The annual "Celebration on Central" event will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday on Central Avenue between Pine and Walnut streets.
This is the eighth annual celebration, and this year's theme is "Healthy Families, Happy Families."
"The celebration serves to introduce programs and provide services and activities for our community to ensure that children and families can lead healthy and productive lives," said Francisco Trujillo, director of the Community Partnership for Families.
More than sixty agencies and service organization will man booths offering fun and educational programs. Some of the groups at the event include: Lodi Police, Lodi Public Library and the Lodi Public Works Department. Others groups that will be at the event include the Emergency Food Bank of Greater Stockton, United Way, Adopt-A-Child, Building Blocks, Head Start, Family Resource and Referral, El Concilio, Kaiser Permanente and the Boy Scouts.
This is the eighth year of the celebration, which began in 2000.
Galt, Sacramento County receive two new buses
Sacramento County received the first of two new buses for its South County Transit Link service, which serves Galt and Lodi. The buses replace two older buses that have already been retired. They can carry up to 18 passengers each, including three in wheelchairs.
South County Transit provides bus service from Galt City Hall to Elk Grove and Florin Mall in Sacramento. Buses also leave Galt for Lodi, where passengers can connect onto the GrapeLine, bus service to Stockton or Amtrak. Service is also provided from Galt to Isleton.
According to South County Transit Executive Director Grace Malson, It has been difficult to meet the demand for transit service with the older buses. These two new buses will make a big difference and provide more comfort for riders, Malson said.
The buses were paid for through Local Transportation Funds from sales tax revenues for Sacramento County. The funds were administered by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments or transit projects in a six-county region.
Woodbridge garbage, sewer rates may go up
The Woodbridge Sanitary District board will conduct a special meeting tonight to consider increasing garbage rates and begin the procedure to hike sewer rates as well.
The board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the portable classroom behind the Woodbridge fire station, 400 E. Augusta St. For more information, call 368-0900.
House authorizes bill for local police funding
The House has approved a resolution authorizing law enforcement agencies to hire an additional 50,000 police officers over the next six years. The bill passed 381-34.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a similar bill, but it hasn't reached the Senate floor, said Andy Stone, a spokesman for Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.
"The COPS program has been an incredibly successful law enforcement program - something I've heard from many law enforcement officials," McNerney said in a news release. "And I am proud that (Tuesday) I voted to reinvigorate the hiring grants program, which regrettably has been underfunded over the past few years."
Since it was created in 1994, the COPS program has put almost 120,000 more officers on the street nationwide, and 825 in the 11th Congressional District.