A Superhero Appearance

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-05-06

Blockbuster hit superheroes Wonder Woman and Groot from the Avengers made an appearance with spectators during the Kids Day at the Park event at Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova. Photo by Rick Sloan

Celebrating Kids Day in the Park

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - You probably noticed that in the last few years at the movies, Marvel and DC Comics seem to be getting a little carried away experimenting with what we may call a Superhero Renaissance in film. Well, citizen of Rancho Cordova, what kind of consequences do you believe this will have for the rest of us?

Set in an outdoor arena our Cordova Council leaders, with police standing by, summoned those experimenting with the forces of good and evil, light and darkness to come forth and reveal their identities to the populace.

And on Saturday, April 27th those who made an appearance locked eyes with spectators to reveal their superhuman forces, and the epicenter was Hagan Park.

You know that this planet and its inhabitants seem to be ever more threatened in a rapidly changing, and very disturbing world. But you will also be relieved to know that our values of fighting crime, protecting the vulnerable, and undertaking the responsibility to save humanity are all safe in our children’s hearts and imaginations.

One day, the children who attended the 10th Annual Kids Day in the Park will grow up to be entrusted to take on the menacing challenges the world of the 21st century delivers.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - According to the U.S. Small Business Association, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. To recognize the entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region, Sacramento County is celebrating Capital Region Small Business Week from May 5 through May 11, 2019.
Small businesses play a vital role in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs, which is why Sacramento County offers several incentives to help these businesses meet their start-up or expansion goals. The Capitol Region Small Business Week will feature a series of seven events throughout the week including:
Monday, May 6, 2019
Capital Region Small Business Week Multi-Chamber Mixer - Hosted by COWO, network with other small businesses in the Capital Region!
Event Details: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the COWO Campus, 1507 21st Street, Suite 200, Sacramento CA 95811. Participating chambers that pay $100 fee, tickets are free and all others, including non-chamber members, admission is $20. Appetizers and a drink ticket included in admission!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
BizX: “Leading Like a Boss” – Hosted by Sacramento County, BERC, the City of Sacramento, CSUS and Uptown Studios, join entrepreneurs, small businesses, and industry leaders for storytelling designed to energize, motivate, and give you practical tips to lead business growth, talent development, and competitive advantage.
Event Details: The program will go from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Golden 1 Center. Tickets are $10.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Capital Connection - Hosted by the Capital Region SBDC, learn how to bridge that gap, and get your small business the capital you need. Come hear from and meet with banks, credit unions and other lending institutions.
Event Details: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, free admission.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Small Business Awards Lunch - The Sacramento Business Journal and U.S. Small Business Administration are hosting the annual Small Business Awards to celebrate the small businesses that drive our economy.
Event Details: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Admission is $60.
May Marketplace – Hosted by the California Capital FDC, this annual event focuses on supporting small businesses within the Capitol Region! Shop with 70 small businesses and learn about the latest products and services local vendors have to offer.
Event Details: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, free admission.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Small Business Start-Up-Guide: Things to Consider When Starting a Business – The City of Elk Grove is ready to help those looking to start a business. Come learn about business fundamentals from a panel of experts. Topics addresses include: creating a business plan, business organization structure, taxes, permits and business licensing and hiring employees.
Event Details: 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. at the Laguna Town Hall, free admission.
Mark Tank Pitch Event - HaneyBiz is hosting Friday's final event in conjunction with Placer Business Resource Center and Hackerlab. Join us for high energy networking, happy hour with plenty of food and drinks, and the opportunity to watch four startups pitch to Mark Haney, his investment team, and select angel investors at our first "Mark Tank" pitch event.
Event Details: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. workshop at Placer Business Resource Center, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. mentor sessions at HackerLab, Rocklin and 6:00 p.m. happy hour, networking and Mark Tank pitch event at HaneyBiz, free admission.
To learn more about the programs and resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Sacramento County, visit the Office of Economic and Development’s website.


