in your favorite cocktail or business attire. Come and enjoy the great food, great fun, and great recognition of the best businesses in the community. To buy tickets contact the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce at 916-967-2903 or go to www.fairoakschamber.com

This year's event will be held at the North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks. The program is scheduled for January 23rd, 2020 from 5:30 to 8:30pm, and it is sure to be a fun-filled event. Voting ends December 15th.

Check it all out at BestofFairOaks.com.

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Books and Candy for Kids

Story and photo by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-11-07

Neilu Golshanara of the Fair Oaks Rotary Club (left) and volunteer Oliver Glancy (right) distribute free books to costumed kids at the annual Safe Halloween event in Fair Oaks Village.

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On Halloween morning, costumed kids mingled with the local chickens for the annual Safe Halloween celebration in Fair Oaks Village. The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fair Oaks and Fair Oaks Theatre Festival, with support from the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District.

Kids enjoyed games and prizes in Plaza Park, face painting in the Fair Oaks Theatre Festival amphitheater, and trick-or-treating at local businesses throughout the Village. Parents took advantage of the festive atmosphere and photographed their little witches and goblins with an array of pumpkins, scarecrows, and other spooky scenery.

The Fair Oaks Rotary Club’s Literacy Project also hosted their free book give-away, letting kids of all ages choose as many books as they wanted. Neilu Golshanara of the Fair Oaks Rotary Club organizes the book giveaway, and she said the goal is “literacy. Read, read, read to your children. Read as early as you can.” Golshanara collects books all year for this event and offers age-appropriate books for babies, toddlers, and elementary and middle school kids.

The Fair Oaks Safe Halloween festival is a free event held each year on Halloween, rain or shine.


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FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 8:30-1:30 the Orangevale Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce is holding the “Aging Well Symposium and Resource Fair”.

Families who find themselves in a position of caring for an aging loved one find it difficult to know where to start as they begin to walk this journey. Being overwhelmed with the questions of where to start, who to reach out to, and what this new journey means to them is normal, but the resources shouldn’t be so far away that they lose their own life’s identity.

As the older adult population increases it affects more than just the aging person. It directly affects their spouse (if still alive), their children, and those around them. Many times adult children are still caring for their own children, so caring for an aging parent creates a burden that most are not prepared for. The dynamics of the relationship changes at that point. If finances have not been planned for, it carries an additional burden. So far, it’s a change in relationships, finances, and health. And that’s not the least of it. There is a point in which decisions must be made to keep an aging loved one safe and as healthy as possible. 

We hope you join us for this symposium to glean from our expert speakers and resource fair professionals. After attending this event you will have the resources you need if you or someone you know finds themselves caring for a loved one. 

For more information or to rsvp, please call Luz Johnson at 916-241-3046 or email


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Annual Dinner & Business Awards Salute Regional Business Leaders for Their Achievements

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – Local businessman, investor and philanthropist Kevin Nagle, has been named the 2019 Sacramentan of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber for his commitment to the growth of the Capital Region, and his role in ensuring Major League Soccer will have a home in Sacramento. As a business leader, he co-founded Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings, the fifth largest prescription benefit manager nationally, before it was acquired by the Rite Aid Corporation. Now he serves as the owner and president of the Nagle Company, which is actively engaged in real estate development, venture capital, and private equity. 

Most recently, Mr. Nagle took a lead role in steering the ultimately successful bid to bring Major League Soccer to the region, with plans to develop a 20,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, sparking development in The Railyards. He is also an investor in the Sacramento Kings, and was instrumental in keeping the team in Sacramento.

Along with Mr. Nagle, the Metro Chamber will honor James Beckwith of Five Star Bank as Businessman of the Year, and Patricia Rodriguez of Kaiser Permanente as Businesswoman of the Year at the Metro Chamber’s 125th Annual Dinner & Business Awards at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento Friday, January 31.

