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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‘Healing for Veterans’ at the Rancho Cordova Library

By Margaret Snider  |  2018-01-24

Chris Lambert, right, is with his wife and a South Vietnamese officer at the Hue City battle/massacre annual ceremony in Sacramento.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The program at the Rancho Cordova Library from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, is titled Healing for Veterans. But it is meant to help anyone who’s had trauma or extreme grief in their life, and everyone is welcome to come. Admission is free and no registration is necessary. “If you just want to talk, or share, or are ready for a big change in your life, come meet Chris Lambert,” the program brochure states.

At the age of 18, in 1968, Lambert volunteered for the Marines during the Vietnam War. By the time he was 19 he had been wounded three times and was discharged. When he returned home, Lambert said, “If you just did something that in my perception you were in any way trying to go against me, I could turn on you in a heartbeat and hurt you.”  Married when he went into the service, his wife eventually divorced him, saying, “I married a sweet, kind, loving young man and you turned into an animal.”

For 12 years he lost himself in alcohol and drugs. He learned to help others with their problems when he went into recovery, but didn’t address his own combat issues until he retired. “I tucked Vietnam into a little private box after I got sober and I didn’t open that box for anybody,” Lambert said. Now 60 years old, married and retired with grown children, he may volunteer 50 hours a week, and presents his program around the country, all on a volunteer basis.

Though the primary function is for combat trauma, his program is not only for veterans. It includes others who have experienced guilt and terrible trauma, who need to forgive themselves and start the healing process. A lot of traumatized people want to run away when they see the doors opening within them. “But the longer you keep it in, it’s going to pick up more momentum in the negative area and the harder it’s going to be,” Lambert said. “Kind of like avoiding a cavity in your tooth, it just gets bigger and hurts more.”

Groups tend to be more effective than one-on-one therapy, Lambert said. His goal is to let people see that they have opportunities for a better quality of life. He likes to keep his program down to an hour and a half. He has a break within that time, with an eight-minute movie in the middle about the combat experience. “If I do a good job we’ll laugh and we’ll cry, and you’ll learn a bunch,” Lambert said.

He focuses on combat veterans because many of the young kids today have never had any kind of adversity. “We’ve been so busy not hurting their feelings that they have no skills,” Lambert said. “So you take a kid that for 21, 22, or 23 years has virtually seen almost no negative consequences. Then you train them for five, six, seven months, then you throw them into the worst place you could possibly be. And ask them to kill people.”  Worst of all is that there is nothing more exciting than a fire fight. “I think Winston Churchill said, ‘The most exciting thing in the world is being shot at, as long as you’re not hit.’ Then you come home and that high is really hard to replace,” Lambert said. “ . . . You’re with a great team, and all of a sudden you don’t have a team.”

Evelyn Figeroid, who helped open the Rancho Cordova Veterans Resource Center, discovered Lambert at a monthly meeting of Volunteers of America where he was presenting information about his program for veterans. Figeroid has since retired, but Rancho Cordova Library Branch Supervisor Jill Stockinger said of Lambert, “He’s considered like a national treasure and he goes across the United States doing these talks. People say he is truly amazing. He really helps people heal.”

Family members and friends are invited, as well. “In fact, it doesn’t have to be about a war if you’ve got a trauma or you’ve got a pain,” Lambert said. “I will talk about that when I start the presentation. Because we all have our own personal war.”

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Free Tax Help Available Through United Way

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2018-01-16

Diana Clay of United Way California Capital Region helps a local family prepare taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program led locally by United Way. Photo courtesy United Way

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Local households throughout the Sacramento region that earned $54,000 or less in 2017 can receive free tax help in person through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) effort led by United Way California Capital Region with support from Citi Community Development. The program will kick off at the first Super Saturday event on Jan. 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Grant Union High School in Sacramento, where IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic tax return preparation with electronic filing. For more Super Saturday events and weekday sites available during tax season, call (916) 498-1000 or visit YourLocalUnitedWay.org/FreeTaxPrep. Sacramento residents can call 2-1-1.

“We want to make sure more Sacramento-area households are financially healthy, and that starts with not spending unnecessary money on tax preparation and making sure they receive all of the refunds to which they are entitled,” said Stephanie Bray, United Way California Capital Region president and CEO.   

