On Stage at the State Theatre in Auburn presents The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

By Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center in the Historic State Theatre  |  2018-02-13

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Visit LiveFromAuburn.com for details. Photo Courtesy of Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center in the Historic State Theatre

Saturday, March 10, 2018 ~ 7:30 pm

Now enjoying its 32nd season, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (PRO) is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble specializing in the authentic recreation of “America’s Original Music” – the sounds of early theater, “silent” cinema, and vintage dance. The program presented at the State Theatre will be "Scott Joplin and the Original Kings of Ragtime" followed by the Orchestra accompanying the Buster Keaton silent film "One Week" (1920).

PRO came into being as the result of Juilliard student Rick Benjamin's 1985 discovery of thousands of historic orchestra scores of legendary Victor recording company which sparked Mr. Benjamin’s formation of PRO. In 1988 PRO made its formal debut at the Lincoln Center. Since then PRO has toured extensively across 48 States and overseas.

These travels have taken the Orchestra to more than 700 performing arts centers, including the the Smithsonian Institution and Chautauqua. In 2017 the PRO had the honor of presenting the official Scott Joplin Centennial Memorial concert at the composer’s grave in Queens, New York.

PRO has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on National Public Radio, New York Times' WQXR, and the BBC. Since 1989 more than 600,000,000 people have enjoyed the Orchestra’s recorded area music on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, Disney World, and Disneyland Paris.

PRO has been heard on the soundtracks of several feature films and television programs, including productions for PBS, HBO, and Turner Classic Movies. PRO’s recordings have made the Billboard Charts (“Top Classical Albums”) and have won three major critic’s awards: Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice,” BBC Music’s “Opera of the Month,” and Sterophile’s “Record of the Month.” (website: www.paragonragtime.com)

Date and time: Saturday, March 10, 2018 ~ 7:30 pm

Run Time: 2 hours with intermission

Reserved Seating: $30

Location: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Exactly one year ago today, hundreds of thousands of North Sacramento Valley residents were forced to evacuate their homes as the result of the spillway failures at the Oroville Dam.  Today, on the one year anniversary of this mass evacuation, the legislature passed Assemblyman Gallagher’s (R-Yuba City) dam safety legislation, AB 1270.

On February 7th, after releasing water from series of heavy storms, the spillway at Oroville dam collapsed.  Authorities were forced to use the untested emergency spillway, which also eroded, forcing the evacuation of almost 200,000 people.  Had the emergency spillway broken, a three-story wall of water would have come down the Feather River, causing unimaginable destruction to communities downstream. 

“The Oroville disaster jeopardized lives, property, and California’s water supply and conveyance system.  The silver lining is that the crisis highlighted that we must do more to ensure we are taking care of vital infrastructure, like the levees and dams that protect our communities.  AB 1270 will help us do this by ensuring that California leads national and global efforts to update and modernize dam safety requirements,” said Gallagher.

AB 1270 will require the Department of Water resources to work with independent dam safety and risk management organizations to update dam safety protocols.  These protocols must include things identified the by the forensic team as contributing to the spillway failure, like the review of the original design and construction of dams and auxiliary structures like spillways. 

“Most of our dams are over fifty years old, and many are considered high-risk.  We must do the necessary work to identify deficiencies and correct them,” added Senator Nielsen, a co-author of the bill.

AB 1270 now heads to the Governor’s desk where, if signed, it would take effect immediately.

For more information on Assemblyman Gallagher, and to track legislation visit www.assembly.ca.gov/Gallagher

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is alerting customers in the Central Valley to be aware of scam activity with criminals posing as PG&E workers. 

Law enforcement officials in the area have received reports of individuals claiming to work for PG&E going door to door to investigate outages of electric and phone service but refusing to show identification. There have also been new reports of phone scams with callers demanding payments immediately.

These recent reports of imposters have come from the Fresno area but past history indicates that scammers move throughout the region. In the greater Sacramento area, recent reports of scam phone calls related to service shut off and bill payment have been received.

PG&E reminds customers that its representatives will always carry identification and will never ask for immediate payment with a prepaid cash card over the phone or in person.

