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Jan. 26 Sacramento Deals...

Jan. 26 Sacramento Deals...

Local Deals:
Sacramento Groupon Deals: $25 for $50 Worth of Racing at RPM Indoor Kart Racing in Rancho Cordova

Sacramento Livingsocial Deal: Twisted Twig Winery - $39 for $78 to Spend on Wine

Sacramento Deal Ticket Weekly Deal: $4 for $9 at the Squeeze Inn.

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Damento Juggling Festival 2011

Damento Juggling Festival 2011

What goes up must come down, but that’s all part of the fun as world class jugglers will convene in Rancho Cordova for the Annual Damento Juggling Festival on Feb. 4-6.

Jugglers from around the region will pack their balls, clubs and fire batons and head here for the first time, making Rancho Cordova northern California’s “Juggling Capital” – at least for the first weekend of February.

The event will feature free juggling lessons for kids and adults, plus a juggling exhibition and show, which is open to the public. Concessions will be available. Children and teens are encouraged to participate, as are adults. All the workshops are free. The highlight will be the Damento Juggling Community Show, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.  Admission for the show is $6, with children age 3 and under admitted free of charge.

When: Friday, Feb. 4 from 3:00 p.m.

Review: Hong Kong House

Review: Hong Kong House

The general area where I work doesn't have very much to offer within walking distance, so if I should forget my lunch, like I did yesterday, I'm left with three choices: McDonald's, Stonebrooks (a former Lyon's), or this relatively new place called Hong Kong House.  Since the service at Stonebrooks has been extremely slow the few times I've been taken there, and the McDonald's on Watt & Manlove is particularly bad, I decided to see what the new kid on the block was like.

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Free cash for college workshops

Cash for College Workshops are being held at Cordova High School on Jan. 26 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and at Florin High School on February 9th from 6-8pm in the 10th Assembly District. High school seniors who attend a Cash for College workshop and apply for a Cal Grant by March 2 could receive an extra $1,000 scholarship. For a list of additional workshops locations and dates visit www.calgrants.org.

Students must apply for a Cal Grant by submitting a Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form and a Cal Grant Grade Point Average Verification Form. Changes in the law guarantee that every eligible student will get a Cal Grant award of up to $11,124 a year, depending on the cost of their college or university, their financial need and the type of grant.

Dutch boy

Dutch boy

Oregon has a lot of pie houses and pancake houses. Near my college in Portland there was an Original Pancake House that had hour-long waits on the weekends. One of the items they were known for was their Dutch Babies. Thing is, DBs take at least 20 minutes to bake, so if you ordered them, you had to be patient. You were then rewarded with this glorious pancake puff.

I soon learned to make them myself.

Orange Grove Adult School gets reprieve

SACRAMENTO, CA -  A Sacramento school for disabled students over the age of 18 will continue to operate for another year, according to a school district spokesman.

Trent Allen with the San Juan Unified School District says the district has reached a tentative agreement with Alta Regional Center to keep Orange Grove Adult School open until June 30, 2012. Alta Regional Center will provide $1.1 million to make that happen, Allen says.

School district staff had recommended closing the Orange Avenue facility in June 2011 due to expected state budget cuts.

A community forum in response to the murder on Mills Park Drive

In response to the recent murder on Mills Park Drive, Weed & Seed and the Cordova Towne Neighborhood Association are hosting a Community Safety Forum on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 7-8:30pm at Rancho Cordova City Hall.

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CA American Water hike meeting brings frustration, concern

SACRAMENTO, CA- An informational meeting on proposed water rate hikes by California American Water brought frustration and worry over higher bills from company customers.

California American Water serves about 600,000 people in Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights and parts of unincorporated Sacramento County.

The company plans hike over the next several years that range from roughly 16 percent to over 40 percent for many customers.

"Unfortunately, it's very important for us to continue to invest in our water infrastructure," said company spokesman Evan Jacobs.

He said the rate hikes are being fueled by new water meters required by California, along with other infrastructure and that that water is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity.

Customers said they feel like they're facing sticker shock.

Updates on county animal shelter

Although the County Animal Shelter continues to be faced with numerous challenges, Rancho Cordova Post reports the 2010's successes.  Read more... 

The Rancho Cordova Jan. 21 luncheon with Mayor Robert McGarvey

SLIDESHOW: Rancho Cordova Jan. 21 Luncheon with Mayor Robert McGarvey

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Rancho Cordova Community Council Executive Director Shelly Blanchard started off this month's luncheon by unveiling the Council's 2011 events.

Among them, the Damento Juggling Festival on Feb. 5th and 6th, Kids Day in the Park on April 30th, and the Rancho Cordova 4th of July festival.

Next Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce CEO Jane Daley talked about the many benefits of becoming a member or sponsor of the Chamber.

Lastly Mayor Robert McGarvey shared his vision for creating more entertainment and health care benefits for the Rancho Cordova community.

The Rancho Cordova Luncheons are held each month on the third Friday at Rancho Cordova City Hall.