Best of the Best

Story and photos by “Best Photographer” Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-06-06

Artist David Peterson’s watercolor vision of Carmichael’s Milagro Centre was auctioned and won by a $500 bid from Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh. Alizadeh’s Marconi Dental group also took best dentist honors.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Business folk were toast of the town when the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce and Carmichael Times hosted a "Best of Carmichael" awards gala last week. Winners were decided by votes; applause, certificates and proclamations rewarded victory.

Thirty-three contested categories included professional services, markets, restaurants, fitness centers, non-profits – and many more entities that make Carmichael a business and residential hub. Dominating for member gala attendance, the Carmichael Kiwanis Club took dual awards for best service group and for hosting the annual Taste of Carmichael festival. River City Brewery supped up acclaim for preferred pub and additional kudos for winning most votes overall. Lido Café and Bakery took the cake for best restaurant. The Effie Yeaw Nature Center was this year voted tops for recreation and La Sierra Center (Carmichael Park District) scored as best community center. Eskaton Village rallied votes to secure best senior living. Carmichael Presbyterian was this time heaped with best-church praise.

While many new winners emerged, some old winners prevailed. For the third year, Bel Air #511 was elected best grocery store. Katie Pexa’s Farmers agency was a third-time champion for best insurance provider.

Over three years, the competition has garnered increasing community excitement. Six hundred more voters participated than in 2018, and 163 guests enjoyed the sold-out celebrations.

Raffles and auctions added to the banquet’s competitive atmosphere. David Peterson’s watercolor painting of the Milagro Centre brought a winning bid of $500. In a furiously contested dessert auction, several bespoke cakes brought bids of $200 each. Wine flowed. Victors and supporters rejoiced. In the Milagro Centre’s Patriots ballroom, Carmichael’s business people ate, drank and were exceedingly merry.

See a complete list of Best of Carmichael winners on BestofCarmichael.com

Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary Gives Back to Fathers on their Special Day

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary, a proud provider in the Dignity Memorial® network, will be giving away free hot dogs and Dad’s root beer floats beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16th, and continuing until 2:00 p.m. We are thankful for the fathers in our community and want to honor them for their daily sacrifices and dedication to their families and community.

For any questions regarding this special event, please contact Lisa Goudy at 916-969-1251 or Lisa.Goudy@dignitymemorial.com

Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary is located at 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628

About Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary

Mount Vernon Memorial Park & Mortuary is a proud member of the Dignity Memorial network in Fair Oaks. The Dignity Memorial network of more than 2,000 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, visit www.mountvernonmemorialpark.com.

 

 

 

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Old couches. Left-over lumber. One-legged chairs. Used laptops and TVs. Broken refrigerators. Beat-up mattresses. Does this sound like your backyard or garage? Did you know the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling will come to your home and pick these items up from your curb at no charge?

One Bulky Waste Pick-Up per calendar year is included in your garbage rate. The no-charge pick- up is good for an 8’ x 4’ x 4’ pile, with a maximum material amount of 5 cubic yards – about the size of a pickup bed loaded to the top of the cab. Additional pickups are only $25!

Bulky Waste Pick-Up services are available by appointment only. To schedule your pick-up, call (916) 875-5555 or complete the Waste Management and Recycling form online.

Acceptable items include: Appliances, E-Waste (TVs and computer monitors), Universal Waste (household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs less than 4 feet, and cell phones), Furniture/Mattresses, Pipes, Lumber, Lawn/Tree/Shrub Trimmings.

Please use your green waste container as much as possible for leaves, grass, weeds and prunings. The more you use your green waste cart, the more space in your Bulk Waste Pick-Up for items that cannot go into a cart.

Place these items to the side of your pile: Tires (no rims; maximum of 5); Junk.

Lumber, pipes and trimmings should be no more than four inches in diameter and five feet long.

Unacceptable items include: Commercial Waste, Dirt, Rocks, and Bricks, Glass Panes, Concrete, Vehicle Batteries, Household Garbage, Hot Ashes, Heavy Materials (like auto bodies, engines, etc.), Hazardous Waste. This includes paint, oil and chemicals. This material may be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility located at the North Area Recovery Station. Call (916) 875-5555 for hours.

