Arden-Arcade Community to Host Candlelight Vigil

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Members of the Arden-Arcade community will hold a candlelight vigil and healing space to honor the life of De’Sean Rowe-Manns, a freshman at Mira Loma High School who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Sept. 19.

“Today we will honor the life of De’Sean, but also call for witnesses to this tragedy,” said Danielle Lawrence, Arden-Arcade Black Child Legacy Campaign lead.  “His family deserves justice and we ask for the driver to please come forward.” 

Led by the Black Child Legacy Campaign’s Arden-Arcade Community Incubator Lead, community members will come together for healing, to share stories and call for justice with the family of Rowe-Manns at the parking lot of Arcade Fundamental Middle School today at 6 p.m.

“Arden-Arcade is an extraordinary neighborhood that comes together, especially during times like these, to build healing spaces and community,” said Sierra Health Foundation and The Center President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt.  “Tonight we gather to honor a young man who we lost much too early, with a shared vision that children, youth and families in Arden-Arcade and throughout the city of Sacramento deserve to be in a community where they are safe and cared for.”

The Arden-Arcade Community Incubator Lead is one of seven lead organizations for the Black Child Legacy Campaign, the community-driven movement raising visibility and strengthening efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths to reduce the number of black child mortalities by 10% to 20% by 2020 in Sacramento County.  For 20 years, the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team has consistently found that African-American children died at a rate two times higher than children of other races. 

All Community Incubator Leads engage in community crisis response in each of the seven targeted neighborhoods of Arden-Arcade, Del Paso Heights/North Sacramento, North Highlands/Foothill Farms, Oak Park, Fruitridge/Stockton, Valley Hi and Meadowview.

Learn more about the Black Child Legacy Campaign at and the Steering Committee on RAACD at

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Superheroes Descend Upon Sacramento

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2018-09-28

Wonder Woman poses with three-year-olds Roxy (left) and Isla (right).

DC Wonder Woman Run Series Brings Out the Hero in Everyone

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento was overrun by superheroes on Saturday, September 22 when the DC Wonder Woman Run Series hosted its inaugural event with a 5K and 10K run through Capitol Mall. Sacramento was the first city in the United States to participate in this race.

The event was produced by SON Events in conjunction with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. Sarah Ratzlaff, director of marketing for SON Events, said, “The race has a strong overall theme of women’s empowerment. Wonder Woman embodies strength, bravery, and power. The goal of the event is to show that there’s a Wonder Woman in all of us. That’s why we’re using the hashtag #IAmWonderWoman.”

The festival area was decorated with giant balloons and lined with an array of fluttering Wonder Woman flags. Area streets were blocked off by police cars, flashing their red and blue lights. Approximately 1,300 people participated in the 5K and 10K runs. The first-place finishers were Sandra Khounvichai with a time of 20:26 in the 5K and Stephen Harms with a time of 48:43 in the 10K.

The DC Wonder Woman Run Series is designed to empower the Superhero in everyone, so runners and walkers of all ability levels were encouraged to participate, regardless of their athletic abilities. Many participants had never run or walked in a 5K before this event. After completing the course, each participant was given a Wonder Woman medal. The festivities continued after the race, with a celebration featuring food trucks, a beer tent, face painting, official Wonder Woman merchandise, and a main stage with live musical entertainment.

Race participant Christie Pierce said he was persuaded to join the race just the evening before: “I decided to tag along. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll wear a skirt, I’ll do it.’ But more importantly, I decided to do it because I support strong, independent women.”

Theresa Ivaldi, Karli Cisneros, and Christina Mundy entered the race together. They thought it would be more fun to run together in a group of friends. This was Ivaldi’s first run, and she thought the Wonder Woman run was a fun way to start. Cisneros said, “I love running and love spending time with my friends, so I figured why not combine the two.” Mundy said, “What better way to run a 5K with friends and family than a Wonder Woman run that represents women’s power?” Mundy’s kids, Isabella (10) and Jackson (8), and their friend Sophie Carr (10), all love Wonder Woman. They enjoyed the race and especially loved getting a shiny medal to commemorate their accomplishment of crossing the finish line.

