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News-Ledger
June 8, 2011

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Shakespeare in the park
 Come see Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at Linden Park for free, courtesy of the West Sacramento Community Theater Company. The tragedy plays at 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 10-26. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The park is located at the corner of Linden and Summerfield. For information, visit www.westsactheater.com.

 Free concerts are back
 The City of West Sacramento has returned the “River Walk Concert Series” to River Walk Park, along the river near the Tower Bridge and ziggurat building. At 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday through July, there will be a free concert. The June 14 musical guest is “Nothin’ Personal.” Free street parking, and there’ll be a beer garden and tacos sold by Swabbies on the River. For information, call 617-4620 or visit www.westsacfun.org.

  Golden Years
  The Golden Years Club, serving those age 50+, will have a catered luau dinner at the VFW Hall, 905 Drever Street, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Hula dancers will entertain. 

Yard sale
   San Pedro Association in Bryte will hold its annual Community Yard Sale at San Pedro Park on the corner of Lisbon and Hobson Ave., Saturday, June 18th (rain check from June 4th) from 8am to 2pm. Spaces are still available to sell your stuff for $15 and admission is Free for buyers! Call 916-425-3590 or email lfreitas@aol.com for more information.

  Orchestra concert
   The West Sacramento Community Orchestra returns with a free concert of “festive and patriotic music” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, at the civic center galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The program includes “A Michael Jackson Spectacular,” and music from The Music Man, Victory At Sea, the Armed Forces Salute, and more. For information, call 991-5262.

Kids’ fun day
   Trinity Presbyterian Church will hold a “Kids’ Fun Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., June 11, at 1500 Park Blvd. Free hot dogs, snow cones, games, crafts, bounce houses and more. For more information, call 371-5875 or visit www.TrinityWestSac.org.

Visit fire station
  West Sacramento Fire Station 44 invites you to an open house from 10-2 on Sat., June 11, at 905 Fremont Street. “Sparky” the Dalmation will be on hand for photos.

  Fireworks
  Support River City High athletics by buying “scrip” from the RCHS Athletic Booster Club. The scrip can then be used to purchase Fourth of July fireworks at the club’s booth in the Whitey’s Jolly Kone parking lot from June 28-July 4. To buy the scrip, call Courtney Rozell, 806-6258.

  New thrift
   Southport Community Church has opened a new thrift store, with proceeds to support the church’s food ministry, start a scholarship fund and finance other charity works. The “Shepherd’s Hand Thrift Store” is at 2919 Promenade St., Suite 120, next to the Bounce Spot. It’s open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8-3. A grand opening is scheduled for Sat., June 4. For information, call 375-1180.

  For readers:
   The local library branch at 1212 Merkley Avenue is offering programs for all ages. There is a “One World, Many Stories” program for kids up to age 12 – if they check in at the information desk six times during the summer and share what they’re reading, they’ll get a prize each time. The “You are Here” program is open to teens age 13-18: if they fill out a short survey, they’ll enter a raffle for a flip camera or Target gift certificate, and if they review a book, they’ll also enter a raffle. The “Novel Destinations” program is for adults: Share your book recommendation, and be entered into a drawing for a prize, and reviews will be posted anonymously. For more information, visit www.yolocountylibrary.org.

  Farmers Market
  West Sacramento’s new farmers market continues on Thursdays, from about 4:30-8 p.m., at 1271 West Capitol (the usually-empty lot behind Walgreens). It will continue on Thursdays through September. There are farmers signed up to sell fresh produce, and restaurants and food vendors as well.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 371-7042 or marketinfo@wsfarmersmarket.com.

  Students’ art
   The Interact Club at River City High School brings the “Wild in West Sacramento” student art show, now through June 30. You can visit the exhibit at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

  Adopt a cat
   The Yolo County Animal Shelter asks you to consider adopting a cat or kitten this month. The fee to adopt an adult cat is half-price ($55); kittens under four months are two-for-$75. Bring proof that you own your home or, if renting your home, a copy of the lease or letter from the landlord showing that you are permitted to have a pet. Visit the shelter on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10-1 or 2-6, or Saturdays 10-1 or 2-4.

  Scams
   The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office will hold a Fraud Awareness Fair on Friday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue (hosted by the West Sacramento Police Department). Admission is free, and seniors – who are frequent targets of fraud schemes – are especially invited. Learn about common schemes. Officers will be available to photograph and fingerprint children. Lunch is optional for $10 at Emma’s Taco House (tickets available at the event).

  Mystery writers
   Four mystery writers who are members of “Capital Crimes,” the Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime International, will discuss their books and take questions at a public event at 6:30 p.m. on June 8 at the West Sacramento library branch, 1212 Merkley Avenue. The four are Pat Centerbury, L.F. Crawford, Nan Mahon and Cindy Sample. For information, call 375-6465. 

  Police dogs
   The public is welcome to watch the 2011 “Lawdogs Challenge,” featuring police dog teams in competition from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat., June 18, at River City High School. At 11 a.m., come out and meet members of the West Sacramento SWAT, motorcycle police and firefighting squads. An awards dinner will follow at 5 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to watch the competition; pets must be on leash. For information, call Kristina Hunter at 617-4960 or Debbie Lugo at 617-4933.

  Music for charity
   West Sacramento resident Charles Sano is making his music available for sale as a fundraiser for the West Sacramento Historical Society. His album “My Legacy on Cloud 9” is available for purchase ($9.99) and download at www.origin.cdbaby.com/cd/historicalsociety.

  Home repairs
   Homeowners in the unincorporated areas of Yolo County (outside city limits) may be eligible for up to $15,000 in assistance to provide upgrades to their homes for health and safety or energy efficiency. Contact NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center Sacramento Region, (916) 452-5356 ext. 210. Spanish language is available. Funding is available on a scale adjusted for household size and income, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  Yolo archives
   Tour the Yolo County Archives on June 11. You can look behind the scenes during a special tour of the facility in Woodland at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at 226 Buckeye Street. Sign up by June 9. To reserve a space or ask questions, email archives@yolocounty.org or call (530) 666-8010.

  Golf
   The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce plans its annual “Golf Classic” from 11:30-7 on Thursday, June 16 at Wildhorse Golf Club in Davis. Sponsorships are available. Cost for a foursome in the “Mixed Foursome Scramble” is $500, or $150 per player, including green fees, cart, beverages, gift bag, and dinner. Contact the chamber at 371-7042 or info@westsacramentochamber.com. Register online at www.westsacramentochamber.com by June 14.

  Highways & deserts
   Featured artist at Gallery 625 for the month of June is Rachel Kline, who favors scenes of the highways, trucks, deserts and mountains of the Central Valley. Her work is on display in the gallery at the county offices, 625 Court Street in Woodland, through June. There will be a reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at the gallery. Otherwise, you can view the work during visiting hours, 8-5 on weekdays. For more information, visit www.yoloarts.org.

  Free outdoor movie
   Watch “Star Wars” on a big screen outside the Gibson House Museum at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24. There is no charge for admission, and refreshments will be sold for $1 and under. Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by James Berrera, “trick roper and master bullwhipper.” Tours of the museum will be available from 6:30-8 p.m. For information, call (530) 666-1045 or visit ychmoffice@sbcglobal.net.

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