Faces and Places: Donut Dash

Faces and Places
Faces and Places

The Seventh Annual Donut Dash, in support of Child Life Program at Sutter Children’s Center, was held on Saturday, March 7. The four-mile race started and ended in William Land Park with Marie’s Donuts as a turnaround spot, where runners will got a bag of four doughnuts.

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Land Park area Easter church services Land Park area Easter church services announced

The following are select Easter church services from the Land Park/Pocket area:

Parkside Community Church

will hold a Palm Sunday service on March 29 at 10:30 a.m., a Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and an Easter service at 10:30 a.m., followed by an egg hunt. Additionally, there will be a Holy Humor Sunday on April 12 at 10:30 a.m. On April 2 at 6:30 p.m., they will hold a Maundy Thursday service. Parkside Community Church is located at 5700 South Land Park Dr.

Greenhaven Lutheran Church

will hold holy week services. A Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 2 at 7 p.m. and will include worship with Holy Communion. The Good Friday service will be held on April 3 at 7 p.m. The Sunrise Easter Sunday service with Holy Communion and Easter Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. and an Easter Worship service with Holy Communion will be held at 10:15 a.m. Greenhaven Lutheran is located at 475 Florin Road. For more information, call 428-8449.

On Easter Sunday,

Riverside Wesleyan Church

will hold a 6:30 a.m. sunrise communion service, and 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Easter celebrations, which include children’s ministry. Riverside Wesleyan is located at 6449 Riverside Blvd. For more information, visit rwcsac.org.

Saint Anthony Parish

will hold Easter Sunday Masses at 8, 9:30, and 11:15 a.m. There also will be an Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. Saint Anthony’s is located at 660 Florin Road. For more information, call 428-5678.

Faith Presbyterian Church

will hold a Maundy Thursday Service on April 2 at 7 p.m., followed by a Good Friday Prayer Vigil on April 3. There will be a self-guided worship available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a service of Healing and Wholeness at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday is April 5 and a Sunrise Service will be provided at 7 a.m., followed by traditional services at 9 and 11 a.m. Faith Presbyterian Church is located at 625 Florin Road. For more information, call 428-3439 or visit www.faithpresby.org

Calendar

March

ACC to present tips for choosing cell phone service
March 26:

If you are thinking abut buying a cell phone or changing your cell phone service provider, this class is for you! Join us for a FREE workshop to learn what questions to ask when choosing a service, what you should know before you sign a contract, and how to cut your cell phone costs. Bring a recent phone bill and we’ll review it for FREE! We might be able to save you money. Free of charge; class will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at ACC Senior Services,7334 Park City Dr. Pre-registration is required. For detail, call 393-9026, ext 330, http://www.accsv.org

Microbiology in sickness and in health
March 26:

Microbes are everywhere — on and in our bodies, on things we touch and in the air we breathe. They keep us healthy or do no harm — until they make us ill or pollute our environment. We will explore how to nurture the good bugs and try to avoid the “bad” bugs.This workshop is for anyone with an interest in the human body and keeping healthy from an infectious disease standpoint. $6 registration fee; class will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ACC Senior Services, 7334 Park City Dr. Pre-registration is required. For more details, call 393-9026, extension 330, http://www.accsv.org

Land Park Egg Hunt and Hat Parade
March 28:

Join your neighbors for the annual Spring Egg Hunt and Hat Parade, beginning at 9:30 a.m. This egg-citing annual event, co-sponsored by the City of Sacramento and the Land Park Community Association will be full of fun! There will be live music by Mister Cooper, face-painting and photos with Mr. Cottontail, who will lead up the famous hat parade! Hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. Fun happens on Riverside Boulevard between 12th and 13th avenues.

Art Beast -Summer Birds- Butterfly Discoveries at McClatchy (Family/All Ages)
March 28:

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Art Beast! Starting at 2 p.m., there will be a reading of “Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Meridian,” which tells the story of one of the earliest and most influential naturalists. After listening to this story, children will make their own butterfly art. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

The Romance of Ruins Presented by Ed Sherman, CSUS Renaissance Society
March 30:

A survey of those ruins that still inspire students of Western Civilization: poets, artists, philosophers, historians, etc. Fully illustrated with art and archaeological artifacts.
Call 441-1015 or email scott.okamoto@eskaton.org to reserve your space today! The presentation goes from 1 to 3 p.m. at Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd.

Fall Prevention Workshop & Refresher Balance Training Class with The Fall Prevention Lady
March 30:

From 10 a.m. to noon, class will concentrate on proper form, good posture, flexibility or range of motion training, strength training, and progressively challenging balance techniques. All program concepts are evidence-based. This is a great refresher for those who have taken classes with Kelly however ANYONE who is concerned about falls is welcome to attend.
This class is appropriate for older adults who have experienced falls and have trouble with balance. Although some segments of the class are done while seated, participants will practice walking and stopping variations. Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes. Pre-registration is preferred to identify special needs or medical conditions. It is up to instructor discretion to require physician approval prior to participation in exercise class. Kelly Ward, M.S., Therapeutic Aging, Certified FallProof Balance and Mobility Instructor. Class will be held at Parkside Community Church, 5700 South Land Park Dr. Preregistration and info: 821-5715. Fee $10.

