It's time for summer fun in Rancho Cordova! Don't miss out on the family-friendly excitement at our Moonlight Movies, Fourth of July, summer camps, splash parks and pool, and much more. Find out who will receive Community Enhancement Fund grants. Learn about water conservation changes and tips, as well as a volunteer program that gives kudos to homeowners. We hope you enjoy the June edition of Fresh News!

COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT FUND GRANTS ANNOUNCED

The City of Rancho Cordova is proud to announce the award of 48 community grants from the Community Enhancement Fund for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. The Community Enhancement Fund is supported by Measure H, a ½ cent local sales tax measure that was approved by Rancho Cordova citizens in November 2014.
 
The 48 approved projects were submitted by a range of individuals, organizations, businesses, and community partners, and each showcase an investment in the Rancho Cordova community. Each project clearly exhibits support for community priorities, including arts, culture, history, and entertainment; education, after-school programs, and school gardens; sports; and overall community benefit.
 
"The Community Enhancement Fund grants will ensure Rancho Cordova's priorities happen that much faster," said Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander. "This year's applicants showed creative and innovative ideas that will continue making us a vibrant community that values opportunity, partnerships, and fun."
 
Rancho Cordova's Fourth of July Parade will be even more entertaining this July 3rd-4th with a high school marching band competition, youth bike parade, and a 5k color run. Rancho Cordova high school graduates will have an opportunity to go to the new Rancho Cordova Center of Folsom Lake College free for the first year. Sports are taking a lead role with new state-of-the-art technology and training for the Cordova High School football program to prevent and monitor brain injuries and concussions.
 
The Community Enhancement Fund generates approximately $7.2 million annually in revenues for the City's general fund. The community grants total $1.8 million of this revenue, with the remaining $5.4 million allocated to public safety, public works, economic development, community development, administrative/communications projects, and legacy projects.
 
"Thank you to everyone who submitted a grant application for the City's Community Enhancement Fund!" said Mayor Sander. "If you have received a grant, the City will contact you to discuss next steps. Stay tuned to the City's website and social media for project updates."
 
 
Questions? Contact the City's Community Enhancement Analyst Stacy Delaney at (916) 851-8878 or sdelaney@cityofranchocordova.org

FREE SUMMER CAMP COMES TO RANCHO CORDOVA
Brought to you by the City's Community Enhancement Fund

Are you looking for a kid-friendly summer camp? The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento is bringing one to White Rock Elementary School, and it's FREE to you!

We are proud the Boys and Girls Club has selected Rancho Cordova to expand its summer camp program. The summer camp will run from June 20th through July 22nd from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and is open to kids in the community entering 1st through 6th grades.

Kids will enjoy local field trips, arts and crafts, sports, and exciting adventures. Plus, daily lunch is provided!

Adreana Rubio, Coordinator at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, moved to Rancho Cordova six months ago and is currently heading up the summer camp program. Her goal is to create 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."

The program will be supported by 15 interns from Cordova High School, ranging from freshman to seniors. The goal is to teach students career techniques that will serve them during and after high school.

"This is a first-time job for the students so they will learn how to be on time, function in a professional atmosphere, and work well with others," said Adreana.

One part of the internship is for the students to work together to develop an end- of-summer celebration for the summer camp program.

The program is supported by a $200,000 grant from the City's Community Enhancement Fund.

For more information and to sign up, contact Adreana at (916) 281-8567 or arubio@bgcsac.org . Download the camp flyer in English or en Espanol.


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MOONLIGHT MOVIES

It's time to flashback to the past as Moonlight Movies showcases "Best of the 80s" on Friday nights at Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive.

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket, stretch out under warm California moonlight, and enjoy a night out with the family. Admission is FREE.

The series kicked off June 3rd with "Back to the Future" and continues every Friday night in June. Here's the line-up:
  • June 10th: "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
  • June 17th: "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"
  • June 24th: "Footloose"
Showtime is 8:30 p.m. and snack vendors and food trucks roll in around 6:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or pick up dinner from one of many Capital Village restaurants. It's summer!

