Bird Ambassadors Coming to Rancho Cordova Library
Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) Hawks, Honkers & Hoots will present their program at the Rancho Cordova Library at 4 p.m., Thursday, August 24. They have been an official group for five years. “All of our birds have an injury that make them non-releasable to the wild,” said Kelli Moulden, one of the volunteers for the group. The birds that are being cared for and given a home by the organization would have had to be euthanized if this option was not available to them.
The mission of HH&H is to inspire respect for local and migratory birds through customized and entertaining educational programs. The first took place in an elementary school in 2011, and the group also puts on programs for libraries, retirement homes, festivals, and last month presented at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association. “We’re known to have a lot of fun with our educational programs,” Moulden said. “We feel like if you are laughing, you are learning, and you’re probably going to remember it.”
None of the staff are paid, all are volunteers. “Everybody does it because we love the birds,” Moulden said. Of the five staff, four previously volunteered for a rescue organization and two actually rescued raptors for them.
Their birds currently include Ms. Murphy, a red tailed hawk; Mr. Bolt, a peregrine falcon; Ms. Digger, a burrowing owl; Mr. Trek, a Swainson’s hawk; Mr. Whoo-Dini, northern pygmy owl; and Ms. Whisper, barn owl. As well, they have Mr. Chuckie, Mr. Frankie, and Mr. Duncan, domestic ducks. Depending on how the birds are doing on a particular day, Moulden and her associates will typically bring four of the birds to a presentation.
“The public has just been very, very supportive of our organization,” Moulden said. “We’re really so blessed for that.”
For more information on the organization or to donate, please see http://www.hawkshonkersandhoots.org.
100 nonprofits honored at second annual California Nonprofits Day celebration
Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Women’s Empowerment, along with 100 nonprofits from across the state, was honored recently at the second annual California Nonprofits Day celebration. Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) named Women’s Empowerment Nonprofit of the Year. The award recipients were honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Convention Center.
“Women’s Empowerment is thrilled to receive this award from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, who truly supports our vision of breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and children in Sacramento,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We also are proud to receive this award with other nonprofits across the state that are working hard to improve the lives of Californians. Partnership is vital in this sector, and we were honored to stand with so many valuable organizations.”
The annual California Nonprofits Day event was formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, authored by the chair of the new Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector Assemblywoman Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara).
Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,437 homeless women and their 3,500 children since 2001. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes, and 81 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. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.
Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications
Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Thousands gathered at the State Capitol for the Solar Eclipse Watch Party hosted by Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD-41), the California Council on Science and Technology, and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to celebrate the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017.
“The Solar Eclipse of 2017 is an amazing celestial event that deserves a watch party,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair of Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee. “It also creates a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the impact our sun has on California’s energy grid, especially during the eclipse.”
The Solar Eclipse Watch Party marked the culmination of the “Do Your Thing for the Sun” campaign. The “Do Your Thing for the Sun” campaign, and introduction of House Resolution 50, encouraged all Californians to reduce energy during the eclipse, a time when solar energy production dips.
“We are grateful to Assemblymember Holden for his commitment to empower consumers to be smart energy users and lower their usage as much as possible during the eclipse and always,” said Michael Picker, President of the California Public Utilities Commission. “When we all come together to do one small thing to reduce energy usage, we can have a major impact on our environment.”
The Solar Eclipse Watch Party included additional activities such as arts and crafts with Powerhouse Science Center, a solar PV demonstration, and discussions with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ambassadors. The event, which distributed eclipse viewing glasses, also included participation from Sun Run, Sacramento State, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and the California Independent System Operator.
“Working with policymakers, utilities and power generators, we have planned for the eclipse for over a year,” said Steve Berberich, CEO of the California Independent System Operator (ISO). “Our team is firmly committed to maintaining reliability during this unique event, and lessons learned from the eclipse will be of value as we integrate increasing amounts of solar energy on the grid.”
Source: Garo Manjikian, Press Secretary
Assemblymember Chris Holden
41st Assembly District
Two-time All-Star scheduled to start in Sacramento, Tuesday, August 22
West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - San Francisco Giants pitcher and two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start for the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22 at Raley Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.and gates open at 6:00 p.m.
Cueto is working his way back from blister issues and a mild right-flexor strain, both of which are said to have been resolved as he now focuses on rebuilding arm strength. The right-hander is expected to throw 50-60 pitches for Sacramento tomorrow at Raley Field.
