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Forum Hits Community Nerve

Homelessness Discussion Fills Town Hall

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/2/2015

Standing Room Only at Homelessness Forum
Business people, families and community leaders used last week’s forum to air concerns related to homelessness in Carmichael.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) – Before the 2014 elections, a Carmichael meet-the-candidates town hall drew only 60 spectators. In a potent statement of public concern last week's forum on homelessness filled the La Sierra Center—380 people attended.

“We hit a nerve,” confirmed Carmichael Chamber of Commerce executive Linda Melody. “Maybe people feel elections affected them less. But homelessness is something they deal with every day. Everyone has a story to tell. It’s come to boiling point with many property owners—some threaten to leave our area if problems aren’t resolved.”

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Local and National Experts Discuss Sacramento Cohousing Opportunities

Posted: 10/2/2015

Future Residents of New Co-Housing Project Get Invol;ved in Planning
Fair Oaks EcoHousing future residents design the site’s layout.
Photos courtesy of Marty Maskall

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The second annual Sacramento Cohousing Forum will be held Saturday, October 10th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2425 Sierra Blvd in Sacramento.

The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about cohousing and whether it is right for you. Local and national experts, planners, and residents will talk about concept and design, as well as what it is like to live day-to-day in the “new, old-fashioned neighborhoods” of cohousing. These modern-day villages are comprised of about 30 individual private homes surrounding a common house where residents can gather for meals and other activities. Cohousing is unique in that the residents design, own, and govern the community.

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Two USAF Thunderbirds Planes Nearly Touching in Flight
Rockin’ the runway at this year’s daytime shows are the spine-tingling USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and USN F-18 Super Hornet military jet demonstration teams as well as world-class aerobatics, pyrotechnics, barnstorming, and miles of entertainment.
Photos courtesy of California Capital Airshow

Airshow for the Ages

California Capital Airshow Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Posted: 9/25/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - It’s been 10 years, and it is time to celebrate…with a BANG! The California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, has announced the addition of the Airshow After Dark on Friday, October 2nd. The hottest ticket in town is on sale now, and tickets are expected to sell out fast!

“We’re excited to kick-off our 10th anniversary with Airshow After Dark, an exclusive nighttime Airshow,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “As the sun sets on Friday, October 2nd, the skies over Mather Airport will ignite with a feast for the senses as thrilling jets and aerobatic performers light up the sky with streaming flares, showers of colorful bursts from their wings, and thundering pyrotechnics. These phenomenal performances will be skillfully choreographed to awesome concert quality music with a fiery grand finale—it’s nothing like the Sacramento region has ever seen or heard before!”

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Vintage Phot of 1914 Graves House
Among Daniel Carmichael’s colonists, the Graves family built a makeshift home on Fair Oaks Boulevard in 1914.
Photo courtesy of Susan Maxwell Skinner Archive

Festival Celebrates Carmichael Past and Present

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/25/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael marks its 106th anniversary this Saturday, September 26th.

A day-long festival in Carmichael Park commemorates a 1909 venture by town founder Daniel Carmichael. The Georgia-born entrepreneur purchased part of the San Juan land grant, carving out 10-acre farmlets and offering each for around $1,000. Before this development, pioneers Charles and Mary Deterding farmed river bottomlands (now Ancil Hoffman Park) from 1906.

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Our Boys Are Back in Town

Hometown Heroes Honored in Capitol Parade

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2015

Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler
Riding a hero-mobile on Capitol Mall, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler, bask in cheers from 10,000 admirers - their actions to thwart a terror attack brought international fame for the Carmichael and Rancho Cordova-raised trio.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos began a European vacation as ordinary tourists. The chums returned home as international heroes.

Armed with quick wits and aided by luck the Christian trio regard as divine intervention, they prevented a massacre that might have turned a train ride from Amsterdam into murder on the European express. Disabling an armed-to-the-teeth terrorist is now their legend—and probably inspiration for future movies. Meantime, France’s Legion of Honor award, TV appearances, and hero worship are their overwhelming lot.

But homecoming topped all previous thrills. “We’ve been all over the world these last couple of weeks,” an emotional Anthony Sadler said at last week’s Sacramento rally. “All the thanks we’ve received don’t compare to being in front of our home crowd like this.”

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River, Roads, Parks Come Clean

Community Schedules Housekeeping Projects

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/11/2015

A Flotilla of Rafters Will Help Clean the River
After a summer of trash-producing activity, the American River will be scoured for debris on September 19th.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A passion for pristine parks, streets, and a clean river inspires several local clean-ups this fall. Between September and October, scores of workers will fill trash bags in central Carmichael and on the American River. Sturdy shoes/boots and gloves are recommended for all participants.

September 12th: Manzanita Clean-Up
Between the Fair Oaks Boulevard turn and Winding Way lies Manzanita Avenue, one of Carmichael’s messiest routes. The stretch has claimed Chamber of Commerce attention via Sacramento County’s adopt-a-street program. “There’s a large area of fenced vacant land and no one is clearing roadside trash,” said Chamber Director Shaun Dillon. “The Jan Drive corner is an eyesore. We’ll be cleaning that up.”

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Looking for Solutions

Community Forum Addresses Homeless Problem

Posted: 9/11/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free community forum to discuss the homeless problem in Carmichael, which is a concern for both local businesses and residents. The forum, which will feature a panel discuss and offer the opportunity for questions, will be held at the La Sierra Community Center (5325 Engle Road) on Thursday, September 24th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To reserve your seat, please RSVP at, click on the “Events” tab, and then choose “Community Forum on Homeless Problem in Carmichael” and register your attendance.

For questions or more information, contact the Chamber at (916) 481-1002.

Source: Carmichael Chamber of Commerce

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Sheriff's Community Meeting

Posted: 9/11/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Sheriff’s Community Meeting will meet on Tuesday, September 15th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Del Campo High School Library, 4925 Dewey Drive in Fair Oaks.

This meeting will provide an updated report on crime and other issues in the Carmichael community. There will also be time to share concerns or ask questions.

Source: Carmichael Chamber of Commerce

Rules for a Healthier Game: Senior Softball Alive and Well

By Larry Campbell
and Jan Dalske
Posted: 9/4/2015

Local Heroes Thwart Train Terror Attack

Three Americans Save French Train Passengers from Certain Death

Story by Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 8/28/2015

Second Case of Human Plague Linked to Yosemite

Posted: 8/28/2015

Trees Are Top Priority

Carmichael Recreation and Park District Cuts Water Use by 25%

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

New Study Shows Rising Use of Cell Phones While Driving

Posted: 8/21/2015

District Attorney to Address Republican Women’s Federation Luncheon

Posted: 8/14/2015


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