United Way Launches Read to Succeed Campaign

By Kate Towson  |  2018-03-09

Students from the Robla School District receive book donations from United Way. Photo courtesy United Way

Community Members Encouraged to Donate Books and Volunteer to Install Little Librarie

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - In celebration of National Literacy Month, United Way is launching the Read to Succeed campaign which promotes literacy in students and families in the Sacramento community. During the month of March, community members are encouraged to participate in the campaign by donating books, volunteering and sponsoring the installation of eight Little Libraries that will be placed in four Sacramento school districts. The Read to Succeed campaign is part of United Way’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.

 “We know that when children in our schools are reading at grade level, they are four times more likely to graduate from high school,” said Stephanie Bray, United Way California Capital Region president and CEO. “Read to Succeed focuses on literacy because it directly impacts a child’s ability to reach their full potential. When we are able to encourage children to begin reading from an early age, we are laying a foundation for a lifetime of success.”

Community members who are interested in supporting literacy can donate to the Read to Succeed Virtual Book Drive, sponsor a Little Library, or volunteer to install the libraries. For more information visit:  http://www.yourlocalunitedway.org/united-way-event/read-succeed.

“It’s never too early to help a child start reading,” Bray said. “And with the help of our community, we can truly make a difference in the lives of children.”

The Read to Succeed campaign is 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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Attention Anglers! Hook a Trophy Trout at Rancho Seco

By SMUD  |  2018-03-09

SMUD’s Annual Trout Derby is March 17 and 18

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thousands of pounds of trout are up for grabs at SMUD’s annual trout derby at Rancho Seco Recreational Area. Anglers reeling in the heaviest catches will win cash and prizes, including an adult and youth grand prize awarded each day for the heaviest trout caught.

Adult grand prizes: Aluminum boat, trailer and electric motor packages

Youth grand prizes: Fishing kayaks

Grand prizes are provided by Elk Grove Ram, Angler’s Press and The Fish Sniffer magazine. The fishing event has become a tradition for many and has attracted thousands of local participants since it began in 1993.


Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18,

6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (rain or shine)


Rancho Seco Recreational Area

14960 Twin Cities Road

Herald, CA 95638

Background: Anglers can cast a line into the 160-acre lake from the shoreline or one of six fishing piers. Small boats with electric motors are also allowed (no gas motors). In addition to trout, the freshwater lake is home to bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. In preparation for the derby, Rancho Seco Lake was recently stocked with thousands of pounds of catchable trout.

Registration takes place on both days of the derby between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., rain or shine. Derby tickets are $5 per person plus a daily park fee available at the park gate. A valid California state fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or older. Anglers hoping to win a prize must weigh their fish at the official weigh station between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of the catch. For complete rules, visitsmud.org/RanchoSeco.

The 400-acre Rancho Seco Recreational Area offers more than just fishing. The full-service facility offers picnic areas, RV and tent camping sites, a beach and swimming spots. Kayaks, rowboats, paddleboards and fishing boats are available to rent.

Rancho Seco Recreational Area is 25 miles south of Sacramento, approximately 15 minutes east of Highway 99 on Twin Cities Road. Admission to the park is $12 per car. For more information about the derby or camping, visit smud.org/RanchoSecoor call (209) 748-2318.

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Subject: Volunteers to assist City in Fence Removal at Sunset Whitney Recreation Area on Saturday, March 10

Who: The City of Rocklin will lead a group of community volunteers to remove unsightly fencing at the entrance of the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area, the former Rocklin Golf Club.

Where: The work is scheduled to begin at 4201 Midas Avenue, Rocklin Ca, 95677.

When: Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Volunteers will need to dress for possible muddy conditions, bring gloves, and non-power tools to remove fence boards (hammer, sledgehammer, mallet, etc). City Staff will provide totes and dumpsters to deposit materials. All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver.

More Info: The City of Rocklin completed the purchase of approximately 184 acres of land in January 2018 that was previously the site of the Rocklin Golf Club. The land is still closed to the public while the city works with the community to envision future recreational uses and brings the property up to standards for public access. A public forum was held Feb. 28 to solicit feedback, with more than 300 people in attendance. The information gathered at the forum is being reviewed and a report will be made at the Parks, Recreation and Art Commission meeting scheduled for March 14 at Rocklin City Hall.

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The Rogue Music Project with Pioneer Congregational Church

Press Release  |  2018-03-08

Rogue Music Project

Presents Kevin Doherty & Jennifer Reason in Concert Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rogue Music Project's Jennifer Reason and Kevin Doherty will present their concert, “Unfinished Business” Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the historic Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street.

Kevin Doherty and Jennifer Reason will perform their concert, “Unfinished Business”, with piano music by C.P.E. Bach and Mozart; famous scenes from two of opera's greatest composers, Puccini and Britten; a transcendent movement from Philip Glass's METAMORPHOSES; and the song cycle SONGS OF TRAVEL by Vaughan Williams. Artists Liisa Davila and Sarah Fitch will also perform.

Baritone Doherty is the Morning Classical Host on Capital Public Radio. In concert, he has appeared as a baritone soloist with orchestras across the United States. Pianist Jennifer Reason is Music Director of the Rogue Music Project, (RMP) a collective that cultivates adventurous music and theater experiences. She is also the Artistic Director for the Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace, a 16-voice a capella ensemble who donates 100% of their proceeds to underfunded charities nationwide. (www.rsvpchoir.org).

