In addition to the fall-prevention video, Eskaton is offering fall-prevention assessments and classes. Between September 15-23, Eskaton communities will provide an exercise class, such as Tai Chi or yoga, that is open to the public and will focus on better balance, strength and flexibly.

Eskaton’s No Falls League recently got out on the football field and recorded a video for National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, coming September 22, 2016. The video, “Ready Steady Balance,” was named after the National Council on Aging’s 2016 initiative. Eskaton developed the video to highlight efforts in providing resources and programs to transform the aging experience while supporting larger efforts to reduce the number of falls. In the video, Eskaton’s Fall Prevention Team shows their peers how to have fun while exercising and prevent falls.

“We take a fun and new approach to teaching fall prevention, which can help reduce the number of falls each year,” said Eskaton Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Christy Barry. “The specially designed fall prevention exercises help strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and build faster reaction times, just in case you do lose your balance.”

The No Falls League, comprised of Eskaton’s independent living residents, are seniors aged 67 to 95, wearing football jerseys reflecting their age. Led by Barry, the seniors in the video demonstrate several exercises showing how easy it is to improve balance and strength, helping to reduce fall risk. Low-impact exercises include knee lifts, weight shifting, shoulder rolls, overhead arm reach, arm reach across the chest and more. To watch the video and download a checklist, please visit

In addition to the fall-prevention video, Eskaton is offering fall-prevention assessments and classes. Between September 15-23, Eskaton communities will provide an exercise class, such as Tai Chi or yoga, that is open to the public and will focus on better balance, strength and flexibly. “We want people to be aware that most falls are preventable, and we provide resources to seniors and their families,” said Barry. For a list of classes, visit

According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds an older American is seen in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 seconds a senior dies from a fall, which is the leading cause of death for an older adult. Eskaton continues to provide education and training for seniors year-round to reduce the injury and fatality rate and improve quality of life.

The vision of Eskaton is to transform the aging experience. Its dedicated team members provide services and support for nearly 12,000 individuals annually who live in Eskaton communities or participate in its comprehensive home-support services. Eskaton is also pet-friendly. For more information, please call (916) 334-0810, or visit

Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based organization serving seniors throughout Northern California, releases innovative fall-prevention video just in time for the NFL season.

Come Talk Trash with the Western Placer Waste Management Authority

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2016-09-22

The Western Placer Waste Management Authority will host its sixth annual community meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. to discuss odors and other operational issues of importance to local residents. The meeting will be held at their offices, 3033 Fiddyment Road, near the corner of Athens Avenue in Roseville.

This year’s meeting will highlight several recent and proposed odor-related projects, including the introduction of a new mobile odor notification application.

“We appreciate the community’s continued involvement in these meetings,” said Eric Oddo, program manager for the WPWMA. “Feedback from our neighbors has been instrumental in understanding how we can improve our efforts to be a good partner in the community.”

The WPWMA is a joint powers authority comprised of Placer County and the cities of Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville. It owns and operates the landfill and material recovery facility located in south Placer County.

Please RSVP for the meeting here.

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Women’s Empowerment Receives $45K Grant from Wells Fargo

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2016-09-22

Women’s Empowerment staff and students accept a check from Wells Fargo representatives for job training for formerly homeless women.

Wells Fargo & Company recently granted $45,000 to Sacramento nonprofit Women’s Empowerment for job training for formerly homeless women through the group’s Get A Job Kit Training, which provides paid stipends to participants. Funds also will support Women’s Empowerment’s on-the-job training in customer service and office administration, as well as transportation in partnership with Paratransit.

“The Get A Job Kit Training provides formerly homeless women with a unique opportunity to begin immediately building a financially stable home – something most other organizations serving homeless women are not able to offer,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “We are grateful to Wells Fargo for its steadfast support as we empower women once homeless to find a steady job and a stable home for their families.”

Women’s Empowerment launched The Get A Job Kit Training with the help of Wells Fargo in 2014 to train women in the production, customer service, shipping and receiving industries. The program includes four-week paid training sessions with education and training in the field, assembly instruction and work with employment specialists. Trainees assemble the Get A Job Kits and send to customers, and receive training on safety in the workplace, conflict resolution, quality assurance and inventory management. Forty graduates have completed the training, with 70% now employed with local businesses. In the first year, 24 graduates sold and shipped 5,000+ Get A Job Kits across the country. For more information:

“I’m 44 and I felt like I missed out on life until I came to Women’s Empowerment,” said Lisa Costabile, one of the first Get A Job Kit Training graduates. “Now I feel like my life is just starting. And with the training we’ve received, We can walk into any employer and be more of an asset. Now I’m ready to start a career. Whatever I need to do, I’ll do it.”

