The holiday season has kicked off in Rancho Cordova! Thousands of residents attended our annual Cordova Community Christmas Tree Lighting last weekend, and many gave back to local organizations to support those in need for Thanksgiving. Now, we turn to celebrating December holidays all leading up to New Year's Day.

All of us join in wishing you Happy Holidays and a successful New Year! 2016 offers endless possibilities for Rancho Cordova, and we look forward to having you as part of our journey.

     Rancho Cordova City Council and Staff
Volunteers pose with toys at the 2014 Christmas in Cordova event.MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE FOR A CHILD

Our annual Christmas in Cordova event will provide toys for approximately 1,400 children and serve 2,000 people. Parents can select and wrap gifts for their children at the event's shopping mall; children can make small gifts for their parents at an arts and crafts area; Santa is making an appearance; and a meal will be provided to all families who attend.

The heartwarming event takes place on Saturday, December 19th at Mills Middle School, 10439 Coloma Road. You can make dreams come true by signing up to volunteer or by donating a toy.

Click here to download the Volunteer Questionnaire. Please return the form to Heidi Herrera at the Rancho Cordova Police Department by Monday, December 7th. The form can be returned via mail to 2897 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, faxed to (916) 875-9673, or emailed to

New, unwrapped toys are needed for children ages 0-17. Donations are accepted at:

Rancho Cordova City Hall
2729 Prospect Park Drive, Lobby Area
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rancho Cordova Police Department
2897 Kilgore Road
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Neighborhood Services Center
2880 Gold Tailings Court
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All Rancho Cordova Elementary Schools
Monday - Friday, Hours Vary


Want your holiday cards to have an extra special delivery? The annual Pony Express Christmas Card Ride is back! Your holiday cards will be carried by the National California Pony Express Association riders and stamped with a commemorative seal before being delivered to your friends and family.
Drop your addressed and stamped cards at Rancho Cordova City Hall through Friday, December 4th during regular business hours. The cards will be carried along the Historical Pony Express Trail and delivered to the US Postmaster on December 12th. Learn More
The Holiday Pop-Up Art Gallery is now open in Rancho Cordova! Visit the Capital Village Shopping Center at 3231 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 3, and shop some of Rancho Cordova's finest local arts. From watercolors to pottery to oils and acrylics, you can be sure to find something for that special someone, or a piece for your own collection!

The Holiday Pop-Up Art Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., December 4 - 6th and December 11 - 13th. Enjoy a fresh take on art this holiday season.


Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism (RCTT) has created an exclusive "Hometown for the Holidays" program for local residents to save money on that "extra" needed room for family and friends over the holiday period.

With several hotels participating, RCTT's "Hometown for the Holidays" special offer gives residents up to 20 percent off at select Rancho Cordova hotels for stays from now through January 2nd, 2016.
Rancho Cordova is home to 16 lodging properties, ranging from economy accommodations to Four Diamond hotels. For a complete list of participating hotels and offers, click here.
Dog sits in front if holiday tree.
Courtesy of SSPCA

Our furry friends need your help! The City of Rancho Cordova is sponsoring an annual collection for our four-legged friends in need this holiday season.
The City is accepting unopened cat or dog food, gently-used towels and blankets, peanut butter, leashes and collars, new pet toys, and much more. The items collected will be donated to the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).
Items can be dropped off at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, and the Neighborhood Services Center, 2880 Gold Tailings Court, now through Thursday, December 17th during regular business hours.
"There are so many pets waiting to be adopted in our local shelter," said City Accounting Technician Jessica Crone. "They need our support too. We thank you for remembering them this holiday season and providing much needed items that will help them to be happy and healthy pets."
The holiday drive was started in 2009 and originally named Rio's Pet Outreach in honor of Crone's American Pit Bull Terrier.
"Sadly, Rio passed away in 2011, but we continue the name in his memory," said Crone.
For more information about the project or to find out about other items on the SSPCA wish list, please call (916) 851-8770.


The City of Rancho Cordova and Republic Services (Rancho Cordova's waste and recycling provider) encourage you to follow these simple steps to recycle holiday materials and trees this winter season.

