Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The California State Fair created memories for the entire community this year. It reached record numbers as the one northern California event where everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the best of what California has to offer.

"The California State Fair is proud to be recognized as the largest showcase of the rich bounty and diversity of our Golden State," said Rick Pickering, CEO and General Manager of the California State Fair. We celebrated agriculture, livestock, horse racing, unique foods, events, rides, and exhibits...some of which people have never seen before.

Food sales grossed an estimated $8.5 million, and there was an estimated $4.2 million in carnival ride sales grossing over $12.7 million in sales revenue; not including hotel stays and other revenue sources for the Sacramento region.

With it being the Fair's 50th year at Cal Expo, there was a lot to celebrate. New this year was the dedication of "Best of CA: Celebrating Farm Workers' Rich Contributions to Food and Agriculture." There was the return of soccer, with the Sacramento Republic FC playing two games. Sponsored by the Tractor Supply Company, the Junior Livestock Sale of Champions raised $270,344 for youth, which was the highest amount in the past 10 years.

Despite being one of the hottest July's in 10 years, with 8 days of triple-digit weather during the weekends, 636,628 attendees enjoyed the Fair.

Out of the 17 concerts,7 completely sold out for the Gold Circle Reserved Seats. The top three attended concerts were Melissa Etheridge, Brian McKnight, and Trace Adkins.

More than 32,500 racing fans came to the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand for horse racing and special events including the Best of CA Brewfest, Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog Races, Steampunk at the Races featuring Ave Rose, and the California Cornhole Championships.

Other notable numbers were; 1,488 beers entered into the Commercial Beer Competition; 2,663 wines entered into the Commercial Wine Competition; 19,662 wine slushies were served in the Save Mart Wine Garden

Overall 19,931 competitive entries were at the State Fair and 6,412 total exhibits. 5,992 free rides from Butler Amusement in support of the CA State Fair’s Read to Ride program for local children who turned in 2,996 book reports;

There were 37 corn dogs were eaten by the winner of the Milo’s Corn Dog Eating Contest - Molly Schuyler from Plumas Lake, CA. She defeated competitors that came from as far as Philadelphia to compete.75,000 total corn dogs were consumed at the fair.

9,556 livestock animals were on display; 18,100 Turkey legs were sold; 35,100 Funnel cakes were sold; 11,325 pieces of the fruit were given out through the Save Mart Supermarkets Passport Program at the Kaiser Permanente CA State Fair Farm; 1,963 #50thFairHunt SMUD bags were given out; and 2,060 Dish fireworks were shot into the night sky

Central Valley Towing helped Fair guests with 7 jump starts, 10 unlock cars, 2 tire changes and assisted in shuttling 5,832 people to and from the parking lots to entrances.

Source CA State Fair Media

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Fab 40’s 5K Walk Celebrates Their 10th Year

By Paul Scholl  |  2017-08-07

And they are off! Photo by Paul Scholl

Benefitting Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California 

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, July 29, East Lawn hosted its 10th Annual Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. A total of $250,000 in proceeds has been raised over 10 Years.

The Fab 40’s 5K Run/Walk will officially started at 8:30 a.m. inside the 112-year-old historic East Lawn Cemetery. This is the official annual City of Sacramento 5k Championship certified course, The course runs through the Fabulous Forties neighborhood with neighbors lining the streets cheering on the runners and walkers before they reach the finish line back at East Lawn.

Over 1,400 excited participants signed up to enter the race. All ages and athletic abilities entered to help end Alzheimer’s disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th in California. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this event, all participants received a commemorative finisher’s medal.

The day included family oriented activities like kids bounce house, balloon animals, face painting, photo booth, music, food, awards ceremony, raffle drawings and much more.

The event was hosted by Alan Fisher, President of East Lawn and Michelle Johnson, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association

A special “Thank You” goes out to Sal Arrigo, who started the event and was the catalyst in building the program that has raised all the funds for research. Sal served as the official race starter.

East Lawn Memorial Park is located at 4300 Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento. For more information about the Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk visit:

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Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) will be holding several free ride days during the month of August to encourage students, seniors and persons with disabilities to try transit.

SacRT is offering free rides on the first day of school to thousands of students who will be heading back into the classroom this month.

