Aquatic Center Teaches Kids Water Wisdom

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-08-14

Rowing is among the skills taught at the Aquatic Center.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “Hey, my little girl can drive a boat,” shouted a dad as his teenager confidently trimmed sailboat sheets on Lake Natoma.

His daughter was among more than 2000 children who recently mastered maritime skills during camps at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Straddling Gold River, Fair Oaks and Orangevale borders, the facility is jointly run by Associated Students Inc. and CSUS, in association with the California State Parks Department. With Lake Natoma’s 449 placid acres as a playground, the center has hosted children’s courses for 30 summers.

Week-long classes include stand-up paddling, canoeing and rowing. Water-skiing and wake-boarding classes are run on nearby Folsom Lake. Bathed by sun and cool American River water, the students are seldom out of swimsuits and flotation vests. On designated parent nights, moms and dads are invited to share the sport and marvel at their kids’ new skills. “Teaching safe watersports is the center’s aim,” says center director Brian Dulgar. “We want everyone to enjoy our incredible Californian resources and be responsible aquatic enthusiasts.”

Most center instructors are college students, also on summer break. First aid, CPR and lifeguard certification are hiring prerequisites but a love for sport is the major qualification. “Some staff come back year after year until they graduate from college,” says the boss. “Many came through here first as campers, so they’ve seen how all students are different. Some are super-athletic; some are fearful. You adjust teaching styles for each personality. But my staffers are big kids at heart. They keep things fun and exciting. They also supervise plenty of goof-off time on water slides and swings.”

Overnight camps are an option on alternate weeks. “We go out for a sunset paddle,” explains Dulgar. “Then we have a Spaghetti Factory dinner and toast s’mores on the barbecue. Campers and counsellors sleep in the open. After a pancake breakfast, we get back to more aquatic fun. By the end of the week, the kids are all pretty exhausted and so is the staff.”

S.S.A.C. courses run from early June to mid-August and cost between $350 and $450 per student. Beyond summer, the facility is open for equipment rentals all year. It also hosts rowing championships at regional and national levels. “Lake Natoma is a Gold Field District jewel,” considers Dulgar. “Just 25 minutes from the center of Sacramento, we have a unique rural environment that’s also a wildlife habitat. From the water, we see animals and some pretty exciting birds. Speed limitations on the lake make it really safe for water sports – that’s why people come here from all over the USA. We feel pretty lucky to be here.”

The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is located at 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River. Summer session bookings for 7 to 16-year-olds open in March 2020. For more information, visit www.sacstateaquaticcenter.com/

 

Rancho Cordova's History

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A celebration 90 years in the making has been underway at the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Through legislation, on August 14, 1929, California witnessed the evolution of traffic enforcement with the creation of a statewide law enforcement agency known today as the CHP. The purpose of creating the CHP was to provide uniform traffic law enforcement throughout the state. To this day, assuring the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods on our highway system remains our primary purpose.

“The history of the CHP is storied tapestry,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “We, as an organization, celebrate 90 years of serving the people of this great state, which is possible because of the dedicated women and men who make up the CHP and the support of the public and our traffic safety partners.”

As California continues to grow and change, so does the span of enforcement responsibility of the CHP. When the organization began in 1929 with its 285 personnel, California had a population of roughly 5.6 million people and 2.1 million registered vehicles. Today, the CHP is comprised of nearly 11,000 dedicated professionals, uniformed and non-uniformed; California’s population has dramatically increased to nearly 40 million people, with more than 35 million registered vehicles.

The size and responsibilities of the patrol have not been the only changes through the decades. Women joined the ranks for the first time in 1974, and various types of patrol vehicles have been implemented – including aircraft, horses, and bicycles. Tragically, in the CHP’s 90 years, 231 officers have laid down their lives in service to the public. For more on the history of the Department, take a virtual tour of the CHP Museum located at http://chpmuseum.org/.

“While the CHP continues to evolve as a law enforcement agency, the priority of the Department and its personnel remains constant - fulfilling our mission while maintaining public trust,” added Commissioner Stanley.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

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Honoring Grandparents With Butterfly Release

Story by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-08-15

Participants will release Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies in honor of Grandparents

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sunday, September 8 is national Grandparents Day, and two local non-profits are observing the day with a Grandparents Day Butterfly Release. Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) and Snowline Hospice are hosting the Butterfly Release ceremony at 11:30 am at the museum, which is located at 2701 Prospect Park in Rancho Cordova.

 SCM’s mission is to inspire a love of life-long learning by providing a space for children to play, create, and explore. Snowline’s mission is to help patients through end-of-life care and support their families through the grieving process. The Grandparents Day Butterfly Release is a way to support two great causes at the same time while also recognizing the vital role grandparents play in children’s lives.

SCM’s director of museum advancement Meghan Toland said, “We chose Grandparents Day because grandparents are so important to us at the museum — we see them bringing kids in every day. … Celebrating grandparents is a great way to bring awareness to Snowline and the Sacramento Children’s Museum.”

Participants can dedicate a butterfly in name of a beloved grandparent. “You can reserve as many butterflies as you want,” said Toland. The event will include Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies — both beautiful options to honor grandparents’ significant impact on our lives.