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Carmichael Elks Lodge Presents 7th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

By Patrick Larenas  |  2019-04-26

One of the many great cars on display at last year

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Elks Lodge will be hosting its 7th annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 4 with free admission to the public from 8am to 2pm. Filled with DJ music and Hot Wheel games for the kids, the show will be hosted in the Elks Lodge’s Shady Backyard. Breakfast and lunch will be available to purchase in case you feel like tasting various foods.

“I have been to the Car Show just about every year and I am glad to see that it’s growing thanks to friends and family,” said Diane Bristow of the Elk’s Car and Motorcycle Show committee.
The annual show features classic vehicles from 1975 and older. “This year we’ve added the new category of motorcycles to the show,” added Bristow.

Trophies and plaques will be awarded for the following vehicle categories:
Best Mopar; Best GM; Best Ford; Best Rat Rod; Best Orphan; Best Engine; Best Under Construction; Best Long Roof; Best Exalted; Best of Show; and Best Motorcycle.
Registration for those who want to enter a vehicle will be $19.95; And, for those who want to use the occasion to display their products, the fee for vendors will also be $19.95.

The Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103 is located at 5631 Cypress Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608.
Interested in joining the Elks? If you join in this month of April only, the regular $49 application fee will be reduced to only $1.

For more information visit our website at www.carmichaelelks2103.org

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May the 4th Be With You

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack, T-Rock Communications  |  2019-04-26

Stage Nine Cosplayers starring a series of imperial troopers led by Darth Vader, alien creatures from the planet Tatooine and a few rebel Jedi with Chewbacca. Photo courtesy T-Rock Communications

Star Wars-Themed Scavenger Hunt

OLD SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Located along the historic waterfront in the heart of Old Sacramento, Stage Nine Entertainment and Evangeline’s costume mansion invite the community to experience a special “May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Day” scavenger hunt on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

With fun and FREE activities available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., each location will have clues at four stations that lead participants to the next. The first part of the family-friendly scavenger hunt will start at Evangeline’s (113 K Street) which will lead guests to Stage Nine Entertainment (102 K Street).
Along the way, the experience will be complete with blue milk tasting (the galaxy’s most famous beverage), Wookie Cookie sampling, and an interactive Star Wars video game. Those who stay on target and finish – after solving all the clues – will be treated to a special password to gain them access to a Secret Rebel Base 9 room filled with Star Wars memorabilia, fan-made art, and more.
In addition to the Star Wars-themed scavenger hunt, entertaining cosplayers in Star Wars apparel will be roaming about plus an 8’ tall Star Wars TIE fighter ship will tower over K Street on the balcony above the Stage 9 Entertainment store.

All fun, FREE and appropriate for all ages, more information about the “May the 4th Be With You Star Wars Day” scavenger hunt in Old Sacramento is available at www.facebook.com/events/2658454517538765/. For more information about Stage Nine Entertainment, please call 916-447-3623 or visit www.stagenine.com; and for more information about Evangeline’s, please call 916-443-2181 or visit www.evangelines.com.

About Stage Nine Entertainment, Inc.
Focused on the world of fun, creativity, and entertainment, Stage Nine Entertainment, Inc. consists of a collection of stores and business entities based in Old Sacramento, California. The retail stores, Stage Nine Entertainment Store, G! Willikers Toy Emporium, The Vault, The Old Fashioned Candy and Confectionery Store, and California Clothiers offer the ultimate destinations for items related to pop culture, movies, television, nostalgia, animation and clothing along with thousands of other unique memorabilia items. Collectively, the retail stores carry more than 30,000 unique and nostalgic collectibles and gift items. For more information about Stage Nine Entertainment, Inc. or Stage Nine Family of Specialty Retail Stores, please call 916-447-3623 or visit www.stagenine.com.
Evangeline’s 4,800-square foot costume mansion is housed in the upper floors of two historic buildings in Old Sacramento’s historic district: The Lady Adams Building and The Howard House. Shoppers can explore and browse through various rooms filled with thousands of costumes and accessories, including the Gothic Chamber, Lab, Jungle, Saloon, Renaissance Room, Storybook Land, Disco and Circus. For more, please call 916-443-2181 or visit www.evangelines.com.

