UCCE Placer County 4-H: Providing Comfort, One Quilt at a Time

University of California Agriculture Release  |  2018-07-19

PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Martha and Leah have been lifelong 4-H’ers and both have a heart for giving and serving others. The Humber family has been actively involved in Placer County 4-H for the last 19-years, with all five of the Humber children growing up in the program. They have learned many skills in their time; however, the one that resounds with the entire family is service to others.

With their siblings aged out of the program, Martha and Leah are making their own way, through generosity, graciousness and sewing. Martha shares, “our quilting project started 4-years ago at the Auburn Grace Church Annual Jr. Sewers and Rippers Class”. She goes on to say that, she was inspired after attending the first class where they learned to make simple patchwork quilts which were sent to another country as part of a missionary connection. “Almost immediately, we (Leah and I), had the thought that some of the girls we know in 4-H have been to sewers and rippers and that we should start a project so we can make quilts together.” Through generous donations of materials and some helpful hints from their grandmother on how to bat their quilts more efficiently, Leah and Martha worked with their project and began making quilts to donate to Project Linus. Over the last four years, their 4-H quilting project has donated hundreds of quilts and pillows to Project Linus, Sutter Faith Hospital, Kaiser and local new moms to help provide comfort and healing.

Recently, Martha and Leah decided that they wanted to teach others how to quilt and outlined an Emerald Star Project that would help them spread their love for quilting and their world. This summer they offered a five day Quilting Camp where participants could take their basic sewing skills and learn to make a quilt and then donate it to either Project Linus or a child in Guatemala. An Emerald Star Project takes a lot of planning, including a presentation at the Placer County 4-H Council meeting where once presented, leaders and youth members can ask questions before voting for the youth to move forward.

The Emerald Star program is designed to help youth learn about project planning, budgets, organization, and presentation. Typically, youth develop an action plan for some type of county event or service. It can also be a multi-county event. Once approved, they organize and facilitate the event. Leah shares that there was a lot of preparation that went in to the Quilting Camp. “We had to get enough snacks for the children, we had to come up with game ideas, we had to cut the squares and put them in to kits, we had to buy batting, scissors and on top of that my sister decided to make everyone a mouse pin cushion. Leah shares that they were able to host the Quilting Camp at the Mt. Vernon Guild hall due to the generous donation of the space by Mr. and Mrs. Ferarar. Leah goes on to say excitedly, “at long last the week finally came! We started out by getting to the

Guild Hall nice and early to set up. The first day everyone arrived and signed in, then set up their sewing machine and we got to know one another. Then my sister and I gave a speech about what we would be doing and where the quilts were going. We gave them the choice to donate their finished quilt to Project Linus or they could send it to a child in Guatemala. We then shared examples of what they would be making and they got to pick out a kit, a mouse pin cushion and then began the great day of designing!”

Martha and Leah let the kids know how big the quilt would be once finished and taught them how to lay it out and pin it. Leah states, “We didn’t tell them how to design it because we wanted them to be creative”. During the week, Leah shares, they worked on their quilts, played games, enjoyed snacks such as the homemade cupcakes that Leah baked and in the final days began sewing the rows they had carefully pinned together. “At the end of our five day camp we got all the quilts done and each of the children decided to send their quilts to Guatemala!” Leah adds, “Thank you to all who attended and supported us! I know that it was worth it and I can’t even imagine how much one of those quilts would mean to a child in Guatemala”.

If you would like to find out how to enroll your child in Placer County 4-H or participate in the Countywide Quilting Project, please email placer4h@ucanr.edu or if you would like to help support the Placer County 4-H Countywide Quilting Project with quilting supplies or a donation, please contact Shannon Kane at slkane@ucanr.edu.


Greg Kihn Happy to be Back Out on the Road

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-07-19

Rock and Roller, long time radio DJ and author Greg Kihn is set to play the California State Fair on Friday, July 27 at 7pm on the Golden 1 Stage.

Set to Play State Fair

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rock and Roller Greg Kihn is a rarity among the music world. Sitting down to speak with the singer/songwriter, band leader, radio personality and author, it was interesting to hear his perspective of a successful career in both sides of the media and the evolution of music both on and off the stage.

