This is a video about a program at La Familia Counselling Center. The program basically helps at risk youth. They show the youth that they have a voice and theyre re still good things you can do for your community. The program held a lot of events like the Halloween event. I hope you enjoy.
By Justine Beyer
Did you know walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve your blood pressure and sugar levels, elevate your mood and reduce your risk of cancer and diabetes? Well, these are all true facts, and the reason the Walk with a Doc program was created. Walk with a Doc was created by cardiologist Dr. Davis Sabgiris as way to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages.
Walk with a Doc is a weekly event that happens in different locations throughout Sacramento, such as the one that occurred earlier this week in Tahoe Park. The locations change each week and the next walk to participate in will be Saturday, November 17, at Southside Park between W and T Streets at 6th Street. Registration for the walk starts at 8:00 am and the walk starts at 8:30 am.
The walk will be lead by two friendly physicians that will be available for questions, comments or just a friendly conversation for the walkers to have with them. This project has been started and brought to the residents of Sacramento because as physician Steven Polansky states, “telling people to get out and exercise just wasn’t working.” These doctors who participate in Walk with a Doc truly believe that the volunteering physicians are making a difference by showing the world what a little walking can do.
Each and every Saturday the Walk with a Doc physicians and volunteers are out trying to better our community. We should all start to pay more attention to our health, physical and mental, because this is something that people can become too busy to truly focus on. If each week these people can take an hour of their time to come out and walk to help themselves, you should get out and do it too.
For more information on these walks around Sacramento, you can visit the Walks with Docs website at: http://www.walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/sacramento/
Do you need to complete some community service hours? Are you a high school student looking for community service projects for school credit? Or do you just love to help out and take part in community events? Well then you’re in luck as plenty of volunteers are needed at two upcoming local seasonal community celebrations.
On Saturday, November 17, there will be the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, serving seniors from our area, at the George Sim Community Center. Local senior Anthony Alfaro says that he “can’t wait to be in this year annual luncheon.” Most seniors who attend the Luncheon go to sava or advance path at the sim center. The event starts at 11am and if you are interested visit the sim center.
Then, on Saturday, December 15, the annual blanket drive will be held to serving the greater downtown area. As many people may know, in downtown Sacramento, there are a lot of homeless people and around the holidays Sacramento is at its coldest peak of the year. The least we could do for our community is give them a blanket so they can remain warm. Local teacher Ms. Reed say that “each year they get more and more blankets and each year it pleases the community more and more.” It starts at 10am at the sim center.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events please contact “V” Roberson for more information by calling 916-808-3709 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we enter into the Fall, for most the typical ideas of happiness, warmth, family and food come into mind. Thanksgiving is a holiday season that revolves around families coming together with a large turkey dinner, but that is not the case for everyone. Not all families have the luxury of having food all of the time and that is why the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) Food Closet is so important to many community members of Sacramento.
SSIP is located at Bethany Presbyterian Church on 24th Street and Fruitridge Road, between I-5 and Highway 99, just minutes south of downtown Sacramento. Bethany Presbyterian Church was established in 1970 by clergy from south area congregations. Its Food Closet serves families, individuals, and homeless people that are in need within seven Sacramento zip codes. It’s the 3rd largest food bank in the Sacramento County, serving nearly 5,500 individuals each month. These people in need are able to go to the Food Closet, Monday through Friday, and can receive food once a month. The recipients receive enough food to prepare three meals a days for three consecutive days.
As I took a trip down to SSIP, I saw just how many families and people were in need and how this food bank is saving lives. Some of the individuals who use the Food Closet were very shy about their need for help, but one man was willing to share his opinion with me. Ryan Jackson is a 43 year old homeless man that has been coming to the Food Closet for about four years told me, “I am grateful to have a place like this that can keep me surviving on the streets since I am not able to do so myself most of the time. The church members and volunteers give me a reason to come back, not just the food.”
This man, just like the hundreds of people who come each day and even the thousands of people each month, are being saved by the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership’s Food Closet. This place is making a huge difference in the lives of Sacramento residents which is why we should take the time to look in our own neighborhoods to see what we can do to make a difference as well.
Since high school, I have been waiting for the day that I would be able to vote. During the 2008 election, I watched as the results were displayed on almost every channel. Our school held a mock election to demonstrate the process of voting. During my senior year, I participated in another mock election in my government class. We used the actual polling booths set up at the school.
But those were not the real thing. My vote did not go towards the actual election. When I turned eighteen in 2010, there were both city and statewide elections taking place while I was residing in Houston, Texas. However, I didn’t know what issues were being decided on. I couldn’t register to vote because I was in school and didn’t have a permanent address. I didn’t vote in that election. Since then, I’ve anxiously awaited for this year’s presidential election.
The voter registration process was easy. It only took me a few minutes to register online and a couple weeks to get my voter information in the mail. I easily located my polling place as well. Finally, I was registered and ready to vote.
On election day, I went to my polling place with my younger sister, who was also voting for the first time, and waited in a short line. When it was my turn the poll workers politely greeted me, found my name on the list and handed me my ballot. They were also very excited that I was a first time voter.
The ballot was several pages long but it only took about five minutes to get through it all. I took my time to make sure everything was bubbled correctly. I finished and with the help of another poll worker, I put my ballot into the machine. She handed me my “I voted” sticker and I proudly put it on my shirt. All of the poll workers thanked me for voting and sent me on my way out.
