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I CARE in Action: Making a Difference for Homeless Veterans

Posted: 3/27/2015

Stephanie Makis, Terry Keller, Michael Yanuck, Oksana Teleten, and Michelle Tyler
The members of the Sacramento Homeless Patient Aligned Care team are (left to right) Stephanie Makis, LCSW; Terry Keller, clerk; Michael Yanuck, MD; Oksana Teleten, RN; and Michelle Tyler, LVN, WCC.
Photo Courtsey of Jon-Nolan Paresa

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Every day, VA healthcare workers on the front lines help some of the most vulnerable American citizens—homeless veterans. Dr. Michael Yanuck, MD, PhD, of Sacramento H-PACT, is part of a team of health care workers who treat homeless patients. He recently wrote in to the I CARE in Action website to share some of his observations about how VA makes a difference.

Dr. Yanuck recounted the story of one homeless veteran that he and his team assisted in their mobile clinic. He said, “A concerned homeless veteran (with no medical issues) ran out and pleaded for us to help a fellow veteran who was ‘wasting away.’ The ill veteran told us that he couldn’t swallow and over the past three months had lost nearly 50 pounds. Upon hospitalizing the patient, it was found that he had not one but two forms of cancer (throat and lung). He is now receiving assistance in feeding and re-conditioning, and working with specialists in cancer and palliative care.”

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Clean and Sober Living Helps Addicts Find Hope

The Founder, Don Troutman, Has Built a Lasting Community

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 3/27/2015

Don Troutman
Don Troutman, founder of Clean and Sober Living.
Photos by Christie Spurlock

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Clean and Sober Living is a network of sober living homes for recovering addicts of drugs and alcohol, meant to help people in early to middle stages of recovery who wish to break the cycle of addiction.

Don Troutman is the founder of Clean and Sober Living. He knows all about addiction, having been there himself. Troutman began his journey to recovery after his employer made him attend rehab. Homeless and on the verge of losing his job, Troutman reluctantly went along with his employer’s request. “My back was up against a wall. I got clean and sober because I didn’t want to lose my job,” said Troutman.

After becoming sober, he realized how much of his life he had been missing, and he tried to convince his brother to get sober, too. But before his brother was able to change his life, he died of a drug overdose. After his brother’s death, Troutman wrote an essay expressing his grief, and it strengthened his resolve to remain sober and help others become sober as well.

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At Previous Festivals Colorful Costumes and Energetic Dancers Abound
The 59th Annual Camellia International Folk Dance Festival is a vivid showcase of Northern California ethnic dance talent that will be held at the Sacramento City College Performing Art Center on Saturday, March 28th. Ten spectacular groups will be performing dances from many different countries and cultures. The show will be colorful, exciting, and educational. Come on out and help continue this historic tradition by enjoying the fun and entertainment of this cultural event.
Photos courtesy of the Camellia Folk Dance Festival

Enjoy a Colorful Showcase of Music and Dance

Camellia International Folk Dance Festival Offers Fun for the Whole Family

Posted: 3/20/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento is a city of diversity, and the Camellia International Folk Dance Festival celebrates that diversity every year by presenting music and dance from a variety of cultures. The 59th Annual Camellia International Folk Dance Festival is a vivid showcase of Northern California ethnic dance talent that will be held at the Sacramento City College Performing Art Center on Saturday, March 28th, 2015. The festival will run from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event sold out last year, so get your tickets early and arrive early for the best seats. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth 18 and under. Sacramento City College is located at 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822. Parking at the event is free.

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Young Professionals Exceed Goal at United Way Trivia Night Fundraiser

Posted: 3/20/2015

People Laugh and Chat While Solving Trivia
A team of young professionals work to solve a round of trivia over beers and dinner at United Way’s Young Leaders Society’s Brews and Brains fundraiser.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - As 125 Sacramento-area young professionals worked together to solve trivia questions over beers at Yolo Brewing Company, they also exceeded their goal of raising $3,000 to increase access to healthy drinking water at Sacramento elementary schools. United Way’s recent Young Leaders Society Brews & Brains event raised more than $4,000 toward the group’s Hydration Station Initiative, which will fund the purchase and installation of hydration stations in target schools, provide every student at the school with a reusable water bottle, and educate students on the importance of drinking water and using water resources wisely during the California drought.

