Spring is coming to Rancho Cordova! New programs have launched to provide funding for community priorities, scholarships for high school seniors, waste pickup assistance, and home improvements. Give back by volunteering at upcoming events or making a donation to those in need. Check out what's new and exciting in our March edition of Fresh News.


You have a great opportunity to invest in Rancho Cordova and to enhance City services! The Community Enhancement Fund (Measure H) Fiscal Year 2016/2017 grant application period is now open from March 1st, 2016 through March 31st, 2016. The City of Rancho Cordova is accepting applications for funding from individuals, organizations, businesses, and community partners interested in investing in our community. 

The City ant icipates awarding approximately $1.8 million in community grants in Fiscal Year 2016/2017.  Learn More and Apply Now

The City is holding two town hall workshops to answer questions about the application process and assist with application submittal. If you are interested in submitting an application, you are welcome to join us at either workshop at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive:
  • Tuesday, March 8th, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 9th, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Questions? Please contact Stacy Delaney, Community Enhancement Analyst, by phone at (916) 851-8878 or email sdelaney@cityofranchocordova.org.
Shave your head to support children with cancer

Join Rancho Cordova as we fight to end childhood cancer that impacts 175,000 children worldwide every year.

Rancho Cordova's 2nd annual "Brave the Shave", a St. Baldrick's Foundation signature head-shaving event, will be held on Monday, March 14th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.

This year's event will honor 4-year-old Dalton W., 5-year-old Karyn Pearl S., 6-year-old Timothy B., 8-year-old Thomas R., and 16-year-old Emily M. who are from Rancho Cordova or Mather. If you know a child with cancer that we should honor, please contact Lorianne Ulm at (916) 851-8755 or  lulm@cityofranchocordova.org .

Our 2016 notable head-shavers include Vice Mayor Donald Terry, Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board Member Zak Ford, and Cordova Community Council's Melody Granger-Mayer. You can join the ranks of head shavers by signing up .

If you aren't quite ready to lose your hair, join us for the festivities! Enjoy free refreshments, raffles, and laughs as we shave heads.

Donations will be accepted on-site towards our $10,000 goal to fund life-saving cancer research, or can be made online here . Last year, we stood together to raise over $13,000 - you can help us do it again!

Looking for scholarship opportunities? City of Rancho Cordova employees are now accepting applications  for the 2016 Community Pride Scholarship! This scholarship is open to graduating  2016 high school seniors who live within the City limits of Rancho Cordova.

Last year's scholarship was awarded to Puspita Hutajulu (pictured right) from Cordova High School. Puspita was highly recommended by her peers for her outstanding leadership and passion for serving her community. She had demonstrated her pride for her community by volunteering at local events with Key Club and participating in the STARS after school program at Williamson Elementary. She graduated with a 3.78 GPA and is currently attending University of California, Santa Barbara where she is studying Economics.

  • Applicant must be a Rancho Cordova resident.
  • Applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  • Applicant must submit a 700-word essay about themselves, community activities, and future academic plans.
  • Applicant must submit a complete application, postmarked, delivered, or emailed, to Rancho Cordova City Hall by Monday, April 4th, 2016.
We are looking to help make dreams come true for one special graduate.  Apply Now
World Famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels Return to the Skies of Sacramento Headlining the 2016 California Capital Airshow

The California Capital Airshow, presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, announced its official 2016 show dates and headlining act, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The Show, scheduled for October 1-2, 2016, at Mather Airport will announce ticket availability in the coming months.

"We are ecstatic to host the Blue Angels," said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. "It's been nearly a decade since the team has graced the skies of the state capital, and we are beyond excited to showcase them as they celebrate their 70th anniversary."

The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to the Country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. In 2016, the Blue Angels will celebrate their 70th anniversary. Performing since 1946, the team has thrilled and inspired more than 484 million spectators.

