Before Saturday’s Fourth of July, get started on your holiday fruits and veggies. Shop at the West Sacramento Farmers Market, Thursday, July 2, 4:30 p.m.-dusk! There will be a Kids Zone, with free face-painting, a bounce house, and a children’s cooking demonstration. Oh yes, the Musical Robots are back!
The Market welcomes 5th and C Farms, with melons, tomatoes and herbs, Aoyama Farms, with stone fruit, oranges, cucumbers, peppers and eggplant, and La Chiquita Farm with strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, tomatoes and corn. These are just a few of the great local farms at the West Sacramento Farmers Market, on 1110 West Capitol Avenue, every Thursday through summer.
Starting tomorrow, July 1st, it will become much easier to connect with the City of West Sacramento. Got a pothole to report or a question about local services? West Sacramento Connect can help. Never wait in line, never sit on hold. West Sacramento Connect makes your city available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
City Council Member Mark Johannessen, Deputy City Manager Jon Robinson, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
The City of West Sacramento has been certified as an Age-Friendly Community. The program encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.“The heart of our strategy in West Sacramento is being a city which you can enjoy comfortably and vibrantly at every stage of life,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, “so we’re proud to be a catalyst as the first city in the region to enlist in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. We look forward to this exciting collaboration with AARP and other cities to assure that our town is age-friendly by design.”
The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization, helps participating cities and towns become great places to live by adopting such features as walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities.
“Well-designed and livable communities help sustain economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages,” said AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson. “By joining in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Mayor Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento are making a commitment to create a city that is an even greater place to live for people of all ages.”
Cities that join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities commit to a five-year program designed to improve their age-friendliness based upon the World Health Organization’s “8 Domains of Livability:”
Join the City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department for the first Ride, White, & Blue Fourth of July Bike Parade. This is a free event and all riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes with red, white & blue stars, streamers, and other July 4th decorations.
The parade starts at 12:30 p.m. and takes place on the Clarksburg Branch Lines Trail starting at Locks Drive and ending at the Rec Center pool.
Prizes will be awarded for best bike decorations, donated by Cute N Classy Children’s Shoppe! The first 55 kids registered will get free admission for Rec Swim (1 – 5 pm). Registration is available at www.westsacfun.org by clicking on the blue “Register Online” button.
Movie night at the Recreation Center. Who said the Rec can’t look like a beach resort!!
Beat the heat and join us for a special night with a movie by the pool this Thursday June 25, 2015! Bring your swimsuits or a blanket and sit out on the grass. Swimming will continue through the end of the movie. All ages welcome to this event. Non-swimmers and children 7 and younger must be within arm’s reach of an adult 18+ at all times. You can pay at the door, pre-registration is not required.
According to the West Sacramento Fire Department, use of Safe and Sane fireworks has significantly limited the number of fireworks related incidents over the past four years.
Non-profit groups operate the fireworks stands to raise money for their organizations.
Fireworks Stand Locations:
Boosters for International Gymnastics
Arteaga’s Supermarket parking lot
940 Sacramento Avenue
Holy Cross Academy
Wal-Mart parking lot
755 Riverpoint Court
God’s Chosen Vessel Ministry, Inc.
Whitey’s Jolly Kone parking lot
1300 Jefferson Blvd
Our Lady of Grace School
Papa Murphy’s parking lot
2455 Jefferson Blvd
River City Jr. Raiders
Safeway parking lot
1298 West Capitol Avenue
Out of the Box Ministries
Nugget parking lot
2000-2005 Town Center Plaza
Campus Life Connection/Collings Teen Center
Raley’s parking lot
1601 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project
Wicked West Pizza parking lot
3150 Jefferson Blvd
If you aren’t shooting off your own fireworks, you can catch the big show at Raley Field: Fourth on the Field.
Note: Possession of “Dangerous Fireworks” (those not approved as Safe and Sane by the state Fire Marshal’s office) are a violation of the California Penal Code and Health and Safety Code, subject to felony violations. Community members wishing to turn in fireworks for disposal may contact the West Sacramento Police Department’s non-emergency phone, (916) 372-3375 or bring them to a West Sacramento Fire Station.
Learn how greywater systems and rain barrels can help you save water during the drought at the Farmers Market this evening. Master Gardeners will be on stage with these drought tips and more. Plus the usual assortment of fresh fruit and vegatables will be on sale from local farmers! The Farmers Market operates from 4:30 p.m.-dusk on Thursdays in front of City Hall on West Capitol Avenue.
And on Friday June 19, you’re invited to the grand opening for the new location of West Sacramento’s Urban Farm Stand at the corner of 5th and F Street.
Several farmers will be selling their produce from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a Yolo Brewing Company beer while you shop. Beer garden every 3rd Friday!
City watering restrictions have many residents of West Sacramento worried about the health of their trees. Once a week lawn watering rules don’t mean your trees have to suffer! A new brochure, by the West Sacramento Tree Program provides watering tips on how to keep trees alive during the drought.
Drought-Wise Tree Care
Young trees require 5-10 gallons of water weekly, depending on weather conditions.
Mature trees require deep watering under the tree’s entire canopy every 2-3 weeks.
Convert irrigation systems to drip, low-flow heads, or micro spray. Fix any leaks!
Irrigate your trees separately from lawn and landscaping.
Capture shower or bathtub warm-up water–use it to water your trees and landscape plants.
Use mulch to help prevent water evaporation but keep it 4-6 inches away from your tree’s trunk.
For questions, please call the West Sacramento Tree Program at (916) 617-4620.
Yolo County has received Drought Relief funds from the state to assist families unemployed or underemployed due to the drought. Up to six months of temporary rental assistance and utility assistance is available to families who qualify. Applicant screening and interviews are scheduled for Friday, June 19, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Children’s Health Alliance, 637 Todhunter Ave., #21B, West Sacramento. If you are unable to attend the screening, or if you have questions about the Drought Relief Rental Assistance program, please contact Elizabeth Montoya at Yolo County Housing, (530) 669-2257 or firstname.lastname@example.org .