This Week: Labor Day is time to put away your white clothes

Published: Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1B

If you're a slave to fashion, and old-fashioned rules at that, this is the last week of the year that you can legitimately wear a white ensemble to church, the office, to brunch – anywhere, really – as the summer comes to a symbolic close with the arrival of Labor Day next Monday.

Ironically, it was upper- and middle-class city dwellers on the East Coast who had traditionally adhered to the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule, even as the nation paid homage to the working class.

White was the cool color of choice for the wealthy who could afford to summer in beachfront locales. A return to city life meant a change in wardrobe.

Labor Day itself is the culmination of the "workingmen's holiday" that the Central Labor Union had established in New York City in the 1880s.

At the time, unions were pushing against worker conditions that included 12-hour workdays, seven-day workweeks and the use of children in factories, mines and mills.

The U.S. government declared the first Monday in September a national holiday in 1894, after riots in Chicago over a federal crackdown on striking railway workers led to more than a dozen deaths.

– Ken Chavez

Old West returns with Gold Rush Days

More than 200 tons of dirt will pave the streets of Old Sacramento for the 13th annual Gold Rush Days, Friday through Monday. The tourist area's yearly festival turns the clock back to 1850, with wagon rides, gold panning, mock gunfights and the like.

Behind the news: After two devastating floods, Sacramento's city streets were raised above flood stage in 1862. Many original streets can be seen under the boardwalks of today's Old Sacramento.


Tejano Conjunto Festival starts Friday

Sacramento's sixth annual Tejano Conjunto Festival gets under way Friday, featuring four music events over three days at Cesar Chavez Plaza. A Selena singing contest will be held to honor the late "Queen of Tejano music." According to the event's website, conjunto was born by blending German polkas with northern Mexico's rancheros. The sound began as a duo with the accordion and a 12-string Mexican guitar or bajo sexto. General admission is $25; children under 12 are free. Students ages 13 to 18 may purchase $10 tickets at the door only.

Sample the Sierra in Tahoe this weekend

South Lake Tahoe kicks off its third annual "farm to fork" festival Sample the Sierra on Friday, an event that culminates Sunday with offerings from 15 food and wine tasting booths from 1 to 5 p.m. on Ski Run Boulevard. Festival- goers can also peruse a marketplace of more than 20 local artists and take in a variety of live entertainment. A $30 admission fee includes food and wine tasting, as well as a commemorative tasting glass.

Reggae festival set for Garden Highway

The three-day One Love, One Heart Reggae Music Festival will provide a multicultural collection of world music, dance and cuisine at the Rio Ramaza Marina and Event Park, 10000 Garden Highway, Sacramento. Headliners are scheduled to be Midnite, Mykal Rose and Ziggi Recado. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Tickets cost $30 to $50 (three-day tickets are available). Children 12 and younger are free.

Stay informed: (916) 607-6995 or

Consulate offers free medical, dental exams

The Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento is offering free medical and dental exams at its health fair Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at its offices at 2093 Arena Blvd. in Sacramento. HIV testing – without a needle – also will be offered, as well as information on how to prevent the spread of HIV.

Info: Call (916) 329-3502

Free gospel concert set for Saturday

Praise in the Mountains, an eight-hour free gospel concert staged at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley, takes place Saturday from 1-9 p.m. Scheduled artists include Amy Ayres, (traditional hymns) Sons of Salvation (gospel) and Machaira (gospel/jazz). Food is available on site or attendees may bring a picnic.


Rainbow Festival features Deborah Cox

Singer Deborah Cox headlines this year's Sacramento Rainbow Festival, a street fair and fundraiser for charities serving the gay and lesbian community. The three-day festival starts Friday at 20th and K streets in midtown and features four stages with three dance areas. Street fair admission is $10. Weekend VIP passes are available for $40.


William Jessup hosts lecture on Lincoln

Grant Havers, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at William Jessup University in Rocklin on President Abraham Lincoln, the Constitution and Christianity. The lecture is being held in conjunction with the university's hosting of a traveling museum exhibit on Lincoln and the Constitution.

Info: library/events

Greek Festival begins Friday for three-day run

The 49th annual Greek Festival will fill the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., with food, dancing, merchandise and more. The three-day event begins at 11 a.m. Friday. Admission is $5 general, $4 for seniors 55 and older and free for children 12 and younger.

Stay informed: (916) 443-2033 or www.sacramentogreekfestival .com.

Chalk art on display at Fremont Park

The 22nd annual three-day Chalk It Up! outdoor event features art and music at Sacramento's Fremont Park, 1515 Q St. Chalk art will be created on the sidewalk surrounding the park. There will also be a full lineup of musical acts, a Kids Create-A-Zone and food trucks. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Sept. 3.

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U.S. Open begins today in New York

Tennis' final grand slam championship of the year, the U.S. Open, starts today in New York. Samantha Stosur of Australia and Serbia's Novak Djokovic are back to defend their 2011 titles. It will be the final tournament for a two-time past champion, Kim Clijsters, who is retiring. Matches will be shown on The Tennis Channel, ESPN2, CBS and CBS Sports Network.

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