This weekend brings a smorgasbord of choices for Sacramento residents interested in their region's history. Sacramento's second Archives Crawl, a free 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, takes place Saturday at four downtown venues.
The California State Library, 900 N St., will display watercolors from Lincoln terra cotta and ceramics manufacturer Gladding, McBean, as well as correspondence between Julia Morgan, the state's first female architect, and Gladding, McBean concerning projects they worked on together.
Also on display: material on Sutter's Fort, dams and floods, and the opening of the Yolo Causeway.
Additional treasures will be on view at three other locations: the State Archives, 1020 O St.; the Center for Sacramento History, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.; and the Sacramento Public Library, 828 I St.
Participants will be issued a "passport" and given stamps at each venue.
Those who accumulate at least three stamps will get a free set of coasters with images of the Tower Bridge, the state Capitol, Sutter's Fort and Memorial Auditorium.
For parking data, see www.sacarchivescrawl. blogspot.com.
- Mary Lynne Vellinga
In the News
Should California protect the gray wolf?
The state Fish and Game Commission will hear testimony Wednesday on whether to list the gray wolf as an endangered species. Currently, the Golden State has only one gray wolf - the famous OR7, whose crossing into Siskiyou County from Oregon last year marked the first time a wild gray wolf has inhabited the state in nearly 90 years. The Fish and Game Commission meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at 1416 Ninth St. in Sacramento.
Behind the news:
OR7 is already considered protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, which applies automatically to wolves that "disperse" into new states. The commission will decide whether protecting the wolf under the state ESA also is warranted. If so, an interim period of formal protection usually applies while more studies are conducted to decide how to protect the species permanently.
Stay informed: Watch for updates at www.sacbee.com
Giant pumpkins star in Elk Grove festival
The 18th annual Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Elk Grove Regional Park. Admission is free.
Behind the news: The small harvest celebration that started in 1994 attracts about 40,000 people. The festival has laid claim to the largest pumpkins in the state for three straight years.
Hearings are called on adult mental health
Sacramento County's Mental Health Board and Human Services Coordinating Council are holding two meetings this month - including one Wednesday - to update and hear from the community on the county's Adult Mental Health Service delivery system, in accordance with the settlement of a federal lawsuit. The meetings are open to the public, with information being presented by Uma Zykofsky, county chief of adult mental health.
Wednesday's Mental Health Board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency building, 925 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. The Human Services Coordinating Council meeting takes place at noon on Oct. 11 at the Department of Human Assistance building, 2700 Fulton Ave. Sacramento, conference room 58. Two more meetings are scheduled in November.
Info: Call (916) 875-2008
League conducts candidate forums
The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County and the Metropolitan Cable Television Commission are co-sponsoring local election forums on Saturday in the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 700 H St., Room 1450. Candidates running for various offices - from the Citrus Heights City Council to Elk Grove mayor - will be interviewed throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m. Replays will be televised throughout the month of October on Metro Cable Channel 14.
For video streaming, visit:www.sacmetrocable.tv
For a good cause
Red Dress fundraiser for HIV/AIDS programs
Badlands Nightclub at 20th and K streets is hosting Sacramento's first Red Dress Party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday. The event - in which guests are encouraged to wear a red dress regardless of their gender, age or sexual orientation - will raise money for the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center's HIV and AIDS programs. "Everyone will be wearing a red dress to symbolize solidarity with those living with HIV/AIDS, and as a reminder that we are all joining together in support of a common cause," said organizer David Heitstuman. Tickets are $40 for general admission or $60 for VIP.
Walking to school promoted in Roseville
Various Roseville schools will celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, with as many as 6,000 students, parents and community leaders taking predesignated routes to their schools to promote healthy lifestyles. The students will be greeted at their schools by their teachers and administrators. Among the schools participating are Coyote Ridge, Heritage Oak, Quail Glen, Stoneridge, Diamond Creek, Junction and Cirby elementary schools, as well as Silverado Middle School. The event is being organized, in part, by the city of Roseville's Safe Routes to School Group.
Author de la Peña to speak in Stockton
Matt de la Peña, whose book "Mexican WhiteBoy" was banned from the school curriculum in Arizona, will be the headline speaker for the University of the Pacific's annual Latino Heritage Month on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Grace Covell Hall. De la Peña's book about stereotypes and growing up in a single-parent household was banned because it was perceived to be anti- Caucasian. De la Peña graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1996.
Festival celebrates Middle Eastern culture
The American Lebanese and Middle Eastern Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 6811 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael. The festival features authentic Mediterranean food, desserts, music and dance. Admission is $1.
Old Sacramento hosts SacWorldFest 2012
The fifth annual World Music & Dance Festival, an event celebrating Sacramento's cultural and ethnic diversity, takes place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Sacramento. The free festival features more than 200 performances reflecting more than 40 ethnicities, cultures and nations. An opening performance - "Spotlight on: AFRICA!" - is scheduled for Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Waterfront Park. The cost is $5 per person.
Lambtown Festival returns to Dixon
Dixon's annual Lambtown Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dixon May Fair Grounds, 655 S. First St. Admission is $2 for adults; $1 for kids ages 6 through 13; and free for kids under 5. In addition to a lamb-based food fair, the festival offers live music, dancers, and arts and craft booths.
Mothers of Multiples to sells baby goods
Sacramento Mothers of Multiples is having its semiannual clothing and equipment sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. New and used items for sale include cribs, strollers, highchairs, clothing, maternity clothing, nursing items, toys, bedding and other goods.