California CareForce to Provide Free Services

By MPG Staff  |  2017-09-14

Care event to be held at Cal Expo Sept. 22 - Sept. 24

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – California CareForce a group of dedicated medical professionals, is scheduled to provide a free dental, medical and vision clinic. This clinic will be providing services for Sacramento region’s underserved communities.

The California CareForce team will provide the three-day free dental and vision clinic at Cal Expo. Services available will include: Dental Services – Cleanings, fillings, extractions; Medical Services – Physicals, general medical services; Vision Services – Eye exams, prescription glasses made on site

The clinic is scheduled for Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The location is at Cal Expo Bldgs. C & D, 1600 Exposition Drive, Sacramento, CA 95815
California Care Force is a group of medical professionals, community leaders and general volunteers who provide free medical, dental and vision care to those in need at mobile health clinics across California.

Since 2011, over 10,000 volunteers have provided health services to over 22,500 individuals, delivering $11,000,000 worth of care. Throughout the weekend, over 600 volunteers are expected to deliver free services to over 2,000 patients.

The organization has no restrictions based on income, employment, or immigration status. Their volunteers believe that everyone, regardless of their background, deserves access to basic healthcare.

There is no requirement of insurance or ID to serve patients and all services are free.

For more information about this free clinic please visit

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Thrilling Finish Leads to Win for Cordova Football

By Mike Bush  |  2017-09-13

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) – Johnele Sanders and Anthony Diaz are going to remember one particular Cordova High School football game for many years to come.

The duo, both juniors, led the Lancers to a thrilling 34-33 non-league win over Rio Linda on the Knights’ field on Friday, Sept. 8th. With four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Cordova (2-1), which led 20-18 at the beginning of the quarter, found itself behind at 33-27.

That is when the Lancers started their come-from-behind victory after the Knights scored their final touchdown on the ground to take the short-lived lead. As time ticked off the clock to 20.3 seconds remaining in the game, Sanders found Diaz across the middle for a 10-yard touchdown to tie the game at 33-33.

“He just caught a beautiful pass,” said Cordova head coach Darren Nill of Diaz’s catch.

Alvin Banks booted the extra-point that gave the Lancers the win.

Prior to the winning score, the Lancers had the ball but was faced with a 4th down and long from their own 30-yard line. That led to punting the ball, but the Knights’ punt returner bobbled the punt, which was recovered by Diaz at the Knights’ 30-yard line.

“He came up big,” said Nill of Diaz.

Nill had a hunch his Lancers would have the ball again on offense, but it was sooner rather than later in the final minutes of the quarter.

“Even though we were down by six points, we had two timeouts and I was hoping that we could get the ball back,” Nill said.

The Lancers went with the air game against Rio Linda’s offense, and proved to be successful. Sanders completed 26-of-38 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns. Banks, who is one of the Lancers’ wide receivers, was on the end of three of those scores, and had 11 receptions for 252 yards.

“We were struggling to get a little offense going on the ground,” Nill said. “We were regulated to passing the ball.”

Wide receiver Calvin Augusta also completed a pass for the Lancers that led to a touchdown. He and Diaz also caught a TD pass in the game. Augusta had 10 receptions for 101 yards. As a team, Cordova had 453 total offensive yards.

On defense, free safety Tyreke Tate, who had started as quarterback for the Lancers in the first two games of the season, had 12 tackles. Outside linebacker Ryan McMoore followed with 11, and fellow outside linebacker Yusef Pugh had eight. Defensive tackle Jaizyn Phelp-Reis finished with seven. The Knights’ offense had 468 total offensive yards against the Lancers.

This Friday Cordova continues its pre-season schedule at Vista del Lago of Folsom. Since the school opened its doors earlier this decade, Vista del Lago (1-2) had played all of its home games at Folsom High School while waiting for completion of its stadium that was completed earlier this year. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

All photos by Rick Sloan

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Lady Lancers Looking to Make ‘Pieces Fit’

By Mike Bush  |  2017-09-13

Cordova volleyball Mark Reuter (center) talks to his players during a timeout in a recent home match. Reuter and the Lady Lancers begin Sierra Valley Conference play next Thursday, Sept. 21st at home against rival Rosemont.

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) – Next week begins a new chapter for the Cordova High School volleyball team.

