On June 22, 2012, Zackery Penner’s platoon encountered Afghan insurgents. A Marine was severely wounded on a rooftop. Without hesitation, Penner ran to the Marine while exposing himself to enemy fire coming from just 50 yards away. With rounds hitting all around him, Penner treated and evacuated the Marine.

Spattered in beige paint flecks, Kay Oghoghorie livens up a dull wooden barn for horses that are rescued, rehabilitated and adopted out to new owners.

Surrounded by a pack of teenage mountain bikers, Mark Ferry maneuvers around jagged rocks and dusty hills on the Folsom Lake recreational trails. The 44-year-old real estate broker volunteers much of his free time coaching riders from six high school mountain biking teams in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties.

Miki Teixeira has been taking photos of police dogs during training for a couple of years. When she had 12 months’ worth of great police pooch photographs, she had calendars designed and printed at no cost to the department or the canine association.

Upcoming fundraising events include the Red & Gold Gala and Auction.

It’s 6 a.m. roll call at William J. Kinney Police Facility on Marysville Boulevard and 87-year-old Lucy Palmer sits quietly, trying her best to keep a low profile. But that doesn’t stop Sgt. Paul Freeman from giving her a little “shout-out” during his briefing and thanking her for her 18 years of volunteer work for the Sacramento Police Department.

Lipschultz was installed on the board at the national organization’s recent convention. The incoming president of the NCJW noted that Lipschultz, a lawyer, would be a strong leader for social justice for women, children and families.

The Ose family of Sacramento will grant $1,000 awards to selected graduating seniors at 21 public high schools this spring, part of a 10-year commitment to recognize students who perform community service.

Upcoming fundraising events include a Voyage to Atlantis gala and Lunafest.

With a hand drill and color samples on the counter between them, Michael Schleitweiler and Erin Cowles bounce decorating ideas off each other. Cowles is a volunteer case manager with Next Move’s Home at Last program, which provides the permanent supportive housing complex where Schleitweiler has become a resident.

Joe Schutz and friends collected and donated more than 5,000 pounds of citrus. Schutz got the idea of collecting surplus fruit from neighborhood trees during a bike ride along the American River bike trail.

Upcoming fundraising events include the Heart and Stroke Ball and the International Culinary Festival .

In an effort to reduce California’s backlog of health and safety complaints at nursing homes, Los Angeles County public health officials told its inspectors to close cases without fully investigating them, according to internal documents and interviews.

For the dogs at California Canine Center, “sit” and “paw” are just child’s play. Wooden crates and concrete floors give a serious, borderline military feel to the training center, where fresh recruits become full-fledged service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

El Dorado Dog Owners Guild fundraising efforts helped bring about the community’s new off-leash dog park at Hacienda Park. Some of the money came from a fundraising pooch plunge in Cameron Park Lake. Another dog park is scheduled to open in El Dorado Hills in late spring in Community Park.

Karen Parsegian approaches a class of fourth-graders at Bannon Creek Elementary School with her white cane outstretched. Blind since 2002, she asks 10-year-old Christopher Hall if she can feel what he looks like and touches his puffy black hair.

Upcoming fundraising events include a ballet Gala and the Hackademy Awards

Carolyn Tagupa, parishioner at Our Lady of Grace, named Woman of the Year at the Catholic church.

Elk Grove Food Bank Services, a fixture in the city for 40 years, is expanding its reach into south Sacramento neighborhoods north of the city limits.

When it comes to tattooing, the customer isn’t always right.

Upcoming fundraising events include Empty Bowls and Magic of Music.

After a brief career as a social worker, Cheryl A. Gibson joined her father’s business. The Von-Jac company, which has built more than 20,000 homes in Northern California, now focuses on custom homes and remodels.

Upcoming fundraising events include Soroptimist International Sacramento awards luncheon and Sierra Club disco party.

Sacramento State teams got top three spots at CSU Idea to Product biotech contest.

Upcoming fundraising events include Lunch Break for a Cause and Women of Distinction brunch.

Peggie Clapper was selected to participate in a program for teachers at the Globe Theatre in London.

Upcoming fundraising events include Two in Tune Gala and Children’s Home crab feed

Sweet, affectionate Buster is looking for a home! With a great facial expression he can easily woo you into being friends.

On Saturday morning, Sacramento Habitat for Humanity dedicated four new homes: Its landmark 100th home, along with homes 99 and 101-102. Sacramento Habitat for Humanity has assisted low-income local families in building affordable homes and guided them toward ownership since 1985.

Swanson received his honorable mention in photography. Out of about 11,000 applications from students in 10 disciplines across the literary, performing, visual and design arts fields, Swanson was recognized for his outstanding work.

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