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Critters Cavort for Birthday Bash

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 10/2/2015

Super Heroes and Mascots at Carmichael Founders Day 2015
Comic book heroes met superstar mascots during last weekend’s Founders Day celebrations in Carmichael Park. Families enjoyed a parade of larger-than-life icons, led by River Cats baseball booster Dinger (back row center), Dragon cub Butterbean and puppy Princess (left) brought fantasy to the dancefloor.

A civic birthday revived old-style family fun at Carmichael Park last weekend.

Fanfared by the 100-member El Camino High School pep band, events kicked off with flag presentations to underscore the patriotism of this 106-year-old town. Founder Daniel Webster Carmichael established his first “colony” here in 1909. The annual Founders Day bash recalls the entrepreneur’s vision.

A classic car show recorded a century of American automobile production. Performances by Celtic dancers, a pop-band and an African drum troupe reflected modern community diversity.

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Crocker Art Museum Celebrates by Day and by Night

Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the Teel Family Pavilion

Posted: 10/2/2015

Models Pose On Display at Neo Crocker
Neo-Crocker 2015 will take those who dare into the next stratosphere. A supersensory, high-volume event with dancing, live music, adult libations, and lots more, Neo-Crocker is a museum-wide, adults-only celebration of art, creativity, and the thrill of being amidst it all.
Photos by Jay Lensch

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Crocker Art Museum is celebrating the fifth year anniversary of the Teel Family Pavilion on October 10th with two major events: the Crocker Birthday Bash during the day and Neo-Crocker 2015 at night.

“Celebrating five years in this building has been a joy, and we want to make sure the next five, 25, and 100 years are as well,” said Lial Jones, the Mort and Marcy Friedman Director and CEO at Crocker Art Museum. “We couldn’t be more proud of the impact the new pavilion has had on the community, through our ability to offer even more family events, educational programs, art classes, and exhibitions not previously possible. Sacramento was smart to see to fruition its vision for an iconic and empowering center of culture.”

The Crocker Birthday Bash will kick-off at 10 a.m., and the Museum will be free to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can get in the birthday spirit with great exhibitions, live music, dance performances, and making hands-on art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The party will kick-off at 10 a.m. with the Grant High School Drumline, followed by performances by Step 1 Dance Company, Natomas Charter School Singing Ensemble, the McKeever School of Irish Dance, and Taiko Dan Japanese drumming. Party guests can also participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge, a worldwide event in which kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination! Food fare will be available at the Crocker Cafe by Supper Club, and members will receive an additional 5% off purchases in the museum store all day.

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When Girls Lead, the World Succeeds

Registration Is Open Now for Girl Scouts

Posted: 9/25/2015

Girl Scouts Sell Cookies
National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial.
Photo courtesy of Girls Scouts of America

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round by providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more.

National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial. Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-led organization in the world, and it is a significant contributor to its members’ success in and enjoyment of life.

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Gabe Kerschner with a Bald Eagle
An October 4th open day at Effie Yeaw Nature Center will feature TV show veteran Gabe Kerschner with a menagerie that includes a rescued bald eagle.

Nature Fest Stars Wild Survivors

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/25/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Animal sagas—spotlighting bats, reptiles, salmon, and raptors—will educate visitors during the Effie Yeaw Nature Center’s annual Nature Fest on Sunday, October 4th.

Celebrity presenter is Gabe Kerschner, who runs an animal sanctuary in Placer County. He and his animals are TV stars who annually present hundreds of school programs. All rescued from adversity, his cast includes alligators, lemurs, a kangaroo, and a Gibbon monkey. The 2015 Nature Fest supporters will likely view a more regional menagerie. Among these will be a coyote, a raccoon, a rattlesnake, and a lynx. “My bald eagle is Alaskan,” explains Kerschner. “She’s bigger than local ones. If she had both wings, Spirit would have a wingspan of over six feet. She’s gentle and awe-inspiring. When I show her, people get emotional.”

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Baseball Mascot Dinger Squares Off With Orange Tang
Event grand marshal Dinger (left) will appear at Carmichael Founders Day on September 26th. The River Cats baseball team mascot and a gathering of other larger-than-life critters invite families to join the community’s 106th birthday celebrations.

Critters Celebrate 106th Carmichael Birthday

Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/18/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Once a colony, now a proudly unincorporated community in Sacramento County, Carmichael marks its 106th anniversary on Saturday, September 26th.

As part of family-oriented celebrations, a cast of celebrity mascots—including a dancing duck, McGruff the Crime Dog, Chuck E. Cheese, and Water District icon Mister Leaky—will join forces in the event’s first Parade of Mascots. Children, dogs, and bikes are welcome to join an informal parade. River Cats baseball team booster Dinger is the critter headliner.

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Bev’s Angel Project Hosts Nifty 50s Classic Car Show

Posted: 9/18/2015

The Gleaming Side of a Vintage Car
On September 20th, Bev’s Angel Project will host a classic car show. To attend, please bring a new unwrapped toy for donation.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Bev’s Angel Project’s annual Nifty 50s Classic Car Show will be held on Sunday, September 20th in the Carmichael Oaks parking lot at the corner of Marconi and Fair Oaks Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is a new unwrapped toy(s). Live rock & roll music will be provided by Todd Morgan and the Emblems from noon to 2 p.m.

Bev’s Angel Project also presents the people’s choice award each year at this event. Each of the entrants and the general public can vote on their favorite car and the one with the most votes is the winner. The event is the Angel Project’s kickoff to their gift collecting for the holiday season, as each participant brings one or more toys for their entry fee.

Angel Project serves over 3,000 local children and families, providing them with homemade blankets and quilts, stuffed animals, wrapped toys, gloves, hats, stuffed stockings, books, games, and more. Mrs. Claus and her helpers visit school classrooms, hospitals, crisis nursery, St. John’s Women’s and Children’s Center, and more.

If you would like to support the project and donate toys or other needed items, please call Jan at (916) 402-7202 or Judee at (916) 483-6503, or email

Source: Judee Shoemaker

Concert Celebrates 40 Years for Community

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/11/2015

Kiwanis Club and California Fly Fishers Unlimited Host Fish Derby for Disabled Persons

Posted: 9/11/2015

Ike’s 103-Year Dancing Feat

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/4/2015

Local First Responders Honored by Elks Lodge

Posted: 9/4/2015

Advocates Advise Disabled Veterans

Story and Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/28/2015

Oh Deer, It’s Hot Out There

American River Parkway Sizzles in Heatwave

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/28/2015


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