Memorial Day events to honor war dead
OK, we know Memorial Day is actually on Monday next week, but we're also sure the three-day weekend the federal holiday affords will be on everyone's mind this week.
The holiday, observed on the last Monday in May, is the unofficial start of summer with families in the Sacramento region flocking to the rivers, the mountains or the Bay Area to enjoy an extra day off.
Sacramento does offer a number of events for those who prefer to mark the day as it is intended to honor our war dead.
For 46 years, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4647 has staged one of the longest-running Memorial Day parades in the region. It starts at 8 a.m. next Monday at the Family Community Church, 6331 Watt Ave., in North Highlands.
This Sunday, from 7 a.m. to noon, the names of Californians killed in the Vietnam War will be read at Capitol Park.
Also on Sunday, the Camerata California Chorus and the Camellia Symphony are presenting "A Day of Remembrance" concert at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St.
Can't make it to a memorial event? You can honor fallen soldiers from home. Protocol calls for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff from dawn until noon.
S.F. Gay Men's Chorus marks Harvey Milk Day
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus comes to Sacramento on Tuesday to celebrate the state's third annual Harvey Milk Day. The chorus will debut an anthem, "Give 'em Hope," written in honor of the late San Francisco supervisor, on the west steps of the Capitol at 4 p.m., then give a concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2620 Capitol Ave., at 8 p.m. to raise money for the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center.
Behind the news: The first openly gay elected official in California, Milk was assassinated by fellow supervisor Dan White in 1978. Former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation in 2009 marking Milk's birthday as a yearly "day of special significance." It is not a state holiday.
Concert ticket info: www.saccenter.org/ sfmenschorus
Sacramento County Fair starts Thursday
Cheaper and less crowded than the State Fair, the Sacramento County Fair gets under way Thursday at Cal Expo and goes until next Monday. Tickets are $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free.
Behind the news: "Let's Eat, Have Fun & Celebrate the Red, White, & Blue" is the fair's theme. And what's more red, white and blue than a corn dog eating contest? Yes, that's one of the highlights, along with a demolition derby, a street hot rod show and bull riding.
Event and ticket info:www.sacfair.com
Rocklin residents can 'chat with the chief'
Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence is hosting another in a series of "chat with the chief" events today at Rocklin High School multipurpose room, 5301 Victory Lane, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meeting will feature question-and-answer sessions by Lawrence, Deputy Chief Dan Ruden and other police managers. The chief and his staff also will solicit public comment on the Police Department's strategic plan for 2012-13, provide an overview of new police technology and offer strategies for reducing residential burglaries.
Info: www.rocklin.ca.gov/ government/police
Citrus Heights City Council to adopt 2012-13 budget
The Citrus Heights City Council is scheduled Thursday to adopt the budget for the coming fiscal year and a five-year capital improvement program. Proposed expenditures total nearly $64.7 million, including approximately $30.3 million in general fund expenditures. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 7117 Greenback Lane.
Yolo service honors those who died alone
Yolo County will conduct its annual memorial service for those who die alone, without any recognition of their passing, at 11 a.m. Friday. The decedents had either been clients served by the office of the Public Guardian-Public Administrator, or those whose death and final affairs were handled by the office. The public may attend the short ceremony at the Knights Landing Cemetery, 101501 County Road 102 in Knights Landing.
Info: (530) 666-8100
Sutter offers two free lectures on strokes
The Sutter Neuroscience Institute has scheduled two free lectures this week on how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and what to do about it as well as treatment options. Dr. Kanwardeep S. Grewal, an Auburn neurologist, and stroke nurse Tess Carter will lead one lecture from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education St., Auburn. Dr. Asim Mahmood, regional medical director of stroke services for the Sutter Neuroscience Institute, will lead the second lecture from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, One Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville.
For more information and to enroll: Go to www.checksutterfirst.org/ neuro/stroke/lecture or call (916) 454-6649.
Syndicated cartoonist to appear at free event
Nationally syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin, creator of "Rubes," will share his humor, talk about drawing a daily cartoon and take questions from the audience Wednesday at The Bee. His comic panel has appeared in The Bee since 2004. The free event, scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is open to the public.
For more information: To sign up, go to www.BeeBuzzPoints.com and click on events. Seating is limited, so print and bring your tickets to the event. Parking is free at the northeastern corner of 21st and Q streets.
Greek food festival comes to Roseville
Greek food, music and dancing will be in great supply at the Roseville Greek Food Festival Friday through Sunday. Event hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 Stone Canyon Drive. Free admission and parking (food available for purchase).
Stay informed: (916) 772-9372 or www.saintanna.org.
Japanese American vets to be honored
A Sacramento event Saturday will recognize the surviving Japanese American veterans of World War II. In November 2011, veterans from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal but because many of the elderly recipients were unable to travel to Washington, D.C., for the official ceremony, Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, is hosting the local event at 11 a.m. at the California Museum's courtyard, 1020 O St.
Stay informed: Eligible veterans who would like to receive a replica gold medal are encouraged to RSVP at www. sacramentocgm.eventbrite.com.
California Voices debuts short films at Crest
The nonprofit Center for Multicultural Cooperation will present its fourth annual California Voices Youth Film Premiere on Thursday at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, in Sacramento at 5 p.m. The free event features short films by Sacramento-area middle and high school students.
Corvettes star in show at the auto museum
A "Vettes for Vets" Car Show will feature all types of Chevy Corvettes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the California Automobile Museum, Front St., Sacramento along with music, vendors, food and a raffle.
Stay informed: www.calautomuseum.org.