Local Business Provides 78 Kids with Holiday Gifts

By Libby Considine, ECMC Group  |  2018-12-26

Through the Volunteers of America Holiday Angels Program

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Employees from local nonprofit ECMC Group spread holiday cheer last week by donating and delivering gifts for 78 children at Volunteers of America.

Employees purchased three gifts from each child’s wish list and delivered them wrapped and ready to open. ECMC Group has sponsored the Holiday Angels program at Volunteers of America for the past six years, making sure all children living at the transitional home will have gifts this holiday season. 

ECMC commits to making a positive impact on its communities through service, charitable giving and good corporate citizenship. ECMC Group is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to help students succeed through programs promoting financial literacy, college access and college completion.

Record Setting Kids Day Rocks a Sports Theme

By Shelly Blanchard  |  2017-05-03

Can you hear me now? One young Kids Day attendee makes sure he’s heard. 
-- Photo by Rick Sloan

They came. They jumped. They giggled. And when it was all over, the 28th Annual Kids Day in the Park went into the record books as the largest ever.

With a record 140 exhibitors including 20 sports leagues and providers, children and their families, indeed, were able to “Get Your Game On” – this year’s theme. Attendance was set at more than 6,000 – the largest turnout ever.

Presented by the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, and a host of other sponsors, Kids Day showcased a wide range of youth sports and more than 150 free things to do. The event was produced by the Cordova Community Council.

The event also marked the Sacramento County kick-off for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

With pennants rippling in the breeze of a picture perfect day, children tried their hand at rugby, soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics, martial arts, softball, baseball, basketball, football, golf, tennis – even French Parcours – all aimed at keeping kids healthy and active. Event partner Sports Stars Sports Jam led the way.

Among the other fun, free attractions were off-road ATV simulators, A US Air Force thrill exhibit, climbing wall, giant obstacle course, arts and crafts and more.

Kids learned about bike safety at the popular Police Activities League (PAL) Bike Rodeo during where 80 bicycles donated by the Sheriff’s Toy Project were given away to lucky children, along with hundreds of free bike safety helmets.

While Kids Day is all about fun, children’s health is the primary objective. Organizers worked with health providers from Sacramento County and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to present free hearing, vision, dental and school readiness screenings to help get kids off to a healthy start. Parents received tips on how to prepare their children for school, how to obtain mental health resources, and how to access a wide range of public and private services for their kids.

“What an amazing day for the children of our community,” said Amy Hiramoto, the event chair person who has been active at Kids Day since its inception in 1989. “Rancho Cordova cares about its kids, and this is a special day to show it.”

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Woo-hoo! It's Kids Day!

By Shelly Blanchard  |  2017-04-27

“Kids Day in the Park 2017 will offer more activities and fun than ever,” said Amy Hiramoto, Event Chair. “We have been hard at work putting together a wonderful day for families to come out with their kids and enjoy green grass, fresh air and a lot of fun.” 
-- Photos courtesy Cordova Community Council

There will be no shortage of giggles on Saturday April 29, when Kids Day in the Park celebrates its 28th Anniversary at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova.

Presented by the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, and a host of other sponsors, Kids Day will challenge kids to “Get Your Game On,” showcasing a wide range of youth sports and more than 100 free things to do.

The event also marks the Sacramento County kick-off for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Admission, parking and all activities are free of charge. Food will be available for purchase.

This year’s event takes kids and their parents into the wide world of sports, with plenty of hoops to shoot, balls to throw and more. Teaming up with Sports Stars Sports Jam, this year’s event will showcase dozens of sports and opportunities to play them at Kids Day and beyond.

Among the fun, free attractions will be off-road ATV simulators, a host of hands on sports games, Kids Zumba, rock climbing wall, obstacle course and more.

In addition to fun and educational sports attractions, kids can learn about bike safety at the popular Police Activities League (PAL) Bike Rodeo during which dozens of bicycles donated by the Sheriff’s Toy Project will be given away to lucky children, along with hundreds of free bike safety helmets.

While Kids Day is all about fun, children’s health is the primary objective. Organizers work with health providers from Sacramento County and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to present free hearing, vision and school readiness screenings to help get kids off to a healthy start. Parents can get tips on how to prepare their children for school, how to obtain mental health resources, and how to access a wide range of public and private services for their kids.

More than 100 exhibitors whose focus is children and health will be providing free activities for children, keeping little hands busy while parents access information.

