ZZ Top Rocks California State Fair

Story and photos by Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-07-27

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Photo by Rich Peters

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Rock and Roll legends ZZ Top headlined the California State Fair on Thursday night. Papa Murphy’s Park played host to the Billy Gibbons led power trio whose career has spanned nearly five decades.

Formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas, guitarist and lead vocalist Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard have played thousands of gigs together – and still appear to be having fun while up to their old tricks. For a packed house at the State Fair, they knocked out hit after hit, leaving those in attendance reminiscing.

Local musician Michael Ray took the stage early on with nothing but an upside down Strat and his unique voice. He showcased a few originals while also paying homage to the likes of Jimi Hendrix with his rendition of The Wind Cries Mary.

George Thorogood and his band, The Destroyers, then took the stage with usual confidence and theatrics, running through his list of top tracks and setting the mood as the scorching sun set for ZZ Top.

It was a full night of true bluesman at the Fair.

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Dignity Home Services: Moving Up While Helping People Who Are Moving Out

By Andrew Rose  |  2018-07-26

James Radford and his wife, Kate, with their children (L-R) Abigail, Silas and Joel. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - James Radford, founder and CEO of Dignity Home Services, would like to see his new business succeed.  In fact, he truly wants to clean up.

The Missouri native specializes in helping homeowners in transition.  When an individual is moving out of their home and needs help with the process, Radford is now the one to call in the greater Sacramento area.     

Radford says that he sets his business apart from other home cleaning services through a “solid, precise process.”  In one fell swoop, Radford and his colleagues will haul items for residents, as well as clean carpets and windows.

The amiable man of thirty nine understands that his clients, leaving their homes, are often facing a challenging transition.  Radford recognizes their situation and makes it his personal mission to help them any way he can.  If needed, he will even assist clients with selling, storing, or disposing items removed from their homes.  “I take it from a servant’s heart and a servant’s approach,” Radford maintains.

In this process, he emphasizes an expedient manner of serving them.  “We do everything,” he proclaims.  “What can take people two or three months, we can do in six or seven days.” 

Radford started his business when a friend of his fell and broke her hip.  She needed to move out of her house immediately for assisted living and turned to James for help.  Radford had a background in janitorial service, and was eager to pitch in.  “Hey, why don’t we bring a crew out?” he thought, and Dignity Home Services was born.  The job was done in five days and Radford was off and cleaning.

That was last February, and he now employs a crew of 10-12 people.  The Dignity in Dignity Home Services extends to Radford’s employees as well as his clients.  Instead of considering them mere laborers, Radford provides his workers with the opportunity to grow with him.  “Everybody’s involved in the business,” he asserts.  Radford encourages his associates to literally buy into his vision, giving them the option to become stock holders.  What’s more, he lets them in on the company’s internal workings, such as teaching them how to read profit and loss statements. 

Radford asserts that this high level of employee involvement is his recipe for long term growth.  Thus, the plain talking Eagle Scout from the Show Me State plans to enable his associates to grow their own businesses through franchising.  His goal is to build a nationwide company in this manner. 

On his road to success, the father of three (Joel is 16, Silas is 12, and Abigail is 4) also involves himself in the Roseville community as an active participant in Boy Scouts Troop #1051.  His wife, Kate, serves as Director of Children and Youth for Roseville Baptist Church.  She also pitches in to develop their homegrown business.    

Dignity Home Services serves the following areas:  Carmichael, Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Grass Valley, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sacramento.  Radford provides free estimates and can be reached at 916- 247-2425.  Online, he can be found at http://www.dignityhomeservices.com.   

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “Buenos días!  Lamentablemente, tienes diverticulitis. Debe comer alimentos ricos en fibra y estará bien.”

Imagine knowing no Spanish, yet trying to understand your doctor delivering your test results this way; maybe over the phone. And maybe it’s for a family member, and you’ll have to do your best to explain.

