Cultivate your garden knowledge
What: Sacramento County master gardeners will demonstrate how to prune shrubs and dormant fruit trees as well as how to groom ornamental grasses, start a compost pile and set up a worm bin. Got a question? These folks have answers. Bring examples of pests or problem plant material (sealed inside a plastic bag) for diagnosis.
Where: Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, Fair Oaks Park, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd.
When: 9 a.m. to noon
Information:(916) 875-6913 or http://cesacramento.ucdavis.edu
Carnaval sambas in midtown
What: The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento presents Carnaval 2012, featuring live Afro-Brazilian band Brasil Brazil Show from Los Angeles. Revelers can samba with the dancers from Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Company.
Where: Old McCulley Bros. Auto Building, 1616 I St., Sacramento
When: Party begins at 8 p.m.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Information: (916) 387-7344 or www.braziliancentersac.org/carnaval.html
Juggling events all weekend
What: A community show will highlight the Damento Juggling Festival at George Washington Carver High School. Today, there will be an open gym for people of all ages and abilities to learn to juggle. The community show featuring top jugglers is planned at 7 p.m. today. There will also be an open gym to learn juggling Sunday.
Where: 10101 Systems Parkway, Rancho Cordova
When: 10 a.m. to midnight today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Tickets are $10 for the community show. The open gym events are free.
Meet 'Mather Field' authors
What: James Scott and Tom Tolley, authors of "Images of America: Mather Field," will present a history of Mather plus an exhibit of artifacts at the Rancho Cordova Library. Light refreshments will be served.
Where: 9845 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova.
When: 2 to 4 p.m.
And the Oscar goes to ... charity
What: The Capital City AIDS Fund hosts Oscar Night Sacramento at the Hyatt Regency during the award show's broadcast. The event also features live entertainment. Founded in 1994, the organization has raised more than $2 million for HIV/AIDS nonprofits in Sacramento. For its annual Oscar gala, the Hyatt's ballroom will sport a nightclub-style setting with 20 television screens for watching the show.
Where: 1209 L St., Sacramento
When: Doors to the red-carpet event open at 4 p.m.
Cost and information: For ticket information and more, go to www.capcityaidsfund.org.