Saturday, December 22, 2012

Local Business Steps Up to Help Families of Sandy Hook

Owners of The Dailey Method of Folsom and Roseville are spearheading a weeklong fundraising effort for the families affected by the tragedy in Newtown, CT.

Beginning Saturday, December 22nd, students and teachers will kick off the “New Hope, New Year for Newtown” campaign at the Roseville location, starting with the first two classes of the day, at 7:15a.m. and 8:40a.m. All of the money collected will be sent to the memorial fund at Newtown Savings Bank, administered by the United Way to assist families with funeral expense, counseling and other support services.

“All of our students have felt a sense of loss and sorrow. It’s something we couldn’t get out of our minds and we knew we had to take action,” said co-owner Stacey Armijo. She went on to say, “we know the Newtown families will need long term support and that’s what we want to provide.”

The Dailey Method owners have spearheaded other charitable campaigns, such as a diaper drive to support a local non-profits agency. “Our clientele is incredibly generous and we know they’ll give what they can. From nickels to dollars, anyone can make a difference,” Armijo added.

About the Dailey Method of Folsom and Roseville:
Stacey Armijo, the first franchisee of The Dailey Method, opened in 2009, in the midst of the recession. Despite consumer cutbacks, the studio has grown and in October 2012, Armijo opened a studio in Folsom, and brought in partner and co-owner Sandra Lemos. Both Armijo and Lemos own and operate the two studios, and maintain that further expansion plans are a distinct future possibility.

The Dailey Method is a fitness-focused barre workout. It has grown into an international phenomenon with 46 locations globally due to its passionate and loyal following amongst its clientele. Visit to find out more about studios in your area. The Roseville studio is located at 1611 Lead Hill Blvd., Roseville, 916.783.8367.
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Friday, December 21, 2012


Guide Dogs for the Blind is delivering 16 puppies to very special homes in time for the Holidays.  These area families will raise the puppies and begin preliminary training to usher them toward their ultimate goal, becoming a Guide Dog.

“These volunteers are giving such a big gift by raising these special dogs,” says Jim Russell, Community Field Representative from Guide Dogs for the Blind.  “We’re delivering 11 this weekend and delivered five last weekend to families who will raise and train these pups. It reminds you what the holidays are all about – giving and sharing.”

Volunteer families raise puppies from age eight weeks to 15 months, when they can enter Guide Dog training. During this time, families are responsible for providing their puppies with a well-rounded, socialized and nurturing environment.

“These families give back the dog at 15 months, but their gift is repaid tenfold when they get to see their dog united with a person who can benefit from their unique training and abilities,” says Russell.  “Seeing the difference these dogs make in people’s lives really completes the circle. That’s the gift of the program.”

With 900 puppies needing raiser homes every year, Puppy Raisers are a critical part of producing highly trained Guide Dogs and other service dogs. To support the puppy raisers, Guide Dogs for the Blind offers a comprehensive puppy raising manual, organized training and socialization through meetings with other local puppy raising clubs, as well as staff that offer training and problem solving for the pups and their raisers. The cost of training and veterinary care is completely covered by Guide Dogs for the Blind.

“This is really a special sight to behold, these precious little puppies handed over to their new families during the holidays,” says Russell. “So much joy comes from each puppy.”

People interested in Puppy Raising should contact the Puppy Raising department at Guide Dogs for the Blind for information at 800-295-4050.  Locally they can contact Stanislaus PAWS (Puppies Assisting With Sight) Puppy Club leader Carrie Mesches at 209-345-9255, or Community Field Representative Jim Russell at 209-669-7657. There are no fees and no obligation to become a Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

About Guide Dogs for the Blind:
Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff. Established in 1942, GDB is the largest Guide Dog school in the country, and continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Their programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. GDB receives no government funds. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them. GDB is headquartered in San Rafael, California, with a second campus in Boring, Oregon. More than 11,000 teams have graduated since our founding in 1942, and there are approximately 2,100 active teams in the field currently.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012


Yosemite National Park's Badger Pass Ski Area opened its downhill operations today, December 21!

Yosemite's recent snow storms provided a base depth of 24" at Badger Pass as of December 18. The free shuttle to Badger Pass from Yosemite National Park lodges will begin service on opening date. The Nordic Center offering snowshoeing and cross-country skiing opened for the season on December 15, 2012.

