SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - “Buenos días!  Lamentablemente, tienes diverticulitis. Debe comer alimentos ricos en fibra y estará bien.”

Imagine knowing no Spanish, yet trying to understand your doctor delivering your test results this way; maybe over the phone. And maybe it’s for a family member, and you’ll have to do your best to explain.

Understanding the language your health care provider speaks is a key component in the outcome of your treatment, according to a landmark 2002 study by the Institute of Medicine.  The study was requested by Congress in 1999 in order to assess the extent of disparities in the types and quality of health services received by U.S. racial and ethnic minorities and non-minorities. It concluded that more interpreters should be available in clinics and hospitals to overcome language barriers that may affect the quality of care.

That’s where Language World Services Inc. comes in. An interpreting and translation agency that supports over 200 languages, Language World Services employs over 200 people at locations throughout California, as well as a twenty-person call center in Carmichael.

It all started eighteen years ago in a garage.

Language World Services CEO Bill Glasser’s life had inadvertently prepared him for this career, though it wasn’t always evident. Glasser was born in Spain and raised in LA, where he worked in the heavily Spanish-speaking restaurant industry. Having later moved to Sacramento, Glasser found himself laid off from his job in the Sacramento Bee marketing department, and looking for something to do.

Glasser’s friend, who was renting a room from him, had been volunteering as an interpreter at Schreiner’s hospital on Stockton Boulevard. Despite being called in to volunteer more and more frequently, his friend’s requests for real full-time work from the hospital were consistently rebuffed. That’s when the then-unemployed Glasser recognized the need and started his interpreting business. “We didn’t have any standardization of protocols back then,” Glasser said of the industry.  “It was the wild west.”

The majority of Language World Services’ work is in health care and human services. “There isn’t an unimportant call,” says Glasser. “You’re getting a cancer diagnosis, learning your child has a birth defect. As a human being you deserve the right to know what’s going on with your body.”

Immigration naturally plays a huge role in the industry. Glasser’s experience in this realm goes as far back as 1986, when he served as an interpreter for a group of lawyers helping to legalize families when President Reagan passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Things can get especially tricky in this current climate. Individuals and their families’ stories can be heartbreaking, but interpreters are carefully vetted and trained to not take sides. Still, the human element is always a factor, and Glasser is proud of one example where an Indian family was detained at the border and the detention center called for a Punjabi interpreter – a rarity. Plenty of Spanish-speaking interpreters were provided by other agencies, but Language World Services was the one agency able to supply the Punjabi-speaking family with one. Language World Services has also started a program called Language World Serves, which offers volunteer services for ICE detainees and pro bono attorney work.

Technological advances have also altered the translation landscape, though not entirely.   Much of the process around the interpreter has become automated, but the actual work is still very low-tech. “A person who speaks two languages brokers the communication,” explains Glasser. While technology companies are dropping millions to create AI that can do the work of the interpreter, speech-to-speech recognition, “The delicate and nuanced electronic activity that the human brain does may not get there,” Glasser maintains.

And there are plenty of problems that technology can’t solve. For instance, Hmong interpreters are harder and harder to come by as they age out of the industry and find new work. Glasser identified young Hmong translators and interpreters as a source of need, and he is always looking to bolster the stable. From first employing form 1099 translators that weren’t tested or trained to now fully vetted employees as staff members at places like University of San Francisco and Children’s Hospital Oakland, Glasser’s focus has always remained on human connection and simplifying the industry. “You understand someone’s language, you have the person,” says Glasser. “My perfect view is to make interpreting professional, to make it not such an exotic boutique service business, but to make it as simple as calling the geek squad.”

Perhaps they can call it the Speak Squad. Then they could tell you, “Good morning! Unfortunately, you have diverticulitis. But if you maintain a high-fiber diet, you’ll be just fine.”

Language World Services Inc. is located at 7220 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael. Call 916-333-547 or visit languageworldservices.com for more information.

