Jul 292014
 

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‘Lego Movie’
The West Sacramento Parks Department invites you to a family screening of ‘The Lego Movie’ at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. The show is in the Black Box Theater inside the community center at 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Pre-register and pay $2, or $3 at the door. Visit www.WestSacFun.org.

Reception for Sufia
The local Elks Club chapter invites you to a reception in honor of Sufia Mehmood, the graduating River City High School senior who won a $40,000 scholarship from the Elks National Foundation this year. She will be attending Harvard on a full university scholarship and hopes to go to medical school. The reception is 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 423 Third Street. She will read her winning essay from the Elks’ essay contest.

Free art show
Visit a free art show on Sat., Aug. 9, from 2-4 p.m. at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. No recording devices, food or drinks. (Additional information not provided.)

Water wasters
How do you report water wasters? Call the City of West Sacramento’s public works department, 617-4850. Please provide an address or a good description of location. Let them know if water was running into a gutter and for how long, and where the water was coming from (hose, broken sprinkler, etc.).  City staff will look into it and contact the responsible people if they find it appropriate.

Democrats
The River City Democratic Club will host its ‘River City Roundup Barbecue’ on Aug. 23 from 1-4 p.m. at the Woy Ranch, 3960 Gregory Avenue.
Live music, including performances by West Sacramento city councilman Mark Johannessen, along with home-cooked barbecue. There will also be a raffle, guest speakers including the Democratic candidates for the local State Assembly seat, and more. $20 per person (hardship waivers available).

Farm to Fork events
Sacramento’s annual ‘Farm to Fork’ celebration, connecting local farms to local diners, includes several different events. One is the gala dinner to be held on the deck of the Tower Bridge on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 28 – but tickets sold out for that dinner within minutes of going on sale on July 21 (the News-Ledger was able to put ticket information online at its websites a couple of days before that).  The bridge will, of course, be closed on the evening of Sept. 28.
Another Farm to Fork event is a pig roast September 15 at Raley Field in West Sacramento ($40; the event benefits the Sacramento Food Bank).
And a ‘Farm to Fork’ festival is planned for July 27 on Capital Mall.
Visit FarmToFork.com.

Help a Marine
A West Sacramento fundraiser is planned for injured Marine Private Raymond Escalera of Southern California. Local relatives invite you to help by joining a bus trip leaving from the Nugget Market for Feather Falls Casino in Oroville on Sept. 13. The bus departs at 10 a.m, carrying refreshments and entertainment. Tickets are $30 (there’s a $12 cash kickback at the casino).
Call 281-5736 for tickets.

Dinner & a movie
Join the Moose Lodge for dinner and a movie on the first Friday of August. The movie is “The Nut Job.” For menu, time, cost and other information, call 371-9684. The lodge is located at 3240 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

Class of ‘94
River City High School’s Class of 1994 will celebrate its 20-year reunion from 7-11 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Embassy Suites in Sacramento. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased by Aug. 1. Email jamie0625@sbcglobal.net or leesbacon@yahoo.com.

Night Out
The annual “National Night Out” event of neighborhood block parties returns on Tuesday, Aug. 5, sponsored locally by West Sacramento Police Department and other agencies.  There will be about 18 different block parties scattered throughout town. (See News-Ledger article on this topic for more details.)
You’re encouraged to turn on your porch light, leave your door locked, and go outside to talk to your neighbors and unite against crime. For information, call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell, 617-4937.

Nunsense
Runaway Stage is bringing the zany comedy “Nunsense,” featuring male performers, to the Black Box Theater (in the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue) through Aug. 17. It’s playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, visit www.runawaystage.com.  Suitable for those 12 and up.

The Big Bad Wolf
Storybook Theater presents ‘The Big Bad Wolf’ – telling you what happens with a caped girl and three slick swine try to frame the Big Bad Wolf. The show plays Saturdays July 26 and Aug. 2, 9 & 16 at noon and 2 p.m. Tickets: www.runawaystage.com.

Want to sing?
The West Sacramento Community Singers invite you to a potluck and orientation if you’re interested in joining this local singing group. Drop in at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Valhalla Clubhouse, 3901 Lake Road. Info: westsacsingers@gmail.com or 802-8319.

