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Steampunk Bazaar to return to Great Escape Games, showcasing futuristic devices of the Victorian/Edwardian eras

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Farm and Flavor ..........................................4 Life in the Village.....................................8 What’s Happening ......................................9 Classifieds ................................................ 11 Home Improvement Guide ..................... 12

Nuts & Berries fundraiser to support nonprofit’s rescue mission

The Four-Corners and Walmart

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Nuts & Berries fundraiser to support nonprofit’s rescue mission By Laura I. Winn

A crocodile, a capuchin monkey and an African crested porcupine walk into a conference center. This is not the set-up to a joke, but a glimpse into the exotic animals Wild Things Inc will present at Nuts & Berries, a fundraiser for Wildlife Care Association to be held on Sunday, February 25 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. inside the McClellan Room at the McClellan Conference Center (5411 Luce Ave, McClellan, CA). The 15th annual event will raffle off $10,000 worth of prizes, including the grand-prize of a 10-day Alaskan cruise. As the nonprofit association’s largest event, Nuts & Berries raises much-needed funds to cover the expense of rehabilitating the thousands of sick, orphaned, injured and displaced wildlife Sacramento County residents bring to the WCA each year. In 2017, over 200 volunteers helped care for 6,000 creatures, including birds, squirrels, snakes, foxes, opossums, raccoons, skunks, rabbits, otters and deer. “The animals that come to us don’t have health insurance, but they all source a purpose in our environment,” stated Wildlife Care Association’s Board of Directors President, Theresa Bielawski. Explaining how wildlife play an important role in the local ecosystem, Bielawski compared Sacramento to other parts of the country. In Minnesota, she said, “You get eaten alive by bugs” because they don’t have the birds and the bats to control the bloodthirsty buggy population. And in New York, “It’s mainly roaches, rats and pigeons,” she said. “I don’t want Sacramento to become a place where that is the only wildlife,” she added. The money raised through the Nuts & Berries raffle tickets ($75 for one ticket or $140 for two) supports the WCA’s efforts to save all the animals they can, of which approximately 95 percent are injured or displaced due to man-made circumstanc-

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Nuts & Berries, a fundraising event for Wildlife Care Association, will be held on Feb. 25.

es (including dog and cat attacks), Bielawski said. That includes animals brought to WCA by veterinary clinics, zoos, animal shelters and the Department of Fish and Game, all of which are unable to care for the wildlife. Despite providing the care for so many organizations, Bielawski said the only governmental funds the WCA receives toward its $250,000 annual operating budget is $10,000 a year from Sacramento County. Bielawski credits donations, low operating costs and a dedicated team of volunteers for keeping Wildlife Care Association’s doors open since 1975. This year’s Nuts & Berries includes more than 30 donated prizes, all worth at least $100, including trips, sports and theater tickets, spa packages and food and drink gift cards. According to Bielawski, 88 cents of ever one dollar WCA receives goes toward animal care, much of which is done in the homes of volunteers. In volunteer Vicki Knutsen’s home, baby raccoons find refuge. As the WCA raccoon leader, Knusten heads a group of volunteers that took in over 80 baby raccoons last year. She and fellow volunteers nurse them back to health, raise them and then release the backyard bandits back into the wild. Knusten, who has rehabilitated wildlife for over 15 years and has worked with a number of rescues, said WCA is one of the best

around for the number of animals it takes in and for how organized the entire operation is. Working in intake, Knusten has watched as people bring in animals that they don’t know what they are, only that they need help. Knusten said it’s exciting to see the animals passed onto a highly trained staff member who can identify the species and give the animal the care it needs. But for Knusten, it’s the final step in the rehabilitation process that is the most special. “ The feeling you get knowing you released this animal to go back where they belong, to watch them take off and live their life, it’s hard to even describe,” she said. Although rehabbing wildlife animals is a lot of hard work, and raccoons are especially time-consuming, “the reward is totally worth it in the end,” Knusten said. Wildlife Care Association is always looking for new volunteers. Spring and summer are the busiest seasons. In addition to positions working with the animals, volunteers are needed to make food and work the phone hotline. To volunteer, email Nuts & Berries is a casual event that is open to the public. Each raffle ticket includes admission for two people. Admission without a raffle purchase is $5 per person. You do not need to be present to win. More information is available at events/. Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.

