Recycling Themed Booth Wins Blue Ribbon At Yolo County Fair!

For the 2nd year in a row a booth created in part by the City of West Sacramento Environmental Services Division won first place at the The Yolo County Fair.

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The winning booth featured a timeline illustrating recycling program changes over the past 80 years and an interactive display that showed the 80 year lifecycle for materials that are either recycled or from landfills. The booth also provided fair goers with information about recycling programs and services offered in each Yolo County jurisdiction. Special thanks to West Sacramento’s Graphic Artist Clyde Pabro and Recycling Coordinators from Woodland, Davis, Winters and Yolo County.

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The fair provided each entry with the criteria used to judge the booths. Some of the criteria included points labeling, being informative and educational, use of lighting and space, and the relationship to the fair theme, 80 years of Yolo County Fair Fun.

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Congratulations Louis in Bridgeway Islands, our Drought Spotlight Honoree for July!

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When Louis moved into his home in 2001, the backyard was just a fenced-in stretch of dirt. He knew right away that he didn’t want grass in the backyard, but he wanted something easy to maintain that could be used year-round. The result was an easy-to-maintain space with a great inside-outside feel and low water use.

Now that his backyard was how he wanted it, Louis started wondering about the front yard. Every week he spent time cutting, edging, feeding, weeding and watering a green patch that he never used. It made no sense; and it made his house look like all of his neighbor’s homes.

Something had to be done.

Louis decided to take a master gardeners course with Yolo County in order to prepare himself for a big change. After completing the program, he decided on a front yard with a wild garden atmosphere, full of low-water-use plants and attractive ground cover. In addition to the plants, he added concrete steps and boulders. All of this was installed on a slope built out of the very lawn he was removing!

The result is a multi-level landscape that catches the eye. All of this only took a few months and requires much less work than a traditional lawn. Best of all, the yard is unique.

Thank you Louis, you are our Drought Spotlight Honoree for the month of July!

If you would like to nominate your yard, or someone else’s, please email ryanb@cityofwestsacramento.org (or call at 916-617-5025). You can use Next Door to make a nomination, as well as stay informed about neighborhood events. Visit nextdoor.com to get started.

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Traffic Alert: Westbound 80 Delays This Weekend

Plan ahead and be prepared for slow traffic if you’re traveling along I-80 on the north side of West Sacramento this weekend. That was the word from transit officials today during a news conference in front of West Sacramento City Hall where they outlined the final stages of the 80 Across the Top construction project.

Westbound lane closures starting at 6pm, Friday 8/26 through 5am, Monday  8/29 will delay travel time by about 45 minutes according to Caltrans.

The CHP is urging mortorists to use Business 80 as an alternative route.

West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle spoke at the news conference, thanking Caltrans for getting the word out to the West Sacramento community.

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Yolo County Library Events for September

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ON-GOING PROGRAMS:

BUDDY READING – Mondays at 4:30pm-5:30pm (Starting September 12, 2016) Practice reading with an older “buddy”. Each child will be paired up with a high school student from the River City High School Interact Club for a 30-minute reading session.  This helps builds confidence in reading out loud and comprehension in reading.  After 10 visits, a participant can pick 1 free book.

Registration Required.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS – Wednesday at 4pm-5pm and Fridays at 10am-11am Join our adult Conversation Group and improve your English in a fun and relaxed way with the aid of a group facilitator. No registration is required; drop-in visitors are welcome.

HOMEWORK CENTER – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm-5pm.

FREE afterschool program for students in grades 3 through 8 to receive homework help.  Pre-Registration is required.  Registration application is free and available at the Information/Reference Desk at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library.  If there is any question, please call (916) 375-6469 to speak with the Homework Center Assistant.

HUG-A-BYE BABY – Thursdays at 11am-12pm (Starting September 8, 2016) Children ages 0 to 12 months and their parents or caregivers are invited to this lap-sit program that features language development through songs, picture books, finger-plays and lullabies.

MOTHER GOOSE – Tuesdays at 11am-12pm (Starting September 6, 2016) An award winning program for children (ages 12 to 36 months) and their parents or caregivers that combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children develop emotionally and socially while encouraging a positive attitude towards learning.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME – Wednesdays at 11am-12pm (Starting September 7, 2016) Children ages 3 to 5 years and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, song and finger-plays to help develop early literacy skills and encourage group participation.

RUSSIAN STORY TIME – Tuesdays at 6:30pm-7:30pm Children ages 0 to 5 years and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger-plays in Russian.

SPANISH/ENGLISH STORY TIME – Saturdays at 11am-12pm Children ages 0 to 5 years and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger-plays in Spanish and English.

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September 3, 2016 – Special Tot Play Time:  Little Einstein at 1pm-2pm A monthly special play tot time designed for toddlers and their parents or caregivers.  Come and expand your child’s imagination through exploring science.

