City's budget looking better for swimming
Last spring, Sacramento's budget situation was so bad that it took a fundraising campaign led by Save Mart Supermarkets to make sure at least some of the city's public swimming pools would open.
The budget is much improved this season, and the city is collecting a new stream of revenue from Measure U, a sales tax increase approved by voters in November.
In March, the City Council voted to spend $282,000 in Measure U funds to open eight pools and five stand-alone wading pools.
They will be operated by the city Department of Parks and Recreation.
On Tuesday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on spending up to another $120,000 to contract with the YMCA to open another three pools at Southside, Tahoe and Glenn Hall parks.
The YMCA-operated pools would be open fewer hours than those run directly by the city.
In addition, the YMCA could use the three pools for swim lessons, swim teams, lap swimming, water aerobics, day camps and private rentals, and would keep any revenue from those activities.
The arrangement expands one that started last summer when the YMCA ran the Southside Park pool.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Orangevale stages 50th Pow Wow Days
Orangevale is to kick off its 50th rendition of Pow Wow Days on Thursday. It's a four-day event ending Sunday; it draws an estimated 12,000 people a year to the fairgrounds at 7145 Filbert Ave., just south of Oak Avenue behind Green Oaks Elementary School.
Behind the news: The carnival with county-fair-style displays, hands-on activities for kids, amusement park rides and musical acts is free (parking, $5) and has promoted and supported local schools, athletic and service programs for 49 years. Start times vary by day. Check the website for details.
Info: www.Orangevale PowWowDays.com
Sacramento library examines 1940s life
Sacramento's Central Library is reviving its "Capital Decades: 1940s" program, which takes a look at city life, fashions and motion pictures of that decade. On Tuesday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., three library staffers will explore the war effort, social life, schools, transportation and other aspects of daily life in Sacramento.
Behind the news: The look back at the 1940s continues on the next two Tuesdays May 21 and May 28 with sessions featuring a Sacramento Art Deco Society fashion show and film historian Matias Bombal discussing the decade's movies and theater-going experiences.
AAA's new gas price survey due Tuesday
Motorists in the Sacramento area and throughout most of California have seen gasoline prices slowly fall from $4-plus-a-gallon highs early in the year. On Tuesday, AAA is to release its monthly survey of gas prices, breaking down average pump costs in jurisdictions throughout the state.
Info: Check www.sacbee.com
Pony Express school collects e-waste
Pony Express Elementary School, 1250 56th Ave. in Sacramento off of South Land Park Drive, is to collect electronic waste monitors, televisions, computers, VCRs, stereo equipment and the like from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Household appliances such as refrigerators, and washers and dryers cannot be accepted.
Info: www.ponyexpress-sacramento.weebly.com/ community-events.html
Park district hosts Spring Carnival
The Arcade Creek Park District is to host its fifth annual Spring Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jane Steele Park (formerly Hamilton Street Park) at 4855 Hamilton St. in Sacramento. The carnival features a circus, food vendors, bounce houses, a giant slide and a climbing wall.
Tour showcases Gladding, McBean plant
The Downtown Sacramento Partnership has paired with Sacramento Heritage, an architectural preservation group, to offer the public a rare, six-hour tour of the Gladding, McBean terra cotta plant in Lincoln at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Tour guides will discuss the history of terra cotta as an architectural art form and will highlight examples of such work in Sacramento's downtown buildings. Tickets to the event are $65.
Info: www.sacramento heritage.org/events
Sac State symphony to perform Tuesday
The Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra is set to perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Music Recital Hall on campus, 6000 J St. Advance ticket purchases are recommended. Tickets are $10 general, $7 seniors and $5 students.
Info and tickets: Call (916) 278-4323 or www.csus.edu/ sfsc/ticketoffice