Volunteers Needed for United Way’s Day of Caring

By Kristin Thebaud  |  2017-09-12

If you can donate your talents to care for others contact the United Way. Photo courtesy United Way.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)  – More than 1,000 local residents are needed to spend a day caring for the community Sept. 22-23 by signing up for one of dozens of volunteer projects happening at nonprofits, schools and community parks across the region during United Way’s Day of Caring. The event, sponsored by Nationwide, will begin with a kickoff breakfast and rally at Cal Expo. To sign up for Day of Caring: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/day-caring

Last year, volunteers gave 5,450 hours through the event, which equated to more than $128,000 in volunteer time that many nonprofits, schools and groups could not have otherwise afforded.

“This is the single largest volunteer day in our region, and we hope people will be as enthusiastic about it as they are about Big Day of Giving,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “This our chance to give big through our time and energy as we dig our hands in to help the hardworking nonprofits, parks and schools that do so much for our community every day.”

As part of Day of Caring, United Way is holding its Stuff the Bus campaign to collect school supplies for Robla School District in Sacramento through Sept 22. All donated school supplies will be placed in a school bus and driven to Robla School District at the end of the day. To donate to Stuff the Bus: http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/StufftheBus2017

Nationwide is the presenting sponsor for Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus, and Cal Expo is the kick-off rally sponsor. Project sponsors include Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, ESM Prep, KPMG, Law Offices of Deon R. Stein, Nelson Staffing, SAFE Credit Union, SMUD, Social Interest Solutions, Sutter Health, Syzmanowski Orthodontics, TaxAudit.com and Zurich. Media partners include Entercom Radio’s ESPN Radio 1320 AM, 98 Rock, Eagle 96.9 FM and 106.5 The End. To sponsor: www.yourlocalunitedway.org/day-caring

Day of Caring and Stuff the Bus are part of United Way California Capital Region’s Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer: www.yourlocalunitedway.org

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Meals on Wheels by ACC Asks Congress to “SAVELUNCH”!

By Michelle Bustamante, Program Specialist  |  2017-09-12

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - Meals on Wheels by ACC along with thousands of others are making our voices heard by participating in the national “SaveLunch” campaign. Help us send a message to Congress and other elected officials to stop budget cuts and save senior nutrition programs across the country.

Meals on Wheels by ACC provides much needed meals to nearly 1,500 homebound seniors, many of whom depend on our program as their main source of nutrition and socialization. Another 900 seniors gather to enjoy nutritious meals and the companionship of friends at one of our 20 All Seasons Café’s throughout Sacramento.

Meals on Wheels by ACC is more than just a meal, for many the daily or weekly visits from our volunteer drivers may be their only connection to the outside world, their only smile, their only friend.  

Each Meals on Wheels by ACC participant has been provided a paper plate in which to write a message to their local congressperson, we invite you to join us in this effort. On September 15th we will be sending hundreds of paper plate messages to our elected officials, we would like yours to be one of them, and together we can “SaveLunch”.

Please send your paper plate to:

Meals on Wheels by ACC, 7375 Park City Dr, Sacramento, CA 95831

For more information about the “SaveLunch” Campaign or to learn how to become a Meals on Wheels by ACC volunteer, please call (916) 444-9533.

Source: Meals on Wheels

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Stand Up Against Bullying September 15th

By Rick Reed  |  2017-09-12

Mr. Robinson

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Black Belts aren’t going to take it. They want you to know how to avoid conflict, stop a bully and share confidence that comes from knowing self-defense. Bullies are not going away. Will your family have the tools they need to counter unwanted aggression?

Let Robinson’s Taekwondo Black Belts raise your personal awareness to avoid conflict, share strategy on short-circuiting or diverting a Bully and at last resort how to fight back!

This free family friendly workshop is being held at participating Robinson’s TKD locations in the Sacramento region. Reserve space by registering to join us in battling bullying with knowledge, planning and self-defense skills your whole family can learn.

Join us for this 90-minute community service event Friday, September 15, 2017 beginning at 6pm.

