AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are re-issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of the potential of poor air quality conditions due to smoke from fires currently burning throughout the state. This advisory will be active for today through Friday, Aug. 10.

Wildfire smoke continues to affect large areas of Placer County with elevated levels of particulate matters and ozone concentrations. Poor air quality has the potential to cause negative health impacts, particularly for sensitive groups. These potential negative health impacts may be exacerbated by prolonged smoke or ozone exposure.

Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals — such as young, aged and those with respiratory conditions — are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty in breathing.

If you can see or smell smoke, avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.

Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

  • Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting
  • Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity
  • Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible
  • Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate
  • Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates

Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their doctor if they have any questions.

Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make outdoor plans accordingly.

Information on air quality and smoke can be found at www.placerair.org/infoandeducation/wildfiresmoke or www.sparetheair.com. The Spare the Air website is a useful site to monitor current air quality values. Additional statewide information can be found at the California Smoke Blog at www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com

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Goodwill for Fashion: Who knew?

By Andrew Rose  |  2018-08-03

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Goodwill Industries in the Sacramento area is busily preparing for Style with a Purpose, at the Alta Arden Goodwill location on Saturday, August 4.  Though this particular event has a Back to School theme, fun and fashion is in store for all who attend.  According to Goodwill representatives, the goal is to make fashion accessible to everyone, to break down the stigma attached with thrifting, to promote eco-fashion and to have on-hand style advice for shoppers free of charge.  Regional Manager for Goodwill Industries, Hope Pearson, extends her invitation to customers of all ages and expects them to be impressed.  “It’s not your average thrift store,” Pearson maintains.  “Our quality is much higher than most thrift stores.”

The happening will feature a number of fashion experts in the Sacramento area, and welcome men, women, and children to get their fashion groove on.  Stylists will pre-select clothing items for people of all sizes, and other items will also be showcased.  During the event, guests will be able to browse “style stations” where stylists will offer personalized fashion advice.  This is Goodwill’s second stylists event in the Sacramento area.  The first one, held on April 28, was a rousing success.  In the process, Goodwill attracts new shoppers to its organization by pointing out how people can, through a little hunting, acquire amazingly inexpensive ways to enhance their wardrobe. 

While Style with a Purpose is designed to be a fun event, it supports a serious cause.  Each purchase to Goodwill helps improve lives of people who use the organization’s services.  All purchases of merchandise from Goodwill’s stores benefit the nonprofit’s mission of helping people with disadvantages achieve self-sufficiency.  In 2018 alone Goodwill Sacramento Valley and Northern Nevada provided more than $20 million worth of resources to those in need.  Some community organizations benefitted are Next Move Homeless Services, Francis House Center, Wind Youth Services, People of Progress, and Community Link Capital Region.  “Our business wouldn’t be possible without donations from our community,” Pearson asserts.  What’s more, Goodwill is instrumental in helping people in the community rebuild their lives with its job assistance programs.

Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by Methodist minister Rev. Edgar H. Helms.  Helms enacted the progressive idea of collecting household items and clothing in upper class sections of the city.  These goods were resold or given to people in need.  Thus, the Goodwill credo of not charity, but a chance was put into place.  Helms’ simple vision is now a nonprofit organization with assets of more than $5.5 billion.  Helms described Goodwill Industries as an “industrial program as well as a social service enterprise… a provider of employment, training and rehabilitation for people of limited employability, and a source of temporary assistance for individuals whose resources are depleted.”    

Goodwill Industries gets results.  In 2017, more than 38.6 million people utilized in-person and technological services from the organization to build their professional lives.  Also last year, the organization’s Good Neighbor program, which provides emergency assistance on a referral basis to agency clients, directly served 72,937 people across 35 countries. 

