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Yolo Fair boasts some West Sac talent

ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago.  There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest. (Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago. There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest.
(Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 6, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

As Yolo’s free-admission county fair gets set to kick off next Wednesday, Marty DeAnda invites West Sacramentans to partake of its free entertainment – and maybe become part of the show.

DeAnda, born-and-raised in West Sacramento, is the Woodland fair’s entertainment director for the second year in a row. That means he is the guy in charge of booking the professional acts as well as running the “Yolo Idol” talent contest.

Opening night (August 13) will feature “The Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.” McGowan is a retired West Sacramento mayor and county supervisor.

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Another West Sac-oriented band is “Alincia and the Banda Velas.”

“Alincia actually won the Yolo Idol contest four years ago,” said DeAnda. “She’s an amazing singer.” Alincia and her Vela family band will play on Friday, Aug. 15.

And there’s plenty of outside talent planning to show up.

“Our talent is at even a higher level than last year,” DeAnda reports. “Cold Blood is a great band – it was the sister band of Tower of Power. Lydia Pense is the heir apparent to Janis Joplin.”

That band will hit the stage on Saturday, August 16.  It’s free to listen to Cold Blood at the fair, DeAnda notes, although “usually Cold Blood is a $30 ticket” when you catch them elsewhere.

And on Thursday, August 14, the will feature “Walking Spanish,” led by 25-year old Alex Nelson – brother of Sacramento sensation Jackie Greene. That’s also the night for Yolo Idol – an “American Idol”-style talent contest to which you are invited to try your finely-honed karaoke skills.

There’s still room for a few more entries into Yolo Idol, DeAnda said.

“I think we’re at 14 or 15 acts, and we’re only going to take 20,” he said. “There are cash prizes, and we’re also planning on giving the winner a highlighted spot on ‘Good Day Sacramento.’ It’s a great place to showcase your talent – the event usually draws 600 to a thousand spectators.”

Interested in bringing your voice (and your stage presence and your appearance) to Yolo Idol to be scored competitively? Contact DeAnda at marty@digmusic.com.

For more information about all the entertainment and other attractions at the Yolo County Fair this year, visit www.YoloFair.net. The fair runs Aug. 13-17 at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. Entry and most entertainment is free; rides, food and some events require a ticket purchase.

You may also call (530) 402-2222 for information.

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Child support info, for those who owe or who are owed

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From the County of Yolo

This year, as part of Child Support Awareness Month, the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services, located at 100 West Court Street (corner of Court and California) in Woodland, will host the following workshops designed to help parents who are obligated to pay child support, as well as those receiving support.  Throughout the month, the department is also helping non-custodial parents through a special program called, “Get Back on Track”, which assists them with suspended licenses.

Compromise of Arrears Program Workshop (Learn if you are eligible to eliminate some of your child support debt when support is owed to the government to repay the cost of public assistance.):   Tuesday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m.

Modification Workshops (Learn about circumstances in which an existing child support order may be modified.):   Monday, August 11 at 3:00 p.m. or Monday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m.

General information about California’s Child Support Services Program is available at: www.childsup.ca.gov and over the phone at: 1-866-901-3212.  General information about the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services is available at: www.yolocountychildsupport.org.

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Yolo’s booth at state fair celebrates farms, earns a medal

Yolo County’s exhibit at the California State Fair focuses on its efforts to connect local kids to locally-grown food through a ‘Farm to School’ program.      (Courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

Yolo County’s exhibit at the California State Fair focuses on its efforts to connect local kids to locally-grown food through a ‘Farm to School’ program.
(Courtesy of Beth Gabor, County of Yolo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 16, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
Information Officer
County of Yolo

This year, Yolo County took home a gold ribbon in the California State Fair Counties Exhibit competition, as well as a blue ribbon for ‘best content’.  With this year’s counties exhibit theme, “From (our) County to Your Table,” Yolo County is excited to feature its successful Farm to School Yolo program with a giant tomato-shaped school house, an animated school room scene, a school garden with fresh produce from local farms and an informational slideshow.

“Farm to School Yolo” is a public health and agricultural marketing initiative that is changing the way students and young people eat, think about food, and improve their health through the development of life-long healthy eating habits.  Farm to School Yolo works with all five Yolo County school districts and the Yolo County Office of Education’s Head Start Preschool Program to increase the amount of fresh, local produce offered in breakfasts, lunches and after school snacks.  The program offers an opportunity to educate students and staff on food origins, how it was grown and how to prepare it for peak flavor and nutritional value.

The program is currently funded through a three-year California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.

“Farm-to-School Yolo is a piece of the puzzle in building a local food economy, turning the tide of childhood obesity and reconnecting our residents to the land and the people who produce our food,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Don Saylor in a press release.  “We have a lot to be proud of here in Yolo County and are pleased to be recognized by the California State Fair for telling our story in this way.”

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Free food in West Sac on Tuesday

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The Yolo Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible residents of West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Tuesday, July 15.

Distributions will be held 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County Building at 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site. Info: (530) 668-0690.

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