Elk Grove’s Briggs to be honored
Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis is presenting former Chicago Bears linebacker and Elk Grove High School graduate Lance Briggs a key to the city at two events. The first is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Double Nickel Smokehouse, 3443 Laguna Blvd., in Elk Grove that Briggs and childhood friend Cameron Lee opened in 2014. He will also be recognized during pre-game activities during the City of Elk Grove Night at the Sacramento Kings game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Briggs played 13 seasons with the Bears. Discounted tickets to the game are available at www.kingsgrouptickets.com/ElkGrove.
Grief during holidays topic of program
Chaplain Christine Pobanz-Stelter from Vitas Hospice will provide support and discuss strategies for coping with grief around the holidays during the Folsom Library’s First Friday series. The free, nondenominational program is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. (doors open at 9:45 a.m.) at the library, 411 Stafford St.
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Young musicians invited to Rio Playathon
Elementary and middle school musicians are invited to join the Rio Americano High School Band for Playathon, a 17-hour musical marathon at the school, 4540 American River Drive, Sacramento. The 35th annual event benefits Rio Americano’s music program. The music of Disney is this year’s theme. The event runs from 7 a.m. to midnight. Students can join in from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is a carnival from 3 to 7 p.m. and an evening performance from 6 to 9 p.m. Go to http://rioband.net/ for more information.
Things to do
▪ The fundraising Second Alarm Chili Cook-off is planned from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. Besides chili, highlights include beer, wine tastings, a raffle, silent auction, live music provided by The Mach 5 and more. Proceeds benefit the Firefighters Burn Institute. Go to http://ffburn.org/2015/ for more information.
▪ The 18th annual Sacramento Arts Festival features more than 225 of contemporary craftspeople and fine artists offering more than 15,000 original works. The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St. Go to www.sacartsfest.com/ for more information.
- Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets, 7:30 p.m., Sleep Train Arena
- The Sacramento Bee features a live chat at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the night’s games all over the area before and as they are played. Go to sacbee.com/sports