Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car

By Traci Rockefeller Cusack  |  2019-04-08

For more information about the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car including stops and tour hours, please visit https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm

Available for Free Tours April 19-22

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As part of a series of special events, activities and exhibits designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation proudly invite the community to Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car that will be on display Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 22, 2019.

Free public tours will be available each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the visually-exciting rail car on display at Old Sacramento State Historic Park.

The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is a new, multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. Through sound, images and interactive technology, visitors will see how Union Pacific is building America in their communities and throughout the world. The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is part of Union Pacific's historic Heritage passenger rail car fleet going on a multi-stop tour that begins in Sacramento followed by a stop in Roseville before moving on to Sparks, Nevada and Ogden, Utah.

After entering the converted baggage car, guests will first learn about the investment, hard work and knowledge that went into building the Transcontinental Railroad. Moving forward along one wall they'll learn about the evolution of the locomotive, beginning with the world-famous UP No. 119 and leading to the modern-day diesel powerhouses. On the opposite wall, rail fans will trace how fresh apples are delivered from California and Washington to New York and understand every aspect of rail operations and innovation along the way. Next, exciting interactive technology will show how Union Pacific is using lasers, cameras and other detection devices to accurately inspect moving rail cars and railroad track. Guests will even be able to test their skills to see how they measure up as rail car inspectors. Before exiting, visitors will be able to communicate how they connect to the railroad using high-tech thermal reactive tiles. A final display celebrates the history of Union Pacific's Passenger Heritage Fleet through vintage photos.

For more information about the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car including stops and tour hours, please visit https://www.up.com/heritage/experience-up/index.htm

For more details and updated information about events, activities and exhibits presented by the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation, please visit www.Railroad150.org; for more information about the Museum or Foundation visit www.californiarailroad.museum; and for more information about Waterfront Days happening over Memorial Day Weekend, please visit www.oldsacramento.com

The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.

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Providing a SAFE space for Sacramento County Youth

By Andrea Hansen, Sacramento County  |  2019-04-08

The Safe Team from left to right Darla Garcia, Faith Whitmore, Darby Geller, Sarah Leatherby and Kandyce Seely. Photo provided by Sacramento County Media

SACRAMENTO COUNTY (MPG) - To reduce the stress and trauma experienced by children who are victims of sexual abuse and violent crimes, Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services; local law enforcement agencies; and the District Attorney’s Office team up at the Sacramento County Special Assault Forensic Evaluation (SAFE) Center

The SAFE Center is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance and provides a safe and comfortable place for a child to be interviewed by a specially trained social worker, called a Forensic Interview Specialist. 

 “The SAFE Center conducts a thorough forensic interview in the least intrusive way possible, and the child only has to be interviewed once, rather than being questioned multiple times by different agencies,” said Michelle Callejas, Sacramento County Director of Child, Family and Adult Services. “Since the Center opened in 1991, we have conducted 12,000 interviews and last year alone we provided a safe space for over 350 children and youth.”

To reduce the stress on the child, the Forensic Interviewer is the only other person present in the room during the interview. The Forensic Interviewers have many hours of specialized training and years of experience talking with children about difficult subjects. They also use interviewing techniques that preserve the integrity of the investigation. The interviews are conducted in a room with a one-way mirror so law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office and Child Protective Services staff can observe.

The SAFE Center interviews are an efficient way to investigate child abuse cases and are core to identifying new leads and gathering evidence in a case. Although the interviews cannot be used in lieu of testimony and children may still have to testify in court, this approach greatly reduces the trauma of having to repeatedly talk about the abuse they have endured. 

The SAFE Center moved in February of 2018 to 3701 Power Inn Road to join services and co-locate with the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center. The co-location has enabled the SAFE Center and the Department’s Adult Protective Services program to have a stronger working relationship with the Family Justice Center in serving the community. 

“We could not be more excited about our new location and collaboration with the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center,” said Darby Geller, SAFE Center Director. The Center now acts as a multifunctional place for families to receive services pertaining to abuse, counseling, safety planning and so much more. I’m proud to see how the program continues to grow, evolve and become such an important asset to the community.” 

The partnership with Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center allows the SAFE Center to offer new opportunities in 2019 which include on-site therapeutic crisis intervention, assessment, psycho-education and ongoing therapeutic treatment through the addition of a trauma-informed mental health clinician. These additional services were made possible through a grant funded by the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and will be provided by the UC Davis CAARE Center, a long-standing partner in providing trauma-informed services for children and families in Sacramento County. 

