Fall Art Show Dazzles

Story and photos by Margaret Snider  |  2016-10-21

Vincent Bode in his open air art studio in Rancho Cordova. He uses this stu-dio when the fumes from paints or varnishes would be too overwhelming indoors. Bode has two drawings hanging in the Rancho Cordova Fall Art Show.

This Year’s Show Showcases over 100 Works

Anything Goes! is the theme of the Rancho Cordova Fall Art Show, sponsored by Cordova Community Council. Out of nearly 150 artworks submitted on any subject for the Fall Art Show, over 100, by 56 local artists, were chosen to be displayed at the Rancho Cordova City Hall on Prospect Drive. A crowd gathered on Thursday October 13 to see the art and visit with the artists at the reception.

“I’ve been going to receptions for 35 years and this is one of the best,” said Robyn Slakey, jurist for this show. “Whoever put it together did a very nice job... It was just very well handled and very well presented.”

Slakey said she was impressed with the quality and variety of the art submitted for this show. She herself works in many mediums, including ceramics, pastels, watercolors, also glass work and mosaic. “My husband always says, ‘Just narrow it down to the top five.’ Then for our anniversary, he gave me chain saw carving lessons.”

Vincent Bode is one of the artists in this show. Two of his drawings hang in the show, both done in terra cotta pencil. One, titled “Memorial,” truly is what it is titled, being done in memory of close friend Doug Dunn, who passed away last year. The drawing shows Dunn with his wife Angelina and their two sons Eli and Andrew, dressed up as swashbuckling pirates. The family had planned to dress that way for Halloween last year. Bode’s other drawing is of his great-granddaughter Lauren Guttie, now 11, who attends Erlewine Elementary School in Sacramento. Titled “Hagan Park Fairy,” it shows her looking up at a fairy perched on her finger.

A graphic artist and illustrator, Bode is also a retired air traffic controller and printer. When asked what he likes most about making art, he said it is, “the adventure in thinking it, getting an idea, and seeing it to its end.” He calls his small home studio the cockpit studio because it is confined but neat, with everything in its place. “I learned to fly a Cessna 150 before I ever drove a car,” Bode said, “and when you get in (the studio), you’re there.”

Bode has some practical advice for those who want to take up an artist’s life. “If you want to be in art, I’m going to go back to what my teacher said, keep it in your face,” Bode said. “If you’re going to paint, just paint.”

Bri Rose, 16, signs her work B Rose and has two portraits in the show, one done in watercolor and the other, acrylic and watercolor. Currently a senior at Cordova High School, she played rugby, but wanted a creative outlet as well. She started drawing and painting in 2014.

Most of her work is in black and white, as is her portrait of actor and writer James Franco. “I’d like to be like him because he does it all. He inspired me because I not only want to paint and draw, but I’d like to be a director, I’d like to make music, like I want ‘all of the above,’” Bri said. She is especially interested in film and movies. Her other portrait is in color, of Mexican artist and painter Frida Kahlo. Bri admires Kahlo because that artist’s whole life was so difficult and physically painful.

When she graduates from high school Bri plans to attend junior college, and then would like to go on to film school, maybe something like Tisch School of the Arts. Her ancestry is Portuguese, and she would like to live in Portugal someday.

Visitors can see Anything Goes! at City Hall during from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through January 8, 2017.

Food Truck Events Come to Rancho Cordova

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-10-21

Spice up your weekday lunch routine! Off the Grid Sacramento has launched a weekly food truck event series in the City of Rancho Cordova.

Every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a pop-up food market features local food trucks at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. From lobster rolls to burgers to gyros, Off the Grid brings plenty of options to our community.

This weekly food truck event offers unique lunchtime options for those who work in Rancho Cordova’s business park or live in the nearby neighborhoods.

Visit www.offthegrid.com/sacramento for the weekly food truck line-up and other events in the Sacramento region. Download the Off the Grid App or sign up for Off the Grid’s newsletter. Be sure to also check out Off the Grid on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Another Tie for Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer Falls to CRC, Volleyball Drops One at Diablo Valley

Source: Ron Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2016-10-20

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team earned a 1-1 tie in a non-conference match at College of Sequoias in Visalia on Friday afternoon.   After falling behind by a goal early in the 2nd half, freshman Jared Watson tied the match with an unassisted goal midway through the half.   With an overall record of 6-2-4, the Falcons have two more non-conference matches this week before resuming the second half of the Big 8 schedule next week.  They will play at West Hills (Lemoore) on Tuesday afternoon, then return home to host Fresno City on Friday evening (6:00 pm).

