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Clean Slate

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Some of you Superfreaks can remember the good old days. You know, cruising in the Firebird, windows down, belting Earth Wind & Fire lyrics at the top of your lungs. I think Brian Adams said it was the “Summer of ‘69,” but fans of local cover band Clean Slate don’t even know that the years have passed. Clean Slate, a “Rock Steady” collection of eleven musicians and vocalists, is keeping the “Boogie Oggie Oggie” alive at casinos and private parties around the region, and with set lists that include Stevie Wonder, Rick James and Kool and the Gang, it’s no wonder that their events are packed with “Fun fun fun.” “I think it’s the entertainment as well as the energy (that makes Clean Slate so popular),” says lead male vocalist Collings Aki. “I think when people come out to see us and they actually see the band, first impressions are everything. We look sharp and we sound great.” And just because you might not have been a “Bad Girl” tugging on a “Chain of Fools” back in the day, doesn’t mean the soulful sounds of Clean Slate won’t appeal to your modern senses. Clean Slate plays for audience members of all ages. “Whatever crowd is in front of them, they know how to mold to the crowd,” says band manager Scott Mason. “They are one of those groups that just brings a dance party.” The original dance party started a few years back – in 1973, actually – when bassist Mark Noriega was jamming to the day’s top hits and decided to form a high school band called Clean Slate. After school and its associated freedom ended, Noriega grew up and moved on…but not permanently. “I guess it was my midlife crisis,” he says of starting up the band again. “Instead of buying a Harley Davidson, I started playing music and started a garage band. We all have day jobs, so we’ve been doing this as a hobby, but we do about 30 or 40 shows a year.” But don’t mistake their humble beginnings as amateurish; Clean Slate’s members have some serious talent. Trumpeter Steve Russo has played for the United States Air Force Band, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and the Glen Miller Orchestra, to name a few, while Brooks Gregory, the band’s saxophonist, has been playing for more than 30 years and started his first band in 1971. “I really do think that the lead singers are what drive the band,” touts Noriega. “Collings is of Hawaiian descent, and he’s got a phenomenal voice, as does Annie Park. It’s amazing how huge her voice is for how small she is; she really does have an Aretha Franklin-type voice.” This summer, fans can hear the band at various venues throughout the area, including the Fourth of July Creek Walk in Vacaville, the Yuba County Fair, and Harvey's Rooftop Celebration in Tahoe, to name a few. Or, of course, if you want high class entertainment at your own event, they are available for private parties, and what a party it will be. “I do this because I love music and I love being able to take people to a place, per se. If a person heard a certain song at a certain point in their life, I want to be able to play it close enough to the real thing,” says Aki. “Because you’re playing someone else’s song, you owe it to that artist to do it just like they did, if not better. We’ve got great musicians and great vocalists, and we just pride ourselves on having fun.” To find out more about Clean Slate, their performance schedule, or to book a show, visit cleanslatehome.com.

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Local Area Tidbits

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

The long, hot days of summer are here and it shows. If you’re lacking in the pool department, you should definitely consider checking out the Roseville Aquatics Complex! The complex is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.Speaking of refreshing liquids, here’s some news that will wake you up! Local coffee shop Jericho Coffee received the number one spot on the 2008 KCRA 3 A-List for Best Coffee Shop! If that wasn’t cool enough local eatery Dinner MyWay was also among the winners, receiving the number one spot for Best Meal Preparation in the Sacramento area. Way to go, Jericho and Dinner MyWay and all of the winnners!Rocklin High School and Whitney High School present Thundercat! Performing Arts Camp. If you have kids ages 7-12 who are interested in acting, singing and dancing, or just seem to have what it takes to get up on stage and perform, check this out. For two weeks your kids will work with the Rocklin and Whitney High School theatre departments on acting and musical theatre, while making new friends along the way. For more information, call 916-879-4003. Jumping from plays to parks… Back in early May, Granite Bay held the grand opening of the Franklin School Community Park. So, if you’re looking for a place to spend your day outside and happen to be in the area, it’s a great place. The park is 4.5 acres and features a synthetic turf baseball diamond/soccer field, a concrete trail, extensive landscaping, and a soon-to-be-finished group picnic pavilion. The park is located at 70540 Franklin School Road, off Laird.Some people prefer indoor recreation to beat the heat. What better way to do this than to join a book club or head to the local library? Roseville has three to choose from: the Martha Riley Community Library, the Downtown Library, and the Maidu Library. The Martha Riley Community Library features a Non-Fiction Book Club and a Fantasy Book Club, while the Maidu Library features a Mystery Book Club and a General Book Club. Meeting times and dates can be found online at roseville.ca.us/library/adult_programs.aspWe need to give a shout out to the young members of The Little Gym who had the opportunity to perform at the Rocklin Jubilee on June 28th. The Little Gym’s dance, cheer, and gymnastics programs showcased their students’ skills on a community stage at the Johnson-Springview Park. To see what other programs The Little Gym has to offer, be sure to visit their Web site at <a href="http://www.tlgplacercountyca.com" target="_blank">tlgplacercountyca.com</a>.The first Saturday of every month Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter will sponsor a microchip clinic at Diamond in the Ruff Pet Spa located at 845 Twelve Bridges Drive in Lincoln (916-543-4670). Clinics are also held at The Cat House at 11556 D Avenue in Auburn (530-823-6828). The $25 fee includes the implant service and lifetime registration. Proceeds benefit animals from Placer County Animal Service.Have a happy and safe Fourth of July, and until next time, stay cool out there.Do you have newsworthy tidbits for our What's Up column? Send it to us at [email protected].

