This Week: Parade of longhorns to kick off Farm to Fork week

Published: Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 - 12:00 am

Longhorns will thunder across Tower Bridge and down the Capitol Mall this morning as workers face their Monday in high-rise offices above.

The 10 a.m. cattle drive is a kickoff event for Sacramento’s Farm to Fork Week, a celebration of local farmers and food culture. About 80 head of cattle will cross the bridge and head east along the mall to Ninth Street, where they will turn right and end their short journey in holding pens. They will be accompanied by about 20 cowboys on horseback.

Spectators are encouraged to watch from the grassy median in the middle of the mall.

“We just really wanted to kick this thing off with a bang,” said Sidney Scheideman, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. A cattle drive, she said, “calls attention to sources of protein that are local.”

Yes, folks, she means meat. But Scheideman is quick to add that these particular cattle won’t wind up on anyone’s plate. They belong to the Flying U Rodeo ranch in Yuba County, which uses them for cattle drives and rodeos.

“These are the happy cows that do parades,” Scheideman said.

–Mary Lynne Vellinga

AROUND TOWN

Tree foundation offers free tour of McKinley Park

A certified arborist will lead a Sacramento Tree Foundation tour of trees at Sacramento’s McKinley Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. The free tour begins at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., and participants are encouraged to bring a smartphone or tablet to learn how to identify trees using GreenprintMaps.

Info: www.sactree.com/events

Sacramento group screens ‘Living Along the Fenceline’

Sacramento Area Peace Action is offering a free screening of the movie “Living Along the Fenceline,” which focuses on seven women whose lives have been affected by the presence of the U.S. military near their homes. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sacramento Police Action, 909 12th St., Suite 118

Info: www.alongthefenceline.com

The Sacramento Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children is observing a National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims with a ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the north steps of the Capitol. Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully is expected to attend.

Info: www.pomc.com/sacramento

Tour food bank’s ‘Demonstration Garden’

A little more than a year after Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services initiated a “Demonstration Garden” where families can learn to grow their own produce, hundreds of individuals have taken courses on composting, container gardening and backyard gardening. At 1 p.m. Thursday, the organization’s president and CEO, Blake Young, will lead of tour of the garden and the nonprofit’s other services. Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services is at 3333 Third Ave. in Sacramento.

Info: www.sacramentofoodbank.org/

Free fair, workshop focuses on healthy aging

The Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley is offering a free Healthy Aging Workshop & Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at its Greenhaven Terrace location, 1180 Corporate Way in Sacramento. Participants are invited to bring their over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and supplements to review with health care professionals.

Info: Call (916) 395-0210

Roseville Bikefest offers inspections, helmet fittings

The 20th annual Roseville Bikefest takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Coyote Ridge Elementary School, 1751 Morningstar Drive, featuring obstacle courses, helmet fittings, bike safety inspections and giveaways. Admission is free.

Info: www.roseville.ca.us/transportation/bikeways/roseville_bikefest.asp

Festival celebrates Romanian food, culture

Authentic Romanian food, folk dancing, music and art will be on display from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Romanian Community Center of Sacramento’s annual festival at Royer Park, 190 Park Drive, in Roseville. Admission is free.

Info: www.romaniancentersacramento.org

Yuba River salmon spawning tours begin

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering a salmon-spawning tour of the Yuba River on Saturday, the first in a series of weekly tours the agency is conducting through Oct. 19. The 90-minute tours will focus on the fall-run chinook salmon’s life cycle and natural history. Participants may also be able to view wildlife such as bald eagles, ospreyand American dippers.

Behind the news: Naturalists will lead tours at the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, which feature a section of the Yuba River that includes scenic vistas and access to salmon spawning beds. Three tours are offered, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The tours are being offered every Saturday through Oct. 19.

Info: Advance registration is required at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/salmontours. Or call (916) 358-2869.

Fairytale Town offers free literacy event

The largest early-childhood literacy event in the Sacramento region will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fairytale Town in Land Park. Admission to the ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival is free and features storytelling performances, readings from authors and hands-on literary activities.

Behind the news: New York Times best-selling author Sherri Duskey Rinker – “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” and “Steam Train, Dream Train” – headlines the two-day festival.

Info: www.fairytaletown.org

Read more articles by Mary Lynne Vellinga





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