What is happening in Elk Grove this week, December 12, 2023

Santa is Coming to Town with Lights and Sirens!
The Cosumnes Fire Department and the Elk Grove Police Department will escort Santa and his elves through three Elk Grove neighborhoods this week (weather permitting) between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. to spread holiday cheer. View the parade routes for Central/Old Town Elk Grove (Tuesday, December 12), Laguna (Wednesday, December 13), and Southwest Elk Grove/Franklin (Thursday, December 14).
Emergency responders will be collecting donations for the annual Police/Fire toy drive along the route. If you can give, please donate a new unwrapped toy during the parade. 

Talking Trash Could Earn You $150!
How is the City’s trash services contractor doing? Take the Republic Services Customer Services Survey before December 31 for your chance to win a $150 credit on your Republic Services account. This survey is open to Elk Grove residents only. Take the survey 

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. 

‘Tis the Season to Drive Sober
Help keep the community safe. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve soaked up too much holiday cheer.
Driving under the influence is dangerous and illegal. California’s DUI laws prohibit motorists from driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. A person is considered “under the influence” if substantially affected by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of the two. A DUI conviction will stay on your record and count as a prior for ten years. First time convictions can result in up to 6 months in jail, fines up to $1000, and a 6 month driver’s license suspension.
If you see someone else behind the wheel who shouldn’t be, report impaired drivers by calling (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911. 

Have you seen the Ribbon Tree? It’s golden glow offers a unique holiday display. It is one of only 9 trees like it in the whole world! Outside of Elk Grove, you will only find a tree like it in France, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, Florida, Maryland and Nevada. As you gather with family and friends over the holidays, consider stopping by District56 for a photo. The tree makes a great backdrop for Instagram shots and digital memories. Stop by any time before January 2 to experience the magic. 

Keep Food Waste in Its Place Over the Holidays
Over one-third of the food produced in the U.S. is never eaten. This waste generates a significant greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint. But preventing and reducing food waste is a relatively easy way to help curb GHGs. Before you toss your food scraps and leftovers in your organics bin, consider the following ideas and solutions to reducing your food waste:
Plan ahead. Make enough food based on your guest count. Take inventory of items you already have at home to avoid buying duplicates.Use your scraps. Turkey bones and bits, vegetable scraps, and leftover herbs can be made into a turkey stock. You can use the stock with your turkey leftovers to make a soup or freeze it for future use.Make something new out of your leftovers. Transform your holiday leftovers into an entirely new reimagined meal. For example, make sandwiches out of leftover rolls, turkey, and cranberry sauce.Save leftovers. Freeze leftovers to enjoy weeks later.Share leftovers. Send guests home with leftovers.
Tune into November’s episode of the Elk Grove Citycast, a podcast with more tips and tricks for reducing holiday waste from Elk Grove’s Waste and Recycling Manager, Kimberly Taylor.

City Calendar

Tire Collection Event at the Special Waste Collection Center December 10-13
12/11 Historic Preservation Committee Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
12/12 Santa & Sirens Parade (7 p.m.)
12/13 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
12/13 Santa & Sirens Parade (7 p.m.)
12/14 Santa & Sirens Parade (7 p.m.)
12/18 Story Time with the Chief (6 p.m.)

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