The Four-Corners and Walmart Vacant storefronts draw customer criticism By Bill Laws

Despite ongoing retail vacancies in the “four corners” area of Watt and El Camino avenues (the most recent being Walmart and Sam’s Club closures) enthusiastic shoppers capture possibilities for rendezvous in the challenged Arden-Arcade area. Molly Townsend and Carly Anger, 30-something locals who enjoy shopping and hanging out in ArdenArcade, start their weekend meet-up at the year-round farmers market at Country Club Plaza. In the parking lot behind Winn Co Foods, the weekly farmers market floats like a bright tropical island in the middle of barren parking lots and closed businesses such as Macy’s and (across Watt Avenue from the farmers market) Walmart and Sam’s Club in the almost empty Country Club Centre. The two energetic young women exude optimism about the neighborhood: “Losing Walmart isn’t a big deal,” says Molly. “I get food for my four cats there but they have different stores I can go to.” As I interview the women, a third friend joins them. Hugs are exchanged. Laughter bounces from one lady to another.

From the energy of their encounter, it’s clear that the four corners around Watt and El Camino avenues can hold interesting destinations for visitors. According to a 2012 article in this publication by Lance Armstrong, titled “Country Club Center Turns 60”, the so-called four-corners area has a solid “legacy” of providing destinations for individuals and families. Young people, for example, once flocked to the popular Tower Records store on the Northeast section of the four-corners intersection next to the currently open Country Club Bowl. As explained by Armstrong, with respect to the block of shuttered Walmart, families could shop for toys, clothes and buy a snack to eat in an extensive breezeway. Since the closing of the popular retailers, though, the general area is far from being a commercial draw or destination. According to WalMart Stores Inc.’s spokeswoman Delia Garcia, 200 part and full-time workers have been relocated or displaced from the company’s shuttered Country Club Centre locations. In fact, rather than encouraging foot traffic or destination shopping, the large retailer continues to promote

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on-line shopping and on-line ordering for its other outlets in the Arden-Carmichael region. According to Carly Anger, who works in the home health industry at residential locations near the closed Walmart, the new electronic media retail model does not always help. “I was able to swing by and pick up supplies like underpants or something else when one of my clients needed it,” she explains. Despite the inconvenience of store closings, one challenge for the local community lies in the creation of destinations or attractions that encourage foot traffic and commercial interest. According to Terry Conde-Ortiz, secretary to County Supervisor Su-



san Peters whose district includes the closed Walmart, the issues surrounding the four-corners area are of key importance. Peters, who is acting chair for the Board of Supervisors has been aware of the problems from before the recent spate of store closings. Some retail centers have been active in creating community events (such as the farmers markets but also staging concerts during warmer months) to increase commercial activity. Moreover, ideas for events or partnerships related to the four-corners can be proposed at the Board of Supervisor’s monthly meeting at 700 H Street (916 874-5471 for reaching Supervisor Peters.). CalBRE #01004189

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FarmpFlavor By Kerin Gould

That huge, blood-orange moon rising behind the skeletal trees, lighting up dark fields where dry grasses give way to green and frost is sparkling on the icy fabric that protects tender winter row-crops… almost makes these chilly temperatures picturesque and charming. The chickens get extra insulation in the hen-house. The citrus trees get covered to keep them from dying of frostbite. Tender young plants are nibbled by hungry sparrows. The cabbages and broccoli, tough as they are, stop and wait for a warmer day to get back to growing. Indoors, seed catalogs cover the kitchen table, a perennial sign of absurd optimism and renewed ingenuity. After last year’s extreme summer, where the number of days over 104 degrees overwhelmed many plants and the UV rays were at 10 on a scale of 10 far too often – enough to scorch my nylon clothesline to glittery powder at times – “extreme” has become the new “normal”. So seed selection now focuses on heat tolerant, disease resistant, and drought tolerant tough-guy plants. A row of wind-blocking plants has been started to reduce erosion and evaporation. Shade cloth made some difference

