Last year, 5,000 people attended the music portion of Sacramento's Launch festival, double the number who came the previous year. Festival organizers say they expect to double that number again this weekend, attracting 10,000 people to all-day concerts Saturday and Sunday at Cesar Chavez Plaza.
More than 40 acts will perform, including such well-known bands as Imagine Dragons, Minus the Bear and Rocket from the Crypt.
Launch kicks off Wednesday with a block party at the MARRS restaurant and retail building, 1050 20th St., and continues Thursday and Friday with art and fashion shows.
The promoters of Launch say they're trying to foster a creative culture in Sacramento that will persuade more young, creative people to stay in the city.
Now in its fifth year, Launch is part of a growing lineup of festivals in the United States, where outdoor, multiday events such as South by Southwest and Coachella have supplanted big arena shows as the venue for many bands.
A full weekend pass to the Launch concerts costs $75. A single-day ticket is $55. See www.launchsacramento.com for more information.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
Third annual Slow Food Edible Garden Bike Tour
Slow Food Sacramento is offering its third annual Slow Food Edible Garden Bike Tour from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The $10 event starts at the River City Food Bank, 1800 28th St., with participants riding three to four miles through the midtown and Southside Park neighborhoods.
Behind the news: The tour is designed to show how Sacramentans are using some offbeat ways to grow their own food. Included are an aquaponics operation that uses fish fertilizer to grow greens, an informal community garden tended by apartment dwellers and a visit to the Midtown Farmers' Market.
Hagar returns to Roseville bearing gifts
Before his Thursday night concert at Thunder Valley Casino, rocker Sammy Hagar will appear at 2 p.m. at Roseville's downtown square on Vernon Street to give $2,500 to the Placer Food Bank, the leading hunger-relief charity in Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties; and the Me-One Foundation, which offers weekend getaways for cancer victims and their families.
Behind the news: Hagar, who opened Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar and Grill in Roseville nearly a year ago, is launching a program in which proceeds from the restaurant and his family foundation go to a local charity monthly.
California export trade numbers sag slightly
Amid reports of increasingly wobbly economies overseas, California export trade has so far managed to maintain a relatively even pace, based on year-over-year comparisons. Through the first half of this year, California businesses shipped merchandise valued at $80.92 billion, slightly behind $81.97 billion recorded in the first six months of 2012. On Wednesday, consulting firm Beacon Economics will break down California's July export numbers.
Info: Check www.sacbee.com for details.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Antique evaluations aid Folsom History Museum
The Folsom Historical Society's annual Antique Evaluation Day fundraiser takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appraisers with expertise in areas ranging from Asian and Middle Eastern art to vintage photos and historic documents will be available for consultation in booths set up along Sutter Street. The cost of evaluation is $8 per item or $35 for five items. Proceeds go to the Folsom History Museum at 823 Sutter St.
'House I Live In' next human rights film
"The House I Live In," a 2012 documentary on U.S. drug policy and the criminal justice system, will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Luna's Cafe, 1414 16th St. in Sacramento, as part of Amnesty International Sacramento's human rights film series. Admission is free and food and drink are available for purchase.
Alzheimer's disease focus of library talk Wednesday
Lawyer Dustin MacFarlane will discuss legal and financial issues for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease or a related form of dementia from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road, Sacramento. Registration is required.
Info: To register, call (800) 272-3900
Music in the Park returns to Curtis Park on Friday
The Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association's "Music in the Park" event returns Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Curtis Park. Attendees can bring a picnic basket or get dinner from a food truck. A beer garden also will be available.
Bryan White to perform free show at Haggin Oaks
Country music artist Bryan White is performing a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Haggin Oaks golf course, 3645 Fulton Ave. in Sacramento, as part of the course's Beer, BBQ and Ball Summer Concert Series. White has recorded six No. 1 singles on the Billboard country charts, including "So Much for Pretending" in 1996.
You can learn Skype at Franklin library
The Franklin Community Library, 10055 Franklin High Road in Elk Grove, is offering to show people how to use Skype, the live videoconferencing software, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Individuals should bring their phone, tablet or computer if possible. No reservations are necessary.
Walk with a doc in Foothill Farms
The public is invited to take a 1.5-mile walk with Dr. Steve Chan at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Foothill Community Park, 5510 Diablo Drive in Foothill Farms, as part of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society's "Walk With a Doc" program. The event starts with a 10-minute talk on health, followed by a 30-minute walk that allows participants to talk with the doctor while walking.