Tomorrow will be Cueto’s second start on the mound at Raley Field. The right-hander also started for Giants in the San Francisco Giants vs. Sacramento River Cats Exhibition Game at Raley Field before the start of the 2016 season.
Signed by the Giants before the 2016 season, Cueto is 24-12 with a 3.41 ERA since joining San Francisco. He was an All-Star in 2016 and finished sixth in Cy Young voting. His last major league start came over a month ago on July 14.
Tomorrow’s Tuesday game is Toyota Family Value Tuesday, featuring $1 hot dogs and ice cream cups. Tickets for tomorrow night’s game are still available and can be purchased online at rivercats.com or by visiting the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office at Raley Field.
The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2017 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.
Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - The next time you’re walking through a tunnel to reach your seats at a stadium or dropping your kids off at school, take a second to think about what steps were taken to ensure that tunnel you are traversing, or the buildings your kids will learn in are environmentally safe and structurally sound.
These thoughts will land you at the core of what Condor Earth’s business services include, which are simultaneiously varied and technically detailed, to the extent that even the company’s President and CEO, Robert Job, has a hard time sizing up.
“We are a fairly diverse service provider, so it’s really tough to give a two-minute pitch on all we do,” said Job, who got his training as an engineer from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joined the company in 1989 after a stint working as an engineer for the retail gasoline pipeline sector.
To encapsulate, Condor’s team of roughly 50, engineers, geologists, environmental specialists, construction inspectors and management professionals provide a broad range of investigative and compliance-driven services for both public and private entities. This may include evaluation and remediation plans for storm water management and permitting purposes, construction site geotechnical services, such as slope stability evaluations, shoring and retaining wall design, or soil stabilization, as well as environmental services for evaluating, monitoring and mitigating soil and groundwater contamination, chemical security and hazardous waste and materials compliance.
Condor’s expansion into Rancho Cordova marks the company’s first foray into the Sacramento region. Its new 3,344-square foot facility is now home to five full-time employees and will serve primarily as the company’s site for most of its industrial and environmental compliance operations.
Condor’s headquarters remains in Sonora. Job and other employees work out of both the Sonora office and the new location in Rancho Cordova, which, explains Job, was chosen to both put the company in closer proximity to the offices of state regulatory agencies, with which it must work and meet with regularly, and closer to a wide pool of talented potential workers. The company also has an office in Stockton.
“Our move was strategic,” says Job. “We were formally operating this division out of Roseville, but since we must meet with and interact with clients closer to the Sacramento area, it made sense. In addition, there is a huge talent pool in the area that is extremely solid.”
Condor Earth is 70 percent owned by its employees through an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan), with the remaining 30 percent of the stock owned by senior staff. The ESOP, established in 2004, serves to give employees roles valued roles as company and project stakeholders, not just service providers.
“We are very proud to be an employee-owned company, empowering our employees to think like owners, advocating for the clients’ best interest and benefiting from a job well done,” said Job.
The company has a long and distinguished client roster that includes Adventist Health Sonora, Mercy Medical Center, Merced, the Manteca and Stockton unified school districts, the California State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the state departments of Health Services and Fish and Game, as well as the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.
Currently, Condor is working with the Oakdale Irrigation District (OID) on construction of a 6,000-foot water system tunnel. The $16 million project is roughly half way done, scheduled for completion in early 2018, according to Job.
“We are working to significantly improve the reliability of the main canal system for the OID,” Job said.
Condor’s roots trace back some three decades. Its original founders came west as employees of Gulf and Western Corp. to develop and manage structural engineering plans for the Jamestown gold mining operation. Gulf and Western morphed into Paramount Pictures, then Viacom. The founders eventually formed their own company, which would become Condor Earth, incorporated in 1983 as Condor Minerals Management, focused on providing geologic and permitting services to the mining industry across California and Nevada.
With a mining support services playing such a key role in the company’s history, it isn’t too difficult to see how Condor has emerged as a leader in the geotechnical/geological evaluation and engineering design of small-to-mid-sized tunnel projects, including water system tunnels.
In fact, says Job, the company’s long-term focus is on storm water systems, whether designing new water tunnel systems or providing engineering expertise for shoring up older systems, for which there is a growing market.
