Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bastille Day at David Girard Vineyards on July 14th

David Girard Vineyards invites the community to enjoy Bastille Day with their French Market Festival on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 12:30PM. Admission is free!

Stroll through the French Market Festival and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet cheeses, made to order crepes and eclectic French style wines. Wander past the vines by the pond and watch plein air artists, soak in the live music, sip wine and enjoy entertainment and fun along the way.

Wines will be sold by the glass & bottle. Enjoy French food stations with chefs preparing specialties on site. Farm fresh fruits and vegetables will be available for tasting and purchase.

Surprises are in store so bring your camera! The event will take place in several locations on the 90 acre estate. Comfortable shoes are recommended, however pedi-cabs will be available. No outside food or alcohol permitted.

Call 530.295.1833 for more information, or visit

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Friday, July 6, 2012

American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Honors Group of Local Stroke Survivors and Caregivers with Stroke Champion Award

A group of six Sacramento-area stroke survivors and caregivers have been honored with the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Stroke Champion Award.

The Stroke Champion Award recognizes outstanding efforts directed toward prevention, education and/or improving a community’s stroke system of care. Honored for both their individual achievements and collective efforts were Rosey Ramsey, Spencer and Arleen Ellis, Gary and Lita Lappin and Mary Thomatos.

“These remarkable stroke survivors and caregivers embody the spirit of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association through the power of their incredible volunteerism and selfless dedication,” said Roman Bowser, Executive Vice President of the Western States Affiliate. “They continue to inspire passion through their ongoing efforts to increase stroke survivor support groups and advocate for the needs of stroke survivors everywhere.”

Ramsey, a registered nurse and stroke survivor, was selected for her continued involvement in the recruitment of volunteers and growth of stroke support groups. For more than eight years she has actively grown her stroke support group to the 40 members it boasts today. She also serves as the American Stroke Association representative at various meetings and functions in Sacramento. "This is an honor and a wonderful surprise," said Ramsey. "I cannot imagine doing anything better with my life. Besides, I’m having a great time with a wonderful group of people while we advocate for stroke-related causes. I’m delighted to be making a difference."

Arleen Ellis, a stroke survivor, and her husband Spencer, who serves as her caretaker, were both honored for their volunteerism within community support groups and the American Stroke Association. Spencer is currently the primary contact for two separate stroke support groups while both serve as peer visitors and have been trained through the American Stroke Association’s Sharegivers program. “We love being part of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association mission, and we’d really like to thank the organization for all of their hard work and dedication,” said Arleen. “We’re not volunteering to win any kind of awards, but it still feels really good to be recognized.”

Gary and Lita Lappin were awarded for their dedication to volunteer work and contributions to city-wide stroke luncheons in the Sacramento community. Lita, a stroke survivor, has helped with the Sacramento Area Stroke Resource Guide revisions through two cycles while her husband and caregiver Gary has offered his time to help set up stroke events, offer rides to other stroke survivors and even serve as Santa’s helper at the Christmas luncheon.“We love the work that we do and having the opportunity to represent and be part of such a strong community,” said Lita. “Being recognized with an award like this is just icing on the cake.”

Mary Thomatos, caregiver and driver for her husband Gus, was recognized for being an outstanding resource in communicating the needs of the association to the entire community. She has been instrumental with community outreach, recruiting volunteers for events and support groups and keeping her contacts in the stroke survivor community engaged and involved. “It has been a privilege to get involved with this strong community, not only for my husband but for the people who otherwise wouldn’t know about these great  programs,” said Thomatos. “I am so grateful for the work being done by the organization and I’m just so thankful to be a part of such a great cause.”

Collectively, these six extraordinary people have helped grow the number of stroke support groups in the region from three to six and have taken over many of the operations for the city-wide stroke luncheons. They’ve done everything from securing dates and locations, finding speakers, publicizing events, creating flyers, handling attendance and completely staffing the luncheons which often surpass 100 attendees.  They have been true advocates for the needs of stroke survivors everywhere and passionate spokespeople for the American Stroke Association.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join them, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of their offices around the country, or visit
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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Placer SPCA Urgently Seeks Donations for Pet Food Assistance Program

The cupboards are nearly bare for the Placer SPCA’s Food Assistance Program. The organization is urgently seeking donations of dry dog and cat food.

Through the Food Assistance Program, the Placer SPCA receives daily requests for dog and cat food from Placer County pet owners. The food is given free of charge on a walk-in basis when supplies are available. Individuals may receive food assistance once per month.