Hosted first in 1895, the Annual Dinner & Business Awards is the Metro Chamber’s longest running event. Since its inception, business leaders, community stakeholders and members come together annually to salute board leadership, recognize the changemakers in our region, and celebrate the Capital Region. This year, Alex Taghavian of Capitol Impact will conclude his term as Board Chair and install Leigh White of Fox40 as the 2020 Board Chair.

“When the region needed an advocate, Kevin stepped up without hesitation. He has answered the call to energize and invigorate our business community around two franchises that our community loves,” said Metro Chamber President & CEO Amanda Blackwood. “As business leaders, these three exceptional individuals demonstrate that Sacramento is an incredible place to live and thrive, and we are excited to recognize their contributions to the Capital Region.”

Nearly a thousand members of the community are expected to attend as the Metro Chamber honors these three and the following outstanding leaders and businesses for their ongoing contributions to the region:

  • Small Business of the Year to Honey
  • Business Hall of Fame Award to Salvation Army
  • Al Geiger Memorial Award to Debra Oto-Kent of Health Education Council
  • Peter McCuen Award for Civic Entrepreneurs to Bill Mueller of Valley Vision
  • and Metro EDGE Young Professional of the Year to Verna Sulpizio Hull of Visit Sacramento.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the 125th Annual Dinner and Business Awards, visit metrochamber.org/events/annual-dinnerhttps://metrochamber.org/events/annual-dinner/

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The City of Citrus Heights is soliciting bids for the Community Center Audio Visual Equipment Replacement Financing, Purchase, Installation and Training


CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - SEALED PROPOSALS shall be received at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 6360 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, California, until the hour of 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at which time they will be publicly opened and read for the City of Citrus Heights, California Citrus Heights Community Center Audio Visual Equipment Replacement, Financing, Purchase, Installation and Training Project.

The work to be performed consists, in general of replacing existing audio visual equipment within the Citrus Heights Community Center; providing three lease to purchase options as well as training and maintenance for the duration of the lease to purchase period. To be considered responsive, Proposals must be for the entire scope of work as presented in the bid plans and specifications include completed proposal forms, guarantees and supplemental information.

An electronic copy of the specifications, Proposal Documents, Agreement and other Contract Documents is available on the City’s website at no cost. Proposers may also obtain the documents at the office of the General Services Department, City Hall, 6360 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, California, with a nonrefundable charge of $35.00 for pick up and $45.00 for mailing. It is the proposer's responsibility to check the city's website for any updated information at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled proposal opening.

MANDATORY pre-proposal conference is scheduled to be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Citrus Heights Community Center located  at 6300 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95621. Proposers must be present at the Pre-Proposal Conference no later than the scheduled start time. A proposer’s FAILURE TO ATTEND the mandatory pre-proposal conference, to arrive after the advertised start time, or to leave the meeting prior to its conclusion shall render any proposal submitted by that proposer to be deemed non-responsive and the proposal shall not be considered for award.  Decision by the city on this matter shall be final.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 1770 of the Labor Code of the State of California, the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations has ascertained the general prevailing rate of wages applicable to the work to be done in accordance with the standards set forth in Section 1773 and which is filed in the office of the City Clerk.

The successful bidder shall pay not less than the specified prevailing wage rates to all laborers, workers, and mechanics employed in the performance of the work specified herein. The successful bidder will be required to post a copy of the general prevailing rates per diem wages in a conspicuous place at the job site forthwith upon undertaking the public work called for herein.  The successful bidder shall also keep an accurate certified payroll record in accordance with requirement set forth in Labor Code Section 1776 and the Contract Documents.

Each proposal must be accompanied by cash, cashier's check, certified check or Proposal Guarantee Bond made payable to the City of Citrus Heights in the amount of 10% of the total proposal amount, such guaranty to be forfeited should the proposer to whom the contract is awarded fail to enter into the contract within the time period required by the Contract Documents.

No proposal will be accepted unless it is made on a proposal form furnished by the General Services Director and is for the entire work described herein.  The Proposal Guarantee bonds for the three acceptable lowest proposers shall be retained until the City Council has accepted the successful proposer.  All other Proposal Guarantee Bonds shall be returned to the proposer five (5) working days after proposal opening. The Contract shall be awarded, if an award is made, to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the proposals are publicly opened and declared.  If the award is not made within that period, all proposals submitted are deemed rejected by the City Council and all remaining Proposal Guarantee Bonds shall be returned to the proposer. The successful proposer shall apply for and obtain at its costs any permits required for all work, except as otherwise specified in the Contract Documents.