in plant survival last summer, so a couple of rolls are in the shed at the ready, and seed starting will be farmed out to a friend’s greenhouse for babysitting until the plants are fierce enough for whatever comes along weatherwise. Small, agile farms can respond this way to dramatic, unpredictable climate change or “global weirding” (and if anybody still doubts the seriousness of it, just ask a farmer.) Large, mono-cropping farms face a harder and more expensive challenge. In Florida, where citrus trees were hit by hurricane Irma and now freezing temperatures, growers are expecting the lowest harvest in decades and a loss of trees for future crops. In an article by Kevin Hecteman in the Daily Democrat, last year’s tomato crop in Yolo County yielded about 10.5 million tons, much lower than the 2016 crop of 12.5 million tons, and farmers were paid a lower price as well. What a rotten deal! Where will our food come from in the future and what will it cost? Will it take more energy to grow food – for example hothouses in winter and shade structures with fans in the summer? We’ll need more renewable energy! What forms of farming should we be sup-

porting, as consumers, to ensure we have affordable, fresh and delicious produce in the future? How do our food choices affect climate change? I am shamelessly biased when I recommend we eat locally and seasonally, and that we support small and diversified farms. But in 2013, the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) consulted with 60 experts who recommended small, sustainable, natural and organic systems as more able to feed the world while decreasing farming’s contribution to climate change. So, as I spend extra time babying my plants this winter, rolling with the weather drama as we go, adjusting my chores to the quirky wetness or temperature changes, I expect 2018 will be a year of resilience and determination, and hopefully a few wise or lucky choices. As the days get a little longer and brighter, that inexplicable optimism rises again… What can we cook with seasonal veggies to fortify us, to make us feel resilient, determined, wise or lucky and maybe even a little optimistic? Black eyed peas turn up in many new year’s dishes, reputed to bring good luck, and we all need some fresh greens at this time of year, so…

Black-eyed peas, Fresh Greens, and Pasta Why this is healthy: Beans bring the fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 but also keep your colon clean. The protein-fiber balance is a big help for regulating sugars too. Leeks and garlic offer allicin, great for your cardio-vascular system, has anti-microbial power, and may fight both cancer and the common cold. Greens are loaded with anti-oxidants, calcium and iron. Why this tastes great : Garlicky taste balances the mellow beans and fresh greens. Why this is easy: One pot, a little chopping, stir, serve. Featured ingredients: Black eyed peas, leek and garlic, greens Secondary benefits: High in protein, low in fat! Season: Fall and winter Note: If you have trouble with beans causing gassiness, add one leaf of the Mexican herb Epazote - it’s nature’s Beano. Ingredients 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 large leek, quartered, white and light green parts chopped (2 cups) 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.) a pinch each of parsley, sage, rosemary and oregano 8 oz. kale or collards, tough stems removed, leaves cut into 2-inch pieces (4 cups) 4cups diced tomatoes diced green chiles to taste ¾ cup dried black-eyed peas (soaked over night) 1 qt. low-sodium vegetable broth ¾ cup farfalle pasta optional (vegan) Parmesan cheez Directions 1. Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek, and sauté 5 to 7 minutes, or until soft. Add garlic and herbs, and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in kale, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until leaves are wilted, tossing occasionally. 2. Add diced tomatoes, diced chiles, black-eyed peas, vegetable broth, and 7 cups water; season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 40 to 45 minutes. Stir in pasta, and cook 7 to 10 minutes more, or until pasta is al dente and black-eyed peas are tender. For more recipes, articles, resources and a photographic farm tour, visit:

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Free exhibit at Sac State featuring young photographers An intriguing photographic look at the day-to-day lives of young Palestinians is featured in “Palestine Unlimited”, a free exhibit in Sacramento State’s Robert Else Gallery, 6000 J St., Feb. 19 to March 7. The 10 photographers, most in their early 20s, are finalists in the Karimeh Abboud Competition. Regular gallery hours are noon-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact: (916) 278-6166.

