This Week: San Juan High to mark 100th year with public open house

San Juan High School in Citrus Heights will celebrate its 100th anniversary Saturday with a public open house to show off its new look.

The oldest high school in the San Juan Unified School District, San Juan began in a small building in Fair Oaks that it shared with a grammar school. In 1915, construction began on its 7551 Greenback Lane campus on land donated by developer Walter Trainor, who was converting nearby ranches into housing. A history on the San Juan website credits Trainor with coining the name “Citrus Heights” for his developments.

In those days, the area surrounding San Juan High School was still largely rural, and the school drew students from a territory that included all the land east of Fulton Avenue, south of the Placer County line and north of the American River.

The free, public celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include live music, a show featuring cars, tractors and motorcycles, a San Juan legacy exhibit, and a reunion for graduates from any year. Lunch will be served in the school’s new culinary center. Attendees can also tour the facility, which was recently remodeled with $27.3 million in bond funds. Today, the campus serves 625 students enrolled in five small learning communities.

See www.sanjuan.edu/sanjuan for more information on the centennial.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga


Rid household of expired, unused prescription drugs

The Sacramento Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give area residents a chance to get rid of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Medications can be disposed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday10/26 at the Public Safety Center, 5770 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. The service is free and anonymous. Officials said items that will not be accepted at the collection site are intravenous solutions, hypodermic needles, injection medication and illicit substances, such as marijuana or methamphetamine.

Behind the news: According to Sacramento police, medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Residents are also advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, pose potential safety, health and environmental hazards.

Info: Call (916) 264-5471.

Around Town

Hawaiian Chieftain tall ship to dock in Old Sac today

The tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain, which specializes in living-history education programs for young people, is scheduled to arrive today in Old Sacramento. According to event organizers, the tall ship, which is 103 feet, 9 inches long with a main mast rising 75 feet from the water, will arrive about 6 p.m. and dock upriver of the Tower Bridge, near 1210 Front St. The ship is scheduled to be in Sacramento through Dec. 8.

Behind the news: The general public may tour the Hawaiian Chieftain from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The ship is taking reservations for one-hour dockside and three-hour sailing programs for K-12 schools, youth service groups and other organizations.

Info: Call (800) 200-5239 or go to http://historicalseaport.org/our-programs/education-programs.

Book signing planned in Carmichael

Local author A.K. Buckroth and illustrator Amy Pichly-Meyer will be autographing copies of "Me & My Money ... A Child's Story of Diabetes" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Skip's Kitchen, 4717 El Camino Ave., Carmichael. Admission is free.

Info: (916) 396-3414

Poets, food trucks on the menu at Tahoe Park

Poetry with a side of food will be served Wednesday at the Tahoe Park Poets and Food Truck Expo. Area poets Joann Anglin, Jennifer O'Neill Pickering, Mike D. Pickering and others will present spoken-word offerings and folk songs beginning at 5 p.m. at the park, 3501 59th St., Sacramento. A variety of food truck cuisine, plus a beer and wine garden, will also be available. Free admission.

Info: (916) 808-5200

Get your game on at Children's Hospital-sponsored event

Families are invited to Game Truck Event, a mobile game party hosted by UC Davis Children's Hospital. The free event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the UC Davis Health System campus, 45th Street between Second Avenue and Y Street. Dinner is available afterward at the health system's farmers market.

Info: www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Dinner and a spooky silent movie in Fair Oaks

The Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District is brewing up an adults-only ghoulish evening on Friday at the town's community clubhouse. The Halloween Silent Movie & Dinner Soiree will feature a showing of the classic "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1920), along with live pipe organ accompaniment by Paul Quarino. Food will served and spirits will be available for purchase. Admission is $20, and costumes are encouraged.

Info: (916) 966-1036.

Folsom library to screen award-winning film

The Folsom Public Library is sponsoring at a free screening of "Innocente," the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short Subject. The film tells the story of a talented 15-year-old Latina who, as an undocumented homeless immigrant, fiercely pursues her dream of becoming an artist. It will be shown from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library, 411 Stafford St., Folsom.

Info: (916) 355-7357.

'Trunk-or-Treat' party at auto museum

The California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento, will host a "Trunk-or-Treat" Halloween party from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Trunks of cars will be filled with candy, and the party also includes a scavenger hunt and haunted house. General and adult admission is $8, and kids in costume get in free with an adult (up to three children per adult).

Info: www.calautomuseum.org and (916) 442-6802.