"The fans have been clamoring for the team's return for years, and we can't wait to share the news. We're planning to host our biggest show yet and are looking forward to another epic event," added Brewer.

In addition to the unparalleled precision of the Blue Angels, the 2016 Airshow will feature top military and civilian performers including jet demonstrations, high-energy aerobatics, rare warbirds, bombers, and pyrotechnics. On the ground, attendees will be able to explore aircraft displays, interact with pilots and crew members, and experience attractions and educational exhibits designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

For information about becoming a sponsor, click here . The Airshow website is updated regularly with news, attraction information, and more. Fans can follow the Airshow on Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram.


Republic Services is proud to offer assistance to qualifying residents with physical limitations with moving trash, recycling, and green waste carts for collection free of charge .

To qualify for this service, r esidents with physical limitations must provide doctor's verification that the resident is unable to move the garbage, recycling, and green waste carts on their own.

If there is someone in residence at the address who is capable of placing the carts out for collection, you may not qualify for this service.

For more information or to sign up for this service, please contact Republic Services at (916) 638-9000. They'll  handle it from there.

Jocelyn and Jonathon giggle while making paper lanterns for Chinese New Year.
With roughly 85 languages spoken in Rancho Cordova schools, it makes sense that local children learn about different cultures. The new Cultural Connections On-The-Go trunk program from the Sacramento Children's Museum is giving children in Rancho Cordova a chance to recognize and appreciate our community's diversity and learn more about it.

Each trunk includes five fun lessons and supplies for interactive activities. In February, children at White Rock Elementary learned about the Chinese New Year with a trunk from the On-The-Go trunk program. The China trunk contained fun and educational activities, such as chopsticks to practice with, supplies for creating paper lanterns, Chinese money for the children to learn about, and music that children in China listen to at celebrations of the New Year.

The City of Rancho Cordova's Community Enhancement Fund helped fund this program with a $10,000 grant. The grant helped to expand the trunk program and bring it to 12 elementary schools in Rancho Cordova for no cost. The Sacramento Children's Museum is encouraging local teachers to utilize all of the different trunks they offer to help their students learn about our diverse city and the people who call Rancho Cordova home. Email the Rancho Cordova museum to learn more.

Another great program supported by the Community Enhancement Fund is Playmakers. Playmakers is an after-school program designed to teach children good values, which include family, academics, winning with honor, and serving others. This mentoring program was founded by Greg "Coach Roz" Roeszler, and it has been building character in local elementary schools for three years. With the funding from the Community Enhancement Fund, Playmakers is now available in three elementary schools in Rancho Cordova.

The children and coaches meet Tuesday through Friday every week throughout the school year. Every afternoon starts with play time, followed by character-building exercises and reading. In the Playmakers program, reading is actually an interactive computer program that is designed to help each student read better and comprehend more as they continue to use it. To the children, it's a fun computer game with a cool story - but the results don't lie. Many of the third graders in Playmakers read at a first grade level at the beginning of the school year. After using this program and being involved in Playmakers, so me have progressed to a fourth grade reading level in just a few months.

Coach Roz says that one of the most important lessons that he and the other coaches teach the children is what character means. "The way we define character is doing the right thing when no one is watching," said Roz. "We also try to teach them leadership lessons."

This mentoring program is changing children's lives every day, and it is just one of many great organizations that Community Enhancement Fund money has gone to. Stay tuned for more updates on what the Community Enhancement Fund is supporting.


It's not too late to enroll at Folsom Lake College this spring! There are open "fast-track" classes that start later in the semester - including offerings in Anthropology, Business, Computer Science, English, Geology, Humanities, Political Science, Theatre Arts, and much more.
Second 8-week term classes start the week of March 15th. Other courses begin throughout the semester. Classes are offered at the Rancho Cordova Center, the Main Folsom campus, the El Dorado Center in Placerville, and online.

If you would like to enroll in a class or just see what is available, click here For more information, please contact Rancho Cordova Center staff at (916) 361-6321.


