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Here’s the ‘Local Scene’ listing from our newspaper of March 2, 2011:

Art show
The West Sacramento Art Guild and the City of West Sacramento will share the “Distinguished Artists” exhibit from March 4 to April 29 at the new city community center, 1075 West Capitol Artists. Featured are works by Alice Driver, William Leek, John Ohlson, Roger Rehm and Betty Sokolich. A reception is planned for 5-8 p.m. on March 10. For information, call Yvonne Majesko, 375-0405.

   Sports exhibit
The exhibit “Sport: Celebrating West Sacramento Athletes” is now up and open for viewing at the West Sacramento Recreation Center, near River City High School in Southport. The exhibition features 18 athletes who either gained fame as natives or settled in the city. The exhibit is open weekdays 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 8-8. No charge.

Hazardous stuff
The Yolo County landfill will now accept drop-off of your household hazardous wastes on all Fridays & Saturdays except holidays, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Accepted items include batteries, fluorescent bulbs, ,motor oil and filters, paints, solvents, pesticides, poisons, mercury thermostats, containerized syringes and more. Re-usable items are available for free pickup during the same hours. For more information, visit www.yolocounty.org or call (530) 666-8856.

Tower Bridge
Phase I of modifications to West Sacramento’s Tower Bridge approach began Dec. 22, and is expected to take four months. During that time, there will be posted detours on the west side of the Tower Bridge. The city is converting the approach to a surface street with additional crossings.

‘Chair yoga’
Seniors are invited to try ‘chair yoga,’ a gentle exercise class, on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Margaret McDowell Manor, 1525 Merkley Avenue. Improve your balance and breathing, stimulate digestion, gain flexibility and ease chronic pain. $5 donation requested for each class. For information, call Mae at 374-9704.

Volunteers needed!
Volunteers, including drivers, are needed to fill a few weekday shifts between 10:45 a.m. and noon in West Sacramento for the “Meals on Wheels” program. The program delivers hot meals to shut-ins. For some of the senior citizen clients, the meal delivery is the only social contact of the day. Volunteers can give time in variable amounts – even two times per month is welcome. Call Anthony Tafoya, 373-5805, between 9:30-1 on weekdays.

St. Pat’s breakfast
Holy Cross Church plans a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast on Sunday, March 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. $5/adults or $3 for kids 10 and under. Breakfast includes coffee & orange juice. Menudo will also be available for $7/large or $4/small bowl. There will also be a bake sale and “white elephant” market. The church is located at 1321 Anna Street.

‘Alumni prom’
Classes of 1965-1990 at River City, Marshall and Washington high schools are invited to an “alumni prom” with catered dinner at city hall, from 5:30-8 p.m. on March 5. Call 538-8481 or visit RCHSalumnidance@yahoo.com.

BBQ ribs
The West Sacramento Elks will offer “all you can eat” ribs on Sat., March 5, from 6-8 p.m. at 423 3rd Street. $12 in advance or $17 at the door. For tickets, call 372-3057 or 372-2980.

Youth service awards
  Applications for the “Youth Service Awards” given by the Yolo Community Foundation are due by March 18. The foundation seeks applications from high school seniors who have volunteered at least 60 hours with a recognized Yolo County nonprofit during their senior or junior years. Winners are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship, and participating nonprofits may earn a $500 grant. Visit www.yolocf.org or call (530) 312-0593.

Please donate
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church asks you to donate your used household goods to the truck from St. Vincent de Paul which will visit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at 911 Park Blvd. Useful items include beds, rugs, chairs, furniture, clothing, shoes, lamps, cookware, sleeping bags, sporting goods, lawn furniture, toys and other items. Pickup of heavy items is available – call the SVDP store at 972-1212. For more information on the event at the church, call 371-5264.

Tax return help
Through April 18, the Yolo County Children’s Alliance will offer help with income tax returns, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Spanish or English, at the Alyce Norman Educational Center, 1200 Anna Street, Room 21. Call (916) 572-0560 or 1-866-607-4030 for an appointment. Also, the county Department of Employment and Social Services will offer tax assistance in West Sacramento; call (530) 661-2750 for an appointment.

Poker tourney
The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce will hold a poker tournament with professional dealers on Thursday, March 24, at the CSA center, 1275 Starboard Drive. Appetizers at 5 p.m., tournament begins at 6. $50 buy-in includes appetizers and two drink tickets, and proceeds benefit the chamber. Call 371-7042. Table sponsorships available and donated prizes are welcome.

Essays on Israel
High school students in Yolo County are invited to participate in an essay contest on topics related to Israel, sponsored by Congregation Bet Haverim of Davis. A first prize of $200 will be awarded, as will a $50 second prize, $25 third prize, and possible “honorable mentions.” Essays are due by April 30. For more information, contact George Rooks, gmrooks3@gmail.com.

