See you at Kids Day in the Park!

It's a great day to be a kid on April 29th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the award-winning Rancho Cordova Kids Day in the Park returns to Hagan Park for the 28th year! Kids Day in the Park is a festival geared to families of children 12 or younger, and this year's theme is "Get Your Game On!" Enjoy an exceptional line-up of free, fun activities and 100 exhibitors to celebrate all kinds of sports and the benefits of being healthy and physically active! 

Check up on your family's health with free vision, hearing, and dental health screenings, plus other free educational activities and parent resources. Grab a bite to eat at one of several food trucks and enjoy the spring weather and green grass of Hagan Park.
Don't miss this fun family event! 

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Name that School Sweepstakes

Over the next few decades, as many as 25 new schools will be constructed in the City of Rancho Cordova, and we'd like your help creating a list of names to choose from! 

Submit an idea, and you could win a $50 gift card to a local restaurant or business. G ot an idea? Submit one here

French Air Force's Elite "Patrouille de France" to Perform at Mather Airport

On Saturday, April 15th, the French Air Force's elite military demonstration team "Patrouille De France" will give an aerial demonstration at Mather Airport with jet aerobatics, barnstorming, warbirds and more! Sacramento is one of only six cities in the country and the only city in the western United States to host this extraordinary 8-ship military jet demonstration team!

This show commemorates the 100th anniversary of United States entering World War I to support our European allies. The event certainly has its historical significance, but it's also an opportunity for aviation fans to witness heart-pounding jet engines in flight months before the premier California Capital Airshow on September 9 and 10. Tickets to this special event are available in limited number to California Capital Airshow Insiders. Click here to sign up

Public Works for You

Your City Public Works team is busy improving some areas of our City with these new projects:
2017 ADA Sidewalk Improvement Project
The project will replace sections of sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety and enhance accessibility for Rancho Cordova residents. Construction is anticipated to begin in April.
Capital SouthEast Connector Project
The project is a 34-mile expressway through the southern area of Sacramento County into El Dorado County. The expressway would connect Interstate 5 to Highway 50 by enabling drivers to bypass downtown Sacramento. A portion of the expressway is proposed in the City of Rancho Cordova from Grant Line Road and Highway 16 (Jackson Highway) to Grant Line Road and White Rock Road. The Environmental Document for the City portion of the project  is available for a 30-day public review and comment period through May 1, 2017. Click here to learn more.  
The construction timeline, locations, and updates for these and other current projects are available on the City's website .
Online Pet Licensing Now Available

Did you know all cats and dogs must be licensed by four months of age? The City of Rancho Cordova Animal Services has just launched an online form that will make licensing pets a lot easier! Instead of having to mail or physically bring hard-copy forms to the Animal Services Office, you can now do it all online at your leisure. You can also choose to receive email notices to renew licenses.

As this is a new feature on the City's website, our Animal Services team appreciates customer feedback so we can continue to improve and streamline the licensing process.

Take the National Water Conservation Pledge

Help the City of Rancho Cordova compete in the Wyland Foundation's National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation this year! The month-long challenge, held during Earth Month (April 1-30) is a competition that encourages cities across the nation to see who can be the most water wise.  

The City of Rancho Cordova is already making progress towards being a champion for the environment by installing low flow toilets, automatic faucets, and smart sprinkler systems. We've also earned the Energy Star award at City Hall for our ongoing energy conservation efforts and reduction in energy consumption.
Take the Pledge to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources. Your participation could help residents win over $50,000 in eco-friendly prizes including a 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, water-saving home products, home improvement gift cards and more! 

Consumer Tip: Help prevent wipes from clogging sewer pipes!

Disposable disinfectant wipes, baby wipes, and even wipes labeled "flushable" do not break down after they are flushed. Flushing them can cause costly and messy problems for Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD), the sewer utility that serves most of the Sacramento region, including Rancho Cordova.

SASD started a  No Wipes in the Pipes awareness campaign to remind customers to flush only toilet paper and human waste- -nothing else! And if you do use wipes, please trash them. Don't flush them!

Sunriver Neighborhood Celebrates New Par Course

Rancho Cordova's Sunriver community wanted to exercise, socialize and improve their health right in their own neighborhood. Thanks to a grant from the City's Community Enhancement Fund and a close partnership between community members, the City, and the Cordova Recreation & Park District, the community will now enjoy a brand new par course! The par course features exercise equipment, including a health ladder, chin-up stations, elliptical, leg press and much more!
On Saturday, April 8th, the community will come together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as tree-planting and BBQ to celebrate this exciting new addition to our community. Stop by and join us on Saturday morning at Sunriver Park!

