Crime Blotter- Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013 ELMHURST- Disturbance, 6000 block of S Street, 5:50 p.m. Officers were dispatched to a disturbance of two people in a parking lot and one was armed with a gun. The subject with the gun fled on foot and the other subject fled in a vehicle. Officers arrived in the area and contacted the subject the fled on foot. He was found to have a loaded gun and ammunition on his person. He was taken into custody and the second subject involved fled prior to police arrival. The second subject was later identified and contacted. MIDTOWN- Disturbance, 30th Street/K Street, 10:36 p.m. Employees of a business reported a subject disturbing customers. The subject was identified and found to be in possession of controlled substances and ultimately arrested. Paul Skapinok, 30, was booked into county jail. MIDTOWN- Robbery, 2800 block of J Street, 1:27 a.m. Victim was approached by four unknown subjects. The subjects assaulted the victim and went through his pockets taking his money and phone. The victim was also sprayed with pepper spray. The suspects were described as four men with one man wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and another wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. DOWNTOWN- Robbery, 4th Street/Capital Mall, 1915, A victim just left an ATM and was heading to the bus station when he was robbed at knifepoint of […]

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NorCal AIDS Cycle Offers Discounted Registration Fee on World AIDS Day Dec. 1

NorCal AIDS Cycle will kick off its annual World AIDS Day registration drive by offering a $25 discount off cyclist registration on Dec. 1 only. Regular cost of registration for the four-day, 330-mile HIV/AIDS fundraising ride is $75. On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 only, the cost will be $50. The ride will be held May 16-19, 2013. To receive the $25 registration discount, just go to norcalaidscycle.org on Dec. 1, click on the Register button, and use the code AIDS in the online registration form. At its World AIDS Day registration drive last year, NorCal AIDS Cycle nearly doubled the number of registered cyclists and crew signed up in the same time period a year earlier, ultimately increasing the number of cyclists to 150 and the number of volunteer crew members to 75 in 2012. Each cyclist pledges to raise a minimum of $1,500 for the cause, and each crew member pledges to raise a minimum of $250; many raise far more. NorCal AIDS Cycle is one of the most successful charity fundraisers in Sacramento history. The 2012 ride raised $304,000, up from just under $250,000 raised in 2011. All told the event has raised more than $1.25 million since its inception in 2005. One of the things that distinguishes NorCal AIDS Cycle from some other cycling fundraisers is the high proportion of proceeds […]

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NorCal AIDS Cycle Raises Record $304,000 For Local HIV Organizations

NorCal AIDS Cycle (NCAC), an annual four-day, 330-mile cycling fundraiser, ended its 2012 ride on Sunday, May 20, with a moving Closing Ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento. As of Sunday, the ride had raised a record $304,000 for 10 Sacramento and Northern California HIV/AIDS service organizations, up from nearly $250,000 raised in 2011. Some 110 cyclists rode over Sacramento’s landmark Tower Bridge and onto the Capitol grounds at noon on Sunday, with cheering friends, family and the 65 volunteer crew members lining both sides of the sidewalk to the Capitol West Steps. Some of the NCAC cyclists and crew are HIV positive themselves, others are not. “You can’t tell by looking at us who is and who isn’t,” said cyclist Emily Tsuchida, a nurse practitioner at Sacramento’s CARES Clinic and NCAC board president. “Only we know.” The fact that one cannot tell whether a person is HIV positive simply by looking, she told the Closing Ceremony crowd, highlights the need for everyone to be tested. Currently there are approximately 5,000 people living with HIV in the Sacramento metro area; of those, an estimated 1,000 people do not know they are infected. Nationally, one quarter of new HIV infections occur among adolescents and young adults ages 13-29, according to the CARES Website. The non-profit organizations that will receive funds from the 2012 NorCal AIDS Cycle […]

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4th Annual Sacramento Homeless Connect this Saturday, May 21 at Sacramento City College

