Changing fall semester start is topic
Parents and guardians in the Sacramento City Unified School District are invited to a community forum at Kennedy High School to discuss pros and cons of changing the start of the fall semester, advancing it to August next year so the district can better vie for teachers in the job market and students considering enrollment. The forum starts at 6 p.m., 6715 Gloria Drive, Sacramento. The number of school days would not change.
A north wind could ruin comb-overs and send dry leaves skittering down the streets of Sacramento on Thursday. Winds are forecast to blow from 7 to 17 mph, with gusts to 24 mph, in the Sacramento region, according to the National Weather Service.
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Film on Declaration of Independence
A free screening of “Making a Nation: The Untold Story of the Declaration of Independence (1776)” is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento. The 70-minute episode is the first in the series, “Inventing America: Conversations with the Founders.” No reservations are required.
Sandhill cranes seminar at nature center
Paul Tebbel will lead a seminar “The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes,” focusing on the the large, noisy and popular birds that winter in the fields south of Sacramento. The event features a lecture from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael. The seminar is nearly full. Call 916-489-4918 to register. For more information, go to www.sacnaturecenter.net.
Colon stars in free educational event
A giant, inflatable walk-through colon will be on display during the “Strollin’ Colon” event at Sutter Medical Center. During the free educational exhibit, participants can learn more about colon health, risk factors and early detection. The display will be in Rooms 1-4 at Buhler Specialty Pavilion, 2800 L St., Sacramento. Registration is at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 6 p.m.
Things to do
▪ Families are invited to a free Halloween Spooktacular for a night of games, prizes and treats from 6 to 8 p.m. at Swanston Community Center, 2350 Northrop Ave., Sacramento.
▪ A free Halloween-themed Family Fun Night is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. at Vernon Street Town Square, 311 Vernon St., Roseville. There will be hands-on activities, vendor booths, live entertainment, costume contests, a haunted house and trick-or-treating on Vernon Street.