So you're still not registered to vote? That's no excuse for sitting out the Nov. 6 election. The deadline for registering isn't until 11:59 p.m. today, and elections officials have made it pretty easy to sign up.
You can register online until 1 minute to midnight. Go to https://rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote. The link will take you to the California secretary of state's registration page.
For those who would rather sign up in person, the secretary of state will host a drive-in registration event today from 11 a.m. until midnight at the Cal Expo main gate on Exposition Boulevard off the Capital City Freeway.
Besides helping decide who will be the next president - Barack Obama or Mitt Romney - California voters will make choices this year on a number of highly contested ballot measures. One of them, Proposition 30, would raise the state's sales tax and taxes on high- income residents to help balance the state's budget and prevent cuts to schools.
Brad Buyse of the Sacramento County elections office reports that voter interest overall is running high. The county has 684,796 registered voters, slightly more than in November 2008.
- Mary Lynne Vellinga
Roseville park honors Carmelita's founders
The public is invited Tuesday to a 5 p.m. ceremony marking the opening of Roseville's newest park. Alberto and Carmen Heredia Park at 2201 Spring Grove Drive features open turf, a perimeter walkway, two half- courts for basketball and a children's play area.
Behind the news:
Alberto and Carmen Heredia are the late founders of Carmelita's Mexican Restaurant, a favorite of Mexican-food aficionados in Sacramento since the 1960s. The couple came to Roseville from Mexico in 1943 under the bracero program, according to the city. The Heredias championed community soccer and donated Northern California's first monument dedicated to a Mexican hero - a statue of Benito Juarez in Royer Park.
Mondavi to host 'From the Top' radio show
Four young artists - including Pleasanton's Annie Wu, a 15-year-old flutist, and Phoebe Pan, a 14-year-old piano prodigy from Irvine - will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis for a taping of NPR's "From the Top" radio show.
Behind the news: "From the Top" showcases young musicians. The program is heard on KXPR (88.9 FM) on Sundays at 3 p.m.
Ticket info: www.mondaviarts.org or call 866-754-2787
For A Good Cause
Run raises funds for My Sister's House
Land Park is the site of the ninth annual 5K run and walk for My Sister's House, a nonprofit organization for women and children affected by domestic violence in the Central Valley's Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The event takes place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and includes a half-mile race for children, prizes, food and games. Registration is $30 for adults, $25 for teens and $10 for youngsters 12 and under.
Friday Night Madness returns to Oak Park
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Activities League is reviving its Friday Night Madness basketball program for youths in the Oak Park area. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Nov. 2, teens are invited to the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center, 4036 14th Ave., Sacramento, for basketball with sheriff's deputies and volunteers with the Sheriff's Activities League. The program is free.
Info: Charles Doss Jr., gym manager, (916) 737-7064 ext. 328
Franklin Library offers free LEGO party
The Franklin Community Library, 10055 Franklin High Road in Elk Grove, invites the public to a free LEGO block party Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library provides LEGOs, you provide creativity.
Info: www.saclibrary.org or call (916) 264-2920
Exhibit showcases clean-tech sector
The Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance's sixth annual CleanStart Showcase, spotlighting the region's clean-tech sector, will be held from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today in the Union Ballroom on the campus of California State University, Sacramento. It opens to the public at 3 p.m. and includes an exhibit of 20 electric vehicles, including the made-in-California Tesla Model S. More than 70 additional exhibits will feature cutting-edge clean-tech products. The 2012 Clean Tech Innovator of the Year award also will be presented. Speakers are scheduled to include Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
SactoMoFo will hold event to help rebuild playground
From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn and SactoMoFo invites the public to Sutter's Landing Park - north over the train tracks from C and 28th streets - for an afternoon of food, beer and wine, and live music from Hero's Last Mission. More than a dozen mobile food kitchens and local beer purveyors will be on hand. A portion of the proceeds will be used to help rebuild the McKinley Park playground, which was destroyed by arson.
Colonial Heights Library to host harvest festival
Along with the Junior League of Sacramento, the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento, is hosting a harvest festival Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arts projects, treats and a visit to the "Read & Feed Garden" will be offered.
Zombies! Run for your life at Miller Park
The Sacramento Zombie 5K Run is something akin to a Halloween party, a fun run, a game of capture the flag and an obstacle course all rolled into one. As a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, registrants pay $45 to sign up as a runner or a zombie for the 8 a.m. event Saturday at Sacramento's Miller Park. Runners will tackle a 3.1-mile obstacle course while zombies try to snag one of three "life" flags carried by the runners. It all ends with a big food and drink "Quarantine Party." Participants must be 15 or older.
Celebrate Halloween at Fairytale Town
Fairytale Town in Land Park is marking its 26th Safe and Super Halloween this weekend - Friday through Sunday - with hands-on activities, a parade and 17 candy stations in the Grimm Brothers fairytale playground. The activities take place from 5 to 9 p.m. each day, with a puppet show at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers in advance. Beginning Friday, tickets increase to $9 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Children ages 1 and under are free.
Ride the ghost train in Rancho Cordova
The Sacramento Valley Live Steamers Museum is offering ghost train rides in Rancho Cordova's Hagan Park, 2197 Chase Drive, from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Halloween night. Mad scientists, ghoulies and other creatures roam the tracks as visitors pass through graveyards and tunnels. Tickets are $5 for kids 5 and older.
'Dare to be Scared' at Cal Auto Museum
The California Automobile Museum at 2200 Front St. is hosting a Halloween party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday featuring trunks of cars full of candy, and a "Dare to be Scared" haunted house. Adult admission is $8; kids in costume get in free.