Friday, September 13, 2013

Drexel University Sacramento Announces Three Recipients of Civic Engagement Scholarships

Drexel University Sacramento today announced that three Sacramento area women have been awarded the Civic Engagement Scholarship.
Becky Johnson

Becky Johnson and Stephanie Landrum of Sacramento, and Kristine Cassidy of Yuba City, will each receive $15,000 scholarships to attend Drexel’s graduate program in Sacramento. The scholarship can be applied to tuition for any of the part-time graduate degree programs offered by Drexel.

Drexel University Sacramento offers the scholarships as a continuation of its effort to develop the next generation of business, nonprofit and civic leaders whose skills will be of great importance to the future of the Sacramento region.

Kristine Cassidy
"Drexel takes tremendous pride in being acknowledged for its innovation and the many ways we partner with community groups in the Greater Sacramento region,” said Dr. Sandra Kirschenmann, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Drexel University Sacramento. “We are proud to welcome three accomplished women like Kristine Cassidy, Becky Johnson and Stephanie Landrum. I’m delighted that we can provide these scholarships to such deserving recipients. Our dynamic program will give them the opportunity to position themselves as leaders in both their careers and communities.”
Stephanie Landrum
Scholarship finalists were interviewed by the award committee, which was comprised of leaders of the Sacramento region’s chambers of commerce and civically engaged partners.

Johnson is enrolled in Drexel’s MBA program. She is the Senior Manager for PG&E’s Sacramento division, which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Solano and Colusa counties. She heads up the Energy Solutions & Service group and the division leadership team, which is focused on energy efficiency and resolving customer and public safety issues.

Johnson has worked in the field of urban infrastructure for two decades, with previous positions in the construction, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

She is a senior fellow and executive committee board member of the American Leadership Forum. Previously, she served as chair for Leadership Sacramento, president of the Junior League of Sacramento, and she is a graduate of Sacramento’s City Management Academy and the FBI Citizens’ Academy.

An avid runner, she has completed more than 25 ultramarathons (longer than standard 26.2 mile distance). She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

A driving reason for choosing Drexel is the university’s commitment to the community.

“My family has always been civically engaged, and Drexel’s values closely align with my own,” said Johnson, who grew up in Auburn. “Plus, the curriculum and cohort structure will enable me to learn new concepts and skills.”

Landrum has been employed by Kaiser Permanente for the past six years and is currently the Community Benefit Health Specialist for the South Sacramento Service Area. She feels Drexel’s Executive Masters program in Public Health (MPH) will be a tremendous asset to her career.

Cassidy, an MBA student at Drexel, has enjoyed a long, fulfilling career in healthcare, working just over 25 years for the Rideout Health group in Yuba City. She and her husband, John, have been active volunteers in Yuba City, where they have lived since 1985. She has been a Yuba City Rotary member for seven years and the Cassidys frequently volunteer for local fundraising efforts.

“I’m so appreciative of being awarded this grant by Drexel,” Cassidy said. “Drexel shares my passion to help the community. I really look forward to the formal, critical thinking skills that I will learn at Drexel. The MBA program was exactly what I was looking for in a graduate program.”

Cassidy was born in Yuba City, but her family quickly relocated to Ukiah. She attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and departed with a degree in nutrition. Cassidy returned to the classroom at California State University, Chico and earned a masters degree in nutrition.

Cassidy has held numerous management and administrative positions with Rideout Health and is currently the Vice President of Extended Care Services. In her spare time, Cassidy is an avid hiker and also enjoys cycling and golf.

All of Drexel’s academic programs are focused at the heart of Greater Sacramento’s growth and economic development initiatives – health, entrepreneurial business, human resources and education.

Drexel – a top-ranked, national comprehensive university – currently offers students seven master's, one doctorate and one post-baccalaureate program designed for working professionals in the fields of entrepreneurial business, human resource development, higher education and health care.

In September 2013, Drexel launched its first full-time undergraduate program in business for students who have finished at least the first two years of their undergraduate education.