September 5, 2016 – Library Closed

September 6, 2016– Monthly Computer Class:  eBAY at 9am-10am An online auction site where people sell, buy, and bid on items from around the world.  Some items are brand new, some are used, and you can find anything from antiques to computer parts to cars.  In this class we will go over the basics, such as searching and setting up an account.  A library card and PIN are required. Register in person at the information desk or by phone at 916-375-6465.  Space is limited to 20 people

September 8, 2016 – ALL THINGS STRING at 6pm-8pm Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new!

September 10, 2016 – Designing Your Folder Crafts at 2pm-3pm Are you ready for school?  Tweens and teens are invited to come out and create their own unique folder.  Materials will be provided for this activity.  Limited 1 folder per tween or teen.

September 10, 2016 – Project Sentinel: Fair Housing at 3pm-4pm A free fair housing know your rights workshop for everyone. Come out and learn about your rights as a tenant.  This workshop is being facilitated by Ms. Catherine Bonanno from the Project Sentinel.  No registration is required.

September 12, 2016 – The Human Journey:  Introduction to the Human Journey at 12:30pm-2pm Each of us has a story, common in many ways, yet absolutely unique.  What does it mean to be human? Is it possible to become more fully human?  What is the driving force behind the human journey? In what ways is our story the same and in what ways is it unique?  This discussion group will explore our stories.  Drop-in visitors are welcome! Great for adults (+55).  Facilitated by Katheryn Haines.

September 14, 2016 – Energy Efficiency at 6pm-7pm Come out and learn all the secrets to be more energy efficiency to save on your electric power bill.  This workshop is FREE and open to everyone.  No registration is required.

September 17, 2016 – Giant Jenga Day at 2pm-3:00pm Tweens and teens are invited to come and join playing the giant jenga.  All participants will be entered for a chance to win a prize at the end of the event.  Come and out and test your skills.  No registration is required.

September 21, 2016 – WHAT’S HAPPENING, SENIORS? at 12pm-1:30pm Do you want to get together with interested and active seniors? Do you want to make new friends, share stories, learn from one another and plan activities? Join our group and find out “What’s Happening” in West Sacramento and beyond!

September 21, 2016 – EVENING BOOK CLUB at 6pm-7:00pm Come see old friends and meet new ones for a lively discussion.  Books are collected and distributed at the meeting.  This month’s reading selection will be “History of Love” by Nicole Krauss. Please contact Cindy at (916) 731-5504 for more information.

September 22, 2016 – ALL THINGS STRING at 6pm-8pm Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new!

September 24, 2016 – Tai Chi & Qigong Part XI at 11am-12pm Come and learn a series of movements and breathing exercises for general wellness, stress relief, physical balance, flexibility and fall prevention.  Part XI, we shall re-practice the healing sound exercises which we learned previously for internal organs wellness. Additional Tai Chi movements will then be introduced for insomnia, stress reduction and relaxation.

No registration required.  Drop-in welcome!  Do not need to attend previous sessions to attend this class.

Dr. Gigi Tze-yue Hu is a semi-retired Asian Studies scholar and is currently completing her Master Degree in Tai Chi.

September 24, 2016 – Toys Day at 1pm-2pm A monthly special toys day designed for ages 0 through 5 and their parents or caregivers.  Sets of toys will be set in the community room for children ages 0 through 5 along with their parents or caregivers to come and play.  Come and expand your child’s early literacy skills learned through story time.  No registration is required.  Drop-in are welcome.

September 26, 2016 – The Human Journey:  Spirituality at 12:30pm-2pm Each of us has a story, common in many ways, yet absolutely unique.  What does it mean to be human? Is it possible to become more fully human?  What is the driving force behind the human journey? In what ways is our story the same and in what ways is it unique?  This discussion group will explore our stories.  Drop-in visitors are welcome! Great for adults (+55).  Facilitated by Katheryn Haines.

September 26, 2016 – Tales for Tails at 4pm-5pm Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to join us for a fun “Read to a Dog” program. Kid ages 6 through 12 are welcome to attend!  You will get to meet up to 4 (FOUR!) very special dogs and their handlers.

Animals are ideal reading companions because they: 1. Listen attentively; 2. Do not judge, laugh or criticize; 3. Allow children to proceed at their own pace; and 4. Are less intimidating than peers.  Parents or caregivers are asked to stay with their child and help with the reading. This helps builds confidence in reading out loud.  After 10 visits, a participant can pick 1 free book.

September 28, 2016 – West Sacramento Friends of the Library Meeting at 6:30pm-8pm The WSFOL meets the last Wednesday of the month.  WSFOL is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to serving the West Sacramento community supporting library programs and services.  WSFOL is always recruiting for new friend.

