Firefighters vs. police officers
What: The annual showdown between firefighters and lawmen may not be a chapter out of the Old West, but the Guns and Hoses game has been a tradition for 40 years, providing an afternoon of fun, and funds for local charities, not to mention a year’s worth of bragging rights. As the competitors say, “There are no losers in the game.”
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Hornet Stadium, 6000 J St. (State University Drive South & Stadium Drive), Sacramento
Cost: $10, children 5 and under free
Information: www.pigbowl.com; (916) 715-3132
Hike at Tahoe
‘Snowshoe Through History’
What: Hike Tahoe’s west shore with a state park interpreter and learn about the natural environment on this “Snowshoe Through History” program. The route will include the lakefront and the Hellman-Ehrman Estate. Given the lack of snow, hikers should be prepared to hike without snowshoes, but wear waterproof winter shoes as well as warm clothing, and bring water and gear for ice (like Yaktrax or ski poles).
When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 and March 22
Where: Meet near the restrooms in the day-use side of the Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park (off Highway 89).
Cost: Free program; parking fee, $10
Information: www.parks.ca.gov; (530) 525-5060
Sweetness at the Citizen
What: Pander to your inner chocoholic at the Sacramento Chocolate Salon, a gathering of cocoa bean lovers. More than 20 chocolatiers and confectioners will participate. Expect lectures and demonstrations as well as some sampling and an overdose of temptation.
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Citizen Hotel, 926 J St., Sacramento
Cost: $10-$25, children under 6 free
Meet the artist
Julie Heffernan at Crocker
What: Julie Heffernan’s works are large and full of detail and fantasy. What’s more, you’ve only a few days left to see 14 of them on display at the Crocker Art Museum, as the “Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan” exhibit closes Sunday. Allow the paintings to pull you into Heffernan’s view and then hear from the artist herself in a meet-the-artist program.
When: 1-3 p.m. Sunday; museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Monday
Where: Setzer Auditorium, Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
Cost: Free with admission to the museum, $5-$10, free for members and children 6 and under
Information: crockerartmuseum.org; (916) 808-7000
Gallery ends on a celebratory note
What: Sutter Creek’s Hanford Street Gallery is closing its doors, but not before it says farewell with a party for patrons and artists featuring live music. Attendees are asked to bring finger foods to share.
When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday
Where: 291 Hanford St., Sutter Creek
Information: (209) 267-8074; www.hanfordstgallery.com/