Calendar

April 5, 6: Evening meal and conversation. Attendance at this event would count as work time, and will provide you with an opportunity to not only hear what members of the community are looking for, it will also provide you with an opportunity to voice what you would like to see in your communities in the next 20 years. The Yolo County Library is collecting feedback from the community as part of our long range master planning process. Whether you are a current library user, have not visited the library in a long time, or have never visited a library, your voice matters. The information gathered from these Community Conversations will help us understand what is important to you and the future of your community, and will help the Library develop programs and services that reflect the needs of our community. You are welcome to attend any one of the following sessions: April 3rd from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Stephens-Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street in Davis
·April 4th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Esparto Regional Branch Library, 17065 Yolo Avenue in Esparto
·April 5th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Avenue in Winters
·April 6th from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento
 RSVP to Jenny Tan at jenny.tan@yolocounty.org or by phone at (530) 666-8001 by March 28, 2017.
Your voice is important. There will be a consultant team (2 people) facilitating these meetings.

April 8 & 15: VITA: Free Tax Return Preparation (Saturdays), 8:00 a.m. From April 4 through April 15, get help preparing your 2016 Income Tax return for FREE at the library. This service is provided by the West Sacramento VITA group. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento.


April 8: Plant sale and gardening workshops at Woodland Community College: On Saturdays, April 1 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the UC Master Gardeners -Yolo County, the Woodland Community College Agriculture Department, and the Woodland High School gardening program will be selling 35 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, other summer vegetables and flowers, house plants, perennial landscape plants, succulents and herbs. All proceeds from the plant sales help support these important gardening programs. The two free workshops on April 1 , start at 9:15 a.m. with growing tomatoes and other summer vegetables, followed by landscaping with native plants at 10:30 a.m. On April 8, a presentation on spring floral arrangements will start at 9:15 a.m. followed by a pollinator garden workshop at 10:30 a.m. Woodland Community College is located at 2300 East Gibson Road, Woodland. Plant sales and workshops will be held in the Greenhouse and Gardens area, and only cash and checks will be accepted for plant sales. For more information on this event that will happen rain or shine go to mgyolo.ucanr.edu or call 530-666-8737.


April 8: How Do Artists Acquire An Audience? YoloArts will be hosting a professional development workshop at the Sacramento City College – West Sacramento Center, 1115 W. Capitol Ave. in West Sacramento Saturday April 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Attendees will learn how to increase the impact of their art by understanding how to engage audiences in a variety of ways. Michele Alexander, social benefit entrepreneur, who has 16 years of experience providing guidance to nonprofits, start-ups, professional artists, and creative start-ups, will teach this innovative workshop.
Takeaway skills from the workshop will include: identifying and targeting audiences to reach specific goals; networking and expanding influence; using systems to manage contacts and simplify communications; how to create opportunities for audience involvement; listening and responding to your community. Cost for the workshop is $35 and includes lunch; to register, go to http://bit.ly/2nkqT2l. Free and convenient parking will be available. For more information contact Janice Purnell, jpurnell@yoloarts.org or call 530-309-6464. This workshop is part of YoloArts’ professional development series for artists, arts organizations and artisans made possible by a Creative California Communities grant from the California Arts Council.


April 11: Monthly Computer Class: How to Use Email, 9:30 a.m. Learn how to write and receive emails, upload pictures, attach documents, and other important information. Experience using a computer is highly recommended. Register in person at the information desk or by phone at: (916) 375-6465. Space is limited. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.


April 13 & 27: All Things String, 6:00 p.m. This crafting circle is for anyone who knits, crochets, embroiders or enjoys fiber art. Bring a project or start something new. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.

April 15: Egg Decorating, 3:00 p.m. Families are invited to participate in egg decoration by creating your own special egg that you can take home. Materials will be provided by the library. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.

April 15: City of West Sacramento Annual Spring Celebration: The City’s Annual Spring Celebration offers a multitude of fun, family-friendly activities, including Zumba, face painting, musical entertainment and an egg hunt! Bring the family out for a day in the sun that all will be sure to remember. Location: West Sacramento Recreation Center – 2801 Jefferson Blvd. Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *Egg Hunt: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fee: FREE!


