Who says Christmas shopping has to mean a trip to the mall? Merchants in midtown Sacramento are trying to lure more shoppers and holiday revelers with a "Twelve Days of Midtown" promotion through Dec. 12.
On Friday from 6-10 p.m., bartenders in the Sutter District near 28th and J Streets will participate in the first annual Holiday Cocktails & Charity Toy Drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and get a holiday-themed cocktail for $5. Toys go to the Salvation Army.
On Saturday, those seeking a break from shopping for TVs and tablets can head to Sutter's Fort for a "Simple Emigrant Christmas," which involves dipping candles and making corn husk dolls. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. After darkness falls, visitors will tour the fort by candlelight.
Santa will be available every Saturday through Christmas at his workshop in the MARRS building, 1050 20th St.
On Sunday, the Bows & Arrows consignment store on 19th Street near S Street will host a Holiday Makers Mart, where 30 vendors will sell handmade gifts.
For more information, go to: www.exploremidtown.org/12DaysofMidtown
- Mary Lynne Vellinga
Movie focuses on legacy of Pat Brown
California Watch, the nonprofit news organization founded by the Center for Investigative Reporting, is hosting a screening of "California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown," followed by a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the California Museum, 1020 O St. in Sacramento.
Behind the news: The screening is part of California Watch's new series of events, dubbed Future State, that is designed to provoke discussions among the state's various demographic groups - rural and urban, wealthy and poor, immigrants and longtime residents.
American Red Cross to honor local heroes
The Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross hosts its annual heroes luncheon Friday at UC Davis' Freeborn Hall to celebrate residents who've taken action to help others in a crisis or shown extraordinary human compassion.
Behind the news: The Red Cross will recognize heroes in several categories, including good Samaritans who've come to the aid of people suffering heart attacks or needing CPR. This year's "animal hero" is Kabang, the dog from the Philippines that is undergoing treatment at UC Davis after she ran into the path of a motorcycle as it was about to hit two young girls.
In the news
Companies compete for investment dollars
Ten companies in the Sacramento region and Northern California will present business plans with hopes of attracting investor dollars in this year's finale of Velocity Venture Capital's third annual Entrepreneurs Showcase, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at McGeorge School of Law, 3200 Fifth Ave. in Sacramento. The firms will make presentations to venture capitalists and angel investors.
For a good cause
Movie night raises scholarship money
The Sacramento Press Club is hosting a movie night Wednesday at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., to raise money for its journalism scholarship program. A pre-movie wine and hors d'oeuvres reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a showing of two movies with ties to Sacramento politics. "Child Play," which was shot in and around the Capitol, is a satirical look at legislative politics. "Knife Fight," written by political strategist Chris Lehane and starring Rob Lowe, is an insider's look at politics in Washington and Sacramento. General admission tickets are $50.
Info and tickets: www.sacpressclub.org
United Way holds Sacramento forum
Residents, nonprofits and businesses based in Sacramento County are invited to a United Way community forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the United Way California Capital Region offices, 10389 Old Placerville Road in Sacramento. Participants will discuss the United Way's projects on early childhood literacy, obesity prevention and financial stability. United Way also will announce project results for Sacramento County and discuss its new volunteer services program.
Winery benefit aids Marine Toys for Tots
Holidays in the Hills, an annual winery event benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by 17 Placer County Vintners Association wineries. There will be free wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres at several locations, live music and discounts on purchases in exchange for a toy donation. All participants will have the chance to win a free case of assorted Placer County wines.
Stay informed: www.placerwine.com.
Elk Grove steps back into Victorian era
The Sacramento Public Library invites families to step back into the Victorian era at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at its Elk Grove branch, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd. The free event will feature Victorian-era music, costumes, food and a mini-play. Music by the Sacramento Recorder Society will be performed at 11 a.m. The Elk Grove High School Theatre actors will present the play "Darcy & Elizabeth."
Stay informed: (916) 264-2920 or www.saclibrary.org.
Mexican Consulate holds health fair on Thursday
The Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento is hosting another in its series of health fairs Thursday at the consulate's offices, 2093 Arena Blvd. in Sacramento. Flu shots, asthma detection, dental screens and checks of glucose, blood pressure and body mass index will be offered.
Info: (916) 329-3509
Tree-lighting kicks off Rocklin Christmas
Rocklin's third annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is planned from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Chapel, Front Street and Rocklin Road. Children can enjoy face painting, refreshments, caroling and a complimentary photo with Santa. Participants may bring a new unwrapped toy, jacket or coat to contribute to the Rocklin Fire Department's Holiday Basket program.
6-foot menorah to shine in Folsom
The Chabad Jewish Community Center is sponsoring its sixth annual "Chanuka Wonderland and Six Foot Canned Good Menorah" celebration from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St. In addition to using donated canned goods to light a 6-foot menorah, the festival includes games and crafts, music, hot latkes, an authentic Israeli food court, and a gift shop. The admission is free; game tickets are $1.