Understanding the language your health care provider speaks is a key component in the outcome of your treatment, according to a landmark 2002 study by the Institute of Medicine.  The study was requested by Congress in 1999 in order to assess the extent of disparities in the types and quality of health services received by U.S. racial and ethnic minorities and non-minorities. It concluded that more interpreters should be available in clinics and hospitals to overcome language barriers that may affect the quality of care.

That’s where Language World Services Inc. comes in. An interpreting and translation agency that supports over 200 languages, Language World Services employs over 200 people at locations throughout California, as well as a twenty-person call center in Carmichael.

It all started eighteen years ago in a garage.

Language World Services CEO Bill Glasser’s life had inadvertently prepared him for this career, though it wasn’t always evident. Glasser was born in Spain and raised in LA, where he worked in the heavily Spanish-speaking restaurant industry. Having later moved to Sacramento, Glasser found himself laid off from his job in the Sacramento Bee marketing department, and looking for something to do.

Glasser’s friend, who was renting a room from him, had been volunteering as an interpreter at Schreiner’s hospital on Stockton Boulevard. Despite being called in to volunteer more and more frequently, his friend’s requests for real full-time work from the hospital were consistently rebuffed. That’s when the then-unemployed Glasser recognized the need and started his interpreting business. “We didn’t have any standardization of protocols back then,” Glasser said of the industry.  “It was the wild west.”

The majority of Language World Services’ work is in health care and human services. “There isn’t an unimportant call,” says Glasser. “You’re getting a cancer diagnosis, learning your child has a birth defect. As a human being you deserve the right to know what’s going on with your body.”

Immigration naturally plays a huge role in the industry. Glasser’s experience in this realm goes as far back as 1986, when he served as an interpreter for a group of lawyers helping to legalize families when President Reagan passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Things can get especially tricky in this current climate. Individuals and their families’ stories can be heartbreaking, but interpreters are carefully vetted and trained to not take sides. Still, the human element is always a factor, and Glasser is proud of one example where an Indian family was detained at the border and the detention center called for a Punjabi interpreter – a rarity. Plenty of Spanish-speaking interpreters were provided by other agencies, but Language World Services was the one agency able to supply the Punjabi-speaking family with one. Language World Services has also started a program called Language World Serves, which offers volunteer services for ICE detainees and pro bono attorney work.

Technological advances have also altered the translation landscape, though not entirely.   Much of the process around the interpreter has become automated, but the actual work is still very low-tech. “A person who speaks two languages brokers the communication,” explains Glasser. While technology companies are dropping millions to create AI that can do the work of the interpreter, speech-to-speech recognition, “The delicate and nuanced electronic activity that the human brain does may not get there,” Glasser maintains.

And there are plenty of problems that technology can’t solve. For instance, Hmong interpreters are harder and harder to come by as they age out of the industry and find new work. Glasser identified young Hmong translators and interpreters as a source of need, and he is always looking to bolster the stable. From first employing form 1099 translators that weren’t tested or trained to now fully vetted employees as staff members at places like University of San Francisco and Children’s Hospital Oakland, Glasser’s focus has always remained on human connection and simplifying the industry. “You understand someone’s language, you have the person,” says Glasser. “My perfect view is to make interpreting professional, to make it not such an exotic boutique service business, but to make it as simple as calling the geek squad.”

Perhaps they can call it the Speak Squad. Then they could tell you, “Good morning! Unfortunately, you have diverticulitis. But if you maintain a high-fiber diet, you’ll be just fine.”

Language World Services Inc. is located at 7220 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael. Call 916-333-547 or visit languageworldservices.com for more information.

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EverGreen Acquires Sunshine Natural Foods

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2018-07-26

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Not a full year after Badal and Farzana Haider opened EverGreen Fine Nutrition and Beauty on Sunrise Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, the couple acquired Sunshine Natural Foods on Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks.

Sunshine Natural Foods has been in business since 1983, previously owned by Navin and Ulupi Patel who recently retired. The Patels contacted Badal and Farzana about purchasing the store. The first time, Badal explained, it was too soon after opening EverGreen. The Patels, however, contacted the Haiders again in March after not having found suitable buyers.

