WWII prisoner to speak
What: Len Kovar, author of "WWII Prisoner of War: How I Survived," will speak at the Sylvan Oaks Library about his wartime experience. Now 88, Kovar was a bombardier and navigator stationed in Italy when his plane was shot down and he became a German prisoner of war for nine months.
Where: 6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights
When: 2 to 5 p.m.
What: The 28th annual Ice Cream Safari will again be a cool summer activity at the Sacramento Zoo. Visitors can enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream in cones, sundaes and floats. There will also be face painting, a dance party and live entertainment.
Where: Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road, Sacramento
When: 4 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 general, $15 for children age 2 to 11
Information: (916) 808-5888 or www.saczoo.org
Bug eaters on display
What: The Sacramento Bromeliad & Carnivorous Plant Society will display carnivorous plants - they mostly feed on bugs - at its annual show and sale at McKinley Park's Garden and Art Center. The event will feature educational displays on carnivorous plants and bromeliads - large, colorful plants that have become popular in hotel and mall displays.
Where: 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
Information: (530) 273-9161
Shall we dance?
What: One of Elk Grove's signature events, the Strauss Festival, concludes its four-day run this weekend at Elk Grove Regional Park. The nightly presentation of elegant waltzes and polkas is performed by amateur dancers clad in 19th-century costumes. The dances are choreographed to music by the family of Austrian composer Johann Strauss. Now in its 25th year, the Strauss Festival draws 30,000 spectators a year.
Where: 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove
When: 7:45 p.m. both days
Cost: Free (parking is $10 per vehicle)
A pear affair
What: A Delta tradition since 1972, the Courtland Pear Fair returns with an array of food (including pear pies) and fun. A parade through town will begin at 1 p.m.
Where: 180 Primasing Ave., Courtland
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free (parking is $10 per car, $5 per motorcycle and $2 per bicycle)