This Week: Capital will honor King with march, service

Next weekend will be filled with events to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The highlight: Sacramento’s annual MLK Day march on Monday, which is expected to draw about 28,000 people.

The six-mile “marade” (march and parade) will leave at 8:30 a.m. from Martin Luther King Boulevard near Eighth Avenue. This year, marchers will pass Sacramento City College and the state Capitol before ending at the Sacramento Convention Center downtown, where an expo celebrating diversity will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free shuttle buses can take people back to Oak Park Community Center and Sacramento City College. For more information, visit www.mlk365.org.

Looking for a hands-on way to honor King’s legacy? Join one of the numerous service projects planned for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On Saturday, for instance, the city of Sacramento will hold volunteer work days at Land Park, Seymour Park and Garcia Bend Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Other efforts include flood education, assembling bikes for children, and restoring the historic Wakamatsu Farm in Placerville. Visit www.handsonsacto.org for a complete listing.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga


NY Times’ Nicholas Kristof speaks at Mondavi Center

Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, comes to UC Davis’ Mondavi Center for a lecture and question-and-answer session with Capital Public Radio host Beth Ruyak at 8 p.m. today. The event focuses on the 2009 book Kristof co-authored with his wife, journalist Sheryl WuDunn, titled “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide.” Admission is $20.

Behind the News: The book – the selection for UC Davis’ 2013-14 Community Book Project – tells the stories of heroic women who are struggling through life with poverty, health concerns and other obstacles in the developing nations of Asia and Africa and makes an argument for advancing women’s equality throughout the world.

Info: www.mondaviarts.org/events

Photo exhibit examines Sacramento’s Civil War era

The Center for Sacramento History debuts a photographic exhibit, “Devoted to the Union: Sacramento and the Civil War,” that looks at how Sacramentans responded to the Civil War. The 7 p.m. event Thursday at 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd. in Sacramento features a lecture by historian Glenna Matthews and a discussion with Elk Grove teacher Karen Richey on her award-winning Civil War curriculum. Tickets for the event are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

Behind the news: Matthews is the author of the book “The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican Party, and the Birth of Modern California.”

Info: www.cityofsacramento.org/ccl/history

AAA releases its gasoline price survey Tuesday

Motorists in the Sacramento area and throughout California enjoyed stable or declining gasoline prices throughout the holiday season, but prices have started edging upward to start 2014. On Tuesday, AAA will release its monthly survey of gas prices, breaking down average pump costs in jurisdictions throughout the state.

Info: Check www.sacbee.com for results

Hart Senior Center reopens after renovation

Sacramento’s Ethel M. Hart Senior Center, temporarily closed for renovations last year, is celebrating a “grand reopening” Thursday that includes a celebration lunch for the first 200 attendees. The center at 27th and J streets in midtown is home to the city’s Older Adult Services programs. An open house begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, followed by the 11:30 a.m. lunch, a raffle at 1 p.m. and dancing until 4:30 p.m. While renovations – including an overhaul to the building heating and air conditioning – were underway, the center’s senior programs were held at Coloma Community Center in east Sacramento.

Info: (916) 808-5462

Around Town

Impoving sleep is focus of Sacramento co-op talk

Chiropractor Damon West will lead a discussion titled “Improving Your Sleep” at the Sacramento Natural Food Coop Learning Center, 1914 Alhambra Blvd. in Sacramento, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The latest research and technology in the study of sleep will be discussed, along with techniques for improving sleep and the foods and supplements that help the body rest. The cost is $5.

Info: www.sacfoodcoop.com

Sac Metro Chamber offers orientation session

The Sacramento Metro Chamber’s monthly orientation session takes place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the chamber’s offices, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, in Sacramento. Attendees are shown how to access programs and services that are available to members. Members and potential members are welcome, but the chamber asks people to register in advance.

Info: (916) 319-4273

Learn to download free e-books at Folsom library

Folsom Public Library at 411 Stafford St. is offering a lesson on how to download free library e-books. People who attend the event from 10 a.m. to noon Friday will need to bring their library card and PIN password. Kindle users should bring their Amazon account information.

Info: (916) 355-7374

Lecture at UC Davis focuses on Persia

Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University in New York, will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis as part of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi’s distinguished speakers series. Dabashi will discuss the history and literary culture of Persia. The event at 1 Shields Ave. is free and open to the public.

Info: (530) 754-2262.