Call to the community to step up if you can

West Sacramento, CA  (MPG) - A West Sacramento family is searching for a hero: a bone marrow donor match for their six year old son, Tyler Getz, who is suffering from a rare blood disease, severe aplastic anemia. Tyler has spent most of the summer at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital with his mother, father, brother and grandparents at his side. The sooner Tyler finds a match, the sooner he’ll be able to come home.

Join BloodSource/Be The Match for a simple, quick and painless cheek swab to see if you're a match for Tyler on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 2 pm until 6pm at Roundtable Pizza in the Southport Town Center (2525 Jefferson Blvd.).

To join the bone marrow registry you must: Be between the ages of 18 and 44 years old; Make a good faith commitment to donate if you are a match to anyone in need; Meet health eligibility guidelines.

Those interested in being a match, but unable to attend the bone marrow registry drive, can request a swab kit to be mailed their home by visiting

For additional questions contact Elaine Rock at BloodSource at 916-453-3792.

First confirmed human cases this year

Yolo County, CA (MPG) - The Yolo County Health Department has received confirmation of two cases of West Nile virus infection in humans in Yolo County.  Two adult residents in different areas of Yolo County are critically ill and currently hospitalized.

“The serious illness of these Yolo County residents from West Nile virus is tragic and reminds us all of the need to protect ourselves and our families from mosquitoes,” said Yolo County Health Officer Ron Chapman, M.D.  “West Nile virus is spread to people from the bite of mosquitoes.  By making regular checks of their yards and draining standing water, people can help cut down on mosquito breeding areas.  Precautions such as wearing protective clothing and using bug repellents that contain DEET will also reduce the risk of mosquito bites.  Even though the summer season is coming to an end, our weather continues to support an environment for mosquitos.”

People typically develop symptoms of West Nile virus between 3 and 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito.  While 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected will not show any symptoms, up to 20 percent who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.  Symptoms can last for as short as a few days or several weeks, even for generally healthy people.

About 1 in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.  There symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.  These symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.  People over the age of 50, and those who have diabetes or hypertension are more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile virus and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent the bite of an infected mosquito.  Following the 7 Ds decreases the risk of mosquito bites:

DRAIN any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid.  These are the times when mosquitoes are most active.

DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.  Make sure you follow all label directions!

DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.  This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

DISTRICT personnel are available to address any mosquito problem you may be experiencing by calling 1-800-429-1022.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has been performing extensive control measures in and around Yolo County to reduce both larval and adult mosquitoes, and will continue to do so to minimize adult mosquitoes carrying the disease.

For additional information on West Nile virus, visit the websites below or contact the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022.

The mission of the Yolo County Health Department is to protect and enhance the health and safety of the residents of Yolo County.

Additional Resources:

Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District:

Yolo County Health Department:

California West Nile Virus Surveillance Information Center:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

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West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency is teaming up with nearly 70 employers, educators and apprenticeship programs to host a job fair on Wednesday, October 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City of West Sacramento Galleria, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue.  The job fair will connect job seekers beginning or continuing their careers with employment opportunities ranging from entry-level to positions requiring experience.

Employers are ready to hire and apprenticeship programs are ready to accept new apprentices.  The list of employers attending the job fair includes the County of Yolo, CalSTRS, Comfort Keepers, Pride Industries, University of California, Davis, Yolo Emergency Communications Agency, Yolo County Transdev, Caltrans and more.  Industry apprenticeship programs include carpentry, sheet metal work, general labor and transportation.  Among many other positions, employers have expressed they are looking to hire machine tool engineers, service technicians, administrative personnel, retail workers, warehouse workers, sorters, assembly line personnel, security personnel, food service workers, cement workers and home healthcare associates.

For more information, contact Steve Roberts at (916) 375-6215 or

Source: Yolo County Media

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Paint On for Wildlife

By Rick Reed  |  2017-09-22

The dome will get a new makeover. Photo courtesy Rick Reed PR

The Institute of Art Sacramento Artists Give Life to Heroes of Nature’s Home

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The volunteer heroes of nature giving regional wildlife a second chance to live at Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento are getting an upgrade! The former USAF Radar Dome has been home to the state’s second largest wildlife rehabilitation facility for several years, but has only slowly begun changing and improving its grounds.

