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A year in review: Best stories of 2016 Jesuit graduate and former New England Patriot presented his alma matre with a special award Former New England Patriots defensive end and Super Bowl XXXI participant Ferric Collons visited Jesuit High School and presented a commemorative Wilson Golden Football on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2016 during a Jesuit/Christian Brothers varsity basketball game. The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll celebrates high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history. This platform is designed to link past Super Bowls with this year’s game and honor the high schools and communities that have positively impacted the game of football. High schools across the nation, and around the world, received a commemorative Wilson Golden Football for every player of head coach who graduated from their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. Collons was a student at Jesuit from August 1983 to May 1987. More than 1,800 people attended the Jesuit/ Christian Brothers match, where Jesuit came out ahead at Jesuit 73-71. When award was granted Jesuit did not have any home football games remaining. This would be the biggest crowd for any other home event this year.
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The late 1960s concrete domed Jello-mold shaped theaters at Ethan Way in Sacramento will never again show another movie, despite fans of the giant spaces to share movie dreams that rallied to try and save them. Standing outside the box office on the last night, Jan. 18, I made these observations: I was amazed how sparse the last night’s attendance was. Where were the 750-plus folks that like the "Save the Domes" Campaign Facebook page? That would have been four times the number of folks that attended the final night on all of the theater’s screens. It’s no wonder then that SyWest, the property company that owns the domes and land feels that box theaters are better. They are alleging to build box theaters on the site, and have gone so far as to obtain the necessary permitting. When the movie theater exhibition industry tanks in a few years, the new box theaters will be easier to change into stores, restaurants and retail, which I am sure SyWest knows all too well. They certainly could not have that flexibility with dome shaped buildings. They see the writing on the wall of their personal devices, Netflix and streaming. I would venture to guess that even though they have theaters permitted for construction, they may not even build them, but rather go directly to retail. This is backed up by the recent events at the Sun-
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dance Film Festival where all of the major buzz movies were sold not to movie distributors, but online streaming services Netflix and Amazon. Only one movie,"The Birth of a Nation" (2016) was sold to be distributed theatrically by Fox Searchlight from the well over 30 entries. I stood there all night to see who cared enough to show up for the Century’s last hurrah. Earlier in the day, I phoned Cinemark for permission to photograph inside, but was denied. I hope these mid-century modern theaters will continue to live in the hearts of those who had memories made there, like many Sacramentans, for that will soon be the only place that they may be visited. At 7 a.m. on the morning of the last day the trucks arrived to remove all of the furnishings and equipment to prepare for demolition. Everything was out by the following Friday. Unlike the hostile takeover of the Crest Theatre over a year ago October by a new owner, forcing out 28 year tenant CSLM, Inc., which caused irreparable loss of many jobs, many of the Century’s employees will simply be transferred to the chain’s theaters in Laguna and Greenback. I watched as a Mexican man in his late 30s held up his daughter to look at the rounded shapes that would soon be gone, the two looking wistfully at what would only exist in their mind’s eye in the future. The mother joined them and they walked away around 9:10 p.m. They were the last family to see a movie together at the Century domes. Moments later, an employee by the name of Sarah left crying, "Bye, theater: I want to cry; this is so stupid." She reached up to take a last photo of the box-office with her phone, hopeful that she will be placed at the Greenback Theatre. Most of the arriving patrons had no idea the theater was closing, until they handed their tickets to the doorman, Lash. Announcing "Welcome to our final night at the Century," Lash tore off the stubs and handed them back to the patrons, directing them to the correct auditorium. An African-American lady in her early 50s arrived to the box office with her son in a gray "hoodie". They were the last folks to buy tickets to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the See Century Domes, page 3 Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
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Century Domes. There were only eight people in the entire auditorium. Brandon Dustin, wearing a lavish purple soft blazer, pinkish-red A’s baseball cap and orange shoes bought a ticket for himself and his pal Gregory Spielman for the non roadshow version of "The Hateful Eight", which was not the last movie to start that night, but would be the last one to get out. They had to come for the last time; having seen the news on television that the end had come. They were the only two in that auditorium to see it. At 11:50 p.m., Amanda Yancey and Steven Schneider arrived five minutes late to the last movie to start that evening, "Joy", which hit the screen at 11:45 p.m. The two bought the last two tickets ever sold at the Century Theatre domes. I snapped their photo together at the door, feeling a bit sentimental knowing that was it. The parking lot, with only 12 cars visible, took on an eerie fog-like mood, like that of a graveyard, a silent witness to the end of an era. At 1:23 a.m. the morning of the 19th of January, Brandon Dustin and pal Gregory Speilman, exited the glass doors. They were followed by Lash. The three posed for a "selfie" mobile phone photograph, which they then posted to social media. Inside, the ocean of seats would never be used again. There would never be the sound and smell of popcorn greeting the senses. The green exit signs showed the way out only to ghosts of audiences past. The screens would never again reflect the faces of the idols of the movies. The game room’s machines fell silent at last, after making for a noisy lobby for years. They had been unplugged at the beginning of the last show. Silence. These theaters opened for the roadshow premiere of "Camelot" in 1967. First with one big dome, then a second in 1968. For many of my generation, the first film many of us saw there was "Star Wars" in 1977. Earlier that night, as I walked around taking photos, the sound effects of blasters, the voice of Harrison Ford Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
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and John Williams’ music bled through the doors, this time from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". That was an indelible flash back to 1977 and will be my last memory of the domes... with my first memory: The applause after the original "Star Wars" in 1977that sound... is still ringing in my ears. Please visit: http://www.mabhollywood.com for exclusive content Twitter: @MABHollywood.
Pickleball: A sport for all comes to Carmichael By Monica Stark
It’s been called a sweet sport with a sour name. Pickleball. What is it? According to the USA Pickleball Association, it’s a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the
game is easy for beginners to learn, but it can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. It’s a game that’s played with a paddle and a plastic ball. And ask Carmichael Recreation and Park District sports coordinator Joe Asaro about it. He’s got folks hooked, as 25 to 35 people drop in the La Sierra gym on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with play going from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "I like seeing people who come in as strangers get to know each other and enjoy one another’s company while getting exercise and having fun in a non overly competitive environment," he said. All skill levels from first timers to seasoned veterans are
welcome. "First timers love the beginner class and if you are more experienced and looking for a friendly and competitive game then our program is the one for you," Asaro said. Enjoying what he likes to call the equalizer effect, he said it more important to have good patience, touch, and finesse rather than being aggressive, fast, and strong. "There are few games where a retired senior citizen can compete and often defeat someone in their 20’s or 30’s, and this is one of those games. It is a sport designed to be played by all ... If you are a somewhat seasoned player we have five courts available for ‘drop in’ pick up games that we coordinate on a chalkboard, with a good mix of players and skill levels. If
you are new to the sport we offer a beginner class on Tuesdays from 9 to10 a.m., this class focuses of the rules, fundamentals, and basic strategy of Pickleball. We also have an Intermediate class on Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m., this class delves into various types of skill shots as well as next level strategy for those looking to improve their game." Recreation Supervisor Alaina Lofthus recognized the rise in popularity of this unique sport and decided to take action. Alaina asked Asaro to aid her in this task for his first project as the new sports coordinator for C.R.P.D. In just a few short weeks, they received a grant for the nets and See Pickleball, page 4
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balls from USAPA, the official Pickleball distributor of the country. During the grant process they contacted other local pickleball ambassadors and enthusiasts such as Steve Cooper of Citrus Heights, Derek Perez from the Folsom Sports Complex, Candy Alexander of the Pickleball meetup website for the greater Sacramento area, and Karen Alfsen the Pickleball ambassador of Elk Grove in order to get as much advice about how to run the program. They asked Neil Friedenberg of “Pro-Lite” Pickleball paddles to see if they could donate a few models for the players to rent out and he came through in a big way by donating five new composite paddles. "In what seemed like no time at all we put forth a team effort to construct our courts, assemble our nets, and build our Pickleball barriers to place in between courts as to keep balls confined to their respective games. As a finishing touch, we came in contact with our two instructors Kate Lahti and Kent Slangstrom who have continued to help us grow our program by teaching our classes here at the La Sierra Community Center. After our initial kick off event this past September we have only improved in terms of attendance and skill level as a community." To sign up for our classes or to purchase a pass to play in our “drop in” program please call us at 916-483-7826 or visit our front office at The La Sierra community center 5325 Engle, Carmichael, Ca, 95608. If you have any questions regarding Pickleball or one of our many other sports programs for youth and adult go check out our website at carmichaelpark.com or feel free to email me, Joe Asaro, at email@example.com.
