The Sacramento region in general is a great place to live. It is a nice area to raise a family and enjoy the benefits of the California lifestyle at a reasonable price.

Seeing as I consider this area to be very family friendly, I like to keep parents updated about some of the things happening in the local communities. So, without further ado, here are unique programs some of the local cities have going on this summer.


Kids will be out and about this summer as school is out and the social events begin. The city of Auburn is offering a Summer Youth Bus Pass for just $10 that is good for unlimited rides from June 1 to Aug. 31 on Auburn Transit, Lincoln Transit, Placer County Transit and Roseville Transit. The pass, which can be used by kids in elementary through high school ages, can be purchased at City Hall (1225 Lincoln Way) or the Placer County Transit Office (11460 F Avenue). An added bonus: All Summer Youth Bus Passes have discounts to local retailers on the back of the card.

Citrus Heights

Are you a gardener or trying to give your kids an appreciation of the outdoors and the environment? The city of Citrus Heights is offering a workshop on how to get the best yard with the least water. The July 23 workshop will discuss selecting, grouping, placing and establishing plants; converting and upgrading irrigation systems; using efficient irrigation components; and scheduling tools and resources.

Space is limited and registration is required. The registration deadline is July 15th, at 5:00 p.m. To register, click here.


If your family likes to spend time out on the many lakes or rivers that the Sacramento region has to offer, you should be prepared with proper safety. The Folsom Fire Department has a great program that offers free daily and weekend rental of life jackets for all ages of children and adults. The “Life Jacket Loaner Program” makes the loaner life jackets available  at the city of Folsom Fire Station 35 at 535 Glenn Drive.

In order to be loaned a life jacket, borrowers must sign a waiver form and provide a valid driver’s license. For more information, contact the City of Folsom Fire Department at 916-984-2280.


Our community is rich with a number of non-profit organizations working for the betterment of the people who live in the area and beyond. That is why it was great to hear that the Roseville City Council has awarded 52 non-profits $400,000 in grants.

This is the 23rd year that the city has awarded grants from the Citizens Benefit Fund (CBF) with funds generated from interest earned on the invested proceeds from the sale of the former Roseville Community Hospital. Since 1993, the City of Roseville has awarded $14.9 million to local non-profit agencies. The Roseville Grants Advisory Commission consisting of city council appointed Roseville citizens annually reviews grant applications. During a regular City Council meeting in May of each year, the commission makes funding recommendations to the city council for approval.


Summer is here and the triple digits, unfortunately, are in the forecast for quite some time. The city of Sacramento has a great network of community pools to get kids out of the house and away from their smartphones and tablets for a while during the hot months.

All 17 community pools, including the newly remodeled Cabrillo pool, are now open in Sacramento to welcome summer pool season. Kids swim for as little as $2 per session, adults are $4. (Discounts are available.) There is free admission at play pools located in Colonial Park, Land Park, Robertson Park, Mama Marks Park, and Bertha Henschel Park.


For a complete list of pools, opening days and times please visit the city’s aquatics webpage.