April

April is Poetry Month

AARP Tax Aide by appointment at Pocket Library (Adult)
April 1:

AARP is providing tax help to senior citizens by appointment only. Please call 2-1-1 to make an appointment, starting at 9 a.m. The Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library is located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
April 1:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring Vocal Art Ensemble; Tracia Barbieri, director. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Fairytale Town to hold a ‘Spring Eggstravaganza”
April 4 and 5:

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, this fun-filled family weekend features egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands-on activities and visits with Peter Cottontail. Daily egg hunts are held promptly at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Hunt areas are separated by age group: 0-3 years, 4-6 years, and 7-12 years. Magical Moonshine Theatre will perform “Tales of Br’er Rabbit” in the Children’s Theater at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Theater tickets are $2 for nonmembers and $1 for members. Spring Eggstravaganza is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Extra Self Storage. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Theater Performance: “Tales of Br’er Rabbit”
April 4 and 5:

Magical Moonshine Theatre brings the traditional African American tales of Br’er Rabbit to life with humor, large table-top puppets, a live banjo and singing during three afternoon shows, 12:30, 1:30 and at 2:30 p.m.! Br’er Rabbit may be small, but he has his wits. That doesn’t keep him out of trouble, but does tend to get him out of it, once he gets into it. When he comes up against the likes of Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear, it turns out they are no match for the clever rabbit. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Lunch and wine social at Casa Garden Restaurant
April 7:

Lunch and “Wine Social” with red and white wine sips offered by Karmere Vineyards and Winery from Plymouth paired with Casa hors d’oeuvres at 11:30 a.m. (one seating only), Casa Garden Restaurant, 2760 Sutterville Road. Entree choices: Three-Cheese Garden Lasagne or Tortellini and Spinach Salad; dessert: Almond Cake Framboise — $24 per person, includes tax and gratuity. Reservations a must, open seating — call 452-2809. Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Children’s Home.

Chamber renews focus with Matisse tribute
April 11:

Starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Sacramento Contemporary Dance Conservatory (213 26th St.), the Capital Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Strings, Sacramento Contemporary Dance Company and the jazz-based ensemble Riverrun will pay tribute to French painter Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse, whose noted paper cutouts recently were displayed in London and New York. The Chamber will perform string pieces by Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss. Riverrun will play original songs. Art displays and dance accompaniment will mirror Matisse’s works. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Henrik Jul Hansen directs the Capital Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, formerly known as the Gold Country Chamber Orchestra. Hansen, who serves as conductor of the Sacramento Ballet and led the Merced Symphony for 16 years, is renewing the Chamber’s focus to include contemporary music and art. Lena Logan directs the dance company. Riverrun members are Dyne Eifertsen, trombone; Steve Lishman, saxophone; Paul Relvas, bass; and Scott Gordon, drums.

MEGA Family Expo
April 11:

Don’t miss out on the largest free mega family event of the year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 6446 Riverside Blvd. The event will include a bounce house, face painting, games, vendors, free prizes, talent show, shopping, resource, entertainment and food. There will appearances from Disney characters and super heroes.

E-Waste Fundraising Event for JFK Class of 2016 and 2017
April 11:

An e-waste fundraising event for the John F. Kennedy High School Class of 2016 and 2017 will be held at the high school, 6715 Gloria Dr. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guided Sunset Equestrian Ride (must provide your own horse)
April 11:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy invites you to saddle up for a sunset guidedEquestrian ride at Deer Creek Hills from 4 to 8 p.m. Riders and horses alike, will explore the preserves 4400+ acres of open space in the late afternoon light. Views of the sun setting from eastern Sacramento County foothills will be enjoyed by those attending. This is suitable for only intermediate and advanced riders and not suggested for novice riders. All public outings are Docent led, traveling this working cattle ranch. Approximate ride time, two and a half hours. Ride through open country over a variety of terrain, including water crossings, climbing and descending hills. Horses should be accustom to riding in groups and in open fields. Most groups are from ten to twenty people in size, and travel at a walk. Deep shadows and rich colors will embrace those traveling the Blue Oak Woodland hills. The sun is scheduled to set at 7:39pm and arriving back to truck and trailer will be in complete darkness – don’t forget to pack a headlamp or flashlight! Take in the evening’s stillness to Sacramento’s largest open space preserve is a very unique experience attend. The outing is good for ages 16 years old and older. Cost for the ride is $20. Register online:www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Free SAT class at the Central Library
April 11:

Practice for the SAT with a real SAT test under real test conditions – just as if you were taking the actual SAT. Kaplan Test Prep will administer the practice test. The SAT practice test is open to all high school students. Registration is required to attend., 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 828 I St.

Friends of Sacramento Public Library warehouse sale
April 11:

With new merchandise constantly added to the inventory, more than 100,000 “gently used” books, videos, and audio books will be offered for prices from fifty cents to $2 at the Saturday, April 11 warehouse sale of the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library.
The warehouse is at the rear of the Friends’ Book Den store at Suite E, 8250 Belvedere Ave., just south of 14th Avenue between Power Inn and Florin-Perkins roads. Plenty of parking is available, but be careful not to park between the “No Parking” signs on the south side of Belvedere.
Sale hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a preview for Friends members only on Friday April 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (You can join at the door for $15.)
Income from the sale helps pay for programs, equipment, and materials local libraries need but can’t afford. In conjunction with National Poetry Month, poets and poetry books will be highlighted and sold for a 30 percent discount at the book store, where most items are priced from $3 up. There’s also a large dollar-a-book section for fiction. The store will be open during the warehouse sale as well as weekly on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 731-8493 or go to bookden@saclibfriends.org

Sacramento Guitar Society to hold fundraising concert
April 12:

The Sacramento Guitar Society presents Eliot Fisk, a true icon in classical guitar. Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. The concert will be on Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at 21st and J streets. Tickets are available on BrownPaperTickets.com. See www.SacramentoGuitarSociety.org for details. Cost for students is $10, general seating is $20, premium seating is $30.

Library Week during Poetry Month celebrated with reads at McClathcy Library
April 12-18

is Library Week, one week during Poetry Month that is dedicated to libraries.In conjunction with both, the Ella K. McClatchy Library is scheduling a poetry reading on April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. with poets: Victoria Dalkey and Ann Menebroker (both local, notable published authors, and friends) who will read selections from their respective work. Ella K. McClatchy Library is located at 2112 22nd St.

