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Online hub allows consumers, restaurants & schools to buy from local farms

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

Submitted by the County of Yolo

A new website aims to let local farmers publicize what they have for sale — and allow consumers, school districts and restaurants to connect and buy fresh and direct. It’s called “Harvest Hub Yolo,” and you can find it at www.harvesthubyolo.org.

On May 13, the Yolo County Department of Agriculture will provide two training sessions to teach growers and consumers how to post and purchase products from the Harvest Hub Yolo website.

Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young, describes the food hub as a “virtual marketplace” where growers can post products available for immediate sale, and where restaurants, food service directors and consumers can purchase directly from growers.

The Harvest Hub Yolo website trainings are open to anyone interested in using the site and will be held on Monday, May 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, 25 North Cottonwood, Woodland.

  As part of the training, Nicole Sturzenberger, outreach specialist, will walk attendees through the process of registering as a user and how to post and purchase from the website.

Harvest Hub Yolo aims to connect local products with local people and is part of a three year California Department of Food & Agriculture Specialty Crop Block grant received by Yolo County to increase local produce sales, particularly in the five school districts’ lunch programs.

To RSVP for the training, or for more information, email Sturzenberger at nicole.sturzenberger@yolocounty.org

 

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Eat well, for YoloArts

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — MAY 1, 2013 —

Submitted by YoloArts

The 9th annual  “Artistic Sensations” will be held at the T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis on Friday, May 10 from  6 pm – 8:30 pm.  Event proceeds will be used to support YoloArts’ art education programs, including Artists in Schools, throughout Yolo County.

The evening’s featured artist will be Alejandro Rubio, a native of Uruguay and resident of Northern California, where he is gaining recognition for his oil paintings.

Dinner at Artistic Sensations will be catered by Dos Coyotes, accompanied by wines from Yolo County,  entertainment by trick roper James Barrera and music by the trio El Rado Scufflers.  Special performing guests will be the junior high student musical group from Davis known as Mariachi Puente, under the direction of Hiram Jackson.  The fundraising silent auction will feature paintings by Rubio, a week in Puerto Vallarta, student art work from schools around the county, and original artwork from county artists.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters for keeping arts education going in our partner schools around the county,” said Elysa Hillis,  co-chairperson of this year’s event, and a member of the YoloArts board of directors.

Last year, YoloArts art education programs offered ceramics, dance, drawing and painting, and the Blues in the Schools program to 2,304 students around the county. Art programs at Einstein Education Center, Dan Jacobs School (at the county’s juvenile hall, Midtown and Greengate; Gibson, Beamer and Whitehead Elementary Schools in Woodland; Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School in Davis; Clarksburg Middle and Delta High Schools in Clarksburg and Esparto K-8 and High Schools all receive support from this fundraiser.

Tickets for Artistic Sensations are $50 and can be purchased online at yoloarts.org/box-office, or by calling YoloArts at 530-406-4844. YoloArts supports the arts by working with artists, education, business and government.

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Memorial for fallen Yolo officers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

A new peace officers memorial at the old courthouse building, 725 Court Street in Woodland, will honor all those officers who fell in the line of duty while working for law enforcement agencies in Yolo County, including the sheriff’s department and West Sacramento Police Department.

West Sacramento has lost one officer, James McKnight, for whom the local police station is named. McKnight was shot while working with the Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Team, serving a search warrant in Esparto in 1990.

The memorial will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Funds were raised by the Yolo County Retired Peace Officers.

 

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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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Turned down by West Sac school board, language charter school will appeal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A proposed charter West Sacramento charter school will appeal to the Yolo County Board of Education after being denied a charter by the school board of the Washington Unified School District.

The staff of Washington Unified School District opined that the school was unlikely to succeed partly due to a lack of understanding of school finance.  The school has appealed.

  The Northern California Language Academies project will be on the agenda for 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the county office of education, 1280 Santa Anita Court #120 in Woodland.