Kids Day runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 29 with no admission charge. Free parking is available nearby.

Pack a picnic lunch to bring with you to the event, or purchase lunch from among a variety of gourmet food trucks. A hot dog meal including chips and a bottle of water can be purchased for $3 from the RC Kiwanis.

“Kids Day in the Park 2017 will offer more activities and fun than ever,” said Amy Hiramoto, Event Chair. “We have been hard at work putting together a wonderful day for families to come out with their kids and enjoy green grass, fresh air and a lot of fun.”

Kid’s Day is sponsored by a wide range of community businesses, organizations and health providers, including: City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Cordova Recreation and Park District, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Republic Services, Smile Kingdom Dental, Sunrise Orthodontics, Kaiser Permanente, Heritage Community Credit Union, Golden State Water Company, SMUD, Wells Fargo, Sims Metal Management, Councilman Donald Terry, Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova, Rancho Cordova Police Activities League, Raleys Bel-Air, Chick-fil-A, Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism Corporation, California American Water, Michael Baker International, Mary Nesel Lyon Real Estate, B&J Towing, Ronnie & Julie Hagan Belka, Quick Quack Car Wash, Costa Vida, Bayside Church, Art of Popcorn, Grocery Outlet and New Life Church. The event is produced by the Cordova Community Council.

For more information, visit www.cordovacouncil.org or call the Cordova Community Council at 273-5704.

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Kids Day in the Park 2017 is Coming

By Shelly Lembke  |  2017-04-12

Action, food, games and a whole lotta fun at Kids Day in the Park, coming to Hagan Park April 29. 
--Photo courtesy of Cordova Community Council

The 28th Annual Kids Day in the Park is coming April 29th to Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova. Kids can play, run obstacle courses, win games and more, courtesy of the Cordova Community Council and their collaborating sponsors. This year’s event theme “Get Your Game On,” reflects the Council’s focus on sportsmanship and healthy bodies.

Kids can try their skills at football, baseball/softball, soccer, tennis, golf and rugby, in addition to the chance to win prizes.

“Kids Day in the Park is a festival geared to families of small children. A fun day of activities for small children and their families, it is also a health and resources fair with providers on hand to engage parents and provide information,” according to the CCC.

With free admission and free activities geared to beginners and elite players, this year’s event features a wide variety of sports and games to keep kids busy, but also provides free and easy access for vision, hearing and dental checks, as well as loads of free parent resources from major contributors like the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and the County of Sacramento.

Food and beverages are available for purchase from a selection of more than a dozen popular food trucks so that attendees can munch their way through the over 100 exhibitor booths.

The event lasts from 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday, April 29th at Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.cordovacouncil.org.

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California Family Fitness Teams Up with FCUSD to Offer Kids Fitness Program

Source: California Family Fitness  |  2016-11-24

California Family Fitness Trainers, Rancho Cordova Elementary School Principal Larry Mahoney, KCRA 3’s Tamara Berg and River Cat’s mascot Dinger award students for their performance in the Body Fit Kids program. 
--Photo courtesy California Family Fitness

As part of celebrating 25 years in Sacramento, California Family Fitness partnered with Folsom Cordova Unified School District to offer a Body Fit Kids Program, which is the first of many Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives that the organization commits to each year.

The program was born out of CFF’s commitment to building a healthier community and is designed to mirror CFF’s group training program, “Body Fit,” which offers a dynamic fusion of cardio and strength training in a small group format. CFF’s certified personal trainers trained 4th and 5th grade students from participating schools in the district.

In addition to participating at school, the program incorporates “homework” designed to engage the entire family in building and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits. Outside-of-school activities include taking a family trip to a local farmer’s market, a walk around the neighborhood and planting a vegetable in their garden. Awards categories for participating students include greatest improvement, most inspirational and many others. The first 20 participants who completed their activity cards with their family have the opportunity to go on an exclusive excursion to attend a Sacramento River Cats game, including a special meet-and-greet with Sacramento River Cats mascot Dinger.

“Our children are the future of the Sacramento region and California Family Fitness is proud to partner with Folsom Cordova Unified School District to provide education for students about how to live healthy lifestyles,” CFF President Randy Karr said. “It’s our hope that this program will grow to serve more students each year, and we’re thrilled to work alongside a group of educators and administrators that share a common commitment to providing learning opportunities for students that challenge not just their minds but also their bodies.”

