July is one of Rancho Cordova's best months of the year. From the Fourth of July celebration to summer science camps to Eppie's Great Race, July is sure to bring excitement! Read on for important information on water conservation, small community grants, and summer food programs. We hope you enjoy our July edition of Fresh News!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

The City of Rancho Cordova just turned 13! Once upon a time, there was a community of citizens living east of Sacramento who marched to the voting booth and declared themselves an incorporated city. It was November 2002, and an astonishing 78 percent of those voting in the election said "yes" to the incorporation of Rancho Cordova. Eight months later, on July 1, 2003, the City of Rancho Cordova became an official legal entity and the newest city in the State of California. Hip hip hooray!
WATER REGULATIONS
Please be advised that outdoor irrigation restrictions have changed for Golden State Water Company, Sacramento County Water Agency, and California American Water, which serve customers in Rancho Cordova. 

Not sure which water company you have? Click here for a map. Help conserve water this summer by following these restrictions:

Golden State Water Company
Local customers may irrigate outdoor landscapes 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.

All outdoor irrigation must occur before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., and should not exceed 10 minutes per station. Irrigation restrictions do not apply for trees or edible vegetation watered solely by drip or microspray systems.  Learn More
 
Sacramento County Water Agency
Customers are limited to watering their lawns up to two days a week. Customers with addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) may water on Wednesday and Sunday; addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may water on Tuesday 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

California American Water
Customers may irrigate outdoor landscapes 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.

All outdoor irrigation must occur before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. to avoid evaporation, and should not exceed 15 minutes per station. Irrigation restrictions do not apply for trees or edible vegetation watered solely by drip or microspray systems. Learn More
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE WINNERS
 
The 2016 Rancho Cordova Fourth of July parade featured 70 local organizations showing off their best in parade presentations! This year's parade included the inaugural youth band competition, with six local bands competing for a $5,000 grand prize. It also featured the first ever bike parade for youth under 12 years old competing for a $300 grand prize. Congratulations to the winners!

Mayor's Independence Day Award Presented by Mayor David Sander
In recognition of the parade entry that best exemplifies the spirit of individual freedom upon which our nation was founded.
Winner: Cordova Blue Marlins

Parade Awards by Category
Criteria: appearance, showmanship, and creativity

Individual
1st Place - Wayne Harmer and family
2nd Place - Chris Clark
3rd Place - Vice Mayor Donald Terry

Fraternal/Service
1st Place - Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band 
2nd - Cordova Blue Marlins
3rd Place - Rotary Club of Rancho Cordova

Commercial
1st Place - Oyler Insurance  
2nd Place - Callen Pool Supply  
3rd Place - Quick Quack Car Wash

Schools
1st Place - Ti Amore Children's Center
2nd Place - Rosemont Jr. Wolverines Cheer & Football
3rd Place - Cordova High School Color Guard

Religious
1st Place - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2nd Place - Victory Outreach
3rd Place - St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Bike Parade
1st Place $300 cash prize - Alexis Sharrat  
2nd Place $200 cash prize - Marcus Ferris
3rd Place $100 cash prize - Joseph Monson

Youth Band Competition
Criteria: music, marching, and showmanship. Judged by Northern California Band Association. 

1st Place $5,000 cash prize - with a score of 91.5/100 - Cordova High School
2nd Place $2,500 cash prize - with a score of 86.0/100 - Bella Vista High School
3rd Place $1,500 cash prize - with a score of 84.4/100 - West Campus High School
4th Place - with a score of 77.5/100 - El Camino High School
5th Place - with a score of 75.4/100 - Guardian Knights Drum Corps
6th Place - with a score of 72.6/100 - Grant Union High School Drumline
GO ONLINE FOR INSPIRATION

Looking for ideas for drought tolerant landscaping? Want some tips on how to save water? Then look no further! Check out the City of Rancho Cordova's Pinterest boards for all this and much more. Visit www.pinterest.com/cityofrc and be inspired!
FREE FORM FACTORY
A Thrilling New Business Comes to Rancho Cordova

Watch Good Day Sacramento's story on the new Rancho Cordova business.

