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Auburn Concert Band Welcomes Christmas at the State Theater

Auburn, CA (MPG)

The Auburn Concert Band will present its Christmas performance entitled “Christmas is for Children” on December 6th at 3 p.m. The performance will take place at the State Theater on Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn. This performance features traditional Christmas music, as well as music especially for young people, such as “Rudolph’s Christmas Concert,” “A Charlie Brown Celebration,” and others. A seasonal family event, the concert will feature talented children of the Auburn area performing in the One Voice Performing Arts Youth Chorus conducted by Jean Sawyer.

In addition, children from the Auburn area will be featured in the musical piece “Toy Symphony,” a popular work composed for the classical period and arranged for the concert band by its conductor, Thomas Candlish. Many seasonal pieces will also be performed, such as Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival,” J.S. Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire,” and a rousing arrangement combining “The Saints Go Marching In” with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

The Auburn Concert Band is comprised of local volunteer musicians dedicated to bringing free quality musical performance to the local Auburn community. It is “Auburn’s hometown band.” All of Auburn Concert Band’s performances are free, including the upcoming Christmas performance. A raffle will be held at this performance, giving the audience the opportunity to win a variety of baskets containing various prizes. Proceeds from the raffle will go to support the Auburn Concert Band’s continuing dedication to provide quality music to the Auburn community.

Source: Auburn Concert Band

Go Red, Not Black This Friday

Posted: 2015-11-25 | Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)

Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks invite the public to skip the shopping malls the day after Thanksgiving and instead opt outside by visiting a redwood state park for free on Free Redwood Parks Day!

Entry to the participating California redwood state parks for day use on Friday, Nov. 27th, 2015, will be free of charge. Find the complete list of all 49 California redwood state parks at

Day-use hours at parks is typically 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Hours of individual parks may vary. Please check operating hours for the California redwood state park you wish to visit at

All visitors wishing to take advantage of Free Redwood Parks Day-Use Pass must go to to download and print out a paper copy of the Free Redwoods State Parks Day-Use Pass, which must be presented to state parks staff at the entry gate or, if no state parks employee is on duty, displayed visibly on your vehicle’s dashboard to avoid being charged a fine. Free admission is only good for day use only.

Free trip guide and brochures available on the website ( as well as much more information. You can also follow the hashtags #OptOutside #IntoTheRedwoods at and at

Skip the crowds and the chaos at the mall this Black Friday and experience the peace and beauty of your local redwood state parks instead!

Bring your friends and family to explore beautiful ancient redwood forests.

Source: Save the Redwood League

Christmas Food and Toy Basket Program

Posted: 2015-11-24 | Meadow Vista, CA (MPG)

The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club is asking for the community’s help to assist with ensuring that children have a wonderful Christmas. Christmas ornaments for toys are now available at Wells Fargo Bank in Meadow Vista. Please select an ornament, purchase a gift, and return the wrapped gift with an ornament attached (please reconfirm the gender/age are legible so Santa’s elves can ensure children receive the appropriate present). The club asks that the present be returned to the bank by Wednesday, December 16th in order to match the toy with a child in need.

Thank you to those that donated canned food at Sierra Hills and Weimar Hills Schools. Canned Food collections are still being gathered by local churches, organizations, and in collection barrels. You will find money collection containers available throughout Meadow Vista and surrounding communities to assist with purchasing the necessary food for Christmas dinners for those in need.

Meadow Vista residents are extremely fortunate to live in a community that cares for their neighbors, and it shows through the Annual Christmas Food and Toy Basket Program. The club has helped local families (Applegate, Christian Valley, Clipper Gap, Meadow Vista, Weimar) in times of need for over 70 years.

On Friday, December 18th at Sierra Hills School, starting at 5 p.m. with help of community members, the Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club will begin assembling food boxes for families in need. This process will give helpers the true Christmas spirit. For those with strong backs and trucks who are willing to help transport boxed food, please call Etta at (530) 637-5359.

The Meadow Vista Friendly Neighbors Club, online at, is a nonprofit 501-c3 organization, so your tax-deductible donations are greatly needed and appreciated. Please consult your Tax Advisor for current tax deduction laws. Mail your donations to TMVFNC, P.O. Box 764, Meadow Vista, CA 95722. Should you have any questions, please call Etta at (530) 637-5359, or Gerry at (530) 878-6117.

Source: Gerry Hinkle

Five Major Sporting Events Awarded to Placer Valley

Posted: 2015-11-24 | Placer County, CA (MPG)

Placer Valley Tourism has been awarded five national sporting events over the course of the next three years. Two major softball tournaments and three huge swimming events are officially slotted to take place throughout the region in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

In July of 2016, three of the five major events will take place. First up and a first-timer for Placer Valley is the USSSA Western National Championships 14U Fastpitch from July 11th-16th, which serves as a qualifier for the Road to the World Series Tournament. Mahany, Maidu, and Foskett Parks in Roseville and Lincoln is where all the action will take place, and this six-day event is expected to bring hundreds of players and their families to the area, providing a substantial economic boost to the local economy.