“Don’t vote, don’t complain,” my mother would always say. Today, I exercised my right to vote. This experience showed me just how painless it is to vote. Voting is an essential part of our democratic government. I look forward to voting in all future elections.
This video was filmed at the Sacramento City Council meeting on October 30, 2012, where a public hearing to pass the Ordinance of the Sacramento City parking Codes, relating to off-street parking, establishing permit fees for administrative parking permits and temporary surface parking lot permits was discussed.
For more information about the Zoning Code Parking update click on the link.
The Sacramento Youth Symphony was founded in and has been running since 1956. Many young people from ages 7 to 21 have played with the Sacramento Youth Symphony over the years. Students come from all over Sacramento County, and even beyond the county as far as Davis and Roseville. The symphony fills the gap for students who want to play an instrument but it is no longer have a music program at their school. All of the symphonic instruments are represented in the symphony. The students all range in skill sets beginner to advanced and are placed in a certain group based on their ability.
The Sacramento Youth Symphony is comprised of three large orchestras, two mini string orchestras, and a symphonic band. It also has a program at Fruitridge Elementary School. They provide instruments for those who cannot afford their own or encourage students to join their school band if one available and bring their school instrument with them. They have many performances during their season which is concurrent with the school year, September through May.
Executive director Cathy Taylor has held that position for three years but has been involved for years. “My children were part of the symphony. They are both in college now.”says Taylor. “The best thing about the program is that it brings youth from all over the Sacramento region to improve their skills, have fun, and learn new things.”
Programs like this are essential to the Sacramento community because they provide an outlet for young people that is not provided at school. Many of these young musicians have been playing for years and have a real passion for music. “Being part of the youth orchestra is a really rewarding experience because I get to work with others and learn what an orchestra sounds like.” says Wesley Kao, a fifteen year old cello player.
Taylor gave this advice to young people looking to join the symphony. “I would recommend for beginners to check at their school to see what their music program offers, take lessons if possible, and come to one to our concerts before going through the application process.” Blind auditions take place every year in June with the exception of brass instruments who can apply and audition year round.
For any additional information about the program or on how to get involved visit, www.sacramentoyouthsymphony.org.
For this video, I took a visit the Sacramento Youth Symphony during their Thursday night rehearsal and spoke with a few of the students. I hope you enjoy it!
By Celeste Alvarado
To many, The world can appear to be an endless desert of madness, confusion and oppression. Often times, emotionally overwhelmed beings influence one another, whether intentional or not, making it difficult for some to walk the true path to liberation. Obstacles and illusions can strike one down, leaving one depressed, pessimistic and angered. However, there is a beautiful reassurance in the idea that this state need not be permanent, unless you allow it to be. By viewing things with a different mindset we can better understand ourselves and change our outlook to a more positive one.
Many people look for happiness in the form of mindless greed, the glorification of the self, and from the acceptance from others. But there are others still who search for happiness in the form of love and peace. However, an of violence, fear and power rules the world today, leaving very little space for the heart, mind and soul to grow to its full potential. By learning to acknowledge and determine our emotions, we can begin the journey to seek happiness.
A key belief to remember is that happiness begins from within the self. By taking a moment of introspection and evaluation of the self and writing down positive and negative attributes, one can better understand oneself. Remember, self-acceptance is the key; not-self torment.
A suggestion would be to find a passion in everyday life that makes nobody but you content, defines your identity, and keeps your self-motivation running wild. If you have no clue as to what you enjoy doing, then try to keep your options and your mind open; you never know what you could find in the unknown. Never let your inner demons convince you that you’re worthless. Eliminate all these negative emotions completely for one moment. Take a seat and try to remember a time where motivation or happiness struck you at its very best, thoroughly analyze how you felt. What motivated you? Didn’t you feel powerful? Now channel that energy into positive emotion.
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Ubuntu Green is a nonprofit organization that is all about healthy living, education and giving members of the community power while promoting equality to the underserved. Ubuntu Green offers many different programs. “Green Oak Park!” is an annual event with activities aimed to educate members of the community on healthy green lifestyles.
The 2nd Avenue Beautification and Cleanup Project is a program with a goal to promote safer neighborhoods and make them more enjoyable for community members while advocating physical activity. The program partners with local residents and businesses, the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, the North Franklin Business District and the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association.
When it come to the issues in low-income communities of color, Ubuntu Green aims to help improve the safety and health or residents, provide better options for transportation and help reduce local pollution.
Now that you have got a feel for what Ubuntu Green is here is a way you can get involved. The nonprofit will be hosting its much-anticipated Advocacy 101 Training on Wednesday, November 28th. The training is scheduled to run from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm and will be located at the Stockton Resource Center at 5625 Stockton Boulevard.
The main focus of the training is to help make the Tahoe Park and Fruitridge Manor communities a better place to live, work, and play. In order to achieve this goal the training will integrate ways for the participants to identify the several issues in their communities. If this interests you and is something you would like to participate in please be sure to RSVP by 5:00 PM Friday, November 23rd because space will be limited. you can RSVP via email at email@example.com or via phone at 916.893.8226.
“Ubuntu – The ethic or humanist philosophy emphasizing community, sharing and generosity.”