“You’re a Grand Old Rag: George M. Cohan’s Broadway”

By Janis Wikoff, Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center  |  2019-06-13

Image of Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Courtesy APPAC

On Stage at the State Presenting Theatrical

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - For over a century, the name George M. Cohan has conjured the rollicking magic that is Broadway. As America’s beloved tunesmith and original “Song & Dance Man,” he was the father of modern musical theater.

You’re a Grand Old Rag, played from the showman’s original 1900s Broadway orchestrations, offers a stirring look at George M. Cohan’s amazing life and music – Give My Regards to Broadway, The Yankee Doodle Boy, Over There!, and all the rest. A tap-dancing bravura performance that brings audiences to their feet!

Based on the Orchestra’s BILLBOARD-charted “Top Classical Album” of the same name, this celebration of early American musical theater stars modern-day Broadway song & dance man, Colin Pritchard.

Now enjoying its 33nd season, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble specializing in the authentic recreation of “America’s Original Music” – the sounds of early theater, “silent” cinema, and vintage dance.

PRO has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on National Public Radio, New York Times' WQXR, and the BBC. Since 1989 more than 600,000,000 people have enjoyed the Orchestra’s recorded area music on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, Disney World, and Disneyland Paris.

Date and time: Saturday, June 29, 2019~ 7:30 PM

Run Time: 2 hours with intermission

Reserved Seating: $30, $25 Groups of 6 or more

Location: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA

Box Office: www.livefromauburn.com or 530-885-0156

 

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California’s business taxes is invited to attend the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration’s (CDTFA) annual Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights meeting in Sacramento July 25, 2019.

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, 450 N Street, 1st Floor, Room 122, Sacramento, California 95814

The meeting will be held to receive public input regarding business taxes including sales and use taxes, and special taxes and fees such as fuel taxes, tobacco taxes, and cannabis taxes. Those interested in attending are invited to contact the Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate Office by calling toll-free 1-888-324-2798, or by visiting us online.

Enacted in January 1989, the Harris-Katz California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights ensures that the rights of California Taxpayers are protected during the assessment and collection of sales taxes. The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights was expanded in 1993 to include special tax programs such as environmental fees, fuel taxes, and tobacco taxes.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California’s sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs account for over 25 percent of all state revenue. California’s essential services, such as public safety, transportation, health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs, are directly supported by these taxes and fees.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Two Sacramento area STEM learning institutions, the Aerospace Museum of California and Powerhouse Science Center are coming together to bring guests Apollopalooza, a family-friendly event that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This special event will take place at the Aerospace Museum of California on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00AM-4:00PM.                               

Highlights of Apollopalooza include the premiere of the Aerospace Museum of California’s new Moon Mission Virtual Reality Experience, exclusive Apollo artifact tours, a NASA Mad Science show, and several activities hosted by both the Museum and Powerhouse Science Center in the exhibit hall. A Smithsonian affiliate, the Aerospace Museum of California will also feature exclusive Smithsonian programming and NASA films in the Museum’s theater.

Michael Galane, Executive Director for the Powerhouse Science Center stated, “We’re excited to partner with the Aerospace Museum of California and SAFE Credit Union to bring this one-of-a-kind event to the Sacramento area. Tom Jones, Executive Director for the Aerospace Museum of California noted: “Northern California has a rich aerospace heritage and having these two STEM learning centers collaborate together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing will make this a memorable event for the greater Sacramento community.”

Members of both Aerospace and Powerhouse are offered deeply discounted tickets to the event. Community partner SAFE Credit Union is also offering a special discount to their members. Tickets to the event are available for purchase online at aerospaceca.org/tickets.

Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16th, 1969 with a crew of three astronauts: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins. Four days later, on July 20th, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon were broadcast worldwide on live television. Armstrong’s quote, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he stepped on the surface for the first time is remembered as one of the most iconic moments in NASA history. The crew landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th, 1969, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy’s national goal: to land a man on the moon and safely return him before 1970.

About the Aerospace Museum of California: Experience aviation history and aerospace potential in an interactive setting. With a 4-acre air park and rotating exhibits, families can engage with our STEM activities for all ages and let their imagination soar. Learn more at aerospaceca.org

 

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (MPG) - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is sending postcards to more than 240,000 customers encouraging them to update their mobile number, email and other key information so the company can contact them in advance should it become necessary to temporarily turn off power for safety this fire season.