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team hosted a feisty Cosumnes River squad in pouring rain Friday afternoon, but despite controlling possession time and outshooting the Hawks, lost 1-0.   The Hawks’ lone goal came off a free kick from 20 yards out late in the first half; it struck the crossbar, the ground, the goalkeeper, then trickled over the line for the only goal of the match.   With the loss, the Falcons find themselves in fourth place in the Big 8 Conference at 5-3-1 (10-3-1 overall) but still within striking distance of the teams ahead of them.  The Falcons continue the second half of the Big 8 schedule by hosting conference leader Santa Rosa (7-2) on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30.

Women’s Volleyball
The women’s volleyball team lost a heartbreaking 5-set match at Diablo Valley Friday night by the scores of 22-25, 25-15, 25-17, 22-25, and 9-15.   With a Big 8 Conference record of 4-4, the Falcons are tied for 5th place and begin the second-half schedule on Wednesday night at Sacramento City.  They’ll return home to host Santa Rosa on Friday night.

Upcoming Sports Schedule
(home matches in bold)

Tues Oct 18      Women’s Soccer vs Santa Rosa at FLC, 3:30 pm

                Men’s Soccer at West Hills (Lemoore), 4:00 pm

Wed Oct 19 Women’s Volleyball at Sac City, 6:30 pm

Fri  Oct 21 Women’s Soccer vs Diablo Valley at FLC, 3:30 pm

                Men’s Soccer vs Fresno City at FLC, 6:00 pm

                Women’s Volleyball vs Santa Rosa at FLC, 6:30 pm

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Senator Gaines Rips California’s Business Climate On Verizon Closure

Source: Office of Senator Gaines  |  2016-10-20

Senator Ted Gaines issued the following statement on the closure of the Verizon customer service center in Rancho Cordova and the 1,000 jobs lost as a result of that closure:

“Who can be surprised by this? California is doing everything it can to drive businesses out of the state. Sky-high workers’ compensation costs, painful energy costs driven by unchecked environmentalism, and now a minimum wage shooting up by 50-percent in the next few years, it’s little wonder that Verizon is packing up.

“A study this year showed 9,000 California businesses had relocated or expanded out of state recently. Sacramento recently lost Campbell’s, Waste Connections, and now Verizon. Those are more than statistics and stories; each one is a tragedy for families who are paying the price for California’s anti-business policies.

“Just today, Silicon Valley legend Hewlett Packard announced that it would be laying off 4,000 employees. How legislators can push for the expensive and useless high speed rail or keep pushing for ever higher taxes while workers are being pink-slipped by the thousands is amazing to me and needs to stop. Lower taxes and smarter regulations would show businesses that California is not a place to leave, but a place to grow and invest. I’d rather see that than Verizon’s tail lights.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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#Rethink Your Yard This Fall With a Visit to Antelope Gardens

Source: Original Communications  |  2016-10-20

Experts say that planting in the fall gives your plants a great opportunity to set down some roots, get well established, and helps you conserve water.

Plants require less water in the fall because the days are cooler and soil stays wet longer than it does during the warmer days of spring and summer.

And there’s no better way to get started on rethinking your yard than by visiting Antelope Gardens for plant ideas and irrigation systems to install.

The two-acre Antelope Gardens contains hundreds of species, of plants—both California native and low-water non-native plants—including Aleppo Pine, Autumn Sage, Blue Grama grass, Butterfly Bush and California White Sage.

The garden is located at 7800 Antelope North Road and is open until the end of October, Monday- Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Learn more about Antelope Gardens at www.sswd.org.

What is River-Friendly Landscaping?

River-Friendly Landscaping is a way to have a beautiful yard that also benefits the Sacramento region. It’s an integrated approach to landscape design that focuses on conserving and protecting natural resources, and encompasses seven basic principles:

  • Landscaping Locally: Using plants that are native to Sacramento and therefore require less water, fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Landscape for Less to Landfill: Using grass clippings and plant debris as mulch, and reusing building materials for landscape features.
  • Nurturing the Soil: Adding compost and mulch to have a healthier soil for your plants in which to grow.
  • Conserving Water: Designing a landscape that features native and low-water use plants and minimizes the amount of turf grass.
  • Creating A Wildlife Habitat: Using native plants to provide food for birds and beneficial insect species.
  • Reducing Energy Use: Planting trees to shade your home and air conditioner reducing the amount of energy needed to cool it.
  • Protecting Air & Water Quality: Reducing the use of fertilizer and pesticides, and keeping them out of the air and waterways.

You can find out more about River-Friendly Landscaping by visiting www.ecolandscape.org.

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100,000 “Gently Used” Books Available

Submitted by Friends of Sacramento Public Library  |  2016-10-20

An ever-changing inventory of more than 100,000 “gently used” books, videos, and audio books will be offered for prices from fifty cents to $2 at the Saturday November 5 sale at the warehouse of the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library.

Sale hours on Saturday, November 5th, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a preview and sale on Friday November 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Friends members only.