PG&E offers the following tips to help protect customers from all types of potential scams:

·         PG&E’s Credit Department will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone.  Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.

·         Customers with concerns about the legitimacy of a call about a past due bill, service request or request for personal information are encouraged to call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

·         Customers should always ask to see identification before allowing anyone claiming to be a PG&E representative inside their home. PG&E employees always carry their identification and are willing to show it to you.

·         If a person claiming to be a PG&E employee has identification and you still feel uncomfortable, call PG&E’s customer service line at 1-800-743-5000 to verify an appointment and/or PG&E’s presence in the community.  If you feel threatened in any way, notify local law enforcement immediately.

·         Customers who have an appointment with PG&E will receive an automated call back within 48 hours prior to a scheduled visit, or a personal call from a PG&E gas service representative prior to a scheduled visit.

PG&E takes security seriously and will actively work with law enforcement to help stop any scam victimizing customers. Anyone who has received such a call can report it immediately by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

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Sutter’s Fort Presents “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea”

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack   |  2018-02-08

Fort guests will also hear the amazing tales of adventure and survival these nomads experienced on the journeys. Photo courtesy The Friends of Sutter’s Fort

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – Sutter’s Fort visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California – by land or by sea – while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. As background, Sutter’s Fort was once home to sailors who “jumped ship,” trappers who became overland trail guides because of the failing fur trade, wagon train parties looking for a new life, and soldiers who served in the Mexican-American War and whose services were terminated in California – 3,000 miles from their homes in the east. 

California State Parks, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) and Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With interpretive themes that change monthly, the popular and interactive “Hands on History” events typically happen on the third Saturday all year long.

As an event highlight, some of the special hands-on activities awaiting Fort visitors include helping to pack a wagon while making choices about what to bring along for their journey of a lifetime, determining latitude with a sailing sextant, hoisting a laden barrel, weaving rope, learning simple knots, creating maps with available resources, and even marching to the beat of a military drum. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. Fort guests will also hear the amazing tales of adventure and survival these nomads experienced on the journeys, including from reenactors of the Mormon Battalion who will talk about the perils of their overland journey to California and their role in the Mexican-American War.

Admission to Sutter’s Fort SHP costs during “Hands on History” days is $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under (regular admission pricing is $5 per adult, $3 for youth).  For more information, call 916-445-4422 or visit www.suttersfort.org.

The Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a nonprofit 501 c 3 organization dedicated to the enhancement, preservation and protection of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and educational and interpretive programs at the park. Friends of Sutter’s Fort is a Cooperating Association for California State Parks since 2006. Friends of Sutter’s Fort is the major funder of both restoration work and programs at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Through the generosity of our donors, in the past 3 years alone, we have funded several major projects including the painting of the exterior walls, the restoration of the blacksmith shop and the painting of the interior walls (currently underway). In addition, we are proud to provide funding to support the educational programs at the park.  For more information, please visit www.suttersfort.org

Source: T-Rock Communications

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Four Scholarship Awards Offered to Sacramento County Students

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Farm Bureau (SCFB) Foundation for Agricultural Education and Sacramento County Young Farmers & Ranchers are pleased to once again offer scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing college degrees or careers in technical fields that are related to agriculture or food production or preparation. This financial award is based upon scholastic achievement, leadership experiences, career goals and agricultural and community involvement.

"This is a significant investment in the education of Sacramento County students who are pursuing degrees that are either directly related to agriculture or a field that supports agriculture," said SCFB Executive Director Bill Bird. "The Foundation for Agricultural Education has awarded nearly $150,000 worth of scholarships to deserving students since it was formed in 2000."

Four scholarship programs are offered:

Scholastic Scholarship: Applicants must be a current or former student of Sacramento County schools (or students who have a permanent residence in Sacramento County) who plan to pursue (or are currently pursuing) a post-secondary education. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores or juniors are eligible to apply.

Child of an Agricultural Employee Scholarship: Available to high school seniors whose parents or guardians are non-owner/operators, employed within production agriculture in Sacramento County. It is not intended for children of farmowners or ag related business owners.