The Body Fit Kids program is one of several initiatives kicking off this fall in collaboration with Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

“We know that when children are healthy, they are able to thrive to reach their full potential, and healthy and active lifestyles are essential to this,” Folsom Cordova Unified School District Superintendent Deborah Bettencourt said. “We are extremely grateful for the time and resources California Family Fitness is investing in our students to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to make smart choices and lead healthy lives.”

For more information about CFF’s 25th anniversary activities, its health and fitness centers and membership options, visit www.californiafamilyfitness.com.

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RCPD Launches an Innovative Program

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-06-02

During an outdoor assembly on May 18th, eleven Cordova Meadows Elementary School Kindergarteners received certificates of recognition, and three lucky students were awarded new bikes that they bid on using Cub Cash that they earned. 
--Photo courtesy RCPD.

The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) launched a new, innovative program to build positive relationships with local students. Two police officers are assigned to every Rancho Cordova school where they get to know the students. Through a partnership with school administrators, students are recognized once per month for academic performance, good behavior, and regular attendance. During an outdoor assembly on May 18th, eleven Cordova Meadows Elementary School Kindergarteners received certificates of recognition, and three lucky students were awarded new bikes that they bid on using Cub Cash that they earned. Students earn Cub Cash by living the school values of “I Care,” “I Appreciate,” and “I Perform” and by showing empathy toward others. “Good Day Sacramento” joined in the fun by broadcasting live from the school and interviewing the students. Over 300 students have been recognized since the program launched in fall 2015.

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Join the 27th Community-Wide Celebration of Children This Saturday at Hagan Park

Source: City of Rancho Cordova  |  2016-04-26

Kids Day began over a quarter-century ago and has evolved into a community-wide celebration of children which last year attracted more than 6,000 visitors. Photo courtesy City of Rancho Cordova

There will be no shortage of giggles on Saturday April 30th, when Kids Day in the Park celebrates its 27th Anniversary at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova.

Presented by the City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, and a host of other sponsors, Kids Day will celebrate Sacramento County as a “Great Place to Grow” with more than 100 free things to do.

The event also marks the Sacramento County kick-off for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Admission and all activities are free of charge. Food will be available for purchase.

This year’s event takes kids and their parents down on the farm, with plenty of animals to meet, farm chores to try and more. Crawling through a giant caterpillar, taking a hay ride, scrambling up a hay hill and a trip to Ag-Ventureland where kids will learn to do everything from milk a cow to rope a steer.

Kids Day began over a quarter-century ago and has evolved into a community-wide celebration of children which last year attracted more than 6,000 visitors. In addition to fun and educational farm attractions, kids can participate in a talent show and learn about bike safety at the popular Police Activities League (PAL) Bike Rodeo during which dozens of bicycles donated by the Sheriff’s Toy Project will be given away to lucky children.

While Kids Day is all about fun, children’s health is the primary objective. Organizers work with health providers from Sacramento County and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District to present free hearing, vision and school readiness screenings to help get kids off to a healthy start. Parents can get tips on how to prepare their children for school, how to obtain mental health resources, and how to access a wide range of public and private services for their kids.

More than 100 exhibitors whose focus is children and health will be providing a free activity for children, keeping little hands busy while parents access information.

Kids Day runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday April 30th, 2015, with no admission charge. Free parking is available nearby.

Pack a picnic lunch to bring with you to the event, or purchase lunch from among a variety of gourmet food trucks. A hot dog meal including chips and a bottle of water can be purchased for $3 from the RC Kiwanis.

“Kids Day in the Park 2016 will offer more activities and fun than ever,” said Amy Hiramoto, Event Chair. “We have been hard at work putting together a wonderful day for families to come out with their kids and enjoy green grass, fresh air and a lot of fun.”

Kid’s Day is sponsored by a wide range of community businesses, organizations and health providers, including: City of Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Cordova Recreation and Park District, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Republic Services, Smile Kingdom Dental, Sunrise Orthodontics, Kaiser Permanente, Heritage Community Credit Union, Golden State Water Company, SMUD, Wells Fargo, Sims Metal Management, Councilman Donald Terry, Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova, and Rancho Cordova Police Activities League, Raleys Bel-Air, Atlas Disposal, Chick-fil-A, Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism Corporation, California American Water, Michael Baker International and Eppies Great Race.   The event is produced by the Cordova Community Council.

For more information, visit www.cordovacouncil.org or call the Cordova Community Council at (916) 273-5704.

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