SSPCA RECEIVES OVER $100,000 IN GRANTS

By Sarah Varanini, SSPCA¬†  |  2018-11-20

Sacramento SPCA Rescue Coordinator Emily Egle (on left) and Sacramento SPCA Foster Coordinator Palina Chordas with two transferred dogs from the Sacramento City Animal Control on Front Street. Photo courtesy SSPCA

Petsmart Charities Donates to Help Pets Find Forever Homes

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA– The Sacramento SPCA recently announced their receipt of two new grants of $50,000 and $51,821 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America.  The grants are designed to increase intake and help the Sacramento SPCA transport and relocate pets so they can find forever homes.

Since 2016, the Sacramento SPCA has transferred close to 1,000 animals from overburdened shelters in Northern California to their location in Sacramento. In 2018 alone, the Sacramento SPCA transferred 328 animals from Antioch Animal Services, Contra Costa County Animal Services, Placer SPCA, Stockton Animal Control, Sacramento County Animal Control, and weekly visits to Sacramento City Animal Control on Front Street. The relocation of these pets not only allows the overburdened shelter to have open kennels for incoming animals, but gives the pets transferred the opportunity to find loving homes in a new environment. 

A $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities was used to purchase a new transfer van, allowing the Sacramento SPCA to transfer even more animals per visit to overburdened shelters. A $51,821 grant from PetSmart Charities will soon completely renovate a new area at the Sacramento SPCA for intake and assessment of these transferred animals before they are ready to find their new families.  

“In the past, we could rescue six large dogs, or eight medium dogs or about a dozen and a half small dogs or cats,” said Kenn Altine, Sacramento SPCA CEO. “With the new PetSmart Charities van, we can load eight large crates and dozens of small and medium crates by using the folding shelves. We can bring back a wide mix of sizes that matches the needs of the partner shelter and the space availability here at Sacramento SPCA.” Employees from the Sacramento SPCA recently drove this new animal transfer vehicle to Kettleman City to transfer 15 dogs from areas affected by Hurricane Michael.

“Pet transport continues to play an important role in reducing pet homelessness and can provide a better chance for pets to find loving homes,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to not only provide funding to support the transport of these pets from overwhelmed areas, but also increase the Sacramento SPCA’s capacity to provide quality care to pets on the journey to find their forever home.” 

Pet Transport is one of PetSmart Charities’ seven  grant categories designed to provide year-round opportunities for animal welfare organizations and non-profits to apply for funding support.  Funding from PetSmart Charities can help to cover the costs associated with pet transportation, veterinary and shelter care and vehicle maintenance and modifications.  With the help of its animal welfare partners, since 1994, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 8 million pets in need find forever homes. 

Alsco Gives Support to Seniors Through Philanthropic Partnership Program

By Nina Canning  |  2018-11-20

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Alsco Inc., the premier linen and uniform rental services company, recently joined the Eskaton Foundation’s Philanthropic Partner Program to better support senior citizens as they age, helping  them remain independent, but also provides volunteer opportunities and education forums about the aging experience for Alsco employees.

Seniors are an often overlooked demographic when it comes to charitable giving. In fact, in the United States, only two percent of all giving is directed to senior causes.

“Our donation allows us to support seniors through the innovative health, housing and social services the Eskaton Foundation provides to seniors,” says Mark Kotsios, general manager, Alsco Sacramento.

Eskaton, which means “the dawning of a new day,” is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is enhancing the quality of life of seniors to transform the aging experience. Eskaton Foundation supports the needs of seniors in the greater Sacramento area.

Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 129 years of business, Alsco provides linen and uniform rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com

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Biggest Laser Tag Arena in Region Opens in Rancho Cordova

By Russell Hartley, City of Rancho Cordova  |  2018-11-18

Friends, family and member of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce celebrate the recent opening. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Grab your kids, because the biggest laser tag arena in the Sacramento region has officially opened in Rancho Cordova! 