Career Technical Scholarship: Career technical fields considered under this application should be in an agricultural related or food related field. This may include, but is not limited to, careers in: Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Diesel, Heavy Equipment, Vet Tech, Welding, and much more.

Young Farmers & Ranchers Agricultural Scholarship: This financial award is based on agricultural involvement, leadership skills, scholastic achievement, career goals, and a personal interview. The ideal candidate for this scholarship is a well-rounded student who has a genuine passion for agriculture.

More detailed eligibility requirements and application instructions are available on the SCFB website at the Foundation for for Agricultural Education page and Young Farmers and Ranchers page. Applications may be submitted online. Questions can also be directed to the Farm Bureau office (916) 685 6958 or staff@sacfarmbureau.org. All applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2018 or submitted online by 5:00 PM on April 1, 2018.

Sacramento County farmers put food on your fork.  Our agricultural operations and products are as diverse as the lands we carefully manage.  We are proud to provide healthy, fresh food for your family and ours.  We invite you to join our efforts to protect Sacramento County's agriculture, rural character, and our ability to produce local, high-quality food for your table.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved the first-year funding for the 2018-20 Cultural Arts Awards Program (CAA) in the amount $336,000. These funds will be distributed to the 59 local nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that were selected as recipients of the CAA Program by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

Funded by Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento since 1991, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is a public agency devoted to supporting, promoting and advancing the arts in the region that also makes funding available to arts and nonprofit organizations with arts programming through the CAA Program that is offered every three years. 

The CAA Program grants assist with general operating expenses or project support to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, government arts agencies, arts service organizations and community organizations with arts programming. These grants are funded annually from County Transient Occupancy Tax to support and enhance the quality of life in Sacramento through the support of public performances, exhibitions, festivals and major outreach programs for youths and disadvantaged populations.  

Each of the 2018-20 CAA Program grantees conduct outreach programs targeting schools, senior citizens, and/or neighborhoods with limited cultural activities. For this cycle, the grantees include: theater, music, visual arts, dance, arts service, folk of traditional arts, media, literary, film, multi-disciplinary and community-based organizations; and multicultural and culturally specific groups such as Asian, Latino/ Hispanic, African-American and groups that serve disabled and economically disadvantaged communities.

The application process for the 2018-20 CAA grant cycle began in April 2017 during which the Arts Commission received a total of 66 applications and after a comprehensive review process, recipients were scored and selected. Funding for the second and third year of the cycle is contingent on several factors including the submittal of a Mid-Cycle report that the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission staff will use to determine additional funding.

For more information about the CAA Program contact the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.

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Second Land Based State Archery Tournament Arrives in Rocklin on Feb. 17

By Placer Valley Tourism  |  2018-02-08

Photo courtesy of Placer County Tourism

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Youth Archery Program Brings 120 Student Archers to Sierra College

ROCKLIN, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Placer Valley Tourism are teaming up to host the second-ever land based archery tournament for schools that participate in the California National Archery in the Schools Program (CalNASP) on Saturday, Feb. 17. This unique program is available to students in grades 4th through 12th and will be held at the Sierra College gymnasium in Rocklin. 

CalNASP is designed to teach international-style target archery to students of any athletic ability while fostering confidence and cooperative learning strategies. Currently there are more than 100 schools in the state participating in the program and there will be 120 student archers from throughout the state competing at the tournament next Saturday. 

Bridget Kennedy, CalNASP State Coordinator, explained the importance and benefits this program brings to the youth of California. "Since its hugely successful start in 2007, CalNASP and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have been able to offer schools and students a new sport to engage in, the opportunity to work as a team, build confidence and enhance academic performance."

"With a focus on safety, mental concentration and enjoyment, the CalNASP Tournament brings parents, coaches and our state's student archers together for a day of fun and excitement," added Kennedy. 

The opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. with the competition immediately following.  There is no fee for spectators so be sure to mark your calendars and come down to Sierra College to see this amazing archery program in action. 

About Placer Valley Tourism

Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.

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