Through VITA, the national IRS program that offers free help to people who make a limited income and need help preparing their tax returns, local IRS-certified volunteers will help Sacramento-region households claim tax credits, including federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC and Cal EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. This year, more households are eligible to earn up to $6,500 in federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits, including those who are self-employed. Many Cal EITC-eligible households are not legally required to file taxes due to low income, however if they do file, they can claim the state and federal credits for which they are eligible. Those who file for EITC, Cal EITC or Child Tax Credit should plan for their refund to be delayed until Feb. 27. 

“We want to encourage people to plan ahead for this delay instead of using refund advance products that can end up being very costly in the long run,” Bray said. “And don’t pay a preparer if you qualify for free VITA services. You won’t receive your refund sooner.”

Local households that made $66,000 or less in 2017 can file state and federal taxes online for free at MyFreeTaxes.com, sponsored by United Way Worldwide. The site provides households with free tax help they can trust so they can maximize refunds and credits. As with VITA, the site helps people save an average of $200 in preparer fees, guiding users through federal and state filing with software powered by H&R Block. Users need a valid email address, income forms and Adjusted Gross Income from 2017.

Funding support from Citi Community Development will enable United Way California Capital Region to increase capacity and reach of the local VITA program to meet additional need and demand over the next two years. The funding will help expand the number of sites offering free tax preparation and increase the number of volunteer tax preparers. 

“Nearly 20 percent of households in the Sacramento region are living on low incomes, and nearly half lack the savings to sustain an unexpected shock to income,” said Vicki Joseph, Northern California market manager for Citi Community Development. “By expanding access to free tax preparation services, United Way is enabling more families in need to benefit from this vital tax credit and help build their financial resiliency.”

Other sponsors of United Way’s 2018 free tax preparation programs include U.S. Internal Revenue Service, SAFE Credit Union and SMUD. For a list of collaborating partners, visit YourLocalUnitedWay.org/VITA

United Way California Capital Region is leading these free tax preparation programs as part of its Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of local students who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. Household financial well-being is a key factor in student success. Through nine decades of work and research across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, the local United Way believes ending poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones for success in college or career. To donate or volunteer, visit YourLocalUnitedWay.org

Citi Community Development leads Citi’s commitment to financial inclusion and economic empowerment for underserved individuals, families and communities across the U.S. Through innovative collaborations with municipalities, community groups and leading nonprofit organizations, the group harnesses Citi’s expertise, products and services to help expand opportunity for all. For more information: CitiCommunityDevelopment.com, @Citi on Twitter, YouTube.com/Citihttp://Blog.Citi.comFacebook.com/Citi and LinkedIn.com/company/citi.  

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Phone Directory Scam Returns to Four Counties

Source: Better Business Bureau  |  2016-06-08

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning business owners of a well-known invoice scam that is making its rounds throughout the region once more.

Businesses are receiving solicitations via fax, demanding fees ranging between $499 and $1,999. The invoices are being sent from various names and locations. Businesses have reported receiving the solicitations in Butte, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

They closely resemble solicitations that circulated the area in Nov. 2014. However, rather than luring companies with phone directory advertisements, they are hoping to reel victims in with social media.

The solicitation identifies the product name as “Facebook and Twitter Features,” and includes a warning that reads: “LAST CHANCE TO PROTECT YOUR CREDIT SCORE IN GOOD STANDING!”

According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), a business may not send an unsolicited advertisement via fax unless they have an established relationship with the recipient. The advertisement must also inform the recipient of their right to opt out of future solicitations, and must contain information about how to do so. No such information was found on the solicitations.

Tips for business owners:

  • Do not respond. If you receive a fax or phone call from a company asking for payment, verify that you employed their services.
  • Do not be fooled by fake logos and company names. Scammers will often use logos and names of legitimate businesses as an attempt to gain your trust and reel you in.
  • Do not rely on caller I.D. Scammers have the ability to spoof a legitimate phone number, and it may look like you are receiving a call from a trusted organization or business.
  • Train your staff. Keep your employees updated on potential scams, and encourage them to flag suspect invoices for review.
  • Report scams to the BBB Scam Tracker. Contact your local Better Business Bureau and report scams at www.bbb.org/scamtracker.
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