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West Sacramento Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec 1

The annual holiday tree lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 in front of city hall as the streets will transform into an event all generations in West Sacramento will enjoy and remember.

There will be live music and entertainment, local snacks, shopping with local makers, free kids activities including holiday coloring station… and of course free pictures with Santa and the annual tradition of lighting our community holiday tree.

So, come and unite with your community members from all over West Sacramento for a fun and free event in front of City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave. from 6 to 9 p.m.

Source: cityilights.org

West Sacramento gets funding for bike/pedestrian freeway overcrossing

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing Conceptual drawing-looking to the west.

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing Conceptual drawing-looking to the west.


The City of West Sacramento has been awarded funding to construct the Sycamore Trail Pedestrian Overcrossing which will connect the City’s north and south neighborhoods. The California Natural Resource Agency awarded the City approximately $5.1 million dollars to construct a bicycle and pedestrian route over Highway 50 connecting Joey Lopes Park to Westmore Oaks Elementary School. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing is currently in the design phase, which is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Construction is anticipated to be completed by spring of 2020. Total Project cost is approximately $ 6.3 Million.

“For a century, our city has been divided north and south by state and federal transportation infrastructure, so this is a particularly welcome step by the California Natural Resources Agency,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This critical trail overpass reconnects neighborhoods and links people with schools, parks, amenities, and each other as part of West Sacramento’s expanding pedestrian and bike network.”

The City has recently completed several projects to increase bike travel in West Sacramento including the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and the Linden Loop Road Diet. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing project further implements the vision of the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan which aims to provide safe and convenient mobility options for residents.

Earlier this year, West Sacramento installed bike share stations in eight locations as part of the Tower Bridge Bike Share program. 50 bikes are currently available for use. Electric rental bikes are being added at these locations in the spring of 2018.

Source: cityilights.com

9th annual Running of the Turkeys benefiting Yolo Food Bank raises funds to end hunger in Yolo County

Participants of all ages approach the finish line at the 2016“Running of the Turkeys” 5k Run & Walk. / Photo courtesy

Participants of all ages approach the finish line at the 2016“Running of the Turkeys” 5k Run & Walk. / Photo courtesy

On Thanksgiving morning 1,500 runners and walkers from across Yolo County will once again have the chance to “do good” and get some exercise before digging in to their holiday feast. The 9th Annual Running of the Turkeys 5K fun run and walk starts at 8am on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23 and raises funds to benefit Yolo Food Bank’s programs and services. The race starts and finishes at Heritage Plaza, 600 Main Street, in downtown Woodland.
Pre-event registration is available online for $38 until Wednesday, Nov. 22 at www.runningoftheturkeys.org. On-site registration will take also place at Heritage Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Thursday, Nov. 23 from 7 to 7:50 a.m.
This event is family friendly and features awards for the top three men and top three women overall finishers and the top three finishers for both men and women in 15 different age categories. Prizes are also given in fun categories like best dressed, first dog over the finish line, and largest team. The 2017 Running of the Turkeys is made possible by presenting sponsor Dignity Health and the support of other generous businesses and community members.
This event benefits Yolo Food Bank programs and partnerships that distribute food to hungry Yolo County residents. “Running of the Turkeys is all about community and teamwork, just like Yolo Food Bank. Teamwork makes the dream work when it comes to feeding our hungry neighbors,” said Kevin Brown, Yolo Food Bank’s Marketing & Communications Coordinator. “Every dollar we raise will go toward our mission of ending hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County.”
The Yolo Food Bank serves over 51,000 people each month and is committed to increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and works to educate the community on healthy eating. The food bank distributes more than 4 million pounds of food annually.

5-year-old girl to join West Sacramento’s Cub Scout Pack 49

Cub Scout Pack 49, of West Sacramento, participated in the Veterans Day Parade in Sacramento on Saturday, Nov. 11. / Photo by Lance Armstrong

Cub Scout Pack 49, of West Sacramento, participated in the Veterans Day Parade in Sacramento on Saturday, Nov. 11. / Photo by Lance Armstrong


By Lance Armstrong

On the heels of the announcement from the Boy Scouts of America that girls can now join the ranks with the boys, West Sacramento’s cub scout pack is welcoming their first girl member. Carmela Giordano, age 5, loves the cub scouts and spending time with her father, Cub Master Mike Giordano and 9-year-old brother Niccolo, also a pack member.

This fall, 5-year-old Carmela Giordano will become the first girl to join West Sacramento's Cub Scout Pack 49. / Photo by Lance Armstrong

This fall, 5-year-old Carmela Giordano will become the first girl to join West Sacramento’s Cub Scout Pack 49. / Photo by Lance Armstrong

“My daughter may be the first girl in our pack. The Boy Scouts of America decided to allow girls into the Cub Scouts, starting in the fall,” Mike Giordano said on Saturday morning in front of the state Capitol, as thousands celebrated contributions made by American war veterans. The West Sacramento Cub Scout Pack 49 walked several blocks along Capitol Mall during the annual Veterans Day parade.
The age range of the nearly 70-member local pack includes boys from ages 5 to 10 with Carmela soon to be the only girl.
With a little prompting from Dad, Carmela stated her interest in the pack activities. “I like doing what the cub scouts are doing … being in the parade, (camping), sleeping in our tent, playing in the woods, and eating marshmallows, s’mores, chocolate,” she said.
Asked whether other girls may join the local pack in the near future, Mike Giordano expressed that there has been interest on the topic for a long time. Giordano said at all the capitol city Boy Scouts of America meetings, there have been discussions about siblings wanting to join troops and packs with their brothers. “(Sisters) get to watch their siblings do it and they want to partake too. So I think it’s a great opportunity and hopefully it doesn’t conflict too much with the Girl Scouts, but we’ll see. It’s a different program and values and stuff.”
Mike Giordano explained that as BSA representatives recruit at local schools, community members have shared their interest. “When we actually open it up, put your money where your mouth is and (we’ll) see what happens. There are some people who try the Girl Scout program and their daughter wasn’t into it or they’re getting ready to have their son join and want to have their daughter there as well. I am looking forward to it and I’m expecting to see a lot more scouts coming in because they are opening it up to girls.”
West Sacramento does not have Boy Scouts; that troop disbanded years ago. Today, most West Sacramento cub scouts who wish to continue scouting, join Sacramento’s Boy Scout Troop 1. Pack 49 meets monthly from September through May on the second Monday at Our Lady of Grace Gym, 1990 Linden Road at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email westsacramentopack49@gmail.com