More than a century after Goodwill’s founding, events such as Style with a Purpose help perpetuate the success of the organization by bringing in a new, often younger clientele.  Betsy Appleton, who puts together the blog goldwilldigger.com, reminds people that dressing snappy is affordable, thanks to Goodwill.  On the blog, Appleton describes herself as “a 20-something navigating the waters of adulthood with champagne taste on a beer budget.”  As a guest on NewsChannel 5’s Talk of the Town program in Nashville, Appleton provided frugal fashionistas with a few tricks of the trade.  When asked about her best tip for going through the racks, Appleton advised that it’s a different experience than walking to a rack in a department store.  In fact, she claimed, some elbow grease is required.  Appleton explained the digging in being a Goldwill digger.  “One is to be patient,” she asserted.  “Things aren’t going to jump out at you.  You have to spend time there, be patient, and be persistent.” 

Appleton added that the reduced monetary investment in clothing bought from Goodwill lends itself to experimentation.  A recreational fashion designer can feel free to take the scissors to alter a Goodwill garment, because it didn’t cost a lot of money.  “There’s no harm in doing a little DIY with Goodwill pieces.  You don’t have a lot invested in them to make them unique and fit you.”  Appleton was awarded Goodwill of Middle Tennessee’s 2016 Ambassador of the Year.

Heather Donaldson, creator of Style with a Purpose, received her inspiration for this event from a similar happening in Nashville, in which her sister Elisabeth participated.  A critical care nurse, Heather Donaldson started thrifting out of financial necessity, and now keeps doing it for fun and with a sense of social consciousness.  “When I was musician living in Los Angeles, I never had any money but needed clothing that would make me look like a star. Goodwill quickly became my best friend,” she reflects.  “I could find unique items made of rich fabrics that were often hardly worn. Now that my pocketbook is not as tight, I don’t thrift out of necessity, I thrift because I worry about this planet and the effects of fast fashion on the environment. I still find beautiful clothes for a fraction of retail prices and I use what I save to travel and enjoy life.” 

Donaldson will serve as a stylist for the event along with Caitlin Alfstad, Dev Anglin, Hagen, Keia Mae, Tuyen, Vince Vicari, and Xochitl. Each stylist in the event will be on hand to provide personalized fashion advice.  All attendees will be welcome to pick the brains of these local “bloggers, artists, and fashionistas,” as described by Donaldson. 

Style with a Purpose will take place on Saturday, August 4, at the Alta Arden Goodwill location, on 2040 Alta Arden Expressway, from 1-4 PM.  Light bites and beverages will be served.  For more information about Goodwill in this area, go to www.goodwillsacto.org.

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Disabled American Veterans Help Send Kids to Summer Camp

MPG Staff  |  2018-08-03

Disabled American Veterans California Chapters 35 and 93 have raised a grand total of $31,296 since 2015 for their support of Camp Corral, a summer camp unique to children of veterans.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – For the fourth consecutive year, DAV California Chapters 35 and 93 in the Sacramento region have joined together to support Camp Corral. The mission of the camp is to transform the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience.

“The vision behind Camp Corral is one where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, far away from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of military service members and veterans,” according to an official statement. “We partner with some of the best camps around the United States to host each session. Camp Corral has proven to be a ‘week of a lifetime,’ providing kids non-stop fun with activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, ropes course challenges, horseback riding, and more. Campers have the priceless opportunity to connect with other kids who understand the unique challenges that come with military life. Each of our host camps provides top-quality programming that teaches the skills needed to build emotional resilience. The positive effects may follow a child for a lifetime.

This year, DAV California Chapters 35 and 93 were able to raise over $9,000. Since 2015, the Chapters have raised a total of $31, 296 for their support of Camp Corral.

For more information visit www.campcorral.org.

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A joint air quality advisory issued by Placer County Public Health and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District for Tuesday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 3, 2018

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are re-issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of the potential of poor air quality conditions due to smoke from fires currently burning throughout the State. This advisory will be active for today, Tuesday, July 31 through Friday, Aug. 3.

Wildfire smoke continues to affect all regions of Placer County. Air quality continues to have the potential to have negative health impacts, particularly for sensitive groups. These potential negative health impacts may be exacerbated by prolonged smoke exposure.

Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals — such as young, aged and those with respiratory conditions — are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty in breathing.

If you can see or smell smoke, avoid unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.

Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting

Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity

Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible

Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate

Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates

Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their doctor if they have any questions.

Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make outdoor plans accordingly.