The DC Wonder Woman Run Series will be hosted in Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles this fall. The Los Angeles run, as the flagship run, will be the largest in the series with 7,000 – 8,000 participants expected. If you would like to participate in one of the upcoming runs, or for more information on the DC Wonder Woman Run Series, please visit the website at

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Sacramento CERT Needs You

Story by Trina L. Drotar; Photos courtesy Sacramento CERT  |  2018-09-28

The Basic CERT course, Level 3, is sanctioned by FEMA and was developed by Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) after the Mexico City and Kobe earthquakes.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento’s California Emergency Response Team’s (CERT’s) graduation drill took place on Saturday, September 1 from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Northern California Regional Public Safety Academy in McClellan Park. The community participated and explored their inner actors as volunteer victims with broken arms or legs or other injuries for the day’s free event.

The drills tested the program’s graduates on practical skills including sizing up a building to determine if it is safe to enter; search and rescue; transport; and triage and treatment. They assessed situations simulating burning buildings and locating victims in dense smoke and at night. Graduates radioed transport crews, practiced victim transport before another group assessed injuries, bandaged, and prepared victims for transport to a medical facility said Robert Ross, Chief, Operations, Sacramento CERT, CERT 22.

“Watching, you don’t get to see as much,” he said, adding that the role of victim teaches more to the community who wants to understand what happens during an emergency such as a fire.

Ross explained that most people see only the end result.

“It’s a good way to see them in action and experience it without being in a collapsed building,” he said.

The Basic CERT course, Level 3, is sanctioned by FEMA and was developed by Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) after the Mexico City and Kobe earthquakes. The course, Ross explained, is for everyday citizens with no previous training or particular skills who want to learn how to prepare for a disaster and is offered at no charge.

“Civilians will be on their own for the first 72 hours,” said Ross, and will learn about disaster psychology and how to prepare bags with the necessities to assist in their immediate neighborhoods. Ross said that people don’t often think about bringing items like pet toys when they need to evacuate. Trained civilians can put out small fires and even triage in their neighborhoods if the need arises, but they need to practice, and that’s where the graduation drill comes in.

Graduates learn about fire behavior, which has been especially bad in California this summer, identification of hazardous materials, including those being transported, and terrorism. Upon graduation, CERT trained civilians can assist locally and can transfer their CERT training to other cities or states if they move. Since the Sacramento region is prone to flooding, this would also be covered in local training.

This level is required in order to continue with advanced courses to be certified as a Disaster Service Worker or a First Responder. Additionally, graduates may pursue training to join one of the special teams – Urban Search & Rescue, Animal Response, or Radio Communications.

“During a disaster cell phones won’t work, satellite phones are few and far between,” said Ross. “Ham operators during Hurricane Katrina passed messages. We can talk to Japan if we need to,” he said.

One legally blind team member who used a motorized wheelchair ran the ham radio and was one of the best in Sacramento.

“There are no limitations on who can participate. There are many ways to be involved, with a job for everyone.”

For additional information, visit Look for them at many local public events. The next academy will be held in spring of 2019.

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Memorial Service for Deputy Mark Stasyuk

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department Release  |  2018-09-28

Deputy Mark Stasyuk

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The memorial service for Deputy Mark Stasyuk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Bayside Church Adventure Campus in Roseville, located at 6401 Stanford Ranch Road in Roseville.  A multi-agency fly-over will take place at the conclusion of the memorial service. All other law enforcement honors will be performed at a private graveside service.

Stasyuk was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 17 after responding to a call in Rancho Cordova. He leaves behind a wife, mother, father and sister.

Source: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Cordova Police Department

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CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - HOPE (Healthy Outcomes for Personal Enrichment) is a local nonprofit organization that offers affordable counseling services to the community. They rely on fees for services as well as community donations to keep costs low for their clients. HOPE is hosting their second annual Hops for HOPE fundraiser, which will be held at River City Brewing Company on October 4, 2018. The event is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and include appetizers and two drink tickets. River City Brewing Company (which is located in Milagro Center at 6241 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Carmichael) generously donates wine, beer, and staff for the event.

