October in Rancho Cordova provides thrills and chills. We kick off the month with spine-tingling performances at the California Capital Airshow and creepy fun at the Heartstoppers Haunted House. There are many ways for you to get involved this month - from sharing your big ideas to preparing for storm season to volunteering to change lives. We hope you enjoy our Fresh Take on October in Rancho Cordova!

THE CALIFORNIA CAPITAL AIRSHOW KICKS OFF 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH A BANG!

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team , Royal Canadian Forces Snowbirds,  and the United States Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet  will light up the skies of Sacramento headlining the tenth anniversary of the California Capital Airshow , presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, October 2-4 at Mather Airport .
 
The Airshow's first ever Airshow After Dark kicks off the festivities on Friday, October 2nd at 5 p.m.! It will be a FEAST FOR THE SENSES as thrilling jets and aerobatic performers illuminate the night sky with streaming flares showering iridescent bursts from their wings and thunderous pyrotechnics synchronized to concert-style musical accompaniment. An exclusive VIP ticket includes a farm-to-fork buffet dinner, full open bar, and VIP parking. Learn More
 
Airshow weekend will include an array of spine-tingling jet performances, thrilling aerobatics, barnstorming, pyrotechnics, vintage aircraft and miles of entertainment, music, food, and exhibits will captivate fans. This thrilling, patriotic, family-friendly, event has something for everyone of all ages!
 
"The California Capital Airshow has pulled out all the stops for this 10th anniversary celebration. Not only are we hosting two North American Military jet demonstration teams; we are the only airshow to host the Thunderbirds and Snowbirds in one location this season," said Darcy Brewer, Executive Director of the California Capital Airshow. "And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Fans coming to the show will see some of the most famous aerobatic performers in the country along with warbirds, military aircraft, pyrotechnics, and so much more!"
 
While the Thunderbirds, Snowbirds, and Super Hornet will showcase airpower and precision, the vast line up of civilian performers will bring the magic of flight front and center to inspire both the young and young at heart. Performers include (but not limited to):
On the ground, attendees can explore aircraft displays , interact with pilots and crewmembers, and experience interactive attractions and educational exhibits  designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
 
Don't miss the memorable 10th annual California Capital Airshow. Purchase discounted tickets online NOW.

Thank you to the  sponsors and community partners who have generously contributed to the 2015 California Capital Airshow.
WE WANT YOUR "BIG IDEAS" FOR THE CORDOVA COMMUNITY POOL

Great news for the Cordova Community Pool! The City of Rancho Cordova has approved giving the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) $3 million to upgrade the Cordova Community Pool to a state-of-the-art facility that will be enjoyed by future generations.
 
The Cordova Community Pool, owned and operated by CRPD, has been a treasured community asset for Rancho Cordova since the 1960s, but the pool has deteriorated beyond repair and recently closed. 
 
"It is truly unfortunate that the pool has been closed knowing how many community members rely on the facility regularly for swimming activities," said Cyrus Abhar, Interim City Manager. "But we see this as a great opportunity to think beyond the existing pool and determine what type of aquatic facility is the best fit for our thriving community."
 
The City wants the new Cordova Community Pool Facility to incorporate the evolving short-term and long-term needs in our growing and vibrant community. We need your help to make it happen!
 
Please join the next Rancho Cordova City Council meeting on Monday, October 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. The City Council in partnership with CRPD wants to hear your big ideas for our pool facility! Working together, Rancho Cordova can develop a shared vision for the Cordova Community Pool Facility that makes it a place we can all enjoy for years to come.
 
The City Council meeting agenda and supporting documents for this agenda item will be available at this link later today.
 
A fact sheet with further information on the Cordova Community Pool is available here.
 
For more information, contact Stacy Delaney, City Manager's Office, at sdelaney@cityofranchocordova.org or (916) 851-8800.

