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Big Iron: Ray Sayre, Rich Hardesty, Charlie Nickrenz, Larry Tracy, and Brett Boyle
Country band Big Iron was a Carmichael Park headliner last weekend. Musicians were (from left) Ray Sayre, Rich Hardesty, Charlie Nickrenz, Larry Tracy, and Brett Boyle.

In Full Swing

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/31/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Park’s summer entertainment continued last weekend with a performance by Big Iron. The Sacramento group performed vintage country songs from the Merle Haggard and Hank Williams era.

Free concerts are scheduled most weekends this summer. Downbeat is at 6:30 p.m. Food is available for purchase and picnics are welcome. For more information, visit www.carmichaelpark.com.

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Tips to Make History Come Alive for Your Family

Posted: 7/31/2015

Two Children Explore History with Hats, Models, and Magnifying Glass
Learning about times gone by can be a worthwhile pursuit—whether you want to be better prepared to help your kids with homework or to beef up your own store of knowledge.
Photo courtesy of Alexandr Vasilyev, Fotolia.com

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (STATEPOINT) - It may have been many years since you picked up a history textbook. And if so, who can blame you? History can seem dull when told as a listing of facts and dates. But learning about times gone by can be a worthwhile pursuit—whether you want to be better prepared to help your kids with homework or to beef up your own store of knowledge.

Luckily, there are much more fascinating and engaging ways to become a history buff than by reading a standard textbook. To make history come alive for you and your family, consider the following:

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Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nurseries Receive Donation

UnitedHealthcare Donates Oliver & Hope Book Series and Reading Corners

Posted: 7/24/2015

Todd Koolakian and Kevin Kandalaft
Pictured at the Sacramento Children’s Home North Crisis Nursery in Carmichael is Kevin Kandalaft with UnitedHealthcare (right) presenting Oliver & Hope books to Todd Koolakian, director of philanthropy of the Sacramento Children’s Home.
Photo courtesy of Anita Sen Public Relations

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - UnitedHealthcare employees delivered the Oliver & Hope book series and reading stations to the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nurseries North location in Carmichael last week. The Oliver & Hope book series is written for children aged three to eight, and delivers fun stories with engaging images that enable readers to imagine how they might become a hero like the characters. The stories also teach subtle lessons about the power of friendship, resiliency, and imagination.

Proceeds from the Oliver & Hope books fund UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) medical grants that help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their parents’ commercial health insurance plan.

Last year, UHCCF awarded medical grants worth an estimated $5.4 million to more than 2,000 children across the United States. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org, and there is no application deadline.

“The Crisis Nursery Program is thrilled to have the generous support of UnitedHealthcare. It is because of generous community partners like UnitedHealthcare that we are able to continue to provide such integral services to local children and families in need,” said Todd Koolakian, director of philanthropy of the Sacramento Children’s Home.

More information about the Oliver & Hope books, including free audio recordings of the books as well as activities and downloads, can be found at Oliver & Hope’s Clubhouse at www.UHCCF.org.

Source: Anita Sen Public Relations


Eppie’s 42nd is Epic for Athletes

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/24/2015

A Dozen Cyclists Race Along the Path
Last weekend, Eppie’s Great Race tested athletes from across the nation. 1,300 cyclists turned bike trails into speedways.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Almost two years after its founder died, Eppie’s Great Race endures as restaurateur and philanthropist Eppie Johnson’s legacy. Inspired by his love of the American River Parkway and dedication to fitness, Arcade resident Johnson began an annual event that has become almost as central to Sacramento summers as Independence Day.

For the 42nd Eppie’s Great Race last weekend, the American River flowed cool and fast. In contrast, morning Parkway temperatures rose to challenge more than 1,300 athletes. As it has since 1974, the “world’s oldest triathlon” set a cracking pace through stretches of Sacramento, Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, and Rancho Cordova. Participants ranged in age from 11 to over 80 years old. The overall winner was a 57-year-old Sacramento orthodontist, Dr. Vic Vicari. The Ironman sealed his 11th Eppie’s victory in less than one hour and 50 minutes.

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Carmichael Scout Troop Treks Through Wilderness in New Mexico

Posted: 7/17/2015

Carmichael Scouts in New Mexico
Boy Scout Troop 386 recently went on a summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM, which covers over 214 square miles of vast wilderness trails in northern New Mexico.
Photo courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 386

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A troop of nine local teenage boy scouts and their three adult advisers went on a life-changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM, which covers over 214 square miles of vast wilderness trails in northern New Mexico. During their trek, the members from Boy Scout Troop 386 hiked over 65 miles in 10 days, including an ascent of Mt. Phillips at nearly 12,000 feet in elevation.

The group of scouts and their advisers carried everything needed for their trek as they hiked from camp to camp. The group participated in several backcountry programs including rock climbing; rifle, shotgun, and black powder shooting; and wilderness first aid. The trek also included a conservation project where the scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem.

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Goats in Wilhaggin Basin
Mowers on the move. Goad owner Debbie Olympius herds grazes at Wilhaggin Detentino Basin on American River Drive. The Department of Water Resources employed 100 goats to clear brush from the flood basin.

Goats in the Moat

Wilhaggin Basin Has Eco-Friendly Trim

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 7/10/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - If it takes 100 goats two weeks to do what machines and herbicides might achieve in days, American River Drive residents have few complaints.

Employed by Sacramento County for brush clearing in Wilhaggin Detention Basin, the herd was recently trucked in from Herald. Over 14 days, the herbivores munched through the 10-acre trough that protects lowland Carmichael/Arden from floods. “It’s the second year we’ve employed them here,” said County senior engineer Rod Goss. “Goats take time to do the job but they’re more cost-effective than sending in men and machines. They’re good on steep terrain where human ankles have been turned. They free up County staff to deal with emergency situations at times of fire risk. After goats do their work, we’ve found weed regrowth is limited. Less ongoing maintenance is needed.”

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Salute America’s Patriots on Independence Day

Posted: 7/3/2015


Eppie’s 2015 Great Race Team Sets Time to Beat

Posted: 7/3/2015


Five Unexpected Travel Essentials for Your Summer Road Trip

Posted: 6/26/2015


Gala Breaks Record

Annual Fundraiser Benefits Sacramento Homeless Women and Children

Posted: 6/26/2015


Surprise Dad with an Unexpected Day Together

Posted: 6/19/2015


What Memories May Come

Story and photos by Paul V. Scholl
Publisher, Messenger Publishing Group
Posted: 6/19/2015


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