West Sacramento Honored with Green Space Grant

ScottsMiracle-Gro presents check to the City of West Sacramento for $40,000 at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, City Manager Martin Tuttle, and Deputy Assistant to the Mayor Ian Winbrock were joined by Center for Land-Based Learning Executive Director Mary Kimball.

ScottsMiracle-Gro presents check to the City of West Sacramento for $40,000 at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, City Manager Martin Tuttle, and Deputy Assistant to the Mayor Ian Winbrock were joined by Center for Land-Based Learning Executive Director Mary Kimball.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced the winners of the 2015 garden and green space grant program, GRO1000, at the annual 83rd U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington D.C. The City of West Sacramento was named one of the four recipients in the three-year grant program to expand its urban farming initiative.

“The level of excitement and community support for the urban farming initiative has been extraordinary,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “West Sacramento residents recognize urban farms as an asset and are eager to have more sites like our flagship 5th and C Street farm in our town. This grant reinforces the city’s commitment to the Broderick and Bryte neighborhoods and sets the tone for future development. We will use the funds to improve livability and food access while increasing the visibility of West Sacramento as a regional food hub.”

The funds from the grant will be used to further develop the 5th and C Street Urban Farm and the ongoing partnership between the City of West Sacramento and the Winters, CA-based Center for Land-Based Learning. Mary Kimball, Executive Director of the Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) said “this is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our urban farming relationship with the City of West Sacramento and be a model for the region, showing the impact urban farms can have on a community”. The expansion includes a farm stand point of sale for produce and additional farm locations in West Sacramento.

In addition to West Sacramento, the other four cities to win ScottsMiracle-Gro “Gro1000” grant awards are Dallas, Texas, Rochester, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut. The award winners were announced Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. This year’s winning cities were chosen by a panel of former mayors and national garden experts. GRO1000 Grant winners will receive a total of $40,000 in monetary support and in-kind donations for gardens and green spaces that will help transform their communities.

The program is part of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary. To date, hundreds of community projects have received GRO1000 funding. For more information, visit www.GRO1000.com and follow ScottsMiracle-Gro on Twitter at twitter.com/Scotts_MGro.

The Center for Land-Based Learning was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to creating the next generation of farmers and to teaching California’s youth about the importance of agriculture and watershed conservation. Combining innovative hands-on experience with classroom learning, participants in Land-Based Learning’s programs develop leadership skills, learn how sustainable agriculture practices contribute to a healthier ecosystem, and create connections to agricultural, environmental, and food system careers.

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Register for Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Today!

Washington Unified School District

2015-2016 Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration

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Your child is eligible for Kindergarten if his/her 5th birthday falls on or before September 1st, 2015. A child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten if his/her 5th birthday falls on or between September 2nd, 2015 and December 2nd, 2015.

Registration Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Where to Register: You need to register your child at his/her neighborhood school.
Please visit our website to use our school locater, under “our schools” tab.

Please bring the following documents for registration:
Child’s birth certificate, immunization records (must be up-to-date), proof of address (utility bill, mortgage/rental agreement), physical (must be dated after August 2014), dental exam, and social security card (optional).

Please contact Student and Family Support Services at (916) 375-7600 Ext. 1370 if you have any questions.

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Keeping the Air Clean 364 out of 365 Days Last Year

YoloSolanoWest Sacramento is part of the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The District provides advisories when it’s OK and not OK to light fireplaces and wood stoves during the winter season.  Residents can sign up for e-mail or text message alerts at http://ysaqmd.enviroflash.org. Advisories also appear on the AQMD’s Facebook page: facebook.com/YoloSolanoAir.

In its annual report for 2014, the AQMD said the District’s air quality was healthy in 364 of 365 days, leaving only one day in which the air quality was unhealthy for sensitive groups. The annual report includes air quality data and information on the AQMD’s programs, achievements and goals. It also includes information on the District’s budget, incentive and grant programs and pollution source oversight. The report can be viewed at ysaqmd.org/reports.