Get all your 80s swag for the Moonlight Movies at Rancho Cordova's very own Back to the 80s Store and More! Stop by 3366 Mather Field Road for a TaB drink, official Back to the Future sunglasses, or clothing to get in the mood.
RANCHO CORDOVA FOURTH OF JULY

It's a fresh take on AWESOME when the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July celebration returns for its 32nd year to Hagan Park for two fun-filled days on July 3rd and 4th.

Presented by the Cordova Community Council, this is our City's largest community event of the year. The Fourth of July Celebration includes free concerts and attractions, thrilling carnival rides, plenty of festival food, and two great nights of the best fireworks in the region. But this year, there's more!

The Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Parade is a community institution with a new twist: come hear leading youth bands while they compete for big prize money, along with a Children's Bike Decoration challenge and parade down Coloma Road. This addition is made possible by the City's Community Enhancement Fund. Sign up now! 

Now in its third year, the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July 5K Run/Walk gives participants an opportunity to exercise their bodies (along with their freedom!) and will also make a little Rancho Cordova history. It's a Color Run - our first ever - and you can be part of it, thanks to the City's Community Enhancement Fund. Watch from the sidelines or strap on your running shoes for this red, white, and blue run. Sign up now!

The highlight of the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration is two great nights of the best fireworks shows in the region. Join us on Sunday, July 3rd for "California Dreamin'" - a pyrotechnical salute to the Golden State, featuring an aerial show choreographed to the music that celebrates California.

On Monday, July 4th, batten down the hatches as the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular lives up to its name, ripping holes in the sky over the American River in a no-holds-barred patriotic fireworks blow-out.

Gates open at noon on July 3rd and July 4th, and the fun continues until 11 p.m. both nights. General admission is $2 for everybody age 5 and older, and parking is $10. Detailed schedules and information on how to become a vendor, exhibitor, or Fourth of July volunteer are available at www.ranchocordovajuly4th.com

HIGHLIGHTS

July 3rd
Get an early start on the holiday by spending July 3rd at Hagan Park with your neighbors and friends. Admission gates open at noon for the carnival and free kids activities, BMX shows, bike helmet give-away, and more. Plan to spend the dinner hour enjoying great festival food from a wide range of vendors, then settle in your lawn chair or spread out a big blanket for a free concert at 8 p.m. featuring "Rock 'n' Roll Time Machine", a musical stage show that pays tribute to great entertainers through the years. This warm-up to the holiday is topped off by "California Dreamin' " - at 9:45 p.m. - a glittering sky show salute to the Golden State, choreographed to our favorite California songs.

July 4th
Start off your Fourth of July by strapping on your running shoes for the 3rd Annual All-America City Red White and Blue 5K, a jaunt that takes runners right down the parade route. Next up is the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Parade down Coloma Road, and you are the star!  Follow the parade down into Hagan Park where you will be greeted by lively music and plenty of laughter filling the air. Fortify yourself with fun festival food, take in the BMX shows, wander through exhibits, play some games, and more. Gather with old and new friends at the Beer Gardens and check out music by Rancho Cordova's own "Auto Reverse," playing music from 6 to 8 p.m. The action shifts to the concert stage beginning at 8:15 p.m. for a rollicking dance party with "Superlicious" - our favorite party band. At 9:45 p.m. it's KA-BOOM! The Fireworks Spectacular fills the skies for a dazzling ending to a fabulous Rancho Cordova day.

For everybody's safety, leave the fireworks and grilling to the pros, and please leave pets at home - they are not permitted at the Rancho Cordova Fourth of July. Hagan Park is also reserved for the celebration, so the Dog Park will be closed both days.

Join us for Rancho Cordova's biggest party! Discount carnival ride tickets are available, so save money while taking in the thrills! Check out new attractions and all the details at www.ranchocordovajuly4th.com .


FIREWORK SAFETY

The City of Rancho Cordova encourages its residents to practice safe and sane fireworks this Fourth of July season. Fireworks are allowed during the time period beginning 12 noon on June 28th, 2016 and ending at 10 p.m. on July 4th, 2016. Fireworks are often sold throughout Rancho Cordova during this time period, so keep an eye out for locations.