Eric Knapp, a native of Carmichael, has been named to the University of Iowa’s Dean’s List for the 2017 fall semester. Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Tippie College of Business who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of I (incomplete) or O (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the Dean’s List for that semester. Undergraduate students in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine may qualify for the Dean’s List with fewer than 12 semester hours of graded credit if deemed appropriate by the college. College of Nursing students participating in clinical courses must have a total of 12 semester hours of earned credit, with eight semester hours of graded credit with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher. Approximately 5,000 students were named to the UI Dean’s List for the 2017 fall semester. The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity, and opportunity. To learn more about the University of Iowa, visit


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The Sacramento Steampunk Society held an emporium and swap meet on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Great Escape Games on Howe Avenue. People got a chance to see what steampunk is all about and visit with an estimated dozens of vendors. The emporium was an artists’ bazaar with a steampunk flair, featuring artisans selling items they have made, including costumes, jewelry, leatherwork, books, and hats. The emporium returns this year on Feb. 24.


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urn to Great Escape Games, f the Victorian/Edwardian eras By Joe PerFeCTo

The wide, wild world of steampunk is coming to town Feb. 24 by way of Sacramento Steampunk Society’s 6th Annual Steampunk Bazaar, to be held at Great Escape Games, 1250 Howe Ave, suite 3A, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At this free event more than 50 vendors will offer a variety of garments and accoutrements such as tops, vests, bottoms, skirts, shoes, top hats, goggles, pins, gloves, corsets, pocket watches and jewelry made from broken watch parts and antique keys. While it’s unlikely that this exposition of all things steampunk will feature some of the genre’s more fantastical conceptions like a towering metallic spiderlike contraption or a steampowered wheelchair sporting missile launchers, with an event of this sort almost anything is possible. In fact, short of such extreme inventions, it’s difficult to say exactly what attendees may find, because this genre of speculative fiction defies precise definition, instead incorporating a range of interpretations. A subgenre of science fiction informed by 19th-century fashion, technology and aesthetics, initially its core theme was the incorporation of anachronistic/futuristic devices into the world of the Victorian/Edwardian eras as imagined by authors such as Jules Verne in works including Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth, and in H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds. The American Wild West was also used as a setting, perhaps most famously in the 1960s television series The Wild Wild West (and in the film of the same name 30 years hence), whose many villains employed a variety of such devices. In this alternate history, steam power and intricate metal machining are used to produce a vast assortment of mechanisms, ranging in scale from clockwork prosthetic arms to enormous, ornate submarines, with capabilities that would not actually exist until well into the next century; some equipment, such as a backpack time machine, extend speculative reach yet further. Devices like the nowadays ubiquitous personal computer might be large, highly complex steam-powered analog machines akin to Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, comprising thousands of parts. Even a laser cannon could be constructed using the materials and industrial technology of the time, without Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.

benefit of electricity or integrated circuits. It’s all done with steam, gears, pistons and pulleys. Over time steampunk morphed into a retro-futuristic mega-genre blending technology, characters and fashion/aesthetic design from any time or place, and in any setting, including a post-apocalyptic future. Many works employ elements of fantasy, historical fiction, horror and other literary categories. “You can have cowboys riding steam powered mechanical horses, 1850s Scotland Yard Detectives using computers to solve crimes or clockwork robots falling in love,” said the Society’s Lon Lee. The genre actually lacked a name for more than a century until 1987 when the term “cyberpunk,” which refers to a similar genre, was modified by author K. W. Jeter into “steampunk” to describe novels by James Blaylock and Tim Powers and his own work, Morlock Night, in which the Morlocks of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine use said machine to return to Victorian London and wreak havoc (their efforts are thwarted by King Arthur and Merlin). Authors frequently attend steampunk events; local appearances have featured Gail Carriger, Vicki Rorke, AJ Sikes and Dover Whitecliff, but no author is scheduled this year. However,

the fruits of their wildest imaginings are likely to be in evidence at the bazaar in the form of attendees in various thematic attire and regalia, ranging from Star Wars and Doctor Who to admirals of the high sea. What’s more, the Society welcomes “time travelers from all eras”—and there’s no telling what that sort wears, so they might be difficult to spot. The event promises to provide even the most ardent fan a solid steampunk fix, but for those who just can’t get enough of that steamy-punky goodness, the next nearby event, “Clockwork Alchemy,” will occur Mar. 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency SFO in Burlingame. The Steampunk Society’s Facebook page at offers information about this

