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‘Fun Barn’ at fair attracts kids

LILY ANDERSEN -- then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011. (Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)

LILY ANDERSEN — then, three years old, enjoying the ‘Family Fun Barn’ at the Yolo County Fair in 2011.
(Photo & information courtesy of Lori Aldrete for First 5 Yolo)


What’s not to like for kids, when the “Fun Barn” is in town at the Yolo County Fair in Woodland today through Aug.18?

Free stuff, arts and crafts, and fun science projects abound at the Family Fun Barn.  Daily themes range from “picnics” to “beaches” to “camp” and “backyard” fun. Parents like it too because its family-friendly and offers a place to relax between all the walking and other Fair activities.Always entertaining specialty crafts include “glow bugs,” “pool noodle art,” “charming necklaces,” “crab hats,” “lightning bugs” and “homemade Kaleidoscopes.”  Children delight in the hands-on science activities including “edible finger paints,” “no cook play dough,” and “moldable sand art.”

The Family Fun Barn is sponsored by Woodland Healthcare .Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts. Through the financial support of Yolo County Supervisor Duane Chamberlain volunteers are given a free parking pass for helping out.  To volunteer, go to www.yolokids.org or call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558.

For information on the fair in general, visit www.yolocountyfair.net.

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West Sac community group will bring back multicultural fair


The West Sacramento Multicultural Fair returns to West Sacramento on Sat., Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Pedro Park, 708 N. Hobson Avenue. There will be food, music, dance, local artists, games and more. Community organizations and vendors are invited to reserve a booth. Visit http://www.bryteandbroderick.org/FairandParade2013.cfm.

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West Sacramento neighbors host ‘National Night Out’ block parties

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party -- a rally to network against crime. (News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party — a rally to network against crime.
(News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)


By Daryl Fisher
Features Editor

Tuesday before last was National Night Out in West Sacramento with local organizers at 15 different sights participating in the annual event sponsored by the West Sacramento Police Department. National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event held every year on the first Tuesday of August with the goal being to increase citizen awareness about the many different anti-crime efforts going on in each community. Block watchers encourage their neighbors to get out of their homes and spend an evening together on their own street interacting with each other so that they can better protect their neighborhood from crime.

One of the local organizers was longtime West Sacramento resident Robin Courtright, who along with her friend Debra Abraham encouraged all of their neighbors on Redding Road to participate. Robin had helped organize a similar evening five years ago and with so many new neighbors on her street, she decided it was time to do it again.

“We had more than 75 people turn out on our block,” said Robin, “and everyone had a really good time. We closed off our street so that all the kids could safely ride their bicycles and then we set up lots of games for the children to play, not to mention bingo for the adults. We also had a Slushie machine and a putting green and of course all kinds of wonderful things to eat. Plus McGruff the Crime Dog showed up along with eight firefighters on a very big fire engine.  Mayor Cabaldon also dropped by for a visit as did lots of very friendly police officers. Best of all, my neighbors really got to know each other better and I think that truly is the best way to prevent neighborhood crime. When everyone knows and cares about each other they look out for one another and that makes all of us feel safer.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) with block party participants on Redding Road in Southport  (courtesy of Robin Courtright)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) with block party participants on Redding Road in Southport. Click to enlarge.
(courtesy of Robin Courtright)

In addition to Redding Road, the other West Sacramento streets that held National Night Out block parties on August 6th were 7th Street, Lighthouse Drive, Madrone Avenue, West Capitol Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Meadow Road, 19th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Aster and Manchester Streets, Mandeville Way, Barona Court, Sumatra and Mandura Streets, Antigua Place, and Elsinore Court.

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I Street Bridge to close temporarily


  The City of West Sacramento reports that the I Street Bridge, linking the cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento, will be closed temporarily the weekend of Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public works teams for both cities will be repairing sidewalks and lighting on the century-old I Street Bridge.

  The closure applies to pedestrian and bicycle use, as well as vehicle traffic.

  As an alternative, the Tower Bridge will remain open to vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, Aug. 17-18.

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Andrew Singh enters the Air Force

West Sac's Andrew Singh has graduated basic training in San Antonio, Texas (courtesy of Department of Defense)

West Sac’s Andrew Singh has graduated basic training in San Antonio, Texas (courtesy of Department of Defense)


Air Force Airman Andrew R. Singh has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, fitness and warfare skills.

Airman Singh is the son of Laura and Ravindra Singh, and a 2012 graduate of River City High School.

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Volunteer to advocate for a child


Find out how to become an advocate for an abused or neglected child in foster care. Check out CASA by visiting www.yolocasa.org, emailing karenb@yolocasa.org or calling (530) 661-4200. Training for new volunteers begins Aug. 21.

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Why your kids need their shots before school, & how to get them



Although the long, warm days of summer are still upon us, the time is ripe for parents to prepare their youngsters for the first day of school.  For most Yolo County children, the big day is just weeks away.  On that morning, not only will children need a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast to ensure success, they will also need to be fully immunized.  California state law requires that all children attending school receive their shots.  Dr. Constance Caldwell, Yolo County Health Officer encourages parents to make sure their children are fully immunized now, before classes start.

“Childhood immunizations are one of the best ways that a parent can assure good health for their child,” said Dr. Constance Caldwell, Yolo County Health Officer, in a county press release.  “As families plan the final vacation trips and gatherings of summer, make sure to include time for a visit to your clinic or medical provider for needed check-ups and immunizations.  Your healthcare provider will make sure that your child is up to date on required immunizations for school, including an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) for incoming 7th graders.”

Schools are required to verify each child’s immunization record to ensure all shots and boosters are completed before entry to kindergarten and 7th grade.  The only exceptions are those with a medical condition in which their doctor has determined puts the child at risk for vaccine-related complications, or parents with a personal or religious belief which prohibits them from vaccinating their child.  Kindergartners need a total of five DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), four polio, three hepatitis B, two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and one varicella (chickenpox) shot.  Kindergarten boosters for DTaP, polio and MMR are given at 4 or 5 years of age.  Last school year, 91% percent of Yolo County kindergartners were fully immunized.   For students entering 7th grade, 97% had received the whooping cough (pertussis) booster before starting school.

If a child does not have health insurance, or is only partially insured, the Yolo County Health Department can give parents information about which local healthcare providers offer free or low-cost immunizations.  Call the Yolo County Child Health Disability Prevention Program at (530) 666-8249 for help finding a provider.  In addition, the Health Department offers a children’s immunization clinic for families that qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.  Children that have no health insurance to pay for their immunizations, or who are on Medi-Cal, are eligible to receive shots from the Health Department.  The clinic schedule can be found at www.yolohealth.org or call (530) 666-8562.

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