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Downtown Plaza ice rink offers Disney theme night

Sure, it’ll cost you $8 to go ice skating at the Downtown Plaza’s rink at St. Rose of Lima Park at Seventh and K streets in Sacramento, but did you know there are ways to keep the costs down? Take Thursday’s Disney-themed skate night, for example. People who come dressed in theme – Mickey Mouse ears, Disney or superhero apparel – get a free skate rental, which is usually an extra $2. DJ Shaun Slaughter is spinning holiday music and other tunes that evening. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Behind the news: The rink’s manager, the Sacramento Downtown Partnership, is offering a theme night every Thursday until the rink is closed for the year on Jan. 20. So if you like tie dye, ugly sweaters, neon or ’80s prom attire, you’re in luck. Check out the schedule along with other promotional days on the website listed below.

Info: downtownsac.org/events/ice-rink

‘I Got First Dibs’ auction to benefit arts groups

David Sobon Auctions is joining forces with Fringe, the vintage furniture, art and clothing company at 21st and X streets in midtown, to stage a two-day auction of mid-century modern furniture and collectibles to benefit the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento. The “I Got First Dibs” event is billed as the largest auction of its kind in Sacramento, featuring items from Fringe and the estate of collector John Conaty, who died in 2009.

Behind the news: The Arts and Business Council will receive proceeds from 10 specially selected pieces from the collection. The auction starts Friday with a “preview party” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for VIPs ($50 admission) and from 7 to 10 p.m. to the general public ($10 admission) at The Merchant, 1425 C St. in Sacramento. An all-day live auction takes place Saturday with bidding from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items may be previewed starting at 7 a.m. There is no admission charge on Saturday.

Info: firstdibsauctions.com