Farmers market
It’s official: the new West Sacramento Farmers Market is slated to open a 20-week seasonal run on Thursday, May 19, from 4-8 p.m. at 1271 West Capitol Avenue in front of city hall. The local chamber of commerce is seeking local farmers who wish to sell at the Thursday night markets. Growers must be “California certified producers,” and the chamber can assist in becoming certified. Call 371-7042 or visit marketinfo@wsfarmersmarket.com.

Poker & bunko
“Deals for Meals,” a poker and bunko tournament to raise money for the program that brings hot meals to senior citizen shut-ins, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Sat., March 26, at Our Lady of Grace School on Linden Road. Hosted by Centennial Rotary Club. Proceeds will benefit the “Meals on Wheels” program of the Elderly Nutrition Program in Yolo County.

‘State of the City’
This year’s ‘State of the City’ dinner and address by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the city hall galleria. For information, call 371-7042.

Plants & antiques
The Yolo County Historical Museum (Gibson House) invites you to an Arbor Day celebration including sales of plants and antiques on Sat., March 12 at 512 Gibson Rd. in Woodland. The gardening sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be tours of the museum from 10-1, and an “antiques and miscellaneous” sale from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum is also accepting donations for its effort to save a 300-year old oak tree on its property. For more information, call (530) 666-1045 or visit www.gibsonhouse.org.

Business lunch
The West Sacramento Sacramento Chamber of Commerce plans a “Business Connect Membership Luncheon” on March 10 at the Club Pheasant, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $23 for members in advance or $30 for nonmembers by March 9. $30 at the door. Visit www.westsacramentochamber.com or call 371-7042.

Book club
The West Sacramento Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 16 at the Arthur F. Turner Library to discuss “A Man in Uniform,” by Kate Taylor. The club meets the third Wednesday of each month. Upcoming book selections are “Marie Antoinette,” by Antonia Fraser, and “Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Lawnmower upgrades
You may be able to trade your old gas mower in for a new rechargeable electric mower at a discount, with help from the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District. Participants can choose between a 14-inch cut model at $149 (regular price: $399) or a 19-inch model at $249 (regularly $499), made by Neuton. First come, first serve for each event. On March 9 beginning at 11 a.m., go to www.smud.org or call 1-800-742-7683 to sign up for the March 23 exchange. On April 5 after 6 a.m., go to www.neutonpower.com/ys or call 1-800-463-4958. For details on either program, visit www.ysaqmd.org or call 800-287-3650.

Crab feed
The Rotary Club of West Sacramento will hold its annual crab feed on Sat., March 5, at Our Lady of Grace School. Proceeds benefit various community projects. Tickets are $40, and tables of eight or more can be reserved. For information, call Randy Carlson, 704-4293.

Fashion Show
The annual “Yolo County Celebrity Fashion Show” is planned for 6 p.m. on March 30 at the West Sacramento city hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The event benefits the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Yolo County Child Abuse Council. $40/person. Call (530) 757-5558.

Bryte & Broderick
Join the Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) from 9-10 a.m. on Sat., March 19, for a “meet-up” at Café Boutique in the city community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Grab a cup of coffee and join the conversation about BBCAN’s plans. For information, visit www.bryteandbroderick.org or call 617-2288.

Reading festival
The Winters Community Library will host a “family reading festival” from 10 a.m. to noon on Sat., March 26, at 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. Open to all ages, no charge.

The West Sacramento Peripheral Neuropathy support group will meet from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Wed., March 9, at the Arthur F. Turner Library. The public is welcome. For information, call Sandra, 372-6093.

Freight car art
“Gallery 625” in Woodland is hosting the “Looking at Freight Cars” exhibit by Davis artist Lorenzo Kristov through March. A reception is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 – coinciding with “First Friday Artwalk” in Woodland’s downtown. The gallery is in the county administration building at 625 Court Street, and the exhibit is viewable during business hours. Visit www.yoloarts.org.

College info
River City High School will host “college information night” for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (and their families) at 6 p.m. on Wed., March 2, in the school library. Students and parents are invited to learn more about college requirements for two-year, four-year and trade schools.

Chamber activities
The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce plans a luncheon to talk about “What you need to know to be successful in social media marketing” (Twitter, Facebook and so forth) from 11:45-1:30 on Thursday, March 10, at Club Pheasant. On March 30, representatives from the Chamber will be walking around the city meeting business owners and finding out their concerns, as part of “Business Walk”, co-sponsored by the City. For information, call the West Sacramento Chamber at 371-7042.

School awards
The Yolo County School Boards Association will “recognize excellence” in a ceremony on March 7 at 5 p.m. at the Yolo County Office of Education, 1280 Santa Anita Court, Woodland. Award winners from West Sacramento’s district are Pam Gievett, Administrative Assistant to the superintendent, and the River City High School Athletic Boosters program (Larry Langford, president). Also among the honorees are the West Sacramento branch of Los Rios Community College, and its dean, Dr. Debra Luff. For information on the ceremony, contact Karen Fox at (530) 668-3702 or karen.fox@ycoe.org.

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