“We want to encourage our students to take public transportation to school whenever possible,” said SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li. “We hope the free ride days will motivate students to try transit and become new riders.”

For seniors and persons with disabilities, in honor of National Senior Citizens Day, on Monday, August 21, SacRT will be offering free rides for seniors and persons with disabilities.

“Mobility is important for everyone in our community, especially seniors and persons with disabilities who may have limited transportation options,” said Andy Morin, SacRT Board Chair and Mayor, City of Folsom. “Free ride days provide a great opportunity to show new riders that SacRT buses and light rail trains are a safe, clean and convenient way to travel.”

Students should use the following schedule to determine their free ride day: Twin Rivers – Tuesday, August 8; Natomas – Wednesday, August 9; Elk Grove – Thursday, August 10; Folsom Cordova – Thursday, August 10; San Juan – Thursday, August 10; Sacramento City – Thursday, August 31.

In order to ride free, students, seniors, and persons with disabilities must present an acceptable ID, as specified in SacRT's adopted Fare Structure, when boarding buses, and have ready to show transit agents when riding trains. For students age 13 or younger, an adult may affirm age in lieu of an ID.

SacRT operates approximately 69 bus routes and 43 miles of light rail throughout Sacramento County, including the cities of Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove. Sacramento buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. SacRT's entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community. ADA services are provided under contract with Paratransit, Inc.


Source: SacRT Media

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Taking to the Skies

Source: CCA Media  |  2017-08-05

The Airshow will take to the skies this September Exclusive discounts are available for this patriotic event. Photo courtesy CCA.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – It is time to get your tickets for the big show! The California Capital Airshow (CCA) will take to the skies on September 9 and 10 at Mather Airport, and tickets are now available.

“The California Capital Airshow is a full-sensory experience,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “We’re excited to bring the Sacramento region two full days of non-stop entertainment and unparalleled access to the world of aeronautics and aviation.”

The California Capital Airshow illuminates a century of American aviation and ingenuity with miles of aircraft, from the spine-tingling civilian and military jet performances including the Patriots Jet team, U.S. Navy F-18 tactical demonstration, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight starring the A-10 Thunderbolt II, world-class aerobatics, barnstorming, warbirds, and more.

In preparation for this massive family-friendly festival, the Airshow has launched a new website,,  to provide attendees a preview of what to expect both in the air and on the ground.

 “Exploring exciting displays and interactive exhibits as well as pilot meet-and-greets are a great way to start the day,” Brewer explained. “Attendees will want to be on site and ready for the action before noon, when in-air demonstrations and fly-bys begin or all things shiny, fast and loud take to the skies.”

New for 2017 is the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) competition, updated premium venue chalets, a Kid's Stage, and so much more than just what's roaring across the skies.

The Airshow is presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova. The Airshow runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Airshow Insiders will have first dibs on deeply discounted tickets, up to 50 percent off. Anyone can sign up to become an Airshow Insider. Just enter your name and email address on the homepage of and receive a link to purchase tickets before the public!

Tickets will be available for all fans on August 1 at noon online or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. Prices will increase incrementally until the event on Sept. 9 and 10. Military discounts are also available at the ITT offices at Travis and Beale Air Force Bases.

Established in 2004, the annual California Capital Airshow uses the power and magic of flight to entertain and amaze tens of thousands of attendees every September at historic Mather Airport for one of the largest and most prestigious demonstrations of a century of military and civilian aircraft on display and in the sky. Year round, the California Capital Airshow 501c3 is dedicated to inspiring a life-long passion for STEM learning and innovation, with a variety of youth events, presentations and scholarships that help drive the future of aeronautics and encourage young people to reach for the stars. For more information please visit

Source: CCA Media

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C.S. Lewis' SCREWTAPE coming to Carmichael

By MPG Staff  |  2017-08-05

SCREWTAPE is based on one of C.S. Lewis’s most well-known novels.

SCREWTAPE is about a mid-level satanic bureaucrat, Screwtape, who is training a young demon, Wormwood, to lure his first soul, Mike Green (aka “The Patient”), into their “Father Below’s” pit. Mike has very recently become acquainted with Christianity, but is still ignorant of its meaning and authority, a fact which Wormwood and Screwtape take advantage of as they attempt to get him back to his old ways of life.

