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Hugh Gorman at the Great Wall of Carmichael
Muralist Hugh Gorman (assisted by Australian shepherd Gracie) touches up his “Great Wall of Carmichael.” Gorman created the 100-ft. landmark in 2003.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Great Wall to Inspire Corridor Landscaping

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 1/23/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A community landmark, the “Great Wall of Carmichael,” has inspired planned landscaping in Phase Two of Sacramento County’s boulevard corridor plan.

Breaking ground next summer, the $4.5 million phase will include traffic lights at Landis Avenue; new road surfaces, sidewalks, and bike lanes; landscaped street medians; underground utilities; and sculptures. Included in the revamp is the Fair Oaks and Grant corner where our Great Wall stands.

Commissioned for the mural project in 2002, artist Hugh Gorman portrayed the American River on its meandering path through millennia. New landscaping aims to reflect the free-flow of his design. Like the river, walkways here will adopt curving paths. River stones and a gravel mosaic, set in blue-green mortar, will form a dry creek bed in the place of some turf. Planting will echo riverside vegetation depicted on Gorman’s mural.

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Banqueters at Last Year’s Crab Feed
Guests enjoying the crab feed during last year’s banquet.
Photos courtesy of Walter Malhoski

Carmichael Rotary’s Annual Crab Feed

Posted: 1/23/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - It’s time again for the Carmichael Rotary Club’s major fundraiser. The annual Rotary Crab Feed is Saturday, February 7th at La Sierra Community Center. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., and the crab dinner is at 7 p.m. The cost of tickets is $50 per person.

The event will feature great food, drink, music, and dancing with friends. The regular DJ, Sundance Kid, will be back with great songs and musical hits from the past as well as lively hits from the present.

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Beauty Out of Tragedy

Josh Ochner Turns His Passion for Photography Into a Positive Experience

Posted: 1/16/2015

A Field of Bright Sunflowers Under a Sky Full of Sunlit Clouds
Sunflower Dream: The peak of the sunflower season in the Sacramento Valley lasts only a few days out of each year. Ochner’s photograph “Sunflower Dream” shows golden flowers in the hundreds of thousands, full of life and reaching towards the sun.
Photos courtesy of Josh Ochner Photography

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A rough childhood, one brother brutally murdered, another brother tragically killed in a motorcycle accident... photographer Josh Ochner found himself lost. He burnt all of his photographs, had given up on his dream of being a photographer, and was living out of his car until the day he decided to turn his passion for photography into a positive experience. And lucky for us he did. Now every image he takes is filled with emotion that we get to experience with him.

Ochner will be showing his solo work (for the first time in Sacramento) on dye-infused aircraft grade metal at Gallery 1075 in West Sacramento. This unique display of photography brings the photos and Josh’s emotions to life. The humble photographer will be there to explain all of the symbolism and emotion that each picture depicts.

The exhibit opened on Thursday, January 5th and will be running continuously until January 30th.

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Todd Morgan Surrounded By Fans At Theatre Event
Todd Morgan and friends: Carmichael Singer Todd Morgan (front row) was a fan magnet when he hosted a recent video-launch event at the Wilkerson Theater, Sacramento.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Todd Morgan on the Town

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 1/16/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Hot duds, hot dancing, and red-hot music were on the menu when the Carmichael-raised heartthrob treated friends to a night out at Wilkerson Theater in Sacramento. The occasion marked the release of a promotion video for Todd Morgan’s song “Crazy Cryin’ Blues.”

A professional pianist and singer since age 15, the pompadoured prodigy graduated from Rio Americano High School. With his band, The Emblems, Morgan is a Sacramento institution and regular star of the Carmichael and Fair Oaks summer concert seasons. His boogie-woogie stylings are on the sound track of a soon-to-be-released scary movie called 1959, starring Julia Roberts’ brother Eric. The feature has won five film awards and is heading for the famous Cannes festival this spring. 1959 should reach American cinemas later this year.

Still living with his family in Carmichael, Morgan (24) has been busy making a new CD called “Sweet Pretender.” The album, which features 15 of his original songs, will soon be available.

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Shawna Rivera and Amber Lacourse at the Lido Cafe
Lido Café proprietor Shawna Rivera (left) supervises Saturday breakfast with server Amber Lacourse.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Loving the Lido Shuffle

Hideaway Relocates After Twenty Years

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 1/9/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The end of the year brought changes for one of Carmichael’s best-kept secrets: a main street eatery that broadcaster Stan Atkinson called “a cozy little hole in the wall.” Among the longest serving of local restaurants, the 20-year-old Lido Café relocated and reinvented itself.

With more windows, more daylight, and a décor more continental than cottagey, the new place seems like a chic version of its funky former self. “Some customers preferred the old Lido,” admits owner Shawna Rivera. “But new families are discovering us, and they love us. I’ve enjoyed both places; we simply outgrew the old one. With the move, we left the cozy hole in the wall behind. I wanted a more efficient home.”

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Dusty Baker with Signed Baseball
On the ball: Carmichael-raised sports hero Dusty Baker will be honored for service to sport and community on March 27th.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Chamber Names 2015 Community Heroes

Members Root for Dusty Baker

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 1/9/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Chamber of Commerce members have named the community leaders they will honor at the Person of the Year Gala on March 27th. Because of the principal honoree—home-grown baseball legend Dusty Baker—the event will be named “Rooting for the Home Team.”

The Chamber began its annual salute to local achievement in 2010. Past honorees have included Sheriff John McGinness, County Supervisor Susan Peters, broadcaster Kitty O’Neal, sports commentator Jerry Reynolds, and District Attorney Jan Scully.

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The Year That Santa Almost Didn’t Come

By Edric Cane
Posted: 12/25/2014

Bikes Recycled for Kids in Need

Sheriff’s Toy Project Refurbishes Wheels

Posted: 12/18/2014

Foster Youth Receive Holiday Gifts and Stockings

Posted: 12/18/2014

Carmichael Café Serves Up Slices of History

Area’s First Family Views Vintage Photographs

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/11/2014

Abracadabra, Holiday Magic!

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/11/2014


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