Everyone is welcome and families are urged to attend together as we all stand against bullying in the Sacramento community!

Bullying is not going away and the only way to fight back is by learning how to cope, avoid danger and fight back. Bullying at school, on the streets, at home or at work Sacramento can say ‘We are not going to take it anymore’ alongside the Black Belts of Robinson’s TKD.

Robinson’s has nine Sacramento regional locations, please visit www.robinsonstkd.com to find a school near you, register to reserve space for your family at this special community service event. Or Click: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bully-busting-clinic-2017-tickets-37502545122

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Join Us for a Fun and Informative Afternoon

By Suzanne Jones  |  2017-09-08

Yes, politics can be fun! Come and join the interesting ladies of SRWF for lunch. Photo courtesy SRWF

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Calling all conservative women!  Please join us for a fun, informative and delicious afternoon.  The Sacramento Republican Women Federated are hosting their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  This month our guest speaker is Debbie Bacigalupi.  Debbie will tell us all about “Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development”.  If you have never heard of this, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be well informed about Agenda 21 and how it will affect you! 

According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social, and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity.  Those that believe in “sustainability” insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction. 

In addition to becoming a well informed citizen, this is a great opportunity to meet a wonderful group of like-minded women from the Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Folsom, and Gold River areas.  We meet for a delicious “sit down” lunch in a beautiful setting at 11:30 am., September 12 for the very reasonable price of $25.  This month our menu includes Pork Loin, New York Cheesecake with Berry Sauce, coffee and tea.  For more information please visit our website www.SacramentoRWF.org   or call Suzanne at 916-947-9241.  Reservations are required. 

Our luncheon for the next month will be on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:30 am.

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Everybody Let’s Eat!

Story and photos by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-09-08

The Patriot: Owner Chris Jarosz and the team at The Patriot are ready and already cooking.

Carmichael is Enjoying a Foodie Expansion

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - In case you haven’t noticed, Carmichael has slowly but steadily been expanding your options for food and drink over the last year or so, particularly along the Fair Oaks Boulevard corridor, welcoming in as many as half a dozen dining options, some in just the last few weeks, including the long-anticipated opening of The Patriot restaurant, which put one of the last puzzle pieces into place at the 46,000 square-foot Milagro Centre.

While The Patriot is serving only dinner at this point, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant’s owner, Chris Jarosz, said lunch and brunch options should be in full swing by late fall.  The Patriot features an open-air space with wooden sculptures, a wrap-around reclaimed wood bar, a specialty pizza kitchen, a private dining room and patio area.

“We have two kitchens and we are working out a menu for the smaller kitchen that can support the lunch crowd,” Jarosz said. 

The last puzzle piece at Milagro, by the way, also belongs to Jarosz.  He’s leased the remaining retail space at Milagro’s far west end and plans to open a grab-and-go restaurant sometime in the coming months that will offer lighter fare options, such as salads, sandwiches and small bites.

Noah’s Bagels has been operating since June of 2015 at Carmichael Village on Fair Oaks Boulevard and patiently warming up the scene for the complex’s newest tenant, Wing Stop, which opened its doors in July.  Right next door to Wing Stop construction is underway in preparation for the Village’s next and highly anticipated foodie tenant: Jamba Juice, originally set to open in August but, according to developers, currently navigating the county’s multi-faceted and somewhat complicated permitting process.  Not to fear. Jamba is set for opening by October 31.

“We are moving forward and Jamba Juice is coming in as planned, said Brooks Erickson of Carmichael Village, LLC.  “They have been at the county with their permits and going through several iterations, so I’m shifting toward Halloween for the opening.  But they are still on track and coming in.”

As of Sept. 1, there were two other open retail spaces left in the Village complex and, according to Erickson, one is being marketed to another food retailer, although he declined to say which one.  The other space is potentially being eyed by a medical-related service provider, he said, although indications are strong that it too could go to one more retail food outfit.

