Saturday, July 27, 2013

Placer SPCA Urgently Seeks Donations For Pet Food Assistance Program

The cupboards are nearly bare for the Placer SPCA 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. This service ensures that those who are willing and otherwise capable of caring for their pets may continue to do so.

This summer, the Placer SPCA supplies of both dog and cat food for the program are dangerously low.
All food available through the Food Assistance Program is donated.

"Food donations may be down a bit," said CEO Leilani 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 Hills and 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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Friday, July 26, 2013

Macy's Be Book Smart Campaign Gives 10 Millionth Book

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy's Be Book Smart campaign achieved its biggest milestone to date - raising enough funds over the past decade to distribute 10 million books to children in under served communities across America.

This summer, the Be Book Smart campaign was held in Macy's stores nationwide from June 21 through July 21 and raised more than $3.9 million for RIF to promote children's literacy.

"At Macy's we care deeply about supporting our local communities and inspiring children nationwide to embrace the joy of reading," said Martine Reardon, Macy's chief marketing officer. "RIF's model is highly effective at ensuring that we reach the children who need us most. We are so proud that together we will have given our 10 millionth book as a result of this long and successful partnership."

Macy's long history of support has enabled RIF to promote literacy on multiple levels, engaging children and empowering educators and parents with easy-to-use literacy resources. Through customer supported fundraising campaigns, in-store events, and volunteer activities, Macy's has helped RIF further its important mission to prepare and motivate young people to read. RIF is the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit.

"Yet again, all of us at RIF are overwhelmed by the generosity demonstrated by Macy's and its caring customers who helped make this possible," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "We are extremely fortunate to have had 10 years of support and commitment from Macy's to give millions of children the opportunity to dream big, explore new worlds, and to write their best life stories."

The impact of Macy's and RIF is felt in local communities by children in need. "RIF books are a chance for kids without money to read. I am very thankful for what you have done," said Dominique, a RIF Kid from Las Vegas, NV. "I can't choose my favorite RIF book because I loved them all. My heart is in the right place and so is yours."

Since 2004, Macy's support for RIF's work to promote children's literacy has exceeded $29.7 million. Through Be Book Smart, hundreds of thousands of Macy's customers have donated $3 to give books to kids in need in local communities. Macy's contributed 100 percent of the funds raised to RIF.

For more information about Macy's Be Book Smart campaign, please click here.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Red Hawk Casino Hosts The 11th Annual Walt Gray Ride Benefiting Make-A-Wish

Red Hawk Casino will be helping grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in our community by hosting the 11th Annual Walt Gray Ride, Sunday August 18, benefiting Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a light breakfast at Sacramento State University Alumni Center- Parking Lot 8, 6000 J Street. The ride will promptly begin at 10 a.m. and will end at Red Hawk Casino in Placerville, where participants will enjoy lunch, vendors, raffles and a live concert performance by the blues rock group, The Laurie Morvan Band.

All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish, granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Walt Gray began the Walt Gray Ride a decade ago, marrying his love of motorcycles and his passion for local children’s charities. He is currently the popular morning show host on The Eagle 96.9, and has also worked at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, where he became one of Northern California’s most notable sports anchors over a career spanning 25 years.

The Walt Gray Ride has become one of the most popular motorcycle based charities in California. Last year, the ride featured more than 2,000 riders.

Celebrating 30 years of granting wishes, Make-A-Wish Northeastern California & Northern Nevada grants wishes to children like eight-year-old Peyton, who recently faced the challenge of a malignant tumor in his left eye. When approached by Make-A-Wish, he quickly chose to go to Disney World and meet characters from his favorite movie, Cars.

Peyton’s mom, Kelly Krasner, said the wish couldn’t have come at a better time. “It gave us all something to look forward to and now we have the precious memories we created together as a family.” Kelly says Peyton has always had a fascination with moving vehicles, cars, trucks, but especially motorcycles, noting both his grandfather and father owned a motorcycle shop.

To make his love for moving vehicles, particularly motorcycles, a little more special, Peyton has raised money to donate to Make-A-Wish, and has been granted the title of being the official 2013 Ambassador for the Walt Gray Ride. Participants will get a chance to meet Ambassador Peyton at the event.

A pre-ride party will be held Saturday, August 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at Harley Davidson of Sacramento, located at 1000 Arden Way in Sacramento.

For more information on the Walt Gray Ride, or to register for the ride, visit For more information on Red Hawk Casino call 888-573-3495 or visit Red Hawk Casino is conveniently located on Highway 50 at Red Hawk Parkway.  Call 888-573-3495 for more information.

Blog Post information courtesy of Red Hawk Casino. Picture courtesy of the Walt Gray Ride.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Imagination Theater To Host 6th Annual Fundraiser August 16

Imagination Theater will host its sixth annual fundraiser, Dream the Dream, on Friday, August 16, from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M., at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. 

There will be a live and silent auction during the evening.  Enjoy an evening of fine wines and food while bidding on items donated by local businesses and individuals. 

Proceeds will benefit Imagination Theater and allow it to continue to provide quality, creative, live theater in the foothills.

An all-inclusive weekend in Ashland Oregon, wine tours, themed gift baskets, season theater tickets are just a few of the many items that await.  IT is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at, or contact Imagination Theater at (530) 642-0404.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Showcase Saturdays Continue At El Dorado Hills Town Center July 27th

Showcase Saturdays are continuing to rock Town Center with their next event on July27th! 

Stroll down the boulevard from 6:30-8:30p.m. and enjoy wine and beer tasting with local wineries and brewers, live music on the Boulevard with well known local musician Tim Dierkes and Town Center businesses showcasing with specials and give-a-ways.

FREE evening concert in the Steven Young Amphitheater featuring the Gary Mendoza Band from 8-9:30p.m. Tasting $7 and includes a commemorative wine glass, benefiting Canine Companions for Independence. 

Showcase Saturday’s grand finale will feature Canine Companions for Independence Fifth Annual Zoom Zoom Woof Woof Classic Car Show on September 21st.  View classic and exotic cars and enjoy beer and wine tasting.  Rock out to three bands, two on the Boulevard and Hip Service in the Steven Young Amphitheater as part of Bistro 33’s Dance Party.

For more information about Town Center or their upcoming events, please visit

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Tiger Lily Winery returns to Pleasant Valley

Tiger Lily winery was the first Pleasant Valley Winery in Gold Mining times.  It started in the mid 1850’s and was a leading winery in the 1860s to 1880’s.  Unfortunately, it burned down in the mid 1890’s and it is not known if the winery was ever rebuilt.

John MacCready wanted to preserve Pleasant Valley wine history and decided to use the Tiger Lily name for special selections of Sierra Vista wine. 

Join them to sample the newly released 2009 Tiger Lily Outlaw and a pre-release tasting of the 2010 Tiger Lily Outlaw on Saturday, Augutst 23rd, from 11a.m. to 4p.m. The winery is located at 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville.

Bill Gray from the county museum will be there with Tiger Lily history from the gold mining days.  Bill will also be displaying his gold collection and gold history from this area.

They will barrel taste the 2011 Ancient Vine Reserve Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that are being bottled at the end of August. These wines have received their final blending eliminating the risk of barrel variation for the taster.

Kathleen from Capital Sierra Catering will be there with her Burger Bar.  Cost for a burger with all the trimmings is $10 per person.   Wine club members $5.00 per person – 4 per wine membership.  RSVP to or 530-622-7221.  Reservations close August 19th.

For more information about Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, please visit

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