Fleet Feet Sports of Sacramento hosted their 6th annual Holiday Classic Fun Run as a gift back to the running community and as a toy drive for the Salvation Army. This lighthearted and fun race is not officially recorded, since it is all for the spirit of the holidays and running, so it is a great way to get out and have some healthy fun. The kids run allows for participants of all ages to join in and celebrate the winter holidays.
It’s the time of year when it gets dark early. Many people are walking home from work and school in the dark. I talked to a firefighter and a few people around the neighborhood about how to stay safe while walking at night.
Heather Fargo is a California native who was born in Oakland and raised in Davis. Fargo is the former mayor of Sacramento, elected in November 2000 and served until December 2008. Prior to being a mayor she was first elected to the Sacramento City Council in 1989 to a five-year term representing the Downtown Sacramento and Natomas area known as District One. The interview in this video was taken at the South Natomas Community Center that Fargo also helped build. The main focus of this interview was centered on her take on youth and what role they play in today’s society.
Hiram Johnson High School Peer Mediators is a program that offers Johnson’s students with conflict mediation.
Students with conflicts with another peer have the choice of receiving suspension, or choosing to attend a mediation session.
This video will cover the 5 W’s; who, what, when, why, and where.
Sacramento Area Congregations Together, or ACT as it’s better know, is a multicultural organization that empowers Sacramento residents to create a more healthy and less violent community. This organization is made up of 40 congregations, schools, neighborhood groups and 40,000 families from Sacramento. ACT’s purpose is to bring change by enlightening people that the greatest resource they have is their community. One of the ways ACT is improving the community is with their Youth and Gang Violence Prevention program.
The Youth and Gang Violence Prevention program has become a region-wide effort to bring a youth violence reduction strategy into Sacramento. This program has been set up so that ACT members and participating officers from the Sacramento Police Department can meet face-to-face and speak directly to the teens on the street involved in gangs and other violent situations. This strategy has been named the Ceasefire approach. The members of this organization try to show the youth that there is a brighter future ahead and provide them with assistance to move on to that better place.
ACT works together with several other organizations and is funded in part by the California Endowment in order to make their difference. The Ceasefire program is able to provide the willing youth participants with a living wage, jobs, counseling and much more community support to motivate and encourage the youth to make a positive change in their lives.
The heart and soul of the Ceasefire program are the “Call Ins.” That’s when targeted youth are brought in to meet with a panel of community members, youth formerly involved in the same type of violence, service organizations, criminal justice agencies, family members and faith leaders. This specific program is designed to show the youth that the community wants the offender to succeed but strongly reminds the youth that law enforcement will intervene if their violence in the community continues.
“Sacramento’s youth have becoming more violent and have been getting into more problems than ever,” says Officer Michelle Lazark of the Sacramento Police Department. “There are more than 4500 gang members in Sacramento so the Ceasefire program is a way that ACT is using to face these problems head on, and show other teens that there is a better way of life.”
If you know of a teenager or member of Sacramento’s youth that needs help, or to find out more about ACT and their programs you can visit their website at http://www.sacact.org/.
This meal is a pizza topped with sautéed onions, prosciutto and mozzarella cheese. Topping the hot-out-of-the-oven pizza with fresh greens and sliced tomatoes gives it a delicious twist. It can be made with store-bought pizza dough to keep it quick and can be served with sides such as a small salad or crunchy vegetables and your favorite dip.
- 1 pound prepared pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin strips (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 cup shredded fontina or part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups packed coarsely chopped arugula
- 1 sliced tomato
Nutrition Information per serving: 306 calories; 11 g fat ( 4 g sat , 5 g mono ); 28 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 2 g fiber; 600 mg sodium; 140 mg potassium.
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services is proud to announce that it’s currently taking applications for its Job Club educational course. Beginning January 8th and running until the 31st, classes will be held each Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) has a history of community involvement that has proved their dedication throughout all these years. Father Daniel Madigan founded SFBFS in the basement of his Oak Park church back in 1976. This whole organization was purely volunteer based work at first. Over time, the organization grew to 40 paid staffers and a volunteer force of over 5,000. Now SFBFS has many locations distributing food and clothing. It is now not only limited to that, as SFBFS now offers adult education, child development and technology training.
