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GUEST COMMENTARY: join up & fight tobacco


Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Coaltion

The Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Coalition is seeking new members!

An article in The Sacramento Bee entitled “Wealthy Counties Top the List of California’s Healthiest,” published on April 4,  stated that Yolo County citizens have a far lower smoking rate than the majority of counties in California. This is a huge achievement for Yolo County and we must keep it up. Community members that are willing to do their part to help stand against the effects of the tobacco industries are the key to upholding this consistently low smoking rate, and play a key role in increasing awareness and supporting efforts for a healthier community.

  Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death globally, taking over 5 million lives a year. Today’s cigarettes deliver nicotine more efficiently to the brain, addicting kids more quickly and making it harder for smokers to quit. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke cause immediate harm to the human body, and can lead to cancer, heart attacks, and lung disease.

The purpose of the Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Coalition is to prevent and reduce tobacco use through education, social norm change, and individual empowerment in our culturally diverse county. The coalition tries to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, counter “Big Tobacco” influences, reduce the availability of tobacco to minors, and promote and provide help with quitting tobacco. A few of the coalition’s recent accomplishments include assisting Yolo County cities and supervisors in reducing cigarette sales to children (via licensing retailers), and supporting Woodland and Winters City Councils in adopting resolutions to offer more smoke-free apartments.

  There are so many benefits to joining the coalition! Coalition members are a group of advocates representing the general public and various agencies including those from the Yolo County school districts, law enforcement, and healthcare professionals. Make a difference in your community, be part of the decision making process, and make your community a healthier place. The coalition meets every other month to network, plan activities, and address current tobacco issues affecting Yolo County.

If you have an interest in preventing another generation from becoming addicted to tobacco products, being part of this coalition is a great opportunity to make a difference.

Please contact Steven Jensen with the Yolo County Tobacco Education Program at (530) 666-8616 or email steven.jensen@yolocounty.org.

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Need help or a referral? Call 2-1-1 in Yolo


Dialing 211 in Yolo County will get you “211 Yolo,” with 24-hour, free, confidential, multilingual advice on how to connect with any of over 900 community services available to county residents.

If you need help and don’t know where to turn, call 211.

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Fun run Saturday to fight child abuse


The Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council hope you’ll join them at a Child Abuse Prevention Fun Run, on Sat., April 28, at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School, 1441 Danbury St. in Davis.

There will be a 5k walk/run at 8 a.m. and a 1k kids’ fun run at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for kids. Proceeds benefit the YCCA’s “Baby Steps Child Abuse Prevention Campaign. For information or to register, go to www.yolokids.org or call (530) 757-5558.

Museums are free today in Woodland


Explore one of Woodland’s 11 museums for free on April 14.

Some museums will have donation boxes, Hedrick Ag Center will be half price.  Most will have free admission on that day.  Brochures and maps will be available at each museum.

  The list includes:

Christian Church Museum, 509 College
Gibson House-Yolo County Historical Museum,  512 Gibson Road
Hays Antique Truck Museum   and the Heidrick Ag History Center, both at 1962 Hays Lane
Reiff’s Gas Station, Jefferson Street
Historic Woodland Railroad Depot corner of Lincoln and Sixth Street
Spring Lake School House,     Yolo County Fair Grounds
Spring Lake/Woodland Fire Museum, Yolo County Fair Grounds
Woodland Fire Museum, 532 Court Street
Woodland Museum of Biblical Archeology, 240 West Street
Woodland Opera House, 320 Second Street
Docents will be at each location.

Museum Day is sponsored by the Yolo County Historical Society.

For information, call B.J. Ford, 530-662-0952 or 530-304-7521.

Kids: ‘read off’ your book fines


Yolo library card holders age 5-18 who have overdue book fines are invited to “read off your fines” between April 6-14. The library will give $1 credit against these fines for each 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice at the library. Available hours vary; visit www.yolocountylibrary.org.

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What do you want from your library?

GUEST COMMENTARY from the March 7, 2012 News-Ledger:

By Patty Wong
Yolo County Librarian

When I came to Yolo County Library as the County Librarian, I got to know people from grass-roots community groups that have supported the Library for over one hundred years.   Each branch of the Yolo County Library has local residents who contribute their time and energy to support their local library.  All of us at the Yolo County Library want to ensure this on-going community involvement in public libraries.  To reach this goal, we’ve begun our first-ever strategic planning process.