Church Kids Serve Pancakes to Fight Modern Slavery Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento
Kids from a local church have been leading their con
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gregation in learning about modern slavery and working to end it in their lifetime. At present there are 27 million people held against their will through debt bondage, human trafficking and other forms of enslavement. Though enslavement is illegal in every nation, it exists on every continent, including North America. At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, the Kids Freedom Club started raising awareness of this problem and raising funds to stop it. On Sunday, March 6, 2016 the Kids Freedom Club held its second pancake breakfast to support the cause, making 300 pancakes in three varieties: regular, chocolate and gluten free as well as scrambled eggs and sausages. So far they estimate they have helped to liberate 63 people from bondage and fund the legal and social services needed to keep them from getting enslaved again. The average cost to do this is $100 per person, and the club sends money to the international organization Free the Slaves (freetheslaves.net). In November, 2015 four church members traveled to India to meet with former slaves and other activists working to educate people, make them free, and keep them safe. In January, 2016 they visited the office of Rep. Ami Bera to advocate for legislation to stop the sale of slavery-involved products. They have presented a Sunday service about ending slavery once per year at the church. Wearing their self-decorated uniform of orange tee shirts, members of the Kids Freedom Club meets monthly after a Sunday service to plan educational and fundraising activities and to learn more about the issue. Attendance has tripled in the past two years. One of the shirts, worn by 11-year-old Linnea Stanton had the message: “If you care, If you love, If your (sic) kind, then join us to bring freedom.” In an interview with this publication, she described the meaning behind the message and her experience traveling to India with Free the Slaves. “Most people do care but they See Church Kids, page 5 Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
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don’t know how to help out. Little things can make a difference. We’re trying to free slaves, trying to end slavery. It would be amazing if we could.” She said when she, her mom Petra, and two other church members went to India, she learned about how long a process it is to make a difference. “We tried to teach that slavery is illegal. We helped for a week, all the people there … It makes me feel good I’m helping out. It’s really fun.” The Unitarian Universalist Society is at 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento. Information about the church and the kids’ club is at www.uuss.org.
Camellia Society of Sacramento presented 92nd annual camellia show By Monica Stark
Even though attendance was down at the 92nd annual Sacramento Camellia show, about 3,000 blooms graced Memorial Auditorium on the first weekend of March, 2016 making the event reportedly still the largest camellia show in the world. Dedicated to society members Bob and Joanne Logan, the "Best of Show" winner was Junior Prom won by the Lesmeister family of Carmichael. Giving a nod of approval to the winning flower, Joanne said she voted for Junior Prom, explaining its perfect symmetry and its beautiful white color. Since moving here from Fremont in 2000, the Logans both have served in several society positions. Most recently, Joanne has been treasurer and Bob has been chairman of judges at the society camellia shows. Both have been American Camellia Society accredited judges for many years and judge at all the camellia shows during the show season. Describing their dedication in the show’s program was the following: "Whenever something needs to be accompanied, we can always rely upon them. They have set the standard for everyone to follow! Congratulations to both of you!” Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
By 2 p.m. on Saturday, Joanne had finished counting the votes and took some time over lunch to discuss her honor. At that time, she had only heard about the show being dedicated to her and her husband. After quickly reading the inscription that had been printed in the program, she reacted by saying, “Isn’t that nice? That’s very flattering, but not quite true. ‘They have set the standard for everyone to follow!’ I don’t think so.”
The following is taken from the evening event’s program that was given out on March 2: The Rio Americano Band Program has a long history of accomplished musical performance and exceptional education. Founded in its current form by Craig Faniani in 1981, Rio band attracts musicians of all levels and from all over the Sacramento Metropolitan area. The program includes multiple concert bands, jazz bands, and small ensemble groups in which the stuPhoto by Monica Stark dents experience numerous Shown here are members of the kids freedom club. In the back row, from left to and diverse musical opportu- right: Kaydence, Maya, Lottie, Jasmine, Aliya, Paul; middle row: Jade, Sage, Alec; nities. Notable achievements and front row: Evelyn, Aliya, Bella Rio Americano include: thanks the band "Top Band" -- won mul- -Students have frequently York, Berklee, University of tiple times at the Monterey won competitions at dozens Southern California, Oberroom for the Jazz Festival’s Next Generaof festivals and numerous lin and Eastman School of memories tion Festival soloist and group awards Music. Rio Americano students, -Selected to perform repeatfrom "Downbeat", the not- -Invited to play within the lostaff, alumni and band boostedly at the Essentially Eled jazz publication. cal community, including er gathered on Wednesday, lington Competition held -Rio graduates receive scholthe inaugurations of GovMarch 2, 2016 to bid fond annually at New York’s Linarships from schools across ernor Schwarzenegger and farewell to the band room, coln Center the country, including the Mayor Kevin Johnson which has served one of Cali- -Invited to compete in New Manhattan School of Mufornia’s finest band programs York’s Charles Mingus Fessic, NYU, the jazz program for five decades. The band tival numerous times at New School of New See Band room, page 6 room will be demolished this spring. Due to the hard work and dedication of the Rio community, the passage of Measure N Facility Bonds in 2012 and the foresight of the San Juan Unified School District Board, construction % will begin on a new state-ofart theater and music comInitial APR* plex on the Rio Americano Rio High School campus. CHECK THE In addition to housing the EL DORADO internationally known Rio band program, the new yetADVANTAGE: named theater will provide 3 FIXED RATE for 5 Years a venue for other programs 3 Local Processing & Servicing at the high school as well as community events and per3 No Closing Costs on Qualifying Transactions formances. The project is 3 Flexibility and Convenience scheduled for completion in 3 Have Funds Available for Current and Future Needs the spring of 2017. 3 Home Improvement, Debt Consolidation, College Tuition An open house was held 3 Interest May be Tax Deductible (Please consult your tax advisor) on March 2, 2016 in the Rio band building and community members enjoyed music by Rio students and alumni groups, celebrated the history of the Rio band Serving our local communities since 1958 and learned more about www.eldoradosavingsbank.com plans for the new performing arts center. CARMICHAEL • 4701 Manzanita Ave. • 481-0664 According to band director Se Habla Espanol • 800-874-9779 Josh Murray, "The venerable * 4.25 Rio Americano High School the loan which is called the draw period. After the initial 5 year period, the APR can change once based on the value of an Index and Margin. The band room has been a muchIndex is the weekly average yield on U.S. Treasury Securities adjusted to a constant maturity of 10 years and the margin is 3.50%. The current APR for the repayment period is 6.00%. The maximum APR that can apply any time during your HELOC is 10%. A qualifying transaction consists used and deeply loved second of the following conditions: (1) the initial APR assumes a maximum HELOC of $100,000, and a total maximum Loan-to-Value (LTV) of 70% including the new HELOC and any existing 1st Deed of Trust loan on your residence; (2) your residence securing the HELOC must be a single-family home for thousands of stuhome that you occupy as your primary residence; (3) if the 1st Deed of Trust loan is with a lender other than El Dorado Savings Bank, that dents in its 50 years, and its loan may not exceed $200,000 and may not be a revolving line of credit. Additional property restrictions and requirements apply. All loans walls have absorbed some of subject to change without notice. Other conditions apply. A $375 early closure fee will be assessed if the line of credit is closed within three years the finest and most creative period. Ask for a copy of our “Fixed Rate Home Equity Line of Credit Disclosure Notice” for additional important information. Other HELOC loans are available under different terms. music to be created at any American high school."
