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Sacramento police dogs raising money through calendar

SACRAMENTO, CA - Four-legged members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department have a new job -- they're furry calendar models.

Dogs from the department's K9 unit are featured in a 2011 calendar designed to raise funds for the nonprofit Sacramento Sheriff K9 Association.

A 3-year-old German shepherd named Ronin is Mr. June. He's shown posing dramatically with his handler on the bank of the American River as a sheriff's helicopter hovers overhead.

The money raised will help pay training  costs for working dogs and medical costs for retired animals.

The calendars are $20 and can be ordered on the Sacramento County Sheriff's K9 Association Website through their online store.

New Year's Eve: Hitting the town or hosting a party?

Do you host the party or go to one? We have a party every year now and are always looking for new recipes that are tasty and easy to make. What's your favorite party-pleaser food?

Cool week ahead; Rain, snow forecast Tuesday-Wednesday

SACRAMENTO, CA - The last week of 2010 will be an unsettled and chilly one, with the exception of the brief dry break from rain Monday.

Monday will be a mostly dry day throughout the area. Highs will warm to the mid to upper 50s.

Hazy sunshine may peak through by midday with increasing clouds late ahead of another round of wet weather starting Tuesday. The heaviest amount of precipitation looks to be Tuesday night into Wednesday. Ski resorts could get another one to two feet of snow!

Snow levels will start high with this passing system around 6,000feet in the Sierra, but then drop down to 3,000 feet Wednesday morning, delivering snow down to foothill levels.

Moonwatchers treated to total lunar eclipse

SLIDESHOW: Your lunar eclipse photos

UNDATED (AP) -- It's a rare event -- a total eclipse of the moon.

And even rarer is an eclipse that take place during the winter solstice. It meant that the moon was glowing high in the sky during the eclipse overnight.

The 3 1/2 hour spectacle was visible from North and Central America where skies were clear.

The totality phase -- when the moon was completely immersed in Earth's shadow -- lasted 72 minutes.

Impersonating someone online will soon be a crime

SACRAMENTO - With the start of the new year, maliciously impersonating someone online - with a phony Facebook page or e-mails apparently sent from their account - isn't just a cruel prank anymore. It's a crime.

Senate Bill 1411, authored by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), becomes law January 1, updating California's 19th century impersonation law to the Internet age.

"A 19th century law is no deterrent for 21st century impersonators," Simitian said.

Online impersonators who assume someone else's identity to harm, intimidate, threaten or defraud may be charged with a misdemeanor.

"E-personation," said Simitian, "is the dark side of the social networking revolution. Facebook or MySpace pages, e-mails, texting and comments on Web forums have been used to humiliate or torment people and even put them in danger. Victims have needed a law they can turn to." 

Bank robber with sunglasses strikes twice, say Sacramento police

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento police hope a bank robber's disguise of wearing sunglasses won't stop someone from recognizing him.

Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Norm Leong says robbery detectives think the same man has struck area banks twice since Dec. 10 and also believe they have a bank surveilliance camera image of him as he waited in line at a third bank. The man left as he reached the front of the line without going up to a teller in that case.

Leong said the robber's first hit was at a bank near Folsom Boulevard and 64th Street on Dec. 10 at 10:47 a.m.. The man went into the bank, demanded and received money from a teller, and then left on foot.

It was Dec. 21 at 9:55 a.m. when the man entered a bank near West El Camino Avenue and Truxel Road, waited in line and then left.

Marches, volunteer projects mark MLK Day in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA - There were a pair of combination marches and parades honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Sacramento on Monday, the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King federal holiday. SLIDESHOW: MLK Day in Sacramento

One march got underway in Oak Park, the other from Grant High School.  For some in the crowd, it was the first time they got involved.

"I've been hearing about this since I was young," said marcher Jarice Barnes. "And I've always wanted to come out and support  ...  and just celebrate the tradition and keep hope alive."

Both marches made their way to the Sacramento Convention Center where a day-long celebration was part job fair, part health clinic and part history lesson.

Tres Agaves Roseville celebrates its Jan. 21 tequila distillary event

Each month, Tres Agaves Roseville welcomes ambassadors from a Tequila distillery to celebrate that Tequila’s unique flavor profile and culture.  On Friday, Jan. 21 from 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. Tres Agaves Roseville will feature Jose Cuervo Tequilas and provide guests with the opportunity to learn first-hand how to craft Tres Agaves’ signature all-natural margaritas in a margarita making class. To add a new twist, specialty flavored agave nectars and rim salts will also be available for experimentation.

Classes last about 30-45 minutes and include education on the history and culture of making Tequila as well as a hands-on demonstration where each guest will make two of their own margaritas to enjoy. Classes will begin on the hour each hour starting at 5:30, 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.

Tres Agaves Passport members are $10 and non-members are $25. Class will include two cocktails plus a sampling of Jose Cuervo’s Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo.

Ten22 celebrates California Restaurant Month

In honor of California Restaurant Month, Ten 22 has prepared a special treat for its guests. From Jan.

Rancho Cordova Crab Feed with all the trimmings!

Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce is hosting a crab feed on Thursday, Jan. 20, from 5:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Get ready for a feast with all the fixings.  Plus, there will be a live auction and raffle with trips and get-aways up for grabs!

Where: Sunrise Events Center
             1167 Trade Center Drive
             Rancho Cordova

Register online at www.ranchocordova.org