(You can join at the door for $20).

The warehouse is at the rear of the Friends’ store at Suite E, 8250 Belvedere Avenue, just south of 14th Ave. between Power Inn Rd. and Florin-Perkins Rd.

Plenty of parking is available, but visitors should be careful not to park between the “No Parking” signs on the south side of Belvedere.

Income from the sale helps pay for programs, equipment, and materials local libraries need but can’t afford.

With more books constantly needed, the Friends will be glad to have yours, too. See a staff member on how to donate.

The book store is open weekly on Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as during the sale. Items there are priced from $1 up. For more information, call (916) 731-8493 or go to www.saclibfriends.org/book-den/.

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Dr. Johnson Chosen to Head National Plastic Surgery Association

Source: Steve LaRosa Media  |  2016-10-20

Among her duties, Johnson will serve as leader of the 12-member physician executive committee, which sets policy for ASPS, and will also be the chief spokesperson dealing with media and regulatory agencies.

Sacramento plastic surgeon, Dr. Debra J. Johnson of The Plastic Surgery Center has begun her tenure as President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Johnson is only the second female physician to be chosen president of ASPS, which was founded in 1931.

Among her duties, Johnson will serve as leader of the 12-member physician executive committee, which sets policy for ASPS, and will also be the chief spokesperson dealing with media and regulatory agencies. Her position will require extensive travel, representing ASPS within the United States and at various international plastic surgical meetings.

“It is an honor to serve as president of the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Plastic surgery is known for its creativity and innovation: from surgery on children for birth defects, to face and hand transplants, to fine cosmetic surgery. ASPS is a trusted resource regarding patient education and surgical safety and we strive to keep our members up-to-date on the latest procedures” said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson became involved as a member of ASPS in 1991, and soon volunteered to serve on committees within the organization. Her strong volunteerism and performance were rewarded as she served as committee chair, and then member of the Board of Directors. She was elected Vice president 4 years ago, and served as president- elect this year. Johnson will take over the reins from David Song MD, professor and chief of plastic surgery at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Johnson joined The Plastic Surgery Center in 1989 as the first female plastic surgeon in Sacramento. She received both her M.D. degree and her plastic surgery training at Stanford University. She took additional training at Clinica Planas in Barcelona, and the Institut Francais de la Main in Paris. www.sacplasticsurgery.com.

ASPS has over 8000 members, represents 95% of all board- certified plastic surgeons in the United States and is committed to patient safety and education.

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Cordova High Sober Grad Night 2016 a Huge Success!

Submitted by Sober Grad Night  |  2016-10-20

Approximately 145 seniors, which was approximately 40% of 2016 graduating class, had a memorable night safely celebrating their accomplishments at Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville.

Thanks to the generosity of our numerous supporters and volunteers, Sober Grad Night for the Cordova High Class of 2016 was an enormous success!

Approximately 145 seniors, which was approximately 40% of 2016 graduating class, had a memorable night safely celebrating their accomplishments at Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville thanks to the generosity of the following donors and sponsors. Without their support, a majority of our students would be unable to afford a Sober Grad ticket because we would have to pass all $20,000 in costs on to our students, which would put the starting price of a ticket at $110, which would have been a barrier for most of our seniors to attend. Donations & fundraising helped us keep the starting ticket price at $75.

Cash Donors/Sponsors included; California American Water, Folsom Lake Bank, Folsom Lake Honda, Folsom Lake Toyota, Golden State Water, Individual donations from FCUSD employees and Cabinet, KP International Market, Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #2357, Rancho Cordova City Council, Roebbelen Consulting, and many individual donors.

Prize donors included; B Street Theater, Disneyland, Firestone Complete Auto Care of Rancho Cordova, Opa! Opa! Greek Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse of Gold River, Quick Quack Car Wash of Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova Costco, Sacramento Kings Foundation, Sacramento Republic FC, Sacramento River Cats Foundation, Scott’s Seafood of Folsom, Sonoma Raceway, Straw Hat Pizza of Rancho Cordova, and Rancho Cordova Wingstop.

I am also extremely grateful to the 40+ volunteers comprised of alumni, family, campus organizations and teachers that helped out at Cordova High to get the kids safely on the buses as well as well as the volunteers for being ever vigilant keeping seniors safe at Sunsplash and for so tactfully and professionally identifying and addressing the few issues that arose. This was definitely a team effort! “The overwhelming positive feedback I have received from the seniors makes the lack of sleep and sore feet all worth it. Knowing that we ensured that our seniors, who had worked so hard to graduate, safely returned home to see their future’s through, was very gratifying,” says Sheryl Longsworth, Sober Grad chairperson.

