SMUD’s Shine Program is Now Accepting Applications

By SMUD  |  2018-05-21

Interested Nonprofits Must Apply by June 25

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD announced today that the application period for its Shine program is now open. Shine is a community development program designed to improve and revitalize neighborhoods in the Sacramento region.

Shine awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000 and are very competitive. Any nonprofit organization—501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6)— within SMUD’s service territory is eligible to apply.

Shine awards are available at three funding levels: Spark (up to $10,000), Amplifier (up to $50,000) and Transformer (up to $100,000). Applications will be accepted through Monday, June 25.

While SMUD will consider a broad variety of potential projects, it is primarily interested in proposals within the following areas:

• Neighborhood revitalization or clean up

• STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

• Environmental, energy efficiency, energy conservation or greenhouse gas reduction

• General beautification

“We were thrilled by the response we received to the launch of the Shine program last year,” said SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “Our community is very lucky to have a large group of dedicated nonprofits focused on improving our neighborhoods, and we’re excited to help them continue their great work in 2018.”

In 2017, SMUD awarded over $400,000 in Shine sponsorships to twenty local nonprofits. SMUD received a wide range of applications, and the selected projects were able to successfully demonstrate collaboration and the potential for broad neighborhood impact.

For more information about the SMUD Shine program, including a list of last year’s winners and a link to the 2018 application, visit

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) -  Seven Sacramento area museums will participate in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (May 26) and continuing through Labor Day (September 3), 2018. The seven local museums participating in Blue Star Museums include the following: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town, Powerhouse Science Center and the Sacramento History Museum.

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers and children’s museums. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.  
Before planning a visit, please contact the individual museums for hours of operation and note some are normally closed on Mondays and in observance of holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information or a complete list of participating Blue Star museums, please visit more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website at
About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018. The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.
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Railroad Museum to Dazzle & Delight during a “BIG Weekend of Small Trains” on Father’s Day Weekend

By T-Rock Communications  |  2018-05-21

About the California State Railroad Museum Foundation
The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The California State Railroad Museum & Foundation have exciting plans to dazzle and delight visitors with a special “BIG Weekend of Small Trains” on Father’s Day weekend - Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 2018. 
This family-favorite small train extravaganza showcases a magical assortment of trains, hundreds of feet of track and an array of buildings and accessories. For the “BIG Weekend of Small Trains,” local organizations and devoted enthusiasts will set up shop in the Museum, filling the Roundhouse with delightful model and toy train layouts of every description while being surrounded by impressive full-scale locomotives. Visitors of all ages will marvel at the variety of locomotives that pull pretend passengers and scaled-down shipments through all kinds of scenery, whether modeled on real places or created in the imaginations of the collectors.
“BIG Weekend of Small Trains” visitors are also encouraged to explore the Museum that is home to 225,000 square feet of exhibits and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives that illustrate railroad history in California and the West.
All “BIG Weekend of Small Trains” activities are included with Museum admission: $12 for adults; $6 for youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under. For more information about this special event or the California State Railroad Museum in general, please call 916-323-9280 or visit
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Dynamic Duo

By Scott Crow, American River College Communications Officer  |  2018-05-18

Mother-daughter duo Lilana and Eva Spindler finished second in a field of 64 doubles teams at the state tournament. Photo courtesy ARC Tennis

Mother-Daughter Doubles Team Leads ARC Success at State Tournament

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The ARC mother-daughter tennis team of Lilana and Eva Spindler had a magical run at the recent state tournament, as they finished second in a field of 64 doubles teams – beating California’s best and brightest along the way.

At the state California Community College Athletics Association tournament held in Ojai April 25-29, Lilana and Eva beat five different opposing teams (including a #1 seed) to reach the finals. There, Lilana and Eva fell just short to a duo from Cerritos College, 6-3 6-0.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Eva and Lilana,” said Head Coach Steven Dunmore. “They faced the best competition in the state, never backed down, and just had a sensational tournament.”

The entire women’s tennis team enjoyed success in Ojai.

In singles action, Eva Spindler reached the quarterfinals round of 8 with a run of victories (6-1 6-3, 6-0 6-2, and 6-1 6-3). She lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual singles champion from Cerritos College. Lilana reached the singles round of 32 with a first-round 6-1 6-3 victory.

ARC’s Kirsten Chrisco fell in a tough match in the singles round of 64, 4-6 7-5 6-1. Chrisco advanced to the round of 16 in doubles, teaming with Viktoriya Lavor. In singles competition Lavor was victorious in the first round 6-0 6-0 but fell in the round of 32, 6-1 6-1.

ARC’s Sabryana Boudreau  competed in both singles (reaching the round of 64) and doubles (with teammate Michele Camacho).

This postseason success follows a regular season that saw ARC win the Big 8 Conference title for the second year in a row. The Beavers finished runner-up for the northern California title, closing with a record of 13-2.

As a result of this excellence, Dunmore was honored as the Wilson ITA California Coach of the Year.

“I am just so proud of this team. They are building a strong legacy for the future,” Dunmore said.

Only two years ago the Beavers were 0-8. It’s clear now that the future looks bright for ARC women’s tennis.