With student artist Lindsay Ianni from the Art Institute of Sacramento leading, volunteers will come together for two days to give the old radar dome some real life!  On Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st beginning at 8am artists will add new wildlife images and create a new look for the entrance of the former USAF building visited by more than 6000 residents each season with injured, orphaned and displaced birds and small animals.

Volunteers are needed to help support the artwork. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can contact Wildlife Care Associaiton of Sacramento Volunteer Coordinator Kate Vanderslice at

The facility is located on 2 acres of McClellan Park, west of the airpark at 5211 Patrol Road. The volunteer non-profit has given new life to wildlife for more than 40 years, with 98% of the care provided by volunteers from all walks of life throughout the community. Supported entirely by donations, the wildlife rehabilitation facility takes in birds and small animals to be healed and released from 10am to 6pm seven days a week. If you have found wildlife injured, orphaned or displaced by human activity call the Hotline at 965-WILD. 

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Volunteers Needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program

By Anaí Ibarra, AARP  |  2017-09-22

Last year, 2,841 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 184,276 people file their federal and state tax returns. Photo courtesy AARP.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation service

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Soon approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.

A recent AARP survey of working Californians, entitled “CA Dreaming or Struggling,” reveals that a large percentage of Californians are not ready for retirement; and while they remain optimistic, many are struggling with issues of housing affordability and difficulty in saving for retirement.

Programs like Tax-Aide, says AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson, can help.

“Considering the difficulty many Californians are having making ends meet, a program like Tax Aide, which helps people save every dollar they can, is that much more valuable,” she said.

Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification.

Last year, 2,841 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 184,276 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 378 sites in California, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves nearly 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.5 million taxpayers annually at some 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help. In 2017 taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program. 

To learn about our volunteer opportunities, visit  or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS. 

AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds.  AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.      

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All Aboard for Story Time with Good Day Sacramento’s Tina Macuha

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2017-09-22

Tina Macuha

Sacramento, CA (MPG) -  It’s All Aboard for Story Time! with Good Day Sacramento’s Tina Macuha as a celebrity guest reader on Monday, October 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the California State Railroad Museum. To the delight of young children and train enthusiasts alike, Tina will read the children’s books Engine Number Ten by Rose Ann Woolpert and Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis.

A Sacramento native, Tina started her successful broadcast career in radio -- including at FM102 in the early 90s -- then transitioned to television when Good Day Sacramento first premiered in August 1995. Since the debut of the wildly popular morning program, Tina has been helping to inform and entertain viewers in the greater Sacramento area ever since. Besides traffic reporting, some of her most popular on-air segments are Dishin’ With Tina, Teen’s Tunes and Thought for the Day, just to name a few. 
All Aboard for Story Time! is offered every Monday morning year-round. Through this interactive and fun program, parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading introduce and foster the love of reading with their imaginative young children ages two to five. The Story Time! program showcases different railroad-related books each month. Afterward, children and parents are encouraged to explore the Museum. Whether it’s toy trains or big locomotives, there is always something to discover in the California State Railroad Museum – North America’s most popular railroad museum – that will thrill children (and adults) of all ages. 

The All Aboard for Story Time! program is included with Museum admission: $12 for adults; $6 for youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under. For more information about the reading program or the California State Railroad Museum in general, please call 916-323-9280 or visit  

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These Kids Gotta Be Fed

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-09-18

Jen, Sharon and Ricky help out at Blessings in a Backpack. Photo courtesy BIAB

Blessings in a Back Pack Fundraiser Set for Oct. 7

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - Blessings in a Backpack (BIAB) Rancho Cordova will be shaking things up this fall with a new partnership and fundraiser aimed at broadening the local chapter’s donor base as it also looks to expand its services to additional schools inside the district and out.

The Rancho Cordova Chapter of BIAB is partnering with the Sacramento Children’s Museum to co-produce “Rocktober in Rancho,” a ticketless fundraiser set for Saturday Oct. 7, with proceeds from sales for food, wine, beer and vendor shopping booths going to support the non-profit’s mission to provide weekend meals for at risk and underserved kids.

Rocktober will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall and, according to Janice Davis, the chapter’s co-founder and program coordinator, will replace the non-profit’s annual, “Girl’s Night Out” fall fundraiser, which has contributed to the raising of roughly $50,000 since the chapter’s inception three years ago, but excluded an important component of its donor base: Men.