Tickets are available at the door for $20. This is the third concert of the historic Pioneer Congregational Church’s 2018 concert series. 

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Open Houses Provide First-Hand Look at Opportunities for Low Volt Technicians

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., (WECA), a California-based trade association supporting the electrical and low voltage industries, is holding a Low Voltage Apprenticeship Training Open House on March 20, 2018, at their WECA headquarters in Rancho Cordova, and on March 21, 2018, at their San Diego Training Facility, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at each location. 
California needs skilled workers. Trades industry learning and networking events have never been more crucial than now, when jobs are going unfilled. With every five workers leaving the trades, only one replacement is supplied by Apprenticeship programs. The demand for low voltage technicians, in particular, is at an all-time high.
WECA is addressing this set of circumstances by offering a unique opportunity for prospective apprentices to learn about the industry first-hand, through two Open House events this month. Prospective apprentices can meet instructors, tour the learning labs, participate in hands-on demonstrations simulating scenarios found in the field, and ask questions in an open forum. The day will culminate with an application session when interested candidates may apply to the Apprenticeship program immediately. Qualified applicants may quickly find themselves placed with a sponsoring low voltage contractor, well on their way to a lucrative career as they enjoy paid on-the-job training.
WECA’s well-regarded, federal and state-approved Apprenticeship programs offer industry contractors vetted and educated apprentices who are adept in not only navigating the Code, but also experienced with real-industry scenarios, via WECA’s extensive hands-on labs.
Upon graduation, apprentices already have substantial experience in low voltage specialty fields like Voice Data Video and Fire Life Safety, and many stay on with the same companies who trained and developed them on the job, during their apprenticeship.
REGISTRATION. Pre-registration for this event is encouraged.
Northern California Open House
Southern California Open House


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Junior Tennis Fund Seeks a Match

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

JTFS members Joyce Williams (third from right) and Jolene Stinemetz (third from left) present the board members of Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District with a donation.

“Bringing Tennis to Underserved Kids”

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Established at the end of 2014, the Junior Tennis Fund Sacramento has donated over $16,000 to the greater Sacramento Region over the years. Mainly donating to parks and recs, the goal of the organization is to bring tennis to kids who may not have ever had a chance to set foot on the court otherwise.

The JTFS is a collective giving organization that supports public youth tennis in the greater Sacramento area. They harness the power of collective giving to support community philanthropy and help create new tennis opportunities for all kids, especially the underserved, at public facilities, parks and schools.

Among the years of contributions, they have donated to the Carmichael Recreation and Park, South Gate Recreation and Park District, Rio Linda Recreation and Park District and the Mission Oaks Recreation and Parks District. Most recently they donated $1,800 to Woodland Park.

“We are a youth development program that helps with social skills and gets kids out of the house,” said Carol Rose, Founder and Director of JTFS. “Kids like tennis and enjoy getting out there and chasing the ball.” Rose explained the beauty of tennis entering these children’s lives. “Tennis is a sport that instills core values, teaches life skills and helps to develop productive citizens. It’s a sport that can be played for a lifetime.”

Expanding on that point, some kids pick up the sport and truly run with it, which led to the newest idea of JTFS. Beginning last year, the program, with the help of various coaches around the community, identify the kids that are working hard, taking the sport seriously and have the ability to take their skills to the next level. They award these kids scholarships for private lessons and then they automatically get signed up for an upcoming tournament through the Sacramento Area Tennis Association. SATA runs a series of tournaments throughout the year for all different age groups.

Upcoming for JTFS is one of the biggest fundraising days of the year, as they will once again be participating in the Big Day of Giving, the Sacramento Region’s annual 24-hour fundraising event and year-long capacity building program. The event takes place on Thursday, May 3 and this year JTFS will join powers with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and The Wish List Project at The Patriot Restaurant located in the Milagro Centre in Carmichael.

These organizations are inviting friends and donors to stop by, say hello and enjoy some great food and drinks – all in the spirit of giving. Donors for any of the non-profits will be given a discount for dinner that evening at The Patriot. Last year the region raised nearly $7.2 million from tens of thousands of donors, according to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

For more information on becoming a JTFS member or sponsor, visit www.juniortennisfund.org, e-mail juniortennisfund@gmail.com or call 916-359-3667.

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Jeff Sessions Addresses Illegal Immigration; Protests Take Place

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-03-07

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed immigration and California sanctuary laws downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning, speaking at the annual meeting of the California Peace Officers Association held at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel. 

Sessions informed those in attendance that the Justice Department sued the state of California because state laws are preventing federal immigration agents from doing their jobs and putting their lives at risk, but the state’s leaders believe otherwise and continue to deny any wrongdoing.

Last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff warned residents of a federal immigration agent raid, allowing more than 800 criminals to avoid arrest. This drew harsh criticism from both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the White House.

“So here’s my message for Mayor Schaaf: How dare you. How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda,” Sessions said on Wednesday. He also questioned Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for “bragging about the obstruction of law enforcement,” calling it an “embarrassment for the great state of California.”

Governor Jerry Brown thumbed out a tweet stating, “Jeff, these political stunts may be the norm in Washington, but they don’t work here. SAD!!!”

Dozens of protestors blocked traffic outside of the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel and the Golden 1 Center, holding signs and chanting in opposition of Sessions and the White House.

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