Moving with the Mayor

Mayor Donald Terry launched his "Moving with the Mayor" initiative last Friday, which is designed to encourage residents to exercise, as well as to meet people in the community to talk about what's new in the City. He kicked off Moving with the Mayor at a smoothie party that was a reward for Sunrise Elementary School students who participate in the 50 Corridor TMA's Active4Me program, which promotes exercise and caring for the environment. In this photo, Mayor Terry is pedaling a stationary bike that is attached to a blender that mixes smoothies for the students. 

Join us for these "Moving with the Mayor" events:
  • Sunday, May 7: Great Scott Bike and Walk Event
  • Saturday, May 13: iFest International Festival
  • Friday, June 2: Moonlight Movies
  • Friday, August 4: Friday Night Concerts
  • Friday, September 29: Rancho Cordova Chamber Golf Tournament

Click here to learn more.


Get Ready for Bike Month!

Bike Month is around the corner with registration opening April 1 at . Once you're registered, bring a copy of your registration confirmation to Rancho Cordova's Bike Month Pop-Up in Capital Village to get your free Bike Month T-shirt:
Thursday, April 20, 5 - 8 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bike Month t-shirts will be available on a "first come" basis. Bike tune-ups are also available.
Click here to learn more.
Cordova Gardens Project Bike Smart

In this photo, fifth-graders at Cordova Gardens Elementary are learning the value of wearing a helmet when instructor Elle Steele demonstrates what happens to a watermelon when it hits the pavement without a helmet. Students are currently enrolled in a 10-hour bicycle education program made possible by the City's Community Enhancement Fund and 50 Corridor TMA.
Business News

National Guard planning $141 million construction project in Rancho Cordova
Work is set to begin this summer on a $141 million, nearly 300,000-square-foot California National Guard headquarters in Rancho Cordova.

Hacker Lab Expo
See what a future Hacker Lab of Rancho Cordova might look like on May 6th at City Hall. The expo will have information tables, live demonstrations, technology exhibits, and workshops. RSVP here.
Barrel District
Visit Rancho Cordova's Barrel District for craft beer and the region's only distillery and meadery. See what's new on the City's website.
Volunteer opportunities

Tree Planting Event - Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cordova Meadows Elementary School, 2550 La Loma Drive
The NeighborWoods initiative brings FREE trees to Rancho Cordova neighborhoods. Volunteers are needed to plant beautiful trees to create tree-lined streets, shaded parks and schools, and tree canopied back and front yards. Lunch will be provided. Sign Up 

Rebuild Day - Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lincoln Village Neighborhood
Rebuilding Together Sacramento and the City of Rancho Cordova will be rebuilding 10 homes and transforming 15 landscapes for low-income homeowners in Rancho Cordova. Unskilled and skilled volunteers are needed to help with painting, yard clean-up, plumbing, landscaping, and more. Sign Up by Monday, April 17

Creek Week Clean-Up - Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. - Noon
Multiple Locations
The City of Rancho Cordova hosts its annual creek clean-up event. Volunteers are needed to collect trash at four locations to reduce pollution in waterways and preserve the natural habitat creeks provide for plants and animals. Sign Up
Events Calendar

Hacker Lab Coworking Jellies - Thursday, April 6th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Specialty's, 3075 Prospect Park Dr
Freelancers, home workers, and anyone else who wants to get out of the house or office to work, meet at Specialty's and work in the company of others over coffee. Learn More

Volunteers in Neighborhood Services (VINS) Meeting - Thursday, April 6th, 3 - 5 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Join fellow Rancho Cordova residents to discuss concerns about the community and how to make it a better place to live, work, and play. Learn More
Sunrise Boulevard Walk/Bike Improvement Study Meeting - Thursday, April 6th, 6 - 7 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Join WalkSacramento at the Project Kickoff Meeting, and share your input on how to improve safety and comfort along Sunrise and Folsom Boulevards. Learn More

Movie Night in the Park - Friday, April 7th, 6 p.m.
HYDE Out at Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive
Join the Teen Advisory Board for activities and a family friendly movie.  All proceeds benefit the HYDE Out Teen Center. Learn More 

Bicycle Repair Class - Saturday, April 8th, 2 - 6 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, American River Room South
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates will teach participants how to adjust brakes, derailleurs, and other essential bike knowledge with this free bicycle repair class. Space is limited! Register Here

Cordova Meadows Neighborhood Tree Planting - Saturday, April 8th, All Day
Cordova Meadows Neighborhood
Join neighbors in tree planting in the City of Rancho Cordova as part of the Free Trees program which aims to increase urban tree canopy by 35% by 2035.

Cordova Gardens Neighborhood Tree Planting, Saturday, April 8th, All Day
Cordova Gardens Neighborhood
Join neighbors in tree planting in the City of Rancho Cordova as part of the Free Trees program which aims to increase urban tree canopy by 35% by 2035.

