Community Enhancement Fund: Apply for Grants
 
Grant applications for the Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) are open through March 15, 2018 at 5 PM if you are considering submitting an application.

Grant applications that include a proposal operating on a K-12 school site must request the endorsement of the school's superintendent, and must be submitted to the school district representative with the draft grant proposal no later than March 8, 2018.

The City anticipates awarding approximately $1,728,000 in community grants in Fiscal Year 2018/2019. The actual budget may vary based on final approved funding allocations.
Community Grant Types:
  • $952,000, for arts, culture, history, entertainment, and sports
  • $476,000, for education
  • $300,000, for other projects

10th Annual Community PRIDE Scholarship Has Returned
 
City of Rancho Cordova employees are committed to both promoting involvement in our community and providing opportunities for our youth to continue to explore higher levels of education. The Community PRIDE Scholarship was developed by City employees to award a $500 scholarship to a 2018 graduating senior living within the Rancho Cordova City boundaries who demonstrates pride in their community, volunteering efforts, and their ambition to succeed. 

Interested applicants have until April 6, 2018 to apply for consideration. 

Learn more about the scholarship and the criteria to apply by visiting www.cityofranchocordova.org/scholarship

Business News

New Businesses
Our business community is growing! Two new restaurants opened their doors - the new Vietnamese sandwich restaurant Huong Lan, and the Hawaiian-style restaurant Poke Cube

First Bank opened a branch in Rancho Cordova, located at 3101 Zinfandel Drive, #100. The City would also like to welcome Level Up Martial Arts, which is now open at 4022 Sunrise Boulevard, #200. 

Coming Soon
Bowinkles Drive Thru and Sunrise Waffle are coming soon to Folsom Boulevard. Also, Burgerim has announced that it will be open to the public starting April 13 and will be located at 4040 Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 100. 

Education News
 
Volunteers needed - Aerojet Rocketdyne FCUSD STEM Expo
Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) and Aerojet Rocketdyne are holding a STEM Expo on March 7 and a "Dinner with a Scientist" event on March 22 at Cordova High School. Volunteers in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) field are needed to judge STEM projects and mentor students at the dinner. Interested in volunteering? Go here.

Mills Middle student going to nationals in essay contest
Sophia Trujillo, a 7th grader at Mills Middle School, was recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) California Department for winning first place in the 2017-2018 Patriot's Pen Essay contest. Out of 1,700 entries, Sophia's essay won based on the theme, "America's Gift to my Generation." Her essay has been entered in the VFW's national competition, where she will compete with other students across the nation for a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Still time to enroll at Folsom Lake College's Rancho Cordova Center
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.

Second 8-week term classes start the week of March 13-19, and are offered at Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova Center, as well as other locations and online. For more information, please contact the Rancho Cordova Center at (916) 361-6321.

Public Works for You
 
2018 ADA Sidewalk Improvement Project
As part of the City's continuous infrastructure improvement, the sidewalks in front of 38 homes and one business will be replaced. The project will improve pedestrian safety and enhance accessibility for residents in Rancho Cordova neighborhoods. The project will be completed by late March, weather permitting. Learn more

Volunteers Needed for Creek Week 2018
 
Creek Week is an annual celebration of local creeks in the Sacramento region organized by the Sacramento Area Creeks Council. Learn about the importance of reducing pollution in waterways and preserving the habitat creeks provide for plants and animals.
 
This year, on Saturday, April 14, the City of Rancho Cordova is hosting four clean-up events at various creek locations and a nature walk at Cordova Creek. Volunteers are needed on April 14 to remove trash and debris from our local waterways. Learn more

Sign up to Volunteer for Rebuilding Together
 
Spring Rebuild Day in Rancho Cordova is April 20-21, and Rebuilding Together Sacramento is now looking for volunteers interested in changing the lives of families through home improvements and beautification. Volunteers will be improving approximately 15 homes. Even if you aren't a professional handy-person, there are several ways that you can help! 

Interested in helping? Contact Sandy Econome at (916) 455-1880x7 or seconome@rebuildingtogethersacramento.org


Voting is Changing in Sacramento County
 
Beginning with the June 2018 Primary Election, Sacramento County will be one of five
counties in California to implement the Voter's Choice Act. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail, and Vote Centers will be offered in place of traditional polling places. Vote Centers will be located throughout Sacramento County and open to all voters, offering voters more flexibility and additional opportunities to participate in the election process.

What does this mean for you? You choose when, where, and how to vote!

All registered voters will be mailed a ballot.
  • Ballots will be mailed beginning May 7, 2018
Choose how to return your ballot!
  • By mail, at a Ballot Drop Box, or at a Vote Center!
Vote Centers will replace traditional polling places
  • Voters can vote at any Vote Center in the County!
  • Vote Centers open beginning May 26, 2018
To learn more, visit www.Elections.SacCounty.net
Social Media Post of the Month

The social media post of the month is of the Mather Heritage Trail groundbreaking. Construction of the new bicycle and pedestrian trail began in February and is expected to be complete by Fall 2018.

Share your fresh take by tagging us  on Instagram at @CityofRC in your photos and by using the hashtag #RanchoCordova !

Click the icons below to visit the City's many social media channels. 

Like us on Facebook     Follow us on Twitter     View on Instagram     Find us on Pinterest     View our videos on YouTube    
 
We love hearing from our residents. Let us know how you're  getting a FRESH TAKE on Rancho Cordova!
Like Fresh News?  !
Don't forget to sign up for emergency alerts: Sacramento-Alert.org
Header photo credit to Coruscating Images.