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-Rio bands have traveled to perform in New York City, Japan, China, Australia, Argentina and Spain. Concert band Rioâ€™s concert bands explore the full range of symphonic literature. There is a concert band for every level of musician on campus. The most advanced level, Honors Concert Band, includes college level music theory, ear training, composition, piano proficiency and community service within its curriculum. The honors concert band was the first performing arts course in California to receive the "honors" designation. Jazz band Rio has multiple levels of jazz ensemble and there is a place for any instrumentalist who wishes to explore the many facets of this music. Jazz ensembles perform at festivals, competitions and numerous community concerts. All jazz ensembles, from beginner to advanced level study improvisation, stylistic accuracy, theory, arranging and jazz history. Small ensemble This is the only course of its kind offered by any high
school in the country. With guidance from the instructors, students independently build combos or small ensembles of various styles, from classical to pop. Nearly all music is learned by ear, and the focus in on creating music in professional situations. Some of the groups play frequent paying gigs. Many students choose to develop a second (or third) instrument. The possibilities are limited only by each studentâ€™s musical imagination. Music directors Josh Murray has been tireless band teacher and musical mentor at Rio since 1998. Murray grew up in New York City where he studied saxophone under Daniel Wilensky and David Mann. He attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, has a Masterâ€™s degree in Education from Chapman University, and a bachelorâ€™s degree in history from U.C. Davis. He is a member of the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra and The New Originals. Max Kiesner, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has taught at Rio since 2007. He had his first exposure to the Rio Band Program when his high school shared the same stage at the 2001 Essentially Ellington Jazz competi-
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ity of music produced, as well friends,â€? he said. â€œWe wanted as the thousands of phenom- to create a diverse culinary exenal young adults to emerge perience for the area.â€? from Rio Band. Allan said that dream began in about 1993 while he and Nancy were visiting Los Angeles. Milagro Centre â€œWe came upon an inopened to the public door, open market facility in By LANCE ARMSTRONG L.A. and thought it was an The long-awaited, multi-mil- intriguing concept that we lion dollar Milagro Centre at would like to explore some6241 Fair Oaks Blvd. opened time in the future,â€? he said. last summer as its earliest ten- â€œWe were always looking for ants began serving the public. the right place to establish This community, region- that dream.â€? al gathering spot, featuring It was not until 2011 that higher-end cuisine, was the Allan and Nancy located a dream of Carmichael resident property that would accomAllan Davis and his late wife, modate their vision. Nancy, who was the daughter At that time, they learned of the late Sacramento devel- from a realtor friend named oper Joe Benvenuti. Max Werking that about a Allan, who grew up in the 4-acre site, with a dilapidatarea and graduated from En- ed shopping center, on Fair cina High School in 1964, Oaks Boulevard, south of commented about that dream Marconi Avenue, had beduring an interview with this come available. publication. The former shopping cenâ€œOur dream was to create ter, which was known as the an upscale, yet relaxed envi- Hillside Shopping Center, ronment for the region for was located in a 360-footpeople to have choices and a fun place to hang out with See Milagro Centre, page 7
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long building that was constructed by Kauffman Enterprises. Among the original tenants of the shopping center, which opened in 1960, were Jet TV, Appliances and Hardware, Sacramento Sporting Goods, The Toy Shop, Sylvan Jewelry, Children’s Bootery and the Fabric Center. Upon hearing about the availability of the old shopping center building and its property, Allan and Nancy quickly made an offer on the property, and only a few days later, their offer was accepted. With a site for the project arranged, plans were made with a team of designers for the creation of what would become the Milagro Centre. Allan commented about the name, Milagro Centre. “Milagro, which means ‘miracle’ (in Spanish) was because Nancy and I have had several miracles in our lives, and we thought this (center) was just another miracle for Carmichael and the region,” he said. “That’s how we came up with the name. It just sounded good and we appreciate all the miracles we had and continue to have.” On Nov. 7, 2013 at 4 p.m., a special ceremony occurred at the site with Supervisor Susan Peters, Esteban Nava, Carmichael’s honorary mayor, and Linda Melody, executive director of the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the ceremony, Nancy spoke about the event. “We like to think outside the box at Milagro Properties, so we’re holding an un-groundbreaking,” she said. “We will have shovels, but they’ll be pointed up to represent the direction we want to take Carmichael.” A day later, work crews began demolition to create the future Milagro Centre using the shell of the old shopping center. The next step in the project was to find a suitable mix of tenants. Allan spoke about the process of selecting those tenants. “We wanted a good mix of tenants where the patrons would have a variety of food choices,” he said. “A concept of the project is for patrons to purchase different types of food and bring it to a common eating area where they gather with friends and family.” Seating is also available inside each of the businesses in the 46,000square-foot, two-building center. The first spot to open was the Milagro Experience event center on the north side of the Milagro Centre, at the former site of the El Dorado Saloon, which was a very popular nightclub during the 1980s and 1990s. The River City Brewing Co., which formerly operated at the Downtown Plaza, was the second of the Milagro Centre’s businesses to open and Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
the first of the site’s food and beverage businesses to serve the public. Another space has been readied to become home to the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. Allan mentioned that Mesa Mercado, a Mexican restaurant and taco bar, and a gelateria, called Ghiotto Gelato, will “open soon.” Other tenants that have signed leases to operate at the Milagro are Hunt and Gather organic food co-op, The Patriot restaurant, Fish Face Poke Bar, Insight Coffee Roasters and Jaynee Cakes custom cakery. The aforementioned common eating area is about a 4,000-square-foot gathering space that divides the north and south buildings of the new center. Allan described this area, which has an indoor-outdoor approach with a large fireplace feature, decorative tile walls and small pool of water at its east end, a concrete floor, tables, chairs, and a sofa and padded chair seating section. “(The skylight) creates a greenhouse effect and we introduced these (large, high-powered) fans,” he said.”“We just wanted to create a comfortable area (through a central dining space with various features) for everybody.” Among the people who have played essential roles in the project is Lani Gannon, business director of the Milagro Centre. Using her background in commercial signage, real estate, design and construction, she assisted with a variety of enhancement projects for the center, including some of its tenant signage and illuminated addresses. The most notable signage on the property is located at the top of the large arch at the main entrance along Fair Oaks Boulevard. Allan stated that placing an arch at that entrance was not the original plan that was presented to him. “The designer came up with kind of a mundane entrance that I wasn’t excited about,” he said. “So, I said, ‘Can’t we do something a little more grand to get some attention in this direction?’ And he said, ‘How about a big arch?’ And I said, ‘Ok, we’ll work that into it.’ “And then our logo that we came up with (for the top of the arch), it just had an ‘O’ at the end for ‘Milagro.’ I said, ‘Can’t we change the ‘O’ periodically and put something in there other than (an image of a) pizza?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s a good idea.’ So, now we change it and put things in for the season.” In one instance, a photograph of Nancy, who graduated from Encina High in 1962 and died at the age of 70 on March 19, 2015, was placed at the center of the ‘O’ of the Milagro logo. The logo can also be seen in other places around the new center, as well as on advertising material. Also attracting attention to the site are various trees, including 22 palms,
six of which line Fair Oaks Boulevard in front of the center. The other palms flank a dining strip, with small tables and chairs, at the center of the parking lot. While enjoying a moment under the breeze created by the large overhead fans in the common dining area, Allan expressed his satisfaction with the dream of the Milagro Centre finally becoming a reality. “It’s very satisfying to have this dream of ours finally come to fruition,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to see the enthusiasm and excitement from all the patrons, and we are all looking forward to the upcoming opening of the remainder of the (center’s) businesses.”