STORM PREPAREDNESS:
TIPS TO PREPARE FOR RAINY SEASON

In California's continued state of drought, the anticipation of rain this fall and winter is perhaps greater than it has ever been. Property owners can take these proactive steps to minimize the potential for flooding and other hazards:
  • Check storm drains near your property - Leaves can clog storm drains and lead to localized flooding. Sweep away leaves that are lying in the gutter or on top of a storm drain prior to rainfall. If you notice a storm drain that is full to the brim with debris, call the City to have it cleaned.
  • Protect and water your trees - The potential for fallen trees during a storm event is higher this year than in the past. With the drought, some trees have had little or no water. The lack of water has severely strained and weakened some trees, making them especially vulnerable during windy conditions. Remove damaged or weak branches to minimize this hazard.
  • Refrain from pesticide or herbicide use in the days prior to a rain event and pick up any loose trash that you see outside. Otherwise, these pollution sources will likely end up in your creeks and the American River.
Updates during a storm will be posted to the City's websiteFacebook page, and Twitter page. Follow us to stay informed.
To report flooding, fallen trees, and other emergencies during a storm, call the City at:
(916) 851-8700
Service is available during regular business hours and after-hours.

HEARTSTOPPERS: IT'S BACK!

It's a super-spooky night out in Rancho Cordova when the Heartstoppers gang heads back to the Mineshaft for a month of thrills and chills that will have you screaming "get me outta here!" And while you may be scared out of your wits, it is all for a good cause.
 
Join the zombies from ScaredU and their partners at the Cordova Community Council for 14 nights of creepy fun at Heartstoppers Haunted House, at 2300 Mine Shaft Lane. There you will find thrills to chill the imagination - ranging from the Steamghast Asylum and Old West Deadlands to the Tomb of Shadows and an all new Malice in Underland.
 
It's not for kids 10 and younger, but a must-see for those looking for a truly unique Halloween experience. Tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for youth 12 and under. Buy Tickets
 
A portion of the proceeds benefit Cordova Community Council events like Rancho Cordova Fourth of July and the Friday Night Summer Concert Series.
Heartstoppers Haunted House will host its Grand Opening on Friday, October 2nd. The haunts will be open:
 
October 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24
7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
October 18, 25, and 28-29
7:30 - 10 p.m.
October 30-31
7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
 


FREE HOME IMPROVEMENTS AVAILABLE

Are you a Rancho Cordova homeowner in need of home improvements?

A new Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Beautification Program is available to provide work on your home at no cost to you! Volunteers can install a wheelchair ramp, build stairs, paint your home, install new fencing, clean up yards, and other general repairs.

The program is provided by local nonprofit, the Sierra Service Project, through funding by the City of Rancho Cordova's Community Enhancement Fund (Measure H).

To apply for the program, click here. C omplete the Work Request Form, and mail, fax, or email it back to Program Manager Evan Griffiths at:
 
Sierra Service Project
P.O. Box 13009
Sacramento, CA 95813
Fax: (916) 484-0917
 
Questions? Contact Evan at (916) 488-6441 or by email.
VOLUNTEER TO CHANGE LIVES

Volunteers are needed for two upcoming programs that will provide free home improvements to Rancho Cordova homeowners.

Sierra Service Project
Whether you are an individual, business, organization, or club, all are welcome to participate. Schedules are flexible on weekdays or weekends, for one or multiple days. Volunteers must be 12 years and older. All tools, instructions, and lunch will be provided. Sign up to volunteer by contacting Evan at (916) 488-6441 or evan.griffiths@sierraserviceproject.org .

Fall Rebuild Day
Eight Rancho Cordova homes will be rebuilt during the Fall Rebuild Day on Saturday, October 24th, and you can be a part of it! Rebuilding Together Sacramento is returning to Rancho Cordova to organize this event with the theme of "Creating Safe and Healthy Homes." Volunteers must be 16 years and older and will receive all supplies and lunch.
 
Sign up now! Click on "click here", and select "City of Rancho Cordova" as the group if you are registering as an individual. Registration will be accepted through October 2nd or until full.



Add 2 - 3 inches of organic mulch around trees and plants. Saves 30 gallons per 1,000 square feet each time you water.