Come and Rock the Kasbah with the Cordova Community Council on Friday, March 11th during the 17th Annual Community Volunteer Awards, Rancho Cordova's premiere awards event.
An inspiring group of winners will be honored during an elaborate theme party celebrating the "Magic Carpet Ride of Volunteering." Congratulations to the winners!
Winners include:
Rancho Cordovan of the Year: Al Rogel
Distinguished Community Service:  Minnie Connor, Bernice Kong, and Shirley Gladfelder (Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center)
Distinguished Service by a Faith Community:  Rancho Cordova Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter
Outstanding Service to Youth: Blessings in a Backpack
Distinguished Community Business Partner:  KP International Marketplace
Distinguished Community Service Organization: The Respite Club at Cordova Neighborhood Church
Outstanding Teen Service: Kelvin Martinez
We Couldn't Do it Without You: Republic Services
For more than a half-century, the Cordova Community Council has taken an active role in not only fostering volunteer activity in the community, but honoring it as well. The exuberant "Rock the Kasbah" event is open to the public and is an inspiring and fun program with a special performance by the Sunrise Elementary School cast of "Aladdin Jr."
The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and program.  Buy Tickets

Neighborhood Services Strategic Plan Meeting - Tuesday, March 1st, 6 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The City of Rancho Cordova's Neighborhood Services Division is responsible for code enforcement and animal services. Their overall goal is to preserve and revitalize Rancho Cordova neighborhoods and help residents access City services and programs. The Division is creating a new Strategic Plan to guide their efforts, and needs your input to make it happen! We want your feedback on: how does the community envision Neighborhood Services? What areas should we be focusing on? How should we plan for the present and future? 

Bike Plan Meeting - Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Soon bikers will have an easier ride on Rod Beaudry Drive and Routier Road. A new two-way cycle track will increase accessibility and safety on these roads. This is one project made possible by the City's Bicycle Master Plan. Now, we are looking for the next big idea to improve our bikeways! Have one to share? Join us at a community meeting. Refreshments will be served to fuel our brainstorm session. 

100 Trees in Lincoln Village - Saturday, March 5th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
A.M. Winn Elementary School, 3351 Explorer Drive
Attention Lincoln Village residents! The ITLV ("It Takes a Lincoln Village") Group, the City of Rancho Cordova, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation bring you 100 Trees in Lincoln Village. Join us for a free BBQ and fun day. Learn about this new program, how to receive a free tree, and information on drought tolerant landscaping. The event  features free food, face painting, and fun. For more information, contact Gordon Mann at (916) 851-8869 and   gmann@cityofranchocordova.org .

Writing Workshop for Veterans - Wednesday, March 16th and March 30th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Boulevard
Join local writer and poet Bob Stanley for writing sessions in a supportive group. We'll be reading selections in various styles - memoirs, poetry, and fiction - to help you get words down on paper! He will provide prompts, but you can write anything you want. No homework. This free program is designed to be a fun workshop for veterans at all skill levels. Register with staff at the library.

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, March 18th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
John McGinness, popular KFBK talk show host and former sheriff of Sacramento County, will be the guest speaker at this month's Rancho Cordova Luncheon.  McGinness will share his take on the local and national political scene as the ramp-up to the 2016 Presidential Election continues. Tickets for the luncheon, Rancho Cordova's largest and longest running civic forum, are $12 for members and $20 for members. Register and Purchase Tickets

PAL March Madness - Saturday, March 19th, 8 a.m.
Mitchell Middle School, 2100 Zinfandel Drive
The Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) brings back its March Madness 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The event is open to 4th - 8th graders and it's free. All players receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Pre-registration is required before March 10th. Learn More Volunteers are also needed to make the event a slam dunk. Sign Up

Capital Village Model Park Opening - Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Corner of Zinfandel Drive and International Drive
Join Beazer Homes' Capital Village community in Rancho Cordova for a brand new model opening event. Enjoy light refreshments, model tours, and experience a great selection of ready-to-own homes. Capital Village offers townhome-style and single-family home designs ranging from 1,306 sq. ft. to 2,486 sq. ft. and priced from the $280s. 

