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Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 - 9:25 pm

For a Good Cause

Optimists offers e-waste, shredding fundraiser

The Sacramento Breakfast Optimist Club and Kohl’s Cares Program are holding an e-waste and document shredding fundraiser Saturday at the Kohl’s store parking lot at 1896 Arden Way in Sacramento. Proceeds go to more than 30 youth programs in Sacramento supported by the Optimist Club. For $5 per car, the club will collect clothing and e-waste, such as monitors, television sets, desktop computers and stereo equipment, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Large household appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers cannot be accepted. For $5 a box, the club will shred documents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Around Town

Tibetan monks to make appearance in Placerville

Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in Tibet return to Placerville for a two-week stay on Thursday, with the town’s Cozmic Cafe, 594 Main St., serving as their home base as they host a variety of presentations designed to share the culture of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism with residents of the region. The seven monks will be constructing one of their signature sand mandalas at the cafe during their stay. The public can watch them work during business hours at the cafe, except on Mondays when the cafe is closed.

Behind the news: The monastery’s monks have come to Placerville every year for at least a decade, drawing visitors from the Lake Tahoe and Bay areas as well as locally. One of the most popular events is the Tibetan Cultural Night Performance, which occurs on Jan. 11 this year at the Cameron Park Community Center. The monks’ stay is sponsored by Placerville Friends of Tibet.


Ring in the new year with Sacramento Walking Sticks

The public is invited to join the Sacramento Walking Sticks for free New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day walks. The club will provide 3- or 6-mile routes to choose from, with different routes for both days. The non-competitive, self-paced walks pass by historical sites. All ages and family dogs are welcome. The Tuesday walks leave Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L St. in Sacramento, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday’s walks start at the same location at 9 a.m. Participants should bring a flashlight for the New Year’s Eve walks.


Crocker offers ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ festival

Can’t stay awake until midnight? Join the Crocker Art Museum for a “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration and free family festival at the museum, 216 O St. in Sacramento, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. With a “global cultural” theme, the festival features live music, dance performances and art activities. Admission to the museum is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.


Carmichael cactus club holds monthly meeting

The Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society holds its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave. Ernesto Sandoval, director of the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, is scheduled to give a presentation, “Growing and Propagating South African Bulbs.”


Suzie Burger giving away 1,000 cheeseburgers

Suzie Burger in Sacramento is celebrating six years in business with a “1,000 Burger Giveaway” on New Year’s Day. The first 1,000 customers to show up at the restaurant at 2820 P St. in midtown get a free cheeseburger meal, including a small order of fries and a small Pepsi. Doors open at 11 a.m. Suzie Burger is also working with Sacramento Loaves & Fishes to collect 1,000 new or gently used blankets for homeless men, women and children.


Tots finger-paint for free at Elk Grove’s Franklin Library

The Franklin Library in Elk Grove is hosting a “Finger-Painting for Pre-Readers” session from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Ages 18 months to 5 years are welcome to the free event at 10055 Franklin High Road. Playclothes are advised for this “messy fun” activity.

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