November in Rancho Cordova offers a variety of events to ring in the holiday spirit, like our annual Christmas Tree Lighting, pop-up holiday art gallery, and holiday run. This month, we also offer helpful tips for getting storm ready, ensuring your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, and so much more. Enjoy the November edition of Fresh News!
Join your neighbors when Mayor David Sander delivers the annual State of the City A ddress on Thursday, November 10th. The event begins at 7 p.m.  at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive .

Hosted by the Cordova Community Council, the annual State of the City is an opportunity for citizens to get a snapshot of where the city stands today and where it is headed as 2016 draws to a close.  Mayor Sander will sum up major accomplishments of 2016, as well as unveil some coming attractions.

This year's event will also include a focus on what puts the "home" in "hometown," with displays and information about the City of Rancho Cordova, a home for veterans at Mather Veterans Village, a home for the arts coming in 2017, a home-away-from-home from Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism, and the Explore Rancho Cordova initiative from the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy picnic snacks provided by Chick-fil-A Rancho Cordova and served by the Cordova High School Culinary Academy. Catch great music by the Cordova High School Choir, check out The Fall Show art exhibit, and leave with a bag full of giveaways provided by local organizations and businesses.  View Flyer
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS IN CORDOVA
Volunteers pose with toys at the 2014 Christmas in Cordova event.
You can help a child in need this holiday season by volunteering at the Rancho Cordova Police Department's annual Christmas in Cordova event on December 17th! Last year, the event provided toys for approximately 1,400 local children and served 2,000 residents.

Christmas in Cordova includes a "shopping mall" where parents select and wrap gifts for their children, while children can make small gifts for their parents at an arts and crafts area. Of course, Santa will make an appearance while families enjoy a warm meal.

You can help make dreams come true by volunteering! Contact  Heidi Herrera at the Rancho Cordova Police Department at (916) 875-9600. Stay tuned for more information  and ways you can donate!

POLL INFORMATION

Election Day is just around the corner on Tuesday, November 8th! This year, three seats on the Rancho Cordova City Council will be on the ballot. Click here for more information on the candidates

Are you unsure of where to go vote? View your polling place and a sample ballot online through the  County Registrar of Voters Office. More information can also be found on the Sacramento County Elections website. Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, is a polling place. Y ou can also drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at City Hall in the box located in the first floor reception area. We will be accepting ballots Monday through Friday during regular business hours, up to and on Election Day.

Don't forget to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 8th!


TIME CHANGE REMINDERS

It's about time to change those clocks! Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6th, when clocks will fall back one hour.

This is also a great time of year to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to improve safety in your home.

Did you know State law requires you to have carbon monoxide detectors in your home? The National Center for Health Statistics says carbon monoxide is to blame for 3,500 accidental deaths and suicides each year in the United States alone. The cause of this poisoning is often a faulty fuel-burning furnace, oven, water heater, space heater, wood stove, or fireplace.

Some smoke alarms need a new battery at least once a year and some do not require batteries at all, so check all your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if needed. Then test the alarms by using the test button on the unit.  For carbon monoxide detectors, first replace the batteries and then test the detectors by using the test button on the unit.
 
If you have any questions about these reminders, please contact the City's Building and Safety Division at (916) 851-8760.


AUTUMN WATERING TIPS

We are hopeful the autumn and winter seasons will bring much-needed drought relief in the form of snowfall, rainfall, and cooler temperatures. However, it's important that we remain diligent in our efforts to use water responsibly during the autumn season and throughout the year.
  • If there's rain, don't water in vain. State law prohibits the irrigation of turf and ornamental landscapes during and 48 hours following measurable rain.
  • Turn off your lawn irrigation systems during rainy periods, or install a weather-based smart irrigation controller that will do the work for you.
  • Audit your outdoor irrigation system. Check sprinklers, valves, and lines for leaks. Make sure sprinklers are positioned to irrigate your lawn and not your sidewalks, driveways, or gutters.
GET STORM READY

Are you storm ready? Here are tips to help you prepare for a storm.
  • Properly Dispose of Leaves
Now is the time to sweep away leaves that are in the gutter or on top of a storm drain, and clean your house gutters.  Do you know what to do with extra leaves? Put the leaves in your green waste container and place it on the street the week of your green waste pickup.
  • Stay Updated During a Storm
Updates during a storm will be posted to the   City's website Facebook page , and/or  Twitter page . Follow us to stay informed about locations where you may be able to pick up sandbags.
  • Check Your Trees
California is still in a state of continued drought. Some trees have been severely strained from lack of water, making them especially vulnerable during windy conditions. Remove damaged or weak branches and water your trees to minimize the chances of them falling over in the wind.

