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Dec. 16: RecCenter Movie Night presents: A Muppet Christmas Carol from 7 to 9 p.m. $5 per person, or family pack of four for $18. 2801 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento.

Dec. 17: West Sac Kids Give Back (Care Package Assembly): From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., join local businesses, community members and parent organizations in helping West Sacramento children learn the importance of helping others and giving back to the community in a safe, kid-friendly ! How does it work? – Each year local businesses collect donations of personal care items which are later sorted for distribution into care packages for those in need. The care packages are assembled by children, under the supervision of adults, and provided to local non-profits for distribution. Please join us, Sunday, December 17th at 4:30pm at the Collings Teen Center to help assemble the care packages and teach your children about the true meaning of the season! The Collings Teen Center is located at 1541 Merkley Ave, West Sacramento.

Ongoing events

Want to help end hunger in our community? Yolo Food Bank is seeking 2 or 3 long-term volunteers for their weekly food distribution every Wednesday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Social Services building located at 500 Jefferson Blvd. Join the End Hunger Team today be contacting Ray Bautista at raymond@yolofoodbank.org

West Sacramento Christmas basket signup: Bring proof of residency and ID (rent receipt, PG&E bill) for each member of the family. (Medical cards for children are acceptable). Sign up schedule is as follows: Nov. 27 to Dec. 12, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave.; and on Sundays Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at Holy Cross Church after mass at Todhunter and Anna, West Sacramento. The project is a nonprofit organization which includes a coalition of area-side religious coalitions, community organizations, business firms and concerned individuals.


Free Access to Chromebooks and Wi-Fi: Did you know The Arthur F. Turner Library offers free access to chromebooks and Wi-Fi? A great tool for students and anyone looking to connect to the internet, the chromebooks can help you accomplish a wide range of activities. Stop by the library to check out a chromebook and gain full access to the internet and apps that can help promote educational advancement. Arthur F. Turner Community Library is located at 1212 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento. For more information, call 375-6465 or email westsaclibrary@yolocounty.org

The Clarksburg community band invites you to join: How about dusting off that horn and getting involved! The band is a group of musicians that enjoys sharing a love of music with each other and our communities. The band is looking to expand the ensemble and wants to welcome those who are interested and who play a standard concert band instrument. The band meets Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Delta High School, 52810 Netherlands Ave., Clarksburg. For more information contact Randall Veirs, Delta High School Band Director at rveirs@rdusd.org

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts: The Northern California fires are a good reminder about the importance of receiving timely emergency information to keep your family safe. The City of West Sacramento, in cooperation with the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services is part of a mass notification system called Yolo Alerts. All residents to sign up for these alerts here: www.yolo-alert.org. The process is easy, and might save lives. You can also get alerts by texting your zip code to 888777 through the Nixle system. Alerts and notifications through these system include time-sensitive messages about fires, flooding, levee failures, severe weather, disaster events, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings and neighborhoods in specific geographic locations.

Apply for Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate: The City of West Sacramento is offering a $150 rebate for replacing a conventional irrigation controller with one that is labeled WaterSense(SM). These smart controllers use local weather data and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions onsite. The result is less work for the homeowner and increased water efficiency. To get started, review the Checklist and Terms and Conditions and then fill out the Application. Conventional irrigation controllers can be hard to manage. More than 4.5 billion gallons of water is wasted each day in the United States due to irrigation inefficiencies*. Homeowners who would rather not than manually adjust their system every season should consider upgrading to more intuitive and efficient smart controllers. To get started or for questions, visit cityofwestsacramento.org/water or call 617-4590.

Pinochle: Every Monday (except the first Monday and Holidays) there is a challenginggame of Pinochle the West Sacramento Lodge, 3240 Jefferson Blvd. Food is served every Monday with tacos for $1 each and a full meal (salad, bread,, entree and dessert) for $6 once a month. Sound exciting? Call Chairperson Judy Buck at (916)371-4918 or e-mail at judy.buck@att.net.

Friends and Families of suicide loss support group: The effect of a suicide on friends and family can be overwhelming. Survivors of suicide loss often state that no other loss has been as painful or confusing. In a group with others who have shared a similar loss, support comes from exploring, sharing, and clarifying feelings. Individuals are encouraged to consider attending no matter how long ago the suicide occurred. The group meets monthly at Yolo Hospice. There is no fee for this group, funded by the Ladd Clark Memorial Fund and Suicide Prevention of Yolo County. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court, Davis, 95618.

Yolo County Library’s New Books by Mail Service: The Yolo County Library is introducing Books by Mail, a new free service that delivers library materials to Yolo County residents through the mail. This program is designed for residents who have a disability, illness or lack of regular transportation that prevents them from visiting a Yolo County Library branch. After completing an application and speaking with library staff, residents can request specific materials be mailed to them directly, and may even request library staff to select materials for them based on personal interest. Residents can be sent items such as audiobooks, regular and large print fiction and non-fiction books, international language materials, music CDs, magazines and DVDs in the library’s collection. Items will be loaned for four weeks and may be renewed by contacting Books by Mail staff. There is no cost to sign up for this program and no cost to return items, as residents will receive library materials in a reusable canvas book mailer with postage pre-paid by the library. Fees will only be charged to a resident to replace damaged or lost items. To learn more about this free service, contact Books by Mail staff at: 530-757-5583 or BooksbyMail@yolocounty.org; www.yolocountylibrary.org; www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

First and second Sundays of the month: VFW breakfast: VFW breakfasts are now only the first and second Sundays of the month at 1708 Lisbon Ave., Bryte/West Sacramento. The cooks are Deb and John Flores.

Free lunch for seniors: A free, tasty lunch is available at Riverbend Manor to any senior, 60 or older, with a resident address in Yolo County. Although lunches are free, donations are always accepted and appreciated. The lunch is tasty, nutritionally balanced, served every week Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Riverbend Manor is located at 664 Cummins Way. In order to plan food supply, a mandatory 24-hour advance reservation is required. For more information, reservations, or directions, call 373-5805.

Widowed Persons Association of California: On the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. any and all widows or widowers may attend the newcomers’ buffet and social in the private dining room at the Plaza Hof Brau on the corner of El Camino and Watt Avenue. Cost varies as the choice is from a no-host buffet menu. This is a public service to all widows and widowers and there is no charge to attend the social other than the meal they choose. Also, every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., widows and widowers are invited to Sunday support from 3 to 5 p.m. in the meeting room of the WPAC office. Enter from the back parking lot at 2628 El Camino Ave., Ste. D-18.