Long time Bay Area radio host and DJ, Kihn made a name for himself as a media personality after a successful career as a rock and roll artist, reaching #2 in the US Top 100 charts in 1983 with his hit single Jeopardy. Throughout his five decade career, Kihn has recorded 13 Top 100 singles and eight Billboard Top 200 albums while playing alongside some of the biggest name in the world.

“When you’re writing a song, you can tell the ones that are going to be really good songs and you can tell the ones that are going to be throwaways,” Kihn explained. “The songs that write themselves are always invariably better.”

Despite his musical success, his 1990s transition into radio came at the right time. “When I got into radio I had been on the road for like a million years. It was time for me to kind of stay home,” said Kihn.

He found unique joy in his radio work because he was usually spinning records of artists that were his friends. “I was a classic rock DJ and some of the bands I played, I knew them personally,” explained Kihn. “I either played with them or toured with them or recorded with them. So every time I’d whip out a song, chances are I knew the guys and it was a lot more fun.”

Whether songwriting, recording, touring, working in radio or writing novels, the inspiration remains. “It was all part of being creative because whether you were writing a novel or writing a song, it didn’t matter as long as the creative juices were flowing.”

Kihn recently stepped away from radio after more than 15 years and he is once again enjoying life back in the studio and on the road. The release of his 2017 album Rekihndled and his current summer tour with good friend Rick Springfield have treated him well.

“I’m having a ball going back out on the road. I remember back in the old days it was a real pain in the butt...You’d go out and be gone for months and I didn’t like it that much. But these days I like it; it’s kind of like going to summer camp.”

Kihn has embraced the opportunity to be able to play alongside his son, Ry, who is the band’s lead guitarist. “If I didn’t have Ry in my band, my son playing guitar, I don’t know what I would do because he understands me and he knows what to play.”

Ry grew up in a world surrounded by great guitarists, most notably guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, who had a brief stint in the Greg Kihn Band during mid-80s before his own career took flight.

When asking Kihn if he is the only person to ever get the high wired Satriani to mellow out his playing style he recalled, “I think so . . . We used to change the set like every other day. I would throw in stuff that I knew would screw up Joe but of course you can’t screw up Joe because he’s already there, he’s already got everything down.”

Kihn continued to praise the talented Satriani: “You know how musicians are back stage. You’ll be playing every (Rolling) Stones song you knew or every Led Zeppelin song or whatever, so we’d be messing around with some songs and try to stump Joe and you couldn’t stump him - the guy knew every song in the world.”

Kihn’s appreciation for music is admirable. He has written several books surrounding the history of Rock and Roll including Rubber Soul: a murder mystery novel that takes place during the rise of the Beatles and most recently Painted Black: the tragic tale of the “death and misadventure” of Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones.

“The turning point in most musicians’ lives is the Beatles on Ed Sullivan,” proclaimed Kihn. “The Beatles and the Stones - that was it for me. That was my generation.”

Despite all of the different career paths and music industry changes over the decades, one thing remains the same: Kihn’s guitar rig. “Over the years I never changed. I still have the same Fender Telecaster - I’m just a Telecaster guy - and I’ve had the same one since probably the early 70s,” said Kihn proudly. “I’ve had the same guitar and the same amp, which is a Fender Super Reverb. It’s a Fender through a Fender.”

As Kihn explained, “Rock and Roll is a constantly mutating art form.” But some things are set in stone.

Greg Kihn is set to play the California State Fair on Friday, July 27 at 7pm on the Golden 1 Stage.


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“California at Bat” Chronicling the State’s Baseball History Opens July 29 at the California Museum

California Museum Release  |  2018-07-19

Highlights include San Francisco Giants home jersey game worn by Willie Mays in 1965, the season he led the NL with 52 home runs and won his second NL MVP Award. Considered the game’s greatest all-around player, Mays has lived in California since moving with the Giants in 1958.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The California Museum announced “California at Bat: America’s Pastime in the Golden State” will open on Sun., July 29, 2018. The all-new exhibit chronicles California’s baseball history from the Gold Rush to present, revealing its legacy of all-stars and the contributions of female, African American and other players who broke barriers to broaden its enduring appeal. Featuring more than 200 rarely-seen artifacts, highlights include uniforms, equipment and ephemera from Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and others, along with objects from Pacific Coast League teams and from Edmonds Field, home of the Sacramento Solons until 1960.

