Aquatic Center Teaches Kids Water Wisdom

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-08-14

Rowing is among the skills taught at the Aquatic Center.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “Hey, my little girl can drive a boat,” shouted a dad as his teenager confidently trimmed sailboat sheets on Lake Natoma.

His daughter was among more than 2000 children who recently mastered maritime skills during camps at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Straddling Gold River, Fair Oaks and Orangevale borders, the facility is jointly run by Associated Students Inc. and CSUS, in association with the California State Parks Department. With Lake Natoma’s 449 placid acres as a playground, the center has hosted children’s courses for 30 summers.

Week-long classes include stand-up paddling, canoeing and rowing. Water-skiing and wake-boarding classes are run on nearby Folsom Lake. Bathed by sun and cool American River water, the students are seldom out of swimsuits and flotation vests. On designated parent nights, moms and dads are invited to share the sport and marvel at their kids’ new skills. “Teaching safe watersports is the center’s aim,” says center director Brian Dulgar. “We want everyone to enjoy our incredible Californian resources and be responsible aquatic enthusiasts.”

Most center instructors are college students, also on summer break. First aid, CPR and lifeguard certification are hiring prerequisites but a love for sport is the major qualification. “Some staff come back year after year until they graduate from college,” says the boss. “Many came through here first as campers, so they’ve seen how all students are different. Some are super-athletic; some are fearful. You adjust teaching styles for each personality. But my staffers are big kids at heart. They keep things fun and exciting. They also supervise plenty of goof-off time on water slides and swings.”

Overnight camps are an option on alternate weeks. “We go out for a sunset paddle,” explains Dulgar. “Then we have a Spaghetti Factory dinner and toast s’mores on the barbecue. Campers and counsellors sleep in the open. After a pancake breakfast, we get back to more aquatic fun. By the end of the week, the kids are all pretty exhausted and so is the staff.”

S.S.A.C. courses run from early June to mid-August and cost between $350 and $450 per student. Beyond summer, the facility is open for equipment rentals all year. It also hosts rowing championships at regional and national levels. “Lake Natoma is a Gold Field District jewel,” considers Dulgar. “Just 25 minutes from the center of Sacramento, we have a unique rural environment that’s also a wildlife habitat. From the water, we see animals and some pretty exciting birds. Speed limitations on the lake make it really safe for water sports – that’s why people come here from all over the USA. We feel pretty lucky to be here.”

The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is located at 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River. Summer session bookings for 7 to 16-year-olds open in March 2020. For more information, visit www.sacstateaquaticcenter.com/

 

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A celebration 90 years in the making has been underway at the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Through legislation, on August 14, 1929, California witnessed the evolution of traffic enforcement with the creation of a statewide law enforcement agency known today as the CHP. The purpose of creating the CHP was to provide uniform traffic law enforcement throughout the state. To this day, assuring the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods on our highway system remains our primary purpose.

“The history of the CHP is storied tapestry,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “We, as an organization, celebrate 90 years of serving the people of this great state, which is possible because of the dedicated women and men who make up the CHP and the support of the public and our traffic safety partners.”

As California continues to grow and change, so does the span of enforcement responsibility of the CHP. When the organization began in 1929 with its 285 personnel, California had a population of roughly 5.6 million people and 2.1 million registered vehicles. Today, the CHP is comprised of nearly 11,000 dedicated professionals, uniformed and non-uniformed; California’s population has dramatically increased to nearly 40 million people, with more than 35 million registered vehicles.

The size and responsibilities of the patrol have not been the only changes through the decades. Women joined the ranks for the first time in 1974, and various types of patrol vehicles have been implemented – including aircraft, horses, and bicycles. Tragically, in the CHP’s 90 years, 231 officers have laid down their lives in service to the public. For more on the history of the Department, take a virtual tour of the CHP Museum located at http://chpmuseum.org/.

“While the CHP continues to evolve as a law enforcement agency, the priority of the Department and its personnel remains constant - fulfilling our mission while maintaining public trust,” added Commissioner Stanley.

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

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Honoring Grandparents With Butterfly Release

Story by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-08-15

Participants will release Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies in honor of Grandparents

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sunday, September 8 is national Grandparents Day, and two local non-profits are observing the day with a Grandparents Day Butterfly Release. Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) and Snowline Hospice are hosting the Butterfly Release ceremony at 11:30 am at the museum, which is located at 2701 Prospect Park in Rancho Cordova.

