Helping Others in a Pinch

Story and photos by Paul Scholl  |  2019-02-22

Team members of the Cordova High School Interact club helped serve up the tasty crab, shrimp, salad and al, the fixin’s for the fundraising dinner. Their service was superb. Staff photo.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – There’s spending time with your friends, and then there’s spending it while eating crab!

Rancho Cordova Rotarians gathered with many of their friends and neighbors at the 25th Annual Crab Feed, held February 16 at St. John Vianney Hall in Rancho Cordova. 

The event was filled as much with laughter, hugs and kisses, and good times as it was with a delicious dinner. There was plenty of fresh crab and shrimp to go around, and around, and around (at least at our table). Everyone really got their money’s worth with the full meal and the great service.

Rotarians offer great service all through the year by supporting local groups and organizations to better the lives of those living in the city. Some of those efforts go to the Cordova Community Food Locker and the Police Activities League, among many others.

Special thanks go to Golden State Water Company, Central Valley Community Bank, Sutter Health, California-American Water Company, Golden Pond, Cordova Community Council and the City of Rancho Cordova for their sponsorships of the event. Markstein Beverage Company also sponsored the beer booth.

Through contributions and donations, the Rancho Cordova Rotary Charitable Foundation gives a helping hand and a hopeful future to the youth, families, and seniors of Rancho Cordova.

To make a donation, please mail your tax-deductible donation to Rancho Cordova Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 215, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741. You can contact them via email at rcrccf@gmail.com or visit their website at www.rotaryclubofranchocordova.org.

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Button Show Coming March 9

By Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-02-22

Faye Wolfe (left) and Susan Rhoades display some of thousands of antique and retro buttons that will be exhibited at the California Button Society’s March 9 show. Photo by Susan Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA  (MPG)  -  Some eye-popping antiques slip easily through a buttonhole. At the California Button Society’s March 9 expo, you might snag a Civil War tunic fastener for $50. If you lust for hand-painted 18th century pieces, be prepared to unbutton your billfold.  

What astonishes at such bazaars is the availability of seriously old stuff. Snipped from long-ago rotted garments, many are thumb-nail masterpieces. “We often look at old buttons and imagine the stories they could tell,” says Button Club treasurer Susan Rhoades. “They were traded, stolen and inherited. Lives were lost in making them; pearl dust and mercury (for gold plating) killed many. “You learn so much about history, art and manufacturing from buttons.”

In the Middle Ages, no material was too grand for the button makers’ art. Georgian aristocrats later bespoke Gainsborough-style portraits – sometimes of their pets – to fasten vests. When Queen Victoria took to wearing jet specimens, society followed. Though zippers have revolutionized modern fastening, nifty little buttons have never been completely undone. “People visit our shows show seeking that one perfect item,” says Sacramento collector Faye Wolfe. “One lady brought a vest she’d sewn; she wanted buttons for it. In the end, she chose four, each different. Who says they have to match? Our button world is full of eccentricity.”

The Button Bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the La Sierra Center, 5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael. The show offers a free service for valuing buttons. Admission is by $2 donation. For information, contact fwolfe@surewest.net

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Women's Empowerment Receives $25K from US Bank

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2019-02-08

Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment receives a check from Jessica Cook of U.S. Bank for Women’s Empowerment’s career-readiness, job training and financial literacy programs for women who are homeless.  Photo courtesy Thébaud Communications

Funds will provide job skills training and financial literacy for homeless women

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) -  Women’s Empowerment has received a $25,000 grant from U.S. Bank Foundation’s Community Possible program. The grant will fund job skills training, career-readiness classes and financial literacy programs for Sacramento women experiencing homelessness.

“U.S. Bank continues to invest in the bright futures of homeless women through its generous donations to our job-readiness programs,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “Our partnership with U.S. Bank ensures women can break the cycle of homelessness by gaining the skills needed to secure employment, regain a home and manage finances. When our mothers become financially self-sufficient, they create a better life for their children.”

