United Way’s Week Of Caring brought together more than 1,500 local residents together to spend some time caring for their community.
On Saturday October 29th, the Oak Park Farmer’s market will host the “Harvest Festival”, a Halloween-themed event. It will take place from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This event is in partnership with the Neighborworks Homeownership Center.
Oak Park Farmers Market is a place where many diverse groups of local farmers come to vend their fresh fruits and vegetables and more, to the food desert within Oak Park. The market also provides a variety of interactive activities each week including live music from local bands and activities for children.
The Oak Park Farmer’s Market is located at McClatchy Park. This event will have many fun activities for children such as a scavenger hunt, zombie tag, and boo toss. They will also have many fun and creative artistic activities such as apple pop making, cider making, face painting, and pumpkin painting and even a raffle with giveaways. Make sure to wear a good costume because they also will have a costume contest.
“Yeah, I’ll definitely be heading out to this Harvest Festival and taking my kids to go have fun,” said Esperanza Mercado when asked if she will go to this event. “It definitely seems like something enjoyable for me and my kids.”
For more information please go to https://www.nwsac.org/
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Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have expanded California’s ban on public smoking to all California State University and community college campuses.
The governor announced last Monday that he is taking initiative on the legislation that would have banned tobacco use on all 136 CSU and community college campuses.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento would have prohibited chewing, dipping, smoking or vaping natural or synthetic tobacco products at the schools, which have about 2.5 million students.
The bill would have allowed school trustees and board members to decide whether to fine campus smokers up to $100. The money would have gone to support education programs at the campus where the violation occurred.
“I honestly, cannot stand smokers on campus its toxic fumes being polluted on this campus,” says Sacramento State student Tamicia Hightower. “This bill would have helped decrease the harmful effects of nicotine and secondhand smoke on campus.”
According to the L.A Times Brown, says the colleges already have that authority and are fully capable of setting their own smoking policies.
Earlier this year the governor has already taken more action by approving tougher tobacco regulations as part of a special legislative session on health care, including boosting the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 and extending existing regulations governing tobacco to electronic cigarettes.
It’s already known Californians are making an effort to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products at the November ballot box. Proposition 56 would raise the per-pack tax on cigarettes by $2 and raise taxes on other tobacco and vaping products.
As the Election Day nears many California voters will soon be able to cast their ballots in hopes that the tobacco companies will be taking another hit.
Getting off of the couch and into the gym may be very straining for some folk. It may seem that unhealthy distractions are all around us and working out may seem less and less appealing. But a new study shows that taking a buddy along with you may help you enjoy the pain a bit more and may keep you from getting distracted and working out more consistently.
“The idea behind the project was to conduct a study that is rather naturalistic and applicable…… The criterion to chose the new sports buddy was that it needed to be a person with whom the participant should never have exercised before,” says Dr. Pamela Rackow the lead author of the study.
The study took two pairs of groups, one was working solo, all alone and the other group was working in pairs. The partners were randomly assigned to make it more lifelike, as if a person were to ask their buddy to join them.
Some results of the study are not too shocking, of course many things are better with a friend, but there is one finding that may strike interest.
“ Our results showed that the emotional social support from the new sports companion was the most effective. Thus, it is more important to encourage each other than doing the actual activity together, ” states Dr. Pamela Rackow.
Emotional encouragement can come in all forms and is an easy way to help out a buddy. What Dr. Pamela means is that when the participant did not feel like working out they had a buddy there to give them that extra boost of encouragement.
“When I am alone I am really bored and I really enjoy having my sister with me,” says Araceli Espinoza, a local Curtis Park walker who enjoys the companionship of her sister Norma.
“We walk for an hour or more and after the workout I feel rejuvenated and re-energized,” says Norma Espinoza.
Some studies have been done on habit forming and how long it takes for something to become a daily habit. The results of the studies range from 3 weeks to around 3 months, some cases 5 to 6 months.
Technically speaking one could workout every day with a buddy for half a year and most likely will continue to work out all alone. One could take this further as to take action planned steps towards eating better and living a more healthy life together.
If you are all alone hopefully this quote from Muhammad Ali will give you the boost for today:
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion’.”
On a recent Sunday a free health clinic was hosted at Oak Park Community Center. Hundreds of residents were in attendance to benefit from the various services.
The District 8 Latino Community Festival was held at Mark Hopkins Park on the 26th of September. This Latino community festival featured food vendors, musicians, muralists, and more.
For three years now, Solh Resolutions International has been working towards creating a more just and peaceful world. Through the efforts of its founder, Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, Solh Resolutions International continues to change the world little by little through facilitation, conflict transformation, and mediation.
Their own website states “With this view, conflict has the potential to shift from challenge to catalyst for change. It is founded upon the belief that sustainable peace can only be achieved when we cease to seek simple solutions to our conflicts but rather view the conflict as a transformative opportunity for changing the status quo.” And this quote isn’t far from the truth at all. On a recent Saturday, local Sacramento community members had the pleasure of attending one of Rangineh’s conflict resolution workshop. First hand, they witnessed a very structured, step-by-step, healthy and helpful process for understanding and addressing conflict that was both informative as well as transformative for those that came.
“I founded Solh Resolutions International which is a private consulting company focused on facilitation and conflict transformation,” says Azimzadeh Tosang. “It’s the vehicle through which I look at and address global social issues.” Her workshop was most effective as attendees learned a plethora of processes such as “conflict resolution and learning” to “heal and to let go of past traumatizing experiences” and” to grow and move forward from there” in the hopes that they will learn to better understand and work through conflict in the future.
Her workshop was most effective as attendees learned a plethora of processes such as “conflict resolution and learning” to “heal and to let go of past traumatizing experiences” and” to grow and move forward from there” in the hopes that they will learn to better understand and work through conflict in the future. Rangineh’s work is impressive as she is able to change the hearts and minds of people in just a few short hours through the workshop.
Solh Resolutions International offers facilitation (including strategic planning, action planning, group facilitation, and facilitation coaching ) as well as conflict transformation services (including the conflict consciousness workshop, conflict coaching, and group dialogue). For more information, you can visit the website here. If you find yourself in a conflict with yourself, a friend, family member, or someone else close to you, you can definitely find refuge in Solh International Resolutions and Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, as she will be able to offer help in ways that are hard to find anywhere else. So if you are ever struggling with a conflict, there is help, there is Solh Resolutions International.
WALKSacramento is teamed up with the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association for a walk audit along Fruitridge Road on Saturday, September 17th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. This walk audit is promoting change for ped/bike safety and traffic speeds that is effecting local neighbors of the community.