"In the jet ski industry, if you're not the leader, you're run over," said Jordan Darling, Founder and CEO of Free Form Factory.
 
Jordan's story starts when he was younger, purchased the best jet ski on the market, and ended up breaking it. That one incident inspired him to build a better jet ski - a stronger, lighter, unsinkable, and environmentally friendly ski. He is now founder and CEO of Free Form Factory, a company that engineered a cutting-edge manufacturing technology to build high performance jet skis.
 
When deciding where to bring his vision to life, Darling and his investors selected Rancho Cordova in California's Capital Region over locations such as Austin, TX and New York State.
 
The City of Rancho Cordova and Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council were able to move quickly - within 48-hours in response to an offer, as well as provide support under the City's Business Incentive Program through the Community Enhancement Fund (supported by a ½ cent local sales tax measure).
 
"We move fast, and we needed a community that moves just as fast," Jordan said. "Rancho Cordova and Greater Sacramento were able to deliver what we needed, period."
 
Rancho Cordova also stood out for its vibrant community, access to water amenities, proximity to the Bay Area, and a skilled regional workforce.
 
"The City of Rancho Cordova is a vibrant community that values business growth opportunities and partnerships," said Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander. "We recognized Free Form Factory's potential right away and are thrilled they selected Rancho Cordova."
 
Learn more about the company and products available for purchase by visiting ridefreeform.com.

CARING FOR YOUR TREES

Temperatures are in the triple digits and we have gone 40 days without rain! Is your tree looking thirsty? Here are some steps that can help you and your trees:
  1. Know your soil.
  2. Take a screwdriver or trowel and dig down about 6 inches near the drip line of your tree (the soil beneath the edge of the leaf canopy).
  3. Is the soil moist? If so, you are good to go for a while.
  4. Is the soil dry? If so, you need to water!
  5. If your tree is young, use the bucket method to water. Young trees need 10 - 15 gallons of water each week in the hot summer months.
  6. If your tree is mature, the key is an infrequent deep soak. The majority of tree roots for most types of trees are only in the top few feet of soil. So the region to target with your thorough soak is 12 - 18 inches below the surface. Use a soaker hose, a fan sprinkler on low, or a drip tube with emitters laid out in the drip line area of the canopy, for several hours.
  7. Mulch, mulch, mulch!
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Keep your trees happy this summer by deep watering, weeding, and mulching. Learn more at the Sacramento Tree Foundation's FREE workshop on July 28th, 2016 at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park DriveClick here to sign up for "Caring for Your Trees in a Low Water Landscape".


CORDOVA HIGH SCHOOL IB GRADUATES


Hear testimonials from three of this year's Cordova High seniors on how the IB Programme prepared them for their future.

In the moments before his graduation day, Cordova High senior Daniel Miliate said he was proud to be among the school's very first students to graduate from its prestigious and rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

"We're like the pioneers," he said. "We helped pave the way for other students. I'm grateful for the IB program because I get to be close to the people who want the same things."

Graduating from the IB Programme is a chance for students to show top universities that they are ready for the next level of success. Students from this year's graduating class boast an impressive list of post-high school plans, and many are enrolling in four-year colleges including the state universities of: Santa Barbara, Merced, Sacramento, East Bay, Bakersfield, Chico, and Monterey.

"I chose the IB Programme because I wanted the challenge, and I also wanted to set myself up for the future," said Miliate, who will be attending American River College in the fall with plans to transfer to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. "Maybe I'll be a college professor. Maybe I'll come back to (Cordova High) and teach here. I really wanted to open up doors."

The IB Programme at Mitchell Middle and Cordova High schools prepares students to make an impact in the world around them through rigorous, hands-on learning. Folsom Cordova's IB Programme connects classroom learning with the real world - developing well-rounded, independent thinkers ready for the global economy.

Folsom Cordova has two International Baccalaureate programs: the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme. All students in grades 6-10 attending Mitchell Middle and Cordova High schools participate in the MYP Programme, and students who choose to continue their IB studies in grades 11-12 can participate in the challenging Diploma Programme.   

The District's first graduating class from the Diploma Programme had 49 students - 21 of whom received the prestigious full Diploma, which required students to take more higher-level courses and helped them earn college credit at UC schools.