As we approach the (hopefully) cooler months, please remember that water conservation is just as important as during the hot, summer months.




Plant low-water use trees and plants. Saves 90 gallons per day, per 1,000 square feet.

Are you interested in converting to drought tolerant landscaping? Turf rebate programs are still available with certain water providers and the California Department of Water Resources. Find Out Who

Drought Champs Steve and Lesley Koonce redesigned their front yard in Stone Creek to be drought tolerant. Learn some easy tips as you consider your own drought tolerant yard.



Attention Golden State Water Company Customers: The company is encouraging its customers to use water responsibly and reduce use by 36 percent.  After meeting the challenge during the first three reporting months, local conservation slipped during the month of September and customers are in jeopardy of falling below their cumulative reduction target. Falling below that 36 percent target could trigger additional restrictions, allocations, and surcharges. Learn More

Attention California American Water Customers: California American Water customers in the Sacramento district have done their part to cut down on their water usage. From June to September 2015, customers have reduced their water usage by 39 percent surpassing the district's state goal of 20 percent. The company is asking its customers to maintain their water saving habits in the upcoming winter time.  Learn More

Thank you to everyone who is conserving in Rancho Cordova!

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING FOR THE PROPOSED BRIDGEWAY SQUARE APARTMENT AT CAPITAL VILLAGE

The City of Rancho Cordova's Planning Department would like to invite you to a second neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposed 4-story, 194 unit apartment community located at the southwest corner of Disk Drive and Bridgeway Drive. The meeting will be held on:

DATE: Thursday, October 15th, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Rancho Cordova City Hall - American River Room South,
2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
 
The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the revised design, update the neighbors on the progress made, and answer some of the questions presented to staff at the last neighborhood meeting. We are interested in hearing your feedback at the meeting, before the project is presented to the City Council at a future work session. Written comments can be directed towards Matt Diaz, Associate Planner, at 916-851-8754 or by email at  mdiaz@cityofranchocordova.org .


FRESH PIC
Presented by Rick Sloan
Beer and art lovers alike enjoyed Brushes & Brews on Saturday, September 26th at American River Brewing Company. Artisan beer and fine art came together, and  beauty was in the eyes of the beer-holder!


BUSINESS NEWS
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance is opening an operations center in Rancho Cordova this fall. The Arizona health care company will hire 235 nurses, patient-service representatives, and others. TriWest is the first company recruited to the Sacramento Region by the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, a group that includes City of Rancho Cordova staff.
  • Wacky Tacky is planning to open a 24,000 square foot facility at 11327 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 140 in Rancho Cordova. The company provides game equipment and a play area for children. This is an expansion from its Roseville location.
  • American River Brewing Company received an award from Assemblyman Ken Cooley and Senator Tom Berryhill in September. The award recognizes the craft brewery for its contributions to the Firefighters Burn Institute. Every year, American River Brewing Company donates a portion of their proceeds from the sales of Firebreak Red Ale to the Institute.

FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE OPENING SOON

Y ou are invited to the dedication and ribbon cutting of the new Rancho Cordova Center of Folsom Lake College! The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 28th at 10 a.m. The campus is located at the corner of Folsom Boulevard and Paseo Drive.

Take a behind the scenes tour of the college that is still under construction, and learn why students and staff are excited for the opening.
 

It's not too late to enroll at Folsom Lake College's Rancho Cordova Center this fall! There are open "fast-track" classes that start later in the semester - including offerings in Anthropology, Business, Computer Science, Geology, Psychology, Theatre Arts, and much more. Second eight-week term classes start the week of October 15th. If you would like to enroll in a class (or just see what is available), please click here .

