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Bring that fiddle or banjo

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Bluegrass and country musicians looking to jam are invited to jam sessions held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. $2 at the door.

Call 617-4620 or visit www.westsacfun.org for information.

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Dogs invited to ‘Bark for Life’

A pit bull takes a break. This “rescue dog” came with Dr. JT Vida and Keri Johnson, who sponsored the event’s contests. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It was a sunny, yet blustery, day on May 5 as about 70 dogs and their owners converged on Dave Vierra’s pumpkin patch in Southport for West Sacramento’s inaugural “Bark for Life” event.

This is the second year that West Sacramento is participating in a “Relay for Life” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, but the first time for the dog-centric “Bark for Life” event.

“We had about 68 people who registered ahead of time, and another five or so in person, and we had over 70 dogs,” said organizer Julie Huber. “My husband, Rory Huber, designed a commemorative T-shirt and we gave that out and an event program. The mayor (Christopher Cabaldon) came out and did a welcome speech.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Then came the dog walk, on a track around the farm property.

“Next year, if we do it again at Dave’s, we’re going to have both a short route and a longer route. The bigger dogs want something more than a short route!” said Huber.

The registration fee was $10, and a lot of participants also collected pledges for the “Relay for Life” cancer-fighting fund drive. The event is more poignant this year, said Huber, because the founder of Relay for Life, Dr. Gordy Klatt, has himself just been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

“We raised over $6,000,” reported Huber.

The event featured vendors, a police dog demonstration by Officer Roger Kinney and “Zar,” a visit from firefighters, and contests such as “”smallest dog” and “best costume.”

On June 23-24, the local “Relay for Life” chapter follows up with a 24-hour walk-a-thon for teams of humans. The event was held its first year locally in 2011, at River City High, but it will move to the track at Our Lady of Grace School this year.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) accompanies dog walkers around Dave’s Pumpkin Patch on May 5, in a fundraiser against cancer (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

“For the Relay, you commit to raising $100,” said Huber, who is a captain for one team. “If you have a team of 15 people, they expect your team to raise $1,500.”

Teams keep someone walking the track at all times for 24 hours straight.

“The theory behind ‘Relay’ is that cancer never sleeps, so we don’t sleep for 24 hours.”

Last year’s local “Relay for Life” event raised around $60,000. Other local events are held elsewhere around the country.

Sponsors of this month’s “Bark for Life” event included host Dave Vierra as well as Wag Hotels.

Youngsters & their friends take a break next to a visiting fire truck at 'Bark for Life' in Southport (courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

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Play date for kids at Raley Field

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The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is open to kids ages six and under, with their parents. Activities include running the bases, playing catch, and playing in a bounce house and on an obstacle course. There will be free snacks for hte first 1,500 children, and also free parking.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., but parents are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.raleyfield.com.

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Need help or a referral? Call 2-1-1 in Yolo

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Dialing 211 in Yolo County will get you “211 Yolo,” with 24-hour, free, confidential, multilingual advice on how to connect with any of over 900 community services available to county residents.

If you need help and don’t know where to turn, call 211.

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Award for Bridgeway Island school

Principal Grace Chin (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

Bridgeway Island Elementary School was named a “Title I Academic Achievement Award” again this year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. It’s the second consecutive year for the award.

The honor goes to schools that meet performance standards “meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line,” according to the Washington Unified School District. Over 6,000 of the 9,000 schools in California qualify, said the district in a press release.

To receive a Title I award, schools must demonstrate progress on student testing and the campuses’ disadvantaged students must achieve at double the improvement goals set for them for two consecutive years.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Bridgeway has an API score of 873, and its subgroups of students have met their goals, said WUSD.

“Congratulations to our staff, students and their families for their commitment to excellence in student achievement,” Principal Grace Chin was quoted in the press release.

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‘Brewfest’ tonight at Raley Field

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Dozens of brewing houses will be on hand for the sixth annual “Brewfest” at Raley Field tonight from 7-10 p.m. (VIP event 6-7 p.m.)

Beer vendors will set up a perimeter around the field and will be on stage near second base.

Raley Field partners with the Northern California Brewers Guild for the event. There will be live music from “The Remedies” and food for sale. $35 for tickets bought the day of the event. For more information and a list of participating breweries, click here.

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Gang members sentenced for attack near Lowe’s

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The following is from a May 17 press release from the Yolo County District Attorney’s office:

“District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that Yolo County Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock concluded sentencing on three gang members convicted by jury for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

“Twenty-year olds Jose Antonio Duran and Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr., and 21-year-old Joseph Vincent Sisneros, saw a victim who was a Starbucks employee and UC Davis Student eating in his car in the Lowe’s parking lot just after 10 p.m.  The three Sacramento men, all of whom a jury found to be active Norteño gang members, took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys.  The men then did what Judge Mock described as a “senseless beating” of the victim, causing two facial fractures, while he begged them to stop.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “The men were laughing and shouting ‘Norte,’ the name of their gang, which caught the attention of four Lowe’s employees as they exited the store.  One employee, a U.S. Army Reservist, approached the assault and attempted to call the police.  According to Judge Mock, the men then ‘targeted [him] because he was calling the police,’ threatened to shoot him, and chased him away.

“The men caught the second Lowe’s employee, who was UC Davis physical therapy student.  Although the student immediately raised his hands in surrender, defendants Duran and Sisneros repeatedly kicked the victim in the face, breaking his nose, while defendant Vasquez threatened to shoot him.  Later, the defendants were pulled over by police as they left the area in Duran’s car.  After a two week trial, a YoloCounty jury convicted all three defendants on February 27, 2012.

“Judge Mock concluded that the defendants had ‘terrorized’ the three victims and demonstrated the threat posed by criminal street gangs.  He sentenced Sisneros to state prison for 15 years, Vasquez for 18 years and four months and Duran for 21 years and four months.  For the gang-related witness intimidation, Judge Mock imposed the statutory term of 7-years-to-life on all three defendants.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens prosecuted the case.  ‘Street gangs succeed as an enterprise because they routinely threaten and intimidate witnesses of their crimes,’ explained Couzens.  ‘The ‘life’ commitment lets witnesses of gang violence know that the justice system wants to protect them and deters gang members from interfering with investigations.’

“Prior to trial, the prosecution offered each defendant a non-life prison term.  All three defendants rejected that offer.”