Congrats to our Journalism Open 2013 winners

Well, that’s a wrap – congrats to all of the winners and entrants who submitted to our Journalism Open 2013. We had 76 written submissions this year and 114 photo submissions, and it wasn’t an easy job to narrow either of those categories down. But somehow we all managed. Myself and editor Jared Goyette narrowed down the top 12 articles which were then tallied by our panel of guest judges. Photos were judged by myself and Goyette. You can find a complete list of judging criteria here. Our $400 People’s Choice Award was a close race between Stephania Erkenbrecher’s article on Verge Center for the Arts and Ron Mullins’ piece on medical cannabis. I spent much time calling around to verify votes, and it is with the utmost of confidence that we honored Ron Mullins for his thoughtful article, The state of medical cannabis in the city of Sacramento. First place went to Seth Sandronsky’s Private money and public schools, an in-depth discussion on “the power of corporate-funded philanthropy to shape public policy.” Second place went to Stephania Erkenbrecher for her very in depth and personalized spotlight on Verge Center for the Arts. Third place went to Nick Hunte for After school program gives kids a chance to live a healthy future, which focused on Amber Scott and California Food Literacy Center’s work at Aspire Capitol […]

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Awards Party 2013: Celebrate citizen journalism with The Sac Press

Are you ready to party with The Sacramento Press? The Journalism Open 2013 closed on Jan. 31, so don’t forget to check out the written and photography submissions that our contributors worked so hard on. The top finalists have been selected, and now our panel of guest judges are working hard to select this year’s winners. We also need your help in selecting who will win $400 for our People’s Choice Award. Soon all the work will be over though, and it will be time to kick back with good snacks and even better friends to announce the winners and honor this year’s writers. Please join The Sac Press staff, Journalism Open guest judges and contributors at Chops Steakhouse downtown on Tuesday, Feb. 12, for our Awards Party. We’ll celebrate citizen journalism, as well as the contributors who have helped us all kick off 2013 hyperlocal style by sharing their neighborhood news stories. Tickets are $10 presale and $12 (cash only) at the door. This goes toward: One glass of beer or wine. Cheers to citizen journalism! A sample of select Chops Steakhouse appetizers – caprese bruschetta, shrimp dim sum and more. Yum. An eco-friendly limited-edition Sac Press canvas bag – what is good for the environment is also good for our community and local news, right? One raffle ticket and the chance to win gift cards from some […]

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Changing the way we think about disabilities

On September 22, INALLIANCE will change the way we think about people with developmental disabilities. Later this month, hundreds of Californians will gather on the El Dorado Trail for the 4th Annual Gold Rush Fun Run to raise awareness of people with disabilities, and increase understanding of the vital programs INALLIANCE provides to the greater Sacramento area. INALLIANCE is a nonprofit organization that supports the independence, health and safety of people with developmental disabilities through community based programs. “We chose to host a fun run, because it brings together people from all walks of life in an inclusive activity,” says Executive Director of INALLIANCE Diana DeRodeff, “The best way to change stereotypes about people with developmental disabilities is to show how truly capable they are.” Disability is peculiar word. We hear about it all the time, but what does it really mean? Is it a limitation, a condition, a disadvantage, a handicap? When a person has a disability they are immediately separated into a group outside of the norm. Because they are unable to do something, or because they must do that something differently, they get stamped with the word “disability” and suddenly they are seen in a different light. This separation increases dramatically, when a person has a developmental disability, because society doesn’t understand what it means. For years, the stereotypes about developmental disabilities […]

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Runnin’ Wild through the Sierra Foothills

