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Tree-lighting party this Friday

Santa and hundreds of your neighbors will be on hand Friday evening for music and a tree-lighting party in front of city hall, as they were at this party from a past year. Santa traditionally arrives atop a fire engine. (News-Ledger file photo)

Santa and hundreds of your neighbors will be on hand Friday evening for music and a tree-lighting party in front of city hall, as they were at this party from a past year. Santa traditionally arrives atop a fire engine.
(News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 3, 2014 —

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce announces a celebration during the lighting of the “community tree” on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6-8:30 p.m. in front of city hall (1110 West Capitol Ave.). Music, holiday refreshments, and kids can get a picture taken while on Santa’s lap. Free. For information, call 371-7042.

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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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All welcome at church’s Thanksgiving

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Anyone who needs a free Thanksgiving meal is invited to First Baptist Church, 2124 Michigan Blvd. for lunch today.

Turkey and all the trimmings will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The church can be reached at 371-2111.

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Free flu shots Saturday in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER of WEST SACRAMENTO —

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department, in partnership with the city of West Sacramento, is holding a free seasonal influenza vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Sacramento City Hall, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.  Besides providing opportunity for residents to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, this clinic also serves as a test of the county’s mass vaccination response.

The Yolo County Health Services Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for a $10.00 administrative fee (those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away) as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every 1st Monday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 500 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

The final seasonal flu vaccination clinic provided by Yolo County will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, located at 2001 East Street in Woodland.

In addition to getting a flu shot annually, everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:

·         Wash hands often with soap and water
·         Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
·         Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
·         Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
·         If you are sick, stay home
Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
·         Getting enough rest and staying physically fit to help the body fight off disease
·         Not smoking and reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke
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Free bus ride to San Francisco for Giants’ victory parade

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 30, 2014 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since publishing this article earlier this afternoon, we contacted the River Cats and learned that this bus trip is filled up.  A team rep said that season ticket holders were contacted first with this limited offer. The few remaining bus seats, he said, were filled up quickly with other fans.  If you’re interested in going by train, read on.

The Sacramento River Cats will take up to 130 people on two buses from Raley Field to the San Francisco civic center on Friday, in order to celebrate the San Francisco Giants’ victory parade.

The Giants won the World Series this year with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the decisive final game of the series. The River Cats, beginning this season, are the Giants’ “farm club” in minor league baseball.

The buses will depart Raley Field at 7 a.m. and will return in the afternoon.

If you’re interested in the free bus ride, RSVP to (916) 371-HITS (4487).

To travel separately, the River Cats suggests considering the Capitol Corridor train (http://capitolcorridor.org/tickets/). Look for #531, leaving Sacramento at 8:20 a.m., or #533, departing at 9:20 a.m. Take Amtrak to Richmond and transfer to BART and the Embarcadero Station (www.bart.gov).

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Free movie at Raley Field and other Halloween events in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 22, 2014 —

  Looking for something to do for Halloween? Here’s a roundup of some of the stuff going on around West Sacramento for the holiday:

halloween (2)‘Hocus Pocus’ at the ballpark
Raley Field will host a free film and trick-or-treat event on Saturday, Oct. 25. From 5-6:30 p.m. there will be trick-or-treating around the warning track area of the stadium, and children are encouraged to show up in costume (there will be a costume contest). There will also be a photo corner, pumpkin patch and bobbing for apples.
At 6:30 p.m., the Halloween film “Hocus Pocus” (starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, rated PG) will be shown on the stadium’s videoboard. Seating will be on the lower seating bowl or on the field (you’re strongly encouraged to bring a blanket for sitting on the field; no chairs permitted).
The event and parking are both free; refreshments will be for sale. You’re asked to bring a canned food item for the Sacramento Food Bank.

‘Safe Trick-or-Treat’
The West Sacramento Recreation Center will host a “Safe Trick or Treat” event from 4-6 p.m. on Sat., Oct 25, at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. There will be games and activities for kids up to age 14. Costumes encouraged. Please bring a canned food item to donate; one for each child.

Monster Mash
The “garage surf rock” band ‘The Lava Pups’ returns to Capitol Bowl on Oct. 26 for Halloween fun. Halloween costume contests for adults and kids, plus other contests. You’re invited to the event from 1-4 p.m. at 900 West Capitol Avenue. All ages, free admission.

Fall Fun Fest
Your family is invited to the Fall Fun Fest from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 26, at Bridgeway Lakes Park, 3650 Southport Parkway. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, a bounce house, music, food, a craft fair and games. Profits will go toward building a multi-age play structure at the park. Volunteers needed (it’s an opportunity for high school students to achieve their volunteer requirement). Visit http://bridgewayplay.com, email wsboathouse@gmail.com or call 216-0180.

Ghost hunters
Learn about ghosts and the paranormal on the eve of Halloween. 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the library, 1212 Merkley Ave.

Family Halloween
The West Sacramento Moose Lodge invites you to its family Halloween party at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at 3240 Jefferson Blvd. Live music and treats for the kids. Adults: $5. Costumes encouraged, refreshments for sale. Information: 371-9684 or www.Lodge1762.moosepages.org.

Halloween at Ikea
Ikea in West Sacramento will host a free ‘trick or treat’ party for kids on Friday, Oct. 31. Open for kids age 3-12. The store is located at 700 Ikea Court. Call 888-888-4532.

Costume Contest
The Arthur F. Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue, will sponsor a costume contest during the week of Oct. 27. Post a picture of yourself in your costume to the library costume page (facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org) or visit the library to have your picture taken.

‘Trunk or Treat’

Exclusive Realty & Mortgage and a number of other businesses are sponsoring a Halloween event for the kids, with special guest characters such as Cinderella, Malecifent, Darth Vader and others. Visit the Princess Palace, Wicked Witches Cave and more.  The event lasts 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 30 at 1102 Jefferson Blvd.

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West Sacramento orchestra offers free concert at city hall on Sunday

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento Community Orchestra
(News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra will present selections from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” as well as pieces from Bruch, Rimsky-Korsakov and “The Producers,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at city hall (1110 West Capitol Avenue). Free.

Alternatively, you can attend a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Centennial Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento.

For information on joining the orchestra, call 991-5262.

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