In the News

A special section focused on the City of Rancho Cordova appeared in the March issue of Comstock's magazine, a monthly publication with business insight for the Capital region.  View the issue online  and read about Rancho Cordova making waves, offering opportunity, and emerging as an urban center.

Our very own Mather Veterans Village was featured on the cover of Western City magazine this month. Mather Veterans Village is the first permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled veterans in the region. Read the article online.
Rancho Cordova Gives 3,500 Free Books to Students

As Dr. Seuss wrote, "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
The City of Rancho Cordova celebrated Read Across America Day - the birthday of Dr. Seuss - on February 28, 2017 by presenting a new, free book to every pre-K through second grade public school student in Rancho Cordova.
City officials delivered 3,500 books to 14 elementary schools in Rancho Cordova. The book topics varied by grade from Pete the Pig Likes Fruit for kindergarteners to Famous Places Around the World for second graders.

Get "Buzzed" at St. Baldrick's

Did you know that 1 in every 285 children in America will have cancer before the age of 20? Join the City of Rancho Cordova in the fight to end childhood cancer at its annual St. Baldrick's Foundation signature head-shaving event on Friday, March 24th.
Buzzed at St. Baldrick's, an opportunity to raise money through pledges for getting your hair "buzzed,"  will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at American River Brewing Company, 11151 Trade Center Drive. The event will feature local barbers who will shave the heads of those raising funds for St. Baldrick's, raffles and laughs, as well as for-purchase libations from American River Brewing Company and dinner from the Culinerdy Cruzer food truck. 

Help Homeless Children with Project 680

Project 680, a grassroots organization led by local residents with the mission of supporting homeless students in Rancho Cordova, is kicking off their Spring Drive on Monday, March 6th.

The items needed most are new socks and underwear in all sizes, hooded sweatshirts, full-size hygiene products, and gift cards to local eateries, such as Subway and McDonald's.

Drop off your donations at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, from March 6th through April 7th. Cash and check donations are also accepted. 

Scholarship Available for High School Seniors

Are you a Rancho Cordova resident seeking funding for college? Applications are now being accepted for the City of Rancho Cordova's 2017 Community Pride Scholarship.  The $500 Scholarship is available to Rancho Cordova residents graduating from high school during the 2016-2017 academic year who demonstrate pride in their community and ambition to succeed.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a 700-word essay, two letters of recommendation, and an application by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.

The Community Pride Scholarship program was established in 2009 to demonstrate support by City employees for youth and education in Rancho Cordova, and to provide opportunities for local youth to attend college. View the application form and more information online at .
Honoring Volunteers in Rancho Cordova

Get your golden ticket and celebrate with the Cordova Community Council on Friday, March 10th during the 18th Annual Community Volunteer Awards. An inspiring group of volunteers and organizations will be honored during an elaborate Willy Wonka-themed party. Hosted by Good Day Sacramento anchor Ken Rudulph, the theme will be brought to life by an act featuring songs performed by students from Sunrise Elementary School. Congratulations to the winners!

Rancho Cordovan of the Year: Tracey Harris
Distinguished Community Service: Jim Purvis
Distinguished Service by a Faith Community: Jenny Arnez and Campus Life (Mills Middle School)
Outstanding Service to Youth: Dr. Catherine Vigran  
Distinguished Community Business Partner: Chick-Fil-A Rivergate
Distinguished Community Service Organization: Whisker Warriors
Outstanding Teen Service: Anthony Lacayo
We Couldn't Do it Without You: David McFarland

Tickets to the dinner and celebration are $25 each. Buy your golden tickets for this event at
March Madness Tournament

Be a part of the madness and register your team before the shot clock expires! The Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Mitchell Middle School the morning of Saturday, March 18th. This fun tournament is open for boys and girls in fourth through eighth grade and all players will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Have a four-player team in mind? Register by March 10th to save your spot! Single players can also sign up and will be placed on teams closest to their grade level.

Celebrate California Arbor Week

Celebrate California Arbor Week from March 7th - 14th by getting  ready for spring and planting a free tree at your home , church , or businessThrough a partnership with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and SMUD, and with the support of a grant from the City of Rancho Cordova's Community Enhancement Fund, Rancho Cordova residents are eligible for up to 10 FREE trees per property, plus assistance with planting and irrigation.

Do you live in the Cordova Meadows, Cordova Gardens, or Sunriver areas? Tree planting projects are coming to your neighborhood this spring!  The Cordova Gardens and Cordova Meadows neighborhoods have planting events scheduled for April 8th. Sign up by March 3rd. Sunriver has a planting event scheduled for April 22nd. Sign up by March 14th.

Interested in bringing NeighborWoods to your neighborhood? Let us know.
Neighborhood Services Seeking Volunteers

The City of Rancho Cordova's Neighborhood Services division needs your support! N eighborhood Services focuses on preserving and revitalizing Rancho Cordova neighborhoods and helping residents to access City services and programs with their three divisions: Animal Services, Code Enforcement, and Volunteers in Neighborhood Services (VINS). They are seeking individuals to volunteer two days a week for about 3 - 4 hours each day. Individuals should:
  • Communicate clearly
  • Have a clean driving record and a vehicle
  • Have basic computer skills
  • Be knowledgeable about Rancho Cordova
Tasks would include posting notices in the community, data entry, and preparing for large mail campaigns. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Lorianne Ulm at lulm@cityofranchocordova or at (916) 851-8755.
Business News

Coming Soon

VITEK Mortgage Group
2882 Prospect Park Drive
This mortgage lender is relocating its headquarters to Rancho Cordova and bringing new job opportunities to our residents.