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Rock Your Blue and Gold for AMGEN

By Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-04-26

Ashley Downton, Marc Sapoznik, Mayor McGarvey rocking the blue and gold. Photos by Rick Maness

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - If you haven’t heard, AMGEN is coming to Rancho Cordova! For the full house of chamber members, guests, ambassadors, volunteers, and the many who help keep this city fun and family-friendly and who always look forward, there were a couple of folks who had never heard of the AMGEN Tour of California.

Sitting around tables decorated in the tour’s theme colors of blue and gold and sporting bike helmets, race information, and lip balm and pocket-sized shoe shine kits, courtesy of the luncheon’s host, SMUD, attendees listened to a presentation on sustainability by SMUD before hearing from Marc Sapoznik, Executive Director of Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism.

“No other sporting event in California is this large in number of attendees at the actual event. It’s over a million people who watch this in person,” said Sapoznik.

AMGEN, he added, is a precursor to the Tour de France. This year, Rancho Cordova was selected as the host city for the start of the Stage Two Men’s race, which will leave from in front of City Hall on May 13. Riders will travel east on White Rock Road, cruise through the city, and travel a total of 121 miles to reach Lake Tahoe. Riders will travel through Placerville, follow the Mormon Emigrant Trail, climbing in elevation along Highway 88 where they will cross Carson Pass at nearly 8,600 feet and are expected to reach South Lake Tahoe in approximately 4.5 hours.

The race draws the best riders globally and is viewed worldwide. Riders and attendees may travel from Bahrain, Mexico, Africa, and from all sections of the United States. Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish, and Marcel Kittel are among the big names who will tour California.
“Our own US cycling team which is not usually a part of the AMGEN is going to be riding in the race this year,” he said, referring to the team that will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“This is an international event.” Nineteen teams representing 30 countries will participate, making Rancho Cordova a perfect fit for this race, he said. “We’re the 28th most diverse community in the nation" Sapoznik said.

The race is expected to draw attendees from around the region and generate an estimated $600,000 to $1 million dollars. While it is not the largest event in terms of revenue, it will be the largest in terms of exposure to what Rancho Cordova has to offer. A series of commercials highlighting the sights, sounds, people, and tastes of the city are scheduled to air throughout the race.
The city has been on the periphery for some time, always the bridesmaid and never the bride, but many of the riders have lodged in the city while on the race.

“It’s our time!” Sapoznik said, as he turned the microphone over to Ashley Downton, City of Rancho Cordova Communications Officer. “Rancho Cordova will be everywhere!”

A meet and greet event will take place on May 13 at 8 a.m. giving spectators and cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to meet riders from the various teams. At 9:05 a.m., the festivities heat up with the singing of the national anthem by local Cordova High School student, Agnes Budge. The Cordova High School Air Force Junior ROTC will present the color guard.

“At 10:05 a.m., the race is going to begin, and you’ll be able to cheer on the riders.”
Fifteen minute rolling road closures may impact traffic from Prospect Park Drive heading east to the eastern city limit, along White Rock Road and will affect all intersections including Sunrise Blvd. Downton suggests planning time accordingly or taking an alternate route. The website provides alternate routes and parking options.

“One of the ways we’re hoping that you’ll participate is by joining us in showing us your blue and gold!” said Downton. “And we’re really hoping to paint the town in them.”
In order to give the men’s team a proper Rancho Cordova welcome, businesses and residents can choose from four different ways to participate. Blue and gold welcome signs can be downloaded from the city’s website and hung in businesses or homes as can pinwheel templates which can be made and showcased.

