Brian Baer Bee file, 2011 Contestants line up their kayaks for the 2011 paddling portion of Eppie's Great Race. This year's competition will be held Saturday.

This Week: Library touts 7,000 free eBook titles

Published: Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 16, 2012 - 5:18 am

Library touts 7,000 free eBook titles

They're calling it a "petting zoo," but it doesn't involve animals. The Sacramento Public Library is hosting an event Wednesday at the Central Library where patrons can test various types of eReaders and learn how to download library books.

"I think most people are buying eBooks and not realizing there are free eBooks they could be getting at their public library," said Amy Calhoun, electronic resources librarian.

Not all book publishers sell their books to libraries in eBook form, but a good number do, and the collection is growing, Calhoun said. The Sacramento Public Library has 7,000 titles and a total of 10,000 eBooks. You can either check them out on your own eReader or borrow a Nook from the library pre-loaded with 50 books. These Nooks are organized by collection – some have romances, for instance, others bestsellers. Be warned, though, the wait for a library Nook can be about six to eight weeks.

Books borrowed on your own eReader can be kept for three weeks, but there are no renewals. The book just disappears – poof! – from your eReader and goes to the next person in the queue.

To learn more, head to the Central Library at 828 I St. from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

– Mary Lynne VellingaSailors drop anchor today for Navy Week

Despite the capital's total lack of oceanfront property, Sacramento Navy Week kicks off today and lasts through Sunday with a number of events that provide area residents an opportunity to meet sailors and learn about the Navy's relevance to national security. Throughout the week, Navy personnel will be at various locations, such as the Sacramento Zoo, the State Fair and Sunday's River Cats game, with educational displays and explosives demonstrations.

Behind the news: Sacramento's Navy Week is one of 15 the military branch will hold throughout the the country this year.

More info: Go to and click on the Sacramento link.

Capitals serve up Sam Querry for kids day

Featuring tennis pro Sam Querry, the Sacramento Capitals are hosting a Tennis Play Day for kids 10 and younger from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the team's home stadium at the Sunrise Mall, at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.

Behind the news: Tennis Play Days are aimed at introducing kids to tennis in a fun, non-threatening and yet competitive environment. Courts are scaled to kids' sizes. Rackets are shorter and lighter, and balls bounce lower and move more slowly, making them easier to hit and keep in play.



Workshop for landlords in Elk Grove

Elk Grove's Code Enforcement Division and Police Department are hosting an information session for landlords of residential properties from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Elk Grove City Hall, 8401 Laguna Palms Way. The session will cover topics such as recent changes to state laws and legal requirements. The workshop is held in cooperation with the Sacramento Valley Rental Housing Association.

Info: For more information, call (916) 687-3057.


Eppie's Great Race returns to parkway

Billed as the world's oldest triathlon, the 39th annual Eppie's Great Race takes place Saturday along the American River Parkway. More than 2,000 people are expected to take part in the race that consists of a 5.82-mile run, 12.5 miles of cycling and 6.35 miles of canoe paddling. The race begins at 8 a.m. at the William Pond Recreation Area.

Info and or call (916) 480-0270.

Rainbow chamber hosts NOH8 event

In association with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the NOH8 Campaign will bring their mobile photography studio to the Citizen Hotel at Ninth and J streets on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The campaign is a silent protest against Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, in which subjects are photographed with duct tape over their mouths with the symbol NOH8 painted on one cheek. Costs of posing for a NOH8 portrait are $40 for solo portraits, $25 per person for couples or group portraits. A portion of Tuesday's event will be donated to the Rainbow Chamber Foundation.

Wiggles' world tour stops in Sacramento

The Wiggles' 2012 world tour comes to the Sacramento Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. It is the last time that the children entertainment group's original four members will be performing in Sacramento. Three members of the act are retiring. Their replacements next year include the group's first female Wiggle. Prices range from $15 to $75.50.

For ticket

Truckee High antiques show a fundraiser

The 38th Annual Truckee Antiques show will take place Friday through Sunday at Truckee High School, 11725 Donner Pass Road. The show opens at 10 a.m. each day. Over 50 exhibitors from nine states will be selling a variety of merchandise, such as rare slot machines, American and European furniture, American folk art and the like. The event is a fundraiser for Truckee High School's scholarship, academic and sports programs. Admission is $5.


Blue Line Gallery launches exhibit

The Blue Line Gallery, a nonprofit community center for the arts, launches its annual Juried Membership Show on Friday. The work of more than 100 artists – including painters, photographers, sculptors and more – will be on display at the gallery, 405 Vernon St., Roseville. The exhibit lasts until Aug. 8.


Car museum is half price on Thursday night

The California Automobile Museum offers half off its admission price – usually $8 for adults, $7 for seniors over 65 and $4 for students – for its Third Thursday family fun night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. this week. Families are invited to "shape, make and craft cars" during an evening filled with live music and root beer floats. Children under 5 are free.

Info: or (916) 442-6802

Mobile food event slated for Saturday

SactoMoFo 5, the ongoing series of mobile food truck fairs, is on tap for Saturday at Sixth and X streets, featuring more than two dozen mobile food vendors, a beer garden, live music, an arts-and-crafts fair and a "kids' corner" with a video game truck. Between 8,000 and 10,000 attended the previous edition of SactoMoFo. New local vendors will be in the mix, including Star Ginger and Addy's Paella. But a few familiar vendors won't be in the mix, including Wicked 'Wich, Heavenly Dog and Fuzion Eatz.


Appraisals offered at Folsom museum

Collectors are invited to bring quilts, pre-1920s clothing, jewelry and family photos and other treasures for an informal evaluation by volunteer appraisers at the "Out of Grandma's Trunk" fundraiser Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St. There is a cost of $8 per evaluation or $35 for five evaluations. Proceeds will go to the museum.

Info: or (916) 985-2707

Unique gardens on display in Alta and Dutch Flat

Seven gardens will be featured on the Colfax Garden and Art Tour on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the historic towns of Alta and Dutch Flat. Each of the gardens has unique features to explore, including one with a display of classic cars. Advance tickets are $15 per person. Day-of-tour tickets are $18. Children 12 and under are free. Proceeds support community projects and the youth garden at Colfax Elementary School.

Info: Call (530) 346-8149 or (530) 389-7065

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