Ages Ahead of Most of Us

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-05-06

Shriners Hospital Development Director Alan Anderson (center) receives a $2500 donation from the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. The gift represents 10 percent of proceeds from the Chamber’s recent Person of the Year fundraiser. Presenters are Mayor Kelli Foley (left), Directors Amanda Lambert and Virginia Stone and Chamber President Jim Alves. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Shriners Hospitals for Children Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Sacramento was fortunate when Shriners Hospital for Children opened its doors here in 1997. It’s something many of us take for granted, but not the children whose lives begin with tragic physical deformations or are severely burned. To honor this work the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Shriners Hospital for Children with the Nonprofit of the Year Award.
David Pirie of the Northern California Board of Governors for Shriners attended the ceremony and received the award on behalf of the Organization. He thanked business leaders, chamber members and others present for the recognition.
Subsequently, on April 23, the Carmichael Chamber also presented the philanthropic organization a donation for $2500 to the Director of Development for Shriners Hospital for Children, Alan Anderson.
Because of the economic recession and rising health care costs, Shriners had been struggling with its traditional model of volunteer and member based funding.
But Anderson said, “We have not lost that single purpose of giving these kids something closer to a normal life, especially when we hear parents are implicitly told by other institutions that their child won’t amount to much.”
Shriners can do this because they have been leading this independent effort of healing children for well over a century. This enabled them to develop an endowment fund, a specialized infrastructure of hospitals, and research facilities across the country.
Anderson explained some of the history, “Shriners was an early investor in 20th century research and therefore the organization can devote more of that money and resources per child.” Other more profit oriented institutions do not devote funds with “this kind of astonishing efficiency rate.”
Margaret Kugler M.D., Coordinator of Educational and Vocational Services, tells us what also makes Shriners Hospital for Children in Northern California so different, “the Hospital has an integrated school system so the child can continue learning and participate in many of the activities, in addition to the arts and entertainment that normal children enjoy.”
Shriners Hospital for Children cares and trains kids with long term conditions, their organization having been designed to house those up to 18 years of age. “The spirit of this is just not possible if we were just a conventional hospital,” Anderson added.
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Mentors Make a Difference

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-05-06

Retired Oakland Raider and NFL Hall of Fame player Tim Brown sponsored the Tim Brown 9-1-1 Playmakers Camp. Photo by Roger Riggsby.

Playmakers Football Camp Serves At-Risk Youth

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On April 19, more than 100 young men participated in the Tim Brown 9-1-1 Playmakers Camp, sponsored by retired Oakland Raider and NFL Hall of Fame player Tim Brown and the 9-1-1 for Kids Foundation. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) hosts the annual event at their training academy in West Sacramento, and CHP officers serve as some of the mentors to the youth as they interact through football training drills.

Tim Brown explained to the participating kids that football was just a disguise for what they were really teaching at this camp. Brown said, “I want you to walk away with some sense of hope. Whatever your situation is right now, it can change.”

Brown explained that his father was not involved in his life for many years while he was growing up, and that caused him a lot of pain. “If not for the teachers, coaches, and mentors who were around me at that time, especially when I was in high school … I don’t know what would have happened to me.”
“You have people here who care about you,” said Brown. “I think that’s something that’s very important. Because sometimes in this world we can think, ‘Oh, no one cares about me’… But people do care.”

The Playmakers Organization, founded by Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler, is a local non-profit that coaches character through leadership. Working together with Tim Brown, the 9-1-1 Playmakers Camp provides an opportunity for mentors to encourage and support at-risk kids.

“What we’re doing here today with Tim Brown is a Playmakers activity fun day for at-risk and special needs kids — just providing for them a great day that’s all based around character and doing the right thing and serving others in the community,” said Coach Roz. “It’s just a wonderful day of character and football.”

Coach Shannon Sauers coached with Coach Roz right out of college and, years later, he is still incorporating what he learned from Coach Roz in his own coaching: “He was the first one who taught me that character was the most important aspect of coaching. He taught me that it’s really about developing young men.”

Lorenzo Walsh, one of the Playmakers mentors, has 15 years of coaching experience, and he strives to get underprivileged kids fed, educated, and involved in youth football. Walsh said he knows all too well how difficult it is to grow up without the support and encouragement of a male role model, so he wants to provide that support to as many kids as possible.

Walsh said that bringing kids to participate in Playmakers is a way to “expose these kids to experiences and people they’d never have otherwise. I want to let them know that big dreams can be achievable.”

Football players from Rio Americano and El Camino — high school teams whose bitter rivalry ended last season with a brawl — served together at the camp as coach’s helpers, supporting the kids through the sports drills while teaching about character development.

When asked how his players were feeling about working with the rival team, El Camino Head Coach JP Dolliver said, “At the end of the day… they’re just kids playing football.… They shook hands. And this year’s going to be a different experience because of it.”

