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No Shot, No School? Free clinics scheduled for school vaccinations

No Shot, No School? Free clinics scheduled for school vaccinations

Thousands of Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) students could be turned away from school next fall because they have not turned in records showing that they have been vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

State law now requires that ALL students – not just students new to the district – entering seventh through 12th grades in the fall provide proof of receiving the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccination on or after age 7. The proof must be recorded before students enter school in September, according to the law.

In SCUSD alone, the law affects 20,000 high school and middle school students. “This is very serious,” said Superintendent Jonathan Raymond.

Matsui, Youth Global Warming ‘Slacktivist’ Highlight Friday Clean Air Awards Luncheon at Sac State

Matsui, Youth Global Warming ‘Slacktivist’ Highlight Friday Clean Air Awards Luncheon at Sac State

The 35th annual Clean Air Awards Luncheon, hosted by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, with major sponsorship from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, will feature 15-year-old Loorz as the keynote speaker. The Ventura teen founded Kids vs. Global Warming at age 12 after watching Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” Loorz leads a national movement that unites “slacktivists and activists” to influence the “ruling generation” about global warming.

Five organizations will be honored for contributions to cleaner air in the Sacramento region. Among them, Citizen Group Award Recipent, the North Natomas Transportation Management Association, that encourages people to bicycle more through innovations such as “Bike Doc,” a mobile bicycle repair station. Bike Doc will be available for interviews and visuals before the 11:30 a.m.

Sun Poses Long-Term Dangers to Outdoor Workers

Sun Poses Long-Term Dangers to Outdoor Workers

With the summer and its heat approaching, almost everyone will be out in the sun more than they were during the winter.

For 9 million Americans, being outside and in the sun is not just for summer fun – it’s a part of their job.

Workers in farming, landscaping, construction, recreation and even postal workers will spend hours in the sun – and consequently be exposed to potentially harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation.

Ultraviolet radiation, and specifically UVB, is the main environmental hazard to the outdoor worker. Most workers’ shifts include the peak intensity hours of UV exposure – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since this type of radiation – UVB – easily penetrates clouds, it can reach worrisome levels even on days where little sun is visible. It easily passes through glass and can be reflected into areas of apparent shade. 

UVB penetrates through the tough, dead outer layers of skin, into the replicating layers.

Congresswoman Matsui Announces Over $500,000 for Sacramento YouthBuild Program

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) announced that the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC) has been awarded a Department of Labor competitive grant of $542,502 to support their YouthBuild program.  This is in addition to the $1 million in federal funding SRCC received in June 2009 for their YouthBuild program; a three year grant that ends in 2012.

Sacramento Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall Patnership

Sacramento Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall Patnership

The Sacramento Community is coming together to keep arts alive in schools. The Collaboration between Sacramento Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall partnership culminates in grand performance this coming Thursday, May 19th when over 2,200 students, third to sixth grade, will fill the Capital Christian Center Auditorium for an interactive performance that is the result of a yearlong program with the goal of engaging underserved school children with a meaningful music experience.

This started In March 2010, after years of reaching children through music, Michael Morgan and the Sacramento Philharmonic were one of a select few orchestras throughout the nation contacted by the prestigious organization to expand the "Weil Music Institute at Carnegie Hall- LinkUP for Music Education".

Evening of Dreams 2011

Evening of Dreams 2011

The Evening of Dreams Prom is a red carpet gala in Sacramento serving teens and young adults with disabilities and special needs, complete with formal wear, photographers and dancing.   Guest with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and other mental and physical challenges dance the evening away with area high school athletes and student leaders.

“Evening of Dreams is an exclusive one of a kind event where students with special needs are served as the kings and queens of prom where they experience their dreams,” said Michelle Purcell, prom founder. Each guest is asked at registration to list their dreams for the evening, and according to event organizers, most are able to be reached.

Zen Martial Arts Offers Advanced Classes

SACRAMENTO, CA - A karate school expanded its classes because of a high demand. Zen Martial Arts was started by second-degree black belt Mike Oliver in 2009.

In addition to the regular class schedule, there's now an advanced class for children ages 8 through 12; and an advanced class for adults. The classes are at the Coloma Community Center in east Sacramento.

Eight months ago, Zen Martial Arts started a Tiny Tigers class for 4- and 5-year olds.

Also new at the school is "open floor". Students can spar and practice kata (a detailed choreographed patterns of movement) on Saturdays.

Oliver teaches the Isshinryu style of karate. He said it's one of the more challenging forms of karate so earning the next belt is truly an accomplishment. Isshinryu means one heart/one mind.