Capitol Pops Concert Band Celebrates America with Independence Day Week Concerts

Capitol Pops Media Release  |  2018-06-21

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Capitol Pops Concert Band will celebrate America's 242nd birthday and continue its 22nd season with a pair of free, public, family-friendly concerts during Independence Day week.

The band will get things going with a spirited "Celebrate America" concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Fair Oaks Village Park, 4238 Main St., in Fair Oaks. This performance is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Citrus Heights.

On Wednesday, July 4, 2017, the Capitol Pops once again will perform its outdoor Fourth of July concert, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Royer Park, 190 Park Drive, in Roseville.  The band's annual performance is part of a full day of red, white and blue festivities, including a morning parade, in Roseville. This concert is sponsored by Performing Arts of Roseville as part of its 2018 Roseville Music in the Park series.

Under the baton of Director Judith Steinle, both CPCB concerts will include a mix of some of the band’s traditional American popular standards and familiar patriotic selections celebrating the nation's founding in 1776. The concerts also will include music recognizing service veterans and branches of the U.S. military. Both shows will include intermissions of about 15 minutes.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and refreshments to enjoy the performances on the grounds of both venues. Various vendors will be at both sites.

Started in 1997, the CPCB has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California.  Based in Citrus Heights, the self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 50 musicians represents a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area.

For more details on the Capitol Pops Concert Band, visit its Facebook page or www.capitolpops.org. For more information, contact CPCB Manager Linda Glover at (916) 725-5214.

Source: Capitol Pops Media Release

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The former San Francisco Giants pitcher, motivational speaker, and author will visit Raley Field on June 22

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky will be at Raley Field on Friday, June 22, 2018 for a VIP meet and greet, a ceremonial first pitch, and to sign autographs for fans in attendance.

The River Cats will host a pregame VIP meet and greet with Dravecky which is only available to those who have purchased the 2018 Giant Pack. He will also be available for autographs on the concourse after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Dave Dravecky played in parts of eight seasons with the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants from 1982-1989. He made his Major League debut with the Padres on June 15, 1982, and was an all-star in 1983. The left-hander was acquired by the San Francisco Giants in 1987 and was 11-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 27 starts for the Giants during his time in the city by the bay. Cancer unfortunately ended his career in 1989 during the Giants run to the World Series. The fan-favorite has had an inspiring post-retirement career as a successful motivational speaker and author.

For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.

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Assemblyman Cooley Honors Local Nature Area at 2018 California Nonprofit Day Celebration

From the Office of Ken Cooley  |  2018-06-14

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Koobs Nature Area Chairperson Linda Jones and Kiwanis Club President Wayne Lang stand proud as the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area is recognized as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – On Wednesday, June 6, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) honored the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as the 8th Assembly District’s 2018 Nonprofit of the Year.

Each year, the California Legislature hosts the California Nonprofits Day Celebration to recognize nonprofit organizations that make significant contributions to their communities.

“The Koobs Nature Area is a gem of the region, with educational opportunities inlaid in beautiful, native scenery,” said Assemblyman Cooley.  “I am very proud to honor the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year, and to share the fantastic opportunity Sacramentans have to immerse themselves in our local, natural ecosystem.”

The Earl J. Koobs Nature Area’s 4.7 acres of land was purchased by La Sierra High School and Garfield Elementary students in 1971 for environmental education, and dedicated to Earl “Ranger Jack” Koobs in 1973 to honor his inspiration for and dedication to the area.  The Nature Area features hiking trails, three ponds, a bird sanctuary, butterfly gardens, and a self-guided tour with thirty markers.  The Nature Area’s plants are predominantly native to the Sacramento region.  Throughout the year, the Nature Area hosts free public events with educational themes and hands-on activities.  Additionally, the Nature Area dedicated the first-known monument to the Vietnam War in California in 1973, and hosts annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.  The Nature Area is currently maintained by the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael and their partnerships with volunteers from local nonprofit organizations, schools, and park districts, and Boy, Girl, and Brownie Scouts.

“Our club brings meaningful learning and fun to families interacting with nature area, and it is an honor to receive this recognition,” said Wayne Lang, President, Kiwanis Club of Carmichael.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit http://asmdc.org/members/a08/

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Sheriff’s Canine Association Recognized as Non-Profit of the Year

Sergeant Shaun Hampton, Sheriff’s Spokesman  |  2018-06-14

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association was selected by Senator Ted Gaines as a California Non-Profit of the Year. Photo courtesy Sacramento County Sheriff

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association was selected by Senator Ted Gaines as a California Non-Profit of the Year and was recently recognized at the State Capital during the third annual California Non-Profits Day.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Canine Association officially became recognized as a non-profit association in 2005.  The association was initially established by members of the Sheriff’s Department Canine Detail who saw a need for financial assistance to aid the retired canines after they had served our community.