Customers are asked to place the materials in front of their property and on the same side of the street 24 hours before scheduled pick-up.

The County offers this service to help customers keep their neighborhoods and homes tidy. It also helps reduce illegal dumping.

Sometimes, people without access to trucks or trailers will illegally dump unwanted items along roadsides or in rural areas of the county. This causes blight and costs taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars every year to address.

Ted Horton, superintendent of operations for the Department of Waste Management and Recycling, says that each year the county removes about 23 million pounds of household junk through the Bulky Waste Pick-Up program.

Couches, beds and wood are the most commonly disposed of items. “But we’ll even take old hot tubs, as long as they are cut in half,” said Horton.

Appointment availability varies. Depending on demand there may be a wait of up to 3-4 weeks.

If you’d like to get rid of household junk or have questions about the program, please email sacgreenteam@saccounty.net or call Customer Service at 916-875-5555, Monday – Friday,

8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

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SMUD and CDFW Stock Thousands of Trout in Reservoirs

SMUD Press Release  |  2019-06-12

SMUD and CDFW will be stocking three separate reservoirs for recreational fishing.

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - SMUD and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are again stocking three Sierra reservoirs with rainbow trout. The fish planting will run into August with SMUD stocking 25,000 pounds of fish into Union Valley, Ice House and Loon Lake reservoirs in El Dorado County. This is the fifth consecutive summer SMUD and CDFW have combined efforts to stock the reservoirs.

The trout plants are intended to enhance angling opportunities for the public. Surveys say fishing tops the reasons folks visit the Crystal Basin Recreation Area. On average, the stocked trout weigh one to two pounds each, including some trophy fish. SMUD, along with the owners of the Ice House Resort, have installed the “Crystal Basin Bragging Board” where anglers can post pictures of their catch from Crystal Basin reservoirs. There is also a scale available if anglers wish to weigh their catch and claim biggest-fish bragging rights. Anglers are also encouraged to tag SMUD on social media and show off their catch.

SMUD proactively works to improve the quality of life in El Dorado County, where many SMUD employees call home and work, and where the electric utility owns and operates the Upper American River Project (UARP), a system of hydroelectric generation facilities.

SMUD was awarded a new 50-year license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2014 to continue operating the UARP, which provides nearly 700 megawatts of low-cost, clean, non-carbon-emitting hydro power, enough to provide about 15 to 20 percent of SMUD’s energy capacity during an average water year. The fish-stocking effort helps SMUD meet conditions of operating its FERC license for the UARP.

SMUD will coordinate six separate trout plantings starting in early June and continuing into early August. Union Valley, the largest of the three reservoirs, will get 9,600 pounds; Loon Lake, 7,750 pounds; and Ice House, 7,650. The fish provided by SMUD will come from Mount Lassen Trout Farms of Payne’s Creek. The company also stocks SMUD’s Rancho Seco Lake, which annually hosts the very popular Trout Derby.

Fishing licenses are available for purchase from more than 1,400 license agents throughout the state and can also be obtained online at wildlife.ca.gov/licensing.

For more information about UARP and associated projects, as well as current reservoir and stream release conditions, please visit smud.org and the Community and Recreational Areas Web pages.

 

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Optimists Hold High School Boys Volleyball All-Star Games

John Yoshikawa, Optimist Sports Director  |  2019-06-06

Volleyball players Matthew Yovzhiy and Jordan Tobey. Photo courtesy Optimist

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The 22nd Annual Optimist High School Boys’ Volleyball All Star games were held on June 2, 2019 at Capital Christian High School, 9470 Micron Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95827.

The Small Schools North team won after playing four (4) sets; 25 – 21; 14 – 25; 25 – 19; and 25 – 17. The North Team Outstanding Player was Matthew Yovzhiy from Mira Loma High School. The South Team Outstanding Player was Jordan Tobey from Vacaville Christian High School.

The Large Schools North Team won the 2nd match after playing five (5) sets, 25 – 20; 20 – 25; 21 – 25; 25 – 21; and 15 – 11.The North Team Outstanding Player was Griffin Walters from El Camino High School. The South Outstanding Player was Miles Judd from Roseville High School.

