South Western Age Group Regionals Splash into Roseville Aquatics Complex

Source: Amy Looney, Placer Valley Tourism  |  2017-03-08

400 Youth Swimmers from Throughout the West Coast to Compete on March 16-19

The South Western Age Group Regionals (SWAGR) swim meet is splashing into the Roseville Aquatics Complex (RAC) on March 16-19 when California Capital Aquatics (CCA) and Placer Valley Tourism host this exciting swimming event.

More than 400 swimmers are expected to participate, all who had to previously qualify by meeting a certain time standard in each event in order to compete. Swimmers will be coming from as far as Arizona for this competition and records will undoubtedly be broken.

“This is only the second year this event has ever been held and Clovis Swim Club hosted the inaugural event in 2016,” commented Denna Culpepper, Executive Director for Sierra Nevada Swimming (SNS). She explained that the concept of this meet was a collaborative effort of two local swim committees, SNS and Central California Swimming, who joined forces to provide a higher-level meet for the 14 and under age groups.

CCA Meet Director Alex Ongaco elaborated, “SWAGR was created as a bridge for those swimmers who were much faster than the standards of a Junior Olympics meet and may not be quite fast enough to be competitive for the standards of a Far Western Championship.”

Three local stand-out swimmers from CCA that were recently invited to attend the Sierra Nevada Swimming Age Group Elite Camp based on their exceptional performance will be competing at the SWAGR meet and expected to do outstanding.

Eleven-year-old Matthew Ng has a national ranking of seventh for USA Swimming in the 200 Meter Butterfly and has his sights on a first-place finish. Bianca Ignacio, who is the 10 and under SNS record holder for the 500 Yard Freestyle, is another swimmer to watch as she’s sure to be at top of the leader board. Matthew Crouch, who holds the 2016 SWAGR Meet record for the 500 Yard Freestyle for 12-year-old boys, will be back and eager to break his own record.

The RAC is located at 3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd in Roseville. Thursday, March 16 the meet will start at 4 p.m. and Friday through Sunday the races will begin at 9 a.m. Come check out these sensational youth swimmers make their mark and show their swimming swagger!

About Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Valley Tourism (PVT) is made up for the 23 hotels in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, California. PVT recruits and supports hundreds of annual events with grants, marketing, volunteers and other services as needed. To learn more about how PVT can help bring your event here, visit www.playplacer.com or call 916-773-5400.


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Trout Fishing Extraordinaire Jack Naves

Source: Rooster Tails Fishing Club  |  2017-03-07

Jack Naves

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club monthly breakfast will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge on Pine Street on March 17. This event is open to club members, spouses, and non-member guests. Doors to the Lodge will open at 7:00 a.m. to share fresh brewed coffee. A fantastic $13 wide-selection buffet breakfast is served at 8:00 am followed by a 9:00 am guest speaker, trout fishing extraordinaire Jack Naves, who will share his expertise on how to target hold-over trophy trout on Lake Camanche. Reservations are not necessary to attend the breakfast, but attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for a good seat.

Jack is well known and respected by the fishing community for his expertise as a third-generation fishing prodigy with over thirty-five years of fishing for a variety of species on multiple waters. The most prolific fish that anglers pursue in North Central California waters is rainbow trout. This year’s abundant rain and major DF&W as well as private stocking programs has created unique trout fishing conditions not seen in years.   What is unique about Jack’s passion for trout fishing is that he is not selling anything; he is not asking you to buy anything from anyone, nor is he sponsored by any fishing company. Despite the fact that Jack would certainly qualify as a pro fishing guide, he has chosen to provide for his family through other endeavors. He authors fishing articles, wins tournaments, and is a high in demand guest speaker. Jack’s motivation and personal satisfaction is that he would like his audiences to benefit from his fishing advice and become better anglers.