“We are thrilled to present ‘California at Bat,’” said California Museum Executive Director Amanda Meeker. “Although the major leagues didn’t arrive until the 1950s, Californians have enjoyed baseball for 160 years. This exhibit offers an unprecedented opportunity to view artifacts representing the sweep of California baseball from 19th century town ball to the legends of baseball’s Golden Age and the heroes of the modern era.”

Curated by the California Museum, “California at Bat” was developed in collaboration with Stephen Wong, author of three Smithsonian Books, including “Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments” (2016). A renowned baseball historian and collector, Wong contributed expertise and more than 80 artifacts from his personal collection illustrating many of baseball’s most famous players. Highlights include:

•             New York Yankees rookie uniform game worn by Joe DiMaggio (1914-2000) in 1936, the only season of he wore number 9. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, DiMaggio is best known for his 56-game hitting streak in 1941, a standing record in 2018.

•             Boston Red Sox home uniform game worn by Ted Williams (1918-2002) in 1950, the season his career nearly ended after breaking his arm in the All-Star game. The San Diego native was the last player to bat over .400 in a season (.406 in 1941).

•             San Francisco Giants home jersey game worn by Willie Mays (b. 1931) in 1965, the season he led the NL with 52 home runs and won his second NL MVP Award. Considered the game’s greatest all-around player, Mays has lived in California since moving with the Giants in 1958.

•             Los Angeles Dodgers road jersey game worn by Sandy Koufax (b. 1935) in 1966, the last year of his MLB career and the year he won a third Cy Young Award. A resident of California since moving with the Dodgers in 1958, Koufax is also remembered for sitting out Game 1 of the 1965 World Series when it fell on Yom Kippur, and for pitching baseball’s eighth perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965.

“As a native Californian who is deeply passionate about baseball and the history of the game, I’m proud and honored to have been a part of ‘California at Bat,’” said Stephen Wong. “I’m delighted to share my collection with members of the public in this extraordinary new installation revealing the state’s significant contributions to baseball.”

Contributions of Californians who broke barriers are also explored. For example, Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), the first African American to play MLB in the modern era, is heralded through a 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers team-autographed ball, along with a ticket and program from his April 15, 1947 debut. In addition to ending the segregation that had relegated African Americans to the Negro Leagues since the 1880s, Robinson was also the first to win a NL MVP Award, reflected by his 1949 trophy on display.

Accomplishments of California women are shown through uniforms from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s and modern softball Olympians, while artifacts from Japanese American and Mexican American leagues emphasize the sport’s role in facilitating social and political networks in disadvantaged communities.

In addition, the exhibit surveys the state’s baseball history before the arrival of the majors in 1958. Uniforms, equipment and ephemera revisit the Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento Solons, San Francisco Seals, Oakland Oaks, Hollywood Stars, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels, while objects from Edmonds Field, home of the Sacramento Solons until 1960, recall the local baseball park experience.

“California at Bat” will open in a public event on Sun., July 29 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Highlights include $5.00 reduced admission; presentations by Stephen Wong, Matt Stone and Alan O’Connor; 19th century “base ball” demonstrations; Home Run Challenge and Speed Pitch games; baseball card evaluations; beer garden (21+); food trucks; hands-on kids’ activities and more. For details on the exhibit continuing through Dec. 30, 2018, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/baseball.

Source: California Museum


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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Did you know that residential water use in the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day and most of it goes toward watering our landscapes? And that as much as half of it is wasted?

You can help make a difference and water more efficiently by installing a WaterSense-labeled weather-based “smart” sprinkler controller.

Instead of running according to a preset schedule, weather-based sprinkler controllers adjust for local weather conditions and run based on the needs of your plants and soil conditions. The controllers use real-time measurements, historic weather information and information about your yard to determine the precise amount of water that is needed.

Replacing a standard clock timer sprinkler controller with a WaterSense-labeled weather-based controller can save you over 8,000 gallons of water annually. And there are even models available you can control from your phone and sync up with your other “smart” devices at home.

You’ll have a healthier yard, use less water and you’ll no longer have to worry about setting it.

You can find out more at: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/irrigation-controllers

And be sure to visit http://www.sswd.org/departments/conservation/rebates to apply for a rebate for a new controller.