While the recent rains have helped to alleviate the drought, yards and vegetation have dried out and grown significantly. As a result, the City encourages you to cut your yards more frequently to reduce fire hazards. Read up on other firework safety tips from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.

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COMMUNITY PRIDE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

This year's Community Pride Scholarship winner is Delainy Salazar from George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science!

She was selected as the recipient of the $500 scholarship because of her outstanding academic performance and proactive attitude in improving our community.

Delainy volunteered in numerous community events, such as the Heartstoppers Haunted House and the Cordova Community Food Locker's Free Rabies Clinic. The most distinguishable feats that Delainy accomplished during her time at George Washington Carver was her ability to make changes to her school's lunch program by saving energy invested in transportation, preparation of lunch ingredients, and disposal of school lunches. During her time as Student Body President, Delainy also created the Charity Event Initiative that requires every event hosted by student government to sponsor a charity by donating funds raised and educating students about the cause. 

Delainy plans on pursuing her academic career at Willamette University to obtain the Juris Doctor that would prepare her to take the State Bar. In her scholarship essay, Delainy said, "I feel lucky to have been raised in Rancho Cordova and will forever remember the opportunities I was given here. As I go on to attend college I feel that many of the reasons I was accepted to such outstanding institutions is thanks to the vast number of resources I was given by my community."

We wish you the best of luck, Delainy! City of Rancho Cordova employees ensure the Community Pride Scholarship program is possible. Each year, they contribute towards the $500 scholarship and select a graduating high school senior for the award.

SUMMER FUN IN RANCHO CORDOVA

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Kids Learn JavaScript and Electronics Camp
Through a fun comic book series, kids ages 8+ will embark on a journey to the Island of PodPi where they will learn coding in JavaScript and the basics of electronics. Using an engaging comic book format, the Pods will take your children on an adventure in learning, from resistors and LEDs to servo motors and sensors, with hands-on experiences using electronic components. Your kids will go home with the complete PodPi kit (a $100 value). Click here to learn more about the PodPi program and content.
 
Dates: 
Monday, July 11th - Friday, July 15th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 
Monday, July 18th - Friday, July 22nd, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location : Rancho Cordova Training Cen ter,  2941 Sunrise Blvd #110
Price : $295 (kit included)

Photo Credit: CRPD
Splash Parks and Pool Now Open
If you can't stand the heat, get in the water! Beat the heat this summer at one of Rancho Cordova's many splash parks and pool. Kids (and kids at heart) are all welcome!

Lincoln Village Community Pool
3450 Routier Road
Monday - Friday open from 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday open from 1 - 5 p.m.
Daily use $2 or 10 visits for $15

Stone Creek Park (Spray Park)
3625 Spoto Drive
Monday - Sunday open from sunrise to sunset
Free!

Sunridge Park (Spray Park)
4041 Borderlands Drive
Monday - Sunday open from sunrise to sunset
Free!

Village Green Park (Spray Park)
3141 Bridgeway Drive
Monday - Sunday open from sunrise to sunset
Free!

White Rock Splash Park
10488 White Rock Road
Monday - Sunday open from 12 - 7 p.m.
Free!

LIFE LOOKS GOOD ON YOU
Provided by the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks

Planning on visiting Rancho Cordova waterways this summer? While the American River Parkway offers the perfect way to cool off, we want to remind  all river-goers to wear their life jackets! 

It's the law for kids under 13, and it could help save your life.  The California Division of Boating and Waterways statewide life vest loaner program provides more than 2,000 new life vests each year for free.  Life vests are available to borrow first come, first serve in Rancho Cordova at:

River Bend Park (kids only)
Sunrise River Access (kids only)
Metro Fire Station 61, 10595 Folsom Boulevard
Metro Fire Station 63, 12395 Folsom Boulevard
Metro Fire Station 65, 11201 Coloma Road

We hope you have a safe and fun summer on the water! Learn more at  www.lifelooksgoodonyou.org.

