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Yolo County’s State Fair exhibit wins the gold…and two Blue Ribbons!

Yolo County’s State Fair exhibit wins the gold…and two Blue Ribbons!

Yolo County adds three more awards to its impressive collection of California State Fair exhibit recognitions. On opening day of the state fair, judges announced the Yolo County 2016 exhibit was awarded the gold ribbon, as well as blue ribbons in the categories of “best craftsmanship” and “best of produce, products or artifacts”.

With this year’s counties exhibit theme, “California Delivers”, Yolo County showcased how it is taking agritourism to new heights by “delivering” food and fun with its vast array of festivals, farm tours and events year round. As is the tradition for Yolo County, the exhibit integrates a learning environment with whimsical characters, animated displays, and a bounty of local produce and products.

Programs at the West Sacramento Library in July

Programs at the West Sacramento Library in July

The following special programs will be held during the month of July at Yolo County’s Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento:

July 2 and 16: IT Consultant by Appointment Only, 2:00 p.m. Participants can ask questions and bring their laptops or mobile devices. Samples of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Apple devices will be on hand. Time slots are limited so make a 15 minute appointment in English or Spanish at the information desk or by telephone at (916) 375-6465.

July 5: Sports-Themed Activity Sheets, 11:00 a.m. Children ages 6-12 and their parents or caretakers are invited to participate in sports-themed activity sheets like crosswords and word searches. Turn in your finished activity sheet to be entered to win a prize. All supplies provided by the library.

Join ABC10 for Raley's Food For Families Summer Fresh Drive

Join ABC10 for Raley's Food For Families Summer Fresh Drive

Hunger is a reality for one in six Americans. You may think you do not know anyone that is food insecure, but millions are suffering daily.

In California alone, nearly 60% of all public school students are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. That’s 3.5 million low-income kids statewide. The situation amplifies during the summer season when many children who rely on school programs for food go without meals because school is not in session.

Because Raley’s Food For Families program recognizes that no child should go hungry, they have become a main contributor to local food banks. A donation of $1 to Raley’s Food For Families Summer Fresh Drive will help provide fresh produce to hungry families.

Dr. Bob's Medical Bag Tour

Dr. Bob's Medical Bag Tour

The major causes of death in the 19th century took their toll on many Sacramentans, and we’ll share their fascinating stories. We’ll also visit the graves of our fearless physicians of the 1800s and hear their contributions to early Sacramento, as well as the tragic story of how 17 died in several weeks’ time fighting the cholera epidemic.Saturday, July 2, 2016 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Old City Cemetery

Yolo County Library’s summer reading program update

Yolo County Library’s summer reading program update

The Yolo County Library’s Summer Reading Program is off to a great start with more than 3,365 sign ups since the June 1 kick-off. The program continues through August 15 and all are welcome to sign up online or in person at their local Yolo County Library branch.

Participants will receive a ticket for prizes and a free gift. In addition, those who read five books will receive a book full of puzzles, games or coloring pages, and a ticket for finishing prizes, generously donated by the various Friends of the Library groups. Children, ages 0-12, will also receive a free pizza coupon to Round Table Pizza. New to the Summer Reading Program, participants will now receive an additional prize ticket for every completed reading log they turn in. Prizes, such as the free book or pizza coupon, will remain the same for the first reading log.

Pollination sensation

Pollination sensation

Summertime is peak pollinator season as hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects are out in full force gathering pollen and nectar for their nests. California native plants in particular provide an excellent, high-nutrient source of food for not just the European honeybees but for our native birds and pollinators. Join our tour in the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden and learn how to garden for pollinators with our resilient, drought-tolerant summer blooming natives that continue to bring beauty into the garden even during the hottest months of the year. Sunday, June 26, 2016 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Old City Cemetery.

Learn about civil disobedience in the Gilded Age

Learn about civil disobedience in the Gilded Age

Think boycotts, protests and riots are recent creations? Think again. Despite their Victorian stuffiness, the pioneers found ways to express their displeasure. Tales of righteous indignation and justifiable misbehavior, great-great-grandpa style. Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway. Free; donations welcome.