Bernie at Bonney: By Monica Stark
“(A democracy is a) government of the people, by the people, for the people” — Bernie Sanders quoting President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Despite a last minute decision to come to Sacramento, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders drew more than 15,000 maxing the capacity of Bonney Field on Monday, May 9, 2016. Bernie fans and rally volunteers arrived as early as 10 a.m. for the 8:30 p.m. speech and the line to get into the gates wrapped around the field for the most of the day and early evening hours. Part of the last group that made it in the gates, Sacramentan Andrea Seppinni exclaimed on social media, “It was worth the wait! #DropOutHillary #feelthebern #BernieinSacramento … There were still a lot of people still waiting, but we lucked out!” Chants of “Bern, Baby Bern” reverberated as people danced and sang and by about 7:20 p.m., the stage began to fill with volunteers, creating a backdrop for Mr. Sanders that symbolized, in a festive way, the grassroots support that has created his campaign, one that has been funded not by billionaires or Wall Street but by every day people. Igniting the crowd with his opening, Mr. Sanders said, “Millions of Americans want a political revolution. It turns out a lot has changed in a year. The corporate establishment is getting nervous… When they see 15,000 people coming out in Sacramento, they get very nervous. And they should be getting nervous because real change is coming. Over the last year we have won 18 primaries and caucuses.” Addressing the crowd, giving individuals a large task, he boldly stated: “With your help we are going to win the biggest prize of all, the California primary, which elects 475 pledged delegates.” Acknowledging a steep climb to victory, he said with California on his side,
there can be that possibility. If so, he said, “We will walk into the democratic convention with a majority of pledged voters. Let me tell you we are going to fight for every vote… and we are going to take the political revolution into the convention in Philadelphia.” Criticizing the current campaign finance system, calling it corrupt and undermining American democracy, where “democracy is one person, one vote – not about billionaires and Wall Street and their super-pacts buying elections” – the senator said if elected he will overturn the Citizen’s United decision and move to public funding of elections. “Democracy isn’t about republicans suppressing the vote,” he said. “Together we’re going to create a democracy which we will have the highest voter turnouts in the world, not one of the lowest.” Mr. Sanders contrasted himself with opponent Hillary Clinton from campaign contributions where she has taken between “$10 to $15 million from Wall Street” to his average contribution of $27. He also spoke on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide (versus Clinton’s support of a $12 an hour wage), to banning fracking, lowering interest rates on people’s student debt, taxing carbon and offering free community college. Speaking about Republican candidate Donald Trump, Mr. Sanders denounced the possibility of him becoming president. “He will not become president because he does not understand our strength is in our diversity. That when black and white and Latino and Native Americans, when gays and straight and men and women stand together that is when we are strongest. And the American people understand we are great when we stand together. When my family hurts, we are there for you. That’s what America is supposed to be about. Supporting each other always trumps selfishness. At end of the day, love always trumps hatred.” Sitting in the press box for the duration of the speech former mayoral candidate Russell Rawlings, a governmental journalism student at Sacramento State University, said he is overjoyed that he finally has a presidential candidate that he agrees with on practically every issue. “I feel like I did the first day of Occupy Sacramento: awestruck, inspired and ready for the political revolution!” he said. Phone banking since the very beginning stages of Sanders’ campaign, Rawlings hosted his own phone bank and had coffee in his own neighborhood, Oak Park. “I have noticed that Oak Park is very accepting. I see Bernie signs everywhere in my neighborhood.” Since he dropped out of the mayor’s race, Rawlings said he will “have more time for Bernie. After next week I will be finished with finals and I can See Bernie, page 10
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Bernie at Bonney: senator sanders addressed large crowd at local sports ﬁeld Bernie Sanders delivered a speech during the presidential primary at Bonney Field on Monday, May 9, 2016.
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Bill clinton visited sac state for hillary fundraising event General Egg hunt & Pancake Breakfast
Down the bunny trail the youngest bunnies got their fill of candy filled eggs at the annual Carmichael Park general egg hunt and pancake breakfast on March 26, 2016. Children collected candy and prize stuffed eggs. A limited number of special golden eggs were available for collection in each hunt area. The event also featured vendors, visits with the Easter Bunny himself and more family fun! Sacramento Fine Arts Center were also be on hand providing a hands-on arts and crafts activity for event goers. The Pancake Breakfast was hosted by the Carmichael Kiwanis Club. Photo by Monica Stark
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First Sac State, then Phil Angelides’ house on 13th Avenue in Land Park: The 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton took to Sacramento to shed light on Hillary Clinton’s attributes and past achievements as the California primary draws close on June 7, 2016. Inside of the University Ballroom about 1,000 excited people came to see the former president and later that evening about 300 people gathered at the Angelides home. The sold-out fundraising event offered three donation tiers. "Advocates" paid $500; "Fighters", $1,000 and "Champions" $2,700, which included a photo with the former president.
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Arden area residents discuss 2016 and their resolutions for the New Year By laUra Winn
From Olympians racing for the fastest times to presidential candidates sparring for the best zingers, 2016 was a memorable year with a lot of surprises. The Sacramento area celebrated the grand openings of many businesses long in the works. In addition to the Golden 1 Center downtown, Milagro Centre fully opened in Carmichael and late in the year, Century 14 in Arden welcomed movie goers to luxury seats and screens. Arden-Carmichael News spoke with residents who were dining, playing and working in the area and asked them to share their reflections on 2016 and their resolutions for the new year. letty ruiz The past year was “life changing” for 67-year-old Letty Ruiz, and Pickleball gets much of the credit. Ruiz said playing Pickleball – a paddle sport with elements of badminton, pingpong and tennis – at La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael gave her a reason to get up in the morning and get going. She also credits the sport with helping her to lose 90 pounds and keep the weight off. The social aspect of Pickleball has also been very important. “If you don’t show up, other players will check up on you,” Ruiz said while eating dinner at Market Square at Arden Fair. Although Ruiz said the presidential election results were “devastating,” she still has hope for the new year. “It’s just going to be hard because the election overshadows everything,” she said. As for her New Year’s resolutions, Ruiz wants to drop more weight and focus on staying healthy and having fun in Pickleball, her walking groups and activities at the YMCA. Mike huerta 2016 brought a lot of changes for 29-year-old Mike Huerta, who was shopping at Country Club Plaza with his family. Huerta and his wife, Julia, moved to Sacramento from Vacaville, bought a house, and best of all, welcomed baby boy Theo. “I also got really fat,” he said with a laugh. For the new year, Huerta said he wants to focus on Paramedic school, get situated in town and improve his health. “We’re joining a gym and going to eat healthier, including cooking for ourselves.” To that end, Huerta and his wife were headed into WinCo Foods to buy ingredients for their healthier lifestyle.
