Divine Love: the Answer to Universal Health

Submitted by Christopher Cheney  |  2017-06-21

José de Dios Mata, is originally from Spain, but has been living in the United States for a number of years.

International Speaker to Address Effective Health Care Through Prayer

Jose de Dios Mata, of Elsa Illinois, will give a free lecture to the public in Carmichael on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. The talk is titled “Divine Love: The Answer to Universal Health” and is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Carmichael, as a gift to the community and will be given in the church edifice at 4949 Kenneth Ave., Carmichael, During the talk free parking and child care are included.

This lecture is about the power of God as divine Love and the direct influence for good it can have on lives individually and collectively when spiritually understood. It explores the Biblical basis of God as divine Love whose law Christ Jesus taught and practiced in his healing and teaching ministry. It brings out the relevance of his command “to love your neighbor as yourself” and the worldwide healing impact this can have.

The ideas in this lecture make clear the importance of loving from the standpoint of God, Love, as our source and each of us as God’s tenderly cared for children. Praying from this standpoint heals disease, saves us from wrong thinking and acting, and awakens us to the reality that our lives are safe in the law of Love. How powerful divine Love is to answer every problem we might be facing. This lecture includes experiences of healing that resulted from prayer and a deeper understanding of God as divine Love based on the teachings of Christian Science.

The speaker, José de Dios Mata, is originally from Spain, but has been living in the United States for a number of years. As a teenager, he felt a special interest in music and decided to study guitar, with an emphasis on flamenco. This led him to form his own group and perform in various venues.

Later, he worked for the government for a decade, the last five years of which were spent as a special agent in the Intelligence Services. In his personal life, he faced an enormous challenge in early 1979. A relative’s sudden illness, for which the doctors could find no cure, as well as his own almost complete loss of hearing due to a congenital lesion, which he was told would require immediate surgery or result in total deafness - and he could not continue in his position at work until he had surgery - forced him to seek a solution to these difficulties. He chose not to have surgery. After trying a series of different alternatives, in December of that year José de Dios was introduced to Christian Science by a doctor, his guitar student, who knew of his reluctance towards conventional medicine and encouraged him to explore this system of spiritual healing. Both situations were quickly and completely healed solely through reading the textbook of this religion, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

He soon realized that the spiritual understanding he had just achieved enabled him to heal others. After several years of proving the practical effect of these teachings in the healing of illness and other inharmonious situations of day-to-day life, he gave up his career in 1986 and decided to move to the United States to enter the public practice of Christian Science as his only profession. His desire to teach others how to practice spiritual healing led him to take Christian Science Normal Class in 2009,in Boston, in order to become an authorized Christian Science teacher in Spain.


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Feral Cats Project Seeks Volunteers and Community Support to Curb the Feral Cat Population

By Linda Morgan, Director Sacramento Feral Resources  |  2017-06-21

Spaying/Neutering of stray, feral, and abandoned cats will prevent hundreds of litters of kittens, literally thousands of cats yearly.

Unwanted feral/stray cats are everywhere and the proverbial “kitten-season” is in full-swing. In an effort to help these newborn kittens, people often put them in a box and rush them to the local shelter. Too often the outcome for these kittens isn’t what the well-intentioned person expected. So how can you change this outcome? Spay/Neuter of stray, feral, and abandoned cats will prevent hundreds of litters of kittens, literally thousands of cats yearly, from being born in areas where they are not wanted and struggle to survive on their own.

Sacramento Feral Resources (SacFerals) recently introduced the Feral Cats Project.

The focus of the Project is to recruit volunteers and involve residents county-wide to help humanely curb the feral cat population in Sacramento County through a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. We are looking for the best ways to reach residents in communities throughout the County.

Feral cats are a neighborhood issue that can have good resolution when working together to TNR. In fact, Sacramento County supports TNR - not euthanasia, starvation, or relocation (which is illegal) of feral cats. The good news is that there are low-cost and free spay/neuter clinics available.

Residents who want to help improve the feral cat situation can learn more about the Project, feral cats, TNR, feral colony assistance, and other volunteer opportunities at monthly Free Feral Cats Workshops. Workshops open to the general public. Meetings are held at 5605 Marconi Ave in Carmichael. The Workshop Schedule, class descriptions, and sign-up information is available online: www.sacferals.com.

Why establish a Feral Cats Project? In 2013 SacFerals introduced a public website to offer resources and assistance to anyone with feral cat issues. Over time, traffic to the website as well as requests for help have substantially increased. During the past two years, SacFerals has received reports of more than 9,000 feral/stray cats. The need for assistance has out-paced the current volunteer staff.