The 4th Annual Sacramento Homeless Connect event will take place this Saturday, May 21 at Sacramento City College from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. It is hosted by Sacramento Steps Forward, with support from presenting sponsor The Salvation Army. Speakers at the event include Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Mayor Kevin Johnson and Supervisor Phil Serna. Over 1,000 homeless guests are expected; additionally the event hosts 500 community volunteers and over 60 different service providers. Project Homeless Connect is a national Best Practice model for bringing services directly to homeless folks. Started in San Francisco, it now occurs in over 150 communities across the country. Homeless Connect events are one-day, one-stop, 100% free resource fairs that bring a myriad of services all to one location, thus eliminating many of the barriers homeless folks face in accessing the services they need. Transportation is provided for guests that day (a major barrier for many homeless people), as well as pet care and childcare. Homeless folks get to meet with providers face-to-face, in a warm, hospitable environment. Additionally, the Salvation Army provides BBQ chicken meals for the guests, and bands Guitar Mac and BluSoul Band will be providing all-day entertainment. 500 community volunteers will be donating their time that day, helping with a number of different projects. This year, over 60 different agencies and service providers will be in attendance, including: Community […]

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Chris goes to CARES

CARES (the Center for AIDS Research, Education & Services) is across the street from the Townhouse, which is quiet at 4:00pm on a Monday afternoon long before they open up for Open-Mic night. I walk there after my obligatory after-work nap, still a little groggy, stopping at Old Soul for a mocha to keep my hands warm and bumping into customers who find it strange to see me on the other side of the counter. Mocha in hand, I’m heading across Midtown through the alleyways and wondering if the sun-turned-overcast sky is going to turn to rain, which would put a damper on the bonfire plans I’ve set in motion for later in the day. Over at 21st, I make a right and tell a homeless man I’ll help him out with a cigarette on my way back, then follow some fellow into the CARES building with its reflective front windows and No Smoking signs posted on the pale brick walls. It’s a miniature hospital. Think linoleum floors, Top-40 turned Elevator Muzak playing from the radio, hard plastic waiting room seats with outdated magazines splashed about like an afterthought—Hurricane Katrina on the cover of a National Geographic, posters that say “Compliance is Not A Crime” and rotating towers of pamphlets marked “Women’s Support Groups” and “Addiction Recovery,” a defeated, yet hopeful feeling among the patients […]

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Dyke Night kicks off PRIDE

Sacramento’s PRIDE 2010 kicked off with Dyke Night, an evening of music and entertainment on the west Capitol steps to lead into the new location of this year’s festivities on Sacramento’s Capitol Mall near between the Tower Bridge and the Capitol building. Here are some moments: Two women in the audience respond to the performers on stage. Allyn Pharo and her dog Sterling. The crowd filled the lawn in front of the west Capitol steps. Aurora (top and bottom) played to the crowd. Emcee and Organizer Hilary Hodge keep the pace going throughout the evening. Tina Reynolds, Equality Action Now, gave folks an update on Prop.8. Dancers from Hot Pot Studios (above) moved their bodies slowly to the music and react after falling down (below). Dean Brian Baker, Trinity Church participated with C. Foster and Jovi Radtke’s “Spoken Word”. Jace and Brando performed with the Kings of Drag. Other performers included Der Spazm and Sappho’s Serenaders. For a copy of the official Sacramento PRIDE program:sacramentopride.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/sac-pride-program-only.pdf The Sacramento Pride Festival will be held Saturday, June 19, from 10 am to 5 pm along the Capitol Mall Avenue. SacPress Photos | Kati Garner  

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Sacramento Pride Grows Up to Role as California’s Capital Pride!

With an iconic new location–Sacramento’s scenic Capitol Mall, expanded marketing efforts and a growing roster of prestigious corporate sponsors and exhibitors, the 26-year-old Sacramento Pride Festival is expected to break attendance records on Saturday. The June 19 Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., attracting an estimated 10,000 visitors and bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of economic benefit to Sacramento’s downtown area. Festival admission is $10. After a number of years at South Side Park, the Festival will move to Capitol Mall in 2010, where a street-festival layout sandwiched between the Tower Bridge and the State Capitol dome is expected to add novelty and cachet to “California’s Capital Pride.” Adding to the buzz are headline entertainers from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, a new high-energy Amtrak Dance Pavilion featuring popular regional DJs, and give-aways including $50 in free play at Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel, California State Fair and Village People concert tickets, music downloads from Masterbeat and more. Featured on two live stages will be “Ru-Paul’s Drag Race” winner Bebe Zahara Benet, singer-songwriter and LOGO Channel star Joel Evan; musical comedy duo That’s What She Said (TWSS); and Kaylah Marin, whose dance remix single “On the Floor (Oh Baby Please)” hit #4 on the Billboard Club Play Charts. Local favorites include songstress Gwen McMillin, folk singer Joshua Macrae, and […]

