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Tips to recycling holiday waste

SACRAMENTO - The Regional Recycling Group says more residential waste is created during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, so residents in the Sacramento County area are urged to to recycle as much as possible.

Most residents can shed a few pounds by recycling all of their holiday waste paper such as greeting cards, gift boxes and wrapping paper, in their curbside mixed recycling program. Phone books and calendars are also accepted in the mixed recycling container.

"The amount of garbage sent to the landfill increases dramatically during the holiday season," said Doug Ebanks of Sacramento County's Department of Waste Management and Recycling. "We can change the traditional holiday habit of tearing open presents and throwing away wrapping paper and cardboard.

Berg Injury Lawyers offer free cab rides on New Year's Eve

SACRAMENTO - Berg Injury Lawyers will offer its Safe and Sober Cab Ride Home program to residents in Sacramento this New Year's Eve. The free cab rides will be offered from 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 through 4 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011.

Due to the program's overwhelming popularity in past years, a cap of $35 will be placed on each ride home. Patrons must may any cab fare above that amount.

For a ride home, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Patrons must be picked up at a participating restaurant, hotel or bar in the downtown Sacramento area to qualify for a free ride. Rides home must be within the city of Sacramento.

New Years Eve Events!!!

New Years Jammin Eve
Radisson Hotel Sacramento 
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento CA
Friday, December 31, 2010
9:30 PM - 2:00 AM

10th annual V101 party featuring The Barkays Dazz Band and Slave

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The Professionals Guild New Years Eve Bash
Friday, December 31, 2010
8:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Hilton Hotel, Arden West
2200 Harvard Street
Sacramento CA

Free driving class for teens

Free driving class for teens

The Sacramento Police Department is offering a free educational class to teenage drivers (or future drivers) on driver safety.

Stress relieving gift for your dog

Stress relieving gift for your dog

More than 15 million dogs in the U.S. suffer from some form of anxiety, which can result from noise, separation, traveling, strangers or other factors. Thundershirt Company has created a proven solution to alleviate stressed out pooches.

Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

 It's a rare event -- a total eclipse of the moon. And even rarer is an eclipse that take place during the winter solstice on December 20. It meant that the moon was glowing high in the sky during the eclipse overnight. 

SLIDESHOW: Your lunar eclipse photos

UC Davis health system receives Spirit of Excellence Award

SACRAMENTO — UC Davis Health System has received the annual Spirit of Excellence Award for Service from Modern Healthcare magazine.

The honor, one of five announced by the magazine Monday, recognizes the health system for its innovative “patient-centered medical home” approach begun two years ago. It comes with a $5,000 cash award.

The medical home, an effort in place among physicians and staff at the family and community medicine department, is designed to improve the patient experience. In part, that happens through implementation of the electronic health record system throughout the physician network, which frees up medical assistants from clerical duties so they can be more patient-focused, according to Thomas Balsbaugh, UC Davis residency program director.

“Teamwork will be a key to both improved patient satisfaction and improved efficiency,” Balsbaugh said.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.

Kit Carson Middle School closed Thursday and Friday due to power loss

 SACRAMENTO --  An electrical malfunction at Kit Carson Middle School has left the school without power and will force the school to be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week (December 16 and 17), district officials announced today.

While the school will not be open to students, it will remain under 24-hour a day surveillance by district security.  Classes will resume following the Winter Break on Monday, January 3.

Kit Carson parents who would like more information about the closure should call the district office at (916) 643-7444.

Parkside pastor appointed dean of seminary

SACRAMENTO –Reverend Dr. Susan Hamilton will be leaving her duties as pastor of Parkside Community Church, United Church of Christ, on January 23, 2011 to assume the position of Dean of the Sancta Sophia Seminary in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she first prepared to be a minister.  Dr. Hamilton is a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary receiving her Masters of Divinity in 1999 and her Doctor of Ministry in 2005.

Rev. Hamilton leaves a legacy of achievement and collaboration after her 15 year tenure at Parkside Community Church which includes: a new Sanctuary, a growing congregation, innovative Sunday Services, a working infrastructure of strong commissions, a cadre of effective church leaders and an “open and affirming” congregation. Additionally, Dr.