NBA owners' dilemma: Seattle or Sacramento
A thankless task awaits the NBA's 30 team owners as they convene this week in New York for their board of governors meeting. Whether they decide to keep the Kings in Sacramento or move them to Seattle, some really rich guys are likely to be angry and disappointed.
A special owners committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to weigh competing bids from two wealthy investment groups one that would keep the team here and one that would move it to Seattle.
The full board of governors may then make a decision Thursday or Friday, but NBA Commissioner David Stern has warned it may take longer.
The machinations have continued right up to the final days. Late Friday, hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, leader of the Seattle group, announced that he would raise his valuation of the team by $25 million to a record $550 million That means the Maloof family and partner Bobby Hernreich could receive $360 million for their 65 percent stake.
As of Sunday evening, the Sacramento contingent had not said it would match Hansen's higher offer. Sources said the group was crafting its bid in consultation with the NBA.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Sacramento gears up for film festival
Film buffs can look forward to the launch Saturday of this year's Sacramento International Film Festival. The eight-day event takes place at various locations, most of them downtown. One of the top movies this year is "Model Minority," which focuses on a mixed-raced girl's efforts to fit in to her surroundings.
Behind the news: Aside from the movies, organizers are offering filmmakers and other "content providers" a daylong workshop April 27 on the emergence of digital media in the film industry. The Digital Odyssey Conference takes place aboard the Delta King and at the Embassy Suites hotel in Old Sacramento.
Info: www.sacramentofilm festival.com
Roseville celebrates National Library Week
It's National Library Week through Saturday and, like most library systems across the country, the Roseville Public Library is offering an array of free events to celebrate reading and the value of library membership. Your Roseville library card, for example, can gain you entrance to the Roseville Sports Center and fitness classes at the Maidu Community Center.
Behind the news: The first National Library Week occurred in 1958, a response to research that showed Americans spending more time with radio, television and music.
McFadden speaks on new Brown biography
Author Chuck McFadden, who has produced a new book on Gov. Jerry Brown, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the California State University, Sacramento, library, 6000 J St. McFadden's book, "Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown" is the first biography on Brown in more than 30 years.
Info: Call (916) 278-5954
Rite Aid to host free health fair Wednesday
Rite Aid is to host a free health-and-wellness fair from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday at its east Sacramento location, 5712 Folsom Blvd. Health screenings, blood-pressure checks, body-mass index readings and other services will be available.
Panel gathers to tell migration stories
Area residents will share their families' histories in a panel discussion Thursday at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery on the UC Davis campus. "African American Migration Histories of Local Residents," beginning at 6:30 p.m., is to be moderated by Felicienne Ramey, professor and dean emeritus at the College of Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento.
Public can 'Walk With a Doc' in Natomas
The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society is offering another of its Walk With a Doc opportunities Saturday at North Natomas Regional Park, 4989 Natomas Blvd., in Sacramento. The two-mile walk, starting at 8:15 a.m., will be led by Dr. Denette Dengler.
Sleep Train to host classic car swap meet
The Sacramento Classic Car and Parts Swap Meet will run from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. It will be presented by the Northern & Central California Cruisin' News, published in Folsom. Swap spaces are $20, and car corral spots start at $30. General admission is $8. Parking is free.
Info: www.sacramentoswapmeet.com or (916) 955-8777.
Roses in bloom at cemetery garden
The Sacramento Historic Rose Garden at the Old City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway in Sacramento, is set to host its annual open garden from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will include the sale of rare old roses, rose merchandise, a tour and a silent auction. Thousands of fragrant roses are expected to be in bloom among the Victorian cemetery's monuments and statues. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Children's theater at Fairytale Town
Fairytale Town will offer a Children's Theater Festival with different weekend shows. Saturday and Sunday, Boxtales Theatre Company is to present "Prince Rama and the Monkey King." All performances take place in the Children's Theater. Tickets are $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers.
Crafts fair at Sutter's Fort, Indian museum
Sutter's Fort and the California State Indian Museum at 26th and K streets in midtown are staging the Traders' Faire and Indian Arts & Crafts Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can meet artisan crafters and browse through their wares.
Methodist Church to host Whiffenpoofs
Yale University's a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J St., in Sacramento. The group has appeared in recent years on NBC's "The Sing Off," "Gilmore Girls," and "The Today Show." Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students.
Info: www.whiffenpoofs .ticketbud.com/ sacramento