That is when the Lady Lancers begin Sierra Valley Conference action. Entering conference play at 0-1, Cordova will host rival Rosemont on Thursday, Sept. 21. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.

“Going into SVC action, we’re looking to improve consistency,” said Cordova head coach Mark Reuter. “This will not be a conventional team. Look for the team to figure out its identity and how to make all of the pieces fit.”

Officially, Cordova has played two matches. But its Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation home contest against Casa Roble, which Cordova lost 3-0, does not count toward a team’s record.

Four of the Lancers’ 13 players on the roster returning from last season are libero Kimberly Yang, outside hitter Yelena Melnik, middle blocker Shaieve Clore and hitter Elizabeth Luis. 

On Sept. 7th, Cordova played at Valley in a non-league contest. The host Lady Vikings won in four games; the final scores were 25-12, 25-14, 23-25, 25-12. During the contest, Reuter saw improvements that he feels will continue to develop going into conference action.

“Serving was strong and consistent, and we touched a lot of balls on defense,” Reuter said. “We were making a lot of good moves, just not executing the skills.”

One area of improvement for the Lancers is play at the net.

“Our setters were also running around everywhere because passing was too far off the net,” Reuter said.

After its match against Rosemont, Cordova will host Galt on Tuesday, Sept. 26th






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Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Day of Caring

By Kristin Thebaud  |  2017-09-12

If you can donate your talents to care for others contact the United Way. Photo courtesy United Way.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)  – More than 1,000 local residents are needed to spend a day caring for the community Sept. 22-23 by signing up for one of dozens of volunteer projects happening at nonprofits, schools and community parks across the region during United Way’s Day of Caring. The event, sponsored by Nationwide, will begin with a kickoff breakfast and rally at Cal Expo. To sign up for Day of Caring:

Last year, volunteers gave 5,450 hours through the event, which equated to more than $128,000 in volunteer time that many nonprofits, schools and groups could not have otherwise afforded.

“This is the single largest volunteer day in our region, and we hope people will be as enthusiastic about it as they are about Big Day of Giving,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This our chance to give big through our time and energy as we dig our hands in to help the hardworking nonprofits, parks and schools that do so much for our community every day.”

As part of Day of Caring, United Way is holding its Stuff the Bus campaign to collect school supplies for Robla School District in Sacramento through Sept 22. All donated school supplies will be placed in a school bus and driven to Robla School District at the end of the day. To donate to Stuff the Bus:

Nationwide is the presenting sponsor for Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus, and Cal Expo is the kick-off rally sponsor. Project sponsors include Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, ESM Prep, KPMG, Law Offices of Deon R. Stein, Nelson Staffing, SAFE Credit Union, SMUD, Social Interest Solutions, Sutter Health, Syzmanowski Orthodontics, and Zurich. Media partners include Entercom Radio’s ESPN Radio 1320 AM, 98 Rock, Eagle 96.9 FM and 106.5 The End. To sponsor:

Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus are part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer:

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Meals on Wheels by ACC Asks Congress to “SAVELUNCH”!

By Michelle Bustamante, Program Specialist  |  2017-09-12

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Meals on Wheels by ACC along with thousands of others are making our voices heard by participating in the national “SaveLunch” campaign. Help us send a message to Congress and other elected officials to stop budget cuts and save senior nutrition programs across the country.

Meals on Wheels by ACC provides much needed meals to nearly 1,500 homebound seniors, many of whom depend on our program as their main source of nutrition and socialization. Another 900 seniors gather to enjoy nutritious meals and the companionship of friends at one of our 20 All Seasons Café’s throughout Sacramento.

Meals on Wheels by ACC is more than just a meal, for many the daily or weekly visits from our volunteer drivers may be their only connection to the outside world, their only smile, their only friend.  

Each Meals on Wheels by ACC participant has been provided a paper plate in which to write a message to their local congressperson, we invite you to join us in this effort. On September 15th we will be sending hundreds of paper plate messages to our elected officials, we would like yours to be one of them, and together we can “SaveLunch”.

Please send your paper plate to:

Meals on Wheels by ACC, 7375 Park City Dr, Sacramento, CA 95831

For more information about the “SaveLunch” Campaign or to learn how to become a Meals on Wheels by ACC volunteer, please call (916) 444-9533.