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It was a girl! We had another sister. I could tell that Rodney and Timothy were disappointed by the looks on their faces. But, I told them that it was good that we had another girl in the family. There would be more help around the house with doing the dishes and helping our mother with other chores. Then they both smiled and laughed and told me that I was right! Our dad had just arrived at home.


He had been at the hospital all night waiting for the new baby to be born. He must have been very tired. And our mom would not be coming home for about a week. So I guess that he would need to get someone to watch the little ones so Rodney, Timothy and I could go to school. It was Friday, so we would be home all weekend. He just needed to find someone for next week.

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I listened as my dad talked to one of his sisters, my aunts, on the telephone. We only had one telephone and it was in the area between the kitchen and the living room. Only my mother and father were allowed to talk on the telephone. We could not even answer it when it rang, which was not very often. Only adults could use the telephone. Rodney and I thought it was a silly rule because, first, we did not know how to use the telephone, and second, none of our friends used their telephones either. If I wanted to talk to any of my friends I could do that in person, either at school or at their houses. My aunts both lived in Sacramento. They had families of their own. Our cousins were the same ages that we were, so they had them to take care of already. He was asking them if they knew of anyone he could ask to help with his family while he went to work. I watched

as he wrote down a name and phone number. I guess one of my aunts knew of someone who was available. As soon as he headed for the back of the house, I tiptoed over to the telephone table and read the name on the pad of paper.”Mrs. White”. We would all meet Mrs. White on Monday morning before we left for school. I wondered what her first name was, and how old she was and if she was nice. Dad took good care of us over the weekend. He had his hands full with six children. But, the older kids, Rodney and Timothy and I, helped him as much as we could. Wayne and Rita spent most of their time in the playpen. We could watch them better there. Linda gave Rita a dolly and a blanket to play with and that seemed to make her happy. Wayne just played with his blocks, and when we thought that his diaper needed changing we told our dad. We all missed our mother. We were all excited about meeting our new little sister. We did not know what her name was yet. I guess it was a secret. The weekend went by too slowly for all of us. We missed our mother. Dad tried to make the meals, and they were okay, but not as good as what mom fixed for us. The three older kids all helped as much as

we could just like our dad had asked us to do. We did not go to church on Sunday. I knew my dad could not have handled six kids at church. It was very quiet all weekend. I sat Linda and Rita down on the couch and read them some stories from my school books. They seemed to enjoy that. The boys just played quietly with their toys. There seemed to be a big empty space in the house that only our mom could fill. When Monday morning arrived, the doorbell rang very early. Dad answered it right away so that the sound would not wake up the little ones. Rodney and Timothy and I were already ready to leave for school. We had eaten breakfast with our dad, who needed to leave for work as soon as Mrs. White arrived. She seemed like a nice lady and dad did not say too much to her as he headed out the door. He just shouted that he would see us later, after work, and after he stopped by the hospital to see our mother and the baby sister who had no name yet. I showed Mrs. White the bedrooms where Rita, Linda and Wayne were still sleeping. We tiptoed in and out very quietly. She would have her hands full when they all woke up. Me, I was off to school with my brothers and rushed out the front door right behind them.