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Former River Cats Outfielder Eric Byrnes Returns to Raley Field Tuesday, July 24

Sacramento River Cats Release  |  2018-07-19

Former River Cats outfielder, Eric Byrnes.

11-year Major League Veteran Visits Sacramento to Promote Let Them Play Foundation

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Former Sacramento River Cat and 11-year Major League outfielder Eric Byrnes will make a stop at Raley Field on Tuesday, July 24 as he promotes the Let Them Play Foundation and his attempted Triathlon Across America. Byrnes played parts of three seasons in Sacramento from 2000-2002, and will be at Raley Field to throw the ceremonial first pitch, sign autographs for fans, and present a grant to a local youth sports organization on behalf of the Let Them Play Foundation.

Byrnes made his River Cats debut during the teams’ inaugural season in 2000, and played a total of 198 games across three seasons in Sacramento. He was a career .298 hitter in Triple-A and is honored on the River Cats’ Wall of Fame at Raley Field. Byrnes went on to play 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Seattle Mariners. He is known best around baseball for his high energy, speed, and hustle.

Since his retirement from baseball in 2010, Byrnes has stayed active as a world-class endurance athlete, a television broadcaster, author, and philanthropist. He will be stopping in Sacramento on July 24 during the second leg of his Triathlon Across America in which he will swim the seven miles from AT&T Park in San Francisco to Oakland, then bike 2,344 miles from Oakland to Chicago, and finally run the final 846 miles from Chicago to Yankee Stadium in New York.

The mission of the Let Them Play Foundation and Triathlon Across America is to raise awareness and funding for national and local organizations that are committed to expanding youth physical education and after school activity programs. For more information about the Let Them Play Foundation or to donate, please visit letthemplayfoundation.org.

Tickets are still available for the July 24 game against the Omaha Storm Chasers. For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.


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A Notice from the Delta Stewardship Council Regarding the CA WaterFix Project

By Delta Stewardship Council  |  2018-07-19

For more information visit the Delta Stewardship Council at http://deltacouncil.ca.gov.

INFORMATION UPDATE REGARDING THE WATERFIX PROJECT’S DRAFT CERTIFICATION OF CONSISTENCY EX PARTE COMMUNICATION PROHIBITION NOW IN EFFECT

To All Interested Persons:

The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) is aware that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has identified the WaterFix project as a covered action, and posted a draft certification of consistency with the Delta Plan on its WaterFix website: https://www.californiawaterfix.com/resources/delta-plan-consistency-determination/.

As a result, the Council has ended early consultation efforts with DWR (see Water Code section 85225.5). Out of an abundance of caution, the Council (including its staff and consultants) is now placing itself under ex parte communication restrictions in anticipation of its quasi-judicial role with respect to the WaterFix project (see Government Code section 11430.10). This means that Councilmembers, Council staff and consultants cannot and will not communicate about or discuss the WaterFix project with any person outside of the Council.  The one exception is a communication concerning the administrative or procedural status of the WaterFix project. Those inquiries shall not be regarded as ex parte communications, and may be directed to this email address: waterfixcert@deltacouncil.ca.gov.

If you have any questions about the covered action process, please visit the Council website at: http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/covered-actions. If you would like to receive listserv notices about the WaterFix certification of consistency if/when DWR files it with the Council, you may subscribe to that listserv here (scroll to "Get Updates" and click "Subscribe"): http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/. The Council’s covered action appeals procedures may be found here: http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/docs/covered-actions-delta-plan/appeals-procedures.

 

Kind regards,

Jessica Pearson, Executive Officer


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The Espresso Book Machine: A Savory Vehicle for Sacramento Area Authors

Story and photo by Andrew Rose  |  2018-07-13

Watching the EBM, one is reminded of the Everlasting Gobstopper machine from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Three hundred eighty authors and counting have published their works through I Street Press at the Sacramento’s Central Public Library.  On the second floor one will find the Espresso Book Machine (EBM).  This isn’t a venue for selling lattes to local bookworms.  On the contrary, the EBM is state of the art machinery, and is budding writers’ self-contained means of making their work known.

The first EBM was unveiled at the New York Public Library in 2007.  Now more than fifty such contraptions exist in such far flung locations as Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi.  Sacramento’s unit, installed in 2011, is one of only two EBM’s in California.