The award is part of Wells Fargo’s targeted commitment to strengthen communities challenged by the highest levels of unemployment. Wells Fargo awarded $2.3 million to 59 nonprofits across California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The organizations offer people advancement opportunities by providing services focused on small- and micro-business development, workforce development and job creation. For more information:

“By directing $2.3 million to communities that are challenged by the highest levels of unemployment, it is our hope that we can change the economic prosperity of communities – one person at a time,” said Kevin Barri, community foothills area president of Wells Fargo. “Hearing the success stories from formerly homeless women now gainfully employed and stable confirms our investment in their future is paying off.”

The 2014 Organization of the Year has graduated 1,349 homeless women and their 3,500 children. Last year, 93 percent of graduates found homes and 83 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, visit:

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Serve Our Democracy as a Placer County Poll Worker

Source: Chris Gray-Garcia, County of Placer  |  2016-09-22

Can’t get enough of this year’s election? The best seats in the house on Election Day are still available - and we’ll pay you to take them.

It takes more than 1,600 poll workers to staff Placer County’s polling sites each election, and our office of elections is now accepting applications for all positions for the Nov. 8 presidential general election. It’s a great chance to give back to the community, be a part of the excitement of our democratic process and earn a little money, too.

“Voting is our most important responsibility as citizens,” said Ryan Ronco, Placer County clerk-recorder-registrar of voters. “As a poll worker, you make it possible for all of us to exercise our right to vote. It’s an honorable - and a fun - thing to do.”

Poll workers must be at least 18 years old (unless participating in the student poll worker program), be registered to vote in California or a permanent legal resident of the United States, provide their own transportation and be able to work from 6 a.m. to around 9 p.m. on the day of the election.

Poll worker duties include opening and closing polling sites, verifying voter names on election rosters and issuing and collecting ballots. Pay ranges from $85 to $100. Volunteers earn an additional $20 for attending poll worker training, required for certain positions.

Volunteering can be a great fundraising opportunity for service clubs or community organizations. Staffing an entire precinct can earn a group up to $730.

For more information or to apply online, visit the Placer County elections website or call the office of elections at 530-886-5650 or 1-800-824-8683.

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Public Invited to Attend ‘Recovery Happens 2016’ Celebration

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-09-20

The public is invited to Placer County’s 16th annual “Recovery Happens” event on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Auburn Recreation Park located at 123 Recreation Drive in Auburn.

A total of 15 community partners are joining the Health and Human Services Adult System of Care staff along with the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board members in sponsoring this free event.

The event is held each year to support people recovering from alcohol or drug abuse and to recognize some of their many success stories. The celebration also helps inform the public about the positive effects that recovery and treatment programs have on communities.

In addition to community interest booths, the celebration will also include a BBQ, music, carnival games, prizes and fun for the whole family.

“Reaching out is the first step toward recovery from mental illness or substance abuse,” said Maureen Bauman, director of Placer County’s Adult System of Care. “Placer County’s ‘Recovery Happens’ event helps spread the word that prevention works, treatment is effective and people do recover."

Although recovery is officially celebrated each September, Placer County offers a variety of resources and treatment programs year-round, which can be found on the county’s website:

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Placer Community Foundation Awards Over $31,000 in Grants to Serve Local Youth

Source: Eileen Speaker, Placer Community Foundation  |  2016-09-20

Members of the PCF Giving Circle with the Youth Development grantees at Beermann’s Brewpub in Lincoln.

Seven nonprofits providing services for underserved youth in Placer County received funding from Placer Community Foundation’s Giving Circle. During a reception at Beermann’s Brewpub, the Community Foundation awarded grants, totaling $31,875 to A Touch of Understanding, Boys & Girls Club of Placer County, Child Advocates of Placer County, Excel Roseville, Prison Families Aftercare, ReDirect Nuevo Camino, and The Axiom Lincoln. This funding supports programs serving youth and young adults ages 14-21. Such programs offer opportunities for young people to learn critical life and leadership skills and form lasting relationships; providing them with a stronger sense of belonging, empowerment and a bright future.

The grantees represent a wide scope of services and geographic focus areas. In Lincoln, two nonprofits, The Axiom and ReDirect Nuevo Camino, received a grant. During the reception, a group of four young women from ReDirect performed ballet folklórico that they had arranged and choreographed themselves. Karen Hernandez, ReDirect’s Executive Director, shared, “Our program instills values including education, respect for others, positive behavior, and good judgment as well as cultural pride.”

