What is happening in Elk Grove this week, February 19, 2024

Paws and Effect: A Conversation with Elk Grove Animal Services Manager, Sarah Humlie
We’re diving into warm, fuzzy, heartwarming tales and essential local services. Animal Services Manager, Sarah Humlie, talks with us about the services provided by Elk Grove’s Animal Services team to support Elk Grove’s four-legged residents. But that’s not all – John and Kristyn share a success story from the Enhanced Winter Sanctuary, promote a resource for residents to safely sell their stuff online, and share a call for nominations for the Stars of Service awards program recognizing the extraordinary individuals who go above and beyond to make Elk Grove a better place. Join us for an episode filled with heart, hope, and the vibrant spirit of Elk Grove. 
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Youth Commission Event Supports Teen Mental Health
If there is a teen in your home, please share this information. The Path to Positivity, hosted by the Elk Grove Youth Commission, aims to destigmatize and raise awareness about the critical issue of mental health in the teen population. This free event is scheduled on Saturday, February 24 from Noon to 4 p.m. at the Wackford Complex (9014 Bruceville Road). The event will provide resources from city-wide organizations, guest speakers, opportunities to make new friends, physical activities and food, music, and games. Teens can even earn volunteer hours! RSVP for the event.

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.

Join the Diversity & Inclusion Commission
Elk Grove’s diversity is one of its most amazing characteristics. Our community reflects the entire range of human differences including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender spectrums, socio-economic status/history, national origin, veterans title, age, and other identities. Members of the Diversity and Inclusion Commission assist the City through education and outreach, advocacy, and engaging the community as ambassadors. Commissioners provide the City Council with feedback and recommendations for creating a more equitable, accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive government and community.
Recruitment is now open for one seat on the Diversity and Inclusion Commission until Wednesday, February 21. This is a non-paid, volunteer position for Elk Grove residents appointed by the Mayor with the consensus of the City Council. Applicants must be able to commit to attending monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month and participate in at least 70% of all Commission-hosted activities throughout the year. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

Recognize Elk Grove’s Shining Stars
Do you know a volunteer who goes above and beyond to improve the quality of life in our beautiful city? You can submit a nomination for the City of Elk Grove Stars of Service award, but the deadline is coming up on Thursday, February 29!
* The City Council is accepting nominations in the following categories:
* Residents, Neighborhood and Community Groups
*Social and Community Service
* Arts, Culture and HeritageSports and Recreation
*Service Organization/GroupsYoung Volunteer of the Year
Learn more about the awards and nominate someone today at elkgrovecity.org/starsofservice. 

Not sure how to dispose of an item?
The Lookup Tool is a handy resource that tells you exactly what type of material or item you have – recyclable, reusable, garbage, household hazardous waste, or organic waste – along with options for proper disposal including local donation facilities. Access the Lookup Tool.

City Calendar

02/19 City Hall Closed for Presidents Day Holiday
02/20 Diversity & Inclusion Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
02/21 Disability Advisory Committee Meeting (6:00 p.m.)
02/22 Arts Commission Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
02/24 Path to Positivity Youth Wellness Event (Noon)
02/28 City Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
03/02 First Saturday Art Reception (4 p.m.)
03/03 Tire Collection Event at the Special Waste Collection Center March 3-6

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