This Week: Sleep Train Arena’s future on City Council’s agenda

The future of the Sleep Train Arena site remains unclear.
The future of the Sleep Train Arena site remains unclear. Sacramento Bee file

The construction of a new arena is only half the story. There’s also the issue of what happens to Sleep Train Arena in North Natomas after the arena opens downtown in 2016.

Sacramento city staff and representatives of the Kings are scheduled to update the City Council on Tuesday on plans for the redevelopment of the Sleep Train site.

According to a city staff report, “the redevelopment of the Natomas site holds great economic potential for the Natomas community and the city even without the arena use.” The Kings and the city are in talks about what will replace the arena. There has been some talk that North Natomas residents want a hospital there.

No plans for the site have been made known as the Kings have focused on construction of the downtown arena. The Kings are “in the initial phase of the reuse plan process, which involves discussions with the city regarding potential land use and zoning changes,” according to the city staff report.

The item is on the agenda for the council’s weekly meeting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 915 I St.

Ryan Lillis

Blood drive Tuesday, Wednesday at Sac State

People can donate blood and join the “Be the Match” bone marrow registry during a two-day blood drive beginning Tuesday at Sacramento State’s University Union. Participants will receive a $5 Togo’s gift card and a My BloodSource Rewards card. The blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Participants are asked to bring a photo ID, and eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

Info: www.facebook.com/sacstate.blooddrive

U.S. citizenship workshop planned Tuesday in Folsom

A U.S. citizenship workshop is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford St. Topics to be discussed at the free event include the naturalization process, the new naturalization test, and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. The workshop, to be taught by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is for legal permanent residents and interested naturalization applicants.

Info: http://www.folsom.ca.us/ (click on Calendars)

New college gymnasium to be celebrated

There will be a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday to celebrate the opening of the new Folsom Lake College gymnasium complex. The 43,000-square-foot facility includes a spectator gym, a practice gym, team locker rooms, faculty offices, athletic trainer suite and more. Visitors can take a tour of the complex at 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

Info: www.flc.losrios.edu

Seuss celebration this weekend at museum

A Dr. Seuss birthday celebration is planned Saturday and Sunday at the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Share the stories of Dr. Seuss with your children by bringing them in for the family feature story time. Crafts for children include making a Lorax mustache to take home and wear. Have fun coloring some Dr. Seuss-themed pages.

Info: (916) 808-3942

Republic FC returns to Hughes in friendly match

Sacramento Republic FC returns to Hughes Stadium to play the New York Cosmos in a friendly soccer match at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Info: http://www.sacrepublicfc.com/

Winning young musicians to perform in Davis

A celebratory concert featuring the winners of the annual 2015 Mondavi Center Young Artists competition will take place Sunday in Davis. Mondavi Center resident pianist Lara Downes will host the concert, which will feature musicians who are winners in multiple instrumental categories.

Info: mondavicenter.ucdavis.edu