Sierra College Patrons Reveal Crab Feed Profit

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-05-11

Plan for Their Spring Fundraiser - The Vintage Marketplace - Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, recently announced that the gross income from their fall fundraiser, The Annual Crab Feed, was nearly $14,000. The income will be shared equally with the Sierra College Award winning Aquatics program. As in past years, students from the aquatics program set the stage for the crab feed, served food to all the attendees, tended bar, solicited donations to the silent auction and cleaned up the entire Lincoln McBean Park Pavilion before partaking in their own crab feed. In return for their invaluable assistance, Patrons are happy to share their profits.

The Patrons look forward to their spring fundraiser, The Vintage Marketplace. Whether your home is a vintage showplace or you are looking for that special accent piece, The Vintage Marketplace on the beautiful campus of Sierra College is where you should plan to be on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The gates open at 9:00 a.m. Admission is $5.00 and parking is free. Last year's event attracted more than 800 people.

Taking the place of the popular Flea Affaire which was held for twelve years on a private Granite Bay estate, The Vintage Marketplace will be a shoppers paradise featuring treasures from such notable purveyors as Garden Gleanings; Vintage Redeemed; Richters Antiques; Jewels Vintage; the Auburn Cabinet Shop; Frolic; and Gray Willows, among others. A limited number of venders can still be accommodated. If you are interested in reserving booth space for this unique event, please contact Sandy Bryan at theoliveandtherose@gmail.com for pricing and information.

In addition to the vintage and vintage inspired antiques and garden collectables, some of the Sacramento area's finest food trucks will be on hand to tempt your culinary curiosity. Cousin's Lobster Rolls, recently featured on television's Shark Tank; Chandos Tacos featuring unique fare from Mexico; An Honest Pie offering both sweet and savory fare; Cow Town Creamery featuring waffles, ice cream, fruits and Italian Ice; and Fore Score Coffee will all be available to satisfy your appetite. The public may access the food truck area without paying Marketplace admission.

Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin 95677. Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the gate or on eventbrite.com. Recorded information is available at 916-660-8232. For more information on Sierra College or the Patrons please see www.sierracollege.edu.

About the Sierra College Patrons
Formed in 1984, the Patrons provide financial support to the Arts and Humanities departments at Sierra College providing more than $5000 in grants each semester. Grants are designed to directly affect students as much as possible. They recently gave $700 in awards to student artists recognized as part of the Annual Student Show, now at the Ridley Gallery on Campus through May 18. In addition, a $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the arts including Music, Art and Drama. Patrons regularly donate to the campus program supporting returning veterans as well as support for emancipated foster youth. Since its inception, the Patrons have donated more than $350,000 to Sierra College affecting and improving all aspects of campus life.


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IRS Tips on What to do After the Tax-Filing Deadline

Source: Internal Revenue Service  |  2017-05-10

Tax day has come and gone for most people, but some taxpayers may still be dealing with their taxes. The IRS offers these tips for handling some typical after-tax-day issues:

Didn’t File by April 18?

There is no penalty for filing a late return after the tax deadline if the taxpayer receives a refund. Penalties and interest only accrue on unfiled returns if taxes are not paid by April 18. Anyone who did not file and owes tax should file a return as soon as they can and pay as much as possible to reduce penalties and interest. IRS Free File is available on IRS.gov to prepare and file returns electronically through October 16.

“Where’s My Refund?”

The “Where’s My Refund?” tool is available on www.IRS.gov, IRS2Go and by phone at 800-829-1954. Taxpayers need specific information to use the “Where’s My Refund?” tool. That information includes the primary Social Security number on the return, the filing status (Single, Married Filing Jointly, etc.) and the amount of refund.

Changing Withholding?

Events – like a change in marital status – during the year may change the exemptions, adjustments, deductions or credits a taxpayer expects to claim on next year’s return. Employees can use the IRS’s online Withholding Calculator to figure and then adjust their withholding by filling out a new Form W-4, normally with the company’s personnel office. Taxpayers who do not have taxes withheld from their pay or don’t have enough tax withheld, may need to make estimated tax payments. Taxpayers who are self-employed normally need to make estimated payments that can be adjusted to avoid a balance due in the future.

Need to View a Tax Account Balance or Make a Payment?

Taxpayers who owe taxes can view their balance, pay with IRS Direct Pay, by debit or credit card or apply for an online payment agreement. Before accessing your tax account online, you must authenticate your identity through the Secure Access process. Several other electronic payment options are available on www.IRS.gov/payments. They are secure and easy and taxpayers receive immediate confirmation when they submit their payment.

