The New Gold River Sports Club

By MPG Staff  |  2019-02-08

The staff at Gold River Sports Club welcome the change. Photo courtesy Spare Time Sports Clubs.

GOLD RIVER, CA  (MPG) - Gold River Racquet Club, the 33 year old club built in 1985, has changed its name to Gold River Sports Club.  Gold River Sports Club, which is part of Spare Time Sports Clubs, has led the Sacramento region in innovative sports and fitness programming for decades. 

Mike Burchett, General Manager said “we are changing our club name from racquet club to “Sports Club” to better reflect the wide range of sports and fitness programs that we offer.  We are committed to further expanding our programs and services to better serve the fitness and recreational interests of our members going forward.  As always our goal is to make our club “the best part of your day!”

This neighborhood club has continued to increase its offering to stay up with the changing times.  Over the years Gold River Sports Clubs has added; Swimming Pools; Junior Recreation Swim Team; Cardio Exercise Equipment; Weight Circuit; Free Weights; Squash courts; Dedicated function training area to include TRX; Pilates Reformer Studio; Personal Training; HIIT; After school programs; Play Center and Kids Club; Summer Kids Camp. They have also added a full range of group exercise classes from mind body, weights, cycle, dance, aqua, spin and much more.

So what does the name change mean?  Gold River Sports Club will continue to build on the strength of tennis programs, which have had some incredible athletics over the years and include National Tennis Champions and Championship Swim Teams. Additional emphasis will be placed on enhancing fitness services and other sports programs that broaden their appeal through the implementation of new programming technology.

Source: Spare Time Sports Clubs

Women's Empowerment Receives $25K from US Bank

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2019-02-08

Lisa Culp of Women’s Empowerment receives a check from Jessica Cook of U.S. Bank for Women’s Empowerment’s career-readiness, job training and financial literacy programs for women who are homeless.  Photo courtesy Thébaud Communications

Funds will provide job skills training and financial literacy for homeless women

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) -  Women’s Empowerment has received a $25,000 grant from U.S. Bank Foundation’s Community Possible program. The grant will fund job skills training, career-readiness classes and financial literacy programs for Sacramento women experiencing homelessness.

“U.S. Bank continues to invest in the bright futures of homeless women through its generous donations to our job-readiness programs,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “Our partnership with U.S. Bank ensures women can break the cycle of homelessness by gaining the skills needed to secure employment, regain a home and manage finances. When our mothers become financially self-sufficient, they create a better life for their children.”

Since 2001, Women’s Empowerment has been working to break the cycle of homelessness for women and children in Sacramento. In the initial nine-week program, women who are homeless receive free onsite child care in the group’s child development center and transportation assistance. Each woman works with a master’s level social worker to address her root causes of homelessness. She attends classes on job-readiness, confidence building, health and empowerment, as well as support groups for domestic violence and substance abuse. Financial empowerment courses are provided, including budgeting, improving credit score and second chance checking. With the help of volunteer teachers, women unlearn financial habits and create a step-by-step action plan for achieving their financial goals. Women then focus on job placement with their employment specialist and volunteer career mentor. 

Women who have graduated from the nine-week program can enroll in the group’s graduate services at any point when they need assistance. Services include paid job training, vocational certifications, counseling with a social worker and employment specialist, access to a professional clothing closet, and job retention services for employer and employee.  

“At U.S. Bank, we invest in and support programs and organizations that help people succeed in the workforce and gain greater financial literacy,” said Jessica Cook, assistant vice president at U.S. Bank. “Through our Community Possible giving and engagement platform we are working to close the gaps between people and possibility. Our partnership with Women’s Empowerment is doing just that.”

Women’s Empowerment is an award-winning organization that has graduated 1,554 homeless women and their 3,738 children. Last year, 82 percent of graduates found homes and 76 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation and play. For more information: www.usbank.com/community.

Source: Thébaud Communications

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 “Take Me Out to the Swim Meet!”

By Jan Float  |  2019-02-08

“Batter up, Matthew Choi! Photo courtesy Stingrays

GOLD RIVER, CA (MPG) - Well, sports fans, just as Spring Training for baseball leagues is rounding the bases, so is Spring Training for the Stingrays’ swim league. Gold River, intent on knocking it out of the ballpark this year, has already opened Spring & Summer registration at reduced fees. Most exhilarating is their New & Improved dryland training program – also established and underway. Although league bylaws prohibit in-the-water training in February [aka a “dry” month], this isn’t called “dry”land for nothing … and the Stingrays are taking full advantage of what was the seventh-inning stretch.

