Hailing Volunteers

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-03-29

 Max McGregor (center), Dick Laursen (second from left) and other supporters were recently commended for volunteer effort at the Effie Yeaw nature Center. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Effie Yeaw Nature Center recently honored top volunteers with an awards luncheon.

Located in Ancil Hoffman park, the non-profit facility lost County funding nine years ago. Its educational mission is now spearheaded by the American River Natural History Association. Center doors stay open with the assistance of supporter donations and 250 nature-loving volunteers.

One of two helpers surpassing 1000-hours of selfless service was 17-year-old Max McGregor from Sacramento. The home-schooled teenager has assisted in animal care for three years and is the youngest of many volunteers to reach the 1000-hour mark. ARNHA board member Dick Laursen (90) also passed the grand milestone. 
 

Located in Ancil Hoffman Park, the Effie Yeaw Nature Center and its 100-acre preserve see many thousands of visitors in all seasons of the year. For information, call (916) 489-4918.

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All Buttoned Up

Story and photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-03-29

Rancho Cordova button collector Barbara Alfidi (right) enjoyed a display of historic fasteners with fellow enthusiast Dawn Healy at the Button Bazaar in Carmichael. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Dealers and collectors from three states recently assembled in Carmichael for the California Button Society’s bi-annual show. This year’s event was co-hosted by the Sacramento and Santa Clara Button Clubs.

The one-day bazaar drew 17 vendors and more than 200 aficionados to the la Sierra Center. “We’ve preferred Carmichael for 12 years,” explains Sacramento Button Society treasurer Sue Rhoades. “La Sierra Center is a great facility that affords lots of light – that’s very important for viewing – and it’s easily accessible from the Bay Area and the Foothills. Our vendors are experts from Washington, Nevada and California. A button show is a new experience for many people; we welcomed many new faces and everyone had a good time.”

The Sacramento Button Society is 65 years old. Its 25 members meet monthly. For information, contact fwolfe@surewest.net

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DOVIA Presents Annual Awards

By Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-03-29

Darlene Cullivan, CVA (Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement winner) with Rachele
Doty, Photos by Mika Guevarra, courtesy DOVIA Sacramento

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On March 14, volunteers were recognized by Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) at Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Northern California. Nearly 100 people attended the annual awards ceremony which recognized three categories of volunteers – Youth Volunteer of the Year, Individual Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement.

Rachele Doty, CVA is the board’s chair and presented the welcome to all nominees, their friends and families, judges, and Brian Ricks from Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s office. Doty said that each of the nearly twenty-five nominees present received certificates from DOVIA and from Cooley’s office. He was unable to attend this year but is very supportive of the awards.

The Youth Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Abby Schumacher, who has volunteered at Fairytale Town since 2016. In addition to the certificate, she received the $500 Margaret Einsphar Memorial Scholarship award to assist with college tuition. Youth volunteers are under 21 years of age and must currently be students. They are also required to have donated a minimum of 25 hours of service during the year and are nominated by their organizations.

Schumacher was nominated by Fairytale Town’s Education and Program Coordinator, Samantha Hawes who wrote, “Abby has truly made the lives of people who come to our park helping in summer camp, programs, events, marketing and so much more. We are so proud of her, and she is truly a wonderful volunteer.”

Doris Henke, a decades-long volunteer with Snowline Hospice received the Individual Volunteer of the Year award. She received a certificate and a $100 honorarium gift for Snowline Hospice. Henke has spent a lifetime giving back to the community in El Dorado County where she has lived since the 1960s.

“Doris Henke is a name to be recognized and remembered. Her name is truly synonymous with love and caring because of the profound difference she makes in the lives of others,” wrote Bonnie Davis, CVA, Director of Workforce and Volunteer Services for Snowline Hospice. Davis nominated Henke for the award. “It is impossible to quantify the hundreds or thousands of lives she has touched through the years. This loving wife, encourager, mother, caregiver, businesswoman, selfless giver, community developer, friend, ministry-builder, and mentor lives an intentional life of service to others and is a shining example of ‘giving your all’.”

The Individual Volunteer Award of the Year is new this year, said Doty. “We had always focused on the youth volunteer, and DOVIA is looking to the future.”

The final award for Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement award was presented to Darlene Cullivan, CVA of Eskaton for her work. “I am honored to receive this special award as it demonstrates Eskaton’s vibrant philanthropic culture. Eskaton is grateful for the over 2600 volunteers who invest their time, talent and compassion to enrich the lives of seniors. I am inspired daily by people of all ages aspiring to make a difference. Eskaton volunteers illustrate our belief that Age is Beautiful.”

Nominees were judged by Carla Lehn, CVA, Cole Forstedt, and Valeri Mihanovich and had, Doty said, a difficult time making the final decision this year because all of the nominees were “so wonderful.” Volunteer service must have been performed in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, or El Dorado counties during the 2018 calendar year.

