Welcome to a Fresh Take on August in Rancho Cordova! Summer offers a fresh take on fun with concerts in the park to an art show to a walk with the Mayor. Businesses continue to show a fresh take on innovation with new awards, new opportunities, and new locations. Programs focus on saving water, supporting business, and community engagement. Check out What's New in this month's issue.



Quick Tip: Limit showers to five minutes or less. Saves 12.5 gallons with a water-efficient shower head.


Our water providers are offering Turf Rebates:


Golden State Water Company - $1/square foot - Maximum $3,000 for residential & $5,000 for commercial/HOA. To Apply: Click here and select "Arden Cordova" as your community, email conservationdept@gswater.com, or call (800) 999-4033.


California American Water - Residential $2/square foot maximum $6,000. Commercial $1/square foot maximum $25,000. To Apply: Click here or call (916) 568-4201.


Sacramento County Water Agency - Residential $0.50/square foot maximum $1,000. Commercial and industrial $1.50/square foot maximum $2,500. To Apply: Click here or call (916) 875-RAIN (7246).



Quick Tip: Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving. Saves 10 gallons per person per day.


We are looking for homeowners who are finding easy ways to save, or converting front yards to drought tolerant landscape. Contact Communications Specialist Ashley Downton at (916) 851-8723 or email adownton@cityofranchocordova.org. Stay updated on the latest news.

The City of Rancho Cordova has developed a new name to describe Measure H funding - Community Enhancement Fund. Stay updated on the latest news about this funding opportunity. Learn More


August marks the return of Friday Night Concerts - music under the stars by a great line-up 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 on site.


Admission is free of charge and music starts at 7 p.m. The preliminaries begin at 6 p.m. so come early to grab a great spot for your blanket or lawn chairs. Presented by the Cordova Community Council.


Here's the line-up:

Aug. 7: Summer of Love Best of the 60s

Aug. 14: Nathan Owens Motown Review

Aug. 21: Flock of 80z Pop from the 80s

Aug. 28: Cripple Creek Band Country Rock

Sept. 4: Superlicious Rancho Cordova's favorite party band

Click here to listen to the bands!



Residents in four Rancho Cordova neighborhoods are finding ways to engage with each other and make a difference in the community. The neighborhoods of Cordova Meadows, Kavala Ranch, West La Loma, and Lincoln Village are all participating in a community engagement effort that is part of the Growing Strong Neighborhoods Initiative. The Initiative was launched in 2007 by now Vice Mayor David Sander to improve the quality of life in Rancho Cordova, and includes everything from neighborhood clean ups to volunteer opportunities to Problem Oriented Policing programs. Learn More 

Returning October 2-4, 2015

Sacramento County presents the California Capital Airshow in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova. The Airshow will be roaring across the skies October 2-4, 2015 featuring TWO MILITARY JET TEAMS and our first ever NIGHT SHOW! The 10th anniversary celebration will showcase the spine-tingling USAF Thunderbirds and unforgettable CF Snowbirds, F/A-18 Super Hornet as well as world-class aerobatics, pyrotechnics, barnstorming, over a century of aviation displays and endless entertainment, music, food and exhibits along the ramp. This thrilling, family-friendly, patriotic event has something for everyone and all ages!


Do you want to be the FIRST to know what's going on at the BIG show? Become an Airshow Insider and get exclusive promotions and information not available to the public. Each week, Airshow Insiders will receive an email with the most up-to-date information about the Airshow including ticket promotions, performers, Airshow flying schedule and much more. Sign Up

Want to be part of the Airshow Team? Join the Airshow planners for a Volunteer Rally on Wednesday, August 12th from 6-8 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. This is your opportunity to find out what's available for the 2015 Volunteer Team, sign-up and more!  Register Now 


Do you have a favorite recipe? Send it in! The City of Rancho Cordova's Instagram account features a different recipe each week as a part of our #MondayMeal campaign. Email your recipe with the subject line "Monday Meal" to share it with your community. Follow @CityofRC on Instagram to find more delicious meals Rancho Cordovans have shared!



The new Student Store at Cordova Meadows Elementary is open for business! Students can earn "Cub Cash" by demonstrating the school's values - I care, I appreciate, I perform. Whether it be focusing on their work in class or being kind to another student on the playground, these students get to earn "money" while learning valuable skills. With Cub Cash, students can save up to buy from the store - art supplies, computer, bike, a gift for their sibling, or a big warm blanket of their own. Learn More

Did you know...
  • ULTA Beauty opens on Friday, August 7th at 10919 Olson Drive. Learn more about the grand opening.
  • Chick-fil-A opens on Wednesday, August 19th at 2354 Sunrise Boulevard.
  • Blue Shield is bringing around 700 employees to Rancho Cordova fall 2015. They have purchased office space at the corner of International Drive and Zinfandel Drive. Plus, they are constructing a new parking lot to accommodate the influx of new and future employees.
  • Specialty's Cafe and Bakery is expected to open in November 2015 at 3075 Prospect Park Drive. The restaurant will cater to the needs of our business park and serves and caters sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods. It even has a Warm Cookie Radar to tell you how many minutes the cookies have been out of the oven.

