If you haven't thought of it by now, it's too late to run in the California International Marathon on Sunday. The event is full, and besides, there's all that training you didn't do.
But it's not too late to go out and cheer those who spent the past five months running hundreds of miles to get ready to cover - as quickly as possible - the 26.2 miles from Folsom to the Capitol in downtown Sacramento.
Viewing this race is a different experience depending on what time you go. Arrive early, and you'll get to see the elite runners streak by at speeds unfathomable to the average human. Last year's winner, a Kenyan named Erick Monyenye, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 50 seconds. That means he ticked off each mile in about 5 minutes and 2 seconds.
The rest of the pack proceeds more slowly. Breaking four hours - about a 9-minute, 9- second mile - is considered a significant achievement for most runners.
Good viewing spots include Old Town Fair Oaks, Loehmann's Plaza and L Street just before the finish line. For more information, check the CIM website at www.runcim.org.
As for running the race yourself, there's always next year.
- Mary Lynne Vellinga
Gay Men's Chorus debuts holiday show
The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus launches its 28th season this weekend with a holiday-themed show - "Light Your World" - Friday through Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, 2100 J St. in Sacramento. Admission for the performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.
Behind the news: The concert will be conducted by the group's new artistic director, Steven Johnson, who is the director of music and worship at St. John's Lutheran Church in downtown Sacramento. Johnson has a bachelor's degree in piano performance and a master's in choral conducting from Sacramento State.
Healthy eating focus of Children's Museum
The Sacramento Children's Museum at 2701 Prospect Park Drive in Rancho Cordova is hosting a "Happy Heart, Healthy Eating Day" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The program incorporates healthy eating habits with fun activities for kids.
Behind the news: Admission is free as a result of a grant from the Newman's Own Foundation. Along with exercise activities, chefs from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School will lead a cooking demonstration to help kids identify healthy foods.
In the news
Vintage Mickey Mouse poster goes on sale
A vintage Mickey Mouse movie poster hidden away in a Chico home for years will be auctioned later online this week. The 1928 poster of the animated mouse is considered the earliest known surviving movie poster of Mickey Mouse, according to experts.
The 27-by-41 inch, full-color poster was obtained in 1988 by Chico resident Crowell Havens Beech. The collector sold most of his posters in the late 1990s. However, before he died in 2010, at age 86, he confided to a daughter that he had secretly kept the 1928 poster.
Heritage Auctions estimates its value at $20,000 or more. The movie poster will be offered as part of a posters auction in Dallas and online Thursday.
Stay informed: Watch www.sacbee.com for updates.
City Council races should be decided this week
Final vote tallies are expected this week in two cliffhanger Sacramento City Council races. In District 2, covering North Sacramento, businessman Allen Warren was leading former Councilman Rob Kerth by 35 votes last week.
In District 4, covering Land Park and the central city, biotech manager Steve Hansen led architect Joe Yee by 139 votes.
Stay informed: Check www.sacbee.com for updates.
For a good cause
SactoMoFo hosts 'throwdown' event
SactoMoFo, Sacramento's mobile food truck association, is teaming up with area restaurants to raise money for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and the California Fire Foundation. Tickets for the "Truck and Mortar Throwdown" - in which five teams of chefs will create dishes based on pork and honey - are $45 apiece. The event takes place noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Eighth and X streets.
Arden Hills club offers free bridal open house
The Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, a popular wedding site, is hosting a free Bridal Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Couples and event planners are invited to the event at 1220 Arden Hills Lane in Sacramento where appetizers and refreshments will be served.
College jazz singers unite for concert at CSUS
Sacramento State's Jazz Singers and the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble are joining forces for a combined concert Friday at Sacramento State's Music Recital Hall, 6000 J St. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors, $5 for students.
Info: (916) 278-5191
West Sac police schedule community forums
The West Sacramento Police Department will hold two community meetings this week to discuss issues of concern to residents, and to publicize the city's newly revised alarm ordinance and special event application process. The first meeting is Tuesday at Stonegate Elementary School, 2500 La Jolla St., for the Southport area. The second is Thursday at the West Sacramento Police Department, 550 Jefferson Blvd., for the city's commercial areas.
Enjoy big band music at the Clarion Hotel
The Moonlight Swing Big Band, a nationally recognized Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra, will perform for dinner and dancing or listening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at JB's Lounge in the Clarion Hotel, 1400 Arden Way in Sacramento. Admission is free.
Info: (916) 207-3822
Roseville police offer workshop for parents
In partnership with several local school districts, the Roseville Police Department on Wednesday is presenting another in its series of workshops for the parents of middle and high school students. The workshops cover such topics as sexting, cyber-bulling, and Internet safety. Wednesday's workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. at Adelante High School, 350 Atlantic St.
Annual Crocker Ball to aid arts education
The 51st annual Crocker Ball takes place Saturday at the Crocker Art Museum's Teel Family Pavilion, 216 O St. in Sacramento. With individual tickets selling for $1,000 a person, the black-tie event has raised money for arts education for more than five decades.