The Small Schools North Team team was coached by Kay Tindelll from Mira Loma High School and Bill Evans from Wheatland High School. They were assisted by Marissa Tindell from Mira Loma High School. The Small Schools South Team was coached by Bryson Grant and Greg Grant from Capital Christian High School, and Carla Borges from Vacaville Christian High School. They were assisted by Alicia Borges from Vacaville Christian High School. The Large Schools North Team was coached by Winston Prather from Granite Bay High School, and assisted by Brian Jew from Woodcreek High School and Jamie Mathias from Del Oro High School. The Large Schools South Team was coached Dave Amituanai from Laguna Creek High School, and assisted by Theresa Dark from Oakmont High School, and Jill Smith from Elk Grove High School.

 

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Brews in the Burbs is Coming to Sunrise MarketPlace

By Julie DePrada-Schott, Sunrise MarketPlace  |  2019-06-06

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Sunrise MarketPlace in partnership with the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights presents Brews in the Burbs. On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Sunrise MarketPlace will transform the Sunrise Mall parking lot into a backyard hangout to showcase the best Craft Beer, Home Brewer, and Wine in the Northern California area. This inaugural event will feature craft beer tastings, live music, food trucks, backyard games and YOU!

A few participating breweries include Red Bus Brewing, River City Brewing, Tilted Mash Brewing, and Alaro Brewing. Brews in the Burbs will also feature a Home Brewers Tasting Section and Beer Alternatives tastings. For a complete list of vendors and sponsor, visit SunriseMarketPlace.com/BrewsintheBurbs.

VIP Admission ticket price is $50 pre-sale and $60 day of (if available). Ticket includes entry into the event starting at 4 pm, access to the VIP lounge which will feature food samplings from Olive Garden, Dos Coyotes, Wing Stop and Benihana, a larger tasting glass and unlimited tastings.

General Admission tickets prices are $35 pre-sale and $45 day of the event. Ticket includes entry into the event starting at 5 pm, a tasting glass and unlimited tastings.

Designated Driver tickets are available for $20 and includes $5.00 food voucher at any food truck and unlimited soda/water. Designated Drivers can enter the event early with another person who has early entry tickets. Designated driver tickets are only available for purchase in advance and before the event is sold out.

The purchase of your ticket will help us support the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights, whose mission is to help children from Elementary through High School with education and literacy projects. Proceeds from Brews in the Burbs will benefit children and families of Citrus Heights and surrounding areas.

A special thanks to Stones Gambling Hall and Beers in Sac, in being instrumental in helping us create an amazing Brews in the Burbs.

About Sunrise MarketPlace                                                                                 

Sunrise MarketPlace is a collection of more than 400 retailers, restaurants, and professional businesses located in the heart of Citrus Heights, CA. The Shopping and Business Improvement District, located along Sunrise Boulevard between Arcadia Drive (just north of Greenback Lane) and Madison Avenue, and along Greenback Lane between Birdcage Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard. The District was created in 1999 to advance the commercial vitality of the business corridor.  For more information visit www.ShopSMP.com, www.facebook.com/sunrisemarketplace, and www.instagram.com/DiscoverySMP

 

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Renaissance Singing Group Serenades Seniors

By Muffy Francke, Renaissance Society  |  2019-05-30

Singing for Fun’s ukulele ensemble: the Uk-u-Ladies. Photo courtesy of the Renaissance Society.

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On Tuesday, May 7, the Renaissance Society’s Singing for Fun chorus serenaded the residents of Oakmont of Fair Oaks retirement community. The residents were treated to songs that many not only remembered, but enjoyed as a sing-along with the encouragement of Chorus Director Sara Zeigler.

The singers performed such tunes as “When You’re Smiling”, “It’s a Wonderful World”, “Up a Lazy River”, “Jeepers Creepers”, and “We’ll Meet Again”. The Uk-u-Ladies, the group’s ukulele ensemble, provided toe tapping beats to tunes like “Ain’t She Sweet” and “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby”. There were train whistles for “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” rhythmic maracas for “Lemon Tree,” and chorus member Maryann Frantz entertained with a rousing tap dance during “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” Narrator Bette Carr introduced each song with interesting and fun facts.

