Some of the world’s most promising women tennis players will descend on the Gold River Racquet Club to battle for $50,000 in prize money and valuable ranking points at the 5th Annual FSP Gold River Women’s Challenger/USTA tournament from July 17 through July 24.
The tournament, part of the USTA Pro Circuit, is the only $50,000 event scheduled for the Sacramento region in 2016. It’s expected to attract players ranked between 100 and 600 in the world from 8 to 9 different countries.
USTA Pro Circuit tournaments are a series of entry-level professional tournaments offering prize money from $10,000 to $100,000. Challenger- level events are stepping stones to WTA Tour events and Grand Slam tournaments like Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Each year, more than half the players in the U.S. Open Women’s draw have either played or are currently playing on the USTA Pro Circuit.
For the third year, the tournament is will be part of the US Open Wild Card Series. The American player with the best performance over the course of three consecutive tournaments will receive a Wild Card entry into the Main Draw of the US Open in New York at the end of August. FSP Gold River Women's Challenger is the 2nd tournament in this series with Stockton, CA and Lexington, KY being the others.
Sacramento-based FSP (Freight Solutions Provider) has again signed on as the tournament headline sponsor. Founded by Lielanie Steers in 1989, FSP is the nation’s largest female minority-owned freight forwarder in the United States. An award-winning company that embraces the diverse talents, backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles of its employees, FSP is consistently recognized as one of the top employers in the Sacramento Metropolitan Area.
All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Sacramento Regional Tennis Foundation, which promotes the sport of tennis among youth in the Sacramento region. Programs are held after school and during school hours. The Foundation provides all of the necessary equipment and leadership. The tournament also supports Faces of Tomorrow and St. John’s Program for Real Change with special evenings for each of these charities.
The FSP Gold River USTA $50,000 Women’s Challenger features a singles main draw of 32 players and a doubles main draw of 16 teams. Main draw play begins Tuesday, July 19, and concludes with the final matches on Sunday, July 24. The qualifying tournament begins Sunday, July 17.
Matches will be scheduled throughout the day and evening during the tournament. General admission for spectators is free during qualifying rounds and all main draw day sessions. Admission is $10 per person for evening sessions Thursday – Sunday. Tickets are available at www.goldriverchallenger.com and Gold River Racquet Club during the event. Gold River Racquet Club is located at 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River.
For more information about the FSP Gold River USTA $50,000 Women’s Challenger Tennis Tournament, go to the website at www.goldriverchallenger.com.
Since launching in 2012, Rancho Cordova craft brewery American River Brewing Company (ARBC) has won numerous awards for its beers, but none more so than its flagship brew, Coloma Brown American Ale.
For the second year in a row, Coloma Brown won first place in the Commercial Craft Brewing competition for the American Ale category at the California State Fair. Hosted by the Northern California Brewer’s Guild, the competition annually draws in excess of one thousand entries from more than three hundred craft breweries across the state.
The win for Coloma Brown comes on the heels of the California Small Business of the Year award for ARBC this past May.
California is a hotbed of the craft brewing industry. Since 2010 the number of craft breweries in the state has more than doubled to nearly 700. With such an immense amount of competition, ARBC founder David Mathis is justifiably pleased with the back-to-back win.
“With so many worthy competitors also brewing at such a high level, this win really validates all the hard work we’ve put into making truly great beer,” Mathis stated. “Plus, since this is our flagship beer, it means even more.”
ARBC partner and Head Brewer, Andy Armstrong, agrees that the effort was worth the result. “We spent a great deal of time perfecting the recipe for Coloma Brown,” he said, “and that was no easy process. Getting recognition like this from a panel of expert judges two years running demonstrates that we’ve gotten it as close to perfection as it can be.”
Following a recent trend among craft breweries, ARBC has begun canning some of its brews and Coloma Brown may be added to the canning lineup. “So far we have our Lawn Jockey Session IPA, Fire Break Red Ale and Capitol Copper Amber Ale ready to begin canning,” Mathis noted, “It would be fantastic if we were to include Coloma Brown as well.”
American River Brewing Company is located at 11151 Trade Center Drive in Rancho Cordova. For more information and a complete list of awards, please visit their website at www.americanriverbrewco.com.
Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) is asking its customers to keep up the great work this summer and voluntarily reduce their water use by 10 percent and to follow District’s recommended watering day schedule.
“Our customers did a fantastic job conserving water during the drought emergency, and reduced water use by nearly 30 percent from June 2015 to February 2016,”” said Greg Bundesen, SSWD Water Conservation Supervisor. “We’re now asking them to continue their outstanding efforts by limiting landscape watering during the summer when water use is at its highest.”
The District is asking customers who have addresses that end in an even number (0,2,4,6,8) to water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and those with addresses that end in an odd number (1,3,5,7,9) to run their sprinklers on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Watering is only allowed before noon or after 8 p.m. through the end of September.