For more information about Drexel University Sacramento’s programs in California, visit or call (916) 325-4600.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Creepy Crawly Creature Feature coming to Rocklin Sept. 22

Monday, September 9, 2013

Annie’s SnoBiz Goes Beyond The Shaved Ice To Help Children in Need

Annie Renee of Annie's SnoBiz
When Annie Renee sells shaved ice at Annie’s SnoBiz, she’s doing her part to fight global hunger.

Every day, she puts money aside from her profits into what she calls her “Jesus Jar,” dedicated to helping support Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit organization that provides tens of millions of meals each year to malnourished children around the world.

Annie’s Sno Biz was “truly a gift from God,” founder and owner of the shaved ice truck, Annie says.  After being a stay-at-home mom for 20 years, Renee believed “God had put this in my lap” once the last of her three children left for college.

The idea of having some type of food truck had always resonated in the thoughts of the family.  “My husband initially had a mini donut idea,” Renee said, “but the idea for shaved ice was what God wanted us to do.”

Renee felt it was important to give back to God which is where she came up with the idea of a “Jesus Jar.”  Renee has been donating a little over a year and has already given more than a thousand dollars to the organization.

The family participated in last year’s Feed My Starving Children MobilePack at William Jessup University. “It was nice to be active in the packing action,” Renee said, “and be a part of what happens behind the finances.”

Annie’s SnoBiz has been in business for three years and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “Seeing the kid’s expressions on their face after they have their first bite is my favorite part,” Annie said. “I plan on doing this until I can’t walk anymore.”

The shaved ice truck is regularly located on the corner of Harding and Douglas roads in Roseville.  Follow Annie on Twitter at @anniessnobiz to find out where the truck is each day and other updates about the company.

For information on supporting this year’s Feed My Starving Children MobilePack in Rocklin, please visit

Friday, August 30, 2013

U.S. HealthWorks Releases List of Top Workplace Injuries

As Labor Day Approaches, Make Your Labor More Safe: Tips for Avoiding Common Workplace Injuries

 U.S. HealthWorks, a leading national operator of medical centers to treat on-the-job injuries, today released its annual list of top workplace injuries – with tips to avoid them.

At the top spot: back injuries, with more than twice as many back injuries as the No. 2 injury -- finger cuts, followed by shoulder sprains, sprained necks and leg/knee injuries.

U.S. HealthWorks, which operates 208 centers and work sites around the country, developed the injury ranking based on patient visits – more than 12,000 patients come to the centers every day.

“Labor Day is a great day to celebrate the achievements of American workers,” said Dr. Leonard M. Okun, National Medical Director for U.S. HealthWorks. “But too often workers are injured in situations where the injuries could be easily avoided.”

“Back injuries remain the most common of industrial injuries,” Dr. Okun said.  “The back is a great system of muscle and bone that can create tremendous force and withstand considerable abuse. However, when back injuries do occur they can be physically and emotionally debilitating – and often require drastic measures to heal.”

Back injuries frequently take place on the job and aren't exclusive to just outdoor workers. Injuries are also common for office workers, often due to improper setup of the work station or not lifting properly. The lower back is the most common site of back injuries and back pain.

U.S. HealthWorks provides the ”right care, right away” to help employees recover from injuries so they can return to their jobs or work in modified assignments. U.S. HealthWorks also provides pre-employment screening to ensure that job candidates can do the work and works with employers to properly design work stations to reduce the risk of injuries.

To avoid back injuries and other common neck, leg and knee strains, U.S. HealthWorks doctors recommend:

  • Morning stretching exercises, about 5 minutes.
  • Learn proper lifting techniques, including:
1.      Stand close to the load with your feet shoulder-width apart.
2.      Squat down keeping your back in neutral posture.
3.      Get a firm close grasp of the object before beginning the lift.
4.      Lift with your legs and in a smooth manner.
  • When possible, divide up loads to be lifted to east the strain on your back.

For office workers, make sure your work station is situated to help your back, including:

  • Sitting in chairs with straight backs or low-back support.
  • If possible, keep your knees a bit higher than your hips by adjusting your seat or using a low stool to prop up your feet.
  • If you’re standing for long periods, try resting one foot on a low stool to relieve pressure on your lower back. At 5 to 15 minute intervals, switch the foot you are resting on the stool.

