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‘Little Free Library’ in Southport

JULIE GOLDMAN, with her daughter Esther next to the gardens at the Main Drain Parkway. And no, that’s not a birdhouse. The mini-library sits along the Main Drain Parkway, which has been taken over by community 'geurilla gardeners' who share the planting as well as the harvest. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Those creative folks living next to the Main Drain Parkway in Southport have come up with something new to the city.

They’ve installed a “little free library” about as big as a good-size birdhouse.

“My husband heard about the idea on NPR, and he came home and told me about it. I was super-excited,” said Julie Goldman, who lives near the Venice Street garden site that’s now home to the library. She and her daughter Esther, age 2 ½, met a reporter there on Monday.

  Goldman helped get the little lending library built. One helper was a nearby neighbor, Chris Peek, who teaches wood shop at a Woodland school.

“We told him, ‘if you build it, we’ll decorate it,’” said Goldman. He did, and they did. They used cheap and recycled materials: total cost, about $20. The bookshelf now holds about two dozen books.

“Most of them are from me,” said Goldman. “I talked to the West Sacramento library, and they also put aside a few gardening books for us. I’ve been putting a whole bunch of kids’ books in there.”

Anyone can take a book. They’re encouraged to take a book to read, and leave another.

“Basically, it’s ‘take a book and then return any book.’ Ideally, I’d like people to return a different book. Sometimes I’ll come here and there will be new books here, and I don’t know where they come from,” said Goldman.

Any problems with the “honor system” since the library opened in August?

“They said, ‘oh, the teenagers are going to steal it,’” recalled Goldman. “But so far, so good.”

The library is mounted child-height in the middle of the community’s “guerilla garden” – an informal spot where neighbors grow produce along the Main Drain Canal, and share in both the work and the harvest.

Are there plans to build more “little free libraries” in other neighborhoods around West Sacramento?
“It would be so fun to have West Sacramento become known for all its little libraries,” answered Goldman. “Sometimes I’ll see kids in the neighborhood and they’ll say, ‘Oh, I got a book from here!”

As she spoke to a reporter, up walked a woman and child who walked from a nearby street. They were carrying a book to lend to the library.

There’s more information on the “Little Free Library” concept at www.LittleFreeLibrary.org.

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Kids’ concert, instrument ‘petting zoo’

Camellia Symphony flutist Ralph Padgug demostrates the mouth piece of a flute (courtesy of Camellia Symphony)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The Camellia Symphony returns with a free family concert and kids’ “instrument petting zoo” on Sunday, Oct. 7. The event will take place at the West Sacramento City Hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

This year, the event will include a visual art element for kids to create art related to the musical experience. The art and instrument “petting zoo” begin at 1 p.m. and a one-hour family concert follows at 2 p.m. (classical movie selections from movie scores and highlights of the symphonies summer concert series). For information, call 929-6655 or visit www.camelliasymphony.org.

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Yolo’s top five ag crops are. . .

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

By Beth Gabor, Public Information Officer
County of Yolo

On September 11, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2011 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2011.  The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2011 was $549,249,669 which represents an increase of 23.8% from the 2010 crop values.

“These production figures reflect an overall higher price per unit for commodities and increases in acreage,” said Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner John Young in a press release.  “Field labor, processing, transporting, marketing and other farm-related services significantly multiply the value agriculture has to our county.  When the multiplier effect of related industries is considered, agriculture contributes well over $1.5 billion to the economy of Yolo County.”

  Tomatoes are again the number one cash crop in Yolo. Rice, wine grapes, hay, and walnuts round out the top five, with the only change from 2010 the switch of walnuts to number five in gross value and organic production to number six.  These changes reflect an increase in bearing acreage for walnut orchards, as well as a 28.7% price increase per unit from the previous year.  Almonds, field corn, wheat and sunflower seed round out the top ten commodities for 2011.

For more information on the acreage, production and gross valuation of agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2011, visit: www.yolocounty.org > Departments > Agriculture and Weights & Measures or contact the Yolo County Agriculture Department at (530) 666-8140.

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City, chamber knock on business doors

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

Reps from the City of West Sacramento and the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce will be knocking on business doors from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 for the “Business Walk. They’ll look for comments from businesspeople about the state of business in West Sacramento, as a means of finding ways to improve the local business climate.

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Raider football enters win column

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

By Jordan Pearce
RCHS Journalism Class

On September 21, River City High School’s JV and varsity football teams traveled to Union Mine, home of the “Rattlers.” Going into this game with already three previous losses in a row made this victory all the sweeter.

