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One day only: free or cheap admission at many Sacramento museums

A family of visitors at the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center -- one of the destinations offering free or reduced ticket prices for one day only (courtesy photo)

A family of visitors at the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center — one of the destinations offering free or reduced ticket prices for one day only (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 21, 2015 —

From the Sacramento Association of Museums

Nearly twenty-five local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, during the 17th Annual Sacramento Museum Day. Most of the nearly 25 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations located in residential areas — the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town — will offer half-priced admission to offset traffic control and security costs.

Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sacramento Museum Day is a popular cultural tradition designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s wealth of art, history, science and wildlife — at little or no cost.  Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

In addition to offering free or reduced cost admission, many of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day.  A sampling of the special activities include the following:

• The Aerospace Museum of California will offer an “open cockpit” day where most aircraft will be open for viewing (weather permitting), a children’s art contest and on-site exhibitors such as the Tuskegee Airmen;

• The Masonic Service Bureau will be on-site at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center providing free electronic fingerprints of children for their parents;

• The Sacramento History Museum will offer hands-on gold panning activities for kids;

• The crowd-favorite Sacramento Children’s Museum mascot “Leo” will make special appearances throughout the day;

• And, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum will serve cake to celebrate the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder and mark the anniversary of Sacramento’s first public school in 1854.

While admission is free at most of the museums, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows:  Sacramento Zoo is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two;  Fairytale Town is $2.75 per person and free for children ages one and under.

Some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons.   The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but note the last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m.  More detailed information is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

Participating Museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2015:
Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – California State Capitol Museum –  California State Railroad Museum –  Discovery Museum Science and Space Center – Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Fairytale Town –  Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland) – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum – Sacramento Zoo – Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Verge Center for the Arts – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

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West Sacramento church offers free Christmas lunch to locals in need

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Baptist Church is offering a free Christmas luncheon to anyone who needs it. The luncheon (turkey, ham, and all the trimmings) will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 2124 Michigan Blvd. The church can be reached at its message phone, 371-2111.

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Holiday trash pickup schedule

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Both Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) will result in changes to West Sacramento’s garbage and recycling pickup day. Both weeks, regular Thursday service will move to Friday and regular Friday service moves to Saturday.
City hall and the community center will close Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

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Hundreds get help at ‘giveaway day’

Moises Castillo, a second grade student from Bridgeway Elementary School, volunteered to help give away clothes at the Children's Alliance 8th Annual Community Give-Away Day (Photo by Lori Aldrete)

Moises Castillo, a second grade student from Bridgeway Elementary School, volunteered to help give away clothes at the Children’s Alliance 8th Annual Community Give-Away Day (Photo by Lori Aldrete)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 26, 2014 —

From Lori Aldrete
Aldrete Communications
for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance

It’s a long way from Detroit to West Sacramento.  But for 37-year-old Latina Taylor and her daughter Jamaica Rayne, a student at Westfield Village Elementary, they are feeling the love of the West Sacramento community and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

As Latina collected her free turkey dinner, a blanket, toys for “Maka”, and clothes for herself and her mom, she repeated over and over, “Thank you.  Thank you!” to the volunteers helping more than 600 people needing a helping hand at the 8th Annual West Sacramento Community Give-Away Day on Saturday, November 22 at Westfield Village Elementary School.

Life hasn’t been easy for Latina the past few years as the single mom gave up her dream of finishing college at Sacramento State to care for her 6-year-old daughter with serious health issues.  She says she feels stereotyped when people look at her “outer shell” and “Coming here today made me feel good.  I like to help people, and for people to help me right now….” She paused as tears welled up in her eyes and added, “I’m blessed, so blessed.”

Latina Taylor and her daughter Jamaica (both at right) pick up a holiday turkey at the Community Giveway Day held in West Sacramento over the weekend. (Photo by Lori Aldrete on behalf of Yolo Children’s Alliance)

Latina Taylor and her daughter Jamaica (both at right) pick up a holiday turkey at the Community Giveway Day held in West Sacramento last weekend.
(Photo by Lori Aldrete on behalf of Yolo Children’s Alliance)

Latina and Jamaica aren’t alone.  For some children it will be their only coat to keep out the winter cold.  For 400 families it now means having a real turkey dinner instead of an empty refrigerator at Thanksgiving. And for hundreds of children who may not get many holiday presents, the annual event sent them home with new toys.

Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas and West Sacramento City Council member Chris Ledesma joined numerous student volunteers from River City High School to greet residents and help them navigate through the large multipurpose room and the walkways outside to fill bags full of free food, clothes, toys and blankets.

Yolo County Children’s Alliance Executive Director Katie Villegas expressed her gratitude for the many people and organizations that donated their time and resources. “We need a lot of help to make this give-away day happen.  Each donation, no matter the size, helped send someone home knowing their community cares about them.”

Thousands of dollars were donated.  Two local community leaders, Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas and Marty Swingle, owner of Cap West Realty teamed up for a two-tiered match challenge that resulted in $2,000 being raised.

In addition to hundreds of small individual contributions, “YCCA Children’s Champs” Tim Stewart and Sierra Health Foundation each donated $2,500.   Dr. Dick Huang, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447, and the Northern California Construction Training donated at the “Helping Hands” level of $250.

The community give-away was hosted by the Yolo County Children’s Alliance in partnership with the Yolo Food Bank, First 5 Yolo, West Sacramento Foundation, St. Joseph’s Mobile Mall and West Sacramento Grocery Outlet.

For more information about the event or to find out how to help with it next year, call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558 or 916-572-0560.

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Thanksgiving meals, household goods handed out while supplies last

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

The West Sacramento Community Giveaway Day returns this Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8-11 a.m. at Westfield Village Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue.

About 400 families will receive free food (a Thanksgiving dinner), clothing, blankets, toys and other items. Supplies may exceed demand. The event is sponsored by the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (www.yolokids.org) and partners.

Items will be handed out while supplies last.

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West Sacramento Farmers Market returns

The popular West Sacramento Farmers Market (shown here from its inaugural day in 2011) is back this week. Visit the market Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to dusk, on the street in front of city hall at 1110 West Capitol Avenue. (News-Ledger photo)

The popular West Sacramento Farmers Market (shown here from its inaugural day in 2011) is back this week. Visit the market Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to dusk, on the street in front of city hall at 1110 West Capitol Avenue. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Farmers Market reopens on Thursday evenings beginning May 29.

The market’s ‘Dig In’ dinners – a three-course, sit-down dinner served in the street, return with a 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. meal May 29 at the market location, 1110 West Capitol Avenue (in front of city hall). Only 120 tickets available for each dinner.

The guest chef on May 29 is Michael Thiemann, owner and chef at “Mother,” known for its “old-school, low country” cuisine.

Visit www.westsacramentochamber.com/events or contact Meaghan Pierelli, 371-7042.

The market is open 4:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays through summer, beginning May 29.

 

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Drop off unwanted prescription drugs — responsibly & anonymously — on April 26

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Get rid of those expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs – safely and responsibly.

The West Sacramento Police Department and federal Drug Enforcement Administration will sponsor a prescription drug drop-off day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the police station, 550 Jefferson Blvd.

Drop off your old prescription drugs anonymously, no questions asked. Free.

Local police advise that flushing drugs down the toilet or tossing them in the trash both pose a potential health and safety hazard.

[adrotate group=”9″]   For other guidance on how to properly get rid of old prescription drugs, visit www.DontRushToFlush.org.

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