County Collects Mercury Thermometers
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and Catholic Healthcare
West/Mercy are collecting silver mercury thermometers and exchanging
them for free digital thermometers throughout the month of May.
Collection activities take place Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding
Memorial Day, May 31.
Old thermometers may be taken to the information desks at Mercy General Hospital,
4001 J St., and Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive, Sacramento; Mercy Hospital,
1650 Creekside Drive, Folsom; and Mercy San Juan Medical Center, 6501 Coyle Ave.,
Thermometers also may be exchanged at the following Mercy Laboratories suites:
MedClinic Downtown, 3160 Folsom Blvd., and MedClinic, 8120 Timberlake Way, Sacramento;
MedClinic Roseville, 406 1/2 Sunrise Ave., Roseville; and MedClinic San Juan,
6555 Coyle Ave., Carmichael.
Mercury, an element often found in old thermometers, can be harmful to the environment
and human health if disposed of improperly. People bringing in old thermometers
are asked to place them in a sandwich-type plastic bag for safe collection.
For more information, call (916) 875-6644.
Works Center Hosts Community Fair
Sacramento Works Career Center hosts its second Springboard to Health
and Success Community Resource Fair, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., inside
The fair showcases local agencies that provide a wide range of services to the
community, including SMUD, Sierra College, Area 4 Agency on Aging, Legal Services
of Northern California, Sacramento Area Brain Tumor Support Group and the League
of Women Voters.
Free health screenings for diabetes and blood pressure are available, along with
computer access provided by the Employment Development Department for online
Dinger, the mascot of the Sacramento River Cats baseball team, will appear from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Association Wants Used Cars
The Parkinson’s Association of the Sacramento Region has announced
plans to begin accepting used car donations as a fundraiser through its
partner, cars4charities of Utica, N.Y.
Individuals may donate used cars, trucks, vans or sport utility vehicles and
become eligible for a federal tax deduction. After the donated vehicles are sold,
the net profits are donated to the Parkinson’s Association.
Cars4chairites accepts vehicles from 1993 or newer, and most classic cars. For
information, call (866) 448-3487.
Group Seeks Entries For Writing Contest
Friends of the Sacramento Library is accepting entries for its 18th
annual Focus on Writers Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first,
second and third place winners in six categories.
Beginning May 1, all California writers are eligible to submit up to five previously
unpublished manuscripts in the following fiction or non-fiction categories: First
chapter of a book for young adults or adults; book or article for children; poem;
first chapter of a novel and short story.
Entry fee is $5 for each non-returnable manuscript. First place winners receive
$200, the second place award is $100 and third place is $50. Entries must be
postmarked by Aug. 31.
Winners will be announced Nov. 6 at the Focus on Writers Conference at California
State University Sacramento. For contest rules, call (916) 264-2880 or visit
and Lymphoma Society Holds Benefit
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society presents its Grand Finale Gala
Celebration to honor its Man, Woman and Celebrity of the Year winners,
6 p.m., June 23, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento.
The Society’s Man, Woman and Celebrity of the Year competition kicks off
April 29 with a celebration at the Niello Land Rover Showroom in Rocklin, beginning
at 6:30 p.m.
All funds raised during the eight-week competition are in honor of the Boy and
Girl of the Year, two local children who are battling blood cancers.
Winners will be announced at the June 23 gala which features dinner, music and
a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For ticket information, call (800) 410-8170.
Asks for Help Filling ‘Emancipation Baskets’
The Independent Living Program, a service of Sacramento County Child
Protective Services, is asking for help creating “Emancipation Baskets” for
former foster care children who have turned 18 and are being aged out of
ILP workers give laundry tubs filled with household goods, clothing, personal
hygiene items, non-perishable foods, phone cards, small appliances and grocery
gift certificates to emancipated foster youth.
Between 350 and 700 Sacramento County youths age out of foster care each year.
To donate household goods, call ILP coordinator Theresa Thurmond at (916) 874-9526.
Items may be dropped off at 925 Del Paso Blvd. by calling the security desk at
(916) 874-2054 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Furniture can be donated by calling DeWayne Norris at the Casey Great Start Young
Adult Program office at (916) 263-1887.
Military Museum Opens Service Gallery
The California State Military Museum, 1119 Second St., Sacramento, has announced
the opening of a new, Web-based service gallery to honor the individual stories
of California veterans.
The Military Heritage Gallery represents all who served — in peacetime
and in war — in all branches of military service, including the National
Guard, Reserves, state military forces and personnel in support of U.S. Armed
Tax-deductible donations of $100 are being solicited from those who wish to reserve
a place in the gallery. Participants may use a photo — preferably in uniform — and
a military service statement, including medals awarded, duty stations, personal
anecdotes and other details.
Families of California veterans killed or missing in action in the recent Middle
East conflicts may request inclusion at no charge.
view the gallery, visit www.militarymuseum.org/militaryheritagegallery.html.
For more information, call
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