Dr. Okun said workers can avoid cuts – the second most common injury – by taking greater care as they go about their jobs. Be aware of your surroundings and possible sharp objects and treat them with caution, as well as watching where you walk and spotting obstacles.

“We will never eliminate on-the-job injuries because accidents happen,” Dr. Okun said. “But taking precautions and analyzing situations carefully can help people avoid many of these common injuries.”

About U.S. HealthWorks

U.S. HealthWorks, a subsidiary of Dignity Health, is one of the country’s largest operators of occupational healthcare centers with 208 clinics and worksites in 19 states and more than 2,700 employees, including about 800 medical providers. Our centers collectively serve more than 12,000 patients each day, providing quality medical care to help employees return to work and allow employers to effectively manage  claims and reduce lost work time. U.S. HealthWorks also offers special early return-to-work, injury prevention and ergonomics programs. For more information, please visit or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


Liberty Utilities, a utility company servicing the Lake Tahoe area, is warning the public that individuals claiming to represent Liberty and demanding payment over the phone have been reported by its customers. Liberty Utilities representatives would not be placing calls to customers for payment. Liberty encourages customers who receive such a call to contact us at

“We appreciate our customers contacting us about these deceptive calls from individuals claiming to represent Liberty, Pacific Electric or other so-called utilities,” stated Sam Rohn, Liberty Utility’s Environmental, Health, Safety & Security Manager. “We encourage our customers not to give out any proprietary or personal information.  Liberty Utilities will already have your specific account information on record.”

Rohn also recommended customers visit to find out the latest information about the utility, including potentially harmful scams such as this. The website also offers information on services offered by the utility, including free energy audits and recycling rebates.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

William Jessup University Reports Record-Breaking Enrollment

Momentum Continues Amid Expansion and New Programs

William Jessup University's record-breaking student
enrollment on their first day of school
William Jessup University on Wednesday, August 28 began its 2013-14 academic year with the largest enrollment in the university’s 74-year history. The university has reported continued growth in enrollment during the past four consecutive years.

William Jessup’s enrollment is up 10 percent from last fall to over 1,100 students, including the largest number of new students (just over 300) attending the Greater Sacramento region’s only private four-year, residential university. In addition, this is the largest incoming first time freshmen class to date.

"William Jessup University continues to be recognized for the excellent higher education value we are providing in Northern California, the Western United States, and in Canada,” said Jessup’s President, Dr. John Jackson.  “As we continue to make progress to being a Distinguished Christ-Centered University, an increasing number of students and family are seeing us as the provider of choice for affordable excellence in higher education.  We are excited at the ongoing story of growth and expansion that is happening at the University.”

As the university continues to expand its’ reach, incoming students are represented from 17 different states across the United States and Canada.

William Jessup has regularly added to its curriculum and now offers degrees in a variety of disciplines, including Biology, Business Administration, Family and Children’s Ministry, English, History, Intercultural Studies, Creative Arts, Education, Math, Music, Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Public Policy and Youth Ministry.

Earlier this month, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) unanimously approved William Jessup University for full membership in the prestigious higher education organization.

Three of the largest majors declared by the incoming students are Business, Psychology, and Liberal Studies or Teacher Education. William Jessup University offers over 50 majors and programs in its traditional program including an accelerated degree program geared for working professionals.

New programs including Biology and Creative Arts have attracted students and exceeded anticipated projections. The new biology lab and creative arts studio in addition to a new media lab provide students with state-of-the-art facilities.

Last fall, William Jessup unveiled a $17 million campus expansion that added new dining, athletic and classroom facilities to accommodate a growing number of students to its 128-acre campus.

Known as a military-friendly university, William Jessup welcomes approximately seven new students honoring the latest provision to the GI Bill, known as the Yellow Ribbon Program. Overall, there are 41 students enrolled in the program that allows any veteran who has served on active duty for at least 36 aggregate months since 9/11 to have the complete cost of tuition covered in any program the University offers.  

