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Read off your library fines!: Now through Aug. 19: This year the Read Off Your Fines campaign will be held in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program at Yolo County’s Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento. Participants will be able to deduct $1 from their fines for every 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice in the library and also use those minutes toward earning incentives in the Summer Reading Program.

Windsurfing Lessons for Kids — another way to Beat the Heat!: The Sacramento River Delta is home to world-class windsurfing. The non-profit Rio Vista Windsurfing Association (RVWA), in conjunction with Sherman Island Kiteboarding Organization (SIKO), advocates for environmental and access preservation through twice-a-year river clean-ups, maintaining launch sites, and advocacy at the state and local level, rvwa-siko.org. To further promote awareness and access for these exciting sports — which provide a joint-sparing, full-body workout — RVWA is hosting kids’ clinics which are free with a family membership ($50/year). 
Clinics will be held on Sundays: July 9 and Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sherman Island County Park, (5146 W. Sherman Island Rd, Rio Vista), just an hour south of West Sacramento. Sherman Island Windsurfing Summer Camp (SIWSC.org) holds privately-run, five-day camps at the same location: June 26-30 , July 10-14, July 24-28. Beginner camp is 9:30- 12:30, advanced camp 1:30-4:30. Ages 9-99 are welcome! Jason Voss, a local pro who has been teaching and competing internationally for over 15 years, will be instructing at both camps (jrvwindsurfing.com). Brendan Quinn will also teach at SIWSC. Kids under 18 whose families hold an RVWA membership may continue to use the gear stored at Sherman Island for the rest of the season! Scholarships available. Contact Samstuderx@gmail.com or (530) 304-6741 for questions, to register for either a clinic or camp, or to pay for SIWSC.

Now until Nov. 24: West Sacramento Urban Farm Fresh Veggie Box Program: The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program is proud to offer a weekly fresh fruit and veggie box filled with locally grown produce from Center for Land-Based Learning farmers and affiliates. Go to landbasedlearning.org/veggies to learn how you can sign up for this program and get the benefits of fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables.

Lunch at the Library: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12:00 p.m. Children (ages 6-12) are invited to come out and enjoy a FREE lunch at the library. After lunch fun, educational activities will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Yolo County’s Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento.

Aug. 10: Farmers Market at the Barn: The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce presents the 2017 market season at The Barn! The 2017 market season will be on the second Thursday in the month in June, July, August. It will be a fun-filled community event which will feature our local farmers, makers, music, food, beer, kids zone, and activities for adults, too! Stop by to grab fresh produce, see your neighbors, enjoy dinner, relax on the river, and celebrate the beautiful bounty of West Sacramento. Free event! Family friendly! Food! Music! Beer! Please note: There is no ATM on site. Some site areas of the BARN site activation are gravel surfaces. Direct accommodation is available for visitors upon request at the info booth. If you would like to participate in the market as a farmer, marker, sponsor, or food truck, please call the Chamber at (916) 371-7042 x 102.

Aug. 11: Back to School Health Fair: Yolo County Children’s Alliance is excited to announce the second annual Back to School Health Fair! This event will be held at the Family Resource Center, 637 Todhunter Ave, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The focus of the event is to provide West Sacramento youth with school supplies and to equip families with valuable local resources. Youth grades K-12 will be receiving backpacks courtesy of Yolo County Backpacks for Kids and there will be a bike raffle! Free!

Aug. 13: Disability Awareness Night at the River Cats: The Washington Unified School District Special Services Department is hosting a Disability Awareness Night at the River Cats game on Sunday, August 13, 2017. This is a family-friendly event open to all members of the community. Please contact Lise Busch in the Special Services Department at lbusch@wusd.k12.ca.us or (916) 375-7600 ext. 1350 for additional information.

Aug. 27: Bat House Building Workshop • In conjunction with International Bat Night, this will be a day to learn about inviting bats to your yard or farm. A fun activity for small groups or families! This will include an opportunity to build a bat house and a live viewing of several of our native species of bats. Supplies and instruction provided; you supply the people power. Registration is by bat house. 10 a.m. to noon; $40/bat house; yolobasin.z2systems.com/np/clients/yolobasin/eventRegistration.jsp?event=3845&

Sept. 16: Bats and Crafts with Yolo Basin Foundation: Children who are interested in bats are encouraged to join Yolo Basin Foundation for a morning of “Bats and Crafts”. Meet live bats from our local area then have fun creating crafts, playing bat games and dressing up like a bat. Bats are important to the agriculture of the Central Valley. It is important that young children begin to learn about the world around them and to appreciate it. Sacramento and Yolo Counties are home to hundreds of thousands of bats. The Bats and Crafts event aims to end the fears and myths while sharing the importance of these mammals. This special event aimed at young children, especially those that are too young to stay up late to watch the bats fly, takes place Saturday, July 15 and Saturday, September 16 from 10 am to noon at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters. Registration required www.yolobasin.org or (530) 757-3780. Yolo Basin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships. The Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. $7 per child

Ongoing events

Now-Nov 24: West Sacramento Urban Farm Fresh Veggie Box Program
The West Sacramento Urban Farm Program is proud to offer a weekly fresh fruit and veggie box filled with locally grown produce from Center for Land-Based Learning farmers and affiliates. Visit landbasedlearning.org/veggies to learn how you can sign up for this program and get the benefits of fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables.

Pinochle: Every Monday (except the first Monday and Holidays) there is a challenging game 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.