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What’s RACE FOR THE STARS SEEKING STUDENT ARTWORK FOR 5K RUN/ WALK T-SHIRT: Winner from 2017 The San Juan Education Foundation is offering student artists a $100 prize to design the 2018 Race for the STARS T-shirt. The annual 5K run/walk and nutrition expo will be held at Rio Americano High School on Sunday, April 22. Every year, the foundation designs a one-of-a-kind race shirt for those that register. Last year, a Casa Roble Fundamental High School student designed an outline of a runner with a splash of bright colors in the background (see image on left). Artwork specifications are: Design your art on a page that is 11” x 11” Acceptable file formats are Adobe Acrobat PDF (Mac or PC), EPS, TIFF or high quality JPG All files must be CMYK (no RGB) at 200400 dpi (except vectors) at the size used Maximum file size 40MB All camera-ready artwork to be uploaded Please outline all fonts or supply the font along with the artwork Total color percentages should not exceed 230 percent Ensure your artwork does not contain “rich black” or “4 color black” Submissions should be emailed to and cc’d to by 5 p.m. on Feb. 26. SACRAMENTO CAPITOLAIRES GEAR UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF SINGING VALENTINES: Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and the Sacramento Capitolaires would like to give you the opportunity to book your Singing Valentine early. Last year was a busy year for the Capitolaires and members want to make sure that you have the chance to get your orders in if you are planning to order a Singing Valentine for your loved ones or friends for 2018. A Singing Valentine includes two love songs by a quartet, a silk rose, a box of chocolates, and a personalized greeting card. The Capitolaires are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society and were chartered in 1946. The barbershop quartet can perform Singing Valentines anywhere in the greater Sacramento area. Book early by finding the Singing Valentine Page at CHAUTAUQUA PLAYHOUSE CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS “THE SECRET GARDEN”: Chautauqua Playhouse will present “The Secret Garden”, based on the novel by Frances Hodson Burnett, beginning on February 10 at the Playhouse. The show will run on Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Feb. 24. The performances are held at the Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road in the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael. Admission is $8 for all seats. Adapted from the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the tale of young Mary Lennox, an orphan, who is sent to live with her conflicted uncle on his large estate. Finding the key to a secret gate, she strives to revive an overrun garden and bring joy and health to her invalid cousin. The direction is by Patricia Lee Schmeltz. Information and tickets are available through the Chautauqua Playhouse website: or call the box office at (916) 489-7529, during business hours. Because of the popularity of the Children’s season, advance purchase of tickets is advised.

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10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is free, but donations are accepted. RSVP by emailing Questions? Call Sue at (916) 599-6449. SACRAMENTO POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION 1849 FOUNDATION 2ND ANNUAL POLICE CHARITY BALL: The Sacramento Police Officers’ Association (SPOA) 1849 Foundation presents their 2nd Annual Police Ball, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, 500 J Street in downtown Sacramento. The evening is from 6:00 p.m. until Midnight and will feature dinner, nohost bar, music, dancing, a silent auction and a live auction. The public and law enforcement personnel are welcome to attend. Tickets are now limited, so be sure to pick yours up soon. Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, subject to availability. Celebrity Emcee for the evening is Scott Moak, “The Voice of the Sacramento Kings.” The Celebrity Auctioneer is Robi Quick, Field Emcee for the FC Republic Professional Soccer Team. The 1849 Foundation seeks to enhance the relationship between the Sacramento Police Family and the community in which they serve, through scholarships, crisis relief, team athletics and its rich history with planning underway for a “Sacramento Police Department Museum.” The SPOA 1849 Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charity organization. Federal Tax ID Number: 35-2278731 ARCADE BOOK CLUB — Join fellow book lovers for discussion and socializing. This month’s book is My Antonia by Willa Cather. Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave., Sacramento.

SATURDAY, FEB. 10- SUNDAY, FEB. 11 STUCK ON YOU: EXPLORE MAGNETIC FORCES AT THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM. Come learn the science behind why opposites attract with hands-on activities involving magnets. Discover which minerals found on the Earth make magnetism work from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; this event is free with paid admission. The museum is located at 3615 Auburn Blvd. For more information, call 808-3942 or email