Baby/Toddler Stay & Play (No Storytimes in April) at Pocket Library (Early Childhood (0-5))
April 14:

Fun starts at 10:15 a.m. and is located at theRobbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Dr.

Books at Lunch: Middle School Book Group at Pocket Library (Teen)
April 14:

Seventh and eighth graders are invited to talk about books over lunch. Group meets at 11:25 a.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Dr.

Books at Lunch: High School Book Group at Pocket Library (Teen)
April 14:

Ninth through 12th graders are invited to talk about books over lunch at 12:30 p.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, which is located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
April 15:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring violinist Anita Felix; harpist Bev Wesner-Hoehn; and pianist John Cozza. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Baby/Toddler Stay & Play (No Storytimes in April) at Pocket Library (Early Childhood (0-5))
April 16:

Fun starts at 10:15 a.m. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library is located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Knit Together! – Pocket Library (Adult)
April 17:

Knitting with Pocket resident Carrie Parker starts at 1 p.m. Remember your knitting needles and yarn. Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library is located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Read to a Dog at Pocket Library (School Age (6-12))
April 18:

Looking for a way to boost school-age reading skills? Join us for our Read to a Dog program and practice reading out loud to a registered therapy dog, starting at 2 p.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Pocket Greenhaven Rotary fundraiser
April 18:

The Pocket Greenhaven Rotary will be holding its major fundraiser of the year at Aviators restaurant at the Sacramento Executive Airport at 6 p.m. A spaghetti feed, the fundraiser priced at $20, will include a spaghetti buffet, raffle, silent auction, no host bar, salad, rolls, and club members’ homemade desserts. Meat and vegetarian options will be available. The club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast at Aviators. For more information, visit: pocketgreenhavenrotary.org/

Write your life story at annual writers’ conference
April 18:

“Our Life Stories,” a cross-generational writers’ conference, will feature Sacramento region’s celebrated authors, poets, storytellers, and writers. The eighth annual will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. This year’s conference will feature nationally-recognized writers and focus on memoir writing through travel. Register for “Our Life Stories” by April 3, 2015. Space is limited. Conference fee of $35 covers the morning refreshments, workshops, materials, and lunch. Late registration fee (after April 3) is $40. Perry Garfinkel, journalist, author, speaker, writing teacher, editor, content provider, media consultant and strategist, will serve as the keynote speaker. He is the author of “Buddha or Bust”, a 2006 national bestseller, also published in Brazil and Italy. His 1988 book, “Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure,” will be reissued in 2015. Sponsored by the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center and CRC, the one-day conference also includes presentations and workshops by celebrated authors, including prose writers: Jacqueline Doyle, Kerstin Feindert, Ginny McReynolds, Clive Rosengren, and Emmanuel Siguake; poets: Albert Garcia and Sacramento Poet Laureate Jeff Knorr; and storytellers: Ann Rothschild and Katye Ridgeway. Some of the workshops and presentations highlighted at the conference include topics on creating the mood of a place and time that bring the setting to life, capturing your travel experiences in a poem, learning the elements necessary to write strong first-person essays, and writing fiction as a form of travel. To register or to obtain additional details on the conference, visit the website at hart-crcwritersconference.org/, call the Hart Senior Center at (916) 808-5462, or e-mail hartcrcwritersconference@yahoo.com.

The Fairytale Town Troupers present: “Once Upon A Time 1959″
April 18 and 19:

Fairytale Town’s most famous and beloved storybook characters come to life in the Fairytale Town Troupers first production of the season! The year is 1959 and Robin Hood, Cinderella, Jack and Jill and more colorful characters are lost in a fantastical fog after being swept away from their storybook homes. Working together, they overcome their erratic eccentricities to uncover the mysterious force that united them and find a way home. This show features original songs set to a 1950s beat. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. There are two shows each day, one at noon and the second at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

SAT Test Secrets 101 at the Central Library
April 21:

From 6 to 7 p.m., Learn to score higher on the SAT using key Kaplan test-taking strategies. This workshop is open to students who took the SAT Practice Test earlier this month, their parents, and anyone else interested in improving their test scores. Test results for the practice test also will be distributed at this session. Registration is required to attend. 828 I St.

Camellia Chapter Embroiderers’ Guild meeting
April 21:

Join the Camellia Chapter, Embroiderers’ Guild of America at their 7 p.m. held at the Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Ave. for a presentation on Hmong embroidery. Guests welcome. Free. 223-2751.

Books at Lunch: Middle School Book Group at Pocket Library (Teen)
April 21:

Seventh and eighth graders are invited to talk about books over lunch at 11:25 a.m.
Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library is located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
April 22:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring Albana Consort:music from 1550 to 1750 played on period instruments. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Homework Zone at Pocket Library (School Age (6-12))
April 22:

Trained volunteers serve as Homework Coaches and Teen Mentors to students in grades 1-8 offering free homework assistance in all subject areas. Starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Mad Hatter Meets The Great Gatsby Fundraiser
April 23:

From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Fairytale Town mixes the zaniness of the Mad Hatter with the glamor of “The Great Gatsby” in its third annual fundraising event. Held at the elegant Masonic Temple in Downtown Sacramento, the Mad Hatter Party features desserts and chocolate delicacies, wine and food tastings, live music, mad hats, live and silent auctions and a raffle with exciting prizes. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Fairytale Town’s programs and park improvements. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and go on sale March 1 at fairytaletown.org. Cocktail or business attire. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Mark III Construction, Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler LLP, Otto Construction and Yelp. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

California Middle School rummage sale
April 25:

Cal Middle School is also in need of donated items. They will be holding their own rummage sale on Saturday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can drop off donated items in front of their auditorium on Vallejo Drive on Friday, April 24 from 1:30 to 8 p.m.

Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival
April 25-26:

held at the Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. To organizers, the “Games” means anything that is a competition related to Scottish culture; athletics, highland dance, piping and drumming, and drum majors. “Festival” represents activities that are to be enjoyed, participate in, and watch; children’s area, entertainment, vendors, country dance, fiddling and harps, kirkin’, historical area, Scottish animals, and eating. There is something Scottish for everyone, and you don’t have to be Scottish to have fun. The theme this year is: A Little Scotland in Your Backyard. It means that you can experience a taste of Scottish culture without having to travel thousands of miles. There will be entertainment, dancing, pipes and pipe bands, music, animals, athletics, drum majors, vendors, and other colorful elements. For more information, visit sacramentoscotgames.org

Wildflower hike at Deer Creek
April 25:

Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s featured monthly outing is Wildflower Hike at Deer
Creek Hills scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have you always wondered the names and characteristics of wildflowers to the central valley region? Join volunteer docents on an educational walk at Sacramento’s largest open space preserve to share knowledge of the blooming wildflowers. This walk will explore the rolling foothills, letting your eyes to drink in the spectacular colors of spring. View the colorful display of the season’s array of yellows, oranges and blues in a lush carpet of green grasses, emerging from the beautiful hills and oak
woodlands of Deer Creek Hills. The hike is great for all ages. The cost is $10.Register online: www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Wildflower Hike at Deer Creek Hills Preserve
April 25:

Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s featured monthly outing is Wildflower Hike at Deer
Creek Hills scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, 2015 from 9:00am-1:00pm.
Have you always wondered the names and characteristics of wildflowers to the central valley region? Join volunteer docents on an educational walk at Sacramento’s largest open space preserve to share knowledge of the blooming wildflowers. This walk will explore the rolling foothills, letting your eyes to drink in the spectacular colors of Spring. View the colorful display of the season’s array of yellows, oranges and blues in a lush carpet of green grasses, emerging from the beautiful hills and oak
woodlands of Deer Creek Hills. Great for all ages. Cost is $10.Register online: www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

The Fairytale Town Troupers present: “Once Upon A Time 1959″
April 25 and 26:

Fairytale Town’s most famous and beloved storybook characters come to life in the Fairytale Town Troupers first production of the season! The year is 1959 and Robin Hood, Cinderella, Jack and Jill and more colorful characters are lost in a fantastical fog after being swept away from their storybook homes. Working together, they overcome their erratic eccentricities to uncover the mysterious force that united them and find a way home. This show features original songs set to a 1950s beat. Tickets are $2 for nonmembers in addition to park admission, and $1 for members. There are two shows each day, one at noon and the second at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 1 Open House
April 25:

Fire Station 1, located at 624 Q St. will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra Spring Concert:
April 26:

Come hear the award-winning Premier Orchestra play professional repertoire from renowned and beloved composers at 7 p.m., at the Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center. Founded in 1956 as a 55-member youth orchestra, the Sacramento Youth Symphony will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016! Under the artistic direction of Michael Neumann, SYS now has a membership of 400-plus talented young musicians from all over the Sacramento Valley region. We offer beginning through advanced orchestral ensembles and present 20+ concerts per year under the baton of some of the best music educators and conductors in the region. Visit us online at www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org or call Robert at 916-731-5777 for ticket information.

Rio Americano High School’s Race for the Stars
April 26:

Race for the Stars is sponsored by the San Juan Education Foundation to raise money for teacher grants for the San Juan Unified School District. The cost to participate is $30 for adults and $15 for students. Race for the Stars is a great opportunity for you to raise money for Rio Americano High School while having fun with your family and friends. By participating, $10 of every adult entry fee and $5 of every student/child entry fee will directly benefit Rio Americano High School. Race for the Stars will take place at Rio Americano High School at 8 a.m. The registrations will start at 7 a.m. Families are welcome to participate in a 5k walk/run. A kids run will be available for young children as well. In addition, there will be kids activities, entertainment, bike raffle and give-aways. Food and drinks will be available as well. For more information, visit www.sanjuan.edu/domain/6703

Baby/Toddler Stay & Play at Pocket Library (Early Childhood (0-5))
April 28:

Fun starts at 10:15 a.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Mr. Cooper’s Sing-a-Long Club at Pocket Library (Early Childhood (0-5))
April 28:

A family-friendly performance by local singer/guitarist Mr. Ken Cooper. This program is made possible by the Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library. Fun starts at 11 a.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Books at Lunch: Middle School Book Group at Pocket Library (Teen)
April 28:

Seventh and eighth graders are invited to talk about books over lunch. Meeting starts at 11:25 a.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Books at Lunch: High School Book Group at Pocket Library (Teen)
April 28:

Ninth through 12th graders are invited to talk about books over lunch, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Homework Zone at Pocket Library
April 28:

There will be free homework help for grades 1 through 8 on a drop-in basis at 3:30 p.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Homework Zone at Pocket Library (School Age (6-12))
April 29:

There will be free homework help for grades 1 through 8 on a drop-in basis at 5:30 p.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
April 29:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring Bay Area pianist Miyuki Otani. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Baby/Toddler Stay & Play (No Storytimes in April) at Pocket Library (Early Childhood (0-5))
April 30:

Fun starts at 10:15 a.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at
7335 Gloria Dr.

Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library Board Meeting (Adult)
April 30:

Interested in knowing how you can help your library? Attend the Pocket-Greenhaven Friends of the Library monthly Board meeting (usually held on the fourth Thursday each month) for more information. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, located at 7335 Gloria Dr.