All events are FREE and take place at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento!

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Cyclocross Grand Prix Set For Sept. 17th At The River Walk

West Sacramento’s  annual Cyclocross Grand Prix is coming up next month on Saturday, September 17 at the River Walk Park.

Cyclocross is a specific type of bike racing. The course weaves along the riverfront over grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand, and obstacles that require you to get off your bike. Races are based on a set time, not distance. Select the race that best fits your ability level. “C”=beginner; “B”=Intermediate;”A”=Expert. Beginner races are usually 30 minutes and professional races last as long as 60 minutes. Register by Thursday, September 15 to participate in the event!

Spectators are welcome to enjoy food trucks and live music during the races.

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Streetcar Project Gets $30 Million in Funding

Streetcar route would go from downtown West Sacramento to midtown Sacramento.

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Statement from West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon:

The downtown/riverfront Streetcar project just crossed the finish line, and we’re headed to construction! The State of California announced that our project has been awarded $30 million in cap-and-trade funds, based on how much climate change emissions will be avoided and reduced by the Streetcar. With that grant, we now have enough committed funds to move forward with building the region’s first Streetcar line. Thanks to Governor Brown, our legislators, and the State Transportation Agency. And big thanks to Congresswoman Doris Matsui, who helped win federal approval for the project and then $75 million in federal funds. And most especially, thanks to the voters of West Sacramento, who made the very first investment in the project with a sales tax vote in 2008, and then persevered until we finished the marathon . An enormous win…it’s time to build!

 

Related:

State puts Sacramento’s streetcar dreams back on track with $30 million grant

 $30 Million Grant Awarded To Sacramento Street Car Project

Streetcars are city’s ‘Back to the Future’ moment

 

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Got Junk? Bulky Waste Drop Off Events Set For October

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The City of West Sacramento is hosting fall bulky waste drop-off event for 2 days only:  Saturday, October 1 and Saturday, October 15, from 9am to 2pm.  West Sacramento residents can drop off bulky items free of charge at our new event location, 1951 South River Road. (We ask residents to approach the event yard heading north across the Mike McGowan Bridge so they can make a right turn into the event yard.) The list of acceptable items now includes appliances, scrap metal, and e-waste, in addition to furniture, mattresses, cardboard, and tires (9 tire per trip limit).  Proof of West Sacramento residency, city utility bill or driver’s license, is required to enter the site.

If you are a senior (age 65 or older) or a resident with a disability, and are unable to drive, you may qualify for a free bulky waste pick-up appointment.

Yard waste is not accepted at the clean-up event and may be recycled at the Yolo County Central Landfill using the landfill voucher included in the August or September residential utility bill.  The voucher is valid for one residential load of wood and/or green waste or garbage.

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For more information visit www.WestSacRecycles.org or call (916) 617-4589.

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Back to School Safety Tips

It’s the first day of school for students in the Washington Unified School District, and police and school officials are out with a reminder about traffic and pedestiran safety.

“With the start of school, it is important to keep in mind that our roads, walking and bicycling routes will once again be teaming with activity,” said Linda C. Luna, Superintendent for Washington Unified School District. “As our students and families adjust and settle into their new schedules, we are asking all members of our community to please be patient, safe, vigilant and aware of your surroundings as we kick off another exciting school year.”

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The West Sacramento Police Department is asking motorists to be extra careful due to an increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Please be patient and allow for extra travel time during the first couple of weeks. Remind your students to obey the rules of the road for pedestrians and bicylists. WSPD will set up enforcement and presence around schools and roadways during commute hours, and all bicycle laws will be strictly enforced. Be safe!

Here are some useful Bicycle and Pedestrian safety tips.

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Volunteers Needed At Delta Waterway Cleanup Saturday, Sept. 17th

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During California’s Coastal Cleanup Day, hundreds of people from across the state take to local beaches, rivers and creeks to clean up the refuse that would otherwise end up in lakes and oceans, polluting the water and endangering wildlife. Here in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the event is known as the Delta Waterway Cleanup, and there are spots that need love in all five Delta Counties. Please join us in West Sacramento to participate in the Yolo County portion of the Cleanup.

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Meet at the corner of Riverfront and Mill Streets, West Sacramento, CA

Cost: Free

Registration will be open until all available positions are filled. Please complete the Registration Form to sign up for the volunteer opportunity.

Contact: Carol Strunk, Assistant Deputy to Supervisor Oscar Villegas, carol.strunk@yolocounty.org

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Weekend Closures for Westbound I-80: Delays Expected

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Heads up if you’re planning to travel on I-80 the next two weekends. Roadwork will cause delays near West Sacramento.  More information: I-80 Closure News Release

Additional information is available at  80AcrosstheTop.com

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