Need to Fix an Error on a Return?

Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, must be filed by paper and is available on www.IRS.gov/forms at any time. Do not file an amended return before the original return has been processed. Taxpayers should file an amended tax return to change the filing status, or correct income, deductions or credits. The IRS generally corrects math errors and mails a request for any missing documents. Use the “Where’s My Amended Return?” tool to track the status of your amended return. It will take up to three weeks after mailing the return to show up in the IRS system. Processing can take up to 16 weeks.

Need Help Responding to an IRS Notice or Letter?

An IRS notice or letter will explain the reason for the contact and give instructions on how to handle the issue. Most questions can be answered by visiting the “Understanding Your Notice or IRS Letter,” on www.IRS.gov. Taxpayers can call the phone number included in the notice if they still have questions. Taxpayers have fundamental rights under the law. The “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” presents these rights in 10 categories. This helps taxpayers when they interact with the IRS. Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, highlights a list of taxpayer rights and the agency’s obligations to protect them. If normal IRS channels don’t solve the problem, the Taxpayer Advocate Service is available at 877-777-4778.

Watch Out for Scams

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers. The IRS will never contact a taxpayer via e-mail, text or social media. Any e-mail that appears to be from the IRS about a refund or tax problem is probably an attempt by scammers to steal information. Forward the e-mail to phishing@irs.gov. The first IRS contact with taxpayers on a tax issue will be by mail.


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Pioneer History Day Returns, Our Heritage Matters

By Margaret Snider  |  2017-05-10

Free wagon rides will be available at California Pioneer History Day at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma, on May 20. 
-- Photo by Patrick Twomey, 2mefotos Photography

On May 20, 2017, California Pioneer History Day is coming back to Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma. Admission is free, State parking fee is $8 per car. The event opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m., with parade at 10 a.m. It is sponsored by the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitors are encouraged to get into the spirit with period costume, if they wish.

Last year more than 5,000 people enjoyed the Day and new features have been added, to include a larger area of activities and events in the park. A log cabin will actually be erected during the day in real time, and will be donated to the Park.

Historic displays and exhibits will demonstrate how the pioneers met their needs, how they traveled and cooked and laundered their clothes. There will be periodic black powder musket firings, and the firing of a replica of the cannon purchased from Captain John Sutter in 1848. Special occasional firings of the “Candy Cannon” will shoot candy to gathered kids, who can also join in with pioneer games. There will be free wagon rides.

Visitors can try their skills making bricks, candles, dolls and other crafts, try quilting and roast a biscuit on a stick. Families can bring food to eat at the picnic area or purchase food at several food stands.

After the parade at 10 a.m., certificates of special recognition will be presented at the stage area, and VIPs introduced.

Then will come the entertainment, which will be continuous from around 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Jeri Clinger, co-founder with her husband Richard of the Galena Street East singing and dancing troop, is one of the organizers of the entertainment for California Pioneer History Day. “Singers will sing songs of that period, ones they might have been singing at some of the mining camps,” Clinger said. There will be dancing, musical numbers, and other types of entertainment in two locations on the grounds

The setting at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma is the historic spot of John Sutter’s sawmill, where gold was discovered in 1848. “It’s a very family oriented day,” Clinger said. “It’s ideal to help people in California feel the pioneer heritage here.”

Come early to beat the crowds. For more information, please see californiapioneer.org/cphd.


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Mail Carrier Canned Food Drive is May 13th

Source: Willie Henderson, Food Drive Coordinator  |  2017-05-10

Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people who need our help.

Last year we collected over 80 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of its 24 year history the drive has collected 1.5 billion pounds of food thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire Nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Thirteen million are children who feel hunger's impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. More than 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

Our food drive timing is crucial. Food Banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime many pantries are depleted entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participating in this year's Letter carriers stamp out hunger Food Drive is easy. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mail box on Saturday, May 13th and your letter carrier will do the rest. With your help, letter carriers and the US postal service have collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food in the United States over our first 24 years as a national food drive. Please help us in our flight to end hunger as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year in America's great day of giving.


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Bipartisan Group of Senators Seek $100 Million for Levee Repairs Following the Failure of Oroville Dam Spillway

Source: Office of Senator Nielsen  |  2017-05-10

On behalf of their constituents whose lives and properties are continuously impacted by potential flooding, Senators Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) requested $100 million for critical and serious levee repairs in the state budget.

