VOLUNTEERS PARTNER WITH SHERIFF

The Sheriff’s Department is seeking individuals interested in becoming members of VIPS (Volunteers in Partnership with the Sheriff). VIPS members assist the department with a variety of duties like writing crime reports, performing residential security checks, assisting with neighborhood association groups, helping at the Sheriff Service Stations and much more.

Since 1993, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has relied on volunteers to assist with its many tasks. Effective crime prevention requires a partnership between the Sheriff’s Department and community members. That’s why individual volunteer participation is so vital.

To become part of VIPS, go to sacsheriff.com. For more information, email the VIPS coordinator at volunteers@sacsheriff.com.

COUNTY FAIR

The 2019 Sacramento County Fair will be May 23–27 at Cal Expo. Activities include a carnival, food, barn animals, music and shopping.

General admission is $8. Children 12 and younger are free. For more information, visit sacfair.com.

FAIR OAKS FIESTA DAY

Fair Oaks Village will hold its annual Fiesta Day on Sunday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with old-fashioned games, children’s activities, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, shopping in the village, music, a classic car show and the Famous Toilet Bowl Racer Challenge.

For more information, visit fairoakschamber.com or call (916) 967-2903.

FAIR OAKS FIESTA DAY

Fair Oaks Village will hold its annual Fiesta Day on Sunday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with old-fashioned games, children’s activities, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, shopping in the village, music, a classic car show and the Famous Toilet Bowl Racer Challenge.

For more information, visit fairoakschamber.com or call (916) 967-2903.

ALCOHOL BAN ON RIVER PARKWAY

If you plan to enjoy the American River Parkway over Memorial Day weekend, be aware that there will be a complete ban on alcohol consumption and possession on land and in the water between Hazel and Watt avenues (with an exception for Ancil Hoffman Golf Course).

The restriction also applies to the holiday weekends of Independence Day and Labor Day. In addition, the Board of Supervisors has delegated authority to the director of regional parks, in consultation with the county executive, to prohibit alcohol in the parkway on days between Memorial Day and Labor Day when such a ban is needed to maintain order.

SPRING CONCERT

The 60-member Sacramento Symphonic Winds band will hold a spring concert Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Rio Americano High School Center for the Arts.

“Something Old, Something Borrowed” will include baritone vocal soloist Omari Tau singing selections from Old American Songs by Aaron Copland and the Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association’s Youth Artist Competition winner Jennifer Su playing Concertino for flute by Cecile Chaminade.

For more information, visit sacwinds.org.

The restriction also applies to the holiday weekends of Independence Day and Labor Day. In addition, the Board of Supervisors has delegated authority to the director of regional parks, in consultation with the county executive, to prohibit alcohol in the parkway on days between Memorial Day and Labor Day when such a ban is needed to maintain order.

OFFICE HOURS

I started holding “Office Hours” in 2005 and now it has become an annual tradition at various community events. Everyone seems to find these informal gatherings more convenient and easier than making an appointment Downtown at the County Administration Center.

To sign up for notices with future Office Hour dates, visit my web page at bos.saccounty.net.

Susan Peters represents the Third District on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. She can be reached at susanpeters@saccounty.net.

In Tune Carmichael

By Susan Peters
May 2019

Commander of Sheriff’s North Division will address May meetings

I will hold two community meetings this month in Arden-Arcade and Carmichael, each featuring guest speaker Capt. Santos Ramos, commander of the Sheriff’s North Division.

Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Foothill Farms and North Highlands are among the unincorporated communities served by Ramos’ division. In addition to being responsible for the area’s patrol activities, he has the Problem Oriented Policing and Homeless Outreach Team units under his command.

The Arden-Arcade meeting will be Thursday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Conzelmann Community Center in Howe Park at 2201 Cottage Way. The Carmichael meeting will be Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse at 5750 Grant Ave.

I will open with a brief update on county issues, followed by our guest speaker, then questions and answers. For a list of all the 2019 meetings, visit bos.saccounty.net.

BIG DAY OF GIVING

The Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising challenge, will take place Thursday, May 2, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. The Big Day of Giving lifts up lives, improves our region and allows the community to come together in the spirit of philanthropy.

Many of our local nonprofit arts groups and social service providers rely on donations raised this day to carry out their good work. Last year, more than 600 nonprofits participated, including several organizations that serve our suburban communities: Carmichael Parks Foundation, Children’s Receiving Home, Fair Oaks Theater Festival, Kids Helping Kids Sacramento (started by Del Campo High School students), Music Partners in Healthcare (which performs at convalescent and skilled-nursing facilities), Project Dream (affiliated with Twin Rivers Unified School District) and Sacramento Fine Arts Center.

For more information or to donate, visit bigdayofgiving.org.

 
BIG DAY OF GIVING

The Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising challenge, will take place Thursday, May 2, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. The Big Day of Giving lifts up lives, improves our region and allows the community to come together in the spirit of philanthropy.

Many of our local nonprofit arts groups and social service providers rely on donations raised this day to carry out their good work. Last year, more than 600 nonprofits participated, including several organizations that serve our suburban communities: Carmichael Parks Foundation, Children’s Receiving Home, Fair Oaks Theater Festival, Kids Helping Kids Sacramento (started by Del Campo High School students), Music Partners in Healthcare (which performs at convalescent and skilled-nursing facilities), Project Dream (affiliated with Twin Rivers Unified School District) and Sacramento Fine Arts Center.