To learn more about the SAFE Center, please visit the Sacramento County Department of Child, Family and Adult Services Resource Family web page. If you are interested in donating new toys/comfort items for youth visiting the SAFE Center, contact Darby Geller, SAFE Center Director

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FBI Seeking Serial Bank Robber Suspect Wanted for Series of Four Sacramento Area Bank Robberies

FBI Release  |  2019-04-08

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information to aid the identification and apprehension of a bank robbery suspect who is allegedly tied to four robberies in the greater Sacramento region. The young Caucasian male is suspected of the following robberies:

Friday, November 23, 2018, at approximately 1:55 p.m. at
River City Bank located at 239 E Street in Davis;
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at approximately 2:05 p.m. at
U.S. Bank located at 903 Colusa Avenue in Yuba City;
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at approximately 1:43 p.m. at
U.S. Bank located at 1020 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills;
Friday, February 15, 2019, at approximately 3:25 p.m. at
U.S. Bank located at 1020 white Rock Road in El Dorado Hills;

Additionally, the suspect also allegedly attempted to rob the Wells Fargo Bank located at 1235 Stratford Avenue in Dixon on Saturday, March 2, 2019, but was unsuccessful.

During the commission of each of the robberies, the suspect entered the bank, approached the teller, and presented a demand note. After receiving money, the suspect then departed on foot.
The suspect—believed to be 20 to 30 years old—stands 5’6” to 5’10” tall with a thin build. He has frequently worn hooded sweatshirts with the hood pulled over baseball-style caps, dark basketball-style shorts, and black shoes. Images of the suspect, including a composite developed from surveillance footage from the robberies, are available on the FBI’s Wanted Bank Robber website: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2018-12-20.9882688550.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, Davis Police Department, Dixon Police Department, and Yuba City Police Department are investigating this series of bank robberies.

Individuals with information about this man may call the FBI Sacramento Field Office. Tips may also be submitted online at: tips.fbi.gov. If the subject is spotted in the community, the public is urged to call 911 and not approach the individual. Wanted fugitives, bank robbers, and other cases in need of additional information from the public are posted on the FBI Sacramento Division’s Most Wanted page.

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Terminally-Ill Man Receives NASCAR Dream

Special Dream Foundation Release  |  2019-04-08

Winston Cain (Dream Foundation Dreamer), Glory Ariche (Genentech), Rene Hamlin (Snowline Hospice), Jeremy Lansing (Snowline Hospice), and Janice Curtin (Snowline Hospice). Photo provided by Dream Foundation

Dream Foundation celebrates Winston Cain’s life with a final NASCAR Race

El Dorado Hills, California (MPG) - Despite being diagnosed with ALS, which has left him paralyzed from the neck down apart from the use of one arm and hand, 71-year-old El Dorado Hills resident, Winston Cain, hasn’t stopped dreaming.

Winston has always loved NASCAR and car racing, having attended many races throughout his life. Now bed bound, Winston watches NASCAR intently every Sunday. He loves to imagine himself as the announcer, “Start your engines!” and dreams of attending one final race with his family.  

With support from Autoclub Speedway and Homewood Suites, Dream Foundation fulfilled Winston’s final Dream. This past month, Winston, his wife, daughter, and son-in-law enjoyed VIP treatment and a special meet and greet with his favorite driver, Chase Elliot at the Fontana NASCAR race of March 16th. The foundation will also provide accommodations, a wheelchair accessible van rental and extra travel funds for the trip.

Glory Ariche from Genentech, one of Dream Foundation’s Mission Partners, served “Dream Host” at the intimate gathering of Thursday, March 14th delivering everything that Winston needed for his Dream journey. Also in attendance were Snowline Hospice’s Rene Hamlin, Jeremy Lansing, and Janice Curtin who referred Winston to the organization’s dream-granting program. Their commitment to Winston was instrumental in bringing his final Dream to life.

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 30,000 final Dreams over the last twenty-five years.

The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management, ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit: DreamFoundation.org/donate.

Snowline Hospice serves the Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties, delivering end of life care and support to patients and their families.  Since 1979, Snowline has been dedicated to meeting the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are nearing the end of life's journey.  Our goal is to enhance living, comfort the dying and support the grieving with compassion and dignity.


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Healthy Foods, Healthy Pets

By Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-04-03

Steve Burke and his staff at the Grand Opening event. Photo by Paul Scholl

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Last November the Citrus Town Center welcomed a new locally owned and operated health food store for dogs and cats. Ben’s Barketplace, located at 7935 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights, strives to improve the health and well-being of dogs and cats by improving their nutrition through species-appropriate diet.

Steve Burk, one of the owners of the Citrus Heights location, explained that dogs and cats are carnivores, so in the wild their diet consists entirely of raw meat. But domesticated dogs and cats are frequently given a diet of dry food. Burk described the typical dry foods as “high in carbohydrates, low on protein. That’s what makes them cheap.”

