Thousands of women and girls will run and walk through midtown and downtown Sunday in the Kaiser Women's Fitness Festival.
The 5K run/walk, formerly called the Nike Women's Fitness Festival, begins on Ninth Street between L Street and the Capitol Mall and ends on the Capitol's west steps after looping through midtown to 27th Street, including a pass by Sutter's Fort.
It is the eighth year for the event, which features post-race fruit, granola and yogurt from Whole Foods and blood pressure and body fat testing by Kaiser Permanente. Injury screenings and massage therapy also will be offered, along with information on products and services.
Proceeds will benefit WEAVE, which offers crisis-intervention services for women coping with domestic violence and sexual assault.
The race is capped at 4,500 participants. As of late last week, there were still spots available.
Participants who expect to run 10-minute miles or faster start at 8 a.m., with slower runners and walkers starting at 8:10 a.m.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Tour offers rare look at notable home
On Saturday, the Roush residence one of Sacramento's most original and unusual homes will be open to the public as part of the Sacramento Modern Home Tour. Built in 1954 in Arden Oaks, the house was designed by Terry Waters, who studied and worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, John Launter and Walter S. White.
Behind the news: Tickets for the home tour are $45 and must be ordered in advance. Deadline is Thursday. To keep the tour moving, tickets will be assigned in time blocks from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Half the proceeds will go toward an upcoming California Museum exhibit showcasing the work of Sacramento native Ray Eames, among the most influential modernists.
Ticket information: www.sacmcmhometour.blogspot.com.
Panel considers pay cut for state officials
In the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 5 percent cut in state worker pay to help close the budget gap, California's Citizens Compensation Commission meets at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacramento City Hall to consider a pay-cut proposal for state officeholders.
Behind the news: In a "share the pain" strategy, at least one panel member, John Stites II, said he's in favor of a 5 percent salary reduction for the governor and other officeholders.
Stay informed: Watch for updates at www.capitolalert.com.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Wonder-Land school hosts parking lot sale
Wonder-Land Christian Preschool and Daycare, 3300 Walnut Ave. in Carmichael, is hosting a parking-lot sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for its school remodeling project. Interested parties can rent a spot for $20 to sell yard-sale type items and keep the proceeds. The school will make money on the lot rentals, food sold throughout the day and its own items for sale.
For more information: Call (916) 481-1798, or visit www.wonder-landschool.com.
Weekend Art Fiesta an outdoor fundraiser
More than 150 artisans will be displaying and selling wares from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this weekend at the Town and Country Art Fiesta. Proceeds from artist booth sales benefit area children's charities. The Sacramento Suburban Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the show at Town and Country Village, Fulton and Marconi avenues, Sacramento.
For more information: (916) 972-7337 or www.townand countryartfiesta.org.
IN THE NEWS
National spelling bee champ to be crowned
Jack Maglalang, a sixth-grader at Orangevale's Pershing Elementary School, will compete this week in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The contest runs Tuesday through Thursday and will be televised on ESPN. You can take a sample test online at www.spellingbee.com/ sample-test.
Free tours on tap at Lake Tahoe Bird Festival
The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and the U.S. Forest Service are staging the third Lake Tahoe Bird Festival this Saturday at Taylor Creek Visitors Center in South Lake Tahoe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival offers a number of guided bird walks throughout the day, as well as food, and games and crafts for children. Space is limited and preregistration is required for the walks.
Train travel changes highlighted at exhibit
The California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento will open a new exhibit Thursday titled "Ticket to Ride: 150 Years of Passenger Comfort & Style." On display in the Mezzanine Gallery near the entrance to the theater, the exhibit showcases American railroad-related artifacts that chronicle how the onboard experience has been enhanced over time through innovations in comfort, design, service and technology. The exhibit will remain on display through March 2013. Museum admission is $9 for adults, $4 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger.
For more information: Call (916) 445-6645 or go to www.californiastaterailroad museum.org.
Top French hornist performs at CSUS
A highlight of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento's season takes place Sunday when the country's top French hornist Philip Myers performs with the chamber group for its final concert of the season. Myers is principal horn with the New York Philharmonic. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., Sacramento State Music Hall, 6000 J St. Tickets are $28.