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West Sacramento: free flu shot clinic on November 22

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department will be holding the following seasonal influenza vaccination clinics this fall:
—  Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the     Riverbend Community Room, 664 Cummins Way in West Sacramento
—   Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis
—   Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento (free)
—   Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East Street in Woodland.

With the exception of the November 22 clinic, which is free, a $10 administrative fee will be requested.  Those unable to pay will not be turned away.

In addition to getting a flu shot, 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
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.

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‘Celebrity Fashion Show’ returns to WS

ABOVE: West Sacramento city councilman Oscar Villegas takes a bike onto the fashion runway at a prior “Celebrity Fashion Show” (courtesy photo)

ABOVE: West Sacramento city councilman Oscar Villegas takes a bike onto the fashion runway at a prior “Celebrity Fashion Show” (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 24, 2013 —

  The Yolo County Children’s Alliance & Child Abuse Prevention Council are sponsoring their annual Celebrity Fashion Show at 6 p.m. this Friday, at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

For information, call (530) 757-5558 or visit www.yolokids.org To sponsor this event benefiting local children with a donation of money or prizes for the silent auction, email jbeckner@yolocounty.org.

 

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GUEST COMMENTARY: join up & fight tobacco

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

LINDSAY CORREA
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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LETTERS: Fashion show, RCHS kids

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR —

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.

KATIE VILLEGAS
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.

CHARYL SILVA,
Rotary Interact Advisor
BRANDON DUFF, Teacher Advisor

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