Place these items in your recycle cart:
Batteries (in a Ziploc bag and placed on top of your recycling cart)
Cardboard (toy backing, boxes)
Paper shopping bags
Plastic bags (in a single bag tied shut)
Shoe boxes
Gift bags & boxes
Tissue paper
Holiday cards (non-musical)
Wrapping paper

Place these items in your trash cart:
Bubble wrap
Sticky gift labels
Ribbons, tape, & bows
Styrofoam (packing peanuts, packaging, etc.)
Tree ornaments & decorations

Important Service Information
Containers will not be picked up on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. Instead, services will be moved to the next calendar day. If your pick-up day is normally on a Friday, you will receive collection on Saturday, December 26th and Saturday, January 2nd, 2016. Only those who are serviced on Fridays will be affected.

Symbol for Treecycling Holiday Treecycling
Available December 26th - January 15th, 2016
Rancho Cordova residents can recycle Christmas trees at no additional cost! Simply put your tree out on the curb on your regular collection day, and Republic Services will pick it up and recycle it. Flocked, decorated, or artificial trees will not be accepted. For more information, call Republic Services at (916) 638-9000.
  Christmas Tree Lights Graphic
Holiday String Light Recycling
Available Now - January 29th, 2016
Take your indoor, outdoor, broken, or unwanted string lights to be recycled to:
Rancho Cordova City Hall, Lobby Area
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Are you in need of an extra pick-up during the holiday season?
If you have extra trash that will not fit in your cart with the lid closed, call (916) 638-9000 at least 24 hours in advance of your regular collection day to arrange for a pick-up of the extra trash. Customer service will provide cost and scheduling information.

Water-Wise Tips for Doing the Holiday Dishes
Photo of the inside of a diswasher. Lots of family, friends, and delicious food over the holidays can add up to lots of dirty dishes. And all that dishwashing can use much more water than everyday use.
This year, as California faces a fifth year of drought, consider these water-smart tips when it comes time to tackle those dirty holiday dishes:
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, put food scraps into the garbage can or the composting bin (if plant-based).
  • Scrape dirty dishes clean instead of using water to rinse them before loading them into the dishwasher.
  • Run the dishwasher only when full - you'll save both water AND energy.
  • Run your dishwasher on the "light wash" setting, which can cut water use by 55 percent and work just as well for most loads.
  • Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. But, if you don't use a dishwasher, avoid letting the faucet run when washing dishes by hand. Instead, fill one basin with wash water and another with rinse water.
Water-Wise Gifts That Keep on Giving
Looking for a unique holiday gift that keeps on giving? Treat someone (or yourself!) to new water-wise fixtures that permanently reduce water use (and offer many lifestyle benefits, too).
  • Shower better - While most of us know you can save water by taking shorter showers, there are products available to help you save water while you do shower. High-efficiency showerheads use no more than 2 gallons per minute. Over a year, those savings could add up to 2,900 gallons.
  • Wash better - Conventional clothes washers use about 40 gallons of water per load. New high-efficiency machines use only 15 gallons per load. Plus, studies show they require less soap and rinse clothes better. But the biggest bonus is that they save energy too. High-efficiency machines use about 40 percent less water AND 60 percent less energy.
  • Water better - "Smart" controllers act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system, telling it when to turn off and on. They use current local weather and soil conditions to deliver the right amount of water your plants need to be healthy and can save an average home more than 8,000 gallons per year.
  • Flush better - If a shiny new commode isn't on your holiday wish list, maybe you should consider adding it. Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 20 percent less water than older models while still providing equal or superior performance.
Shopping Tip and Rebates: Look for products with the WaterSense and ENERGY STAR label, which are third-party certified to make sure they meet water efficiency and performance standards. And remember that many water providers offer rebates for replacing older fixtures with more efficient models.


Dreams of a grocery store do come true! A new Raley's full-service grocery store is coming to the southwest corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Douglas Road. The 40,000 square foot store will serve our growing neighborhoods in the area. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2016 with an opening date of summer 2017. Learn More

Raleys Rendering

Furniture Experts is holding a ribbon cutting on Saturday, December 12th at 4 p.m. The business is new to our area and will open at 11351 Folsom Boulevard, #1.


