Check it out: Hmong fest, more


Hmong fest continues

What: The Sacramento region’s 26,000 Hmong are continuing the commemoration of their New Year with festivities at Cal Expo. Highlights include performers, dancers and musical acts – many sporting traditional garb – and vendors serving up traditional Hmong dishes. The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Sacramento Hmong New Year Inc., an organization founded in 2004 by the 18 Hmong clans constituting Sacramento’s Hmong community. The group’s goals include the preservation of Hmong culture among future generations, promoting higher education, business and leadership in the Hmong community and establishing a positive relationship among the 18 clans.

Where: 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday.

Cost: Admission is $4; free for children 4 and younger and seniors 65 and older.

Info: www.sacramento hmongnewyear.com.


Coloma’s holiday houses

What: Twelve historic buildings at Marshal Gold Discovery State Historic Park will be open and decorated for Christmas. Interpreters will greet guests and share the history of each building. There will also be caroling, music, wreath making and cookie decorating.

Where: Back Street, Coloma.

When: 1 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $8 per vehicle day use fee, $5 per person special event fee (free for children 5 and younger).

Info: (530) 622-3470.


Christmas parade

What: “Let the Bells of Freedom Ring” is the theme of Placerville’s 36th annual Christmas Parade, which starts at the Mountain Democrat parking lot on upper Broadway and continues down Main Street.

Where: Downtown Placerville

When: 1 to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Info: www.placerville-downtown.org.


Alternative fair I

What: Trinity Episcopal Church in Sacramento will present its Alternative Christmas Fair with offerings from artists, craftspeople and nonprofit groups. Trinity Respecting Earth and Environment (TREE) is sponsoring the fair.

Where: Church’s Great Hall, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free.

Info: (916) 451-6292.


Alternative fair II

What: Area nonprofits will participate in an Alternative Gift Fair for the Season of Giving at Sacramento City College. Attendees can browse, chat and learn how agencies serve the community while purchasing gifts in the form of a membership or donation to the organizations. Charities will provide a card or certificate describing the donation.

Where: 3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento.

When: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free.

Info: (916) 448-6508.