Community donations are especially important because HOPE’s mission is to offer affordable sessions to those in need. Darlene Davis, executive director of HOPE, explained that there is a group of people who do not qualify for Medi-Cal but also do not have access to affordable counseling through traditional insurance. The goal of HOPE is to serve this segment of the community by offering counseling on a sliding scale depending on what the client is able to pay. Typically, $40 per session is the lowest rate, but HOPE does occasionally offer sessions for $20 to those in the greatest need.  

The experienced licensed therapists of HOPE not only work with clients to improve their well-being, but they also work in a supervisory capacity to train new therapists. To become a licensed therapist, it requires a master’s degree and 3,000 hours of supervised therapy sessions. It is an extremely intensive process, and HOPE is proud to support the next generation of therapists who will serve the community.

One of the reasons HOPE is able to offer such affordable rates is because graduate students who are working toward becoming licensed therapists volunteer as trainees. As part of the training process, HOPE offers clients an eight-week counseling program known as the One-Way Mirror. During this program, trainees conduct counseling sessions in a room with a one-way mirror that allows supervising therapists and other trainees to watch the session in real time. The trainee wears an ear-piece so the supervising therapist can offer immediate feedback and suggestions. Davis explained that it is like having eight therapists at once. The cost is only $25 per session, and clients sign up for this program knowing that they are getting the help they need while also giving the trainee valuable hands-on experience.

The supervising therapists at HOPE work hard to train people with integrity who are eager to serve the community. Davis takes great pride in the work they do and in their dedicated trainees and associates. Davis said, “We all work in our communities, and it’s so important to us that we’re building healthier communities by building healthier families.”

To better serve all those in need, HOPE offers many specialized forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps people understand and address harmful thoughts and actions; Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), which offers strategies to accept, destigmatize, and live with mental illness; Active Parenting of Teens (APT), which teaches parents how to talk to their teens and to watch for signs of high-risk behavior; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which addresses how the brain accesses and reacts to traumatic memories.

Donations to HOPE help pay for standard operating costs as well as to purchase needed equipment for specialized therapeutic techniques. Davis first began operating HOPE as a nonprofit in 2008. She said, “I just wanted to give back to the community and give back to the profession, and it’s grown into what it is today.”

HOPE has offices in mid-town Sacramento, Roseville, and Folsom. For more information, visit their website at

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Second Annual Best of Arden Awards

Story by Trina L. Drotar; Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2018-09-28

(L-R) front row: Deborah Murphy; Linda Aleman; Shaun Dillon; Jonathan Glatz; Jessica Fielding; Danielle Lawrence; Ashton Benge. (L-R) back row: Matthew Ceccato; Chris Brieno; Eric Benning; Baby Eleanor; Upen J Patel, DDS; Austin Schlocker.

ARDEN-ARCADE, CA (MPG) - The Greater Arden Chamber of Commerce’s Best of Arden awards kicked off at 6 p.m. with classic rock, soda, water, and what seemed to be a never-ending stream of pizza boxes. The room was abuzz with voices, laughter, and networking.

A handful of awards were presented with certificates from the offices of Congressman Ami Bera, Assemblyman Ken Cooley, and Senator Richard Pan. Some recipients had their hands more than full with the awards and certificates. Four business and two nonprofit categories received nominations from the community between July 1 and August 31. Two new categories for 2018 rewarded employees who received nominations from co-workers and management. Arden Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Shaun Dillon hosted the event.

Locally owned and operated Express Employment Professionals received the Best Business (Large) award and was recognized a second time when Linda Aleman, staffing assistant for office services, received a Best Employee award.

Another twice-recognized business was Benning Design Construction which received the Best Business (Medium) award and the firm’s estimator, Ashton Benge, was given the Best Employee award. “A great team player who never comes to work in a bad mood,” said Dillon. Even baby Eleanor was excited about the Best Business award.

The Best Business (Small) recipient was Upen J. Patel, DDS. Dillon spoke about Patel’s giving back to the community and said that he is expanding his office. New York Life agent Austin Schlocker took home the Best Business (Independent) award.

Danielle Lawrence of Mutual Assistance Network accepted the award for Best Nonprofit (Community) which meets at the Arcade Community Center the third Tuesday each month and works to improve Arden Arcade and provide networking opportunities.

