Free compost for home gardeners

Arlin Van Groningen, owner of New Hope Dairy, is offering free compost for local gardeners. Distribution will take place this Saturday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. The dairy is located at 9547 New Hope Road, just west of Christensen Road. Dairy workers will load up your small pickup truck or trailer, buckets, bags or other containers. The compost is a mixture of digester solids and almond shell.

Fireworks applications

The city of Galt will be accepting applications for organizations that wish to sell fireworks on city property. Applications for fireworks permits are available in the City Clerk’s Office, 380 Civic Drive, city’s website, or email All applications and required attachments must be completed and received by the City Clerk’s Office no later than 5:30 p.m., May 27.

Applicants must be a community-based, resident 501(c) (3), (4), (6), or (7) nonprofit organization promoting and providing services to residents and/or businesses.

The lottery will be held the first Monday of June in the City Clerk’s office and will determine the rank order for placement at the bottom of the master list for those eligible nonprofit organizations not already included in the master list.

Michael’s Miracle Foundation to sponsor scholarship contest

Michael’s Miracle Foundation is sponsoring a scholarship essay contest for graduating high school seniors who live in the Galt area. The winner of the contest will be awarded a $250 scholarship. Essays must be at least 250 words in length and entries must be received by April 24. Essays should address what sport you play or are interested in playing, how you are involved with your community or if you have a hobby and how will this scholarship help you. Essays should be sent to

GHS all-class reunion

The Galt High Alumni Association (GHAA) 30th annual All-Class Alumni Reunion is scheduled for Oct. 2 (the first Saturday in October) at the Galt Littleton Community Center at 3:30 p.m. GHA Class of 1971 is celebrating their 50th reunion. With the need to cancel last year’s dinner, the class of 70 will also be honored, as well as those classes celebrating milestone anniversaries of their graduation. Visit the GHAA website: to keep abreast of the latest information about the reunion.

Street work ahead

SMUD is making substantial physical improvements to increase reliability to their system grid. The following streets in the Emerald Park/Quail Hollow subdivisions will see work in the street involving conduit runs, junction boxes and tie-ins to existing transformers: A Street, Elm Avenue, Second Street, Emerald Drive, Ramon Street, Ramon Court, Spree Court, Almo Court, Trent Drive, Wildflower Drive, Oberlin Drive, Trudy Way, Lorna Way, Sunshine Drive, Emerald Oak Drive, and Rossi Drive. Work is scheduled to occur through April.

Nominate your neighbor

The Galt Beautification Committee is asking you to “nominate your neighbor.” Has your neighbor recently completed a yard project? Does your neighbor have the best flowers in town or the best looking yard? The Galt Beautification Committee wants to know. Send an email with pictures and why you are nominating your neighbor to The best submissions will be included in future newsletters and City Manager Updates.

Youth commission seeks members

The Galt Youth Commission (GYC) is in search of new student members for the term beginning in May 2021.

GYC is comprised of 10 high school students (9-12th grade) appointed by the City Council to serve as youth advocates and champion community service. The purpose of the GYC is to encourage the youth to participate in activities, stimulate community service, build civic unity, collaborate, and interact with the Galt community.

Any current 8th grade through 11th grade students living within the Galt Joint Union High School District boundaries are eligible to apply. For details and to apply, visit

Free COVID testing on Thursdays

Free COVID-19 testing is available every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Avenue in Galt. Testing is offered on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed. This is a self-administered test, which only requires swabbing of the end of the nose.

You must register for a test before arriving to the testing center. Registration MUST be completed on the COLOR website at:, prior to your testing. For more information, call 209-366-7180 or email

For other testing locations in the Sacramento Region, please visit

EGHS 40 year reunion slated for September

Save the date – it’s been 40 years and it’s time to celebrate!

A class reunion is being planned for Elk Grove High School’s Class of 1981.The three-day event is set for Sept. 24-26, 2021, in Elk Grove.

Alumni interested in learning about one or more of the scheduled events is encouraged to visit, or our Facebook page at

New information will be added to these links as the celebration draws near, so be sure to check back for updates.

Currently, the reunion planning committee is eager to contact fellow graduates. Forty years is “a while” and some folks have been easier to find than others. The direct email to the committee is; please reach out to let them know where to find you or a fellow classmate.

AA 24-hour hotline

For help with an alcohol-related problem, call the Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour hotline at 209-745-1525.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Galt Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 217 Lincoln Way Monday through Friday at noon and 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. The Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour hotline is 209-745-1525.

Nar-Anon Family Group Meetings

Nar-Anon Family Group Meetings is an anonymous program for friends and family members who are dealing with drug addiction. Local meetings are held weekly on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the Galt United Methodist Church, 571 C Street in Galt.

Sunshine Closet donation sites

Sunshine Closet is a food closet that helps provide for local residents. Collections of canned food and dry good, nonperishable items, are received at United Methodist Church, 471 C Street in Galt, call to make an appointment for donations, 209-745-4133

The food closet is open on the second Thursday of each month from 8-10 a.m., and on the fourth Thursday from 8-9 a.m., at the United Methodist Church.

L’Chayim of Galt

The L’Chayim Boutique and Gift Shop is located at 400 D Street, Suite 160 (entrance on Fourth Street). Contact information is 209-744-1143.