People who need medical, dental or eye care can get it free from Friday to next Monday at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
That's when hundreds of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and other medical professionals will gather at Cal Expo buildings C and D, 1600 Exposition Blvd., to treat both adults and children.
It's the second year in a row that the Remote Area Medical Foundation, an organization based in Tennessee, has staged a mobile health clinic in Sacramento. The event is organized by the group's California chapter.
Last year, more than 6,500 patients flocked to RAM clinics in Sacramento and Oakland, the group says.
The clinics offer a broad range of services, including physicals, diabetes screenings, vaccinations, teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions, eye exams, glaucoma screenings and prescription glasses; and possibly mammograms and Pap smears.
Patients will receive care on a first-come, first-served basis. In a written release, the group said people in line will start getting numbers at 3 a.m. Organizers predict slots for each day will fill up by 6 a.m.
Mary Lynne VellingaAfter 5 years, A's return to Raley Field
For the first time in five years, the Oakland A's are coming up Interstate 80 on Saturday to play against the River Cats, their Triple-A team at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The team's four previous visits were sellouts.
Behind the news: The return of the A's promises to be a huge attraction for fans, with ballpark gates opening at 4:30 p.m. to give the public a chance to watch batting practice, interact with players and vie for autographs. Individual tickets start at $14. Use the information below to buy tickets online or over the phone, or go to the Raley Field box office to avoid ticket surcharges.
Ticket information: www.rivercats.com or (916) 371-HITS (4487).
Pepper-spray report focus of court hearing
Lawyers for the University of California and its police officers union are scheduled to be back in Alameda Superior Court on Wednesday to hash out what portions of a report on the pepper-spraying of student demonstrators at UC Davis on Nov. 18 can be made public and what has to stay under wraps.
Behind the news: The union has sought to bar the release of certain details about specific officers or their actions. A judge has ordered the bulk of the report to be released, but what can be released about the officers has yet to be settled.
Stay informed: Check www.sacbee.com for updates.
High court examines Obama health plan
Starting today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments involving four challenges to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, which would extend insurance to about 32 million people. The arguments will total six hours over three days. The court's ruling is expected by late June, and is expected to be a political hot potato in the presidential campaign.
The issues before the court are these:
Can judges rule on challenges to federal taxes before the levies are assessed?
Can the government require that Americans either get insurance or pay a penalty?
What happens to the rest of the law if the insurance requirement is found unconstitutional?
Is the federal government violating the U.S. Constitution's division of power between the federal government and the states by forcing an expansion of Medicaid?
Stay informed: Look for updates at www.sacbee.com.
Romney, Santorum tour Golden State
As the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will stop by a San Diego medical device firm today and dine with contributors during a brief swing through the Golden State. He also will have two fundraisers with some big-name hosts. Former Gov. Pete Wilson will be on hand at the San Diego luncheon, while former gubernatorial candidate and HP executive Meg Whitman will host a dinner in Redwood City. Romney will have three fundraisers across the state Tuesday, including one at the Stockton home of developer Alex G. Spanos. Romney's presidential rival Rick Santorum also will be in California this week. The former Pennsylvania senator will hold a rally and fundraiser Thursday at the Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield.
Elk Grove seeks views on land use
Elk Grove residents on Thursday night will be asked for their feedback on land use concepts for 1,200 acres of land at the southern end of Elk Grove, an area to the west of the long-stalled Elk Grove Promenade and north of the city's southern boundary. The Southeast Policy Area is the last large-scale development area in the urbanized portion of Elk Grove. The workshop starts at 6 p.m. in City Council chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove.
Suspect in fatal DUI case gets bail hearing
Michael Dean Sharp is up for a bail review hearing Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court. Sharp is accused of whiffing nitrous oxide and then slamming into a car, killing brothers Chris and Todd Ohlander.
Stay informed: Look for updates at www.sacbee.com/sacto911.
SMUD lures fishermen to Rancho Seco Lake
SMUD has stocked it Rancho Seco Lake with 3,500 pounds of trout for its annual two-day fishing derby. The Saturday and Sunday event is open to participants 16 and older who hold a valid California state fishing license. A $5 entry fee is required with prizes ranging up to $100.
Info: www.smud.org/ ranchoseco
Train, underground tours back in Old Sac
Old Sacramento restarts its underground tours and railroad excursions this weekend. The railroad tours $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6-17 take riders on a six-mile, 40-minute round trip along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train rides run on the weekends through September. Underground tours of Old Sac's original streets and shops are scheduled every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the month of May. The tour schedule will be expanded in coming months.
Info: www.californiastate railroadmuseum.org
Clarksburg hosts 'Spring Fling'
The Clarksburg Wine Growers and Vintners Association is hosting its second-annual "Spring Fling" on Saturday and Sunday at the Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave. in Clarksburg, about 15 minutes from downtown Sacramento. The $20 admission includes wine tasting and entertainment. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, beach balls, games and picnic supplies.
Easter egg hunt for dogs at McKinley Park
Dogs can sniff out early Easter treats at the third annual Easter egg hunt for canines at Sacramento's McKinley Park on Saturday. More than 1,000 eggs filled with doggie treats will be scattered throughout the park. The cost is $10 per family. Proceeds benefit Nor Cal Boxer Rescue.
Fundraiser to feature wine, food at center
The Festa di Vino, a fundraiser for Sierra Forever Families and other local children's charities, features food from 20 restaurants and 20 wineries. The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door.
Stay informed: http://festadivino.com/