SSWD also has many rebates available for its customers to make conserving water even easier. Rebates are available for water-efficient sprinkler heads, drip irrigation systems, pool covers and WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers. Weather-based irrigation controllers act like a thermostat for a sprinkler system, and use local weather and landscape conditions to run the sprinklers instead of running according to a preprogrammed schedule.
Customers who install drip irrigation systems and register their WaterSense-labeled weather-based irrigation controllers with SSWD will not be subject to future watering restrictions. Complete details and rebate applications are available on www.sswd.org.
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has announced its decision to eliminate certain Raley’s private label brand soda to advance their vision of health and wellness. This includes all flavors containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors, including diet soda varieties.
“This is a bold first step towards improving our private label options for our customers,” said Kevin Curry, Raley’s Senior Vice President, Merchandising & Supply Chain. “Where we have control over our product lines, we want to offer products that reflect our ongoing vision to infuse life with health and happiness. Essentially, we want to make it easier for our customers to make healthier choices.”
A number of studies conducted over the past few decades suggest that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is connected with health concerns, including a significant risk of weight gain and obesity, an increased risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes, hypertension and elevated “bad” cholesterol levels and liver damage. Raley’s vision is to infuse life with health and wellness. The company strives to educate customers and provide wholesome Raley’s brand options.
Raley’s has discontinued production of private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors and will phase-out remaining inventory over the next two-weeks. All Raley’s private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors will be out of stock by August 1st.
In another first step in providing healthier options to customers, Raley’s eliminated tobacco in 2015. For more information, visit www.raleys.com.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information to aid in the identification and apprehension of an individual suspected of robbing four banks. The young Caucasian male is suspected of the following robberies:
The suspect—believed to be in his 20s or 30s—has blonde hair and stands 5’8”-5’10” tall with a large build. He has made an effort to conceal his face by affixing bandages to his nose, chin, and other areas of his face and arms. During the commission of the robberies, the man approached the tellers and either presented a demand note or made a verbal demand for cash while threatening that he had a weapon. After receiving undisclosed amounts of money, the subject fled the locations on foot. Photos of the suspect are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2016-07-15.6450756429.
The robberies are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and Folsom Police Department.
Individuals with information about this man may call their local FBI office or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984). Tips may also be submitted online at tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. For more information about individuals wanted for bank robberies in your area, please visit https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov
Help celebrate National Park and Recreation month with an evening of games, food, live music and fun! Cordova Recreation and Park District is hosting its annual Party in the Park event on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lincoln Village Community Park
Party in the Park features free family swim at Lincoln Village Pool, a kid-zone with bounce houses and face painting, and entertainment including live music by local band Tone Mosaic. This family-friendly event will also include more than 50 booths and vendors and food and drinks for purchase from local delights including Squeeze Inn and Taeza’s Bottomline BBQ. CRPD representatives will also be in attendance to discuss recreation and park services and upcoming events and activities.
The event is sponsored by Folsom Lake Honda, Republic Services and American Water Company.
The Rancho Cordova July luncheon featured Sharon Stone Smith, executive director of the Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova. The museum is located immediately adjacent to City Hall. After a six-year planning period, the museum opened in 2011 with 100,000 visitors the first year. Over 465,000 have attended to date.
This is the museum’s fifth year. “Usually we do an event called Leo’s birthday bash every August, and our birthday is actually August 25th,” Smith said. “But this year we’re celebrating all year long, so it doesn’t matter when we have our party.” The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday, October 16.
Children must be accompanied by an adult when they attend the museum, but there are occasional drop-off nights when patrons can leave their children at the museum with the fully trained and helpful staff. “First and foremost, we are all about children,” Smith said.
Admission to the museum is $8.50 per person, from age 1 to 59; 60 years and older and members of the military are $6.00. Those under one year old are admitted free. Since the museum hopes to be accessible to all the children of the area, there are ways to gain admission to the museum for free.
“One of the really cool partnerships we have with the Children’s Museum of Sacramento is that they give the library branch five free passes every month,” said Jill Stockinger, supervisor of the Rancho Cordova branch of Sacramento Public Library. “Each pass lets in four people, and you check it out with your library card.” Other library branches have museum passes for checkout as well.
Fundraising provides sponsorships for field trips and memberships and for children with special needs. The first Saturday in February is “free museum day.” Basically, every participating museum in Sacramento opens up for free. “We all do it as a day to give back to the community,” Smith said. “We break our record every year.”
Many fun and educational exhibits and hands-on activities are offered at the museum. The airways and raceways exhibit illustrates velocity, gravity, motion, friction, and acceleration. When Christopher Strika, museum director of facilities and exhibits, took his son Jackson to visit the first time, Jackson only watched. A month later, he tried without success to feed the balls in himself. Now, nearing three years old he is fully hands on. Jackson showed each cognitive step he reached by the way he interacted with the exhibit. “It’s really nice, as a father and as a manager for this facility, to see him grow,” Strika said.