Report Non-Emergency Problems on the American River Parkway
Call 875-PARK (875-7275) to reach a Park Ranger.
311 Connect: Simply call 3-1-1, visit www.311.saccounty.net, or download Sac County 311 Connect in the app store on your smartphone.
Visit www.sacparks.net and click on the "oak leaf" for online reporting. 
In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

FIGHT THE BITE
Provided by the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District

With the warm weather upon us, the buzzing of mosquitoes is everywhere! Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but they can also transmit serious diseases like West Nile virus. You can prevent mosquitoes and protect yourself from bites by following these tips:
 
  • Mosquitoes need water to live. They especially like water that is dirty and not moving. Drain all sources of water that may become a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • At least once a week, walk around your property and check for any containers that may collect water. Empty all buckets, flower pots, children's toys, cans, or wheel barrows. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a teaspoon of water!
  • Mosquitoes grow in wet and clogged street gutters. Do not over-water your lawn and please utilize yard waste containers for grass clippings and other debris.
  • Change water in pet dishes and bird baths frequently.
  • Stock ornamental ponds, fountains, and animal water troughs with mosquitofish.
  • Dispose of old tires in your back yard.
  • Keep hot tubs or spas clean or covered.
  • Run the filter and skimmer in your swimming pool to keep it clean. If you cannot maintain your pool, free mosquitofish and insect repellent wipes are available. Report any neglected pools to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.
 
Follow the District D's of Mosquito Prevention

DRAIN any standing water around your home that may produce mosquitoes.
DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors because this is when mosquitoes are most active.
DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.
DEFEND yourself against mosquitoes by using an effective insect repellent, such as DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Make sure you follow label directions!  
DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
DISTRICT personnel are available to address any mosquito problem you may be experiencing by calling Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

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CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OFFERS FREE BREAKFAST

Fuel up for summer! The Sacramento Children's Museum is offering free breakfast every Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. until August 6th. The Summer Food Service Program is a nationwide USDA program with the goal of keeping kids and teens fed during the summer months when they can no longer receive free meals at school.

Locally, the United Way California Capital Region sponsors this program to bring healthy and delicious meals to our community's children. The United Way provides as much locally grown fruit and vegetables as they can, so that every child in Rancho Cordova can have a well-balanced meal.

That's right - the only requirement is that they are 18 years or younger. There are no costs, no paperwork to fill out, and best of all, the Sacramento Children's Museum is offering free museum play!

"This program is so under-utilized in our region. All we want is for children to be full and healthy," said Nancy Russell, program manager for the United Way California Capital Region.

Gather your family and head over to the Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive, for some healthy fun this summer! To find other locations in Rancho Cordova with free summer food programs, text the word "food" to 877-877 or click here . Visit the Sacramento Children's Museum website for hours and other information. 

IT TAKES A (LINCOLN) VILLAGE
Provided by the Sacramento Tree Foundation

What's that, up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's just cleaner air in the City of Rancho Cordova!

In December 2015, the City of Rancho Cordova took steps to become more proactive in the protection and expansion of its urban forest by becoming a   Greenprint Member  with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Since then, we've contracted with Gordon Mann to act as their City Arborist, worked closely with the Tree Foundation to engage the community, and completed a pilot tree planting project, 100 Trees in Lincoln Village! It has been a BUSY six months, but this is just the beginning.

The fun started earlier this year when the It Takes a Lincoln Village (ITLV) Neighborhood Group showed interest in creating more drought-resistant landscapes in their community. Knowing the connection between the   benefits of trees  and community health, we saw this as an opportunity to grow the City's urban tree canopy and save water! Utilizing the Tree Foundation's   NeighborWoods Program,  we were able to make   free, SMUD sponsored, shade trees  available for homeowners, while helping ITLV create design palettes for their front yards.

On a soggy Saturday in March, we threw a barbecue to build community support for the 100 Tree project. It was a successful morning with a beautiful red oak planted on the campus of A.M. Winn Elementary and the names of 35 community members collected who were interested in getting a tree! Additionally, in a unique show of support for the project, the City of Rancho Cordova announced that they would help homeowners with the planting of their front yard trees.

April saw Sacramento Tree Foundation's Community Foresters swing into action, visiting with homeowners to determine the best places to plant trees and the best type of tree to plant at each location to maximize the benefits of shade. The foresters also provided expert help on tree planting and care techniques to ensure that the trees thrive once they are in the ground.