“I think it’s just a great experience for the kids to give back to the younger kids.… It shows the importance of the leadership aspect of being a student athlete,” said Dolliver. “It’s good to bring them out here, and I think it’s going to make them better football players themselves.”

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Rio Americano Home to Top High School Bands

By Erin Treadwell  |  2019-05-06

The Rio Americano High School AM Jazz Ensemble was named a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival. Courtesy of Rio Americano High School

DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards Rio Bands

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Rio Americano High School Band Program is receiving three major awards from DownBeat Magazine, the print authority on Jazz since the 1930’s. The awards are:
Co-Winners “Best High School Large Jazz Ensemble” – ‘AM Jazz Ensemble’;
Co-Winners “Best High School Small Group” – Rio’s Mingus Legacy Octet;
Winner – “Best High School Jazz Arrangement” - Rio Junior Jackson Irvine.
The 42nd Annual DownBeat Student Music Awards recognizes excellence in music education, and the winners come from an international pool of applicants.

The recognition caps a banner year for Rio Band which includes:
The AM Jazz Ensemble was named a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival, to be held May 9 – 11th at Lincoln Center in New York City. This will be Rio’s ninth appearance at the “super bowl of High School jazz festivals”.

Only 15 bands are selected from across North America for this honor. Along with performing at Lincoln Center, the band will receive clinics and be judged by jazz greats including Wynton Marsalis;
The Rio PM Jazz Ensemble was selected as one of twelve national finalists in the Swing Central Jazz festival in Savannah, Georgia and they performed on April 5th. This was Rio’s second time at Swing Central.
Rio Jazz bands recently placed second in both big band and jazz combo at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Competition. As one of the top three bands at the event, the AM ensemble has been invited to perform at the world-renowned Monterey Jazz Festival in September. This will be Rio’s 17th time performing at the festival; Rio Band was selected by Eastman Wind Instruments as winner of the national “Perform With Mintzer” competition. Legendary saxophonist Bob Mintzer will be performing with Rio Band on October 17, 2019 in Rio’s new Performing Arts Center;

“In the storied history of Rio Band, we’ve never had a year quite like this one. These kids have worked harder than ever, they have created beautiful music, and that music has been recognized with more accolades than ever before”- Josh Murray, Rio Americano Band Director
With three concert bands, three jazz bands, and a one-of-a-kind small ensemble class, the Rio Americano Band Program has long been acknowledged as one of the finest high school music programs in the United States.

This year, several Rio band seniors have been offered full or significant scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, UCLA – Herb Albert School of Music, and a UOP Jazz Ambassadorship, among others.
Alumni are currently found at the top colleges and conservatories including University of Miami Frost School of Music, Oberlin, Berklee, The New School, and California State University Northridge. Former Rio Student – John Daversa was a winner of three 2019 Grammy Awards and is currently the Jazz Chair at the Frost School of Music.

More information on the awards can be found at

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Effective Life Change

By Chris Cheney  |  2019-05-06

Janet Hagerty will be the speaker for a free, public talk on “How to Make Change for the Better”

Deal with Structural Issues

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Someone tried to break into her home in the middle of the night. He’d already broken into the neighbor’s. She prayed specifically. The thief left all of the stolen items on a neighbor’s lawn. Find out what specific prayer is and how to do it. This true experience illustrates how the secure structure of our daily lives often seems interrupted by the unexpected.

“This example can be a bit of a metaphor for our lives,” says practitioner of Christian Science healing and international speaker Janet Hegarty. “Permanent, substantive change in our lives often needs more than a new look, a different job, or even a pill. To find lasting peace and even physical healing, we have to go deeper than just managing surface symptoms.”

Hegarty continues, “Like a building needs a strong foundation, we can find a secure life foundation by discovering the unfailing source of our being. This source is the one, all-good God–not an unpredictable man in the sky who arbitrarily blesses some and condemns others, but Life and Love itself, the very Principle of everything real and good.”

Hegarty will give a free, public talk exploring this fresh perspective of God titled, “How to make change for the better,” on Thursday, May 9 @ 7 PM; 4949 Kenneth Ave, Carmichael. Her ideas come from the Bible and are practiced in a prayer-based method of healing called Christian Science. Christian Science is fully explained in the book, which Hegarty will reference, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the movement’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy.

Hegarty will also share her own experiences that illustrate effective change, like being cured of an allergy and recovering from a sudden career derailment.

Before becoming a Christian Science practitioner, Janet Hegarty had a career producing original music for theatre and film. Though finding success, she felt an underlying sense of fear for her health and uncertainty about the future. The new concepts about God found in Christian Science moved her to a feeling of fulfillment and security. More than a superficial change in attitude, Hegarty felt the life-changing power of God’s goodness.