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Women’s Empowerment Gala Raises Funds to End Homelessness for Women and Their Children

By Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2018-07-26

Women’s Empowerment graduates celebrate overcoming homelessness in front of 500 attendees at the organization’s 17th Annual Gala in May. Photo by Jon Wallenhaupt

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Five hundred guests at Women’s Empowerment’s 17th Annual Celebration of Independence Gala raised more than $214,000 to support the organization’s job training program for women and mothers experiencing homelessness in Sacramento. The event, which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento, had 75 graduates of the program in attendance dressed in ballgowns donated by the community. The evening included a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and inspiring speeches from program graduates. 

Mayor Darrell Steinberg presented Amanda Buccina and Rennie Jemmings of Sutter Health with the 2018 To Heal the World Award, created in honor of Women’s Empowerment’s founding social worker Erie Shockey. The award recognizes a local hero who inspires others to engage in social change and make Sacramento a better place for all. The two nurses were honored for providing street medical care to people who are homeless in Sacramento.

“This event is a powerful reminder that when we come together as a community we can break the cycle of homelessness,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “From the generosity of our donors to the inspiring words of our program graduates, the Gala was a magical night of celebration. The critical donations raised that night will fund our vital mission of ending homelessness through empowerment and employment.”

Women’s Empowerment was featured on NBC’s The TODAY Show in 2015 for offering the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless and their children. The award-winning organization has graduated 1,527 homeless women and their 3,684 children. Last year, 92 percent of graduates found homes and 77 percent found jobs or enrolled in school or training. The program combines self-esteem courses, job training, health classes and support services to help homeless women across diverse ages, races and cultures. Women’s Empowerment is funded through private donations from the community and receives no government funding except for in-kind rent from the County of Sacramento. To make a donation: www.womens-empowerment.org

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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Society for the Blind Receives Donation for Device Lending Library

By Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2018-07-26

Society for the Blind staff members show Sacramento Senator Lions Club representatives the device lending library that the club helped to fund with a recent grant. Courtesy photo

Sacramento Senator Lions Club Gifts $10,000

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Society for the Blind received a $10,000 grant from the Sacramento Senator Lions Club to fund a device lending library in the organization's Low Vision Clinic. The lending library will allow patients to borrow low vision devices such as hand-held magnifiers and portable electronic devices to determine if they are a good fit. These devices enlarge text or convert text to speech so people with vision loss can continue to read.

“Thanks to the Sacramento Senator Lions Club, our patients will now have access to vital assistive devices that allow them to maintain their independence,” said Shari Roeseler, executive director, Society for the Blind. “We could not have established this much-needed lending library without this grant.”                    

Society for the Blind operates a full-time Low Vision Clinic in Sacramento and a satellite office in Roseville. It is one of the longest running community-based clinics in the region. The Low Vision Clinic provides care, vision rehabilitation, low vision devices and transportation assistance to more than 375 people each year. Clinics are staffed by three optometrists with special training in low-vision eye care and serve patients with cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other congenital and degenerative eye diseases. Clinic staff includes an occupational therapist who works with patients with some functional vision, teaching them techniques to use their remaining vision safely and effectively and providing training on assistive devices.

“The Senator Lions are pleased to make this gift in celebration of the Lions Club International Centennial,” said Senator Lion Vicky Brady, who coordinated the Centennial Gift. “Our longstanding dedication to assisting people with vision loss continues through this contribution to Society for the Blind.”

For more than 60 years, Society for the Blind has created innovative ways to empower individuals living with low vision or blindness to discover, develop and achieve their full potential. Society for the Blind has grown from a dedicated group of volunteers to a nationally recognized agency and the only comprehensive rehabilitative teaching center that provides services for a 27-county region of northern California. The nonprofit provides low-vision eye care, life and job skills training, mentorship, and access to tools to maintain independence for 6,000 youth, adults and seniors experiencing vision loss each year. For more information or to make a donation, visit SocietyfortheBlind.org

The Sacramento Senator Lions Club was chartered in Lions Clubs International in 1954. The Senator Lions Club belongs to District 4-C5 and resides in the Crocker Zone of the Sacramento Region. The club participates in local community service projects including sponsoring the UC Davis Children's Hospital; providing meals, toys and clothes to the needy via their Salvation Army partners; sponsoring the Sacramento Zoo's Sensory Garden and Fairytale Town's Japanese Garden; and more. To learn more, visit SacramentoSenatorLions.org.