The old Waffle Shop location near Zinfandel Drive and Olson Drive has been demolished. A new Popeyes restaurant will be built in its spot! Construction is anticipated to start in early 2016. Check out the Waffle Shop's new location at 10113 Folsom Boulevard.

Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus - Saturday, December 5th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3480 Routier Road
Bring the whole family for pancakes, sausage, and refreshments! Stop by the holiday craft fair for some last minute Christmas shopping, or bring the kids to visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus to share Christmas wishes and take pictures. Please bring your own camera. There will be a craft area for children to work on a special holiday project. Cost: $5/person, 9 and up; $2/person, 8 and under
Santa Train Ride - December 5th, 6th, 12th, and 13th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Weather permitting)
Sacramento Valley Live Steamers, Hagan Community Park, 2197 Chase Drive 
Come ride the Santa Train and have your picture taken with Santa and his locomotive. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Pictures are $10 for a 4 x 6 print or a digital copy, or get both for $15. Learn More

Community Development Department Closed - Friday, December 11th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The City's Community Development Department will be closed for two hours for holiday festivities.

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, December 11th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members Learn More

Holiday Pancake Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, December 12th, 8 - 11 a.m.
Cordova Church of Christ, 10577 Coloma Road
The Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band presents the 3rd annual breakfast. Holiday music entertainment will be provided. Tickets: $5 pre-sale, $8 at door, children 10 & under free (up to two children free with each paid adult).
To purchase tickets or for questions, please call (916) 332-5869.

"A Fresh Aire Christmas" Concert - Monday, December 14th, 7:30 p.m.
River City Christian Church, 10933 Progress Court
The Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band presents a holiday concert for the entire family featuring the music of Mannheim Steamroller.
Rancho Cordova City Hall Closed
December 21st - 25th and January 1st, 2016
City Hall will be closed in recognition of the holiday season and New Year's Day.

Photo of the start of the PAL Holiday Run.
The Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) presents its 2015 Holiday Run on Saturday, December 12th.

The Holiday Run will consist of a  1.2 mile family walk/run 5K run , and 10K run . Race timing will be provided for those runners with the competitive edge.

Photo of Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion_ Central California Garrison collecting toys. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and races begin at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held at Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive. Each participant will receive a free Holiday Run shirt, race medal, and goodie bag for supporting our PAL program. All proceeds from the event will benefit Rancho Cordova PAL.

PAL will be conducting a Toy Drive at the event to support our Christmas in Cordova program. Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion, Central California Garrison will be on hand to collect toys and will be available for photographs.

Brought to you by the Community Enhancement Fund

Our Youth @ City Council program kicked off in Rancho Cordova. The 12-month civic education program is coordinated by People Reaching Out and includes over 25 8th-12th graders. The program is designed to develop young leaders and foster their civic engagement through hands-on, practical experiences while utilizing real government and community opportunities and events. (Funded Fiscal Year 15/16 for $84,042)
The City of Rancho Cordova launched an enhanced Litter Abatement Program in late August. The City hired dedicated staff to perform work on major corridors like Folsom Boulevard, Sunrise Boulevard, Zinfandel Drive, and more. Since launching the program, they have worked 770 hours, and collected more than 650 50-gallon bags of trash. (Funded Fiscal Year 15/16 for $100,000)
A new loan program is available for businesses looking to grow in Rancho Cordova, or come to our City. The City Council approved the first business loan to American River Brewing Company to expand its tasting room and operations. The brewery is very popular with business professionals and is the location of our annual Brushes and Brews event. Plus, the brewery won first place at the California State Fair Craft Brew Competition. (Funded Fiscal Year 15/16 for $250,000)

Mayor Robert McGarvey presented his State of the City Address on November 12th. He discussed all of the fresh things happening in Rancho Cordova from new businesses and projects, to community engagement, to a myriad of events.

The event featured a Salute to Hometown Heroes from the Rancho Cordova Police Department, Sacramento Metro Fire Department, and the City's Code Enforcement Division. The dedicated officers who put their lives on the line each day are commended for being our Hometown Heroes.



We always love hearing from our residents! Let us know how you're  getting a FRESH TAKE on Rancho Cordova today!