Free trees, stakes and ties were delivered, and 70+ community members banded together to plant 65 front yard trees the morning of Saturday, May 21st. Individual homeowners also planted trees in their backyards and trees have been planted at A.M. Winn Elementary for a total of 100 trees.
 
It was truly a celebration of the Lincoln Village neighborhood. We are extremely grateful to the wide range of volunteers who helped, which included local Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, seniors, Cordova High students, City staff, other neighborhood groups, and community leaders. Mayor David Sander was live on Good Day Sacramento as well.

Where will we be next in Rancho Cordova? Maybe we'll be in your neighborhood!   Let us know you're interested! Many thanks to the City for designating City Community Enhancement Funds to the growth of your urban forest!

WATER CONSERVATION UPDATE

Golden State Water Company Changes Its Watering Restrictions

Please be advised that outdoor irrigation restrictions have changed for Golden State Water Company's Arden and Cordova systems, which serve customers in Rancho Cordova, Gold River, and Arden.

Effective June 1st, 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

Tips for Tree Care During the Drought

As the drought continues, we want to ensure we continue to care for our trees! Here are simple ways you can take care of your trees:

Add Mulch Around Your Trees:  Natural, wood chip mulch is one of the best ways to save water and keep your trees healthy. A thick layer of mulch on top of the soil around your t ree will keep moisture in the soil and protect the roots from extreme temperatures, so you use less water and your trees stay happy!

Check the Soil:   Use a small shovel or screw driver to check the soil 6-8 inches below the surface near the drip line.  If the soil feels dry and crumbly, it's time to water your tree with a slow soak. If the soil feels sticky or wet, let it dry for a couple days before checking it again.

Water Responsibly with a Slow Soak:   Water needs to reach the roots of your tree, which are located 12-28 inches below the surface. Because the root zone extends as a tree grows, young trees and mature trees need different watering techniques. 



EVENT CALENDAR

Yoga on the Green - every Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Mather Golf Course, 4103 Zinfandel Drive
Back by popular demand! In May, Pilates Heartcore brought an outdoor yoga class to Mather Golf Course, and its back! Stress less after work and come enjoy a nice flow yoga class with your friends once a week during the month of June. All experience levels are welcome. 
Register Here

Soil Born Farms Stand - every Saturday, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
American River Ranch Farm Stand, 2140 Chase Drive
Have you ever had veggies straight from the field? Taste and purchase freshly-harvested produce, and enjoy organic coffee and delicious Magpie Cafe baked goods at the farm stand! This weekend, you can stock up on beets, carrots, broccoli, apricots, strawberries, rosemary, and much more. See you there!

Regional Transit Open House - Wednesday, June 8th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tsakapolous Library Galleria, 828 I Street
Regional Transit is in the process of making a plan for service changes in 2017. Provide your input at this month's open house and learn about what's to come. 
Click here for more information.

Soil Born Farms Veggie Cookout Class - Wednesday, June 8th, 6 - 8 p.m.
American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
Grilling isn't just for meat! Come learn what vegetables are best suited for grilling, how to prepare them, grill them, and incorporate them into your meals.
Register Here

Cordova Community Pool Visioning Session - Wednesday, June 8th, 6:30 p.m.
Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive
The Cordova Recreation and Park District is holding the first of two visioning sessions for the Cordova Community Pool Renovation Project. Come to the visioning session to provide your input, participate in the design process, and learn more!

Hillside Park Grand Opening & Ice Cream Social - Friday, June 10th, 6:30 p.m.
Hillside Park, 3566 Rockdale Drive
Rancho Cordova just got another park! Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony and free ice cream social at the beautiful new park, which features two playgrounds, a basketball court, covered picnic areas, and many more play structures.

Telangana Formation Day - Saturday, June 11th, 3 - 10 p.m.
Cordova High School Performing Arts Center, 2239 Chase Drive
The Sacramento Telangana Association is a non-profit organization that was formed to represent the culture and community of Telangana, the newly formed 29th state in India. This lively anniversary event will have singing and dancing performances, along with a dinner of Indian delicacies.
Learn More

Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Tuesday, June 14th, 6 p.m.
Rancho Cordova Police Department, 2897 Kilgore Road
Join the Rancho Cordova Police Department and your neighbors for a neighborhood watch meeting focused on social media awareness and resources.

