Free Water Conservation Workshops

Join us at two workshops where you will learn tips on how to improve your landscape and ensure water is used wisely.

Topics Covered

  • Infusing personal artistic style into a beautiful outdoor space.
  • Designing a water- wise irrigation system to ensure a thriving eco-friendly landscape.

Workshop Day Raffle Prizes

  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies

Registerfor the April 14th Workshop

Topics Covered

  • What to do on a seasonal basis to keep your plants happy and healthy
  • Getting the upper hand in the war on weeds
  • Maintaining and adjust your drip system as your landscape matures
  • Managing common plant diseases and insect pests
  • When fertilizer might be necessary, and when it’s not
  • When to add compost and mulch
  • How and when to prune to keep your shrubs, ornamental grasses and other plants looking great

Workshop Day Raffle Prizes

  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Corona Hand Saw

Register for the May 19th Workshop

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Library Programs for March

Turner Library in West Sacramento

Check out the March events hosted by the Arthur F. Turner Community Library below. All events are FREE and take place at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento!

March 1, 2018 – One-on-One Technology Help at 3pm-4pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have any technology questions please make an appointment for our Tech Help One-on-One sessions. Each session will be 20 minutes and you have to register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

March 3, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Saturday) at 8am – 1pm

Every Saturday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library.  This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 3, 2018 – Teen Anime Afternoon at 3pm-5pm
Teens 12-18 are invited to watch the anime of their choosing at the library! Free Popcorn while supplies last. All teens welcome!

March 3, 2018 through April 14, 2018 – In-N-Out Burger’s Cover to Cover Library Reading Program
Kids age 4 through 12 can register for the “Cover to Cover” Reading Program and receive free food coupons from In-N-Out  Burger.  The reading program runs from March 3rd through April 14th.  For every 5 books a child reads, he/she will receive a “Cover to Cover” Achievement Award, qualifying the participant for a free hamburger or cheeseburger at any In-N-Out Burger restaurant.  Each participant can receive up to 3 certificates.

March 4, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Sunday) at 1:30pm – 5pm

Every Sunday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library.  This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 5, 2018 – Multi-Sensory Story Time at 12pm-1pm
Children ages 1 to 5 years and their parents/caregivers are invited to join us for an inclusive story time that focuses on children with special sensory needs. Story time will be using adapted books and sensory toys.

March 5, 2018 – Sacramento Sunyata Meditation and Qi Gong at 4:30pm-6pm

All are invited to come and learn about the benefits of Meditation and Qi Gong. Learn simple techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, decrease blood pressure, improve digestion, and increase self-awareness. No prior experience or knowledge needed. Please do not eat within 2 hours prior to the Qi Gong exercises. Remember to wear loose, comfortable clothes.

March 7, 2018 – Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) at 3:30pm-4:30pm

Come and meet a representative from the Yolo County Health & Human Services from 3:30pm-4:30pm to learn about adult and dislocated worker training services. Starting January 2018, WIOA will only be at the library once a month.

March 7, 2018 – Teen Club at 5pm-6pm (Teen Room)
Teens are invited to participate in our bi-weekly program focused on developing leadership skills through engaging activities. Snacks will be provided. Great for ages 13-18.

March 8, 2018 – 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!

March 10, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Saturday) at 8am – 1pm

Every Saturday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library.  This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 10, 2018 – One-on-One Technology Help at 11am-12pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have any technology questions please make an appointment for our Tech Help One-on-One sessions. Each session will be 20 minutes and you have to register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

March 10, 2018 – Family Program: St. Patty’s Craft at 3pm-4pm

Families are invited to come out and participate in our ST. Patty’s Craft. We will be creating 5 different arts and crafts based on St. Patrick’s Day. All materials will be provided.

March 11, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Sunday) at 1:30pm – 5pm

Every Sunday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library. This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 12, 2018 – Love on a Leash at 4pm-5pm

Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to read to a therapy dog. Animals are great reading companions because they are patient and do not judge. Parents/caregivers are asked to stay with their child. After 10 visits, participants can pick 1 free book.

