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Hats: for ladies and domed reptiles —

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER –JAN 7, 2015 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

December 20 turned out to be “the best birthday ever!” reports Cindy Breninger of Southport.

That day, a sketch of her little tortoise in a handmade decorative “hat” was part of a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal. The article explored people who put holiday focus on their pets.

Shortly afterward, “Neil” the tortoise also made appearances on Fox 40 and Good Day Sacramento.

CINDY BRENINGER bought several copies of the Wall Street Journal from the Southport Starbucks after her business received a front-page mention on Dec. 20. A sketch of her tortoise, ‘Neil,’ appeared at the bottom of the page. (Photo by her son, Brandon Potts)

CINDY BRENINGER bought several copies of the Wall Street Journal from the Southport Starbucks after her business received a front-page mention on Dec. 20. A sketch of her tortoise, ‘Neil,’ appeared at the bottom of the page.
(Photo by her son, Brandon Potts)

Neil is a little guy, not even six inches in diameter.

“He’s kind of a smaller one,” said Breninger. “He’s around six years old, but you never really know with tortoises. We got him August 10, 2012. He’s named after Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), who was my son’s hero.”

Breninger is a legal secretary at her day job, but a side-business helped give rise to Neil’s holiday hat.

Six-inch wide Neil the tortoise got his 15 minutes of fame last month, with TV and newspaper appearances. Here is he modeling a pair of New Year’s hats. (Courtesy of Cindy Breninger)

Six-inch wide Neil the tortoise got his 15 minutes of fame last month, with TV and newspaper appearances.
Here is he modeling a pair of New Year’s hats.
(Courtesy of Cindy Breninger)

“I have an ‘Etsy’ business,” said Breninger. “I make ‘fascinators,’ those mini top hats that ladies wear. Princess Kate wears a lot of ‘fascinators.’ So I put one on Neil.”

“Etsy” is a website that plays host to crafters who sell hand-made goods. Breninger sells her people hats and now her tortoise hats there at her online shop called “Deerwood Creek Gifts.” The shop name comes from Breninger’s childhood home on Deerwood Street in West Sacramento, which had a “sort of” creek behind it.

“One lady bought two hats for her tortoises – matching Santa hats!” said Breninger.

Has the local and national attention gone to Neil’s head at all?

“Maybe a little bit,” allowed Breninger.

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West Sac Singers put on Christmas show inside the state capitol building

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

FROM AL ZAGOFSKY — NEWS-LEDGER CORRESPONDENT —

The state capitol building in Sacramento has welcomed festive music for the holidays since opening in December of 1869.

Midday on Sunday, Dec. 21, it was the turn of the West Sacramento Community Singers to perform on the capitol rotunda. They sang under the direction of Dr. Charles Vail. The group has been practicing for its holiday concerts since September at the First Christian Church in Sacramento.

You can view part of the performance on video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO_BXNvV2Qc&feature=youtu.be

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Teen Center hosts party, gives presents

A young visitor to the holiday party at the Collings Teen Center on Merkley Avenue December 13 concentrates hard as she decorates a Christmas cookie. (courtesy of John Yang)

A young visitor to the holiday party at the Collings Teen Center on Merkley Avenue December 13 concentrates hard as she decorates a Christmas cookie. (courtesy of John Yang)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

Courtesy of Collings Teen Center

Seventy employees from Agrium and Clark Pacific (two West Sacramento companies) and the Collings Teen Center at 1541 Merkley Avenue hosted a Christmas meal for 130 local kids and their parents on Dec. 13 at the center.

Visitors received a turkey dinner, games, activities and a visit from Santa. There were also giveaways: four families each received a TV, one got a laptop and one lucky girl got a bike.

“The families that got TVs were ecstatic!” reported Rosa Clements, the director of the teen center. “One was a family with seven girls. The mom was yelling and cheering on the phone. Another had three girls, and the mom started to cry, saying she’s never won anything in her life.”

Teen Center Director Rosa Clements (right) with a member of the event committee, Annette Seeber, take a pause during the event  (courtesy of John Yang)

Teen Center Director Rosa Clements (right) with a member of the event committee, Annette Seeber, take a pause during the event
(courtesy of John Yang)

Donations from the community included 250 jackets to give away, 40 pairs of socks, 80 pairs of gloves and 150 hats, amont other items.

The teen center’s year-round mission is “to be a safe place where young people are always welcome after school, a place where activities are blended with tutoring, community service, educational seminars, trips outside the area, and job training,” reported a spokesperson.

GIFT STOCKINGS were ready and waiting for local kids to show up at a sponsored holiday party at the Collings Teen Center.  (courtesy of John Yang)

GIFT STOCKINGS were ready and waiting for local kids to show up at a sponsored holiday party at the Collings Teen Center.
(courtesy of John Yang)

The facility offers a free meal each afternoon to any young person coming in.

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West Sacramento church offers free Christmas lunch to locals in need

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Baptist Church is offering a free Christmas luncheon to anyone who needs it. The luncheon (turkey, ham, and all the trimmings) will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 2124 Michigan Blvd. The church can be reached at its message phone, 371-2111.

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Holiday trash pickup schedule

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Both Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) will result in changes to West Sacramento’s garbage and recycling pickup day. Both weeks, regular Thursday service will move to Friday and regular Friday service moves to Saturday.
City hall and the community center will close Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

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West Sac celebrates tree-lighting

(Courtesy of Meaghan Pierelli, West Sac. Chamber of Commerce)

(Courtesy of Meaghan Pierelli, West Sac. Chamber of Commerce)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 10, 2014

Among the entertainers at Friday evening’s Holiday Tree Lighting party were members of River City High School’s Advanced Vocal Ensemble, shown here at the railings above the crowd.
Hundreds of citizens gathered to meet ceremony and watch the lights go on at the tree outside city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.
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Free concert by West Sac orchestra

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento Community Orchestra
(News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to a free concert of holiday favorites, 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. On the program will be the “Hansel and Gretel Overture” from Humperdinck, “Christmas at the Movies,” “Sleigh Ride” and more.

You’ll have a second chance to catch the concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Centennial Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Boulevard, Sacramento.

For information, call 991-5262.

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