RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The City of Rancho Cordova, in partnership with the California Capital Airshow, announced that up to 21,000 students and 3,500 parents in the City are heading to the California Capital Airshow free of charge! All 19 Rancho Cordova public elementary, middle and high schools received exclusive “Operation Inspire the Future” student and parent Airshow tickets – worth a total of $140,000. Each ticket admits one parent and up to six students. This is a unique opportunity provided only to Rancho Cordova students!

The California Capital Airshow will roar into Rancho Cordova on October 5-6, 2019 at Mather Airport, attracting over 100,000 spectators to the City for a heart-pounding lineup of performances and entertainment for the whole family. These free tickets will “Inspire the Future” of 21,000 students by enhancing education outside the classroom.

“The City of Rancho Cordova values educational opportunities for our students and wants to see them succeed,” said Rancho Cordova Mayor Robert J. McGarvey. “The City, in partnership with the California Capital Airshow, dreamed up Operation Inspire the Future four years ago to provide a hands-on learning experience in science, technology, engineering and math to inspire students to make a difference in Rancho Cordova and beyond!”

Attending the Airshow will introduce students to Rancho Cordova’s military history, enhance STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) through interactive exhibits, provide an up-close opportunity to experience the thrill of flight, and inspire students to pursue careers in the STEM fields.

“Whether you’re a thrill seeker, history buff, a student interested in STEM or an aviation enthusiast, the 2019 California Capital Airshow offers a vast mix of family-friendly entertainment amid a massive aviation-themed festival,” said Darcy Brewer, Executive Director, California Capital Airshow. “With literally miles of aircraft to explore, live music, interactive exhibits, youth activities and virtual reality experiences designed to captivate future aviators and innovators – there is something for everyone and all ages!”

Visit http://www.californiacapitalairshow.com/ to purchase discount tickets and for more information on Airshow performers, including the world-famous United States Navy Blue Angels.

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Soldiers Need Care Too

Story by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-09-19

The care packages include food, personal care items, and messages of gratitude for active-duty soldiers deployed on the front lines. Photo by Shaunna Boyd.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On Wednesday, September 11, Move America Forward (with support from the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce) held its second annual Packathon to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the terror attack on September 11, 2001. The event was held at Move America Forward’s Rancho Cordova headquarters, where volunteers worked together with veterans, active-duty military members, and Gold Star parents to assemble care packages for soldiers serving on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The organization shipped 911 care packages — which included letters of support along with food and personal care items — and volunteers packed approximately 500 additional boxes. Danny Gonzalez, director of communications for Move America Forward, said, “I ask that everyone do something nice for a soldier, even if it’s just thanking them for their service. … Let’s make 9/11 a day when Americans come together and really unify as one people and make it a day of service.”

The Packathon’s Master of Ceremonies was former Sacramento Sheriff John McGinness, a decorated veteran with more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. McGinness said that many servicemembers “answered the call” to join the military because of the events of 9/11: “It’s extraordinary and it speaks to the character, the courage, the valor, the selflessness that really truly is abundant in our society and in our great nation.”

McGinness introduced Sergeant First Class Jeff Raver of the Northern California Recruiting Battalion, who enlisted in the army at the age of 21 because of the attack on 9/11. Sergeant Raver described the event as “one of the tragic stories for all of us, but something to remember.” He said that just a month earlier he had taken a trip to the east coast with his brothers and they had “stood on top of those towers. So, a month later when that happened, it really hit home. That’s why I serve.” Sergeant Raver enlisted the very next day, September 12, 2001, and chose to ship out just 72 hours later. After getting through basic training, Sergeant Raver was deployed on his first tour in Afghanistan. “I was able and willing, and I decided to make that commitment.”

The event’s featured speaker was Colonel Stephanie Williams, Commander of the 940th Air Refueling Wing at Beale Air Force Base. Colonel Williams is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and she also commanded the 385th Air Expeditionary Group at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. On the morning of September 11, 2001, Colonel Williams was an active-duty international guard pilot starting “a normal day, I thought.” After watching news footage of the airplanes crashing into the towers, she experienced “disbelief, shock. … Ultimately seeing the towers collapse … was very, very surreal. Even having served in active duty in the military for 10 years, it was surreal to see something like that.”

At the time of the 9/11 attack, Colonel Williams said many members of the military had “served through mostly a peaceful period, but 9/11 was the start of something new to us. Think about the soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen today. … The vast majority joined after September 11, 2001.” Colonel Williams said that our nation responded to the terror attack with “strength, honor, resilience, dedication, [and] focus.”

To the Gold Star Families, Colonel Williams expressed gratitude: “[I’m] grateful to those who gave all to defend our freedom. … Thank you for your family’s sacrifice and service to our nation. … Thank you for raising a hero.”

Colonel Williams also thanked Move America Forward for hosting the event: “Having been deployed myself, it meant a lot to know that fellow Americans at home were thinking about me and were behind me and my teammates in what we were doing to defend freedom worldwide. … Thank you for your tireless support of our military members.”

