SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Members of the media and public are invited to attend Inner SOUL, a silent art auction to benefit Joshua’s House, Sacramento’s first hospice house for the terminally ill homeless on August 10, at 5-8pm.

The Second Saturday art reception will feature a silent auction of over 90 pieces of art based on SHELTERS. All proceeds from the sale of donated artwork will go to completing the building of Joshua’s House, which has received strong support from community leaders such as Congresswoman Doris Matsui, City of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and City Council Member Jeff Harris along with the entire City Council.

Area artists, along with Tony Natsoulas and Julia Didion, are invited to participate in this first of its kind art show here in Sacramento. Using the SHELTER as a symbol, we invite them to sculpt, paint, stitch and embellish. The results are a remarkable and beautiful art show.

Please join us for a special tribute art show to help bring awareness and raise funds for a critical new project here in Sacramento. The donated art will help open the doors to the new hospice house dedicated for the terminally ill homeless. This art show will be hosted at E Street Gallery, 1115 E Street, Sacramento. The art will be on display August 8-26 with a special reception on August 10th 5-9 pm where all artwork will be part of a silent auction

For more information about Joshua’s House, please email Dr. Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater at

If you’re interested in making a donation to Joshua’s House, search @JoshuasHouseSacramento on Facebook or visit

For more information about the art show “inner SOUL” please call Helen Plenert at 916-599-2608 or email


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A Personal Blast Off!

By Sal Arrigo, Jr.  |  2019-08-07

Image of a Saturn V rocket similar to the one that carried the Apollo 11 space capsule to the Moon. Photo by Sal Arrigo, Jr.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It all started in northern New Jersey at Kittle Field, a part of the Stokes State Forest Service. I was 10 years old and my Dad and I were about to blast off my first Estes model rocket. I was hooked after that experience. Fast forward to July 16, 2019, and I was at the U.S. Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama, ready to witness the world record attempt of the launching of 5,000 model rockets simultaneously in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and the Apollo 11 astronauts.

To achieve the record, the Rocket Center said the launch must meet the following criteria: Use commercially available rockets and build them following basic manufacturer guidelines; Pass 30 meters (or about 100 feet) in altitude; Have an independent specialist verify the counting method. An independent specialist is anyone who can claim a general level of experience or knowledge in the specific field of our record attempt (someone who has experience with model rocketry or aerospace engineering.)

Part of the verification process is determining that a record number of rockets exceeded the 100-feet threshold. The launch at the US Space Center successfully launched 4,923 model rockets. Although confident that the 100-foot mark was achieved, (the previous world record was 4,231 model rockets successfully launched), the Space Center said it may take up to 16 weeks to receive confirmation from the Guinness World Records officials.

What fascinates us with the moon and the stars and the planets? The Apollo 11 astronauts represented all those people like us who thirst for adventure, and we are fascinated when someone actually lives our dream for us. I met a volunteer named Eli, who works as a Planetarium Specialist at the US Space Center. He told me he has a love of rockets and enjoys “educating people about his work.” We discussed how many people, approximately 3,000, came to witness the model rocket launch.

One aspect of the launch was the number of children who witnessed the event, and it makes sense since children from all over can enjoy Space Camp at the US Space Center. It is one of the most popular programs, and according to the US Space Center it is “designed to inspire and motivate youth to push the boundaries of human exploration just as generations before them did. Space Camp is internationally popular, with visitors from all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries.”

As you start to grasp the history that surrounds you at the US Space Center, one does not need to go any farther than to stand face to face with two of the most iconic symbols that represent our space program – the Saturn V rocket and the Space Shuttle. I have to admit I am still in awe of seeing these two monuments, and part of the generation that welcomed them to our side. What was it like to be in these vehicles for our space explorers? Fortunately, we had a president that also wanted to know the answer.

In September 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech that focused the United States on landing men on the moon. The President said, “… the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world's leading spacefaring nation.”

It wasn’t long after that we became “trekkies” and became obsessed with the science fiction television show called “Star Trek” that debuted in 1966 and ended in 1969, just one month before we landed men on the moon. Whether a television show or a real life space drama, we were imagining being on the moon, or being one of the characters on “Star Trek.” I take note when we can see an eclipse, or to see the planets align, or witness shooting stars. What exactly is out there in space? 

Now nearly fifty-seven years since President’s Kennedy speech, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced the creation of the Artemis program. Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. The goal of the program is to return astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, to the lunar surface by 2024. American astronauts will also step foot where no human has ever been before - the Moon’s South Pole. When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, it is estimated that 600 million people watched, and I ask you, will you and your family be watching in 2024?

