Healing Invisible Wounds

By Elise Spleiss  |  2017-09-14

Program graduates of SPARTA and Go Give 2 Live programs. Photos by Go Give to Live.

Veterans Day Golf Tournament to Aid Veterans, First Responders with PTSD

Sacramento Region (CA) (MPG) - “We are dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war and service.” This is the motto of Go Give 2 Live, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit working with The SPARTA Project to help local veterans, police, fire and emergency personnel get the care they need to recover from the stress and trauma they have experienced in the line of duty. 

The SPARTA Project, the nation’s premiere program for helping warriors and first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) provides an intensive 5½ day retreat in Southern California to rehabilitate veterans/first responders. To help balance the demanding work, participants enjoy activities such as rock climbing, a rope course, equine therapy and meditation.  

SPARTA has asked Go Give 2 Live to provide further resources to help them in their aftercare. Formed in January of 2015 Go Give 2 Live raises funds to support already established non-profits that have a proven record of helping veterans and first responders get the help they need to recover from the stress and trauma caused by their jobs. According to program founder Lindsey Hutchison, most of the veterans in their programs are police officers, and local veterans returning from Afghanistan.

Lindsey and her team of volunteers are aware of local resources to help these men and women in the county where they live. Local programs include Joy House, a transitional sober living home with a focus on women veterans, and programs using the healing quality of horses and dogs to help transform their lives. A Community for Peace located in Citrus Heights offers a men’s support group and a crisis center for victims and survivors of domestic violence, family violence, and sexual assault. 

What sets Go Give 2 Live apart from other veteran recovery programs is the ongoing support graduates receive to keep them involved in their own recovery.

Being active in their community helps give survivors a new purpose in life.

Another important aspect of ongoing recovery is the creation of care packages of journals, educational books, pamphlets to local resources and other items send to graduates on an ongoing basis.  

Following their own success in the program, graduates are encouraged to become a shepherd or mentor to new participants to the program.

Volunteers working with Give2Live also aid emergency responders during disasters in counties throughout California. Presently they have a team of 14 volunteers actively working with six veterans who survived the Mariposa fire, doing home health checks and taking care of their pets. They also built a wheelchair ramp for a relocated veteran and provided a refrigerator full of food for one man whose home had been a total loss. They also assist in relocating animals affected by the fires. 

A future vision of Lindsey’s is to acquire or build a facility to create a one-day therapy camp where participants can come and go anonymously to work on their own unique issues in a safe environment.

To help provide funds for these programs Go Give 2 Live is hosting a Golf Tournament at Top Golf in Roseville CA on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For every $1,500 raised, one veteran or first responder will go through SPARTA’s much-needed life changing program. The hope is to raise enough funds from the tournament to cover three or four attendees to this program along with the Go Give 2 Live services.  One hundred percent of funds raised will go right to the programs and aftercare. Player ticket packages range from $100 and up. Sponsors can pay for a veteran or first responder to play. For information on participating as a player, sponsor or vendor go to www.GoGive2Live.org. and click on projects or call 1-866-306-4569.

Lindsey Hutchison holds an MBA in Business Finance from Grand Canyon University, a BFA in Design & Marketing, and an AA in Business Management. She currently is employed in her family business, Hutchison Financial Group, working as an Account Manager/Insurance Agent. She is a member of Capital Region Family Business Center and the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, She is actively involved in her community, and has been on multiple mission trips outside of the county to help those less fortunate. Her passion has always been to help others. She has been involved in charities and nonprofits her whole life. This passion led to the formation of Go Give 2 Live, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to provide much needed programs and services to veterans and first responders.

Dr. Katherine Denny to Speak on Brain Boosters

By Steffany Jamison, Aegis  |  2017-09-22

Dr. Katherine Denny

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - Aegis of Carmichael is giving you a chance to Boost Your Brain.

Dr. Katherine Denny, who is affiliated with the UCD Alzheimer’s Disease Center will be speaking about “Brain Boosters” promoting brain health and share brain health tips at Aegis of Carmichael on September 26th, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

Dr. Denny completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UC Davis during which she created the Brain Boosters group with her collaborator, Dr. Sarah Farias. Given that there is currently no way to stop or cure dementia, they wanted to find a way to delay cognitive and functional decline as much as possible, with the goal of promoting functional independence and engagement in brain health activities.

Following her fellowship, she stayed at UC Davis as an assistant faculty member in the Neurology department and worked both in research with the Brain Boosters group and clinically seeing a range of neurologic patients including dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and sports related concussions.

After having two successful Brain Boosters groups, she received a two years grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to continue running the Brain Boosters group.The UCD Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2017 Community Engagement Series has focused each lecture on brain health, which have been full to capacity and a huge success.

Aegis of Carmichael has been a Gold Sponsor of the UCD Alzheimer’s Disease Center Lecture Series for the past three years.