To report flooding, fallen trees, and other non-life threatening emergencies during a storm, call the City of Rancho Cordova at (916) 851-8700. Service is available during regular business hours and after-hours.


Fall is here and the leaves are changing! Brighten up your landscape this season with a tree from the Sacramento Shade Program , a partnership with SMUD and the Sacramento Tree Foundation to improve our urban forest by providing free trees to residents. If you're looking to plant a tree in your yard this season, read on to discover the trees that bring us the best autumn colors.

Top 5 Trees for Fall Colors

Washington Hawthorn:  Bright orange-red colored leaves on this tree make it stand out in the fall. It is a fast-growing small tree that also has white flowers in the spring and bright red berries in winter.


Ginkgo:  The unique fan-shaped leaves on this prehistoric tree really shine in the fall when the tree is covered in a buttery yellow color. The leaves drop off the tree fairly quickly, making raking a breeze.


Tupelo:  Bright red leaves on this pyramidal shaped tree make it pop in a fall landscape. Tupelos grow moderately fast and tolerate poor draining soils.


Chinese Pistache:  A longtime fall favorite in our region, this medium-size tree has spectacular, electric orange and red fall color! The most reliable fall color show for our area.


Scarlet Oak:  You don't want to miss the bright red lobed leaves on this large oak. After the gorgeous scarlet color in fall, the leaves turn golden brown and hang on the tree through much of the winter.



CHECK BEFORE YOU BURN

Check before you burn!  The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District's "Check Before You Burn" season begins on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 and runs until February 28th, 2017. Wood burning will be restricted or prohibited on days when particulate matter pollution is forecast to be high. This law applies to residents and businesses in the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County, as well as the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento. Thank you for helping improve air quality! 



HOMETOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Do you have family and friends coming to town this holiday season? Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism's annual Hometown for the Holidays campaign launched in October, offering exclusive discounts of up to 20% for hotel stays between November 15, 2016 and January 8, 2017. Simply mention the Hometown for the Holidays campaign when you are booking your rooms! This is the perfect opportunity to accommodate your overnight holiday guests. 

Click here  to discover the Hometown for the Holidays offers.
 
Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism serves as the tourism bureau for the region. Sixteen hotels, from economy to 4-diamond, are located within the city boundaries. Visit www.visitranchocordova.com for more information.

NEW BUSINESSES AND PROJECTS

Coming Soon

InterCoast Colleges
9738 Lincoln Village Drive, Suite 120
InterCoast Colleges have locations all over California, and the newest location is coming right here to Rancho Cordova! From graphic design to medical and mental health programs, InterCoast can help you take the next step towards starting your career.  Learn More
STAY AN HOUR AFTER WORK

Do you want to avoid rush hour traffic and have fun doing it? We've come up with a list of things to do to inspire you to stay in Rancho Cordova for an hour after work. Here are a few ideas from the list:
Groceries
Costco
11260 White Rock Road

Viva Supermarket
10385 Folsom Boulevard

Food Source
3457 Bradshaw Road
Breweries
American River Brewing Company
11151 Trade Center Drive

Claimstake Brewing
11366 Monier Park Place

Lockdown Brewing Company
11327 Trade Center Drive

You Brew It
3251 Luyung Drive

Do you have ideas of fun ways to stay an hour in Rancho Cordova after work?  Send us your suggestions!
2016 TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Debbie Andrus, an English teacher at Cordova High School in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, has won the District's Teacher of the Year Award. Andrus has been actively been involved in the District for over 10 years, holding positions ranging from PTA President and elementary school librarian to middle school teacher and, now, English teacher and Yearbook Advisor at Cordova High.

"My favorite part about teaching in this District would definitely be the students," Andrus said. "Cordova High School is the best kept secret in our District; the students here are phenomenal."

Click here to read more.
SPRING SEMESTER AT FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE'S RANCHO CORDOVA CENTER
Sign Up Now!

Folsom Lake College's spring semester is right around the corner! An extensive selection of general education, university transfer, and personal enrichment classes will be offered on campus and online starting the week of January 14, 2017. Click here to view a full schedule of course offerings.

