December 2015 Around Town

Volunteer as a 
Foster Grandparent!

Grandparents can help play an influential role in a child’s life, many times serving as a mentor or someone to turn to in a time of need. Sadly, some children do not have a grandparent in their lives. This is where the Sacramento County Foster Grandparent Program comes in as it works to help fill a familial gap for kids who may not have a grandparent.

Adults age 55 or older that can devote a minimum of 15 hours a week can become a volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program, providing a variety of services for children — tutoring and mentoring, holding and nurturing babies who are born prematurely or with health issues, and helping children who are at a risk for dropping out of school. Volunteers of the Foster Grandparent Program may work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals and juvenile hall. Volunteers will receive specialized training and other benefits.

For more information on volunteering, call 916-875-3569.

Ninth Class of Inductees Named to California Hall of Fame

In October, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown, along with the California Museum, welcomed the ninth class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame, joining 88 Californians previously inducted for exemplifying California’s spirit of innovation.

The ninth class of California Hall of Fame inductees includes: acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr; celebrated artist David Hockney; journalist and news anchor Lester Holt; martial arts superstar Bruce Lee; space pioneer Ellen Ochoa; country music icon Buck Owens; legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. For more information, visit

East Lawn Doing its Part to Conserve and Save Water

As we all know, our state is facing serious challenges due to the current drought. Recently Governor Brown initiated a directive for the reduction of residential and commercial usage and conservation of water. To do its part, East Lawn is in full compliance with the Governor’s mandate. In fact, East Lawn voluntarily began making significant water reductions back in 2013.

All three East Lawn cemeteries are independently provided with water through their own well and pump systems — they do not receive water through municipalities. Their wells and pump systems are professionally inspected and serviced regularly for maximum efficiency, as are their sprinkler systems.

Self-supplied well water entities, such as East Lawn, are required by the Governor’s Executive Order B-29-15 to reduce potable water usage by 25 percent. However, East Lawn’s goal is to continuously try to find the most efficient means possible to reduce water usage and they have exceeded that mandate by conserving over 50 percent and significantly minimized run-off. East Lawn has also elected to temporarily stop the flow of water in its fountains.

Unfortunately due to these water cutbacks, a few brown spots have appeared in some areas of East Lawn’s parks. They are cognizant of the responsibility they have to properly maintain the beauty of the cemeteries and they ask for your patient and understanding as we all negotiate this drought.

From the Editor

In our November 2015 issue, the cover image and homeowners in the article, “Home for the Holidays,” were identified incorrectly — their correct names are Marc and Christine Jang. We apologize for the error.