“Our objective would be for more food in at least one of those spaces,” Erickson said.  “If you look at retail tenancy the action is with retail food.  If you are a resident in Carmichael, you want service, you want food and you want choices and things to do. If we are going to see Carmichael go to the next level, it’s going to be more of the kinds of retail offerings that give locals and visitors alike offerings of experiential places.”

The Manzanita Place complex further east welcomed in Togo’s on New Year’s Eve of 2016. The franchise is owned by Terry Cornwell and family, a Carmichael native who already had a Togo’s store up-and-running in Davis. 

“The company wanted to open one more store in the region in 2016, so we made it in on that deadline and we have been busy since,” said Cornwell.  “We have people who come here almost every day. It’s just been amazing how popular it is. We are very happy to be here.”

Pizza Hut opened its doors right next door to Togo’s in June, and, although the store is a take-away operation only, it is doing brisk business.  Blocks away, six or so employees at Carmichael’s new Dutch Bros. Coffee on Fair Oaks Blvd., which opened its doors in March, are rockin’ out to high-decimal tunes inside the store, shaking smoothies and iced-coffee beverages for a line of cars in the drive-thru 10-deep at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

Further west in the 6700 block of Fair Oaks Blvd. is Wave Fish & Chips, which opened for business July 13.  Founder Daniel Dondov got his back-of-house training as a sushi chef at Blue Nami in Folsom.  He says he had an eye on a space inside the Milagro Centre, but as a first-time restauranteur, he decided on a lower-priced space in a strip mall nearby. 

Dondov scoped the Carmichael area with the thought of opening his own sushi restaurant, but realized the market was saturated with sushi.  Instead, he opted to do fresh fish entrees, and his menu includes traditional fried fresh cod fish and chips, fish tacos, fish burgers and grilled salmon, as well as a good selection of appetizers, including fried crab-stuffed mushrooms, brussel sprouts in a honey and sriracha sauce, a grilled cod fish and spring mix salad and a desert he calls “Dragon Delights,” which is fried banana splits with ice cream.

“Everything is fresh daily here,” says Dondov. “No one is doing fresh, daily fish here in Carmichael. There’s a lot of sushi but not fresh cooked fish meals, so I thought this would be a great addition to the area.”

The explosion of new food and drink retailers have come in as Carmichael enjoys the long-awaited completion of the first of two phases of the county’s roughly $8 million Fair Oaks Boulevard Corridor Plan, funded by a combination of Measure A dollars, developer fees and state and federal transportation funds. Street scape improvements, bike lanes, new tree-lined medians, signal and traffic intersection modifications to mitigate congestion are already in place after what felt like years of red cones and five-mile an hour traffic flow through much of the Fair Oaks Corridor. 

Phase two is set to begin sometime in 2018 and, in addition to more bike lanes, sidewalk and streetscape improvements, and signal and traffic flow modifications, will included a plan for replacement of overhead utilities with underground facilities.

“I think if you are new to Carmichael or have lived here for many years and call it home, you see how dramatically different things are along the Fair Oaks corridor,” said Linda Melody, executive director of the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce.

Also working to bolster existing businesses, as well as the new food retailers setting up shop, is the long-awaited implementation of two of the top objectives of the Carmichael Improvement District (CID): security and street maintenance. In July, CID board members signed management contracts with security and street cleaning service providers to address deep-seeded concerns by business owners about growing homeless encampments, crime and safety issues, as well as illegal dumping, graffiti and trash.  

There’s more good news, according to Melody.  The CID contracts, the expansion of retail food options and the completion of the first phase of the Fair Oaks Boulevard project are contributing to a drop in commercial retail vacancies across the area, which were as high as 23 percent in 2009, but now hovering at roughly 17 percent.  She adds that the celebration plans for Carmichael’s 108th birthday on September 30 will be particularly special, as a result.   

