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Local and National Experts Discuss Sacramento Cohousing Opportunities

Posted: 10/2/2015

Future Residents of New Co-Housing Project Get Invol;ved in Planning
Fair Oaks EcoHousing future residents design the site’s layout.
Photos courtesy of Marty Maskall

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The second annual Sacramento Cohousing Forum will be held Saturday, October 10th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2425 Sierra Blvd in Sacramento.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about cohousing and whether it is right for you. Local and national experts, planners, and residents will talk about concept and design, as well as what it is like to live day-to-day in the “new, old-fashioned neighborhoods” of cohousing. These modern-day villages are comprised of about 30 individual private homes surrounding a common house where residents can gather for meals and other activities. Cohousing is unique in that the residents design, own, and govern the community.

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Our Boys Are Back in Town

Hometown Heroes Honored in Capitol Parade

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2015

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler
Riding a hero-mobile on Capitol Mall, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler, bask in cheers from 10,000 admirers - their actions to thwart a terror attack brought international fame for the Carmichael and Rancho Cordova-raised trio.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos began a European vacation as ordinary tourists. The chums returned home as international heroes.

Armed with quick wits and aided by luck the Christian trio regard as divine intervention, they prevented a massacre that might have turned a train ride from Amsterdam into murder on the European express. Disabling an armed-to-the-teeth terrorist is now their legend—and probably inspiration for future movies. Meantime, France’s Legion of Honor award, TV appearances, and hero worship are their overwhelming lot.

But homecoming topped all previous thrills. “We’ve been all over the world these last couple of weeks,” an emotional Anthony Sadler said at last week’s Sacramento rally. “All the thanks we’ve received don’t compare to being in front of our home crowd like this.”

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American River Comes Clean

Community Schedules Housekeeping Projects

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2015

A Flotilla of Rafters Will Help Clean the River
After a summer of trash-producing activity, the American River will be scoured for debris on September 19th.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A passion for pristine parks, streets, and a clean river inspires several local clean-ups this fall. Between September and October, scores of workers will fill trash bags in central Carmichael and on the American River. Sturdy shoes/boots and gloves are recommended for all participants.

September 12th: Manzanita Clean-Up
Between the Fair Oaks Boulevard turn and Winding Way lies Manzanita Avenue, one of Carmichael’s messiest routes. The stretch has claimed Chamber of Commerce attention via Sacramento County’s adopt-a-street program. “There’s a large area of fenced vacant land and no one is clearing roadside trash,” said Chamber Director Shaun Dillon. “The Jan Drive corner is an eyesore. We’ll be cleaning that up.”

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Two USAF Thunderbirds Planes Nearly Touching in Flight
Rockin’ the runway at this year’s daytime shows are the spine-tingling USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and USN F-18 Super Hornet military jet demonstration teams as well as world-class aerobatics, pyrotechnics, barnstorming, and miles of entertainment.
Photos courtesy of California Capital Airshow

Great Balls of Fire!

California Capital Airshow Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted: 9/18/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It’s been 10 years, and it is time to celebrate…with a BANG! The California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, has announced the addition of the Airshow After Dark on Friday, October 2nd. The hottest ticket in town is on sale now, and tickets are expected to sell out fast!

“We’re excited to kick-off our 10th anniversary with Airshow After Dark, an exclusive nighttime Airshow,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “As the sun sets on Friday, October 2nd, the skies over Mather Airport will ignite with a feast for the senses as thrilling jets and aerobatic performers light up the sky with streaming flares, showers of colorful bursts from their wings, and thundering pyrotechnics. These phenomenal performances will be skillfully choreographed to awesome concert quality music with a fiery grand finale—it’s nothing like the Sacramento region has ever seen or heard before!”

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Freedmen’s Bureau Project to Make African American Records Available

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 9/4/2015

Linda Bradley
Linda Bradley of Sacramento shows the binder she has filled with genealogy and family history information she has collected through years of work. The lines at the bottom of the page on the right say, “A man or woman is never truly dead, so long as a single person has some knowledge or remembrance of them.”
Photo by Margaret Snider

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - When Linda Bradley of Sacramento got together with her sister and cousins to plan their family’s first reunion in the 1990s, she told the others that at family reunions someone always presents family history. They looked at her and said, “Okay, that will be your assignment.”

That was the beginning for her. “It went beyond just researching for the reunion,” said Bradley. “I’m still researching today. It became like a legal addiction.”