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fright Night Fridays - Every Friday Night in October, 7 - 10 p.m.
The H.Y.D.E Out Teen Center, 2197 Chase Drive
The H.Y.D.E. Out will feature a different scary movie for teens free of charge. Bring money for the snack bar, hang out, and watch new and classic fright movies with friends. All movies are PG-13. 10/2: The Grudge 10/9: Cloverfield 10/16: The Ring 10/23: Scream 2 The H.Y.D.E. Out is open to 6th to 12th grade students. Learn More
 
Sacramento Archives Crawl - Saturday, October 3rd, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Crawlers will be able to view archival collections on display and take behind-the-scenes tours of the California State Archives, California State Library, Center for Sacramento History, and Sacramento Public Library in Sacramento. Photographs, newsletters, yearbooks, and artifacts from the former Mather Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova will be featured at the Sacramento Public Library. Free shuttle buses will take visitors to each location. This educational event is free of charge and great for kids to adults. Learn More
 
Neighborhood Walk with the Mayor - Saturday, October 10th, 8:30 a.m.
Meet at Riverview STEM Academy, 10700 Ambassador Drive
Enjoy fresh air, meet your neighbors, and talk to Mayor Robert J. McGarvey. Light refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. and the one-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. This is the final Neighborhood Walk with the Mayor this year, so don't miss out!
 
Citywide Neighborhood Watch Meeting - Tuesday, October 13th, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova Police Station, 2897 Kilgore Road
Kerry Simpson, Neighborhood  Services  Manager for the City of Rancho Cordova,  will talk about the top 10 code enforcement violations. Learn about the City's rental housing program, Growing Strong Neighborhoods initiative, and how to be part of the solution.
 
Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, October 16th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Dive into the October Rancho Cordova Luncheon and learn more about Sacramento Splash, a unique non-profit organization in Rancho Cordova.  They offer a variety of environmental science programs designed to introduce kids to the wonders of science by teaching them about local habitats - right here in Rancho Cordova - home to one of the most unique collections of vernal pools in the world.  Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Chamber, and $20 for the general public. Register Now
 
Telangana State Festival "Bathukamma & Dussehra" - Saturday, October 17th, 4 - 10 p.m.
Sunrise Elementary School, 11821 Cobble Brook Drive
This event promotes and showcases culture, traditions, diversity, integrity, and friendship among different cultures. This is one of the first and rare opportunities in the Greater Sacramento Region when practically the entire Indian community, and friends and families from various countries, are expecting to participate in the festival.

Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame - Saturday, October 17th, 6 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The Rancho Cordova Athletic Association inaugurates a new sports tradition with the first ever inductions into the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame. Tic kets for the event are $25 and will include an appetizer and cocktail reception followed by an awards program.  To be elected to the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame, inductees were judged on having attained significant achievements in or contributions to athletics, as well as exhibiting high standards of character and sportsmanship.  Read about this amazing list of inductees and buy tickets.

Sacramento Self-Help Housing Mix & Mingle - Thursday, October 22nd, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Sacramento Self-Help Housing and the Rancho Cordova Homeless Assistance Resource Team invites you to Mix & Mingle. Enjoy wine & tasty appetizers while supporting local efforts to find stable and sustainable housing for needy individuals and families in our area. RSVPs are encouraged and a tax deductible donation of $30 per person is appreciated.  RSVP Now

Halloween at Hagan - Saturday, October 24th, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Hagan Community Center, 2197 Chase Drive
Get into the spooky spirit of Halloween at the annual Halloween at Hagan event. Admission is only $2 per person and full of family-friendly fun! Fill your candy bag at the Trunk-or-Treat station, wind your way through the Masonic Lodge's Haunted House, or visit the Haunted Hagan Swamp. Come dressed in your favorite costume attire and enjoy face painting to complete the ensemble. Learn More
 
Teen Before Halloween Party - Friday, October 30th, 7 - 10 p.m.
The H.Y.D.E Out Teen Center, 2197 Chase Drive
Come for a fun and safe before-Halloween party with games, prizes, and a costume contest. One lucky guest will win a free The H.Y.D.E. Out membership. Snacks and beverages will be provided. The H.Y.D.E. Out is open to 6th to 12th grade students. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Learn More
 
SAVE THE DATE

10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony - Wednesday, November 11th, 9:30 a.m.
Memorial Plaza Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way
Join us for the annual ceremony with this year's theme "Honoring the Legacy and Heritage of Nisei Veterans." The pre-program entertainment is at 9:30 a.m. followed by a commemoration program at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Northern California Health Care System, City of Rancho Cordova, and Alphagraphics Rancho Cordova.