CHS Sober Grad is a subcommittee of Cordova High PTSA, which was organized in April 2006. CHS PTSA works in partnership with a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals. We are dedicated to promoting student health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

If anyone is interested in helping out with the 2017 Sober Grad Night, which will also be at Golfland Sunsplash, please contact Sheryl Longsworth at cordovahsptsa@gmail.com. “Many hands make light work for all and our students are worth it,” says Longsworth.

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Historic Look at Mather Air Force Base

By Jerald Drobesh  |  2016-10-20

Historic Picture of Mather Air Force Base, taken around 1974 to 1976 of the T 43 and T 37 Jet Navigator trainer aircraft with Captain Jerald Drobesh standing on the right, along with aircraft ground maintenance support airmen.

Mather Air Force Base was the only navigator/bombardier training base in the Air Force in the 1960’s thru the early 1993’s. The base, at the time, was assigned to Air Training Command, and closed around 1993. It is now a Sacramento County Airport with mostly civilian aircraft using the facilities. Cargo aircraft like UPS and others are currently the largest users of the Airport.

The Air Force Base first opened in 1917, during World War l, for early pilot training. During World War ll, Mather was also a large pilot training base, with many of the trained aircrew, sent to the Pacific area of conflict. When I first received orders to Mather A F B in 1971, I was an a aircraft maintenance officer, assigned to the Chief Of Maintenance office. At that time, we had 99 old and obsolete T29 twin propeller engined aircraft used for the navigator training mission.

Shortly after I arrived, our mission changed and we were told by Headquarters that we were to ship out the old T 29 aircraft to other bases and prepare to receive 19 all new T 43 twin jet training aircraft. It was a modern version of the BOEING 737 civilian passenger airliner. This new navigator trainer aircraft represented a giant leap in student training. Prior to receiving the T 43 aircraft, I was made project officer to help prepare for its arrival. I needed to design a flightline parking plan for 19 very large aircraft, which had never been done before. Mather was the only air force base that had T 43 aircraft assigned. Around the same time, I was also assigned as project officer for the new, much smaller T 37 twin jet engine aircraft, which was to be used to train one navigator student with one pilot/ navigator instructor, sitting side by side. The T 37 jet aircraft was the same type aircraft that I flew in Pilot Training at Williams A F B in Arizona, back in 1966.

The T37 was added to the training program to give new students the feel of navigating a small aircraft. The much larger T43 student training aircraft was set up inside with a number of navigator stations that could train a very large class of students, at one time. This aircraft had a long range and could fly all the way to the east coast and back, giving realistic navigator training to the students. Not only was Mather the only American student navigator/bombardier training base in the Air Force, it also trained foreign students, at times.

When this picture was taken, I was an Aircraft Maintenance Control Officer. As Project Officer for receiving these new T 43 and T 37 jet training aircraft, I was in the center of the major shift in aircraft technology, going from propeller aircraft to jets, and the product of a much better trained navigator student. I later became Chief of Maintenance for a short time, before returning to civilian life. I have GREAT MEMORIES of my five-year assignment to Mather Air Force Base and that’s what life is all about.

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Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova and Gold River Seeks Award Applicants

Source: Sheryl Longsworth, Publicity Committee, Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova and Gold  |  2016-10-20

Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova and Gold River is now accepting applications for the Live Your Dream Award, formerly known as the Women’s Opportunity Award, and the Ruby Award. Application forms are available at www.soroptimistranchocordova.org/awardapplications/.

The Live Your Dream Award provides to women, who serve as the primary wage earners for their families, with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This cash award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, transportation, food, electricity bills or any other education-related expense. This program, which begins on the club level, was created in 1972 to help women improve their ability to provide for their families. Live Your Dream Applications and reference forms must be received no later than 11/15/16.

The Ruby Award honors women who are making extraordinary differences in the lives of other women either as a volunteer or paid employee or leader of an organization. Examples would be a woman who helps to establish a domestic violence shelter, a woman who starts a mentoring program for at-risk girls, or a woman who lobbies her company to provide on-site child care. This program will give the club and the entire organization the opportunity to say “thank you” and encourage others to explore ways to assist women. Past recipients include the founder and Executive Director of Joy House SLE, Executive Director of “A Community for Peace” and Executive Director of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. An individual may nominate themselves or someone may nominate them. The Ruby award application deadline is also 11/15/16.

Applicants need not reside within Rancho Cordova or Gold River city limits. However, applicants can submit an application to only one club. Please email Sheryl Longsworth at siranchocordova@soroptimist.net or call 916-833-1218 for more information.

The name Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best. If you would like more information about Soroptimist International of Rancho Cordova or how to become a member, please visit the club’s website www.soroptimistranchocordova.org or email siranchocordova@soroptimist.net. If you aren’t ready to become a member, but would like to volunteer for future projects, please email siranchocordova@soroptimist.net and sign up at www.LiveYourDream.org.

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