This Week: Sierra College forum will focus on water, drought

The public is invited to a free forum on drought and water issues at Sierra College in Rocklin on Tuesday, which is also Earth Day.

The event, titled “Water Wars, Warriors and Climate Change,” will also focus on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the state’s proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The controversial proposal, estimated to cost more than $25 billion, would divert a portion of the Sacramento River’s flow at three intakes near Courtland, then to existing state and federal pumps and canals near Tracy.

Guest speakers at the forum will include Paul Helliker, deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources; Einar Maisch, strategic affairs director at the Placer County Water Agency; Joe Medeiros, professor emeritus of biological sciences, Sierra College; and Terrance Davis, drought incident commander for the city of Sacramento.

Sponsors of the event are the Placer County Water Agency, Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students of Sierra College and the Associated Students of Sierra College.

The forum begins at 4 p.m. at Dietrich Theater on the Sierra College campus, 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. For more information, contact moderator Kristine Gilbert, chair of the college’s Environmental Studies and Sustainability Department, at kgilbert@sierracollege.edu.

– Matt Weiser

Around Town

Forum examines economic growth and universities

UC Davis is hosting a forum Tuesday on the role universities can play in economic development. The forum will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Community Center, with an hourlong reception to follow.

Several UC professors and other officials will be addressing the topic, which focuses how the university can spark regional economic booms in software, biotech and other industries.

The forum is an outgrowth of a book called “Public Universities and Regional Growth,” which focuses on six University of California campuses. The book will be published next month by Stanford University Press.

Among those speaking are Daniel Sumner, an agricultural economist at UC Davis; Andrew Hargadon, a UC Davis professor specializing in entrepreneurship; and Mary Walshok, an associate vice chancellor at UC San Diego. The event is open to the public.

Info: dateline.ucdavis.edu

Cooley, Children’s Museum celebrate Earth Day

The Sacramento Children’s Museum and Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, are hosting their second annual Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the parking lot next to the museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive in Rancho Cordova. Partners ranging from the state Department of Parks and Recreation to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District will be on hand with “earth-friendly” interactive activities for kids. Children 12 and under will be admitted into the museum free.

Info: www.sackids.org

Sleep Train Arena hosts classic-car event

The Sacramento Classic Car and Parts Swap Meet will run from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sleep Train Arena. It will be presented by the locally published Northern & Central California Cruisin’ News. Swap spaces are $20, and car corral spots start at $30. General admission is $10. Parking is free.

Info: www.sacramentoswapmeet.com or (916) 955-8777.

Spring Carnival returns to Del Paso Boulevard

The Del Paso Boulevard Partnership’s five-day Spring Carnival on “The Boulevard” gets underway Wednesday. Admission to the carnival at Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue in North Sacramento is free, but ride tickets are $10 for a set of 12 or $25 for an all-day wristband. The festival is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Info: www.dpbpartnership.com

YMCA event promotes Healthy Kids Day

The Sacramento YMCA is hosting a Healthy Kids Day event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday that features games, demonstrations, stage activities and arts and crafts to encourage kids to keep their minds and bodies active. The facility at 2021 W St. is one of nearly 1,600 YMCA facilities that host the free Healthy Kids Day event each year.

Info: Call (916) 452-9622 or visit www.ymcasuperiorcal.org.

Dispose of unwanted drugs at three Kaiser locations

Kaiser Permanente is offering Sacramento-area residents three locations where they can dispose of unused or expired medications a part of National Prescription Drug Take-back Day on Saturday.

From 10 a.m to 2 p.m., unwanted prescription medications can be left free of charge and with no questions asked at Kaiser’s Point West Medical Office Building, 1650 Response Road in Sacramento; South Sacramento Medical Center, 6600 Bruceville Road in Sacramento; and Roseville Medical Center, 1600 Eureka Road in Roseville.