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Girl Scouts Take on Gender Gap

Nearly 600 girls and 260 adult volunteers from an 18-county region descended on Lake Camanche in Calaveras County to learn or improve their skills in archery, fishing, paddling, and horseback riding.

(May 11, 2022) → Read the full American River Messenger report
Festival Pays Homage to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Asian Pacific CultureFest will feature live performances as well as foods and crafts from 80 AAPI-owned small businesses. The event takes place on Saturday, May 7 in Elk Grove.

(May 5, 2022) → Read the full Elk Grove Tribune report
A Sacramento County Family Navigates the War in Ukraine

Volodymyr Androshchuk, of Auburn, flew to Poland in March and traveled to Ukraine to rescue his grandson. The boy arrived in California with his grandmother a few weeks later, while Volodymyr stayed in Ukraine to help with humanitarian efforts.

(April 28, 2022) → Read the full CapRadio report
New Water Park Now Open in Natomas

The Natomas neighborhood now has a new water park and community center, after the grand opening event for the North Natomas Aquatic Complex. Amenities include a community center, water slides, a kids’ splash zone and several pools.

(April 23, 2022) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
California State Fair Will Return This Summer

For the first time in three years, the California State Fair will return. This Sacramento tradition of food and carnival rides is now four months away.

(March 11, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Elk Grove to Spend $9.5M on Potential Zoo Site

The Elk Grove City Council on Feb. 23 unanimously approved a $9.5 million purchase agreement for 100 acres of land for the potential relocation and expansion of the Sacramento Zoo in Elk Grove.

(Feb. 25, 2022) → Read the full Elk Grove Citizen report
New Legislation Would Ease Welfare-to-Work Rules for Single Parents

Assembly Bill 1728, introduced by Assemblymembers Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) and Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), would exempt single parents receiving CalWORKs benefits from “welfare-to-work” requirements for the first three years of their child’s life.

(Jan. 28, 2022) → Read the full The Californian report
Gum Ranch Park Now Open

The Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District marked the opening of the new Gum Ranch Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 13.

(Jan. 26, 2022) → Read the full American River Messenger report
Youth Commission holds 1st in-person meeting since 2020

The Galt Youth Commission held its first in-person regular meeting after more than 18 months of meeting online. For many of the commissioners, it was their first opportunity ever to sit at the council dais.

(Jan. 5, 2022) → Read the full The Galt Herald report
What to Know About Lead Poisoning in Kids

It was reported last year that nine census tracts in Sacramento had large numbers of children below age 6 test positive for lead poisoning, and the Capital City has also one of highest number of positive tests in the state.

(Nov. 17, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Citrus Heights Couple Creates Online Puppet Shows

Once a fixture at elementary school assemblies, a Citrus Heights husband-wife duo are now producing virtual puppet shows, as schools continue to not allow outside groups on campus due to the pandemic.

(Oct. 24, 2021) → Read the full Citrus Heights Sentinel report
Police Department to Host Drive-Thru ‘Trunk or Treat’

The Citrus Heights Police Department is hosting a drive-thru “reverse” Trunk or Treat event. Residents are invited to dress up and drive through a series of tents at the police station between 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 28.

(Oct. 24, 2021) → Read the full Citrus Heights Sentinel report
Vaccine Protest Brought a Crowd of 100 to Galt

While the capital experienced a barrage of thousands of parents against the school vaccine mandate, Galt had its own protest on Oct. 18 as approximately 100 people lined C Street.

(Oct. 20, 2021) → Read the full The Galt Herald report
Parents and Children Protest Vaccine Mandates at Capitol

Some Sacramento parents pulled their children out of school today to protest the upcoming vaccine mandates for school-aged children.

(Oct. 18, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Residents Provide Input for New Elk Grove Library

Two gatherings were recently held to allow the public to provide input on a new library coming to Elk Grove in 2023.

(Oct. 15, 2021) → Read the full Elk Grove Citizen report
Veterans Welcome Children to Fall Festival

The Citrus Heights Veterans Community Center is holding its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 23. This is a much-anticipated event each year with food and games ranging in price from $1-$6.