I’d like to invite all residents to participate in a survey that will help shape the future of Yolo County Public Libraries.  The survey is part of a strategic planning process that includes research, public comment, interviews and discussion sessions with community leaders and library staff.  Some of the questions I’d like folks to think about are:  What makes Yolo County a unique community?  Why is Yolo County a great place to live, work and raise a family?  Through your comments, we’ll learn about our community’s needs and vision for the future.  We’ll use this information to build a stronger public library.

In many ways the public library is an integral part of the quality of life in Yolo County.  It serves the information needs of all residents, including recreational reading, research, online computer access, ready for kindergarten and adult literacy programs, volunteer opportunities and much more.  Small business owners use the public library to work and read up on new management publications.  Parents bring their children to the library for free events, homework help and a constant source of new books to read.  Programs for older adults help answer their questions about financial issues and health care.

  In recent years, we’ve implemented new conveniences such as downloadable e-books and held classes for community members to learn how to use this new technology.  A new mobile website allows residents to check their library account on their smart device to see if their requested book, movie or CD is waiting for them.

Our communities have changed too, and library services are needed more than ever in our rural areas such as Knights Landing and Yolo.  These small libraries help close the digital divide in rural areas where information is harder to access because of distance, scarcity of community gathering places and the lack of high speed cable.  These libraries also provide access to resources for rural residents to live happy and productive lives in a complex and ever-changing world.

I invite you to participate in the Yolo County Library planning process by completing the survey or by contacting Elizabeth Gray, Assistant County Librarian (530) 666-8084 or elizabeth.gray@yolocounty.org, with your input.

The survey will be available soon online at www.yolocountylibrary.org and will be available in hard copy format in all Yolo County branch libraries.  Those who complete the survey may choose to be entered in a raffle to win a book or tote bag.

The Yolo County Library needs your help in shaping the future direction of our public libraries. Please join us in the endeavor.

LETTERS: Fashion show, RCHS kids


March 7, 2012 — NEWS-LEDGER

Fashion show

Everyone is invited to join the fun when Yolo County celebrities “strut their stuff” Thursday night, March 29th at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria.  Tickets for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council annual celebrity fund raiser are $45 each and the proceeds will go to support the work of YCCA, including our child abuse prevention programs.

The 3rd Annual Yolo County “Celebrity Fashion Show” will feature many Yolo County elected officials, business community leaders while showcasing local boutiques and clothiers.  In past years, more than 200 government, community and business leaders have attended the popular event.  Of special note this year, Scott Moak, “Voice of the Sacramento Kings” will be the emcee, and special appearances are planned by the River Cats’ “Dinger,”; the Kings’ “Slamson,” and West Sacramento’s own “Mooie!”

Critical YCCA and child abuse prevention programs supported through this annual fund raiser include counseling support to pregnant women and families with newborns, Baby Steps, home visits through the Step-by-Step / Paso a Paso program; free food distribution of fresh produce, the Community Health Initiative, and Foster Parent Recruitment.  We also distribute free clothing, diapers, shoes and jackets to keep children adequately dressed and warm.

We live in stressful times, and stress, combined with substance abuse, often leads to a dangerous home environment for children.  We remind everyone who has the opportunity to influence the life of a child, that “It Only Takes a Minute” to have a positive effect on a child by showing him/her that you care and that they are important to you.

Celebrity Fashion Show tickets are available online at www.yolokids.org or by calling the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council at 530-757-5558.

Executive Director
Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council

RCHS Interact members Dennison Ocampo, Terry Vang and Christine Maltez presenting carnations to RCHS counselor Catherine Grisaffi. (from Charyl Silva, Rotary)

Student volunteers

The River City High School Interact Club is a community service club sponsored by the two Rotary clubs of West Sacramento. This club has been successful since its inception three years ago. Each year the students must complete two community service projects and one International project.

This year the students will have been involved in at least nine community service projects.

The club must earn money for their international project. This year, Forever Yours Flowers on Merkley Avenue kindly donated carnations to the RCHS Interact Club to sell for Valentine’s Day. Christine Maltez, chairperson for this event, said this fundraiser was, “fantastic.” The students had fun delivering the carnations to students and staff at RCHS.

Rotary Interact Advisor
BRANDON DUFF, Teacher Advisor

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