Hoppin' and Huntin' at Hagan - Saturday, March 26th, 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive
Celebrate with the Cordova Recreation and Park District! Hoppin' and Huntin' at Hagan, everyone's favorite egg hunt event, is back. Bring a basket for the egg hunt and an appetite for the pancake breakfast. There will be tons of activities including contests and prizes, inflatable houses for kids, games, music, face painting, and fun for the whole family. Admission to the event is free.  For the event schedule and pancake breakfast pricing, click here.

Neighborhood Clean Up Event - Saturday, March 26th, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
White Rock Neighborhood
Attention White Rock residents! R epublic Services, City of Rancho Cordova, and community volunteers are holding the third of three Neighborhood Clean-Up events in your neighborhood. We will pick up your trash and e-waste free of charge! Click here for a map of the area. If you  live in the map   area, place your junk and clutter on the curb, and we will pick it up between 9 a.m. and Noon. Your pile cannot be out sooner than 24 hours before clean-up. Event will happen rain or shine!  Then join your neighbors and volunteers for a free community BBQ at the White Rock Community Park from Noon to 1 p.m.

New Traditions Concert - Saturday, April 2nd, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Cordova High School Performing Arts Center, 2239 Chase Drive
Experience the new Performing Arts Center and support the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra as they inaugurate this beautiful new community facility during "New Traditions".  This is the community debut for the Cordova High facility and annual fundraiser for the orchestra featuring violin sensation Ray Anthony Trujillo.  Pete Nowlen conducts for this grander-than-grand Grand Opening.  Tickets are $20 and seating is limited. Purchase Tickets

Save the Date Events

Rancho Cordova Community Golf Classic - Saturday, April 23rd
Empire Ranch Golf Club, 1620 E Natoma Street, Folsom
Swing for a cause! Five great Rancho Cordova non-profit organizations benefit when golfers tee up for the inaugural event.  Presented by the Belka and Hagan Families of Rancho Cordova, this exciting golf event will benefit the Cordova Community Council Foundation, Cordova Community Food Locker, Rancho Cordova Rotary Club Foundation, Jerry Manuel Foundation and Purpose:full "No Kid Hungry" campaign.  Register to golf, become a sponsor, or donate a prize. Learn More

Kids Day in the Park - Saturday, April 30th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive
The award-winning Rancho Cordova Kids Day in the Park returns for a 27th year.  This year's theme is "Rancho Cordova - a Great Place to Grow" and celebrates a farm theme, with fun exhibits, attractions, and entertainment that is all for free! More than 120 exhibitors will be at Kids Day to share parent resources and health information and screenings. Become an Exhibitor or Learn More

iFest International Festival - Saturday, May 14th, 5 - 9 p.m.
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive
International cultural performers are now being sought to share the spotlight on stage at the 9th Annual iFest International Festival.  Applications are now available and the search is on for the finest performers - adults and children - wishing to share their culture during this colorful and exciting festival.  Deadline to apply is Friday, April 1st. Apply Now

The 1979 Lancer Football Team that was among the Inaugural Class of the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Nominations for the 2016 Class of the Rancho Cordova Athletic Association (RCAA) Sports Hall of Fame is now open!
Established to honor outstanding athletic achievements and efforts which have enhanced athletics in Rancho Cordova, the  RCAA Sports Hall of Fame will host an official induction ceremony on Saturday,  September 10th honoring achievement in three categories: athletes, coaches, and heart of a champion.
To be eligible for nomination, a nominee must meet one of the following: (1) born in Rancho Cordova, (2) made their mark within Rancho Cordova, or (3) lived in Rancho Cordova and went on to high levels of sports achievement elsewhere.  This is a citywide Hall of Fame and not limited to Cordova High School athletic achievement. High standards of character and sportsmanship of the nominees will be considered during selection, a process that will be conducted with the utmost integrity.
Don't delay! Nominations close March 31st.  Submit A Nomination
Visit the Virtual Rancho Cordova Hall of Fame to check out last year's winners and watch videos recalling Rancho Cordova's great moments in sports.

