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Community Profile: Events keep Elk Grove residents busy year-round

By Tinka Davi

The Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum located near Elk Grove Regional Park is operated by the Elk Grove Historical Society.
The Elk Grove House and Stage Stop Museum located near Elk Grove Regional Park is operated by the Elk Grove Historical Society. Ed Andersen

The sounds of music come not from the hills but will come from the city of Elk Grove which is sponsoring “Nashville in the Neighborhood” in partnership with KNCI 105.1. It’s a new concert event that will be held in Old Town Plaza March 30.

“We’re excited to bring more nightlife and great music to Elk Grove,” said Mayor Gary Davis in a press release. “This is another opportunity for residents to enjoy performances right where they live and to showcase our community to regional visitors.”

Last year the city held a country music concert “Boots on the Blvd,” on the Old Town Plaza. The city and KNCI are hoping to bring that event back this year on May 20.

There’s more music in the summer. The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove will be held July 28-31 at Elk Grove Regional Park. It features a live orchestra, costumed dancers, fireworks and the music of Johann Strauss.

Other non-musical events also attract locals and visitors to Elk Grove.

Upcoming are the third annual Antique Flea Market and Vintage Trailer Show March 19, the Running of the Elk Half Marathon April 3, the Elk Grove Greener Gardens Expo April 23, the Elk Grove Western Festival 2016 April 29 and May 1, Big Truck Day May 18, Old Town Chili Festival May 21 and the Elk Grove Brewfest May 27.

Elk Grove hosts several more events throughout the year including one of the biggest, the Multicultural Festival in August. It reflects the city’s diversity, which is also noted in the population of the city and its schools.

Sandy Lassa, Realtor with Lyon Real Estate’s Elk Grove office, said the schools are known to be very good.

The community is served by the Elk Grove Unified School District, and, according to the district website, more than 62,000 students attend 66 schools.

“Our students represent California’s great diversity: Our students speak more than 88 languages, 24 percent are White, 18 percent are African American, 26 percent are Latino, 23 percent are Asian, 8 percent are Pacific Islander/Filipino and 1 percent are American Indian.” (http://egusd.net/new_to_egusd/index.cfm)

Lassa said that people also like Elk Grove because it’s affordable and is a great place to raise children. There are many parks throughout the community with activities for all ages.

Elk Grove is centrally located about 15-20 minutes from downtown Sacramento and there are many river activities close by.

First-time homebuyers and move-up buyers are able to find nice homes for around $300,000 and up, she said. And depending on what they are looking for, they can find homes close to $800,000. Elk Grove also has properties with acreage.

There aren’t many homes on the market right now which makes it a seller’s market, Lassa said.

“It’s a great place to live. It certainly has blossomed since I’ve been here,” said Lassa, who moved there 20 years ago

It’s still growing. Kristyn Nelson, Elk Grove’s public affairs manager, sent a list of new and proposed businesses.

The Ridge Shopping Center and a Costco Warehouse are proposed for a site that’s approximately 40 acres at the southeastern corner of Bruceville Road and Elk Grove Boulevard. It’s under review by the city planning commission.

The empty 28-acre shopping mall site along Highway 99 could get a casino resort with a 12-story hotel tower, convention center, spa, restaurants and 110,000-square-foot gambling floor. The project proposed by the Wilton Rancheria tribe could generate the equivalent of 1,750 full-time jobs and up to 14,000 patrons per day, according to a detailed analysis by the Department of Indian Affairs.

Elk Grove can anticipate an aquatic center, veteran’s hall and a senior center/community center on a 76-acre site on the south side of Elk Grove Boulevard between Big Horn Boulevard and Laguna Springs Drive near the auto mall. The council gave the go-ahead for the project in January.

The aquatic center would include a 50-meter pool, a six- to eight-lane fitness and instructional pool and a recreational pool.

The combination senior center and community center would be approximately 28,000 square feet in size. The center would have an assembly room, full-service kitchen and canteen and an assembly room.

Several builders are offering new homes in Elk Grove. They include Gardner Square and Spectrum from Centex Homes; Sevilla at Maderia East, Wildflower and Windsong from D.R. Horton; Providence by JMC Homes; Fireside at Madeira from KB Home; Bella Strada and The Preserve at Laguna Ridge from Richmond American Homes.

Standard Pacific Homes is offering two communities, Bellmore and Stratford at Parkgate while Taylor Morrison has Aveiro, Prado and Viana at Madeira East and the Grammercy community. .

Tinka Davi is a freelance writer and editor based in Folsom.

FAST FACTS

Where: about 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento; 4 miles south of Sacramento city limits

Size: 42.0 square miles

Population: 163,553

County: Sacramento

Founded: 1850

Incorporated: 2000

Government: City Council

UPCOMING FEATURES

The Community Profiles spotlight Sacramento-area cities and neighborhoods weekly. This schedule is subject to change:

▪ Granite Bay, March 26

▪ Downtown Sacramento, April 2

▪ Placerville, April 9

▪ Fair Oaks, April 16

▪ Lincoln, April 23

▪ Loomis, April 30

▪ West Sacramento, May 7

▪ Rocklin, May 14

▪ Cameron Park, May 21

▪ Campus Commons, May 28

▪ Rancho Murieta, June 4

▪ Gold River, June 11

▪ Carmichael, June 18

▪ East Sacramento, June 25

▪ Elk Grove/Laguna, July 2

▪ El Dorado Hills, July 9

▪ Sierra Oaks, July 16

▪ Land Park, July 23

▪ Folsom, July 30

▪ Woodland, Aug. 6

▪ Granite Bay, Aug. 13

▪ Arden Arcade, Aug. 20

▪ Rancho Cordova, Aug. 27

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