A proposer may propose one or more "equals" or substitutions for products listed in the Contract Documents by manufacturer name, brand or model number, unless the Contract Documents specify that the product is necessary to match others in use.  Complete information for products proposed by a proposer as an equal must be submitted to the General Services Director for review, at least ten (10) working days before the time specified for proposal opening in accordance with the Instructions to Proposers contained in the Contract Documents.

Pursuant to Public Contract Code section 22300, proposers may substitute securities for any monies which the city may withhold pursuant to the terms of this Contract to insure performance. Such securities must be furnished on a form acceptable to the city and by a company, acceptable to the city, that is authorized and licensed by the Insurance Commissioner as an “admitted surety insurer” and which maintains at least one officer in California for conducting business.  Prior to such approval, the surety shall provide the documentation required by California Civil Code Section 995.660.

The City of Citrus Heights reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or portions thereof, to accept a proposal or portion thereof and to waive any minor informality or irregularity.

The license classification required for this project is a Class C-7 issued by the State of California. The license must be active and in good standing as of the date of receipt of proposal s and must be maintained in good standing throughout the term of the contract.  For contracts involving federal funds, the license must be active and in good standing as of the date of the Contract award and must be maintained in good standing throughout the term of the contract.

Each proposer, and any subcontractor listed in a bid proposal pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 4104, must be currently registered with the Department of Industrial Relations and qualified to perform public work consistent with Labor Code section 1725.5, except in limited circumstances as referenced in Labor Code section 1771.1(a).

This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations.  All contractors must be registered with the Department of Industrial Relations, as well as with System for Award Management (SAM).

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - AARP Is seeking volunteers interested in learning how to prepare online federal and state income taxes for low and middle income taxpayers, especially those ages 50 and older.

Last years volunteers helped approximately 22,000 people complete their federal and state tax forms at 64 sites in Sacramento, Placer and adjacent counties.

Two one-week training classes are held in December and January. Computer skills are helpful. Training is provided by senior, experienced Tax-Aide volunteers. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Norm Losk by e-mail at normlosk@gmail.com.

AARP membership is not a requirement. 

AARPs Tax-Aide” program is overseen by the the AARP Foundation and offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service. The program operates from Feb. 1 through April 15 and prefers a minimum service commitment of two days a week. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - As Sacramento County continues to be a leader in voting systems, security, technology and convenience, the Department of Voter Registration and Elections also strives to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote independently, privately and in a language that provides them with full understanding.

Are you interested in having input into accessibility options for voters that may need language or disability assistance? Join one of the established committees to improve current policies!

The County of Sacramento Voter Registration and Elections department established a Language Accessibility Advisory Committee (LAAC) in 2017 to assist and advise county elections officials on existing programs to reach voters with limited-English proficiency, including:

Recruitment and staffing of bilingual Election Officers; Providing feedback on election and voter education materials; Enhancing website usability; Providing expertise on language accessibility issues; Promoting language accessibility initiatives; Responding to the County’s questions regarding language accessibility issues.

For more information on Sacramento County’s Language Accessibility Advisory Committee, please email LAACinfo@saccounty.net or call Benjamin Phillips-Leseñana, LAAC Chair, at (916) 875-5750. 

Sacramento County Voter Registration & Elections department has also established a citizen advisory committee to make recommendations for improving access to voting and election materials. This Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee, or VAAC, is designed to advise and assist in ensuring all voters in Sacramento County can vote independently and privately. 

For more information on Sacramento County’s Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee, please email VAACinfo@saccounty.net or call Courtney Bailey-Kanelos, VAAC Chair, at (916) 875-6558. 

Don’t forget, the Presidential Primary is March 3, 2020. To register or update your registration visit the Secretary of State’s website


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