“We are all very excited to see all of these restaurants coming in because the vacancy rates have been so high for so long,” said Melody said.  “We want to see more food businesses and, with the improvements, we are showing other retailers that we are putting the money and the projects into place, which attracts more businesses to our area.  This is what we want here as we celebrate founders’ day. We are going to be 108 in September, so it’s very exciting time in Carmichael right now.”

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Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - No Place Like Home (NPLH) is a new State program that will provide counties with grants in 2018 to provide critically needed housing for chronically homeless individuals who are also struggling with mental illness. Sacramento County​ will be applying for NPLH funding as an essential piece of our “housing first” approach to reducing homelessness.  

As a first step toward pursuing those funds​ Sacramento County will be working with a consultant to lay the groundwork for a plan that will align with No Place Like Home specifications.

“Permanent supportive housing options are critical to people experiencing homelessness and who are also in need of mental health services,” said Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County District 2 Supervisor and Governor Brown’s appointee to the No Place Like Home Advisory Committee. “Securing these funds will be a critical component of success in addressing the needs of this vulnerable population in the Sacramento region.”

Paul Lake, Sacramento County’s Deputy County Executive for Social Services, worked to ensure collaboration with key stakeholders when the planning committees began to meet in late 2016. 

“Broad representation from advisory bodies, advocates and cities was essential for ensuring the appropriate people were sitting at the table,” Lake said. “Collaboration is imperative as we move forward to successfully address issues around homelessness in the Sacramento region.”

The NPLH Steering Committee includes Sacramento County’s Director of Homeless Initiatives as well as representatives from the County’s Departments of Human Assistance and Health and Human Services, the Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee and the City of Sacramento’s Mayor’s Office. 

Additionally, the NPLH Advisory Committee includes the County’s Homeless Services Manager, Veterans’ Services Officer, and Behavioral Health Director as well as representatives from Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Advisory Boards, the Homeless Continuum of Care Advisory Board, the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and the Steinberg Institute, among others.

Members on the Program Development Work Group include representatives from the Cities of Folsom, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Galt and Sacramento.

NPLH funding is vital for the County because in order to fund NPLH, the State will be withholding the County’s Mental Health Services Act growth revenues, which will create shortfalls in funding mental health programs. 

However, through prudent use of reserves, the County will continue to sustain those programs while pursuing new opportunities the NPLH grant will provide to address chronic homelessness in the Sacramento region.

The permanent housing would be linked to on- or off-site flexible, voluntary and individualized services to retain housing, improve health, and live and work in the community.

The county’s next step is submitting the grant application, due September​ 30. Project funding is anticipated to begin in 2018.

Source: Sacramento County Media


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Sacramento County, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department (Metro Fire) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is having an introductory (Basic) training open to the public this September.

Citizens may take the class just for their own information, they may also take the class as the first step in becoming a member of the Metro Fire CERT program. As a member, participants are eligible to attend additional training including: advanced Medical Training, Severe Weather / Downed Lines Training, and Sandbag Training; to name a few. Mentorship and support is provided throughout this process to help all interested volunteers become active members of the program.

Metro Fire CERT members have served in numerous capacities including staffing the Sacramento County Emergency Operation Center, Sacramento County Sand Bag Stations and deployment to areas impacted by wild fire. CERT members also volunteer numerous hours within local communities for events including but not limited to: Capital Air Show, Hot August Bites, Special Olympics Softball, Rancho Cordova 4th of July, and Eppie's Great Race. During all events CERT members serve as Outreach liaisons and Stand-By First Aid.

The Metro Fire CERT Basic Training Includes: What your local risks are and what you need to do to prepare; How to manage utilities, hazardous materials, and put out small fires using the appropriate Fire Extinguisher; How to use "START Triage" and how to treat the "Three Medical Killers" by: opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; How to provide basic medical aid; How to effectively search for and rescue victims safely; How to organize yourself and spontaneous volunteers to be effective as a team and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts; Disaster Psychology; Terrorism.

The dates are: Thursday September 21st,  Saturday September 23rd , Thursday September 28th,  Saturday September 30th. There is no cost for this training.

For more information about this program, please email metrofirecert@gmail.com.

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