What is happening in Elk Grove this week, July 24, 2023

A New Recreation Center is Opening
Join Cosumnes CSD and the City of Elk Grove this Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 8 pm at 8015 Poppy Ridge Road, as we unveil Elk Grove’s newest recreation center!
Initial amenities at Oasis Park opened in 2020. Since then, visitors have enjoyed the pickleball and tennis courts, dog park, desert-themed playground and sprayground, soccer field, walking path, and more. Now, the Oasis Recreation Center is ready for the community to enjoy! The multi-functional facility will offer preschool programs and a perfect space for hosting birthday parties and events.  Learn more.
The fun-filled evening kicks off at 5 pm with free activities and entertainment for the kids. Don’t miss the special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 pm, marking the official opening of this fantastic community amenity. We can’t wait to see you there! 

Strauss Magic is Back
Enchanting, magical, and romantic are just a few adjectives commonly used to describe the Strauss Festival of Elk Grove. This outdoor musical production features a live orchestra and a storyline brought to life by local dancers. Experience the magic for yourself nightly beginning at 7:30 p.m. from July 28-31 at Elk Grove Park. Admission is free, parking is $10 for cars, $30 for buses. Learn more.

BBQ in the Beat Repeats!
Elk Grove Police Department will continue their BBQ in the Beat event series this Saturday, July 29 at Miwok Park (9344 Village Tree Drive) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet local officers, check out some of the special vehicles and equipment and enjoy games and a free barbecue lunch. Cosumnes Fire Department will also have a fire engine on site. Don’t live in Beat 2 (Laguna Area), there’s more of these events planned in other locations throughout the city this summer.  

Zumba in Old Town
Start your Sunday morning off with a little salsa, but not on a breakfast burrito! Gloria and her friends are hosting a free Zumba class at the Old Town Plaza this Sunday, July 30 beginning at 10 a.m. If you haven’t already tried out this dance fitness craze, this is a great opportunity to give it a shot. See what else is happening on Main Street, Historic Elk Grove.

Gardens for Good Winner
Congratulations to the Elk Grove Community Garden and Learning Center on their recent recognition by Nature’s Path Organic Foods. Elk Grove’s little produce oasis was one of 15 winners in the 2023 Gardens for Good program, 10 from the U.S. and 5 from Canada. The group that manages this space in Elk Grove’s southeast area in the Hampton Village neighborhood received $7,500 from Nature’s Path Organic Foods, North America’s leading organic breakfast and snack food company, for the meaningful role their play in making fresh, nutritious organic fruits and vegetables accessible in the community. Learn more about the Elk Grove Community Garden and Learning Center at elkgrovecommunitygarden.org. 

Ride SacRT Free on Wednesday In recognition of National Disability Independence Day, SacRT is offering systemwide free rides on Wednesday, July 26. Free rides are available on bus, light rail, SmaRT Ride and SacRT GO paratransit services.* 
Transportation plays a vital role in the lives of individuals with disabilities, allowing them to connect with their communities, access to essential services, and enjoy independent living.
No flyer is needed to ride free, simply board and enjoy the journey around the region. To plan your tip on SacRT visit sacrt.com/planyourtrip. Learn more about the systemwide free ride day at sacrt.com/freerides or call 916-321-BUSS (2877).
* Individuals interested in utilizing SacRT GO paratransit services must be certified eligible by SacRT before using this service. Learn more at sacrtgo.com.

City Podcast Explores Hot Topics
Looking for a different way to get your City news? The City is introducing the Elk Grove CityCast, a podcast exploring hot topics, sharing local happenings, and introducing you to some of the people making a difference in the community. Tune in to episodes that compare and contrast what being Elk Grove’s Mayor was like in 2000 versus today and share how the City is serving Elk Grove’s unhoused population, putting new Measure E funding to work to help address homelessness, and gaining recognition as one of the top 100 places to live in America. Tune in to the Elk Grove CityCast for a new episode each month. 

Fridays in the Grove Goes Country
Learn to line dance from a professional choreographer and boot scoot and boogie to live music from Gunpowder and Lace at the next Fridays in the Grove, August 4 from 7-9 p.m. at the Old Town Plaza (9615 Railroad Street). Free and open to all ages. Learn more.

City Calendar

07/24 EGPD Safety Town Starts (9 a.m.)
07/26 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
07/27 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)
07/27 Oasis Park Recreation Center Grand Opening (5 p.m.)
07/30 Zumba with Gloria at Old Town Plaza (10 a.m.)
08/02 Food Truck Mania (5 p.m.)
08/03 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)
08/04 Fridays in the Grove: Country in the Plaza (7 p.m.)
08/05 Cosumnes CSD Community Campout (Noon)
08/05 First Saturday Art Reception (4 p.m.)
08/06 Tire Collection Event at the Special Waste Collection Center August 6-9
08/06 The Creative Space Market: Aloha Sunday (10 a.m.)

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