Jas Laser Tag features a two-story laser tag arena of almost 8,500 square feet and offers laser tag games lasting 20 minutes – the longest lasting laser tag games in the region. They also offer a unique bumper car experience, arcade games, and laser detection games.

Have a birthday coming up? Or are you looking to plan your next youth group activity? Jas Laser Tag offers private party rooms for your next event, which are available for walk-ins as well. 

On opening a location in Rancho Cordova, owner Kevin Gill said, “We saw that the City of Rancho Cordova was expanding, and we’re excited to serve the community. It’s always great to see the smiles on the parents and kids’ faces during their birthday parties that we hold here. With the community’s support, we hope to be here for years to come.” 

Jas Laser Tag offers fun and entertainment for the entire family, and is located at 9823 Old Winery Place, Suite 6.

Learn more about Jas Laser Tag and book your next party by visiting www.JasTag.net

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MATHER, CA (MPG) - The Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority has announced $20 million in grant funding previously secured through the California Transportation Commission’s (CTC) Local Partnership Program (LPP) available through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, is secure following the failure of Proposition 6. This statewide proposition would have repealed SB 1, a 2017 law that generates $5.2 billion annually in new transportation funding that is permanently designated for road repairs and public transportation.

“The voters of California have spoken and, based on the outcome of Proposition 6, understand the importance of prioritizing funding sources to maintain our state’s transportation infrastructure,” said Derek Minnema, executive director of the Capital SouthEast Connector JPA. “The $20 million in funds previously secured through SB 1 will be invested judiciously to continue the advancement of the Connector, which will provide instant regional congestion relief to downtown Sacramento and close a critical rural-to-suburban connectivity gap here in our region.”

The Connector received the third largest statewide funding award of close to 90 grant applications for projects throughout California.

Earlier this year, the Sacramento Transportation Authority ranked the Connector as it’s No. 1 regional transportation project pursuing funding through the CTC’s LPP grant program.

The Connector closes a rural-to-suburban connectivity gap by transforming 34 miles of two-lane rural roads into a state-of-the-art, four-lane expressway connecting the communities of the City of Elk Grove, Sacramento County, City of Rancho Cordova, City of Folsom and El Dorado County. The new expressway will provide instant regional congestion relief to downtown Sacramento, provide parallel capacity to Highway 50, and an evacuation route for the southeastern part of Sacramento County. Project benefits also extend beyond the region as the Connector has been identified as a key project within California’s Central Valley Major International Trade Region, and will connect three U.S. Department of Transportation’s Primary Freight Network Routes that are the backbone of goods movement within the Central Valley.

The Connector JPA was formed in December 2006 and includes Sacramento County, El Dorado County and the cities of Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova. It is responsible for the Connector’s planning, environmental review, engineering design, development and construction.

For more information, visit www.connectorjpa.net

 

Source: Randle Communications

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 22nd season with a free, open to the public holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd., in Citrus Heights.

Under the baton of Director Judith Steinle, CPCB will once again play traditional holiday favorites, seasonal musical hits and carols.

This performance, sponsored by the Sunrise Recreation and Park District and the City of Citrus Heights, is family friendly and a great way to usher in the holiday season. The two-hour concert includes a 20-minute intermission.

Various prizes will be on display for the raffle ticket drawings. In addition, there will be a silent auction on special, one-of-a kind items. The public also will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of colorful poinsettias after the concert concludes.  Longtime CPCB supporter Eisley Nursery of Auburn has donated a large poinsettia plant as a grand prize in support of the band's student scholarship fund.