Since 2001, Women’s Empowerment has been working to break the cycle of homelessness for women and children in Sacramento. In the initial nine-week program, women who are homeless receive free onsite child care in the group’s child development center and transportation assistance. Each woman works with a master’s level social worker to address her root causes of homelessness. She attends classes on job-readiness, confidence building, health and empowerment, as well as support groups for domestic violence and substance abuse. Financial empowerment courses are provided, including budgeting, improving credit score and second chance checking. With the help of volunteer teachers, women unlearn financial habits and create a step-by-step action plan for achieving their financial goals. Women then focus on job placement with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor. 

Women who have graduated from the nine-week program can enroll in the group’s graduate services at any point when they need assistance. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, and job retention services for employer and employee.  

“At U.S. Bank, we invest in and support programs and organizations that help people succeed in the workforce and gain greater financial literacy,” said Jessica Cook, assistant vice president at U.S. Bank. “Through our Community Possible giving and engagement platform we are working to close the gaps between people and possibility. Our partnership with Women’s Empowerment is doing just that.”

Women’s Empowerment is an award-winning organization that has graduated 1,554 homeless women and their 3,738 children. Last year, 82 percent of graduates found homes and 76 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 through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation and play. For more information: www.usbank.com/community.

Source: Thébaud Communications

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The New Gold River Sports Club

By MPG Staff  |  2019-02-08

The staff at Gold River Sports Club welcome the change. Photo courtesy Spare Time Sports Clubs.

GOLD RIVER, CA  (MPG) - Gold River Racquet Club, the 33 year old club built in 1985, has changed its name to Gold River Sports Club.  Gold River Sports Club, which is part of Spare Time Sports Clubs, has led the Sacramento region in innovative sports and fitness programming for decades. 

Mike Burchett, General Manager said “we are changing our club name from racquet club to “Sports Club” to better reflect the wide range of sports and fitness programs that we offer.  We are committed to further expanding our programs and services to better serve the fitness and recreational interests of our members going forward.  As always our goal is to make our club “the best part of your day!”

This neighborhood club has continued to increase its offering to stay up with the changing times.  Over the years Gold River Sports Clubs has added; Swimming Pools; Junior Recreation Swim Team; Cardio Exercise Equipment; Weight Circuit; Free Weights; Squash courts; Dedicated function training area to include TRX; Pilates Reformer Studio; Personal Training; HIIT; After school programs; Play Center and Kids Club; Summer Kids Camp. They have also added a full range of group exercise classes from mind body, weights, cycle, dance, aqua, spin and much more.

So what does the name change mean?  Gold River Sports Club will continue to build on the strength of tennis programs, which have had some incredible athletics over the years and include National Tennis Champions and Championship Swim Teams. Additional emphasis will be placed on enhancing fitness services and other sports programs that broaden their appeal through the implementation of new programming technology.

Source: Spare Time Sports Clubs

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Flying By to Say Hi

Story by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-02-07

Blue Angels Soar into Town.Photos by Mark Loper, provided courtesy California Capital Airshow

Photos by Mark Loper, courtesy California Capital Airshow

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – Folks watching the skies above Rancho Cordova and Mather on the afternoon of January 22 saw the arrival of a single US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet carrying Lieutenant Commander Adam Kerrick, and Advance Pilot/Narrator Lieutenant Cary Rickoff.

The pair met California Capital Airshow organizers to inspect the site, which included a tour of the airport and Sacramento, said Angela Terry, California Capital Airshow Director of Operations. Since the crew of sixteen officers and 100 enlisted members will stay in the area for a week, the officers were also shown hotels, gyms, and restaurants.

 “We want to make sure they’ll be happy in their accommodations,” said Terry.

The US Navy Blue Angels, formed in 1946, will headline the show’s 14th annual event on October 5 and 6, the third time the blue and gold jets have performed for the show.

