As the vote on Proposition 8 drew near in 2008, thousands of same-sex couples rushed to the altar before passage of the ballot measure's outlawed gay marriage in California.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to disturb a lower court ruling that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional, gays and lesbians find themselves with the "luxury" of being able to plan out the big day.
That's one of the reasons the folks at Sacramento's Outword Magazine are co-sponsoring this week's LGBT Wedding Expo at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake.
"Couples can plan a wedding as opposed to being forced to do it in a window of time when it's legal," said Fred Palmer, CEO of Outword Media.
The free event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 500 Leisure Lane in Sacramento features a matrimonial fashion show from midtown's House of Fashion. It's specifically designed for brides and grooms who will be walking down the aisle with a fellow bride or groom.
Palmer promises a party atmosphere. Other festivities include cake tastings, a battle of the DJs and a singles mixer to help those who are looking to "find Mr. or Mrs. Right," he said.
Lecture to discuss art of the '60s and '70s
Northern California art in the politically tumultuous 1960s and '70s is the topic of Sacramento State art history professor Elaine O'Brien's free lecture Tuesday at the Central Library, 828 I St.
Behind the news: The 6:15 p.m. talk "Glory Days: The Sacramento- Region Art World of the 1960s and 1970s" is part of the library's Art in August series. O'Brien will discuss regional art galleries; alternative spaces and art departments that accommodated a range of avant-garde practices; the politicized art of the Royal Chicano Air Force; and native Northern California artists who redefined their traditions.
Info: www.saclibrary.org or call (916) 264-2920
Japanese American life in WWII revisited
Authors Tom Graves and Kiyo Sato will make appearances Saturday at the California State Military Museum, 119 Second St. in Sacramento, to discuss their respective books. Graves is the author of "Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea." Sato penned "Kiyo's Story: A Japanese-American Family's Quest for the American Dream."
Behind the news: Graves and Sato will sign their books at the museum at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Graves' book relays the experiences of Japanese American veterans. Sato's book recounts her family's harsh internment and years of racism.
AAA's new gas price survey due Tuesday
Sacramento-area gasoline prices have been inching downward for nearly a month, but energy analysts note that markets affecting at-the-pump costs are decidedly unstable. In recent weeks, gas prices throughout the state have varied widely among various jurisdictions. On Tuesday, AAA will release its monthly survey of gas prices in California, breaking down current costs in communities statewide.
Info: Check sacbee.com for updates.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Walt Gray Ride raises funds for Make-A-Wish
The 11th annual Walt Gray Ride, a motorcycle rally that benefits the Make-A-Wish foundation of northeastern California and northern Nevada, takes place Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. Riders will leave at 10 a.m. for the ride to Red Hawk casino in El Dorado Hills, where festivities include a lunch, vendors, a raffle, and a live concert. Registration online and the day of the event is $30 per rider.
It's 'Mulch Madness!'
at McKinley Park
The Sacramento Tree Foundation is holding a "Mulch Madness!" event Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at McKinley Park. Volunteers are needed to help apply mulch rings around park trees. Participants are asked to bring a wheelbarrow if they have one, to wear close-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water.
Get an insider's look at police in Roseville
The Roseville Police Department is accepting applications for its next Citizen's Police Awareness Academy, which runs from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19. The academy gives members of the public an inside look at city law enforcement, including the community-oriented policing, K-9 and investigative units. The program is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives or works in Roseville. The deadline to register is Aug. 26.
Info: Call (916) 774-5057
Make vegan lunches at Sacramento co-op
Sacramento Natural Food Co-op Learning Center is offering a 6:30 p.m. class Tuesday on "Portable Vegan Lunches." Instructor Emily Webber will demonstrate how to make and pack salads and sandwiches for kids and adults. The cost is $25 for co-op members and $35 for non-members.
Mermaids invade Old Sac for Saturday promenade
Old Sacramento's third annual Promenade of Mermaids gets under way at 1 p.m. Saturday near the Delta King at 1000 Front St. "Mermaids" and "mermen" are invited to join the parade. Prizes will be awarded for best costume for adults and children. Grand marshals this year are the mermaids of one of the event sponsors, Dive Bar.