Fun things to do this week


Kwanzaa begins

Let the celebration begin

What: For the 19th year, Kwanzaa will be celebrated by the Brickhouse Art Gallery, the Sacramento Area Black Caucus and the Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley. The first night focuses on Kujichagulia (self-determination). Subsequent nights will be celebrated at various locations.

When: 6-9 p.m. today

Where: Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th St., Sacramento

Cost: Free



Nerd night

Sharpen your wits

What: Extend your Christmas pleasures at Bows and Arrows in a night of games, fraternization and maybe some learning. Some will be getting a head start on New Year’s rituals.

When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bows and Arrows, 1815 19th St., Sacramento

Cost: Free admission

Information: (916) 822.5668,


Coyote tales

Naturalist presentation

What: Learn about coyotes, also know as Canis latrans or the trickster. Get a close-up look at a coyote pelt and learn about this adaptive mammal, which is a mythological figure among Native American tribes. After the briefing, join a naturalist to look for signs of coyotes on the trail.

When: 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael

Cost: Free admission; parking $5 per car

Information: (916) 489-4918;


Green autos

They’re not a new idea

What: To illustrate that it recognizes the growing interest in alternative fuels for motoring, the California Automobile Museum has put together an exhibit of electric and clean-fuel vehicles. Just in case you’re under the mistaken notion that e-vehicles are a new idea, be sure to see the 1913 Rauch & Lang electric car or the ’72 Datsun in “Going Green.”

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except Tuesday, when closing is at 3 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day.

Cost: $4-$8

Information:; (916) 442-6802


Hornblower Cruise

Rollin’ down the river

What: Maybe you’ve got out-of-town visitors. Maybe you finally have some free time to enjoy the city. It’s a crackerjack time to head to Old Sacramento and hop aboard and cruise the Sacramento River. Hornblower cruises will tell you of the history of Sacramento’s riverfront during a one-hour cruise. Cruise.

When: 1:30 and 3 p.m. today-Sunday; noon Saturday-Sunday

Where: L Street Dock, 1206 Front St., Sacramento

Cost: $20

Information:; (916) 446-1185