Those wanting to attend the Brain Boosters event with Dr. Katherine Denny, need to RSVP to Aegis of Carmichael at (916)972-1313. Aegis will be serving appetizers & refreshments at the event.

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Paint On for Wildlife

By Rick Reed  |  2017-09-22

The dome will get a new makeover. Photo courtesy Rick Reed PR

The Institute of Art Sacramento Artists Give Life to Heroes of Nature’s Home

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The volunteer heroes of nature giving regional wildlife a second chance to live at Wildlife Care Association of Sacramento are getting an upgrade! The former USAF Radar Dome has been home to the state’s second largest wildlife rehabilitation facility for several years, but has only slowly begun changing and improving its grounds.

With student artist Lindsay Ianni from the Art Institute of Sacramento leading, volunteers will come together for two days to give the old radar dome some real life!  On Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st beginning at 8am artists will add new wildlife images and create a new look for the entrance of the former USAF building visited by more than 6000 residents each season with injured, orphaned and displaced birds and small animals.

Volunteers are needed to help support the artwork. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can contact Wildlife Care Associaiton of Sacramento Volunteer Coordinator Kate Vanderslice at volunteer@wildlifecareassociation.com

The facility is located on 2 acres of McClellan Park, west of the airpark at 5211 Patrol Road. The volunteer non-profit has given new life to wildlife for more than 40 years, with 98% of the care provided by volunteers from all walks of life throughout the community. Supported entirely by donations, the wildlife rehabilitation facility takes in birds and small animals to be healed and released from 10am to 6pm seven days a week. If you have found wildlife injured, orphaned or displaced by human activity call the Hotline at 965-WILD. 

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Carmichael, CA (MPG) - ATLAS of Carmichael will hold a Dinner and Auction Fundraiser soon at the Milagro Center, the community’s new “gathering place” on Fair Oaks Boulevard south of Marconi Avenue.

Milagro’s Patriot Event Center will host the event on Friday evening, October 13. It will feature fine food from the recently opened Patriot Restaurant, live music, an auction offering out-of-town accommodations, theme park tickets, choice wines, and an opportunity to hear about what ATLAS, a nonprofit community-based organization is doing in Carmichael.

Tickets are $50 and available on the ATLAS of Carmichael website (www.atlascarmichael.org), by mail, or at the ATLAS Thrift Shop located at 6634 Fair Oaks Boulevard.

This year’s fundraiser theme, “Nourish and Flourish,” will highlight the role of ATLAS, which for the past five years has helped homeless and other struggling individuals connect with resources, advocacy, and mentoring. “Stabilizing people in crisis allows them to move forward with their goals, such as permanent housing, jobs, and a better life for themselves and their families,” said Scott Young, Director of ATLAS.

A core ATLAS principle is helping volunteers from churches and other organizations build relationships with people in need and provide guidance about public and private resources designed to help them. The next step for those who choose to take it is to meet regularly with a trained mentor to walk alongside them. Another of ATLAS’ goals is building community relationships among like-minded citizens and groups.

For example, ATLAS has played a key role in the development of Carmichael HART (Homeless Assistance Resource Team), which in the past year has involved hundreds of volunteers in Winter Sanctuary programs. HART also sponsors initiatives to move homeless individuals into transitional housing, provide training, and help children whose parents have no permanent address.

“We’re seeing a convergence of ATLAS, HART and several other ongoing initiatives that are making Carmichael a healthier community,” said Young, who also serves as President of Carmichael HART. “Others are the Carmichael Improvement District, which has brought businesses together to improve security along Fair Oaks Boulevard, the county’s extensive beautification work along the corridor, and the Milagro Center itself. These are encouraging examples of significant material and human investment in our community.”

Submitted by ATLAS

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Volunteers Needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program

By Anaí Ibarra, AARP  |  2017-09-22

Last year, 2,841 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 184,276 people file their federal and state tax returns. Photo courtesy AARP.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation service

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Soon approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.

A recent AARP survey of working Californians, entitled “CA Dreaming or Struggling,” reveals that a large percentage of Californians are not ready for retirement; and while they remain optimistic, many are struggling with issues of housing affordability and difficulty in saving for retirement.

Programs like Tax-Aide, says AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson, can help.

“Considering the difficulty many Californians are having making ends meet, a program like Tax Aide, which helps people save every dollar they can, is that much more valuable,” she said.

Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification.

Last year, 2,841 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 184,276 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 378 sites in California, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves nearly 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.5 million taxpayers annually at some 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help. In 2017 taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program. 

To learn about our volunteer opportunities, visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide  or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS. 

AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds.  AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.      

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Carmichael Cares Steps Up for Hurricane Relief

MPG Staff  |  2017-09-22

John Cornwell of Togo’s of Carmichael  hands Linda Melody, Executive Director of the Carmichael Chamber a check for $500 to go help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Photo courtesy Carmichael Chamber of Commerce.

