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Carmichael Kiwanis Tasters
On Friday, May 15th, the 13th annual Taste of Carmichael was hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and 400 people were in attendance.
Photos courtesy of Carmichael Kiwanis

Locals Savored the Flavors

Taste of Carmichael 2015 Huge Success

Posted: 5/29/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - On Friday, May 15th, the 13th annual Taste of Carmichael was hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and 400 people were in attendance.

The event featured 29 outstanding food and beverage vendors representing Carmichael’s wonderfully diverse community. Attendees sampled Russian, Afghan, Persian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and American cuisine. The event also featured local and foothill wineries and breweries to please the most discriminating palettes.

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Ron Cunha and the Cunha Big Band
Ron Cunha (center) leads the Cunha Big Band during monthly performance at the Clubhouse Bar and Grill in Carmichael.

And All That Jazz…

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/29/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - In addition to park concert dates this summer, a year-round musical event remains one of Sacramento’s best kept secrets. Monthly performances by the all-pro Ron Cunha Big Band have packed The Clubhouse Bar and Grill in Carmichael for three years.

It’s not quite swinging at the Savoy. Space is tight even by sardine standards, and solos often compete with televised home runs for applause. But the music is classy—from Billie Holliday to state-of-the-art jazz—and the price is definitely right. Without cover charge, 17 top Sacramento musicians blow lips off faces for a few bucks, supper, and the tips that tumble into Cunha’s much-proffered silver chalice. “We’re all friends who’ve played together for years,” explains their affable leader. “Tuesday’s an off-night for most guys and I choose charts that are challenging enough to be fun. Playing at this level is not so much a gig as a sociable experience. Audience support is a bonus.”

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Gala to Aid Nature Center

Matsui and Kondos Chair Fundraiser for Parkway Gem

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/22/2015

Ken Cooley and Doris Matsui With Others at 2013 Gala
Assemblyman Ken Cooley (far left), and Congress Member Doris Matsui (far right) will be among VIP sponsors to greet guests at the May 30th Effie Yeaw Nature Center art gala.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Now in its fifth year operating as a non-profit, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center is preparing for its annual art-auction fundraiser with new patronage.

Celebrity painters have donated canvases for auction at the May 30th Art Where Wild Things Are benefit. But the best news for Effie Yeaw supporters is the event’s endorsement by Congress Member Doris Matsui and the VIP art team of Greg and Moni Kondos. As honorary event chairpersons, the team follows Supervisor Muriel Johnson and philanthropist/artist Marcy Friedman in this role.

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Volunteer Has a Heart Bigger than His Clown Shoes

Shriners Hospital Volunteer Recognized for Exceptional Service

Posted: 5/22/2015

Harry Norman is Hare Bear the Clown
Harry Norman is affectionately known throughout Northern California Shriners Hospital as Hare Bear the Clown. Every Thursday rain or shine, Hare Bear can be found greeting families as they arrive for their clinic appointments.
Photo courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Shriners Hospital volunteer Harry Norman was recently awarded the Doug Busath Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northern California hospital’s volunteer recognition ceremony. The award is named in honor of Doug Busath, who volunteered in the hospital’s Central Activity Area for 10 years after his grandson was treated at Shriners for severe burn injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The award is presented annually to a hospital volunteer to honor dedication, commitment, and joyful service to patients, families, and the entire hospital community.

Mr. Norman, winner of the 2015 lifetime achievement award, is affectionately known throughout the hospital as Hare Bear the Clown. Every Thursday rain or shine, Hare Bear can be found greeting families as they arrive for their clinic appointments. On his volunteer days, he gets up at 4:30 a.m. to put on his clown face so he can arrive at the hospital by 7:45 a.m. He has volunteered at the Northern California Shriners Hospital since it opened in April 1997, contributing more than 5,300 hours to the hospital clinic and thousands of hours in the community supporting both Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“When I retired, I knew I wanted an active role in the Shrine, and the best way of doing that was to be part of the clown brigade,” said Mr. Norman, who has been a Shriner for over 20 years. “I love to see the looks on children’s faces when they see Hare Bear the Clown. If I can be a happy distraction for them, all the better,” he said.

When Mr. Norman decided to become a Shriner clown, he said it was easy to come up with a clown name. As a term of endearment, his wife Edna nicknamed him Hare Bear years ago. Now, it is a name that endears him to many of the children who come to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California. To those who know Mr. Norman, aka Hare Bear, his heart is even bigger than his clown shoes.

Source: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California


Local Students Get First-Hand Experience Improving Pollinators’ Habitats

Posted: 5/15/2015

Young Children Examine Books and Exhibits About Bees
Kindergarten through third grade students from California Montessori Project in Carmichael worked to improve the local habitat for pollinators at Koobs Nature Center.
Photo by Steve Martarano, USFWS

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Almost 200 kindergarten through third grade students from California Montessori Project (CMP) in Carmichael teamed up with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) scientists to assist native pollinators by improving the local habitat at Koobs Nature Center on Wednesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 7th.

USFWS scientists and a few parent volunteers from CMP were on hand, including Leigh Bartoo of the USFWS’s Bay-Delta office, the liaison for the USFWS with CMP and Koobs Nature Center.

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From Farm to You: Sac County Food Scene

Posted: 5/15/2015

Bins of Fresh Vegetables on Display
As America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, “foodies” and those interested in unique cuisine are finding favor in the River City where the food scene is growing.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Whether you love a good burger and a sizzling basket of garlic fries or you prefer a lightly braised salmon with a fresh apple walnut salad, Sacramento County has the food your taste buds crave. As America’s Farm-to-Fork capital, “foodies” and those interested in unique cuisine are finding favor in the River City where the food scene is growing.

One of the most popular up-and-coming food scenes is the food truck. Sacramento Mobile Food (SacMoFo) holds events almost daily throughout the county, where food trucks present a variety of cuisine options, such as the weekly Truckin’ Tuesday lunch meet-up at 15th and Capitol in the Rose Garden. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, people crowd around trucks for Thai cuisine, boba, burgers, ice cream, smoothies, tacos, specialty hot dogs, and kettle corn, to name a few. According to SacMoFo, 28% of people who see a food truck decided to purchase from that truck. Nevertheless, food trucks are more than just good food; they also support the local community by purchasing local products and produce.

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Parasol Parade in Carmichael Park

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/8/2015


Students Win DOE’s 25th National Science Bowl

Successful Competition Highlights Importance of Investing in Next Generation of Leaders in Science

Posted: 5/8/2015


Clean Sweep for Creeks

Water Wisdom Shared at Carmichael Park by 1,800 Volunteers

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 5/1/2015


United Way Unveils Public Mural During Week of Thanks Award Ceremony

Posted: 5/1/2015


Journey to the Third Annual “May the Fourth be With You” Event

Posted: 5/1/2015


Depths of Fields

Army “Shooter” Tells War Stories

Story by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 4/24/2015


Carmichael Race Car Driver Memorializes Fan at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 4/24/2015


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