Check it out: Derby day, more

Published: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 - 12:00 am


Derby day at Howe Park

What: The Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District hosts its annual Trout Fishing Derby at Howe Park in Sacramento. With the park pond freshly stocked with trout, participants can vie for prizes awarded for the longest and the fattest catches. Contestants under age 15 will be allowed into the area first.

Where: 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento.

When: 8 to 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Same-day registration is $5 per person; $20 per household. A household may include as many as five people. Space is limited.



Happy birthday, CJ

What: CJ, the youngest Sumatran tiger at the Sacramento Zoo, will celebrate his first birthday by tearing into a “birthday cake” at noon. The “cake” will be constructed of boxes decorated using tiger-safe paints and carrying the scent of aromatic spices. CJ, short for Castro Jr., was born to mother Bahagia and father Castro on March 3, 2013. Zoo officials said the cub bonded with his mother right away has thrived ever since.

Where: 3930 W. Land Park Drive, Sacramento.

When: Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Admission $7.25 to $11.25.

Info: or (916) 808-5888.


Planning for pumpkins

What: Growers from throughout the state will share strategies for growing giant pumpkins at the annual California Giant Pumpkin Growers’ Forum at Elk Grove Regional Park. Open to the public, the forum will include a question-and-answer session, a seed swap, seed raffle and seed auction.

Where: 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Admission is $30 at the door.



Camellias bloom again

What: An event celebrating the capital city’s official flower, the Sacramento Camellia Show at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium is said to be the oldest camellia show in the United States. More than 200 camellia plants will be for sale at the show. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is scheduled to give the opening address today. According to the Camellia Society of Sacramento, the first camellias were imported to the city by feed-store proprietor James L.L.F. Warren in 1852.

Where: 1515 J St., Sacramento.

When: 3 to 6 p.m. today ; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Admission free (donations accepted).



Food at fundraiser

What: The fifth annual Cal Middle Spring Thing fundraiser at Congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento will feature samplings of small plates from area restaurants, wine and beer and a silent auction. Event proceeds will help fund field trips and programs for California Middle School.

Where: 3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento.

When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 in advance, $45 at the door.

Info: (916) 395-5302.

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