On Saturday, Elk Grove will hold its first Multicultural Festival - the culmination of a yearlong effort to foster appreciation of the city's ethnic diversity.
The suburb south of Sacramento also has designated this week as Cultural Diversity Awareness Week.
Elk Grove's effort was galvanized by two alleged hate crimes in the community last year: the shooting of two Sikh men out on their daily walk and the beating of a gay man in a bowling alley parking lot.
The festival, with free parking and admission, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road.
The entertainment lineup has a global flavor, with performers representing Asia, Africa, India, Mexico and Europe. More than 40 organizations, artists and churches will have information booths.
In the past 25 years, Elk Grove has changed from a farming hamlet into a suburb of more than 153,000 people of many ethnic groups, a place that resembles today's California as a whole more than the mostly white suburbs of the past.
For more information about Saturday's events, visit www.elkgrovecity.org/multicultural-festival.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Johnson revs up Sonoma Grand Prix
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson serves as the grand marshal of this year's three-day GoPro Indy Grand Prix, which gets under way Friday at the Sonoma raceway. Johnson is expected to announce racing's famous words, "Drivers, start your engines," to start Sunday's races.
Behind the news: Race officials have unveiled a new road course, tweaking three turns to increase passing. Drivers say more passing makes for a more dynamic race. The upcoming Indy Grand Prix also was lengthened from 75 to 85 laps, making the race about 196 miles.
Ticket information: www.racesonoma.com
Library celebrates Tarzan centennial
The Sacramento Public Library is hosting a conference Saturday and Sunday celebrating the centennial of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic, "Tarzan of the Apes." Featuring panel discussions, film screenings and more, the conference takes place at the Central Library, 828 I St., from noon to 5 p.m. both days.
Behind the news: The conference is being staged with the help of Northern California Mangani - mangani being the name of the fictional species of ape in the Tarzan novels. A display of Tarzan books, comics and memorabilia will be on display in the library from mid-August through Sept. 30.
For more info and to register: (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org
Bus tour offers historic look at Tahoe
The annual North Lake Tahoe Historical Society's Historic Bus Tour starts at 9 a.m. Friday from the Gatekeepers Museum, 130 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Historian Mark McLaughlin will deliver commentary and answer questions during the seven-hour journey. The half-dozen or so stops along the route likely will include Emerald Bay, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Center at Taylor Creek and the Tallac Historic Site. Tickets are $70 and include a picnic lunch. Buy tickets at the door or in advance at (530) 583-1762.
Farmers market offers yoga instruction
Every Saturday in August, the Oak Park Farmers Market is offering outdoor yoga sessions at McClatchy Park, 35th Street and Fifth Avenue in Sacramento. Classes are open to all fitness levels and taught by Rhonda Jones, who earned her yoga certification at the Niroga Center in Berkeley. The classes are free, though donations are appreciated.
Artisan festival returns to Curtis Park
The sixth annual Curtis Fest Artisan Festival returns to Curtis Park this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community celebration features a variety of artists and vendors. Local bands Instagon and Garage Jazz Architects as well as the Mike Justis Band will perform throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. Children can enjoy a magic show, have their faces painted and explore a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
El Dorado legal group to host top judge
In her first official visit to El Dorado County, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye will address the El Dorado County Bar Association on Thursday at Serrano County Club in El Dorado Hills.
For tickets and info: (530) 626-4906
Event celebrates music in prayer
The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento is hosting the second Interfaith Night of Music and the Spoken Word at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento at 7:30 p.m Thursday. The event highlights the love of music that is used in various prayers. Choirs from various groups will participate.
Info: www.sacramentointerfaith .org
New Zócalo opens today in Roseville
Zócalo, a popular upscale Mexican restaurant in midtown Sacramento, is opening a new location today in the Fountains at Roseville shopping complex. The 4,500-square-foot Roseville eatery will seat about 120 inside and 60 on the patio, and within an enclosed waiting space that also will double as a lounge. Designer and architect Ernesto Cruz has imported authentic furnishings from Mexico, including bar stools, tables and 7-foot, hand-carved columns.
Literacy event at Fairytale Town
Sacramento READS presents its second Celebration of Literacy Fair on Thursday at Fairytale Town in Sacramento. Residents are invited to enjoy free admission to Fairytale Town, a free catered barbecue, activities and a chance to win an e-reader. There will also be many resources for children and adults at the event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Organizers are also seeking volunteer tutors; interested people can attend the Literacy Fair to learn more.
Aeromodelers to hold flying event in Davis
Woodland Davis Aeromodelers are hosting the Golden Age Fly-in at the new flying site northeast of Davis on County Road 29, 1.3 miles east of County Road 102, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.