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Meals on Wheels Yolo County receives $10,000 grant, Reggae Concert at Woodland’s Velocity Island Park

Meals on Wheels Yolo County received a $10,000 grant from the Bayer Fund – a philanthropic arm of Bayer – to provide low-income senior citizens with shelf-stable nutrition and to sustain them between the organization’s weekday deliveries of prepared, hot meals.

“Food insecurity is impacting more Yolo County residents – especially seniors – than ever due to the convergence of pandemic disruptions with extraordinary inflation,” Joy Cohan, executive director for Meals on Wheels Yolo County, stressed. “Many of the seniors who depend upon our program lack the resources to feel confident about having enough to eat on the weekends when Meals on Wheels doesn’t deliver.

“Thanks to this renewal of Bayer Fund’s previous support for our ‘Weekend Food Project,’ we are confident in having the resources to make weekend mealtime more dependable and less stressful for these vulnerable aging adults,” she added.

The Weekend Food Project was started several years ago and provides two monthly deliveries to 200 low-income seniors, which is a 100% increase in service in the last six months, according to a press release from the nonprofit organization.

“Throughout the years, the grants given through the Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” Al Mitchell, president of the Bayer Fund, emphasized. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs like Meals on Wheels Yolo County’s ‘Weekend Food Project’ that could help to combat the critical issue of food insecurity and ultimately ensure that even more Yolo County seniors have access to healthy, nutritious food.”

To connect with meals on wheels services or to offer support, visit mowyolo.org or call (530)662-7035.

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Velocity Island Park invites people to celebrate Jamaica Independence Day from 7 pm to midnight Saturday with performances from EN Young & Imperial Sound and special guests Rootsman Project, Kurrency King and the One Love Nation Band.

“EN Young has been a frontline soldier for Roots Reggae music his entire life joining world music band Stranger in 2002 after having an eclectically musical childhood,” the event’s website explained. “Young has worked with current headlining acts like Steel Pulse, Pepper, Rebelution, Stick Figure, Slightly Stoopid, Trevor Hall, Million Stylez, Alborosie, Sizzla, Lutah Fyah, Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, KBong, Iya Terra and beyond”

Tickets are $35 and are available by visiting velocityislandpark.com/information/events.

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Alegria by Cirque du Soleil will run from July 28 through Aug. 28 at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento.

“Undeniably the most iconic Cirque du Soleil production, Alegria is an all-time classic reimagined for a new generation to fall in love with,” the event’s website emphasized. “An uplifting immersive experience, Alegria whisks audiences away to a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry and acrobatic extravagance.”

Tickets are available by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

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The Woodland Police Department will host its Workout with a Recruiter event 6 pm Friday, Aug. 12 at Woodland Community College.

The event is open to anyone who has thought about a career in law enforcement who is 18 or older and who is interested in learning how to become a police officer.

“Join us at our Workout with a Recruiter event on the second Friday of the month,” the event’s website stated. “This is a great opportunity to exercise, practice the agility test activities and ask questions. We hope to see you there!”

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