The machine occupies the space of two storage freezers one might have in their garage.  But it’s a heck of a lot more interesting to watch.  Witnesses marvel as a book is molded and formed before their eyes.  This includes binding the text to a cover with hot glue.  Watching the EBM, one is reminded of the Everlasting Gobstopper machine from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  A 300-page volume takes about five minutes to print.  Like the Everlasting Gobstopper, a single, self-contained unit comes out at the end.  It’s literally hot off the press.  Wonka’s magical candy was designed to last forever.  Similarly, a new paperback is there for the ages.

On the introductory video for the I Street Press, Rivkah Sass, Director of the Sacramento Public Library, describes the appeal of the EBM.  “Most of us have a book inside us,” she proclaims.  “And I Street was really about how do we, as the library, become that center of community-based publishing for the Sacramento region.”

Through I Street Press, authors can self-publish.  Before such technology existed, a writer would traditionally send his/her work to a publisher, or possibly fifty publishers, with hopes that one of them would pick up their book.  The sole way for a writer to earn his/her stripes was through a publishing house.  A would-be author could do it alone, but hiring a bookbinder was a costly vehicle.  So-called vanity publishing had a negative implication in its very name.  But now, the ball is in the author’s court, as technology such as the EBM is allowing these individuals greater flexibility with their printed words.  It’s truly changing lives for authors of all levels. 

One individual whose life was enhanced through the I Street Press is Lance Pyle.  Pyle employs the nom de plume Peter Blueberry as the author of The Agency of Obnoxious Laughter.   In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, Pyle combines humorous poetry with illustrations.  I Street Press got Pyle started, and now he has a series of more than twenty poetry books.  Pyle’s career as an architect flourished, and then his life took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed with throat cancer.  He was forced into retirement and “didn’t have anything to do.”  That’s when Pyle started dabbling with rhymes, accompanied by drawings.  The prolific poet and artist has created his volumes without benefit of writing or art classes.  Pyle says of newfound creativity, “I didn’t know I had it until I had to go find it.”  He has now sold more than 3,000 of his books independently. 

Pyle, as all I Street Press authors, got started through an initial meeting with librarian Gerald Ward.  Ward maintains the I Street Press as a one-person operation.  While each book on the EBM is printed the same way, Ward recognizes that every author’s needs are different.  Some are accomplished writers, while others come to the I Street Press with merely an idea.  No matter where one is in the writing process, Ward is happy to encourage the writer’s endpoint of holding their very own book in his/her hands. 

The initial librarian’s consultation is free of charge.  After assessing the would-be author’s needs, Ward will point the individual in the right direction to get started on their book.  This might include hiring an outside editor or taking a writing class.  Ward states, “Whether 40 or 700 pages, there is a $6 charge per book and 3 cents per page.”  The writer may complete a proof copy as part of the package.  The fine-tuning process continues until the final copy is completed.  The end product is an actual published book, complete with ISBN, copyright, and bar code.  Additional fees for set-up and revisions are arranged between Ward and the author.  The I Street Press is a nonprofit organization.  Fees paid by authors using the EBM are contributions to the library to help maintain its services.      

Those interested in the I Street Press are encouraged to see the process first hand.  For more information, go to www.saclibrary.org/istreetpress.


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Big Sing California

By Sacramento Choral Society & Orchestra  |  2018-07-12

You can register online for the Big Sing via the SCSO’s website sacramentochoral.com.

Making Statewide History

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SCSO Conductor Donald Kendrick to serve as the Sacramento region conductor for a mammoth statewide singing event, Big Sing California. This thrilling event is due to set a record statewide on July 21 in California for drawing together one of the largest, free group singing performances in our history.

American superstar composer Eric Whitacre will help lead this exhilarating event which will be simulcast out of Disney Hall in Los Angeles to five California hubs: Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Riverside and San Diego.

The singers in the five California hubs will join the performance experience by viewing the concert on large screens and singing from the audience.

“Singing is just a healthy thing to do individually,” says Kendrick, “but group singing is very uplifting in that it really draws the community together and creates such a strong feeling of well- being, of belonging. We are reaching out to tons of area choirs and individual singers to share this experience with us. We would love to fill the large Sacramento Community Center Theater with 2,400 people for our Big Sing event on July 21.”