 SCM’s mission is to inspire a love of life-long learning by providing a space for children to play, create, and explore. Snowline’s mission is to help patients through end-of-life care and support their families through the grieving process. The Grandparents Day Butterfly Release is a way to support two great causes at the same time while also recognizing the vital role grandparents play in children’s lives.

SCM’s director of museum advancement Meghan Toland said, “We chose Grandparents Day because grandparents are so important to us at the museum — we see them bringing kids in every day. … Celebrating grandparents is a great way to bring awareness to Snowline and the Sacramento Children’s Museum.”

Participants can dedicate a butterfly in name of a beloved grandparent. “You can reserve as many butterflies as you want,” said Toland. The event will include Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies — both beautiful options to honor grandparents’ significant impact on our lives.

The butterflies are locally and sustainably sourced, and they will be transported to the museum on ice — putting them into a temporary hibernation until they are woken up at the event. Participants will wake the butterflies by warming them in their hands during the dedication, and then the butterflies will be ready for release after the ceremony.

Grandparents are an important part of all our lives, so Toland explained that the event is not just for children — all ages are encouraged to attend. She also emphasized that the dedications do not have to be in remembrance: “It’s to remember those we don’t have any more and also to celebrate those still in our lives every day.”

Toland said they expect to release 400 butterflies, so they are anticipating a large turnout at the event. After the Butterfly Release, a celebration will feature games, activities, face painting, and food vendors.

Proceeds from the event will benefit SCM’s educational programs and Snowline’s Healing All Together (HAT) grief group, which helps children and their families deal with grief after losing a loved one. Because it can be difficult for kids to verbalize their emotions, HAT helps kids express their grief through art, motion, music, and play. SCM works in partnership with Snowline, which hosts the HAT program at the museum twice a month.

Butterflies for the event must be reserved in advance on the website, and people are already signing up. The deadline to reserve a butterfly is Friday, September 6 and the cost is $10 per butterfly, or $15 for a butterfly and admission to the museum. To reserve a butterfly — or to sign up as a vendor or sponsor — visit www.sackids.org.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing will be held by the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) on August 27, 2019. The hearing provides taxpayers, assessors, and other local agencies the opportunity to provide comment on any items discussed in the State Board of Equalization’s 2017-18 Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate’s Annual Report for the purposes of correcting any problems described in the report. Taxpayers may also comment on BOE-administered programs or local property tax issues.

Individuals may also present their concerns regarding agency services or other issues related to the administration of its tax programs, including state and county property taxes, alcoholic beverage tax, and tax on insurers. With respect to the alcoholic beverage tax, individuals may present their ideas and recommendations regarding legislation which may further improve voluntary compliance and the relationship between taxpayers and government.

The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights Hearing is held in accordance with The Morgan Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights provisions. The BOE has a Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate to ensure taxpayers’ rights are protected and to facilitate resolution of property tax problems. More information on the BOE’s Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office (TRA Office) and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights Hearing is available at http://www.boe.ca.gov/tra/

Taxpayers are invited to share their experiences with problems encountered to bring it to the attention of the BOE and TRA Office for assistance with resolution.

The Board of Equalization is the only elected tax board in the country. Its five members include four equalization district members, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state’s 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 12.8 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities and assesses and collects the private railroad car tax. The BOE's monthly meetings offer taxpayers and other interested parties opportunities to participate in the formulation of rules and regulations adopted by the Board. For more information on the BOE, visit www.boe.ca.gov.

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Music Store Shows Sweet Charity

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-08-15

Tim’s Music owner Scott Mandeville (back, center) and staff show the results of a food drive conducted in their Carmichael store. Donations assist local food banks.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Tim's Music Store in Carmichael has broken its own philanthropic record by gathering 670 pounds of food to donate to local food closets.

Established in its Carmichael location two years ago, the instrument sales and repair shop boasts its own recital hall. For the past two years, visitors have been encouraged to bring non-perishable groceries in lieu of admission for clinics and performances. Tim’s staffers also kick in a few dollars a day for snacks in their break room. Their cash adds to an in-house fund to buy more food. In seven months since the 2019 drive began, the food has stacked up. Owner Scott Mandeville’s staff recently delivered the collection – 70 pounds greater than the 2018 yield – to Sunrise Food Bank, a Citrus Heights agency that aids the homeless and families in need.

The store’s stated mission is to promote “wellness in society through music education and performance.” Sales Director Jim Hart feels this vision fits the staff’s humanitarian efforts. “Artists tend to be compassionate people,” he considers. “We’re delighted at the support this food drive has received from the musical community, as well as from our clients and employees.”

