What is happening in Elk Grove this week, April 16, 2024

A New Zoo in Elk Grove?
Not so Wild Idea Moves Closer to RealityIn a special bonus episode of the Elk Grove Citycast, we’re diving into the exciting prospect of a new zoo in Elk Grove. Christopher Jordan, Elk Grove’s Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation, shares the details behind this captivating endeavor. Whether you’re a resident eagerly anticipating new attractions in our city or simply curious about the future landscape of Elk Grove, this episode promises to be both enlightening and inspiring. 🎧 👉 Tune in now
Get More Engaged at Virtual Community WorkshopLearn more about the New Zoo project, it’s financing plan, and ask your questions during a virtual workshop this Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. Register to attend.
The Zoo Project will be considered by the City Council for a final determination on Wednesday, May 8.
More information about this project is available at elkgrovecity.org/zoo.

The Goats are baaaaaack!
The City’s seasonal workforce has returned with more than 7,000 sheep and goats joining our Public Works teams to help lower the fire danger in heavily weeded areas. There is no better natural or “green” way to accomplish such an important environmental task than to weed abate open space with livestock. All work should be completed by July.
Want to track our 4-legged landscapers? Follow the herd on our online tracking map.

New Senior Housing Project Details
Learn more about a new senior housing community planned for Elk Grove’s historic district at Elk Grove Blvd and Webb Street during a community meeting this Thursday, April 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove Library (8900 Elk Grove Blvd.). Meet representatives from Mutual Housing California, the developer, and learn more about the future tenants, features, and timeline for this exciting new housing project. No registration required. All are welcome.
This will be the first in a series of 3 meetings. Future dates will be shared as they are set. 

Special Waste Collection Center Celebrates 10 Years of Operation
Earth Day marks the 10-year anniversary of the opening of Elk Grove’s Special Waste Collection Center (SWCC). The facility plays a vital role in offering residents and small businesses a dedicated space for the responsible disposal of hazardous waste, e-waste, tires, and more. Not only does the SWCC keep these materials out of the landfill, but it also enables products that are still usable to be repurposed by stocking them on the shelves of the Reuse Room—where residents can get partially used or new products such as paint, cleaners, and more for free. Additionally, the SWCC accepts recyclable materials including cardboard, green waste, Styrofoam, and metal helping keep these materials out of landfills. The SWCC is open Sunday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the facility, visit elkgrovecy.org/recycle.
Did you know…The Special Waste Collection Center (SWCC) has collected 594 tons of household hazardous waste since opening on Earth Day 10 years ago? That’s roughly the same weight as 40 fire trucks! 

Try it before you buy it
Here’s your chance to sample some of the awesome water fitness classes offered at the Elk Grove Aquatics Center for free! Join the Cosumnes Parks and Recreation Department for an afternoon of fitness and fun. You can try out classes like Deep Water Aerobics, Aqua Jogging, Aqua Spin, Stretch and more! This event will be offered on two different dates, April 20 and 28. Pre-registration is required. Visit cosumnescsd.gov for details. 

Want to Work in the Tech Industry?
Now is the time to transition to a career in the tech industry. Join the City and Cyber Proud at the forefront of innovation and opportunity at an exclusive technology-focused career event on Thursday, April 23 at District56 from 4-7 p.m.
As part of Invest Elk Grove, the City’s ambitious Office of Economic Development initiative, this event will connect you with some of the brightest minds in cyber security, infrastructure support, and software development. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Space is limited. Dress for an interview. Learn more. 

City Calendar

04/15 Trails Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
04/17 Disability Advisory Committee Meeting (6 p.m.)
04/17 Zoo Project Virtual Community Workshop (6 p.m.)
04/18 Senior Housing Project Meeting (5:30 p.m.)
04/18 Planning Commission Meeting (6 p.m.)
04/19 Latin Night Market (5 p.m.)
04/20 FitFest (9 a.m.)
04/20 Water Fitness Demo Days (1 p.m.)
04/21 Bloomfest (11 a.m.)
04/24 City Council Meeting (5 p.m.)
04/25 Arts Commission Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
04/27 Elk Grove Festival of the Arts (10 a.m.)
04/27 Elk Grove Brewfest (2 p.m.)
04/28 Water Fitness Demo Days (1 p.m.)

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