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Cordova to Celebrate Christmas Tree Lighting

Posted: 11/28/2014

The Crowd Appreciates the Fully Lit Tree
Pictures collected from last year's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies.
Photos courtesy of Cordova Community Council

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - You are invited to attend the 15th Annual Cordova Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, November 30th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Village Green Park, 3141 Brideway Drive, Rancho Cordova.

Admission to this fun holiday event is free. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. The event will also feature hay rides, amusement rides, food trucks, music, magic, Santa Claus, and SNOW!

You can also help brighten the holidays for local needy children by bringing a new, unwrapped gift to the event.

For more information, visit www.cordovacouncil.org.

Source: Cordova Community Council

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Merlot Marketing Wins Big at Awards Gala

Northern California Agency Brings Home Six Awards

Posted: 11/28/2014

Merlot Marketing Team With Six Sacramento Influence Awards
CEO Debi Hammond, vice president Brenda Forman, and Merlot Marketing team members with their six PRSA Influence awards.
Photo courtesy of Merlot Marketing

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Merlot Marketing, emerged as the leading influencer at this year’s 2014 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sacramento Influence Awards gala. The full-service, national marketing agency took home six awards, the most won by any single agency in the region.

The inaugural awards gala took place at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, and recognized the achievements of local and national agencies. Merlot Marketing received accolades for campaigns in social media, external/community relations, electronic and digital communications, collateral materials and publications, media relations and annual reporting.

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Families Not Giving Up Fight Over Gun Range

By Julia Baum
Posted: 11/28/2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Parents, students, and other community members outraged over an indoor shooting range set to open next door to George Washington Carver High School had a message for the Rancho Cordova city council at a November 3rd council meeting: We’re not backing down.

Nina Powers, a senior at Carver, was among the approximately dozen or so students and parents that protested on the sidewalk in front of city hall late that afternoon before the meeting. Powers is uncertain if she wants to transfer to another school so late into her last year at Carver but said that it was important for her to show support and solidarity with her classmates regardless.

“It’s not about me, it’s not a selfish concern, it’s about others,” Powers said. “I’m concerned for students that come in after.”

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Celebrating Staffers in Front of City Hall
For the second year in a row, the City of Rancho Cordova has been named a 2014 Digital Cities Survey Winner by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government. Winners are selected from throughout the nation for initiatives in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data.
Photo courtesy of the City of Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova Named Digital City of The Year

Posted: 11/21/2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - For the second year in a row, the City of Rancho Cordova has been named a 2014 Digital Cities Survey Winner by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government.

The award recognizes Rancho Cordova for its top-10 information technology-related initiatives that engage citizens, save money, and promote an efficient work environment. Rancho Cordova ranked fourth in their category: cities with a population less than 75,000.

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Foster Youth Celebrated at United Way’s Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon

Fundraiser Benefits United Way’s Foster Youth Programs

Posted: 11/21/2014

Paige Was Presented at the Event
Paige walks the runway at United Way’s Women in Philanthropy Luncheon after speaking about her experience in foster care.
Photo courtesy of Kristin Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As 20 foster youth walked the runway at United Way’s 13th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon fashion show, 270 guests cheered and clapped at the teens’ grinning faces. The annual event recently was held at the Arden Fair Mall Center Court and also included a gourmet lunch, drawing prizes, and presentations by local current and former foster youth, some of whom have participated in United Way’s financial stability initiative. United Way’s Women in Philanthropy members also discussed their work with the financial stability initiative’s $en$e-Ability project, supporting financial literacy courses and a matched savings program for foster youth.

United Way’s financial stability initiative is working to make sure local households and foster youth can meet their basic needs and plan for their future. Right now, 30% of households cannot, and the numbers are worse for foster youth. Part of the initiative includes United Way’s $en$e-Ability project that is helping adults and foster youth learn better financial skills. Ninety percent of foster youth in the program also are participating in United Way’s matched savings program. In addition, United Way leads the Assets & Opportunity Network, a group of nonprofits, companies, and volunteers looking at financial stability data in the community and working to increase the number of individuals who are financially thriving, including foster youth.

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Local Filmmakers to Premier

By Margaret Snider
Posted: 11/14/2014

The Cast of 'Incongruity' in Costume
Red Bench Entertainment is producing Incongruity, a film that will premier at Curtis Hall, Sierra 2 Center for the Arts, Sacramento, on December 27th. The entire cast poses in character.
Photo courtesy of Richard McHenry

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Red Bench Entertainment writer and director Angela Zaniboni calls the film Incongruity, which she wrote and directed, a supernatural drama. The film will premiere at a gala event with the theme The Great Gatsby. The show will be 5-10 p.m. on December 27th at Curtis Hall, Sierra 2 Center for the Arts, Sacramento. The family-friendly event will showcase Red Bench’s work.

“There will be slide shows, videos, movies, projects that we’ve done,” said Cheryl Rubio Barrios, CEO of Red Bench and producer and executive director of the film. “The finale will be (the showing of) Incongruity.”

Appetizers and drinks, socializing and mixing will tie in with the 1920s theme.

“There will be dancing, singing, and even some live acting,” Zaniboni said.

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Ninth Annual Veterans Day Event

Posted: 11/14/2014

Solemn Processional
The City of Rancho Cordova held their 9th annual Veterans Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 11th in the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Sacramento VA Medical Center.
Photos by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The City of Rancho Cordova held their 9th annual Veterans Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 11th in the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Sacramento VA Medical Center. The theme was “Appreciating the USO for Lifting the Spirits of Our Military Forces Past and Present,” and featured Sister Swing performing 30s and 40s jazz, the Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, and the Vultures Row Formation Team who performed a flyover at the end of the ceremony.

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Supporters Line the Streets to Show Respect for Fallen Sheriff’s Deputy

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/7/2014


The Pendulum Swings

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/7/2014


State of the City coming Nov. 6

Posted: 11/7/2014


Sacramento Moustache Run

Posted: 11/7/2014


Freedom Is Not Free

By Paul V. Scholl, Publisher
Posted: 10/31/2014


Ceremony Celebrates Completion of Phase One of Sunrise Boulevard Rehabilitation

Posted: 10/31/2014


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