March 12, 2018 – Virtual Reality Game Play: Robo Recall/City Tours at 6pm-7:30pm
If you’re over 18 years old join us on March 12th at 6:00pm for an interactive Virtual Reality program! You will have a chance to ward off a robot invasion and learn how to use the Oculus Rift controls and headset while playing Robo Recall. You can also sit back and relax and take city tours of Paris, London, and many more – even Sacramento! It will be like you’re actually there.

March 15, 2018 – One-on-One Technology Help at 3pm-4pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have any technology questions please make an appointment for our Tech Help One-on-One sessions. Each session will be 20 minutes and you have to register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

March 17, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Saturday) at 8am – 1pm

Every Saturday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library.  This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 17, 2018 – Family Movie at 3pm-5pm
Join us for a family-friendly movie rated G or PG shown on our giant screen, with free popcorn! Brought to you with the generous support of the West Sacramento Friends of the Library. Call the library for the title 916-375-6465

March 18, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Sunday) at 1:30pm – 5pm

Every Sunday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library.  This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 19, 2018 – Multi-Sensory Story Time at 12pm-1pm
Children ages 1 to 5 years and their parents/caregivers are invited to join us for an inclusive story time that focuses on children with special sensory needs. Story time will be using adapted books and sensory toys.

March 19, 2018 – S.T.E.A.M.ing Mad – Prisms at 4pm-5pm
How many ways do you know to create a rainbow? Practice with water and sunshine. Great for tweens and teens.

March 20, 2018 – Special Story Time with Arik Armstead from the 49ers at 11am-12pm
Come join us for a special story time reading with Arik Armstead, the Defensive End from the San Francisco 49ers! He is a Sacramento native and has made it his mission to support and impact change for Education Equality. People are encouraged to stay for the Q&A after story time!

March 21, 2018 – What’s Happening Seniors? at 12pm-1:30pm
Want to get together with interested, active seniors to make new friends, share stories, learn from one another, and find out What’s Happening in West Sacramento and beyond?

March 21, 2018 – Teen Club at 5pm-6pm (Teen Room)
Teens are invited to participate in our bi-weekly program focused on developing leadership skills through engaging activities. Snacks will be provided. Great for ages 13-18.

March 21, 2018 – Evening Book Club at 6pm-7pm
Join us for our monthly evening book club.  Books are collected and distributed at the meeting.  This month’s reading selection will be “The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. Please contact Cindy at 916-731-5504 for more information.

March 22, 2018 – 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!

March 23, 2018 – UCCE Yolo County Master Gardeners: Composting and Vermiculture at 12pm-2pm

Come and learn all about composting and vermiculture at the library. UCCE Yolo County Master Gardeners will show how easy it is to compost – what to put in it, what to put it in, and how to “care” for it. There is also a working worm farm, and tips on how to start and maintain your own. This workshop is FREE.  Bring your garden questions to the Q&A to be held after the workshop. For more information, contact UCCE Master Gardeners-Yolo County, (530) 666-8757 or by email mgyolo@ucanr.edu.

March 24, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Saturday) at 8am – 1pm

Every Saturday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library.  This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 24, 2018 – One-on-One Technology Help at 11am-12pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have any technology questions please make an appointment for our Tech Help One-on-One sessions. Each session will be 20 minutes and you have to register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

March 25, 2018 – West Sacramento VITA (Sunday) at 1:30pm – 5pm

Every Sunday beginning February 10, 2018 through April 15, 2018 get help in preparing your 2017 Income Tax FREE at the library.  This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group.

March 26, 2018 – Tales for Tails at 4pm-5pm
Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to join us for a fun “Read to a Dog” program. 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.

March 28, 2018 – WSFOL Monthly 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 friends. Please contact the WSFOL directly at (916) 375-6465, ext. 4 or email to wsfol99@yahoo.com.

