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‘Little Free Library’ in Southport

JULIE GOLDMAN, with her daughter Esther next to the gardens at the Main Drain Parkway. And no, that’s not a birdhouse. The mini-library sits along the Main Drain Parkway, which has been taken over by community 'geurilla gardeners' who share the planting as well as the harvest. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Those creative folks living next to the Main Drain Parkway in Southport have come up with something new to the city.

They’ve installed a “little free library” about as big as a good-size birdhouse.

“My husband heard about the idea on NPR, and he came home and told me about it. I was super-excited,” said Julie Goldman, who lives near the Venice Street garden site that’s now home to the library. She and her daughter Esther, age 2 ½, met a reporter there on Monday.

  Goldman helped get the little lending library built. One helper was a nearby neighbor, Chris Peek, who teaches wood shop at a Woodland school.

“We told him, ‘if you build it, we’ll decorate it,’” said Goldman. He did, and they did. They used cheap and recycled materials: total cost, about $20. The bookshelf now holds about two dozen books.

“Most of them are from me,” said Goldman. “I talked to the West Sacramento library, and they also put aside a few gardening books for us. I’ve been putting a whole bunch of kids’ books in there.”

Anyone can take a book. They’re encouraged to take a book to read, and leave another.

“Basically, it’s ‘take a book and then return any book.’ Ideally, I’d like people to return a different book. Sometimes I’ll come here and there will be new books here, and I don’t know where they come from,” said Goldman.

Any problems with the “honor system” since the library opened in August?

“They said, ‘oh, the teenagers are going to steal it,’” recalled Goldman. “But so far, so good.”

The library is mounted child-height in the middle of the community’s “guerilla garden” – an informal spot where neighbors grow produce along the Main Drain Canal, and share in both the work and the harvest.

Are there plans to build more “little free libraries” in other neighborhoods around West Sacramento?
“It would be so fun to have West Sacramento become known for all its little libraries,” answered Goldman. “Sometimes I’ll see kids in the neighborhood and they’ll say, ‘Oh, I got a book from here!”

As she spoke to a reporter, up walked a woman and child who walked from a nearby street. They were carrying a book to lend to the library.

There’s more information on the “Little Free Library” concept at www.LittleFreeLibrary.org.

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Kids’ concert, instrument ‘petting zoo’

Camellia Symphony flutist Ralph Padgug demostrates the mouth piece of a flute (courtesy of Camellia Symphony)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The Camellia Symphony returns with a free family concert and kids’ “instrument petting zoo” on Sunday, Oct. 7. The event will take place at the West Sacramento City Hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

This year, the event will include a visual art element for kids to create art related to the musical experience. The art and instrument “petting zoo” begin at 1 p.m. and a one-hour family concert follows at 2 p.m. (classical movie selections from movie scores and highlights of the symphonies summer concert series). For information, call 929-6655 or visit www.camelliasymphony.org.

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Yolo’s top five ag crops are. . .

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

By Beth Gabor, Public Information Officer
County of Yolo

On September 11, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2011 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2011.  The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2011 was $549,249,669 which represents an increase of 23.8% from the 2010 crop values.

“These production figures reflect an overall higher price per unit for commodities and increases in acreage,” said Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner John Young in a press release.  “Field labor, processing, transporting, marketing and other farm-related services significantly multiply the value agriculture has to our county.  When the multiplier effect of related industries is considered, agriculture contributes well over $1.5 billion to the economy of Yolo County.”

  Tomatoes are again the number one cash crop in Yolo. Rice, wine grapes, hay, and walnuts round out the top five, with the only change from 2010 the switch of walnuts to number five in gross value and organic production to number six.  These changes reflect an increase in bearing acreage for walnut orchards, as well as a 28.7% price increase per unit from the previous year.  Almonds, field corn, wheat and sunflower seed round out the top ten commodities for 2011.

For more information on the acreage, production and gross valuation of agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2011, visit: www.yolocounty.org > Departments > Agriculture and Weights & Measures or contact the Yolo County Agriculture Department at (530) 666-8140.

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City, chamber knock on business doors

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

Reps from the City of West Sacramento and the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce will be knocking on business doors from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 for the “Business Walk. They’ll look for comments from businesspeople about the state of business in West Sacramento, as a means of finding ways to improve the local business climate.

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Party at rowing club boathouse

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The River City Rowing Club plans a fundraiser with a BBQ, beer garden and live music from 4-8 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, at the boathouse on the Port of West Sacramento.

  There will also be a boat dedication ceremony: at 5:30 p.m., when the club will dedicate a boat in the name of the late Rex Babin, a former club member and editorial cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $40/couple and $12 for minors. Free for kids under 12. At the door, it’s cash only, $30/adults, $50/couple or $12 for minors. Tickets are available at http://rivercityrowing2012.eventbrite.com.

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Free flu clinic coming on Oct 13; community service volunteers are needed

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012

Information is from the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Department will be holding five free seasonal influenza vaccination clinics throughout Yolo County this fall.  Besides providing flu vaccine to the community, the clinics also test the county’s mass vaccination response.  To assist in both efforts, volunteers with a variety of skills are needed to staff four of the clinics.  Volunteer opportunities include:

•    Runners – assist all staff by helping clients, getting/delivering supplies, providing breaks for staff
•    Traffic Control & Interior Security – work with uniformed officers to provide security services at each site
•    Inventory Control – keep track of all vaccines, supplies, etc. on site
•    Paperwork Collection – work with clients to ensure that all medical records are collected and information materials are given
•    Translation – assist clients with alternate language needs
•    Greeting/Triage – meet clients and provide information
•    Medical Screening – assist clients by identifying the vaccine they are eligible for at the site

The mass flu vaccination clinics will be held as follows (more information to follow at a later date — watch the News-Ledger newspaper):

•    Saturday, October 13, Westmore Oaks Elementary Schoolin West Sacramento
•    Wednesday, October 17, Winters Community Center
•    Saturday, October 27, Esparto Fire Department
•    Saturday, November 17, Douglass Middle School in Woodland

In addition to the above, a small flu vaccination clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at the Davis Senior Center.  Volunteers will not be needed for this clinic.

Volunteering to help at mass vaccination clinics can count towards high school community service hours.  For more information, or to sign up, e-mail: volunteer.coordinator@yolocounty.org.

Note: the Yolo County Health Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for $10.00 as part of the regularly scheduled public health immunization clinic held every Tuesday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Health Department, located at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  Note: those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away.

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West Sac local candidates’ forum

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

The local chamber of commerce will host a forum for city council and school board candidates on Thursday, October 4.

The public forum will take place from 6-9 p.m. at CSA Event Center, 1275  Starboard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691.

“In many ways, this is a crucial election for our community,” said Denise Seals, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber, in a press release. “The pressing issues of flood control, economic development, school district stability, transportation, community planning and public safety are vital to our city’s future.”

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