With an estimated 98,000 – 220,000 feral cats in Sacramento County, as the saying goes, “It takes a village” to make a huge dent in reducing the number of litters born in the County every year and to ultimately control and reduce the community feral cat population in Sacramento County.


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Local Leadership Matters

Story and Photo by Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-06-15

Graduates from the 2016-17 Citrus Heights Leadership Program, alongside Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, Johnnise Downs and City Councilwoman and program founder, Jeanne Bruins, prepare for a bus tour of the city as part of their culmination day celebration.

After a five-year hiatus, the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Citrus Heights program relaunched in fall of 2016 and, on June 7, 22 participants graduated from the 10-week civic and business engagement course designed to foster civic leaders and bolster business owners’ with tools for growth.

Launched initially in 2003 by City Councilwoman Jeanne Bruins, then the executive director of the chamber, the Leadership Citrus Heights program (LCH) is modeled on components of similar programs offered by various chambers’ of commerce across the region. The goal is to offer individuals who have an interest in civic engagement and business development issues a condensed, but comprehensive education on everything from city incorporation processes and fiscal management, to public safety, code enforcement policies, and even a history lesson or two about the city’s founders and growth.

“Most of the chambers offer a similar type of program and, at the time we launched this one, we were such a new city, and I felt we could really benefit from something like it,” said Bruins. “So, after we worked on the outline for it for about a year, we put a team of very capable people together that included city officials, business people and even faculty members from American River College, and then came up with our courses, which is very closely modeled on the program offered by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce.”

Although not a requirement, one of the goals is to develop community leaders, activists, visionaries and advocates who demonstrate an interest in the future of Citrus Heights, Bruins said. While some of the current cohort participants are already working for the city in various capacities, others are local business owners. The other purpose of the course is to help local business owners educate themselves about the city from the inside out in order to advance their goals and grow their customer base.

For Bruins, who attended the cohort graduation June 7, having 22 participants in the first session after five years on hiatus, is a good sign of solid community interest and support for the program.

“I’m thrilled to see so many tremendous people taking advantage of the program,” Bruins said before she, Chamber Board Chair Johnnise Downs, and 17 of the 22 grads boarded a hired coach for the final component of the curriculum: An hour tour of the city, which Bruins narrates.

“It’s kind of a tradition for me to be asked to do the city tour,” said Bruins, who said it includes stops to discuss current development projects, historical points of interest and city landmarks.

Leadership Citrus Heights (LCH) is broken up into monthly workshops or “modules,” each with their own area of focus, led by civic leaders, business executives and city officials alike. This cohort’s workshop leaders and topics included History of Incorporation, Ethics & Quality of Life, taught by Danny Vera, vice president of operations at San Juan Medical Center, among others. Community and Economic Development Director, Rhonda Sherman ran a course on Economic & Community Development/Conflict Resolution with Dale Covey, president of the Antelope Crossing Business Association. A Public Safety, Code Enforcement and Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning course was led by Maurice Johnson, assistant chief of the Sacramento Metro Fire Department and Citrus Heights Police Sergeant, Jason Baldwin.

The cohort also got to sit in on mock city council meetings and attend a session with City Manager, Chris Boyd focused on management, finance and communication techniques.

Perhaps one of the best known LCH alumni is former Citrus Heights City Councilman, Mel Turner, who was elected to serve on the city council in 2010 and remained on the council until his passing earlier this year. Bruins said she encouraged Turner to take the LCR course when he told her he was thinking about running for his first election.

“I told Mel that if he was serious about running for city council, he had to get into the next LCH program because it would give him a solid foundation in how things work,” Bruins said.

Lizabeth Branbila, 18, a San Juan High School Senior, is one of the two high school students to receive a scholarship for the 2016-17 course. With plans to first study psychology at William Jessup University in Rocklin in fall, Branbila said one of her teachers at San Juan suggested she take advantage of the program.

“This was a really cool opportunity for me because it really taught me a lot about the city and how things work,” said Branbila. “Everyone who taught the modules brought something different to the table and it was very educational.”


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An Unforgettable Birthday Party

By Elise Spleiss  |  2017-06-14

Girls just wanted to have fun! 
-- Photo by Dave Lawicka

The City of Citrus Heights was prepared for the party of the decade on Saturday, June 3, and it delivered. Up to 8,000 men, women and children descended on Van Maren Park for a huge block party celebrating 20 years of incorporation. (The Van Maren’s, one of Citrus Heights founding families came to Citrus Heights in 1849.)