This program is designed to to help participants find a job or further their career. The workshops are made possible by Christina Rogers of Angeles Career Consulting. This 4-week series of workshop will focus on everything from skills of networking to interviewing techniques and even cover letters. Job Club also offers an adult education program consisting of a GED tutoring lab with small classroom instruction. For those whose native language is other than English, Job Club has ESL instructions in a classroom setting.
Classes will be held at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ Education & Technology Center, at 3308 3rd Avenue in Sacramento. For more questions feel free to contact Adultedfirstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 456-1980 for Dan Allen, The Adult Education Program Manager.
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Welcome to the sixth episode of “Our Streets”, AccessLocal.Tv’s youth-produced podcast. Each week, podcast host Charles Chenault sits down with out Neighborhood News Correspondents to talk about issues that affect people young and old all across Sacramento. In this weeks show, the Neighborhood News Correspondents ask each other what their definition of “education” is. Take a listen!
Come back each week to hear new episodes of Our Streets, and if you have a topic you’d like us to cover in the future, leave us a comment in the section below.
The City of Sacramento is part of a natural floodplain. With all of the rivers and creeks in and around the city, there has to be a safe and efficient way to clear our area of water and protect buildings in the event of a storm.
During the recent heavy storms, city streets were flooded, in some places past the sidewalks. This made it harder for drivers and pedestrians who dared to go out in the storm to navigate our roadways. In this situation, one would think the draining system failed during the storm. However, Sacramento’s drainage system works differently.
Some sections of the city are still served by original drainage systems built in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The city has enough drains, storage and pumping capacity to provide a 10-year storm protection. When it rains, water goes into the drains and pumps through the pipes and to the storage facilities. However, in the event of a storm like the one last weekend, the storage units as well as the pumps and pipes attached to them may be filled to capacity.
This is where Sacramento’s streets come into the equation. The streets are part of the city’s flood control system. The streets are designed to to hold water and prevent it from going into homes and businesses when the pipes are full. However, some areas of the city received more rainfall than others so streets filled faster and even began to spill onto sidewalks. The main goal is to protect homes and businesses from being flooded.
“Even if we improve the system by adding capacity, we will still utilize the street as a way to store water and keep it out of homes and businesses,”says Jessica Hess, a representative from the Department of Utilities.
Many park fields, such as the soccer field at Steve Jones Park in South Sacramento, are also designed to hold water in the event of a storm as well. This provides natural draining and storage.
“The city is continuing to work towards its goal of increasing the system’s ability to handle a 1-in-100 year storm event,” continued Hess. “That does involve adding more storage capacity in pipes and reservoirs and more storm retention basins, but that comes with time and money.”
What seems like a problem to many is just the way this city handles the amount of rain this area receives. Sacramento’s drainage system works how it’s supposed to and is only getting better. Those commuting need to be aware of this and take caution during storms.
This winter, Southgate Library will have it’s very first Books & Clothes Swap! This event is exclusively just for teenagers. Clothing swaps are a growing trend in many cities, where a person invites friends over and they swap clothes and accessories which they no longer wear or use. Teens who visit and use the library have wanted to host a clothing swap for some time, and besides clothes, books, shoes and other accessories will also be accepted for trade. They only ask that items for the swap be brought ahead of time so it can be organized into types of clothes.
“I want to make sure that everyone walks away with a good experience and want to come back to the library.” says Samantha Le Blanc, a staff member of the Southgate Library.
The Books & Clothes Swap will be held December 15, 2012 at the Southgate Library, 6132 66th Avenue in Sacramento. It’s from 1:00pm until 3:00pm during this month’s regular Craft Club meeting. If you’re tired of your old clothes and feeling like changing it up for free then this is the event to be at!