What is happening in Elk Grove this week, November 27, 2023

Making Spirits Bright
Celebrate this magical time of the year 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 after the annual Holiday Lights Parade. * Free admission and family fun! Learn more.
*Activities subject to change in inclement weather.

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 this Saturday, December 2 at 6 p.m. Parade entries are being accepted through this Wednesday, November 29Submit your entry.
The Holiday Parade of Lights is hosted by the Elk Grove Lions Club and presented by Sutter Health, weather permitting. 

Advancing Economic Equity
Let’s support current and potential business owners from historically underserved communities. The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and local sponsors will host the Economic Equity Symposium this Thursday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at District56. This event will offer onsite business resource counseling, vendors, expert speakers, and networking opportunities. The Economic Equity Symposium will be a bridge that connects entrepreneurs of color to the resources needed to open and sustain their businesses in Elk Grove. Register to attend.

Police Presence to Increase During the Holidays
Throughout the busy holiday shopping season, the Elk Grove Police Department will increase patrols around local shopping centers. Officers will be in marked patrol vehicles, unmarked vehicles, and on foot—helping prevent crime and keeping shoppers and retailers safe. 
EGPD offers the following safety tips to help you stay safe while shopping:Minimize distractions and stay alert at all times.Do not leave packages or valuables in plain sight inside your vehicle.If you see suspicious activity, call EGPD at 916-714-5115. 

Fine Arts Center Moves to Main Street
The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center is moving to a new location this week. You can find them at their new location at 9020 Elk Grove Blvd. starting on December 2. The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center supports and promotes local artisans and offers a place for the community to experience the visual arts. Join them year-round for their First Saturday Art Receptions and Art Workshops and the Small Treasures Show & Sale open through December 30. Learn more.

Three Cheers for Trashy Volunteers
Thanksgiving may be over, but we didn’t want the year to pass by without sharing how thankful we are for the city’s trashiest volunteers. The Elk Grove Anti-Trash Group spends their Saturday mornings cleaning up public spaces #InElkGrove. This photo shows some of their handiwork cleaning along Auberry Drive, East Stockton Boulevard, and Sheldon Road earlier this month. The group collected an estimated 1000 lbs. of trash that day!
We thank all of these volunteers for their steadfast commitment to the community, their tenacity for tidiness, and their heart for local service. If you’d like to join in a Saturday morning cleanup, contact the group on Facebook. 

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, text message or print a copy to redeem at participating Elk Gove merchants.

City Calendar

11/30 Economic Equity Symposium (9 a.m.)
11/30 Arts Commission Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
12/02 Drive Thru Pet Vaccine Clinic (10 a.m.)
12/02 Illumination Holiday Festival (3 p.m.)
12/02 First Saturday Art Reception (4 p.m.)
12/02 Holiday Lights Parade (6 p.m.)
12/04 Citizen of the Year Dinner (7 p.m.)
12/06 Food Truck Mania (5 p.m.)
12/09 Americana Vintage Market (10 a.m.)

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