August is bringing us a variety of fun events, from art shows to spaghetti dinners to a Cordova High School pep rally for the whole community. School is starting and so are our free summer concerts in the park. We're also updating you on projects and new restaurants that have come to our area. Read on for all this and much more! 
CALLING ALL GOOD NEIGHBORS

The City recently debuted a new brochure that is designed for good neighbors, just like you. It's called The Good Neighbor Guide, and it provides Rancho Cordova residents with facts about City requirements, helpful tips and services, and key contact information. 

You can find this new brochure on our website , at City Hall, at the many City-sponsored events in our community, and in your mailbox later this month. 
EPPIE'S GREAT RACE CHAMPIONS

The City of Rancho Cordova entered a three-person relay team in Eppie's Great Race on July 16th, and they won first place in the public sector division, competing against five other teams for the honor! 

Congratulations to our team: Krystle Judish (biker), Mark Dumford (runner), and Brad Findlay (kayaker). We couldn't be more proud!
VSP DAY OF SERVICE

In July, seventeen interns from Vision Service Plan's (VSP) Business Program volunteered their time to help a Rancho Cordova resident in need. Andrew McBride, a homeowner in the Cordova Meadows neighborhood, desperately needed help cleaning out his front and back yards. The 83-year old veteran, who is legally blind, had years of trash piled up in his backyard, and the interns filled up a dumpster with the debris.

"I really can't find enough good words to tell you how appreciative I really am," said McBride to the volunteers. "I've been a volunteer all my life, but I've never been on the receiving end of something like this. I let this mess get way ahead of me."

CITY COUNCIL ELECTION

The next regularly scheduled election will be held on November 8, 2016 for the purpose of electing three members to the Rancho Cordova City Council. The seats held by Council Member McGarvey, Mayor Sander, and Vice Mayor Terry will expire in December 2016.
 
Individuals wishing to become a candidate must obtain and complete the official nomination documents from the City Clerk. The filing period for nomination documents and candidate statements will be July 18, 2016 through August 12, 2016.  If complete nomination documents for an incumbent are not filed by 5 p.m. on August 12, 2016 any qualified person other than the incumbent shall have until 5:00 pm on August 17, 2016 to file the nomination documents for the council seat. 


Despite the lifting of a mandatory conservation standard, and the move to Normal Stage water use, the Sacramento County Water Agency remains committed to water conservation and will continue to encourage its customers to conserve. If you are unsure of your water provider, you can enter your address here.

Customers are limited to watering their lawns up to three days per week. Customers with addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) may water on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday; addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. 

Customers in the Sacramento County water region may water trees, shrubs, and other plants on drip or microspray systems up to three times per week. Addresses ending in even numbers may water Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and addresses ending in odd numbers may water Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

All irrigation must occur before 6 a.m. or after 8 p.m. Learn More

LINCOLN VILLAGE STREET IMPROVEMENTS

The City of Rancho Cordova has started a new project in the Lincoln Village neighborhood as part of its Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. The project includes installation of speed humps, speed feedback signs, bulbouts, a high visibility crosswalk with flashing beacon, and Class II bike lanes in the neighborhood with a focus area around A.M. Winn Elementary School. 

The goal of the project is to help slow down drivers, create better pedestrian connections, and improve bicycle access - creating a safer, walkable, and connected Lincoln Village.

FREE PET FOOD

The City of Rancho Cordova Animal Services Division is partnering with Rancho Cordova Whisker Warriors, Rancho Cordova Pet Club, and Safeway to provide residents with free pet food. Stop by Neighborhood Services, located at 2880 Gold Tailings Court, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to pick up free pet food. If your dog or cat needs to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated, no-cost vouchers are available, provided by the City's Community Enhancement Fund. There are no income restrictions to participate!

Do you love animals? Become a Rancho Cordova Whisker Warrior! Whisker Warriors a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing animal overpopulation and ensuring the well-being of the animals in our community. For more information on how you can become a part of the Whisker Warriors Team, visit www.rcwhiskerwarriors.com or visit their Facebook page.
BICYCLE SAFETY INSTRUCTORS NEEDED

The 50 Corridor Transportation Management Association is recruiting bicycle ambassadors to teach bicycle education for both adults and children.
 
Training is conducted through the America League of Bicyclists' certification program which consists of more than 50 hours of classes and drills. Graduates of the program become League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) and are qualified to teach clinics and classes on all aspects of cycling, from maintenance to lane positioning to bicycle tourism.