Frank carney For World’s Best Comics and Toys employee, Frank Carney, 2016 was a disappointing year. “I set a goal of what I wanted to do, and I didn’t achieve it,” he said. “The whole year was bittersweet and not what I expected.” However, Carney, 27, said he has a New Year’s resolution to get back on track by taking the next step in his film making education. “I’ve gone as far as I can go with city college classes,” added Carney, who wants to work in the post production side of film making. Carney said he has enjoyed the past 8 months at the comic store because of the people who visit the store, which is located next to Country Club Lanes. “You think you’ve been talking to someone for 20 minutes, but then you look at the clock and an hour has gone by,” he explained. In 2017, Carney said he also hopes to attend an event at the Golden 1 Center. “I think it’s great that the arena is enriching our city and bringing more people to the small businesses in the area.” Matt Powers While exercising his Schnauzer, Bella, at Carmichael Park’s Canine Corral, retired police officer Matt Powers thought for awhile about 2016 before sharing his thoughts. “I think the sheriffs are trying hard. We need more deputies, but the sheriffs are doing a good job,” he said. “This is a good area. I know some people are concerned about the homeless situation, but there’s no easy solution,” he added. “The city needs more mental health training and help.” Powers, who currently teaches part time at the sacramento regional Public safety training center through American River College, said he didn’t have any set New Year’s resolutions. “I already go to the gym!” aja Jones “In 2016, I learned a lot about about myself and the people around me,” said Aja Jones, 31, while eating at Market Square at Arden Fair. “It was surreal to watch the election, the candidates and the response on social media. It was eye opening,” said Jones who was online a lot, working as a social media account manager. “I actually withdrew from social media and deleted all my accounts,” she said. “I want to focus on human connections. That’s what I crave the most,” she added. In the new year, Jones resolves to “grow emotionally, live out my purpose, love more and be more present.”
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put in the last real hard push. I will be living at the Democratic Party of Sacramento County.” Journalism student Tirtsah Yisrael said she enjoyed Bernie’s focus on young voters, stating that she can’t see herself voting for anybody else. Rachele Lizarraga, also a journalism student at Sac State said she enjoyed the rally, noting that the student newspaper, The Hornet, may post video at a later date. “I thought the speech was great. I liked how he is so focused on diversity and mentions as many groups as possible. There was good energy and it was laid back. I felt safe. It was not chaotic.” Involved with Sacramento for Bernie Sanders City Farms resident Darrow Sprague took some time while waiting for the senator to take the stage to speak with this publication regarding his involvement with the local group. “I have seen the candidate go from someone people didn’t know about to where lots of people know about him and they’re getting behind the issues he’s bringing to the table… It’s pretty awesome. A year ago, no one in Sacramento had heard of him, except for
the hardcore political geeks … A year ago I launched the Facebook page and it’s taken a year to get here. I remember people asking me what will it take to bring Bernie to Sacramento. If we are able get volunteers and make an impact: that will put us on the radar.” To Darrow the most important issues Sanders addresses include wage inequality issues and providing greater opportunities to join the middle class. “(He is) someone who is addressing the challenges that we face. I also think his position on climate change is very important to me. I do think we need a World War II scale mobilization effort to combat climate change, not something we can do incrementally. The crisis is great. Bernie Sanders recognizes that and wants to make it a priority.” Arriving at Bonney Field at 10 a.m., 10 hours before Sanders took the stage, Darrow described the scene as including“a lot of enthusiastic people”, about 100-120 volunteers who gathered in the bleachers to hear from campaign staff regarding different roles for volunteers to fill. While he’s been so involved with the local campaign efforts, Darrow said many of the people who came out to the volunteer efforts on Monday were unfamiliar to him. “It’s kind of the nature of the grassroots campaign. A lot of people are doing their thing without it being centralized.”
The next morning, on Tuesday, May 10, Land Park resident Shelly Keller said:“I loved this event. So many young people. My favorite things he spoke about were restoring the American Dream, and how human beings are part of nature and we need to protect our environment. You’ll never hear that from Hillary or Trump. And I loved when he spoke about war and the crowd responded by raising their hands, making the peace sign. I’ve never felt more patriotic than I did last night.” Her husband Bob said he was amazed by the sheer number of people, young people. “Bernie spoke the truth and we loved hearing it. It felt like a celebration of truth. The face of the real America. Democracy was in full bloom last night.”
Sacramento’s K-ZAP celebrated one year anniversary on July 4, 2016
An intrepid gang of Sacramento rock radio professionals are alive and thriving and celebrated a one year anniversary on July 4, 2016 with a 5,000-person birthday bash in Carmichael Park. Sacramento’s K-ZAP, is back. Dennis Newhall, one of the faces of the new K-ZAP, is rightly proud, albeit in a Dick Cavett-
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Robert Williams, Bob “The Godfather” Galli, Zachariah, Tom Cale, Dave Gregory, Scott Elliott, Jon Russell (who hosts the brand new Friday 5 p.m. “Rush Hour Blues”) and Newhall returned to their KZAP roots. Pro radio hosts from former competitor stations are on board too: Scott Forrington, Kevin Kelley, Matt Pacini, John Norman and Faith Wolfram. The station continues to evolve by emphasizing more new music and more songs from the 1990s and 2K’s, when KZAP was dark. Rock has had a history of reinventing and renewing itself every decade or so, and that, says Newhall “gives us a half century of innovative and interesting music to pick from.”