‘Gardening 101’
David Linebarger will teach a free class called “Gardening 101: soil, water and fall planting,” 9-10:30 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 2, in the garden next to 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland. Meet at the picnic tables next to the health building. Bring water, sun protection and a bag to take home some fresh-harvest produce. Pre-register by Aug. 1: call (530) 666-8640 or Rebecca.tryon@yolocounty.org.

Run for city council
Run for a seat on the city council of West Sacramento, or for mayor. Seats held by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and city council members Chris Ledesma and Mark Johannessen will be on the November 4 ballot.
The candidate filing period is now open through August 8. Visit the city clerk’s office at 1110 West Capitol Avenue to pick up the necessary documents. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Call 617-4500.

Book club
The “Evening Book Club” meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Arthur F Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. The title for the Aug. 20 meeting is “Here is a Human Being,” by Masha Angrist.

News-Ledger history
The mini-exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the News-Ledger can be seen at the community center history gallery through August 1. Regular schedule at the center is 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 8-5 on Fridays, and closed on weekends. The exhibit is curated by the West Sacramento Historical Society, www.westsachistoricalsociety.com. Info: 374-1849.

Classic cars & chow
The West Sacramento Moose Lodge will host “Hot August Nights & Pig Feed” on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 3240 Jefferson Blvd. You or your organization may arrange to bring your classic vehicle. Games & refreshments for sale. For information, call 371-9684.

Teens & tweens
The local library branch will host an ice cream social & prize raffle as part of a “Teen/Tween Summer Reading Program,” 4 p.m. on Aug. 14 at 1212 Merkley Avenue. Free to teens & tweens.

Instagram art
The West Sacramento Parks Department invites you to share photos of your “outdoor summer fun in West Sacramento” on Instagram, for a chance to win prizes and a place in a special art show at the community center.
To participate, follow @WESTSACFUN on the Instagram website, post your photo to #WESTSACFUN (in your entry, mention @WESTSACFUN and add the #WESTSACFUN hashtag). Enter as many times as you like through July 23. There will be ten winners, announced via direct message on July 25. For info, call 617-4620.

Farmers Market, dinner
The West Sacramento Farmers Market runs on Thursday evenings from 4:30-8 p.m. through August.  It’s located on the street in front of city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.
Selected Thursdays at the market include a sit-down, gourmet dinner catered by a noted local chef. A limited number of tickets for this “Dig In!” dinner are available.
Visit www.westsacramentochamber.com/events or contact Meaghan Pierelli, 371-7042.

Cooling centers
Need a cool spot to escape the summer heat?  Too hot in your home? Three public “cooling centers” are available in town this summer. Water is available at all sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle is advised.
The cooling centers are air-conditioned, so some people might find bringing a sweater to be a good idea.   Comfortable seating is available. The locations are:
West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue (Mon.-Thurs. 8 am – 7:00 pm; Fri. 8 am – 5 pm; Closed Saturday and Sundays)
Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue  (10 am – 5:30 pm on Saturday, and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. 916-375-6465)
West Sacramento Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd. (next to River City High School M-F 5:15 am to 10:00 pm and Sat/Sun 8 am to 8 pm).

Child advocates
Become an advocate for a child in the local foster care system: train to become a volunteer Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocate in Yolo CASA.  Visit an orientation any Thursday at noon, or by request, at Yolo County CASA, 724 Main St., Suite 102 in Woodland. To reserve a space, email volunteer@yolocasa.org or call (530) 661-4200. Next 30-hour training session begins August 19. Visit www.yolocasa.org.

Yolo County Fair
The Yolo County Fair will present its opening night gala from 6-8 p.m. on Wed., August 13, in the agriculture building of the fairgrounds in Woodland. Sample the best of local harvests and get a preview of local arts and crafts at the fair. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Call (530) 402-2222 or visit www.yolocountyfair.net for information.
The fair runs August 13-17 at 1250 Gum Avenue in Woodland. Admission is free, although some attractions require ticket purchase.