“I would say our long-range, strategic focus is in water resources management and infrastructure feasibility investigations,” said Job. “So, our move into the region (Rancho Cordova, specifically) was to be closer to clients, closer to the agencies we must work very closely with, with respect to our work in water systems analysis and design.”
Condor’s history of tunnel design expertise includes another, slightly more whimsical component. The company has provided engineering design services for more than 200 wine cave projects for several California wineries. Storing wine below ground makes sense from both an economic and marketing standpoint, says Job.
“Your ROI (return on investment) with a wine cave (barrel storage system) versus a surface warehouse alone is a good reason to store below ground,” says Job. He says high humidity in wine caves is estimated at between 70 and 90 percent, which is good for the wine. In addition, gross volume losses through evaporation each year are significantly lower for underground wine barrel storage vs. above ground, and, since the temperature inside a wine cave hovers between the ideal range of between 58 and 62 degrees, the wine is very happy down in a nice, cool cave.
“We don’t build wine caves, but we design them,” says Job. “And we have a long list of reasons for why you would want to build one.”
Whether its water or wine, Condor is on a trajectory for growth, which will likely lead to an expansion of the employee roster in the Rancho Cordova location over the coming year.
“I’m getting ready to work on our five-year strategic plan,” said Job. “The emphasis is on water, waste water storage and run-off projects, and the growing demand for our services in this area is supporting about a10 percent growth margin.”
KP International Market Lines Up as Sponsor for Lancers
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – On a warm early Saturday evening, a large crowd descended onto the parking lot at KP International Market.
The people were present to get a glimpse of the 2017 Cordova High School varsity and frosh-soph football teams, as part of the annual Meet the Lancers on Aug. 12th. Kicking off the festivities was Cordova High School Principal Dan Anklam, who was introduced by the voice of the Lancers’ home games in Mark Gribskov.
Principal Anklam walked down memory lane of his high school football playing days.
“I’ll never forget going onto the field when I use to play,” recalled Anklam. “The roar of the crowd, under the lights, it was very exciting. It’s one of those things that you never forget.”
Anklam praised how the Cordova football program is beyond fortunate to have the best of the best in terms of Lancers Stadium that has turf field that was installed in the early 2000s to new equipment that includes helmets and shoulder pads purchased last year.
After the school’s varsity and frosh-soph cheerleaders performed a routine for the audience, Cordova varsity football coach Darren Nill stepped onto the stage.
“It’s great to be here,” Nill told the crowd.
The coach thanked KP International Market for its generosity as one of the Lancers’ sponsors, along with other people and businesses contributing.
Then Nill talked about this year’s squad that is looking to repeat similar success as last year. That is when Cordova won a share of the Sierra Valley Conference title with Liberty Ranch and El Dorado, and earned a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff berth.
“We are returning five all-league varsity football players,” Nill said.
Last year’s team, in the SVC, averaged 36.8 points per game on offense and gave up only 9.4 per game. Nill said he and his coaching staff are expecting similar numbers, if not greater on offense and lower on defense, this season. Nill backed it up by pointing out the returning players on both sides of the ball, plus an improved kicking game.
“We’re going to be exciting to watch,” Nill said. “Our defensive line is coming back with another year of experience. Our defensive backfield is a no-fly zone.”
Today, Friday, Cordova scrimmages at Capital Christian. The varsity contest is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., and frosh-soph at 5 p.m.
A preview of the Cordova varsity football team will run in next week’s issue.
Next Friday, Aug. 25th, Cordova kicks off the season with a non-league game against Rio Americano at Del Campo High.
DOVIA Sacramento Supports Non-Profit Volunteer Managers
Sacramento, CA (MPG) - With few exceptions, among the most important individuals behind any successful nonprofit organization, including its return on investment, are its volunteers. But how do you find them, keep them motivated and give them the tools to they need to effectively make an impact?
Enter DOVIA, or Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, which has chapters across the country, including Sacramento. The Sacramento Chapter is currently celebrating 40 years of service, providing some 100 volunteer managers from a vast range of non-profit agencies, most of whom are members, with the support they need to successfully build and serve their core of volunteers.
DOVIA workshops and trainings offer ideas for learning how to motivate volunteers, as well as avenues for members to connect with other volunteer leadership professionals and collaborate and exchange ideas.