Source: Meals on Wheels

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Stand Up Against Bullying September 15th

By Rick Reed  |  2017-09-12

Mr. Robinson

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Black Belts aren’t going to take it. They want you to know how to avoid conflict, stop a bully and share confidence that comes from knowing self-defense. Bullies are not going away. Will your family have the tools they need to counter unwanted aggression?

Let Robinson’s Taekwondo Black Belts raise your personal awareness to avoid conflict, share strategy on short-circuiting or diverting a Bully and at last resort how to fight back!

This free family friendly workshop is being held at participating Robinson’s TKD locations in the Sacramento region. Reserve space by registering to join us in battling bullying with knowledge, planning and self-defense skills your whole family can learn.

Join us for this 90-minute community service event Friday, September 15, 2017 beginning at 6pm.

Everyone is welcome and families are urged to attend together as we all stand against bullying in the Sacramento community!

Bullying is not going away and the only way to fight back is by learning how to cope, avoid danger and fight back. Bullying at school, on the streets, at home or at work Sacramento can say ‘We are not going to take it anymore’ alongside the Black Belts of Robinson’s TKD.

Robinson’s has nine Sacramento regional locations, please visit to find a school near you, register to reserve space for your family at this special community service event. Or Click:

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Elks Honor Local Veterans

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-09-08

Those in attendance were:  (Left to Right)  Vicente Obillo, Jr. (Admin Clerk, HPAC, kino Montantes (LVN), Maria Almes (Chief, Voluntary PACTService, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Northern California Health Care System), Lisa Ostrosky (Social Worker, H, David Stockwell, (Director, VA Northern California Health Care System), Earl Boyd, (Exalted Ruler, BPOE 2484, Rancho Cordova), Mr. and Mrs. John Garrett, (Past Exalted Ruler BPOE 2484, Rancho Cordova), Norm Mayers, (Trustee, BPOE 2484, Rancho Cordova), ?, Dr. Michael Yanuck, (VA Team leader of Patient Alignment Care Team for the Homeless), Ronald Squires (Loyal Knight, BPOE 2484, Rancho Cordova). Photo courtesy Rancho Cordova Elks

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - On August 22nd, the Rancho Cordova Elks generously provided funds raised for improving the lives of local homeless veterans. The ceremony took place at the Mather Veterans’ Hospital before an assembled crowd of veterans, families and staff representing the Veterans Administration staff and veteran support groups. The funds will provide desperately needed help to local veterans seeking to take much needed steps to improve their lives.

At the event the Elks presented a check for $2500 to the VA hospital to support a program established by the Mather VA Hospital called the Homeless-Primary Assistance Care Team (H-PACT) where they have teamed with area homeless support groups (i.e. Loaves and Fishes) to identify, recommend and provide homeless veterans travel to and from the medical facility to receive necessary care.

Elk Ron Squires said “Like many areas in the country that had a large military presence (two Air Force bases and one Army Depot) we consequently have a larger than normal homeless veteran population that needs and deserves our support as Elks [have done]. Providing the necessary medical and potentially long term housing resources for our hero's is our obligation. The Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge 2484 gave these funds to support H-PACT’s continuing efforts to provide much needed services to our local homeless veterans.”

Elks all over the Nation annually donate millions of dollars to a charitable fund known as the “Elks National Foundation” This special fund has numerous grant opportunities [that] Local Lodges may apply for and use in their local communities. The funds for this project are the result of one of those grants. Each local Lodge must meet certain eligibility requirements prior to be awarded grants.

The Rancho Cordova Elks hope is that all homeless veterans in the greater Sacramento area will be identified and provided necessary medical care, and assisted in finding potential long-term housing.

The Benevolent Protective Order of Elks is a 150 year old service organization that has established and sponsored many programs that directly supports Veterans, Active Duty Servicemen in the field and their families.

Mrs. Chris Squires added “Rancho Cordova Elks have proudly provided to date over $100,000 in support of our local veterans and their families. We have a long-standing reputation as a major contributor to our veterans and youth in this community. Additionally, we support a state-wide program that annually sends therapists to support of crippled children in rural areas, our local Scout Troops, other local youth activities, and college scholarships for high school seniors.”

Ron and Chris Squires, both of which are involved with the Elks through the St. John Vianney Church in Rancho Cordova.

For more information of the Elk programs go to,

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