September offers up a Fresh Take on life in Rancho Cordova! Attend an event a week, visit new businesses, and get involved in local programs. Find out what's happening in your community in this month's issue.


The City of Rancho Cordova is proud that nearly all areas accessible to the public are now 100% smoke and tobacco free! Rancho Cordova is the first City in Sacramento County and one of 73 cities in California to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas.

 

The Rancho Cordova City Council passed an Ordinance that prohibits smoking in many public areas, including outdoor dining areas and at public events.

 

What are the new regulations?

  • No smoking in areas accessible to the public including outdoor dining areas and public events in Rancho Cordova.
  • No smoking in any public parks, schools, and on any federal government properties.
  • Smoking prohibition includes traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, pipes and hookahs containing tobacco, marijuana, or a liquid cartridge.

The City is looking to partner with local businesses to join the Breathe Fresh campaign! Free window decals and information cards are available for dining establishments. Click here to contact Communications Specialist Ashley Downton about the campaign. 

BE A DROUGHT CHAMP


Quick Tip: Fix leaky toilets. Saves 30 to 50 gallons per day, per toilet.
 
 
With turf rebates available, residents are switching to drought friendly landscaping to save water and money. Drought Champs Stan and Eileen Sedilko were ahead of the curve converting in 2008. Learn how they approached the project and their huge water savings.
 
Drought Champs Stan and Eileen Sedilko

The California Department of Water Resources is now offering a turf rebate. They will cover residential landscaping at $2/square foot, maximum $2,000. Apply Now



Quick Tip: Wash only full loads of clothes. Saves 15 to 45 gallons per load.
 
 
The City is looking for homeowners who are finding easy ways to save, or converting front yards to drought friendly landscaping. Click here to contact Communications Specialist Ashley Downton about the campaign. Stay Updated

PREVENT POOLS AND SPAS FROM POLLUTING OUR LOCAL CREEKS AND RIVERS

Summer is still in full swing! But with fall season right around the corner, pool and spa owners should take steps to properly dispose of chemicals that have the potential to harm Rancho Cordova's waterways.
 
Harmful Chemicals: Pool chemicals are considered hazardous waste. For this reason, pool owners should properly dispose of these chemicals by dropping them off at a collection facility:
 
North Area Recovery Station
4450 Roseville Road in North Highlands
(916) 875-5555
 
Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station
8491 Fruitridge Road in Sacramento
(916) 379-0500
 
Cleaning Pool Filters: If you are hosing off a pool filter with water, do so over a lawn, planter box, or other vegetated or dirt area. This will ensure that the wash water gets absorbed instead of running off into the gutter and storm drain system.
 
Draining Your Pool or Spa: If you need to drain your pool or spa, never discharge to a storm drain unless the water is free of any chemicals or algae. Pool water may be discharged to the sanitary sewer with approval from the Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD). Call (916) 876-6100 for more information.
 
The City of Rancho Cordova is a member of the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership, which provides tips and education for water pollution prevention. If you witness an illegal discharge to the City's storm drain system, please report the problem to the Public Works Department at (916) 851-8710.

BRUSHES AND BREWS
A lot can happen when art meets artisan beer. And that's exactly the case at Brushes & Brews, Rancho Cordova's fun exhibit and sale of fine art where beauty is in the eyes of the beer-holder!
 
Brushes & Brews will be held on Saturday, September 26th outdoors and inside the American River Brewing Company, at 11151 Trade Center Drive, Suite 104, where local art is reflected from shiny beer brewing fermentation equipment from 2 - 6 p.m. Admission is free!
 
Join the fun for a day of fine art, exceptional award-winning beer, food trucks and music. Show you are a supporter of Rancho Cordova's whimsical approach to bringing art to everyone.
 
For more information on how to become involved in Rancho Cordova art activities, click here  or call (916) 273-5704.
A BIG UGLY ANNOUNCEMENT
from the California Capital Airshow

What's 159 feet long and 185 feet wide? A B-52 Stratofortress...of course!
 
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, affectionately known as 'Buff' is still in service today, more than sixty years after its first test flight. Airshow fans will get an up-close and personal view of the eight-engine, 390,000-pound jet - America's first long-range, swept-wing heavy bomber - at the California Capital Airshow as part of its static display area October 2-4, 2015.
 
One of the most versatile and successful aircraft ever designed, did you know that the B-52 is still flying and fighting today, and will probably do so until 2040 or longer? It has been said by many of today's aircrews, "The last B-52 pilot hasn't even been born!" giving you a true sense of how long this aircraft will be part of the Air Force arsenal!
 
Don't miss the chance to meet the crew of the B-52 from the 307th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Buy your tickets NOW!

COMMUNITY READERS NEEDED

School is back in session, and volunteers are needed to support the Community Readers Program through the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. The next six-week program takes place from October 5th - November 13th at five elementary schools. Volunteers have two, 30-minute sessions per week with the children to help them go over flashcards and read, followed by an evaluation of the child's improvement. You can help a child learn to read! Sign up to volunteer or learn more.

BUSINESS NEWS
  • Green Olive's Restaurant is now open at 3155 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 1. The restaurant serves healthy and organic Mediterranean and Italian dishes.
  • South Beach Grill opened last month at 3000 Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 6. The grill serves authentic Mexican food and classic American food.
  • You Brew It opens on Saturday, September 5th at 3251 Luyung Drive. The home brew and winemaking business is now open for reservations by calling (916) 638-4197.
  • Celebrate the opening of the Rancho Cordova Training Center  with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 3rd. The festivities will be held from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. with ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. at 2941 Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 120. The center will provide training for individuals and small businesses.
  • The Sacramento Children's Museum has a new exhibit "Leo's New Market." A ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, September 4th at 9 a.m. at 2701 Prospect Park Drive. Bring your children for a fun-filled morning of play.
  • Strato Communications relocated its headquarters to Rancho Cordova at 10398 Rockingham Drive, Suite 7. The company is a telecommunications service provider.
  • A second Great Clips is coming soon to the Zinfandel Village center near Zinfandel Drive and Olson Drive. The first location is now open at 2350 Sunrise Boulevard.