Rachele Doty, is the volunteer coordinator for First Call Hospice in Citrus Heights. She also serves on the board of directors as vice chair for DOVIA, Sacramento. She views the organization as an indispensable resource, where, through workshops, trainings, networking and annual conferences, she can access an evolving and valuable exchange of information on relevant issues facing professional volunteer managers, no matter the size or scope of their agency’s mission.
“I have just on-boarded 20 new volunteers at First Call Hospice, so I have been utilizing every tool and workshop or training I have under my belt through my membership with and my role on the board of DOVIA,” said Doty. “The agency is absolutely critical for anyone who is working with volunteers. You get the support you need to promote your own growth but also the growth and development of your volunteers, whether you’re part of an executive team or some other administrative department.”
Dues for membership to DOVIA are $55 for one year for those who are signing up as an employee of a non-profit agency, and that fee allows for the bundling of two employees from the same agency. For individual memberships, the annual fee is $30.00, all nominal fees for access to support for trainings that often non-profits themselves simply don’t have the resources to provide, despite their dependence on volunteers.
Lynne Moore is a member support specialist with the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Council, one of 112 councils in the nation. She and several colleagues from her agency recently attended a DOVIA workshop at Bayside Church in midtown, Sacramento focused on delivering effective presentations to volunteers. For her, the workshops and DOVIA membership provide unsurpassed support and education needed to oversee the some 300 volunteers that support her council.
“I get so much from my membership,” said Moore. “I have a lot of moving parts in my job and a lot of changing faces, so it’s critical that I keep up with new trends in recruitment and retention of volunteers. We depend so much on our volunteers and they deserve the best leadership available to them.”
The biggest challenge many non-profit organizations face with respect to volunteers, says Doty, is finding them.
“That’s an ongoing battle for everyone in the capacity of recruitment,” Doty said. “One of the things we focus on with our workshops and trainings is how to utilize all of the available tools out there to reach potential, new volunteers. That includes social media apps, creating events to attract volunteers and how to effectively get the message out to volunteers in the community about your organization and its mission.”
Meredith Holkeboer is the Volunteer Services Assistant/Pet Therapy Coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento. To say she’s landed her dream job would be an understatement. She also finds her membership with DOVIA as invaluable. It has provided her with the tools to network with other volunteer coordinators and share ideas for how to keep volunteers engaged and impassioned about their work.
“The unpaid volunteers that support us are critical to our mission, so I am always on the search for new tips and ideas for how to work more effectively with our volunteers at Shriners,” Holkeboer said. “I get a lot out of my membership. I learn new things every time I attend a workshop or a conference and I am reminded that I’m a part of a unique group of leaders out there who are overseeing people who make a choice whether to keep showing up and helping out.”
DOVIA will cap its 40th year with participation at the upcoming annual conference on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Shriners Hospital. The AL!VE Hybrid Conference: Take the Leap | Embrace Change, will feature presentations for DOVIA members by four internationally renowned volunteer leaders with workshops centered on navigating organizational and professional changes.
DOVIA, Sacramento offers two, two-day trainings each year as a part of its membership focus, as well as monthly workshops, speaker events and other educational sessions. These are open to both members and non-members. Next year, the chapter will be taking a deep dive into the world of corporate giving, offering members in-depth trainings centered on how to make and maintain strong relationships with corporate giving managers who oversee employee volunteer pools in the community.
Presentations are planned by the heads of corporate giving departments from various companies who will provide DOVIA members with insights on how to recruit from their employee base and what their companies look for when determining which non-profits to support—something that can shift from year to year, depending on the nature of the economy and community needs.
“We are very excited about our plans for working with corporate giving representatives next year,” said Doty. “Corporate support is very important to every non-profit, regardless of the size or what their particular mission is, so that is one huge part of what we’ll be focusing on next year.”
Other areas of focus for upcoming workshops will include stress management, supporting volunteer managers with tips and tricks of the trade to keep their volunteers from overpowering or, in some cases, de-railing the mission. And, just as importantly, training support will provide members with ideas for keeping their sanity when volunteers drop off, a phenomenon that, unfortunately, “goes hand-in-hand with our profession,” Doty said.
To find out more see www.doviasacramento.org/
Annual Appreciation and Resource Picnic Provides Services
Citrus Heights (MPG) – The Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637 is once again gearing up to host the annual Veteran’s Appreciation and Resource Picnic to honor the area’s active duty servicemen and servicewomen, our retired veterans of past wars and conflicts, and their families.
