The sponsoring California Garden Project is dedicated to the development of the California Garden, a world-class botanical garden in the capital city metropolitan area. The garden will tell the story of the state through the ages. Visit www.thecaliforniagarden.org for envisioned plans of the garden.• Fairytale Town. The storybook setting in William Land Park will become a Winter Wonderland for the holiday season with early evening events. Special park hours will be from 1 to 7 p.m. (weather permitting) Thursday through Sunday and Dec. 19-22. Two of Santa’s reindeer will visit on Saturday and Sunday and Santa will be in his workshop for photo sessions from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 21 and 22. Multiple arts and crafts activities will be featured, along with entertainers.
Victorian carolers from Sacramento Theatre Company’s School of the Arts will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 20; author Erin Dealey will read from her new book “Deck the Walls” at 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 19; and characters from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will wander through the park in full costume. Admission is $5; members and children 1 year old and younger are free. Call (916) 808-7462.• Fair Oaks Library. A community event featuring author Coy Cross II will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the library, 11602 Fair Oaks Blvd. Cross is the author of “The Dhance: A Caregiver’s Search for Meaning,” a real-life experience in becoming the caregiver when crisis threatens in your own life.
The challenge for Cross came when his wife, Carol, was diagnosed with cancer. “I want to share what I have learned,” Cross said, “hopefully before someone is neck-deep in life’s hardest experience or when they are trying to make sense of it after it is over.”• Sacramento Zoo. Residents of the zoo will be treated to special holiday feasts all day Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m., when the orangutans receive fabric stockings with fruit, nuts and pumpkin. Four black-and-white-ruffled lemurs born last spring will celebrate their first Christmas with a paper turkey pinata, plates of food on a festive table and a cardboard gingerbread house.
Feasts will continue each half-hour with the ground hornbills receiving a holiday pinata with crickets inside at 3 p.m. Zoo visitors are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy or nonperishable food and receive $1 off admission. Toys will go to Toys for Tots, food to River City Food Bank. Visit saczoo.org.
• PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society). The ARK Sanctuary will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in San Andreas. Visitors board shuttles to the bear, lion, tiger, leopard and elephant habitats before walking through the area. Be advised: Wear comfortable, outdoor shoes. Holiday gifts for the animals could include apples, oranges, squash, melons, pumpkins, fresh mint and rosemary, unsalted peanuts and carrots. Advance tickets are a necessity; direction to the ARK will be given after ticket purchase. For tickets, call (209) 745-2606; for more information, visit www.pawsweb.org.
• Children’s Receiving Home. The Christmas holiday drive will continue through Dec. 24. Volunteers (and toys) are needed to assist with the program. For information, how to sign up and/or donate, contact Kellie Dockendorf at (916) 349-7530, ext. 24, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Holiday Food Drive. The Niello Company is inviting Mini owners to take part in a holiday lights driving tour from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday with 2020 Fulton Ave. the gathering place. Participants are asked to contribute a donation of nonperishable food for the company’s “A Drive to Give” program. Holiday décor is encouraged for the Minis. Treats and warm cocoa will be served before the caravan through decorated neighborhoods. Visit email@example.com.
• Adamson Gallery. Barks for Art themes the 14th annual dog and cat show at 1021 R St., Suite 15. The preview reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday with the second Saturday reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Pets will be available for adoption. Show proceeds will benefit the Sacramento City Shelter on Front Street. Call the gallery at (916) 492-2207. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Sunday by appointment.
• Latino Art Organizations. La Pastorela de Sacramento themes the new holiday experience planned for Sunday in downtown Sacramento. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., the artistic collaboration will first offer a 45-minute, modern retelling of the Mexican Pastorela, a traditional fable with shepherds, angels and devils. The performers will commence outside of the Convention Center, moving along K Street with stops at Mayuhuel and the plaza at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
Navidades y Tradiciones themes the concert beginning at 3 p.m. in the Crest Theatre (doors open at 2 p.m.). Concert tickets are $22 adults, $12 children 12 and under; visit www.tickets.com.