For more information on the US Space Center and the City of Huntsville (the Chamber of Commerce is especially helpful), please visit these helpful websites:

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Summer City Hall Art Show Imagines “Reflections”

By Margaret Snider  |  2019-08-07

“I’m just very happy that I got to enjoy this experience,” said Erika Traen at the Artist Reception. She is shown with her photograph titled “Self Portrait.”  Photo by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The third City Hall Art Show of 2019, running July 29 to October 20, included a Best in Show prize, which has been an added feature of this event since January. “I think next year we might go to a first, second and third place,” said Cheryl Gleason, MACC event coordinator and curator. This quarter’s Best in Show was Karl Edberg with his painting in acrylic, Ethereal Winter. The current show theme is “Reflections,” and this show has more pieces of art in it than any of the preceding summer shows. The show can be seen at City Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at 2729 Prospect Park Dr., Rancho Cordova.

Among the artists submitting to this show for the first time are photographers Anastasia Golosna, 24, and Erika Traen, 27.

Originally from the Ukraine, Golosna came to the United States when she was 6 years old. Her father was a professional photographer. “When we moved to America I would always see him with a camera,” Golosna said. “Naturally I would always grab a camera, and I fell in love with it.” Golosna’s first thought when she heard of the theme “Reflections,” was that of a person reflecting in thought. “I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting in the past year, just in my own life,” Golosna said, “reflecting on who I am as a person, who I want to be as an artist, who I am as an artist.” The titles of her photos are Time Waits for No One, Fallen Kings, and Reflections of Autumn.

Traen has been doing photography since she was in middle school. Her three photos in the show are Self Portrait, American River, and Convict Lake. She is passionate about photography and views it as a hobby that she wants to continue to enjoy. “In that case,” she said, “you shouldn’t do it for money or as a means to live because it puts more pressure on you and it becomes not as enjoyable.” She photographs as a means of capturing a moment or a visually attractive setting in order to remember and share it. “I’ve had a lot of people say that they love and they enjoy seeing all my photos,” Traen said, “because I go to all these places that they haven’t been able to go.” One of Traen’s photos, American River, sold during the Artist Reception on July 31.

One of the regulars in the City Hall shows, Ron Hall, works in many different media. He chose photography for two of his three entries in this show. “Photography has been something I’ve looked at over the last few years... Looking at it from the artistic standpoint and the light and just the design... I thought they would go with Reflections.”City by the Bay in black and white shows the Golden Gate Bridge reflected in a mud puddle. Skylines, in color, shows a glass-windowed skyscraper looking from the bottom up to the top of the building where it melds with the sky. “It just really reflects and absorbs the sky into it,” Hall said. “I just thought it was an interesting piece, so I took that photo with a cell phone.” Hall’s third piece is an acrylic diptych of two different ballet dancers.

Gleason herself has a sharp and colorful photograph in this show, taken in the city of Allsund, Norway. Her art has appeared in previous City Hall shows.


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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The California State Auditor reported an uptick in applications by eligible individuals interested in serving on the next 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission. To date, more than 13,735 applications have been submitted. The Commission is tasked with redrawing Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts.

“We’ve been closely monitoring applications since the initial application period opened on June 10th, and we have seen a steady stream of applications submitted,” said Elaine M. Howle, California State Auditor. “But over the last several days we received an uptick in applications, including a one-day period in which we received more than 1,000 applications. This leads me to believe many more Californians who are learning more about redistricting and are developing an interest in the opportunity may now want to take advantage of the chance to draw California’s Congressional and State Legislative district lines. That is why I am extending the application period which will now close on Monday, August 19th at 5:00 p.m.”

Applicants must submit an application online at The application takes just minutes to complete.

“My office has been analyzing the number and flow of applications since we began accepting applications. It is clear to me that for the last week, we have seen a significant increase and with every passing day, we are getting a broader application pool that is more and more representative of California’s diversity. I’m thrilled that so many civically-involved Californians are interested in being part of shaping California’s future and want to keep the process open until August 19th at 5:00 p.m. to make sure that everyone who is interested has the opportunity to apply,” said Howle.

For more information about application data, eligibility requirements, or to apply to be a member of the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission, please visit or call (833) 421-7550. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @ShapeCAFuture.

