This Week: Last chance to visit two temporary exhibits for free with admission to California Museum

02/03/2014 12:00 AM

02/02/2014 8:43 PM

This week is one of the last when visitors to the California Museum, 1020 O St., can catch two temporary exhibits highlighting the state’s mid-20th-century contributions to art and culture.

“Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design” chronicles the life and work of designer Ray Eames, who with her husband, Charles, developed techniques for bending plywood that resulted in the curved chairs bearing their name. Eames grew up in Sacramento and graduated from Sacramento High School. Artifacts on display include her application to college, her paintings, clothing she designed and intricate paper dolls she created as a young child.

The Eames exhibit runs until Feb. 23.

Sacramentans have longer to see “The Art of Gaman,” which features paintings, carvings, furniture and other arts and crafts created by Japanese-Americans imprisoned in internment camps during World War II. “Gaman means to bear the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity,” said curator and author Delphine Hirasuna.

The Gaman exhibit remains at the museum until May 11. For more information on both shows, visit

– Mary Lynne Vellinga


Irrigation district board

schedules special meeting

The El Dorado Irrigation District board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider declaring a Stage 1 water alert. The board also will consider implementing drought conservation pricing, amounting to a 15 percent increase on water use only. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sly Park conference room at the district’s headquarters, 2890 Mosquito Road, Placerville.

Behind the news: Stage 1 of the four stages in the district’s drought action plan indicates that the district anticipates restricted water supplies and asks customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 15 percent.


Sweet Potato Festival

celebrates 25th year

The Sacramento Valley Section of The National Council of Negro Women Inc. is hosting the 25th annual Sweet Potato Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Samuel Pannell Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento. There will be a sweet potato pie contest, games, food vendors, a DJ and live music. Admission is free; food is available for purchase.

Behind the news: Attendees will also be able to learn about educational, civic and community resources that promote positive and healthy behaviors for youths and adults. The festival is a fundraiser for projects the organization sponsors.

Info: (916) 491-6850 or

Export trade numbers

to be released Thursday

Will California export trade set a record for dollar value for 2013? We’ll find out Thursday when Beacon Economics breaks out U.S. Commerce Department trade numbers for December and all of 2013. Through 11 months of 2013, Beacon said, California businesses shipped $153.53 billion in merchandise, well ahead of the $148.34 billion recorded in the same period of 2012. In 2012, the value of California merchandise exports totaled $161.7 billion, an all-time high not accounting for inflation.

Info: Check details at


Valentine run/walk

a fundraiser at plaza

Legal Services of Northern California is sponsoring the 11th annual Valentine Run-Walk on Saturday at Country Club Plaza at the rear parking lot near El Camino Avenue and Butano Drive in Sacramento. The event is family friendly, featuring kids’ races and 1.8-mile or 4-mile walk/runs. Well-behaved canine companions are also invited to join in the fun. There will be an awards ceremony, kids activities, fitness expo, refreshments, entertainers, vendors, massage, giveaways and more. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m.

Phone: (916) 551-2164 or


Reception planned for

Korean prints exhibit

Ten Korean printmakers capture landscapes, people and political statements in a free exhibit opening Thursday at Sacramento State’s Library Gallery. A reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday for “The Land and the People: Contemporary Korean Prints,” which represents the diversity and scale of contemporary printmaking in South Korea. About 90 works – many large scale – of three generations of artists represent techniques from traditional woodblock and linocut to experimental silicon casting and digital processes. The exhibit runs through May 17.

Info: (916) 278-4189 or

Arenacross showcases

dirt-bike racing

Dirt-bike racing returns to Sacramento at the AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross on Saturday and Sunday at Sleep Train Arena, 1 Sports Parkway. The event is part of a 12-city tour in a quest to crown a champion. Reigning three-time title holder Tyler Bowers will lead riders for the sixth round of the tour. The championship last visited Sacramento during the 2011 season. Tickets are $10 to $30.50.

Info: (916) 928-6900 or

Valentine treats for

Sacramento Zoo animals

Organized by teen volunteers, the I Heart Sacramento Zoo Day on Sunday will feature valentine-themed animal enrichments and informative talks. Here is when animals will receive their treats: 9:30 a.m., Sumatran orangutan; 10 a.m., chimpanzee; 10:30 a.m., snow leopard; 11 a.m., black and white ruffed lemur; 11:30 a.m., giraffe; noon, interpretive center; 1 p.m., giant anteater; 1:30 p.m., African lion; 2 p.m., North American river otter; 2:30 p.m., reptile house; 3 p.m., red river hog; 3:30 p.m., ground hornbill and great hornbill. The zoo is at Land Park Drive and Sutterville Road. Admission is $11.25 for adults and $7.25 for youths. There is no charge for children up to age 1.

Info: or (916) 808-5888.

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