May

Fire Station 4 Open House
May 2:

Fire Station 4, located at 3145 Granada Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Intergalactic Expo!
May 2-3:

Fans of all ages are welcome at the “Intergalactic Expo”. This out-of-this-world event, run by local science fictions fans, is a community fundraiser and special weekend-long celebration featuring a Friday night art show, a Saturday night cosplay dance and a Sunday full-day convention.The expo will also offer photo ops with costumed characters, indoor vendors, outdoor bazaar, costumed parade, script reading contest, live comedy, charity auction, demos, workshops, panels, memorabilia exhibits, art exhibit, board games, video games, kids’ arts and crafts, hands-on activities and more! A percentage of ticket sales will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the goal of raising at least $5,000. Additional funds will also be allocated for the City of West Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation children’s programs, and other local community organizations. The event will be held at the West Sacramento Community Center and, across the street from it, at the Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capital Ave, West Sacramento.
For ticket and event details please go to www.intergalacticexpo.com

Cowboy Breakfast Hike and Equestrian Ride
May 2:

Come and join the Sacramento Valley Conservancy Staff for the splendor of freshly
made pancakes, hot off the grill with a steaming cup of coffee at the 8th annual Cowboy
Breakfast at Deer Creek Hills from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Returning this year is local Cowboy Poet, Jeralynn Strong. She’ll share her clever poems with guests attending, reflecting the area of Deer Creek Hills. Meet and enjoyed local supporters of Sacramento Valley Conservancy at this working cattle ranch, surrounded by
colorful rolling foothills and blooming wildflowers. To complete your visit, top off breakfast with a docent led hike -or- docent led equestrian ride! The Docent led hikes are approximately 3-5 miles. Hikers of different capacities are always welcomed and will be divided accordingly to best suit your pace! Slower, moderate and adventurous paces are offered. Docent led Equestrian rides run approximately 2 1/2 hours exploring the property on your horses back, exploring 4,400-plus acres of this working cattle ranch. No horses are provided, riding your own horse is required. The ride is through open country over a variety of terrain, including water crossings, ascending and descending hills. Most groups are from 10 to 20 people in size, and travel at a walking pace. Cost: Free; Register online: www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 6:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring Chanteuses Women’s Ensemble; Chris Alford, director. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

The Theodore Judah Community Theater presents School House Rock!
May 8-9:

The Theodore Judah Community Theater presents ‘School House Rock!’ on Friday, May 8 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m. at Theodore Judah Elementary, 3919 McKinley Blvd. Adults are $5, children are $2; children age 3 and younger are free. Light refreshments are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Theodore Judah Arts Program.

Fire Station 2 Open House
May 9:

Fire Station 2, located at 1229 I St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 13:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring violinist Lubo Velickovic, and pianist Dmitriy Cogan. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Fairytale Town presents a day of “Farms, Friends & Fairytales”
May 16:

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Fairytale Town for a fun-filled celebration of farm animals and agriculture! At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. watch Fairytale Town’s Babydoll sheep get sheared and the wool spun into yarn using an old fashioned spinning wheel. Plus, participate in agriculture-themed hands-on activities, and visit with local area farms and organizations. This program is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call 808-7462. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market and SAFE Credit Union. Fairytale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Dr.

Fire Station 6 Open House
May 16:

Fire Station 6, located at 3301 MLK Jr. Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

‘Haute Stuff’, a benefit fashion show and marketplace for the Sacramento Children’s Home
May 17:

From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy a marketplace of fashion, home, and lifestyle temptations. There will be local food and wines as well as a fashion show of Haute trends. Even benefits the Sacramento Children’s Home. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.kidshome.org/eventsEvent will be held at Jardin Rue Estate, 4475 Garden Highway.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 20:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring jazz guitarist Doug Pauly and Friends. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

What: Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands History Hike
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy’s featured monthly history hike at Deer Creek Hills
is the Grinding Holes to Cattle Brands, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come travel a new trail with Deer Creek Hill’s historian David Scharlach as he points out evidence of prior residence to Sacramento’s largest open space preserve. Put your boots onto the soil where Native Americans hunted and chanted songs to the early hours, where European trappers took beaver, where Californios were rewarded for their services,
where miners scoured the gulches for a bit of color and, finally, ranchers grazed their
sheep and cattle. Good for all ages. Cost is $10. Register online: www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Woodland and Pond Birding
May 23:

The Sacramento Valley Conservancy invites you to participate to a docent guided Pond
Birding at Deer Creek Hills from 7 to 11 a.m. Volunteer Birding Docents Thomas Baumann and Lisa Couper will guide and lead you on cattle paths at this open space preserve. You’ll observe birding activity at stock ponds and seasonal creeks, as you take shelter along the edge of the oak woodland canopy. Late departing migratory birds can be seen and heard, as well as the activity of the year-round birds of Deer Creek Hills. Hushed tones, walking and stopping are the best ways to bird watch on this outing. Wear “quiet” warm, muted earth-tone colors, sturdy boots for uneven surfaces. Cotton or wool fabrics are considered “quiet” and work great! Birding scopes, binoculars and/or cameras, are highly recommended for any birding outing. The event is good for all ages. The cost is $10.
Register online: www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar.asp

Auditions for Sacramento Youth Symphony’s 2015-2016 season
May 23, 24, 30, 31:

If you play brass, woodwinds, percussion, or strings then you’re invited to join the award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony, the Sacramento area’s premier youth organization for musicians (ages 6-21)! SYS has orchestras and ensembles for every level, from beginning through advanced. Online applications are available at www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org, and are due by late April Auditions will be held on May 23 and 24 and May 30 and 31. Full merit-based scholarships available for select instruments (must apply before April 10)! Call Robert at 731-5777 for details.