Annual State of the City - Thursday, November 12th, 7 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Mayor Robert J. McGarvey will present the State of the City address. Learn what has happened during 2015 in Rancho Cordova and what is coming soon. Stop by City booths to talk with staff about projects and events.
TRIM THE TREE - WITH SPAGHETTI!

The calendar may say October but planners are already humming Christmas carols as they prepare for the Cordova Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday, November 29th at Village Green Park. 

Come and enjoy a spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings and help the Cordova Community Council raise funds for our annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Gobble spaghetti from 6 - 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 11th at  Cordova Church of Christ, 10577 Coloma Road.
 
It's $5 per person  and includes spaghetti, salad, bread and butter, drinks, and dessert. To-go plates will be available. Help us light up our Christmas Tree! Eat for the cause! 
 
SAVE THE DATE! We light the tree and kick off the holiday season from 4 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 29th at Village Green Park... see you there! Learn More


THE FALL SHOW: OPENING OCT. 15

Fall is in the air and so is the beauty of art as Rancho Cordova Arts presents The Fall Show - the largest exhibit of fine art by Rancho Cordova artists held all year.
  
The community is invited to take it all in, along with complimentary snacks and beverages, during an Artist Reception on Thursday, October 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Admission is free of charge.
  
Open to all art media, The Fall Show is an opportunity for local artists to let their imaginations run wild. Along with a "Teen Haunted Tea Party" performance art experience, music by the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra Ensembles, and an invitation to one and all to create their own Halloween mask to wear to the reception, it promises to be a free evening of fun, art, and more!
  
Are you are artist? Sign up on the Rancho Cordova Arts Database here. Join Rancho Cordova's artists and lovers of art, supporting the talents which lighten the heart and enrich the soul of our community. Passion happens!


EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM SUPPORTS LOCAL YOUTH

Gabriela Martinez (pictured left), an 18-year-old Cordova High School alum, recently became a paid intern with the City of Rancho Cordova. This new opportunity was made possible with help from the Youth Employment Program at Crossroads Diversified Services.
 
After completing 120 internship hours at City Hall, Gabriela was invited to stay on as an intern in the City's Human Resources Department. Gabriela is now pursuing a degree in graphic design and hopes to continue building her career.
 
"They really helped me a lot," Gabriela said of Crossroads Diversified Services. "I didn't know how to interview or how to write a resume or anything along those lines before I went to the workshops."
 
Crossroads Diversified Services, in partnership with the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, is looking for highly motivated 18-24 year olds whom possess either a high school diploma or GED for its new Youth Employment Program. The free program is for young adults who currently reside in Sacramento County and are not currently enrolled in school.
 
This year-long program started in July of 2015 and, so far, only 6 of the 25 spots have been filled. Students in the Youth Employment Program will build employability skills and gain work experience, with a guaranteed 120 hours of a paid internship at a local business at the end of the year. Ricardo Reyes, the Youth Case Manager, works closely with these young adults to ensure that they are ready to enter the working world.
 
"This program is so rewarding. I love being able to work with under-represented youth and watch them grow throughout the year," said Ricardo. "It's so empowering to see them at community events and to hear them thank me for helping them get their first job."
 
Crossroads Diversified Services serves over 400 young adults per year who go on to attend college or start their careers in the working world. The Rancho Cordova Job Center offers free workshops for teens and young adults that help with job searching, interview techniques, career counseling, and much more.
 
Free computer use is allowed in the resource lab for anything related to trying to find a job, and the youth are allowed to print 10 pages each day at no charge.
The deadline for the free Youth Employment Program is December 30th, 2015. Stop by the Rancho Cordova Job Center at 10381 Old Placerville Road to apply!

 

 

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