What's Up In June 2022: The Newest Awards, Events, and Announcements from El Dorado County to Roseville
People & Places in the News
Ponderosa High School students Kaitlin Davey and Alexia Warzecha, and Oak Ridge High School students Alexios Sideris, Aylin Askin, Desiray Daniels, and Eva Min all received $1,000 each as part of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce University Scholarship this year. Congratulations!
Marshall Medical Center recently welcomed Mindy Danovaro into a new role as Executive Director of Philanthropy. Danovaro is a seasoned philanthropy executive with a proven track record of significant fundraising success and philanthropic process improvement.
The City of Roseville recently flipped an existing courtyard garden into an Inspiration Garden—the region’s latest water-wise demonstration garden to spur landscape water-saving ideas for the community. The garden includes 300 plants including low and moderate water use plants along with 37 percent of California native plants. The garden comprises proper irrigation practices, soil management and mulch, and the right mix of plantings to encourage pollinators to create a healthy garden ecosystem.
ABC10 recently participated in the west coast leg of Carry The Load: A 32-day national relay to honor and remember our nation’s heroes. Founded by Veteran U.S. Navy SEALs, the goal was to inspire people to actively participate in the relay and restore the true meaning of Memorial Day. Funds generated provided nationwide services for children of the fallen, and more. The west coast route made its way through the Sacramento region with a kick-off at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Roseville and passing through Maidu Regional Park, Roseville. The campaign culminated in Dallas on Memorial Day.
The El Dorado County Office of Education recently announced that Dr. Carolyn Parker has accepted the position of Director of Teacher Residency, a newly created role in partnership with Alder Graduate School of Education. In order to establish a teacher pipeline to recruit and retain additional teachers, Dr. Parker will lead efforts to educate local teacher candidates in a one-year residency program. At the completion of the program, residents will earn a teaching credential and Master’s degree.
Sonrisa Senior Living—a 201-unit premiere community for senior independent living—has opened at 1031 Roseville Parkway, Roseville. Sonrisa Assisted Living and Memory Care located next door to Sonrisa Senior Living, also had a groundbreaking ceremony recently. The 10-acre facility (1035 Roseville Parkway) plans to open 144 apartment units for local seniors in summer 2023. sonrisaseniorliving.com/sonrisa-roseville-ca
Women’s Fund El Dorado recently awarded Pioneer Union School District a grant of $10,000 to pursue wellness and mindfulness programs for students. This grant will help to create private and communal spaces at all campuses to promote mindfulness and provide social and emotional support.
Petty Officer 1st Class Carly Vohs—a 2011 graduate of Valley Christian Academy in Roseville—was selected as a Naval Medical Forces Pacific (NMFP) 2021 nominee for the coveted 2022 NMFP Senior Sailor of the Year award. Vohs was one of 13 finalists. She joined the navy nine years ago and currently serves as a hospital corpsman with Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) San Diego.
Marshall Medical Center’s Emergency Department in Placerville won the E-QUAL award for stroke earlier this year. E-QUAL stands for “Emergency Quality Network” and is an initiative by the American College of Emergency Physicians. It aims to improve stroke treatment by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of acute stroke diagnosis and treatment. marshallmedical.org
The El Dorado Union High School District honored Colleen Guglielmana at their 2022 Teacher of the Year Reception as “Alternative Education’s Teacher of the Year” as well as the “District’s Teacher of the Year.” Guglielmana is known for being a champion of underserved, at-risk students.
The Sacramento District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized two SAFE Credit Union-nominated businesses during National Small Business Week in May. Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Folsom won the Sacramento District’s “Business of the Year” award while Roseville-based Wellness Together earned the district’s “Minority-Owned Business of the Year” award. The National 2022 Small Business Awards showcase businesses and nonprofits, calling attention to their successes while inspiring others to pursue dreams of entrepreneurship.
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved providing nearly $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants to 24 nonprofit organizations to help recoup some of the losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include Ag in the Classroom, Assistance League Sierra Foothills, Gold Discovery Park Association, Ponderosa High School Band Boosters, and Friends of the Library of EDC among many others.
Youth on Course—a non-profit dedicated to providing youth access to life-changing opportunities through golf—announced that 20 graduating high school seniors will receive its 2022 scholarships totaling nearly $343,000. Local student recipients include Lea Han of Folsom and Corina Shaw of Auburn. Congratulations!
Pioneer Union School District recently completed an 8-week series of Enrichment Classes offered to all students of Pioneer Elementary, Walt Tyler Elementary, and Mountain Creek Middle School. Citing the program as a critical component of every student’s education, classes were offered in guitar, art, drama, girls on the run, and tutoring. They will offer a new series of enrichment in the fall.
Big Trucks Summer will be held Thursdays in June from 9-11 a.m. at Mahany Park (June 2 and 9) and Maidu Park (June 16 and 23) in Roseville. This free event will feature truck demonstrations, truck exploration, games, and activities. Catch a glimpse of vactor trucks, electric line trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, and more. Guests can meet with utility employees and learn about utility services and programs. rosevilletoday.com/news/roseville/roseville-big-trucks-summer/
El Dorado Hills resident Mike Bagdonas of Mike Bagdonas Fine Art is hosting a virtual gallery art show on his website titled: The Beauty of Garrapata that will begin on summer solstice (June 21) and go through the end of September. The show name references the Garrapata State Park off Highway 1. Bagdonas recorded his views of Garrapata through twenty-five years of hiking the shoreline in search of the perfect view to paint. All the paintings in the show are, or began with a plein air painting on site. mikebagdonas.com
Folsom’s Steve Miklos Aquatic Center is offering family season passes for $149, valid through September 5. The family pass admits up to four family members. Additional members can be added for $30. Daily wristbands for the popular giant inflatable floating obstacle courses will be $3. folsom.ca.us/government/parks-recreation/facilities/aquatic-center
Bacchus House Bistro in Folsom has partnered with Shriners Children’s Northern California (which treats children with complex medical conditions) for a magical journey and fundraiser with a cinematic tribute exhibit to The Wizard of Oz; running June 25-September 4. Bacchus House Bistro will host two five-course winemaker dinners and silent auctions on July 14 and August 11 to benefit Shriners Children’s. Don’t miss The Wizard of Oz tribute on June 25 during the Folsom Hometown Parade. bacchushousebistro.com/a-cinematic-tribute-to-the-wizard-of-oz
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