Start Thanksgiving with the Elk Grove Gobble Wobble Family 5K
Start your holiday out right by giving back to your community—with a fun run! Bring your family and friends out to run, walk, or wobble a 5k! Little turkeys 12 and under can participate in the half mile Kids’ Fun Run. All event proceeds benefit Chicks in Crisis, a non-profit 501(c)3, that offers pregnancy, parenting, adoption, and educational services. Register online.
Talking Trash (and Recycling) Over the Holidays
The holidays are upon us and big meals, gift exchanges, and holiday gatherings can generate a lot more waste. Elk Grove’s Recycling & Waste Manager, Kimberly Taylor joins us for the latest episode of the Elk Grove Citycast to talk about ways to work through the waste and divert more of what we toss away from the landfill and into the recycling stream. Show hosts John and Kristyn also share details about annual holiday events, the opening of the Enhanced Winter Sanctuary, and how you can support local animals. Tune into the Elk Grove Citycast anywhere you get your podcasts or on the city website at elkgrovecity.org/podcast.
Cooking Remains the #1 Cause of Home Fires
Thanksgiving is a time to practice gratitude and celebrate over a good meal. Unfortunately, it is also a day when people are most at risk for home fires in the U.S. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, followed by Christmas Day. According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended (or even distracted) cooking contributes to 31% of the home fires related to cooking equipment, 53% of the associated deaths, and 44% of the associated injuries. As we gather with our family and friends, the good news is there are simple ways to prevent these tragedies.
Keep these cooking safety tips in mind to prevent fires and burns:Always keep a close eye on what you’re cooking. Keep anything that can burn away from the cooking area, including dish towels, oven mitts, food packaging, and paper towels. Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother grease fires. If a small grease fire starts, slide the cover over the pan and turn off the burner. Don’t throw water (or any other substance) on a grease fire.Create a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the cooking area and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
Find more practical tips to help you cook with care at nfpa.org/cooking.
Kick Off the Holidays on Main Street
Proudly produced by the Old Town Elk Grove Foundation, the Old Town Elk Grove Dickens Street Faire is the traditional start of the Elk Grove yuletide season on Saturday, November 25. This year, over 125 vendors and community groups will fill Elk Grove Boulevard from 2nd Avenue to School Street. Food trucks and a free kids craft corner will fill Old Town Plaza and free holiday entertainment is available all day. Watch Santa get rescued by our trusted fire department and explore local shops, enjoy holiday treats and mingle with your friends and neighbors.
At 5:00 pm, the sun sets and the vendors will close up shop, but stick around for Christmas carols, continuous live entertainment, and Story Time with Santa leading up to the Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00 pm when Santa flips the switch to light the town Christmas tree at Walnut Street.
Shop Local this Holiday Season with the Elk Grove Local eGift Card
Support our community and local business by keeping your shopping, dining, and spending local this holiday season. The Elk Grove Local eGift Card can be used at a variety of local businesses including restaurants, service providers, retailers, breweries, and more! Get your card today—simply select the value, choose your recipient, and send it via email or text message or print a copy to redeem at participating Elk Gove merchants. Purchase your Elk Grove Local eGift Card by visiting supportlocalEG.org.
|Join the Holiday Parade of Lights|
The Parade of Lights is a cherished Elk Grove tradition. Make merry memories with friends and family by participating in this year’s parade on Saturday, December 2 at 6 p.m. Parade entries are being accepted through November 29. Submit your entry
The Holiday Parade of Lights is hosted by the Elk Grove Lions Club and presented by Sutter Health, weather permitting.
Illumination Celebration Returns
Celebrate the holidays with your family, friends, and neighbors at the Illumination Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 2 from 3-8 p.m. at District56. Shop for special gifts in the Vendor Village, enjoy holiday delicacies, strap on some skates and glide on the ice rink, and cap off the evening with a holiday photo in front of the City’s Ribbon Tree. Learn more.
11/21 Diversity & Inclusion Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
11/23 City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
11/23 Gobble Wobble Family 5K (9 a.m.)
11/24 City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
11/25 Old Town Elk Grove Dickens Street Faire (10 a.m.)
11/30 Arts Commission Special Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
12/02 Illumination Holiday Festival (3 p.m.)
12/02 Holiday Lights Parade (6 p.m.)