April 17: Washington Middle College High School information session: Washington Unified School District will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more about the newly designed Washington Middle College High School (WMCHS) and why this innovative dependent charter school is the right option for you and your child. 5 p.m. at Riverbank Elementary School Library, 1100 Carrie St.

April 19:Washington Middle College High School information session: Washington Unified School District will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more about the newly designed Washington Middle College High School (WMCHS) and why this innovative dependent charter school is the right option for you and your child. at 6 p.m. at Stonegate Elementary School Library, 2500 La Jolla St.

April 19: What’s Happening Seniors? 12:00 p.m. Are you looking to get together with active seniors and make new friends? Come share stories, learn from one another and find out ‘What’s Happening’ in West Sacramento and beyond. 



April 19: Magazine Poetry (Teen Room), 4:00 p.m. Teens and tweens can come and create artistic poetry by using words from magazines to recreate into a personal masterpiece. Great for journaling. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.


April 19: Evening Book Club, 6:00 p.m. This month’s reading selection will be My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Please contact Cindy at 916-731-5504 for more information. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.

April 20: Washington Middle College High School information session: Washington Unified School District will be hosting an informational meeting to learn more about the newly designed Washington Middle College High School (WMCHS) and why this innovative dependent charter school is the right option for you and your child. at 6 p.m. at Washington Middle College High School, 1504 Fallbrook St.


April 26: West Sacramento Friends of the Library (WSFOL) Meeting, 6:30 p.m. This non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is dedicated to serving the West Sacramento community through supporting library programs and services, and welcomes new members. Please contact the WSFOL directly at (916) 375-6465, ext. 4 or email: wsfol99@yahoo.com for more information. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.


April 28: Tai Chi and Qigong Part XVII, 4:00 p.m. Learn a series of movements and breathing exercises for general wellness, stress relief, physical balance, flexibility and fall prevention. In part XVII, we will learn selected tai chi and qigong movements that have been recognized by the Arthritis Foundation, National Institute of Health and Harvard Medical School for better health and wellbeing. Come in comfortable clothing; floor mats will be provided. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.

April 29: Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros, 2:00 p.m. This is a multicultural program for the whole family featuring storytime, activities, a special performance and a FREE book! Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.

May 13: “Community Potluck + Donation Drive”: From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be an International Potluck that celebrates the diversity of our community! Bring a dish to share that represents YOUR cultural identity. Enjoy delicious international cuisine while you meet new neighbors. Organizers of the event will be collecting donations of NEW OR GENTLY USED POTS AND PANS for Opening Doors, Inc. Teaming up with this local non-profit to stock the kitchens of newly arrived refugees, let’s show our newest neighbors how welcoming our community is! This event is organized by a local group of community activists and will be held at 2667 Linden Road. (red brick building next to Southport Elementary). For more info, visit our Facebook Event “West Sac Community Potluck”.


Ongoing events

Write a poem; April is National Poetry Month! Come write a poem to share with the Turner Library community that will be hung on the wall to be read. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.

Library Bingo, through April 30. Adults are invited to read, connect and discover by playing Library Bingo. Free cards will be available in English and Spanish at any Yolo County Library branch and also online through the library’s website. After completing five consecutive squares in any direction (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), return the card to the library to receive a prize. Card must be turned in by May 5. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.


In-N-Out’s ‘Cover to Cover’ Reading Program, through April 15. Children ages 4 to 12 are eligible to participate in this fun reading challenge and receive a free In-N-Out coupon. For additional details visit the library or call: (916) 375-6465. Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Ave.

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.

Attention 7th – 12th grade athletes
The East Yolo Royals are a premier AAU organization whose mission is to produce and develop outstanding student athletes, in our area, and provide the ultimate competitive basketball experience.
Do you want to:
· Learn the fundamentals of basketball in a positive and fun environment??
· Improve and enhance your basketball skills??
The East Yolo Royals are prepared to provide the ultimate basketball experience at its highest level.
Our coaches:
· Provide local youth with a solid foundation focused on the fundamentals of Basketball
· Concentrate on dedication, conditioning, development and hard work – we teach you to understand all aspects of the game and enhance your basketball skills
· Promote individual/team dynamics and sportsmanship
· Ensure our players are prepared to pursue their goals in competitive basketball
Practices are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Riverbank Elementary School and Saturdays at the River City High School Gym. For more information or to sign-up, contact us: Coach Damond Edwards 916-869-7971.

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.