VOTE NOVEMBER 2020
for the weekend of September 18th
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The official website for California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response. Daily updates and resources. Stay home - save lives. To find information and services to help you, click here.
To see the Sacramento County Public Health COVID-19 Case Dashboards, click here.
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
California offers voter registration online, by mail and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote. For dates and deadlines click here!
BLACK VOTERS MATTER
The Sacramento Area Black Caucus (SABC) has launched an initiative called the Voter Education Project: Black Voters Matter Project. To learn more about the “Project” and its proposed activities and resources, please visit: http://sacramentoabc.blogspot.com.
MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE
Click here for everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting, including the first day you can cast your ballot in the 2020 election.
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Family, if you attend any outdoor events or other social gatherings please follow COVID-19 safety rules; where your mask and (with the exception of immediate family) physically distance yourself -6ft – from other individuals. For details about your safety toolkit, click here.
NOW-OCT 2 / CBCF ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE (ALC)
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is hosting their annual legislative conference. This year will be the first ever all-virtual conference. Thought leaders, legislators and concerned citizens will engage in discussions with subject-matter experts, industry leaders, elected officials and activists to explore today's issues and solutions from an African American perspective. For details and registration, click here. https://bit.ly/34wobPz
SEPTEMBER 15 – 22 / LEADERSHIP FOR A CHANGING WORLD SUMMIT
Get practical tools and exercises to shift perceptions and build support in your organization. Develop skills to build resilience, adapt to change, and cultivate innovation and growth. Maximize your impact with approaches that create alignment and awaken purpose in your team. Learn groundbreaking new leadership models that can lead to unparalleled results. Mary-Frances Winters will be speaking on Sept. 16 on "Black Fatigue and Dismantling Racist Systems." To register, click here.
SEPTEMBER 17 / SOLUTIONS FOR BLACK BUSINESSES
You're invited to participate in an online forum to better understand the impact of racism in the time of COVID-19. This forum is designed to provide tools, resources, and services that can immediately be accessed to help communities of color. The forum will provide context for the types of long-term change and improvements that are needed to become more resilient. To register, click here.
SEPTEMBER 17 / CAREER FAIR
A Sac Jobs Diversity Career Fair is set for Thursday, September 17. The event will be presented virtually from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Connect with area employers through chat rooms and video chats. Dress to impress, as participants may be invited by employers to talk one-on-one. For more information or to register, visit www.SacJobs.com.
SEPTEMBER 18 - FOOD DRIVE
The Arden Fair Mall has partnered with The Salvation Army to host the “Million Meals Challenge,” a collection “Food Drive” this weekend, September 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’re asked to bring non-perishable items to the drop-off location in the Arden Fair parking lot, in front of Halloween City and Barnes and Noble. You will stay in your vehicle and volunteers will collect your donation. For details, click here.
SEPTEMBER 19 / DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMEN IN PERSON EVENT
Come out and enjoy live music from up and coming talent and fantastic small business vendors on Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 5801 Watt Avenue in North Highlands. This is an outdoor event, COVID-19 rules and regulations are strongly advised. To register, click here. Proceeds benefit the Black Zebra Charity.
SATURDAY 19 / ENTREPRENEURSHIP CRASH COURSE
Would you like to start your own successful business? Would you like some tips on how to get started? The Entrepreneurship Crash Course online webinar offers a free session this Saturday from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. For details and registration, click here.
SEPTEMBER 20 / BLACK AUTHORS GROUP
The Black Authors Group, a monthly meet and greet, is open to all. This is where authors get support to write, publish and promote their first or next book. This group meets every third Sunday of the month from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. You'll hear from accomplished authors, editors, illustrators, marketing professionals, and more. Take your book project to the next level. There's no cost to attend. For details and registration, click here.
SEPTEMBER 20 / EXAM REGISTRATION-SAC. COUNTY SHERIFF'S
If you’re interested in a career with the County Sheriff’s department, you’ll have to pass the “Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery” (PELLETB) exam. The PELLETB is a multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, written examination designed to measure reading and writing ability. Applicants are given 2 ½ hours to complete the exam. For details, times and registration, click here.
