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Three Celtic Dancers With Sabers and Costumes Share a Smile
Pretty in plaid: embracing their Scottish roots to attend Carmichael Park festivities, twins Gwendolyn and Madeleine Faljean (7) and cousin Pamela Faljean were among dancers from the Kyla Groeschal Dance Studio.
Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Highland Festivities Bring Smiles

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Sporrans swung with abandon, bonnets were bonnie, men were manly, and knees hairy. Even wee doggies came tarted up in tartan. Carmichael Park was bang-on for a recent Celtic blow out.

Local branches of the St. Andrew’s Society, Shamrock Club, Daughters of Scotia, and Caledonia Club hosted the festival that is now an annual Carmichael tradition. From all over Northern California, Celts kilted up to make Carmichael home for a crackin’ ceilidh (party).

Dancers jigged and flinged. Fiddles, harps, bagpipes, and drums provided irresistible beats. Outreach was not just musical; clan organizations promoted ancestry research.

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Christina Henderson, Patrizia Cinquini Cerruti, Giovanna Biundo, Susan Ko-rec, Gabrielle De Sio, and Patty Peter
Gold River based chef Susan Korec (third from right) prepared a pasta feast for Columbus Day celebrations in Carmichael. Volunteers at the Italian Cultural Center included Christina Henderson (left) Patrizia Cinquini Cerruti, Giovanna Biundo, Gabrielle De Sio and Patty Peter.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Buon Appetito a Tutti!

Columbus and Olive Oil Celebrated

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/23/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - An eight-year tradition, the Columbus Day Olive Oil Celebration recently sold out at the Italian Cultural Center in Carmichael.

Fragrant oils baptized bread, lunch was eaten al-fresco, and New World discoverer Christopher Columbus—the first Italian American—was recalled. To please paisano palates, Gold River-based Pasta Queen, Susan Korec, served a feast of hand-made ravioli, linguini, and meat balls. Two authors presented a talk on olive growing in the California Gold Country.

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Rites of Love Bless Chapel

Jesuit Hight Hosts Open Day

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/16/2014

Jesuit Chappel
Viewed from Jesuit’s campus, a vast glass wall allows sunlight to paint chapel halls. A 90ft pool reflects light to foyer ceilings.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Thousands of Fair Oaks Boulevard commuters witnessed the year-long construction of the Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Jesuit High School. Until the ivory edifice’s recent dedication, its interior remained a mystery.

Initial revelations were reserved for 300 donors to the $16 million project. These supporters witnessed a debut mass that coincided with the 51st anniversary of Jesuit’s first day (September 17, 1963). A public open day followed soon after the dedication. The Chapel of the North American Martyrs is named for eight French Jesuits who gave their lives in service to the 17th century missions to the New World.

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Hot Rods Rev for Families in Need

Story and Photo
By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/16/2014

Bev's car show
A “nifty ‘50s” theme was hot stuff for a car show at the Carmichael Oaks Shopping Center.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A record 75 classic cars recently formed ranks to help local families in need via Bev’s Angel Project.

From ancient Model T Fords to a WW II jeep and racy Bel Airs, the vehicles were exhibited at the Carmichael Oaks Shopping Center. Live music entertained and scores of hot dogs were consumed. Visitors donated unwrapped toys and bought raffle tickets. Proceeds will support the Angels Project, through which volunteers distribute hundreds of gift baskets for families in need over the Christmas period.

To assist the Bev’s Angel Project, call (916) 342-4689 or write to PO Box 204, Carmichael, CA 95609.

Carmichael Rotary Teams Up With Special Olympics

Posted: 10/16/2014

Bob and Karen from the Rotary
Bob Wood, Special Olympics Soccer coach and Karen Munsterman, Rotary Chairperson.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - On October 18th at Sierra Gardens Park in Roseville, the 32nd annual Special Olympics Soccer Games will be played. Teams are invited and come from all over the area.

Each year Carmichael Rotary supports the games by supplying 600+ lunches for all of the athletes and coaching staff.

At our Tuesday, September 30th Rotary meeting at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course, Karen Munsterman, Rotary chairperson for the BVDC (Bella Vista/Del Campo) Special Olympics team presented the Carmichael Rotary annual donation to Bob Wood, the team’s head coach, to support many of the team’s needs.

The members of Carmichael Rotary extend an invitation to the public to come out and help us prepare and serve the athletes their lunches and see just how gratifying this task is….and see ROTARY AT WORK!

Source: The Rotary Club of Carmichael

St. John the Evangelist Students Collect Treats for Troops

Posted: 10/8/2014

Young Kids Show the Treats and Useful Items Collected for Troops
Photo courtesy St. John the Evangelist School

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - St. John the Evangelist School in Carmichael spent the month of September collecting items such as granola bars, travel size toiletries, instant oatmeal, and candy to be packaged and sent to troops overseas for the holidays. In total, students collected 149 cans of tuna, 82 fruit cups, 362 packages of oatmeal, 66 granola bars, 15 packages of candy, 26 packages of gum, 194 bottles of hand lotion, 195 bars of soap, 121 packs of toothpaste and mouthwash, 72 bottles of hand sanitizer, 48 packages of lip balm, 38 bottles of shampoo, 19 packages of hand wipes, and 11 other toiletries. In addition to collecting all of the various items, students in grades preschool through 8th grade made individual cards expressing their gratitude for service in our armed forces.

Students expressed how much it meant to be able to send some holiday cheer to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day. The items will be packaged and shipped out in individual care packages so that the troops will receive them before the holidays. Thanks to the suggestion of one of our parents, Melissa Moya, we were able to take on this project as a community and collect items to show our appreciation. It is a reminder to all of us that the simple gestures are the ones that often times mean the most.

Contact Details:
Tosha Tillotson, Principal
5701 Locust Ave.
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 481-8845 x216

Source: St. John the Evangelist School

Darrell Corti Shows Choice Olive Oils
Internationally noted grocer Darrell Corti will discuss Italian food for an October 12th “Olive Oil Celebration” in Carmichael. The event will herald Columbus Day.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

It’s Like Choosing a Wife

Join in the Olive Oil Celebration

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/9/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - “Choosing an olive oil is like choosing a wife,” advises Sacramento grocer Darrell Corti. “You must be careful with your choice. Unlike a wife though, you can have more than one kind of oil.”

In fact, he advises plural purchases. “One oil does not do everything,” he explains. “For a good experience, you need at least three kinds: light, medium, and one of intense fruitiness.”

The second-generation purveyor of all things delicious at Corti Bros grocery store is—like many of his wines—subtle and somewhat dry. Yet his life-long efforts persuaded the Italian Government to bestow a cavaliere order (the equivalent of an English knighthood) on Corti for opening the American market to many Italian wine and food producers. In his trademark blue grocer’s coat, “Sir Darrell” will be the main attraction during the Italian Cultural Society’s Columbus Day festivities.

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Who Let the Dogs In?

Off-Leash Facility a Hit with Hounds

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/2/2014

Painters Union, Kelly-Moore Paints Team Up for Charity

Posted: 10/2/2014

Carmichael Comes Clean: October 11th

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/2/2014

Fair Oaks EcoHousing Receives Planning Approval for New Neighborhood

By Marty Maskall
Posted: 9/25/2014

October 5th Nature Fest Woos Wildlife

By Susan Skinner
Posted: 9/25/2014

Founder's Day to be a “Kick”

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2014

Beth Shalom Hosts Food Fest

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2014


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