Attention Anglers! Hook a Trophy Trout at Rancho Seco

By SMUD  |  2018-03-09

SMUD’s Annual Trout Derby is March 17 and 18

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at SMUD’s annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Anglers reeling in the heaviest catches will win cash and prizes, including an adult and youth grand prize awarded each day for the heaviest trout caught.

Adult grand prizes: Aluminum boat, trailer and electric motor packages

Youth grand prizes: Fishing kayaks

Grand prizes are provided by Elk Grove Ram, Angler’s Press and The Fish Sniffer magazine. The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local participants since it began in 1993.


Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18,

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (rain or shine)


Rancho Seco Recreational Area

14960 Twin Cities Road

Herald, CA 95638

Background: Anglers can cast a line into the 160-acre lake from the shoreline or one of six fishing piers. Small boats with electric motors are also allowed (no gas motors). In addition to trout, the freshwater lake is home to bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. In preparation for the derby, Rancho Seco Lake was recently stocked with thousands of pounds of catchable trout.

Registration takes place on both days of the derby between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate. A valid California state fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or older. Anglers hoping to win a prize must weigh their fish at the official weigh station between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the catch. For complete rules,

The 400-acre Rancho Seco Recreational Area offers more than just fishing. The full-service facility offers picnic areas, RV and tent camping sites, a beach and swimming spots. Kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards and fishing boats are available to rent.

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 25 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. Admission to the park is $12 per car. For more information about the derby or camping, visit call (209) 748-2318.

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The Rogue Music Project with Pioneer Congregational Church

Press Release  |  2018-03-08

Rogue Music Project

Presents Kevin Doherty & Jennifer Reason in Concert Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rogue Music Project's Jennifer Reason and Kevin Doherty will present their concert, “Unfinished Business” Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the historic Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street.

Kevin Doherty and Jennifer Reason will perform their concert, “Unfinished Business”, with piano music by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart; famous scenes from two of opera's greatest composers, Puccini and Britten; a transcendent movement from Philip Glass's METAMORPHOSES; and the song cycle SONGS OF TRAVEL by Vaughan Williams. Artists Liisa Davila and Sarah Fitch will also perform.

Baritone Doherty is the Morning Classical Host on Capital Public Radio. In concert, he has appeared as a baritone soloist with orchestras across the United States. Pianist Jennifer Reason is Music Director of the Rogue Music Project, (RMP) a collective that cultivates adventurous music and theater experiences. She is also the Artistic Director for the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, a 16-voice a capella ensemble who donates 100% of their proceeds to underfunded charities nationwide. (

Tickets are available at the door for $20. This is the third concert of the historic Pioneer Congregational Church’s 2018 concert series. 

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Open Houses Provide First-Hand Look at Opportunities for Low Volt Technicians

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., (WECA), a California-based trade association supporting the electrical and low voltage industries, is holding a Low Voltage Apprenticeship Training Open House on March 20, 2018, at their WECA headquarters in Rancho Cordova, and on March 21, 2018, at their San Diego Training Facility, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at each location. 
California needs skilled workers. Trades industry learning and networking events have never been more crucial than now, when jobs are going unfilled. With every five workers leaving the trades, only one replacement is supplied by Apprenticeship programs. The demand for low voltage technicians, in particular, is at an all-time high.
WECA is addressing this set of circumstances by offering a unique opportunity for prospective apprentices to learn about the industry first-hand, through two Open House events this month. Prospective apprentices can meet instructors, tour the learning labs, participate in hands-on demonstrations simulating scenarios found in the field, and ask questions in an open forum. The day will culminate with an application session when interested candidates may apply to the Apprenticeship program immediately. Qualified applicants may quickly find themselves placed with a sponsoring low voltage contractor, well on their way to a lucrative career as they enjoy paid on-the-job training.
WECA’s well-regarded, federal and state-approved Apprenticeship programs offer industry contractors vetted and educated apprentices who are adept in not only navigating the Code, but also experienced with real-industry scenarios, via WECA’s extensive hands-on labs.
Upon graduation, apprentices already have substantial experience in low voltage specialty fields like Voice Data Video and Fire Life Safety, and many stay on with the same companies who trained and developed them on the job, during their apprenticeship.
REGISTRATION. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged.
Northern California Open House
Southern California Open House


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Junior Tennis Fund Seeks a Match

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

JTFS members Joyce Williams (third from right) and Jolene Stinemetz (third from left) present the board members of Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District with a donation.

“Bringing Tennis to Underserved Kids”

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Established at the end of 2014, the Junior Tennis Fund Sacramento has donated over $16,000 to the greater Sacramento Region over the years. Mainly donating to parks and recs, the goal of the organization is to bring tennis to kids who may not have ever had a chance to set foot on the court otherwise.

