Kids to College

If your child just graduated
from high school, you are
probably basking in the glow...

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Summer Concerts

This summer, after the conclusion
of the Sacramento Capitals season,
the Sunrise MarketPlace will host...

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Summer Energy Savings

With the spike in temperatures
comes another spike - in our
electric bills...

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How to Survive Sending your Kid to College


If your child just graduated from high school, you are probably basking in the glow from a successful graduation party and enjoying a more relaxed son or daughter now that the stress of high school is behind them. But if college is in their future, brace yourself - the next big parenting hurdle is on the horizon. Here are some tips to make the transition to college smooth and successful - for your child and you!

  • Say Goodbye First: It may seem counterintuitive, but don't wait until the big drop off day to say goodbye. That day will surely be hectic and stressful enough as it is... Trying to remember all the huge important things you wanted to say will be challenging, if not impossible. So say those things a few weeks ahead of time, when you and your child are both relaxed. Talk about expectations, finances, visits home... All the stuff you are worried about. Chances are he or she is worried about it too.

  • Brace Yourself: Dropping your child off at college is likely to feel very different than anything you have experienced before. You will be emotional - but you may feel more than just sadness. You may also be frustrated or angry - at your child's reaction, at their school choice, at your spouse, at everything. Try to maintain your calm and remember that your child still needs you to be strong and supportive.

  • Keep it Simple: Do not cave in to your inclination to buy every possible dorm room knick-knack or decorating item... Kids are embarrassed enough by our actions - pulling up in a massive moving van won't help. Help your child think of things they may forget - like a first aid kit with Tylenol, etc., and a small tool kit to hang pictures and fix bikes - and then follow their lead on everything else. Let their dorm room be their style.

  • Communicate - but not too much!: Set some ground rules with your child about how you will communicate and how often. Believe it or not, college-aged kids are just as likely as their parents to use the phone too frequently. Make sure your child knows you want to hear from them - but have a pre-determined day and time when you will talk each week. Don't over-step that time frame unless it is very important. And limit texting - it is easy and convenient, but too much texting (from you or your child) can stifle their independence.

  • Celebrate: Just as your child celebrated his high school graduation and will surely celebrate his arrival at college, so too should you celebrate. Raising a smart, independent child is no easy task - and you did it! Pat yourself on the back!

If your college-bound kid needs a physical before they hit campus, click here or call 888.800.7688 find a Dignity Health physician near you.

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Enjoy the Songs of Summer


This summer, after the conclusion of the Sacramento Capitals season, the Sunrise MarketPlace will host a Sunrise at Night Concert Series. Come enjoy a night out at the Sunrise MarketPlace Outdoor Pavilion, centrally located in the Sacramento Region at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. The 2,500-seat pavilion offers an alternative to larger venues located in the area and features spacious seating with plenty of leg room, a range of seating choice, ticket prices and free parking!

The new Sunrise at Night Concert Series features artists such as Dave Koz and Friends, Boyz II Men and Bel BivDevoe, Sail Rock featuring Christopher Cross, Trace Adkins, Amy Grant and Bachman & Turner with Blue Oyster Cult.

Concerts begin at 8 p.m. under the starlight sky and are held in the same stadium used by the Sacramento Capitals Tennis Team. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $110.50, based on the act. To purchase tickets visit www.shopsmp.com.

Every Care Begins With Me member is automatically entered into a weekly drawing for two pairs of reserved seats to an August concert!

Here are some tips on other summer concert opportunities in our area:

Don't forget that dancing is a great way to stay active while having fun! To learn more about every day actions that can improve your heart health, click here.

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Save Energy This Summer


With the spike in temperatures comes another spike - in our electric bills! The hum of that air conditioner does not come cheap. If you are looking to lower your energy bills this summer - or anytime of year - here are some helpful tips, courtesy of PG&E.

  • Replace and recycle your old refrigerator and purchase energy-efficient models. Units only 10 years old can use twice as much electricity as a new ENERGY STAR® labeled model.

  • Caulk windows, doors and anywhere air leaks in or out. Do not caulk around water heater and furnace exhaust pipes.

  • Set the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, health permitting. Three-to-five percent more energy is used for each degree the air conditioner is set below 78 degrees.

  • Use compact fluorescent lamps. You can lower your lighting bill by converting to energy-efficient low-wattage compact fluorescent lighting and fixtures.

  • Replace old windows with new high performance dual pane windows.

  • Clean or replace furnace and air-conditioner filters regularly, following manufacturer's instructions.

  • Set the water heater thermostat at 140 degrees or "normal," if you have a dishwasher. Otherwise, set it at 120 degrees or "low." Check your dishwasher to see if you can use 120 degree water.

  • Fix defective plumbing or dripping faucets. A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. That not only increases water bills, but also increases the gas or electric bill for heating the water.

  • Wash only full loads in a dishwasher and use the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean. If operating instructions allow, turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle, open the door and let the dishes dry naturally.

  • Defrost refrigerators and freezers before ice buildup becomes 1/4-inch thick.

  • Install shades, awnings or sunscreens on windows facing south and/or west to block summer light.

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