Saturday, February 9, 2013

Find Your Love Of A Lifetime This Valentine's Day With Placer SPCA

Are you ready to meet your Valentine?  At the Placer SPCA, from February 14 through February 17, all adoptions are just $14! They’re single, ready to mingle and searching for love!

The special adoption pricing is in effect at Placer SPCA adoption centers and satellite adoption locations. You can find opportunities to adopt from the Placer SPCA at:

  • Placer SPCA Companion Animal Care Center, 150 Corporation Yard Road, Roseville (closed Mondays)
  • Pet Adoption and Resource Center in Auburn, 1482 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn
  • Cat Adoption Center at Pet Food Express, 1009 Galleria Blvd., Roseville 
  • Thursday, February 14:  Raley’s, 765 California 65, Lincoln (mobile adoption event)
  • Friday, Febuary 15: Petco, 6672 Lonetree Blvd, Rocklin (mobile adoption event)
  • Saturday, February 16: Douglas Ranch, 5460 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay (mobile adoptionevent)

Please visit for times and more details.

Take a chance on love, and come by to meet all the wonderful dogs and cats waiting for forever homes.  You may be surprised to find out just who your match will be!  Also enjoy sweet treats and Valentine’s fun during your visit to the Placer SPCA Companion Animal Care Center.

All adoptions from the Placer SPCA include spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations and a voucher for a free veterinary exam.  Please visit for more information, or call (916) 782-7722 or (530) 885-7387.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Women’s Wisdom Art and ACAI Studios & Gallery Presents the Queen of Hearts Show

Women’s Wisdom Art and ACAI Studios & Gallery presents the Queen of Hearts Show on February 16.

Art work by the artists of Women’s Wisdom Art will be on display at ACAI Studios & Gallery,
located at at 7425 Winding Way, Fair Oaks.

ACAI Studios & Gallery, will host one reception on February 16, from 6p.m. to 9p.m.

The Women's Wisdom Art organization focuses on the empowering qualities utilized in creating art to help women who are experiencing health issues. Many of these women are suffering from cancer, stroke, depression, abuse and many other situations. They help women rebuild their lives using ART as a healing tool.

Women's Wisdom Art is formerly known as Women's Wisdom Project. The umbrella group that had been sponsoring them for the past 12 years decided to refocus their resources. This left a huge void in the community for women recovering from everyday traumas. The efforts by the original WWA founder, Laura Ann Walton, and some very dedicated volunteers lead by Helen Plenert, are continuing the program to fill this gap. As a result our program is now reorganizing on its own, as Women's Wisdom Art.

The economy drop has heightened the women’s need for the program. Women's Wisdom Art receives referrals from local hospitals and doctors on a weekly basis. They re-opened September 1, 2012 at the Slider Community Center at 7851 35th Ave., in Sacramento.

For more information about Women's Wisdom Art, please visit.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

KidsFirst Diaper Drive February 14 - 18

KidsFirst is asking businesses and individuals to love, hug and pamper local children by donating diapers and wipes to the nonprofit organization’s diaper drive, which runs from Valentine’s Day on February 14 to February 28.

KidFirst hopes to collect at least 1,000 diapers to distribute to families in need. Research shows that diapers and wipes cost a family about $100 a month, per child. As “hygiene items,” they aren’t directly funded under any federal support program.

Some parents reuse diapers or leave their babies in wet diapers longer than they should. This leads to diaper rash, infections and other health problems, and to babies crying more. Unnecessary crying, coupled with the stress of living in poverty raises the chances of child abuse. KidsFirst wants to ensure that no baby is left without a clean diaper. “By helping our most vulnerable children, we help build a better community,” said CEO Lisa Velarde.

  • Diapers and wipes cost about $100/month per child
  • Purchasing diapers is not covered by government systems as they are considered “hygiene items.”
  • The cost forces some families to reuse disposable diapers, or to leave babies in diapers longer than they should, which could lead to diaper rash, infections and other health problems.
  • Babies who have diaper rash tend to cry more. More crying, coupled with the stress of living in need, raises the chances of child abuse.

  • Many low-income families don’t have access to washers and dryers. Most laundromats prohibit the washing of cloth diapers for sanitary reasons.
  • The vast majority of daycares require disposable diapers.

  • Go to to donate online – please enter “diaper drive” in reason for gift. A donation of $40 will buy 200 diapers and/or diaper wipes for children in crises.
  • Purchase diapers and/or wipes and take them to one of KidsFirst’s three family resource centers in Roseville, Auburn and Citrus Heights. To sponsor a diaper drive for KidsFirst or for donation questions, please call Dina Navarra at 916-774-6802 x2828.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Help Kids Become Star Readers Through United Way Book Drive

Local residents can help kids reach for the stars by participating in United Way California Capital Region’s 2nd Annual STAR Readers Book Drive February18-March 8. The drive benefits United Way’s STAR Readers project that is working to increase graduation rates by improving early reading skills.