The JTFS is a collective giving organization that supports public youth tennis in the greater Sacramento area. They harness the power of collective giving to support community philanthropy and help create new tennis opportunities for all kids, especially the underserved, at public facilities, parks and schools.

Among the years of contributions, they have donated to the Carmichael Recreation and Park, South Gate Recreation and Park District, Rio Linda Recreation and Park District and the Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District. Most recently they donated $1,800 to Woodland Park.

“We are a youth development program that helps with social skills and gets kids out of the house,” said Carol Rose, Founder and Director of JTFS. “Kids like tennis and enjoy getting out there and chasing the ball.” Rose explained the beauty of tennis entering these children’s lives. “Tennis is a sport that instills core values, teaches life skills and helps to develop productive citizens. It’s a sport that can be played for a lifetime.”

Expanding on that point, some kids pick up the sport and truly run with it, which led to the newest idea of JTFS. Beginning last year, the program, with the help of various coaches around the community, identify the kids that are working hard, taking the sport seriously and have the ability to take their skills to the next level. They award these kids scholarships for private lessons and then they automatically get signed up for an upcoming tournament through the Sacramento Area Tennis Association. SATA runs a series of tournaments throughout the year for all different age groups.

Upcoming for JTFS is one of the biggest fundraising days of the year, as they will once again be participating in the Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Region’s annual 24-hour fundraising event and year-long capacity building program. The event takes place on Thursday, May 3 and this year JTFS will join powers with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and The Wish List Project at The Patriot Restaurant located in the Milagro Centre in Carmichael.

These organizations are inviting friends and donors to stop by, say hello and enjoy some great food and drinks – all in the spirit of giving. Donors for any of the non-profits will be given a discount for dinner that evening at The Patriot. Last year the region raised nearly $7.2 million from tens of thousands of donors, according to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

For more information on becoming a JTFS member or sponsor, visit, e-mail or call 916-359-3667.

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Jeff Sessions Addresses Illegal Immigration; Protests Take Place

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed immigration and California sanctuary laws downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning, speaking at the annual meeting of the California Peace Officers Association held at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. 

Sessions informed those in attendance that the Justice Department sued the state of California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs and putting their lives at risk, but the state’s leaders believe otherwise and continue to deny any wrongdoing.

Last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff warned residents of a federal immigration agent raid, allowing more than 800 criminals to avoid arrest. This drew harsh criticism from both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the White House.

“So here’s my message for Mayor Schaaf: How dare you. How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda,” Sessions said on Wednesday. He also questioned Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for “bragging about the obstruction of law enforcement,” calling it an “embarrassment for the great state of California.”

Governor Jerry Brown thumbed out a tweet stating, “Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”

Dozens of protestors blocked traffic outside of the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel and the Golden 1 Center, holding signs and chanting in opposition of Sessions and the White House.

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A Drive for Business

By Jacqueline Fox & MPG Staff  |  2018-03-07

Diann Rogers was hired to serve as president and CEO of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce in 2011.  Since that time membership has grown by approximately 30 percent.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Chamber is planning their big celebration of the annual BIBA’s (Best In Business Awards) and installation luncheon.  This event honors local businesses and individuals for their significant role in driving business and economic growth and prosperity.

With a growing local economy and an upswing in consumer confidence, the future appears bright for businesses in the region. With an expanding business footprint and an improving consumer purchasing climate, having a strong and supportive business organization becomes even more important to the city.

More businesses are choosing to drop their roots deep into the heart of Rancho Cordova. The BIBA’s recognize those who are at the forefront of business and making the city a better place to live.  

Awards will be presented by the chamber for the Business of the Year (by size of the business determined by number of employees), Rising Star, Ambassador of the Year and the Chairman’s Award.

The event will also recognize outgoing board members who have completed their year of service to the community. New chamber board members will be announced.

The event will be held at River City Christian Church, 10933 Progress Ct, Rancho Cordova on Thursday, March 15.

Doors Open at 11:30 am. To purchase tickets or to find out more contact the chamber at (916) 273-5700 or email

Interview by Jacqueline Fox

In 2011 Diann Rogers was hired to serve as president and CEO of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce.  She previously served as senior vice president for the Folsom chamber’s government relations committee.  Since taking over, membership has grown by roughly 30 percent. Her strategy? Fine-tuning programs to meet members’ needs, creating inter-chamber events, fostering member-to-member collaborations and ramping up legislative advocacy work at the state and federal levels.

Q: What is the chamber’s current membership and how has that changed under your leadership?

A: We currently have approximately 450 active members.  When I took over as chamber president, we had roughly 380 members.  Now, it is really important that people understand the numbers are always evolving.

Q: How many members sit on your board of directors?