Started in 1997, the CPCB has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California.  Based in Citrus Heights, the self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 50 musicians represents a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area. For more information on the Capitol Pops, visit www.capitolpops.org or its Facebook page. For more information, call (916) 725-5214.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On November 17, 2018, at approximately 5:20 P.M., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received reports of a traffic collision on Winding Way at Rampart Drive. CHP and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and discovered a bicyclist had been struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old man from Carmichael was driving his red Lexus RX 400 eastbound on Winding Way and had entered the intersection at Rampart Drive. At the same time, a 75 year old man from Sacramento had been riding his bicycle southbound on Winding Way from a shopping center when he entered the intersection directly in front of the Lexus. Subsequently, a collision occurred and the impact caused the bicyclist to be ejected from his bicycle onto the roadway surface.

The bicyclist was not utilizing a light while riding during hours of darkness and he was not wearing a helmet. The sobriety of the driver of the Lexus was evaluated and it was determined that drugs and or alcohol were not a factor in this collision.

The cause of this collision is under investigation. Any persons who can provide additional information regarding this collision are requested to contact the North Sacramento Area CHP office.

Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Mike Zerfas who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2337, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Annual Wildlife Photo Contest Takes Flight

By Rick Reed  |  2018-11-18

 2015 Fall Photo Contest Winner from Sac County. Photo courtesy Rick Reed.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - One picture. That’s all it takes to be a winner. Take your mobile or camera outside and give us your best shot of a bird or birds in your backyard, local park or other wild location! It’s easy.

Submit your picture on the Wildlife Care Association Facebook page as a message with photo attachment. Contest is open through December 31, 2018. Entries can be made in two categories- Under 12 years old you can enter FREE! Those over 12 are asked to include a minimum $5.00 donation to WCA on the Facebook donate link for each entry. (Under 18 years old? Ask your parents to help!)

Each photo may be entered once, but individuals may submit more than one. Enter often and donate to help the WCA heroes of nature save thousands of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife every year. The non-profit wildlife rehabilitation volunteers depend on the community for their support giving wildlife a second chance to live.

The WCA Photo Contest winner will be awarded a special prize including a guided tour of the Dome at McClellan Park, their photo featured in the newsletter, posted at the rescue facility and on Facebook/Instagram as a hero of nature!

Submissions should include your email, the location photo was taken, and your best guess what type of bird this might be.  Enter @wildlifecareassociation on Facebook.

One picture will be chosen from submissions to determine a winner. WCA staff reserves the right to select a winner from content and other factors including artistic merit. All photos submitted become the property of WCA for its use in outreach, education and fundraising.

Snap some shots, submit them and let’s see if they fly! For more information call 916-965-WILD

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Deputy French Added to Wall of Honor

Story and pictures by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-11-18

Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPH) - Dozens of uniformed Sacramento Sheriff’s officers last weekend joined families who sacrificed loved ones in service to community or nation.

The gathering saluted Deputy Robert French, who was inducted to the Wall of Honor at Patriots Park. The ceremony added French’s plaque to those of 13 previous honorees. Erected by Carmichael Park District, the monument salutes heroes who fell since the District was established in 1945.

A Los Angeles native, French perished during a criminal incident in August 2017. The 52-year-old father of three fell while protecting fellow officers during a gun fight at the Ramada Inn, Auburn Boulevard. A 21-year Sheriff’s Department veteran, he had worked with Problem Oriented Police in the North Area Division. Speaking at Patriots Park, his daughter Kaylen French praised the dad who raised her and siblings in Arden Arcade. “It’s heartbreaking, but I am very proud and honored to celebrate his life today,” she said.

 “We recognize the passage of time does not shield you from the emptiness you feel,” County Supervisor Susan Peters told families of the men whose names are recalled by 14 plaques. “We nevertheless hope Patriots Park is a source of comfort and pride in remembering your loved ones. Whatever uniform they wore, we will be forever grateful for their dedication. The community will never forget their sacrifice.”

Congressman Ami Bera, Sheriff Scott Jones, Carmichael Park District directors were among other dignitaries at Saturday’s memorial.

