Brews in the Burbs is Coming to Sunrise MarketPlace

By Julie DePrada-Schott, Sunrise MarketPlace  |  2019-06-06

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Sunrise MarketPlace in partnership with the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights presents Brews in the Burbs. On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Sunrise MarketPlace will transform the Sunrise Mall parking lot into a backyard hangout to showcase the best Craft Beer, Home Brewer, and Wine in the Northern California area. This inaugural event will feature craft beer tastings, live music, food trucks, backyard games and YOU!

A few participating breweries include Red Bus Brewing, River City Brewing, Tilted Mash Brewing, and Alaro Brewing. Brews in the Burbs will also feature a Home Brewers Tasting Section and Beer Alternatives tastings. For a complete list of vendors and sponsor, visit SunriseMarketPlace.com/BrewsintheBurbs.

VIP Admission ticket price is $50 pre-sale and $60 day of (if available). Ticket includes entry into the event starting at 4 pm, access to the VIP lounge which will feature food samplings from Olive Garden, Dos Coyotes, Wing Stop and Benihana, a larger tasting glass and unlimited tastings.

General Admission tickets prices are $35 pre-sale and $45 day of the event. Ticket includes entry into the event starting at 5 pm, a tasting glass and unlimited tastings.

Designated Driver tickets are available for $20 and includes $5.00 food voucher at any food truck and unlimited soda/water. Designated Drivers can enter the event early with another person who has early entry tickets. Designated driver tickets are only available for purchase in advance and before the event is sold out.

The purchase of your ticket will help us support the Rotary Club of Citrus Heights, whose mission is to help children from Elementary through High School with education and literacy projects. Proceeds from Brews in the Burbs will benefit children and families of Citrus Heights and surrounding areas.

A special thanks to Stones Gambling Hall and Beers in Sac, in being instrumental in helping us create an amazing Brews in the Burbs.

About Sunrise MarketPlace                                                                                 

Sunrise MarketPlace is a collection of more than 400 retailers, restaurants, and professional businesses located in the heart of Citrus Heights, CA. The Shopping and Business Improvement District, located along Sunrise Boulevard between Arcadia Drive (just north of Greenback Lane) and Madison Avenue, and along Greenback Lane between Birdcage Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard. The District was created in 1999 to advance the commercial vitality of the business corridor.  For more information visit www.ShopSMP.com, www.facebook.com/sunrisemarketplace, and www.instagram.com/DiscoverySMP

 

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Women's Empowerment Gala Fundraiser for Formerly Homeless Women

By Kristin Thébaud, Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2019-05-30

Women’s Empowerment graduates enjoy the 2018 Celebration of Independence Gala wearing ballgowns donated by the community. Courtesy Women

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Community members are invited to the 18th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala that benefits Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit job training and empowerment program for women who are homeless and their children. The event, which raises funds for the organization and honors the group’s 1,574 graduates, will take place 5:30-8:45 p.m. on June 20 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street.

Guests will mingle with program graduates and enjoy a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and graduate presentations.

Tickets are $150. Those who cannot attend, or wish to contribute, can sponsor graduates to attend the event. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call (916) 669-2307 or visit www.womens-empowerment.org.

At the event, Women’s Empowerment will announce the winner of the 2019 To Heal the World Award, created in honor of founding social social worker, Erie Shockey. The award, which was first given to Mayor Darrell Steinberg, recognizes a local hero who inspires others to engage in social change and makes the Sacramento community a better place for all.

“Joy and laughter fill the room every year at this beautiful event where donors, volunteers and community members have the chance to connect with women who were once homeless and invisible and are now wearing evening gowns and being celebrated for all they have accomplished,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment.

“This gala not only celebrates the amazing women who break the cycle of homelessness each year, it also is our largest fundraiser of the year and ensures we can continue to meet the needs of homeless women in our community as Sacramento battles housing and homeless crises. This is a chance to come together and tackle these issues in a positive way,” said Culp.

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,574 homeless women and their 3,627 children.

Last year, 82 percent of graduates found homes and 76 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento.

To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org.