A Touch of Understanding received funding to expand their Youth F.O.R.C.E. (Friends Offering Respect – Creating Empowerment) Club to Roseville High School. This program has had immense success at Granite Bay High School for three years as participants have brought disability awareness to their campus and created a more inclusive school community. The club provides valuable opportunities for leadership and participants develop social and emotional intelligence when they practice inclusion and acceptance.

Over its seven-year history, the Giving Circle has granted over $180,000 to local youth serving organizations through the Youth Development program. Local individuals and businesses join the Circle because of their commitment to the cause and the unique ability to serve as hands-on reviewers of the grant proposals. Emily Anderson, CPA and Giving Circle member explains, “I love being a part of the Giving Circle because it allows the contributors to meet the applicants, and this not only helps us to feel a spirit of community, but allows us to be more invested in the groups and their projects. Our modest donations grow into something that can substantially impact these groups, and hopefully change the course of history for young people in our own community.”

Giving Circle membership is open to everyone and begins with modest contributions which are then pooled each year to make high-impact grants. To learn more visit

About Placer Community Foundation
Placer Community Foundation (PCF) grows local giving to strengthen our community by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Known for sound financial management and knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Community Foundation continually monitors the region to better understand the nature of local needs, so that it can invest in areas such as arts and culture, education, health and human services, and the environment. The Community Foundation provides regular trainings and technical assistance for the many local nonprofits that are experiencing growing public demand for programs and services. To learn more about establishing charitable funds, visit, contact Veronica Blake at, or call (530) 885-4920.

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12 Tons of Trash Pulled from Rivers During 8th Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup

Source: Brittany Covich, Sierra Nevada Conservancy  |  2016-09-20

Volunteers from Grant High School’s Latino Outdoors helping at Protect American River Canyons’ cleanup along the American River in Auburn, CA. 
--Photo Credit: Samantha Vigil, California State Parks.

Today, over one thousand volunteers worked together to remove more than 12 tons of trash from the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Sierra Nevada region as part of the 8th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup. This event, coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in partnership with California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship throughout the state’s watersheds, from the Sierra to the sea.

The Sierra Nevada region is the primary source of drinking and irrigation water for California - more than 60 percent of the state’s developed water supply originates in the Sierra Nevada region. Thanks to the volunteers who worked side by side today to remove refrigerators, bottle caps, shopping carts, tires, and more, California’s primary water source is now a little bit cleaner. Some of the more unusual items found today include dentures, bowling pins, and a cappuccino machine.

“The energy our Great Sierra River Cleanup volunteers invest each year shows just how important the watersheds of the Sierra are to all Californians,” says Jim Branham, Executive Officer for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. “This is where our water comes from, and we need to take special care of it.”

The Great Sierra River Cleanup also kicks off Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week. Last year, Assembly Member Brian Dahle (R - Bieber) authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 22, which set aside the third week of September as “Sierra Nevada Watershed Protection Week” to bring attention to the challenges that the Sierra Nevada region is facing. The measure passed both houses of the legislature without a dissenting vote.

The Great Sierra River Cleanup would not be possible without the hard work of thousands of volunteers, dozens of local community groups, and our supporters at the California Coastal Commission, the California Conservation Corps, and Sierra Pacific Industries.

Final results from this year’s event, a list of participating organizations, and additional event information are available at will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Created in 2004, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a state agency whose mission is to improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region. The SNC has awarded over $57 million in grants for projects to protect and enhance the health of California’s primary watersheds by improving forest health, remediating mercury contamination from abandoned mines, protecting critical natural resources, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Funding for these projects came from Proposition 84 passed by voters in 2006 and Proposition 1 passed by voters in 2014.

The Sierra Nevada Region spans 25 million acres, encompasses all or part of 22 counties, and runs from the Oregon border on the north to Kern County on the south. The Region is the origin of more than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply.

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Capitol Pops Concert Band to Perform Free Concert on Oct. 6 at Spanger Elementary School in Roseville

Source: Linda Glover, Capitol Pops Concert Band  |  2016-09-20

The Capitol Pops Concert Band continues its 19th season with free, public, family friendly concert on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Spanger Elementary School in Roseville.

The performance in the Multi-Purpose Room at 699 Shasta Street will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., which includes a brief intermission. The elementary school is situated adjacent to Roseville High School, just west of the intersection of Interstate 80 and Atlantic Street.

The concert, sponsored by Spanger PTC, also will include a special performance by the school choir, under the direction of Kimberly Foree. Spanger PTC will be offering snacks and bottled water for purchase prior to the show and during intermission.