“We took a look at the Girl’s Night Out event we were doing previously, and, although it was well-attended, we realized we were kind of just shooting ourselves in the foot by making it a women only event,” says Davis, who alongside her husband, Rickey, launched the BIAB Rancho Cordova Chapter in 2014.

Rocktober will be open to all and, in addition to live music from a popular Sacramento-based funk band, will include more than 75 vendors, food trucks, a wine and beer garden sponsored by Claimstake Brewing and Thin Line Brew Co., a Cappuccino Classic Car Club show, a giant bake sale produced by junior volunteers for BIAB, as well as a large kids’ play area offering free yoga and tae kwon do lessons, book readings, face painting, games and other demonstrations.

The Sacramento Children’s Museum in Rancho Cordova has partnered with BIAB Rancho Cordova to co-produce Rocktober.  The museum’s Executive Director, Sharon Stone Smith said linking the concept of learning with a non-profit supporting basic needs of children is a no-brainer.

“We think it’s a perfect partnership,” said Stone Smith. “We promote learning and exploring and creativity but we know that in order for those things to happen, kids need to begin with having a stable source of food and support at home. So Blessings is providing that critical piece of ensuring a kid can have the brain power he or she needs to want to keep learning and growing.”

This marks the fourth school year the BIAB chapter has been sending some 200 kids home on weekends with backpacks loaded with food.  Many of its recipients receive free or reduced meals at school each week, but often go without on weekends. BIAB strives to bridge the gap so that school children have access to food every day of the week.

“You would be surprised to learn how many school-aged kids go without access to regular meals on the weekends,” Davis said.

The Rancho Cordova chapter has adopted five elementary schools in the area as program participants including, Rancho Cordova, Cordova Villa, Williamson, White Rock and Cordova Meadows.  The chapter is preparing to add Cordova Gardens Peter J. Shields elementary schools to its list in the coming months and expanding outside the Rancho Cordova School District. 

“We are planning to extend to schools in our area but also to some in the Sacramento district, such as Lincoln Village,” said Davis. “But first we want to make sure we are taking good care of the schools we currently have in place, which is what our fundraisers are all about.”

Of particular need is a new location for a larger storage locker for all of the donated food items that come in to the non-profit via the community, whether through corporate donations or via community and individually sponsored food drives.

All proceeds from the Rocktober event will be split between the museum and BIAB Rancho Cordova, Davis said. Having the cachet of the museum, as well as its community connections, she added, are wildly beneficial.

“Partnering with the Children's Museum has opened doors for Blessings in a Backpack,” Davis said.  “They have contributed vendors, a mascot for our event, kid’s activities, and reached out to businesses via the Rancho Cordova Chamber, and the list goes on.  They truly have been partners with us in putting this together.”

ROCKTOBER IN RANCHO-a Benefit for Blessings in a Backpack, Rancho Cordova Chapter
Saturday, Oct. 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Dr.
Admission: Free
For vendor information, call (916) 213-5595


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Hey Man, Let’s Talk Pot

By Corey Egel, CDPH  |  2017-09-18

CDPH Launches Cannabis Public Education Campaign

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched a health information and education campaign about what’s legal in California and potential health impacts of cannabis use. Senate Bill 94 (SB 94) - Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) - makes it legal for adults 21 or older to possess, consume and cultivate cannabis in California. Sale of cannabis from licensed retail outlets will become legal January 1, 2018. 

CDPH received funding to develop a campaign, as detailed in SB 94, describes: The scientific basis for restricting access of cannabis and cannabis products for persons under the age of 21 years; The penalties for providing access to cannabis and cannabis products to persons under the age of 21 years; The potential harms of using cannabis while pregnant or breastfeeding; The potential harms of overusing cannabis or cannabis products.

“CDPH engaged in extensive conversations with stakeholders in California and partners in other states with legalized cannabis to target the most vulnerable populations and apply their lessons learned,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “We are committed to providing Californians with science-based information to ensure safe and informed choices.” CDPH has and will continue to incorporate the latest data available into public messages to increase awareness about how cannabis affects bodies, minds and health.

On CDPH’s website, individuals can find information about legal, safe and responsible use, and health information for youth, pregnant and breastfeeding women, parents and mentors, and health care providers. CDPH produced fact sheets with safe storage tips and the important things Californians need to know about purchasing and possessing cannabis for personal use. An educational digital toolkit for local governments and community organizations will be available in the future.                                                                                                                                               

For additional information, visit the Let’s Talk Cannabis web page at

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Circus Vargas Comes to Town

MPG Staff  |  2017-09-18

Show Unveils Original New Production- SteamCirque!

