Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Do you hear what I hear? Cameron Park is singing!!

                          Cameron Park has two community choirs: a kid's choir and an adult's choir. The Kid's Choir is called Cantemus Youth Chorus. They meet at the Camerado Springs Middle School on Wednesdays. As a member since January, I have sang different genres of music from Spanish songs, Patriotic songs, a song in Hebrew, and lately my choir has been practicing Christmas songs. The choir's current director is Ponderosa High School's choir director Mrs. Sarah Cunningham. That is interesting because the previous choir director was also Ponderosa's high school director Mrs. Erin Bailey, who started Cantemus.  At Cantemus Youth Chorus's practices, their goal is to:

·         Develop musical skills and knowledge and to teach healthful vocal production

·         To promote cultural awareness and individual expression through musical performance

The practices include:

·         Singing songs of varying genres, tonality, and languages

·         Music reading and aural skill development

·         Kinesthetic connection to music (body movement and/or dance)

They have 2 groups of Cantemus Youth Chorus:

 The Sunshine Singers (ages 4-8) from 3:45 to 4:30 pm

The Ambassadors which I sing with (ages 9-18) from 4:40 to 5:30 pm

There is also an adult choir called Cantemus Encore, which my mother sings with, that is directed by El Dorado High School's music director Mrs. Taylor Sabado.  They have also been practicing Christmas songs in their choir for Cantemus' Christmas Concert which is scheduled for December 2. 
The concert will have the Sunshine Singers, the Ambassadors, and the Encore all singing Christmas songs starting at 6:00 pm at the Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park, CA.  I have enjoyed singing with the Cantemus choir and I love to sing. I would be glad if you were able to attend a Cantemus performance soon.

Cantemus has 2 websites for more information about the choirs:

For Cantemus Youth Chorus: www.cantemus.us

For Cantemus ENCORE!: www.encore.cantemus.us

                                                                               Psalm 33:1-3

                         Shout for joy in the LORD,O you righteous! Praise makes right the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

                                                Thank You for reading my post and GOD bless!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Local coffee shop brewing its roots in Diamond Springs

Café Santoro has just opened their coffee shop in Diamond Springs. It is located in the building next to the Diamond Springs Fire Department at 493 Pleasant Valley Rd with the Santoro's food truck.

At Santoro's they offer their customers different types of drinks such as:

  Hot Drinks

·          Coffee- Mocha, Latte, and Brewed Coffee

·         Teas- Chai Tea, Latte, and Brewed Tea

  Iced Drinks

·         Lemonade

·         Iced Coffee

·         Iced Tea

·         Mocha

·         Blended Drinks- Smoothie, Milk Shakes, and Blended Lemonade

This new Santoro's location just opened a couple weeks ago  and they moved from their previous Cameron Park shop to open this new location. My mom and I visited this new Café Santoro location a few days ago when we were in Diamond Springs. We thought it would be a good business to visit because we know the owner, Mr. Santoro and we visited their old location in Cameron Park. While I was there, I talked to the owner Mr. Ken Santoro and 2 of their employees about this new shop and how it's doing for them. It was a nice visit to this local coffee shop with the nice service and the warm setting in the shop. I would encourage you to get a cup of coffee at Cafe Santoro's and to visit the shop.
                                     Me at Café Santoro's with Mr. Santoro and the employees
                                                                         Jeremiah 29:11

    For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to Prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a Hope and a Future.


                                             John 3:16 English Standard Version (ESV)

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


Cafe Santoro's has a website for more information about the shop: http://caffesantoro.com/



                                Thank You for reading my post and may God bless you!!



Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Fresh Start for the women in Mexico!

A Fresh Start for the women in Mexico!

 The story today is about a place that's helping the women in Mexico. Mujeres Nuevo Comienzo (Spanish for Fresh start for Women) is a home for Women wanting a fresh start in their lives.  Where is it at? It's located 175 miles south of the San Diego Border. At this home, the women will be:
·         Fed spiritually
·         Loved unconditionally
·         Provided food, clothing, medical care, and a shelter.
·         Taught basic literacy and life skills
·         Trained and equipped with work skills
By this, they are helping women overcome their addictions and experiencing the love of Jesus Christ through this home. M.N.C. opened its doors to the Mexican women in 2011 to help those desiring a transformation in their lives. I first heard about this ministry at a fundraiser at my friend's house where the owner of M.N.C. talked about the ministry and what they do. A few years ago, my family and I had the privilege to be missionaries on a YWAM trip to Mexico, staying at the local orphanage seeing the kids and helping the people at the orphanage. It was truly an amazing experience being on a mission trip to Mexico and seeing the needs of this community in which M.N.C. serves. 
        Mujeres Nuevo Comienzo has a website with a video that talks about this home:    http://www.mncfreshstart.org/                                           
                                                               Jeremiah 29:11 
    For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to Prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a Hope and a Future. 
                                                                           Isaiah 45:3                                                                            I will give you treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
                           I would encourage you to watch the video about this ministry and find ways to partner with M.N.C.   Thank You for reading the post and God bless!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Flying brave at the fashion show


          The Fly Brave Foundation is an organization that helps kids with Autism by training them to become adults and have jobs. The reason why I'm talking about them because I was a model at the Fly Brave Foundation's fashion show on September 10th at the California Auto Museum. At the show, I was the Barbershop singer with the cane singing the barbershop song, Chordbuster March. Before my segment, I had the privilege to talk to the models of the show and their families, about their interests and what my interests are. It was a very fun experience meeting all the people and singing to them. The models at the fashion show were an A's fan, a butterfly, a cowgirl, a runner, and many other kids with fun outfits and personalities.  Tony Lopez from CBS 13 News was at the fashion show.