Bradley is a member of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, Inc., and is instrumental in the annual Sacramento African American seminars that take place every March at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library on Eastern Avenue. On June 19th, she was there to attend the broadcast of a press conference from the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. The broadcast announced the launch of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project for the indexing and online publishing of records of an estimated four million African Americans from the Civil War era.

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Bella Vista Students Win River Cats Digital Media Competition

Posted: 8/21/2015

Elizabeth Solomon Adjusts the Cameras
Elizabeth Solomon, Cosumnes Oaks junior, preps her team’s cameras.
Photos by William Bronston

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - The River Cats will introduce a youth-produced, digital media competition-winning video to the public on August 21st. The video was made by students at Bella Vista High School and has been titled Spirit of Sacramento. It will be awarded first place at Raley Field’s pre-game ceremonies and shown to the game audience.

The video was chosen by the River Cats media leaders as the best of the 11 short videos produced by high school media artists from across the Sacramento region at their fourth annual Youth Media Day in partnership with the Tower of Youth (TOY) and Youth Broadcast & Media Association (YBAMA). Bella Vista High student producer Nick Manascalco, director Alex Earls, and Keegan Keiting, Grant Bailey, and Louis Jackson plotted their beautifully shot and narrated work at the Tower of Youth’s Sports Media Theatron training sessions. The Cats designated two more youth studio teams from Christian Brothers High School and Cosumnes Oaks High School as excellence awardees in this year’s competition.

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An Epic Day for Eppie’s Athletes

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/7/2015

A Dozen Cyclists Race Along the Path
Last weekend, Eppie’s Great Race tested athletes from across the nation. 1,300 cyclists turned bike trails into speedways.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Almost two years after its founder died, Eppie’s Great Race endures as restaurateur and philanthropist Eppie Johnson’s legacy. Inspired by his love of the American River Parkway and dedication to fitness, Arcade resident Johnson began an annual event that has become almost as central to Sacramento summers as Independence Day.

For the 42nd Eppie’s Great Race last weekend, the American River flowed cool and fast. In contrast, morning Parkway temperatures rose to challenge more than 1,300 athletes. As it has since 1974, the “world’s oldest triathlon” set a cracking pace through stretches of Sacramento, Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, and Rancho Cordova. Participants ranged in age from 11 to over 80 years old. The overall winner was a 57-year-old Sacramento orthodontist, Dr. Vic Vicari. The Ironman sealed his 11th Eppie’s victory in less than one hour and 50 minutes.

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SCSO Announces New Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Posted: 8/7/2015

Jeannie Brown
Jeannie Brown is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the SCSO.
Photo courtesy of SCSO

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra (SCSO) has released a statement announcing the appointment of a new hire to the SCSO Board. The statement is as follows:

“As the Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra eagerly embraces its 20th season of providing classical music performances and education and outreach opportunities for our region, we are delighted to announce that arrival of a new Team Member on the SCSO Board. Jeannie Brown is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the SCSO.

‘Our arts nonprofit organization is enjoying a healthy period of growth and we are delighted to have Jeannie share her time, talents, energy, and vision as we continue to cultivate and enhance the arts in our region,’ says SCSO Board President James McCormick.

A San Jose, California native and local Realtor with Keller Williams in Folsom, Jeannie grew up in a family of talented artists and music lovers. After raising her own family, Jeannie found her niche of creativity in home staging and real estate marketing. Jeannie is a professional speaker and trainer whose list of community service leadership includes: High School PTA President, California Ambassador - IAHSP Charity Foundation, San Jose Area Director Jacob’s Heart – Children’s Cancer Association.

Jeannie enjoys horseback riding, dressage, cooking, BBC TV, great music, and travelling with her husband who is a Captain for United Airlines. The Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra offers an exuberant ‘Chorus of Welcome’ to its new Board Member, Jeannie Brown.”

Source: Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra

Sierra Vista Bank Celebrates First Anniversary in Fair Oaks Village

Story and Photos by Bill Martin
Posted: 7/17/2015

SMUD Receives Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

Posted: 7/17/2015

Goats in the Moat

Wilhaggin Basin Has Eco-Friendly Trim

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/3/2015

Comic Con Captivates Crowds

By Christie Spurlock and Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 7/3/2015

Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

Drop in Folsom Lake Levels Could Lead to Half Million Without Water

Posted: 6/19/2015


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