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Fight child abuse: upcoming fashion show & fun run both offer you a chance

By Don Saylor, Chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance
and Member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2

Child abuse is a national tragedy.  An estimated 3 million children are the victims of substantiated abuse or neglect each year in the United States.  In California during 2012, nearly 500,000 children were referred to Child Welfare Services for investigation of abuse and/or neglect.

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children's Alliance (courtesy photo)

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (courtesy photo)

In our own county, during fiscal year 2011-12, the Department of Employment and Social Services, Child Welfare Services, received 1,398 reports of suspected child abuse and/or neglect.   Resulting investigations led to 251 children in child-welfare supervised placements.

During the same time period, approximately 95 children each month continued living with their families while the families received ongoing support services and supervision through the Yolo County Child Welfare Services Family Maintenance Program. In addition, 96 children each month received Family Reunification services aimed at returning them to their homes of origin.

On the good news front, in Yolo County we have numerous public agencies and community organizations, parents, relatives, community volunteers, public policymakers and professionals who are collaborating to eliminate child abuse through the Yolo Family Strengthening Network.

The Yolo Family Strengthening Network offers parents the education, support, and skills they need to provide healthy, safe and nurturing homes for their children.  Resource materials can be downloaded from www.yolokids.org/community.  Our local program is based on the national Strengthening Families Program; an evidence-based family skills training program.  Mistreatment of children decreases as parents learn more effective parenting skills, and the program has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.  It also improves social competencies and school performance.

Another program aimed at strengthening families, The Yolo Family Meals Campaign, invites the community at large to post photos on the Yolo County Children’s Alliance web site of their family dinners, kid-friendly recipes and conversation topics that get your children talking at the table.

We hope hundreds of Yolo County residents will get involved in child abuse prevention.

Two ways that are fun include the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council’s 4th Annual Yolo County Celebrity Fashion Show on Friday, April 26th in West Sacramento and the annual Child Abuse Prevention Fun Run on April 28th in Davis. For tickets go to www.yolokids.org or call 530-757-5558.

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Saturday: everybody’s an artist in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Help make some art:

You’re invited to participate in West Sacramento’s “Grow Yolo Mandala,” a community art project expected to debut at the local farmers market on June 6. The art project will be a ground-level display that shows off the wide variety of agriculture and crops in the area, arranging various display pieces in a mesh of geometry.

The artistic team of Paula Wenzl Bellacera of West Sacramento and Taylor Gutermute of Sacramento were selected by YoloArts to spearhead the project. Funding comes from the James Irvine Foundation.

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday.
(Courtesy photo)

The master design for the art project includes “imagery referencing local  agriculture such as seasonal crops, lunar cycles, compass directions, fields, furrows, waterways, and much more,” say the artists.

The artists have been to a number of area farms to collect materials for the art project, and they have talked to Yolo County’s ag commissioner, John Young, about what gets planted locally, and when.

“We’ve been to the Yolo Wool Mill (in Woodland), and we’ve got a lot of their byproducts to use,” Bellacera told the News-Ledger. “We’ve got grapevines from Bogle Winery, we’ve got things we’re going to weave. Some of the smaller items, like barley and seeds, will be glued in place.”

Individual community members will get a chance to decorate “seed packets” that will be incorporated into the larger display.

“Everybody will have the opportunity to take one of these seed packets and draw one of the local crops,” she said. “Once we get all these parts made by the community, it will be our aesthetic and artistic challenge to create the whole mandala.”

According to the organizers, a “mandala” is a “visual symbol of the universe that represents unity and harmony.” Creating one has a community art project helps to stress the interconnectedness of the citizens and their connection to land. It also stresses the cycle of agricultural life – and the impermanence of all life, said Bellacera.

The finished “mandala” will go up for display at this year’s first West Sacramento Farmers Market on June 6. (The local chamber of commerce is working on a slightly different location for the market this year, but it will again be on West Capitol Avenue near city hall.)

  The mandala will remain standing in public for about a month before it finishes its own cycle of life.

Are the artists worried about vandalism during the few weeks it stands on West Capitol?

“We spoke to YoloArts about that,” said Bellacera. “They said, ‘you know, it’s public art. Whatever happens will be okay.’”

Interested people can show up to help the project at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

 

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