The Best Nonprofit (Youth) went to Sheriff’s Community Impact Program (SACSCIP). Jessica Fielding, the organization’s director, spoke about the boxing mentoring program and youth leadership programs and said that Arden Arcade “has the highest rates of drug and alcohol use in all of Sacramento County,” which is why the Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Arden Arcade (a program of SACSCIP) has initiatives and programs focusing on reducing youth alcohol and drug use.

Fielding also introduced the Responsible Alcohol Merchant Awards (RAMA) program.

“Students are actually trained in prevention. They go into stores and they actually interview the manager or somebody on site. They survey the store and they really encourage best practices to be implemented.” Best practices include not keeping the alcohol next to toys or the front door, she explained. “The biggest goal is to support healthy businesses.”

Each youth associated with the two year old program joined Fielding. Students, she said, check signage to make sure that the windows aren’t covered “so you can’t see what’s going on in the store.” They also check for on-site security and loitering. Most, but not all, students are from Arden Arcade high schools.

Josselyn Cardenas, a senior at Valley High School said, “I come all the way from Elk Grove every single week just to be part of this coalition.” Being part of the coalition, she said, was eye opening. “There are some stores that are implementing regulations, rules, and standards to reduce the youth access to alcohol.” She was sad that other stores didn’t seem to care. “It was a very good experience for me.”

Mya Worko, a recent graduate of Encina Preparatory High School and current student at Sacramento City College, presented a spoken word piece she created about her experience in the program.

A short video highlighted the program. “We want to reward a few of our stores,” said Fielding. “We do have some amazing stores. Specifically 7-Eleven that has been so proactive and has always welcomed our students.”

Representatives from 7-Eleven stores on Howe Avenue, Arden Way, Fulton Avenue, and Marconi Avenue received awards. Fielding congratulated the stores on “doing a great job to protect the Arden Arcade community.” Each store received a plaque to display in the store. Rite Aid on Watt Avenue will have its award delivered. Each student was also awarded a certificate.

 “Our goal is to build positive relationships with the merchant owners.”  For additional information, visit:

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Midtown Association Presents Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade

By T-Rock Communications  |  2018-09-27

Calling Kids, Canines and the Young-at-Heart…

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Plans are afoot for the Midtown Association to present the crowd-favorite Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Marshall Park (915 27th Street). Sponsored by the Sutter District – with restaurants that include BarWest, Biba, Blue Cue, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s, INK Eats & Drinks, Paragary’s Midtown & Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar – the canine-friendly event is highlighted by the much-anticipated “pooch parade” scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. that day. Four-legged friends will strut by on stage while competing in an entertaining costume contest that will include playful prizes for the winning pooches. 

The playful Midtown Mascot will be on-site as will the ever-popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” to encourage canine-friendly communication for pooches 30 pounds or less (due to the structural limits of the fencing).  Plus, a variety of free family-friendly activities will be available that include the following: face painting by Fancy Figments;  a deluxe rainbow castle jump house with a basketball hoop; hands-on arts and crafts; and entertaining live music from The Hoots that is sponsored by Republic Services.  Also, photo-friendly pet backdrops will be available along with a fun pop-up portrait board. 

Early that day, special and spirited activities will be available at the Midtown Farmers Market that takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 20th at J Street and extends beyond K Street. Costumes are encouraged and children of all ages are invited to join the fun.  Then, many business near J, K and 24th Streets will participate in “Midtown Trick-or-Treat” by providing goodies for children in costume from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.

“All year long, we’re excited to offer an inspired variety of creative and fun events in Midtown that are both family and pet friendly,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of the Midtown Association. “And we’re especially thrilled to showcase our four-legged friends for this Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade that is so incredibly popular with the Midtown community.”

The Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade, Pop-Up Dog Park and the Midtown Farmers Market are presented and supported by the Midtown Association, which is committed to ensuring Midtown remains a thriving center for culture, creativity and vibrancy. Midtown is both walkable and bike-friendly with parking available in nearby garages located at 1801 L Street or the East End Garage on 17th Street between L & Capitol plus various lots throughout Midtown. For more information about Midtown Sacramento, how to get around, special events and the Midtown Association, please visit or follow on social media – Facebook at and @ExploreMidtown on Instagram and Twitter. 

Midtown Association

The mission of the Midtown Association (MA) is to create a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core. For more information about MA, please, call 916-442-1500 or visit

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