“Singers participating in the Sacramento region will have an option of attending an optional free open rehearsal on Thursday, July 19 from 7 – 9:30 PM at the Sacramento Community Center Theater,” says Kendrick. The doors will open at 6 PM for this rehearsal. Free Big Sing music books will be provided at this rehearsal and at the July 21st performance for all attendees. Singers also have the option of ordering their music book in advance for a modest fee of $3.00.

People can register online for the Big Sing via the SCSO’s website sacramentochoral.com. They can also order their music in advance there and also enjoy some outstanding tutorials on the music itself. This amazing statewide concert will be live-streamed on the Big Sing California website.

Big Sing California is open to the general public. “We want people who love singing to join us and sing as much of the music as they can. We hope that this event will inspire people to make singing, and the joy it brings, a regular part of their lives,” says SCSO Conductor Donald Kendrick. “The program is open to all ages ranging from young students to seniors.”

The songs selected for the participants range from straightforward sing-alongs such as Lean On MeThis Land Is Your Land, and Hey Jude, to choral works by Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen. The program also features an exclusive arrangement of Pentatonix’s Sing by Grammy Award-winning arranger Ben Bram created especially for Big Sing California. 

 “We know that singing releases endorphins, causes a sense of joy and euphoria and creates a bonding with our Community members, says Kendrick. “To be able do this on the scale of Big Sing California in Sacramento is nothing short of thrilling.”

TICKET INFORMATION:
Participants who want to attend Big Sing California should register individually through the website. People can register at the last moment and even score their free ticket vouchers and music books the day of the concert beginning at 1 PM on Saturday, July 21st at the Sacramento Community Center Box Office.

Ticket vouchers to all locations will be distributed via email 10 days prior to the event. Music books will also be distributed for free at the venues on the day of the concert and at the Thursday, July 19th rehearsal at 7 PM at the Community Center Theater.

“Come and be part of California history in Sacramento by joining us at Big Sing California, on July 21st in downtown Sacramento” says Kendrick. “We promise to make it a memorable experience as we work together to make Sacramento a world-class city.”


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Capital Airshow to Feature the World-Famous USAF Thunderbirds

Capital Airshow Release  |  2018-07-12

The California Capital Airshow is set to feature the world-famous USAF Thunderbirds on September 21, 22 and 23.

Help Us Celebrate a Century of Aviation Adventure as Mather Airport Turns 100!

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - We look forward to welcoming some of the best military and civilian pilots in the world this September 21, 22 and 23, but as we prepare for the 13th annual California Capital Airshow we are also looking back at 100 years of aviation history at Mather Airport. The next chapter of Mather’s magnificent history leads us through the Cold War and ends with the unfortunate closure of Mather Air Force Base…

Historical Overview III – The Cold War – 1946-1993

Following the 1945 Allied victory of World War II, demobilization and a return to a peacetime military were the orders of the day. However, enjoying the peace was short-lived as the United States and the free world were confronted with an aggressive new adversary—the Soviet Union and the threat of global communism that was rapidly devouring Eastern Europe in the aftermath of World War II. A U.S.-directed strategy of ‘containment’ and a buildup of strategic forces capable of deterring an aggressive communist menace drove the expansion of dispersed bomber assets and new basing which put Mather Air Force Base (Mather AFB) back into the spotlight.

Once Again a Vital Training Base

In 1946, Mather was transferred to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Air Training Command and once again became a vital training base producing pilots, navigators and observers to crew a growing air arm of the nation’s military might.  With the 1964 closing of James Connally Air Force Base in Texas, all navigator training for the Department of Defense was consolidated at Mather AFB. In 1976, Interservice Undergraduate Navigator Training was established bringing Navy, Marine and Coast Guard students to Mather AFB along with other students from numerous foreign countries, including the first women navigators. By the time Mather closed in 1993, over 32,000 USAF navigators, 3,100 USN naval flight officers, 280 Marine navigators and 3,500 navigators from 88 Allied nations had completed training at Mather AFB. This diverse mix of services and international families contributed significantly to the growth of what would become the City of Rancho Cordova, an All American City with a rich cultural background.