“Dry food is a convenience for people,” said Burk. “It’s for us … it’s not for dogs and cats. Raw is their species-appropriate diet.” Typical dry food is inexpensive because it has very little protein and high amounts of fillers such as corn, wheat, soy, oatmeal, and rice. The dry foods sold at Ben’s Barketplace are very different. “We carry a higher quality of dry food … with higher protein levels and lower carbohydrates,” said Burk.

To meet pets’ nutritional needs, Ben’s Barketplace also uses better carbohydrates in their dry foods — such as legumes, which are a plant-based protein low in starches and glycemic levels. “It’s a better carbohydrate to use, but they can be more expensive to use,” said Burk. Although higher levels of protein and better quality carbohydrates increase the price, “it’s better for the overall health of your dog, and that’s why it’s health food,” Burk explained.

The excess carbohydrates in typical dry foods turn into sugar, which younger animals are able to burn off. But as animals age, their metabolism slows and they aren’t able to burn off the extra calories. Burk said that older dogs can start gaining weight and developing allergies to excess carbohydrates. Burk described symptoms such as “itchy skin, hot yeasty paws, [and] waxy hot ears” in additional to overall dehydration. At that point, Burk suggests people switch their pets onto a species-appropriate raw diet. “We try to explain that a raw diet is exactly what they need; they get the hydration and nutrition that they need from a raw diet,” said Burk.

“Some people are put off by the idea of raw food, expecting something from a butcher shop,” said Burk. Instead of bloody chunks of meat, the raw foods available at Ben’s Barketplace are kept frozen and then thawed and served.

Burk said that a raw diet can be even more important for cats because they don’t typically drink water as well as dogs. “Dry foods dehydrate them. … Cats can get to a point of dehydration where their organs start to break down,” said Burk. Cats thrive on the moisture and protein content of raw foods.

Ben’s Barketplace also has a self-service dog wash. Burk explained that dogs often get nervous being taken to a groomer, so the dog wash allows the owners to bath their pets themselves. Bringing a dog in for a bath also gives staff members the opportunity to observe the dog to see if there are any issues they can address through a change in diet. “When you change the diet, you’ll change the dog,” said Burk.

Burk said that many pet owners address issues in their pets by taking them to a veterinarian, where the animals are typically prescribed pharmaceuticals. Although the medications might help alleviate some of the symptoms, Burk said they don’t always address the underlying issue. Burk advocates for treating the issues with a holistic approach by adjusting the diet to increase the nutrition appropriate for the animal.

Detailing numerous testimonials from customers, Burk described amazing transformations. Dogs that had lost their hair and were too weak to stand were now full of energy with soft, healthy coats after a few months on a raw diet. Burk said, “People are becoming more knowledgeable about pet nutrition” and are open-minded about raw food.  “Dogs and cats are family members. Most people care about their dogs and cats a lot, so they want to try to give them the best nutrition they can,” said Burk.

In addition to the Citrus Heights location, Ben’s Barketplace also has two other locations in Roseville and Lincoln. The owners of all the Ben’s Barketplace locations are certified nutritionists in dog and cat food. “We’re educated about our products. We can speak in depth about everything that’s in our store,” said Burk. “If someone’s pet has an issue, we can find a product to match that issue and address it through nutrition.”

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The Glass Slipper Fits

By Larry Fritz  |  2019-04-03

The Glass Slipper volunteer construction crew from left to right: Larry Fritz, Rob Hunter, Thor Grendahl, Tammy Montoya, Randy Plentzas, Garry Morgan, George Delano, TimS McGowen, Dave Grady, Bob Mitts. Photo provided by The Glass Slipper

The Glass Slipper Makes a Kitchen Addition

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Construction has begun on a new commercial kitchen that will become a part of a training academy located on Mariposa Avenue near Antelope. The facility is operated by The Glass Slipper, a non-profit organization based in Citrus Heights. The new kitchen will be used to train participants in culinary, hospitality and nutritional skills. The Glass Slipper is an all-volunteer organization that helps girls and young ladies in the foster-care system make a successful transition to adulthood through its Ready by 21 Academy.

With many years of experience in the foster care system, Jackie Guzman saw that girls raised in this environment often lacked life skills training and emotional support. These girls entered the foster-care system through no fault of their own. Sadly, despite the efforts of social services, it’s easy for them to fall through the cracks.

When compared to other youth in America, foster youth have the highest rates of school drop-out, unemployment, exploitation and teen pregnancy, and are highest risk of homelessness upon emancipation from the system.

Jackie and a small group of volunteers started The Glass Slipper in 1997 to help these “at risk” girls. The training, mentoring and emotional support that they provide helps the girls to improve their life skills and self-esteem while receiving guidance in positive directions.

