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West Sacramento is Age-Friendly Community

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 7/3/2015

Two Elder Ladies Laugh Together Over a Meal
An Age-Friendly Community is unique and building one can take many different forms. It is a regional development process that strives to make sense of a growing older population. This can be accomplished through planning, zoning, and infrastructure improvements. Or, it can be a more discrete effort to organize aging services more effectively. This is done by devoting attention to a distinct sub-population of older adults in that community.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento City Council recently participated in a special meeting to learn about “Creating Livable Communities for All Ages.” Jeannine English, president of the AARP Board of Directors, opened the meeting. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon shared his perspective. A panel of attendees emphasized affordable housing and transportation as the key elements of livable communities for all ages.

Anna M. Caballero, Secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, presented “California’s Future: Age-Friendly Planning and Practice in the Golden State.” Nancy McPherson, interim state director of AARP, California, and Rodney Harrell, director of Livable Communities Public Police Institute AARP, shared “Great Ideas: Measurability Index for Livable Communities.”

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Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

Posted: 7/3/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Tens of thousands of California children in foster care are closer to improved educational opportunities after the Assembly Education Committee unanimously approved AB 854. The legislation authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Ph.D., will grant foster children living with relatives access to supplemental educational services provided through the state’s Foster Youth Services (FYS) Program. The bill is sponsored by FosterEd: California, an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law.

Currently FYS uses a narrow eligibility definition based on placement to exclude more than two-thirds of California’s estimated 60,000 children in foster care. Dr. Weber’s legislation would adopt the more expansive definition of foster children used in the state’s groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) for education. The expanded definition includes foster children living in non-institutional foster care settings such as those living with relatives.

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Emily Marie Grant, Jason F. Knittle II, Tessa Zehnder, Charlie Holliday, Jodi L. Church
Cast members from left to right: Emily Marie Grant plays the part of Mandy Sanders, the mother of Robert Sanders (played by Jason F. Knittle II). Jason F. Knittle II plays the part of a 17 year old who witnesses a murder. Tessa Zehnder plays the part of Sara in RELLIK. Charlie Holliday is an actor and a SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Union Representative for Northern California. Jodi L. Church on the red carpet.
Photos by Christie Spurlock.
Photo illustration by Messenger Publishing Group.

Local Filmmaker Premieres Crime Thriller

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 6/26/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION , CA (MPG) - On June 21st, the locally based crime thriller pilot of RELLIK premiered at both Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con and the Tower Theatre in Roseville. The Roseville premiere featured most of the cast and crew, and the excitement was palpable as everyone saw the results of their work on the big screen.

RELLIK was directed by Tim Russ, known primarily for his role as Tuvok on Star Trek Voyager. Originally contacted to act in the series, Russ was intrigued by the script and ended up directing instead. The cast and crew hope that the web series will be picked up by a streaming service for wider distribution.

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'Rabbit Ears' Contributors Discuss Comedic Contributions
Victoria Cain discusses Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and the art of movie riffing. Since MST3K ended in 1999, finding comedy in bad filmmaking has become something of an art among niche groups. Members of this panel have their own comedy riffing show called Rabbit Ears.
Photo by Christie Spurlock

Comic Con Captivates Crowds

By Christie Spurlock and Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 6/26/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - From June 19th through 21st, pop culture fans of all kinds swarmed into the Sacramento Convention Center to see their favorite celebrities, buy geeky wares, and show off their best costumes. Before the official start of the Con, Wizard World organized a Thursday pre-party and red carpet event, featuring Chris 51 (Epic Ink), Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints), and Jason David Frank (Power Rangers). It also included a 3D IMAX screening of Jurassic World.

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Brian Jagger, Tim Russ, and Emily Grant
Brian Jagger, Tim Russ, and Emily Grant on set in Carmichael.

Rellik: It’s A Wrap

Pilot Set to be Released at Local Comic Con

By Ben Barber and Christie Spurlock
Photos by Ben Barber
Posted: 6/19/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Sacramento-area residents have something to look forward to when Rellik premieres at the Wizard World Comic Con on June 20th. Rellik is a crime drama that follows the story of two detectives as they investigate a serial killer who is terrorizing Sacramento.

The ultimate goal is for Rellik to grow into a full-season TV show. The crew of roughly 40 people worked for deferred pay in hopes that the pilot will be picked up by an online distributor such as Netflix, Hulu, or Crackle, which would bring steady production work to the Sacramento region. The pilot features Star Trek Voyager’s Tim Russ at the helm as director; Sacramento region actors Nick Fenske, Craig DeLuz, Brian Jagger, Charlie Holliday; and many more local-area cast and crew.

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Lady Antebellum: A Traveling Family

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 6/19/2015

The Band 'Lady Antebellum' Posed on Stage
Lady Antebellum views their upcoming show as an opportunity to have fun and make a memory with everyone in the audience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of that memory.
Photos by Niño Munoz.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Lady Antebellum has been playing together for almost nine years; this August will mark the ninth anniversary of their very first show together. In an interview with Messenger Publishing Group, Hillary Scott described the friendship that anchors the band as “a real summer camp vibe.” Scott explained that she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood grew up watching VH1’s Behind the Music, so they were very familiar with the all-too-typical story of successful bands breaking up over petty arguments and egotistical posturing. “So we just learned how to talk to each other, to compromise,” said Scott.

When Scott, Kelley, and Haywood began writing songs together, Scott said, “It was like I had met my musical best friends, my brothers.”

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Twilight Thursdays Return to the Zoo

Posted: 6/12/2015


Special Events Ordinance Gets Updated

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 6/12/2015


State Indian Museum Presents Annual Gathering of Honored Elders

Posted: 6/5/2015


West Sacramento May Join Age-Friendly Communities

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 6/5/2015


On the Streets

An Uncertain Future for Area’s Homeless

Story and Photos by John-Michael Kibrick
Posted: 5/29/2015


Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects in the Master Plan

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 5/29/2015


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