The AQMD’s executive director, Mat Ehrhardt, said, “In 2015 and beyond, we’ll continue to be responsible regulators of the air, protecting our clean air future without burdening local businesses.”

The District was named a “Bicycle Friendly Business” last year by the League of American Bicyclists.

 

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Register for Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Now!

Washington Unified School District

2015-2016 Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Registration

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Your child is eligible for Kindergarten if his/her 5th birthday falls on or before September 1st, 2015. A child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten if his/her 5th birthday falls on or between September 2nd, 2015 and December 2nd, 2015.

Registration Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Where to Register: You need to register your child at his/her neighborhood school.
Please visit our website to use our school locater, under “our schools” tab.

Please bring the following documents for registration:
Child’s birth certificate, immunization records (must be up-to-date), proof of address (utility bill, mortgage/rental agreement), physical (must be dated after August 2014), dental exam, and social security card (optional).

Please contact Student and Family Support Services at (916) 375-7600 Ext. 1370 if you have any questions.

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January at Gallery 1075

Gallery1075Local photographer Josh Ochner captures striking images of vivid sunsets, breath taking waterfalls, lively foliage, grand views, and fine details nature has to offer at just the right moments. His images are a representation of the beauty, ruggedness, and uniqueness of America’s outdoor world that many people never get to experience.

Some images have deep and personal meaning such as “Brothers of the North” and “Dark River”. They embody symbolism of his 2 brothers that were tragically killed over that last 10 years.

Come in to see these high resolution images infused onto aircraft-grade metal, a new medium more brilliant and durable than traditional. Also, join us for a reception party, January 15th, 5-8pm, with refreshments, a chance to win prizes, and live music by Kevin Frederick.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

MLKFor your holiday planning purposes, City offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.

Offices are closed Monday, January 19th.

Garbage, recycling, yard waste and used motor oil collection services will continue as normal.

 

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Rock and Radio Remembered: Legends of West Sacramento Rock “The Box”

Community CenterOn Saturday, February 7th 2015 at 6pm West Side Presents and the West Sacramento Community Center host a celebration of the Sacramento area’s rock history with a reception for the opening of the exhibit, “Rock and Radio Remembered” featuring memorabilia from the Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum, in the Center’s Gallery 1075. Later that evening, at 8 pm, a collection of West Sacramento musicians and friends rock the Center’s upstairs Black Box Theater with a live performance. Continue reading 

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New Film about Urban Farming in America, Jan. 25

Growing CitiesYou’re hearing more and more about West Sacramento’s spot in the Global Food Hub, with many food businesses actively producing and distributing food. West Sacramento is also home each spring and summer to a weekly Farmers Market. And in 2014, West Sacramento began establishing urban farms on city owned properties, like at 5th and C.

A new movie captures this respect for the land producing our food and sustaining our quality of life. The award-winning film, Growing Cities, is about urban farming in America. A special screening is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25, 5 p.m. at Yolo Brewing Company, 1520 Terminal St., West Sacramento. Tickets are only $5 per person. Beer and food available. The Center for Land-Based Learning hosts the film followed by a panel discussion with local urban farmers, policy makers and urban farming advocates.

For tickets click here.
For more information visit the Center for Land-Based Learning’s website.

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Coming Up: Free Programs at the Turner Library!

turner libraryThe Arthur F. Turner Community Library has scheduled special events for February—and they’re free!
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Dads and Daughters: Make Magical Memories in a Make-Believe Kingdom, Feb. 20 or Feb. 21—the Father Daughter Dance!

candy-land-castleFathers and Daughters of all ages are invited to spend a magical evening at the annual Father Daughter Dance. Attend either Friday, Feb. 20 or Saturday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento 95691.

Make beautiful memories in a make-believe Classic Candy Land kingdom of sweet adventures! Enjoy a semi-formal dance with dinner buffet, professional photos, DJ, dancing, a photo booth, and more!

Register online or in person at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave., beginning Jan. 12. Fee: Fathers, $40 and Daughters, $20 (daughters 3 or younger admitted free.)

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