New in June at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library

 

Check out what’s happening at the Turner Library:

Turner Library in West Sacramento

  • The 2015 Summer Reading Program starts June 1. To participate, sign up at the Turner Library. All ages are welcome. Special events and programs occur all summer long.
  • Computer Class, Tuesday, June 2, 9 a.m. No experience necessary. Call the Turner for the class topic, for questions or to register (916) 375-6465. You may also register at the Turner.
  • Nature’s Critters, Tuesday, June 9, 3 p.m. Learn about the diversity of nature. Hands-on live interactions with reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
  • Overdrive Mobile Device Petting Zoo, Thursday, June 11, 6 p.m. Come and learn how to check out library books for free on your mobile device.
  • All Things String, Thursday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 24, 6 p.m. 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.
  • Bats! Bats! Bats! Tuesday, June 16, 3 p.m. Norcal Bats are back and they’re bringing with them live bats for you to inspect up close!
  • What’s Happening Seniors, Wednesday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. A social club for older adults to discuss current events and timely issues.
  • Evening Book Club, Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m. Join the monthly book club and explore new worlds. For information, call Cindy, (916) 731-5504.
  • Origami Paper Crafts, Thursday, June 18. Teens are invited to join the fun in the creation of different origami paper crafts. Call (916) 375-6465 for the program time.
  • Tails for Tales, Monday, June 22, 4 p.m. School aged children are invited to come the library and practice reading with a therapy dog.
  • Magical Mary, Tuesday, June 23, 3 p.m. Families are invited to join the fun for visual and colorful magic, juggling and comedy.
  • Hawks, Honkers and Hoots, Tuesday, June 30, 3 p.m. Bird ambassadors present birds native to the area. There will also be a special hands-on discovery table for exploration.
  • Russian Story Time, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Children and their families are invited to listen to stories and songs in Russian.
  • Spanish Story Time, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. Children and their families are encouraged to listen to stories and songs in Spanish.
  • Summer Programs for Tots, Thursdays, June 11-Aug. 6, 11:15 a.m.-12 noon. Open play or art and craft activity.

Remember, all Turner programs are free! The Arthur F. Turner Community Library is located at 1212 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento, (916) 375-6465.

 

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Can You Spare a Pint of Blood?

 

Give a pint, save a life!

BloodSource shirt

The City of West Sacramento is hosting a blood drive, Thursday, May 28 at the Civic Center parking lot, 1110 West Capitol Ave. A Sacramento BloodSource mobile coach will be parked for appointments, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

All participants will earn enough rewards to redeem a free T-shirt! Appointments are encouraged, as walk-ins will be taken on a space available basis. Photo ID required. Please eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

For appointments or eligibility questions, call Kryss Rankin, (916) 617-4500.

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City Leaders Recruit New Business in East Asia

City Manager Martin Tuttle and Economic Development Project Manager Diane Richards are on a trade mission in South Korea and Japan to attract new businesses to West Sacramento.

CalAsia Chamber trade mission

West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle and CalAsian Chamber Leadership outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officer Keenton Chiang.

They’ve joined other regional leaders as part of a group oganized by the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to recruit new companies to join West Sacramento’s growing global food industry hub.

West Sacramento is home to several food manufacturing firms including Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, Nor-Cal Beverage and Tony’s Fine Foods.

Recent additions to West Sacramento’s Southport Business Park include Japan’s Shinmei U.S.A. which makes gluten-free rice buns, and Nippon Shokken, maker of Japanese sauces and seasonings.

Part of the trade mission itinerary is a tour of Nippon Shokken’s headquarters in Chiba Prefecture.

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Bryte Playground, Farmers Market Updates

The walkways and borders of the new Disney/KaBOOM! playground in Bryte Park have been completed. All is ready for Build Day on May 31, when the playground will be constructed in just six hours.

Bryte Playground cement

Future site for the Disney/KaBOOM! playground in West Sacramento’s Bryte Park.

 

 

You can still be part of this amazing day.

Nearly 300 volunteers have registered so far. 100 more are needed. Lunch and refreshements will be served.

Sign up here!

 

 

 

Farmers Market 

West Sacramento Farmers Market

Tented stage and vendor stands at on West Capitol Avenue

 

The theme this Thursday, May 21, is “Good Living at the West Sacramento Farmers Market.” Aside from the tasty locally grown fruits and vegetables, there will be two stage demonstrations to help you cope with the drought: at 6 p.m., using rain barrels; at 7 p.m., a demonstration on using greywater.

Also, stop by the City of West Sacramento booth to meet Fire Chief John Heilmann.

Serving the Market visitors Thursday are two food trucks: “North Border Taco” and “Dogtown.” Enjoy!

Hours are 4:30 p.m. to dusk on West Capitol Avenue, between City Hall and the Community Center.