To learn more about the Folsom Cordova's IB Programme and how to enroll, visit
researcher_science_tube.jpg SCIENTIFIC SUMMER PROGRAMS
Brought to you by California Northstate University (CNU)

Forensics Summer Camp
Hey high school students! Are you interested in learning about forensics? Join California Northstate University for an interactive laboratory experience where you can immerse yourself in the challenges of crime scene investigation. During this week-long summer camp, you'll work with your team to gather evidence, study the clues, analyze data, and solve the mysteries of a realistic crime scene. The camp costs $200 for students. Register online at www.cnsu.edu by July 11th to enroll in the program. The forensics fun lasts from July 25th - 29th every day from 1 to 5 p.m. at California Northstate University, located at 2910 Prospect Park Drive. For more information, contact Alayna Loper at  alayna.loper@cnsu.edu .

Molecular Biology Workshop
Calling all high school science teachers! California Northstate University is offering a free 5-day workshop on molecular biology techniques for the classroom. The workshop goes from July 25th - 29th from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and includes: hands-on molecular biology lab exercises, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities, instructional materials and curriculum packages, and much more! With your participation, you will also be eligible to participate in both the Equipment Loan Program from CNU as well as the Forensics Summer Camp for high school students that same week. Register by July 11th by contacting Heather M. Brown at (916) 686-7400 x406 or email bio2careers@gmail.com

BE A PART OF THE AIRSHOW TEAM

You won't believe your skies when the California Capital Airshow returns to Mather Airport October 1st and 2nd. 

Featuring the U.S. Navy's  exciting Blue Angels jet performance team, the 11th Annual California Capital Airshow is shaping up to be spectacular.
 
Find out more about this year's show and become part of the action. Be sure to also sign-up on the home page to become an Airshow Insider for special Airshow updates and news! Register Here

LEADERSHIP RANCHO CORDOVA IS 
RECRUITING FOR CLASS XI  

Leadership Rancho Cordova (LRC) launches a new class on a year-long exploration of our city this fall, and the search is on for eager students.
In the spirit of developing community leaders, the program - offered by the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce - enters its 11th year! It now boasts more than 150 alumni - many currently serving in community leadership roles throughout the city and region.

The next class of approximately 25 will be selected to represent a broad mix of backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and employment - a key ingredient to a successful leadership program, said Rachele Burton, Chair of the program's governing board.

"Community leadership and engagement can be complex, and we want to encourage and support a pool of local people who have taken the time to dig deep and study the many layers of Rancho Cordova," she added.

Class XI begins in October with a kick-off reception at Rancho Cordova City Hall, followed by a two-day retreat in Tahoe to immerse themselves in leadership fundamentals and begin the process of team building.

In November, the class begins monthly "modules" and explores topics such as the state of volunteerism, local government, arts and culture, education, land use and economic development, recreation and tourism, and public safety in Rancho Cordova, along with leadership lessons that pertain to each sector.

The group will also develop and execute a class project - the signature of their class. Past class projects have included the development of the Rancho Cordova International Festival (now "iFest"), a photographic history of Rancho Cordova, a summer family film series, and refurbishing the dog park at Hagan Park.

The class is not free and does require time commitments for modules, project development, and execution. But organizers believe the effort is worthwhile.

Click here for more information about Leadership Rancho Cordova.   T he deadline for applications is July 31st. Call (916) 273-5700 or em ail  Leadership@RanchoCordova.org .

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SUMMER FOOD PROGRAMS

Free nutritious lunches for kids and teens are available all over the Sacramento area this summer! These meals are FREE to all children in Rancho Cordova between the ages of 2 and 18.


Breakfast
  • Breakfast is served Monday - Friday at A.M. Winn Public Waldorf, 3351 Explorer Drive, 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. until August 5th
  • Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive, every Saturday, 8:30 - 10 a.m. until August 6th
Lunch
For lunch, stop by these locations from Monday - Friday:
  • White Rock Elementary, 10487 White Rock Road, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.until July 29th
  • Cordova Lane Center, 2460 Cordova Lane, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. until July 22nd
  • Williamson Elementary, 2275 Benita Drive, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. until July 22nd
  • Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Boulevard, 1 - 2 p.m. until August 5th.  
  • A.M. Winn Public Waldorf, 3351 Explorer Drive, 12 - 1 p.m. until August 5th

Learning doesn't stop in the summer, and neither should healthy eating habits! To search for more locations in the Sacramento region, click here.

