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Douglas Brewer Plays Guitar
You can check out Brewer’s musical talent by attending Rancho Cordova’s premier event, “Cork & Fork,” on Friday, March 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova. Brewer will be front and center as the evening’s musical entertainment.
Photos courtesy of Douglas Brewer

“Cork & Fork” Welcomes Doug Brewer as the Event’s Musical Entertainment

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Posted: 2/27/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Douglas Brewer’s grandmother lived to be 103. The wisdom and joy of life she embodied during her living years are woven into the foundation of Brewer’s values as a State Farm Insurance agent in Rancho Cordova. Brewer says he “speaks fluent insurance” as his way of explaining and providing protection for his customers.

While he works hard at growing his successful agency, he also plays hard. Brewer’s creative and recreational passions include playing guitar and performing the accompanying vocals.

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City Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Sidewalk Improvement Project

Posted: 2/27/2015

Donald Terry, Chris Clark, Kevin Barri, Pedar Bruce, and Linda Budge Get Their Shovels Dirty
In attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony were (left to right) Council Member Donald Terry; Chris Clark, Folsom Cordova Community Partnership; Kevin Barri, Wells Fargo area president for Sacramento; Pedar Bruce, Wells Fargo community development officer; and Council Member Linda Budge.
Photo by Ashley Stidham

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The “Fresh Take on Health and Walking” groundbreaking ceremony for the Cordova Meadows Sidewalk Improvement Project was held on Monday, February 23rd. Students at Cordova Meadows Elementary kicked off the ceremony by singing two songs, and Richard Soracco Jr. Construction started to break ground on the project. Wells Fargo presented a $100,000 UrbanLIFT Community Grant to the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership and City of Rancho Cordova to fund the project. An additional amount of $25,000 in Measure A funding will also be used in the project.

Source: The City of Rancho Cordova


Two ladies Celebrate With Wine

“Cork & Fork” Raises Money to Support Local Children and Families

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Posted: 2/27/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Rancho Cordova’s premier wine tasting fundraiser, “Cork & Fork,” will be held on Friday, March 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova.

“Cork & Fork” is an evening of wine tasting from wineries throughout the region along with gourmet food sampling from many of the area’s best-known restaurants and caterers. Some of the featured wineries and restaurants at this year’s event include Merlo Family Winery, Carvalho Family Winery, Mint’s Euro-Asian Cuisine, and Rancho Cordova’s own American River Brewing Company. The event also features live music and a spectacular silent auction showcasing a variety of items ranging from fine art, golf packages, exotic getaways, unique home décor, and more. Additionally, the best of the best in Rancho Cordova will be honored by the Cordova’s Choice Awards. The Cordova’s Choice Awards is sponsored by the Grapevine Independent, a local community newspaper in Rancho Cordova.

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Get Ready for the Color Fun Fest 5K

Posted: 2/20/2015

Five Gorgeous Gals Hug and Mug in Brightly-Colored Costumes and Splashes of Glowing Paint
Color Fun Fest plans to take the world by storm, getting people off the couch and into a fun, healthy, upbeat environment - bringing loved ones together for a day/night of epic adventure you will never forget!
Photos courtesy of Color Fun Fest

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Color Fun Fest 5K is a family-owned and -operated event that is currently traveling across America inviting people of all ages to celebrate life at a unique festival and 5K. And now the Color Fun Fest 5K is coming to the Sacramento region. This exciting event will be held at Cal Expo on Saturday, February 28th.

Color Fun Fest brings the Holi Festival (the Indian festival of colors) and the electronic dance movement together for the first time with a day and night glowing color 5K run. Two 5Ks will be hosted in one day; participants can choose between the day or night events or can choose to do both!

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Make Your Choice and Cast Your Vote

Nominate Your Favorite Local Businesses for the Cordova Choice Awards

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 2/20/2015

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Do you have a favorite spot for a romantic night on the town? Are you certain that your neighborhood burger joint is the best around? Do you swear by a certain hair salon? Is your dentist the friendliest in town? Well the time has come for you to choose your favorites and cast your vote. It’s time for the Cordova Choice Awards!

The Cordova Choice Awards give local residents the opportunity to show their city pride by voting for their favorite local businesses. The business that wins the most votes will win a $250 advertising bonus to use in the Grapevine Independent anytime in 2015.

To be considered for the Cordova Choice Awards, businesses must be located in Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Mather, Anatolia, or Sacramento zip code 95827. All votes must be received no later than March 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the office of Messenger Publishing Group (MPG). To cast your vote, please visit www.cordovachoiceawards.com.

