WEAVE’s 2015 fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2015, is slated to top last year’s efforts; their goal is to have 1,000 men participate. This will not only bring additional money to the group, but it will break a world record. The organization is accepting registration forms now.
Photos courtesy of Tia Gemmell
One Thousand Men Sought for 2015 Record-Breaking March
By Linda Harper
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Walking in someone’s shoes is not always an easy thing to do, especially if you’re a man marching in women’s high heels. That’s exactly what 620 men did last spring to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault at WEAVE’s 2014 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. Through sponsorships, they raised over $237,000 to fund many programs the organization provides to victims of abuse.
WEAVE’s 2015 fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, is slated to top last year’s efforts; their goal is to have 1,000 men participate. This will not only bring additional money to the group, but it will break a world record. The organization is accepting registration forms now.
Disabled Sports USA-Far West, which opens for the season December 19th, provides ski and snowboard lessons to people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities.
SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Disabled Sports USA-Far West will open for the season on Friday, December 19th. The organization, which provides ski and snowboard lessons to people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities, will also be holding a special event recognizing disabled veterans.
“We are excited about the upcoming season, especially with the early snowfall we are receiving,” said Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA Far West. “Our experienced staff and volunteers are ready to serve both children and adults with customized snow sports instruction specifically designed for each individual.”
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On November 19th, the California Community Colleges announced that 36 districts, half of all districts in the system, submitted letters of intent to the state Chancellor’s Office indicating their desire to host a baccalaureate degree program, signaling strong support for legislation signed by the governor this fall authorizing the system to award bachelor’s degrees as part of a limited pilot program.
The districts represent regions throughout the state, including Allan Hancock Joint Community College District in the Central Coast, Los Angeles Community College District, San Diego Community College District, State Center Community College District in the San Joaquin Valley, Foothill-De Anza Community College District in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District in far Northern California.
“The districts’ strong interest in building baccalaureate degree programs is heartening,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “They are pioneering a new mission for the California Community Colleges and opening up pathways for Californians who may not have had the chance to earn a four-year degree. I look forward to working with the districts to create world-class programs that graduate highly trained and marketable students.”
CSLB Tips Help Prevent Storm Repairs From Becoming Costly Headaches
The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof. Consumers can use CSLB’s online resources, available at www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com, to review the license status of contractors they plan to hire and to get tips about the best approach for making home repairs.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) reminds California home owners to use only licensed contractors when it comes to storm damage repairs. The cheapest price may not be the best solution when it comes to repairing flood damage, removing a fallen tree, fixing a downed fence, or patching a leaky roof.
“Anyone who needs to make repairs from storm damage should be looking for a legitimate, qualified tradesperson, especially in an urgent situation,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Licensed contractors are skilled in their specific trade, insured and bonded, and not likely to leave you in the lurch when it comes to properly completing the job at a fair price.”
Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness
Nicole Pesco of Save Mart gives Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment a check for $25,000 to empower women who are homeless to find homes and jobs.
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. has donated $25,000 to help homeless women in Sacramento find homes and jobs to support their families through Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job-readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with the mission of Save Mart C.A.R.E.S., which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education, and/or sports.
“Women who experience homelessness have greater barriers in their job search, so our program addresses all of their basic needs including nutrition, so they can get healthy and focus on job readiness skills,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. for its steadfast support that ensures more women leave our program healthy, employed, and living in their own homes.”
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - A powerful and dangerous weather system is due to hit our area on Wednesday, bringing one to five inches of rain and strong winds that are predicted to go from 25-30 mph on Wednesday to gusts of 60 mph on Thursday. This storm could cause flooding, power outages, fences and trees to come down, and shade canopies and Christmas inflatables to blow away. The City of Rancho Cordova has compiled tips for how to prepare for the upcoming storm:
- Take down canopies, gazebos, shade awnings, and portable car ports.
- Take down holiday inflatables and other holiday decorations; put them away unless they are firmly secured.
- Make sure trash cans are secured.
- Check for unstable fences and gates.
- Check for trees and limbs that may be ready to fall.
- Find a safe place for your pets in the house, garage, or shed.
- Rake up leaves in your yard.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Check nearby drainage inlets (storm drains) on the street to make sure they are clear of leaves (this will help prevent street flooding).
- Don’t park over drainage inlets (storm drains).
- Sandbags are available to purchase at Lowe’s and Home Depot.
- Stay home unless it’s really necessary to be out.
- Be prepared with food, first aid supplies, and blankets.
- Get batteries for flashlights; do not use candles.
- Get batteries for portable radios.
- Monitor local weather forecasts on television and radio.
- Follow the City’s Twitter page for additional alerts at twitter.com/cityofRCordova.
- DO NOT use generators; electric generators can cause a power surge back to the main line and injure utility workers working on the power lines, and gas generators can cause a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide.
Emergency numbers for Rancho Cordova residents and businesses:
- Business hours emergency phone number for Rancho Cordova residents and businesses: (916) 851-8710.
- After-hours emergency phone number (be sure to listen to message and press the appropriate button): (916) 207-9708.
- SMUD’s 24-hour outage line: (888) 456-7683.
- PG&E’s 24-hour call center line: (800) 743-5000.
If you lose a pet, check with your neighbors and local shelters. You can also report the missing pet at the 24-hour hotline at (916) 851-8852.
This list was compiled by Rancho Cordova’s Public Works Department, Code Enforcement Division, Building and Safety Division, and Public Information Office.
Source: The City of Rancho Cordova
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Jan Scully began her career as a deputy district attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office in 1979, and she was first elected district attorney in 1994. Her fifth and final term as Sacramento County’s district attorney will come to an end on December 31st, 2014.
To mark this momentous occasion, a retirement celebration will be held to honor Scully’s 20-year tenure as the elected DA, and near 36-year career dedicated to serving justice and public safety.
The event will also serve as the first inaugural fundraiser for the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center (SRFJC), a collaborative agency partnership benefiting local victims of domestic, family, and interpersonal violence. This inaugural event will set the foundation for what will become an annual fundraiser to continue garnering support for the SRFJC, raising awareness, and sharing the vision of “A Family Free of Violence is a Community Free of Violence.” For more information about the SRFJC and to view the “I’m In” video, visit www.HopeThrivesHere.org.
Event Designed To Help Businesses, Government, and Non-Profits
The conference will provide information about some of the most impactful environmental issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas reduction, water management, energy management, waste stream reduction and transportation fuels.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA (MPG) - Yosemite Gateway Partners is hosting the first Yosemite Sustainability Conference in Yosemite National Park December 8- 10, 2014. The conference is a three-day learning and networking forum dedicated to helping local and state businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability through best practices.
The conference will provide information about some of the most impactful environmental issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas reduction, water management, energy management, waste stream reduction and transportation fuels. Attendees will learn about implementable solutions, tools, resources, and best practices from experts in the fields of water, energy, waste management and air resources.
“Let It Snow” Holiday Event
Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - An evening of free holiday entertainment and activities—and a series of snowy “blizzards”—is the perfect way to shake off the turkey hangover. The traditional tree lighting event will feature free hay rides, free steam train rides, free kid’s activities, free music, treats, and more. Admission to this fun holiday event is free.
The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7th and continues until 7:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the 30-foot sparkling Community Christmas Tree will be lit, signaling the official beginning of the holiday season.
Northern California Agency Brings Home Six Awards
By Julia Baum
Fundraiser Benefits United Way’s Foster Youth Programs