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West Sac: summer reading promos underway for kids, teens & adults

NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 19, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library’s ever-popular Summer Reading Program, currently under way, has something for everyone.  This year’s program – “Our Reading is So Delicious” – runs now through mid-August and includes free reading clubs, exciting events and prizes.

“A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading over the summer months,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who do not.  Studies have also shown school-aged children lose up to one month of learning over the summer break.  “Our programs provide quality summer learning opportunities,” continued Wong. “Sign up and join the fun at your local Yolo County Library branch today.”

This year’s reading incentive program is for participants of all ages.  Sign up at your local library’s service desk and pick up a game board that includes healthy and fun activities designed especially for your age group.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and a Round Table Pizza or Steve’s Pizza coupon, while supplies last.  Teens who register can enter a system-wide drawing for an Android, and teens and adults who register can enter a system-wide drawing for a chance to win a Kindle.  All who visit a Yolo County Library branch this summer can pick up a schedule of events, and sign up for the program of their choice.  The lineup for all ages includes:

•         Children: Fancy Nancy Meets the Mad Hatter tea party, Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show and a visit from the Mad Scientist.

•         Teens: Try a Smoovie (movie & smoothies, get it?) and an architectural competition involving dry spaghetti and marshmallows.

•         Adults: Try Nutritional Jeopardy and a visit from the Davis Food Co-op intriguingly named Fast French Cooking with Julie and Julie and Julie and Julia.

Events vary from branch to branch.  Stop by your local branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information. West Sacramento’s branch is at 1212 Merkley Ave.

Summer Reading Program 2013 sponsors include: California Library Association, First 5 Yolo, numerous local businesses, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Round Table Pizza, Steve’s Pizza and Friends of the Library groups for each Yolo County Library branch.

Summer Reading Program 2013 sponsors include: California Library Association, First 5 Yolo, numerous local businesses, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Round Table Pizza, Steve’s Pizza and Friends of the Library groups.

 

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Local chorus performs today at capitol

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — 

The West Sacramento Community Singers have a free concert on schedule. You’re invited to listen to them at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Capital Museum rotunda in Sacramento, where they will present hits by ABBA and the Manhattan Transfer. Park near 11th and L streets and enter from 11th.

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Property value again over $20 billion: click on link to find a house value

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 26, 2013 —

Yolo County’s property tax roll was valued at over $20 billion for the first time since 2008, reports Assessor Joel Butler.

“The improving real estate market and thriving agricultural economy, coupled with new construction and changes of ownership (which trigger reappraisal) increased this year’s roll to $20,475,478,048 of taxable value – a 4.16 percent increase over the prior year,” said a statement from Butler’s office.

“All areas of the county experienced increases in assessed value,” added the tax assessor’s statement. “Davis had the largest increase for a city at 5.75 percent; Woodland had the least, at 1.88 percent; with Winters at 3.85 percent and West Sacramento at 3.83 percent. The unincorporated areas of Yolo County grew by 4.58 percent, reflecting the strength of rural and agricultural properties.”

Recently assessed property values will be available for public view by July 12 at http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. To find your property value, have your Assessor Parcel Number or street address available. If you don’t have computer access, you can phone for your valuation at (530) 666-8135 (the assessor’s office is closed Friday’s for budget reasons).

There is a process available for those who believe their property is over-valued for tax reasons.

 

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Need a place to cool down?

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 28, 2013 —

With temperatures expected to top 100 degrees for about six days in a row, the City of West Sacramento offers this information about local ‘cooling centers’ available free to those in need:

During the current heat wave, two West Sacramento centers will provide relief:

·The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., will be open both Saturday, June 29 (10 am to 5:30 pm) and Sunday, June 30 (1-5 pm) as a place to escape the hot temperatures this weekend. Contact the Turner Library at (916) 375-6465.

·The West Sacramento Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd., is also a cooling center and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm. The Rec Center is also open until 9:30 pm on weekdays (except July 4th when it closes at 5:30 pm). Not only is the Rec Center air conditioned inside, the Rec Center pools can also help keep you cool – Rec Swim is from 1 – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. A day pass is $6 for adults, and $4.50 for seniors and students. Contact the Rec Center at (916) 617-4770.

The cooling centers are air-conditioned. Comfortable seating is available. Stay hydrated! Water is available at both cooling center sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle is recommended. Dress in layers so you can shed layers when in the shade and add to cover skin when in direct sunlight.

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