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Advocates Advise Disabled Veterans

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/28/2015

Dick Brink, Wayne Austin, and Dennis Modin With US and California Flags
Disabled veterans (from left) Dick Brink, Wayne Austin, and Dennis Modin are among volunteers who will assist visiting veteran advisors on September 10th.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A Carmichael program promises straight answers regarding benefits and rights earned by disabled veterans.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #35 will host a clinic to supply advice to those challenged in health and daunted by bureaucracy. “Veterans of all ages have health problems that relate to their service,” explains Chapter Commander Dennis Modin. “Our event aims to get them started in finding help within the VA system.”

A van sponsored by the DAV’s National Service Office will bring Oakland-based representatives to the September 10th clinic at the Carmichael Veteran’s Memorial Building located at 5750 Grant Avenue. These advocates will supply free advice from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Veterans from all local areas are welcome and DAV membership is not required for participation.

Visitors should bring their Social Security number, existing claim documentation (if applicable), and records relevant to military service and health condition.

DAV Chapter #35 hosts regular meetings on the first Thursday of each month. Business convenes at 7 p.m. For information regarding the Chapter or the September 10th program, call (916) 489-6408.

Oh Deer, It’s Hot Out There

American River Parkway Sizzles in Heatwave

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/28/2015

A Deer Takes a Dip in the River
It was how hot? American River Parkway inhabitants exhibited cooling mechanisms in the recent heatwave. A deer took a refreshing dip in river shallows.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Recent triple-digit days challenged species that endure without air-conditioning or on-tap water. Already taxed by drought, American River Parkway animals slunk into the shade and waited for cooling nights.

River rafters observed deer swimming near Ancil Hoffman Park; fawns and wild turkey waded in ponds. Squirrels flattened bellies on parched earth. Newly fledged birds panted in parkway trees. Near Jacob Lane, this observer watched an exhausted coyote slink over searing macadam to collapse in levee shadows.

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Volunteers Build and Clean on Day of Caring 2014
Volunteers get their hands dirty at last year’s Day of Caring event.
Photo by Douglas Taylor

Carmichael Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Day of Caring

Posted: 8/21/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A thousand volunteers across five counties will spend one day caring for the community through 37 nonprofit projects on September 11th for United Way’s third annual Day of Caring, including four projects in Carmichael.

Atkinson Family Services needs volunteers to help complete its community garden that will teach foster youth about healthy eating and sustainability. FosterHope Sacramento is seeking volunteers to help create its own community garden that will help teens in foster care, as well as families of all types, learn how to grown their own food and prepare healthy meals. Salvation Army Sacramento County’s transitional living center needs volunteers to help spruce up the grounds by raking, weeding, mulching, washing railings and doors, and adding paint to outdoor murals. Volunteers at Sacramento Children’s Home will help paint fences and do simple yard work outside the children’s crisis nursery.

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Smiling Attendees Display Foods
Congregation Beth Shalom’s food festival celebrates traditional and modern Jewish cuisine.

Great Nosh at Beth Shalom

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/21/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The 38th annual food festival at Congregation Beth Shalom promises fine Jewish cooking on Sunday, August 30th.

A tradition in Arden/Carmichael, the event is held in and outside the synagogue at 4746 El Camino Avenue. Food may be preordered, purchased to eat on site, or taken home.

Lox and bagel breakfasts are a draw for early birds. Lunch includes matzo ball soups and stuffed cabbage rolls. Congregation booths will also sell falafels, pitas, hummus, kosher hot dogs, and barbecued brisket. Pastries, coffee cakes, and kosher babka are much anticipated desserts. While many of the promised treats are prepared locally, other are shipped from famous Jewish delis in Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Oakland. A bakery section offers specialty breads.

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Male and Female Bluebirds on a Flowering Branch
Stock your garden with small native species of trees, shrubs, and flowers to give wildlife needed nourishment, as well as cover from predators.
Photo courtesy of Statepoint Media

Is Your Yard Wildlife-Friendly?

Posted: 8/21/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (STATEPOINT) - Being a good neighbor means more than being friendly to the humans across the street; it also means being friendly to the animals in your yard. Making your yard a safe place for local wildlife should be a top lawn care priority.

With that in mind, here are some tips for creating a healthy habitat for local critters:

Be a Valuable Rest Stop
Stock your garden with small native species of trees, shrubs, and flowers to give wildlife needed nourishment, as well as cover from predators.

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Band Leader Makes Gift to Park District

Posted: 8/14/2015

Ron Green Receives Check from John Skinner
Veteran bandleader John Skinner (right) presents a $400 donation to the Carmichael Park Foundation. Foundation director Ron Green accepts the check during the John Skinner Band’s recent concert.
Photo courtesy of Carmichael Park District

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Celebrating 40 years of concerts, veteran band leader John Skinner recently made a $400 gift to Carmichael Park Foundation. His donation represents $100 for each decade of the ensemble’s park performances.

Trumpet player Skinner, 69, has led bands since he turned pro at 16. The teenage prodigy was at Orland High School when he formed his first big band. “It was a talented group of my school friends,” he recalled. “We called ourselves the Crescents and we played swing dance hits. A resort hotel offered us a summer-long Friday gig. We all got our first union cards.”

Skinner was “discovered” by a visiting music professor and continued his pro career while on scholarship at Utah State University, Logan. “I taught 30 students a week; I led the school jazz ensemble and pep band. I also played in a theater orchestra in Salt Lake City. I still managed to graduate,” said Skinner.

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The Adventures of a Traveling Body Painter

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/14/2015

Sue Lomolino with Athena Kearney
Before: Artist Sue Lomolino (left) begins the transformation of client Athena Kearney.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Body painting contests, confides Sue Lomolino, are like those hectic culinary TV shows where chefs race to complete devilish dishes.

“You have six hours to paint your model,” explains the Carmichael artist. “Six hours goes fast; you race the clock in the last minutes. When time’s up, you drop your brush, or you’re disqualified.”

When Lomolino is not daubing FDA-approved makeup on skin, she is on the road competing or at workshops. Though face and body painting have been around since the Stone Age, modern application is a whole different can of kohl. “Techniques and ideas evolve,” she says. “You’ve got to stay on top of it. When I saw ‘Frozen,’ I knew every little girl would want to be Elsa. By now, I’ve done a million snow queens.”

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Crowds of Locals Run the Fab 40’s 5K

By Sal Arrigo Jr.
Posted: 8/7/2015

Art and Fantasy Come Together at the Time Travelers Bazaar

By Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 8/7/2015

Golf Tournament Changes the Lives of Special Needs Youth

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 8/7/2015

In Full Swing

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

Tips to Make History Come Alive for Your Family

Posted: 7/31/2015

Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nurseries Receive Donation

UnitedHealthcare Donates Oliver & Hope Book Series and Reading Corners

Posted: 7/24/2015

Eppie’s 42nd is Epic for Athletes

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


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