Fun things to do this week


Ice skating

Bust out your blades

What: Queue the “Skaters Waltz,” dare low temperatures to force you inside, and step onto the ice as fun-seekers have done for much of history. More than nostalgia makes it an option for a family outing. Two outdoor seasonal rinks open today: the Historic Sutter Street Ice Skating Rink in Folsom at 10 a.m. and Sacramento’s Holiday Ice Rink at noon.

When: Through Jan. 20 (including holidays); Folsom, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; Sacramento, 2-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Where: At the Historic Railroad Turntable on Sutter Street, historic downtown Folsom; in St. Rose of Lima Park, 701 K St., Sacramento

Cost: Folsom, $8-$10 for 90-minute session; skate rental $2; Sacramento, $8 for 105-minute session; children 4 and younger free; skate rental $2

Information: Folsom, www., (916) 985-4181; Sacramento, www., (916)442-8575


Second Friday AboutArt

Works of art in Davis

What: Davis galleries and businesses invite the public for the monthly art walk. It’s the city’s chance to share the works of artists such as Joan Shewmaker, whose photography is up at Nina’s Studio, or the new courtyard mural at Pence Gallery (212 D St., Davis ), which will be dedicated at a party that kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

When: Times vary Friday evening, most starting at 6 p.m.; some exhibits continue for the month

Where: Throughout downtown Davis

Cost: Free admission

Information: www.


Swan festival

Celebration of waterfowl

What: Enthusiasts hope this inaugural festival becomes an annual celebration of the thousands of tundra swans and other waterfowl that migrate through the Central Valley. An expo will include booths and presentions, and 35 field trips are planned.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where: 720 Yuba St., Marysville

Cost: Free admission; field trips $5-$45, registration required

Information: (530)743-6501; (530)741-8645;


Rides for veterans

Free train excursions

What: To celebrate Veterans Day, the California State Railroad Museum is treating veterans and active military personnel to a bit of fun with free excursion train rides. They also get free admisson to the museum on the holiday.

When: 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Monday rides; museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Central Pacific Freight Depot, Front and K Streets; museum, Second and I Streets, Sacramento

Cost: Veterans and active military personnel, free; discounts for family members; general public $5-$10 for train rides; $5-$10 for museum admission; children 5 and under free for rides and admission

Information: (916)445-6645;


Film festival

Screen movies in Napa

What: A dozen venues screen movies as part of the five-day Napa Valley Film Festival, which showcases independent filmmaking and world cinema. Documentaries, full-length features and short subjects are on the lineup. In additional, special events are offered throughout the festival, featuring wine, food and entertainment.

When: Wednesday-Nov. 17; opening reception 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; awards and wrap-up party 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga

Cost: Day pass $75 and up; festival pass $250 and up; special screenings and events $20 and up.

Information: http://; (707)226-7500