March 29, 2018 – One-on-One Technology Help at 3pm-4pm (By Appointment Only)
If you have any technology questions please make an appointment for our Tech Help One-on-One sessions. Each session will be 20 minutes and you have to register at the Information Desk or call (916) 375-6465. 

March 30, 2018 – Therapeutic Tai Chi and Qigong – Part XXVII at 4pm-5pm

Come and learn a series of movements and breathing exercise for general wellness, stress relief, physical balance, flexibility and fall prevention. In Part XXVII, we shall learn some of the training postures and warm-up exercises that are practiced in Tai Chi and Tai Chi Chuan as well. They help to increase our body strength, the ability to have better self-control of balance with coordinated breathing and mental concentration. Floor mats will be provided. Please note that you do not attend previous session to attend this class. No registration required. Please come in comfortable clothing.

Dr. Gigi Tze-yue Hu is a semi-retired Asian Studies scholar and has a Master Degree in Tai Chi from the University of the East-West Medicine in Sunnyvale, CA.

March 31, 2018 – Special Program: Egg Hunt at 1pm-2pm in Kids Room

Families are invited to come out and participate in our special Egg Hunt. Kids will be able to hunt for eggs at the library. All eggs will be provided.


On-Going Programs: 

Bilingual Russian Story – Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Children up to 5 years old and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger-plays in Russian and English. Arts and crafts will also be provided as part of this story time.

Bilingual Spanish Story – Saturdays at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Children up to 5 years old and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger-plays in Spanish and English. Arts and crafts will also be provided as part of this story time. 

Buddy Reading – Mondays at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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.

Homework Center – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
FREE after school 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.  For questions, please call (916) 375-6469 to speak with the Homework Center Assistant. 

Hug-A-Bye Baby – Thursdays at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Children up to 12 months of age 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 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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.


For more information about events at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, contact library staff at (916) 375-6465 or visit the Yolo County Library at: www.yolocountylibrary.org

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Volunteers Needed for Neighborhood Court Training, March 10

The District Attorney’s Yolo County Neighborhood Court (NHC) is currently holding volunteer trainings for local community members interested in serving as panelists in a restorative justice process.

2018 Schedule

Neighborhood Court Panelist Training – The Panelist Training covers the basic principles of Restorative Justice, the 3-step Neighborhood Court conference model, and communication skills applicable to the Panelist role.

  • Saturday, March 10th~ 8:45am – 5pm, at the WS Community Center – 1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento.
  • Saturday, April 7th ~ 8:45am – 5pm, at Woodland HHSA – 25 N Cottonwood Street, Woodland.

Neighborhood Court Mock Conference Training – The Mock Conference training allows participants to act out a conference from start to finish and practice applying the techniques and skills they learned in training.

  • Tuesday, March 13th ~ 6-8:30pm, at the WS Community Center – 1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento.
  • Saturday, April 10th ~ 6-8:30pm, at Woodland HHSA – 25 N Cottonwood Street, Woodland.

About the Program
NHC is an innovative diversion program which has been in operation since June of 2013. NHC is staffed by local volunteers who hear and facilitate these cases and develop agreements aimed at providing individualized outcomes for misdemeanor and infraction-level offenses outside of the traditional court process using the principles of restorative justice. Program outcomes are designed to educate and address the underlying issues affecting offenders while prioritizing their acceptance of responsibility and reparation of harms to the community and any direct victims affected.

Volunteers are asked to commit to one year of service, but many have extended their service as they see the impact the conferences can have on the participants’ mindset. Davis Panelist Faye Ashley, shares, “The most meaningful experiences are those when I see someone come to understand how his/her actions can impact others. I like thinking it lays a foundation for more foresight in the future…I am of the opinion that punishment that is not directly linked to the offense can too often result in a quid pro quo condition that leaves an offender feeling licensed to repeat the behavior without thinking about its impact on others.” Through their service, volunteers are able to affect not only the trajectory of an offender’s life, but the way in which their entire city responds to crime.