Service includes work release time, without pay or for student course credit, and each nominating organization must provide service for the larger community, not simply for its members.

Nominees were involved with Access Leisure and Paralympic Sport, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, ACC Senior Services, Sacramento Sheriffs Explorer Program, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento, Breathe California Sacramento Region, yolo County 4-H, Project R.I.D.E., Inc., Sacramento Tree Foundation, First Call Hospice, Sacramento SPCA, Foothill Therapy Dogs, Sutter Hospice, Oak Park Community Center, Gardenland/Northgate Neighborhood Association, and Junior League of Sacramento, Inc., Snowline Hospice, Eskaton, and Fairytale Town.

“DOVIA exists to support the volunteer managers, to provide networking, continuing education and support,” said Doty who has held several board positions. DOVIA presents at least one event each month.

For additional information, visit http://www.doviasacramento.org/.

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Button Show Coming March 9

By Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-02-22

Faye Wolfe (left) and Susan Rhoades display some of thousands of antique and retro buttons that will be exhibited at the California Button Society’s March 9 show. Photo by Susan Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA  (MPG)  -  Some eye-popping antiques slip easily through a buttonhole. At the California Button Society’s March 9 expo, you might snag a Civil War tunic fastener for $50. If you lust for hand-painted 18th century pieces, be prepared to unbutton your billfold.  

What astonishes at such bazaars is the availability of seriously old stuff. Snipped from long-ago rotted garments, many are thumb-nail masterpieces. “We often look at old buttons and imagine the stories they could tell,” says Button Club treasurer Susan Rhoades. “They were traded, stolen and inherited. Lives were lost in making them; pearl dust and mercury (for gold plating) killed many. “You learn so much about history, art and manufacturing from buttons.”

In the Middle Ages, no material was too grand for the button makers’ art. Georgian aristocrats later bespoke Gainsborough-style portraits – sometimes of their pets – to fasten vests. When Queen Victoria took to wearing jet specimens, society followed. Though zippers have revolutionized modern fastening, nifty little buttons have never been completely undone. “People visit our shows show seeking that one perfect item,” says Sacramento collector Faye Wolfe. “One lady brought a vest she’d sewn; she wanted buttons for it. In the end, she chose four, each different. Who says they have to match? Our button world is full of eccentricity.”

The Button Bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the La Sierra Center, 5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael. The show offers a free service for valuing buttons. Admission is by $2 donation. For information, contact fwolfe@surewest.net

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Alsco Gives Support to Seniors Through Philanthropic Partnership Program

By Nina Canning  |  2018-11-20

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Alsco Inc., the premier linen and uniform rental services company, recently joined the Eskaton Foundation’s Philanthropic Partner Program to better support senior citizens as they age, helping  them remain independent, but also provides volunteer opportunities and education forums about the aging experience for Alsco employees.

Seniors are an often overlooked demographic when it comes to charitable giving. In fact, in the United States, only two percent of all giving is directed to senior causes.

“Our donation allows us to support seniors through the innovative health, housing and social services the Eskaton Foundation provides to seniors,” says Mark Kotsios, general manager, Alsco Sacramento.

Eskaton, which means “the dawning of a new day,” is a community-based nonprofit whose mission is enhancing the quality of life of seniors to transform the aging experience. Eskaton Foundation supports the needs of seniors in the greater Sacramento area.

Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 129 years of business, Alsco provides linen and uniform rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at http://www.alsco.com

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Oakmont Founders Celebrate with New Neighbors

By MPG Staff  |  2018-02-07

Rina Younan, Sr. Regional Executive Chef (in brown apron) and heather Younan, Executive Chef (in green apron) served up a fantastic spread for all their guests. Photo by Paul Scholl

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) – When it comes time for any of us to move to a new home meeting our new neighbors is always at the top of the list. The staff at Oakmont of Fair Oaks helped make that a celebration for all the founding members of their new location in Fair Oaks at their grand opening tour.

Steve Weinroth, Executive Director, opened the festivities with a warm welcome, inviting all the founders in attendance to get to know each other while enjoying the super-fantastic food prepared by their on-site chefs.

Tours were provided by the Oakmont staff from morning to afternoon of the newly completed rooms. Four completed and fully furnished model units were open for viewing, including a studio suite, an open one bedroom/companion, a large one-bedroom and a two-bedroom suite. This new facility is now 85% reserved.

“We are the first new full-service retirement community that has been built in Fair Oaks in over a decade,” said Weinroth, “We are excited to offer this premier retirement option to local seniors and offer attractive new employment opportunities to the residents of Fair Oaks.”

Oakmont of Fair Oaks is a luxurious option for active seniors in search of resort-style amenities and continuing care services and is just minutes from Lake Natomas, Folsom Lake and the American River Parkway.