Sactown Union Brewery: Cold Beer & Friends By Leigh Stephens
Dreams do come true! Quinn Gardner and Michael Barker conjured up magic with the opening of their Sactown Union Brewery in East Sacramento. It’s a place “where everybody knows your name;” a relaxing place for a cold beer and budding friendships. It’s motto, “Passion is our most important ingredient!” Customer Jason Kelley says about the new craft brewery, “Quinn and Michael had a dream and didn’t quit. Look at this place; you want to be part of that dream and help it grow.” The brewery had their “soft opening” during Sacramento Beer Week in February 2016. They are planning the grand opening this year as they wait for several beers to ferment. Quinn and Michael are coowners of the brewery. Quinn serves as CEO and Michael as Brew Master. Quinn previously worked in sales at a Central Valley large domestic beer distributer. Michael worked at Santa Cruz Ale Works for twenty years before he came to Sacramento. He and Quinn met in Santa Cruz before partnering in bringing Sactown Union to our community. Michael says, “Our ultimate goal is to bring national recognition to our products. We are ahead of production, and our See Beer, page 11 Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
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goal this year is 1,000 barrels. (In 2017) it’s 2,000. Our next step is to get cans to the retailers. We want to be the prime craft brew in Sacramento. “When I was a firefighter I developed a love for craft beer, but my interest was ignited because my grandfather brewed beer. When I was 16-years-old, my friend and I convinced his mother to let us make a batch of beer in the bathtub. I have to admit it wasn’t very good." Available brews are award-winning (four gold medals)#Kolsch (Koln-style Ale), Carpe Noctem (Coffee Oatmeal Stout), Centennial Falcon (West Coast Pale Ale), Nitro Noctem (Oatmeal Stout), Risen City (Double IPA), Something Wicked IPA, The Catalyst (Sacramento Common), First Responder (Helles Lager), and Jeff ’s Hefe (Bavarian Hefeweizen). The price of beers range from $5.50-$6.50, with tasters at $2.-$3. Larger quantities such as crowlers and growlers can be purchased to take off site. The brewery is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Fridays 2 p.m.midnight, Saturdays noonmidnight, and Sundays noon8 p.m. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Each evening the brewery is open, a different food truck is invited. Customers have a relaxing eating area in front where trucks such as Cali Love, Burgess Brothers, North Border Taco, Arlington Brothers and others set up their trucks and offer yummy foods such as bar-bqued ribs, burgers, chicken, tacos, and Asian grill specialties. Community activism is very important to the owners and staff. In addition to promoting the craft beer culture, the brewery supports: education, environmental sustainability and protection; veterans, police and firefighters; research for Cancer, Alzheimer’s and AIDS; and shelters and food for the homeless (both twolegged and four-legged). The business supports the Sacramento Food Bank and the Firefighters’ Burn Institute among other community groups. On each Sept. 11, the brewery plans to offer 50-cent beers to military, police, firefighters, and EMTs. Community charities are invited to Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
hold their non-profit fundraisers at the site. Peter Wisham is one of the brewery part-time staff of 12. Peter’s interest in beer began when he started making home brew. He eventually took the Beer Judge Certification Program and now represents Sactown Union Brewery at the State Fair and at festivals and fairs over Northern California. He recently worked the Make a Wish
Foundation Gala and Brew for a Cure ( Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). He says of his work, “Being able to work for a brewery with such passion for the community is a joy and an honor.” An exuberant Britany Eason after attending a special event for Barley’s Angels said, “The Sactown staff has a wealth of knowledge in beer, brewing, and the history of beer and is eager to share
information with customers. The beer is delicious and some of the best craft beer in the area.” In Mesopotamia, early evidence of beer is a 3,900-yearold Sumerian poem honoring Ninkasi, the patron goddess of brewing, which contains the oldest surviving beer recipe, describing the production of beer from barley. Sactown’s The Catalyst originated from a recipe the
owners found in the Sacramento history archives. This comes from the Union Brewery that existed in the 1800’s, therefore honoring the city history with the Sactown Union Brewery name. The brewery is located near CSUS at 1210 66th St., Unit B. For information on events call 916-272-4472 or contact them online info@sactowSee Brewery, page 14
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Koobs Nature Area opens to the public
Where can I go with my family to enjoy and study nature in the Carmichael community? The Koobs Nature Area offers many ways to have a meaningful interaction with nature. It can be a family visiting and enjoying the nature trails. It can be students and individuals using the self-guided tour books to learn about the variety of native species. It can be those interested doing projects, making counts, bird watching, or scouts meeting requirements for environmental badges. The Koobs Nature Area is a community treasure for its preservation of native habitat for environmental study. It began many years ago with the vision of science teacher Earl Koobs to provide a place for environmental study and served as outdoor learning for the adjacent high school and elementary school. Students learned through guided tours as well as projects and interaction with the diverse ecosystems and biodiversity found in the area. His vision has been carried forward through the dedication, commitment, and hard work of Linda Jones, with support of the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael, Foothill Key Club, Del Campo Key Club, and other community groups. With the closures of the two adjacent schools, the Nature Area became a hidden treasure—still active for some special events, but relatively unknown to the community, and not open to the public. This year, the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael created a signature project to open the Nature Area to the public, for now once per month. They obtained grants and budgeted funds to make improvements and enhance security. They continue to schedule work days to maintain the area, keep trails clear, and help native plants thrive. They need to get the word out to tell the community that this is a great place for families and kids to come to be close to nature and learn about plants and animals native to our community. The timing was perfect, as the California Montessori Project school opened up next to the Nature Area. The school teachers, parents, and student have strongly embraced the nature area as a place for student learning. Parents and students from the school regularly work alongside of Kiwanians, and others to maintain and enhance the area. The Koobs Nature Area will be open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a start, with the hope of increasing access in 14
the future. Specifically, the dates that are open are Aug. 13, Sept. 10, and Oct. 8. Please come out to the nature area to enjoy, and tell others. There is no cost to visitors. Binoculars are available to be loaned for birding. Self-guided tour books are available for the thirty markers throughout the acreage. The property is 4.7 acres of native plants (many trees). It has a riparian ecosystem of three ponds fed by a creek. Trails throughout have thirty markers, with descriptions of plants. There is also a tour book provided to visitors. The area has a butterfly garden and is a bird sanctuary (Kiwanis loans binoculars to visitors). There are birds,insects, lizards, crawdads, etc. Visitors can interact with nature or do more close study. Most stay at least an hour. It is located adjacent to the La Sierra Community Center on Engle Road (near Garfield Ave) at 5325 Engle Road (along the driveway between Engle Road and Gibbons Road) The nature area was created in the 1970’s through a concerted grassroots action of teachers, students, and community members to keep it from being sold for development. Let by science teacher Jack Koobs, fundraisers raised money to purchase and preserve the land in perpetuity as an Education Trust of the San Juan Unified School District. The property also contains the first Vietnam Veterans memorial in California, honoring La Sierra High School students killed in action. Kiwanis holds well-attended veterans events in the nature area on Memorial Day and veterans Day. La Sierra High School was closed in the eighties. The property was used for environmental study by Garfield Elementary until it closed in 2011. Once the schools closed, the area was little used other than for the veterans events. It was maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and a local gardening group. Last year, the idea was proposed to open the nature area to the public, initially once per month. Grants were received and some improvements made. A grand opening was held on Earth Day 2016. Since then it has been opened on the second Saturday of each month. Each time we’ve had 65 or more families visit. Troop 55 of the scouts use the nature area for camping and skills practice. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael set up canopies with information, exhibits, and hands-on activities to augment families going out to explore the nature area. This is a signature project of the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael. there is no cost to visitors. This is our "learning year". We may open it more than once per year next year, but would need to get more members to help and/or community members. The California Montessori school is adjacent. The school has embraced the nature area and classes use it reg-
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ularly for environmental study. Some parents help with projects in the nature area. The school uses it often as much as three times per week during the school year. A subcommittee was formed to determine the logistics to open the nature area. I am the chairperson of that group at present. Jack Koobs was a long-time Kiwanian until his passing. Linda Jones, of the Kiwanis Club, is the guiding force of the nature area for many years. She has the most thorough knowledge of the history and the features of the area--she is at 916-2242634 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Viva, viva La Befana’:
The chant of Italian children bring forth the mythical character to a Carmichael event near you By Monica Stark
Chanting "Viva, viva La Befana" Sacramento area bambini (children) were invited to summon the mythical figure on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017 at the Italian Center in Carmichael in celebration of the Epiphany Feast – the Catholic holiday during which time the Three Wise Men shower baby Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh. In Italian culture, bambini go to sleep hoping La Befana will visit them during the night and leave presents for those who have been good but on Jan. 8 she brought her basket of gold chocolate coins and special gifts for every bambino. Everyone was invited to bring their entire family and join in the celebration, featuring the "Legend of La Befana" puppet show and Italian folk dances performed by the Society’s "Bambini Dancers" (Children’s Dance Troupe). One of Italy’s oldest and most renowned legends, La Befana is honored with special events throughout Italy on this holiday. Many cities and towns organize festivities and parades to celebrate La Befana. In Sacramento and cities across the U.S. with Italian communities, "The Legends of La Befana" is celebrated with children’s festivals. "(La Festa Della Befana) is a chance for children in our community to get together and celebrate together. It brings in young families to the event; it’s a feel-good event," said event chair Bill Cerruti. Partially, in an effort to redeem the hag-like woman from the stereotypes that tarnish her reputation, the woman behind the moniker, Phyllis Cupparo, describes La Befana as a "kindly old woman, not a witch." While the mythical character sports a haggard appearance and flies around town on a broom, Phyllis maintains "this woman was sweeping and too busy to go with (the Three Wise Men). She felt bad... She’s not a witch; she’s just a woman that flies on a broom and goes to every house because she’s searching for baby Jesus."
