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Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the launch of a statewide higher education listening tour and an online campaign that will engage Californian's in a public dialogue, seeking their feedback and suggestions on issues relating to the state's higher education system.

In the coming months, Newsom is expected to travel to the University of California (UC), Califoria State University (CSU) and community college campuses, to meet with a broad range of stakeholders, including students, administration officials and community and business leaders.

"I look forward to having an honest conversation and hearing directly from students, educators and administration officials on everyday issues and challenges within our higher education system," said Newsom.

Stories on Stage celebrates first anniversary

Stories on Stage celebrates first anniversary

SACRAMENTO -- Stories on Stage won the 2010 Best of Sacramento Award for Best Reason to Listen Up and now they are celebrating their first year anniversary.

Created by Sacramento-based author Valerie Fiorvanti, Stories on Stage is a writer's version of open mic night. The series takes place on the last Friday of every month and during the night, writers gather to have their short fiction read by actors.

"I started up the series last year because there was a need for it and Sacramento didn't have anything like this for writers," said Fiorvanti.

On January 28, actor Victoria Goldblatt will read Valerie Fioravanti’s “Lifetime Happiness Potential” and Tim Kahl will read Andrew Foster Altschul’s "The Future’s Not Ours to See."

Andrew Foster Altschul is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus and Deus Ex Machina.

Hands on History: Trappers, Trades and Treaties - January 22

With a concerted effort to provide more interactive, hands-on opportunities than ever before, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park will present a special "Hands on History: Trappers, Trades, and Treaties" event on Saturday, January 22.

Visitors to the Fort will step back in time to the 1840s to learn why trappers were considered "jacks of many trades" and experience how they lived, worked, explored new territory and traded with local Native Americans. Docents will treat Fort visitors to musket demonstrations and share examples of many fascinating aspects in the life of a trapper.

Fort visitors will have the hands-on opportunity to examine fur pelts, create documents with a quill pen and oak gall ink, and even string trade beads to take home.

Study finds toxic chemicals in pregnant womens' bodies

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Pregnant women take elaborate steps to protect their babies' health, following doctors' orders to avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco - even soft cheeses and deli meats.

In spite of these efforts, a new study shows the typical pregnant woman has dozens of potentially toxic or even cancer-causing chemicals in her body - including ingredients found in flame retardants and rocket fuel.

Almost all 268 women studied had detectable levels of eight types of chemicals in their blood or urine, finds the study, published in today's Environmental Health Perspectives. It analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These chemicals include certain pesticides, flame retardants, PFCs used in non-stick cookware, phthalates (in many fragrances and plastics), pollution from car exhaust, perchlorate (in rocket fuel) and PCBs, toxic industrial chemicals banned in 1979 that persist in the environment.

Excessive videogaming linked to depression in kids

When it comes to video gaming, it seems moderation is important to a child's mental health. 

In a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers in the  U.S. and overseas studied more than 3,000 third, fourth, seventh and eighth graders in  Singapore and found that around 8 percent of the students were considered  pathological gamers. 

A young person was considered a pathological gamer when the practice damaged the actual functioning of his or her life by negatively impacting their  schoolwork, social life, family relationships, and psychological and emotional welfare.   

Sacramento interracial couple survives years of racial ignorance

SACRAMENTO, CA - Eugene and Barbara Piert endured unpleasant experiences during their 42 years of marriage at the hands of others. The couple is interracial and they married during a time when mixed-raced couples were not accepted.

Eugene is from Texas and Barbara is from the United Kingdom.

Early in their marriage, the couple said people would stop and stare and sometimes they were the brunt of physical attacks.

"We were pelted with ice. Eggs were thrown at us," Barbara said.

The two married in 1969, two years after interracial marriages were legalized in the U.S.

Throughout the years, the Pierts said Californians have become more accepting of bi-racial couples, but Eugene wasn't sure about other states.

"I'm not sure about Arizona. There are some terrible attitudes there," he said.

Romeo & Juliet Ballet - February 10-13

Sacramento Ballet
Romeo & Juliet
February 10 -13
Community Center Theatre
Sacramento
800-225-2277
www.sacballet.org

The Sacramento Ballet will celebrate St. Valentine's Day weekend with four performances of Ron Cunningham's full-length production of Romeo and Juliet.  Shakespeare's tale of love everlasting is brought to life to the music of Serge Prokofiev, with more than 100 beautiful costumes and a full stage set recently acquired from Ballet West in Salt Lake City. 

Performances are February 10 - 13, with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM; and on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. 

Movies on the Big Screen at the Guild - Month of January

Sunday, January 9, 2011
7:30 PM
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA  

Gov. Brown's Inauguration

SACRAMENTO, CA - Democrat Jerry Brown has been sworn in as California's 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a more troubled state than the one he knew then.  SLIDESHOW: Inauguration Day

Review: Ten 22

Review: Ten 22

If you live in or near Sacramento, one of the best things to look forward to in the new year is Dine Downtown Week.  Every year during the first week of January, some of the downtown area's finest restaurants offer a special three course menu showcasing new dishes or tried & true favorites for just $30 per person.

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