September is here, and with it comes a golf tournament, the opening of housing for homeless and disabled veterans, and a variety of fun events! Drink some locally brewed beer and save the date for the California Capital Airshow. Enjoy reading the September edition of Fresh News!

A Place to Call Home

On August 31st, Mercy Housing, Veterans Resource Centers of America (VRC), the City of Rancho Cordova and the County of Sacramento announced the opening of Mather Veterans Village, the first permanent supportive housing for homeless and disabled veterans in the Sacramento region. After breaking ground in late 2014, Phase I of the project is complete and all 50 homes are occupied by veterans and their families. Mather Veterans Village is the first of three phases of critically needed veterans housing and supportive services in the region.

The new, three-story, garden-style community -- designed by Mogavero Architects, a local Sacramento firm -- includes 50 apartment homes, as well as 3,500 square feet of meeting rooms, staff offices, kitchen/lounge area, and a computer lab. In addition to exceeding California's energy and water usage standards, the site includes landscaping irrigated by 100% onsite gray water, solar electric generation for tenant net metering, and a solar hot water system.


Head injury and concussions are a great concern among parents, leagues, and schools - especially at the youth and high school levels. Thanks to a Community Enhancement Fund grant from the City of Rancho Cordova, both the varsity and junior varsity football teams at Cordova High School will be wearing high-tech helmet technology that keeps them safer.

103 student-athletes will be we aring helmet-based head impact monitoring technology that is designed to alert coaches and trainers when significant impacts are sustained on the field. The technology from Riddell measures head impact severity, and when an impact exceeds a predetermined threshold, an alert is transmitted to the sideline staff who can then examine the player for symptoms of a concussion. Riddell believes the City of Rancho Cordova is the first city in the nation to fund the cost of this helmet technology to keeps its students safer. Go Big Red!

Join the Cordova Recreation and Park District for an interactive, fun-filled day designed especially for dogs and the people who love them! It's Doggie Day in the Park on Saturday, September 17th, from 8 a.m. to noon at Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive. This event features contests and prizes, an agility obstacle course, and many resource and information booths.
PRO Youth & Families is a local youth organization that is inspiring, educating and mobilizing young people to build healthy futures for themselves, their families and their communities. The organization started two youth programs in Rancho Cordova, thanks to a grant from the City's Community Enhancement Fund. These programs provide opportunities for young Rancho Cordovans to grow through initiatives that engage youth around advocacy and civic engagement. The Youth Leadership Academy, as part of this program, wanted to give back to the Rancho Cordova community. The youth leaders have a passion for pets and will be participating in the Doggie Day in the Park by giving out adoption information and other goodies for your furry friends. Stop by and say hello!
Also at Doggie Day in the Park is the chance to enjoy the newly renovated Hagan Community Dog Park! Leadership Rancho Cordova Class X invites you to join them at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. at the dog park to check out the new amenities. Feel free to bring Fido and enjoy the festivities!


The 2016 Street Rehabilitation Project in the Cordova Towne and White Rock Neighborhoods is in full swing! This project will provide newly paved roads, easier-to-walk sidewalks, and better drainage.

The contractor has started the final phase of paving work that includes grinding the streets and paving them with asphalt. The project completion is anticipated for the end of September. 

We appreciate your patience as we finalize the work. If you have any questions, please contact the City's Public Works Department at (916) 851-8710.

The City of Rancho Cordova's Storm Water Quality Program aims to reduce pollution in creeks and the American River. One way the City works to meet this goal is by educating and conducting enforcement on polluters. If you observe any occurrences of illicit discharges into a storm drain or creek, or are unsure of something that you see, please call (916) 851-8710.

Common issues we see in our waterways are:
  • Spills of transmission fluids
  • Draining of chlorinated pool water
  • Dumping of trash or leaves into a drain
  • Landscaping materials washed into a drain
    • If you are working on your front yard, consider placing a tarp underneath piles of dirt or other landscaping materials. Debris can clog the drain and cause flooding when it rains.
If  you have any questions about these and other services provided by the City's Storm Water Quality Program, please contact Dana Grossi at (916) 851-8897.
Are you a high school student and want to learn more about law enforcement? The Rancho Cordova Police Department encourages local high school students to apply for this year's Youth Academy. Students will learn about the criminal justice system and engage in open communication with law enforcement concerning topics that affect youth today.