The commercial-grade kitchen under construction will add new life skills training to the existing Ready by 21 Academy. Construction of the commercial kitchen is also a volunteer project. A non-denominational men’s Bible study called, “The Band of Brothers,” as well as other volunteers and trades-people will provide most of the labor to build the kitchen from the ground up.

Money for materials is dependent upon private donors, community and local churches. Construction is currently under way on the 810 square foot kitchen addition and is expected to be substantially completed this year.

To learn more about The Glass Slipper, visit their website at: www.TheGlassSlipper.org or call (916) 222-3598. An online video tour of the Mariposa campus is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mNOy8AzT18

The Glass Slipper always welcomes volunteer support and monetary donations. The Glass Slipper Organization, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law. The Glass Slipper’s Federal Tax Payer I.D. Number is 20-8599121.

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Cruisin’ to Help Kids

By Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-04-03


SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Cappuccino Cruisers has a lot to celebrate as it enters its 25th year in the Sacramento Region. This classic car club is open to vehicles from 1979 or earlier and is probably the longest running weekly event in Northern California, according to Ray Marchese, the group’s contact.

From mid-April through October each year, car owners and enthusiasts gather to share information, show off a bit, and celebrate classic cars. On Wednesday evenings, they gather in Folsom from 5 – 8 p.m. and they welcome newcomers and any make or model of classic car.

Each week, the club collects non-perishable foods for the local food bank and once a month different groups of vehicles are featured for the club’s theme nights. Woodies, wagons, and delivery trucks are a favorite with enthusiasts as are the T-buckets, rat rods, and hot rods. Rancheros and El Caminos also have quite a following.

One of the nights features orphans, which include Tuckers, Edsels, Vegas which Ralph Nader loved, even an amphibious car from the 1960s. These are the one-off vehicles that just did not find a place in America’s car culture. They are sometimes maligned, like the Edsel, but they are also much loved by their owners and other aficionados.

“In June prior to 9/11, our theme night was 40s night spotlighting the cars, the war, the USO. After 9/11

happened, we decided that we needed to remind people where those freedoms came from,” said Marchese.

Folks with restored military vehicles are invited to bring their cars and trucks out to display. In past years, the Red Cross has attended. Folsom’s American Legion presents colors, and Marchese selects patriotic music for the event. In the tribute tent, a list of the names of those who lost their lives on 9/11 is displayed as are memorabilia that belonged to members’ parents or grandparents.

In addition to the weekly gatherings, this active group participates in several fundraising events throughout the year including the April 27 “Spring Fever Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake” in Citrus Heights to benefit Sacramento Shriner’s Hospital patients. There will, Marchese said, be music, vendors, a raffle, and lots of 1979 and older vehicles. “Registration and raffle money go to benefit Shriner’s.”

This event is the start of what looks to be a busy year for this active group. In May, the group heads to

Roseville to host its annual “Cruisin’ for K-9s and Roseville SPCA” to raise funds for Placer SPCA and Roseville Police Department’s K-9 unit. Music, raffle prizes, food, and a display of new vehicles will be on hand.

Memorial Day weekend brings the group to the Folsom Zoo. “With the help of sponsors, we buy and give away up to 500 passes,” said Marchese. Home Depot supplies plants and the club also hosts a how-to clinic where children can pot a plant to take home.

July is the “Nostalgic Cruise of Dreams” in Folsom, and for those who cannot make it to Reno for Hot August Nights, this group will have a “Hot August” in Cameron Park. The “Denio’s 9-11/First Responders Tribute”

is scheduled for September as is the annual Carmichael favorite, “Picnic in the Park.” Cappuccino Cruisers will close the year with its annual “Christmas is for Kids Toy Drive” in Folsom.

To date, Marchese estimates the club has donated more than $200,000 in canned foods, toys, and money to various local organizations. And the group does it while having fun and working very hard to put on the shows and events.

Giving back to the community includes stuffing 30,000 plastic eggs for Folsom’s Easter egg hunt one day and returning the next day to assist with the event. And it can include stepping up for unexpected community needs like it did in 2017 with its “Firestorm 2017” event which raised over $1500.00 in cash, canned goods, and gift cards or a special raffle to raise funds to replace a man’s wheelchair.

In 2017, the club’s donations topped $12,500.00 which does not include the many volunteer hours Marchese and others give to make the events happen.

“The philosophy we adopted in the very beginning is that if we’re going to do something to help somebody, as much as we can, we want to be able to see the results,” said Marchese, so the group supports local organizations like Shriner’s Hospital or the local food bank.

“We just enjoy doing what we do.”

For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/CappuccinoCruisers/posts/?ref=page_internal

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