Every ten years, after the federal government publishes updated census information, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts. In 2008, California voters passed the Voters FIRST Act authorizing the creation of an independent Commission comprised of 14 members. The 2020 Commission will include five Democrats, five Republicans, and four who are either registered without, or “independent” of, any political party (decline-to-state or no party preference) or with another party. The Commission is responsible for drawing the lines of each district. The initial application period for new Commission members began on June 10, 2019, and will now run through August 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission application and selection process, please visit

The California State Auditor is a state entity that is independent of the executive branch and legislative control. The purpose of the California State Auditor is to improve California government by assuring the performance, accountability, and transparency that its citizens deserve. For more information on the California State Auditor, please visit


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Citrus Heights Native Serves Aboard A Most Versatile Combat Warship

By Dusty Good, Navy Office of Community Outreach  |  2019-08-07

Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Galvan. Photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Officer Gary Ward

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - A 2010 Mesa Verde High School graduate and Citrus Heights, native provides key support as part of combat operations aboard future USS Billings, stationed at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Galvan serves as a mineman responsible for daily scheduling of operations.

Galvan credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Citrus Heights.

“Growing up in my hometown, my parents taught me the value of respect,” said Galvan. "Everything in the Navy is about respect.”

LCS is a fast, agile, mission-focused- platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. It is designed to defeat asymmetric “anti-access” threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

The ship’s technological benefits allow for swapping mission packages quickly, meaning sailors can support multiple missions, such as surface warfare, mine warfare, or anti-submarine warfare. Designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft, littoral combat ships are a bold departure from traditional Navy shipbuilding programs. The LCS sustainment strategy was developed to take into account the unique design and manning of LCS and its associated mission modules.

According to Navy officials, the path to becoming an LCS sailor is a long one. Following an 18-month training pipeline, sailors have to qualify on a simulator that is nearly identical to the ship. This intense and realistic training pipeline allows sailors to execute their roles and responsibilities immediately upon stepping onboard.

Galvan is now a part of a long-standing tradition of serving in the Navy our nation needs.

“Joining the Navy gave me the opportunity to make something of myself,” said Galvan.

Galvan is part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.

“Serving in the Navy has allowed me to travel and see the world,” said Galvan.

Galvan is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon capital assets, Galvan and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

Serving in the Navy, Galvan is learning about being a more respectable leader, sailor and person through handling numerous responsibilities.

“Serving in the Navy means everything,” said Galvan. "It gives me a means to life for myself, a way to keep myself going."

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Shots Fired in Senior Assisted Living Home

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-08-06

Deputy Sheriff and Public Information Officer Tess Deterding at Tuesday’s press meeting. Photo by Patrick Larenas

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - On August 6, at approximately 11:30 a.m., two shots were fired in the Aegis of Carmichael Assisted Living home for seniors. The staff at the facility requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Department. According to a preliminary report by Sargeant Tess Deterding, a man and a woman over the age of 60 were found at the site along with a firearm.

Although they were married, the man was on a visit, while the woman actually lived in the senior facility. “One of them appears to have a self-inflicted wound, while the other did not,” said Deterding. The officer said in Tuesday’s press meeting that the incident may have been due to a dementia condition.

“The Crime Scene Investigation has not actually begun yet,” said Deterding, “but this seems to be the first crime of its kind to have happened in an elderly home.”

The married couple was pronounced deceased on site and there is no outstanding suspect. Their names are not being released to the public until their families are notified first.


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Chivas de Guadalajara and Club Morelia Clash on the Pitch at Raley Field

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Raley Field, along with Latin Entertainment and Girasol Promotions, is honored to bring an evening of professional soccer to the Sacramento region. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 2 for the Wednesday, October 9 friendly soccer match between Chivas de Guadalajara and Club Morelia at Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats.

Club Deportivo Guadalajara – often simply known as Guadalajara and popularly known as Chivas – is a Mexican professional football club based in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Guadalajara plays in Liga MX with 12 First Division titles, and is one of the ten founding members of the Mexican First Division. They, along with longstanding rivals Club América, have never been relegated to the second-tier division.

Morelia is a Mexican professional football club based in Morelia, Michoacán, playing in Liga MX. In recent years, Monarcas Morelia has been one of the main protagonists in the Mexican First Division. Although the team had played Mexican professional football for 70 years, it had never won a First Division tournament until 2000.

Tickets will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, August 2 at the Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office at Raley Field. Prices start at $40 for general admission, $55 for reserved seating, and $110 for on-field VIP seating. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the match will kick off at 7:00 p.m.

Raley Field is the West Sacramento home of the Sacramento River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. Raley Field is consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the River Cats’ 20th season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). The only place to guarantee official River Cats tickets is at For information on other events at Raley Field, visit

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