Rancho Cordova artists explore the world of fantasy and the animal kingdom during a pair of fascinating exhibits at Rancho Cordova City Hall this spring.
Now showing is "Unreal & Imagined", an artful flight into fantasy during a City Hall Gallery show through Friday, April 1st. 

Artists change it up Monday, April 4th through Saturday, July 16th with "CRITTERS:  Aardvark to Zebra" examining the marvels of the animal kingdom.  Meet the artists during the show's Artist Reception at City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14th. Free admission.
Now open is a "Call for Artists" for the CRITTERS show.  Rancho Cordova artists wishing to participate should be registered on the Artist Database.  If you have previously registered there is no need to re-register. If you haven't already, register here.
CRITTERS is a juried show. Guest juror is the award-winning S andy Lindblad , a Grass Valley contemporary animal portrait artist. Download the jury invitation here.  Be prepared to bring art to Rancho Cordova City Hall between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th to be juried.
Admission to the art exhibits is free and yours to enjoy weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or any time Rancho Cordova City Hall is open.

Creek Week returns!

Rancho Cordova is home to over 88 miles of creeks and channels that see their fair share of trash throughout the year. You can make a difference in improving and enhancing the health of our urban waterways. All it takes is a few hours of your time to collect trash at a creek. For those new to the Rancho Cordova community, volunteering can also be a great way to meet your neighbors!
Our Creek Week clean-up will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a free BBQ for volunteers. Volunteer registration opens today! Sign Up Now
This annual event is coordinated in partnership with the Sacramento Area Creeks CouncilThis year's theme is "Every Drop Counts - Creek Critters Need Water Too." 

If you are interested in learning more about Creek Week, contact Dana Grossi with the City's Storm Water Quality Program at (916) 851-8897 or dgrossi@cityofranchocordova.org  We hope to see you out there!

Thousands of residents in Sacramento County are seniors or adults with disabilities who are at risk due to multiple safety and health hazards in their homes. Rebuilding Together's Safe at Home program helps residents age safer at home, by installing safety and accessibility features, such as grab bars and shower and bath aids, which can reduce falls by 50%.

This program is available for free to qualified low-income households located in most communities in Sacramento County, and is available for a reasonable fee for those above the income guidelines.

Rebuilding Together Sacramento is a non-profit that preserves and revitalizes homes and communities to ensure that people who are low-income, elderly, disabled or families with children, can live independently in comfort and safety. 

Funds for the Safe at Home program in Rancho Cordova come from Rancho Cordova's Community Development Block Grant, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Call Rebuilding Together Sacramento at (916) 455-1880 to find out if you or your family member is eligible. Learn More

Be a volunteer or a sponsor

Rebuilding Together Sacramento is partnering with the City of Rancho Cordova to complete a Spring Rebuild Day on Saturday, April 30th in the White Rock/Cordova Towne neighborhoods.

Rebuild Day events are home repair work days that help to preserve affordable housing, increase energy efficiency, improve low-income homeowners' safety and independence, and help to beautify a neighborhood. The work is performed free of charge by volunteer teams on homes owned by people who are low-income and elderly, disabled, or families with children.

There are opportunities for everyone to get involved - skilled and unskilled participants, volunteer house captains, volunteer coordinators, and material and financial donors. The event is a great team and skill building activity for businesses, service clubs, faith groups, and high schools. Volunteers receive a t-shirt and lunch at the event. Business sponsorships are also available to support the costs for the event.

