What is happening in Elk Grove this week

It’s Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month commemorates the trailblazing achievements of women and girls across the centuries and honors their pioneering efforts in community building. From history to present, women have strived and sacrificed for equity and equality in communities across the country. Many have been at the forefront of the fight for climate justice, to end slavery, advocate for civil rights, help pass the Voting Rights Act ensuring that no American is denied a vote based on sex, and through labor movements they achieved reforms in securing better pay, benefits, and safety for workers.
Did you know…The 118th Congress has a record number of women. Women make up more than a quarter (28%) of all members of the 118th Congress – the highest percentage in U.S. history and a considerable increase from where things stood even a decade ago. Women now outnumber men in the college-educated labor force. Women account for more than half (50.7%) of the college-educated labor force in the United States. The gender pay gap persists. Women in the U.S. who work full time, year-round are typically paid only 84 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts.On January 20, 2021, Kamala Harris became the first woman and woman of color Vice President in the United States. 

Pet Vaccines to Go
Keeping your pet current on vaccines is easy—and FREE—with Elk Grove Animal Services’ Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic. Attend the next clinic on Saturday, March 18 (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to Noon in the parking lot next to 8220 Longleaf Drive. No appointment is needed, simply drive up with your pet, show your photo ID and proof of Elk Grove residency, complete the paperwork, and veterinary staff will administer the appropriate vaccines. Available vaccines include Rabies, Canine DHPP, and Feline FVRCP. Free microchipping and pet licensing (for newly acquired spayed/neutered pets) are also available. Supplies are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Learn more

Telling our Local Development Story
New businesses are popping up in Elk Grove practically every day. If you’re curious about what’s coming next, check out the story map from the Development Services and GIS team on the City’s website. The map reflects those private development projects currently in plan review, recently approved, under construction, or recently completed. Each project includes photos and project details. The map is updated quarterly. Learn more 

Lace Up and Run with the Herd
Runners, joggers, and walkers will be taking to the streets of Elk Grove next Sunday, March 26 for the 12th Annual Kaiser Permanente Running of the Elk. The race start and finish will be set-up at District56 (Civic Center Drive at Big Horn Blvd.). Race activities begin at 8:00 am.
Register to run or walk online or lend a hand. This event is still looking for volunteers.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation (EGYSF), an Elk Grove non-profit organization created to ensure that all Elk Grove children have an equal opportunity to be involved in sports. 

Traffic Tidbit: Navigating Flashing Left Turn Arrows
Flashing yellow left turn signals are installed at the intersections of Harbor Point Drive at Galen Drive, Harbor Point Drive at Renwick Avenue, and Big Horn Boulevard at Lewis Stein Road to improve traffic flow in the city. When you are turning left on a flashing yellow arrow, the traffic coming towards you has a green light and pedestrians may have a “WALK” signal.
Drivers with a Flashing Yellow Left Turn Arrow must YIELD to: 1. Pedestrians in the crosswalk 2. Oncoming right turn traffic; and/or3. Oncoming through traffic & bicyclists
Learn more about the flashing yellow arrow traffic signals.

Are you up for a challenge? Join the movement toward a healthy, active lifestyle at FitFest! This free fitness festival is scheduled on Saturday, April 29 at Laguna Community Park. Cosumnes CSD Parks and Recreation will offer activities for all ages and abilities, including a free Kids Zone, adult fitness demos, health & wellness vendors, delicious food trucks, and friendly competitions. Advanced registration is now open for the youth and adult fitness competitions. Register to compete.
 City Calendar
March is Women’s History Month
03/15 Disability Advisory Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
03/16 Planning Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
03/18 Pet Vaccine Clinic (9 a.m.)
03/20 Trails Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
03/21 Diversity & Inclusion Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
03/22 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
03/23 Arts Commission Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
03/25 Martinis & Merriment (6 p.m.)
03/26 Running of the Elk 5K/10K (8 a.m.)
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