NHC provides a voice for members of the communities affected by crimes to express how they have been harmed and what they need in order to make thing right. To date, NHC has held over 1400 conferences in three cities. These conferences function best by involving a diverse group of panelists to represent their communities.

NHC volunteers receive training in the basic principles of restorative justice and the 3-step Neighborhood Court conference process.

To find out more about the Neighborhood Court program or submit an application and register for an upcoming training date, visit www.yoloda.org/nc or email neighborhoodcourt@yolocounty.org.

Related

Yolo Co. Neighborhood Court offers low-level offenders different form of justice

Neighborhood Court seeks volunteers Feb. 10

Yolo County DA’s Office seeks Neighborhood Court volunteers

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Free Car Seat Safety Check

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn how to properly install your car seat along with free safety inspections by experts.

 The car seat technician can speak to:

  • Properly installing your car seat in your car
  • Adjusting the harness so that it fits your child snugly
  • Discussing when your child can safely move to the next seat
  • Checking for recalls on your seat
  • Giving you the most current safety information

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Goats Here for Spring Grazing Season

A herd of 400 mastication goats arrived  at the Broderick Boat Ramp this week where they will munch grass for the next several days before moving to other locations in the City. The animals play an important role in vegetation management and fire fuel suppression on city-managed open space.

The Parks and Recreation Department has a contract with Blue Tent Farms out of Red Bluff to keep the goats through May. After the Broderick Boat Ramp, the goats will travel to the Barge Canal, Clarksburg Branchline Trail, Linden Road, Heritage Park, and along the river in the Bridge District. Follow the City’s Facebook Twitter, and Instagram accounts for updates on their grazing schedule.

   

 

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City Manager Martin Tuttle To Step Down

City Manager Martin Tuttle has announced he is resigning from his position effective July 1, 2018.

Tuttle was appointed in 2012 as West Sacramento’s fourth city manager after a distinguished career of transformative public service throughout the state and region. He served as Deputy Director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and was the widely acclaimed executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for six years.

“We scored a big win by recruiting Martin Tuttle six years ago,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, “we said he ‘aims high and gets the job done, which makes him the perfect fit for West Sacramento and our city’s ambitious vision.’ Mr. Tuttle has delivered, from leaps forward along the waterfront to dramatic progress on flood protection to a new bridge built and four more on the way.  Building on West Sacramento’s transformative progress in its first 25 years of cityhood, he has led an exceptional staff team that helped make our city a national model for innovation, an exemplar for progressive growth and inclusive prosperity, a global food hub, and a town of great places, parks, and art from the riverfront to neighborhoods across the city.  West Sacramento’s reputation and record as a well-managed, prudent, agile city that delivers high-quality services and looks to the future has only solidified even more under his leadership.  Time and progress move extra fast for Martin, and the City Council is proud of the remarkable accomplishments and audacious success that he has achieved in these six years.”

Significant milestones include:

  • Securing funding and expediting construction of the McGowan Bridge and Village Parkway which eased congestion along busy Jefferson Blvd, and provided a second route connecting Southport to the Tower Bridge.
  • Secured corporate funding for several city projects, including the largest grant awarded by the Disney Corp. for the construction of the Disney-KaBOOM! playground at Bryte Park and $500,000 from Waste Management to launch environmental education curriculum for preschoolers.
  • Led staff efforts for future construction of the Broadway Bridge and replacement of existing I Street Bridge. These two important spans will ease travel across the river and open up future development opportunities in the urban core.
  • Planned and built a city-wide network of walking and bike trails.
  • Fast-tracked Washington District improvements. What was once a forgotten corner of the city at the foot of the I Street Bridge is now a bustling restaurant and retail center featuring Burgers & Brew at the historic Firehouse, a bike shop and ice cream parlor.
  • Introduced several urban farms on unused city properties, which has generated national recognition for neighborhood renewal. One of those farms sits adjacent to the spectacular Barn facility along the river.
  • Pursued partnership between the city and Yolo County to use social service agencies to address homelessness.
  • In his role as City Manager, Tuttle also served as CEO of the Port of West Sacramento. He led efforts in 2012 to privatize the Port’s operations and executed a contract with Seattle-based SSA Marine to manage the north terminal. The Port went from red to black with this deal. It also shines bright at night with the colorful lighting requested by Tuttle.

