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May is National Bike Safety Month
April 28, 2014
With the May flowers blooming and beautiful California weather getting warmer, people are taking to the streets with bikes of all kinds. Whether you’re on the Tour de California with your specialized road bike or Highway 101 with your new motorcycle, safety should be the first thing on your list to check off before you get on the road. The California Office of Traffic Safety would like to remind everyone on pedal or motor bikes to remain alert and to always put safety first when on the road.

All motorists should be checking blind spots, sharing the road and leaving a safe following distance. These are all important road safety rules for preventing crashes and injuries among bicyclists and motorcycle riders.

To help motorcyclists stay safe in any traffic situation, OTS has compiled the following roadway safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Current weather and changes in light conditions may affect the ability to ride safely
  • Follow all posted speed limits
  • Remain visible. When navigating through traffic, motorcyclists are at risk of not being seen by other drivers. Wearing brightly colored and reflective safety gear is recommended, along with the use of high beams during daytime hours
  • Practice defensive driving techniques. Always be aware of what surrounding vehicles are doing and be prepared to react accordingly. Leave plenty of following distance, don’t linger in blind spots, account for distracted or inattentive drivers and do not swerve in and out of lanes of traffic or ride on top of the line
  • And most importantly, always wear a Department of Transportation approved helmet
Bicyclists can stay safe on our roadways by taking the following tips into consideration next time they head out for a ride:
  • Follow all traffic laws and use proper hand signals
  • Always wear a helmet and never ride with headphones on
  • If riding at night, wear reflective or brightly colored clothing and use bike safety lights to ensure visibility
  • Stay alert and never ride against traffic
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you
  • Keep your bike in good repair and check both your brakes and tires regularly
Together, attentive motorists, motorcycle riders and bicyclists can help to make our roadways safer. For information on bike safety tips and other OTS efforts please visit
National Infant Immunization Week
April 25, 2014

April 26-May 3 is National Infant Immunization Week. This campaign highlights the importance of fully protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases. All parents should be aware that:

  • All babies need a series of immunizations between birth and 18 months of age. Additional vaccines are needed later in childhood and certain shots are even recommended for adults.
  • This week is a good opportunity to make sure your child is up to date on their immunizations. Ask your child's healthcare provider to make sure they are on schedule!
  • Questions regarding recommended vaccines for your child should be directed first to your child's primary healthcare provider. More information for parents on recommended childhood vaccines can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website.

Sutter County Public Health offers vaccines to certain qualified children at low to no cost. Please visit the Sutter County Public Health Immunization Page, or call 530-822-7215 for more information.

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Children’s Spring Vacation Program at Museum
April 03, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum is hosting its annual Spring Vacation Children’s Program at the Museum on Wednesday, April 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m. Children will learn about Native American creation stories of the Sutter Buttes, hear a story about Sunflower Girl, and participate in crafts. Refreshments will follow.

All children are invited, and admission is free. The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.