The new Warehouse Artists Lofts in midtown Sacramento will host its grand opening Thursday. Mayor Kevin Johnson and other local dignitaries will be on hand for a 4 p.m. ceremony. The public is invited to tour the development at 1108 R St. and participate in creating a three-dimensional art installation by collaging or drawing on it.
The lofts are a centerpiece of the city’s decades-long effort to re-create the old R Street industrial corridor into a destination district with housing, shops, restaurants, theaters and nightspots. The core of the development is a warehouse built in 1914, which has been refurbished into 49 living spaces. Another 67 housing units are next door in a new building connected to the warehouse.
A public market on the ground floor will have a sushi shop, juice bar, vintage clothing stand, vinyl record store and shoemaker. Bottle & Barlow, a combination bar and barbershop, plans to open in May. The complex is filled with work from local artists.
The project cost $41.5 million, a large part of it from affordable housing subsidies.
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El Dorado residents can discuss road issues
El Dorado County residents can discuss roadway deficiencies during two workshops this week. The identical sessions are intended to inform the public about the process for a major update to the county’s West Slope transportation capital improvement and traffic impact mitigation fee programs. The first workshop will be held Wednesday in the Pleasant Grove Middle School multipurpose room, 2540 Green Valley Road, in Rescue. The second is set for Thursday at the El Dorado County Office of Education, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville. Both are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
River Cats’ season begins Thursday at Raley Field
The Sacramento River Cats begin their 2015 season Thursday, hosting the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field. It will be the first game for the River Cats as a San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate. The first 7,500 fans through the gates Thursday will receive a pair of Thunderstix.
Biologists to lead Arcade Creek exploration
The Sacramento Area Creeks Council will host an Arcade Creek Exploration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Del Paso Regional Park, 3635 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Participants can learn about the land and water of the creek and the animals that call it home. Biologists will guide the creek exploration, part of the area’s Creek Week events, and answer questions.
Info: www.creekweek.net/activities.html or (916) 454-4544
Indie expo on Saturday will salute video games
Head to Cafe Colonial for the Sacramento Indie Arcade Gaming Expo, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 3522 Stockton Blvd. The event will focus exclusively on video games. There will be game studios, a speaker panel, tournaments and an afterparty.
Sac State will feature art from 1960s, ’70s
Sacramento State will host “Here as Everywhere: Art of the Sixties and Seventies in Northern California” from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mariposa Hall on campus, 6000 J St. The annual art symposium will feature Michael Schwager’s keynote address, “Don’t Hide the Madness: Bay Area Art in the 1950s and ’60s.” Schwager is the gallery directory and professor of art history at Sonoma State University.
Footgolf fundraiser to benefit Sacramento SPCA
A fundraising Sacramento SPCA Footgolf Classic will take place at 3 p.m. (check-in is at 2 p.m.) Saturday at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, 3645 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the Sacramento SPCA.