The venue chosen for this mammoth undertaking spread over nearly five acres in and around the park on Thalia Way, just a short walk from 10-month-old city hall.

At 3:00, as the temperature inched towards 90, the opening ceremony began in front of city hall with music from one of the city’s jewels, the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band (CHCMB), led by Kody Tickner. The band performed some of its ‘Fanfare for a New Era’ repertoire. The Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD) Color Guard presented colors and Paul Reyes, Commander of American Legion Post 637 led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Mesa Verde High School Choir and Band performed the National Anthem, with singer Jaden Neilsen hitting all those high notes with no effort!

Mayor Jeff Slowey greeted attendees and shared a short history of the city’s 12-year battle for cityhood.  He introduced city council members, Police Chief Ron Lawrence and other dignitaries including former Citrus Heights mayors, Roberta MacGlashan and Sue Frost. MacGlashan served on the first city council in 1997.  In November of 2016 Frost ran for the won the Sacramento County Supervisor’s seat from which MacGlashan was retiring after 12 years. Assemblyman Ken Cooley and former Congressman Doug Ose were also in attendance.

The party then moved into the park and its adjoining roadways. Visitors entering the park on one end of Stock Ranch Road were greeted by 40 vintage cars sponsored by the NorCal Cruisers car show, and a number of the 60 vendor booths.

Those entering from the opposite end of the park entered into the Kid’s Zone where kids could play on one of 4 bounce houses, scale the rock climbing wall or fly high with a modified bungee jumping experience, among other fun activities.

A band of Star Wars Stormtroopers guarded party goers while other characters entertained the children.

Visitors were impressed by the dozens of city programs and service organizations represented. Many, such as the police department, are always looking for volunteers.  More venders, craft booths and retail vendors of all kinds kept guests busy until the music started at 4:30. Refreshments from a beer garden sponsored by Stone’s Gambling Hall provided welcome relief from the heat.

The Boys of Summer, an Eagle’s Tribute Band played to the growing crowd until 6:00 when the crowd took a break before rocking to almost two hours of Pablo Cruise, a pop/rock band that had five Top 25 singles from 1973 to 1986. Following the concert, they visited with fans and signed autographs. In an interview, Cory Lorios, and founding band members said of the concert, “It was a perfect Pablo Cruise setting. It was nice and hot, almost too hot on the stage. But it was great, an awesome crowd. It couldn’t have been better. Production was good, sound was good. Everyone had a good time, that’s all we care about. We loved playing up here.”

An estimated 1,800 riders took advantage of three free shuttles provided by Regional Transit (RT) to get from and back to their cars at the end of the evening the day. The shuttles made continuous trips to the parking lots at Bayside Church, Costco and the Safeway shopping center on Greenback.

Most comments were rave reviews of the Block Party, such as, “It’s the greatest thing the City has ever put on.”  There were several suggestions for future events including having a longer event with more bands at a larger venue such as Rusch Park.  More shade and tents, and more water and food choices available were suggested. There were also calls for activities for teens.

Darlene Lyons, president of EzEvents, hired by the City to put on this huge event said in an email, “It was an honor to work with the City of Citrus Heights on this celebration. It truly took a team effort with police, fire, and city leadership to pull it off. We are very happy with the community feedback on the event and we feel it was a great success for the City of Citrus Heights.”

To view over 100 photos of the event, visit ‘Citrus Heights Block Party’ on Facebook.


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Masters Lead in Ceremony Celebrating Achievements

By Elise Spleiss  |  2017-06-14

Students about to receive their new colored belts with the staff for Family Tai Know Do Plus and grand masters who will present the belts. 
-- Photo courtesy Family Tae Kwon Do

Madera Park in Citrus Heights was the setting for a special day on June 10, celebrating both the new, larger Family Tae Kwon Do Plus facility in Citrus Heights, and to honor its family of teachers, staff and students as they celebrated another year of student achievement with their annual Belt Ceremony.

Just one week following the grand opening celebration of the move to a new 5,400 square foot at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Antelope Road, friends and family along with five much honored and respected Grand Masters came to the park to recognize students of all ages who have worked so hard to achieve their next level of belt.

The night before the ceremony, the testing panel of the grand masters met and tested 100 color belt students and six high ranking black belts. On the panel were Grand Masters of various martial arts systems: Joe Souza Grand Master- Kensujitsu; Grand Master Vinton Koklich - Parker’s Kenpo; Grand Master Harry Green - Bladed Weapons Specialist; Professor Andre Sims - Taechi & Kenpo Karate, and K.C. McFarland, Grand Master of Kajukenbo. These masters of their craft represent thousands of hours of learning and teaching, generously sharing their expertise and knowledge with others.

