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Four Friends Walking in Nature
The American Heart Association asks Sacramento to Take a Walk. Get out and spend some quality time with your friends.

VSP Global Encourages Employees to Get Active

Posted: 3/27/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Wednesday, April 1st is National Walking Day and the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans and Sacramento residents to lace up for their heart and get moving.

On National Walking Day, a day where hundreds of thousands across the nation take steps to improve their health, Americans are encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes of their day briskly walking.

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A Small Waterway Nearly Hidden By Growth and Choked With Trash
The before photo from the creek near Horn Road in Rancho Cordova during the 2014 Creek Week Clean-Up.
Photos courtesy of the City of Rancho Cordova

Every Drop Counts; Creeks Need Water Too!

Posted: 3/27/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Over 88 miles of creek run through Rancho Cordova. Waste that is dumped into creeks can destroy plants, pollute water, and endanger wildlife. So Rancho Cordova is mobilizing to clean up its creeks on Saturday, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

This year, volunteers are especially needed at creeks near Horn Road off of Folsom Boulevard, Dawes Street near Dolecetto Drive, and Zinfandel Village Bike Trail. Sign up to volunteer before April 10th or until all spots are filled by visiting

“Rancho Cordova is joining the movement to clean our creeks during Creek Week,” said Mayor Robert J. McGarvey. “By keeping our creeks clean, we protect the environment and maintain our outdoor adventure areas for future generations.”

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Kristen and Patricia Founded Princess Prom Rentals
Local entrepreneurs Patricia (right) and Kristen recently launched their new business, Princess Prom Rentals, which offers girls a way to have the dress of their dreams without spending a fortune.
Photo courtesy of Patricia Utterback

Local Entrepreneurs Launch Princess Prom Rentals

Posted: 3/27/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Patricia and Kristen are on a mission to save girls money without sacrificing style. With that mission in mind, they have launched a new business, Princess Prom Rentals.

Patricia, a Rancho Cordova native and Cordova High School graduate, met Kristen while studying abroad in Brussels, Belgium. The pair stayed in touch after returning to opposite coasts.

While participating in a Miss America pageant, Kristen had trouble affording the dresses needed to compete for the scholarship. She felt it was a waste of money to spend hundreds of dollars for a dress that is only worn for a few hours. After sharing her experience with Patricia, they both agreed that they wanted to offer girls a way to have the dress of their dreams without spending a fortune, and the idea of Princess Prom Rentals was born!

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City Leaders Brave the Shave for Children’s Cancer Charity

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 3/20/2015

Zak Ford Boldly Sacrifices His Hair
Folsom Cordova Unified School District board member Zak Ford had his head shaved by volunteer stylist (and his sister) Jessicah Ford at the St. Baldrick’s “Brave the Shave” fundraiser event at the Rancho Cordova City Hall.
Photos by Anne Stokes

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - It’s every parent’s nightmare: your child is diagnosed with cancer. At best, your child faces months, if not years, of grueling and painful treatments. At worst, your son or daughter becomes one of the thousands of children who succumb to the disease each year. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among children and adolescents in the United States. And while childhood cancer rates have been on the rise over the past few decades, the number of children who survive it has also risen. According to the American Cancer Society, survival rates have increased from 58% in the 1970s to over 80% today, due in no small part to advancements in treatment and research.

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Cordova's Choice Award for Mint's
Photo by Christie Spurlock

Cork & Fork Brings Crowds to Rancho Cordova

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 3/20/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - March 13th’s Cork & Fork event brought some of Sacramento region’s best gourmet food and wine to the masses. Among the local restaurants, wineries, and breweries that participated were Mints Euro-Asian Cuisine, American River Brewing Company, and Formaggio Taverna and Patio. There was also live musical entertainment and a silent auction. The event was a fundraiser for the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership, which is involved in programs that aim to reduce the risk of child poverty and abuse.

The Cordova Choice awards also took place, with 12 different businesses receiving awards. The awards went to Starbucks, Brookfields Restaurant, The Old Spaghetti Factory, The Habit, Round Table, Mints Euro Asian Cuisine (pictured receiving their Cordova Choice award, above), Sacramento Family Children’s Museum, Safeway, Annie’s Attic, California Family Fitness, American River Dental, and Kaiser Permanente. Those businesses received free advertising credit with Messenger Publishing Group.

Ginny Harrison and Rachelle Reone Wear Neon Bright Carnival Clothing
Ginny Harrison (left) and Rachelle Reone of Paradise ran in the daytime 5K Color Fun Run held at Cal Expo.
Photos by Anne Stokes

Color Fun Fest 5K Runs Through Sacramento

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 3/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Ten-thousand people came from all over Sacramento and beyond to have a fun and colorful time on the evening of Saturday, February 28th at the Color Fun Fest fun run. Hosted at Cal Expo, the family-friendly event featured daytime and nighttime 5K fun runs, food trucks, copious amounts of neon-colored powders at several color stations, and high voltage black lights once the sun went down.

“Color Fun Fest is about coming out and having an amazing time with your family. We’re a family throwing family events. We want people to get off the couch, we want kids to put down the video games, we want kids to come out here and have an amazing, epic time,” said Fun Director Jamie Leibert.

Gage Fernandez (9) of Sacramento did just that. Fernandez convinced his family to come out and run in celebration of his recent birthday. And what was his favorite part of the race? Being color-bombed, of course. “I loved it!” he exclaimed. “I liked how at the paint stations people would just grab [color] and throw it at you.”

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Hookah Lounge Moratorium Extended One More Year

By Julia Baum
Posted: 3/13/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Citing health concerns and potential impacts on the community, the Rancho Cordova City Council voted unanimously at a March 2nd meeting to extend a 10-month moratorium on the establishment and operation of hookah bars and private smokers’ lounges within city limits.

Unlike a moratorium passed in August banning sales of alcohol near strip clubs, the hookah moratorium had no residents speak out during public comment and was adopted without any controversy. According to City Attorney Adam Lindgren, last year the city did an update of ordinances related to smoking and encountered issues relating to hookah bars and smokers’ lounges.

“We became curious and received some level of impact that hookah lounges may have on the community at large,” Lindgren said in a phone interview.

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City Optimistic About Economic Recovery

Rancho Cordova Presents Business Outlook and Economic Forecast

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 3/6/2015

“Cork & Fork” Welcomes Patrick Prager as the Event’s Guest Chef

Posted: 3/6/2015

Garth Brooks World Tour Comes to Sacramento

Posted: 3/6/2015


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