West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento Moose lodge will hold a special End Of Summer program of Patriotism, Citizenship, Flag Waving and a great community and family Fun BBQ on Saturday 30 September – the last Saturday of the month.  West Sacramento Moose, members of “the Family Fraternity” cordially extend an invitation to all to attend and especially to participate in this community patriotic program of true AMERICANISM.

The Saturday program will commence at 12:15 with an assembly at the lodge flagpole for a ceremonial program about our American Flag, and will highlight uniformed Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Daisy’s as well as flag bearing color guards.  After a brief informational presentation they will raise a new American Flag and introduce the “Hygiene 4 Heroes” program.

The year ‘round program – “Hygiene 4 Heroes” collects toiletries and sundry items for veterans who arrive for regular medical appointments and are unexpectedly kept in the hospital for days at a time, without their miscellaneous shaving, washing and basic toiletry supplies.  Local scouts have been collecting donations to support this program and will make a presentation.

After a live 21-gun salute by the veteran’s Honor Squad, the playing of “TAPS” and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance – the formal part of the day’s event concludes, and the games, activities and food begin.

This is a fundraising community program and will serve lunches of hot dog, hamburger, salads (several), chips and ETC for only $3. kids and $5. Adults.

We want the community to know that as members of “The Family Fraternity”, we sponsor and support MOOSEHEART the “City of Children” and MOOSEHAVEN the “City of Contentment” for seniors.  Mooseheart, a 1,000 acre residential childcare facility provides a home and education for children in need, from infancy through high school; caring for youth whose families are unable, for a wide variety of reasons to care for them.  Moosehaven, a 72 acre campus on the St John River in Florida is a complete residential full service continuing care retirement community for seniors with limited family and resources, promoting active life styles and providing all levels of health care. This is a fundraising activity to help support our organizational programs.


The Details:

              Horseshoes, Inflatable Waterslide, Pool, Bingo, Farkle, ETC
 WHEN:  Saturday 30 September
 WHERE: West Sacramento Moose Lodge, 3240 Jefferson Boulevard, West Sacramento
 COSTS:  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Salads, Chips ETC $3.00 kids & $5.00 adults

 For information please contact: Shawna Manning, Shawna@signalseekers.net or call 916-373-1877

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First confirmed human cases this year

Yolo County, CA (MPG) - The Yolo County Health Department has received confirmation of two cases of West Nile virus infection in humans in Yolo County.  Two adult residents in different areas of Yolo County are critically ill and currently hospitalized.

“The serious illness of these Yolo County residents from West Nile virus is tragic and reminds us all of the need to protect ourselves and our families from mosquitoes,” said Yolo County Health Officer Ron Chapman, M.D.  “West Nile virus is spread to people from the bite of mosquitoes.  By making regular checks of their yards and draining standing water, people can help cut down on mosquito breeding areas.  Precautions such as wearing protective clothing and using bug repellents that contain DEET will also reduce the risk of mosquito bites.  Even though the summer season is coming to an end, our weather continues to support an environment for mosquitos.”

People typically develop symptoms of West Nile virus between 3 and 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito.  While 80 percent of people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected will not show any symptoms, up to 20 percent who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.  Symptoms can last for as short as a few days or several weeks, even for generally healthy people.

About 1 in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness.  There symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.  These symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.  People over the age of 50, and those who have diabetes or hypertension are more likely to develop serious symptoms of West Nile virus and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus infection and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent the bite of an infected mosquito.  Following the 7 Ds decreases the risk of mosquito bites:

DRAIN any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid.  These are the times when mosquitoes are most active.

DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.  Make sure you follow all label directions!

DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.  This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

DISTRICT personnel are available to address any mosquito problem you may be experiencing by calling 1-800-429-1022.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has been performing extensive control measures in and around Yolo County to reduce both larval and adult mosquitoes, and will continue to do so to minimize adult mosquitoes carrying the disease.

For additional information on West Nile virus, visit the websites below or contact the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022.

The mission of the Yolo County Health Department is to protect and enhance the health and safety of the residents of Yolo County.

Additional Resources:

Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District: www.fightthebite.net

Yolo County Health Department: www.yolohealth.org

California West Nile Virus Surveillance Information Center: www.westnile.ca.gov

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: www.cdc.gov/westnile

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West Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency is teaming up with nearly 70 employers, educators and apprenticeship programs to host a job fair on Wednesday, October 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City of West Sacramento Galleria, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue.  The job fair will connect job seekers beginning or continuing their careers with employment opportunities ranging from entry-level to positions requiring experience.

Employers are ready to hire and apprenticeship programs are ready to accept new apprentices.  The list of employers attending the job fair includes the County of Yolo, CalSTRS, Comfort Keepers, Pride Industries, University of California, Davis, Yolo Emergency Communications Agency, Yolo County Transdev, Caltrans and more.  Industry apprenticeship programs include carpentry, sheet metal work, general labor and transportation.  Among many other positions, employers have expressed they are looking to hire machine tool engineers, service technicians, administrative personnel, retail workers, warehouse workers, sorters, assembly line personnel, security personnel, food service workers, cement workers and home healthcare associates.

For more information, contact Steve Roberts at (916) 375-6215 or steve.roberts@yolocounty.org.

Source: Yolo County Media

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Volunteers Needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program

By Anaí Ibarra, AARP  |  2017-09-22

Last year, 2,841 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 184,276 people file their federal and state tax returns. Photo courtesy AARP.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation's largest volunteer-run tax preparation service

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Soon approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.

A recent AARP survey of working Californians, entitled “CA Dreaming or Struggling,” reveals that a large percentage of Californians are not ready for retirement; and while they remain optimistic, many are struggling with issues of housing affordability and difficulty in saving for retirement.

