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4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season   

By Michael Lee

The holiday season is here. Busy calendars are already filling up with festive activities, celebrations and gatherings of families and friends. 

Improved economic conditions are expected to increase consumer spending. A recent national report shows that holiday shoppers plan to spend $1,440 for holiday expenses, and yet less than half plan to stick to a budget for holiday spending.[1]

‘Tis the season to shop and spend, but before you swipe that credit card—there are a few budgeting tips individuals and families should consider to ensure they manage their finances during the holiday rush.  

Celebrate Women's Health in Modesto and Stockton

Celebrate Women's Health in Modesto and Stockton

WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT: Empowering women to think and feel great

The public is invited to the 7th annual Women’s Night Out, a free program to celebrate and enhance women’s health. Come meet with Kaiser Permanente experts who will discuss a variety of compelling topics for women including how to lower the risk of cancer, the benefits of plant-based diets, improving skin and eye care, and more.

The first presentation will be Thursday, May 14, from 5:30–8 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Modesto Medical Center, 4601 Dale Road, Modesto, Conference Rooms 1A92–4. The second presentation the following week will be Thursday, May 21, from 5:30–8 pm. at Kaiser Permanente Stockton Medical Offices, 7373 West Lane, Stockton, Conference Rooms A–I.

For more information and to RSVP, call 209-464-8707, ext. 101 or email judith@buethecommunications.com. Also, www.kp.org/centralvalley

UOP Offers Affordable Counseling Program

University of the Pacific is offering a substance abuse counseling program. The program is very affordable and can be completed in less than a year. Applications need to be in by June 8, and classes start in July.

Celebrating New Year's Day

Though this isn't a local band, I believe any Sacramentan can surely appreciate this awesome New Year's Day song!

Check out our shared social media posts below and add your own!! 

Thanks to Hurts for a great song and for Kanal von EleonorePrinz for sharing this great video on youtube.

Life Without Limits- UCP of San Joaquin

For individuals with disabilities, every day activities, such as going to school, playing, and having a job, become challenges. United Cerebral Palsy of San Joaquin provides supports and services to more than 2,000 children and adults every day helping them live life without limits.

UCP unites and serves people with disabilities from Down Syndrome, to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy, speech delays, physical disabilities and more. The programs and services provided at UCP help individuals with disabilities, and their families live more meaningful lives.

Contact: ucpsj.org

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

2014 Weekly Challenge #31: Do Unto YOURSELF

2014 Weekly Challenge #31:  Do Unto YOURSELF

This week is all about YOU. Be kind to YOU. Do nice things for YOU. Remember what is special and what you love about YOU.

This challenge may seem easy, but I'm betting many will have a hard time with it.