Right Hand Auburn is seeking supplies for a new temporary homeless shelter in north Auburn, the epicenter of Placer County’s homeless population.
The nonprofit received the blessing of the Placer County Board of Supervisors in February to begin renovations on a former jail in the county’s government center. Because construction costs have risen, the group hopes the public will donate supplies and money to help defray the cost of operating the facility, estimated at $25,000 a month.
“Our original budget was kind of blown,” said Victoria Connolly, a member of the Auburn Area Homeless Forum, which is working with Right Hand Auburn on the project.
Right Hand Auburn is asking the public for products including toilet paper, disposable plates and utensils. These items can be dropped off at the management office of the Valley Oaks senior apartments, 600 Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Checks can be sent to St. Teresa of Avila Church, 11610 Atwood Road, Auburn, CA 95603 and made payable to Right Hand Auburn Inc.
The facility is expected to begin operation in late May and serve nearly 50 people each night until a permanent homeless shelter can be built in the Auburn area.
PLACERVILLE TOPIC: CHICKENS ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
The Placerville City Council on Tuesday will consider whether to pursue changes in the city’s zoning ordinance to allow people to keep chickens on residential properties. The current ordinance does not allow chickens on residentially zoned parcels, but staff members said they are aware of people keeping hens and roosters. According to a staff report, the city has received four citizen complaints since 2009 regarding chickens on residential lots, with people citing noise and odors. The staff report says allowing chickens in residential zones would permit residents to provide a sustainable source of food, and give people an opportunity to participate in 4-H and animal husbandry projects. The council will consider adopting a resolution of intention to amend the ordinance to allow hens to be kept on residential parcels. If the resolution is adopted, a draft ordinance would be presented for public review and consideration by the Planning Commission at a public hearing. The commission then would submit its recommendations to the City Council.
The council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 549 Main St.
CONCERT IN THE PARK SERIES BEGINS FRIDAY
The opening night in the free Concerts in the Park series in downtown Sacramento will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 901 I St. Concerts are scheduled every Friday through July 24 (except July 3). Friday’s scheduled performers are Island of Black & White, Drop Dead Red, Riotmaker and DJ Epic.
PARKWAY HALF MARATHON, 5K RUN SCHEDULED SATURDAY
The ninth annual Sacfit American River Parkway Half Marathon and 5K run is scheduled Saturday morning at William B. Pond Recreation Area, 5700 Arden Way, Carmichael. The half-marathon walkers will begin at 7:15 a.m., the half-marathon runners at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K participants at 8 a.m. Race proceeds benefit the American River Parkway Foundation’s restoration program.
GARDEN TOUR AND TEA ON TAP IN LAND PARK
Visit eight private gardens during the 17th annual Land Park Garden Tour and Tea, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish School, 3920 W. Land Park Drive in Sacramento. The gardens feature pools, water features, sculptures, art, outdoor kitchens and more. The tea will be at a private Land Park residence. The event concludes at 4 p.m.
MUSEUM FEST PLANNED SATURDAY IN FOLSOM AREA
Visitors can take part in Heritage Lollapalooza at various Folsom-area museums from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Each museum will offer special activities and tours. Participating museums and sites are: Folsom-El Dorado Historical Railroad, Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, Folsom History Museum, Big House Prison Museum of Folsom, Pioneer Village, the Murer House and the Clarksville Region Historical District.
66TH ANNUAL FAIR OAKS FIESTA THIS WEEKEND
The 66th annual Fair Oaks Fiesta is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fair Oaks Village, 10210 Fair Oaks Blvd. Saturday’s parade theme is “Historic Route 66” featuring local groups, children’s clubs, the Bella Vista High School Marching Band and more. Sunday’s highlights are the Sun Run, a pancake breakfast and a classic car show.