Both innovative and effective, from now through Spring Training and right on into the summer, these sessions will be conducted not as they once were, poolside and outdoors, but in the gym with Gold River Sports Club’s certified personal trainers and team coaches. Clever, right? Here they are doing their thing in the group-exercise room with trainer Christine Williams. Once competition begins, the swimmers will be strong, conditioned, flexible … and well ahead of the ballgame, ready to hit those grand slams. An added bonus? Training in the AC when it’s 100 degrees in the shade without baseball caps.

This season, the fans will be cheering and the scoreboard reflecting many home runs. “Batter up, Matthew Choi! You’ve got this!” Now in the league’s Gold Rush conference, the Stingrays’ opposing teams are more equal in numbers.

Baseball requires nine players out in the field for each play; swimming generally requires four Stingrays in the field for each race. With Winter, Spring & Summer training, the age-grouped athletes have fervent goals, including one triple play after another … slamming 1, 2, 3 into the wall. “Take me out to the swim meet!”

During the summer, when baseball and swimming are in full swing, the Sacramento River Cats invite regional teams for their annual nod to the sport. All athletes, along with Tigger, parade the field, each team is recognized, and a champ within the swimming community throws out the first pitch. “Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd.” And, yes, “Buy some peanuts and crackerjacks”; at swim meets, they’re not allowed!

March Clinics will soon be sliding into first base. Each week of the month is divvied up to focus on swimming’s four strokes. There’s also concentration on starts, turns and finishes … sliding into first place. All the while, in the indoor bullpen, Spring Training is in full gear. Parents are likewise gearing up for their personal training: a presentation [no hand signals], an open Q&A session, and excitement to share with their Little Leaguers.

Included within team fees [decreased by 10%] are the fun-filled social events. And, just for you lucky readers, swim meet tickets are free. Baseball looks to sweep a series; swimming looks to sweep the season. The Stingrays are winding up to throw curve balls, steal countless bases and cross many a home plate. In It to Win It! More to come … “at the ol’ swim meet!”

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Flying By to Say Hi

Story by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-02-07

Blue Angels Soar into Town.Photos by Mark Loper, provided courtesy California Capital Airshow

Photos by Mark Loper, courtesy California Capital Airshow

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – Folks watching the skies above Rancho Cordova and Mather on the afternoon of January 22 saw the arrival of a single US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet carrying Lieutenant Commander Adam Kerrick, and Advance Pilot/Narrator Lieutenant Cary Rickoff.

The pair met California Capital Airshow organizers to inspect the site, which included a tour of the airport and Sacramento, said Angela Terry, California Capital Airshow Director of Operations. Since the crew of sixteen officers and 100 enlisted members will stay in the area for a week, the officers were also shown hotels, gyms, and restaurants.

 “We want to make sure they’ll be happy in their accommodations,” said Terry.

The US Navy Blue Angels, formed in 1946, will headline the show’s 14th annual event on October 5 and 6, the third time the blue and gold jets have performed for the show.

                “We’re excited for an October show,” said Terry, who is also excited the Blue Angels are returning and said that staff is still working on this year’s theme. Performers, events, and the theme will be released, she added, during the next nine months.

                The California Capital Airshow kicked off in 2004 and has grown annually. Last year, the airshow helped celebrate Mather’s 100th birthday and included performances by the US Air Force Thunderbirds. Static aircraft displays included the F-16C Fighting Falcon in 2018.

                “What we’re really proud about here in Sacramento is that they get to interact with the public and inspire the next generation,” said Terry about the Blue Angels, adding that the missions of the airshow and the Blue Angels align. “Talking to those pilots, seeing the jets on the ground, and interacting inspires to a different level.”

                For more information about the US Navy Blue Angels, visit https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/. For more information about California Capital Airshow, visit https://californiacapitalairshow.com/.

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A Singing Valentine Coming Your Way!

By Judi Naill  |  2019-02-07

What a great way to have fun! Ladies from the community are invited to attend rehearsals. Photo courtesy SVC.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Valentine's Day is almost here!  You can give that special someone an unforgettable gift!  Candy, cards and flowers are nice, but adding a Singing Valentine will create a lasting memory!  Quartets from Sacramento Valley Chorus will deliver Singing Valentines on Thursday, February 14.  Your sweetheart, family member or good friend will be surprised and thrilled when a quartet delivers two songs, a rose, candy and a beautiful card to him or her.  The package is only $40, and can be delivered to the home or business of your choice in the greater Sacramento area, including Placer, El Dorado and Nevada County.  Singing Valentines are popular, so call early to ensure availability.  Call 916-761-2998, to arrange for delivery.  

