Take advantage of promotions until plastic bags are banned

There’s a lot of buzz going around in response to a plastic bag ban proposed by Sacramento City Council Members Steve Cohn and Kevin McCarty. If the ban is passed, Sacramento will be the first city in the central valley to prohibit plastic bags. Full disclosure: I work for a nonprofit organization focused on “greening” the Sacramento region. However, we are not in a position to make a public statement about banning plastic bags, the hazards bags pose to wildlife and creeks, or the amount of jobs that may be lost in response to a ban. That being said, I am personally in support of a plastic bag ban. My husband and I are often spotted toting reusable bags from various retailers while contributing to the local economy. We do what we can. Sometime we receive kudos when we bring our reusable bags. Occasionally retailers let you donate the cost of an unused bag to charity. Last week AT&T announced that all Northern California stores are donating 10 cents to the Nature Conservancy for each bag customers forego upon checkout. Sounds like a winning proposition to me. More than 60 local governments have passed plastic bag bans in California, and I believe it is inevitable that the ban is coming to a town near you. Until then, I will be taking advantage of donation two-fers […]

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Sac State University Union collecting gifts for kids & families affected by HIV/ AIDS

The Sacramento State University Union is working toward making children’s wishes come true this Holiday season through the “Wish Upon A Star” gift drive. Economic hardships have affected us all and the spirit of giving is more important than ever to help those less fortunate than us. To help make a wish come true, come to the “Wish Upon a Star” display in the University Union main lobby during building hours, choose a star, purchase the wish listed on the star, and then share the very special holiday gift with a child. The donated gifts benefit the Sunburst Projects, who provide ongoing family support services for HIV/ AIDS impacted families with children. The gift drive runs now through December 7. Unwrapped gifts should be delivered with the star wish to the University Union Services Office on the 1st floor of the Union between 9 am- 5 pm. For more information, please call (916) 278-6997. Disclosure: Zenia LaPorte is the Assistant Director for Programs & Marketing for the Sac State University Union

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Utilizing the “Power of Moustache” to spread cancer awareness.

Started locally, but growing worldwide is a community of “Moustache Lovers” with a mission to bring awareness to cancer research and treatment. Proceeds raised go directly to benefit LIVESTRONG® to aid those affected by cancer and to help fund research to find a cure. This is a community for those who grow facial hair to share their trials, tribulations and triumphs of wearing proudly on their faces, what many with cancer don’t have the ability to grow. Cancer has touched everyone in one way or another. We have all known a relative, friend, associate or acquaintance who has suffered with an encounter of some sort of cancer. It’s time to end this by bringing awareness to cancer and those who strive to find a cure. We with moustaches proudly use the art of a veiled smile to start the conversation about cancer research and what anyone can do to help find a cure. This awareness campaign is dedicated to supporting efforts of LIVESTRONG® and medical research dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, whatever its form. Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Moustache4aCure (Currently, for every person who “Likes” the page, Refined Pallet, a local woodworker will donate $.10 to the cause. Up to 1000 “Likes”.) Fundraising Page: http://bit.ly/Moustache4aCure   Disclosure: I am the Creator of this campaign. All proceeds are processed directly by the LIVESTRONG foundation, not by […]

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Jackson Rancheria Dedicates New Margaret Dalton Children’s Center

The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians held a ceremony last Thursday to dedicate the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, a newly remodeled center that will house The Amador Parent Cooperative Preschool as well as the offices of First 5 Amador and the Amador County Child Abuse Prevention Council. “The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians is pleased to give back to the community,” said Bo Marks, Margaret’s brother and Tribal Chairman. “My sister would have been honored to offer a home to these charitable organizations that provide so much to the youth of Amador County.” The Tribe has worked to transform the once old church property into an all-inclusive children’s center. The renovations totaling more than $2 million include adding ADA compliant central heating and air, an expanded and remodeled kitchen and a newly landscaped yard. The Margaret Dalton Children’s Center was established to honor former Tribal Leader Margaret Dalton and her lifetime commitment to the youth of Amador County. February 9 not only marked Dalton’s birth date, but it has been designated Founder’s Day at Jackson Rancheria Casino. The ceremony included a dedication by Jackson Rancheria CEO Rich Hoffman and a Ribbon Cutting by Tribal Council members Bo Marks, Adam Dalton and Robert Dalton, followed by birthday cake for everyone. The public gathered to take part in the dedication ceremony.   Located in the […]

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A Unique Gift that Supports the Community

For anyone who is still looking for unique holiday gift ideas, the Northern California nonprofit INALLIANCE may have just the solution- tickets to the "Sacramento Chef Challenge" at 4:00 p.m. Saturday Friday , June 23, 2012. The well known culinary extravaganza features two live culinary competitions, food sampling, wine and beer tasting, live music, raffle prizes and more! But, the best part is-100% of proceeds go to programs that support people with developmental disabilities! "2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the Sacramento Chef Challenge, which means we will be pulling out all the stops and slashing ticket prices,” says INALLIANCE Executive Director Diana DeRodeff. INALLIANCE provides work and life skills training, supported employment services and assistive communication for people with developmental disabilities. “Our mission supports the belief that people with developmental disabilities have an absolute right and responsibility to be fully participating members of the community, and the Sacramento Chef Challenge is a way for us to raise vital funds for our programs while connecting with the community in a fun and positive way,” continues DeRodeff. Rancho Cordova resident Anthony Paradiso has attended the event for the past four years and says, “I look forward to the Chef Challenge every year. It is exciting and offers a huge variety of food, wine and beer! I love a good competition and the chefs put on a […]