Red Dragon Express
3187 Capital Village Lane
This Chinese restaurant located in Capital Village is planned to open by the end of March. 

Huong Lan Sandwiches
10145 Folsom Boulevard
This Vietnamese restaurant will offer bánh mì sandwiches, noodle bowls, Thai tea, and many more delicious options.
Soil Born Events

Celebrate spring with an array of events at Soil Born Farms! Located at t he American River Ranch, a 55-acre historic ranch in Rancho Cordova, Soil Born Farms provides a diverse landscape to engage both youth and adults in hands-on activities that educate and connect them with the natural world, healthy food, healthy eating, job and life skills, hard work, and service opportunities. Don't miss their March events, such as Preparing a Spring Garden, Composting and Raising Backyard Chickens, and more. View their website and register here.
Events Calendar

"Zoom In" Art Exhibit - Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through April 7th
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Artwork that takes a close-up look at the world is now open at Rancho Cordova City Hall. Stop by and take in this fascinating, free exhibit any time City Hall is open! Rancho Cordova Arts

Cork & Fork - Friday, March 3rd, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Sacramento Marriot Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive
Cork & Fork is an evening of wine from around the region along with gourmet food tastings from many of the area's best-known restaurants and caterers, and a key fundraising event for the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership.  Buy Tickets

City Council Meeting - Monday, March 6th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

IB Programme Information Night - Tuesday, March 7th, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cordova High School,  2239 Chase Drive
Learn more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Folsom Cordova Unified School District schools. The IB Programme at Mitchell Middle and Cordova High schools prepares students to make an impact in the world around them through rigorous, hands-on learning. Learn More

Explore Rancho Cordova - Thursday, March 9th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Folsom Cordova Adult School, 10850 Gadsten Way
Learn all about Rancho Cordova and the wonderful things your city offers you and your family! Join Explore Rancho Cordova for an expo and meet representatives of organizations that provide all ranges of community services.

Aloha! Rancho Cordova - Thursday, March 16th, 5:30 p.m.
Sunrise Events Center, 11167 Trade Center Drive
Join the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce for an evening of fine Hawaiian BBQ, raffles, entertainment, silent auctions, and more! The Chamber will install new directors and recognize those leaving the board, along with honoring members who go above and beyond. Learn More

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, March 17th, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The Cordova Community Council and Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce invite you to their monthly civic luncheon! Ti ckets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, and $20 for non-members. Stay tuned at for this month's speaker.

Breakfast and Bingo - Saturday, March 18th, 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, 3480 Routier Road
Enjoy pancakes, sausage, and refreshments until 10:30 a.m. and then play bingo! This event is a fundraiser hosted by the Cordova Senior Advisory Board, and all proceeds benefit the Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center.

Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra Concert - Saturday, March 18th, 7:30 p.m.
Cordova High School Performing Arts Center, 2239 Chase Drive
The Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra invites you to "Remembering Home", the annual fundraiser for the local orchestra featuring a silent auction with hand-crafted items, artwork, and of course, a concert. Learn More

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

Growing Medicinal and Culinary Herbs - Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
This hands-on class offers instructions for growing an array of herbs and tips for harvesting and using what you grow. Join Instructor Daylin Wade and learn more about the benefits of herbs. Register Here

Vietnam Veterans Recognition - Thursday, March 30th, 7 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The City of Rancho Cordova will proudly thank and honor Vietnam War-era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Join us for a recognition event, where each veteran will be presented with a lapel pin and a proclamation, followed by coffee and dessert. Learn More
Airshow Sneak Peek

On Saturday, April 15th, the California Capital Airshow will feature a one day only, full aerial demonstration by the French Air Force's elite "Patrouille de France" at Mather Airport. Sacramento is one of only six cities in the country to host this extraordinary 8-ship military jet demonstration team and the only city in the western United States!

The last time the French team visited the United States was over 30 years ago, and you do not want to miss this performance! This show in April commemorates the 100th anniversary of United States entering World War I to support our European allies. Tickets to this special event are available in limited number to California Capital Airshow Insiders. Click here to sign up.
Save the Date

Creek Week - Friday, April 21st to Saturday, April 29th
Sacramento region

Earth Day - Saturday, April 22nd, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive

Kids Day in the Park - Saturday, April 29th, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive

Rancho Cordova Community Golf Classic - Saturday, May 6th, 9 a.m.
Woodcreek Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd.
Social Media Post of the Month

In every edition of Fresh News, we'll highlight one of our posts from the City of Rancho Cordova's social media channels. These three photos were the winners of our Valentine's Day Photo Contest that ran on Instagram from February 6th through February 10th. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, participants showed us what they loved about Rancho Cordova. Congratulations to our winners!

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