The museum changes every day, Smith said. “It’s all about what the kids bring to the museum with their imagination and their personality.”
To create a safe environment for children, all adults must be accompanied by a child. However, a tour with museum staff can be arranged. For museum days and hours and other information, please call 916-638-7225, e-mail email@example.com, or go to www.sackids.org.
Nearly 100 community members from across Sacramento witnessed Women’s Empowerment graduate 27 formerly homeless women from the comprehensive eight-week job-readiness program at the end of June. The graduates each shared their stories of their rise from homelessness, some through poetry, some through song and some through prose – all wearing tiaras to match their chosen theme “Queens Uplift Queens.”
“I want to talk to the queens,” sang Derkisha Wofford, a graduate. “Whatever you set your heart to, just believe. Don’t give up on yourself. I love you all.”
From graduates’ mentors, families and children, to organization supporters, graduation attendees heard each graduate’s story and future plans. Each woman accepted a certificate of achievement, received a new handbag filled with a day planner and other items designed to help her succeed, and enjoyed a reception, all sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Carmichael.
“Each of our 27 graduates has made incredible strides in just eight weeks,” said Lisa Culp, executive director of Women’s Empowerment. “Though each woman’s story of homelessness is as unique as her fingerprint, they all joined together to create a sisterhood that helped them rise from poverty to self-reliance. Their value is priceless and their potential is limitless.”
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Women’s Empowerment was recently featured on NBC’s TODAY Show and CNN’s Impact Your World for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,349 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded solely through private donations from the community. To donate online: www.womens-empowerment.org.
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-7) announced last week that his bipartisan legislation to fund prescription drug disposal across the country, the Dispose Responsibly Of Pills (DROP) Act, has passed the House toady 407-6 as part of the Comprehensive Opioid Reduction Act of 2016. The bill will move on to the Senate and then be signed into law. Congressman Bera first introduced this bill in May 2015 and has been working across the aisle with colleagues like Dr. Phil Roe (TN-1) to enact a solution to curb opioid abuse.
Research shows that more than half of nonmedical users of prescription medications got them from people they know. Safely disposing of old or unused prescription medications can curb prescription drug abuse that can lead to addiction and overdose. In the United States, prescription drug abuse impacts people of all ages, across all socioeconomic backgrounds, and in all kinds of communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died in 2014 from drug overdoses than in any year before.
“As a doctor, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact prescription drug abuse has had on families,” said Congressman Bera. “I’m pleased that members from both sides of the aisle in the House voted to help combat prescription drug abuse and make it easier to dispose of unused prescription drugs by passing my legislation. Making safe and secure prescription disposal more available, and educating people on the importance of appropriately getting rid of unused medications are simple steps we can take to keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands and prevent addiction. This solution is an easy fix to a problem that is too serious to ignore.”
After three years of tireless advocacy, the healthy food incentive program Market Match got a boost yesterday as Governor Jerry Brown approved a state budget that includes $5 million for the California Nutrition Incentives Act. The Act is modeled after Market Match, which is increasing access to fresh produce among Californians who are struggling to feed their families, while giving an economic boost to the state’s embattled farm communities.
The $5 million in state funds will attract federal matching dollars through the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program (FINI) and double the impact of the state’s investment.
A broad coalition of over 200 non-profit organizations and individuals including Roots of Change, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, American Heart Association, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Hunger Action Los Angeles and the Ecology Center, which administers Market Match statewide, worked over a three-year period to secure the funding. In 2014, the coalition’s first attempt didn’t make it out of the appropriations committee. Last year, the legislature passed the California Nutrition Incentives Act, which Gov. Brown signed, but he then axed the $2.5 million in funding that the legislature proposed for the program.
“With this funding, the state of California has put its money where its mouth is in terms of supporting healthy eating for low-income families,” says Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque. “The demand for Market Match has consistently outstripped the supply of funds. The additional $5 million will allow us to expand the program towards our goal of offering Market Match at every farmers’ market in the state,” he said.
Established in 2009, by Roots of Change, Market Match works by providing CalFresh customers with matching funds when they spend their CalFresh benefits (i.e. food stamps) on fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets. So a shopper who spends $10 of CalFresh benefits at the farmers’ market gets an extra $10 to spend on fresh produce. Participants in the program, both small farmers and low-income shoppers, strongly support the program.
Among low-income customers, 70% report that they are buying more fruits and vegetable, and nearly 80% report that their family's health has improved. 81% of farmers report increased sales and 74% report increased income, thanks to Market Match.
Founded in 1969, the Ecology Center is a nonprofit organization located in Berkeley, California that is actively working to create and promote an alternative food system based on the values of environmental protection, justice, and access to healthy, sustainably produced food for all.