From museums to library events, how to stay cool this summer

The summer sizzle is back in Sacramento, and the search is on for a break from the heat. Possibilities abound in the libraries, shopping centers, museums and other cool places holding free events.

Here are a few of the more attractive options:

California State Archives

Go behind the scenes of the California State Archives at the Secretary of State building, 1500 11th St. Sept. 30 and Oct. 28. Limited registration.

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Through Dec. 30, view a private collection of campaign items from the first campaign management firm in the nation, Whitaker and Baxter.

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California State Capitol

Free admission to the California State Capitol Museum, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

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Fire Station Open House

Select fire stations in Sacramento host open houses through the summer. All the tours run from 2 to 4 p.m.

July 9 - Station 12, 4500 24th St.

July 16 - Station 10, 5642 66th St.

July 30 - Station 11, 785 Florin Road

August 6 - Station 7, 6500 Wyndham Drive

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Homes and Historic Sites

Tahoe Select exhibits at the Baldwin Museum at the Tallac Site, every day through Sept. 18. The site aims to preserve the cultural heritage and natural history of the Tahoe region.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - View introductory video to acquaint yourself with the grounds

Mobile device site tours, available daily with a smart phone

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.- Tour of the blacksmith shop

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Through Sept. 5, select museums will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families every day during normal business hours.

California Automobile Museum

California Museum

Crocker Art Museum

Faiytale Town

Sacramento History Museum

More information about the program for active duty military:!CA

Other free museums:

Wells Fargo Museum, Capitol Mall

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Don and June Salvatori Pharmacy Museum, Natomas

By appointment only.

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Public Libraries

Summer lunches for kids and teens, adult coloring and knitting sessions, teen video game evenings and more, at locations throughout Sacramento. Registration is required for most events.

June 28 - Book a Genealogist. Held every Tuesday and Thursday. Appointments can be made on the hour between 1 and 4 p.m. Central Library, 828 I St.

June 28 - Knitting with a group every Tuesday. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive

June 29 - Pixar in a Box. Explore how to transform clay modeling into digital characters. 2 to 3 p.m. Fair Oaks Library, 11601 Fair Oaks Blvd.

July 1 - Full Circle Book Club. July is J.R.R. Tolkien themed. 2 to 4 p.m. Ella K. McClatchy Library, 2112 22nd St.

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Shopping Centers

Arden Fair

“Elevate: An Art Exhibition” on display through July 23

Aug.13 - “Kid’s Club” soccer expo with Sacramento Republic FC

Sept. 10 - “Minute to Win It” games

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