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, June 17th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, also a candidate for the U.S. Congress, will be the speaker at the June Rancho Cordova Luncheon. Jones was elected to Sacramento County Sheriff in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Come prepared with questions on law enforcement as well as national politics. 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

Free Family Swim Night - Friday, June 17th, 6 - 8 p.m.
Lincoln Village Community Pool, 3450 Routier Road
No summer is complete without a family night at the pool with good music and fun times! Enjoy the chance to challenge your skills on the Aqua Challenge obstacle course. Admission to the pool is free, so get your splash on!

City Council Regular Meeting - Monday, June 20th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Sacramento Gold Rush Paper Show - Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th, 10:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
La Quinta Inn, 11131 Folsom Boulevard
This event will have displays of antique paper from the California Gold Rush, old postcards and photos, international stamps, railroad antiques, and much more! Admission is free, and free evaluations of your items at the show or your home location will be available.

Are you coordinating an event in Rancho Cordova? Let us know by submitting your event to our City calendar here! Make sure to include a flyer or photo if one is available.


FARM TO FORK

figs_on_plate.jpgThe bounty of California will be celebrated through the eyes of artists during "Farm to Fork," the upcoming City Hall art exhibit.

The Call for Artists is now open for this show, which will run from July 18th through September 30th. This is a juried show and will be selected by accomplished artist Ron Hall. The challenge is to be inspired by the lands, the people, and the process of producing the food that nourishes our bodies and soul.

Drop off for artwork to be juried for the exhibit will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. There is no cost to be considered. Click here for full details.


2016 RANCHO CORDOVA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES NAMED

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 state champion 1973 Cordova High School Mile Relay track and field team to high school baseball players who went on to play Major League Baseball (MLB), the 2016 class of inductees reads like a "Who's Who" of Rancho Cordova sports heroes, including athletes, coaches, and "Heart of a Champion" supporters who have been central to building a remarkable sports legend.

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 and cocktail reception and awards program. Tickets will be limited to 350, and the event promises to be a sell-out. Tickets are now on sale here.

The event is organized by the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association in partnership with the Cordova Community Council.

"Rancho Cordova has a uniquely powerful history of youth sports achievement," said David Sander, Rancho Cordova Mayor and president of the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association. "Our Hall of Fame acknowledges and memorializes that incredible history and will inspire our current and future youth athletes as well."

The Rancho Cordova Athletic Association was formed in 2013 to foster lifelong values of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and healthy active lifestyles through development of excellent youth sports facilities and organizations, positive coaching, and access to play for all.

To be elected to the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame, inductees were judged to have attained significant achievements in or contributions to athletics, as well as exhibiting high standards of character and sportsmanship.

"The history of Rancho Cordova is closely linked with some of the most talented athletes in the country," said Conrade Mayer, chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee. "The Hall of Fame showcases an amazing sports legacy and allows it to inspire our entire community, especially our youth."



CALLING ALL CARS...COMING IN OCTOBER

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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


VOLUNTEERS LAUNCH KUDOS PROGRAM

The Rancho Cordova Volunteers in Neighborhood Services (VINS), working in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova and the community, are committed to enhancing Rancho Cordova's quality of life.

The VINS team created a good neighbor recognition program called "VINS Kudos." The award includes a certificate recognizing a home being well-maintained and having great curb appeal. It is a way to say thank you to residents for taking self-pride in their home and surroundings!
 