These customers, who live throughout PG&E’s service area, have incomplete or no contact information on file.

It is important that all customer information is up to date so PG&E can share important wildfire safety alerts. In addition to notifying customers directly, PG&E also will provide outage updates and information through channels such as social media, local news, radio and the pge.com website.

“With the 2019 wildfire season now upon us, we all need to be better prepared to stay emergency-ready and to keep our families and friends safe,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E’s senior vice president and chief customer officer. “We are asking our customers to be sure we have their latest contact information so we can do our best to reach them in advance of a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff event.”

The Public Safety Power Shutoff program is one of many additional precautionary safety measures in response to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires that the company is putting in place as part of its Community Wildfire Safety Program intended to reduce wildfire threats and strengthen communities for the future.

Extreme weather threats can change quickly. PG&E’s goal, dependent on weather and other factors, is to send customer alerts through automated calls, texts and emails at 48 hours, again at 24 hours, and again just prior to shutting off power.

Besides updating their contact information to prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs, PG&E encourages customers to do the following:
Have an emergency plan for wildfires and discuss it with your friends, family and neighbors; Update or create a go bag or 72-hour kit that can be used if you need to evacuate; and clear defensible space around your home or business.

PG&E thanks the over 390,000 customers who have taken action to ensure they will receive its wildfire safety alerts since June 1, 2018. For customers who have not yet confirmed or updated their contact information, PG&E strongly encourages everyone to do so by visiting www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling the PG&E contact center at 1-866-743-6589.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 23,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Thanks to Democrats’ latest gas tax increase, Californians filling up their gas tanks are noticing some extra pain at the pump. With this 6 cent per gallon increase, our state is now home to highest gas taxes in the country.

You’d expect that with all that extra tax revenue, Californians would be driving on some of the best roads in America.

You’d be wrong.                                                                         

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave California roads a “D” on its most recent infrastructure report card, while Transportation for America called California’s roads the second-worst in the nation.

Weeks ago, Assembly Republicans called for a one-year delay in the tax increase.

Not a single Democrat supported the proposal. Instead they doubled down on a regressive tax that’s not delivering results.

This is an ongoing effort to deliver accurate and factual information about the activities of your local representatives in Sacramento, and how their votes either improve or negatively impact the lives of Californians. For more information, please contact Jim Stanley at (916) 319-2075 or Jim.Stanley@asm.ca.gov.

 

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SAN DIEGO AND LOS ANGELES, CA (MPG) - Leading experts in public health and vector pest control released an explosive report showing an explosion in the rodent population in California cities across the state and a spike in dangerous diseases such as Typhus. 

"California is being overrun by rodents – and without immediate emergency action by state and local government, we face significant economic costs and risk a public health crisis," said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California.

Among the findings:

California is experiencing a massive spike in its rodent population that is both measured by available data sets and observed by field personnel;

The increase in California’s rodent population is not explained by environmental factors – but is directly related to the decision by some government officials to ban effective rodent control methods and a spike in the state’s homeless population;

Rodent infestations are fueling an increase in reported cases of dangerous diseases such as Typhus – current rate of increase in cases raises concern regarding possible public health epidemic.

The report also outlines 4 recommendations for remediation framed by the expert panel, including:

Declare a Public Health Emergency, Work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and require local governments conduct immediate assessments;

Require remediation plans be formulated and executed by local governments;

Launch a public education campaign for businesses and residents to mitigate risk factors;

Oppose and reject Assembly Bill 1788 – a misguided attempt to ban best practice pest control tools that will be needed to fight the rodent infestation

"Instead of acting to address this developing crisis, California state lawmakers are just days away from passing legislation (AB1788) to ban the best rodent control tools and methods available and would require use of less effective so-called green alternatives. It’s madness!” DeMaio concluded.