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Something M.O.R.E.

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Once young adults with developmental disabilities finish high school, the transition into adulthood comes with a new set of challenges and very few services to support them. Seeing this void in the community, a group of concerned parents and professionals united to form M.O.R.E., or Mother Load Rehabilitation Enterprises, Inc. Established in 1969, the organization sought to find employment opportunities and encourage both independent and interdependent living for its clients. Beginning with only three staff members and eight clients, the staff has grown to 65 and serves more than 200 people per month. They also provide one of the few services for adults with Autism in northern California.Current executive director Susie Davies came to M.O.R.E. 25 years ago as Program Director. Her experience in creating a vocational program at the Hope Rehabilitation Services in San Jose and as coordinator for the Special Olympics in Santa Clara prepared her for this new adventure. “While the job has challenges, I love the people we serve, the staff and my job,” she says. “I look forward to coming to work every day!”In addition to Davies and her wonderful staff, M.O.R.E. relies on the support and contributions of what Davies calls “an awesome group of community leaders.” The Board of Directors consists of 13 devoted members that range from an architect to a retired director at McClellan Air Force Base. There’s also a waiting list to serve on the board; a beautiful, but rare thing in the non-profit world.Though a private, non-profit organization, M.O.R.E. is constantly looking for new ways to raise funds and become less dependent on government dollars. Davies believes that the more productive and self-sufficient the people M.O.R.E. serves become, the happier they are being less dependent on taxpayer money. “Unlike the perception of many, our clients want to earn a paycheck,” she notes. “We offer numerous options from community employment to every functional activity one does in their life.” Proactive in creating new revenue streams, M.O.R.E. operates businesses within their business to provide employment to their clients. These services include recycling, janitorial services, assembling and packaging, and mail services.Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of M.O.R.E. is the Creative Arts Program it offers. With the “Something M.O.R.E.” Art Gallery, these talented artists with no formal training have a place to display their works. “Their art does not conform to the expected,” say Davies. “The art speaks from the souls of our special artists and represents their world of colors, shapes, dreams and reality.”The community can get involved with M.O.R.E. in a couple of ways: First, businesses are invited to become partners, offering rewarding employment opportunities to the clients. And secondly volunteers are welcome to donate time and services on special projects and fundraisers.Approaching its 40th year, M.O.R.E.. was recently honored with the highest level of accreditation bestowed by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This three-year accreditation is a testament to the passion, innovation and enthusiasm surrounding this incredible organization. “I credit the success of M.O.R.E. to the clients we serve, the support provided by their families and care providers, our exceptional board and staff, and the orchestrated team efforts of this organization and the community at large,” say Davies. “It’s the combined efforts of these sectors that make M.O.R.E. so extraordinary.” For additional information on M.O.R.E., visit <a href="http://www.morerehab.org" target="_blank">morerehab.org</a>, or call 530-622-4848.

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Mom’s World

Jun 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Like most mothers, Paula Allison is a tried-and-true multi-tasker. With a to-do list a mile long and exactly one set of hands, she is busy raising two little ones of her own, serving as executive director of Allison Consulting, an estate and business planning law firm, as well as presiding over the locally-based MomtoMom Productions, a networking organization for moms. Allison has marketed volunteerism and trumpeted education at various levels throughout her professional life. The common thread in the fabric of achievement she continues to steadily weave: advocacy for kids, families and community. “I am always thinking of ways to educate moms about how important it is to protect their kids by preparing their estate plans,” says Allison, who adds that in early January of this year while rocking her toddler to sleep, a light bulb went off and an organization was born. “My mission through MomtoMom Productions is to enable other professional moms who specialize, in some way, in keeping families healthy and protected, to join together to give back to the community through educational events,” Allison says. “This kind of outreach gives me the opportunity to really connect with area moms, while at the same time, provide them with valuable education.” Though relatively new to the scene, MomtoMom Productions has already made quite a stir, proving that Allison’s maternal instincts were indeed accurate. Since the idea first germinated, MomtoMom Productions held its inaugural seminar series this past April and May, which focused on such topics as finances, living trusts, self-defense, vaccinations and autism, organic food gardening, and pre- and post-natal Pilates among other subjects pertinent to mothers. Field experts present seminars, tickets to which are only $15. Besides getting valuable answers to their more pressing questions, and receiving practical advice for their concerns, local moms have a chance to meet, connect and establish newfound relationships with other mothers, and by proxy, friendships. To what does Allison attribute the success of her little networking organization that could? Call it the “Mom Factor;” she does. “The bottom line is that we turn to our fellow moms to look for advice on parenting, service providers and other resources,” Allison says. “You trust someone who has been in your shoes.” So what should one expect from a MomtoMom seminar? As Allison describes it as, “A quality educational experience with a lot of fun thrown in.” She adds, “Business owners who participate in our MomtoMom network should expect to meet a dynamic group of women who are eager to work together to keep families healthy and protected in our community.” Because MomtoMom Productions is so community-minded, remaining profits from seminar ticket sales support Moment By Moment (momentbymoment.org), a nonprofit that provides complimentary photography services to families with a child (or children) afflicted with life-limiting illness. “Motherhood has helped me to prioritize what is important to me, and has also clarified my purpose,” Allison says. “Being a parent takes an incredible amount of time and also makes you a better person because you need to be a good role model. Plus, it’s so darn fun!” Experience the fun by first learning more. Visit MomtoMom Productions online at momtomomproductions.com, or by calling 916-792-7946.

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