Next up is the USA Swimming Speedo Western Sectional that will take place July 21st-24th at the Roseville Aquatics Complex and is also a brand-new event for our area. In partnership with Capital City Aquatics, Placer Valley Tourism is thrilled with the opportunity to not only utilize the Summer Sanders Olympic-sized competition pool at the Roseville Aquatics Complex, but to host the best swimmers from California and Nevada at an event of this magnitude.

Placer Valley Tourism will round out July with the ASA/USA 14 A Western Nationals Fastpitch on July 25th-31st, an event they hosted back in 2011 and produced nearly 4,500 hotel room nights, with an economic impact of approximately $3.5 million for the cities of Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville. In 2016, Placer Valley will see families and teams from Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and of course all of California coming to Roseville for this week-long event that starts on July 25th with opening ceremonies and closes on July 31st with the championship game.

“In somewhat of a surprise move, the ASA National Office in Oklahoma City moved the 2016 ASA/USA 14 A Western Nationals from Colorado to Roseville as this was supposed to be a quiet National Championship year for the organizing committee; yet this now guarantees that Roseville and Placer Valley Tourism will have a youth event for the third consecutive year,” said Jeff Dubchansky, commissioner of the Greater Sacramento Softball Association. Dubchansky added that the Roseville location was selected due to the many previous successes the region has had in hosting ASA National Championship events.

In 2017, Placer Valley Tourism is already looking forward to hosting the USA Swimming Western Zones Swim Championships with Capital City Aquatics on August 9th-12th at the Roseville Aquatics Complex. This all-star swim meet has only been here twice before and previously consisted of 500 hand-picked swimmers from the Western Zone, which includes these 13 states: Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and California. Back in 2013, this event generated more than 2,000 room nights over the course of three days.

Last but certainly not least, Placer Valley Tourism has been awarded the 2018 US Masters Synchronized Swimming Championships on Oct. 18th-21st at the Roseville Aquatics Complex. It has been seven years since they hosted this national event and they are looking forward to having such a prestigious synchronized swimming competition for the community to enjoy.

The combined economic impact for these national sporting events is estimated at a conservative $11 million.

Placer Valley Tourism is made up of the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin, and Lincoln, California. Placer Valley Tourism recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers, and other services as needed. To learn more about how Placer Valley Tourism can help bring your event here, visit or call (916) 773-5400.

Source: Placer Valley Tourism

New Ordinances Sought for Vagrancy Issues

Posted: 2015-11-24 | Auburn, CA (MPG)

To better empower law enforcement to deal with vagrancy issues throughout Placer County, the county board of supervisors voted unanimously to direct staff to propose new local ordinances to address these issues.

The board provided direction on new ordinances in response to ongoing resident concerns about a number of problems associated with vagrancy, including littering, dumping, graffiti, aggressive panhandling, open containers, and public urination and defecation. County staff were directed to propose ordinances specifically targeting those problems, and to align recommendations with other existing ordinances in neighboring jurisdictions.

While there are existing state laws prohibiting each of those behaviors, board members noted that their incidence varies from area to area and that Placer should consider more tailored ordinances suited to problems in Placer County.

“My concern is, whatever we do bring forward, that we make sure it is fully implementable, it’s enforceable, it’s constitutional, it will support any legal challenges that could be brought forward, and frankly that it meets our ends,” said District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “I want to make sure that we’re working with the Sheriff’s office, the District Attorney’s office, to get that whole spectrum of buy-in, not just from our board, but from law enforcement as well.”

County staff are consulting with leading homelessness expert Dr. Robert Marbut to ensure that whatever ordinances are proposed encourage participation in county programs to help people end their homelessness.

The county continues to work with Marbut to develop long-term solutions to deal with homelessness. County staff will present draft ordinance recommendations to the board for consideration in the near future.

Source: Placer County

Syrian Muslim Refugees Coming to Sacramento for Assistance

Posted: 2015-11-20 | Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)

After broke the exclusive story on 10,000 Syrian refugees possibly resettling in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Metairie, it has now come to light that refugees are already coming into the New Orleans area. Four Sacramento area organizations are designated to assist these refugees, primarily males between the ages of 18 to 30 years old.

Catholic Charities will receive federal grants from U.S. Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to assist refugees.

There are nearly 180 cities in the United States that are eligible to accept the 10,000 Syrian refugees. The full list of those cities can be found on

The four local organizations designated with assisting these refugees are Opening Doors, Inc on Howe Avenue, International Rescue Committee on Hurley Way, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services on Rio Linda Boulevard and World Relief on Auburn Boulevard, all in Sacramento.