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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California Capital Airshow To Host Volunteer Rally

Capital Airshow Release  |  2018-07-23

United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Courtesy photo

 

Community Members Invited to Learn  How to Help Make the Big Airshow Go

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California Capital Airshow (CCA), presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, invites prospective and past airshow volunteers to participate in the annual Volunteer Rally at the Rancho Cordova City Hall on Wednesday, July 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Rally, which serves as the official kick-off to volunteer planning and coordination for the 2018 event, provides interested community members with the opportunity to learn more about the show, meet team leaders and find their niche on the CCA volunteer team.

“Airshow volunteers not only experience the exciting behind the scenes action of producing a massive event like this,” says Darcy Brewer, executive director, “but they also play a vital role in supporting CCA’s mission to inspire young people using the power and magic of flight.”

More than 1,000 community members make up the corps of volunteers that help bring the Airshow to life each year. They are brought together by their passion for aviation, community and friendship. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and available to work on September 21, 22 and/or 23. For more information, attend the CCA Volunteer Rally or register to become a volunteer at https://californiacapitalairshow.com/become-a-volunteer/.

About California Capital Airshow

Established in 2004, the California Capital Airshow 501(c)3 plans and operates the exciting, family-friendly annual event designed to honor the Sacramento region’s rich aviation heritage and veterans while using the power and magic of flight to inspire young people. CCA gives back to the community through scholarships, charitable group donations and exciting educational youth programming throughout the year. For more information about the airshow, performers, and discount tickets, please visit  www.californiacapitalairshow.com.

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The Job Search: New Light on an Old Issue

By Andrew Rose  |  2018-07-20

Marty Nemko was called “career coach extraordinaire” by U.S. News and is the author of the just-published, Careers for Dummies. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Countless people have been there.  It’s daybreak, and the angst sets in.  Midsummer is traditionally the time of year when recent high school and college graduates focus on career issues.  Meanwhile, many people who have been out in the workforce for some time are looking to rebuild their professional lives.

An anonymous university career advisor in Fresno reminds individuals to focus on the foundation of the career search.  “The commonality is what I call your sales documents,” she proclaims.  “This would be a resume and cover letter.  A resume is not just a fact sheet; it’s a sales sheet.”  She warns that even a quality resume submitted is a waste of time if it is not effectively targeted to an appropriate job prospect, calling it the “spray and pray” method. 

While shooting straight for the dream job is enticing, the advisor proclaims, a structured game plan is the most effective tool.  She illustrates her point, noting that after three-decades in helping people find work, “How the heck do I have any business applying for a job as a senator?” 

Marty Nemko, author of Careers for Dummies, would concur, maintaining that too many job seekers don’t have realistic expectations of their abilities.  “About seventy-five percent of people think they’re above average,” Nemko reports.  He also maintains that many job seekers have the exact opposite problem, that they don’t have enough self-confidence to pursue the work they are meant to do.  As a result, they sell themselves short with low paying and unfulfilling work. 

Nemko will also maintain that the traditional progression from high school to university isn’t necessarily the right way to go for long term career success.  Ironically, such a proclamation comes from a man who obtained his doctorate in educational psychology from UC Berkeley.  “I didn’t succeed because I earned a Ph.D.,” Nemko asserts.  On the contrary, Nemko holds that elbow grease, not his advanced degrees, paved the road to his success.  He reflects on his own unfulfilling high school and university experience, being forced to absorb information that he ultimately didn’t need to know.  “I would have done better learning on my own.”

The two experts would concur that higher education isn’t always the pathway to success for a teenager who is looking toward their career future.  The university advisor notes that modern high schools are doing a better job than before with helping students establish careers after graduation.  She notes examples of programs that train students as nursing assistants and diesel mechanics.  Such individuals are able to hit the ground running with solid careers after graduation.  “College isn’t for everybody,” the advisor reminds. 

