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The 8th annual Big Day of Giving offers cash-strapped nonprofits a chance to stay afloat

04/30/20

The 8th annual Big Day of Giving offers cash-strapped nonprofits a chance to stay afloat

With the needs of the community reaching overwhelming levels during the pandemic, a daily good deed has something of a butterfly effect, in which small acts of kindness can set into motion bigger changes for the better. Creative ways to pay it forward have emerged from this strange and unprecedented moment in history, including picking up the check for a healthcare worker’s meal through the city’s Feed the Frontlines initiative and leaving care packages for delivery workers on your doorstep. On May 7, the eighth annual Big Day of Giving offers even more ways to help. The 24-hour fundraising drive, organized by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, will spotlight the fundraising efforts of over 600 local nonprofits that are severely...

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Download Sactown's coloring book cover and spring into creativity

04/22/20

Download Sactown's coloring book cover and spring into creativity

Spring has definitely sprung here in the Central Valley and the season is all about color — blooming flowers, bright blue skies and more. Download this coloring book version of our April/May cover illustrated by artist Michael Byers, and bring the California poppies, Monarch butterflies, Tower Bridge and our solo cyclist (practicing social distancing, of course) to life! When you’re done, share it on social media with the hashtag #ColoringSactown, tag us, and we'll share some of our favorites. One lucky entry will win a free subscription to Sactown Magazine!

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How can we take care of our mental health during a physical health crisis? A local anxiety specialist provides some answers

04/20/20

How can we take care of our mental health during a physical health crisis? A local anxiety specialist provides some answers

On March 17, the coronavirus pandemic led to Sacramento County issuing a stay-at-home directive. Over two months in, we’re still trying to find our footing, and it looks like we’ll need to keep trying to adjust to our new normal. The mandate for our region expired May 22, but has been renewed until further notice as the county allows certain businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, to reopen. And even when the lockdown lifts, the return to our old normal (or some semblance of it) won’t happen overnight. About reopening California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said, “There’s no light switch here.”  So we wait. And the psychological effects of trying to avoid the virus, of facing economic uncertainty and of girding ourselves for an...

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Local distilleries working to put elusive hand sanitizer into the palm of your hand

04/15/20

Local distilleries working to put elusive hand sanitizer into the palm of your hand

While we're all doing our best to wash our hands while humming "Happy Birthday” (twice!), there are times when soap and water are out of reach. Enter hand sanitizer, the convenient alcohol-based, no-wash solution that used to live in a palm-size bottle at the bottom of your purse. Though the CDC advises that it’s not a perfect substitute for thorough handwashing, it gets the job done in a pinch. In light of pandemic-buying trends, many drugstore shelves are bereft of the handy gel disinfectant, making the curve-flattening provision difficult to find for regular citizens and essential workers alike.  A recent New York Times report cautioned against DIY hand-sanitizer recipes (the most popular of which mixes rubbing alcohol with aloe...

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