                “We’re excited for an October show,” said Terry, who is also excited the Blue Angels are returning and said that staff is still working on this year’s theme. Performers, events, and the theme will be released, she added, during the next nine months.

                The California Capital Airshow kicked off in 2004 and has grown annually. Last year, the airshow helped celebrate Mather’s 100th birthday and included performances by the US Air Force Thunderbirds. Static aircraft displays included the F-16C Fighting Falcon in 2018.

                “What we’re really proud about here in Sacramento is that they get to interact with the public and inspire the next generation,” said Terry about the Blue Angels, adding that the missions of the airshow and the Blue Angels align. “Talking to those pilots, seeing the jets on the ground, and interacting inspires to a different level.”

                For more information about the US Navy Blue Angels, visit https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/. For more information about California Capital Airshow, visit https://californiacapitalairshow.com/.

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A Singing Valentine Coming Your Way!

By Judi Naill  |  2019-02-07

What a great way to have fun! Ladies from the community are invited to attend rehearsals. Photo courtesy SVC.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Valentine's Day is almost here!  You can give that special someone an unforgettable gift!  Candy, cards and flowers are nice, but adding a Singing Valentine will create a lasting memory!  Quartets from Sacramento Valley Chorus will deliver Singing Valentines on Thursday, February 14.  Your sweetheart, family member or good friend will be surprised and thrilled when a quartet delivers two songs, a rose, candy and a beautiful card to him or her.  The package is only $40, and can be delivered to the home or business of your choice in the greater Sacramento area, including Placer, El Dorado and Nevada County.  Singing Valentines are popular, so call early to ensure availability.  Call 916-761-2998, to arrange for delivery.  

The award winning Sacramento Valley Chorus, under the direction of Master Director, Dede Nibler, has approximately 90 members.  The Chorus is preparing to compete Internationally in New Orleans in September. 

Ladies from the community are invited to attend rehearsals any Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.  For more information, visit SacramentoValleyChorus.com.   

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Sac County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave”

 Sacramento County Special Release  |  2019-02-06

Sacramento County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave” in honor of  Captain Anderson. Photo courtesy Sacramento County.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Airport Firefighters shaved their heads as part of the second annual “Brave the Shave” in honor of Captain Tim Anderson, a Sacramento County Airport Firefighter who lost his life to cancer in 2017. Brave the Shave was started one year ago by Tim’s son Mason, when his mother Lacey was diagnosed with breast cancer just 6 months after his dad, Captain Tim Anderson died.

After hearing the news of his mom's diagnosis, Mason at 10 years old wanted to have a shaving party in an effort to turn a difficult situation into something positive. Mason challenged local area firefighters to shave their heads with him as a way to honor his dad and support his mother. In 2017, 112 firefighters in 4 states and 2 countries shaved their heads in support of the Anderson family. ​

Mason’s mom Lacey is now cancer free and this year Mason would like to open Brave the Shave up to all firefighters and their families affected by cancer in an effort to make December Firefighter Cancer Awareness month. Firefighters and anyone else wanting to offer their support were asked to shave their heads in the month of December and post the pictures or videos to Mason's Facebook page Brave the Shave with Mason Anderson or his Instagram Brave the Shave Mason Anderson. This year's goal is 150 shaved heads. Mason is only 57 shaved heads away from meeting that goal!

Source: Sacramento County Media

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A Proactive Approach to Illegal Marijuana Grows

Ashley Downton, City of Rancho Cordova  |  2019-02-06

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) and the City of Rancho Cordova Code Enforcement Division are partnering to take a proactive approach to identify and halt illegal marijuana grows in the City of Rancho Cordova.

We are able to identify these illegal marijuana grows in the City through community tips and investigations.

Since June 2018, RCPD and the City have: Served search warrants at 10 residential locations; Seized and destroyed 3,704 marijuana plants; Made eight arrests, with an additional five arrest warrants being submitted; Recovered four firearms.

