This Week: Campaign touts water-starved lawns as ‘the new green’ in Sacramento

Published: Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014 - 10:23 am
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014 - 11:12 pm

When it comes to your yard, the city of Sacramento wants to help you get over the “grass is always greener” mentality with your neighbors by offering you a free lawn sign.

“The grass isn’t brown. It’s gold. Gold is the new green,” the sign says and a number of them are being placed on some city properties where grass is withering because of water cutbacks put in place because of California’s severe drought.

“With watering limited to two days a week in the peak of summer, the grass is not dying, but it is stressed,” said Jim Combs, the city’s director of Parks and Recreation. “Gold grass should green up again with cooler temperatures and, hopefully, rain in the fall. But for now, we want to keep imploring everyone to do their part – even if it’s not pretty.”

Residents whose lawns also are “stressed” can request a sign from the Department of Utilities Customer Service Office, 1395 35th Ave., Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Sacramento’s commercial and residential users are being asked to water just two days a week. Property owners with addresses ending in odd numbers may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays; owners with addresses ending in even numbers may water on Wednesdays and Sundays.

– Ken Chavez


IN THE NEWS

‘Scoping meetings’ set for Sacramento-Roseville rail proposal

Capitol Corridor is holding two “scoping meetings” this week on its plans for a $200 million track construction project that would allow it to run round-trip passenger rail service 10 times a day between Sacramento and Roseville.

Public meetings on the so-called “third track” project will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sacramento’s Historic City Hall, 915 I St., and Thursday at the Roseville Civic Center, 311 Vernon St. Online scoping meetings also will be available 24 hours a day starting Wednesday through Aug. 1. Visit the project website, www.sactoroseville3rdtrack.com/home, for more information.

The project involves construction of a third rail line on the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way. Officials with Union Pacific, which would own the line, say the project would free up space for their freight train operations, which are expected to increase over time.

Experts discuss climate change at Nimbus fish hatchery

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a third presentation on the effects of climate change on salmon and steelhead trout in the American River.

Kevin Shaffer, fisheries branch program manager, will discuss the potential effects of climate change on salmon and steelhead runs in the American River. Whitney Albright, a climate associate, will cover the steps the department is taking to reduce the effects of climate change and the actions needed to manage the fish runs. Both speakers will answer questions from the audience.

The event will be held at the Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center, 2001 Nimbus Road in Rancho Cordova, on Thursday at 7 p.m. Preregistration is not required.

The Nimbus hatchery is open to the public daily free of charge until 3 p.m. The hatchery offers hands-on exhibits, a river bluff trail and a play area for children.

Info: Call (916) 358-2884 or www.facebook.com/NimbusHatchery

Forum focuses on health care rollout in Sacramento

A speaker’s forum examining the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites Sacramento, 100 Capitol Mall.

Dr. Ron Chapman, chief of the California Department of Public Health and Dr. Jose Arevelo, president of Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, are among the featured speakers, along with Britta Guerrero, executive director of Native American Health Center.

The panel will discuss how the Affordable Care Act is unfolding in Sacramento-area communities six months into its rollout. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Drexel University Sacramento and its master of public health program.

Sacramento Japanese Film Festival comes to the Crest next weekend

The Sacramento Japanese Film Festival, which began as a one-day event in 2005, gets underway Friday at the Crest Theatre for a three-day run featuring seven films.

The festival is one of only four in the continental United States that dedicates itself exclusively to Japanese fims. “Rebirth,” the story of a woman who was kidnapped as a baby and returned to her parents four years later, will be the first film screened Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The charge is $10 per show or $35 for an all-festival pass. The Crest is at 10th and K streets downtown.

Info: www.sacjapanesefilmfestival.net

Sacramento history speaker examines California’s environmental past

Andrew C. Isenberg, a Temple University professor and the author of “Mining California: An Ecological History,” will delve into the history of logging, ranching, farming and mining in the Golden State as part of the Center for Sacramento History’s speakers series.

The speech at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd. in Sacramento is open to the public and costs $10 per person. Isenberg, who has also taught at Brown and Princeton universities, will discuss the environmental costs associated with the industrialization of the state.

Info: www.cityofsacramento.org/ccl/history

Marysville Peach Festival to draw thousands to Yuba County

Marysville expects 30,000 people to come into town Friday and Saturday for its 15th annual Peach Festival.

The seat of Yuba County once produced half of all canned peaches in the world, and since 1999, has been offering a free, two-day festival celebrating the fruit. Offerings at the fair include peach ice cream, cobblers, pies, shakes – even peach basted barbecue.

The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday along downtown Marysville’s D Street, which is a block east of Highway 70 and two blocks south of Highway 99. Marysville is about 35 miles north of Sacramento.

Info: marysvillepeachfest.com



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