Would you like to help shape the future of teen programing? If yes, please contact Angelica Rodriguez @ 916-391-7322 ext. 10. S.T.A.C (Southgate Teen Advisory Committee) is looking for volunteers for the new school year. S.T.A.C. members help out with local events such as the Strawberry Festival, July 3rd Celebration, Halloween Extravaganza, and Dinner with Santa. Teens also help plan events for other local teens such as dances, hip hop contests, dance contests, study groups and much more. Need to know more come to our Monday Night Teen Mania at the Florin Creek Recreation Center. It is free to hang out. We have video games, air hockey, music, and fitness opportunities. The program runs every Monday night during the summer. Teens also have access to video cameras and editing software to create the next Steven Spielberg block buster or maybe just start out by creating a local teen news story.
What: Southgate Recreation & Park District is presenting their annual Independence Day Celebration. There will be carnival booths, food vendors, bands, and even a watermelon spitting contest.
Date: July 3rd, 2011
Location: Countryside Community Park at Meadowhaven Drive and Power Inn Road
Time: 4pm Carnival and Food Vendors Open for business
5pm entertainment begins
9pm Fireworks Display
For more information please call 395-0161
The Sacramento News and Review reports on Internet neutrality and the role Sacramento residents have in affecting it. The article covers the issue of corporations taking over the Internet. Ron Cooper, executive director of Access is quoted, saying, “I think the best we can hope for at this time is to be more vigilant. Be smart, ask questions; ‘Who controls this content?'”
Last Thursday, Access Sacramento and UC Davis School of Education teamed up to do just that, acting as “tour guides” for three leaders from The California Endowment. TCE has provided the NNB project with a two-year grant to help with operational funding – particularly the nonprofit partners, La Famila and Asian Resources.
- The launch of the aggregated web site “AccessLocal.tv” in March was a big success
- The five NNB sites are producing new digital content on a regular basis
- The May 7 Youth Media Forum at the Sacramento Bee was a major success with big help from KCRA channel 3
- Major media partners now include Sac Press, Sac Bee, KXTV channel 10, KCRA channel 3, Fox 40 with more in the planning stages
- Active media production training and mentorships at the five sites have been enthusiastically received by youth
- Initial distribution of production tools continues with new gear on the way
- The Cable Commission has awarded continued equipment funding for the project
- Video Streaming Services company (VSSC) is completing the server install and wiring for a new Access Sacramento computer network
- “Tweaking” continues improving the upload process for the web site
Ron Cooper, Executive Director for Access Sacramento summarized the progress to date. “We have accomplished our first year goals and, even in very difficult financial times, we have successfully launched a major public and private sector partnership. We have also learned many lessons along the way. Today, we listened to the participants to determine how best to proceed – but so far, we are very pleased”.
He continued to describe planned organizational improvements including: (a) more training sessions directly with teens and NNB mentors, (b) continued “tweaking” of the web site digital content upload process, (c) establishment of a NNB Youth and Mentor Advisory Task Force, (d) and specific outreach to summer school teen programs and internships.
Participants during the CA Endowment briefing included: Tom Negrete from the Bee, Colleen Belcher from Sac Press, Isaac Gonzalez our NNB Mentor, Choua Lee from Asian Resources, Apolonia Cortez from La Famila.
After lunch the road trip continued in the Access Sacramento passenger van with Cooper at the wheel. Stops included the Access Sacramento Coloma Center studio, the Asian Resource Broadway “Teen Lounge”, and concluded in the California Room at the headquarters of the Sacramento City Unified School District.
At each stop, representatives from the television stations, print media, VSSC, SCUSD, People Reaching Out, UC Davis and Access Sacramento shared their perspectives on the value and challenges of developing new digital content or, using the educational term, “deliverables” for the NNB project.
Perhaps several teens at Asian Resources summarized the project status best. “We want to do more and help our communities. Maybe our stories will help”.
The “tour” is over but the NNB journey continues. Check out the web site www.AccessLocal.tv
Staff numbers in local newsrooms have dropped by 25 percent, according to a recent report by the FCC. Nadio Prupis of Truthout, states that local journalism “has not been able to keep up with the changing media landscape”. According Prupis and the FCC report, new technology has created more options for consumers, having an adverse affect on the traditional news business. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski emphasizes that the Internet has created a large gap on local news. Prupis lists potential negative effects caused by this gap. These include, stories not being covered, health dangers not being recognized until it’s too late and government issues not being shared with the pubic, such as candidate information and scandals.