Music at noon free concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church
May 27:

Bring your lunch and enjoy fine music. This week there will be music featuring violinist Igor Veligan and pianist Natsuki Fukasawa. Upcoming concert information and “printed” programs can be accessed from www.musicatnoon.org. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 1300 N St.

Fire Station 8 Open House
May 30:

Fire Station 8, located at 5990 H St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

June

Fire Station 5 Open House
June 6:

Fire Station 5, located at 731 Broadway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 12 Open House
June 13:

Fire Station 12, located at 4500 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 7 Open House
June 20:

Fire Station 7, located at 6500 Wyndham Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 10 Open House
June 27:

Fire Station 10, located at 5642 66th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

July

Fire Station 11 Open House
July 11:

Fire Station 11, located 785 Florin Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 13 Open House
July 18:

Fire Station 13, located at 1100 43rd Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 15 Open House
July 25:

Fire Station 15, located at 1591 Newborough Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

August

Fire Station 18 Open House
Aug. 1:

Fire Station 18, located at 746 North Market Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 19 Open House
Aug. 8:

Fire Station 19, located at 1700 Challenge Way, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 57 Open House
Aug. 15:

Fire Station 57, located at 7927 East Parkway, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 60 Open House
Aug. 22:

Fire Station 60, located at 3301 Julliard Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 16 Open House
Aug. 29:

Fire Station 16, located at 7363 24th St., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

September

Fire Station 20 Open House
Sept. 12:

Fire Station 20, located at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 43 Open House
Sept. 19:

Fire Station 43, located at 4201 El Centro Road, will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

October

Fire Station 17 Open House
Oct. 10:

Fire Station 17, located at 1311 Bell Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 30 Open House
Oct. 17:

Fire Station 30, located at 1901 Club Center Dr., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Fire Station 56 Open House
Oct. 24:

Fire Station 56, located at 3720 47th Ave., will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet firefighters and possibly mascot Sparky.

Ajahn Brahm preaches Kindfulness to Sacramento Buddhists

Photo courtesy Ajahn Brahm
Photo courtesy Ajahn Brahm

Sacramento Buddhist Mediation Group hosted a crowd of about 300 people to welcome unconventional Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm on Thursday, Feb. 19, an event which was co-sponsored by the American Buddhist Seminary, Sacramento Insight Meditation. Brahm sat in a gold robe, flanked by eight monks on either side, all women. SBMG Board Member Helen Hobart greeted attendees and Brahm presented Hobart with his book, “Kindfulness” as a gift. Besides supporting gender equity in Buddhism, Brahm also stands out in his down-to-earth style. “There ya go,” he said as he handed the book to Hobart.
Ajahn (a Thai language term meaning “teacher”) Brahm defied a long standing prohibition of the ordination of women as Buddhist monks (known as bhikkunis) by arranging one for four women at a ceremony in Australia in 2009, the first such ceremony in the Thai Forest Tradition. As a result, he was expelled from his monastery in Thailand.
In a report he was to present to the United Nations, he argued for the inclusion of women in Buddhist monasteries saying that it was part of the Buddha’s plan to do so and challenged Buddhists to lead their cultures in establishing women’s rights. Brahm was invited by Vietnam to present this paper in May, 2013. However, at the last minute, an International Committee for the United Nations Day of Vesak stopped his presentation of the pre-approved paper.
Brahm lead the group in a 40-minute “noble silence,” or meditation and then asked “What do you want me to talk about?”
When senior sangha member Terry Wenner said “Women,” Brahm joked sarcastically, “I know all about women having been a monk for 40 years.” He then talked about his follies going into the wrong bathrooms at airports.
When Brahm gave a more serious answer, he said that the Buddha taught that there should be four groups of followers of his teachings: monastic men (monks), monastic women (bhikkunis), lay men and lay women. He also explained that in Thailand monks are their own gender and that being a monk gives one the chance to stand outside of genders and get more understanding about relationships.
In his comments, Brahm explained “Mindfulness is not enough. Add kindness. It becomes kindfulness. He told a story of a wealthy woman who goes to a meditation and talk and tells a guard to be mindful because she feared the many burglars in the neighborhood would try to steal from her. She came home to find her home had been burgled and the guard said he mindfully saw the burglar going into the house and taking her things away. And so, Brahm, said, had the guard been kind, too, he would have stopped the thief from stealing the woman’s things.
Brahm said that as a young man he went to Central America’s Yucatan Peninsula in Guatemala and sought out the pyramid ruins alone. He walked a path through tunnels not seeing sunlight for days and then when he climbed the pyramid, he found a room in which he “could see infinity in all directions.”
He said that to him, this journey gave him a spiritual version of “the Google map view, so you can see where you are so you can see how everything comes together.” We need to find detachment, he said. “Take time out to figure out what the big world is all about. Trying to make sense out of it when you’re right in the middle of it is really hard to do.”
Brahm injected a great deal of kidding into his talk. He said there are too many different types of Buddhism. “So to get it all together,” he said, “I’ve taken the H from Hinayana, and Aha from Mahayana, and the Yana from Vajrayana and now this becomes my tradition. It’s my vehicle and it is the ‘Hahayana.’ Cause why not put a little bit of fun into Buddhism?”
Brahm said he deliberately makes playfulness part of what he teaches. “Take off the restraints and just explore. For goodness sake, don’t follow your teachers. Find your own dharma. Don’t imitate others.”
Brahm really struck a chord with attendees who said they appreciated his progressive take on Buddhism.
Shannon Martin, a new comer to SBMG said she found Brahm’s lightheartedness refreshing. “I like his idea of play.”
Jith Maganathan, an SBMG regular, said he enjoyed that Brahm’s humor “was inextricably linked with teaching.”
Rich Howard, a member of another group, said women’s presence in Buddhism “is in the teachings so he’s got a deep understanding, a historical perspective on Buddhism.” He added that he thought Brahm “taught as the Buddha does,” and that he “answered metaphysical questions without compromising science.”
Brahm, who was educated as a physicist at Cambridge, said it’s important to him to keep a “seamless” connection to science in his talks.
Nixa Schell, a senior SBMG member and member of the SBMG Board, said “He spoke to a wide variety of people.”
She remembered a story he told about a teenager who told him there were zombies at his monastery. Schell said she realizes folks must look strange when they are doing walking meditation. “We probably seem like we’re in a cult, just walking around blindly, but it’s really about concentrating and being aware while you’re walking.”
Schell also appreciated his humility “He diverted attention away from what he’s done.”
“I was really touched and I could see the profiles of the nuns (from his monastery) and they were all very serene” and “reverential,” but he didn’t require that. “I got the sense that he was uncomfortable with the attention on what he’d done,” Schell said.
She added, “People were very generous (with donations) and he donated every bit of it to the cause. “
She found “a discrepancy in his own lineage (regarding the unequal treatment of women)” and the Buddha’s teaching that monastic women should be included in the tradition and he decided to “do the right thing.”
Schell said Brahm noted that Buddhism was an oral tradition for some time and that the misogyny was written into the texts when teachings were put into writing.
Brahm said that other religions need to contribute to the work in order to continue to integrate women in to their traditions. He knew of a brave Catholic cardinal who ordained a woman at sea having found no mention of that act being illegal in cannon law. He said religious leaders should be activists. He said “It’s their job to be a bit radical.”

