Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Woodland Tomato Festival comes downtown on Aug. 13

Once again it’s the time of year when fresh tomatoes are center stage, sparking a new energy throughout Yolo County. Monster machines bounce through dusty fields heaping 25-ton capacity trailers with another More »

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn celebrates with first major event with Off the Grid

The Barn kicked off its weekly Friday night Off the Grid food truck and music event with large crowds on Friday, Aug. 5. Located at 985 Riverfront Street, the Barn is a More »

Quilts for Community Service

Quilts for Community Service

The Delta Piecemakers Quilt Guild has donated handmade quilts to the West Sacramento Police and Fire Departments to be given out to those in need of comfort during police or fire calls. More »

 

Free concert today in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to either of their upcoming free concerts of “festive and patriotic” music.

The performances are free.

[adrotate group=”9″] Join them on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at the city hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, or on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd. (in Sacramento near Fruitridge).

The orchestra is also looking for new musicians, including those who can play bassoon, harp, percussion, and strings.

If you’re over 16 and would like to play, call (916) 991-5262.

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Pool & water slides open today

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The family leisure pool and water slides at the West Sacramento Recreation Center in Southport open for the season today —  Saturday, June 9 — with hours from noon to 4 p.m.

[adrotate group=”7″] Buy an opening day pass for full price, and get a second day pass for half off during those hours on June 9. There will be a raffle at 2 p.m. today, with prizes including Rec Center passes.

For information, click here or call 617-4770.

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West Sac library: prizes for kids, teens

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

Pizza coupon for youngsters, tablet computer raffle for teen book reviewers during library’s summer reading program

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is rolling out its ever-popular summer reading program starting June 1.  The program runs through mid-August and will include free reading clubs for all ages, exciting events and great prizes.  All programs are free.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading during the summer,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t.  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,” said Wong.  “Sign up at your local Yolo County Library branch.”

Beginning June 1, everyone who visits any Yolo County Library branch may sign up for summer reading and pick up a schedule of summer events for children, families, teens or adults.  The lineup includes Olympic Dreams, The Bat Lady, sing around the campfire with Mr. Daddy Longlegs, magician Jon Lopez, Dream Interpretation and much, much more.  Events vary from branch to branch, so stop by your branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “Dream Big…Read!” is for children ages 0-12.  Sign up, visit the library during the summer and check in at the Information Desk to chat about what you have been reading to get a prize.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and Round Table Pizza coupon, while supplies last.

“Own the Night” is the teen program (ages 13-18).  Sign up and fill out a short survey to be entered into the system-wide raffle for a chance to win an Android Touch Screen Tablet, MP3 player or a Target gift certificate.  In addition, there are library activities at each branch to earn additional raffle tickets.  The more books you read and review and earn raffle tickets for, the more chances to win.

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Shakespeare in the park: free thru June 17

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” comedy is playing through June 17 at Linden Park (corner of Linden Road and Summerfield Drive).

[adrotate group=”7″]   Free entry; donations are welcome. Bring your lawn chair and blanket and come boo a villain and cheer a hero.

Showtimes are 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 17. Brought to you by the West Sacramento Theater Company. Advance tickets for the troop’s next production, “Four Pennies,” are available through www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

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Honorary diploma for those who left to serve

Catherina Nou, representing Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, with diploma recipient Connie Colbert of West Sacramento; Irene Martinez (receiving on behalf of her husband); Jesus Ramirez, (receiving on behalf of his father); and Dr. Jorge Ayala, Superintendent, Yolo County Office of Education. (Courtesy of YCOE)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

From the Yolo County Office of Education

The Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) celebrated “Operation Recognition” on Thursday, May 24, at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center. The program gave honorary high school diplomas to veterans unable to earn their diplomas because they left school to serve in the armed forces.

[adrotate group=”9″] During the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Many veterans were not able to finish high school and receive a high school diploma.

California Education Code authorizes a local educational agency to provide for retroactive granting of a high school diploma to a former student who is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.

The Yolo County Office of Education was gave honorary high school diplomas to war veterans Connie Colbert of West Sacramento, Guillermo “Bill” Martinez of Woodland and and Jose Ramirez of Guinda.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Family, friends and community members were present on Thursday as Dr. Jorge Ayala, county superintendent,  presented the honorary high school diplomas to Connie Colbert, Navy Seaman from WWII; the late Guillermo Martinez, a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran; and to the late Jose Ramirez, U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran.  Accepting on behalf of the late Mr. Martinez  his wife Irene and accepting on behalf of Mr. Ramirez was his son, Jesus.

The ceremony opened with the pledge of allegiance by Woodland’s Boy Scout Troop 133.  The three veterans also received proclamations from Senator Lois Wolk, Fifth District, and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, Eight District, commending them for their service and aspiration to receive high school diplomas.

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Low-flying choppers this week

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

Pacific Gas & Electric Company says its helicopters will be conducting low-flying inspection patrols through June 15, taking stock of power lines in Yolo and Solano counties.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “A helicopter will fly at approximately 250 to 300 feet, depending on the area and if livestock are present,” said PG&E spokesperson Brandi Ehlers in a press release. “Helicopter patrols are usually done in rural areas where power lines are not close enough to roads to patrol by vehicle or foot.”

These rural areas include Clarksburg, south of West Sacramento, she added.

The patrols will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, with inspectors looking for sagging lines, hazardous trees, and potential fire hazards. Problems will be noted for repair work “ahead of storm season,” said Ehlers.

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Tuttle will be new city manager

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — June 7, 2012 —

  The City of West Sacramento has just announced that the city council has appointed Martin Tuttle, a former executive director of SACOG, as the next city manager.  Here’s the text of the city press release:

MARTIN TUTTLE, new West Sacramento City Manager (photo is from California Department of Transportation website, 2009)

“The Mayor of the City of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon, announced this evening that the City Council unanimously appointed Martin Tuttle to replace City Manager Toby Ross, who will be retiring after nearly a decade of service to West Sacramento.

“Mr. Tuttle’s management leadership for the region’s 23 cities and six counties as Executive Director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments received national recognition and wide acclaim.  He spearheaded the groundbreaking Sacramento Region Blueprint, which became the statewide and national model for sustainable land-use and transportation.  Mr. Tuttle then worked in the private sector at the URS Corporation and New Faze Development, before becoming Deputy Director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).  At CalTrans, he oversees the allocation of $1.6 billion in federal stimulus funds to over 600 local transportation agencies.

[adrotate group=”10″] “Prior to joining SACOG, Mr. Tuttle had served as district director for the legislative district which includes West Sacramento, and as the chief administrative officer for a county transportation agency.

“‘Marty Tuttle aims high and gets the job done, which makes him the perfect fit for West Sacramento and our city’s ambitious vision,’ said Mayor Cabaldon. ‘Recruiting a manager of this caliber means that West Sacramento won’t miss a beat on the waterfront, neighborhoods, the Port, flood protection, economic development, prudent budgeting, and our other priorities.'”

“Mr. Tuttle will begin work in July.”