During the first quarter of 2016, Republic Services and the City of Rancho Cordova kicked off a "Cordova Towne/White Rock Neighborhood Clean-Up" from Mather Field Road to Zinfandel Drive. White Rock Park was the central meet-up area. VINS Kudos were awarded to 15 residents with a $100 gift card from Republic Services, in addition to the "VINS Kudos Award". During the Rancho Cordova City Council meeting on April 4th, an additional $200 gift card from Republic Services was given via drawing to those residents that were able to attend. Mayor David Sander pulled winner Don and Sue! Partnering with Esther Santacruz at Republic Services has provided the following to the residents:
  • Republic Services invoices now have a message to place trash cans behind the fence line.
  • Created a cart hanger, like a door hanger reminder, to put trash cans away.
  • Created stickers for the recycle cans to warn others to NOT scavenge through cans.
  • Updated the "2016 Customer Guide" to help keep Rancho Cordova beautiful, and references the City code to keep cans behind the fence line.
VINS meetings are a great way to meet neighbors and learn more about City services. Please join the next meeting on Thursday, July 7th  from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. The guest speaker is Bea Lopez, Program Manager with the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. Learn More

SAVE YOUR SPOT AT FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE'S RANCHO CORDOVA CENTER
Provided by Folsom Lake College

Registration for summer and fall classes is underway at the Rancho Cordova Center of Folsom Lake College. An extensive selection of general education, university transfer, and personal enrichment courses - offered on campus and online - are available. Save your spot by registering now!

The summer session begins this week and runs through August 4th. The fall semester kicks off the week of August 20th and runs through December 15th. Other shorter-term or "Fast-Track" classes begin throughout the semester. Classes are offered at the Rancho Cordova Center (new facility located at the corner of Folsom Boulevard and Mather Field Road/Paseo Drive), the main Folsom campus, the El Dorado Center in Placerville, and online. View a full schedule of course offerings here.
 
New students must first apply for admission to the college before registering for classes. Click here to access the online admission application.  The enrollment fee for California residents is $46/unit. Other minimal fees apply.
 
For more information, please contact the Rancho Cordova Center at (916) 361-6321.

FCUSD HIGH SCHOOLS SEE INCREASE IN GRADUATION RATES
Provided by Folsom Cordova Unified School District

All three comprehensive high schools in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District saw gains last year in the number of students earning a diploma - and even fewer students dropping out.
 
As the economy has improved, and the state has made more funding available to public schools, Folsom Cordova has invested in a variety of additional academic and emotional supports for at-risk students - including intervention teachers, mental health counselors, and new tools for teachers to better support student growth throughout the school year.
 
Among Folsom Cordova students who started high school in 2011-12, 92.7 percent graduated with their class in 2015, an increase of 0.9 percentage points from the year before, according to data released by the California Department of Education. Since 2010, the District's graduation rate has risen 2.4 percentage points.
 
Additionally, fewer students are dropping out of school. The dropout rate declined 1.1 percentage points, or 16 fewer students - from 4.3 percent in 2014 to 3.2 percent in 2015. The District's dropout rate has dropped 1.7 percentage points since 2010.   
 
( Note:  The dropout rate does not have a precise correlation with the graduation rate because some students are still pursuing a high school degree or its equivalent after four years.)
 
English learners and socioeconomically disadvantaged students saw even bigger gains in the past year. The graduation rate for English learners rose 4.1 percentage points - to 82.2 percent - in 2015, while the dropout rate for this group fell 3.5 percentage points. The graduation rate for socioeconomically disadvantaged students rose 2.9 percentage points, and the dropout rate fell 1.7 points.
 
Here are additional highlights from the District's three comprehensive high schools:
 
Cordova High School
Cordova High, with 344 graduates in 2015, continued to see big improvements in its graduation and dropout rates in the last year. Its graduation rate rose to 95.3 in 2015 - 3 percentage points over the previous year and 5 percentage points since 2010. In the meantime, the dropout rate fell 1.8 percentage points in 2015, to 3 percent or 11 students - 8 fewer students than the previous year.
 
English learners at Cordova High saw enormous gains in the graduation rate, with 88.3 percent of students earning diplomas - improving 10.7 percentage points from the previous year. The rate of English learner students dropping out also fell sharply, from 13.4 percent to 8.3 percent.
 
Cordova High graduation rate from socioeconomically disadvantaged students also increased, by 4.3 percentage points to 94.8 percent in 2015. The rate of dropouts in this category of students also fell, by 2.9 percentage points.
 
Folsom High School
The graduation rate at Folsom High, which had 466 graduates in 2015, has continued to grow in recent years to 98.3 percent. That's 0.9 percentage points since 2010. In 2015, all but one English learner (11), and all but one socioeconomically disadvantaged student (88), graduated.
 
