What is happening in Elk Grove this week, January 8, 2024

We Have a Dream
The City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes CSD will host a special Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast this Saturday, January 13 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at District56. The event will honor Dr. King’s legacy and supports his vision for creating a more equitable and inclusive world with guest speakers, musical performances, activities and a delicious breakfast. This event has sold out.
Join the March for the DreamThe Community Breakfast is Elk Grove’s kick-off to a full weekend of activities in the region celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. Join the Elk Grove community team at the annual March for the Dream on Monday, January 15 starting at Sacramento City College at 8 a.m. Learn more.

Reconsideration of the Oak Rose Project
Elk Grove officials will ask the Elk Grove City Council to reconsider the Oak Rose Apartments project (the “Project”), a 67-unit permanent supportive housing project proposed in Elk Grove’s historic district during their meeting this Wednesday, January 10View staff report.
The City Council postponed reconsideration of the Project last September and October to continue negotiations with the Project Applicant, Oak Rose Apt, LP. City officials had hoped to provide an alternative site and other possible incentives that would have resulted in the City taking ownership of the Project site. Despite the City’s best efforts, an agreement has not been reached.
Elk Grove City Council meetings are open to the public and livestreamed from the city’s website at elkgrovecity.org/councilmeeting. Details about the Project, existing litigation, and the city’s response to date can be found online at elkgrovecity.org/oakrose. 

Calling All Foodies!
Elk Grove Restaurant Week is back January 12-21 and it’s time to explore the vibrant world of flavors that Elk Grove has to offer. From cozy cafes to upscale dining, there are dishes and drinks for everyone this January.
Sign up for the Elk Grove Restaurant Week Pass to check-in at your favorite spots, redeem rewards, and enjoy extraordinary meals at exceptional prices. Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to try something new and support local businesses. Sign up for your free pass.

Zoo Project Update: Draft EIR Released
The proposed zoo in Elk Grove has reached a major milestone with the release of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Draft EIR analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the zoo. The zoo is proposed to be located on a 65-acre site near Kammerer Road and Lotz Parkway and includes a Giraffe Lodge, a variety of habitats, an animal care center, and much more. The public will have until February 20 to submit their comments on the document. Any written comments on the Draft EIR may be submitted to the City at cjordan@elkgrovecity.org. The City will also hold a public meeting on Tuesday, February 6 at 6:00 pm to receive public comments on the Draft EIR in the City Council Chambers (8400 Laguna Palms Way). Sign up to receive project updates and review the Draft EIR and other documents at elkgrovecity.org/zoo.  

Non-Profit Help: Grant Application Period Opens January 12
With additional funding, nonprofits can do so much more for our community. To support this work, the City encourages Elk Grove nonprofit organizations to apply for the next round of grants available for programs, projects, and events in FY 2024-25. The online application period opens this Friday, January 12. If you are new to this process, the City will host a technical assistance webinar on Tuesday, January 23 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. Staff will provide an overview of the eligibility requirements and the application process and offer technical assistance to prospective applicants.
Applications will be accepted exclusively through the City’s online application process. Details about the individual grant programs, applications, and their deadlines are available by visiting elkgrovecity.org/grants. For questions or assistance, contact Senior Grants Analyst Alicia Tutt at 916-627-3735 or atutt@elkgrovecity.org. 

Volunteers Needed to Count Elk Grove’s Homeless Population
Help the City and Sacramento Steps Forward to identify and count the number of people experiencing homelessness in our city. The 2024 Point-in-Time (PIT) count will be held in Elk Grove on Thursday, January 25. Volunteers are needed to support a nationwide census effort required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for annual federal funding.
No special experience is required, and training will be provided. All that is needed is a willingness to help, an open heart, and a few hours of your time. Sign up to volunteer.
In 2022, more than 500 volunteers participated in the count that estimated 9,278 unhoused individuals in the Sacramento region. Read the full report.

Dollars for Scholars Now Available
The City of Elk Grove joins families and organizations through the community to support local scholars. The online application period for the 2024 Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation is open through January 26, 2024. High school seniors may be eligible for a variety of scholarships offered through this process including the City of Elk Grove scholarship which will award one student with $1000. Learn more and apply online.

Preparing Your Trees for Winter Storms
Amidst the uncertainty and challenges brought on by winter weather, there are actions you can take to prepare your trees for storm season. The Sacramento Tree Foundation offers some simple steps you can take to prepare for winter storms. Learn more. 

City Calendar

Tire Collection Event at the Special Waste Collection Center January 8-10
01/08 Historic Preservation Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
01/10 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
01/13 MLK Community Breakfast (8 a.m.)
01/14 Elk Grove Holistic Health & Fitness Expo (10 a.m.)
01/15 City Hall Closed in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01/15 March for the Dream (8 a.m.)
01/16 Diversity & Inclusion Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
01/17 Disability Advisory Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)

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