Blue and gold cheering items will be available on the day of the race to cheer the riders on, and Downton also suggested spectators wear blue and gold clothes as they line the streets on race day.
By rocking your blue and gold colors in advance of the race, photographing your efforts, and posting them to social media or emailing communications@cityofranchocordova.org between April 22 and May 3, you might win two VIP tickets to the Stage 2 Men’s event, said Downton.

Sapoznik invited people to come out and have a good time.
“This is a city that knows how to have a good time.”
 For additional information, visit: https://www.cityofranchocordova.org/what-s-new/amgen-tour-of-california orhttps://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/route-2019/mens-stage-2-may-13-2019

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Earning Eagle Rank and Scout of the Year

By Debbie Rumsey, Proud Mom  |  2019-04-24

Mitchell Rumsey. Photo provided

Mitchell Rumsey, a student at George Washington Carver High School, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. This accomplishment represents over six years of adventure, fun, work and dedication to the Boy Scout program for Rumsey, a member of Rancho Cordova’s Troop 363.
During the process of satisfying the requirements for the Eagle rank, Rumsey has performed over 270 hours of community service with his troop and is currently serving as Senior Patrol Leader. Rumsey has completed over 120 nights camping and has earned both the Camping and Conservation National Outdoor Awards.

In addition to the traditional outdoor skills learned in Boy Scouts, Rumsey has 60 merit badges – almost tripling the 21 required for the rank and earning him seven additional Eagle Palms.

Shooting sports, metal work, and whitewater are among his favorite merit badges earned. His Eagle service project was to build custom feeding boxes and breeding boxes for the UC Davis Raptor Center. The University is well known for its veterinarian medicine program, and they are the prominent rehabilitation center for injured and displaced raptors in Northern California. Rumsey’s crew provided much needed custom rehabilitation feeding boxes as well as owl and kestrel breeding boxes.

Rumsey has been selected by local VFW Post 10125 and VFW District 17 as Scout of the Year. He is now qualified and entered at the State level competition in April. Rumsey will be formally presented the Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor ceremony at the American River Grange #172 on April 28th.

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Saturday at the Farm

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-04-24

A cooking demonstration in the Youth Garden shows how easy it is to eat healthy using simple, fresh ingredients.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - Soil Born Farms is a local non-profit that produces organic food along the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova. Soil Born Farms encourages people to participate in the local food system, connect to the environment, and create deeper roots in the community.

On April 6, Soil Born Farms hosted their first Saturday at the Farm event of the season. Visitors explored the farm and purchased fresh produce from the American River Ranch Farmstand. The event featured cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, and live music by Millington Strings.
Crowds of people from all over the Sacramento region attended the event, enjoying a snack at the café and perusing the gift shop for cookbooks, birdhouses, or handcrafted candles.
Saturday at the Farm also hosted Elderberry Farms’ spring plant sale. Elderberry Farms is a non-profit native plant nursery located at Soil Born Farms but operated entirely by volunteers from California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Their mission is to promote awareness about the benefits of native plant habitat.

Chris Callahan, a volunteer with CNPS Sacramento Valley Chapter, explained that the spring plant sale is their largest sale of the year: “Spring is when a lot of the plants are blooming; things are thriving and really starting to take off. It’s a great time for planting.”

“We found so many wonderful plants for our garden. It’s really wonderful here,” said Nell Suby, as her 3-year-old son Nicholas happily rode in a wagon with all their new plants.

The kids who attended Saturday at the Farm gleefully ran through the Youth Garden to look at the chickens, search the garden for fairies, and discover ladybugs, bees, and butterflies among the many flowers.
“We look forward to welcoming old friends and first-time visitors to enjoy a country experience in the city every Saturday,” said Janet Zeller founder and co-director of Soil Born Farms. Saturday at the Farm will be held weekly through December 14, and Soil Born Farms’ annual family event — A Day on the Farm — will be held on May 19. Visit www.soilborn.org for more details.


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