Sutter County, like the rest of California, is in the third year of extreme drought. The Board of Supervisors has declared a state of local emergency and is asking residents and business to voluntarily cut back on water use by 20 percent. A Sutter County Drought Task Force has been formed to monitor the situation, advocate conservation, and prepare for response to developments.
Despite some rain late in the season, we would need another 52 inches between now and October 1 to make up for the lack of rainfall in the past three years. North state reservoirs are less than two-thirds of their historic average, and there is virtually no snow pack in the Sierra Nevada.
Water deliveries to some farms have decreased and the cost of food is expected to rise. Homeowners and businesses on wells may be at risk in some areas. The state’s electrical supply may be sorely tested this summer. There is increased risk of fire in the mountains from tinder dry conditions.
Sutter County Women, Children and Infants (WIC) program will join with WIC programs throughout the nation to celebrate 40 years helping families. WIC is a federally funded program that helps families by providing nutrition education and checks to purchase healthy supplemental foods. Participants must meet income guidelines and be pregnant, new mothers, infants or children under age five.
The Sutter County WIC program began in 1976 and currently serves a caseload of 3,700 participants in both Yuba City and Live Oak. The public is invited to the "WIC 40th Anniversary" celebration on Wednesday May 7th at 11:30 am at the Veterans Hall 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.
The public is also invited to attend a Bright Futures Baby Fair on the same day at the same location. The event, sponsored by Sutter County Children and Families Commission, will begin at 9:30 am. and will offer resources and information for pregnant women and parents with infants 6 months and younger.
The opening reception for The Unmentionable Exhibit at the Community Memorial Museum pairs with the Pink October BRAVO! event in Ettl Hall behind the Museum on Friday, May 9th, 2014. The Unmentionable Exhibit features feminine underwear from 1850 to 1950, all part of the Museum’s collection and reflecting donations from local families to the Museum over the years. Corsets, bustles, and petticoats remind us of the massive and heavy underpinnings that were part of women’s fashions of yesteryear.
The BRAVO! event features artistically decorated brassieres that are donated by local artists and auctioned during the evening to benefit local women with breast cancer. Models, a no-host bar, light refreshments, and music add to the festivities. Tickets to BRAVO! are available prior to the event at the Museum, Geweke Ford/Kia, or The Candy Box for $25 or $30 at the door.
The reception for The Unmentionable Exhibit is free to attend, and the exhibit will remain at the Museum through May 31st. Both events take place on Friday, May 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the public is invited to attend both events.
The Community Memorial Museum and Ettl Hall are located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141. Regular Museum open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.