Explore the mines
What: Gold Bug Park in Placerville will be open this holiday weekend, and the rarely seen Priest Mine will be open for guided tours. There will also be self-guided tours of the Gold Bug Mine, Stamp Mill, Museum and Blacksmith Shop. The gift shop will also be open. The Priest Mine tours will be limited, on a first-come, first-served basis, to 15 people. The tours are scheduled at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. each day.
Where: 2635 Gold Bug Lane, 1 mile off Highway 50 at Bedford Avenue in Placerville.
When: Gold Bug Park’s gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the holiday weekend, the mine, museum, gift shop, stamp mill and blacksmith shop will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission to the park includes parking and use of the hiking trails and pavilion. There is a cost for the Gold Bug Mine tour, which includes a self-guided audio wand, the use of a hard hat and admission to the museum, stamp mill and blacksmith shop. The special Priest Mine tour will be a nominal, additional cost to the price of the Gold Bug audio tour.
Info: (530) 642-5207 or www.goldbugpark.org.
‘Fill the Boot’ fundraiser
What: The Firefighters Burn Institute’s 20th annual Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive continues oustide Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights. There will be a rappelling and jaws of life demonstrations by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel. There will also be a safety fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, weather permitting, at Sunrise Marketplace, Sunrise Avenue and Greenback Lane.
Where: 6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights.
When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
Cost: Donations welcome.
Info: (916) 739-8525 or www.ffburn.org
Emigrants’ route to state
What: In another of its Hands on History events, Sutter’s Fort is hosting a day of special presentations, “By Land and By Sea” that explore the two ways emigrants originally came to California and the challenges posed by each route. The event will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities. Participants can learn about the daily lives of emigrants as they made their way to the Golden State. Cannon demonstrations are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: 2701 L St., Sacramento.
When: 10 a.m. to TK
Cost: Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for those age 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and younger.
Info: (916) 445-4422 or www.suttersfort.org.
What: Celebrate the Year of the Wooden Horse with the Vietnamese American Community of Sacramento. Festivities at the corner of Stockton Boulevard and Florin Road include a carnival, food vendors, retail vendors, resource booths, and a health and wellness fair with performances by children, students and Vietnamese artists. Beore the Saturday start of the ietnamese Tet Festival, watch the Sacramento Little Saigon Parade, which starts on Stockton Boulevard at Fruitridge Plaza.
Where: 7660 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento.
When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Info: (916) 213-0953.
Black history celebrated
What: African American and African history will be celebrated at the Crocker Art Museum’s annual Black History Month Celebration featuring live music and dance performances, hands-on learning, art activities, and a Black and Beautiful Community Marketplace. The event is presented in collaboration with the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum.
Where: 216 O St., Sacramento.
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)