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Women’s Empowerment Receives $25,000 From Save Mart C.A.R.E.S.

Grant Will Help Sacramento Women Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Posted: 12/18/2014

Nicole Pesco and Lisa Culp
Nicole Pesco of Save Mart gives Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment a check for $25,000 to empower women who are homeless to find homes and jobs.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. has donated $25,000 to help homeless women in Sacramento find homes and jobs to support their families through Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive job-readiness program. The mission of Women’s Empowerment aligns closely with the mission of Save Mart C.A.R.E.S., which supports programs that have a record of results and contribute to the advancement of community, arts, recreation, education, and/or sports.

“Women who experience homelessness have greater barriers in their job search, so our program addresses all of their basic needs including nutrition, so they can get healthy and focus on job readiness skills,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. for its steadfast support that ensures more women leave our program healthy, employed, and living in their own homes.”

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Annual Holiday Bus Painting Party

Regional Transit Charity Tradition Continues

Dozens of Volunteers Paint the Holiday Bus
Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party. More than 100 people used a paint-by-numbers technique to bring the decorative bus to life.
Photos by Rick Sloan and Michael Young

By Michael Young,
RT Marketing Representative
Posted: 12/18/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Each year as the holidays approach, the Regional Transit Bus Maintenance body shop bays are transformed from a gritty work space to a festive locale for the annual Holiday Bus Painting Party.

Colored lights and holiday decorations adorn the workshop and surround a 40-foot bus wrapped in white vinyl and marked with outlines of lights, candy canes, and other fanciful creations of the season in preparation for the annual gathering.

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A Brightly Lit Christmas Tree Surrounded by Presents
A Christmas tree decorated by A Community For Peace is surrounded by all the beautiful gifts waiting to be unwrapped.
Photos courtesy of Elaine Whitehead

Earth Angels Bring Hope to Kids

Citrus Heights Women’s Club Supports A Community For Peace

By Elaine Whitefeather
Executive Director, A Community For Peace
Posted: 12/18/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - ‘Twas months before Christmas and all through the year, Earth Angels planned meetings and fundraisers and gatherings galore to raise enough funds for some special kids whom many ignore.

Earth Angels buy brand new bicycles and tricycles, skateboards, and more: dolls, stuffed animals, and puzzles to solve; trucks, footballs, soccer balls, and games of all sorts. All of these blessings are delivered for a party, and these angels, mothers themselves, have understanding and wisdom and some experiences shared.

As mothers, they know just how much these mommies must bear, thinking they’ll have nothing to share or will be unable to give their children the joy of a Christmas without fear. They lighten mothers’ hearts, giving each woman the joy of wrapping every bear, every doll, every toy, and the most important gift of all—the joy of their children’s smiles and a day to enjoy.

These Earth angels, some young and some old, are prayers answered as the story is told by one weeping mother, and another, and another. For each woman has travelled a long, hard path out of darkness and fear with just courage and hope to guide them here.

Now these angels will help keep the mommies encouraged to carry on the journey for their kids’ sake without fear.

So at the A Community For Peace (ACFP) special holiday party at the end of the year, these angels and the mothers and children will share the blessings of giving, of receiving, of hope, of faith, and of kindness wrapped up in LOVE—for this is the service of the Citrus Heights Women’s Club (CHWC).

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Church Fair Offers a Crafty Christmas

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/4/2014

Christine Bagley, Tosha Tillotson, Pat Holbus, Carole Czimskey, and Amy Swanson
Pat Holbus (center) has organized the Holiday Show of hands fair at St John the Evangelist School for 36 years. Her volunteers include (kneeling left and seated far right) daughters Christine Bagley and Amy Swanson, school principal Tosha Tillotson (left) and Carole Czimskey.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - St John the Evangelist School’s annual blowout, A Holiday Show of Hands, will ensure a crafty Christmas to more than 10,000 shoppers.