The butterflies are locally and sustainably sourced, and they will be transported to the museum on ice — putting them into a temporary hibernation until they are woken up at the event. Participants will wake the butterflies by warming them in their hands during the dedication, and then the butterflies will be ready for release after the ceremony.

Grandparents are an important part of all our lives, so Toland explained that the event is not just for children — all ages are encouraged to attend. She also emphasized that the dedications do not have to be in remembrance: “It’s to remember those we don’t have any more and also to celebrate those still in our lives every day.”

Toland said they expect to release 400 butterflies, so they are anticipating a large turnout at the event. After the Butterfly Release, a celebration will feature games, activities, face painting, and food vendors.

Proceeds from the event will benefit SCM’s educational programs and Snowline’s Healing All Together (HAT) grief group, which helps children and their families deal with grief after losing a loved one. Because it can be difficult for kids to verbalize their emotions, HAT helps kids express their grief through art, motion, music, and play. SCM works in partnership with Snowline, which hosts the HAT program at the museum twice a month.

Butterflies for the event must be reserved in advance on the website, and people are already signing up. The deadline to reserve a butterfly is Friday, September 6 and the cost is $10 per butterfly, or $15 for a butterfly and admission to the museum. To reserve a butterfly — or to sign up as a vendor or sponsor — visit www.sackids.org.

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Sunrise Waffle Celebrates Grand Opening

MPG Staff  |  2019-08-15

Michael Munareh cuts the ribbon to celebrate his grand opening. Photo by Paul Scholl

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) – Owner Michael Muhareh, along with his family, friends and restaurant staff recently celebrated their grand opening and move to their new location at 10433 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

Sunrise Waffle has been a part of the community for many years and the move to the new home was long in the planning. “Thank you to everyone for coming today. We have had great support from the city and the community. We are so grateful to be in Rancho Cordova, said Michael.

Attending were member of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce and city staff. Mayor Bob McGarvey presented a special proclamation. The restaurant treated everyone to waffle and breakfast samples. Best of Luck Michael!

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing will be held by the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) on August 27, 2019. The hearing provides taxpayers, assessors, and other local agencies the opportunity to provide comment on any items discussed in the State Board of Equalization’s 2017-18 Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s Annual Report for the purposes of correcting any problems described in the report. Taxpayers may also comment on BOE-administered programs or local property tax issues.

Individuals may also present their concerns regarding agency services or other issues related to the administration of its tax programs, including state and county property taxes, alcoholic beverage tax, and tax on insurers. With respect to the alcoholic beverage tax, individuals may present their ideas and recommendations regarding legislation which may further improve voluntary compliance and the relationship between taxpayers and government.

The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing is held in accordance with The Morgan Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights provisions. The BOE has a Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate to ensure taxpayers’ rights are protected and to facilitate resolution of property tax problems. More information on the BOE’s Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office (TRA Office) and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights Hearing is available at http://www.boe.ca.gov/tra/

Taxpayers are invited to share their experiences with problems encountered to bring it to the attention of the BOE and TRA Office for assistance with resolution.

The Board of Equalization is the only elected tax board in the country. Its five members include four equalization district members, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state’s 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 12.8 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities and assesses and collects the private railroad car tax. The BOE's monthly meetings offer taxpayers and other interested parties opportunities to participate in the formulation of rules and regulations adopted by the Board. For more information on the BOE, visit www.boe.ca.gov.

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Carmichael and Gold River Artists Earn Awards for KVIE Art Auction

By Sara Yeffa, PBS KVIE  |  2019-08-15

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Celebrating PBS KVIE’s decades of creating an accessible venue to bring art into the homes of Northern Californians, the 38th annual KVIE Art Auction will showcase more than 260 works of art by emerging, well-known and world-renown Northern California artists. KVIE’s art curator D Neath has announced that Carmichael artist Leslie McCarron and Gold River artist Lucille van Ommering have been recognized with awards after submitting their art to the annual juried competition.

McCarron’s oil on canvas “Big Bunch of Carpet Roses” won a juror award in the Still Life category, and van Ommering’s “Carousel Dreams” won a juror award in the Photography category. The pieces will be featured as part of this year’s auction, a live three-day event broadcast on KVIE Channel 6 that airs on Friday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, from noon to 10 p.m. Images of artwork are available upon request.

“This year’s jurors did an amazing job of picking the best of the best. KVIE is proud of the 2019 collection,” said Neath.

A complete list of artists juried into the collection is online at kvie.org/artauction. Images and information on every piece of art up for bid (including air dates and times) will launch on August 26. An awards ceremony to announce the Best of Show and first place in each category will be held during the Preview Gala on Thursday, September 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the PBS KVIE Studios. Tickets to the Preview Gala will be available at kvie.org/artauction beginning August 26.

This year’s auction is sponsored by Bender Insurance Solutions and Krogh & Decker LLP. Proceeds from the event and auction help support KVIE local productions and community outreach services.

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Temperatures are forecast to be upwards of 100 degrees in Rancho Cordova, and the City of Rancho Cordova wants to help our community beat the heat!

