What is happening in Elk Grove this week, August 21, 2023

Back to School Safety Tips
As students head back to class, it is important to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to help them get there safely. Consider these back-to-school safety tips:
Use Caution on the RoadsGive yourself time to arrive. Leave early to avoid the rush.Drive slowly and always be aware of your surroundings around school zones.Obey the posted speed limits. School zones are typically marked with flashing signs and other signals to identify the area and the reduced speed limits.Be alert when making right-hand turns.Be especially careful in school or childcare parking areas.Don’t drive distracted.
Remind Students to Be Safe While Walking or Riding Their BikesLook up! Avoid reading or using a phone while walking.Use marked crosswalks and always look both ways…twice! Don’t just assume drivers see you.Watch out for driveways when walking on the sidewalk. Be aware of vehicles that are turning or backing up.Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard.Walk bikes across busy intersections.Always stay on sidewalks or paths. When walking, if no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic and stay as far to the left as possible. When riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard, ride in the same direction as traffic, in a bike lane if possible, and stay to the right. 

Helping Beautify Local Businesses
The City understands that local building owners may not have the funds to make some of the exterior improvements needed to keep older buildings looking fresh and inviting for visitors. As part of the city’s commitment to supporting local businesses, the City Council has approved a new grant program. The Façade Improvement Program will offer matching grants of up to $50,000 or 50% of the eligible project costs to help improve individual storefronts or entire commercial buildings citywide. The program provides professional architecture and engineering services to recipients too.
Measure E funds are being used for this program. To check eligibility or get more information, contact our economic development team at econdev@elkgrovecity.org.  

Try the Boba-Licious Challenge!
The 2nd annual Boba-Licious Challenge invites you to experience local favorite bubble tea with all new deals! Explore Elk Grove by visiting the abundant coffee bars, cafes, tea houses, and donut shops. Sign up for the Boba-Licious Challenge for free and exclusive access to deals from your mobile device through August 27. Check-in and redeem discounts at your favorite locations. You’ll unlock limited edition prizes the more locations you visit! 

Join the SacRT Transit Academy
Are you interested in learning how public transit works and helps shape communities? SacRT is accepting applications for its Citizens Transit Academy class of 2023. This free five-session course includes presentations about public mass transit benefits; SacRT’s operations; budget and governance; planning and scheduling processes; environmental and mobility initiatives; and behind-the-scenes field trips, including a tour of SacRT’s Light Rail Maintenance Facility and their new low-floor light rail trains.  
Classes take place every Wednesday evening from September 27 – October 25 from 6 pm to 8pm. The application period closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 4Learn more. 

Tell the Sacramento Public Library What You Need
The Sacramento Public Library is conducting a community survey through Tuesday, August 29. Please share your thoughts in this online survey to help shape the library’s future direction. Your feedback will help the library continue to meet the needs and aspirations of our community. Take the survey.

Meal Prepping the Easy Way
Let local vets do the cooking for you next week. American Legion Post 55 is hosting a Tri-Tip Drive Thru Fundraiser on Wednesday, August 30. Order dinner for 4 for just $50. Each dinner includes a whole grilled tri-tip (unsliced) potato salad, baked beans, green salad, and four cookies. Order your dinner online before Saturday, August 26.  

Survey: How would you like to share your feedback?
We’re working on developing an inclusive community participation toolkit to help staff provide residents with more opportunities to influence local projects and programs serving the community. We want to hear from you. Share your experience and ideas on how we can better engage with you and your neighbors. This survey will help us evaluate our current efforts, identify what is going well and existing barriers to inclusive participation. Take this short survey.

City Calendar

Celebrate Diversity Awareness Month in Elk Grove August 9-September 9, 2023
08/21 Trails Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
08/23 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
08/24 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)
08/24 Arts Commission Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
08/30 American Legion Post 55 Tri-tip Fundraiser (6 p.m.)
08/31 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)
Diversity Dining Week Starts September 1-10
09/01 Fridays in the Grove Comedy Night Ticket Sales Open
09/01 Fridays in the Grove: Movie Night Featuring Encanto (8 p.m.)
09/02 First Saturday Art Reception (4 p.m.)
09/04 City Hall Closed: Labor Day Holiday

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