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Elk Grove Unified offers open enrollment at 14 schools

Elk Grove Unified offers open enrollment at 14 schools

ELK GROVE - Enrollment has been opened at seven middle schools and seven high schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) for the 2011-2012 school year. The open enrollment applications are posted on the district's website and available at all EGUSD schools.

Applications for students currently enrolled in the 6th and 7th grades for the 2010-2011 school year will be accepted for the following middle schools: Harriet Eddy, Edward Harris, Samuel Jackman, Joseph Kerr, Elizabeth Pinkerton, James Rutter and T.R. Smedberg.

Applications for students currently enrolled in the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades for the 2010-2011 school year will be accepted for the following high schools: Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove, Florin, Laguna Creek, Monterey Trail, Sheldon and Valley.

Parents are invited to attend informational meetings at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at Laguna Creek High School or at 6:30 p.m. on Jan.

Register now for 2011 CSD T-Ball leagues

Register now for 2011 CSD T-Ball leagues

ELK GROVE - The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting regular registration for its 2011 T-Ball season through Sunday, Feb. 6.

T-Ball is open to boys and girls between the ages of 3 1/2 - 6 years old. Players are split into two divisions: a 3 1/2 - 4 year old division and a 5 - 6 year old division. The league teaches the fundamentals of baseball, good sportsmanship and teamwork in a fun and friendly environment.

Players receive a T-Ball shirt, hat, team picture, individual picture and an end-of-the-season trophy. Picture day is scheduled for Saturday, March 5. League play will be held on Saturdays from March 12 through May 7. Games will be held at three locations:

- East of Hwy 99: Amundson Park, 8730 Heritage Hill Drive
- Franklin: Morse Park, 5540 Bellaterra Drive
- LCP: Laguna Community Park, 9014 Bruceville Road

The fee to play is $85 per child.

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

4th Annual Galt Winter Bird Festival

GALT - The City of Galt, in partnership with the Cosumnes River Preserve and Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, will host the 4th annual Winter Bird Festival on Saturday, Jan. 29.

The festival has proven to be a successful display of nearly 100 bird species that routinely winter in the Galt area, specifically along the Cosumnes River Preserve.

The free festival will begin at 8 a.m. at McCaffery Middle School, located at 997 Park Terrace Drive in Galt. Tours will be held starting as early as 5:30 a.m. at a cost of $10 per adult. Youth under the age of 18 years old are free, but space is limited.

To sign up for the tours and for more information about workshops offered, visit www.ci.galt.ca.us or call (209) 366-7115 to confirm tour availability.

Heart screenings offered for teens

ELK GROVE - Local business Heart Smart Imaging will offer heart screenings for teenagers to detect any indication of Sudden Cardiac Death, beginning on Feb. 5, 2011 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, located at 9175 West Stockton Boulevard. The company is partnering with Sacramento Heart and Vascular to offer the screenings.

With the news of an 11-year-old boy in Garden Valley suddenly dying on the football field last August, the business decided it was time to offer heart screenings for teens who play sports. Adults are also encouraged to participate.

Cardiac sonographers from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, as well as borad certified cardiologists from Sacramento Heart and Vascular, will be on hand to provide the screenings and read reports.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

Tips to recycling holiday waste

SACRAMENTO - The Regional Recycling Group says more residential waste is created during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, so residents in the Sacramento County area are urged to to recycle as much as possible.

Most residents can shed a few pounds by recycling all of their holiday waste paper such as greeting cards, gift boxes and wrapping paper, in their curbside mixed recycling program. Phone books and calendars are also accepted in the mixed recycling container.

"The amount of garbage sent to the landfill increases dramatically during the holiday season," said Doug Ebanks of Sacramento County's Department of Waste Management and Recycling. "We can change the traditional holiday habit of tearing open presents and throwing away wrapping paper and cardboard.

New Years Eve Events!!!

New Years Jammin Eve
Radisson Hotel Sacramento 
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento CA
Friday, December 31, 2010
9:30 PM - 2:00 AM

10th annual V101 party featuring The Barkays Dazz Band and Slave


The Professionals Guild New Years Eve Bash
Friday, December 31, 2010
8:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Hilton Hotel, Arden West
2200 Harvard Street
Sacramento CA

Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

Locals treated to total lunar eclipse

 It's a rare event -- a total eclipse of the moon. And even rarer is an eclipse that take place during the winter solstice on December 20. It meant that the moon was glowing high in the sky during the eclipse overnight. 

SLIDESHOW: Your lunar eclipse photos

Sobriety, Drivers License checkpoint planned this weekend

 ELK GROVE – The Elk Grove Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety / Drivers License checkpoint on December 18 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m and 3:00 a.m. 

Officers will be checking drivers through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and or drug impairments.  Officers will check for proper licensing and will strive to impact motorists only momentarily.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.