The demons seek to trip Mike up by way of his overprotective mother, a new boss, a demon possessed co-worker, as well as a new love interest, who comes with her own temptress. All sorts of Hell breaks loose as the demons do anything and everything to pop their patient into the pit.

The performance is directed by Deanne Farinha Eldridge. The performance will be at Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Rd # 110, Carmichael, CA 95608

Performances are August 4th through the 20th, Thursday through Saturday at 7pm; Sundays at 4pm


For Tickets call: (916) 207-4420 or visit


$18 (in advance only) – Seniors (60+), Students (12 to 18 or w/ID), SARTA, Military (w/ID)
$20 (in advance only) – General Admission
$22 (at the door) – All Tickets

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Kings on the Court

Story and photos by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-08-05

John Rinehart, Sacramento Kings president of business operations, huddles with kids and Kings’ official mascot, Slamson the Lion, prior to the grand opening of the new Madera Park Basketball Court July 19. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

Madera Basketball Court Gets a Kings-Style Makeover

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG) - Shooting Hoops at Madera Park Court will never be the same again and that’s a good thing.

The basketball court at Madera Park, suffering from significant wear and tear, was given a complete makeover and unveiled with an official ribbon cutting ceremony July 19.  The $30,000 overhaul was made possible through a partnership between the Burlingame, CA-based Good Tidings Foundation, the Sacramento Kings and the Kings Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, with support from the city and Sunrise Recreation and Park District.

Good Tidings has partnered with Kaiser, the Kings and other California sports clubs, including the San Francisco Giants, as well as Olympic athletes to fund the revamp of roughly 80 basketball courts and, in total, 160 community athletic venues across California since its inception in 1994, according to founder and president, Larry Harper.  Those include the rehab of basketball courts, baseball, football and street hockey fields, and even volleyball courts at neglected or underserved community centers and parks across California.

The Madera Park Court is the fourth such project in the Sacramento area completed by Good Tidings and its supporters. The foundation and its partners completed a revamp of the St. Andrew Basketball Court in 2014, as well as overhauls of the courts at Gardenland and Southside parks in 2016.

The primary goal of the projects and the overall mission of Good Tidings, says Harper, is to strengthen community pride by promoting healthy, active lifestyles for youth and making it possible for kids to play sports on good-quality fields and courts.

“This is just one more example of our joint efforts to build new courts and playing fields for kids in those areas where there is a need for additional support,” Harper said. “We are all about helping kids in communities across our region make a connection between sports and healthy lifestyles. And we are very grateful to have amazing partnerships with Kaiser and the Kings.”

Chris Palkowski, physician in chief at Kaiser Permanente’s Roseville Medical Center echoed the sentiment.  “We are just really proud to partner with the Kings and the City of Citrus Heights on this very special project,” he said. “This is what we to be doing in our community: promoting healthy lifestyles and making sure kids have access to facilities that support that.

Harper said there are plans for as many as eight more basketball court remodeling projects across the county.

Throngs of local kids, Kings’ officials, including their mascot Slamson the Lion, representatives from the County of Sacramento, the city, Good Tidings and Kaiser Permanente were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, officially opening the new, brilliantly painted purple and gray court, sporting a breakaway hoop and pro-style turf featuring a large Kings logo and those of the project’s supporters.

“I love it,” said Logan Urban, 10 who, alongside his younger brother, Landon, 8, joined more than 350 kids for the opening.  Although both admitted to being soccer players, primarily, the two agreed the court was enough to entice them to shoot more hoops. “I’ll definitely come to use the court,” said Landon.

John Rinehart, the Kings’ president of business operations, huddled with Slamson and the kids on the new court just prior to the opening.  He said the Kings and its Foundation are very proud to be part of the ongoing effort to bring high-quality playing fields and courts to areas where they can make the biggest impact.

“This is what our foundation stands for,” said Rinehart. “We want kids in every community to have a chance to learn to play sports on basketball courts, football fields, soccer field and other locations that incite a true sense of pride and ownership.”

