California Conservation Corps (CCC) serves a dual purpose: it provides job training and leadership opportunities for underserved youth while using their skills to help protect our natural resources. CCC members come from diverse backgrounds—half of them don't have a high-school diploma—and range in age from 18 to 25. Participants are placed in crews of 15 and equipped with uniforms and safety gear so they can complete more than three million hours of public-service conservation projects every year. They act as emergency responders in the event of natural disasters, retrofit buildings to increase energy conservation, plant trees, install irrigation systems, and help restore wildlife habitats. After they finish one year of service, CCC members can receive educational scholarships through the state of California and AmeriCorps to continue their studies.
The Audi Best Buddies Challenge has four fully supported bike courses open to all riders—15-, 30-, 62-, and 100-mile courses—which takes riders from Carmel to San Simeon. Having conquered the challenge multiple times, Michael is aiming to complete the 100-mile course once again. Michael is fundraising to acquire the $1,500 needed to enter the race, which is held to benefit support programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
One of Sacramento’s oldest blues clubs, Torch Club keeps the dance floor sizzling with live music six nights a week. The club dates back to 1934, when it opened on the heels of Prohibition to act as a favored watering hole for politicians. Today, the club welcomes music lovers with an array of live shows, including performances by their house bands as well as national acts.