Komen Race entrants down by 32 percent
Thousands of runners and walkers will participate in the Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday at Cal Expo.
But it won't be quite the pink sea of humanity it used to be.
As of Friday, registration for the breast cancer fundraiser was down nearly 32 percent from last year with 5,914 people signed up compared with 8,642 at the same point in 2012. The drop-off in registrations follows a similar plunge last year.
Many people will still sign up this week, but participation in the race the signature fundraiser for the local Komen chapter has steadily declined after hitting a high of 24,148 in 2007. Last year, just under 14,000 signed up.
Special events manager Silvia Ramirez said the controversial decision in 2011 by the national Komen organization later reversed to stop funding Planned Parenthood may still be playing a role. But she also pointed to rising competition from new runs and walks in the Sacramento area.
Ramirez said Komen has launched an aggressive marketing campaign, including TV and radio ads. Most of the money raised by the race goes to health organizations in the Central Valley. To sign up, visit www.komensacramento.org
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Film series screening
The UC Davis Mondavi Center's Focus on Film series presents 1978's "Days of Heaven" at 7 tonight. An Oscar winner for best cinematography, the film stars Richard Gere as an early 1900s steel millworker who flees Chicago. Tickets are $10; students, $5.
Behind the news: The series this season has showcased movies that present the world largely from the perspective of youths. Previous films included "Fallen Idol" and "The 400 Blows."
Info: www.mondaviarts. org/events
Garden tours ahead
Seven gardens in the Fabulous 40s will be on display Saturday and Sunday during the East Sacramento Garden Tour, a fundraiser for David Lubin Elementary School. Tickets are $20 for tour; $15 for a garden luncheon.
Behind the news: The tour, in its 15th year, is self-guided from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Info: www.eastsacgardentour .com
SMUD sheds light on money-saving
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is offering free classes and workshops to help electric users save money. The Quality of Light = Quality of Life workshop will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Energy and Technology Center in SMUD's Customer Service Center, 6301 S St., Sacramento. Experts will demonstrate ways of improving the lighting environment for those with vision problems.
Info: www.smud.org or call (888) 742-7683.
Talk to focus on history of the heart
Dr. Faith Fitzgerald, an internist and professor of medicine at UC Davis, will discuss the history of the human heart at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, 5380 Elvas Ave. in Sacramento. Her free lecture looks at the heart's place in history and culture.
Info: Call (916) 452-2671.
California farmers sell produce at Sac State
On Thursday, California State University, Sacramento, Associated Students stage the last in a series of farmers markets that launched in April. The four-hour event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Serna Plaza, offers fresh fruits and vegetables from California farmers.
Letter carriers collect food drive donations
Campbell Soup Co. and the National Association of Letter Carriers bring the nation's largest single-day food drive to Sacramento on Saturday. That's when residents can place nonperishable food items next to their mailboxes for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Letter carriers will collect the items for donation to food banks. Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food were collected.
UC Davis to reprise Whole Earth Festival
The 44th annual Whole Earth Festival billed as an "ecofriendly, zero waste," three-day event is to get under way Friday at the UC Davis quad. Along with three sound stages, food and activities for kids, the festival will feature workshops and informational booths on issues ranging from environmental social justice to biodiesel and solar panels. The festival originated in 1969 when an art class taught by Jose Aruelles organized an event on campus.