The 30-year-old, 200+ members Rooster Tails Fishing Club of Northern California, Inc. is a non-profit organization that meets the third Friday of each month to educate, entertain, and enhance fishing experience. Unlike many bass and fly fishing clubs that concentrate on very specific types of fishing, the Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides a balanced mix of fishing techniques presented by fishing experts targeting a variety of fish species on multiple types of waters. For more information contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530-887-0479 or visit the club’s web site at www.roostertailsfisingclub.org


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Sierra College Nursing Program Ranked Sixth in State

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-03-07

Associate Dean of Nursing Nancy James with nursing students. 
--Photo by Daryl Stinchfield

The Sierra College Nursing Program has recently earned sixth place in California in a ranking performed by RegisteredNursing.Org, a national online service grading college nursing programs. The ranking covered the years 2011 through 2015, and looked at 127 schools. Sierra College came in sixth place for their Associate Degree Nursing program. Stated on the organization’s website: “Found in Rocklin, California, Sierra College is a forerunner in nursing education. Students learn to apply up-to-date care models for patients at all stages of the life continuum.”

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors, which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. The organization analyzed past and present National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rates, weighted by year. The score that Sierra College Nursing Program received was 97.64.

Brooke Wallace, Founder and Managing Editor of RegisteredNursing.org, stated, “After analyzing all the RN programs in California, it became clear that Sierra College not only supports students during their time on campus, but also does a great job in preparing them for a career as a licensed registered nurse. The strong RN program prepares students to conquer the NCLEX-RN and produces graduates who have the ability to carry what they learned into the healthcare world.”

“This recognition means so much to our nursing program. Our program exceeds expectations because of the faculty; an exceptional faculty, who not only emulate the role of a professional nurse, but also provide the most up to date evidence based education, teach our students and prepare them as responsible and capable employees,” said Nancy James, Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Sierra College.  “In addition, we could not train these students without the support of our regional clinical partners. Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center and Western Sierra Medical Clinic provide exceptional learning opportunities for our program and outstanding standards of care within our community.”

For more information about the Nursing Program and other programs at Sierra College, check out the website at www.sierracollege.edu.

About Sierra College
Sierra College District is rising to meet the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at www.sierracollege.edu/.


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Sierra College Theatre Arts Department Presents: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Source: Sierra College  |  2017-03-07

Dr. Jekyll (Davyd Glubochanskyy) tries to avoid the inescapable truth from Elizabeth Jelkes (Emily Masnica) as his alter self, Mr. Hyde (Joshua Byfield) lurks in the background. 
--Photo by Daryl Stinchfield

Sierra College Theatre Arts Department Presents

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

From the Novella

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sierra College Theatre Arts Department announces its spring production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde directed by Scott Adams.

A new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self–Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle in a deadly game to determine who has the wits and stamina to outlive the other.

Performance dates and times are as follows:

Friday, March 24, at 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 25, at 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 26, at 2:00 pm

Friday, March 31, at 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 1, at 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 pm

Thursday, April 6, at 7:00pm, with the Director's Discussion at 5:30 pm

Friday, April 7, at 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 8, at 8:00 pm

Parking on Thursday, April 6 requires $3 daily permit available at dispensers. Free on Friday evenings and weekends.

Venue:      The Dietrich Theatre at Sierra College, 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677.

Tickets:    $12 general, $10 students, seniors, $6 with ASSC card. Purchase online from Brown Paper Tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2729888 , call (916) 660-8036, or Purchase at the door one hour before each show in the Lobby of the Dietrich Theatre.

Age Recommendations: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde contains adult situations and implied violence. Subject matter might not be appropriate for children under 13.


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Placer County Offers Free Tax Prep Assistance at Upcoming Event

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2017-03-07

No need to fret when the Taxman cometh, you’ve got this, with a little help from the community and Placer County volunteers.

Placer County Human Services continues to provide free tax assistance to low-income individuals and families, in coordination with the IRS and United Way, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

VITA helps wage earners with the highest need receive their earned income tax credits, a federal and state income tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and families. That is money that ultimately gets spent in our community, boosting our local economy.

A Super Saturday event will be held Saturday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Placer County Health and Human Services building, located at 1000 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, in Rocklin. Free tax preparation assistance will be available to qualifying individuals and families who earned $54,000 or less in 2016. Over 30 trained volunteers will be on site to assist with tax preparation.

At an earlier Super Saturday tax event in February, 38 households were assisted in processing their tax forms with the help of 31 community and county volunteers, including IRS and California Franchise Tax Board staff.