The program is open to current Sacramento County high school students that are starting 10th through 12th grade. Eligible students can apply for either the South, North, or East Area academy; the East area covers Rancho Cordova. A completed application, which can be downloaded here, must be submitted by September 16, 2016. 

If you have any questions, email

Help homeless teens in Rancho Cordova by donating hoodies to Project 680! Project 680 is a grassroots team effort led by local residents to provide assistance for local homeless students. Project 680 is all about discovering practical ways to support local students,  such as through clothing drives. The organization is currently looking for hoodies, especially in children's sizes small and medium and adult sizes medium and large.
Donations can be dropped in a collection bin at Rancho Cordova City Hall , 2729 Prospect Park Drive, until September 27th. On September 27th, we celebrate with an event from 5 - 8 p.m. at Rancho Cordova City Hall . Y ou are invited to come mingle, drop off donations, or help organize donations

Off the Grid Sacramento food trucks are here! Every Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Off the Grid Sacramento is bringing a pop-up food market with rotating local food trucks to our City. Each week, join us at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, for a delicious lunch.

Print this flyer and bring it to the food truck event for a chance to win free lunch for you and a friend! For more information on this event and others in Sacramento, click here.

What's New in Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova businesses have made Inc. Magazine's 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies for 2016! Congratulations to these local businesses:

Since 1997, Bases Loaded has provided over one million team members with baseball apparel, baseball equipment, softball apparel, and softball equipment at great prices with phenomenal service.  This baseball superstore opened its doors in Rancho Cordova in January 2016, and they have made the List of Fastest Growing Companies two years in a row!

For the third year in a row, this local retailer has landed on the List of Fastest Growing Companies! In just eight years, they have grown from two employees to 20. Graphics and More manufactures and sells more than one million products, including home goods, jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, automotive accessories, and more.

This local company specializes in quality pension planning with local service at a reasonable cost. They strive to provide excellent service to community members at their Rancho Cordova office, as well as their area affiliates -- and all their hard work and dedication has paid off! They also made the 2016 List of Fastest Growing Companies.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
2310 Sunrise Blvd.
Feeling hungry? Get your burger fix at  Five Guys  Burgers and Fries now open in Rancho Cordova! Five Guys is the spot for anyone looking for a burger or hot dog loaded with as many of their free toppings as you want. Plus, they serve milkshakes that are perfect for these warm afternoons.

The City of Rancho Cordova is proud to announce the grand opening of the Anatolia-Kavala Ranch Bike Trail!  The half-mile trail connects the Anatolia and Kavala Ranch communities to allow walking or biking between neighborhoods.

Join the City on Monday, September 12th from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for the grand opening celebration event. The festivities will kick off with a brief welcome from Mayor David Sander and ribbon cutting ceremony at the trail entrance near Anatolia Drive and Pyxis Circle. Bring your walking shoes or bike and be the first to go on a half-mile stroll on the new trail.
The stroll ends with a neighborhood party at Kavala Ranch Park, 5100 Azalea Park Drive, which includes a bounce house, face painting, dinner for purchase from a food truck, free ice cream and swag, music, and more. Invite your friends and family to join the celebration!

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 returns and will be bigger than ever, thanks to an expansion at the award-winning American River Brewing Company. The event is held outdoors and inside the brewery, at 11151 Trade Center Drive, Suite 104, from 2 - 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th. Admission is free!

Join the fun for a day of fine art, exceptional award-winning beer, food trucks and music. Buy a piece of art for yourself, do some early holiday shopping for your favorite art-lover, or just come and have some fun... and some beer!

For more information on how to become involved in Rancho Cordova art activities,  click here or call (916) 273-5704.

The Rancho Cordova Athletic Association has named a diverse group of elite athletes to be inducted into the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

From the 1973 state champions for the mile relay from Cordova High School's track and field team to high school baseball players who went on to play Major League Baseball, the 2016 class of inductees is a roster of Rancho Cordova sports heroes, including athletes, coaches, and "Heart of a  Champion" supporters who have been crucial to building remarkable sports legends.

The inductees will be honored during the 2016 Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive. Tickets for the event will include an appetizer, cocktail reception, and awards program. Tickets will be limited to 350, and the event promises to be a sell-out.


Spend an evening with Cordova High Alum, Hometown Hero, and Hall of Fame Inductee Ryan Yantis. 

