This Week: North Sacramento to hold its spring fair

Published: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B

North Sacramento to hold its spring fair

A parking lot at Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue in North Sacramento is to be transformed into a midway for five days starting Wednesday.

The Del Paso Boulevard Partnership launched the annual spring carnival a few years ago as part of its campaign to improve the image of Del Paso Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods.

A partnership press release promises "all the action-packed rides, games and fun you would experience at the State Fair … at a fraction of the price."

The carnival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Wed- nesday, 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

North Sacramento boosters – backed by the the city of Sacramento – have worked for the past two decades to revitalize the Del Paso Boulevard business district.

Art and furniture galleries have come and gone, but some ventures, such as the destination restaurant Enotria, have persisted and even expanded.

The latest plan is to turn the boulevard into a center for design professionals, and to open a public market featuring fresh meats, bread, produce and other staples. – Mary Lynne Vellinga

Mexican Consulate to focus on finances

The Consulate General of Mexico is to host its annual financial-education workshop this week, with free bilingual information from local banks, credit unions, nonprofit groups and state agencies. Reservations are not required. The event takes place today through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the consulate offices, 2093 Arena Blvd. in Sacramento

Behind the news: The "Your money, your future" event, sponsored by the consulate general and the Institute of Mexicans Abroad, is designed to introduce Mexican immigrants to the U.S. financial system. Speakers and information booths will cover such topics as opening a bank account, building credit, creating a household budget, starting a business, buying real estate and preventing financial fraud.

Info: Call (916) 329-3513.

SactoMoFo convoy to make tasty return

Sponsored by Raley's, the mobile food truck festival known as SactoMoFo is set to return Saturday to the farmers market location – under the freeway at Sixth and W streets – from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Behind the news: Along with a beer garden and live music, SactoMoFo 6 is touting "all-star" food trucks from throughout Northern California, including the Bay Area eateries Hapa SF and We Sushi. Admission is free; parking is $3.

Info: www.sactomofo.com/ special-events

IN THE NEWS

Stockton councilman to speak in capital

Just 21 years old when he was elected to the Stockton City Council in November, Michael Tubbs is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Sacramento's Guild Theater, 2828 35th St., about his rapid rise in politics, his time at Stanford University and his vision for Stockton, where he was raised. Organized by the Sacramento Stanford Association and the Greater Sacramento Urban League Young Professionals, the event is $10 for adults and free for youths 18 and under.

Info: www.joinyp.org

Crime victims week sets lineup of events

"Crime victims' rights week" kicked off Sunday. In Sacramento, victims of violent crimes are to share their stories at a 4 p.m. rally Tuesday at Sacramento City College, 3835 Freeport Blvd., in the student center building. Other events include:

• The California Victim Compensation Program rally and march to the Capitol starting at 400 R St. at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

• Victims march on the Capitol, sponsored by the California Corrections Peace Officers Association, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday on the west steps of the Capitol.

• Victims of Crime Resource Center conference from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at McGeorge School of Law, 3200 Fifth Ave. in Sacramento, in the Muddox Building, second floor.

Info: www.ican-foundation.org

AROUND TOWN

Fruits and vegetables on sale at Sac State

On Thursday, California State University, Sacramento, Associated Students reprise a farmers market that launched earlier this month. The four-hour event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Serna Plaza, offers fresh fruits and vegetables from California farmers. The market returns to the campus May 9.

Info: www.asi.csus.edu/ programs/farmers-market

Consulate to offer health screenings

Sacramento's Mexican Consulate is hosting two more of its "Ventanilla de salud" health fairs. From 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the consulate, 2093 Arena Blvd. in Natomas, information on HIV prevention and HIV tests will be offered. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, dental screenings and medical checks will be available. No appointments are needed.

Info: Call (916) 329-3502

MIND Institute to host open house, festival

In recognition of "national autism month," the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento, is set to host its family open house and festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The free event features comedian Jack Gallagher as emcee, Kings mascot Slamson, magicians and balloon artists. Representatives of the MIND Institute and other community agencies will be available with resource information. Quiet areas for families will be available throughout the event.

Info: www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute

West Wind drive-in to offer free movies

The West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In will host a free customer-appreciation night Thursday. "Wreck It Ralph," "Jack the Giant Slayer" and "Fast and Furious 5" will be shown. The theater is at 9616 Oates Drive, near Highway 50 and Bradshaw Road in Sacramento.

Info: www.westwinddriveins .com/theaters

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