Singing for Fun is a class offered by the Renaissance Society, an organization in partnership with the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), that provides opportunities for lifelong learning and community engagement for older adults. Society members choose to study topics proposed by peers who lead the seminars. There is a veritable smorgasbord of subjects which evolve from semester to semester depending on members’ interests.

Classes are held on the CSUS campus on Fridays and Saturdays during both Fall and Spring semesters. The Society also offers seminars, “birds of a feather” gatherings, book clubs and other activities such as Singing for Fun on other days and other locations.

The Society also hosts a Summer series of presentations where non-members are welcome. The schedule can be found at https://www.csus.edu/org/rensoc/calendar.html.

The Singing for Fun group chooses a new slate of songs each semester, rehearses for approximately eight weeks, and then performs for up to five different senior communities. This Spring in addition to the Oakmont show, they also entertained residents at Summerset Senior Living facility in Rancho Cordova, Sunrise of Fair Oaks, Aegis of Carmichael, and the Hart Senior Center in Sacramento.

The chorus has been part of the Renaissance experience for almost thirty years. Each semester, there are about forty participants, many of whom have been singing with the chorus for years. The only requirement besides Renaissance Society membership is to enjoy singing and sharing the joy with others. Director Zeigler emphasized that the group has “fun” in its name so there are no tryouts and no requirement to read music.

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Granite Bay Wins the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference

Mickey Parmelee, Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference  |  2019-05-30

The Granite Bay High School Lacrosse team: SVLC champions for 2019. Photo courtesy of Granite Bay High School Lacrosse team.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Granite Bay High School wins its fifth Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Championship (SVLC) in six years with a 14 to 9 victory over Jesuit High School in the championship game. Granite Bay finished the regular season with a 8-0 conference record and an overall record of 16-3.

Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference Division I consists of Granite Bay, Davis, Jesuit, Oak Ridge and Vista Del Lago High Schools.

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Scott Pink of Granite Bay High School was chosen as the Coach of the Year. This is Pink’s sixth time as Coach of the Year.

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Ryan Rogers of Oak Ridge High School was chosen, for the second year in a row, as the Conference Player of the Year. Ryan is a four year starter for Oak Ridge moving between attack and middie. Ryan is a two-time US lacrosse All-American as well as a 2019 Adrenaline All-American. Ryan has 4.0 grade point average at Oak Ridge HS and will attend the University of Utah this fall to play NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Saint Mary’s High School wins the first Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference Division II Championship with a 12 to 11 victory over Bella Vista High School in the championship game. Saint Mary’s finished the regular season with a 7-1 conference record and an overall record of 12-4. Division II consists of St Mary’s, Lincoln, Bella Vista, Casa Robles, Christian Bros and Rio Americano High Schools

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Mike Mulvimill of Saint Mary’s High School was chosen as the Division II Coach of the Year. 

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Derek Walaitis of Rio Americano High School was chosen as the Division II Player of the Year.

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Sharing Songs and Prayers of Mourning at Carmichael’s Vietnam War Monument

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-05-30

Former CSO entertainer Delta Edun performed a Cherokee mourning song at the Vietnam War Monument in Carmichael.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael's Vietnam Memorial was this week’s setting for commemorations to those who served their country. More than 160 visitors shared songs, prayers and remembrances. The patriotic program was augmented by a Cherokee mourning song, performed by former CSO entertainer Delta Edun.                  

The first-known monument to the Vietnam War in California is in Earl J. Koobs Nature Area at the now-shuttered La Sierra High School. First dedicated in 1973, the lofty steel structure and its plaque honor La Sierra graduates who died during Vietnam years. Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies have been held in its shadow for 18 years.

The preserve is named for Earl (“Ranger Jack”) Koobs, a WW II veteran and La Sierra teacher. Koobs fought to keep the woodland area undeveloped and to establish a monument for his fallen students. He died in 2015. Under the aegis of Carmichael Kiwanis Club, the Koobs reserve is now a center for community service. Many Eagle Scout projects have been completed in its five acres; Carmichael Organic Gardening Club nurtures a butterfly garden; California Montessori Project and other supporters maintain woodland and trails for environmental education.

Thanks to a donation of $25,000 from La Sierra alumni, permanent bench seating was recently increased to accommodate larger event audiences.

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

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