Six-year-old Ella Miller sits legs crossed in a purple tutu on colorfully striped carpeting at the Orangevale Library. She methodically sounds out words while reading aloud to a Labrador mix named Kori, who possesses extraordinary listening powers. With her index finger tracking the words, she pauses to give Kori a welcomed pat on the head. Doing his best to blend into the background, Kori’s owner, Don Jarrell, waits patiently to pass out dog treats at the end of the session.

Olga Browne believes in breakfast. When she eats a bowl of oatmeal or some scrambled eggs and juice, she said, she gets an energy boost that carries her throughout the day.

Shu Lin, a UC Davis professor, received the Exceptional Public Achievement medal from NASA. The medal acknowledges Lin’s 25 years of outstanding contributions to NASA’s mission. The professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently developed code allowing the IRIS solar observatory to communicate data about the lower layers of the sun’s atmosphere.

At the Shriners Hospital School, math tutor Polly Willard shows Valeria Garcia a little trick to multiplying by 9’s and an understanding smile comes over her burn-scarred face.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this garden continues to grow strong with its local support.

Upcoming fundraising events include a brewers fest to benefit WEAVE.

Elk Grove teacher, Mike Jones, was selected to receive Angels in Adoption award. Jones will be recognized for his work in the Elk Grove Unified School District and with his own organization, Courageous Connection, which address the needs of children in foster care.

California arts supporters gathered in William Land Park on Saturday to run or walk in the 16th annual Race for the Arts, a fundraiser for more than 45 local arts organizations.

Upcoming fundraising events include Lasher Polo Classic for the SPCA.

Martin Luther Kings Jr. Library held a spelling bee that included 103 students, ranging from first to eighth grade. Prizes were awarded to students in all grades. The yearly spelling bee is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

Upcoming fundraising events include the Aloha Scramble and a Polish Festival.

A dinner to benefit those who suffered loss during the Sand fire is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the El Dorado County fairgrounds in Placerville.

A music therapy program for pediatric patients received a boost Wednesday when NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb, presented a check for $150,000 to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento to construct a music therapy facility on the midtown campus of Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento.

It’s a cloudy Tuesday evening and six volunteers with the Yolo Reads tutoring program are escorted past locked metal doors into an empty classroom inside the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility in Woodland.

Sacramento State president Alexander Gonzalez was chosen for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Hall of Champions. The hall honors those who have transformed and expanded opportunities for Hispanic students. Among his accomplishments: expanded the role of Sacramento State’s Serna Center, which focuses on Hispanic education, service and policy issues.

Upcoming fundraising events include a gala for Davis Musical Theater and a free concert at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

A woman sits on the edge of an exam table in a dimly lit room at the Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, a nonprofit health clinic in Sacramento for low-income and uninsured women. OB/GYN Dr. James Hanser answers questions about her reproductive health before conducting a well-woman exam, a free medical service provided by the Sacramento Life Center.

The Literacy Little League is seeking volunteer tutors to work with children in the San Juan School District.

The Rocklin church gave away 500 backpacks filled with items including rulers, paper and binders to help students start the school year with the supplies they need. The giveaway event at a park also featured water slides and a barbecue.

Softball has brought 86 teams of school-aged girls from five states to the playing fields of Roseville and Lincoln this week. It has also brought an estimated $3 million to $5 million worth of business.

Upcoming fundraising events include Off to the Races and After Hours.

Ten percent of this coffee house’s profits go to Courage Worldwide, a Rocklin-based organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution. The shop’s slogan: “Drink great coffee. Change the world.”

Sacramento-area residents gave more than $1 billion to churches and charities each year during 2011 and 2012, but some communities donated significantly more of their incomes than others, the latest IRS data show.

Rancho Cordova Police Sgt. Steve Dutra was the recipient of the “Service Above Self” award from Sacramento Rotary. Dutra, a member of the department’s Problem Oriented Policing detail, oversees the Rancho Cordova Police Athletic League and supervises the school resources officer program. Dutra donated the $1,000 that came with the award to PAL.

A young man walks into the newly opened Sheriff Service Center in Carmichael. His car was burglarized. He describes a video taken from his dash cam that shows a man breaking the window. With a concerned look and a reassuring manner, Louise Throne takes down his information and files an incident report.

As Jamie, 6, and Jordan, 5, made their way down a church camp chow line recently, the choices were abundant – hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, taco salad, potato salad, garden salad, watermelon and cookies for days.

A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies.

Upcoming fundraising events include a golf ball drop and an Aggie wine-pairing.

Local highway patrol officers will donate a dolls, footballs, bicycles and assorted toys Wednesday to help needy children in the greater Sacramento region.

Ya’Shalan Nelson, a Sacramento State student, was the winner of Your Roadmap to Success video contest sponsored by Higher One, a company that partners with universities to improve graduation rates. The videos were judged on quality, creativity, clarity and completeness.

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