Caught off guard by Phyllis’ physical beauty, some have approached her stating: “But, La Befana is supposed to be old and ugly.” To their reply, Phyllis undermines herself and says, “I am old.” For the past 18 years, local bambini have witnessed Phyllis’ magic, as phrases like: "Que bella bambino (What a beautiful child)" grace the annual event. Children often ask: "Can we take picture with La Befana?" Her reply: "Ma certo (of course)." A full-blooded Italian, Phyllis takes pride in the Epiphany Feast celebration. Up to three years ago, as La Befana, Phyllis had to hide from the children until their summoning of her presence with the chant- “Viva, viva Le Befana.” Then suddenly women organizers decided to set up a photo booth so that La Befana could co-exist with the children prior to the chanting. "Take pictures with La Befana," they encouraged." And the children did and will surely do again. "I can go there in my costume dressed. I don’t have to hide until the very end (of the puppet show)". Once a performer, always a performer; Phyllis recalls a poignant time in her acting career: In 1978, Phyllis played Miss Forsythe in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” under the guidance of none other than Tom Hanks who was hired as stage manager. She recalled having a costume mishap minutes before the first performance. The strap on her 1940s platform slingback high heels broke. Hanks’ suggestion: Staple it. “‘That should hold, but take it to a shoemaker this week and bring the bill. It should hold, but if it doesn’t, play it.’ I thought to myself, it better. Thankfully, Tom’s stapling job held and I played that beautiful scene.” “It was the closest I’ve ever got to Broadway,” Phyllis says today. And on her bucket list now: Seeing Tom Hanks one more time. A fourth-generation native New Jerseyan, Phyllis grew up in the same Italian neighborhood as her parents and grandparents. “It was a very warm family environment,” she said. But what really got Phyllis interested in her heritage were three trips to Italy with her aging mother, once in 1995, ‘96 and ‘97. “My mother loves to travel, but she had never been to Italy. In 1995, she said ‘I’m going to Italy even if have to go alone.’ I said I’ll go, too.” After the first trip to Italy, Phyllis took Italian classes, starting with language, then dance. “Italy is beautiful. The people are beautiful. My favorite thing was trying to speak Italian when I started taking the language classes.” For a number of years, she’s hosted a radio show on Sacramento public access, KUBU (96.5 FM) called “Sacramento Italian Style”. Currently, the show airs Sunday at noon and features Italian music and happenings at the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
What’s SATURDAY, JAN. 14 2ND SATURDAY RECEPTION OF ANIMAL HOUSE EXHIBIT: Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be a reception of Sacramento Fine Arts Center’s 12th annual Animal House art show, an international exhibit of animal themed art, including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, all media. The judges Kathrine Lemke Waste, Barbara Schneider and James Radford have spent a week online choosing more than 100 art works out of more than 300 submitted from around the world. This was the largest amount of entries in the history of this popular show. At the reception, live guitar by Greg Williams will be performed. The show continues through the end of the month, on Sunday, Jan. 29. Gallery hours are: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 pm., Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit sacfinearts.org. SABLE AND QUILL 2ND SATURDAY JANUARY 14 RECEPTION AND READING: Sylvia Plath, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and D.H.Lawrence, all had something in common besides being writers. They were also visual artists. Following in their footsteps Sacramento artists, Jennifer O’Neill Pickering, Tim Mchargue, Jeanine Stevens, Laura Llano, Bethanie Humphries, Heather Judy, Wendy Williams will read from their writing and exhibit their art work at the Sable and Quill. Second Saturday Reception is from 6-7 p.m. Reading is at 7:30p.m. Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, CA. Event is free, but donations welcome and benefit the center. For more information, call Jennifer Pickering at 402-2347.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 FREE TRAVEL SHOW AT MISSION OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER: EASY Group Travel Designed for Adventurers who are newly retired or “still working but ready to travel; cost: free; Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, 972-0336. GLOBAL OPEN HOUSE: The Sacramento Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International joins more than 600 world-wide choruses in teaching the world to sing during a special "Global Open House." Women who enjoy singing are invited to the open house at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18 at the Developmental Disabilities Multipurpose Room, 2331 St. Mark’s Way, Sacramento. The award-winning chorus has more than 100 members, and will compete in the International competition next October in Las Vegas. Nearly 23,000 women worldwide are members of Sweet Adelines International, and sing four-part, a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. Sacramento Valley Chorus members share a love for music and for singing barbershop harmony. Women of all ages with average singing ability will find a part that fits their voice range with the help of chorus musical leaders. Musical knowledge is not a prerequisite. One of the goals of Sweet Adelines is to educate its members musically. The diverse members of the chorus perform regularly throughout the community, performing at civic events and charitable functions. Besides competition, the chorus presents an annual show, and sings at the State Fair and the State Capitol, as well as at other events through the year. The chorus has performed at Carnegie Hall. To learn more about Sweet Adelines International and Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
happening, how to become a member of the Sacramento Valley Chorus, visit www.sacramentovalleychorus.com or call 916-420-1662. Additional information is available on the International website by visiting www. sweetadelines.com.
THURSDAY, JAN. 19 CARMICHAEL RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT GENERAL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: The monthly advisory board meeting is held the third Thursday of every month at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave. at 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 BRAIN GAIN AT MISSION OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER: “Remembering car keys, eye glasses, and names.” 10 a.m. to noon; cost: $5; location: Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, 972-0336
FRIDAY, JAN. 27 BABY BOOMER DANCE PARTY: Dancing to Classic Tunes that span the Ages from 7 to 9 p.m.; cost: $6 per person or $5 online (morpd.com); Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, 972-0336 COMMUNITY JAM NIGHT AT THE MISSION OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER: All-ages musical jam to socialize and showcase your talents! Every last Friday of the month. 7-8pm (sign-ups at 6:45 p.m.); cost: $2; location: Swanston Community Center, 2350 Northrop Ave.; 333-6464
SATURDAY, JAN. 28 BOOK TALK WITH LOCAL AUTHOR H. SCHUSSMAN AT THE ARDEN-DIMICK LIBRARY: H. Schussman is a local author writing political thrillers with a touch of romance. The subject matter in her recently published book, El Tiburon, that seems to garner the most attention is the setting in the Guatemala City garbage dump (where 11,000 people currently live). From 3 to 4 p.m., Schussman will talk about her experiences in Guatemala and her recently published book El Tiburon, set in a Guatemalan drug and sex trafficking cartel. Discussion will also include her first book Counterpart (featuring Sean and Sport) as well as her current work in progress. The author will be happy to answer strategic questions about writing and getting published. Copies of her books will be available for purchase. Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave. On the web: hschussman.blogspot. com/; dashingboldadventure.blogspot. com/; and the1stmiracle.blogspot.com/ To learn more about H. Schussman go to FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and type in H. Schussman. BENEFITING WEAVE: "LOUDER THAN WOLVES: TAKING A STAND AGAINST RAPE": Rape is a problem in our society. Silence is not the answer but it is the only choice for many. On Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Historic Colonial Theatre in Sacramento, filmmakers, artists, musicians, poets, dancers, aerialists, and more unite their talents in order to give a voice to the voiceless and inspire positive change. Louder Than Wolves: Taking a Stand Against Rape is produced by Tim Meunier, Rebel Rose, & Jamie DeWolf and is hosted by Jamie DeWolf & Jaz Sufi.