(Oct. 14, 2021) → Read the full Citrus Heights Messenger report
Soap Box Racers Taking Off in Folsom

The Folsom Soap Box Derby, founded in 2018, is once again welcoming young soap box racers. Competitors are expected to come from all over California.

(Oct. 14, 2021) → Read the full Auburn Journal report
Effie Yeaw Offers Fall Festival Alternative

Once again, Effie Yeaw Nature Center will offer a registration-only spin on their traditional fall festival. Children will have the opportunity to meet a horned owl along with bats and other critters native to the region.

(Oct. 14, 2021) → Read the full American River Messenger report
Sayonara Center Thriving Despite Challenges

The City Life Sayonara Center, which opened in 2006, is thriving and healthy despite COVID restrictions and other challenges through the years. Every day the center serves approximately 45 children, who receive a meal along with homework help and fun activities.

(Oct. 8, 2021) → Read the full Citrus Heights Messenger report
Sacramento Child Hired to Be Disney Sign Language Interpreter

A 10-year-old deaf girl who lives in Sacramento is now officially a sign language interpreter for Disney. Her first gig is working at a Cinderella celebration.

(Oct. 5, 2021) → Read the full ABC 10 report
Giant Pumpkin Festival Enjoys Great Popularity

Elk Grove’s Giant Pumpkin Festival is back and the community was more than ready to welcome the tradition again. The festival featured vendors, musicians, and of course the pumpkin contest.

(Oct. 4, 2021) → Read the full Elk Grove Tribune report
Children Among Lowest Vaccination Rate in Sacramento

Children aged 12-19 are one of the least vaccinated demographics in Sacramento, which is of concern to health officials as these young people are attending in-person school again.

(Sept. 29, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
Mother Inspires STEM Event

A mom’s determination for girls to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) futures last weekend inspired a career day at the Aerospace Museum of California.

(Sept. 23, 2021) → Read the full Carmichael Times report
Sacramento Zoo to Potentially Relocate to Elk Grove

Negotiations have begun to move the Sacramento Zoo to Elk Grove. This news comes after years of planning potential relocation sites throughout the Sacramento region.

(Sept. 23, 2021) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
Big Brothers Big Sisters Raise Big Money With Unique Fundraiser

Big Brothers Big Sisters Northern Sierra and Sacramento agencies raised nearly $40,000 with a fundraiser that featured donors rappelling down the side of the Residence Inn by Marriott.

(Sept. 22, 2021) → Read the full Village Life report
Natomas Preschoolers Donate Supplies to Low-Income Students

Students at Merryhill Preschools in Natomas and the Pocket area recently donated school supplies to help local children prepare for the new school year. Students at the two schools worked together to collect a variety of school supplies to be distributed to the disadvantaged community.

(Aug. 31, 2021) → Read the full The Natomas Buzz report
Bastiao Farms to Reopen for Fall Season

After remaining closed for the first time during the 2020 season, Bastiao Farms is expected to reopen at the end of September for a full season of corn mazes, pumpkins and more.

(Aug. 25, 2021) → Read the full The Natomas Buzz report
Mayor Reads to Children in Elk Grove

Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen took time to read aloud to children at a coffeehouse in Elk Grove as part of a popup event sponsored by A Seat at the Table.

(Aug. 25, 2021) → Read the full Elk Grove Tribune report
Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Citrus Heights Events

Kids, brides-to-be, job-seekers, and car enthusiasts may be interested in several events coming up in the Sunrise MarketPlace, beginning next month.

(Aug. 22, 2021) → Read the full Citrus Heights Sentinel report
Outdoor Roller Rink Coming to Midtown

The weather is still warm and it’s time for new adventures in Sacramento—starting with a brand-new outdoor roller rink.

(Aug. 19, 2021) → Read the full KMAX CW 31 report
New Youth Orchestra Seeks Musicians

The Elk Grove Youth Symphony Orchestra, a new orchestra being formed by the Sacramento Performing Arts Conservatory, is holding auditions for young musicians.

(Aug. 13, 2021) → Read the full Elk Grove Citizen report
Pick Flowers at Local Orangevale Farm

Heirloom Acres, a family-owned farm in Orangevale, is now selling tickets for its flower picking event. Collect gorgeous floral varieties and support a local business at the same time.

(Aug. 12, 2021) → Read the full Sacramento Magazine report