Nemko advises careerists to focus on the process of employment, and that the dream job probably won’t fall into someone’s lap.  When asked about mistakes job seekers make, Nemko laments that too many are unwilling to lay the necessary groundwork needed to find fulfilling employment.  “I think they spend too much time on the sidelines, thinking about the perfect career.” 

Similarly, the university career advisor asserts the importance of keeping an endpoint in mind, along with plans to get there.  Working with students and alumni who are planning or retooling their careers, she will ask them, “What’s your game plan?  What do you want to end up with, and what do you want to do?”  She holds that this advice applies not only to those who are starting out in the work world, but also for established professionals who long for a change.  She notes the importance of acknowledging one’s interests and how they might apply on the job market.  The advisor reflects on meeting with an accountant who was sick of his job, and wanted something entirely different.  His wife noted that he was good with children, and truly enjoyed his time as a little league coach.  After hitting on that one insight, the dissatisfied professional clarified the objective of his career shift and asked, “How do I go from being a CPA to being a school counselor.”  The advisor notes that he was off and running from there.

Marty Nemko was called “career coach extraordinaire” by U.S. News and is the author of the just-published, Careers for Dummies.       

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Seven interleague games will feature two fireworks nights, Dorados, and a Willie Mays bobblehead

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento River Cats are expected to welcome San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria to Sacramento for next week’s seven-game homestand. The club will host the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals) and the Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs) for the first and only time this year. The season’s ninth homestand is presented by Eskaton, and includes Dorados Night and a visit from Eric Byrnes, Wet Nose Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Orange Friday fireworks featuring a Willie Mays bobblehead giveaway, Sutter Health Fireworks Saturday, as well as Princess & Pirate Night, and K-LOVE Sunday Funday.

Tuesday, July 24 – River Cats vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com, and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Dorados de Sacramento: The River Cats will take the field as the Dorados, with luchador-themed jerseys and caps! Come join the fun with this immersive nod to Hispanic and Latin culture at Raley Field.

·         Eric Byrnes Visit: Former River Cats and 11-year Major League outfielder Eric Byrnes will be back at Raley Field to promote the Let Them Play Foundation and his Triathlon Across America. He will also be throwing out a first pitch and signing autographs for fans.

·         Family Value Tuesday: Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 ice cream cups for Toyota Family Value Tuesdays.

Wednesday, July 25 – River Cats vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com, and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Wet Nose Wednesday: Dogs are free at every Wednesday home game this season at Raley Field with owner ticket on the Toyota Home Run Hill. Package with hot dog, dog bandana, and ticket available for just $20 at rivercats.com

Thursday, July 26 – River Cats vs. Omaha Storm Chasers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Book Signing at the On Deck Shop: Come grab your copy of Falling in Love With Baseball by Chris Mavraedis on the concourse outside the On Deck Shop and get a chance to meet the author!

·         Thirsty Thursday: 12-oz beers are just $2 in the Sactown Smokehouse BBQ area!

Friday, July 27 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Willie Mays Bobblehead Giveaway: Be one of the first 2,500 fans to enter Raley Field to receive an exclusive Willie Mays bobblehead.

  • Food Trucks: Gyro King food truck will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.

·         #OrangeFridayLive music and $2 off craft beers in the Knee Deep Alley from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., postgame fireworks, and of course, orange Sactown jerseys.

Saturday, July 28 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:07 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Television Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on CW31/KMAX. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m.

·         Radio Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Princess & Pirate Night: Dress up your little princesses and pirates for an evening of fun! Check out a special ticket pack that includes a wand and tiara or a sword and eye patch giveaway.

  • Food Trucks: Buckhorn BBQ and Masa Guiseria food trucks will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.

·         Saturday Night Fireworks: Enjoy themed fireworks shows after every Saturday game, courtesy of Sutter Health.

Sunday, July 29 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 12:00 p.m. 

·         Radio Broadcast: Today’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com, and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM.

·         Sunday Funday: K-LOVE Sunday Funday features pregame player autographs and Kids Run the Bases after the game.

Monday, July 30 – River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 11:00 a.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

·         Baseball Bingo Monday: Each play on the field corresponds to a square on your Bingo card, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort.