Patriots Park monument honors the following heroes:

Deputy Robert French, Deputy Danny P. Oliver, CHP Officer Ronald E. Davis, Army Specialist James E. Schlottman, Army Leiutenant Robert S. Byrnes, Airforce Captain Olin E. Gilbert Jnr, Army Sergeant Larry H. Morford, Firefighter Dean W. Rhoades, US Navy pilot Lieutenant  J. G. David A Warne, Marine and firefighter Sergeant Brian E. Dunlap, Deputies Kevin P. Blount and Joseph M. Kievernagel, Army Sergeant Ronald L. Coffelt, Army Specialist Raymond N. Spencer Jnr.

Anyone may visit the Wall of Honor. Patriots Park is located at 6825 Palm Avenue, Fair Oaks.

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Salute to Our Heroes

Story and Picture by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-11-18

Military veterans and supporters joined a salute during November 11 observances in Carmichael. The Vietnam monument names students of La Sierra high School who died in the Vietnam War.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael's Vietnam Memorial was central to this week’s Veterans Day commemorations. Flags, music and remembrances were shared by nearly 200 visitors.

The first-known California monument to the Vietnam War is in Earl J. Koobs Nature Area, beside the old La Sierra High School on Engle Road. First dedicated in 1973, the lofty steel edifice honors La Sierra graduates who died during Vietnam years. The nature preserve is named for La Sierra science teacher Earl J. Koobs, who fostered its establishment. Before his 2015 death, WW II veteran Koobs presided over many ceremonies honoring fallen La Sierra students.

Under the aegis of Carmichael Kiwanis, the nature area is now a center for community service. Many Boy Scout Eagle Scout projects have been completed in its five acres. Carmichael Organic Gardening Club maintains a butterfly garden and recently erected a Blue Star Marker honoring US those serving the US military.

Heroes named on the nature area’s monument are: Robert D. Anderson, Mark W. Burchard, Robert S. Bynes, Jerry Cowsert, Kenneth R. Escott, Gary R. Field, Herbert Frenzell, Frank Thornburg, Ralph Guarienti, Larry H. Morford, Thomas C. Pigg, Randall B. Rainville, Kim Richins, Jeffry Tharaldson, Robert A. Willis.

Earl J. Koobs Nature Area is open to visitors on the second Saturday of each month, from March to October. For information, go to www.carmichaelkiwanis.org  or visit the Koobs Nature Area site on Facebook.

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ARC Presents "In Love and Warcraft"

ARC Love and Warcraft  |  2018-11-18

Romantic and Rowdy Opens Soon at ARC

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “In Love and Warcraft,” a romantic comedy with a modern twist that will ring true to anyone with a smart phone, a computer, or a social media account, opens November 23 for a three-week run at American River College.  Set on a college campus reminiscent of ARC and CSUS, this play by Madhury Shekar also takes brief forays to into the video game World of Warcraft with truly unexpected results.  The production takes place at ARC’s intimate Stage Two Theatre and is Rated R for adult language and content.

Directed by Pamela Downs, “In Love and Warcraft” follows the exploits of Evie Malone (Kloe Walker), a smart, socially awkward gamer girl and English major who commands a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend Ryan (Adam Garn). Despite being a confirmed virgin, Evie has discovered she has a knack for writing love letters (and texts and Facebook posts) for her less articulate peers, and the skill has become quite a money-maker.  When she meets the handsome and sensitive Raul (Naum Josan), however, she finds herself in a non-virtual relationship of her own and no amount of gaming expertise will help her! Critics, both online and in print, agree that Shekar’s lively perspective with this play is a breath of fresh air.

All performances of “In Love and Warcraft” will be at the American River College’s Stage Two Theatre, 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento. Parking is $2 at the recommended Lot D (corner of College Oak and Myrtle).  SEATING IS LIMITED.  Ticket prices are $15/general, and $12/student/seniors/sarta. For tickets and information, go to ARCtheatre.org or call the ARC Box Office at (916) 484-8234. 

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