For more information about volunteering or sponsorships, click here or call (916) 455-1880. 

Your Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce a new program - Explore Rancho Cordova! Through a grant from the Community Enhancement Fund (Measure H), the Chamber welcomes new residents, businesses and their employees, and visitors to Rancho Cordova. Program manager Bea Lopez is a resident of Rancho Cordova, artist, and former small business owner. 
Some of the planned projects include a City and regional map, visitors guide, and support for a local mobile application designed to promote deals and showcase special events. These projects are not linear but a multi-dimensional approach, several of which are happening at the same time. Development of the 2016-2017 Rancho Cordova Visitors Guide is underway and will be an integrated advertising medium incorporating a print magazine, website, and iPhone application.
There will be a variety of ways for your business or organization to get involved with Explore Rancho Cordova. If you would like more information or be included in the efforts, contact Bea Lopez at (916) 273-5711 or blopez@ranchocordova.org . Or drop in and say hello next time you are in City Hall!

Local homeless children need your help! The 2016 Hoodie & Polo Drive has started thanks to Project 680, a grassroots team effort led by local residents to support homeless students in Rancho Cordova.

The Project 680 team has been keeping its eyes and ears open about what homeless students need and trying to get the community involved. This year, the items needed are new hoodies - especially children's size small and medium and youth/adult's size medium and large. All colors are appreciated but plain grey and other uniform colors are best. Uniform polo shirts are also needed for elementary school children in black, navy, or white in all sizes.

You can drop off your donations at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, from March 1st until March 31st. Cash and check donations are also accepted. Checks can be made payable to "Cordova Community Council" with "Project 680" in the memo. 

It's not every day that you see a young man achieve his Eagle Scout Rank, but that is exactly what is happening in Rancho Cordova. Over the past 16 months, Rancho Cordova Boy Scout Troop 363 has promoted eight young men to Eagle Scout Rank. Earning this highest honor is not an easy task and less than four percent of all boys that enter the Boy Scouts nationwide earn the rank of Eagle Scout. All Eagle Scout candidates must complete an Eagle Scout project to be considered for the rank in addition to several years of rank advancement, merit badges, leadership, service projects, and camping. 
On January 20th, Zachary Parker (pictured below) of Troop 363 is the latest to earn his Eagle Scout Rank. For his project, Zachary chose to replicate one of the original mileage markers that were used to mark the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental highway. The centennial celebration of the Lincoln Highway is currently underway in many communities that were part of the original route of the highway. Rancho Cordova is one of several hundred communities that the original highway passed through. 
With this mind, Zachary set about contacting Lincoln Highway groups as to the best way to go about the project and find where the original highway passed through Rancho Cordova. As it turns out, Folsom Boulevard was, at one time, part of the Lincoln Highway. Once he had a location and a mold of the original marker, Zachary organized scouts and adults to help construct the marker and place it at its current location on Folsom Boulevard in front of the Brookfields Restaurant near Sunrise Boulevard.

The mileage marker took two weeks to construct, and one day to assemble the mold, weld the marker's interior frame, and pour over 300 pounds of concrete. Once the mold was filled with concrete, it took two weeks for the concrete to cure enough so it could be placed in its permanent home. The marker is seven feet tall with half of that length in the ground. A bronze Lincoln penny medallion adorns the top of the marker that faces Folsom Boulevard. Stop by Brookfields to check it out!
The Lincoln Highway has a great significance to Rancho Cordova, which is one reason the City will be having an event later this year to recognize it! The event is being coordinated by the Cordova Community Council and funded by our Community Enhancement Fund (Measure H). Stay tuned for details.
These projects are an important element for the Scouting program. It engages youth in our community and teaches them strong leadership skills. If you have a community project that you would like a local Scout to head up, please contact your local troop(s) to see if they can help. They are always looking for new and exciting projects for youth!
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