Tickets are still available for all games and can be purchased online at rivercats.com, over the phone by calling (916) 371-HITS (4487), emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or by visiting the Round Table Pizza Box Office at Raley Field.

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Greg Kihn Happy to be Back Out on the Road

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-07-19

Rock and Roller, long time radio DJ and author Greg Kihn is set to play the California State Fair on Friday, July 27 at 7pm on the Golden 1 Stage.

Set to Play State Fair

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Rock and Roller Greg Kihn is a rarity among the music world. Sitting down to speak with the singer/songwriter, band leader, radio personality and author, it was interesting to hear his perspective of a successful career in both sides of the media and the evolution of music both on and off the stage.

Long time Bay Area radio host and DJ, Kihn made a name for himself as a media personality after a successful career as a rock and roll artist, reaching #2 in the US Top 100 charts in 1983 with his hit single Jeopardy. Throughout his five decade career, Kihn has recorded 13 Top 100 singles and eight Billboard Top 200 albums while playing alongside some of the biggest name in the world.

“When you’re writing a song, you can tell the ones that are going to be really good songs and you can tell the ones that are going to be throwaways,” Kihn explained. “The songs that write themselves are always invariably better.”

Despite his musical success, his 1990s transition into radio came at the right time. “When I got into radio I had been on the road for like a million years. It was time for me to kind of stay home,” said Kihn.

He found unique joy in his radio work because he was usually spinning records of artists that were his friends. “I was a classic rock DJ and some of the bands I played, I knew them personally,” explained Kihn. “I either played with them or toured with them or recorded with them. So every time I’d whip out a song, chances are I knew the guys and it was a lot more fun.”

Whether songwriting, recording, touring, working in radio or writing novels, the inspiration remains. “It was all part of being creative because whether you were writing a novel or writing a song, it didn’t matter as long as the creative juices were flowing.”

Kihn recently stepped away from radio after more than 15 years and he is once again enjoying life back in the studio and on the road. The release of his 2017 album Rekihndled and his current summer tour with good friend Rick Springfield have treated him well.

“I’m having a ball going back out on the road. I remember back in the old days it was a real pain in the butt...You’d go out and be gone for months and I didn’t like it that much. But these days I like it; it’s kind of like going to summer camp.”

Kihn has embraced the opportunity to be able to play alongside his son, Ry, who is the band’s lead guitarist. “If I didn’t have Ry in my band, my son playing guitar, I don’t know what I would do because he understands me and he knows what to play.”

Ry grew up in a world surrounded by great guitarists, most notably guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, who had a brief stint in the Greg Kihn Band during mid-80s before his own career took flight.

When asking Kihn if he is the only person to ever get the high wired Satriani to mellow out his playing style he recalled, “I think so . . . We used to change the set like every other day. I would throw in stuff that I knew would screw up Joe but of course you can’t screw up Joe because he’s already there, he’s already got everything down.”

Kihn continued to praise the talented Satriani: “You know how musicians are back stage. You’ll be playing every (Rolling) Stones song you knew or every Led Zeppelin song or whatever, so we’d be messing around with some songs and try to stump Joe and you couldn’t stump him - the guy knew every song in the world.”

Kihn’s appreciation for music is admirable. He has written several books surrounding the history of Rock and Roll including Rubber Soul: a murder mystery novel that takes place during the rise of the Beatles and most recently Painted Black: the tragic tale of the “death and misadventure” of Rolling Stones founding member Brian Jones.

“The turning point in most musicians’ lives is the Beatles on Ed Sullivan,” proclaimed Kihn. “The Beatles and the Stones - that was it for me. That was my generation.”

Despite all of the different career paths and music industry changes over the decades, one thing remains the same: Kihn’s guitar rig. “Over the years I never changed. I still have the same Fender Telecaster - I’m just a Telecaster guy - and I’ve had the same one since probably the early 70s,” said Kihn proudly. “I’ve had the same guitar and the same amp, which is a Fender Super Reverb. It’s a Fender through a Fender.”

As Kihn explained, “Rock and Roll is a constantly mutating art form.” But some things are set in stone.

Greg Kihn is set to play the California State Fair on Friday, July 27 at 7pm on the Golden 1 Stage.

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