Store staffers hope to assemble more food bank donations before the 2019 Christmas holidays. Anyone may assist the effort by taking non-perishable items to Tim’s Music, at 6818-B Fair Oaks Boulevard.

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Carmichael and Gold River Artists Earn Awards for KVIE Art Auction

By Sara Yeffa, PBS KVIE  |  2019-08-15

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Celebrating PBS KVIE’s decades of creating an accessible venue to bring art into the homes of Northern Californians, the 38th annual KVIE Art Auction will showcase more than 260 works of art by emerging, well-known and world-renown Northern California artists. KVIE’s art curator D Neath has announced that Carmichael artist Leslie McCarron and Gold River artist Lucille van Ommering have been recognized with awards after submitting their art to the annual juried competition.

McCarron’s oil on canvas “Big Bunch of Carpet Roses” won a juror award in the Still Life category, and van Ommering’s “Carousel Dreams” won a juror award in the Photography category. The pieces will be featured as part of this year’s auction, a live three-day event broadcast on KVIE Channel 6 that airs on Friday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and continues Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, from noon to 10 p.m. Images of artwork are available upon request.

“This year’s jurors did an amazing job of picking the best of the best. KVIE is proud of the 2019 collection,” said Neath.

A complete list of artists juried into the collection is online at kvie.org/artauction. Images and information on every piece of art up for bid (including air dates and times) will launch on August 26. An awards ceremony to announce the Best of Show and first place in each category will be held during the Preview Gala on Thursday, September 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the PBS KVIE Studios. Tickets to the Preview Gala will be available at kvie.org/artauction beginning August 26.

This year’s auction is sponsored by Bender Insurance Solutions and Krogh & Decker LLP. Proceeds from the event and auction help support KVIE local productions and community outreach services.

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Park Tree Honors Band Leader John Skinner

Staff Report  |  2019-08-15

The John Skinner Band will present music for all ages during a Carmichael Park concert on Saturday, August 17. Photo courtesy John Skinner Band.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The 44th Carmichael Park summer concert season continues. The John Skinner Band presents a Saturday, August 17 show. In memory of the band’s late leader John Skinner, the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce and the Carmichael Park District will dedicate a new tree during the performance.

Larger-than-life community figure Skinner died two years ago. He played his final solo – one week before his death – in Carmichael Park. A new oak tree will grow near the spot. “John was an oak to the music business and to our community,” said his widow, singer Susan Skinner. “This memorial will enhance the park and provide shade for many future concert-goers. John helped sponsor our summer music. He and our band also performed more than 50 concerts here over the years. He really cared about his audiences and loved to see them enjoying music and dancing. I know he’d be honored by this tribute.”

To cater to fans of all ages, the Skinner Band will present an August 17 program that ranges from classic rock to swing and Latin numbers. Instrumentation will include trumpet, sax, trombone, bass, keyboard, guitar and drums. Susan Skinner is the featured vocalist. For information, call (916) 483-7826.

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FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On August 12, 2019 at approximately 0622 hours, The California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call of a two vehicle, head-on traffic collision on Fair Oaks Blvd., west of New York Ave. CHP Officers arrived on scene and discovered a Mazda 6 sedan had collided with a GMC pickup truck, in the eastbound lanes, in a head-on manner. A preliminary investigation revealed that a 55-year old woman from Sacramento had been driving her Mazda at an unknown speed while within the #1 westbound lane on Fair Oaks Blvd, west of New York Ave. For unknown reasons, she allowed her Mazda to travel to the left where it jumped the raised concrete divider and was now driving eastbound in the westbound #2 lane. At this time, Davendra Archer, a 24-year old man from Antelope, was driving his GMC pickup westbound in the #2 lane. The Mazda crossed directly into the path of the GMC and a head-on type collision occurred between the two vehicles. The driver of the Mazda was transported from the collision scene to a local area hospital, prior to the arrival of CHP officers on scene, where she later died from her injuries. Archer received minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.

The cause of this collision is under investigation. It is not known if drugs or alcohol played a factor in this traffic collision.

Any persons who may have witnessed this collision or who can provide any additional information regarding this collision should call Officer Mike Zerfas at the North Sacramento Area CHP office at (916) 348-2300 or cell phone at (916) 798-0975. Follow us on Twitter @chpnsac or like us on Facebook.com/chpnorthsac

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