B-52 & KC-135 Arrive

The aircrews that were trained at Mather formed the backbone of strategic forces that stood watch over America and her Allies ensuring the legacy of Freedom, hard won during World War II would endure. The 4134th Strategic Wing was assigned to Mather AFB bringing B-52 and KC-135 aircraft to the base along with the mission of nuclear deterrence. This wing became the 320th Bombardment Wing and was further augmented by the 940th Air Refueling Group (AFRES) later bringing additional KC-135 aircraft to the base.

Closure Leads to Civilian Development

The efforts of maintaining peace through strong military capability resulted in a victory at the end of the Cold War. With this victory, downsizing of the American military became inevitable and Mather AFB became one of the bases identified for closure. Units were inactivated, the navigator-training mission was transferred to Randolph AFB in Texas and the base was officially closed in September 1993, opening the door for a community effort to develop Mather into an economic hub of commerce that would continue to benefit the Sacramento region. The Sacramento County Department of Airports and the City Rancho Cordova have been invaluable partners ensuring this important development continues.

Don’t miss the California Capital Airshow’s tribute to Mather Airport’s fascinating century of history this September as it brings this era back to life with the aircraft, artifacts and unsung heroes that have passed through Mather’s gates.

Ticket prices are going UP Tuesday, July 31st, at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Please remember a single General Admission Ticket gives you ONE ADULT admission, plus up to 4 Youth (age 15 and Under) Admissions for FREE. That’s a $70+ Value for the whole family!

Source: Capital Airhsow


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Sactown to Welcome America’s Navy During Navy Week

By Kayla Turnbow, Navy Office of Community Outreach  |  2018-07-12

Sacramento native, Rear Adm. Scott Jones.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California’s capital is scheduled to host members of the U.S. Navy during Sacramento Navy Week, July 16-22, coinciding with the California State Fair.

Sacramento Navy Week will bring sailors from different units across the United States to conduct focused outreach events with members of the community. The Navy week will bring sailors from USS Constitution, Navy Band Northwest, USS La Jolla, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Drill Team, Explosive Ordnance Group One, U.S. Naval Academy and Navy Operational Support Center Sacramento.

Rear Admiral Scott Jones, Deputy Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, and Sacramento native, will be the Navy week’s flag host who will participate in various ceremonies and meet with local business, civic and educations leaders during the week.

"I am quite excited to take part in Navy Week in Sacramento,” said Jones. “As a native of Sacramento, it will be a unique privilege to represent my military service, the U.S. Navy, in the same town where I was born and raised.”

Historically, Navy Week events draw thousands of attendees to participate and create a dialogue between sailors and local residents. The events are designed to raise awareness about the Navy the nation needs in areas that do not have a large naval presence.

“The excitement is building now as we near this awesome Navy outreach event,” said Gary Ross, lead planner for the Navy Week.  “It’s going to be great to see Sailors engage the citizens of Sacramento and tell America’s Navy story.”

A variety of Navy band ensembles will perform during the week, including performances at the California State Fair, Powerhouse Science Center and the Veterans Home of California Yountville.

“Navy Band Northwest contributes to Navy Week Sacramento through multiple community outreach and public relations performances with several of our top-notch groups such as our Jazz Combo, High-Energy Funk Band and versatile brass groups,” said Musician 1st Class Garrett Stephan. “Throughout the week, band members will perform for thousands in the greater Sacramento area at baseball games, soccer matches, farmers markets, and more.”

Multiple assets will participate in a Navy STEM Day at the Powerhouse Science Center on Tuesday, July 17 where attendees can interact with sailors with hands-on activities throughout the day.

Sailors from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 49, the Scorpions, will land a MH-60R helicopter at the California State Fair on Thursday for Military Appreciation Day. Attendees will be able to tour the helicopter as well as interact with sailors from multiple commands. Navy Band Northwest will play several concerts throughout the day at the fair.

Navy Operational Support Command Sacramento sailors will volunteer for local organizations throughout the week including the Sacramento Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the Greater Sacramento Boys & Girls Club.

The week will wrap up with displays at the California Aerospace Museum on Friday, July 20. Sailors will also volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House on Friday, cooking dinner for the families, offering engaging static displays, and a musical performance from Navy Band Northwest.

Sacramento Navy Week is the seventh of 14 Navy weeks in 2018 that focus a variety of assets, equipment and personnel on a single city for a week-long series of engagements designed to bring America’s Navy closer to the people it protects.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit http://outreach.navy.mil/Navy-Weeks/Sacramento.

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