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Sacramento Pride Reinvented

This is not your daddy’s Sacramento Pride! Sacramento Pride is making big changes in 2010, all aimed at transforming the annual regional celebration of LGBT culture and accomplishments into an event worthy of its new tagline, California’s Capital Pride. The list of changes begins with the day-long Pride Festival’s move this year to Sacramento’s Capitol Mall. The Festival will be held Saturday, June 19, from 10 am to 5 pm. Sandwiched between the State Capitol dome on the east and the golden spans of the Tower Bridge on the west, the Festival’s move to the scenic city gateway is intended to raise visibility and emphasize the important role of the LGBT community in Sacramento and statewide. The Festival’s move from Southside Park, where the festival has been held for the past several years, to Capitol Mall has been warmly received by city officials, who awarded the event an $8,100 City of Festivals Grant for the first time this year. “Sacramento’s LGBT community is essential to making this city a great place to live, work and play,” said Councilmember Ray Tretheway. “The State Capitol and Tower Bridge will be the perfect backdrop as thousands of people from throughout the state and nation gather to celebrate our capital’s annual pride festival.” Also new in 2010: An amped-up entertainment line-up, featuring several nationally-known acts as well as a […]

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Benefit Concert for C.A.R.E.S.

Sacramento Women’s Chorus’ spring concert, SongBurst, is a Benefit Concert for CARES (Center for Aids Research, Education and Services). It is on Sat., April 24, 7pm at  Central United Methodist Church, 5265 H St., Sacramento, CA 95819. Songs of Celebration, Courage and Happiness is the theme. Get ready for light-hearted songs such as"A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chapel of Love” ; strong, courageous songs like "Defying Gravity", “Venus” and “Warrior Song"; plus celebrations of life such as “Kore Evohe.” C.A.R.E.S. was established in response to the devastating AIDS epidemic, and was founded in May of 1989. Since then, they’ve grown to become the leading HIV/AIDS care provider in the Sacramento area. Thanks to the generous support of their funders and volunteers, CARES is able to treat thousands of people in need every year. Get tested for HIV Access clinic services Discover what’s happening in HIV research Learn about their bold plan to eradicate all new cases of HIV in the region- www.caresclinic.org/ Tickets are $10 advance/students/seniors/groups of 10 or more; $12 at door; $5 children,12 & under. To reserve tickets, please call (877) 758-7827. E-mail:  sacramentowomenschorus@live.com Web site: http://www.meetup.com/Sacramento-Women-s-Chorus/ The chorus is not affiliated with any religious or political group. Sacramento Women’s Chorus makes about a dozen appearances a year on behalf of women, the environment, peace & justice, equal rights, tolerance and the celebration of […]

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Space 07 Salon is Cutting for a Cause

Typically getting your haircut is quite a self-serving experience. Those of you who are familiar with Stockton’s famous, or rather not so famous, indie rock group Pavement might recall the "Cut Your Hair" lyrics "Darling won’t you go and cut your hair…do you really think it’s gonna make any change." It dawned on me that not very often you can get a haircut and can actually be impacting someone else or your own community. This Sunday, April 18, from 11 AM-5 PM Space 07 Salon (located at 1421 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95814) will be hosting a cut-a-thon featuring 25 of the finest hairstylists in Sacramento.   Salon cuts are $25 and barber shop cuts are $15.  The event will also include a raffle and silent auction as well.  All proceeds go directly to the fundraising efforts of Team Space 07 in their quest to raise $30,000 for HIV/AIDS organizations in the inland Northern CA region. Space 07 Salon owner Ken Schultz is one of many long term HIV survivors here in Sacramento.  He believed he would go years ago.  He is motivated by the fact that he is still alive and wants to support CARES, one of the primary beneficiaries of the NorCal AIDS Challenge taking place next month.  When asked about his involvement with the charity bike ride, Schultz expresses his reasons for his commitment to […]

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