Information on air quality and smoke can be found at www.placerair.org/infoandeducation/wildfiresmoke or www.sparetheair.com. The Spare the Air website is a useful site to monitor current air quality values. Additional statewide information can be found at the California Smoke Blog at www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

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PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Lloyd Dylan Jones, 37, of Placerville was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in state prison for stalking and making criminal threats by the Honorable Michael Jones. The sentencing comes after a Placer County jury convicted Jones on June 27th, 2018, for numerous counts of Stalking in violation of section 646.9(a) of the Penal Code, Criminal Threats in violation of section 422(a) of the Penal Code, and Disobeying Protective Order in violation of section 273.6(a) of the Penal Code.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Mr. Jones had stalked and threatened three employees of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He did so notwithstanding the fact that he had a Temporary Restraining Order against him in place that prohibited the defendant from contacting the victims or possessing any firearms or ammunition. Jones was also convicted of multiple weapon violations involving weapons that were found at his home. The evidence presented at trial showed that during the execution of a search warrant of the defendant’s property, law enforcement located numerous firearms including two illegal assault rifles, twenty-three high capacity magazines, two ballistic vests, and an estimated 6,000 rounds of ammunition.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Tyson Page who was pleased that the jury and the Judge recognized the dangerousness of Mr. Jones. Paige praised the courage of the victims to come forward and testify against Jones in the case. “It was scary enough that Jones stalked and threatened these victims but to do it while possessing an arsenal of weapons is horrifying. The courage of these victims and quick response of law enforcement undoubtedly prevented a tragedy.”

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ZZ Top Rocks California State Fair

Story and photos by Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-07-27

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Photo by Rich Peters

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Rock and Roll legends ZZ Top headlined the California State Fair on Thursday night. Papa Murphy’s Park played host to the Billy Gibbons led power trio whose career has spanned nearly five decades.

Formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas, guitarist and lead vocalist Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard have played thousands of gigs together – and still appear to be having fun while up to their old tricks. For a packed house at the State Fair, they knocked out hit after hit, leaving those in attendance reminiscing.

Local musician Michael Ray took the stage early on with nothing but an upside down Strat and his unique voice. He showcased a few originals while also paying homage to the likes of Jimi Hendrix with his rendition of The Wind Cries Mary.

George Thorogood and his band, The Destroyers, then took the stage with usual confidence and theatrics, running through his list of top tracks and setting the mood as the scorching sun set for ZZ Top.

It was a full night of true bluesman at the Fair.

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PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - A joint air quality advisory issued by Placer County Public Health and the Placer County Air Pollution Control District for Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control District are issuing a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of the potential of poor air quality conditions due to smoke from fires currently burning in areas of the state. This advisory will be active from today, Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Areas of smoke may affect Placer County from the foothills up into the Lake Tahoe area, dependent upon wind direction, until the fire is extinguished. Smoke contains very tiny particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. While all people may experience varying degrees of symptoms, the more sensitive individuals — such as young, aged and those with respiratory conditions — are at greatest risk of experiencing more aggravated symptoms. Symptoms may include but are not limited to coughing, watery and itchy eyes, scratchy throat and difficulty in breathing.

If you can see or smell smoke, avoid all unnecessary outdoor activities, especially if you are in an area where visibility is greatly reduced.

Here are recommended ways to reduce your smoke exposure:

Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed; if possible run the air conditioner on the “recirculation” setting

Limit outdoor exertion and physical activity

Leave the smoke-impacted areas until conditions improve, if possible

Reduce unnecessary driving. If traveling through smoke-impacted areas, be sure that your vehicle’s ventilation system is on recirculate

Avoid the use of non‐HEPA paper face mask filters, which are not capable of filtering out extra fine particulates

Anyone experiencing questionable or severe symptoms should contact their doctor if they have any questions.

Keep in mind that air quality can change rapidly at different times during the day due to wind shifts; therefore, it is important to monitor the smoke throughout the day in your area and make outdoor plans accordingly.

Information on air quality and smoke can be found at

http://www.placerair.org/infoandeducation/wildfiresmoke or www.sparetheair.com. The Spare the Air website is a useful site to monitor current air quality values. Additional statewide information on smoke can be found at the California Smoke Blog at www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com.

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