Formed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money. For more information, visit reformcalifornia.org

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Donate Three, Non-Perishable Food Items and Get in for Free

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - As part of its ongoing community giving efforts, SMUD is sponsoring Giving Mondays at the Fair, an effort to collect needed items for the Elk Grove Food Bank. SMUD Giving Mondays at the Fair will accept three non-perishable, non-expired items per person in exchange for a free ticket into the California State Fair before 3 p.m. The first 5,000 people in the gates will also receive a free drawstring backpack.

“This partnership is a great way to give back to those in our community who need it most,” said Rhonda Staley-Brooks, SMUD’s community development manager. “Last year, this effort collected 28,000 pounds of food, and this year we hope to surpass that. It’s these types of community efforts that help lift up our entire community and we’re glad to be a part of it.”

SMUD Giving Mondays at the Fair will be on Monday, July 15th and Monday, July 22nd. Visit the booth by the Blue Gate to drop off your food items and receive a free ticket to the Fair.

The Elk Grove Food Bank is in need of the following items: Canned Meat (Chicken or Tuna), Peanut Butter, Disposable Adult Briefs, Ensure, Baby Diapers, Socks – All Sizes, Canned Fruit, Canned Veggies, Soup, Beans, Mac and Cheese, Pasta, Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Packaged Rice, Top Ramen and Cereal.

For more information about SMUD Giving Mondays at the Fair, visitcastatefair.org/smudgivingmonday, and to learn more about SMUD’s community giving, visit smud.org/en/in-our-community.

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit SMUD.org.

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Food Festival Passes on High Demand, More on Order

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - California State fairgoers appear to be hungry for more excitement, as this year’s brand new Fair Food Festival Pass sold so fast, that more were ordered even before the Fair opened its gates. The California State Fair & Food Festival officially opened this morning at 10 a.m. with big crowds, eagerly awaiting to get in.

“We’re so thrilled Opening Day was such a great success; it’s fun seeing so many people and families out having a good time, and of course, eating at our 100 food booths.” said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO. “We’ve worked hard to make this year’s State Fair the best yet – a fair for all Californians up and down the state. The food festival and the new Food Festival Pass are just part of what we have in store for the next two and a half weeks.”

The Food Festival Passes have been so popular that more have already been ordered for visitors to the fair in the weeks to come. People who purchase the Food Festival Pass can select four items from more than 30 different food vendors – including appetizers, entrees desserts, and more – all for only $28, (a $40 value). Nearly 30 food vendors created new food items for this year’s State Fair. A list of what you can get can be found here.

The Food Festival Pass can be purchased at the State Fair Box Office, Guest Services or at select State Fair Souvenir Shops. Food Festival Passes purchased online are picked up at the State Fair Box Office, prior to entering the Fair. It can be used by anyone, any day of the State Fair. The California State Fair & Food Festival runs through July  28th at Cal Expo.

Fairgoers are also encouraged to visit the website at CaStateFair.org or download the CA State Fair app where they can map out all of their eating adventures. 

The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. We invite you to join us for the 166th California State Fair, July 12-28, 2019. 

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First Annual Capital Creative Showcase

By Nathan Allshouse, Sacramento Developer Collective  |  2019-07-15

Showcasing Video Games and Art from the Capital Region

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Sacramento Developer Collective is proud to announce the first annual Capital Creative Showcase event, featuring ‘women in games’ coming to the West Sacramento Community Center on Saturday, September 7th, 2019.

The theme for our inaugural event is “Women in Games” and will include speeches and panels featuring Michelle Hill from 2K Games and Coraly Rosario from Scopely. There will also be panels on women in esports and the business of game development, featuring Aryn Rozell from NRG SF Shock and Donna Walters and Carrissa Darby from Sacramento State’s Stingers esports club, as well as Kelsey Coffman from Bay Area Women in Games, Ashley Silva-Howe from EA Capital Games, and Kara Greenfield from Midnite Lunch Studios. The keynote speech will be delivered by Laura Good, co-founder of Startup Sac.

The event will spotlight the 2019 cohort for our premiere Progressive Game Jam program including the games Evocus: The Summoner’s GameBike Route: SacramentoThe Lonely ZombieSpace Uber, Zexa Xeza Warrior Princess of the Cosmos, and Luminous Flux. Meet the teams behind these games and get an exclusive chance to play them before they release.