  • American River Brewing Company won first place (out of 120 entries) at the California State Fair with Coloma Brown in the American Ale category. Coloma Brown placed 3rd overall in the Best of Show category making it the 3rd best beer in California!

  • On the topic of beer, the first California Craft Beer Summit is coming to the Sacramento Region September 11-12th, 2015. The City of Rancho Cordova will be there to attract craft brewers and other businesses in the industry and promote those who are located or are locating here - American River Brewing Company, Lockdown Brewing Company, Argonaut Brewing Company (coming soon), and You Brew It (coming soon).

  • A start-up business called GreenWheel Farms has leased industrial space to show what's possible in growing food in urban environments. Its 8,250 square foot demonstration space will feature a "micro urban grow center" for fresh produce found at upscale restaurants.

  • The only Wendy's in Rancho Cordova has re-opened at 2710 Sunrise Boulevard at the corner of Trade Center Drive after a store refresh.

  • Grills & Greens is a new Persian food restaurant at 3040 Sunrise Boulevard. The restaurant marinates meats and poultry in-house and makes its own sandwich sauces, salad dressing, lemonade, hummus and falafel in-house. 


Presented by Rick Sloan

Nine-year-old Noah Sloan admires sculptures housed in a display case at the Elements Art Show Reception. Stop by Rancho Cordova City Hall during regular business hours to enjoy the artwork.


National Night Out - Tuesday, August 4th, Multiple Locations & Times

Tonight is our annual celebration of National Night Out! Many local neighborhoods are holding events. Enjoy the festivities as you meet your neighbors and Rancho Cordova Police Department officers.


Citywide Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Tuesday, August 11th, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Rancho Cordova Police Station, 2897 Kilgore Road

Topic: Transient Enforcement


This is your library...what do you want it to be? Wednesday, August 12th, 6 p.m.

Rancho Cordova Library Branch, 9845 Folsom Boulevard

The Sacramento Public Library serves your community and wants your input to help build its three-year strategic plan. In order to make the Library as valuable a resource as possible, please attend this community meeting and contribute your suggestions. Got an opinion? They want to hear it! If you can't attend the meeting, please email your comments here.


Meet the Lancers - Saturday, August 15th, 6-10 p.m.

Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive

Meet the 2015 edition of the Cordova High School Football Lancers including the coaches, the teams and cheerleaders. Be part of a classic Cordova High Pep Rally and some inspirational fire-up talk from 6-8 p.m. Plan to stay as it gets dark at 8 p.m. for a special Moonlight Movies bonus showing of a football movie favorite: "Remember the Titans."


Business to Community Expo - Thursday, August 20th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Looking for free lunch? Now's your chance! The 5th annual expo presented by the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce will feature over 80 vendor booths, free lunch samplings, and the chance to win awesome prizes! Come by, pick up free swag, and network with local businesses. FREE parking and admission. If you would like to reserve booth space, click here. 


Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, August 21st, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

This month's guest speaker is Congressman Ami Bera, reporting on activities in the nation's capital and how it affects you in Rancho Cordova. Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Chamber, and $20 for non-members. Click here to register.


Neighborhood Walk with the Mayor - Saturday, August 22nd, 8:30 a.m.

Meet at Sunrise Elementary School, 11821 Cobble Brook Drive

Enjoy fresh air, meet your neighbors, and talk to Mayor Robert J. McGarvey. Light refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. and the one-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. This is the third of six Neighborhood Walks with the Mayor this year.


Call for Artists: Fall Art Show

Local artists are invited to create something wonderful for the Fall Art Show, running October 15th to January 2016 at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. 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 now. Art drop off for jurying is on Thursday, September 17th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall.


Save the date! Dedication and ribbon cutting of the new Rancho Cordova Center of Folsom Lake College, Wednesday, October 28th, 10 - 11 a.m. Featuring hybrid class options - attend class in person one day a week and the rest online - and "Fast-Track" classes only 8 weeks long.


Rancho Cordova is one of the first agencies in California to begin work on a pilot program called "Permit Simplicity." The City is partnering with Region Builders, an association whose mission is advancing regional economic growth, to develop the program. Learn why this pilot program is a fresh take on business in this video.


Rancho Cordova Permit Simplicity

The City and Region Builders are recruiting architects and engineers to become Certified Permit Simplicity Experts. Local businesses could hire these certified experts for tenant improvements for existing retail, office, and warehouse buildings. Under the program, the certified experts would submit plans to the City, and the City's Building & Safety Division would review the plans and issue a permit in an average 1-3 days. This turnaround gives businesses the chance to return to operations as quickly as possible. Learn More

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