If you are interested in sponsoring a care package or volunteering your time, visit www.MoveAmericaForward.org.

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Mather Neighborhood Partners with County to Benefit Schoolchildren and Community

By Joy Nahigian, Mather Alliance  |  2019-09-19

The Illa Collin Mather Vernal Pool Preserve in the southeast area of Sacramento County. Courtesy Mather Alliance

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - On Thursday, September 26, the Mather Alliance, a neighborhood group who advocates for responsible use and management of Mather Field resources, plans to publicly celebrate their successful partnership with Sacramento County Regional Parks to protect the natural resources of the Illa Collin Mather Vernal Pool Preserve in the southeast area of Sacramento County. This event, open to the public, will be held outdoors at the preserve, which offers many unique and visible aspects of the preservation effort that not only benefits the preserve’s habitats, but it also benefits fourth and fifth graders who learn about Mather’s vernal pools through the Sacramento Splash education program.

The event will be at 10 to 11 a.m. and will showcase the success story with ribbon-cutting ceremony; Present an excellence award Mather Park Ranger Luevano; Show off Sacramento Regional Parks’ Dual Sport Motorcycles; Feature one of Sacramento Splash’s rescued preserve critters as well as a display of student’s expressions of appreciation of Splash’s science classroom: The Mather Vernal Pools; Enjoy refreshments; Wrap with our keynote speaker, Sacramento County Supervisor Don Notolli, who will acknowledge the ongoing successful partnership of Sacramento County and the Mather community to protect the Mather preserve

Those present at the preserve will include Supervisor Don Nottoli; Regional Parks Director, Liz Bellas; Regional Parks Superintendent, Cid Nieto; Park Rangers Luevano and Piazza and Sergeant Marzan

You will also have the opportunity to meet the Mather Alliance core team, hundreds of Mather Alliance members, Sacramento Splash staff and their preserve advocate contacts, including Eva Butler, the founder who was instrumental in arranging to designate the Mather wetlands as a preserve, Mather area residents and other Mather preserve advocates

Location: At the corner of Westerly Drive and Excelsior Road in Independence at Mather entrance, Mather, California.

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Lancers Look Improved in Loss to Rosemont

Story by James Darnell  |  2019-09-19

James Feao celebrates the 1st touchdown of the evening. Photo by Rick Sloan

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Maybe it was the full moon. Or the tough looking black jerseys. Perhaps it was because it was Friday The 13th and they were feeling more intimidating. Whatever the case, the Cordova Lancers’ varsity football team showed more grit than it had all season to this point in a 41-13 loss against visiting Rosemont this past Friday on the Lancers’ home field.

The Lancers (0-4) played inspired at the start of the game, as Cordova junior linebacker Tui Sigavata intercepted Wolverines’ (4-0) senior quarterback Kyle Masterson on Rosemont’s opening possession, energizing the Lancers’ sideline as they would take over at the 50-yard line. Cordova would cap off a three-minute drive with senior signal caller Joey Estrada finding junior receiver James Feao on a screen pass that would go 15 yards to the house for the first points of the game, and the first points of the season for the Lancers. Cordova, who has been almost exclusively a run-heavy offense so far this season, came out throwing in an attempt to mix things up.

“We have to get people to stop loading the box on us,” Lancers’ head coach Jason Bumbaca said. “People are starting to load the box because we’re a run heavy team. We have a quarterback who can throw the ball a little bit and have some athletes out wide, so we’re trying to get them the ball. Throwing a quick hitch or a screen is just as good as a run.”

Rosemont would counter with two straight scores of their own to take a 14-7 halftime lead, and would ultimately cease the momentum for the duration of the contest. Cordova would again make it a one score game in the third quarter after senior tailback Brandon Gray leaped over the top of his offensive line for a one-yard scoring plunge, shortening the Wolverines’ lead to 20-13 after they had scored on their opening possession in the second half. From there however it was all Rosemont, as they would score 21 unanswered points to earn the victory.

Rosemont was led by Masterson, who went 16-of-24 for 201 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. As a team, the Wolverines rushed for 198 yards, including 13 carries for 92 yards from senior Zion Gedeon. Senior receiver DeMarco Brodnax was Masterson’s favorite target on the night, hauling in eight receptions for 106 yards and two scores, and also recovered a fumble in the first half that he would run in for another touchdown.

Cordova’s passing attack was all about the connection between Estrada and Feao, as all six of Estrada’s completions in the contest went to Feao for 117 yards and the first quarter touchdown. Gray, in addition to his scoring run, would tote the rock 12 times for 51 yards in a solid outing.

The Lancers will look to continue improving when they host Ponderosa on Friday, September 20, with kickoff scheduled for 7:15 p.m.



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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The men’s soccer also played at Las Positas on Friday, where they struggled to a 1-1 tie against the Hawks.  The Falcons’ only goal came from Dylan Huft early in the second half after a foul against Adam Ratto.   Then midway through the half, the Hawks answered back with a counter to tie the score at 1-1.  The two teams deadlocked for the remainder of the match with neither able to punch in the winner.  Falcon midfielder Omar Ramirez earned “Man of the Match” for his intensity and effort on both sides of the ball.