Of the new students, 74 are student athletes joining the ranks of the substantial sports program Jessup continues to build, that includes volleyball, men and women’s soccer, men and women’s basketball, golf, cross country/track and softball.

For more information on William Jessup University, please visit or call (916) 577-2200.

About William Jessup University

Founded in 1939 by William Jessup, the University moved to Rocklin, California, in August 2004. WJU is the first and only WASC accredited private four-year university to have its main campus located in the greater Sacramento area, offering degrees in many different disciplines, including Biology, Business Administration, Family & Children’s Ministry, English, History, Intercultural Studies, Creative Arts, Education, Math, Music, Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Public Policy and Youth Ministry. WJU also offers a School of Professional Studies (SPS) at its campuses in Rocklin and San Jose. Program concentrations include Business Administration, Christian Leadership, Counseling Psychology, Organizational Leadership and a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Credential Program. For more information, please visit or call (916) 577-2200.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sample the Sierra to take place Sept. 1 in South Lake Tahoe

Sample the Sierra Pairings Announced

 The 4th annual Sample the Sierra festival will feature 16 different tasting booths, each showcasing the variety of textures, flavors, and styles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  New this year, attendees can look forward to sampling locally made spirits from Tahoe Moonshine Distillery and Tahoe Blue Vodka, and ice cold beers from Great Basin Brewery and Stateline Brewery.  The beverages will be paired with food samples made by area chefs from fresh produce donated by local farms.  Sample the Sierra is a perfect opportunity to try food and drinks from the local’s favorite places for the low admission price of $30.  Below is a list of the participating food and beverage providers.  For a full list of festival participants and ancillary events, or to purchase tickets, visit

The event will take place on September 1 on Ski Run Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe from 1 to 5 pm.

Crystal Basin Bistro
Crystal Basin Cellars
Patrick's Mountain Grown

Primo's Italian Bistro
Auriga Wine Cellars
Humble Bee Hill Farms

Café Fiore
Madroña Vineyards
Toscano Family Farm

Riva Grill
Grace Patriot Wines
Sierra Meat & Seafood

Blue Angel Café
Bumgarner Winery
Heart Rock Herb and Spice Company

The Boathouse on the Pier
C.G. Di Arie
Mountain Bounty Farm

Exquisite Grill
Stateline Brewery
Tahoe Spice works

Sugar Pine Bakery
Tahoe Ridge Winery
Nancy's Green Barn Farm

MacDuff's Pub
Findleton Estate & Winery
Perez Red Shack

Nepheles Creative Ca Cuisine
Boeger Winery
Sierra Valley Farms

The Ridge Tahoe/Hungry Bear Restaurant
Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard
Nevada Fresh Pak

Getaway Café
Lava Cap Winery
Rainbow Orchards

Zephyr Cove Restaurant
Great Basin Brewing Co.
Beals Orchards

The Sierra Kombucha Company
Tahoe Blue Vodka

Tahoe Private Chef
Narrowgate Vineyards
Harris Tree Farm

The Yum Truck
Tahoe Moonshine Distillery
Hooverville Orchards

Monday, August 12, 2013


A local effort to pack 500,000 meals for malnourished children around the world is holding its first major fundraiser for 2013, a special tropical-themed dinner on Aug. 23, catered by Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning.

All of the proceeds of the fundraiser will benefit the non-profit Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event, scheduled for Oct. 24-26 at William Jessup University.

Randy and Lisa Peters, owners of Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning, are donating all the food and their service for the event – meaning every dollar raised will go toward paying for meals for the MobilePack.

“We’ve had the privilege of participating in a MobilePack and seeing hundreds of people come together and pack meals for malnourished children,” Randy Peters said. “Thousands of children die every day around the world due to malnutrition – we are compelled to make a difference.”

Each meal packed at the MobilePack costs just 22 cents and provides a malnourished child with a scientifically designed meal intended to help bring them back to health.

Tickets for the dinner, to be held at Valley Springs Church2401 Olympus Drive in Roseville, are $40 per person, meaning each ticket purchased will pay for 182 meals to feed malnourished children.