According to the Rancho Cordova Municipal Code, the City can levy penalties for illegal marijuana grows. All locations that were illegally growing marijuana had building and safety violations. Penalties have been assessed as appropriate against violating property owners. These locations were cited as uninhabitable (red-tagged).

We need you to continue to be our eyes in our community to help stop illegal marijuana grows. You may be able to identify an illegal marijuana grow in your neighborhood if you smell marijuana, or see windows that may be boarded from the inside or window dressings that are always closed.

If you think there may be an illegal marijuana grow in your neighborhood, please contact your Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer and Neighborhood Officer using the map available at http://www.RanchoCordovaPD.com/, or through Fresh Connect, the City’s online reporting system, at http://CityofRanchoCordova.org/FreshConnect.

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The Latest Job demand and hiring trends

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Employers are downshifting in the hiring race as 2019 begins. One regional company is reducing workforce by more than fifty percent (50%) as tariff related contract losses impact Sacramento area employment. In direct contacts with regional employers between November 19th and December 17th, Pacific Staffing discovered fifty-six percent (56%) of companies are hiring in the First Quarter of 2019.

Hiring has pulled back from this same time one year ago when sixty-five percent (65%) planned to hire in January, February and March. While the pace of hiring among top Sacramento regional employers has fallen throughout 2018 companies report finding applicants and specific skilled workers remain a top challenge in the new year.

While not a single company surveyed planned first quarter layoffs in 2018, in the first three months of 2019 seven percent (7%) are reducing workforces. Staff reductions are attributed to seasonal change and slower demand for products and services. Forty-four percent (44%) of hiring in the first quarter is for attrition, or replacements, among existing workforces while employers seek just forty-two percent (42%) for growth.

By talking to top regional firms each quarter since 1992, Pacific Staffing has learned there are always hiring challenges for employers, regardless of economic direction. In this first quarter of the new year seventeen percent (17%) of employers also report a continuing challenge with finding enough applicants, despite the slowdown. Others also citing increased minimum wage and hiring specific skilled trades as workplace concerns.

Sales, customer service, accounting/finance, technical, warehouse and shipping experience is in high demand through March. Drivers for route and delivery remain scarce.

The most active sector is Service companies with Manufacturers second, followed by Construction and Retail through January, February and March of 2019.

Sacramento Regional Top Companies Polled by Industry were Service (54%), Manufacturers (25%), Construction (19%) and Retail (2%)

For more information, employment blogs & market surveys go to www.pacificstaffing.com.

Source: Pacific Staffing

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SMUD Awards Nearly $60,000 in Powering Futures Scholarships

SMUD Special Release  |  2019-02-06

Recipients of SMUD’s 2018/2019 Powering Futures scholarships pose with SMUD’s Board of Directors and Executives after being recognized for their hard work and achievements at the Dec. 20 Board meeting. Photo courtesy SMUD

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD’s Board of Directors recently recognized the 21 college students who have been awarded Powering Futures scholarships for the 2018/19 academic year. All students received scholarships between $1,500 and $5,000, and the opportunity to work at SMUD as a paid intern.

The awards were based on academic merit and financial need, and preference was given to students who have declared a major relevant to SMUD.

Most of the students who receive a scholarship also accept paid summer internships in a variety of SMUD departments, including Grid Operations, Customer Operations, Geographical Information Systems, Warehouse and Fleet Operations among others. The internships provide students with excellent opportunities to learn practical skills and help launch themselves into future careers.

“The Powering Futures scholarship program helps us strengthen our talent pipeline and meet our future workforce needs,” said SMUDHuman Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Director Laurie Rodriguez. “We’re proud to support such an exceptional group of Sacramento students this year, and we look forward to seeing them back in the summer for their internships. They’ll have a great chance to learn about working in the energy industry and gain real-world experience that will help them in all of their future endeavors.”

The 2019/20 scholarship application period began on January 7 and will close on February 24.  For those interested in applying, please visit,smud.org/Scholarships.

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