For more information or to donate, visit bigdayofgiving.org.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

The first phase is underway to improve pedestrian safety on Fair Oaks Boulevard between University and Fulton avenues.

For Phase 1, two pedestrian-activated signals are being installed to improve accessibility and safety for people crossing Fair Oaks Boulevard near Pavilions shopping center and Loehmann’s Plaza.

In addition, the county’s signal interconnect system will permit the Department of Transportation to optimize traffic flow through the corridor as appropriate. Other improvements include new curbs, gutters, sidewalk ramps and median refuge islands.

Phase 2 will include dedicated bicycle lanes as defined in the Fair Oaks Boulevard Complete Street Master Plan developed by DOT after a series of workshops and open houses held in the neighborhood. For more information, visit sacdot.com.

SHERIFF MEETINGS

The Sheriff’s Department will hold two meetings this month to share information about trends in crime and recent activities.

The Arden-Arcade meeting will be Tuesday, May 7, in the Skyroom at Country Club Lanes at 2600 Watt Ave. The Carmichael meeting will be Tuesday, May 21, at the Del Campo High School Library at 4925 Dewey Drive. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m.

These sessions are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. Learning about recent criminal activities makes us more cognizant about how to better secure our property and make our communities safer.

CARMICHAEL AWARDS

The Carmichael Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner recently honoring several outstanding community members, including District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert as the 2019 Person of the Year.

Other honorees were jeweler Mahmud Sharif as Businessman of the Year; Rosemarie Martell, proprietor of the Farmer’s Wife produce stand, as Businesswoman of the Year; realtor and active Carmichael Kiwanis Club member Ron Greenwood as Volunteer of the Year; and El Camino High School senior Connor Pexa as Youth Ambassador of the Year.

PARKS PASS, RECREATION WEBSITE

The American River Parkway is an asset worth protecting. You can demonstrate your support by purchasing a yearlong unlimited Parks Pass.

The pass is great for bicyclists and nature enthusiasts who frequent the parkway. The pass costs $50 per year—paying for itself after 10 trips. Proceeds go toward maintaining and improving our parks. Purchase a pass at the American River Parkway Foundation Office in the William B. Pond Recreation Area or at arpf.org.

For quick access to specific recreational facilities, such as dog parks, swimming pools (and lessons), community centers, trails, arts and culture, golf, horseback riding, tennis courts and more, visit yoursacparks.com.

Created through a partnership of 19 local recreation and park agencies, including Sacramento County’s Department of Regional Parks, yoursacparks.com helps connect you with the beautiful parks and recreational services available in our area.

ARDEN-DIMICK LIBRARY BOOK SALE

The Friends of Arden-Dimick Library will hold a three-day Weekend Community Book Sale on Friday, May 3, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, noon to 3 p.m. The Sunday sale will get you a bag of books for $5.

In addition to adult and children books, there will be DVDs and CDs. Funds from the sale will be used for local library programs.

OLDER AMERICANS CELEBRATION

The Sacramento chapter of Aging2.0 will celebrate older Americans at a free special event Tuesday, May 7, from 3–7 p.m. in the Sheriff’s Community Room at 7000 65th St. off Florin Road in south Sacramento.
Members of Sacramento County’s Adult and Aging Commission will discuss senior needs, and information will be available for older residents and caregivers. A live “innovation in aging” pitch competition with be held where attendees can share ideas about senior care and services.

In addition, five individuals will be recognized as part of the “5 Over 50” Awards honoring special older achievers from each of the five supervisorial districts who, after the age of 50, accomplished something wonderful that benefited their communities.

For more information or to register, visit aging2.com/sacramento, call (916) 838-0197 or email sacaac411@yahoo.com.

In addition to adult and children books, there will be DVDs and CDs. Funds from the sale will be used for local library programs.

HELPING FOSTER YOUTH

Each year approximately 170 youth turn 18 years old while in foster care, which means many will be without a family or supportive adult as they age out of the system. However, most 18-year-olds still need financial help, emotional support and other assistance as they enter adulthood and begin to plan for their future.

The Extended Foster Care program provided through Sacramento County’s Department of Child, Family and Adult Services allows 18- to 21-year-olds to stay in foster care as a safety net, while teaching them independent living skills to help achieve self-sufficiency. As of December 2018, approximately 360 youth are actively participating in the program.

Youth who participate in Extended Foster Care demonstrate more positive outcomes in areas such as employment, education and housing stability than their peers who do not participate. The program helps young adults move forward and make the right decisions for their future.

Extended Foster Care partners with iFoster, a national nonprofit that has developed a jobs program specifically for eligible foster youth between 17 and 24. iFoster helps prepare foster youth for the workforce by providing a curriculum focused on job and life skills. The nonprofit also works with major employers like Raley’s, Starbucks and CVS by matching youth with businesses offering permanent employment, guaranteed hours, decent wages, opportunities for advancement and scholarship programs.

To learn more, visit dcfas.saccounty.net.

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