Vista del Lago High School
This school has the highest graduation rate in the District, at 98.8 percent. In other words, only four students out of the 335 seniors at Vista del Lago High School did not graduate in 2015, and the school did not report any dropouts. ( Note: The dropout rate does not have a precise correlation with the graduation rate because some students are still pursuing a high school degree or its equivalent after four years.)
 
While only half of English learner students at Vista graduated in 2015 (the state did not provide an exact number, to protect student privacy where there are 10 or fewer students), 100 percent of socioeconomically disadvantaged students (40) at Vista graduated that year.


RANCHO CORDOVA LEADERSHIP CLASS PLANTS 27 TREES AT HAGAN PARK

On Saturday, May 14th, nine members of this year's Leadership Rancho Cordova Class X planted four species of trees in the dog park at Hagan Community Park, located at 2197 Chase Drive. Also lending a hand were Sarah Saetern and Rachel Pittman from the Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF) and three friends and family of Leadership Class members.

Planting procedure for each of the trees included removing the tree from a 15-gallon container, loosening its roots and soil, placing the tree in the hole that was dug by park personnel using an auger, backfilling the soil in the hole, staking with two heavy-duty stakes and ties, and finally creating a berm and placing mulch around the tree base to conserve water and soil moisture.

"The 4-hour planting went without mishap except for when the auger hit a water main; but fortunately the machine operator is a park irrigation staff member and he was able to quickly take care of the problem," said Horacio Oropeza, Park Services Supervisor and a member of this year's Leadership Class.

The planted trees, all donated by STF, include 10 Red Oak, 10 Sawleaf Zelkova, two Willow Oak, and five Valley Oak. Saetern, STF Community Forester, selected the species of trees and where they should be planted. She gave "special thanks for the chance to work with Leadership Class members and the park district staff. There was great team work and we got a lot done with a small group of volunteers. These trees will provide many benefits to the community as well as make it an enjoyable place for dogs to mingle."

The sizable planting was the start of Class X's dog park revitalization that will also include adding play equipment for dog visitors and benches for their owners. The project will be completed during the coming months and will be officially opened at a ribbon cutting during Doggie Day in the Park on September 17th.

To complete the project, Leadership Class members have participated in several fund raising projects and are asking for donations from companies, businesses, and the public to reach the $15,000 goal. Donations can be made at Leadership 10's YouCaring website  www.youcaring.com/help-hagan-dog-park.

For more information, contact Dana Grossi, a member of this year's Leadership Class, at dgrossi@cityofranchocordova or at (916) 851-8897. All donations are tax deductible as Leadership Rancho Cordova is part of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit tax exempt organization. 
 
Leadership Rancho Cordova Class is sponsored by the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce to identify, develop, and inspire community leaders. Each year's class undertakes a project that benefits the Rancho Cordova community.  For additional information about Leadership Rancho Cordova, go to LeadershipRanchoCordova.org or contact Dawn Hall, Program Administrator, at (916) 273-5703 or at dhall@ranchocordova.org .  


NEXT STOP, NEWS

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) has a few changes headed our way!

On July 1st, RT ticket prices will increase. Lower gas prices resulted in RT receiving less money from a state tax dedicated to funding public transit, so after adopting four new fiscal policies, RT has committed to upgrading the quality of service and making the customer experience better. They are working to clean up light rail stations and bus stops, provide more technology for customer convenience, and increase fare inspection by hiring up to 30 transit agents. Click here for new ticket prices and more information.

RT wants your input! The Fiscal Year 2017 Operating and Capital Budget has a 60-day public review period, and time is almost up to let RT know what you think. Comments can be made by phone, email, or mail and must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 27th. Click here for contact information and to review the budget.

To improve the convenience of buying tickets, RT has launched a new RideSacRT mobile app. That's right, you can now purchase, save, and use tickets right from your smartphone! Skip the lines, plan trips, and save yourself some trouble by downloading the app on the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android). Learn More

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE SCAM

The IRS is calling me? Is this for real? The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration warns us not to fall for scammers who impersonate IRS employees in threatening phone calls that demand immediate payment. Learn more in this quick video.

 

 

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