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Circus Vargas returns to to the Sacramento region, embarking on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! The biggest American, Animal-Free traveling Big Top circus is making a splash across California and will be entertaining the Sacramento area Residents from September 21 through October 15, 2017 with its latest hit production, SteamCirque!

The Big Show includes goggles, gears, and gadgets setting the stage for Circus Vargas’ retro-futuristic new production.  Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

The Storyline presents an eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new,  imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts. It becomes a test of wills, the  steampunkers versus the circus folk,  who will win? Audiences will have to come and see to find out!!

For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location.

Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

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Healing Invisible Wounds

By Elise Spleiss  |  2017-09-14

Program graduates of SPARTA  and Go Give 2 Live programs. Photos by Go Give to Live.

Veterans Day Golf Tournament to Aid Veterans, First Responders with PTSD

Sacramento Region (CA) (MPG) - “We are dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war and service.” This is the motto of Go Give 2 Live, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit working with The SPARTA Project to help local veterans, police, fire and emergency personnel get the care they need to recover from the stress and trauma they have experienced in the line of duty. 

The SPARTA Project, the nation’s premiere program for helping warriors and first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) provides an intensive 5½ day retreat in Southern California to rehabilitate veterans/first responders. To help balance the demanding work, participants enjoy activities such as rock climbing, a rope course, equine therapy and meditation.  

SPARTA has asked Go Give 2 Live to provide further resources to help them in their aftercare. Formed in January of 2015 Go Give 2 Live raises funds to support already established non-profits that have a proven record of helping veterans and first responders get the help they need to recover from the stress and trauma caused by their jobs. According to program founder Lindsey Hutchison, most of the veterans in their programs are police officers, and local veterans returning from Afghanistan.

Lindsey and her team of volunteers are aware of local resources to help these men and women in the county where they live. Local programs include Joy House, a transitional sober living home with a focus on women veterans, and programs using the healing quality of horses and dogs to help transform their lives. A Community for Peace located in Citrus Heights offers a men’s support group and a crisis center for victims and survivors of domestic violence, family violence, and sexual assault. 

What sets Go Give 2 Live apart from other veteran recovery programs is the ongoing support graduates receive to keep them involved in their own recovery.

Being active in their community helps give survivors a new purpose in life.

Another important aspect of ongoing recovery is the creation of care packages of journals, educational books, pamphlets to local resources and other items send to graduates on an ongoing basis.  

Following their own success in the program, graduates are encouraged to become a shepherd or mentor to new participants to the program.

Volunteers working with Give2Live also aid emergency responders during disasters in counties throughout California. Presently they have a team of 14 volunteers actively working with six veterans who survived the Mariposa fire, doing home health checks and taking care of their pets. They also built a wheelchair ramp for a relocated veteran and provided a refrigerator full of food for one man whose home had been a total loss. They also assist in relocating animals affected by the fires. 

A future vision of Lindsey’s is to acquire or build a facility to create a one-day therapy camp where participants can come and go anonymously to work on their own unique issues in a safe environment.

To help provide funds for these programs Go Give 2 Live is hosting a Golf Tournament at Top Golf in Roseville CA on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For every $1,500 raised, one veteran or first responder will go through SPARTA’s much-needed life changing program. The hope is to raise enough funds from the tournament to cover three or four attendees to this program along with the Go Give 2 Live services.  One hundred percent of funds raised will go right to the programs and aftercare. Player ticket packages range from $100 and up. Sponsors can pay for a veteran or first responder to play. For information on participating as a player, sponsor or vendor go to and click on projects or call 1-866-306-4569.

Lindsey Hutchison holds an MBA in Business Finance from Grand Canyon University, a BFA in Design & Marketing, and an AA in Business Management. She currently is employed in her family business, Hutchison Financial Group, working as an Account Manager/Insurance Agent. She is a member of Capital Region Family Business Center and the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, She is actively involved in her community, and has been on multiple mission trips outside of the county to help those less fortunate. Her passion has always been to help others. She has been involved in charities and nonprofits her whole life. This passion led to the formation of Go Give 2 Live, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to provide much needed programs and services to veterans and first responders.

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