About 350 of the region’s top politicians, businesspeople and civic leaders will spend the next three days in Washington, D.C., for the 45th Cap-to-Cap trip, an annual lobbying effort organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber.
Water – specifically, how to make sure we have enough of it – tops the chamber’s agenda this year. On its website, the chamber says it will push for federal protection of Northern California’s water supply, particularly in light of a plan to build new tunnels to ship water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Members also will lobby for additional storage facilities, such as the proposed Sites Reservoir west of the Sacramento River in Glenn and Colusa counties.
In the transportation arena, the chamber says it will lobby for a new air-traffic-control tower at Sacramento International Airport and for federal policies to improve the safety of trains carrying crude oil.
The chamber also says it will back President Barack Obama’s proposal to make community college free and will push for increases in federal financial aid.
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Mary Lynne Vellinga
Spring carnival coming to Del Paso Boulevard
The five-day spring carnival on Del Paso Boulevard will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The sixth annual event, sponsored by the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership and the Del Paso Business Community, will bring rides and games to the corner of Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue in North Sacramento. A portion of carnival proceeds will be used for beautification projects along the boulevard.
Info: (916) 923-6200
Golfing extravaganza planned at Haggin Oaks
The 40th annual Haggin Oaks Golf Expo starts a three-day run Friday at the golf complex, 3645 Fulton Ave. Known as “America’s Largest Demo Days,” the event allows golfers to test new equipment and accessories, launch monitors and tour tech vans. Attendees can also trade in old clubs and shop in the complex’s golf shop at the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Scheduled celebrity appearances include Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan from “Caddyshack”) at noon Saturday.
Garden Day scheduled at Sacramento Food Bank
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services will host its third annual Garden Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 3333 Third Ave. Local organizations and businesses involved in urban gardening, ecological landscaping, healthy eating, composting and more will be on hand. Visitors can tour the demonstration garden and watch a cooking or gardening demonstration at the free event.
Info: (916) 456-1980
Curtis Park home tour set for Saturday
Visitors can tour seven homes and gardens in Sacramento’s Curtis Park area Saturday at the neighborhood’s Home and Garden Tour. The 29th annual event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature homes in Bungalow and classic Tudor Revival styles. There will also be food trucks, refreshments and vintage cars.
Food truck fest returns to Sacramento marketplace
The SactoMoFo 8 food truck festival will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sacramento Outdoor Marketplace, 700 X St. The gathering will feature more than 35 trucks, live music and a beer garden, proceeds from which will benefit the Front Street Animal Shelter.
Scottish games, festival at Yolo County Fairgrounds
The Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland. Festivities for “The Friendly Games,” which begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and conclude at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, will include bagpipers, drummers, Highland athletes, traditional and modern Celtic entertainment and more.