Holiday and entrepreneurial spirits annually soar as crafters install wares for the first December weekend at the Carmichael campus. In its 36th year, the three-day fundraiser jams Locust Avenue and surrounding streets with shoppers’ cars.

Wares are too diverse to list. Suffice to say that whether hand-knitted, jeweled, hammered, or turned from a potter’s wheel, if it is tooled with artistry and love, St John’s is the place to find it. The fundraiser began when organizer Pat Holbus had seven children at St Johns and supported the school’s struggle to keep costs down for working families. That tuition fees are still among the lowest of Sacramento Catholic schools speaks to the event’s continuing success. The 1976 debut event hosted 20 vendors. Booths now sell out at 150 spaces and prospective crafters are juried so merchandise is not duplicated.

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Holiday Open House at Citrus Town Center

By Connie Hall
Posted: 12/4/2014

Actors Costumed as Nutcracker Themed Christmas Characters
The Holiday Open House at Citrus Town Center is fun and free event. Come see the Sunrise MarketPlace Christmas Characters who love to meet, shake hands, and take pictures with the whole family.
Photo courtesy of Hall Market Media

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Shopping during the holidays can be stressful and crazy—or it can be fun and joyous with all the special sights and sounds of the season. Make your holiday shopping fun by taking advantage of one-stop shopping for everyone on your shopping list this year while enjoying the special holiday festivities happening at Citrus Town Center in Citrus Heights.

Citrus Town Center, conveniently located at the corner of Sunrise Blvd. and Greenback Lane with plenty of free parking, will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13th from 1-3 p.m. Come on out to enjoy this very special free event for the entire family, especially the kids. A strolling Santa will be on hand to hear about those special Christmas wishes, along with Ellie the Elf who will be handing out special treats. Take a photo with Santa and Ellie and then enjoy a free ride on the Christmas Train!

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Mystery Headstone Engraved 'Christina'
Almost 20 years ago, a headstone was left outside the gate at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There were no birth or death dates engraved on the headstone, only the name Christina.

Headstone Mystery Finally Solved

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 11/20/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Almost 20 years ago, a headstone was left outside the gate at Fair Oaks Cemetery. There were no birth or death dates engraved on the headstone, only the name Christina. No one knew where the headstone had come from or where it belonged. The staff at the cemetery set up Christina’s headstone near the front office, and many visitors asked about her over the years. It was hoped that someone would recognize the headstone so it could be returned to its proper place.

Almost five years ago, the staff from the Fair Oaks Cemetery had a booth set up at the annual Carmichael Community Founder’s Day Festival. District Manager Ray Young began telling the story of Christina’s headstone to a visitor at their booth, Bob Wascou of the Sacramento Cemetery Commission. He was very familiar with the history of various Sacramento area cemeteries, and he decided to investigate where the headstone belonged.

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Feed the Needy Soup Kitchen

Posted: 11/20/2014

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - The Feed the Needy Soup Kitchen has been serving the Citrus Heights community for over 20 years. The annual Thanksgiving Dinner is being served Wednesday, November 26th, 2014. The dinner will be served promptly at 5:30 p.m., with seconds and leftovers provided as available.

Feed the Needy Soup Kitchen is now accepting donations to fill the Thanksgiving gift boxes being provided for those families in need of a Thanksgiving Dinner. Food can be dropped off Wednesdays in the hall at the back of Holy Family Catholic church located at 7817 Old Auburn Road in Citrus Heights. They are accepting turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, yams, pumpkin pies, and anything else that is donated for those in need.

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Nearly $13K Raised for Families of Fallen Officers, One Cup of Coffee at a Time

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 11/6/2014


Local Auto Service Center Helps a Family in Need

By Kathy Goodchap
Posted: 11/6/2014


Historic Rusch House and Gardens Gets Late Spring Cleaning

By Elise Spleiss
Posted: 10/23/2014


Boos and Brews Go Pop

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014


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