Our showcase will also feature the capital region’s indie video game developers, artists, and creative talents including Lucre Games, Tronix Productions, Just Ice Cold, Byte Me Games, Double Dog Games, Agilapathy, Midnite Lunch Studios, Andrew Davis Digital, Dawn Pedersen, Zach Winn, Olsisax Art, and many more.

General admission is $15 online, $20 at the door on the day of the event. Kids 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets, and for a complete and updated list of participants in this year’s event, check the event website at www.capitalcreativeshowcase.com.

Sacramento Developer Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed in 2018, and was founded in 2007 as a Meetup.com group for Sacramento video game developers. Our mission is to grow the video game developer industry in greater Sacramento, and to support the overall creative economy. We host many events including educational workshops, the Sacramento Global Game Jam, the Progressive Game Jam, and community gatherings. Our website is www.sacdevcollective.org. Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramMeetup.com, or LinkedIn.

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California State Fair Announces Food Festival Competition Winners

By Sabrina Washington, Cal Expo  |  2019-07-15

Best of Show: Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls. Photo Courtesy of CA State Fair

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) – The California State Fair held its inaugural Food Festival Competition on Saturday, July 13. With 30 food vendors participating in the competition, judges tasted more than 30 items and gave out awards in five categories: Side, Dessert, Fruity, Fried, and Entrée. There were two Best of Division winners, and one ultimate Best of Show winner.

The top prize went to Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls for their Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll.

Any of these food items can be purchased with the Food Festival Pass. For only $28, the buyer receives four tickets which can be turned in to any participating Food Festival stand for the Food Festival item.

For its first year, the Food Festival has been a success. The Food Festival Pass sold so well that it had to be reordered before the 2019 CA State Fair opened. Click here to purchase a Food Festival Pass. Below is the full list of winners.

Best of Show
Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls

Best of Division - SAVORY
Elote Fries - Sharky’s

Best of Division - DESSERT
Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls

SIDE
Gold:
Roasted Chicken Taquitos - Pepe's Pollo Vaquero
Elote Fries - Sharky’s

Silver:
Italian “Alps” Nachos - Pignotti’s Gourmet Snacks
Loaded Tator Tots - Golden Bear Grill

Bronze:
Frik’n Vegan Nachos - Frik’n Vegan
Orange Chicken Fries - Pon's Chinese Food

DESSERT
Gold:
Cookie Dough Sundae - Pizza
Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Roll - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls

Silver:
Chimney Cake Cone - Chimney Cake Cones
Cotton Candy Bunny - Sweet Art Cotton Candy
Oreo Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich - Monster Cookies

Bronze:
Oreo Sundae - Suck It Up
Spicy Chocolate Covered Bacon - The Bacon Habit
Unicorn Kettle Corn - German Kettle Popcorn

FRUITY
Gold:
Mangonada Shaved Ice - Shaved Ice

Silver:
Strawberry Pineapple Shortcake Sundae - California Ice Cream Company
Ice Cream in a Pineapple - Ice Cream in a Fruit

Bronze:
Green Monster Smoothie - Country Fair Cinnamon Roll
Passionate Pineapple Smoothie - Ice Cream in a Fruit
Pina Colada Smoothie - Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls

FRIED
Gold:
Deep Fried Caramel Apple Pie - J & L Sweeties

Silver:
Deep Fried Chicken Skins - Eat at Joe’s
Milo’s Monster Corndog - Milo’s 

Bronze:
Deep Fried Banana Hot Dog - Hot Doggin'
Deep Fried Fanta - Sweet Cheeks Fried Treats
Pizza Funnel Cake - Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes
Jalapeno Corndog - Rainbow’s End/Candytown
 

ENTREE
Gold:
Burnt Tri Tip Ends Sandwich - Eat at Joe’s

Silver:
Beef Taco Salad - The Original State Fair Soft Taco
Chicken or Carne Asada Taco Plate - Fiesta’s Mexican

Bronze:
Vegan Philly Cheesesteak - Frik’n Vegan
Grizzly Mac Attack Mac & Cheese - Montana Q BBQ
Hot Cheeto Chicken Burrito - Chili Peppers
Cap’n Crunch Chicken Sliders - Boss Burger

The California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. We invite you to join us for the 166th California State Fair, July 12 - 28, 2019.

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