 

 

 

 

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Public Works Recognized For Keeping City Running

National Public Works Week in West Sacramento staff photo

Dedicated Public Works employees line up for annual photo

 

 

Kudos to the City of West Sacramento Public Works team, honored with a celebration and BBQ at the South River Road Corporation Yard during National Public Works Week.

West Sacramento Public Works proclamation

 

 

Public Works handles utilities, water and environmental services, flood protection, transportation and roads, engineering and much more.

Check out the proclamation thanking the Public Works Department from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.  Thumbs up!

 

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Old Town Inn Demolition Clears Way for Grand Gateway Project

Say goodbye to the Old Town Inn at 826 West Capitol Avenue.  The structure is being razed this week as part of the City’s Grand Gateway Master Plan.

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Watch this KCRA report on how the City of West Sacramento is preparing for future development in the area.

 

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Stage 3 Water Conservation Plan, City Takes Action

Stage 3 water conservation restrictions begin today in West Sacramento to help the City cut water use by 28% as mandated by the State Water Board. “The drought cannot be taken lightly,” said City Manager Martin Tuttle, who issued the Stage 3 declaration. “We encourage businesses and residents to join the City in taking steps to save water, and together, we can reach the 28% goal.”

West Sacramento drought sign

“Why it’s Dry” signs have been posted in parks and median strips throughout the City

The new restrictions limit watering lawns and ornamental landscaping to one day per week. Street addresses that end in an odd number can water only on Saturdays, and addresses ending in even numbers can only water on Sundays. Food producing gardens and farms are exempt from this rule, but all are encouraged to use water wisely.

Stage 3 restrictions also prohibit filling new pools or refilling drained pools and ponds with potable water. However, maintaining water levels in existing pools and ponds is permissible.

In addition, potable water can no longer be used in decorative fountains.

The City has already cut back watering in traffic medians and parks. Water-saving mulch and bark is being dispersed around tree trunks, and plants are being replaced with drought tolerant varieties. Parks crews are also transitioning from spray watering to drip irrigation, and are now hand watering trees.

Sports fields and school yards will be maintained for optimum playability, but non-essential landscaping in these public locations will not be watered.

water tips being handed out at West Sacramento farmers market

City staff explaining Stage 3 water restrictions to residents at the West Sacramento Farmers Market

 

The City is redirecting staff resources to promote water conservation throughout West Sacramento and is asking all city employees to report water use violations.

 

The City also encourages citizens to report water waste by calling the Water Hotline at 916-617-4545.

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Music and Brew Featured at Farmers Market

Manzanita Music

Today’s West Sacramento Farmers market has a little something for everybody.

Aside from the usual spectacular variety of local fresh fruits and vegatables, Yolo Brewing Company will be in the beer garden and Manzanita bluegrass will be on the stage.

Food trucks Dogtown and North Border Taco will be on site along with Local Kine Shave Ice.

It all starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs until dusk in front of City Hall on West Capitol Avenue.

 

 

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Free Oil Filter Exchange, Saturday

West Sacramento oil filter recycle

Don’t just dump your old oil filter, turn it in for a FREE one this Saturday, May 16 at any O’Reilly Auto Parts or AutoZone store in West Sacramento, Davis, or Woodland.

This filter exchange event is for Yolo County residents only.

Limit 2 per resident. For more information, call the City of West Sacramento Environmental Services Division at (916) 617-4590.

 

 

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West Sacramento Rolls Out Stage 3 Water Savings Plan

The West Sacramento City Council has given City Manager Martin Tuttle authority to Be Water Smartdeclare a stage 3 Water Shortage Contingency Plan in order to reach the mandatory 28% water use reduction required by the State Water Board. As the drought continues, this means increased water restrictions for the City’s residents, businesses and City of West Sacramento government operations.

New regulations under the Stage 3 plan go into effect May 15, 2015. They include:

  • Outdoor watering of lawns and ornamental plants limited to one day per week. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Saturdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may only irrigate on Sundays. No watering is permitted Monday through Friday, except in food producing gardens and farms.
  •  Using potable water to fill or refill swimming pools or artificial ponds or lakes is prohibited. Maintaining water levels in existing pools and ponds is still permissible.
  •  Using potable water in ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited.

“The City will take the lead protecting essential surfaces in parks and playfields, but non-essential landscaping in these public locations will not be watered,” said City Manager Tuttle. “Residents growing food and urban farmers are advised to use water wisely. By working together we can have healthy gardens, protect our trees and meet the 28 percent goal.”

Current water use restrictions remain in effect:

  • The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
  •  The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle;
  •  The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  •  The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; and
  • To promote water conservation, operators of hotels and motels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option in each guestroom using clear and easily understood language.

Under Stage 3, the City of West Sacramento is adding staff to work with businesses and residents to promote water conservation, and asking all city employees to report water use violations.
In addition, the City encourages citizens to report water waste by calling the Water Hotline at 916-617-4545.

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