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Dusty Baker and Linda Melody
Sports hero Dusty Baker (right), pictured with Chamber of Commerce executive Linda Melody, is the keynote honoree for Carmichael’s 2015 Person of the Year gala.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Dusty Baker Scores for the Home Team

Community Honors Baseball Star

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 3/13/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Homegrown baseball legend Dusty Baker will return to his childhood stomping ground to be named Person of the Year at the March 27th Carmichael Chamber of Commerce gala.

A teenage sports star, Baker was drafted straight out of Del Campo High School (Fair Oaks) to the Atlanta Braves. After playing for the LA Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Athletics, and hanging up his bat with 282 home runs, his career morphed to coaching. It famously culminated in his 10-year tenure as Giants manager.

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Phawnda Moore With Pens of All Types and Colors
Phawnda Moore has shared her love of letters with students of all ages since the 1970s. She is now offering a new class, Student Handwriting, at Sacramento Fine Arts Center in Carmichael.
Photo courtesy of Phawnda Moore

Reviving the Creative Art of Handwriting

Handwriting Classes Offered at Sacramento Fine Arts Center

Posted: 3/13/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Phawnda Moore has shared her love of letters with students of all ages in Northern California since the 1970s. She earned a California Teaching Credential in Fine Arts for Adults and a certificate in graphic design from UC Davis. Currently, she teaches calligraphy at the Crocker Art Museum, University Art, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and throughout the state.

In her classes, students (often retired educators) lament that due to national Common Core Standards, handwriting is no longer required in curriculum for students. Others have requested that she offer classes for their children.

To Moore, that was a green light. She’d taught handwriting and calligraphy at Lodi Parks and Recreation for eight years and worked with students in gifted and alternative education programs. She has also volunteered in the Children’s Art Therapy Support programs with Sutter Health in Sacramento.

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Firefighter Guides Young Camper With Extinguisher
Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Fire Camp Lets Kids Be Firefighters for a Week

Posted: 3/13/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Metro Fire recently opened the application period for Fire Camp, a day camp that takes place from July 7th through the 10th. Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, and a basic understanding of the firefighting profession in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Campers are grouped in “strike teams” of eight campers, and each strike team is mentored by two Metro Firefighters. Campers learn valuable life safety skills while discovering what it means to be a firefighter.

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12, or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so apply early for a better chance of securing a spot. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 4th.

In order for the accepted camper to attend, a parent or guardian must attend a Mandatory Orientation Meeting on June 18th at 7:00 p.m. The fee to attend Fire Camp is $100 per camper.

Fire Camp will be held at Fire Station 21, located at 7641 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights near Sunrise Mall, on Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 10th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (end time for Friday is flexible). In order for any child to attend camp, he or she will require daily transportation to and from the camp.

For applications and more information, visit www.metrofire.ca.gov.

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District


Heavy Equipment to Demolish Bowling Alley
Photo by Shaunna Boyd

Final Gutter Ball at Crestview Lanes

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 3/13/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Crestview Lanes in Carmichael closed down in 2010 after almost five decades of operation. The entire area has since been shuttered and surrounded by a chain-link fence, and demolition on the building was recently undertaken. Once the building is demolished, it will leave a large empty space in Carmichael near the corner of Manzanita Avenue and Winding Way. What will fill the void left by this local landmark?


Attend a Free Program on the Endangered Tricolored Blackbird

Posted: 3/6/2015


Astronaut Salutes Nimoy From Orbit

Posted: 3/6/2015


A Passion for Parrots

Volunteering Time at Parrot Planet and the Wing Foundation

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 2/27/2015


Effie Yeaw Hosts Breakfast for Early Birds

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/27/2015


Neonatal Doctor is Community Hero

Mercy’s Carolyn Getman Honored at Carmichael Event

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 2/27/2015


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