Annual Wildlife Care Classes Open for Volunteers to Assist Mother Nature

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The Wildlife Care Association provides an essential service in Sacramento & Yolo Counties helping recover, heal and release small animals and birds injured in our human world. Based at 5211 Patrol Road, McClellan Park, the local non-profit depends on private donation and is powered by volunteers who care.

Orientation for facility volunteers takes place every Saturday through April from 1-3pm. This class is free to new volunteers. These volunteers will help with animal intake, first aid, and animal feeding, maintain and operate the non-profit facility. Email – wcavolunteers@yahoo.com to register.

Classes for home rehabilitation volunteers and wildlife care begin Sunday, April 19 from 1-3 p.m. with Microscopes! ‘Rehab’ classes continue each month thru August.

Upcoming classes include: zoonotics, opossums, raccoons, raptors and reptiles. Learn the care and feeding of wildlife! If you are not a current volunteer or not a current member of the WCA, classes are $20 and are a tax-deductible donation to Wildlife Care. Register online at http://www.wcarehabilitation@yahoo.com Space is limited and classes available just once a year, so don’t miss out. For more information call 965-WILD.

Visit http://www.wildlifecareassociation.com
to learn more or make a donation.

Rummage sale at Rio Americano to be held April 18

A rummage sale will be held at Rio Americano High School on Saturday, April 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the school’s various programs.

Parent volunteer Suzie Moebs spoke with the Arden-Carmichael News about the rummage sale and let us in on some details in regard to the need to fundraise. “With direct donations being down this year, it is even more important that we raise money. We (members of the Parent Teacher Association) help out with teacher requests. This covers all departments, including P.E. We’ve had requests for technology upgrades, to books in Spanish. We just decided last night (March 11) on a few of these items. So, it really continues all school year. Our art students will be selling some of their projects on the rummage sale day. The money they raise will stay in that department for them to use.”

It does not cost any money to sell the items. Donations will be dropped after school the day before, on Friday, April 17. There will be parent volunteers to help sort and organize along with students from the school’s Interact Club and student government students who will be selling coffee in the morning.

Suzie is hopeful this turns into an annual event. “I will be there for another six years with my boys, so who know? I’m sure I won’t mind doing it again.”

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The MPAA has rated this PG-13

From Lionsgate comes the second in the Divergent series, “Insugent” in 3-D and IMAX and standard presentations in other theatres. In the first movie , set in the ruins of Chicago, the action thriller of an oppressive future divided the population into four districts based on the resident’s virtues. We pick up where the last one left off as Tris Prior, who is played by Shailene Woodley, is the one “Divergent”, a person in possession of all virtues not merely one. Thus, she must be captured by the power hungry Jeanine played by Kate Winslet, who wishes to control all factions. This movie is louder, bigger and faster than the first, and the chase for Tris is on! Theo James is Four, her love interest. Kate Winslet as Jeanine is always fun to watch, and Ashley Judd returns in the role of Tris’ mother. Also returning are Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and a lady that seem not to be able to give anything less than a good performance no matter what the script: Octavia Spencer. As impressive as this was, I was not consumed by it personally. I thought that the first movie was much better. This movie seemed more action packed, and violent for that matter, than the first. If you are going to see it at all, see it at the Esquire IMAX, where the sheer size and 3-D of the experience will be a thrill you can’t find with home viewing.

Self defense for everyday living

I think many of us have experienced some sort of confrontation that has made us feel uneasy. Be it with a family member, a friend, a boyfriend, husband or authority figure. Some of us may look back and wished we reacted a different way, and feel that maybe the outcome would have changed. Maybe, maybe not. But I think learning some basic physical defense skills for these situations can help us prepare ourselves before and even during the confrontations.
As confrontations do occur in the world around us on a daily basis, it seems to be just a part of life and living in a world with others in it. While many would like to resolve things peacefully, that doesn’t always happen; and that’s why I think learning the self defense mentality is so important not just for unsafe situations but also in everyday living.

So what do the words self defense mean? This is what I have gathered that I feel most accurately defines it.

“Anything we think, say, or do to increase our physical, mental, and emotional safety.”

