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Punjabi charter school to open in West Sacramento

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A new charter school that will teach the language and culture of Punjab is set to open in West Sacramento this fall.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the Sacramento Valley Charter School will be the nation's first public Punjabi charter school.

The school approved by the Washington Unified School District is set to open in the fall and serve 120 students from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Officials want to eventually expand it to seventh and eighth grades over the next three years.

The school will teach the language and culture of Punjab, a region in northern India and Pakistan, but it is open to any child.

It's the latest California charter school that caters to a specific ethnicity. Last summer, Sacramento opened a school that teaches Hmong culture and language.

4th of July Fun at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center - July 2-3

Fourth of July Fun Presented by Discovery Museum Science & Space Center

July 2-3, 2011
12:30pm - 4pm
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
3615 Auburn Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 

The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center celebrates their 60th Anniversary with a year-long retrospective of science milestones of the last six decades. In July, celebrate great science of the 1980s. Three cheers for the red, white, and blue! Enjoy a visit to the Discovery Museum this holiday weekend with a self-guided tour of the Space Quest exhibit. Kids show patriotic pride by crafting an old favorite--a star-spangled waver. Don't forget to purchase your fireworks from the booth at the Museum! Planetarium shows are at 1pm and 3pm are included with admission (ages 4 and above only); Creature Features at Noon and 2pm are for all ages.

Retired Oakland Raider Tim Brown and CHP runs football camp for area boys

Retired Oakland Raider Tim Brown and CHP runs football camp for area boys

Tim Brown Mentor Mini Camp has served hundreds of fatherless/disadvantaged boys since 1999.  This year's event is being held tomorrow (Tuesday, June 28) at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sac.  It's sponsored by the 911 For Kids Foundation and Tim Brown, retired Oakland Raider. 

This camp is a one day football camp for 100 young boys ages 8-16 from urban, single parent, or fatherless homes.  Through encouragement and hard work, these youths learn key elements to building a successful and productive life.  This is a great opportunity to foster a mentoring relationship between these children and the "Mentor Dads" as they learn and interact through the football training drills. 

This mentoring opportunity allows for older, wiser, more experienced individuals to provide support and guidance to a minor whose environment increases his chance of exposure to academic failure, gangs and violence, use of alcohol and drugs,

Mini-golf course in downtown pubs...fundraiser for breast cancer

Mini-golf course in downtown pubs...fundraiser for breast cancer

          Putters, Pubs and Prevention

(What do Greens and Grog have to do with Breast Cancer?)

This Saturday, June 25th, at 11am, the 2nd Annual Albie Puttin’ Pub Crawl will launch its shotgun start for an event that puts… or better yet, putts the fun back in fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting Albie Aware, a Sacramento non-profit which raises money to provide breast cancer prevention education and helps patients pay for expensive diagnostic screening tests.
(Registration is at 10am at the 15th & K Street Parking Lot)
At 11am, players will fan out for a shotgun start “Putt-Tournament” at 9 different downtown pubs, (all within walking distance of each other) where their putting skills will be tested in 9 very different and creative “themed” golf holes, that are being built by employees of the participating pubs.
Attached please find some photos of creative golf holes from

Making Waves

Making Waves

In the face of squalls, the Vista del Lago High girls swim team continues to push forward, carving out a legacy in the water at one of the area’s newest schools.

The Eagles are not funded by the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District, have a pool they can’t compete in for half the season and field no other aquatics program on campus which diminishes their numbers. But, bolstered by a fourth-place finish at last month’s Sac-Joaquin Section Swimming Championships, Vista del Lago’s girls have earned the reputation in the swimming community as a program on the rise.

“It’s really neat to (watch) – they’re setting the tone,” said Eagles coach Joel Garceau, who also heads the swim teams at Folsom High. “They’re setting the traditions.”

The three schools that finished ahead of Vista del Lago – St. Francis, Davis and Rio Americano, respectively – boast a combined 26 section swim titles, so, truly, there is no shame in fourth place.

Northern CA Artists Rally to Support a Local Non-Profit That Serves Homeless Youth and Families

Northern CA Artists Rally to Support a Local Non-Profit That Serves Homeless Youth and Families

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA:  Lutheran Social Services of Northern CA (LSS) has been serving homeless youth and families in the Sacramento and Stockton areas for over 40 years.  Now, as failing budgets and program cut backs are impacting many shelters and non-profits, LSS hopes to take the situation and turn lemons into lemonade.   They are launching an ambitious campaign to raise funds to support their programs and services.

On, Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

New Educational Services leader for Washington Unified

New Educational Services leader for Washington Unified

Washington Unified School District's Board of Education, at its June 9 meeting, approved the contract for the district's new Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, William Spalding.

Spalding replaces Sue Brothers, whose reassignment was announced earlier this year.

Superintendent Dr. Dayton Gilleland, who came to West Sac in July 2010 from the San Bernardino School District to take the reins at Washington Unified, said, "I look forward to working directly with Mr. Spalding. Bill was the lead facilitator with a District Assistance and Intervention Team (DAIT) when his group was selected to work with the San Bernardino City Unified School District."

Gilleland said Spalding is collaborative in his approach "and highly effective in his ability to guide the work necessary for improved student achievement.