Rancho Cordova City Hall will be a cooling center on Wednesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 15 from noon – 6 PM. The cooling center is located at 2729 Prospect Park Drive, and signage will direct residents to the cooling center room.

Complimentary water and snacks will be provided. Please note that pets cannot be accommodated at Rancho Cordova City Hall, though service animals will be allowed.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert is alerting the community of a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) that may be placed in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights neighborhood. A hearing is scheduled for public comment on the release of SVP, Dariel Morrise Shazier. A Santa Clara judge will consider placing Shazier at an address in Del Paso Heights even though Shazier has no ties to Sacramento.

Notice of hearing: August 26, 2019, starting at 9:00 a.m. Santa Clara Superior Court, Hall of Justice – Department 32, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

Shazier was convicted in Santa Clara County in 1989 and 1994 in multiple cases of: Sodomy of a Person Under 14 by Force; Annoy/Molest a Child; Sexual Battery; Sodomy of a Drugged Victim (Under 18); Oral Copulation of a Drugged Victim (Under 18).

After serving his 17-year sentence, a jury determined Shazier to be a Sexually Violent Predator under the Welfare and Institutions Code §6604. If approved, Shazier will live in Del Paso Heights and only be monitored for one year. He would then be eligible for full release from supervision to live unmonitored in the community.

How the community can voice their opposition: If community members want to voice their opposition, notify the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to: Be heard in person at the hearing being held at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice; Be heard by teleconference call at the Greater Sacramento Urban League (3725 Marysville Blvd., Sacramento CA 95838); Submit a letter or message by email to: SVPShazier@sacda.org; Or, mail a letter to: District Attorney’s Office, ATTN: SVP Shazier, 901 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Shazier is the first of three out-of-county Sexually Violent Predators the Department of State Hospitals has notified us about that they intend to place in Sacramento County. For more information, visit: www.sacda.org/SVP

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Enroll for Fall Semester at Folsom Lake College’s Rancho Cordova Center

By Kristy Hart, Folsom Lake College  |  2019-08-07

Aerial view of staff and students at Folsom Lake College, Rancho Cordova Center. Photo courtesy of Folsom Lake College

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Registration is currently underway for the Fall 2019 semester at Folsom Lake College’s Rancho Cordova Center. An extensive selection of general education, university transfer, career education, and personal enrichment courses – offered on campus and online – are available.

The fall semester kicks off the week of August 24 and runs through December 19. Other shorter-term or "Fast-Track" classes begin throughout the semester. To view a full schedule of course offerings, go to: www.flc.losrios.edu/class-schedules.

Tuition is free for first-time full-time students through the Los Rios Promise and Rancho Cordova Promise programs. New students must first apply for admission to the college before registering for classes. To learn more, go to: www.flc.losrios.edu/steps.

Folsom Lake College’s Rancho Cordova Center is located at 10259 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova (corner of Mather Field Rd./Paseo Dr. and Folsom Blvd.). For questions, please contact the Admissions & Records office at (916) 361-6321.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - “The Source,” is a new, free, 24/7 support service for foster youth and resource families living in Sacramento County. The service, implemented by Department of Health Services and the Sacramento Children’s Home, connects foster youth, and former foster youth, up to age 21 and resource families to licensed professionals who immediately provide guidance, support, and connection to critical resources.

The 24/7 hotline is staffed with operators trained to de-escalate situations and help callers work through conflicts and tension to support foster placements. The hotline will prioritize crises and when needed dispatch mobile response teams to provide additional support. The mobile response teams are made up of social workers, behavioral health specialists, as well as peer partners, which could be former foster youth or caregivers to provide assistance in supporting placement stability.

“The Source is designed to provide foster youth and foster families with high levels of support and stability when challenging situations arise,” said Michelle Callejas, Director of Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services. “This is the only foster youth/family support line of its kind in Sacramento and we are grateful to the Sacramento Children’s Home for their service and partnership.”

Foster youth and their resource families can access The Source’s crisis hotline by calling or texting 916-SUPPORT or by using the online chat option on their website. The Source team can also provide in-person support at homes, schools, and community locations.

Available Services:

Support for Youth – Support when youth need help handling life’s changes. Help to solve problems and create a plan for the future; Support for Caregivers – Assistance to aid overcoming conflicts and challenging situations in the family. Intense, short-term support is available, as well as resources to create a plan for the future; Referrals – Get connected to other supports and programs in the community; Activities – Have fun attending activities with other youth in the community; Advocacy – Support from staff who have similar experiences to youth and caregivers.

“These types of programs are an example of how County departments are listening to the community and partnering with organizations to work to improve the health and wellness of Sacramento County families by providing a culturally competent and responsive crisis continuum,” said Ryan Quist, Sacramento County Behavioral Health Director.

In recent years, California has been implementing a set of changes to the foster care system intended to help foster youth find a family and reach permanency called the Continuum of Care Reform. However, one of the major challenges is to recruit new foster families and retain existing ones. This kind of 24/7, on-demand support will help stabilize placements for foster youth and provide additional support to their caregivers.

For more information about The Source, visit their website or call 916-SUPPORT.

This program is funded by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter-approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

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