The award winning Sacramento Valley Chorus, under the direction of Master Director, Dede Nibler, has approximately 90 members.  The Chorus is preparing to compete Internationally in New Orleans in September. 

Ladies from the community are invited to attend rehearsals any Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.  For more information, visit SacramentoValleyChorus.com.   

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Sac County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave”

 Sacramento County Special Release  |  2019-02-06

Sacramento County Airport Firefighters “Brave the Shave” in honor of  Captain Anderson. Photo courtesy Sacramento County.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County Airport Firefighters shaved their heads as part of the second annual “Brave the Shave” in honor of Captain Tim Anderson, a Sacramento County Airport Firefighter who lost his life to cancer in 2017. Brave the Shave was started one year ago by Tim’s son Mason, when his mother Lacey was diagnosed with breast cancer just 6 months after his dad, Captain Tim Anderson died.

After hearing the news of his mom's diagnosis, Mason at 10 years old wanted to have a shaving party in an effort to turn a difficult situation into something positive. Mason challenged local area firefighters to shave their heads with him as a way to honor his dad and support his mother. In 2017, 112 firefighters in 4 states and 2 countries shaved their heads in support of the Anderson family. ​

Mason’s mom Lacey is now cancer free and this year Mason would like to open Brave the Shave up to all firefighters and their families affected by cancer in an effort to make December Firefighter Cancer Awareness month. Firefighters and anyone else wanting to offer their support were asked to shave their heads in the month of December and post the pictures or videos to Mason's Facebook page Brave the Shave with Mason Anderson or his Instagram Brave the Shave Mason Anderson. This year's goal is 150 shaved heads. Mason is only 57 shaved heads away from meeting that goal!

Source: Sacramento County Media

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The Latest Job demand and hiring trends

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Employers are downshifting in the hiring race as 2019 begins. One regional company is reducing workforce by more than fifty percent (50%) as tariff related contract losses impact Sacramento area employment. In direct contacts with regional employers between November 19th and December 17th, Pacific Staffing discovered fifty-six percent (56%) of companies are hiring in the First Quarter of 2019.

Hiring has pulled back from this same time one year ago when sixty-five percent (65%) planned to hire in January, February and March. While the pace of hiring among top Sacramento regional employers has fallen throughout 2018 companies report finding applicants and specific skilled workers remain a top challenge in the new year.

While not a single company surveyed planned first quarter layoffs in 2018, in the first three months of 2019 seven percent (7%) are reducing workforces. Staff reductions are attributed to seasonal change and slower demand for products and services. Forty-four percent (44%) of hiring in the first quarter is for attrition, or replacements, among existing workforces while employers seek just forty-two percent (42%) for growth.

By talking to top regional firms each quarter since 1992, Pacific Staffing has learned there are always hiring challenges for employers, regardless of economic direction. In this first quarter of the new year seventeen percent (17%) of employers also report a continuing challenge with finding enough applicants, despite the slowdown. Others also citing increased minimum wage and hiring specific skilled trades as workplace concerns.

Sales, customer service, accounting/finance, technical, warehouse and shipping experience is in high demand through March. Drivers for route and delivery remain scarce.

The most active sector is Service companies with Manufacturers second, followed by Construction and Retail through January, February and March of 2019.

Sacramento Regional Top Companies Polled by Industry were Service (54%), Manufacturers (25%), Construction (19%) and Retail (2%)

For more information, employment blogs & market surveys go to www.pacificstaffing.com.

Source: Pacific Staffing

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SMUD Awards Nearly $60,000 in Powering Futures Scholarships

SMUD Special Release  |  2019-02-06

Recipients of SMUD’s 2018/2019 Powering Futures scholarships pose with SMUD’s Board of Directors and Executives after being recognized for their hard work and achievements at the Dec. 20 Board meeting. Photo courtesy SMUD

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD’s Board of Directors recently recognized the 21 college students who have been awarded Powering Futures scholarships for the 2018/19 academic year. All students received scholarships between $1,500 and $5,000, and the opportunity to work at SMUD as a paid intern.