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Carmichael’s Oldest School Marks Centennial

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-05-18

Principal Brandei Smith (left) joins incoming Principal Marianne Williams during celebrations for Carmichael Elementary School’s 100th year. The educators hold a proclamation from Assemblyman Ken Cooley. School choir and cougar mascot joined festivities.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael’s oldest school has begun its 101st year. Carmichael Elementary (Sutter Avenue) opened its doors for Centenary celebrations last week. An estimated 600 past and present students -- and many former teachers -- attended family-style festivities.

The formal program included a performance of the school song. Borrowing melody from the US Army’s “Caisson Song,” the school’s previous Principal, Brandei Smith, authored its lyrics. The “Cougar Song,” declares:

“We are bright, we don’t fight -- we will always choose the right -- as the Cougars go rolling along (Rah! Rah!)…”

Oldest reunion participant was Jack Pefley, 94, a WW II veteran who trudged to school from his family’s Palm Drive farm during the 1920s. He and siblings began three generations of his clan to attend the institution. Youngest centenary attendees included 2018 kindergarten pupils.

Community founder and realtor Daniel Carmichael donated ten acres to establish the two-room Carmichael School in 1917. Hosting Farm Bureau dinners and church services during the Depression, the school also served as a community town hall.  Baby-boom years saw huge school graduating classes.  Administered by the San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael Elementary now has 400 pupils from kindergarten to Fifth Grade.

Though the 100-year milestone was reached last year, festivities were designed for the 2018 spring semester. Near neighbor since 1931, the Crossroads Church co-sponsored the event with hotdog dinners for all comers.  A history display included old yearbooks and vintage teachers’ clothing; a 1917 school bus recalled transport in founding years; a mock pirate ship catered for energetic attendees; a contest offered naming rights for the school mascot. After speeches and presentations, the program show-stopper starred kindergarten pupils singing and signing Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful Word.”

Among alumni staff, two contemporary school principals attended. Principal Brandei Smith master-minded the centennial but recently transferred to head Howe Avenue Elementary. Principal Marianne Williams takes the Carmichael Elementary job in August. Williams predicts high achievement for Carmichael charges. “I’m passionate that all students should receive an education that prepares them for college or for a career,” says Williams. “Carmichael has a long and rich history. I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead this school into its second century.”

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ACWA Presents Leadership Award to Carmichael Water District General Manager Steve Nugent

By Heather Engel  |  2018-05-18

Carmichael Water District General Manager Steve Nugent has been honored with the ACWA Leadership Award. Photo by Jose Lopez

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today presented its 2018 Excellence in Water Leadership Award to Carmichael Water District General Manager Steve Nugent for his leadership and commitment to collaborative regional integrated water management through the American River Pipeline Conveyance Project.

Working with Aerojet and the Golden State Water Company through an innovative public-private partnership, Nugent led the district in implementing the project, which recovers 10,000 acre feet of remediated groundwater annually for beneficial use within the region.

The American River Pipeline Conveyance Project not only ensures a clean water supply for neighboring Golden State Water Company customers, it also provides an additional water supply for Carmichael Water District to help guard against future droughts, and included extensive environmental restoration along the American River. The project has been recognized with awards from the American Water Resources Association and the Sacramento Environmental Commission.

“Steve has demonstrated remarkable leadership throughout his career but especially with regard to the American River Pipeline Conveyance Project,” said ACWA President Brent Hastey. “His commitment to collaborative integrated regional water management resulted in an important and highly successful regional water infrastructure project, and his innovative approach to public-private partnerships serves as a model for future efforts.”

The Excellence in Water Leadership Award – Building a World of Difference® recognizes individuals (and groups of individuals) who have made a remarkable and visible contribution to California water. The award, sponsored by Black & Veatch Corporation, was presented during ACWA’s 2018 Spring Conference & Exhibition in Sacramento where more than 1,300 local water officials are gathered through Friday for programs and panel discussions on a variety of key water issues.

For more information about ACWA’s awards programs, please visit

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Honoring "Queen Marie"

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-05-18

Congregation members honored long-time volunteer as their Queen for a Day during a Carmichael Presbyterian Church spring fundraiser.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Carmichael’s Marie Segur claims she was only ever gainfully employed for a few weeks of her long life. “I’ve been fully occupied as a mother and a volunteer ever since,” she says. Segur, 83, is one of that dwindling generation of women who married, raised children and spent every waking moment thereafter doing good work in the community.

During a recent spring luncheon fundraiser, fellow members of the Carmichael Presbyterian Church named their stalwart “Queen for a Day.”

Arriving in Carmichael in 1961, Kansas-born Segur and husband David found a second home in the Marconi Avenue congregation. Together they were active in many areas of church life. On the long road to becoming grandmother to 17 and great-grandmother to nine, Marie Segur served multiple terms as a church deacon and elder. She also works with other denominations and churches and, according to church deacon and elder Lisa Benadom, “Marie has touched many, many lives. I’ve learned that whenever there is a question in our church, the answer is: ‘Ask Marie.’ We all owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

The congregation’s Queen for a day spent the rest of her reign making announcements, awarding raffle prizes and tidying up after the fundraiser.

“I serve the Lord,” she explained. “And I’m blessed and grateful to serve my church in any way I can.”

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