Sunshine comes with a solid customer base, some who have been shopping there for 15 years or more and driving 10 miles or more to the store which is conveniently located on the northeast corner of Madison Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard.

Both stores cater to their customers. Elijah, who works at both stores, was working one recent morning at Sunshine. He greeted each customer with a smile and energy as they entered the store and assisted each in finding what he or she was looking for by asking questions and listening. And he offered to special order products that were not currently stocked.

Badal explained that stock is “based on customer demand,” meaning that the stores may carry different products.

EverGreen offers a large selection of natural cosmetics including lipstick and nail polish and non-food items such as tote bags and shorts. Sunshine has a large refrigerated section and recently began carrying Spoonk acupressure mats per a customer’s request. Sunshine’s customers can also press their own peanut butter or dispense their own local wildflower honey.

Customer service goes beyond the meet and greet, however, as the company’s website and social media accounts show. The stores regularly offer educational sessions so that customers and the community can learn about products and health issues. In February, EverGreen also participated in raising funds for the Children’s Heart Foundation, an organization that Farzana says is important to her.

Fun is also important; EverGreen has hosted in-store henna body painting events, Santa Claus, and often takes its message of health and wellness on the road. Staff has sponsored booths at a local school carnival and attended a trick or treat event at the Sacramento Children’s Museum.

Sunshine offers space for community brochures for local Chi Gong classes, Ecohousing, and yoga festivals. Additionally, each store has a kiosk for research and a broad selection of reference materials.

Badal remains behind the scenes focusing primarily on the finances and capital improvements in addition to his day work at Intel. Farzana manages both stores with the aid of her assistant managers, Evica at EverGreen and Olga at Sunshine.

Evica brings a quarter century of experience and knowledge to EverGreen and its customers. She has a huge selection of reference books and recently discussed hyperthyroidism and the benefits of lifestyle changes. She’s knowledgeable about the varieties of honey on the market and plans to bring in organic, local honey.

Olga, Sunshine’s assistant manager, “was part of the EverGreen build from the ground up,” said Badal, adding that she “has a medical degree outside of the U.S.”

Also at Sunshine is Gaylyn, a certified nutritionist and health coach who worked for Sunrise Natural Foods of Roseville for five years. Gaylyn and Farzana are working together to educate newer staff to continue to offer a high quality of customer service and satisfaction with a focus on healthy lifestyles.

For more information: visit www.evergreenfnb.com or call 916-500-3334. If you go: EverGreen Fine Nutrition and Beauty, 4044 Sunrise Blvd., Suite 160, Rancho Cordova or Sunshine Natural Foods, 8121 Madison Avenue, Suite F2, Fair Oaks.

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Women’s Empowerment Gala Raises Funds to End Homelessness for Women and Their Children

By Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2018-07-26

Women’s Empowerment graduates celebrate overcoming homelessness in front of 500 attendees at the organization’s 17th Annual Gala in May. Photo by Jon Wallenhaupt

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Five hundred guests at Women’s Empowerment’s 17th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala raised more than $214,000 to support the organization’s job training program for women and mothers experiencing homelessness in Sacramento. The event, which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento, had 75 graduates of the program in attendance dressed in ballgowns donated by the community. The evening included a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and inspiring speeches from program graduates. 

Mayor Darrell Steinberg presented Amanda Buccina and Rennie Jemmings of Sutter Health with the 2018 To Heal the World Award, created in honor of Women’s Empowerment’s founding social worker Erie Shockey. The award recognizes a local hero who inspires others to engage in social change and make Sacramento a better place for all. The two nurses were honored for providing street medical care to people who are homeless in Sacramento.

“This event is a powerful reminder that when we come together as a community we can break the cycle of homelessness,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “From the generosity of our donors to the inspiring words of our program graduates, the Gala was a magical night of celebration. The critical donations raised that night will fund our vital mission of ending homelessness through empowerment and employment.”