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MEET THE AUTHORS: “FOUR DOLLARS AND A DREAM”: Italian WW II survivor Cino Chegia and his biographer, Jeff Gilliland, discuss Cino’s life in Italy and America. After surviving the Nazi occupation of his Tuscan hometown, Cino immigrated to Oakland, California, at age 18 to pursue the American Dream. Thanks to the welcoming Italian-American community of the Bay Area, he did just that, working his way up and becoming a successful business and community leader. You won’t want to miss the chance to hear Cino’s stories of his amazing journey and perspective on the immigrant experience. 2 pm; Admission $15; at the Italian Center, Carmichael. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Refreshments included; doors open at 1:30pm, no reservations required, pay cash/check at door.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14 SPECIAL ADULT STAR SHOW: A Valentine’s Night Planetarium Event for stargazers 18 years old and older. Get moonstruck spending an evening under the stars at our first-ever planetarium event in celebration of Valentine’s Day! Bring your sweetheart or come with friends to socialize about science in our exhibit, “Forces: Earth & Space.” Then, relax and enjoy a planetarium presentation that’s sure to leave stars in your eyes. Cost: $10/person (special planetarium show and chocolate treat included!) Limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. Visit https://72342.blackbaudhosting. com/72342/Love-the-Stars to buy tickets for 6:30 p.m. show or https://72342.blackbaudhosting. com/72342/Love-the-Stars-14Feb2018 for the 7:30 p.m. show.

--Ethnic Studies, already in Sac City and potentially coming to Elk Grove… possibly even the whole state The whole family is invited and there will be activities to include your students and childcare for your babies This is a free event, and lunch will be provided. Arrive as early as 11:00 for lunch. RSVP by February 10 in order to guarantee your seat (100 seats available). AUTISM-FRIENDLY FAMILY MOVIE: Wreck It Ralph – Join us for a special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. This month: Wreck-It Ralph (PG 2012). “Typical” toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too! We’ll have healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don’t need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys! Saturday, February 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21 THE MAGIC FORREST - Magician Forrest Barnes introduces African American inventors who have changed lives with their remarkable inventions. This show is packed with magic, illusions, and surprises! For kids and their adults. Wednesday, February 21 from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. at Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento.Teen Advisory Board (TAB) – Want to have a say in what the Arden-Dimick Library does for teens? Want to earn volunteer credit for school? Then hang out with us, eat some snacks, and help us plan programs and events! Open to teens in 6th-12th grades. Friday, February 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento.

SATURDAY, FEB. 17 FREEDOM DAY: Black Lives Matter Sacramento presents this Freedom School Special Session for Black Families from noon to 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento (UUSS), 2425 Sierra Blvd, Sacramento, California 95825. Free event, includes lunch. RSVP required, visit eventbrite to register and claim your spot. What if black communities could control the education that their children receive? For Black Families- the whole family! Come share your thoughts and talk to experienced education advocates about: --Your educational rights --Resources specifically for black families in Sacramento County schools --An equity plan being developed in Elk Grove, and

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What’s COMMUNITY MEETING WITH SUPERVISOR SUSAN PETERS AT THE CARMICHAEL PARK CLUBHOUSE: The meeting, starting at 6 p.m., provideS an opportunity for residents to hear a brief update on what is going on in Sacramento County and to ask questions. The meeting will also have a guest speaker from a variety of county departments. 6 to 7 p.m. at Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Avenue, Carmichael.

SATURDAY, FEB. 24 THE ART OF FRANKENSTEIN-Revisiting a timeless classic with artist Stephanie Taylor and blogger/author Carrie Sessarego - In 1818, Mary Shelley crafted one of history’s greatest literacy achievements. Two hundred years later, local artist Stephanie Taylor has created a new interpretation of Shelley’s Frankenstein, bringing her own vision to the story. Taylor’s illustrations have been published within the original work in a limited edition run from the I Street Press. She and Carrie Sessarego will discuss the lasting impact of the book, the process of illustrating the novel, and the public perception of this iconic story it. A 15-minute Q & A will follow each hour-long discussion. This program is designed for adults. Saturday, February 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. at ArdenDimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento.