Programs like Tax-Aide, says AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson, can help.

“Considering the difficulty many Californians are having making ends meet, a program like Tax Aide, which helps people save every dollar they can, is that much more valuable,” she said.

Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for volunteer tax preparers, client facilitators, those who can provide technical and management assistance and interpreters. Every level of experience is welcome. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification.

Last year, 2,841 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 184,276 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 378 sites in California, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves nearly 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.5 million taxpayers annually at some 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help. In 2017 taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.37 billion in income tax refunds and more than $222 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program. 

To learn about our volunteer opportunities, visit www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide  or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS. 

AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining bonds.  AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.      

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Hey Man, Let’s Talk Pot

By Corey Egel, CDPH  |  2017-09-18

CDPH Launches Cannabis Public Education Campaign

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched a health information and education campaign about what’s legal in California and potential health impacts of cannabis use. Senate Bill 94 (SB 94) - Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) - makes it legal for adults 21 or older to possess, consume and cultivate cannabis in California. Sale of cannabis from licensed retail outlets will become legal January 1, 2018. 

CDPH received funding to develop a campaign, as detailed in SB 94, describes: The scientific basis for restricting access of cannabis and cannabis products for persons under the age of 21 years; The penalties for providing access to cannabis and cannabis products to persons under the age of 21 years; The potential harms of using cannabis while pregnant or breastfeeding; The potential harms of overusing cannabis or cannabis products.

“CDPH engaged in extensive conversations with stakeholders in California and partners in other states with legalized cannabis to target the most vulnerable populations and apply their lessons learned,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “We are committed to providing Californians with science-based information to ensure safe and informed choices.” CDPH has and will continue to incorporate the latest data available into public messages to increase awareness about how cannabis affects bodies, minds and health.

On CDPH’s website, individuals can find information about legal, safe and responsible use, and health information for youth, pregnant and breastfeeding women, parents and mentors, and health care providers. CDPH produced fact sheets with safe storage tips and the important things Californians need to know about purchasing and possessing cannabis for personal use. An educational digital toolkit for local governments and community organizations will be available in the future.                                                                                                                                               

For additional information, visit the Let’s Talk Cannabis web page at www.cdph.ca.gov

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Circus Vargas Comes to Town

MPG Staff  |  2017-09-18

Show Unveils Original New Production- SteamCirque!

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Circus Vargas returns to to the Sacramento region, embarking on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! The biggest American, Animal-Free traveling Big Top circus is making a splash across California and will be entertaining the Sacramento area Residents from September 21 through October 15, 2017 with its latest hit production, SteamCirque!

The Big Show includes goggles, gears, and gadgets setting the stage for Circus Vargas’ retro-futuristic new production.  Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Arrive 45 minutes early for an entertaining, interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more!   Meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance.  Capture the fun by posing for pics or selfies with your favorite cast members, all part of an unforgettable Circus Vargas experience!

The Storyline presents an eccentric group of adventure seekers stumble upon a traveling circus in an imaginary Victorian city, far, far-away. SteamCirque’s peculiar protagonist, part magician-part inventor, attempts to industrialize the circus by incorporating his steam powered mechanical contraptions into the ordinary, typical circus rigging, filling the big top with new,  imaginative acrobatic apparatus for the artists to perform their acts. It becomes a test of wills, the  steampunkers versus the circus folk,  who will win? Audiences will have to come and see to find out!!

For Circus Vargas performance dates, times and to purchase tickets, visit www.circusvargas.com, call 877-GOTFUN-1 (877-468-3861) or visit the box office at each location.

Follow Circus Vargas on Facebook and Twitter for updates, discounts and behind the scenes video.

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State Easing of Public Safety Laws Emboldens Criminal Behavior

From the Office of Senator Jim Nielsen  |  2017-09-14

Senator Jim Nielsen


Killer of Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy had Lengthy Record and Was Wanted by Federal Authorities

According to authorities, Thomas Daniel Littlecloud fired multiple shots at officers who knocked on the front door and walls of a motel room in their search for a different parolee's room. Littlecloud struck and injured two CHP officers before he attempted to exit through the back balcony. Using a high powered assault rifle, he shot Sacramento Sheriff Deputy Robert "Bob" French, who died on the way to the hospital.

"Convicted criminals like Thomas Littlecloud should not have been allowed out on our streets," said former Chair of the Board of Parole Hearings Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama). "State laws, court decisions and initiatives have turned the criminal justice system inside out."

Senator Nielsen added, "The lack of meaningful penalties has emboldened career criminals like Littlecloud. This individual has been apprehended with firearms on multiple occasions."

Since the passage of Assembly Bill 109 and Propositions 36, 47 and 57, criminals like Littlecloud now face diminished to no consequences for their continued criminality.

Senator Nielsen and others have made many attempts to strengthen laws to protect police officers and the public.

The Democrat-controlled Legislature denied passage of his proposals to support public safety. Earlier this year, Senator Nielsen introduced Senate Bill 652 to change current law to require that felons with firearms would return to state prison if they had been previously convicted of a violent felony. Even this modest change was rejected in committee.

Unfortunately, the weakening of the state's criminal justice system allowed for the release of convicted felons like cop-killer Littlecloud whose criminal record spans 14 years.

The San Francisco Chronicle laid out the "extensive criminal history" of Littlecloud's life that included: Assault on officers and first responders; Drug possession; Robbery; Grand theft; Assault with stun gun; Battery on emergency personnel; Two counts of assault on peace officer or firefighter; Six counts of assault with or possession of firearms; Federal indictment on charges of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, using a counterfeit credit card and identity theft.

"Littlecloud's wide-ranging criminal behavior speaks for itself. Legislative acts, court decisions and initiatives facilitated this behavior," Senator Nielsen added.

Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba

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