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,527 homeless women and their 3,684 children. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes and 77 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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Society for the Blind Receives Donation for Device Lending Library

By Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2018-07-26

Society for the Blind staff members show Sacramento Senator Lions Club representatives the device lending library that the club helped to fund with a recent grant. Courtesy photo

Sacramento Senator Lions Club Gifts $10,000

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Society for the Blind received a $10,000 grant from the Sacramento Senator Lions Club to fund a device lending library in the organization's Low Vision Clinic. The lending library will allow patients to borrow low vision devices such as hand-held magnifiers and portable electronic devices to determine if they are a good fit. These devices enlarge text or convert text to speech so people with vision loss can continue to read.

“Thanks to the Sacramento Senator Lions Club, our patients will now have access to vital assistive devices that allow them to maintain their independence,” said Shari Roeseler, executive director, Society for the Blind. “We could not have established this much-needed lending library without this grant.”                    

Society for the Blind operates a full-time Low Vision Clinic in Sacramento and a satellite office in Roseville. It is one of the longest running community-based clinics in the region. The Low Vision Clinic provides care, vision rehabilitation, low vision devices and transportation assistance to more than 375 people each year. Clinics are staffed by three optometrists with special training in low-vision eye care and serve patients with cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other congenital and degenerative eye diseases. Clinic staff includes an occupational therapist who works with patients with some functional vision, teaching them techniques to use their remaining vision safely and effectively and providing training on assistive devices.

“The Senator Lions are pleased to make this gift in celebration of the Lions Club International Centennial,” said Senator Lion Vicky Brady, who coordinated the Centennial Gift. “Our longstanding dedication to assisting people with vision loss continues through this contribution to Society for the Blind.”

For more than 60 years, Society for the Blind has created innovative ways to empower individuals living with low vision or blindness to discover, develop and achieve their full potential. Society for the Blind has grown from a dedicated group of volunteers to a nationally recognized agency and the only comprehensive rehabilitative teaching center that provides services for a 27-county region of northern California. The nonprofit provides low-vision eye care, life and job skills training, mentorship, and access to tools to maintain independence for 6,000 youth, adults and seniors experiencing vision loss each year. For more information or to make a donation, visit SocietyfortheBlind.org

The Sacramento Senator Lions Club was chartered in Lions Clubs International in 1954. The Senator Lions Club belongs to District 4-C5 and resides in the Crocker Zone of the Sacramento Region. The club participates in local community service projects including sponsoring the UC Davis Children's Hospital; providing meals, toys and clothes to the needy via their Salvation Army partners; sponsoring the Sacramento Zoo's Sensory Garden and Fairytale Town's Japanese Garden; and more. To learn more, visit SacramentoSenatorLions.org.

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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California Capital Airshow To Host Volunteer Rally

Capital Airshow Release  |  2018-07-23

United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Courtesy photo


Community Members Invited to Learn  How to Help Make the Big Airshow Go

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, invites prospective and past airshow volunteers to participate in the annual Volunteer Rally at the Rancho Cordova City Hall on Wednesday, July 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Rally, which serves as the official kick-off to volunteer planning and coordination for the 2018 event, provides interested community members with the opportunity to learn more about the show, meet team leaders and find their niche on the CCA volunteer team.

“Airshow volunteers not only experience the exciting behind the scenes action of producing a massive event like this,” says Darcy Brewer, executive director, “but they also play a vital role in supporting CCA’s mission to inspire young people using the power and magic of flight.”

More than 1,000 community members make up the corps of volunteers that help bring the Airshow to life each year. They are brought together by their passion for aviation, community and friendship. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and available to work on September 21, 22 and/or 23. For more information, attend the CCA Volunteer Rally or register to become a volunteer at https://californiacapitalairshow.com/become-a-volunteer/.

About California Capital Airshow

Established in 2004, the California Capital Airshow 501(c)3 plans and operates the exciting, family-friendly annual event designed to honor the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans while using the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, charitable group donations and exciting educational youth programming throughout the year. For more information about the airshow, performers, and discount tickets, please visit  www.californiacapitalairshow.com.

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