Runners, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are invited to run wild on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the 4th Annual Gold Rush Fun Run on the El Dorado Trail in beautiful El Dorado County. Area nonprofit INALLIANCE is once again hosting the event that sends participants on a tour through the Sierra Nevada Foothills in 10 mile, 10K, 5K and 1 mile races along what used to be the Michigan California Lumber Company railway corridor, but now boasts lush vegetation and scenic vistas. Following the races, guests will enjoy a Finish Line Celebration featuring snacks, wine and hard cider sampling, music, raffle prizes, and awards ceremony. Races will be chip timed, and medals will be awarded to the best overall male and female finishers in each race, as well as by age divisions. The Gold Rush Fun Run is the annual benefit for INALLIANCE, a nonprofit organization that supports the independence, health and safety of people with developmental disabilities through community programs. Proceeds from the 2012 event will go to direct services that prepare people with disabilities to live, work and thrive in their communities. Last year, over 300 participants competed in the event, raising nearly $8,000 for vital services. This year organizers hope to double that amount. The Gold Rush Fun Run offers participants a unique opportunity to view the beautiful Gold […]

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Open Season for Runners

Registration is now open for the Gold Rush Fun Run in El Dorado County on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The event features a series of races through the Sierra Nevada Foothills along the El Dorado Trail, which was once the historic Southern Pacific Railway line, and now features picturesque scenery and an abundance of wildlife for trail goers. The Gold Rush Fun Run hosts runners and walkers from across Northern California for a 10 mile run, 10K run, 5K run/walk and a 1 mile stroll. All races culminate in a finish line celebration where participants enjoy refreshments, music, raffle prizes and awards ceremony. Synergy Race Timing will chip time the 10K, 10 mile and 5K races, and medals will be awarded to the top overall winners, as well as the top age division winners. Everyone who registers to participate in the event will receive two raffle tickets for a mother load of great prizes including a Lake Tahoe Getaway and a Specialty Day Spa Package. Register by August 18, 2012 and receive two additional raffle tickets plus discounted registration fees. All proceeds from the Gold Rush Fun Run benefit INALLIANCE, a local nonprofit that provides programs that contribute to the independence of adults with developmental disabilities. 2012 marks the 60 year anniversary of INALLIANCE and its commitment building a more livable, workable world. For more […]

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The Artist

If you’re going to remove the sound from a film, you’d better do it right. Not being able to hear what people are saying is very odd and kind of disconcerting, especially for a modern audience. Luckily for The Artist, there is a way to make it work, and work fantastically at that. The Artist opens during the late 1920’s, at the height of our star, silent film actor George Valentin’s (Jean Dujardin) career. He’s a loveable guy, instantly showing his charisma at a premier (evoking some shenanigans from Singin’ in the Rain) for one of his movies. After the premier he bumps into Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) a beautiful young dancer who soon falls in love with him. Unfortunately for George, his world is quickly turned upside down by the advent of sound in the motion picture industry. As he struggles and begins to lose his near perfect life, Peppy’s film career takes off. George must then find a way to put his life back together. But don’t worry it’s not as depressing as that sounds… Like I said it’s not easy to sit through a whole movie with no sound but the phenomenal soundtrack by Ludovic Bource more than makes up for it. It’s wonderfully upbeat, like the music you hear when you walk down Main Street in Disneyland. It’s also jazzy at […]

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Mutual Housing chosen as finalist for Inspired Giving

Sacramento|Yolo Mutual Housing Association recently was chosen as a finalist for the Inspire Giving award, a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce that encourages civic-minded leadership, volunteerism and philanthropic giving. The other finalists are Raft, Roseville Home Start, Seniors First and Soil Born Farms. Mutual Housing develops and operates permanently affordable housing in Sacramento and Yolo county that builds strong and stable communities through resident participation and leadership development. With more than 900 homes, it serves some 2,700 low- to moderate-income residents, half of whom are children. Raft helps educators transform the learning experience through "hands-on" education that inspires the joy and discovery of learning. Roseville Home Start transitions homeless families into affordable, sustainable permanent housing and self- sufficiency, through a system of housing and support services that is comprehensive, flexible, accessible and accountable. Seniors first strives to keep Placer County senior citizens living independently and comfortably in their own homes as long as possible. Soil Born Farms is an urban agriculture and education project that connects food, health and the environment. Winners will be announced at the 117th annual dinner and business awards of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce on January 27. Inspire Giving is the endowment fund of Project Inspire, a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. Inspire Giving was established in 2009 in partnership with the Sacramento […]

