As parks go, Cervantes Park is humble – a simple rectangle of lawn surrounded by plane trees along Freeport Boulevard north of Sacramento City College. A couple of park benches provide the only amenity. People sit on the benches or spread picnic blankets on the grass; dog owners throw Frisbees; sometimes kids kick balls around.
Soon they’ll have more room. The Sacramento City Council will vote Tuesday on a plan to expand the park – now about six-tenths of an acre – by 30 percent by taking out a frontage road along its western edge. It’s part of a larger plan to install bike lanes on Freeport Boulevard and shrink its four lanes of traffic to one lane on each side separated by a left-turn lane.
Other than getting bigger, the park isn’t going to change much. The Land Park Community Association surveyed residents on whether they wanted improvements such as a play structure, gazebo or a water fountain, and the answer was no, said association president Ken Mennemeier. “One of the values the neighbors told us was important was maintaining the openness in the middle of the park as a free-play space,” he said.
The eighth annual Curtis Fest, the free outdoor festival showcasing various forms of original artwork, returns to Curtis Park on Sunday.
More than 50 artisans who produce such works as skull art, duct-tape wallets, ceramics and metal sculptures, will be presenting their works from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food trucks, a petting zoo and a children’s fairy performing a live magic show also will be available.
The festival will be followed by music from 6 to 8 p.m.
Photographer and artist Charr Crail is offering workshop today on how to photograph jewelry and small artworks.
Presented by the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts, the workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park, 3330 McKinley Blvd. in Sacramento. The workshop is free for SCTA members and $10 for nonmembers.
Participants will learn about lighting, backdrops, different cameras and devices and producing photos in online formats.
The Sacramento Poetry Center is hosting a “Hot Poetry in the Park” event from 7 to 9 tonight at Fremont Park, 16th and P streets in Sacramento.
The public is invited to bring a picnic and listen to free readings from the center’s “Quill and Sable” poets and artists such as Tim McHargue, Kimberly White, Mike Pickering and Jennifer O’Neill Pickering with Jeremy Green. Rebecca Morrison hosts.
The Sacramento Natural Food Co-op is offering a cooking class Thursday that seeks to make good use of homegrown herbs and vegetables.
Participants will learn to make panzanella, an Italian bread with tomatoes and cucumbers, roasted bell pepper and goat cheese bruschetta, heirloom tomato soup and other vegetarian dishes.
The “Cooking from the Garden” class, from 6 to 8:30 p.m at 1914 Alhambra Blvd., is $35 for co-op members and $45 for nonmembers.
Elk Grove’s third annual Multicultural Festival takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road.
Two stages at the festival – showcasing food, music, artwork and entertainment – will feature more than 20 performances from groups representing Mexico, Brazil, India, Scotland and other countries. Activities for children include face painting, a petting zoo and art activities that promote diversity.
More than 60 nonprofits and church groups will be on hand to talk to fairgoers about their organizations.
Admission and parking are free.
Country band Sweet Revenge performs Friday at The Promenade at Sacramento Gateway’s free Summer Concert Series.
Food trucks and special food and drink meals are part of the festivities from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3620 N. Freeway Blvd. in Sacramento.
This year’s concert series ends Sept. 26 when the group Big Jangle performs.