This week: Parade celebrates Loaves & Fishes

Published: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B

Parade celebrates Loaves & Fishes

It promises to be a parade like no other in the Sacramento region.

On Wednesday, Loaves & Fishes, the complex of social organizations that serves the homeless north of downtown, will celebrate its 30-year anniversary with a barbecue and a casual, short procession that will feature children from the Mustard Seed School forming a drum line and clients using bicycles and dog carriers to mimic floats.

Sister Libby Fernandez, who heads Loaves & Fishes, said "the Great Parade" is being staged as a thank you to the volunteers and agencies that have helped the organization grow over the last three decades.

Since its beginning as a soup kitchen in 1983, Loaves & Fishes has branched out in other ways. Its Mustard Seed School caters to the educational needs of homeless children. Women's Empowerment offers job training.

Dan and Chris Delany, a former priest and nun who fell in love, left the clergy and married, are Loaves & Fishes' founders, Fernandez said.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday and goes from North A and 16th streets to Loaves & Fishes at 306 Ahern St. The public is invited to march along and stay for the barbecue.

– Ken Chavez

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The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau is staging a three-day celebration of Juneteenth – an African American observation of freedom from slavery – Friday through Sunday at Land Park. A gospel concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Saturday's 8 a.m. one-mile race and 11 a.m. parade. A festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a golf tournament Sunday.

Behind the news: While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on Sept. 22, 1862, it was not enforced in many Confederate states until much later. Juneteenth marks the day – June 19, 1865 – that Union Gen. Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, Texas, to free the slaves in that state.

Info: www.sacramentojuneteenth.com

United Way revs up 'spare a square' drive

The Sacramento United Way is staging its fifth annual toilet paper drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Cal Expo. The organization is attempting to collect 190,000 rolls to distribute to the region's nonprofits.

Behind the news: The "spare a square" donation drive saves local nonprofits – such as Volunteers of America and Elk Grove Food Bank Services – thousands of dollars a year on toilet paper. Sac-Val Janitorial Supply will donate one roll for every three rolls collected.

Info:www.yourlocalunitedway. org/tpdrive1

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 will release its monthly survey of gas prices, breaking down average pump costs in jurisdictions throughout the state.

Info: www.sacbee.com

AROUND TOWN

Drexel hosts talk on Affordable Care Act

Dennis Gallagher, a professor of public health at Sacramento's Drexel University, will examine the Affordable Care Act – more commonly known as Obamacare – in a free discussion at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school, One Capitol Mall, Suite 260, in Old Sacramento. Gallagher, a former administrator with the federal Department of Health and Human Services, will explore the controversial health care law from a historical perspective.

Info: www.sacramento.drexel. edu

Sacramento stages gay pride festival

From a Thursday night soiree at the Crocker Art Museum to a Saturday evening youth party, Sacramento's gay pride celebrations take place this weekend. The main event is a Saturday parade and festival starting at 11 a.m. on Capitol Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets. This year's parade grand marshals are Brandi Glanville of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and Steve Hansen, Sacramento's first openly gay City Council member. Festival admission is $10; children 5 and under are free.

Info: www.sacramentopride.org

Take lessons on how to load a musket

The Yolo Frontloaders Gun Club is hosting a black powder seminar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Yolo Sportsmen's Association Range, 24189 Aviation Ave., Woodland. The Frontloaders are dedicated to re-creating and researching the time of the "mountain man" during the fur trade era in the late 18th century to the mid-19th century. The public is invited to learn the basics of black powder muskets, rifles, shotguns and pistols. The cost is $7 per person. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and will be provided to participants who don't have it.

Info: http://yolofrontloaders.tripod.com

Infamous Swanks at Concert in the Park

The rockabilly band Infamous Swanks headlines this week's Concert in the Park at 5 p.m. Friday at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th and I streets in Sacramento. The concert is free but concert-goers must wear shirts and shoes. No animals are allowed.

Info:www.downtownsac.org/ events/concerts-in-the-park

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