These fantastic animals are often asked to do extremely hazardous work and can be credited for saving lives, apprehending criminals who have evaded capture, and also locating missing persons.  Some of them are also trained to locate firearms, explosives, narcotics, and evidence.

Since its inception, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Canine Association has supplemented the training and equipment of our active canine teams and enhanced the safety of our deputies and their canine partners.  The association has also been able to assist with veterinary bills after these dogs retire and fully cover the costs of all burial fees associated with each of our retired canines when they are laid to rest.

We share an incredible partnership with the SSDK9 Association to ensure these canines are taken care of during and after their service to the community.  To learn more about the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Canine Association, please visit their website at www.ssdk9.com.

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Xolos de Tijuana Will Face Monarcas Morelia at Raley Field on July 11 at 7:00 p.m.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Pazzo Sports is proud to bring two of the most successful soccer teams in Mexico to Raley Field in West Sacramento on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Mexico’s best known “Dog Pound” Xolos de Tijuana will clash for the first time ever in Sacramento with México’s soccer royalty Monarcas Morelia, two of the top teams in the Liga MX this season.

Xolos de Tijuana Manager is Diego Cocca from Argentina, and he will be guiding star players Miller Bolanos, Fernando Arce, Victor Malcorra, Goalkeepers Luis Michel, Gibran Lajud, and the rest of the dynamic starters.

For Manager Roberto Hernandez, Monarcas, Carlos “El Guero” Fierro, Gabriel Achilier, Sebastian Sosa, Carlos Guzman, Angel Sepulveda, Juan Pablo Rodriguez, El Chino Millar, and the rest of the first team will be anxious to face Xolos for the first time ever in California’s capital city.

The Liga MX is the top level of the Mexican Soccer League, and each of the teams that have played at Raley Field in the past have played their hearts out in appreciation of the thousands of soccer fans that have attended the matches.

Tickets to this historic match are on sale now and available at rivercats.com and ticketmaster.com

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - With “MeToo” awareness bringing to light stories of sexual harassment and rape across communities and through generations women are becoming empowered to just say NO!

When people possess the skills of martial arts they have learned how to protect themselves from personal assault and gained the confidence to say NO and make it stick. Robinson’s Taekwondo has been teaching women safety, conflict avoidance and empowering students since 1975 with TKD techniques and self-defense skills.

Unfortunately, in Grandmaster Clint Robinson’s experience, the women seeking training in martial arts often come to the values and skills after the fact.

To empower women with knowledge, skills and confidence Robinson’s TKD is offering a 3.5 hour  Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention/SHARP Seminar specifically designed for women to increase awareness and develop practical physical techniques and strategies to counter social and sexual assault.

With women standing together to say no to harassment and sexual assault now, the skills of martial arts are one of the most important tools in reducing future “MeToo” calls for help.

RTKD S.H.A.R.P. Clinic is for women only and takes place Saturday, June 23 from

1pm-4:30pm. Registration online is required to reserve space at www.robinsonstkd.com under the Events tab.

Please join the Black Belt instructors of Robinson’s Taekwondo for a special women’s empowerment event to learn prevention psychology, predator habits, physical techniques to escape and countermeasures for sexual assault. These easy to learn, practical techniques utilize vocal and physical measures to disengage unwanted sexual attention, avert social physical advances and injure sexual predators. Striking techniques utilizing hands, legs and feet are practiced with methods of escape and evasion to seek help in this 3.5 hour event.

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Capitol Democrats Propose New Fireworks Tax

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Celebrating America’s independence this Fourth of July? There’s a tax for that.

Legislative Democrats have proposed a tax increase on Fourth of July fireworks sales. The new fireworks tax will tack on another 3 percent to each fireworks purchase.

Even though the state is working with a $9 billion budget surplus this year, Legislative Democrats cannot seem to get their hands on enough taxpayer money.

“Democrats have hit Californians with a new gas tax and housing tax over the past year,” said Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach). “Now, they want a new fireworks tax too?”

The fireworks tax (SB 794) will reach deeper into consumers’ pockets and likely reduce sales for local non-profit organizations that operate most fireworks stands in the state as fundraisers. Republicans in the Assembly and Senate have united in opposition.

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