POOL SAFELY

Drownings are the number one cause of accidental death for young children. But YOU can take simple steps to save lives.

The City of Rancho Cordova is an official Pool Safety partner with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Pool Safely campaign was founded by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act). The act takes its name from Virginia Graeme Baker, a seven-year-old girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by the powerful suction from a hot tub drain.

Here are ways you can ensure safety of children when they're in and around the water.
  1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  2. Teach children how to swim.
  3. Teach children to stay away from drains.
  4. Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers.
  5. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
  6. Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
  7. Spend one minute taking the Pool Safely pledge! Adults pledge to follow the safety steps noted above, and kids pledge to follow steps such as never swimming alone and to stay away from drains.
  8. Download the new Pool Safely app "The Adventures of Splish and Splash" and help your child learn what to do (and not to do) in and around pools and spas. The app is available for download from the App Store or Google Play.
  9. Read up on Steps for Safety Around the Pool available in English and Spanish.
For more information, visit the Pool Safely website or contact the City's Building & Safety Division at (916) 851-8760.
NEW BUSINESSES AND PROJECTS
What's New in Rancho Cordova

Halal Fried Chicken
10899 Olson Drive
This new restaurant offers delicious burgers, fries, salads, and of course, fried chicken! What really sets this new restaurant apart is that their meat is prepared Halal style - 100% farm raised, grass and grain fed. Owner Imran Wasim opened the restaurant to let American Muslims try American-style food. "They don't go to American restaurants because of the use of bacon, pork, and so forth. Anyone who wants fresh, healthy food should check us out!" he said. 
 
Cha Thai
3225 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 1
Check out Rancho Cordova's newest Thai restaurant! Located in Capital Village, they offer favorites like pad thai, tom yum noodle soup, and lots of curry options. Stop by and try their delicious meals!



On Point Body 
3054 Sunrise Boulevard, Suite G
This "gym" is bringing a fun new way to exercise to Rancho Cordova. They offer SurfSet Fitness classes - which range from calm yoga sessions to high-intensity workouts - all on a surfboard! Plus, they offer free childcare during select class times. The first class is FREE, so come see what they're all about!



Anatolia/Kavala Ranch Trail
A new bike and pedestrian trail is becoming a reality! The  trail being constructed will connect the Kavala Ranch and Anatolia neighborhoods, winding residents through a beautiful  nature preserve and give kiddos safer and quicker access to Sunrise Elementary School. Stay tuned for updates .



Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
2817 Zinfandel Drive
Popeyes is now open in Rancho Cordova! Stop by the new location on Zinfandel Drive to fulfill all your Louisiana comfort food needs. Fried chicken, sandwiches, biscuits, and more can be yours. Stop by, grab a drumstick, and show them some love!



Pilates Heartcore
11185 White Rock Road
Pilates Heartcore is now open! Pilates Heartcore is a boutique style fitness studio offering apparatus yoga, Pilates, mat Pilates, circuit classes, and much more. They are building healthy lifestyles, one person at a time! Plus, intro classes are free. Check it out!



COMING SOON

Off the Grid Food Trucks 
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Off the Grid Sacramento is bringing three food trucks to Rancho Cordova City Hall, every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us for the launch event on August 4th featuring DoJo Burger Food TruckLuciano's Scoop, and Cousins Maine Lobster!

Stay up to date with all of Rancho Cordova's new businesses and projects at selectranchocordova.org.
SUMMER CONCERTS
 
August marks the return of Friday Night Concerts, which bring music under the stars by a great lineup of family-friendly bands. Pack up the family and head to Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive, for a great night out. Bring a picnic, stop by a favorite nearby restaurant, or check out food trucks that will be onsite! Admission is free and the music starts at 7 p.m. Come early at 6 p.m. to grab a good spot for your lawn chairs or blanket.  

Here's the line-up:
  • August 5th: Farenhyte 5150 (Rhythm & Blues)
  • August 12th: Rebel Yell (80s and more... and more!)
  • August 19th: Night Moves (Bob Seger tribute)
  • August 26th: Disco Revolution (Groovy, baby!)
  • September 2nd: Summer of Love (Release your inner hippie)
Visit the  Cordova Community Council website to hear the bands.
BUSINESS TO COMMUNITY EXPO

There's a free lunch in Rancho Cordova! And it's yours to enjoy at the Rancho Cordova Business to Community Expo at City Hall on Thursday, August 18th.
 
Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and come visit over 80 vendors including local restaurants and caterers, non-profits and service organizations, and so much more! Enter contests, pick up information on special events, find out how to set up an app, and collect a giveaway or two. The cost is FREE, so bring a friend! We'll see you there. Visit the Rancho Cordova Chamber website to learn more.
CALL FOR ARTISTS

Hot summer afternoons are a perfect time to retreat to a cool spot and let your inner artist escape! Local artists are invited to create something wonderful for The Fall Show, an exhibit of fine art organized by Rancho Cordova Arts and featured at Rancho Cordova City Hall.
 
This is an all media show (sorry, no video or large sculpture) and anything goes! Those wishing to participate should be registered on the Rancho Cordova Artist Database. Register Here  
 
The Fall Show will be on exhibit at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, from October 13th into January 2017. Click here for more information.
MEET THE LANCERS

It's time for contact! Meet the 2016 Cordova High School Lancers football team at a special community event on Saturday, August 6th from 6 - 8 p.m. Meet the coaches, the teams, and the cheerleaders and be a part of a classic Cordova High Pep Rally and some inspirational words that will fire you up for the new season.
 
It's all good family fun at Village Green Park, located at 3141 Bridgeway Drive. Admission is free; bring a blanket or lawn chairs if you want to stretch out. Snacks are available for purchase on site. Go Big Red!
TRIM THE TREE... WITH SPAGHETTI

Finish out the Labor Day Weekend by giving the family "chef" the night off. Head over to Cordova Church of Christ for spaghetti with all the trimmings to benefit our favorite event of the year: the Cordova Community Christmas Tree Lighting!

The folks at Cordova Church of Christ are cooking up spaghetti, and the cost is only $5 an order. Dinner is served from 6 - 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 4th.

Bring the family and eat on site, or swing by and get it to go. Vegetarian options are also available! Cordova Church of Christ is located at 10577 Coloma Road. See you there!
CALIFORNIA CAPITAL AIRSHOW


In addition to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the   U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team  will be flying into the 2016 California Capital Airshow, October 1st - 2nd. This will be the team's first appearance at the California Capital Airshow and you don't want to miss this!

The demonstration team, which consists of 26 members and five aircraft, perform at more than 100 events per year around the United States in support of Army recruiting.

EVENTS CALENDAR

Farm to Fork Art Show - weekdays in August and September, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Whether it is food as it grows or found on your fork, this topic is sure to whet the appetite! This Rancho Cordova City Hall art exhibit is inspired by the things that grow and nurture our bodies as well as our souls. 

Spainhower Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting - Saturday, August 6th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Spainhower Chiropractic, 11015-6 Olson Drive
Support this local business by checking out their new office while enjoying classic cars, BBQ, raffles, and lots of fun in the parking lot! Free chair massages, laser demos, and demonstrations by a local dance studio are all part of the fun. See you there!
 
Relay for Life - Saturday, August 13th, Noon - 10 p.m.
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement symbolizes hope and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. If cancer has touched your life, participating in a Relay For Life event is a way to take action and help finish the fight. This is your opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those you have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever.   Register
 
Gab, Gather and Gamble - Thursday, August 11th, 6 - 9 p.m.
The Lodge, 2801 Prospect Park Drive
Are you a Leadership Rancho Cordova grad? Or interested in learning more about the program? Now's your chance! Join us to learn why Leadership Rancho Cordova makes a difference and how the alumni group can support you after it's over. Plus, enjoy great food, drinks, Blackjack tournament, raffle, and lots of fun for all. Network with like-minded Rancho Cordovans and support this important program. All proceeds from the mixer and Blackjack tournament benefit Leadership Rancho Cordova and the new alumni group. $25 Mixer, $50 Blackjack tournament and mixer. 
Learn More
 
City Council Regular Meeting - Monday, August 15th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The agenda and minutes for this meeting will be posted here.

AlphaGraphics Ribbon Cutting - Tuesday, August 16th, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
AlphaGraphics, 11225 Trade Center Drive Suite 175
Check out this local marketing and printing company's new location with a celebratory ribbon cutting! 