SMALL COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

Do you have a great idea for your neighborhood? We want you to dream big for your community, and the City of Rancho Cordova will pitch in $500 to make your dreams a reality.
  
Rancho Cordova's Small Community Grants program is intended to engage citizens in creative efforts to improve the community, and generate accomplishments that citizens can take pride in.

The City of Rancho Cordova will provide up to $500, one-time cash awards to community groups for special projects in our neighborhoods. Community groups are responsible for proposing, designing, and implementing the project. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis following review by the City. One application per person per calendar year will be considered.

The Mobil Country Club in Rancho Cordova - a small community on Sunrise Blvd. for people 55 years or older - received a grant for their Emergency Evacuation Committee. The park has 480 homes and only one exit, and as all the residents are senior citizens and many are handicapped, the committee needed help. 
The grant was used to purchase safety vests and hats to identify volunteers who would be working with police, fire, and medical teams if an evacuation was necessary. 

With the help of the Red Cross, the committee also installed smoke detectors in many of the residents homes for no cost. This is just one of the many ways the Small Community Grants program has helped Rancho Cordova residents.

RIVER FRIENDLY CARWASH

Are you considering holding a carwash fundraiser to raise money for your cause? The River-Friendly Fundraiser Carwash Program  is here to help!  Developed by the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership, this program provides resources to promote environmentally-friendly car washes that protect our creeks and rivers.

Soapy water can cause harm to fish and other aquatic life. This used water can carry dirt, grease, and other harmful pollutants with it. Typically, the water flows along a parking lot or other paved surface into the storm drain system and from there, it flows untreated to creeks and into the American River. Here are some tips to consider when planning your fundraiser car wash:
  • Commercial carwashes are safer on the environment because these facilities are equipped to trap the sudsy water and route it to the sanitary sewer system for treatment. Consider partnering with a commercial carwash to host your fundraiser there.
    • Quick Quack Car Wash in Rancho Cordova is a program partner. To view a complete list of program partners, click here.
  • Use products labeled non-toxic, phosphate free, and biodegradable. These products can be purchased at most large retail outlets.
  • Use a bucket of soapy water to re-soap rags or sponges throughout the carwash rather than adding more soap directly to rags or sponges.
  • Wring out sponges and rags into buckets, not on the ground.
  • Conserve water and minimize the amount of wastewater you produce by using a spray nozzle with an automatic shut-off.
  • Always empty buckets of wastewater into the sanitary sewer system via sinks, toilets, or sanitary sewer clean-out, or onto landscaped areas where the wastewater can be absorbed.
For more information and resources,  visit the River-Friendly Carwash Program website here .
SUMMER CONCERTS


August marks the return of Friday Night Concerts, which brings 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 which will be onsite! 

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:
  • 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)
Click here to hear the bands.
CORDOVA STUDENTS WIN AWARD

Congratulations to the team of Cordova High School (CHS) students who took Best in Show at the two-day shed-building competition at Cosumnes River College on Thursday, May 12th, at the 30th annual SRBX Education Foundation Design Build Competition.

Students designed an octagonal shed for the contest, including working drawings, a safety plan, and a project management chart. Additionally, CHS junior Yulia Khandryka won the Safety Person of the Year award - the only individual recognition awarded at the competition. Not only did Yulia design the entire structure, she also displayed leadership by maintaining safety for the student team members throughout the competition.
 