SEPTEMBER 20 / FEED SACRAMENTO HOMELESS
The Feed Sacramento Homeless organization is hosting a pop-up to provide food, supplies and a little love to our peeps on the streets and neighbors in need. The event happens this Sunday from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. at O'Reilly Auto Parts located at 2421 Del Paso Boulevard in Del Paso Heights. For details, click here.
SEPTEMBER 20/ SUNDAY T.E.A.
The Escape Velocity Resource Foundation, Inc. is hosting Sister Girl Real Talk this Sunday with a light brunch and discussion about emotional and verbal abuse that often gets ignored. The discussion runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Florin Square located at 2251 Florin Road in South Sacramento. For more information, click here.
SEPTEMBER 23-25, / The 2020 Ron Brown Business & Economic Webinar
The virtual California Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Summit is essential for all California small businesses. Get details and registration information by clicking here.
SEPTEMBER 23-24 / WOMEN OF POWER TECH EVENT
WPTech's virtual conference provides a rich, unduplicated platform with sessions, workshops, and coaching to help you identify new trends and opportunities and gain the digital upskilling necessary to advance across an array of tech-driven industries. For details and registration, click here. https://womenofpowertech.blackenterprise.com/
SEPTEMBER 24 / THE BLACK IS TECH CONFERENCE
The “Black is Tech Conference” is an event platform that connects Black and minority tech professionals, students and entrepreneurs and provides access to resources for these groups. The virtual conference will be held September 24-25. For details and registration, click here.
SEPTEMBER 25 / VIRTUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL
The 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival will be virtual, September 25-27. The virtual festival will be streamed online each day from 5-7 p.m. Pacific Time on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s YouTube Channel. To find all artist lineup info, just click here.
SEPTEMBER 27/ AFRICA LEADERSHIP FOR WOMEN FORUM
The free online “Africa Leadership for Women Forum” features conversations designed to boost self-awareness, self-confidence and self-development in business and career. Her Excellency Dr. (Mrs) Olufolake Abdulrazaq First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria is the keynote speaker at the inaugural women's forum on Sunday, September 27, from 8 until 10 p.m. (PDT). For details and registration, click here.
HIP-HOP INSPIRED PIZZERIA IN OAK PARK
Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria opened Wednesday (8/26/20) in Oak Park. The 2,600-square-foot restaurant and bar located at 3413 Broadway. Their slogan, “Pizza Rules Everything Around Me (P.R.E.A.M.)” riffs on the classic Wu-Tang Clan single. The new pizzeria is also hiring. For details, click here.
Six DOCO (Downtown Commons) restaurants and beverage providers will participate in “DOCO Al Fresco,” an innovative open-air dining experience throughout the DOCO plaza. “DOCO Al Fresco” will be available Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. (individual restaurant hours may vary). Parking validation is available at most DOCO tenants with a purchase, including for “DOCO Al Fresco” diners. Convenient “to-go” parking is also available at 7th & K Streets for curbside pick-ups. Click here.
DISTANCE LEARNING PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
WCIC/Playmate Head Start Programs 2020-2021 Program Year Enrollment Slots are available! Virtual learning is scheduled to begin Monday, September 14, 2020. Due to COVID-19 unknowns, please enroll now in virtual learning and when it’s safe, your child will return to Head Start classroom on-site full-time services, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please give us a call at (916) 457-8661 and (916) 451-8870.
SHRA - PROJECT BASED VOUCHER
The Sacramento Housing Authority has opened its wait lists for Project Based Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) and for specific Public Housing Communities applications will be accepted online at “sacwaitlist.com.” Applicants can use any device with internet access to complete the application. There is no cost to apply for housing and a credit report is not needed to apply. For more information, go to “shra.org.”