Following is an excerpt from their letter to Senator Bob Wieckowski, Chairman of the Senate Budget SubCommittee No.2:

“The significant amount of rainfall received this year and the severe damage to the Oroville Dam spillways have caused substantial damage to flood control structures that need to be addressed as soon as possible. Furthermore, the need for a consistent and reliable source of funding to reduce flood-risk in our state is vital to the protection of human life and property.

“Our levees have suffered significant damage that could prevent them from functioning properly in the next high-water event unless emergency repairs are completed this year.

“This requested funding investment in our water infrastructure will save lives, protect property, and save the state billions in avoided emergency repairs.”


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Survey Finds Water-Rich Snowpack

Source: CA Department of Water Resources  |  2017-05-04

The recent manual snow survey by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada found a Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) of 27.8 inches, 190 percent of the May 1 long-term average there (14.6 inches).

Electronic measurements indicate the water content of the statewide snowpack today is 42.5 inches, 196 percent of the May 1 average. The SWE of the northern Sierra snowpack is 39.9 inches (199 percent of average); the central and southern Sierra readings are 47.1 inches (202 percent of average) and 37.6 inches (180 percent of average), respectively.

Today’s readings will help hydrologists forecast spring and summer snowmelt runoff into rivers and reservoirs. The melting snow supplies approximately one-third of the water used by Californians.

“California’s cities and farms can expect good water supplies this summer,” said DWR Acting Director Bill Croyle. “But this ample snowpack should not wash away memories of the intense drought of 2012-2016. California’s precipitation is the most variable in the nation, and we cannot afford to stop conserving water.”

Snowpack water content is measured manually on or near the first of the month from January to May. The Phillips snow course, near the intersection of Highway 50 and Sierra-at-Tahoe Road, is one of hundreds surveyed manually throughout the winter. Manual measurements augment the electronic readings from about 100 sensors in the state’s mountains that provide a current snapshot of the snowpack’s water content.

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, conducted DWR’s survey today at Phillips and said of his findings, 2017 has been “an extremely good year in terms of the snowpack.”

Gehrke said the snowpack is encouraging in terms of surface water supplies. “The thing we’re looking out for is primarily the southern Sierra, where we have full reservoirs and in some cases a huge snowpack,” he said. “We want to make sure that we prudently manage that so we don’t cause any downstream issues.”

California’s reservoirs are fed both by rain and snowpack runoff. A majority of the state’s major reservoirs are above normal storage levels.

Earlier this month, DWR increased its estimate of this year’s SWP supply to 100 percent of requests for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and 85 percent of requests for other contractors, the highest since the 100-percent allocation in 2006.


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It’s Spare the Air Season

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD  |  2017-05-03

The Sacramento region’s 23rd Spare The Air season starts May 1. Each summer, the Spare The Air campaign educates the public about the health effects of air pollution and asks residents to drive less when a Spare The Air alert is issued due to poor air quality.

Residents in the Sacramento region are urged to pay attention to the daily Air Quality Index (AQI) by downloading the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app. It’s available in iOS, Android and Windows app stores. Users get the daily air quality forecast, current air pollution readings for Sacramento, Placer, Yolo-Solano and El Dorado counties, as well as Spare The Air alerts and wildfire smoke advisories when issued.

The AQI keeps the public informed about how clean or polluted the air is in their communities. The chart has six categories: Good (green), Moderate (yellow), Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (orange), Unhealthy (red), Very Unhealthy (purple), and Hazardous (maroon).

Some people are more vulnerable to the health impacts of air pollution, including children, because their lungs are still developing; older adults and the elderly; pregnant women; and individuals with heart or lung disease, especially asthma. Even if you are healthy, air pollution can cause respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties during exercise or outdoor activities.

Follow these tips to help reduce air pollution and protect your health this summer:

  • Reduce your driving – postpone at least one trip, especially on a Spare The Air day.
  • Garden green – avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers and other garden equipment.
  • Link your errands into one big trip to lower pollution by reducing cold starts of your car engine.
  • Work from home – get employer permission in advance
  • Bring your lunch to work.
  • Use an electric starter or chimney briquette starter instead of charcoal lighter fluid to start your barbecue.
  • Postpone outings on gas or diesel-powered boats, trail bikes or all-terrain vehicles because they are high pollution sources.
  • Take public transit, walk or bike for commute, errands and recreation.

Visit www.SpareTheAir.com


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