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Saturday: everybody’s an artist in West Sac


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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Kids can ‘read off’ library book fines


From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-20, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  As part of the celebration, each branch will conduct the annual “Read Off Your Fines” campaign, and a survey seeking community feedback on library programs and services will be posted on www.yolocountylibrary.org.

The Read Off Your Fines campaign targets children and young adult library card holders, age five to 18, who are able to read by themselves and who owe overdue fines.  Youth will earn a $1.00 credit for each 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice in the library.  The goal of the campaign is to encourage youth who have been blocked from checking out library materials to once again be able to return and take advantage of the many resources available at the library.

“The Read Off Your Fines program is an opportunity for the library to encourage young people to return to the library and read for fun to eliminate their fines,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  “This is your library; don’t miss out on any of our many services.”

In 2012, over 75,000 registered patrons visited the eight Yolo County Library branches, borrowed over 1,100,000 books, music, films and other materials, and accessed online resources via the library computers over 90,000 times.

During National Library Week, the Yolo County Library will be conducting a survey about the services provided, which can be found on www.yolocountylibrary.org, along with other general information.

To receive regular updates on Yolo County Library programs and services, “like” the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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Buy a book, support local literacy


To raise funds for the Yolo Reads literacy program, and as a kick-off to National Library Week, Barnes & Noble Booksellers is partnering with the Yolo County Library to host a Bookfair at their Arden Fair store Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

   During the Bookfair, the Yolo County Library will be on display and sponsoring two events.  A special library-themed storytime will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Children’s Department of the Barnes & Noble Arden Fair store, and a local authors panel discussion and signing will be held at 1:00 p.m.  Additionally, throughout the weekend, materials on other Yolo County Library events and resources will be made available.  More information about the Bookfair is available at all Yolo County Library branch locations (visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org for branch locations).

During the Bookfair, Barnes & Noble will contribute at least five percent of every sale made to the Yolo Reads literacy program when “Yolo Reads” is mentioned at checkout.  One can also support the Yolo Reads literacy program by shopping Barnes & Noble online at: www.bn.com/bookfairs during National Library Week, April 12 through April 17, and including the Bookfair voucher ID# 11035896 when paying.

For information, contact Assistant Yolo County Librarian Elizabeth Gray at elizabeth.gray@yolocounty.org or (530) 666-8084, or visit www.yolocountylibary.org and ‘like’ the Yolo County Library on Facebook www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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Man convicted for growing marijuana on public land, patrolling with gun


Last month, a Yolo County jury found 57-year-old Fidel Alvarez guilty of “cultivation of marijuana” and “possession for sale of marijuana.”  The jury also convicted Alvarez of being armed during the commission of these crimes.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig:

Last September, agents from the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigations Team discovered a marijuana grow one third of a mile off Highway 16 in Yolo County on public lands.  The marijuana grow contained over 500 plants that were only a few days away from harvest.  Agents discovered Alvarez walking through the field of plants dressed in camouflage clothing and carrying a .22 caliber rifle with a homemade flash suppressor.

Alvarez admitted to agents that he had been hired by drug dealers in Richmond to come and tend to the marijuana plots.  He stated that he was going to receive a percentage of the profits from the sale of the marijuana.  Experts testified that the plants would produce somewhere between 250 and 500 pounds of marijuana which would have a street value of $250,000 to $500,000, said the D.A.’s office.

“These marijuana grows on public lands are dangerous and the cause of numerous acts of violence across the state,” said prosecutor Michael Vroma, in a press release.  District Attorney Reisig commented on the environmental impact.  “The toll these marijuana grows have on the surrounding environment due to chemicals and fertilizers is immeasurable,” said Reisig in the same release.

Alvarez will be sentenced on February 25 by Judge Timothy L. Fall.  Alvarez faces up to four years in prison.

Editor’s note: the News-Ledger asked the D.A.’s office for a few more details about this case, but the requested information was not provided.

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Food give-away in West Sac


The Yolo County food bank will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Feb. 19. The schedule includes distribution from 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon-1 at Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag, and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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CEO of Yolo’s courts will retire


Yolo Superior Court announced today the retirement of James B. Perry, Court Executive Officer. He will retire May 1, 2013.

JAMES PERRY (Courtesy of Yolo Co. Superior Court)

(Courtesy of Yolo Co. Superior Court)

“It has been my honor to work with the best group of judges in the state and a truly remarkable staff. I have enjoyed my time serving the people of Yolo County and the state,” commented Perry in a Yolo Superior Court press release.

The press statement credited Perry with stabilizing funding levels, developing one of the first written succession plans for court staff, and successfully advocating for additional judgeships and staff.  He helped guide the court through state funding for site acquisition and construction plans for the new Yolo Superior Courthouse expected to be complete in 2015, the statement continued.  Perry held key roles on Judicial Branch Committees and Task Forces to include the Domestic Violence Task Force, Facilities Task Force, and the Budget Working Group.

Perry will leave Yolo Superior Court with 10 years of service at his post;  a total of 20 years with the Judicial Branch and 43 years of public service.

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Flu season: worse than average

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 23, 2013 —

From Beth Gabor
Public Information Officer
County of Yolo

This year’s influenza season is worse than an average year, and especially bad for seniors.  Seasonal influenza is now widespread in California.  Most influenza being seen this year is covered by the vaccine, and when needed, is sensitive to anti-viral treatment.  The Yolo County Health Department reminds the community that in addition to getting a flu shot every year (especially important for the young and old), 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
•    Avoid touching your eyes and nose
•    Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
•    If sick, stay home

Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
•    Get enough rest and stay physically fit to help the body fight off disease
•    Don’t smoke and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke

Flu vaccine is still available and worth receiving this late in the season.  The flu vaccine can be obtained through local healthcare providers, pharmacies and the Yolo County Health Department’s regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every Tuesday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

“We appear to be halfway through an early flu season with rates of influenza-related illness increasing in California,” said Constance Caldwell, MD, Interim Yolo County Health Officer, in a press release.  “Protect yourself, your family and your community by getting a flu shot, washing hands often and staying home when you are ill.  These three steps go a long way in reducing the incidence, and in some cases, deaths related to flu.”

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