Let the loud times roll
What: The engines will be revved and the dirt will be spread across the track in preparation for a showdown of monster trucks, including powerhouses Grave Digger and Batman. These 12-foot-high behemoths face off in side-by-side racing or in freestyle. You might want to remember the earplugs.
When: Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; pit party at 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday
Where: Sleep Train Arena, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento
Information: (800) 745-3000, ticketmaster.com
North vs. South
What: The Italian Cultural Center looks at the cultural divide between Italy’s industrious north and laid-back south in its film series. “Benvenuti al Sud” (“Welcome to the South”) is a comic take in Italian with English subtitles. The focus will be flipped in a companion film to be presented in February, “Benvenuti al Nord.”
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Italian Cultural Center, 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael
Cost: $10, includes refreshments included.
Information: (916) 482-5900; www.italiancenter.net
On the trail at Cache Creek
What: The Bureau of Land Management is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 with a series of guided 4-mile hikes to look for wintering bald eagles in the Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County. The trail is steep, which means hikers should be in good physical shape. Groups are limited to 25 participants.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday and Jan. 25, and Feb. 1, 8, and 15. Reservations required.
Where: Redbud Trail parking lot west of the North Fork Cache Creek Bridge
Information: (707) 468-4000
Historic site happenings
What: Spend some quality time exploring items from the archives and collections of the Maidu Museum & Historic Site during “Night Out at the Museum.” This month’s program, which is part of the Third Saturday Art Walk, includes an opening art reception for the Frank R. LaPena Collection. In the same visit, catch the soon-to-be-closed exhibit that explores the first families who lived in what is now West Sacramento.
When: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday; cultural program starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Maidu Museum & Historic Site, 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville
Cost: Free, includes light refreshments
Information: (916) 774-5934; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Internment camp artifacts
What: Be among the first to visit “The Art of Gaman: Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946” at the opening reception, which includes refreshments, kids crafts, taiko drumming, and more festivities. The showcase presents more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese Americans while interned at camps during WWII and explores the Japanese concept of gaman, or to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity.
When: Opens 1-4 p.m. Sunday; exhibit through May 11, Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays noon-5 p.m.
Where: California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento,
Cost: $6-$8.50, children 5 and under free
Information: (916) 653-7524; www.californiamuseum.org