Sunriver Par Course Ribbon-cutting and Tree Planting - Saturday, April 8th, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunriver Park, 11120 Moose River Court
Join us as we celebrate this wonderful new addition to our community. Funded by the City's Community Enhancement Fund, the Par Course is an outdoor fitness course, equipped with a series of exercise stations available to residents year-round.

Beginner Home Gardener Course - Tuesday, April 11th, 5:30 - 8p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
This hands-on class will cover essential topics for beginner gardeners, such as building healthy soil, irrigation, pest control, and more! Register Here

Sowing Seeds for A Garden - Wednesday, April 12th, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
Discover the magic of creating new plants. Learn how to make a balanced potting soil mix, sow for succession planting, germinate seeds, and ensure that your seedlings thrive. You'll walk away with confidence, new skills and lots of seeds. Register Here

Spring Brunch, Wednesday, April 12th, 11:30 a.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3480 Routier Road, Sacramento
It's been a long winter. Let's welcome warmer weather with a good meal and even better company. Fee is $6 for members or $8 for non-members and $10 per person day of event.

Black and White Artist Reception - Thursday, April 13th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
R ancho Cordova artists explore the theme "Black and White" during a new gallery exhibit at City Hall this spring. The show is expected to one of the largest of the year, opening April 10 and continuing through July 28.  See dozens of works and meet the artists during the show's Artist Reception at City Hall on April 13th.

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, April 14th, 11:30 a.m. -  1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The Cordova Community Council and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce invite you to their monthly civic luncheon! Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, and $20 for non-members. This month's speaker is Michael LaFortune, who will update lunch-goers on the big development plans for Rancho Cordova. Stay tuned for future luncheons

Bird Walk - Saturday, April 15th, 8 a.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, meet at Oak Shelter
Start your morning off with a pleasant walk around American River Ranch. This walk is ideal for beginner to intermediate birdwatchers. The cost is $8, and all proceeds support the American River Ranch Restoration & Development Fund

Hoppin' and Huntin' at Hagan, Satuday, April 15th, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hagan Community Park, 2197 Chase Drive
The Kiwanis Club will host a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $2 per person for adults and children are free. Stick around for a fun run, games, face painting, and Easter egg hunt! Bring a basket and an appetite for the pancake breakfast. Learn More

French Air Force Aerial Performance - Saturday, April 15th, 12 - 2 p.m.
The French Air Force's elite military demonstration team "Patrouille De France" will give an aerial demonstration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I to support our European allies. Learn More

City Council Meeting - Monday, April 17th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Friends of Cordova Parks Meeting - Tuesday, April 18th, 6 p.m.
CRPD District Office, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 230
Meeting of the Friends of Cordova Parks Board. The public is always welcome to attend to learn about recreation and parks in our community. Learn More 

Free Presentation: CalFresh - Wednesday, April 19th, 10 a.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3480 Routier Road, Sacramento
Learn how federal program CalFresh can provide benefits to help individuals with limited incomes obtain basic, nutritious food. Learn More 

Teen Late Night-April - Friday, April 21st 2017, 7 - 10 p.m.
The HYDE Out at Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive
Teen Late Night offers various activities for teens such as karaoke, Xbox 360 gaming tournaments, pool and ping pong tournaments, or dodgeball! Pizza and a drink are included at this fun-filled event. Free for members and $5 for non-members.

Sunriver Neighborhood Tree Planting - Saturday, April 22nd, All Day
Sunriver Neighborhood
Join neighbors in tree planting in the City of Rancho Cordova as part of the Free Trees program which aims to increase urban tree canopy by 35% by 2035.

Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 22nd, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sacramento Children's Museum, 2710 Prospect Park Drive
Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to be better stewards of our environment. Assemblyman Ken Cooley and the Sacramento Children's Museum are hosting their Annual Earth Day Celebration! Enjoy a day of live music and interactive, Earth-friendly activities outdoors in the parking lot next to the Museum.

Kids Day in the Park - Saturday, April 29th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hagan Community Park,
Kids Day has been a favorite Rancho Cordova special event for 27 years. This year, Kids Day is celebrating healthy bodies and good sportsmanship, with fun activities and resources fair for young children and their families. Get Your Game On! Learn More

Save the Date

Classic Golf Tournament - Saturday, May 6th
Woodcreek Gold Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd

Hacker Lab Expo,  Saturday, May 6th
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Rancho Cordova to El Dorado Hills

iFest - Saturday, May 13th
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Dr
National Bike to Work Week 2017 will be held on May 15-19. Bike to Work Day is May 19!

Social Media Post of the Month

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