Kindergarten
The local school district is accepting registration for kindergarten and for “transitional kindergarten” (TK) through August 1. For kindergarten, a child’s first birthday must occur by September 1, 2014. For TK, the birthday must be between September 2 and December 2. Bring a birth certificate, up-to-date immunization records, copy of utility bill or other address verification, proof of physical (dated since August, 2013), dental exam record, Social Security card (optional). Pick up a registration packet at the Washington Unified School District, 930 Westacre Road. Call 375-7600 for information.

Emergency volunteers
The city’s “Community Emergency Response Team,” or CERT, is looking for new volunteers from the community to receive training in responding to a local emergency. Training topics include disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic medical skills, light search and rescue and more. Classes will run 6-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday/Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16-27, at the fire station at 2040 Lake Washington Boulevard.
Visit www.wscert.org or call 617-4600.

Alfresco at winery
Bogle Winery in Clarksburg will host an evening of live music and food vendors to support the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, from 5-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29. Entry is $10 ($5 for club members or kids). No reservations needed, no kids or pets, please. Visit www.yolokids.org, call 572-0560 or email jbeckner@yolocounty.org.

Mediterranean Fest
Experience food such as gyros, falafels, kabobs and Mediterranean-cuisine desserts, as well as entertainment, at a festival hosted by Virgin Mary Antioch Orthodox Church, 3050 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport. The event is held in “a romantic atmosphere surrounded by vineyard and olive trees.” Sept. 13-14: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7. Admission is $3 or $10 after 5 p.m. on Saturday. For information, call 955-4736 or email virginmaryantiochorthodox@gmail.com.

Borrow a lifejacket
Local waterways often are more dangerous than they look, and experts agree that kids should wear life jackets when boating or doing other water-related activities. West Sacramento’s fire department can lend you a life jacket to properly fit your child. Adults can pick up loaner jackets for children at Fire Station 45, 2040 Lake Washington Boulevard. They may be borrowed for a maximum of three days at a time, with a $10 deposit. Call 617-4600 for information.

‘Buddy reading’
Kids in grades K-3 can practice their reading skills by pairing up with a high school volunteer. There are 15-30 minute sessions available Mondays at 4:30 p.m. at the library (1212 Merkley Avenue). No charge, no reservations needed.

Computer class
The Arthur F. Turner Branch Library will host a free computer class at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4, 1212 Merkley Avenue. For information and to register, call 375-6465.

All things string
Whether you knit, crochet, embroider or enjoy other ‘fiber arts,’ you’re invited to the social crafting circle at the local library. The next sessions (free; bring your project) are at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 & 27 at 1212 Merkley Avenue.

‘Where were you when. . . ‘
A social group for older adults starts each session by asking the question, ‘Where were you when’ a particular historic event took place. Next meeting is 11 a.m. on Aug. 20 at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Free.

Tales for Tails
School-age children are invited to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a friendly therapy dog at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Next session is 4 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Curious about tech?
Learn about the various mobile technology devices, and learn how to download free e-books and library books from the library. Visit the “Mobile Device Petting Zoo,” part of the adult summer reading program, 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Practice English
Learning English? Practice in a fun, relaxed environment at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Drop-ins welcome. The group meets 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, 4 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. on Fridays at 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Kids’ story time
The local library hosts story-time for children.
Spanish/English storytime meets Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Russian storytime is every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Family storytime is Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
All sessions are free and meet at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Pinterest
Learn how do to some do-it-yourself projects using the Pinterest website. Free workshop at 6 p.m. on July 31 at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Materials provided.

Yolo art show
YoloArts presents “A Constant State of Change,” July 31 through Sept. 2 at the county office building, 625 Court Street in Woodland. The exhibit features Sacramento artists Kari Breese and Stacey Wong Hilton. There will be a reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. Information: (530) 406-4844.

Homework helpers
Volunteer in the homework center, helping kids in grades 3-8. The center is in the library (1212 Merkley Avenue) and is open 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers work with the Center Assistant to help kids in subjects such as reading, math and spelling. Contact Abigail Craig, Abigail.Craig@yolocounty.org or 375-6469.

Public housing
Pre-applications are being accepted for public housing – apply before August 12 and get on a wait list. Visit www.ych.ca.gov or call (530) 662-5428.

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Steve Marschke

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