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Fun Summer Camps, Classes & Special Activities for Kids

Traci Rockefeller Cusack, T-Rock Communications  |  2019-05-30

Zoo Wild Life Stage Show at the Sacramento Zoo. Courtesy of Sacramento Zoo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - From learning about artistry, aviation or even deep space, a number of Sacramento area museums and destinations are offering unique classes, camps and activities for kids this summer. Space is limited, camps are already filling up fast and parents are encouraged to connect with the individual museum(s) of interest to explore availability.
A number of the 2019 summer camps, classes and activities offered by Sacramento area museums includes the following:

Aerospace Museum of California - The Aerospace Museum is proud to offer an ACE Academy Summer Camp June 17-21 where participants (ages 13-18) will have the opportunity to meet aviation professionals, learn the basics of flight planning and aviation history, explore the physics of flight, take field trips to various airports and aviation-related sites, pilot an aircraft in a flight simulator, and take an orientation flight in a single engine aircraft. To find out more details about this exciting camp led by two Southwest Airlines pilots and/or register, please visit www.aerospaceca.org/ace/;

Crocker Art Museum - The Crocker's high-quality, full-day art camps are designed to support campers (ages 5-6 and 7-9) as they explore, imagine, experiment and create. Camps, which start on June 17 and continue into early August, focus on process over product and offer participants an opportunity to explore diverse subjects and materials through the Museum’s renowned collection and special exhibitions. Campers develop friendships and critical thinking skills through looking at, talking about, and creating art. For more details and/or register, please visit www.crockerart.org/camps2019;

Fairytale Town - Fairytale Town offers 27 exciting and educational summer camps for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 9. Each weeklong camp is designed for a specific age group and features a unique theme, including visual and theatre arts, literature, puppetry, animals, gardening and more! Children can explore new areas of interest or dive deeper into their favorite topic. For more information or to register, visit www.fairytaletown.org;

Maidu Museum & Historic Site – If your kids (ages 8-10) love the outdoors, getting dirty and having fun, consider enrolling them in the Center’s nature camp for fun activities and crafts about the natural world around us. With a half-day summer camp scheduled June 10-14, participants will enjoy hands-on experiences with plants and learn fun facts about the fascinating animals that live in our community. For more information and/or to register, visit this link (click on “Register” then “Specialty Camps): www.roseville.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=7964922&pageId=8890615

Powerhouse Science Center – Powerhouse summer camps (targeted to 2nd to 6th graders) combine innovative science projects, creative challenges, outdoor games and, of course, lots of fun. Starting on June 10 and continuing into early August, summer camp themes revolve around central concepts such as space, nature and general science with titles such as Whodunit? CSI 2019, Mission Blast-Off: Escape from Mars!, Hacking 101: Where Science & Technology Collide, Prehistoric Life: On Land, In Air and Under the Sea, Robots and Rovers: Space Exploration Through Time, and Lights, Camera, Action: Summer Science Blockbusters. For more details and/or register, please visit www.powerhousesc.org/summer-camps/;

Sacramento Children’s Museum – The Museum offers a variety of summer camps starting in June and continuing into August that take place at three locations including the Laguna Town Hall in Elk Grove, Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova and at the Museum also in Rancho Cordova. Camps appeal to various ages with topics that include the following: Drama-Rama Theater Play Camp, Jurassic Camp, Art Studio Camp, Ocean Explorers Camp, Story Factory Camp, Outer Space Camp, Global Art Camp, Cooking Around the World Camp and Concoction Lab Camp. To find out more details and/or register, please visit www.sackids.org/camps;

Sacramento History Museum – The Museum is proud to offer fun and history-rich summer camps through the month of July. Camps include a theater based camp, History Live!, a Sacramento history centered camp, Gold Fever!, and a camp all about archaeology, Dig It!, that will engage, stimulate, and captivate young minds. Plus, all summer camp participants will visit Old Sacramento museums, state historic parks and local historic sites as part of the memorable experience. To find out more details and/or register, please visit www.sachistorymuseum.org/2019-history-camp/;

Sacramento Zoo – The Zoo offers a series of summer camps and classes from June through August that are very popular and sell out quickly. The camps and classes are targeted by age (K-12 grades) and take place in an exciting atmosphere that allows camp counselors a unique opportunity to reach kids and inspire them to care about wildlife, wild spaces and learn how to help protect them. To find out more details and/or register, visit www.saczoo.org/education/camps/;

Verge Center for the Arts The Center is excited to offer three themed studio camp weeks per age group (kids ages 6-9 and 10-13) that start on June 17 and continue into August. Topics include Immersive Space: Installation Art, Paper Mache Creatures: Puppets & Alebrijes, and Art on the Walls: Murals. The summer camps are designed to introduce and foster a love for the arts through hands-on activities, instruction and exploration. For more details or register, please visit https://www.vergeart.com/classes/kidscamp2019/.;

For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website at www.SacMuseums.org.

