What's Up In May 2022: The Newest Awards, Events, and Announcements from El Dorado County to Roseville
People & Places in the NewsLongtime Folsom resident and favorite local barber, Randy Boxell, recently celebrated his 80th birthday. A hair stylist for over 50 years, he’s been an active member of the Lions Club, Folsom Chamber of Commerce, and the community at large, and even has Folsom’s “Man of the Year” award under his belt. We wish him all the best!
Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar (mikunisushi.com) is celebrating 35 years in business this year, with nine locations and 1,000 employees. The award-winning restaurant is one of the most successful restaurant businesses in Northern California, and has raised over $2.5 million for local charitable organizations.
Placer SPCA (placerspca.org) awarded animals and people who help each other at their 20th Annual Funny Bones Comedy Show & Awards Night. Jim Gray posthumously received the Hero Award for his long tenure on the board of directors and his commitment to the facility. Other winners were Jackie Bryla and Mango, the registered therapy dog; Roseville animal control officers, John Bennett, Sarah Severns, and Gabe Sorenson; Amanda Barnes and dog Sophia; and Eve and CyAnn Webber and dogs Lucy and Ethel.
The recently held 12th Annual Hands4Hope-Youth Making A Difference (hands4hopeyouth.org) Toiletries Drive benefited those who lost their homes in the Caldor Fire as well as those in our community struggling to make ends meet. Seven local elementary schools collected over 6,900 items during the two-week drive which will be donated to various agencies throughout El Dorado and Sacramento
El Dorado Community Foundation (eldoradocf.org) is opening its first ever consolidated grant cycles and welcoming El Dorado County nonprofit organizations to apply through May 19. Nonprofits can apply for veterans’ grants, Friends of Seniors grants, Hearts and Minds (youth) grants, and more. Find details at eldoradocf.org/grants-catalog.
American River College student Brianna Huynh was named to the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing academic achievements of students at associate degree-granting colleges. Brianna was also named a Phi Theta Kappa 2022 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. Selection was based on the score earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition—and Brianna received the highest score in California. Congratulations!
At an awards ceremony in March, the El Dorado County School Boards Association (EDCSBA) recognized school board and community members for their 2021 contributions. Awards included Leader in Boardsmanship (Jody Westfall, Chris Belmer); Lifetime Achievement (Winston Pingrey, Kevin Brown, Suzanna George); Outstanding Corporate Organization (Black Oak Mountain Vineyards), and other community members.
In order to highlight the growing start-up and innovative culture in the community, a mural was designed and painted at Historic Granite School (Northern California Innovative District) in Folsom by Pablo Castellanos and six of his art students at Vista Del Lago High School. The project was planned and coordinated by Linqm, Inc. and Greater Folsom Partnership, and funded via donations by Folsom Chat and Folsom Rotary Club. The mural can be viewed during business hours at 909 Mormon Street.
The Sierra Renaissance Society (srsedc.com)—which is dedicated to life-long learning and hosts presentations and workshops throughout the year—presents “History of Native American Tribes in our Region” by Guy Nixon on May 20th from 1-3 p.m., at the Mother Lode Lion’s Club in Diamond Springs.
Blue Line Arts (bluelinearts.org) has a number of 5-day Art Camps for kids in May and June—including Digital Mixed Media, Anime Design, Sculpture, and more. Visit their website for pricing and to register.
The Art League of Lincoln (artleagueoflincoln.com) presents All Fired Up: A Clay Exhibit through May 28 at Beermann Plaza and the Art League of Lincoln. Free to the public, there will be ceramic, glass, and metal art on display, demos, hands-on clay camp, art booths, music, games, and prizes.
Don’t miss the last of Roseville’s Wine Down Wednesday (roseville.ca.us/events) events on May 4, 11, and 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Vernon Street Town Square. Taste wines from local vintners including award-winning selections, adventurous blends, and even dessert wines.
Folsom Public Library (folsom.ca.us/library) has launched a new community challenge based on the book The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan by Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller. As part of the challenge, the following events will take place in the library meeting room: Mend and Make Do on May 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Book Discussion and Book Swap on May 19, 1 p.m.; Jigsaw Puzzle Swap on May 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Book-to-Action Finale Celebration on June 18, 11 a.m.
Soil Born Farms (soilborn.org) in Rancho Cordova is organizing an Herb Walk on May 14 from 9-10:30 a.m. Explore herbs grown on American River Ranch, and learn identification, properties, and uses of medicinal and culinary herbs to enhance your health and well-being.
Maidu Museum & Historic Site (roseville.ca.us) in Roseville is conducting a campfire for all ages on May 20 at 7 p.m. Listen to Native American stories and roast marshmallows in the amphitheater. Rock Art Mysteries Tour on May 21 from 8-8:30 p.m. is meant for ages 5 and over. Enjoy a flashlight tour of rare rock art carvings at the museum.
Acton Academy Placer (actonplacer.com)—an educational program that promotes critical thinking, independence, and an entrepreneurial mindset—is hosting their 4th Annual Children's Business Fair on May 28 at 725 Vernon Street, Roseville. Youngsters (ages 5-18) will showcase their businesses comprising amazing products and brands. Visit and shop from the youngest entrepreneurs around.
by Tara Mendanha
Randy Boxell photo courtesy of Judy Collinsworth. Other photo courtesy of its respective company or organization.