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Measles cases rising in California

Measles cases rising in California

California is experiencing an increase in measles cases, likely due to international travel or exposure to others who have recently traveled to Europe, Asia and Africa where there are outbreaks of this highly contagious disease.

“California, like the rest of the nation and, indeed, the world, is experiencing an increase in measles cases that is entirely preventable with immunization,” said Dr. Gilberto Chávez, deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health. “Anyone who will be traveling or is expecting contact with recent international travelers should confirm that their vaccinations are up-to-date.”

Since April, seven new cases of measles were reported in California, bringing the statewide total to 13 for this year. Last year 27 cases of measles were reported. In 2009, only nine cases were reported. Of the cases reported for this year, three were reported in Mendocino County and two in Santa Clara County.

"Superhero" protests for fathers' rights

"Superhero" protests for fathers' rights

A 30 day protest atop a communications tower in Elk Grove, California is the latest event by the group Fathers-4-Justice, a not-for-profit, volunteer army of fathers, mothers, grandparents, and others dedicated to fighting for truth, justice and equality in family law.  Members of the group are camping out around and on top of this tower to bring attention to the plight of families without fathers in the home and the effect it has on the children and society.  Members don  "superhero" costumes such as Superman, Superwoman, Spiderman, Batman and other childhood superhero favorites at these events to bring much needed humor and media attention to its cause.

Citing statistics from the US Department of Census and US Department of Health and Human Services, the group seeks to reverse the bias and discrimination in the Family Court system against fathers stating that 84% of all non-custodial parents are fathers.  They are seek

Youth social media activists putting California lawmakers on the record

Youth social media activists putting California lawmakers on the record

Sacramento, CA –  Young social media activists from the Sacramento area and around the state will put California lawmakers on the record about the critical importance of summer learning programs through a new social media campaign being launched by the Partnership for Children and Youth (www.partnerforchildren.org).

Middle school students enrolled in summer learning programs in Sacramento and up and down California will fan out across the state, video cameras in hand, interviewing state lawmakers, mediamakers, civic leaders and other community leaders about the importance of summertime learning.

Students’ video interviews will be featured at www.summermatters2you.net, a one-stop for information and resources about summer learning programs in California.

By putting lawmakers on the record and publishing their video interviews online and disseminating them via social media channels, these student news crews will learn how to be their own b

Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions Debuts The Pixar Collection with Stage Nine in Old Sacramento

Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions Debuts The Pixar Collection with Stage Nine in Old Sacramento

Old Sacramento’s Stage Nine Hosts the Worldwide Public Debut for

Disney Fine Art by Collectors Editions – The Pixar Collection

Special event, May 15, to launch the newest line of Disney Fine Art featuring Nine Guest Disney Artists and their pieces at California State Railroad Museum

(Old Sacramento, CA) -- Collectors Editions, official publishers of Disney Fine Art, is very pleased to announce the worldwide debut of The Pixar Collection, a wonderful new portfolio of artwork which draws its inspiration from the first eleven feature films created by Pixar Animation Studios. Stage Nine’s The Vault, a platinum gallery for Disney Fine Art, will host a special debut event at the California State Railroad Museum on Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Junior League of Sacramento 6th annual crab feed

The Junior League of Sacramento is hosting the 6th Annual Crab Feed fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 5.  The event will have a denim and diamond theme.  Tickets are now available online at www.jlsac.org.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  Early ticket purchases are strongly encouraged.  Reserved tables are also available.

Dinner will include Dungeness crab, pasta, salad, antipasto, bread, and dessert.  A no-host bar opens at 5:00p.m.

Dutch Oven demonstrations and cook-off!

Central California Dutch Oven Adventures (CCDOA) is hosting the International Sportsman Exposition (ISE) Dutch Oven cook-offs and demonstrations at Cal Expo fairgrounds Jan. 20 through 23. 

The 3-pot cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, and will consist of a bread, main dish and a desert recipe.
Set-up 9:00am
Cooking starts at 11:00am
Presentation/judging: Breads at 2:00p.m., Main dish at 3:00p.m. and Desert at 4:00p.m.
Judging results at 5:00p.m.

It's free to become a cook-off contestant. Beginners and amateurs are encouraged to enter, and there is still time to enter!  Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Pet owners get financial break

Sacramento and Yolo County pet owners can now apply to have their pets spayed or neutered for just $20 per dog and $15 per cat as part of “Spay Day Sacramento” on March 6.  This is a savings of 90 percent or more on this routine, but important veterinary procedure.  Spaying or neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior and reduces the number of animals entering area shelters.

Qualifying pet owners must be either Sacramento or Yolo County residents and have an annual household income of $35,000 or less.  There is a 2 animal (dog and/or cat) limit per household.  Proof of income will be required.