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Q & A with Elk Grove PD Officer Christopher Trim

Q & A with Elk Grove PD Officer Christopher Trim

ELK GROVE - This is another series of Q and A's, this time with Officer Chris Trim, the Elk Grove Police Department's (EGPD) Public Information Officer. This is another example of why we in the city are so lucky to have the EGPD. They are very responsive to the public and Trim takes time to monitor the local discussion forums and in many cases stops unfounded rumors before they get going. Thank you Trim for taking the time to respond to our questions.

Q. What is the most effective way to discourage inappropriate behavior at our neighborhood parks? Many people seem to be afraid to confront teenagers and let them know their behavior is not welcome. Is there really reason to be afraid to do this?

Rock band 'Random Shuffle' has roots in community

Rock band 'Random Shuffle' has roots in community

ELK GROVE - I sat down with local firefighter Markus Bowden to talk about an up and coming rock band called Random Shuffle that he is the founder and member of. Random Shuffle is a four piece band made up of two Elk Grove firefighters, a Sacramento City firefighter and a 3rd grade school teacher.

Q: So how did the idea of starting a band come about?

A: "
When I started working at the Elk Grove fire department I met Mark Wellendorf (a firefighter) who is well known in the local music scene. Mark has always been a one man band and he's carved out a unique style that is very different than mine but we seem to compliment each other. I've always had a passion for music and I was in some bands when I was much younger but then life just took over man - marriage, kids, responsibilities and such and I just kind of fell off the train. I approached Mark and asked him what he thought of teaming up and he was all over the idea.

Civil rights speaker Carolyn McKinstry to speak at Sheldon High School Feb. 24

Civil rights speaker Carolyn McKinstry to speak at Sheldon High School Feb. 24

ELK GROVE - On Thursday, Feb. 24, renowned civil rights speaker Carolyn McKinstry will share her story about the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to the explosion in 1963, then 14-year old Carolyn Maull (McKinstry) answered the phone on that fateful morning. A voice on the line said "three minutes." Unfortunately, McKinstry was unaware of prior bomb threats and the bomb subsequently exploded, killing four little girls in the church.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sheldon High School Performing Arts Center, 8333 Kingsbridge Drive in Sacramento. McKinstry will also speak to U.S. History students at Franklin High School at 9:30 a.m. on Feb.

Laguna Creek High School student wins 2 Gold Key Awards

Laguna Creek High School student wins 2 Gold Key Awards

ELK GROVE - Julie Ireton, a senior at Laguna Creek High School, has received two Gold Key Awards in the California Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest. Ireton received the awards in the Ceramics & Glass category for her works entitled “Double-Walled Crackle Vase” and “Phoenix Rising.”

Ireton’s two ceramic entries earned two of 84 Gold Key awards distributed this year in California. Gold Keys award winners will have their works forwarded to New York for judging in the national competition in March. Over 1,400 submissions were sent in for this year’s contest in California.

Ireton’s works will be on display at an exhibit in the Art Department at the University of California, Davis at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.

Teddy Herrera to finish 11,000-mile bike trek at Elk Grove fitness event March 27

Teddy Herrera to finish 11,000-mile bike trek at Elk Grove fitness event March 27

ELK GROVE - Teddy Herrera, a 24-year-old Elk Grove resident, will conclude his 11,000-mile bicycle trek on behalf of Across America for Childhood Obesity, at this year’s 8th Annual Nutrition Fuels Fitness event in Elk Grove on March 27 at 8 a.m. The Nutrition Fuels Fitness event is co-sponsored by Northern Area Dietetic Association and the Cosumnes Community Services District.

Herrera started his journey to raise awareness about childhood obesity on June 5, 2010 with $36 and no prior training. To date, he has logged 9,000 miles and normally rides about 75 to 100 miles a day. Herrera cycled from California, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York from June through September and then headed south through the fall and winter months. On scheduled breaks Herrera speaks with children at local schools in the area promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The Nutrition Fuels Fitness event features a 5K and 10K fun run and a Free Family Fun Festival to celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Assemblywoman Huber to host Neighborhood coffee in Elk Grove

Assemblywoman Huber to host Neighborhood coffee in Elk Grove

ELK GROVE - Assemblywoman Alyson Huber will once again host a series of neighborhood coffees as her second term in office gets underway. She invites all residents of the 10th Assembly District to come join her for a cup of coffee and discuss state issues.

Residents are encouraged to bring their questions, ideas and solutions regarding state legislative issues that affect the community.

The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Starbucks at 7701 Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove (near McDonald's).

Huber will continue to hold office hours as she has for the past two years in Amador County and El Dorado Hills. More information can be found online or by calling the Rancho Cordova district office at (916) 464-1910. Residents can also schedule an appointment at the district office.

Real (Funny) Housewives of Rio Linda Travel to Elk Grove March 4 for Special One Night Performance

Real (Funny) Housewives of Rio Linda Travel to Elk Grove March 4 for Special One Night Performance

ELK GROVE – Bring your bunco gals, your book club babes, and your “besties” for an evening of estrogen charged hilarity. The Cosumnes Legacy Foundation is pleased to host the Real (funny) Housewives of Rio Linda for a special, one night Elk Grove comedy performance on Friday, March 4 at the Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Avenue.

Experience an evening with these five feisty housewives -- Cheryl "The Soccer Mom," Kimmie Kay, Kristen Frisk, Sinderella, and Stephanie Garcia. The girls “get real” and cover topics from baby weight and jobs to the healthcare system. With previous appearances on News10, Good Day Sacramento, Laughs Unlimited, and more, the housewives are building a loyal local following.

This show is intended for an adult audience, 21 and older only. So put on your big girl panties and be prepared because some material may be considered highly inappropriate.

Seating begins at 6:00 p.m.