Coming Saturday: Your chance to paddle and pedal for charity
Thousands of Sacramento-area residents will participate this week in a peculiar local tradition.
No, not the State Fair, although that's happening too. It's Eppie's Great Race, a 24.67-mile triathlon that combines biking and running with paddling a boat rather than the usual swimming.
The 40th annual Eppie's will be held Saturday on the American River Parkway. About 2,000 people participate each year, from casual joggers and cruisers to serious contenders.
Some complete the entire course; others form teams to split up the 5.82-mile run, 12.5-mile bike ride and 6.35-mile long paddle, which can be done in either a kayak or a canoe.
The race is named after local restaurant legend Eppie Johnson, 85.
An avid kayaker, Johnson started Eppie's in 1974 and remains involved in organizing and fundraising.
Proceeds a total of $1 million so far have gone to Sacramento County's Therapeutic Recreation Services, which offers activities for those with physical and mental disabilities.
For more information and to register, visit www.eppiesgreatrace.org. Mary Lynne Vellinga
SMUD to weigh dual rate hike proposal
A proposal to raise electricity rates by 2.5 percent in both 2014 and 2015 goes to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board Thursday. After three public workshops on the issue, the board will discuss the rate hike request at its headquarters, 6201 S St., at 9 a.m. A vote is scheduled for Aug. 1.
Behind the news: SMUD General Manager John Di Stasio has recommended the rate increases. The utility has said the average monthly residential bill based on 750 kilowatts of usage would increase $2 to $4 a month as a result of the dual 2.5 percent increases. The average monthly bill currently is $91.92.
Sutter's Fort revives its Wild West days
Sutter's Fort is debuting a program Saturday called "Mining the Miners" that looks at how the Gold Rush transformed the rustic trading post into a "den of iniquity, a gambling and drinking resort of the lowest order," as one 19th-century writer put it. The fort, at 27th and L streets in midtown, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and free for children under 5.
Behind the news: Visitors will have the opportunity to try Gold Rush games of chance, such as monte, faro, cup and pea. Kids activities includes gold panning, and doll and rope making.
Franklin library to host two-hour knitting and crochet session
The Franklin Community Library, 10055 Franklin High Road in Elk Grove, is hosting a knitting and crocheting session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The session is not an instructional class, though some assistance will be available. Participants are urged to bring their current projects, needles and supplies.
Info: www.saclibrary.org/ Locations/Franklin
How is play essential to children's growth? Find out at Fairytale Town
Fairytale Town's executive director, Kathy Fleming, is offering adults a free, two-hour workshop that examines why play is essential to a child's development. Fleming spent three months exploring how play is researched, perceived, organized and delivered in England and Europe. The Wednesday workshop takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento. Participants are asked to register by emailing email@example.com.
Explore Sacramento's dining history Wednesday at Time Tested Books
Sacramentans Maryellen and Keith Burns will discuss and read their new book, "Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes," at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St. (between L and K streets) in Sacramento. The authors share anecdotes and recipes from their research into 150 years of dining in the capital city.
Get to know Sac Metro Chamber at morning orientation session
The Sacramento Metro Chamber is hosting its monthly orientation session from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at its offices at One Capitol Mall, Suite 300. Participants will meet the chamber's staff and learn about the chamber's benefits and services, upcoming events. Advance registration is requested.
Info: Call (916) 319-4273 or www.metrochamber.org
Lawyers for the Arts workshop to explore trademark protection
California Lawyers for the Arts is offering a Thursday workshop on trademark protection from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sacramento Business Journal, 1400 X St., Suite 100, in Sacramento. Presenter Mark Leonard is the co-founder of Davis & Leonard LLP, an intellectual property transactional and litigation firm in Sacramento. The cost of the workshop is $20 for the general public, though there are discounts for CLA members and seniors.
Rancho Cordova summer series offers free comedy night
The Cordova Community Council's series of outdoor concerts, movies and special events continues Friday with a free Family Comedy Night in the Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Village Green Amphitheater, 3141 Bridgeway Drive in Rancho Cordova. Watch improv teams compete for laughs based on suggestions from the audience.
Info: Call (916) 635-8977