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The California Museum Hosts Star-Studded Event

Limos filled with celebrities lined J Street for the 2011 California Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony at the Memorial Auditorium Thursday. The first ceremony in Sacramento was in 2006. The prestigious event was established by former California first lady Maria Shriver. The event was created to honor legendary people in California who encapsulate California’s “innovative” spirit. Many of the inductees were no stranger to the limelight. Rob Lowe, Lucy Liu and previous inductee Clint Eastwood, among others, graced the red carpet this year. The crowd cheered for the diverse group of inductees as they made their way down the red carpet. The 2011 inductees were astronaut Buzz Aldrin, The Beach Boys, Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, community activist and author Father Gregory Boyle, entrepreneurs and Gap Inc. founders Doris and Donald Fisher, basketball superstar Ervin “Magic” Johnson, disability rights advocate Ed Roberts, Grammy Award-winner Carlos Santana, novelist Amy Tan, and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Traynor. Previous inductees have included James Cameron, Barbra Steisand, Levi Strauss, Harvey Milk, Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, Ansel Adams, Steve Jobs, César Chávez and Walt Disney. Fans lined the streets to maybe catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two. Kids yelled, “Ma-gic! Ma-gic! Ma-gic!” as Johnson exited his limousine. While many of the event-goers avoided the red carpet, others posed for pictures and were whisked away for interviews. […]

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Prelude to the Season 2011, Arts & Minds

Prelude to the Season 2011 – Arts & Minds Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and guests! On October 14, 2011, Prelude to the Season debuted the theme “Arts and Minds” to recognize the unity of creative pARTerships. The event began with a video greeting from Congresswoman Doris Matsui and a welcome speech by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The lineup featured entertainment by jazz duo Clemon Charles & Mike Wilson; the cast of Cosmo Cabaret’s current show, “Bingo!”; dancers from I Can Do That!, an arts and education group that works with young people of all abilities; a short film by BVA Volunteer Jayson Carpenter on the work of Heart to Heart Ministries; a song, “Rhythm of Life,” performed by the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus; and a parody number, “BVA Thing,” set to the tune of “My Favorite Things,” performed by longtime lobbyist/activist Dennis Mangers, emcee Kitty O’Neal and Volunteer of the Year award winner Carol Van Bruggen. Guests were also invited to join the Council’s new pARTnership Movement. Executive Director sponsors included Sports Leisure Vacations and Commerce Printing, and Director sponsors included Chevron, Raley’s, Wells Fargo Foundation, Western Health Advantage and Sacramento Magazine. Additional supporters are also recognized below. Congratulations to the 2011 Prelude to the Season award winners and finalists! Arts Management Excellence Honoring nonprofit arts […]

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Uptown Studios Named “Best Small Business of the Year”

On Monday June 6, 2011, 80 legislators will come together to honor a small business owner from each of their legislative districts. This year California President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg named Sacramento website and graphic design firm, Uptown Studios “Best Small Business of the Year” for 2011. It is widely understood that small businesses are known as the “economic engine of California” and Uptown Studios certainly is no exception. Since 1992, owner Tina Reynolds and her top-notch team of employees create websites, brochures, logo/brand designs and identities and use state of the art videography and social media marketing techniques. Uptown Studios is more than just a small business. They are known as a company “with a conscience”. Reynolds and her team has given countless hours volunteering for organizations such as SafeGround and co-founded Equality Action NOW, a local grassroots civil rights organization. You can expect Uptown Studios to be your advisor when it comes to "greening" up your print materials and coming up with great options to print, such as pdf’s, online video and alternatives to printing. Other businesses, big and small, as well as non-profits and governmental organizations depend on Uptown Studios to help them with their promotional needs and in turn are able to gain a higher exposure to the public. If you can see it – they can do it!  Reynolds commented, […]

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