The awards were based on academic merit and financial need, and preference was given to students who have declared a major relevant to SMUD.

Most of the students who receive a scholarship also accept paid summer internships in a variety of SMUD departments, including Grid Operations, Customer Operations, Geographical Information Systems, Warehouse and Fleet Operations among others. The internships provide students with excellent opportunities to learn practical skills and help launch themselves into future careers.

“The Powering Futures scholarship program helps us strengthen our talent pipeline and meet our future workforce needs,” said SMUDHuman Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Director Laurie Rodriguez. “We’re proud to support such an exceptional group of Sacramento students this year, and we look forward to seeing them back in the summer for their internships. They’ll have a great chance to learn about working in the energy industry and gain real-world experience that will help them in all of their future endeavors.”

The 2019/20 scholarship application period began on January 7 and will close on February 24.  For those interested in applying, please visit,smud.org/Scholarships.

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Senator Gaines Sworn in as Board of Equalization Member

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  - Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) was sworn in as an elected Member of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) during a ceremony held at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building in Downtown Sacramento. The oath of office was administered by Governor Gavin Newsom.

“I am excited to continue serving Californians as a taxpayer advocate,” said Senator Gaines. “My new role as a BOE Member comes with different challenges and opportunities, but my number one priority is to ensure hardworking Californians are allowed fair tax policies that create jobs and grow our economy.”

Senator Gaines will represent more than nine million California residents living in the 1st Equalization District, which spans inland California from San Bernardino County to the Oregon border. The five-member BOE is a publicly elected tax board responsible for administering Property Tax, Alcoholic Beverage Tax, and Tax on Insurers programs.

“Californians should be treated with respect and fairness when it comes to tax administration. They are tired of being over-taxed, and over-regulated. I pledge to fight on their behalf,” said Senator Gaines.

Prior to being elected to the BOE, Senator Gaines served 12 years in the State Legislature as a tireless advocate for California’s taxpayers, ratepayers, businesses and families. He fought to protect citizen privacy and led major efforts to bring thousands of new jobs to the state, as well as support critical legislation to strengthen and expand California’s infrastructure.

In addition to his life in public service, Senator Gaines is a successful small business owner, having owned Gaines Insurance for more than 30 years. He has been married to his wife Beth since 1986 and together they reside in El Dorado County and are blessed with six children and two grandchildren.

As a constitutional officer, Senator Gaines is currently the highest-ranking elected Republican state official in California.

Source: Office of Ted Gaines

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United Way to Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2019-02-06

Teams of young professionals works together to solve a round of trivia over beers and dinner at United Way’s Young Leaders Society’s Brews & Brains fundraiser. Photo courtesy Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Sacramento-area young professionals can show off their knowledge of early 2000s trivia while raising funds to help local kindergarteners save for college at United Way’s Young Leaders Society’s annual Brews & Brains trivia night on Feb. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J Street. Guests, who must be age 21 or older, will enjoy beer, food and chances to win prizes. Guests who register as a team of six by Jan. 28 will receive the early bird rate of $135, which includes a Brews & Brains pint glass, and food and drink tickets for each team member. Individuals and couples can register for $25 each to be placed on a team and receive food and a drink ticket. To learn more: www.yourlocalunitedway.org/brewsandbrains2019

“Whether you want to show off your useless knowledge, enjoy beer, help kids or all of the above, this is the event for you,” said Creston Whiting-Casey, chair of United Way’s Young Leaders Society. “The energy in the room is always a lot of fun as we tackle questions ranging from pop culture to politics – all to help kids in our region get excited early about going to college.”

Research shows that children with even modestly funded college savings accounts are three times more likely to attend college – and four times more likely to complete college – than those without a college savings account. Parents and guardians who attend two free financial education and empowerment courses earn a $200 college savings account for their kindergartener. Parents, relatives and friends may make additional contributions to help grow the student’s account. The program recognizes that early intervention and continued parental involvement dramatically increase the probability that children will achieve higher education.

“We want to create the expectation very early in every child’s life that higher education is both a desirable and achievable goal,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “It’s fantastic to see young professionals coming together to make sure all kids have the same access to education beyond high school.”

For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought local people together to make community change happen. Today, the nonprofit is bringing people together across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties for its Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of students in our region who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. United Way believes ending generational poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones and their families receive support and resources. To learn more and make a donation: www.yourlocalunitedway.org

Source: Thébaud Communications

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