Today she helps others find this kind of healing too, and travels from her home base of St. Louis, MO, to talk with audiences as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
Janet Hegarty is available for interviews. Contact Chris Cheney at 916-285-5666.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - According to the U.S. Small Business Association, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. To recognize the entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region, Sacramento County is celebrating Capital Region Small Business Week from May 5 through May 11, 2019.
Small businesses play a vital role in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs, which is why Sacramento County offers several incentives to help these businesses meet their start-up or expansion goals. The Capitol Region Small Business Week will feature a series of seven events throughout the week including:
Monday, May 6, 2019
Capital Region Small Business Week Multi-Chamber Mixer - Hosted by COWO, network with other small businesses in the Capital Region!
Event Details: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the COWO Campus, 1507 21st Street, Suite 200, Sacramento CA 95811. Participating chambers that pay $100 fee, tickets are free and all others, including non-chamber members, admission is $20. Appetizers and a drink ticket included in admission!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
BizX: “Leading Like a Boss” – Hosted by Sacramento County, BERC, the City of Sacramento, CSUS and Uptown Studios, join entrepreneurs, small businesses, and industry leaders for storytelling designed to energize, motivate, and give you practical tips to lead business growth, talent development, and competitive advantage.
Event Details: The program will go from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Golden 1 Center. Tickets are $10.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Capital Connection - Hosted by the Capital Region SBDC, learn how to bridge that gap, and get your small business the capital you need. Come hear from and meet with banks, credit unions and other lending institutions.
Event Details: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, free admission.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Small Business Awards Lunch - The Sacramento Business Journal and U.S. Small Business Administration are hosting the annual Small Business Awards to celebrate the small businesses that drive our economy.
Event Details: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Admission is $60.
May Marketplace – Hosted by the California Capital FDC, this annual event focuses on supporting small businesses within the Capitol Region! Shop with 70 small businesses and learn about the latest products and services local vendors have to offer.
Event Details: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, free admission.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Small Business Start-Up-Guide: Things to Consider When Starting a Business – The City of Elk Grove is ready to help those looking to start a business. Come learn about business fundamentals from a panel of experts. Topics addresses include: creating a business plan, business organization structure, taxes, permits and business licensing and hiring employees.
Event Details: 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. at the Laguna Town Hall, free admission.
Mark Tank Pitch Event - HaneyBiz is hosting Friday's final event in conjunction with Placer Business Resource Center and Hackerlab. Join us for high energy networking, happy hour with plenty of food and drinks, and the opportunity to watch four startups pitch to Mark Haney, his investment team, and select angel investors at our first "Mark Tank" pitch event.
Event Details: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. workshop at Placer Business Resource Center, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. mentor sessions at HackerLab, Rocklin and 6:00 p.m. happy hour, networking and Mark Tank pitch event at HaneyBiz, free admission.
To learn more about the programs and resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Sacramento County, visit the Office of Economic and Development’s website.


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Bunniful Easter Fun in Carmichael Park

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-04-26

Fair Oaks sisters Naomi and Maia Wardlaw joined hundreds of children on the hunt for Easter Eggs in Carmichael Park.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Park egg scramble disposed of more than 5000 treat-filled Easter eggs last Saturday. As Carmichael firefighters signaled a bellowing start for the free-for-all, basket-brandishing children swarmed the spring-green grass.

Divided by age groups, 1500 hunters harvested the 2019 egg crop in frenzied minutes. Event host, a suave six-foot bunny in bow tie and waistcoat, then dispensed cuddles and photo-ops. County Supervisor Susan Peters augmented the candy haul from her meet-the-constituents table. Children were further indulged with balloon art and crafts.

Carmichael Kiwanis Club served more than 400 pancake breakfasts. Sponsored by the Carmichael Park District and Carmichael Kiwanis Club, the egg hunt is a popular spring tradition.

Several local churches next day hosted dawn celebrations of Easter Sunday in Carmichael Park.
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Carmichael Elks Lodge Presents 7th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-04-26

One of the many great cars on display at last year

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Elks Lodge will be hosting its 7th annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 4 with free admission to the public from 8am to 2pm. Filled with DJ music and Hot Wheel games for the kids, the show will be hosted in the Elks Lodge’s Shady Backyard. Breakfast and lunch will be available to purchase in case you feel like tasting various foods.

“I have been to the Car Show just about every year and I am glad to see that it’s growing thanks to friends and family,” said Diane Bristow of the Elk’s Car and Motorcycle Show committee.
The annual show features classic vehicles from 1975 and older. “This year we’ve added the new category of motorcycles to the show,” added Bristow.

Trophies and plaques will be awarded for the following vehicle categories:
Best Mopar; Best GM; Best Ford; Best Rat Rod; Best Orphan; Best Engine; Best Under Construction; Best Long Roof; Best Exalted; Best of Show; and Best Motorcycle.
Registration for those who want to enter a vehicle will be $19.95; And, for those who want to use the occasion to display their products, the fee for vendors will also be $19.95.

The Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103 is located at 5631 Cypress Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608.
Interested in joining the Elks? If you join in this month of April only, the regular $49 application fee will be reduced to only $1.

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