Carmichael, CA (MPG) - Weeks after Hurricane Harvey rolled into Texas, causing destruction and death, assistance is still coming in. Nearly 2000 miles away, the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce wanted to help those devastated by the storms.

Executive Director Linda Melody contacted businesses in Milagro Centre and other Chamber restaurants to see if they would be willing to donate a portion of their proceeds from their sales on Tuesday, September 5. Calling it Carmichael Cares, more than a dozen businesses agreed to help, even though some were just getting started. Thank you to all who participated: Fish Face Poke; Ghiotto Gelato; Insight Coffee; Jaynee Cakes; Mesa Mercado; River City Brewing Company; The Patriot; Carmichael Cage & Deli; Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant; La Bou Bakery & Café; Lido Café; Roma’s Pizza & Pasta; Roxie Deli & Barbecue, and Togo’s.

A total of $2,771.04 was raised. Thank you to everyone who came out to these businesses to help with the fundraiser. Proceeds went to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  “Seeing all these businesses agree to help was thrilling,” says Chamber Executive Director Linda Melody. “Even to have a small part in helping hurricane victims is important, because Carmichael Cares.”

Source: Carmichael Chamber of Commerce

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All Aboard for Story Time with Good Day Sacramento’s Tina Macuha

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2017-09-22

Tina Macuha

Sacramento, CA (MPG) -  It’s All Aboard for Story Time! with Good Day Sacramento’s Tina Macuha as a celebrity guest reader on Monday, October 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the California State Railroad Museum. To the delight of young children and train enthusiasts alike, Tina will read the children’s books Engine Number Ten by Rose Ann Woolpert and Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis.

A Sacramento native, Tina started her successful broadcast career in radio -- including at FM102 in the early 90s -- then transitioned to television when Good Day Sacramento first premiered in August 1995. Since the debut of the wildly popular morning program, Tina has been helping to inform and entertain viewers in the greater Sacramento area ever since. Besides traffic reporting, some of her most popular on-air segments are Dishin’ With Tina, Teen’s Tunes and Thought for the Day, just to name a few. 
All Aboard for Story Time! is offered every Monday morning year-round. Through this interactive and fun program, parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading introduce and foster the love of reading with their imaginative young children ages two to five. The Story Time! program showcases different railroad-related books each month. Afterward, children and parents are encouraged to explore the Museum. Whether it’s toy trains or big locomotives, there is always something to discover in the California State Railroad Museum – North America’s most popular railroad museum – that will thrill children (and adults) of all ages. 

The All Aboard for Story Time! program is included with Museum admission: $12 for adults; $6 for youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under. For more information about the reading program or the California State Railroad Museum in general, please call 916-323-9280 or visit https://www.californiarailroad.museum/.  

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Hey Man, Let’s Talk Pot

By Corey Egel, CDPH  |  2017-09-18

CDPH Launches Cannabis Public Education Campaign

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched a health information and education campaign about what’s legal in California and potential health impacts of cannabis use. Senate Bill 94 (SB 94) - Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) - makes it legal for adults 21 or older to possess, consume and cultivate cannabis in California. Sale of cannabis from licensed retail outlets will become legal January 1, 2018. 

CDPH received funding to develop a campaign, as detailed in SB 94, describes: The scientific basis for restricting access of cannabis and cannabis products for persons under the age of 21 years; The penalties for providing access to cannabis and cannabis products to persons under the age of 21 years; The potential harms of using cannabis while pregnant or breastfeeding; The potential harms of overusing cannabis or cannabis products.

“CDPH engaged in extensive conversations with stakeholders in California and partners in other states with legalized cannabis to target the most vulnerable populations and apply their lessons learned,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “We are committed to providing Californians with science-based information to ensure safe and informed choices.” CDPH has and will continue to incorporate the latest data available into public messages to increase awareness about how cannabis affects bodies, minds and health.

On CDPH’s website, individuals can find information about legal, safe and responsible use, and health information for youth, pregnant and breastfeeding women, parents and mentors, and health care providers. CDPH produced fact sheets with safe storage tips and the important things Californians need to know about purchasing and possessing cannabis for personal use. An educational digital toolkit for local governments and community organizations will be available in the future.                                                                                                                                               

For additional information, visit the Let’s Talk Cannabis web page at www.cdph.ca.gov

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Circus Vargas Comes to Town

MPG Staff  |  2017-09-18

Show Unveils Original New Production- SteamCirque!

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Circus Vargas returns to to the Sacramento region, embarking on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! The biggest American, Animal-Free traveling Big Top circus is making a splash across California and will be entertaining the Sacramento area Residents from September 21 through October 15, 2017 with its latest hit production, SteamCirque!

The Big Show includes goggles, gears, and gadgets setting the stage for Circus Vargas’ retro-futuristic new production.  Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

The Storyline presents an eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new,  imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts. It becomes a test of wills, the  steampunkers versus the circus folk,  who will win? Audiences will have to come and see to find out!!

For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location.

Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

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