Prupis also highlights President and CEO of Media Watchdog Free Press, Craig Aaron’s response to the report, which states that the FCC report makes suggestions for more local news support, such as ownership diversity and taxes that support nonprofit news outlets. However, these policies cannot actually be enforced by the FCC. Aaron states that the FCC has the power to make a change in the community, but chooses to delegate these tasks to others, rather than take control of the situation.
The board welcomed friends and members to the 25th Annual Membership meeting. More than 40 folks attended in the TV studio and many more watched from home as the 25th annual event was cablecast “live” on channel 17. A complete report on our activities is posted on the web site under “What’s New?” www.AccessSacramento.org
The Board members cited many success stories from the past year and included many video highlights and testimonials. Thanks were extended to three Board members leaving the Board. Colleen Belcher (Sacramento Press) and Ellen Arden-Ogle (CRC Comm. Studies Chair) are leaving after one year of service. Arne Sampe (Toastmasters) is completing six years of continuous service and must leave due to term limits. “I’ll be back”, he proclaimed happily and plans to continue serving on the Programming Committee.
Honors were bestowed on the following Access Sacramento producer volunteers and program providers for outstanding service to the organization. Thanks to everyone for their support and hour after hour of community television and radio programming.
Channel 18 Series Provider – Don Cooper, Music & The Spoken Word
Channel 18 Series Producer – Emilia Popa, John Militaru Ministries
Channel 17 Series Producer – Tevita Finau, NHPI Youth
Channel 18 Best New Series – Al Venegas, Despapaye TV
Channel 17 Best New Program – Connie Bryan, The Connie Bryan Show
TV “Volunteer Helper” of the Year – Denver Symister
TV “Rookie” of the Year – Greg Parrish
Radio “Rookie” of the Year — Patricia Rivas, Panorama
Radio Producer of the Year — Mike Lidskin, Twirl, Celebrating 500 programs
Southgate Recreation and Park District has five facilities availble to rent for your special occasion. The newly remodled Florin Creek Recreation Center hold up to 150 people, has a full kitchen, and a small meeting room. Prices start from $65 an hour during the week and range up to$130- $210 an hour on the weekends. The Fruitridge Community Center holds up to 200 people and prices range from $130-$210 on the weekends. The Jose P. Rizal has a gym for if you need a place for your volleyball or basketball team to practice or hold a party and host up to 300 of your closest friends. The Jose P. Rizal center also has a small meeting room available for community meetings or small parties. Prices for the Rizal center range from $40- $230 an hour. The Crofoot center can host a party of 30-40 people for just $40 an hour. Last but not least the Fletcher Farms Community Center (formally known as the Florin History Center), holds up to 90 people and prices range from $40-$160 an hour. For more information or to see pictures of these facilities, please visit www.southgaterecandpark.net
Cuentos y Cantos with Quinteto Latino
Celebrate the music, language and culture of Latin America through story and song with Quinteto Latino. The quintet weaves together stories and music, opening the door for families to explore the rich and diverse musical traditions of Latin America. Whether weeping with the La Llorna (the crying woman) or tapping to the Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance), Quinteto Latino will have you moving and singing along. This program will be held at the Valley Hi – North Laguna Library on June 25 at 3:30 p.m. This is a family and school age program.
This summer, join local teens (ages 13-17) for a new hang out spot on Monday nights. From 3pm-7pm teens can hang out at the Florin Creek Recreation Center. Teens will have use of video cameras and editing software to create local news stories for our Access Sacramento Website. We will also have video games, music, crafts, and fitness. If hanging out and socializing is your thing then you can chill in our bean bag chairs and enjoy our amazing park views. For more information please contact Angelica Rodgriguez at 916-391-7622 ext. 10.
Start date: Monday 6/20 Time: 3pm-7pm
Free Fishing in the City on July 23, 2011 at the Florin Creek Park Pond from 8am-12pm. This event is for children 15 years of age and under. Prizes will be awarded for achievements such as largest fish, smallest fish, first fish, and more. Don’t have any fishing gear? No worries Fish and Game will be on hand providing fishing clinics, poles, and bait.