The winners of the Cordova Choice Awards will be presented at this year’s “Cork & Fork” event, which will be an evening of gourmet delights from some of your favorite restaurants, breweries, and wineries. Please come out and support this event while giving back to the community.


Governor Brown Signs Compact With Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has signed a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Jackson Rancheria band of Miwuk Indians.

The terms of the new compact are consistent with provisions of more recent compacts related to licensing, compliance enforcement, and mitigation of off-reservation gaming impacts but have been updated to reflect, among other things, the evolving nature of financial markets, as well as the professionalism of the Tribe’s regulators and their constructive relationship with state gaming regulators.

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IRS Offers Free E-Filing for Tax Returns

Posted: 2/13/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Free File Alliance announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers in California for free.

Free File software can help taxpayers with tax preparation, including the health care law that will affect almost everyone. California taxpayers can use Free File software immediately.

Free File is available only at www.IRS.gov/FreeFile, thanks to a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a consortium of 14 leading tax software companies.

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Jerry Cantwell, Chris Clark, Douglas Brewer, Shane Baker, Steve Gant, Jameason Wieler, Jason Dillon, Lori Gross, Nick Kress, Steve Reynolds, Matt Hernandez, Rusty Tomer, and Russ Erwin at the Opening
The Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Standards of Excellence to their newest location at 11340 White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova. Standards of Excellence hosts a new massive showroom filled with unique vignettes showing the various ways to design a truly one-of-a-kind kitchen. Pictured here (left to right) at the ribbon cutting are (front row) Jerry Cantwell, territory manager, Placer and Nevada counties; Chris Clark, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce; Douglas Brewer, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce; Shane Baker, general manager; Steve Gant, inside sales associate; Jameason Wieler, inside sales associate; Jason Dillon, director of sales; (back row) Lori Gross, showroom designer; Nick Kress, territory manager, Sacramento and Yolo counties; Steve Reynolds, inside sales associate; a member of the Rancho Chamber of Commerce; Matt Hernandez, director of operations; Rusty Tomer, director of merchandising; and Russ Erwin, territory manager, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
Photo by Bill Martin

Chamber Welcomes Standards of Excellence

By Kathy Hedicke
Posted: 2/6/2015

GOLD RIVER/RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Standards of Excellence to their newest location at 11340 White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova. Standards of Excellence hosts a new massive showroom filled with unique vignettes showing the various ways to design a truly one-of-a-kind kitchen.

At Standards of Excellence, they strive to make every customer’s kitchen as unique as your own individual taste and style. Standards of Excellence are best known as the premier supplier of home appliances in Northern California. They offer many hard-to-find brands as well as high-end brand like Wolf, Viking, Miele, and Bosch.

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Ribbon-Cutting Event for the Watt Avenue at U.S. Hwy. 50 Interchange Project

Posted: 2/6/2015

Regional Representatives Prepare to Cut The Banner Opening the New Exchange
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SACDOT), Caltrans, and the Sacramento Regional Transit District hosted a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate construction completion of the Watt Avenue at U.S. Highway 50 Interchange Improvement Project. This project made significant modifications to the interchange to reduce congestion, install dedicated transit facilities, and improve access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Photo courtesy of Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SACDOT), Caltrans, and the Sacramento Regional Transit District hosted a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate construction completion of the Watt Avenue at U.S. Highway 50 Interchange Improvement Project. This project made significant modifications to the interchange to reduce congestion, install dedicated transit facilities, and improve access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. O. C. Jones & Sons General Engineering Contractors was awarded the construction contract for the project ($22.5 million) in September 2012.

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United Way Young Leaders Society Gives Back on MLK Day of Service

Posted: 1/30/2015


IRS Phone Scams Continue to Be a Serious Threat

Posted: 1/30/2015


Medical Marijuana Ordinance Sees New Growing Limits

By Julia Baum
Posted: 1/23/2015


Rancho Cordova Mayor Outlines Fresh Take on 2015

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 1/23/2015


Economy Boosted by County Crops and Livestock

Posted: 1/16/2015


Planet Fitness Opens in Rancho Cordova

By Linda Harper
Posted: 1/16/2015


Region Employment Trends Show Growing Optimism

Job Demand and Hiring Trends for Local Companies

Posted: 1/9/2015


Drug Treatment Centers Draw Both Support and Concern

By Julia Baum
Posted: 1/9/2015


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