Dozens of pupils, beginning with the Kinder Kick class, ages 3-6 years, came forward, one by one to receive their new belt from Professor Dominic Cirincione, Kateena Cirincione, teacher Miss Kasea, 20, and several of the Grand Masters assembled on that day to celebrate ‘Ohana’ or ‘family’ in Hawaiian, and to share and celebrate knowledge.

Parents and staff then helped with the “changing of the belts” as each student switched out their old belt for their new one. Several martial arts demonstrations were given by Zachary Gohn, a new first degree black belt, and Kasea Cirincione, both demonstrating with swords. Cirincione, a new fifth degree black belt also demonstrated a board breaking kick with her fiancé, Brenden Nielsen, a third-degree black belt.

It is an honor to be allowed to test, and to show her gratitude, Kasea who has been doing martial arts since the age of four, presented each Grand Master with a special handmade Barong, a traditional Filipino martial arts weapon.

Following the demonstrations students lined up to have their belts signed by the Grand Masters, followed by a BBQ and more sharing and camaraderie.

Mutual respect is evident in everything the Family staff does. There is a reason or that. In a conversation on the merits of teaching and learning discipline and respect in today’s children, Professors Sousa and Koklich, who share over 120 years of martial arts experience between them, noted that there is “no respect or discipline today and these are needed to pursue things in life”. “You have to earn it, life isn’t where everyone gets a trophy…there are winners and losers, that’s part of life”. They added that having discipline and respect affects the student’s whole life, “makes them better citizens and students.”

Family Tae Kwon Do Plus is located at 7831 Sunrise Blvd. at the corner of Sunrise Blvd. and Antelope Road. 916 (725-3200). It offers a wide choice of classes and other resources for children and adults.


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Women's Veterans Event Honors Many Who Served

Story and Photos by Paul Scholl  |  2017-06-14

The women veterans who attended the event were an impressive group who served our nation and now need our support in return.

Dedication to our nation was on display at a recent event held to support women veterans of the United States Armed Services. A very impressive group of women who have served our country came together at the gathering and celebration, hosted by American River Brewing Company.

The Women Veterans Alliance, created to support female veterans who have specific needs separate from male veterans, has as their mission is to impact and empower the lives of women veterans. They are the only group focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans.

Attending the event on Friday, June 2nd to recognize the honorees were Congressman Ami Bera and Assemblyman Ken Cooley. Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company has become a big supporter of the group.

During the presentations, each of the veterans took to the microphone and announced their branch of the military and their term of service. It was truly impressive to hear each of their individual commitments, with some still engaged.

American River Bank was the major sponsor for this event. Be sure to tell them “Thank You” when you visit one of their local branches. Food was provided by Culinerdy Cruzer.

To get more information about the Women Veterans Alliance go to www.WomenVeteransAlliance.org.

“We believe strongly in supporting our veterans, and especially our women veterans. They all gave so much for us. It is time for us to stand up and do more for them” said Dave Mathis, co-owner of American River Brewing Company.

American River Brewing is located at 11151 Trade Center Drive, just off Sunrise Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.


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Democrats Deny Funding for Critical Levee Repairs Needed after Oroville Dam Spillway Failure

Source: The Office of Senator Nielsen  |  2017-06-14

Despite the support of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, businesses and local agencies, legislative Democrats in Sacramento rejected funding to repair the state's water infrastructure that was severely damaged as a result of the failure of the Oroville Dam spillway.

Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) led an alliance to obtain money in the state budget to repair California's critical levees in Northern California, which are used by the State Water Project to deliver water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

“The failure to prioritize our state's infrastructure is incomprehensible,” said Senator Jim Nielsen. “Millions of Californians depend on water that passes through these critical water conveyance systems.”

Senator Nielsen added, “Our request would have provided for an investment in the state’s water infrastructure, which would protect lives, preserve property and save the state billions of dollars in emergency repairs.”

On February 7, the Oroville Dam spillway failed causing nearly 200,000 people and their pets to be evacuated. In addition, water system levees suffered significant damage that may prevent them from functioning properly in the next high-water event unless emergency repairs are completed this year.

The $100 million funding request was also supported by Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and the following organizations: Central Valley Flood Control Association; Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency; Northern California Water Association; Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Western Growers; California Farm Bureau Federation; Yuba Flood Control District; Yuba City; Operating Engineers Local 3.

Senator Jim Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes all or portions of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. To contact Senator Nielsen, call him at (916) 651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@senate.ca.gov.


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