Dance Performances by Audrey Von Price, Christa Quinn, Mone’t Ha-Sidi, Skye Monroe, Bella Badonkadonk; Spoken Word/ Poetry By: Jamie DeWolf, Nancy Levine, Jaz Sufi Belly Dance Art by: Verbatim, Melissa Reyes Aerialist Arts by Rebel Rose, SacCirque, VicKnives, Katie Nicole, Croalia Musical performance by Rachel Lark Short Films include: "Quiet Culture" Directed by Cody Martin, "Girls Don’t Cry Wolf " directed by John Chigas & Anna Eva Kotyza All proceeds benefit Sacramento WEAVE. There will be a minimum donation of $10 that will be asked. Tickets will only be sold at the door. Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1320141231383228/
SATURDAY, JAN. 28 AND SUNDAY, JAN. 29 GALAXY EXPRESS PLAY: An exciting theatrical series for the whole family; fun starts at 3 p.m. both days; cost is $10; location: Swanston Community Center, 2350 Northrop Ave.; 333-6464.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1 LITERATURE OF LOVE, LECTURE 1: In lecture one of Frank Dixon Graham’s first lecture in the Literature of Love series, attendees will learn about the greatest love correspondents of all time. Why did they write the best love letters? What did these lovers have to say? How did they express themselves and what stories are behind their romantic correspondences? Attendees will hear a brief history of love letters and their star-crossed lovers. Participants may write their own love letters in class. The authors we discuss and the reading of romantic letters will be certain to inspire. Class starts at 7 p.m. at the Clunie Community Center, 601 Alhambra Blvd. The program is open to adults aged 18 to 81 years and older. There is no cost associated with either session. It is free and open to the public. SAC STATE’S NEW MILLENNIUM CONCERT SERIES kicks off with The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, 7:30 p.m. in the Capistrano Concert Hall, on campus 6000 J St. This is the Northern California debut for Mexico’s most distinguished wind ensemble. The program features a rich array of music, including Piazzolla’s “Tema de Maria.” Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors and $10 students, available at (916) 2784323 or www.csus.edu/hornettickets
SATURDAY, FEB. 4 19TH ANNUAL “SACRAMENTO MUSEUM DAY”: With 26 museums and local destinations participating, the 2017 Sacramento Museum Day is proudly presented by Sutter Health and Bank of America. To the delight of the greater Sacramento area community, the participating local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017, during the 19th annual event. Most of the more than 25 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations located in residential areas -- the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town -- will offer half-priced admission to offset parking and traffic control costs. Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no
more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites. In addition to offering free or reduced cost admission, many of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day. The activities range from special staffing by docents (for some smaller museums not normally open on Saturdays) to the following: The California Agriculture Museum is opening Golden Landscapes, a photography exhibit by Carson Jefferies. The museum is also featuring the book California’s Thirst for Tractors and guests can meet the author Jack Alexander at noon that day; California Museum will offer free hands-on activities including an interactive family history/immigration project and a selfie photo booth where visitors may pledge to become a unity activist and submit their photos for a chance to be featured in the Unity Center exhibit opening summer of 2017; California State Library will offer a 3-D exhibit showing historic photos on a 3D monitor, an historically themed scavenger hunt, a touch-screen of visual images from their collection, a tactile map of California from their Braille and Talking book library along with a special display of technology used by the visually impaired, and a special exhibit on the third floor featuring editorial cartoons; Maidu Museum & Historic Site will offer trail tours, children’s activities, tables for grinding acorns and beaded bracelets or necklaces; The Sacramento History Museum will offer their always-popular gold panning activities for kids outside in front of the Museum; The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum will serve punch and cake as well as provide short lessons by interesting teachers all to celebrate the anniversary of Sacramento’s first public school in February 1854; The Roseville Utility Exploration Center will present a hands-on “Bird and Bug Bonanza” with interactive activities such as a creek crawl, build your own bluebird home, story time with the Bug Squad and more; Sacramento Children’s Museum will offer lots of hands-on activities including the popular Mission Imagination. While admission is free at most of the participating museums during Sacramento Museum Day, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows: Sacramento Zoo is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 211 and free for children under two; Fairytale Town is $2.88 per person and free for children ages one and under. Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but note the last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m. More detailed information about participating museums, addresses, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “News & Events”), or by calling Visit California at (916) 808-7777. Participating Museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2017*: California Agriculture Museum – California Automobile Museum – California Museum – California State Capitol Museum – California State Library – California State Railroad Museum – Don & June
Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Fairytale Town – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Locke Boarding House Museum – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum – Sacramento Zoo – Sojourner Truth African American Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Verge Center for the Arts – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento) . *SAM member museums not able to participate in the 2017 Sacramento Museum Day include: Aerospace Museum of California (closed in preparation to open a major exhibit on 2/6/17); California Statewide Museum Collections Center; Crocker Art Museum (charging $5 admission that day) and the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park (closed to the public). FRIENDS OF LIBRARY BOOK WAREHOUSE SALE: 100,000 “GENTLY USED” BOOKS AVAILABLE: An ever-changing inventory of more than 100,000 “gently used” books, will be offered for prices from fifty cents to $2 at the Saturday February 4 sale at the warehouse of the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library. More than 4,000 children’s books will also be for sale at prices from 50 cents to $1. And a few videos, audio books, CDs and DVDs will also be available. Sale hours on Saturday will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a preview and sale on Friday, Feb. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Friends members only (You can join at the door for $20). The warehouse is at the rear of the Friends’ store at Suite E, 8250 Belvedere Ave., just south of 14th Avenue between Power Inn and Florin-Perkins roads. Plenty of parking is available, but visitors should be careful not to park between the “No Parking” signs on the south side of Belvedere. Income from the sale helps pay for programs, equipment, and materials local libraries need but can’t afford. With more books constantly needed, the Friends will be glad to have yours, too. See a staff member on how to donate. The book store will be open during the sale as well as weekly on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items there are priced from $1 up. For more information, call 731-8493 or go to bookden@ saclibfriends.org.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8 LITERATURE OF LOVE, LECTURE 2: In Frank Dixon Graham’s second lecture in the Literature of Love series, just one week following the love letter talk and less than a week before Valentine’s Day, we’ll read some of the best love poems ever written. There will be a discussion of these authors and what goes into writing a meaningful or lasting love poem. Enrich your own relationship by writing your own love poem in class or become inspired to express yourself with a well-crafted note to your valentine. Class starts at 7 p.m. at the Clunie Community Center, 601 Alhambra Blvd. The program is open to adults aged 18 to 81 years and older. There is no cost associated with either session. It is free and open to the public.
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