Following the opening of the new Madera Court, the Kings offered a free basketball clinic for all the kids in attendance. The clinic was led by former Kings player and Junior Kings Coach, Henry Turner, with a little help, naturally, from Slamson. 

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Kmart Site Rehab Stalls as Rebounderz Bounces

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-08-05

The vacant Kmart building in Citrus Heights. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

Citrus Heights, CA (MPG) - Plans for rehabilitating and renting the shuttered, 90,000-square-foot Kmart building on Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights have stalled as news that Rebounderz, an indoor trampoline fun center franchisor, have bailed from the project, according to city officials.

Devon Rodriguez, development specialist with the city said Rebounderz is no longer part of the development plans to convert the Kmart building into a shared space for a Big Lots and a 55,000 square-foot extreme fun center.  In January, Sacramento-based Stafford King Wiese Architects was reportedly working on obtaining design and review, as well as minor use permits, as required for the trampoline “fun park,” and anticipated construction for the project to begin by summer, with openings for both Rebounderz and Big Lots by early 2018. 

According to Casey Kempenaar, senior planner with the city, those permits were approved, including a green light for Rebounderz to be open 24 hours.  However, Rodriguez said the property owner, New York-based CHC QRS 11 70 INCORP, is now planning to sell the property to a different retail developer and Rebounderz has pulled its plans to come in.  

Calls to the owner on record of the property were not returned and Rodriquez said she did not know the name of the new developer now eyeing the site.  It is unclear at this point if Big Lots is still a potential tenant, she said.

“Rebounderz is no longer part of the project,” said Rodriguez.  “The property owners are now in contract to sell the property to a retail developer and they are not able to share any tenant names at this time, but we are hoping to hear some news in the next couple of weeks.”

Repeated calls to Stafford King Wiese for comment on the Kmart development were not returned.

Auburn Boulevard is seeing development momentum.  Crepes & Burgers opened its doors in spring, followed by Maita Mazda’s move to a new 40,000-square foot facility in May and the auto group has announced plans to upgrade the Mazda dealership at 2410 Auburn Blvd.  In addition, Checkers Burgers is now slated to occupy the vacant lot at Auburn and Grand Oaks boulevards.  Roseville resident Ben Aibuedefe, said the area’s lower rents and future plans for revitalizing the boulevard and its current retail structures, was a big draw for his new Checkers franchise.

But it is possible prospective tenants for the larger lots, where there are still several other vacant retail buildings, are holding off until they see a more cohesive rehabilitation plan come together for the high-traffic Auburn Boulevard corridor.  The first of a two-phase Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project was completed in 2014.  As part of a sweeping plan to revitalize Auburn Boulevard from Sylvan corners to Interstate 80, Phase 1 involved moving utility cables underground and shoring up frontage easements, the planting of roughly 230 new trees, construction of some 10,000 feet of bike lanes and new sidewalks, as well as the installation of new energy-efficient street lights.

Phase II is expected to begin in 2019, however, funding for that stretch is not in place at this point, according to the city’s Kempenaar.  Meanwhile, many shuttered retail spaces in the Kmart center, and at other points along that stretch of Auburn Boulevard remain vacant, not necessarily the best draw for new business.

“There is no money for the second phase right now for that,” said Kempenaar.  “It’s a huge project, stretching from Rush Park to the city limits with Roseville, so it’s a process that takes time. Right now, we don’t have the funding to do the second phase, which was not part of our annual budget. Typically for projects like this one, we go out for grants.” 

Those grants have previously come from the Sacramento Area of Governments, which Kempenaar said has a very competitive application process for funding.

The Kmart lot had previously been earmarked for a new hotel for Citrus Heights, however that plan also failed to gain traction, and Big Lots and Rebounderz came in to play.  The Citrus Heights location for Rebounderz would have marked the Sanford, Florida-based company’s first foray into to the Sacramento region.  It was to include multiple trampoline areas for children and adults alike, birthday party and special event spaces, obstacle and fitness courses, food and beverage and a retail store. 

Rebounderz opened its first location, part of a franchise model, in 2008 and has approximately 10 locations, including one in Panama.  Calls to Big Lots for an update on their plans for the Kmart development were not returned.

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