Tuttle says he looks forward to “taking a break, travelling and exploring other challenges.”  “I have nothing but respect for our remarkable Mayor, City Council and staff, along with city partners who helped us reach so many goals.”

The City Council will launch a search in the coming weeks and intends to appoint a new city manager by the summer.

 

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City Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day

City Hall will be closed for President’s Day on Monday, February 19th, 2018.

City services of the Police and Fire Departments will continue without interruption. No public meetings are scheduled during the closure period. Curbside services, such as trash, recycling, yard waste and used motor oil collection, will continue to be provided on regular collection days.

City Hall will reopen on Tuesday, February  20th, 2018.

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Portion of West Capitol Ave Closed for Construction

West Capitol Avenue Closure

Work continues on the closed portion of West Capitol Avenue between Grand Street and 5th Street. This project will reconfigure West Capitol Avenue while adding a 7th Street connection to Tower Bridge Gateway. This section will be reopened by September of 2018. Local traffic access will be maintained to the business entrances and exits along West Capitol Avenue near 5th Street during construction.

green water pipes stacked up in Washington District staging site in West Sacramento

SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

Grand Gateway

  • Soil and concrete removal, and grading.
  • Trench and underground utility work on Tower Bridge Gateway, starting from 5th Street working toward 7th Street will continue.  This will result in minor traffic impacts of continued turn lane and shoulder closure.

 Washington District

  • Continue installing 12” sewer line on E Street, starting from the 4th Street intersection working eastward. This work will require lane closures and short detours.
  • Start work on the F Street sewer work from 5th Street to 3rd. This work will require lane closures and short detours.

About

The City of West Sacramento began construction of the Grand Gateway / Washington District Infrastructure Project on November 13, 2017. The project will add a new segment of 7th Street connecting West Capitol Avenue to Tower Bridge Gateway and a new traffic signal at the Tower Bridge Gateway – 7th Street intersection. It will also create a Grand Gateway entrance to the City core where the Bridge District, Washington District and Downtown converge. In addition, the project will add and replace over 10,000 lineal feet of storm drain, water and sewer mains to facilitate development in the historic Washington District. Multi-modal transportation improvements will incorporate way-finding and public art to the Riverfront and will better accommodate transit, bicycles, pedestrians and automobiles.

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Fireworks Seller Information Night – February 26

 

Is your non-profit organization interested in selling fireworks this season?  Come meet with City staff and fireworks wholesaler representatives to see if it’s right for you. Topics to be discussed:  Lottery Process, Permit Process, and Selling Fireworks.

Monday, February 26, 5:30 pm

Fire Station 45, 2040 Lake Washington Blvd

The seller permit lottery filing period will be open from March 1-31.  For more information, contact Kryss Rankin at (916) 617-4500.

 

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Village Parkway Temporary Closure March 12

Village Parkway between Lake Washington Boulevard and Elk Valley Street (south of Stonegate Drive and Redding Road/Bear River Court) will be closed to all traffic for up to two weeks to accommodate dewatering and a deep sewer connection related to the Newport Estates subdivision project. The closure will be in effect 24 hours per day, and is anticipated to start March 12 and remain in place until March 26th. All traffic in addition to bikes and pedestrians will be detoured around the closure. Message boards will be used at each end of the closure area to notify the public, and detours will be put into place the day of the closure to direct traffic to alternate routes.

Map of Village Parkway Closure route and detour

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