Here are the students who participated on the team that won Best in Show:

Ana Galvan Juarez 
Yulia Khandryka 
Dylan Digregario 
Brandon Pletcher 
Eddie Slivinsky  
Albert Meredith 
Cameron Bittick 
Roman Holliday 
Kai Jorgenson
  
The Best in Show award earned Cordova High's team an invitation to the statewide competition held from June 27th - 29th, which was a first for Cordova High. The team outscored all other teams in the safety categories but ultimately did not win the competition. Go Lancers!
EVENTS CALENDAR

Sac Metro Fire's Fire Camp - Tuesday, July 12th - Friday, July 15th
Station 21 - Citrus Heights, 7641 Greenback Lane
Fire Camp is a four-day day adventure that provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today's fire service. The program is designed to teach kids safety skills, instill self-confidence and teamwork, and provide a basic understanding of firefighting in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Visit the event website to apply .

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, July 15th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Join us in welcoming Sharon Stone-Smith, Executive Director of the Sacramento Children's Museum, to this month's luncheon. Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, and $20 for non-members. Doors and buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., and you will be out the door by 1 p.m. 
Reserve Your Seat

Pool Visioning Session #2 - Monday, July 18th, 6 p.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3480 Routier Road
Join in the conversation at the second visioning session for the Cordova Community Pool Renovation Project. Community members are asked to participate with Cordova Recreation and Park District staff in the design process. Learn More

Best of the West Little League Tournament - Tuesday, July 19th - Monday, July 25th
American River College, 4700 College Oak Drive
Play ball! Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism is sponsoring the Best of the West 2016 Little League Senior West Region All-Star Tournament at American River College. Teams from across the west face off for a chance to make it to the Senior League World Series. Bring some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and enjoy an afternoon game. For more information and game times, visit
www.seniorwesternregional.com .

Party in the Park - Friday, July 22nd, 5:30 p.m.
Lincoln Village Community Park and Pool, 3480 Routier Road
Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) wants to get rid of those end-of-summer blues with activities, giveaways, food, music, and more. Party in the Park is a FREE family-friendly event with more than 45 vendors and a kid zone - complete with an obstacle course and soccer shootout game. Lincoln Village Community Pool is free and open to the public for family swim and food and drinks will be available to purchase. See you there!

American Legion Cook-Out Fundraiser - Saturday, July 23rd, 3 - 7 p.m.
Mobile Country Club Community Building, 2473 Sunrise Boulevard
Support your local veterans! American Legion Post 709 Rancho Cordova is fundraising for homeless veterans, women veterans, and activities/events for all veterans. There will be live music, food, and fun for all! Children under 12 eat free. Advanced tickets cost $12 or $15 at the door. 

Cobblestone Park Grand Opening - Wednesday, July 27th, 6:30 p.m.
Cobblestone Park, 10900 Barden Drive
Rancho Cordova has another new park!  Cobblestone Park is a 1.6 acre neighborhood park site in the Capital Village Neighborhood and includes several shade trees, picnic areas and an informal turf area. As well as a connection to the Capital Village bike path that runs through the park.  Come to the grand opening and check out Rancho Cordova's newest place to play!

City Council Regular Meeting - Monday, August 1st, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

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

Business & Community Expo - Thursday, August 18th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Save the date! The 6th annual Rancho Cordova Business Exchange is a "business to community" and "business to business" expo bringing together businesses from throughout the region. Use this opportunity to get in front of your customers and their employees who join us at the expo during their workday. Free lunch samplings help drive attendance! This event has several opportunities; be an exhibitor and showcase your company, be a sponsor and benefit from name recognition, or come be a spectator and check out what the Rancho Cordova businesses are doing. You can even do all three! Click here for exhibitor information and pricing.
CALLING ALL CARS

Do you have a vintage car? If so, save the date of Sunday, October 9th and join us as we commemorate the "Rancho Cordova Heritage Corridor," unveiling a monument honoring the proud heritage of the Historic Lincoln Highway Route along Folsom Boulevard.

You don't have to own a show car to participate in this celebration of the Great American Road Trip, kicked off in 1914 with the opening of the first Coast to Coast Highway from New York Times Square to San Francisco's Golden Gate. 

Learn how the Lincoln Highway shaped our country, our region, and the City of Rancho Cordova. We're pulling out all the stops to celebrate...and we are recruiting car display participants NOW.

Sign up by August 31st and receive a limited edition "DASH PLATE" commemorating the dedication of the Rancho Cordova Lincoln Highway Monument.  Learn More 

EPPIE'S GREAT RACE
Registration is Now Open!

