This Week: Kings season ticket sales to help 10 charities

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 11:20 am

The Sacramento Kings are launching a plan to donate 10 percent of season ticket sales through October to 10 area charities.

The plan, dubbed "SacramenTENs Assist," will be announced today.

"We are leading the NBA in new season ticket sales and we believe this success can be parlayed into helping deserving charities," said new team President Chris Granger in a prepared statement.

The program is the biggest charitable splash the Kings have made since the team was sold in May to a group led by Vivek Ranadive. The previous owners, the Maloofs, were also known for their philanthropy in the area.

The designated charities: Sacramento Reads, B Street Theatre, Sleep Train Foster Kids Program, Make–A-Wish Foundation's chapters in northeast California and northern Nevada, Sacramento Food Bank, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, the Sacramento Zoo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, the American Heart Association's Sacramento affiliate and the team's own Sacramento Kings Foundation.

In addition, the team is creating a SacramenTENs program for businesses purchasing season ticket packages.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga

Health of Lake Tahoe report due Wednesday

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will releases its annual "Tahoe: State of the Lake Report" on Wednesday. The center's director, Geoff Schladow, will discuss the most important factors affecting the lake's health at a 6 p.m. presentation at the Tahoe Science Center, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village.

Behind the news: UC Davis has monitored Lake Tahoe since 1968. Its Tahoe research center is dedicated to preserving the lake through research and education. The annual report on the lake's health summarizes the factors affecting its clarity, chemistry and biology.


Placer water agency mulls rate increases

The Placer County Water Agency will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. Thursday at 144 Ferguson Road in Auburn to consider a dual water rate increase for customers in Zone 1, an area east of Roseville through Auburn. The proposal would hike rates 9.1 percent in 2014 and 3.7 percent in 2015.

Behind the news: Water agency officials say the rate hikes are in response to a sharp increase in what they pay to buy water from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. A new agreement between the agency and PG&E would trigger a twentyfold increase over the amount now paid for 100,000 acre-feet of water.


California export report to be released Tuesday

Amid reports of increasingly wobbly economies overseas, California export trade stumbled a bit in May. California businesses shipped merchandise valued at $13.25 billion, down about 4.5 percent from $13.88 billion in May 2012. On Tuesday, consulting firm Beacon Economics will break down California's June export numbers.

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Learn how to water plants effectively

The Green Thumb Gardening Series sponsored by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center continues Tuesday with a session on how to water your plants effectively, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College's demonstration garden, 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe.


Photography class offered in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove Fine Arts Center, 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., is offering an "Old Town Architectural Photography" workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. Participants will start with a "photo walk-about" in old town Elk Grove with instructor Kristel Durand to look for unique subjects and perspectives. The second half focuses on topics such as transferring images to a computer. Cost is $45.


Workshop will focus on Medi-Cal, Medicaid

Sacramento's Asian Community Center is offering a free workshop on Medi-Cal and Medicaid planning at 10 a.m. Tuesday at its Pocket location, 7375 Park City Drive in Sacramento. The workshop will help people understand how the two programs work together.


Banana Festival back in Land Park this weekend

Sacramento's fourth annual Banana Festival – a multicultural event celebrating cultures in Asia, Africa and the Americas that use bananas as a source of food – takes place Saturday and Sunday at William Land Park, 3800 W. Land Park Drive. Admission is $5. The event begins at 10 a.m. each day.

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