Perhaps fitting for a city of immigrants, Sacramentos official flower isnt native to California at all. The camellia was brought to Sacramento from Japan in 1852, according to the Camellia Society of Sacramento. It adapted so well that by 1941 it had achieved official flower status.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Camellia Society will celebrate the many-hued flowers of this ubiquitous shrub with the 90th annual Camellia Show, thought to be the nations oldest such event. Contestants vying for trophies will display choice blossoms in a wide variety of colors and sizes. The show will include floral arrangements, a photo contest and a display from Matsuyama, Japan, one of Sacramentos sister cities. More than 200 camellia plants will be offered for sale.
This weekends show will be relatively low key, however, compared with the production the Camellia City used to stage in honor of its flower. Starting in 1955, the annual Camellia Festival at various points included a ball, Camellia queen contest, 100-mile footrace, parade, bicycle race and golf tournaments. The festival folded in the early 1990s, but the show went on.
The Camellia Show will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. Admission is free.
Mary Lynne Vellinga
IN THE NEWS
Former Israeli general to speak on peace process
Danny Yatom, a retired major general of the Israel Defense Forces, will speak Thursday at Congregation Bnai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd., on the Middle East peace process now being led by Secretary of State John Kerry. Admission is free.
Behind the news: The 7 p.m. speech, The Prospects for Peace: An Experts Perspective, is sponsored by J Street Sacramento, which bills itself as the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. Yatom has served in Israels Knesset and once headed the countrys Mossad security service.
Get a winter blast of French Film Festival
Why wait until summer to get a taste of Sacramentos French Film Festival? Organizers are staging their seventh annual winter screening of short films at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crest Theatre, at 10th and K streets downtown. Admission is $10. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Behind the news: Since its inception in 2002, the French Film Festival has grown to become a landmark Sacramento cinematic event. French films are shown at the Crest over two consecutive weekends in June. Other events, such as this weeks showing of short films, occur throughout the year.
Holocaust survivors share their stories in Rocklin
Three survivors of the Holocaust will share their stories at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rocklin Event Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin. The event, sponsored by the Chabad of Placer County, a Granite Bay Jewish community center, features Margot Goldberg of Loomis and Palo Alto and Roseville residents Manny Hirschel and Sy Karfiol. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations. Tickets are $15 at the door; $10 in advance.
Info: www.jewishroseville.com or call (916) 500-4522
Lawyers examine legal issues for photographers
California Lawyers for the Arts hosts its fourth annual photography workshop with Amitai Schwartz, a Bay Area attorney and photographer, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Beatnik Studios, 723 S St. in Sacramento. The workshop will examine legal issues surrounding the use and sale of photographic images, including reproduction, copyright and more. Admission is $10 for CLA members registered in advance, $15 at the door; $20 for non-members, $25 at the door.
Co-op class serves up Philippine favorites
The Sacramento Natural Food Co-ops Learning Center is offering a 6:30 p.m. class Thursday, A Taste of the Philippines, that covers many traditional dishes, from lumpia to chicken adobo and flan. The class at 1914 Alhambra Blvd. is $35 for co-op members, $45 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
Info: www.sacfoodcoop.com or call (916) 455-2667
Weavers guild offers introduction to card weaving
Veteran weaver Gudrun Polak gives an introduction to card weaving from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday on behalf of the Sacramento Weavers & Spinners Guild. The weaving technique results in bands of intricate patterns. The workshop takes place at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., in Sacramentos McKinley Park. A $3 donation is appreciated.
Info: www.sacweavespin.org/workshops or call (530) 676-4311
Fish for trout, prizes at Howe Park on Saturday
The Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District hosts its annual Trout Fishing Derby from 8 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way in Sacramento. With the park pond freshly stocked with trout, participants can vie for prizes awarded to the longest and the fattest catches. Contestants under the age of 15 will be allowed into the area first. Pre-registration is $4 per person, $18 per household. Same-day registration is $5 per person, $20 per household. A household may include as many as five people. Space is limited.
www.fecrecpark.com/wp or call (916) 927-3802
Brewers converge at auto museum for Beer Week
The California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. in Sacramento, celebrates the launch of Sacramento Beer Week with a brewers showcase featuring 25 breweries from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the museum. Attendees receive unlimited tasting with admission and a tasting glass souvenir. Live music and food for purchase on-site. Tickets are $50 for VIPs, $40 for general admission and $35 for museum members.