In conjunction with the event, the Spanger Fall Book Fair will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the school library. All attendees are welcome to shop.

There is limited parking in front of the school; additional parking will be available on the blacktop/playground area, accessible from the alley behind the school.

For more information, contact the school at (916) 771-1820 during normal school hours.

Under the baton of Director Kurt Pearsall, the CPCB performance will include some of the band’s traditional American favorites that have entertained Northern California audiences for nearly 20 years. Voice and instrumental soloists will be part of the show.

Started in 1997, the CPCB has performed a diverse portfolio of high-quality, well-prepared music heard by thousands of concert-goers throughout Northern California. Based in Citrus Heights, the self-supporting, nonprofit community band of about 65 musicians represents a wide cross-section of the Sacramento area. For more information on the Capitol Pops, visit or its Facebook page.

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WPUSD Creates a Revolutionary Independent Study Program for Students

Source, Angeion Consulting, Western Placer Unified School District  |  2016-09-20

Students Cordale House, Greg Pallas, Robert Gregory, Edgar Juarez, Eveni Zamora on a snowshoe trip at Castle Peak.

ATLAS Learning Academy Opens This Year for Enrollment

Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) identified an important correlation between learning and the great outdoors. A new trend towards a customized, independent study format concentrating on getting students outside is leading to a higher student success rate.

ATLAS Learning Academy stands for Achievement Through Leadership, Adventure and Service and is the new independent study program at WPUSD. WPUSD is enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year now, ATLAS teachers work with students to create a unique and customized independent study curriculum. With a flexible learning environment, ATLAS allows students to learn when they want and at the pace they want. Credentialed teachers are available on the ATLAS campus to give students the flexibility to learn more difficult subjects.

As a K-12 program, ATLAS understands the importance of customizing the curriculum to reach each student individually. “An individualized and unique approach to learning is what intrigued me as a teacher. I have always felt passionate about reaching each student at their level, which helps them succeed the way that suites them best. ATLAS does just that,” explained Adam Salinger, a teacher and adventure enthusiast at ATLAS Learning Academy.

In addition to providing a customizable learning environment, ATLAS also provides a novel approach to hands-on learning through outdoor adventure. ATLAS students are encouraged to participate in team building and outdoor adventures that generate the leadership and collaboration qualities; qualities that are a direct correlation with success. Outdoor adventures range from skiing, snowboarding, overnight hiking, and yoga. All outdoor adventures are offered throughout the year to all students.

“ATLAS offers a profound approach to learning. The idea was created by WPUSD teachers as a vision of the future and as of this year, I am excited to have it as a reality. Students that have a natural tendency and desire for independence and determination are a perfect fit for the freedom ATLAS offers,” stated Scott Leaman, WPUSD Superintendent.

ATLAS students are eligible to play sports at the corresponding middle and high schools and can also take classes directly at the high school or local colleges, if they choose. This approach further encourages collaboration between peers and offers athletic and academic students the chance to engage in the activities that interest them, without losing the freedom of flexibility.

Visit ATLAS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see instant updates.

For a tour of the facility or enroll a student in ATLAS, please contact Chuck Whitecotton at or (916) 645-6395.

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Placer County, North Tahoe Fire Streamline Tahoe Permit Process

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-09-20

Tahoe residents and business owners, does the thought of applying for a building permit stress you out? To help save you time and money and stress, the North Tahoe Fire District and Placer County Tahoe Community Development Resource Agency are rolling out a new pilot program to offer simple building permit approvals from both agencies in one place.

Beginning Sept. 20, North Tahoe Fire District staff will be available on Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Tahoe CDRA building in Tahoe City. Fire district staff will be available at the front counter to review and approve applications that do not require Tahoe Regional Planning Agency permits.

Since these permits must be reviewed and approved by both the North Tahoe Fire District and Placer County, the new service expedites the permit process so that residents and business owners can get back to their projects.

“Placer County’s partnership with the North Tahoe Fire District is a great example of government finding ways to make life a little easier for our citizens,” said District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery.

Residences and businesses located outside North Tahoe Fire District’s jurisdiction will need to obtain permit approvals from their area’s fire district office.

Although permit approvals from Placer County and North Tahoe Fire District will be available in one location during the week, applicants whose projects require sewer or water district approvals will still have to seek those approvals after the over-the-counter permit is issued.

Residents may still apply for permits all other business days; however, those applying must go to both the Tahoe Community Development Resource Agency and North Tahoe Fire District Station 51 for required permit stamps.

Visit the Tahoe Community Development Resource Agency website for location and additional permit information.

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