What is happening in Elk Grove this week, October 3, 2023

Big Fun for Everyone!
Have you ever seen a one-ton pumpkin? Have you ever seen giant pumpkins raced across a lake? The 29th annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival will have all that and more on October 7 and 8! Some of California’s heftiest pumpkins will compete in a Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and others will be carved into boats and paddled across the lake in the Pumpkin Regatta. Plus, there are hours of amusement for festival goers with carnival rides, inflatables, arts and crafts, vendors and food trucks, contests, musical acts, a pumpkin patch, and more! Learn more

Honoring California’s Indigenous People
Join the Wilton Rancheria and the Diversity & Inclusion Commission in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the California Tribal Showcase, a free event, this Thursday, October 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at District56 (9701 Big Horn Blvd). This special evening will feature storytellers sharing tribal history and experiences that reflect the sovereignty, resilience, and immense contributions that Native Americans have made to California and the Elk Grove community. Learn more.

Help build a greener, more sustainable Elk Grove
We want to know what YOU care about when it comes to our environment, climate, and community. 🌿💚 Participate in a brief survey to help us create The Climate Compass, Elk Grove’s climate action plan.  Take the survey.

Contribute to Cleaner Air and Catch a Free Ride on Wednesday
In honor of California Clean Air Day, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is offering complimentary rides systemwide on Wednesday, October 4. This initiative extends to all SacRT services, including buses, light rail, on-demand SmaRT Ride shuttles, SacRT GO paratransit service, and SacRT’s e-van service.
By choosing an alternative mode of travel, you help clear the air and work towards a healthier and cleaner future. Leave your car at home, and experience the convenience and benefits of using public transit – all for free! Pledge to Ride SacRT and take the Clean Air Day Pledge. 
To plan your free SacRT ride, visit sacrt.com/planyourtrip. If you’re new to using SacRT, visit the online How To Ride webpage, which provides easy steps to help navigate bus and light rail travel effortlessly. Learn more at sacrt.com/cleanairday.   

Reliable Recycled Water for Regional Sustainability
Regional San’s Harvest Water, California’s largest agricultural water recycling project, will deliver reliable, high-quality recycled water from the EchoWater Resource Recovery Facility near Elk Grove to agricultural lands and existing habitats in southern Sacramento County. When complete, Harvest Water will supply billions of gallons of drought-resistant recycled water each year and bring other lasting benefits to the region.
In late 2023, construction will begin on 41 miles of new Harvest Water pipeline along multiple roadways in Elk Grove and Sacramento County, including Franklin Boulevard, Bruceville Road, Core Road, Ed Rau Road, and Eschinger Road. Construction is expected to continue into 2026.
The community is invited to learn more about Harvest Water and meet the project team at a public meeting on Monday, October 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Laguna Town Hall (3020 Renwick Ave.)For more information, please visit SacHarvestWater.org or call (916) 876-3322. 

Ever wonder about those flashing yellow left-turn signals at some intersections?
They’re an awesome tool to help keep traffic flowing smoothly while making left turns! You can find them in Elk Grove at the intersections of:Harbor Point Drive at Galen DriveHarbor Point Drive at Renwick AvenueBig Horn Boulevard at Lewis Stein RoadElk Grove Boulevard at Wymark Dr, andLewis Stein Road at W. Stockton Boulevard
Watch our 40 second video or check out this quick guide on how to use them effectively:
1️⃣ Solid Green Arrow (Protected Turn): A solid green arrow means you have a protected left turn. Go ahead and make your left turn.
2️⃣ Flashing Yellow Arrow (Permissive Turn): When you see a flashing yellow arrow, you can make a left turn, but you need to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. It’s a signal that allows you to proceed with caution.
3️⃣ Solid Yellow Arrow (Prepare to Stop): A solid yellow arrow indicates that the light is about to turn red. If you’re already in the intersection waiting to turn, go ahead and complete your turn safely. If you haven’t entered the intersection, prepare to stop.
4️⃣ Solid Red Arrow (Stop): A solid red arrow means stop. No left turn is allowed.
Remember, safety is key! Always yield and exercise caution when making a left turn, especially with a flashing yellow arrow. Let’s keep our roads safe and traffic moving smoothly! 🚗💨  

Badges vs Axes is a Game Changer for Special Olympics
The Elk Grove Police Department will take on the Cosumnes Fire Department in an inaugural Badges vs Axes charity basketball game on Saturday, October 14 at 6 p.m. in Elk Grove High School’s Cartwright Gym.
Bragging rights are on the line for the players while the crowd in attendance will get cool stuff like Sacramento Kings swag and other prizes. All funds raised benefit the Specials Olympics. Adult admission is $10 and kids ages 5-12 are $5. Get your tickets now. 

City Calendar

10/02 Harvest Water Community Meeting (5:30 p.m.)
10/04 Food Truck Mania (5 p.m.)
10/05 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)
10/05 Planning Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
10/05 California Tribal Showcase (6:30 p.m.)
10/06 Elk Grove High School Homecoming Parade
10/07 Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival (10 a.m.)
10/07 First Saturday Art Reception (4 p.m.)
10/08 Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival (10 a.m.)
10/08 Tire Collection Event October 8-11
10/10 Youth Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
10/11 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
10/12 NeighborGood Market (5 p.m.)
10/14 Americana Vintage Market (10 a.m.)
10/14 Badges versus Axes Charity Basketball Game (6 p.m.)

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