About Sacramento Area Museums (SAM)
Comprised of 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with Visit Sacramento, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover the region’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures. SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions. For more information, visit www.SacMuseums.org.


 

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Renaissance Singing Group Serenades Seniors

By Muffy Francke, Renaissance Society  |  2019-05-30

Singing for Fun’s ukulele ensemble: the Uk-u-Ladies. Photo courtesy of the Renaissance Society.

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - On Tuesday, May 7, the Renaissance Society’s Singing for Fun chorus serenaded the residents of Oakmont of Fair Oaks retirement community. The residents were treated to songs that many not only remembered, but enjoyed as a sing-along with the encouragement of Chorus Director Sara Zeigler.

The singers performed such tunes as “When You’re Smiling”, “It’s a Wonderful World”, “Up a Lazy River”, “Jeepers Creepers”, and “We’ll Meet Again”. The Uk-u-Ladies, the group’s ukulele ensemble, provided toe tapping beats to tunes like “Ain’t She Sweet” and “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby”. There were train whistles for “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” rhythmic maracas for “Lemon Tree,” and chorus member Maryann Frantz entertained with a rousing tap dance during “On the Sunny Side of the Street.” Narrator Bette Carr introduced each song with interesting and fun facts.

Singing for Fun is a class offered by the Renaissance Society, an organization in partnership with the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), that provides opportunities for lifelong learning and community engagement for older adults. Society members choose to study topics proposed by peers who lead the seminars. There is a veritable smorgasbord of subjects which evolve from semester to semester depending on members’ interests.

Classes are held on the CSUS campus on Fridays and Saturdays during both Fall and Spring semesters. The Society also offers seminars, “birds of a feather” gatherings, book clubs and other activities such as Singing for Fun on other days and other locations.

The Society also hosts a Summer series of presentations where non-members are welcome. The schedule can be found at https://www.csus.edu/org/rensoc/calendar.html.

The Singing for Fun group chooses a new slate of songs each semester, rehearses for approximately eight weeks, and then performs for up to five different senior communities. This Spring in addition to the Oakmont show, they also entertained residents at Summerset Senior Living facility in Rancho Cordova, Sunrise of Fair Oaks, Aegis of Carmichael, and the Hart Senior Center in Sacramento.

The chorus has been part of the Renaissance experience for almost thirty years. Each semester, there are about forty participants, many of whom have been singing with the chorus for years. The only requirement besides Renaissance Society membership is to enjoy singing and sharing the joy with others. Director Zeigler emphasized that the group has “fun” in its name so there are no tryouts and no requirement to read music.

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Granite Bay Wins the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference

Mickey Parmelee, Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference  |  2019-05-30

The Granite Bay High School Lacrosse team: SVLC champions for 2019. Photo courtesy of Granite Bay High School Lacrosse team.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Granite Bay High School wins its fifth Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Championship (SVLC) in six years with a 14 to 9 victory over Jesuit High School in the championship game. Granite Bay finished the regular season with a 8-0 conference record and an overall record of 16-3.

Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference Division I consists of Granite Bay, Davis, Jesuit, Oak Ridge and Vista Del Lago High Schools.

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Scott Pink of Granite Bay High School was chosen as the Coach of the Year. This is Pink’s sixth time as Coach of the Year.

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Ryan Rogers of Oak Ridge High School was chosen, for the second year in a row, as the Conference Player of the Year. Ryan is a four year starter for Oak Ridge moving between attack and middie. Ryan is a two-time US lacrosse All-American as well as a 2019 Adrenaline All-American. Ryan has 4.0 grade point average at Oak Ridge HS and will attend the University of Utah this fall to play NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Saint Mary’s High School wins the first Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference Division II Championship with a 12 to 11 victory over Bella Vista High School in the championship game. Saint Mary’s finished the regular season with a 7-1 conference record and an overall record of 12-4. Division II consists of St Mary’s, Lincoln, Bella Vista, Casa Robles, Christian Bros and Rio Americano High Schools

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Mike Mulvimill of Saint Mary’s High School was chosen as the Division II Coach of the Year. 

As voted on by the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse coaches, Derek Walaitis of Rio Americano High School was chosen as the Division II Player of the Year.

