What’s new in Elk Grove this week

From the City of Elk Grove

Cleaner, Greener, and Globally Conscious
Last week, we joined the planet celebrating Earth Day. The City, and local government in general, has an important role to play in ensuring our communities are sustainable. Our city is working hard to make Elk Grove cleaner and greener with programs and projects that support environmental, social and economic sustainability. Newer city facilities including the Special Waste Collection Center and The Center at Distriuct56 are LEED certified by the U. S. Green Building Council for their environmentally friendly building design and techniques. New solar panels added to District56 also mean that that space is now creating a net zero energy impact on our environment. And we are looking at ways to conserve water, energy and reduce waste to ensure a brighter future. Learn more about the City of Elk Grove’s sustainability efforts.
Farmers Market Returns to Old Town
Celebrate the return of the Old Town Farmers Market! Beginning Sunday, May 1, dozens of vendors will once again fill the Old Town Plaza every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop local and buy locally grown produce, baked goods, fresh proteins, gourmet prepared foods, handmade specialty goods, flowers, and more. Operated by Living Smart Markets, this weekly Sunday market will also feature live music, family entertainment, special events, and quarterly onsite chef demonstrations. Learn more. 
April is Donate Life Month
The Elk Grove City Council recently recognized the exceptional work of Sierra Donor Services who coordinated the transplant of 407 organs in 2021 – saving more lives than ever before thanks to the generosity of 164 organ donors and 957 tissue donors.
An estimated 1,500 people in our service area are waiting for organ, eye or tissue donation. Californians can register to be donors regardless of age or medical history. Register to become a donor through the Department of Motor Vehicles or online at donatelifecalifornia.org and give the extraordinary gift of life through living or deceased donation.
Call 811 Before All Digging Projects, Large or Small
Whether it’s planting a tree or shrub, gardening or landscaping, or repairing or replacing a fence damaged during winter months, customers should call 811 two business days before digging to avoid damaging underground utility lines. To help increase awareness of the importance of calling 811, April is National Safe Digging Month.
Underground utility lines can be shallow, sometimes only a few inches below the surface, due to erosion, previous digging projects, shifting or settling of the ground and uneven surfaces. Damaging an underground utility line is dangerous and can leave customers responsible for repair costs averaging $3,500 and up. Calling 811 is free and easy, and professional utility workers will respond within two business days to mark the location of underground utility lines for your project site. Visit PGE.com/811 to learn more.
Dispose of Prescription Drugs Safely
The Elk Grove Police Department and the Recycling and Waste Division will team up for a drop-off event this Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Police Department (8400 Laguna Palms Way) as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This one-day event provides an opportunity for residents to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs free of charge and anonymous with no questions asked. Just remove all pills, tablets and capsules from their packaging and consolidate them into one bag before disposal. Needles, auto injectors, or other sharps will not be accepted. More drug disposal options.
Don’t Miss the New Festival of the Arts
The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is introducing a new Elk Grove Festival of the Arts this Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Town Plaza (9615 Railroad Street). This free event will offer fine arts booths, live music, food and wine, a youth art show, and kids zone. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the arts in Elk Grove. This event is sponsored by the Elk Grove Arts Commission. Learn more. 
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Elk Grove is a great place to live with an amazing quality of life – we need to keep it that way. Together, we can responsibly plan now and for future generations. We cannot do this without input and collaboration with the community we serve. Visit elkgrovelife.com to tell us what’s important to you!
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