Minutes before the terrorist attack on September 11th, Yantis was in the area where American Airline Flight 77 crashed. He  returned to the crash site to account for personnel under his charge and to make sure that everyone had evacuated. When he found several injured, Yantis began carrying out stretchers and bringing aid into the building in a life-saving operation, marking him forever as not only a decorated September 11th survivor, but as a heroic first responder, as well.

As the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, come hear Yantis share his personal account of duty, perseverance, and overcoming challenges in the face of danger. Join us on Thursday, September 8th at the Cordova High School Performing Arts Center, 2239 Chase Drive, for this inspiring evening. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Are you ready to rumble? The 11th annual California Capital Airshow is a weekend of thrills, chills, and jaw-dropping excitement for the whole family! Don't miss the action, purchase discounted tickets now !

Birdies, Brews & Brats! Golf Tournament - Friday, September 16th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mather Golf Course, 4103 Zinfandel Drive
Join the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce for  great day of golf, networking, and fun! Start with a light breakfast before a shotgun start, take part in all the fun activities from local sponsors throughout the course, and meet back up at the Clubhouse for brews, brats, and raffles. Register

Rancho Cordova Luncheon - Friday, September 16th, 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. This month's guest speaker is Congressman Ami Bera.   Tickets are $12 for members of the Cordova Community Council or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, and $20 for non-members. Doors and buffet open at 11:30 a.m., and you will be out the door by 1 p.m. Reserve Your Seat

Buccaneer Ball - Friday, September 16th, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sacramento Children's Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive
The Sacramento Children's Museum invites moms and their sons to dance the night away at the annual Buccaneer Ball! Enjoy museum play, dancing, and lots of pirates! Pirate costumes are encouraged, and dessert and light refreshments will be served. Visit for more information.

Mayor's Walk - Saturday, September 17th, 8:30 a.m.
Sunrise Elementary School,  11821 Cobble Brook Drive
Do you have a question for the Mayor? Now's your chance to have a one-on-one conversation with Mayor David Sander at the fifth of six neighborhood walks. Take in some  fresh air, talk about upcoming projects, ask questions, learn about the neighborhood, and meet your neighbors! The events kick off with refreshments at 8:30 a.m., and the one-mile walk begins at 9 a.m.

Blight Busters Plus Community Meeting - Wednesday, September 21st, 6 - 8 p.m.
White Rock Elementary School, 10487 White Rock Road
The City of Rancho Cordova is holding a series of community meetings to update you on our new program -- Blight Busters Plus!  As part of the program, our team will help identify ways to beautify and improve safety in your area. Come on out to partner with us to improve the quality of life in our city, and enjoy some food catered by Chick-fil-A. Learn More

Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Tree Meeting - Thursday, September 22nd, 6 p.m.
Cordova Gardens Elementary School, 2400 Dawes Street
Tell your neighbors, tell your friends, mobilize and empower your community through trees! The Sacramento Tree Foundation in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova invites you and your neighborhood to the Rancho Cordova Neighborhood Tree Meeting.  Every neighborhood is unique and this is YOUR opportunity to grow and protect the forest in YOUR community by creating tree priorities. We'll see you there!

Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Saturday, October 1st, 2 p.m.
Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Whole Lotta Brews - Saturday, October 15th from 6 - 9 p.m., Palladio in Folsom. Supports Rancho Cordova non-profit the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership. Learn More

It's not too late to enroll at the Rancho Cordova Center of Folsom Lake College this fall! There are open, fast-track classes that start later in the semester, including classes in Anthropology, Art History, Business, Computer Science, Economics, English, Political Science, Sociology, and much more.

The second set of 8-week term classes start the week of October 10, 2016. Other courses begin throughout the semester as well, and are offered at the Rancho Cordova Center, the  Main Folsom campus, the El Dorado Center in Placerville, and online.

To enroll in a class or see what classes are available,  click here For more information, contact the Rancho Cordova Center at (916) 361-6321.

All high school students and families are invited to Folsom Cordova Unified School District's College Fair on Tuesday, September 20th from 6 - 8 p.m. at Cordova High School, 2239 Chase Drive. 

Don't miss this opportunity to plan for success in college! Folsom Cordova is inviting all students in grades 9-12 and their families to a special college fair, where parents and children can learn more about opportunities after graduation.

Participants will have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with representatives from colleges and universities throughout California and out of state, and branches of the military will be available to discuss their admission process. F amilies can also learn more about financial aid, college admission requirements, and the District's college and career planning software. 

For more details, visit
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