With the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District forecasting a period of unhealthy air due to nearby wildfires, the City of Sacramento has opened two cleaner-air centers. The centers – at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I St.) and the Hagginwood Community Center (3271 Marysville Blvd.) – will operate 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. They will remain open until the smoke diminishes and the air quality improves. For details, click here.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RECOVERY
The Sacramento City Council approved money for the “Workforce Development Recovery” program, designed to retrain and up-train people who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will directly support workforce organizations and institutions in providing employment training and job placement services for Sacramento job seekers who have been displaced and unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis. For details, click here.
DIGITAL EQUITY RESPONSE
Sacramento City Council approved money to implement a “Digital Equity Response” program to provide internet and computers to people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide up to 10,000 qualifying Sacramento city households internet connectivity and up to 1,000 individuals and families with computers or hot spots at no cost. The program will also include digital literacy training and outreach for community members, seniors, individuals with limited English skills and children in eligible households. For details, click here.
SMUD ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
SMUD is aware that many of us have been financially impacted by the pandemic and are unable to pay our SMUD utility bill. SMUD is responding by not shutting off power for non-payment through January 4, 2021 and will not add late fees to your bill during this time. Customers who are behind on payment will still owe SMUD for service, but electric service will remain on at this time. Learn more at ttps://www.smud.org/HereToHelp
FREE MEDIATION SERVICE FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS
The City of Sacramento recently launched free COVID-related landlord and tenant mediation services for both commercial and residential tenants. The program will assist tenants and landlords located in the city of Sacramento. Those interested in utilizing these services should call (916) 850-9010 or click here.
211 Sacramento is the area's primary information and referral source for all types of services. 211 provides free, confidential information and referral services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Referrals can be made to more than 1,600 community services in the Sacramento area. For details, click here or call 2-1-1 or 1-800-500-4931 or (916) 498-1000.
SAC COUNTY 311 CONNECT
Sacramento County 311 is a simple, three-digit number to call for help with almost any non-emergency issue in Unincorporated Sacramento County. Sac County 311 customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist with submitting any of the available service request types offered by the County. Get the 411 for 311 by clicking here.
FREE Wi-Fi FOR SIX MONTHS
Sac City Unified presents Sac City Kids Connect to provide eligible Sac City Unified families with six months of free Wi-Fi. The program will provide families with a unique code to sign up for free Wi-Fi through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. Families must sign up by December 31, 2020. To request your unique promotion code for the Kids Connect program, to register click here.
FREE Wi-Fi AT CITY PARKS
The City recently finished installing Wi-Fi at 12 parks in Sacramento which will bring free internet access to those who enjoy the outdoors. Free Wi-Fi is scheduled to be installed at 15 more parks by the end of 2020. For details, click here.
Public swimming pools will look very different this year as the City implements measures to keep staff and participants safe by enforcing social distancing, increasing cleaning and disinfection frequency, as well as other State and County requirements. For locations, registration, dates and details, click here.
NORTH SACRAMENTO EYE CLINIC NOW OPEN
“That Guy Eyewear,” along with its non-profit partner, the National Optometric Affiliates, has opened the North Sacramento Optometry Center. The clinic specializes in vision care for underserved adults and children. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, to purchase frames or any other eye care service call (916) 226-0257. That Guy Eyewear is located at 2203 Del Paso Boulevard. For online information, visit their website, thatguyeyewear.com.
TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM
The Caring Lotus organization operates the first Black-owned multicultural maternity transition home for homeless women and children. The "Mothers In Healing” program provides a safe, drug free environment within the Oak Park community. The organization's mission is to help empower and transition them back into society. For details, click here or call (916) 856-6331.
Each cooling center location will follow the California Department of Public Health Cooling Center guidelines. For the latest Cooling Center locations, dates and hours, dial 211 or go to 211sacramento.org.
RESTAURANT MEALS FOR SENIORS & AT-RISK CITIZENS
The City of Sacramento has partnered with local restaurants to provide three meals a day to seniors and high risk individuals during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order.
The basic eligibility requirements: 65+ years old or 60-64 years old & high risk/ live along and are low income. To apply for meals, call (916) 808-8848 and visit engageSac.org