This summer, the Placer SPCA’s supplies of both dog and cat food for the program are dangerously low.

“We actually had to suspend the dog food assistance program last month,” said Placer SPCA CEO Leilani Fratis. “It is hard to turn away people who may find themselves having to choose between buying food for their pets or food for their families.”

All food available through the Food Assistance Program is donated.

“Food donations may be down a bit,” said Fratis, “but the main factor here is that demand is up. We receive 70 to 100 requests for dog and cat food every month from pet owners who are having a tough time making ends meet.”

The shortage of donated food does not mean animals in the care of Placer SPCA are going without. Through a generous donation from Hill’s® Science Diet®, Placer SPCA receives supplies of food designated for the shelter animals.

Donations of unopened bags of pet food for the Food Assistance Program may be brought to the Placer SPCA at 150 Corporation Yard Road in Roseville. For more information about the program, contact the Placer SPCA at (916) 782-7722, (530) 885-7387 or email

Local companion animal welfare experts, the Placer SPCA offers many services for the pets and people of Placer County. Learn more at

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Roseville

Celebrate Independence Day in Downtown Roseville! Here is a look at some of the events going on today:

As in years past, the parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Riverside/Vernon/Douglas, continues along Vernon Street past the Civic Center, turns right on Lincoln Street before turning right again onto Park Drive. The parade ends at Royer Park.

Royer Park Activities:
Stay for the fun after the parade in Royer Park from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; including food, games and music by the Capitol Pops Concert Band starting at 12 p.m.

There will be a fireworks show at the Placer County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds.

For more information about these events, visit

Happy Independence Day!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sacramento Museums Special Summertime Evening Events

In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California's fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long.

In July, many of the 29 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are proud to showcase a variety of special evening events geared primarily for adults, including:

Starry Nights at the Crocker Art Museum - July 5
On the first Thursday evening of the month through September, the Crocker will screen classic and contemporary films in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard and will feature "Casablanca" on July 5. Activities begin at 7:30 p.m., and the courtyard screening is at 8:30 p.m. For those who would like to picnic in the evening breeze, seasonal fare and movie treats can be purchased at the new Crocker Cafe by Supper Club. For more, visit

Mumbo Gumbo at Fairytale Town - July 11
Sacramento favorite Mumbo Gumbo brings their signature danceable sound -- a mixture spanning rock to soul, afropop to lush balladry and zydeco to country -- to Fairytale Town for a special magical evening performance on the outdoor Mother Goose Stage. For more, visit

Underground Adult Evening Tours at the Sacramento History Museum - July 12 & 26
The Sacramento History Museum is proud to offer a series of special "adults only" Old Sacramento Underground tours this summer. Entertaining and knowledgeable guides will lead tour guests on one-and-a-half-hour evening walking tours that explore some of the dark secrets and racy tales lurking in Old Sacramento's underground history. For more, visit

Beer, Babes and Brawls at the Sacramento Old City Cemetery - July 13
It's an adult evening of beer, wine, live entertainment and listening to stories of early Sacramentans with checkered pasts. Guests will stroll through the Old City Cemetery while meeting these colorful individuals. Each participant will receive two beverage tickets upon admission which can be redeemed for a glass of wine, beer or soda in the saloon. For more, visit

For more information about SAM, its partners and/or these and other events and activities, visit

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Fun (and FREE!) Family Events in El Dorado Hills in July

El Dorado Hills Community Services District is offering some fun and free events for your family this summer!

Neighborhood Park Parties in July:
That's right, they are bringing the party to a neighborhood park near you! The party will include FREE snacks, activities and lots of fun for the whole family. The parties take place at a different park each week on Wednesdays; 6:30-7:30pm. The first party in July will be July 11 at Art Weisburg Park, then July 18 at Oak Knoll Park, and July 25 at Bertelsen Park. Come out and rock your park!

CSD Summer Photo Contest - Get Snapping:
If you or a family member enjoy taking pictures then you will love taking part in their photo contest. They are looking for pictures of people enjoying themselves in one of their classes, at an EDH park, or at a CSD event. Please submit your entry to Mike Cottrell, To view the rules and prize information visit

FREE Movie at the Community Park in July:
They are bringing the big screen to the CSD Community Park. Bring a blanket, some snacks, and come and enjoy  a free movie with the family at Community Park! One Friday night movie will take place in July.  "Cool Runnings" will play on July 20; the movie will begin at dark (around 8:45pm).  Parental supervision is required, no alcoholic beverages are allowed during the event.

For more information on these and events and more, visit

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