This Week: A two-day celebration of Sacramento’s flowers

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 - 12:00 am

Perhaps fitting for a city of immigrants, Sacramento’s official flower isn’t 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 nation’s 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 Sacramento’s sister cities. More than 200 camellia plants will be offered for sale.

This weekend’s 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 B’nai 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 Expert’s Perspective,” is sponsored by J Street Sacramento, which bills itself as “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.” Yatom has served in Israel’s Knesset and once headed the country’s Mossad security service.

Info: jstreet.org

Get a winter blast of French Film Festival

Why wait until summer to get a taste of Sacramento’s 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 week’s showing of short films, occur throughout the year.

Info: sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org

Around Town

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.

Info: www.calawyersforthearts.org

Co-op class serves up Philippine favorites

The Sacramento Natural Food Co-op’s 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 Sacramento’s 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.

Info: www.calautomuseum.org or (916) 442-6802



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