This free event will be held Saturday, August 26, at Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd. at the Gazebo/Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All veterans and their families and friends are welcome.
The day will begin with the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band featuring some of its new repertoire. The Marine Corp Honor Guard will present colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem sung by Air Force Veteran Mary Jerue. Post 637 Commander Paul Reyes, Mayor Jeff Slowey and Police Chief Ron Lawrence will greet attendees.
A special ceremony will again be held to honor an outstanding veteran and this year’s Police Officer of the Year.
Lunch will be a hot dog and hamburger barbeque with all the fixings prepared by Wild Wade’s BBQ & Grill of Citrus Heights. GFWC Citrus Heights Women’s Club and the Lion’s club will provide dessert and drinks. Music will be provided by DJ Carlos Verrett.
Dozens of veteran and non-profit resources including VA representatives will be available to retired and active duty veterans. Be sure to look for the horses and canines; their programs have proven vital in helping our veterans re-enter society. Scheduled children’s crafts and other activities will be provided by local Pageant ambassadors and princesses.
Picnic sponsors and members of the community are generously donating gift baskets and other opportunity drawing prizes to show their appreciation to our veterans. Raffles will be held throughout the day.
Covered, accessible picnic tables are available or bring your own chairs, blankets and umbrellas.
Artists Celebrate Summer of Love ‘67
Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Since the year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love, the Rancho Cordova Arts Council made that their theme for the art show now on view at Rancho Cordova City Hall. During that year as many as 100,000 people converged on the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco to celebrate “hippie” fashions and lifestyle. The phenomenon occurred not only in San Francisco, but nationwide and worldwide as well.
Art work for this show used many types and combinations of media. “I feel most comfortable with collage so I decided to do collage for this,” said Elizabeth Hall, who moved to Rancho Cordova in January of this year. “It is my first time doing an image made completely out of paper, a true collage.” She collected magazines over a period of time and used them in collages just for fun, and also for this piece, The Romance of Summer.
Artist Sid Wellman brought to light a work that he painted in 1967, which has never before been shown. He painted Sgt. Pepper ’67 when he was 19 and attending American River College. “I think it was Christmas Eve, and nobody else was around,” Wellman said. “My parents were back east and so it’s what happened that night.” The painting’s title referred to the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in June of 1967 and nicknamed, The Soundtrack of the Summer of Love.
Donine Wellman’s painting titled 67 Summer of Love showed a logo of the time along with the iconic Volkswagen van. This colorful painting, along with husband Sid Wellman’s, titled Flower Power, were finished with an epoxy resin for a striking glossy surface.
Vincent and Lois Bode are another husband and wife pair with work hanging at City Hall. Vincent Bode’s portrait, Brother Andy, is a giclée print of a painting commissioned by the subject, who earlier had taught at Christian Brothers School in Sacramento. “He was an original kind of hippie flower child person,” Vincent Bode said. “We knew him until he passed away. All of his relatives . . . nobody wanted that painting because they didn’t feel that it would portray him the way they wanted to remember him.”
Lois Bode’s embroidery Message of Love was indeed a work of love, taking well over 100 hours to create. She used many different and difficult to obtain items and worked in Brazilian embroidery, which is a highly textured, dimensional style using a high sheen rayon embroidery floss. “It was a challenge,” Lois Bode said. “I thought, I’m going to stick to this, I’m going to do it.”
Events of the time, besides the hippie movement itself, focused on civil rights and Martin Luther King’s influence, the Vietnam war, the continuation of the space program that culminated with the first moon landing the following year, and the first satellite television broadcast, which featured the live debut of the Beatles song, “All You Need Is Love.”
The Summer of Love ’67 art show can be seen at Rancho Cordova City Hall through October 21.
Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) “Fishing in the City” Program, in partnership with the County of Sacramento, are sponsoring an introductory fishing clinic on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Mather Regional Park in Rancho Cordova. The County of Sacramento is waiving the $5 parking fee prior to 1:00 pm.
The CDFW provides free equipment loan plus tackle and bait, following a 30 minute clinic. The clinic is scheduled at 8:15 with equipment loan from 9 a.m. to noon. As this day is CDFW’s statewide free fishing day, anglers are not required to possess a fishing license; however, all fishing regulations are otherwise still in effect.
Mather Lake will be stocked just prior to this date with catfish. For other information, call (916) 358-1644. The phone is staffed only on Thursdays.