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Bikes Recycled for Kids in Need

Sheriff’s Toy Project Refurbishes Wheels

Posted: 12/18/2014

Used Bicycles Are Carefully Collected To Be Refurbished
Recycle your bicycles for Sheriff’s Toy Project at North Area Recovery Station.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - There is more going on than transferring trash at the County North Area Recovery Station (NARS) on Roseville Road. For Sacramento County Sheriff’s Toy Project, unused bikes are being separated out of trash piles and collected weekly to be refurbished and distributed to families and children in need.

Upon seeing the nearly 40 bikes a week that used to end up crushed for scrap metal recycling at the North Area Recovery Station, Operations Manager Alan MacIsaac decided something had to change. He created the NARS Re-cycle Project to refurbish the bikes instead of trashing them. The bikes are collected and restored by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Toy Project, which serves Sacramento families and children while creating a positive connection with law enforcement.

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Foster Youth Receive Holiday Gifts and Stockings

Posted: 12/18/2014

Lorrie Wilson With Piles of Wrapped Presents For Foster Youths
Lorrie Wilson, co-chair of United Way’s Women in Philanthropy, works with volunteers to organize and wrap holiday gifts for local foster youth.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - More than 100 local residents donated 130 stockings and 192 gifts through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so that 194 local foster youth would have their holiday wishes fulfilled. Sixty-four foster youth in Sacramento County’s Child Protective Services received the holiday gifts they requested, and the community filled stockings for 130 foster youth with United Way’s financial stability initiative’s $en$e-Ability project partners: Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Koinonia Family Services, and New Morning Youth and Family Services.

Dozens of volunteers with United Way’s Women in Philanthropy came together on December 3rd to wrap gifts and stuff stockings with Target gift cards, hats, blankets, first aid kits, yearly planners, socks, snacks, and personal notes.

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Carmichael Café Serves Up Slices of History

Area’s First Family Views Vintage Photographs

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/11/2014

DeAnna Rabbitt, Bernie Lenau, Donna Deterding, Grace Bunting, Becca De-terding, Russ Deterding, and Carrie Deterding
Scion of Carmichael Colony’s oldest clan Russ Deterding (front center) celebrates his birthday with family and restaurant owner Bernie Lenau (center, back). Relatives (from lower left) include Becca and Carrie Deterding, DeAnna Rabbitt, Donna Deterding, and Grace Bunting. The photographs are among vintage photos in the Carmichael Café and Deli.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Marking his 85th birthday, Russell Deterding was among the first customers at the new Carmichael Café and Deli last week. His celebration included several generations of Carmichael’s oldest clan. Present in effigy were ancestors Mary and Charles Deterding, who farmed San Juan Meadows (now Ancil Hoffman Park) before Daniel Carmichael established his Carmichael Colony.

Russell Deterding, a U.S. Marine and retired businessman, calls being Mary Deterding’s grandson “one of the great honors of my life. Woman’s lib would have come as a complete shock to grandmother,” he laughed. “When she had a tough time, she fended for herself and just got on with things.”

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Dale and Elaine Lorzo Make Holiday Magic
Magical mysteries are on the menu for magician Dale Lorzo’s La Sierra Community Center show.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Abracadabra, Holiday Magic!

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/11/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Magic will be in the air on Saturday, December 13th at the La Sierra Community Center. The Carmichael Park District will present illusionist Dale Lorzo and his faithful assistant Elaine in a family Holiday Magic show.

The performance will include the great toy escape, magically appearing flowers, floating Christmas baubles, and Lorzo’s famous disappearing-assistant trick. The event promises laughs and opportunities for volunteers to get in on the act.

Carmichael-based Lorzo is a popular star of shows in Arden Arcade, Fair Oaks, Roseville, Orangevale, Citrus Heights, and Rancho Cordova.

Admission for the holiday show is $10 at the door. Families get a $25 rate for four people. The curtain will go up at 1 p.m.

The La Sierra Center is located at 5325 Engle Road. Show sponsors include the Baratta Holistic Center and Carmichael Recreation and Park District. For more information, visit

Irv Faria and His Dog Lennie Stroll Through Vibrant Color
Woodland wanderers. Irv Faria and his dog Lennie take a stroll on the winding paths of their Carmichael garden. Many varieties of Japanese maple contribute to the vivid fall landscape presented in this creekside acre.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Thanksgiving Blessings

Carmichael Valley, a Mini Vermont

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 12/4/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - While gardeners all over the nation are raking leaves, Irv Faria and his wife Pauline let them lie. In fact, the octogenarian Carmichael couple actually collects fallen foliage from neighbors’ rakings. “We scatter leaves all over the garden,” says Faria. We like the extra color they add to our mini Vermont. And they improve the soil.”