It is the thinking and behavior of self defense to be assertive, and in my opinion is a great way of looking at the one of the biggest reasons to enforce limits and boundaries with others. And that is, to protect oneself, by looking out for oneself.

So as far as our community goes, I’ve seen a couple businesses in the Sacramento area in regards to offering self defense but nothing like I’ve seen at the gym located off Exposition Boulevard. It’s called King Krav Maga. It’s a fight-fit based training school that teaches its students about the Israeli Close Combat System that has been taught to the Israeli military since the 1930s. While the techniques can be complex, the basics can still be learned in a short amount of time (as little as a month), giving the student enough confidence to learn a basic “groin kick.” While some students enjoy perfecting techniques and combinations for long term fitness goals, Krav can be viewed as a martial arts and not self defense. But with that being said, the overall goal and intent of the classes is to help empower others as well as feel safe in their daily lives.

The most recent development in the school is the launch of their all women’s classes taught by lead female instructor Roxanne Matthews. Roxanne grew up in a very dysfunctional home she admits, with all sorts of abuse; so becoming a Self Defense Instructor was something she could completely relate to. Growing up she knew she was meant to do big things, but she really didn’t know what. She skimmed over ideas of being a lawyer and a doctor, and neither clicked until she discovered Krav Maga.

In the past, she has had many confrontations with people she has known, and when asked what she would have known then, she says “I wish I knew it was okay to defend myself no matter who it is. Learning Krav Maga has helped me feel like I can stand up for myself because I feel more confident I can actually, physically defend myself.

Being able to defend oneself goes beyond just learning the physical moves, we know this.
Awareness, verbal assertiveness training, and channeling your fear are just a few of the components that are also integrated into the classes. Roxanne and the King Krav Maga team promise that you will leave their classes fit and more confident with new found abilities in defining your personal space mentally, verbally, as well as physically. Beneficial traits for life, I think.

Here are three ways to make yourself an ultimate weapon in everyday living:

1) Stay aware
2) Assert your space through voice, body language
3) React

Classes are Mondays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Ten class cards are available as well as drop ins.

Nora Finch is an Empowerment Educator at King Krav Maga. She is Instructor Assist to Roxanne in the All Women’s Class. She specializes in teaching women and teens how to speak their mind assertively with kindness first, as well as teaching them how to physically defend themselves.

King Krav Maga and Fitness is located at 1805 Tribute Road.

Fulton-El Camino Park Police partners with Nextdoor

Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District Park Police (Fulton-El Camino Park Police) announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents.

This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Fulton-El Camino Park Police to communicate online with Sacramento City and County neighborhoods. Residents and Fulton-El Camino Park Police will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual park watch.

“With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their neighborhoods safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual park watch efforts. Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but also increasing safety and reducing crime within our communities” Said Chief of Police” Bob Erickson. “This partnership with Nextdoor gives neighbors an easy way to not only get to know each other, but develop stronger relationships with their local Park Police. We believe that building trust and constant communication channels will lead to stronger and safer neighborhoods.” said Mike Grace, General Manager for Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District.

Nextdoor has proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool, both locally in Sacramento City and County as well as nationally, with one-in-four neighborhoods using Nextdoor across the country.

With Nextdoor, Sacramento residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets.

The Fulton-El Camino Park Police will be able to share helpful information with Nextdoor members, such as important crime alerts, emergency notifications, safety precautions and tips, details for events and crime watch meetings, and updates on activity affecting the local area to Nextdoor websites within Sacramento. However, the Fulton-El Camino Park Police will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the Fulton-El Camino Park Police. Each Sacramento neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.

Mission Avenue Open Elementary’s jazz band a rarity

Courtesy of the San Juan Unified School District
Courtesy of the San Juan Unified School District

Courtesy of the San Juan Unified School District
Courtesy of the San Juan Unified School District

Jazz Band Grace Eastlick launched into a trumpet solo, bending and growling notes before returning to the melody of “When You’re Smiling.”

The 11-year-old musician is a member of Mission Avenue Open’s jazz band. The program, which started six years ago, is a rare opportunity at the elementary level.

“As far as I know we are the only elementary program doing what we do here, in traditional jazz. And that’s pretty special,” instructor Mica Dugan said. “That’s pretty awesome for the school and for the kids to get such an early start at this music.”

Students start learning instruments in fourth grade and can try out for jazz or big band the following year. Jazz introduces unique challenges, most notably improvisaton.

“It’s actually really fun,” said fifth grader Lucas Saylors. “I like to slur a lot, change it up a little.”

Pianist “Critical thinking and listening skills are very big in jazz. Because while there’s a few notes on the page, a lot of what they have to do is off the page,” Dugan said. “It’s also a lot easier at this age level because they don’t have a lot of experience working with written music as much, so they’re a little freer to improvise.”

They learn music theory gradually, starting with the Pentatonic scale and moving into constructing chords.

Sixth grader Faye Joelson and her twin brother, Dylan, are both members of the jazz band – he is a pianist, she a vocalist.

“I always wanted to be a vocalist,” she said.

The group travels to several jazz festivals throughout the year, including planned performances at the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival on March 20 and 21 and the Kid’s Art event on April 25 (click here for more upcoming performances). They work with a variety of clinicians, from older students to professionals. Recently, students had the opportunity to sit in on a sound check for the nationally renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Mission musicians released their first CD last year, and have plans for a sophomore effort this spring.

“I have some kids now where the parents tell me ‘All they listen to is ‘20s and ‘30s jazz,’” Dugan said. “I think that is amazing, considering what sometimes you hear on the radio today, and that kids this age learn an appreciation for all styles of music.”

-Courtesy of the San Juan Unified School District