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Huggies Donates 100,000 Diapers to Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center

Huggies delivered 100,000 diapers to the Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center today as part of Huggies Every Little Bottom campaign to help families in need. One-in-three American families struggle with the ability to provide their children with an essential need – clean, dry diapers. To help address this issue, Huggies brand announced the launch of The National Diaper Bank Network. As the Founding Sponsor of the National Diaper Bank Network, Huggies Every Little Bottom is organizing “12 Days of Thanks,” a cross country tour where the brand will donate 12 million diapers in 12 cities over a 12-day period – including Sacramento. Angela Ponivas, Executive Director of Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center, a non-profit organization that provides Placer County with counseling, education and easy access to community based resources, said this donation is a miracle for Lighthouse’s most financially vulnerable families. “We are thrilled to have been selected for this donation,” Ponivas said. “We will start by distributing diapers to Lighthouse clients and then move on to other non-profits throughout Placer County. While so many struggle to provide their children with diapers, it is important that those most in need have access to this very generous donation.” In Sacramento, Huggies will also be donating diapers to Sacramento Emergency Foodlink and the Sacramento Food Bank. The “12 Days of Thanks” campaign plans to make […]

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Sac State University Union Gift Drive to Benefit children & families with HIV/ AIDS

The Sacramento State University Union is working toward making children’s wishes come true this Holiday season through the “Wish Upon A Star” gift drive. Economic hardships have affected us all and the spirit of giving is more important than ever. To help make a wish come true, come to the “Wish Upon a Star” display in the University Union main lobby during building hours, choose a star, purchase the wish listed on the star, and then share the very special holiday gift with a child. The donated gifts benefit the Sunburst Projects, serving children and families with HIV/AIDS. The gift drive runs now through December 9. Unwrapped gifts should be delivered with the star wish to the University Union Admin Office on the 3rd floor of the Union between 8 am- 5 pm. For more info, visit www.union.csus.edu or (916) 278-6997.   Disclosure: Zenia Diokno is the Programs Advisor for UNIQUE

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Sacramento’s Charitable Side

It’s that charitable time of year again. During the holidays, many feel compelled to share with those around them. In the spirit of the holiday, The Sacramento Press set out to find people who do give back and where they do it. A few givers wished to remain anonymous. One man shared that his family adopts a couple of families for the holidays, buying gifts for them instead of each other. A woman said she donates to the local county animal shelter and the Best Friend Animal Society, a no-kill animal shelter. Another man said his family donates to an organization that provides animals to families in Africa. A couple said they donate to Sacramento Loaves & Fishes and the Salvation Army in downtown Sacramento. Jeffery Cross works for the Board of Equalization as a space planner. He is pursuing a doctorate in health-care administration online at the University of Phoenix. He gives monthly to the Sacramento Food Bank. Gail Betty works at the American Red Cross as a part-time instructor. She said she was being charitable toward herself this year. She said, “I’m working on forgiveness and letting go of expectations.” Megan Emmerling works for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. She helped clean a property at 11th and J streets this year for the DSP’s volunteer day. Henry Harry, who ran for City Council, supports […]

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Shortage of Holiday Meat for Sacramento Food Closets

Shortage of Holiday Meat for Sacramento Food Closets Sacramento Emergency Foodlink is in need of Holiday Meat for Local Food Closets November 18, 2009 Sacramento, CA – Local Food Closets and Agencies will be visiting Sacramento Emergency Foodlink (Foodlink) this Friday, November 20, 2009 to pick up their holiday meat. Sacramento agencies have submitted over 2,500 requests for holiday meat. Foodlink has enough holiday meat to fulfill 1,000 of these requests, leaving 1,500 recipients with no holiday meat. We need your help! In response to the shortage, Sacramento Emergency Foodlink, the Official Food Bank of Sacramento County, will be collecting holiday meat donations through the end of the year to try to fulfill these requests. Any holiday meat, chickens, turkeys, and hams, can be donated at Foodlink located at 5800 Foodlink Street, Sacramento, CA 95828.   All donated holiday meat will be dispersed among the Food Closets throughout Sacramento County. The Food Closets and Agencies will then distribute the holiday meat to individuals in their communities.   For more information about Foodlink please visit www.foodlink.org.   Below is a list of Foodlink partner Food Closets and Agencies that visit Foodlink weekly for food and commodities: Antioch Progressive Baptist Church Arden Church of the Nazarene Assoc. Of African American Single Mothers Atonement Lutheran Broadway Head Start Capital City SDA Carmichael SDA Carmichael Presbyterian Cathedral of Praise […]

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A Gift from Sophia’s

Giving was in the air Sunday night at Sophia’s Restaurant and bar, as the owners invited several underprivileged families to sit down to a free gourmet holiday meal. They also invited children of those families to buy gifts with “Sophia’s” funny money in a room filled with donated items sure to make any family member happy. The kids were ecstatic to get to shop for “free”. Jeremy Bennet, restaurant owner and organizer of the event invited his employees and members of the Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento #1032 to help serve food and wrap gifts that were chosen by the children. When asked why he decided to organize such an event he said, “ I remember when I used to work at Sophia’s before becoming an owner, we used to give left over food out those out on the streets. I was always surprised by how many families were out there on the streets digging through trashcans for a meal. I wanted to give back this year”. The restaurant was filled with a beautiful candle lit glow, decorated with a great big Christmas tree at the entrance, with each table meticulously set for the families. The smell of glazed ham was in the air, along with a warm friendly ambiance. You could see the anticipation of each of the guest’s as they were each […]

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