Celebrate Earth Day by helping out parks
Earth Day isn't until April 22, but you can get a jump on helping the planet Saturday by fixing up one of California's state parks.
From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the California State Parks Foundation will run 24 projects across the state as part of its 16th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. provided a $210,000 grant to the foundation and participating parks for supplies.
Sacramento-area events include:
Volunteers will clean up around the American River and install animal-proof trash and recycling bins at the Auburn State Recreation Area on Old Foresthill Road.
At Beal's Point, part of the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, crews will install 200 feet of fence, treat benches with weather sealant, remove weeds, and clean, paint and repair kiosk panels.
Space is limited, so volunteers must register in advance. Go to the foundation's website at calparks.org/earthday or call (888) 987-2757.
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was inspired by outrage over a massive oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Volunteers sought for huge cancer study
Beginning Wednesday, the American Cancer Society will make a push in the Sacramento region for people to join a new study called Cancer Prevention Study-3. Enrollment will take place at various community centers, hospitals and churches until April 20. Participants must be between 30 and 65 years old and never have been diagnosed with cancer.
Behind the news: The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults nationally to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. It's the third large study the American Cancer Society has launched in more than six decades.
Learn how to take photographs of kids
The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., will offer a four-hour workshop Saturday on the best techniques for photographing children. The noontime session costs $35 and requires a $15 materials fee. Pre-registration is required.
Behind the news: Kristel Durand, a professional photographer who is finishing graduate studies in photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, teaches the workshop.
Info: www.elkgrove- fineartscenter.org
IN THE NEWS
SHRA seeks public input on Twin Rivers project
The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency is hosting a pair of community workshops on a proposed revitalization of the Twin Rivers housing development north of downtown. The workshops at Smythe Academy, 700 Dos Rios St., Sacramento, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A third public drop-in session to discuss preliminary concepts is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Twin Rivers housing community, 321 Eliza St., Sacramento.
AAA's new gas price survey due Tuesday
Motorists in the Sacramento area and throughout most of California have enjoyed a spring break from rising gasoline prices, coming on the heels of a brutal February. On Tuesday, AAA will release its monthly survey of gas prices, breaking down average pump costs in jurisdictions throughout the state.
Info: Check www.sacbee.com for results
Get art and antiques appraised at the Crocker
The Art Service Group will sponsor an art and antique evaluation day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St. in Sacramento, with experts in painting, pottery, memorabilia, glass, furniture and fine art. The informal, oral appraisals cost $10 per item or $45 for five items.
Info: Appointments required. Call (916) 808-7752.
Kennel club bringing dog show to Cal Expo
The Sacramento Kennel Club will stage its 92nd all-breed dog show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Cal Expo. The event is one of the longest-standing dog shows in the country, drawing judges from across the country who will award best of show and other prizes. Adults, $10; seniors and children over 12, $8:50; children under 12 are free.
Info: www.SacramentoDogShow .com
Conference set to help youths reach college
As many as 500 elementary, middle and high school students are expected to converge on the UC Davis campus Saturday for the Cesar E. Chavez Youth Leadership Conference at Freeborn Hall. The conference offers students guidance in college admissions and information on grants. Open to people of all ages, the conference is free and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dolores Huerta, co-founder with Chavez of the United Farm Workers union, will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 p.m.
Info: Preregistration is not required but suggested. Visit www.hear2000.org
CARES dance event promotes HIV testing
The Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services will host the SacPOP Dance Competition at 3 p.m. Saturday at 1500 21st St. in midtown. The event is part of CARES' effort to encourage young people to get tested for HIV. Aside from dance performances, the entertainment includes a rapper and graffiti artist.
Learn how to identify edible mushrooms
Soil Born Farms and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op will offer a Saturday morning excursion into spring mushroom hunting along the American River Parkway. The class $35 for the general public, $25 for co-op owners will teach how to identify edible mushrooms. The three-hour session begins at 9 a.m. at Soil Born Farms' American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. The class is led by Sacramento Area Mushroomers members Barbara and Bob Sommer.
Info: Call (916) 736-6800
Pan to lead Capitol 'Walk with a Doc'
Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is not only a state assemblyman, he's a pediatrician. On Saturday, he'll take part in the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society's "Walk with a Doc" program. The free, 8:30 a.m. event gives people the opportunity to simultaneously get some exercise and chat with a physician. Saturday's 1.3-mile walk will start at 13th and K streets and swing by the Capitol.