More than 50 years of mulching has enriched botanical possibilities in their Carmichael Creek woodland. In the process, retired American River College professor Faria and his wife have nurtured a habitat—certified by the National Wildlife Federation—which brings added delight for the green thumbed couple. Many varieties of birds nest here in spring; wild turkey forage in flocks; newly-born fawns hide under low branches.

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Celebrate the Holidays With a Celtic Flair

Sacramento Master Singers Present A Celtic Christmas

Posted: 12/4/2014

The Sacramento Master Singers Perform With Drums and Voices
The Sacramento Master Singers present A Celtic Christmas throughout December in two locations: St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Sacramento and the Harris Center in Folsom. Between December 13th and 23rd, Dr. Ralph Hughes will direct the city’s most accomplished chamber choir in five concerts, all featuring special guests Men of Worth, the humorous Scottish/Irish folk duo beloved by fans from the U.S. to the U.K.
Photo by Bruce Patt and courtesy of Sacramento Master Singers

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Master Singers present A Celtic Christmas throughout December in two locations: St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Sacramento and the Harris Center in Folsom. Between December 13th and 23rd, Dr. Ralph Hughes will direct the city’s most accomplished chamber choir in five concerts, all featuring special guests Men of Worth, the humorous Scottish/Irish folk duo beloved by fans from the U.S. to the U.K.

Choral highlights will range from Michael McGlynn’s thrilling Irish-styled ancient chants in candlelight to area premieres by contemporary English composer Cecilia McDowall and Paul Mealor of Wales. The choir will also sing new arrangements of some of the world’s most beloved traditional carols, such as world premieres by Sacramento’s own Clifford Shockney, who has lovingly arranged the Welsh carol “All Through the Night” for the Master Singers.

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Area Residents Raise $300k for Free Medical Services

Posted: 12/4/2014

Abby Johnson and Other Guests at Fundraiser
Author and former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson (center) speaks with guests at the Sacramento Life Center dinner that raised funds for the nonprofit’s free medical care, counseling, and education for low-income pregnant women and teens.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - More than 650 local residents raised $300,000 for the Sacramento Life Center’s free medical care, counseling, and education services for pregnant women and teens at the organization’s annual fundraising dinner on November 8th. The Salute to Life Dinner and Auction included a gourmet dinner, auction, raffle, and stories of people who have received help from the Sacramento Life Center. The keynote speaker was Abby Johnson, author and former Planned Parenthood director.

“We rely on this event for the funding to continue the work we are doing, and last year we saw nearly double the number of women and teens that we expected,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “Thanks to this community’s generosity, we can continue to reach even more women and teens who feel scared and alone and instead provide them with a support system and the care they need.”

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Church Fair Offers a Crafty Christmas

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/27/2014

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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Graphic of Two Happy Kids on Bikes With Helmets

Donate Bike Helmets to Bev’s Angel Project

Christmas Gifts for Boys and Girls

Posted: 11/27/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Bev’s Angel Project, a local non-profit that distributes toys and gifts to needy kids and families at Christmas, is in need of bike helmets for kids. If you are interested in helping, please purchase a boy’s or girl’s helmet and attach the receipt to it so that it can be exchanged if it doesn’t fit. For more information, contact Jan Strickland at (916) 402-7202 or Judee Shoemaker at (916) 483-6503.

Help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.

Source: Carmichael Chamber of Commerce

Headstone Mystery Finally Solved

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 11/20/2014

The Old Man and the River

Peter Hayes’ Almanac an Indispensible Companion for Family Rambles

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/20/20414

The Sacramento Moustache Run Raises Awareness of Men’s Health Issues

By Anne Stokes
Posted: 11/13/2014

Fallen La Sierra High School Students Honored at Veterans Day Remembrance

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/13/2014

Perilous and Hair-raising:

All in a Day for Dogged Supervisor

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/6/2014

Three African Lion Cubs Born at the Sacramento Zoo

Posted: 11/6/2014

Carmichael Comes Clean

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 11/6/2014


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