“Up through third grade, children are learning to read. In fourth grade and beyond, they’re reading to learn,” said Steve Heath, United Way president and CEO. “Children reading at grade level entering fourth grade are far more likely to graduate from high school. This book drive will help more than 650 local kids have access to books that will set them on a path for success.”

The online book drive gives donors the chance to purchase age-appropriate books for children in kindergarten through third grade: A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer, Marley: Firehouse Dog by John Grogan, Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel and The Enormouse Pearl Heist by Geronimo Stilton. The goal is to collect more than 650 books, one for each child in United Way’s STAR Readers project. Books will benefit Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources in Jackson, Boys & Girls Club of Auburn, Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, Davis Bridge Foundation, New Morning Youth and Family Services in Placerville, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center and Yolo County Children’s Alliance in Davis. Books range from $3.99 to $6.99. To purchase books, visit

As part of the STAR Readers Book Drive, United Way is teaming up with Barnes & Noble in Citrus Heights for a children’s reading event. Families are invited to A Starry Night from 7-8 p.m. on February 27 at 6111 Sunrise Boulevard. Local residents will offer dramatic readings of the books, which will be available to purchase that night for the book drive. The event will include refreshments, and children are encouraged to wear pajamas. For more information, visit

United Way’s partners in the 2nd Annual STAR Readers Book Drive include the Sacramento Bee, Barnes & Noble, KVIE and the Sacramento Public Library.

For 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has actively worked to address the community’s most pressing issues, now focusing on innovative solutions related to high school graduation rates, household financial stability and obesity. United Way’s team of nonprofits, businesses, donors and volunteers are working together to provide positive, measurable results on these issues through United Way projects: STAR Readers, $en$e-Ability and Fit Kids. Community members can give, volunteer and advocate in support of the causes they care most about, benefiting United Way and hundreds of nonprofits in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. United Way is an independent, local affiliate of United Way Worldwide. For more information, visit

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Style Media Group Long-Time Contributor Releases His New Book

Style Media Group is pleased to announced that one of their long-time contributors, Bill Romanelli, just had the release of his book, After the Fall - A Climber's True Story of Facing Death and Finding Life, written with Craig DeMartino, this week!

In July of 2002, Craig DeMartino should have died. He had 13 years of rock climbing experience, and was 100 feet up a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park when he plummeted to the ground below him. It is a fall that should have killed him.

"In the months that followed, the pain, the subsequent partial leg amputation, the national media attention, and the knowledge that his body was broken challenged Craig on a daily basis. But slowly God renewed the life - and faith - Craig almost lost on that fateful day ." (See photo.)

To find out where to pick up a copy, please visit the After the Fall Facebook page here,

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Canyon Keepers February Events

The Canyon Keepers will hike the Western States/Robie Point Fuel Break Trails on Saturday February 9th. The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Overlook parking area off Pacific Ave. in Auburn. This will be an out and back hike that is approximately six miles long with an elevation climb of about 500 ft at the end. Bring your binoculars if the weather is good and we will try to spot birds along the trail. Probably allow about three hours for the hike. Proper hiking shoes and water are recommended. Heavy rain will cancel. Dogs on leashes are allowed. Trail maps and other information is available at For more information call Charlene at 530-346-7032.

Also, don't forget to attend the first Canyon Keepers meeting of 2013, scheduled for Tuesday, February 5. It's titled "Regional History Revealed; Winter Outings in Our Foothills," courtesy our speaker Evan Jones. The speaker will help you visit nearby trails that are (usually) below the snow! Newly-accessed finds will be discussed, including the historical Tillotson Trail, miners' graves, a 19th century cable bridge, the Bullion Mine, Nisenan petroglyphs and the Hidden Treasure Mine. Upcoming guided outings to these and other sites will be announced.

The meeting will take place at the Canyon View Community Center, 471 Maidu Drive in Auburn. Snacks are served at 5:45p.m.; meeting begins at 6:15p.m. and the speaker at 6:30p.m.. Evan Jones, speaker and former physics instructor, founded the Historical Trails Council, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing endangered historical trails in the northern Sierra. As a former physics instructor, he edits science texts and writes for the educational physics literature.

Also, February is a great month to join Canyon Keepers! Dues are only $5 a year if you become a member and participate as an active volunteer (It would help if you brought a $5 bill -- requiring no change). It's a good way to find greater enjoyment in the Canyon and to meet new people with similar interests. A few CK activities are open to members only.

For more information about Canyon Keepers, please visit

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