Course registration will open this month. For more information, please contact the Rancho Cordova Center at (916) 361-6321.
VETERANS DAY

Rancho Cordova's 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 11 to remember our veterans and honor the missions of the U.S. Naval Construction Forces (Seabees).
 
This annual event is open to the public and will honor the U.S. Naval Construction Forces in a special way, in addition to recognizing all veterans.
 
The ceremony will be held in the Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way at Mather. Pre-program entertainment will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the commemoration program at 10 a.m. Music entertainment will be provided by the Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band, featuring the "Song of the Seabees." Admission is always free and everyone is invited to join us for the festivities.

HOLIDAY CRAFTS

Give the gift of art this year! Enjoy holiday craft and art events to get you in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Craft Boutique - Thursday, November 17th, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Check out Rancho Cordova crafters, artists, and direct sales vendors and discover unique gifts and specialty items you won't find in stores for your loved ones this year.  Admission is FREE. However, a $5 donation earns you a raffle ticket, glass of wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  Learn More

Holiday Pop-Up Art Gallery - November 25th - 27th, December 2nd - 4th, December 9th - 11th, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
3161 Zinfandel Drive, Suite 4
Stop by the Holiday Pop-Up Art Gallery at Capital Village and shop Rancho Cordova's finest local art. Explore and purchase watercolors, oils and acrylics, pottery, and more!  Plus, enjoy a special Artists Reception on December 4th from noon - 5 p.m. featuring live music and refreshments.  Learn More

Annual Vendor's Fair - Friday, December 2nd, 2 - 8 p.m.
Cordova Gardens Elementary School, 2400 Dawes Street
Visit Cordova Gardens Elementary and stroll around the multipurpose room to shop for wonderful gifts created by local artists and vendors. From art to jewelry to baked goods, you don't want to miss this! If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, click here .
EVENTS CALENDAR

The Fall Show - Weekdays in November and December, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
The largest art show of the year is on display in City Hall! The Fall Show features more than 100 works of art by 56 local artists. Admission to view the exhibit is always free, so stop by during business hours or any time City Hall is open.

Off the Grid Food Truck Lunch - Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Off the Grid Sacramento brings a pop-up food market with rotating local food trucks to our City each week. From gyros to burgers to lobster rolls, they've got you covered. Print this flyer and bring it to the event for a chance to win free lunch for you and a friend. 

Artists and Creatives Free Workshop - Wednesday, November 2nd, 6 - 8 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Join the Cordova Community Council for a free workshop on "Art Sales Made Easy." You'll figure out how to rock your holiday event by learning how to prepare for sales, be confident about pricing your art, promote your event, and much more.

Gardening with Native Plants - Wednesday, November 5th, 1 - 4 p.m.
Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive
Create a healthy habitat! Learn about native plants that grow along the American River Parkway and around Folsom Lake. The instructor for this class is Chris Lewis, Director of Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery and the price is $25.  Register Here

City Council Regular Meeting - Monday, November 7th, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

Election Day with Off the Grid - Tuesday, November 8th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Fill out your ballot and fill up your belly! Come enjoy a food truck lunch at City Hall on Election Day. Drop your ballots off at the polling place and then grab a bite to eat on your lunch break. This is a special visit by Off the Grid, which usually is at City Hall on Thursdays.  Learn More 

City Hall Closed - Friday, November 11th
Rancho Cordova City Hall will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Join us at Rancho Cordova's 11th annual Veterans Day Ceremony! View Flyer

City Council Regular Meeting - Monday, November 21st, 5:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive

City Hall Closed - Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th
Rancho Cordova City Hall will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. We wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas Tree Lighting - Sunday, November 27th, 4 - 7:30 p.m.
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive
Enjoy an evening  of lights, holiday music and performances, amusements, train rides, food trucks, and a chance to talk to Santa Claus at one of Rancho Cordova's most beautiful special events. Admission is FREE. We'll see you there!  View Flyer
SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

PAL Holiday Run - Saturday, December 10th, 8:30 a.m.
Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive
Run for a good cause! The Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) is holding its annual Holiday Run to benefit youth in our community. Register for the 1.2 mile walk/run, 5K, or 10K run, and be sure to bring an unwrapped toy to support Christmas in Cordova. Sign up before November 25th to save on registration fees!  Learn More
 
 
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