To meet the diverse demands of vibrant and refined seniors, the community’s amenity package for all residents includes gourmet meals served anytime 7am to 7pm in a restaurant-style dining room, with a full menu designed and prepared by a five-star executive chef and culinary team. It also includes on and off-site recreational and social activities, a library, movie theater with plush seating, full-size fitness center with exercise classes and activity rooms with scheduled social events, games, arts and crafts, an onsite salon, private dining room, flower and vegetable garden, walking paths, garages, covered parking and a pet park. Chauffeured transportation and concierge services are available to make daily tasks even easier.

Oakmont of Fair Oaks offers specialized care services that promote continued wellness, including a nurse onsite 7-days a week, 24-hour care staff, and a Concierge Physician Program that will allow participating residents to see their doctor without leaving the community. Additionally, Oakmont of Fair Oaks will provide comprehensive memory care services for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Care options are customized to the needs of each resident and will include medication management, housekeeping, health monitoring and assessments, grooming assistance, dietary guidance, diabetic programs, escort services to offsite appointments and activities, appointment coordination and temporary in-home care.

Located on 3.65 acres near an abundance of shopping and dining options, Oakmont of Fair Oaks will be an 84,613-square foot community featuring 50 Assisted Living and 34 Memory Care apartment homes. Floor plans can be viewed via appointment or by visiting the Information Center, located at 8484 Madison Avenue. The Information Center is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm. For more information, call 916-584-9499 or visit www.OakmontOfFairOaks.com.

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Oakmont Senior Living is an award-winning developer of premier, resort-style senior communities and has 23 communities throughout California. Family owned and operated, Oakmont is recognized for quality of craftsmanship and excellence of care and services. Oakmont is dedicated to creating high-quality communities that enhance the world of retirement living and offer peace of mind for families. For more information about Oakmont, visit www.oakmontseniorliving.com.

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Sutter Health Opens Walk-In Care Clinic in Citrus Heights

From Sutter Health  |  2018-01-24

Photo courtesy of Sutter Health

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) – Sutter Health opened their newest Walk-In Care clinic in Citrus Heights today, expanding their capability to offer quick, convenient care for everyday illnesses and health needs in easily-accessible, stand-alone storefronts. 

The newest clinic is a service of Sutter Medical Foundation and is located at 5406 Sunrise Blvd.

“Consumers are actively seeking quick and affordable solutions for their immediate healthcare needs,” said Don Wreden, M.D., Sutter Health senior vice president, Patient Experience. “Many people need high-quality care beyond the standard work week, and we’re innovating to make care even more convenient – all while maintaining the personal level of support people have come to expect from our pioneering team.”

Sutter Walk-In Care offers an innovative approach to healthcare:

  • Nurse practitioners or physician assistants provide treatment for common illnesses, health screenings, vaccinations and wellness services such as smoking-cessation support.
  • Each location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, with reduced hours on most major holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only days when Sutter Walk-In Care clinics are closed.
  • Patients can call ahead or visit the Walk-In Care website to save their spot, or simply just walk in to the location.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care locations offer a comfortable lobby with outlets to charge laptops or phones, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, fruit, coffee, tea and fruit-infused water.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care is available to adults and children 18 months and older – patients do not need to be an existing Sutter Health patient.
  • Sutter Walk-In Care accepts most major insurance plans, and patients would be responsible for their standard co-pay or co-insurance. For those who prefer to pay out of pocket or have not yet met their deductible, pricing is clear and simple, with a standard office visit at a flat rate of $129.

“We are excited to bring our Walk-In Care to Citrus Heights,” said Kelly Foss, Sutter Medical Foundation’s Walk-In Care manager. “By offering easy, extended-hour and same-day access, we can help with everyday illnesses, vaccinations, and sports/camp physicals to make it easier for our patients to get back to their lives feeling their best. People really appreciate being able to come in before heading to their office, after picking up their kids from school, or any other time that’s convenient for them.’’

Walk-In Care clinics have the potential to relieve pressure on overcrowded emergency rooms.

“We want to reserve emergency departments for serious and life-threatening illnesses, rather than having people with minor medical problems going there because they have no other option,” said Jessica Sawyer, physician assistant for Walk-In Care. “At the same time, allowing patients to receive non-urgent care and vaccinations quickly, near where they live or work, should help free up doctor-office visits for those with more serious issues.”

While Sutter Walk-In Care provides a wide variety of healthcare services, patients with serious problems or illnesses that require more immediate attention, such as severe cuts or broken bones, should visit an urgent care clinic, or their nearest hospital emergency department.

More Sutter Health Walk-In Care clinics are opening in Northern California. The Citrus Heights clinic is Sutter Health’s fourth location in the greater Sacramento Valley, joining three others in El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove and Roseville that opened in 2016. Six more clinics are in the Bay Area, including sites in Petaluma, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Dublin and San Ramon. The latest Bay Area location opened last month in San Jose.

To learn more about Sutter Walk-In Care, please visit www.sutterhealth.org/walk-in or call 1-800-972-5547. 

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