The 10,000 Syrian refugees are first flown to the United States, according to the French news wire Agence France-Presse. Hayride reports that the United States State Department (meaning American taxpayers), is paying the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the airfare.

Once the refugees arrive in the United States they could be dispersed across the 180 cities, including Sacramento, where they are aided within the first 30 to 90 days in settling and finding employment in the area.

After approximately 90 days, refugees are no longer eligible for the State Department-funded support that they were receiving through migrant and refugee services. They are then able to join support programs through the Department of Health and Human Services.

The State Department does not state how much the screening process for the 10,000 Syrian refugees will cost American taxpayers. The screening process is also unclear.

The State Department spent $1.1 billion resettling people from around the world in the country last year. That’s about $16,000 per person.

Find out more at

Since its founding in December 2009, The Hayride has been Louisiana’s premier conservative political commentary site. They are a group blog covering Louisiana and national politics and current affairs. Their work has been referenced by such national sites as Big Government, The American Spectator, Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, RedState and

So-Called “Nonviolent Second-Strikers” Get Early Prison Release

Posted: 2015-11-19 | Sacramento Region, CA (MPG)

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will begin posting on its website information about “nonviolent second-strike offenders” who have been granted early release from prison.

After a federal court ordered California to reduce prison overcrowding, a number of measures were put into place that result in early prison releases, including early parole consideration for individuals characterized as “nonviolent second-strikers.” In order to qualify, inmates must not currently be serving a sentence for a crime that is legally categorized as a “violent felony” and must not be required to register as sex offenders.

Starting January 1st, 2015, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) began a new early parole determination process, evaluating “nonviolent second-strikers” for parole once they have served only 50 percent of their sentence or are within 12 months of having served 50 percent of their actual sentence. Upon receipt of inmate names from CDCR with a recommendation for release, the Board of Prison Hearings conducts an administrative review to determine if the inmate should be released from prison or retained for the term otherwise prescribed by law. The Board determines whether an offender would pose an unreasonable risk to public safety based on criminal history, behavior in prison, rehabilitation efforts, and written statements.

The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office takes an active role in evaluating these cases and writes letters to the Board with an overview of the inmate’s criminal history, an opinion regarding the public safety risk posed by the inmate, and the appropriateness of an offender’s early release.

As of November 13th, 2015, 72 inmates sentenced from Sacramento County have been granted early prison releases. Many of these offenders have violent and lengthy criminal histories. Examples of these early releases include:


Victor “Chunky” Montez – A known gang member with a violent criminal history including voluntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest as well as drug transportation/possession and ammunition possession convictions. He was also found to be in possession of a large cache of firearms. Montez has been in and out of prison since the 1980s, violating parole seven times.


Deshawn Fisher – Prior convictions include voluntary manslaughter. In the prior offense, Fisher and his co-defendant tried to rob a group of men at gunpoint as they played cards in front of a house. Two men were shot, one died. In prison, Fisher committed battery on inmates, participated in riots, engaged in mutual combat, and threatened an officer’s life among other violent behavior. He violated parole twice by being in possession of firearms, ammunition, and drugs.


James Allen West – Committing offense is assault with a deadly weapon by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury. West beat the victim unconscious, punching and kicking him in the head wearing steel-toed boots. Past convictions include violent assaults and battery with serious bodily injury. One victim was a 75-year-old woman. West beat the other victims until they were unconscious.


Willie C. Harris – Multiple felony convictions, including a 1985 first-degree burglary strike offense. Since 1999, Harris has had seven DUI and driving with a suspended license convictions and a reckless DUI conviction. His committing offense was felony DUI where his blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit. At the time of that offense, he was on parole for a 2008 DUI conviction where he had a .19 blood alcohol level.


Vanessa Santos – Prior convictions include two assaults with a deadly weapon. Santos stabbed one victim in the arm with a knife. Nine days later, she stabbed another victim in the leg with a knife and kicked the victim repeatedly when she was on the ground, causing great bodily injury. Santos was most recently convicted for driving recklessly through a residential area with willful disregard in an attempt to evade officers.


Kevin James Rodriguez – Since 2001, Rodriguez has been convicted of felony domestic violence, felony assault with a deadly weapon and stalking charges, and false imprisonment. He stalked, harassed, and abused his girlfriend. He chased her down with his car, almost causing her to crash, and held her and her daughter hostage in their own home, terrorizing them. In 2013, he was a parolee-at-large and led police on a high speed chase with wanton disregard for the safety of the public or officers.


“It’s important for the public to be aware of these so-called nonviolent offenders being released early from prison into our neighborhoods, as many of them pose a danger to our community,” said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert. “Our office will continue to provide information that affects public safety and the interest of justice.” The Early Prison Releases webpage can be found at prison releases.

Source: Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office

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