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Free Holiday Hay Rides Return to Jackson Rancheria

Free Holiday Hay Rides Return to Jackson Rancheria

It’s time again for free Holiday Hay Rides at Jackson Rancheria. Now through Dec. 15, guests are welcomed to enjoy a festive hay ride around the Rancheria –decorated in over 2.5 million lights – followed by a visit with Santa and complimentary refreshments for all.

“The Holiday Hays Rides at Jackson Rancheria are one of the most popular local holiday traditions,” said Rich Hoffman, CEO of Jackson Rancheria. “Each year the Rancheria comes alive with millions of holiday lights and decorations and this year is no exception. The hay rides are a perfect holiday activity that they whole family will enjoy.” 

The Holiday Hay Rides are offered at the Jackson Rancheria Fire Station on Dalton Road and run Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., now through Dec. 15. 

The Rancheria will also be collecting toys for the annual Jackson Rancheria/Amador Sheriff’s Office Christmas Toy Drive.

Nonprofit gives homeless families ‘home base’ to regain lives

Nonprofit gives homeless families ‘home base’ to regain lives

For most people, the road to homelessness is a long one.

Families who were living paycheck to paycheck during the Central Valley’s boom times suddenly lost a job. They used up their savings. Then they maxed out their credit cards buying necessities. They moved in with a relative.

But after months of searching and still no new job, they’ve used up their resources and the goodwill of friends and family, and they find themselves here, under the Interstate 5 and state Highway 4 interchange at the Stockton Homeless Shelter.

“We keep them from hitting rock bottom,” said shelter Executive Director John Reynolds. “We’re the last safety net.”

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Tis the Season for School Choice

Tis the Season for School Choice

With the expansion of open enrollment policies and the growth of the charter school movement, competition to get into public schools with good reputations has become fierce.  Parents considering school options for the 2012-13 Academic Year would be wise to start preparing now.  As an advocate of school choice I feel it is imperative that we begin making school choice as important (or even more important) than the pediatrician we choose for our child.  Parents who have engaged in choosing a school for their child know all to well that today’s school choice options are still somewhat limited and it is seemingly a more competitive process than ever before.

While this may be our current reality there are a number of things you can do as a parent:

1)  Exercise your right to school choice

2)  Become part of a Charter School development team or work with community members to open a new school

Zoolights 2011 at Micke Grove Zoo

Zoolights 2011 at Micke Grove Zoo

Join us for three magical weekends, as Micke Grove Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Bring the whole family and enjoy twinkling lights, games, crafts, wagon rides, pictures with Santa and refreshments! 

Refreshments will be available for purchase from De Grande's Cafe and Bakery. 

Also, ZooLights 2011 is excited to announce guest performances by Ballet Folklorico, the Cesar Chavez High School Mariachi and Choir, the Suzuki Violinists, Walk the Talk Choir and many more! Admission is $6 adults / $4 children (under 3 free). Guests may also bring a donation of food to benefit the Emergency Food Bank and receive one free child’s admission per family. 

For more information, call (209) 331-2010.

The Yellow Road

The Yellow Road

"Zaustavi".

"What?"

"Zaustavi...Now."

I heard her turn her head to look back at me.

We had been driving alongside the road for hours now, stopping only to throw the newspapers at the empty solemn houses that stood on abandoned driveways.

My fingers trembled, weary from the numerous newspapers that had been rolled and tied with sharp blue plastic bands that had cut into the surface of my skin. The bands were strewn about the dusty car and I could hear my daughter rubbing two of the grainy-textured things together.

"Stop the car I said."

"Dear, I..."

"Stop it. Now." I said more fiercely.

The dry humid air of the car was suffocating my throat and my ears were now ringing from the whizzing of air that escaped through the cracks of the dingy window.

It had seemed the car would not stop; it just kept going and going.