The first quarter had a nice start, even though it ended with a score of 0-0. The harder we fought them, the harder they fought back.

By the second quarter the score was 9-0 with the Rattlers ahead. The Raiders appeared confused by the Rattlers’ game plan. Now, it was time for half time and either the coaches or the players made the conscious decision that they were not going to walk away without some feeling of satisfaction from this game.

Half-time ended and the game entered into the third quarter; everyone knew the plan:  play hard and work as a team. Finally, an RCHS score!

Seeing the score board made the crowd go wild that the Raiders now had six points, they were still down, but at least they made a score.

The big moment came, the fourth quarter, either bet big or go home. Both sides of the stands were on edge, waiting to see who would win.

Finally, the Raiders with a final score of 13 and the Rattlers with a score of 9 made the home team walk out with their heads down. As for Raiders, they ran with their heads high, hugging and high-fiving, they got their win. This was the game to remember.

It was the first win of the season for River City, which is now 1-4 overall and 1-0 in league play.

The RCHS jayvees lost their game to Union Mine, 34-14.

(EDITOR’S UPDATE, SEPT 29: The varsity Raiders followed up their Union Mine victory with a 47-8 win over El Dorado last night.)

RCHS stats for the offense against Union Mine on Sept 21:
David Vincent 12 carries for 60 yards, 2 TD
Tucker McAmoil 10 carries for 22 yards
Kevin Burkes 5 carries for 15 yards
Elijah Thomas 6 carries for 10 yards, 7 attempts, 3 completions, 34 yards
Juan Lezcano 1 carry for 6 yards
Malik Dumetz 2 catches for 11 yards
Vince Chelini 1 catch for 23 yards, 5 punts 218 yards, 43.6 average
Stats for the Defense:
Defensive Tackle Maurice Rodriguez 3 solo tackles, 8 assists
Linebacker Andrew Dutra 21points
Safety Artis Jackson 19 points
Defensive End Dominic Lawrence 12 points
Defensive End Junior Chean 11 points

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Strong start for River City soccer

RCHS Senior Graviel Muniz dribbles past Galt defenders while helping the Raiders to a 3-0 start and first place in league play (Photo by Michael Briscoe, RCHS Journalism)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Class

River City High School varsity soccer had their biggest game so far in the season against the undefeated Galt soccer team Friday. River City went into this game undefeated in league with a 2-0 record.

A win would put River City in first place in the league. Both teams understood the importance of this game and what was at stake.  And it was back-and-forth once the ref blew the whistle to start the game.

  Galt immediately put the ball in the back of the net but it was called offsides. That was a wakeup call for the Raiders.

Ten minutes into the game, River City got the crowd fired up with a goal from Mario Zambrano with the assist from Manuel Moreno.

The game went on with two yellow cards given to Galt which caused one of the coaches from Galt to be red carded off the field for his fiery complaints. The half ended with River City in the lead and Galt down a goal and a coach.

RCHS Coaches Kamal Singh and Jesse Melgoza let the players know that a 1-0 lead is very hard to keep in an intense game like this. There was still another 40 minutes to play and that this game was far from over, anything could happen.

The whistle for the second half blew and the intensity picked up enormously right from the start. At 33 minutes, Galt got a free kick at the edge of the goal box. The shot hit the defensive wall and a Galt player elbowed one of River City’s players which resulted in their player getting a red card.

A few minutes later, River City goalkeeper Christian Terrones got kicked in the face in a 50/50 ball in the box. The Galt player responsible got a red card, too, and was escorted off the field.

With 10 minutes remaining in the game, River City put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Juan Ortiz which gave River City at a comfortable 2-0 lead. River City finished victorious and are now 3-0-0 and in first place in league.

The River City junior varsity also won, 2-1.

In other RCHS sports, the Raiders’ girls varsity volleyball team reports a 3-0 win over Laguna Creek on Thursday. The RC jayvees and freshmen also won their matches, both with a score of 2-0.

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Party at rowing club boathouse

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The River City Rowing Club plans a fundraiser with a BBQ, beer garden and live music from 4-8 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, at the boathouse on the Port of West Sacramento.

  There will also be a boat dedication ceremony: at 5:30 p.m., when the club will dedicate a boat in the name of the late Rex Babin, a former club member and editorial cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $40/couple and $12 for minors. Free for kids under 12. At the door, it’s cash only, $30/adults, $50/couple or $12 for minors. Tickets are available at http://rivercityrowing2012.eventbrite.com.

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