“We are very excited to partner again with Randy and Lisa Peters for this special fundraiser for a second year,” said Mike Gebhardt, one of the organizers for the MobilePack. “Last year’s dinner raised enough money to pay for more than 63,000 meals – a huge part of the success of our 2012 MobilePack.”

In addition to the tropical dinner, a live auction, silent auction, live entertainment, and raffles will also take place throughout the night. Eric Hogue, a longtime radio personality in the region and now a William Jessup University vice president, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning is one of the top catering companies in the area, offering unique culinary creations and styling. The catering firm has been regularly recognized for its excellence. Randy and Lisa Peters have been recognized by many organizations for their service to communities in the area.
Randy and Lisa started the catering business after running four successful restaurants, most recently Venita Rhea’s in Rocklin.

The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Tickets may be purchased online at Sponsorships for the dinner are also available and organizers are accepting donations of auction and raffle items.

For more information, please visit our website or call (916) 781-0650.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit that distributes culturally-neutral, nutritious meals to nearly 70 countries through more than 90 missions and humanitarian agencies. In most cases, the free food is used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics, and community feeding programs that contribute to long-term community development. Ninety-two percent of donations to FMSC go directly to the food program.

Corporations, civic groups and churches that are interested in partnering with this year’s Sacramento area MobilePack™ may call Bill Halldin at 916-781-0650. For more information, please visit our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about Randy Peters Catering, please visit

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Folsom Lake Could Drop to Record Lows

San Juan Water District alerts public about low water levels

San Juan Water District is concerned about the water levels at Folsom Lake and is calling on the Bureau of Reclamation to stop gambling with the region’s water supply.

Planned levels at Folsom Lake this winter are leaving the region’s water supply in jeopardy. Reclamation, the federal agency overseeing water operations at Folsom Lake, continues to bring water levels down. When Reclamation dropped the Lake levels in the past, winter rainstorms saved the region’s water supply by filling the lake. This year, the region experienced the driest January through May on record and little rainfall is predicted this winter. Reclamation is taking a huge risk.

“The region is already feeling the impact. Boaters are required to empty their slips months earlier than normal,” says Shauna Lorance, general manager of San Juan Water District. “Impacts on recreation will seem like nothing if we reach dead pool. At dead pool, we can’t pull water out of Folsom Lake to provide water to our customers and must use other measures to do so.”

In December 2013, Reclamation plans on lowering the lake’s capacity to roughly 241,000 acre-feet. This is far less water than the 400,000 acre-feet the lake held going into 1976 and 1977 - the worst two-year drought on record. With the threat of drought looming, “Reclamation cannot continue to manage the water so carelessly,” says Lorance.

Current winter weather forecasts, climate change and water operations are all pointing toward one conclusion: if Reclamation continues to drop the lake as planned and the region doesn't have a wet winter, San Juan Water District customers will be in serious trouble next year.

“Reclamation is leaving no margin for error in this year’s plan, putting San Juan customers at risk,” says Lorance. “They are making a dangerous assumption that we will receive enough rain to refill Folsom Lake. We aren't willing to gamble with our customer’s water.”

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jazz Musician and Steinway Pianos Artist Jim Martinez Joins Faculty at William Jessup University

Pianist Jim Martinez joins William Jessup University faculty

William Jessup University announced today it has hired pianist Jim Martinez as the accompanist for the Music Department. He will play an integral role for the University Choir and Orchestra that performs more than 30 times per year.

Martinez will practice, perform and work with the more than 100 students in the Music Department.

“I want to share everything I've learned from my career and teach students,” said Martinez, who has studied classical music for 18 years and has an extensive jazz background. “I take the approach that every student is different. I look forward to working with the students individually and also in a group setting.”

Martinez has performed or recorded with numerous well-known jazz musicians, including Lionel Hampton, the Stan Kenton Alumni, Christian McBride, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove and Ed Thigpen, the first drummer for the Oscar Peterson Trio.