Held along the scenic American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova, Eppie's Great Race features a 5.82-mile run, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 6.35-mile paddle. Annually the event attracts 1,300 participants, roughly 4,000 spectators and 1,000 volunteers. For 2016, event organizers have added a new stand-up paddle board division.

As always, the race features many Ironperson and Team Divisions for both adults and juniors.  Race proceeds benefit the Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services, and are expected to cover one third of the organization's yearly budget. The organization provides recreational activities and other services for children and adults with disabilities.

Founded in 1974 by Sacramento-area restauranteur/entrepreneur Eppie Johnson, Eppie's Great Race is considered the world's oldest triathlon. This year's race will take place on July 16th. More information is available at eppiesgreatrace.org
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AWARD

A gold medalist in Rancho Cordova!  American River Brewing Company 's Coloma Brown Ale captured its third gold medal at the annual California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition. David Mathis, Owner and Brewer, and Andy Armstrong, Head Brewer and Partner, are thrilled about taking home this award. According to the duo, "Our Coloma Brown is an American brown ale with hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and it's unlike any brown ale you've had." Customers are always telling them how Coloma Brown is well balanced and easy to drink. Cheers!
SUMMER ARTIST RECEPTION

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 and nourish our souls.
 
Meet the artists, see the art, and enjoy complimentary refreshments during an Artist Reception from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21st. Ensembles from the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra will provide a musical background.  Admission is free of charge.
 
Farm to Fork will be on display through October 1st and is available for viewing weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., or anytime Rancho Cordova City Hall is open.

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. The drop off date for the show is September 23rd, so mark your calendar and get creating.
 
The Fall Show is an open event showcasing all media show (sorry, no video or large sculptures) and anything goes! Those wishing to participate should be registered on the Rancho Cordova Artist Database. Register Here
GET YOUR HALL OF FAME TICKETS

The Rancho Cordova Athletic Association has named a diverse group of elite athletes to be inducted into the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

From the 1973 state champions for the mile relay from Cordova High School's track and fi eld team to high school baseball players who went on to play Major League Baseball, the 2016 class of inductees reads like a "Who's Who" of Rancho Cordova sports heroes, including athletes, coaches, and "H eart of a  Champion" supporters who have been central to building remarkable sports legends.

The inductees will be honored during the 2016 Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th at Rancho Cordova City Hall. Tickets for the event will include an appetizer, cocktail reception, and awards program. Tickets will be limited to 350, and the event promises to be a sell-out.  Buy Tickets

The event is organized by the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association in partnership with the Cordova Community Council.  For a full list of inductees and get tickets, click here .
PLASTIC BAG BAN

The City of Sacramento and unincorporated Sacramento County are saying goodbye to single-use plastic bags. Now, grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores in unincorporated areas of the county and City of Sacramento will no longer provide single-use plastic bags. Buy a paper or reusable bag at check-out. Stores subject to the ban must make recyclable paper or reusable bags available for purchase for a minimum of $.10 per bag. This went into effect in the City of Sacramento on January 1, 2016 and in unincorporated Sacramento County on July 1, 2016. 

This plastic bag ban DOES NOT apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores within the city limits of the City of Rancho Cordova. However, store owners may choose to charge for plastic bags as a business owner - just know it's not a result of the plastic bag ban in force.  Click here to view a map of Rancho Cordova's city limits

Learn more about the ban at  www.byos.saccounty.net.
CRITICAL BLOOD SHORTAGE

BloodSource has an unprecedented critical need for blood of all types. This month, reserves of blood throughout BloodSource service areas are projected to be at least 4,700 pints below required inventory levels - the equivalent of more than 14,000 lives that could be saved. 

Currently, the blood inventory level has been trending at an approximate two-day supply for patients, which is half of the ideal quantity needed to provide a safe and available blood inventory.

Here's how you can help: make an appointment to donate blood. Spread the word to friends and family and help save lives.  For more information,  click here .
 
 
We always love hearing from our residents! Let us know how you're  getting a FRESH TAKE on Rancho Cordova today!