A: Our bylaws allow between 12 and 25 and we currently have 20.  Everyone contributes equally, whether you are a small business owner or representing SMUD, it doesn’t make any difference. It’s the collective sprit of this chamber that makes it work. This is where two plus two equals five. I have the most active board I’ve had in years and a really talented staff.  I love coming to work every day. It’s a passion.

Q: What’s been your chief strategy for growing and retaining your membership?

A: I think it has been through a consistent evaluation of the programs and services we provide, asking ourselves if we are truly providing value to our members.  Nobody walks out of a chamber with a set of tires, so we have to show and demonstrate the value to them, and if we don’t, then people have a right to take their money elsewhere.

Q: What has been your biggest area of growth with respect to member participation?

A: I’m very proud of the growth of our Business Expo.  In 2011 we had approximately 32 vendors and roughly 100 guests. Now, it’s about 100 vendors inside and outside city hall and we have about 700 visitors.

Q: Networking is so important.  How does the chamber promote networking?

A: Face-to-face networking opportunities are still the number one reason for joining a chamber. However, approaches have adapted and changed to serve member interests and schedules.  We now have two different versions of our Monthly Power Lunch, for example.  We have the Highway 50 lunch with the Folsom and El Dorado Hills chambers.  We also do a quarterly Sunrise Corridor luncheon with the Fair Oaks and Carmichael chambers. It didn’t always work this way.  Chambers have traditionally been very territorial, but we have learned that if you want to remain relevant, you can’t do that anymore.  Business doesn’t begin or end at a city or county line.

Q: What programs or services are your primary focus?

A: There are three focuses we try to maintain: networking opportunities, business services and advocacy.  Tools we offer are aimed at helping to support members with information and access to things like how to go green, tax incentives and other issues.  We also are here to make connections between our members.  For example, SMUD has millions of dollars in contracts and we work to make connections between them and small-to-mid-sized members.  It’s about providing a safe place for people to come for help or find someone to talk to.  And, primarily since the recession, our role as an advocate has also grown. We are the voice for and about business, and that’s something I take very seriously. 

Q: What is the Rancho Chamber focused on at the advocacy level?

A: So many bills in the Legislature impact our members; bills on ADA issues and minimum wage, as an example.  So I take a great deal of pride in our work tracking those.  Also, we have just launched into a contract with UCAN - United Chamber Advocacy Network, which will serve as a compliment to the California Chamber of Commerce.  It’s more boots on the ground at the legislative level.

Q: What changes have you implemented with your annual events?

A: We have dramatically shifted how we do events.  For example, last year at this time we were doing our Aloha evening dinner and raffle.  But after listening to our members and identifying what their needs are, there was a desire for a big, annual daytime event.  The evening events just don’t work as well anymore.  So we’re having a big, annual luncheon that ties our installation of new officers, recognition of outgoing board members and the Best In Business Awards together as one event.

Q: How have member-to-member relationships changed?

A: The single biggest thing I’ve seen is a spike in collaboration between members.. The Barrel District (beer and distilleries) is a great example.  They get together and they talk about things.  Businesses are coming together, turning up for each other’s ribbon cutting ceremonies. They understand that collaboration is key.

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TAPIGAMI Kicks Off Revitalized Mills Station Arts and Cultural Center

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

TAPIGAMI Millennium Falcon stole the show during the grand opening of the MACC. Photo courtesy Jose Lopez

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - TAPIGAMI took over the revitalized Mills Station Arts and Cultural Center in Rancho Cordova last week – and it did not disappoint. About 100 people of all ages enjoyed a ribbon cutting followed by a memorable reception. Wine and hors d’oeuvres were on the menu but the main course was the countless impressive pieces of art strategically placed throughout the building, leaving each guest to explore and discover their personal favorites.

TAPIGAMI is a contemporary art form created by local Sacramento artist Danny Scheible. “First attracted to masking tape because of its versatile, accessible, and malleable nature, Scheible used the unlikely material to create large-scale installations and create an accessible and interactive art form,” according to his bio. Since then his art has become award winning and he has written several instructional style books, promoting not only his work, but the style of art itself.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was also in honor of the reopening of the Mills Station (MACC) itself. “We have worked to find a way to create an arts exhibit and performance space for the building, but it has been difficult to get it off the ground,” said Rancho Cordova Mayor Linda Budge.  “So we are very excited for re-introducing the building to the community and to begin using it as we have always intended.”

From Star Wars to Rick and Morty, Scheible’s unique form of art resides in a category of its own. If you missed the MACC grand opening or last weekend’s receptions, be sure to catch them this weekend, March 10-11, from noon to 6 p.m. Mills Station is located at 10191 Mills Station Road. Admission is free.

To learn more about contemporary artist Danny Scheible and TAPIGAMI visit

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