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Big Day of Giving

By Vasey Coman, Sacramento Region Community Foundation (SRCF)  |  2019-05-29

Handful of Big Day of Giving 2019 nonprofits. Photo courtesy of SRCF

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - During this past Big Day of Giving, nonprofits in the Sacramento region raised nearly $8.4 million from over 23,000 donors who gave 44,000 donations, exceeding the $7.4 million raised last year and bringing the total generated since the inception of this annual giving day to nearly $40 million.

“Yesterday, our community came together to celebrate the nonprofits that strengthen our region and build a better Sacramento area for everyone who lives here,” said Linda Beech Cutler, chief executive of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which has organized the day-long giving challenge since its beginning in 2013, when research demonstrated local philanthropy lagged national averages.

“When we launched Big Day of Giving, we aimed to grow giving in the capital area by making philanthropy something everyone in our community feels they can do. All these years later, it is incredibly heartening to see a philanthropic spirit thriving,” said Cutler.

“This community-wide movement is successful when the people who live here make a difference by chipping in to give back—during Big Day of Giving and every other day of the year, too,” she said, noting that the majority of the donations made through the Big Day of Giving website were under $50.

In all, nonprofits in the capital area generated $8,357,897* on May 2, and each of the 601 participating nonprofits received donations.

The organizations that topped the leaderboard represent a breadth of nonprofit sectors—the arts, human services, youth development, the environment, and animal services:

The amount each participating nonprofit raised is available to view on the website.

Along with helping nonprofits raise much-needed funds, the Foundation offers a robust training program to help build the capacity of participating nonprofits in areas such as donor engagement, board development, collaboration, marketing outreach, and storytelling prior to Big Day of Giving.

“Big Day of Giving has been essential to our work,” said Nicholas Haystings, Executive Director of Square Root Academy, which raised $8,335 on May 2 to fund the free STEM education it offers in underserved Sacramento neighborhoods. “We are a relatively new organization, so the Big Day of Giving networking and skill-building trainings have been essential to helping our small staff engage new supporters and grow interest in our programs—which means we can focus more on growing our impact.”

Gifts made during Big Day of Giving 2019 will fund diverse services throughout the region. Along with Square Root Academy’s classes, Big Day of Giving donations will make possible Runnin’ For Rhett’s purchase of 682 pairs of running shoes to educate area youth about the value of living a healthy lifestyle. Donations will also fund 14 weeks of Food Literacy Center’s classes at a local school, and ensure thousands of high school baseball players can access Keep Playing Baseball’s resources to succeed as collegiate student-athletes.

Nonprofit organizations held more than 100 events throughout the region to promote their missions and generate donations on Big Day of Giving, many of which were the result of collaborations between multiple participating organizations and local businesses. Creating alliances like these among nonprofits is a key goal of the Foundation’s initiative to strengthen the nonprofit sector, Expanding Philanthropy and the Social Economy.

In addition to Big Day of Giving donations raised off of the website and during events—which organizations had to add to their totals—many participating nonprofits raised pools of match funds to motivate day-of gifts; this year, organizations raised almost $1.5 million in matching funds.

Donors who gave through Donor Advised Funds at the Foundation and its partner, Yolo Community Foundation, made a significant impact during this year's giving day, too. In all, gifts from Foundation fundholders totaled $758,290 of the final tally.

Big Day of Giving was made possible with lead sponsorship by Western Health Advantage, in addition to the generosity of its other community partners.

To learn more about Big Day of Giving, please visitwww.bigdayofgiving.org, and follow it on Facebook andTwitter.

Nonprofits and their supporters in the Sacramento region should mark their calendars for next year’s Big Day of Giving on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Big Day of Giving is powered by the region's online nonprofit portal, GivingEdge, and both are brought to the capital area by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation as part of its initiative to grow local philanthropy. Learn more on the Foundation's website, and sign up for its e-newsletter to stay abreast of the latest in local philanthropy.

Big Day of Giving 2019 is sponsored by Western Health Advantage, and was made possible with the support of many community partners. Find a complete list on the Big Day of Giving website.

Sacramento Region Community Foundation has been the trusted steward of charitable assets, a community catalyst for meaningful change and the advocate for shaping vital impact through philanthropy since 1983. As the center of philanthropy in the Sacramento Region, the Foundation's mission is to transform our community through focused leadership and advocacy that inspire partnerships and expand giving. Learn more at www.sacregcf.org.

 

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