FRESH PIC
Presented by Rick Sloan
 
"Summer of Love" (pictured left) kicked off our Rancho Cordova Friday Night Concert Series with the best hits from the 60s.
 
We say farewell to summer on Friday, September 4th as the popular Rancho Cordova Friday Night Concert Series wraps up. It all ends with a bang as "Superlicious" rolls onto the stage for a Labor Day Weekend party concert that has something for everyone. Admission is free for this family-friendly concert.
 
See you at Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive, where you and hundreds of your Rancho Cordova neighbors will send another summer into the history books. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Food trucks and other preliminaries begin at 6 p.m., with music at 7 p.m.   Learn More

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
City Hall Closed - Monday, September 7th
City Hall will be closed in recognition of Labor Day.

Neighborhood Walk with the Mayor - Saturday, September 12th, 8:30 a.m.
Meet at Navigator Elementary School, 10679 Bear Hollow 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 fourth of six Neighborhood Walks with the Mayor this year.

It's a Family Affair Festival and BBQ Cook-off - Saturday, September 12th, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive
Agape Villages Foster Family Agency invites you to "It's A Family Affair Festival and BBQ Cook-off". This is a free, family-friendly outreach event featuring great food, Gary Mendoza and other entertainers, arts and crafts, health screenings, and more. Learn More

Country Salute to Veterans - Saturday, September 12th, 5 p.m.
Elks Lodge Rancho Cordova, 11440 Elks Circle
Enjoy a BBQ cook-off, live performance from The Rhythm Riders, raffle and prizes, and an evening of fun with 100% of proceeds supporting homeless veterans of the VA Northern California Health Care System. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (916) 635-8038 or (916) 366-5372.

Sacramento Stand Down - September 18th - 20th, All Day
Mather Commerce Center, 10626 Schirra Avenue
The 24th annual event supports our local homeless veterans by providing free meals, dental, medical and optical services, survival/comfort kit, clothing items, and more. Volunteers and contributions are needed to support the event. Learn More
 
Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, September 18th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
This month's guest speaker is Sacramento Metro Fire Chief Mark Wells. Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Chamber, and $20 for non-members. Register Now

Neighborhood Walk with the Mayor - Saturday, September 19th, 8:30 a.m.
Meet at A. M. Winn Elementary School, 3351 Explorer 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 fifth of six Neighborhood Walks with the Mayor this year.
 
Advancing Bicycling in the Capital Region - Wednesday, September 23rd, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street
Learn best practices from across the nation and participate in dialogue and action among approximately 250 local elected officials. Vice Mayor David Sander will participate in the local elected official panel discussion. Workshop topics will include Successful Bicycle Share Programs, Changing the Culture Around Bicycling, and so much more. Register Now

17th Annual "Birdies, Brews & Brats" Golf Tournament - Friday, September 25th, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Mather Golf Course, 4103 Zinfandel Drive
This is a great day for golf, networking and fun! Take advantage of all the wonderful activities planned by Tee sponsors throughout the course. These folks know how to have a good time. Start with a light breakfast before a shotgun start and then join us back at the Clubhouse for brews, brats and raffles. Sponsorship opportunities available.  Register Now

Call for Artists: Fall Art Show
Local artists are invited to create something wonderful for the Fall Art Show, running October 15th to January 2016 at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. This is an all media show (sorry, no video or large sculpture) and anything goes! Those wishing to participate should be registered on the Rancho Cordova Artist Database - Register Now. Art drop off for jurying is on Thursday, September 17th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.

SPORTS HALL OF FAME

The Rancho Cordova Athletic Association will inaugurate a new sports tradition this October with the first ever inductions into the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame.
 
From the nationally recognized 1975 Cordova High School Football Lancers to high school baseball players to Major League Baseball, the inaugural 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 2015 Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Tickets for the event are $25 and 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. Buy Tickets  
HEARTSTOPPERS RETURNS
 
You will be scared out of your wits for a good cause this October as the Heartstoppers Haunted House returns to the former Mine Shaft at 2300 Mine Shaft Lane in Rancho Cordova.
 
Open weekends and other selected dates throughout the month of October, Heartstoppers pairs the fiendish imagination of the Heartstoppers scare-masters with the Cordova Community Council, which utilizes a portion of the proceeds to help pay for Rancho Cordova Fourth of July fireworks and other community activities.
 
The ghosts and ghouls of Heartstoppers last haunted the Mine Shaft in 2014 when thousands of visitors stopped by for a good scare as well as a sentimental journey through the property, which was once a favorite entertainment hangout for Rancho Cordova teens.
 
For Heartstoppers, the giant lobby is transformed to a haunted hotel, the miniature golf course is the setting for an outdoor haunt, and it's all connected through the underground tunnels that have always made a Mine Shaft visit memorable. Additional haunts are found in both the lower level and upstairs where plenty of scares await.
 
Adults and teens who wish to be part of the all-volunteer Zombie Family of actors should apply here . Volunteer set builders, scene decorators, costume and make-up helpers are needed because it takes a village to scare you silly.
 
The full Heartstoppers experience is not recommended for children under the age of 10, nor the faint of heart. But for those seeking out a good scare during the Halloween month of October, the Heartstoppers Haunted House at Rancho Cordova's Mine Shaft is not to be missed. Click here for haunt schedules, ticket information, and more. Boo!

 
 
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