Jessica Laskey


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Jessica Laskey is a freelance writer and professional actress who has lived and worked in Sacramento, San Francisco, Dallas, New York City and Paris. She is also the co-founder of Theater Galatea and Indomita Press.

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You Gotta Have Friends

Mary Alice Lewis knows what a difference a handmade item can make to someone in need.

Since 2015, Lewis and a group of fellow residents at the River’s Edge senior community off Fair Oaks Boulevard have raised money for Loaves & Fishes’ Mustard Seed School through the sale of handmade goods. They have raised more than $20,000 for the school, which provides free Montessori education and a safe space for homeless children ages 3–15.

“Mary Alice and the volunteers at River’s Edge have been supporting the children at Mustard Seed for years,” school director Casey Knittel says. “It’s wonderful to have their help because they are always so careful to make sure they understand exactly what our school needs. They have helped with everything from providing Valentine’s cards to buying Montessori materials for our classrooms to renovating our front office.”

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Reporting For Duty

For Sgt. Frincee Prado, the Army is more than a career. As he sees it, “It’s a major opportunity to use your own personal skills, talent and passions to make a real difference in people’s lives at home and abroad.”

Prado has been a technical engineer with the U.S. Army Engineering team for four years. In that time, he’s been part of the design and construction of several Army projects across the country and abroad. He’s one of 12 soldiers starring in the latest installment of the Army’s “What’s Your Warrior?” campaign that aims to educate young people about the breadth and depth of careers in the nation’s largest military branch.

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Two-Fisted Artist

Ann Marie Campbell couldn’t get Marilyn Monroe’s mouth right.

It was the early 1990s and Virgin Megastore had come to Sacramento to compete with Tower Records. Already a well-known local muralist, Campbell was commissioned by Richard Branson to paint murals at his Virgin Megastores in 25 cities across the country.

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Watercolor Incorrect

Acclaimed painter Jerald Silva fits many descriptions. Here’s one he doesn’t fit: watercolorist.

“It’s not insulting. I just work so differently from persons who describe themselves that way, I don’t wish to be misunderstood,” Silva says. “Mine is a different genre using the same materials.”

Silva’s style was developed by accident. As a young artist, he was using a friend’s studio while the friend was abroad. He ran out of canvas. With necessity serving as the mother of invention, Silva noticed a roll of butcher paper. He decided to paint on that—until he discovered it was too porous for watercolor.

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