What is happening in Elk Grove this week, February 6, 2024

Ring in the Lunar New Year
Ring in the Lunar New Year with a vibrant festival at Elk Grove Park this weekend! From the dazzling Mrs. Pageant to captivating lion and dragon dances to delicious food, join the Norcal Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce for two days filled with fun! ⁠⁠ Feb 10 – 11, 11 AM- ⁠8PM⁠ Elk Grove Park⁠ (9950 Elk Grove Florin Road) Free Admission; $5/car parking fee⁠

What Makes Our City Run? Find Out at Elk Grove 101!
If you’ve considered becoming more involved in city government, this free class is for you! Elk Grove 101, an immersive new seven-session course is designed to engage, empower, and enlighten community members about their local government. The City of Elk Grove is offering this course for anyone 18 and older who lives or works in Elk Grove. Classes will meet weekly from April 2 to May 7. Most sessions are scheduled 6-8 p.m. at District56 with dinner and materials provided. Learn more.

Who Could Use Some Good News?
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Enhanced Winter Sanctuary since it opened its doors on November 1. The program is truly changing lives. One of its very first guests, Luke, was able to transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and now has an apartment for him and his daughter! This could not have been possible without help from the community and our partner, The Gathering Inn.
Operation of the Enhanced Winter Sanctuary continues through March 31. If you are interested in volunteering at the program, please fill out the volunteer form on The Gathering Inn website  

Have you read about the Zoo?
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the zoo project is out for public review. The Draft EIR analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the zoo. The public comment period is open until February 20. The City will also hold a public meeting this Tuesday, February 6 at 6:00 pm to receive public comments on the Draft EIR in the City Council Chambers (8400 Laguna Palms Way). Submit your comments on the Draft EIR.
Sign up to receive project updates or review the Draft EIR and other documents at elkgrovecity.org/zoo. 

We’re Honoring Local Stars of Service
Do you know a volunteer who goes above and beyond to improve the quality of life in our beautiful city? Recognize them by sending in a nomination for the City of Elk Grove Stars of Service award.  
The City Council is now accepting nominations in the following categories:• Residents, Neighborhood and Community Groups• Social and Community Service• Arts, Culture and Heritage• Sports and Recreation• Service Organization/Groups• Young Volunteer of the Year
Learn more about the awards and nominate someone today at elkgrovecity.org/starsofservice. 

Tax help is here
The AARP tax-aide service is coming to Elk Grove to provide in-person and virtual tax assistance to anyone, free of charge, with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 or have low to moderate income. In-person appointments are available on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Captain’s Quarters at the Elk Grove Aquatic Center (9701 Big Horn Blvd.) or Thursdays in the Elk Grove City Council Chambers (8400 Laguna Palms Way) from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. through April 15. Book an appointment online or call (916) 642-9372.

City Calendar

02/06 Zoo Project EIR Public Comment Meeting (6 p.m.)
02/07 Food Truck Mania (5 p.m.)
02/10 Lunar New Year Festival (11 a.m.)
02/11 Lunar New Year Festival (11 a.m.)
02/12 Historic Preservation Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
02/13 Measure E Citizens’ Oversight Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
02/14 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
02/15 Planning Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)

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