Preparing a Fall Garden - Wednesday, August 17th, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
Summer is the time to start planning your fall garden! Sacramento has a perfect climate for growing a wide variety of vegetables all year. In this class you will learn about seasonal crops, fall garden tasks and how to ensure your garden is productive. Leave class with a fall garden plan and some cool-season seedlings to get your garden started.  Register
 
Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, August 19th, 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. This month's guest speaker is Senator Jim Nielsen. Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, and $20 for non-members. Doors and buffet open at 11:30 a.m., and you will be out the door by 1 p.m. Reserve Your Seat
 
Free Family Swim Night - Friday, August 19th, 6 - 8 p.m.
Lincoln Village Community Pool, 3450 Routier Road
Come out for a FREE family night at the pool, with good music and fun times. Enjoy a chance to challenge your skills on the Aqua Challenge obstacle course. See you there!

Mayor's Walk - Saturday, August 20th, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
A.M. Winn Elementary, 3351 Explorer Drive
The next Mayor's Walk is coming to your area! Join us to have a one-on-one conversation with Mayor David Sander. Get fresh air, talk about upcoming projects, ask questions, learn about the neighborhood, and meet your neighbors! The event kicks off with refreshments at 8:30 a.m., and the one-mile walk begins at 9 a.m. See you there!

Leo's 5th Birthday Celebration - Thursday, August 25th
Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive
The Sacramento Children's Museum and their mascot, Leo, are celebrating a very special 5th birthday! Special activities will occur throughout the day, including during members-only hours from 5 - 7 p.m. Stay tuned to the Sacramento Children's Museum website for more details.

Rancho Cordova Color 5k Run - Saturday, August 27th, 8 a.m.
Navigator Elementary, 10679 Bear Hollow Drive
A4 Promotions & Incentives is proud to sponsor the Rancho Cordova Color 5K - where you can hop, skip, leap, run, walk, or mosey down a designated route in Rancho Cordova. You'll be sprayed with colored powder along the way and after the 5k, which is about 3 miles, participants will gather for a festival. Proceeds support the research and outreach programs for celiac disease and Glut1 Deficiency Syndrome, so you can have fun and do good at the same time!  Learn More

Rancho Cordova Whisker Warriors BBQ - Saturday, August 27th, 5 p.m.
Rancho Cordova Moose Lodge, 10124 Coloma Road
Come join the fun and help animals! Rancho Cordova Whisker Warriors is a local non-profit organization dedicated to defending animals. Their BBQ proceeds will go towards their programs, such as spaying/neutering stray animals, so come out for some delicious chicken, potato salad, desserts, and summer fun! Admission is $15 per person and $5 for kids under 10 years old. There will be contests and prizes galore - you don't want to miss this! Tickets are available at the Rancho Cordova Moose Lodge, 10124 Coloma Road.
RSVP to  rcwhiskerwarriors@gmail.com .

Save the Date
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame Induction - September 10th at 6 p.m., Rancho Cordova City Hall.  Learn More

Birdies, Brews & Brats - September 16th from 10a.m. - 5 p.m., Mather Golf Course. 
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Brushes and Brews - September 24th from 2 - 6 p.m., American River Brewing Company. 
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The Great American Road Trip - October 9th at 8 a.m., Historic Mills Station Building. Learn More

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB SUMMER CARNIVAL 

What do snow cones, hula hoop contests, and carnival games all have in common? They were all part of a free end-of-summer carnival for local kids, put on by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento! The carnival was the final event of a free five-week summer camp, which included arts and crafts, sports, and local field trips. Interns from Cordova High School supported the program while learning important career skills for their time in high school and after.
 
Adreana Rubio, Coordinator at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, led the summer camp program with the goal of creating a welcoming space for students to express themselves.
 
"I feel having a program where kids can truly express who they are is important," said Adreana. "After-school programs give kids that liberty and help them discover their talents. I think that's the magic of the Boys and Girls Club."

CLASS IS IN SESSION
Folsom Lake College's fall semester is right around the corner! Classes start the week of August 20th and run through December 15th. 

Other shorter-term or "Fast-Track" classes begin throughout the semester. Classes are offered at the Rancho Cordova Center - the new facility located at the corner of Folsom Boulevard and Mather Field Road/Paseo Drive - along with the main Folsom campus, the El Dorado Center in  Placerville, and online. 

To view a full schedule of course offerings, click here . For more information, please contact the Rancho Cordova Center at (916) 361-6321.

 

 

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 by August 22, 2016