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Emily Marie Grant, Jason F. Knittle II, Tessa Zehnder, Charlie Holliday, Jodi L. Church
Cast members from left to right: Emily Marie Grant plays the part of Mandy Sanders, the mother of Robert Sanders (played by Jason F. Knittle II). Jason F. Knittle II plays the part of a 17 year old who witnesses a murder. Tessa Zehnder plays the part of Sara in RELLIK. Charlie Holliday is an actor and a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Union Representative for Northern California. Jodi L. Church on the red carpet.
Photos by Christie Spurlock.
Photo illustration by Messenger Publishing Group.

Local Filmmakers Premiere Crime Thriller

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION , CA (MPG) - On June 21st, the locally based crime thriller pilot of RELLIK premiered at both Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con and the Tower Theatre in Roseville. The Roseville premiere featured most of the cast and crew, and the excitement was palpable as everyone saw the results of their work on the big screen.

RELLIK was directed by Tim Russ, known primarily for his role as Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager. Originally contacted to act in the series, Russ was intrigued by the script and ended up directing instead. The cast and crew hope that the web series will be picked up by a streaming service for wider distribution.

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Operation Brokenheart II Leads to Arrests of Child Predators

Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force along with ICAC task forces around the country took part in “Operation Brokenheart II;” a nationwide effort to identify and arrest as many child predators as possible along with providing outreach and internet safety education. This effort took place during the months of April and May of 2015 and was a coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies nationally.

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Volunteers Plant Trees at Wildlife Care Facility
Volunteers from the Wildlife Care Association, SMUD, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, Southside Rental Equipment, and Messenger Publishing Group planted 20 trees at McClellan’s former-USAF facility to provide shade, native habitat, a windbreak, an onsite outdoor natural education area, and to improve the public appeal of the old tech facility.
Photo by Tom Wroten

Volunteers Plant Trees to Provide Native Habitat

Posted: 6/26/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A stark contrast between obsolete technology and urgent wildlife care will bring the non-profit Wildlife Care Association, SMUD, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, Southside Rental Equipment, and volunteers from the community to the former radar dome on the west side of McClellan Park. The old technology “palace” now houses the non-profit Wildlife Care Association, providing intake, care, and release for displaced or injured wildlife in the Sacramento region.

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Allan Davis and Linda Melody
Napa-style stonework is a feature of Milagro’s atrium design.

Milagro Hosts Hard Hat Tour

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/26/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael Chamber of Commerce executive Linda Melody donned a construction worker’s helmet for an exclusive tour of the much-anticipated Milagro Centre.

With a forest of mature trees and fountains installed outside, indoor progress remains a mystery to future patrons of the culinary mall on Fair Oaks Boulevard. Linda Melody’s guide was developer/owner Allan Davis. The visitor admired Napa-style stonework, generous skylights, and 36,000 square feet of polished concrete floors in two vending areas. Builders are also working to complete a convention center that will allow events for 250-plus guests. Sparing no expense, Davis and his late wife, Nancy Emerson Davis, imported doors and light fixtures from Italy. The high-profile business couple planned lighting to create an atmosphere of a year-round festival in their Milagro (Spanish for miracle) development.

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Bernie Woo, Tommie Vaca, Frances West, Dave Zeitz, and Wilma Boland Celebrate the Store's Anniversary
Bernie Woo, Tommie Vaca, Frances West, Dave Zeitz, and Wilma Boland were among many volunteers celebrating their shop’s birthday and state-wide ranking. Over 30 years, the Marconi Avenue outlet has raised over $12 million to fight cancer.

ACS Shops Mark Milestone

Local Store is Top Fundraiser, Raises Almost $14K

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 6/19/2015

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A snip without surgery last week helped cancer sufferers and honored one of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) top resale stores.

Hosted by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce, a ribbon cutting at Sacramento’s Discovery Shop (2708 Marconi Avenue) launched a record fundraising weekend. Since its opening, the store is credited with $12 million through sales of “gently used” goods. The 30-year total tops figures for 40 Californian stores.

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Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

The Band 'Lady Antebellum' Posed on Stage
Lady Antebellum views their upcoming show as an opportunity to have fun and make a memory with everyone in the audience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of that memory.
Photos by Niño Munoz.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Lady Antebellum has been playing together for almost nine years; this August will mark the ninth anniversary of their very first show together. In an interview with Messenger Publishing Group, Hillary Scott described the friendship that anchors the band as “a real summer camp vibe.” Scott explained that she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood grew up watching VH1’s Behind the Music, so they were very familiar with the all-too-typical story of successful bands breaking up over petty arguments and egotistical posturing. “So we just learned how to talk to each other, to compromise,” said Scott.

When Scott, Kelley, and Haywood began writing songs together, Scott said, “It was like I had met my musical best friends, my brothers.”

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Wizard World Comic Con Returns to Sacramento

Posted: 6/12/2015

New Limits on Landscape Watering

SSWD Unveils Rebate Programs to Help Customers Conserve

Posted: 6/12/2015

The Crocker Art Museum Presents ‘David Ligare: California Classicist’

Posted: 6/5/2015

State Indian Museum Presents Annual Gathering of Honored Elders

Posted: 6/5/2015

Rellik: It’s A Wrap

Pilot Set to be Released at Local Comic Con

By Ben Barber and Christie Spurlock
Photos by Ben Barber
Posted: 5/29/2015

Use Birds of Prey to Control Pesky Rodent Populations

Posted: 5/29/2015


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