Badger Pass Ski Area's Tubing Hill and Terrain Park will open at a later date as more snow is needed for those winter activities. Skiers and riders can still purchase season passes online for as low as $149 for adults and $69 for children through December 31.

Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area has been operating as California's original ski area for family fun since 1935. With 10 slope runs and five convenient lifts, families can experience a picturesque winter getaway with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, all at a fraction of the cost found at other ski resorts. In addition to affordable season passes, DNC Parks &Resorts at Yosemite offers several packages and discounted lift ticket offers for winter adventurers to hit the slopes without breaking the bank.

For more information or to book a Badger Pass experience, please visit or call 801-559-4949. For 24-hour ski conditions, call 209-372-1000. To obtain Yosemite road and weather information, call 209-372-0200. Join the Badger Pass Ski Area conversation at and To check out current conditions and view the slopes at Badger Pass, visit Badger Pass Ski Area's new HD webcam at

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sierra Foothills Rose Society Upcoming Events

Sierra Foothills Rose Society is planning their upcoming events!

-ANNUAL Rose Pruning &amp Winter Care Workshop and Chili Cook off!
-Saturday January 12, 2013; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address: Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville
1) Pruning Tools and Their Care
2) Rose Pruning Principles & Pruning Roses by Type
3) Different styles of pruning by Experienced Rosarians
4) Roses are easier to grow than you think!
5) Controlling rose pests in the garden;Questions and Answers
6) Rosarian Chili Cook off Contest & Door Prizes!! Noon – 1:00
Contact: Baldo Villegas 916 735-9098 or Charlotte Owendyk at (916) 786-7230 for more details.

-ROSE AUCTION (new varieties not  available at retail markets)
-Thursday, February 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
-Address: Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville
Contact: Jeanie Campbell at (916) 961-5286 for more details.

For more information about the Sierra Foothills Rose Society, please visit

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Support the Food Bank of El Dorado County

Did you know that El Dorado County ranks 52nd out 58 for poverty levels out of all California counties (California Food Policy Advocates)? Hunger is getting to be an epidemic in El Dorado County.

The Food Bank of El Dorado County cannot rely on grants, government support and business support as in the past, as all of these entities are cutting back.

The Food Bank provides food assistance on a daily basis in partnership with over 40 local emergency food response agency sites including battered women’s shelters, senior centers, local food pantries, under privileged youth programs, youth shelters, soup kitchens, maternity homes and more.

The Food Bank of El Dorado county is looking for people in the community that want to help!

If you would like to make a donation, please visit

If you would like more information about the Food Bank of El Dorado County, please visit Remember, by working together we can make a difference in the lives of others!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Score a Free Haircut at Sport Clips New Roseville Location with a Donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Sports on TV, a relaxing neck and shoulder massage, legendary steamed towel treatment and a great haircut. What could be better? Sport Clips Haircuts owner Kevin Henkel thinks a cure for cancer would be!

Henkel, owner of several franchises in the area, will be opening the newest Sports Clips location in West Roseville at the corner of Pleasant Grove and Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard (4021 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd. #156).

The shop will have a grand opening celebration Saturday, December 22 through Monday, December 24, just in time for your holiday haircut! Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays thereafter). No appointments are needed.

During the Grand Opening, patrons will receive a FREE precision haircut with a $10 donation made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Greater Sacramento Area Chapter. For every additional $5 donated, customers will be entered to win a set of two 49ers plaques featuring Joe Montana & Steve Young. 100% of the proceeds will benefit LLS. Henkel hopes to raise over $4,000 for cancer research between December 22 and 24.

Sport Clips Haircuts has chosen to partner with LLS because of the remarkable progress that has been made in treating patients with blood cancers, with survival rates for many having doubled or tripled, and in some cases quadrupled, since LLS was founded in 1949.

Yet, more than 1 million North Americans are fighting blood cancers, the third leading cause of cancer death. Every four minutes someone in North America is diagnosed with a blood a cancer, and every ten minutes someone dies.

Since its inception, LLS has invested more than $814 million in research to find cancer cures and better therapies. Through its patient services programs, LLS offers a comprehensive array of education and support services to blood cancer patients and their families. There are family support groups, free patient education workshops featuring health experts, first connection and back to school programs. LLS also provides financial assistance to patients with significant financial need and an insurance co-pay assistance program.

To learn more about Sport Clips, visit To learn more bout The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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