On Saturday, the Falcons continued their road trip with an afternoon match at De Anza College in Cupertino.  The Falcons were on fire to open the match, but had the misfortune of hitting the post three times while netting a goal just once – by Abraham Iniguez – and went to halftime with a 1-0 lead.  Confident that more chances would come their way, the Falcons were shocked when the Dons managed two goals early in the second half for a 2-1 lead.  For 25 minutes, the Falcons chased the ball trying for the tying goal, and finally got it in the final seconds of the match when Iniguez crossed to Tanner Boyea, who scored with a high-flying header to make it 2-2.  Immediately after, the ref blew the whistle indicated the end of the match.  The Falcons’ record now stands at 4-0-2; they’ll put that on the line on Tuesday afternoon against Taft College (2-2) at 4:00 pm at Falcon Stadium.


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Volleyball Team Wins Two, Including a 5-set Thriller Over Butte

By Ron Richardson, Folsom Lake College  |  2019-09-19

The Falcon sports women’s volleyball team. Courtesy FLC

FOLSOM, CA (MPG) - The Falcons opened at the Butte Classic Tournament on Friday afternoon against Ohlone College and swept the Renegades in three sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-17.  While the sets scores were close, the Falcons were playing without 2018 Big 8 Conference kills leader Caitlin Dillon.  In her absence, sophomore Yasmine Sowell-Scott stepped up to lead the team with 11 kills and assisted on 2 blocks.  Freshman Julin Kenison had a big game, recording 9 kills, 2 blocks, and 12 digs, while sophomore Kaitlin Bullock was everywhere, tallying 8 kills, 8 digs, and 3 service aces. 

In their second match, the Falcons promptly fell behind host Butte College by losing the first two sets (23-25, 20-25) before finding their mojo and taking the next three sets going away, 25-22, 25-14, and 15-5.  Caitlin Dillon returned to the lineup and was a force all over the court, recording 13 kills, 12 digs, 2 blocks, and 5 service aces.  Sophomore setter Kennedy Crawford had a monster game as well with 48 assists, 9 kills, and 8 digs.   The Falcons improved their early season record to 6-1 and climbed six spots in the state rankings to #10.  They will open Big 8 Conference play on Friday evening against defending state champion American River (4-5).

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Family – The Glue That Holds Circus Vargas Together!

Circus Vargas Press Release  |  2019-09-12

The show must go on! Circus Vargas is a community, a friendship and a family. Courtesy Circus Vargas/ Wednesday Aja

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Circus Vargas is indeed a family operation. Owned and operated by a talented young couple who together with their immediate and extended family have managed to produce some of the most incredible productions in live family entertainment in generations all under the Big Top!

Every member of the family is involved in the day to day operations of the circus and together they function like a well-oiled machine. From the most veteran member of the family to the youngest child everyone works together. Like a village of artists and performers, when you visit them, it’s almost impossible not to feel at home! “Our goal is to make everyone who comes to Circus Vargas feel welcomed, like part of the family”, says Katya Quiroga, Co- Owner-Producer along with husband Nelson.

A small self-contained city on wheels, they travel from town to town, yet always manage to keep some semblance of stability and continuity. Laid out across whatever parking lot or grass field the Big Top calls home that week, the setup is almost always the same. “We are our own little community. We have the same neighbors in each town. The trailers are parked in the exact same spots relative to the Big Top, so the environment is always familiar. You feel at home even in a place you’ve never been to before” says Katya.

The Quiroga family has 4 generations of its own traveling with Circus Vargas. Add to that the many other performers from all over the world along with their families and you’ll understand why no one is ever lonely and never bored. There are more than 20 children and teenagers at Circus Vargas and they have constant supervision.

“There is always someone’s grandmother, father, mother, brother or aunt around”, laughs Katya, “so not much chance for anyone to misbehave and we are very big on respecting our elders.” They are the perfect example of the “It takes a village…” theory. It is quite simply, a unique establishment. There is such a wonderful mix of energy, a cross between the United Nations and one big motley magical family!

Circus Vargas director, Rolanda Kaiser says it best: “The circus is a family in the sense that we feel responsible for each other. There is a tremendous respect you have for each other that doesn’t come from any other kind of job. Sometimes you literally have each other’s lives in your hands. We work together. We play together. We have barbeques, birthdays and baby showers. There is a kinship and sense of community.”

It is only fitting that with so much togetherness, these friendships foster a deep respect and camaraderie that cultivates into sincere affection. They care about each other. Not only while they are performing but behind the scenes, as well. “You’ll notice in the circus community that family really does come first,” says Rolanda. It is the backbone, the glue that keeps Circus Vargas together. “We may not be related…but we are definitely family”!

Circus Vargas will be performing in: 

1151 Galleria Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678 -  September 20-29
6166 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights, CA 95610 -  October 3-6
745 Oak Ave Pkwy, Folsom, CA 95630 - October 10-14


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