The VITA program is available at three locations:

  • Placer County Human Services
    1000 Sunset Boulevard
    Rocklin, CA 95765
    Open Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., through March 30
  • Placer County Human Services
    11562 B Avenue
    Auburn, CA 95603
    Open Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., through March 30
  • KidsFirst
    124 Main Street
    Roseville, CA 95678
    Tuesday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through March 29

Those interested can make an appointment by calling 916-498-1000 or by going online at www.yourlocalunitedway.org/vita. Walk-in appointments also welcome.

In addition, AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax assistance to qualifying individuals at the Placer County Rocklin Library, on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., through April 17. AARP also offers free tax prep assistance at additional locations throughout Placer County, including Kings Beach, Auburn, Loomis, Lincoln and Roseville. Use AARP’s Tax-Aide online locator to find free tax assistance near you.

Free tax assistance is also available online for individuals and families who earned $62,000 or less in 2016 at www.myfreetaxes.com.


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Placer Community Foundation’s Sally Johnson Swim Fund Supports Life-Saving Water Skills for Disadvantaged Youth

Source: Placer Community Foundation  |  2017-03-07

Sally Johnson enjoying the water with her grandson Zachary.

Sally Johnson was a school teacher for more than fifty years, most notably at Foresthill Divide Middle School in Foresthill and Saint John's Christian School in Roseville. Many former students give credit to her for getting them on the right path, as she believed in them and invested extra time to ensure they understood the material.

When she retired, Sally spent countless hours in the pool swimming laps and participating in aqua aerobics classes at the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool in Roseville.

She forged closely-knit friendships with others at the pool, many of whom took part in raising funds so local children and teens could experience the same joy and benefits from time in the water. Funds generated from bake sales and recycling cans and bottles provided new swimsuits, new towels, and swim lessons for those in need, via Roseville’s Operation Swim program.

Operation Swim began in 2011 when the City of Roseville’s Aquatics Supervisor Kate Rebello noticed that many families taking advantage of free swim nights at public pools in Roseville were swimming in their clothes because they did not have swimwear or adequate towels. Since then Operation Swim has provided 743 children with swim lessons and over 1,800 children have received new suits and towels.

As Sally got older, she could no longer spend the hours in the pool that kept her connected to her friends. The pool was the one component of her previous life she missed the most, and she never wanted anyone to be without the opportunity to enjoy the water—and the benefits that came with it.

Sally’s son Tony Johnson states, "Our mom valued the physical and mental benefits that came from regular exercise, and the community at the pool was an extension of her family."

Upon her passing in 2016, her family lovingly established the Sally Johnson Swim Fund at Placer Community Foundation. This fund supports Operation Swim in perpetuity, providing the opportunity for any child to learn the life-saving skills of water safety and swimming.

The first grant check from this fund, in the amount of $500, was presented to the City of Roseville’s Parks and Recreation Commission earlier this month.

"We are proud to establish the Sally Johnson Swim Fund with the Placer Community Foundation,” states Sally’s daughter Becky Johnson. “Having grown up in Placer County, it means a lot to us that our mom's memory will live on forever."

About Placer Community Foundation
Placer Community Foundation (PCF) grows local giving to strengthen our community by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Known for sound financial management and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation continually monitors the region to better understand the nature of local needs, so that it can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, and the environment. To learn more about establishing charitable funds, visit placercf.org, contact Jessica Hubbard at jhubbard@placercf.org, or call 530-885-4920.


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James and the Giant Peach Premieres in Roseville!

Source: Roseville Theatre Arts Academy  |  2017-03-07

Matthew Draper and Johnnie Vartabedian. 
--Photo by Tony Shaberman.

The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy (RTAA) is proud to present James and the Giant Peach, as part of their continuing Masters’ Series. Tickets are $15.00 (includes ticketing fee) at rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com

Author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. A brilliant musical that will entertain and delight the entire family!

James and the Giant Peach, runs March 10th through March 25th, 2017 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 (includes ticketing fee) through rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com. The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy is located at 241 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678 in the historic Roseville Theatre.

The Roseville Theatre Arts Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering theatre arts within the Roseville community. Programs include children’s workshops each season, a “Master Series” for more experienced actors, a Community Choir, and Academy classes in voice, dance and drama. The 2016-2017 season is sponsored by Consolidated Communications Inc. and continues with the Main Stage production of The Drowsy Chaperone April 14th through the 30th, 2017.

For more information or to donate please visit www.rosevilletheatreartsacademy.com or call 916-772-2777


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