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This Week: Trustees hear proposal to move students at Sylvan, Citrus Heights schools

Two students run down an asphalt-covered embankment adjacent to a cement ramp, both non-compliant with ADA code at Sylvan Middle School on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Citrus Heights, Calif. The San Juan district school board is evaluating how to proceed with its aging schools and in recent weeks completed an analysis of costs to accomplish needed upgrades throughout the district, with a tally running in the millions.
Two students run down an asphalt-covered embankment adjacent to a cement ramp, both non-compliant with ADA code at Sylvan Middle School on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Citrus Heights, Calif. The San Juan district school board is evaluating how to proceed with its aging schools and in recent weeks completed an analysis of costs to accomplish needed upgrades throughout the district, with a tally running in the millions. rpench@sacbee.com

San Juan Unified trustees Tuesday night will hear a recommendation from Superintendent Kent Kern to move students from the aging Sylvan Middle School to an adjacent elementary campus starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Proposals to close the 76-year-old Sylvan, in Citrus Heights, and consolidate other campuses have drawn months of sharp opposition from some graduates, community members and parents, including some who object to moving well-regarded autism programs to other campuses.

Kern’s recommendation calls for Sylvan students, grades 6 through 8, to attend the adjacent Citrus Heights Elementary in about two years. Citrus Heights Elementary students, in turn, would attend a consolidated K-5 campus with Carriage Drive Elementary students starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

Vacating Citrus Heights Elementary next year would enable the district to modernize the campus for incoming Sylvan students at a cost of $18.3 million.

The discussion on the proposal is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3738 Walnut Ave. in Carmichael. A trustee vote on the issue is planned for Nov. 18.

District officials report Sylvan is one of the most active school sites for injury claims, does not meet Americans with Disability Act requirements, and would cost at least $44 million to rebuild.

To read the online staff report, visit http://is.gd/ZGnbwz and scroll to item I-2 of the agenda packet.

Loretta Kalb


Sacramento Zoo offers two nights of Halloween fun

The Sacramento Zoo is offering two nights of Halloween festivities – including candy stations, a kids’ DJ dance party, pumpkin bowling and a magician – for children 10 and under this week.

Tickets for Boo at the Zoo, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, are $10 per person if purchased before Tuesday; $8 for Sacramento Zoo members. After Tuesday, all tickets are $12. Tickets can be bought online at www.saczoo.org or by calling (916) 808-5888.

The event will occur rain or shine and the zoo will be closed at 1:30 p.m. both days to give staff time to prepare for the event. The Sacramento Zoo is located near the corner of Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road in Land Park.


Talk details how to make homes poison-free for pets

The Explorit Science Center in Davis is sponsoring an informational session on how to poison-proof your home for your pets.

The free, 6 p.m. discussion today by Dr. Bob Poppenga of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine takes place at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.

Participants will learn which plants, foods and chemicals can make their pets sick and what to do in case an animal has been poisoned.

Info: (530) 756-0191


‘Broadway Augmented’ artists discuss virtual artwork

Artists Gioia Fonda, Chris Manzione and Joseph Delappe will discuss their temporary public art project, “Broadway Augmented,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St. in Sacramento.

The project uses virtual imagery – viewed through a smartphone or other mobile device – to enhance, or “augment,” real-life buildings on Broadway in Sacramento.

The artists will speak about their experiences designing these three-dimensional, computer-generated “augments” for specific sites.

Info: www.broadwayaugmented.net/events


‘Three Divas’ to perform at Westminster Presbyterian

Westminster Presbyterian Church’s noontime concert Wednesday features “The Three Divas” – pianist Theresa Keene, dramatic soprano Sheryl Counter and lyric soprano Leslie Sandefur – who will perform spirituals and songs by composers such as Puccini and Verdi.

Westminster Presbyterian, at 1300 N St., has offered free concerts at noon every Wednesday since 2002. A variety of musicians have performed for the “Music at Noon” program, from classical artists to pop, jazz and Broadway singers.

Info: www.westminsac.org/music-noon


Seminar tutors small-business owners in California tax law

Small-business owners and others interested in learning more about complying with California’s tax laws are invited to attend a free seminar Wednesday in Roseville.

The seminar, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, will cover tips on how to avoid sales and use tax problems, forms of business ownership, keeping better business records, and loan programs and services.

Interested parties can register by calling (888) 847-9652 or going online to www.boe.ca.gov/info/VirtualSeminars/seminars_online.htm.

The seminar is sponsored by state Board of Equalization member George Runner, along with state Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber; Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville; the Roseville Chamber of Commerce; the California Asian Chamber of Commerce; and the city of Roseville.


Wellspring Women’s Center debuts ‘Friendship Garden’ mural

Wellspring Women’s Center will celebrate the installation of a new wall mural Thursday, a ceramic tile mosaic titled “Friendship Garden” that is the creation of local artist Frankie Hansbearry.

“The symbol of the garden is that you can plant the seeds but you have to nurture and take care of them in order to have a thriving garden,” Hansbearry said in a news release. “I think community is like that. You can plant ideas and seeds for improvement, but the follow-through is the work.”

Wellspring Women’s Center at 3414 Fourth Ave. in Oak Park has provided meals, counseling and other social services to women and children since 1987. Guests, staff and center volunteers helped create the mural by painting the tiles.

The dedication ceremony for the mural, which will be visible to the public from Fourth Avenue and 35th Street, takes place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Info: www.wellspringwomen.org

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