SUNDAY, FEB. 25 NUTS & BERRIES: NON-PROFIT WILDLIFE EVENT FEBRUARY 2018 MCCLELLAN PARK: Give Wildlife Another Chance to Live to Get Fabulous Prizes with Nuts & Berries. Help the volunteer heroes of nature at the non-profit Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento and give small animals and birds brought to them injured, orphaned and displaced across our region that second chance by participating in the annual Nuts & Berries Fundraiser! The event will be a raffle for more than $10,000 in prizes. The Nuts & Berries event will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12pm-3pm at Mc-


Clellan Conference Center located at 5411 Luce Blvd, McClellan, CA 95652. The festivities will begin at 12 pm when Wild Things Inc. will hold several presentations with exotic animals such as a Capuchin Monkey, an African Crested Porcupine, & a Crocodile. This will be a casual event which will include door prizes and refreshments. The event is open to the public $5.00 at the door, admission is included with raffle ticket purchase. In addition, we will live stream the raffle draw, so you can watch to see if you won, even if you can’t make the event. The raffle draw will begin at 2 pm and will be live streamed on Facebook @wildlifecareassociation. These regional volunteers in wildlife rehabilitation need your support to help thousands of small birds and animals recover to return to the environment. The Wildlife Care Association depends on your donation of time and money to save them. Visit to learn more about Nuts & Berries tickets. $75.00 each or 2 for $140.00. If you’ve found injured wildlife call 916-965-WILD. Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento serves the public 10am-6pm seven days a week year-round at 5211 Patrol Rd. McClellan Park.

TUESDAY, FEB. 27 BREWS & BOOKS – INTRO TO HOME BREWING - Local home brewer will present a variety of beer styles, describing the evolution of pale ale from England to here, with tastings of each. This program is for ages 21 and over with no children allowed. Registration is required, and you must present current photo I.D. with birth date at the door. Register online at, by phone at 916264-2920, or in person at the library. Tuesday, February 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at ArdenDimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 CELEBRATE THE ARTS AND SPIRITUALITY WITH A ‘SPRING FLING’!: Enjoy movement, dance, music with this workshop.Workshop for persons of all


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SATURDAY, MARCH 17 CELEBRATE THE ARTS AND SPIRITUALITY ON ST. PADDY’S DAY: Wordplay, poetry, journaling, dramatics will be a part of this special workshop. Workshop for persons of all faiths, beliefs and diverse backgrounds at the Sierra Arden United Church of Christ at 890 Morse Avenue (Northrop and Morse), Sacramento 95864. Workshop goes from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is free, but donations are accepted. RSVP by emailing Questions? Call Sue at (916) 599-6449.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 COMMUNITY MEETING WITH SUPERVISOR SUSAN PETERS AT THE CARMICHAEL PARK CLUBHOUSE: The meeting, starting at 6 p.m., provideS an opportunity for residents to hear a brief update on what is going on in Sacramento County and to ask questions. The meeting will also have a guest speaker from a variety of county departments. 6 to 7 p.m. at Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave.

THURSDAY, OCT. 25 COMMUNITY MEETING WITH SUPERVISOR SUSAN PETERS AT MISSION OAKS COMMUNITY CENTER The meeting, starting at 6 p.m., provideS an opportunity for residents to hear a brief update on what is going on in Sacramento County and to ask questions. The meeting will also have a guest speaker from a variety of county departments. 6 to 7 p.m. at Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael.

ONGOING STATE FAIR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ANNOUNCED: The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. The program offers 14 categories of scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $2,500 each with varying eligibility requirements. Categories include: agriculture, art, academic excellence, business, culinary/hospitality/ event management, education, international relations, trade school, viticulture and enology. Applicants may apply for one scholarship category of their choice per year and will be evaluated based on academics, community service, quality of essay and recommendation. Top scholarship winners in select categories may be invited to compete for the $5,000 Ironstone Concours Foundation Scholarship Scholarships are not renewable; however, students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program is a collaboration between the Friends of the California State Fair, the California Exposition & State Fair, the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Council, the Ironstone Concours Foundation, Blue Diamond Growers and Western Fairs Association. International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent scholarship management company, hosts the online application process and disburses awards for the program. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018. Learn more at CAStateFair. org/scholarship. For questions about the Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program, please email scholarship@ FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP: Every first Monday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Sacramento. Call 916-428-3271 for exact location. Description: Is your friend or family member in a domestic violence, sexual as-

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