 The Fly Brave Foundation wants to help kids with autism build social skills, confidence and friendships.  Mrs. Vanessa Bieker is the founder of the Fly Brave Foundation who has a son that is non verbal that loves to run and is working on qualifying for the Boston marathon.  It was an entertaining experience being a model at the fashion show!!

Fly Brave Foundation's website: http://www.flybrave.org/
This is the video of me at the fashion show:
                                Colossians 3:23 English Standard Version (ESV)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men.


                             Thank You for reading my blogpost!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sleeping after rockin' in Wexford, Pennsylvania

While my family and I were on vacation, we stayed at a brand new hotel called the Hampton Inn in the small town of Wexford, PA, 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh. The hotel is located at 2622 Wexford Bayne Road west of Interstate 79. During our stay, we toured Pittsburgh  and attended the Christian parody band ApologetiX's 25th Anniversary concert.   I was very happy to stay in a nice, new hotel with sweet customer service. At this Hampton Inn location, the amenities are:

·        88 rooms which have a 42 inch TV, mini fridge, a Cuisinart coffee maker, a nice chair and table to work on, free Wi-Fi access, and  their clean Hampton beds.  All 100% non smoking.

·        Free breakfast

·        A Pool and Fitness room

·        Business Center

·        Lobby

·        Meeting rooms

This new hotel opened on April 6th of 2016 to serve guests north of Pittsburgh in the Wexford/Ross Township area. If you're looking at visiting Pittsburgh and want a country setting, this hotel would be a good choice.

For some great Christian parody rock music, check out ApologetiX's website: http://apologetix.com/

                                                         3 John 1:8

          We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

                               Thank You for reading this blogpost and God bless!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Looking for a smoothie? Jamba Juice is on the Rescue!

              Jamba Juice has just opened shop in the town of Rescue, California!!
It is located in the Starbucks and Burger Hut shopping center at 3008 Green Valley Road in Suite 2 next to Goodwill Donation Express.

At Jamba Juice, the options for a snack are:

·        Smoothies- Traditional Frozen Yogurt Smoothies, All-Fruit Smoothies, and Nutritional Fruit and Veggie) oothies

·        Energy Bowls (Parfaits) - Yogurt, Fruit, or Dry topping

·        Juices- Orange, Carrot, and Veggie Juices

·        Oatmeal

·        Baked Goods- Waffles, and Pretzels                                                                                   
The Rescue Jamba Juice held its grand opening on July 19th 2017. The location  has a drive thru, which is new to Jamba Juice and a little interior to order your snack from. Just a few days after opening, my mom and I visited this new location to chill out and drink a refreshingly delicious smoothie. I also met the manager and talked about what business is like at Jamba Juice. According to the manager, their best selling smoothie is the Orange Dream Machine smoothie. My favorite smoothie at Jamba Juice is the Pomegranate Paradise which I enjoyed at this visit. This is a nice addition to the Cameron Park, Rescue, and Shingle Springs community and I hope you visit soon!!

                               Colossians 3:23 English Standard Version (ESV)
             Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
                   Thank You for reading this blogpost and  may God bless You!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

A relaxing visit to a beautiful local coffee shop!!

                    This week's blogpost is about a local Coffee shop My mom and I visited called the Cameron Park Coffee and Deli. It's located at 3161 Cameron Park Drive in Suite 106 across the street from the Airpark in the shopping center with Thai House.

           This coffee shop serves:

·         Breakfast- muffins, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches (their Carrot cake muffin won Best of Show at the El Dorado County Fair)

·         Lunch and Dinner-sandwiches, burritos, and salads

·         Drinks- coffee and smoothies

My mom and I recently visited this encouraging and uplifting coffee shop. I thought it was encouraging because they have bible verses that help lift us up like Ephesians 2:4-5,

             Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, Made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions it is by grace that you have been saved.

      They also have some beautiful artwork at the shop from local painter Joe Banaut. Kind and personal, the owner Mrs. Lona Wheeler shared her story about how God provided this coffee shop opportunity. In November 2014, The Cameron Park Coffee and Deli shop opened its doors for customers.

 Their hours are:

·         Monday-Friday  6:00am- 7:30pm

·         Saturday 8:00am -3:00pm

·          Closed on Sunday

It was exciting to visit this coffee shop and to see what they have. I would love to visit this shop again soon and I hope you can visit it also!! 

" Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."                         Matthew 20:28


                                    Thank You for looking at this blogpost and May God bless you!!