Thousands of gay-rights supporters are expected to gather Saturday on Capitol Mall for the 30th annual Sacramento Pride parade and festival.
Pride parades in Sacramento and around the country commemorate the Stonewall Riots in New York in June 1969, an event that marked the start of the gay-rights movement. The local events are organized by the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. On its website, the center cites recent victories in its longtime quest for equal rights for members of the LGBT community. These include court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage in California and many other states and the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
The Pride events are the largest source of funding for the nonprofit LGBT Center’s programs, which include a free legal clinic, services for at-risk youths and HIV/AIDS prevention.
The parade is free and starts from Third and N streets at 11 a.m. The festival lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Capitol Mall and includes performances by British pop artist Neon Hitch and singer-songwriter Tom Goss, as well as a kids zone and a dance pavilion. Tickets are $10.
– Mary Lynne Vellinga
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United Way collects toilet paper for nonprofits
The United Way’s sixth annual Toilet Paper Drive for local nonprofits takes place Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cal Expo. Donors are encouraged to drive up to the main entrance at 1600 Exposition Blvd. to drop off rolls of toilet paper, a staple on which nonprofits spend hundreds to thousands of dollars each year. “At a dollar a roll, this drive will help more than a hundred local nonprofits save $240,000,” said United Way President and CEO Stephanie McLemore Bray. “Every dollar counts, and so does every roll.”
Foundation offers a tour of McKinley Park’s trees
The Sacramento Tree Foundation is offering the public a free tree tour of McKinley Park in east Sacramento. The tour, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, is led by a certified arborist and begins on the west lawn at the Shepard Garden and Art Center. Participants with a tablet or smartphone will be shown how to identify trees, edit data and conduct electronic mapping of trees with GreenprintMaps.
Desolation Wilderness focus of REI event
The Sacramento REI store at 1790 Expo Parkway is hosting a free information session to planning trips to Desolation Wilderness, 64,000 acres of alpine lakes, forests, waterfalls and granite outcroppings in El Dorado County just southwest of Lake Tahoe. The discussion session with Desolation Wilderness volunteers and a wilderness program manager takes place Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the store.
Info: (916) 924-8900
Glenn Hall Park hosts Pops in the Park concert
Television newscaster Edie Lambert and husband Lloyd Levine, a former state assemblyman, emcee Friday’s Pops in the Park concert at Glenn Hall Park, 5415 Sandburg Drive in Sacramento, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The series of free summer concerts raises money through advertising, sponsorships, and food and beverage sales to support neighborhood parks. Friday’s musical act is The Count, a rock and rhythm-and-blues band.
AAA releases new gas price survey Tuesday
Gasoline prices in the Sacramento area and statewide have been slowly inching downward from late-April highs. Even so, motorists in many jurisdictions throughout California are still paying more than $4 a gallon for unleaded regular. On Tuesday, AAA will release its monthly gas price survey, breaking down at-the-pump costs at locales throughout the state.
Info: Check for details at www.sacbee.com
Pony Express riders leave Old Sac on Wednesday
The annual Pony Express “re-ride” kicks off Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. in Old Sacramento, where the first of more than 600 riders and horses will launch a 10-day, 24-hour nonstop postal relay to St. Joseph, Mo. The event commemorates the Pony Express operation that ferried mail between the two cities for 19 months in 1860 and 1861.