“I've been able to work with some amazing jazz players,” said Martinez, who lists his parents, Dave Brubeck and Lionel Hampton as his major musical influences.

Martinez has also performed with the Sacramento Symphony and toured as a featured guest with the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band from Travis Air Force Base.

“He has this incredible performance career,” said Tom Ruscica, chair of the Music Department. “William Jessup has never had someone who represented the genre of jazz. It allows us to do some different things, especially if we want to try something in that style.”

Martinez is a Steinway Pianos Artist, a designation awarded by the legendary piano company to elite pianists.

“It gives us a level of prestige having him on the WJU team,” said Ruscica, a fan and friend of Martinez.

Martinez, who has 12 CDs available on the iTunes Music Store, started Invisible Touch Music Software in 1989. The company arranged and recorded files for digital and acoustic player-pianos, from classical to Dixieland music. He recently sold the company.

Martinez performs across the country with his jazz trio and as a soloist.

“I have always felt that music was my calling,” he said. “Music is my ministry, my livelihood.”

Martinez grew up in Fair Oaks. He and his wife, Suzy, have two sons and live in Rocklin. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Roger Speer named Universal Technical Institute’s Sacramento campus president

Roger Speer new campus president at UTI-Sacramento
Universal Technical Institute (UTI) — the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians — has named Roger Speer as president of its Sacramento campus.

Speer has worked for UTI for more than 20 years and previously served as Senior Vice President of Custom Training Group and Support Services at UTI. Before that position, Speer was the Senior Vice President of Operations and Education from 2002 to 2006. Speer started with UTI in 1988, and has positions that include Director of Graduate Employment at the UTI Phoenix Campus, Corporate Director of Graduate Employment, President of UTI Glendale Heights Campus and Vice President of Operations.

“Roger’s extensive experience and focus on providing a quality training experience for our students are great assets to the business,” says Kim McWaters, Chief Executive Officer, UTI. “He will provide leadership and strategic direction as we continue to concentrate on serving the growing demand for automotive, diesel and collision repair technicians in northern California and the surrounding region.”

In his role, Speer will oversee more than 140 employees at the 245,000-square-foot training facility, which is located in Natomas off Interstate 5 and Arena Boulevard and has the capacity to train up to 2,100 students. Opened in 2005, the campus works with companies throughout Northern California that employ automotive graduates, including Maita Automotive Group, The Niello Company, Peterson Caterpillar, Cooks Collision and Raymond Handling.

Speer earned his bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Arizona State University.  

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 170,000 graduates in its 48-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).

For more information visit Like UTI on or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI


Monday, July 22, 2013

Anti-Bullying Program For Youths To Be Held At Rocklin Library Aug. 10

The Placer County Library will host an anti-bullying program geared primarily for junior high and high school students Sat., Aug. 10, 2013 at the branch library in Rocklin.

“An Anti-Bullying Day at the Rocklin Library” is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 p.m. The Rocklin branch is located at 4890 Granite Dr.

The program is sponsored by the Placer County Library and is being organized by the Rocklin and Penryn branches. The goal is to inform participants about the growing problem in a fun, nonjudgmental way. Everyone interested in learning more about bullying and what can be done about it is invited to attend.  

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office will present a slide show on bullying and be available to answer questions. The presentation will provide information that will be useful to both youths and their parents.

The event will feature team-building activities and crafts targeted primarily at adolescents. Participants will have chances to win door prizes and enjoy free pizza.

“The library decided to organize the program because of recent events at local schools that involved bullying,” explained Penryn Branch Manager Amie Toepfer. “The library was asked by both youths and parents if it could host an educational event focused on bullying and its long-lasting consequences for both bullies and victims. We hope, by doing this in a nonjudgmental and fun way, we will get the message out that bullying is not okay and is not a normal part of growing up.”

During the event, the library will give out bookmarks with resource information and will have books and movies that deal with bullying on display for participants to check out.

Friends of the Penryn Library and Rocklin Friends of the Library are providing support for the pizza, crafts and door prizes.

For more information, contact the Rocklin branch library at 916-624-3133.

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