This is the week that Californians can buy pyrotechnics on a nearby street corner. Sales of “safe and sane” fireworks are allowed during the week leading up to July 4, which this year falls on Friday.
Americans love their fireworks, judging from figures compiled by the American Pyrotechnics Association, an industry group.
Consumers purchased 163.3 million pounds of fireworks in 2013, the group said. That’s up from 102 million pounds in 2000 but down from 255 million pounds in 2005, at the height of the last economic and housing boom.
By comparison, display fireworks used in organized shows accounted for a relatively paltry 23.1 million pounds in 2013, down sharply from 64.1 million pounds in 2002. In recent years, some jurisdictions around the country scaled back fireworks displays because of budget concerns. The show mostly went on in Sacramento, however.
State fire officials are warning people setting off fireworks at home this year to be particularly careful because of the drought, which has created prime conditions for wildfires.
– Mary Lynne Vellinga
In the News
Library launches lecture series on World War I
With the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I approaching on July 28, the Sacramento Public Library is launching a series of presentations Sunday on the “Great War.” From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., local librarian and author James Scott will speak about the effects of the war on Sacramento, from its politics and agriculture to the postwar building boom. The talk is at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St. in Sacramento.
Info: (916) 264-2920
Foundation offers tour of McKinley Park trees
The Sacramento Tree Foundation is offering a free tour of McKinley Park’s trees from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A certified arborist will lead the tour, which will begin at the west lawn of the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone to identify trees using the GreenprintMaps app, but a digital device is not required for the tour.
Info: www.sactree.com/events or call (916) 924-8733
Trinity Cathedral workshop explores dementia issues
Trinity Cathedral Church is hosting a free workshop, “Conversations About Dementia,” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The workshop will cover tips on how to talk to loved ones about going to the doctor, when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Trinity Cathedral is at 2620 Capitol Ave. in Sacramento. Registration is requested.
Info: (800) 272-3900
See ‘Angels in the Outfield’ at Howe Park
The Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District is inviting the public to kick off their Fourth of July weekend with a free, outdoor movie showing at the Howe Park baseball field at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. “Angels in the Outfield,” the 1994 film starring Danny Glover, will be screened. Grass seating will be available, and participants are encouraged to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions also will be available. Howe Park is at 2201 Cottage Way.
Info: (916) 927-3802, ext. 125
New California export figures due Thursday
In 2013, California businesses exported merchandise valued at $168.13 billion, an all-time record. Yet through four months this year, shipments are running ahead of that pace. On Thursday, state export totals for May will be released by Beacon Economics, a consulting firm with offices in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Info: Check for details at www.sacbee.com
Kaiser doc hosts walk Thursday on Capitol Mall
Dr. Robert Azevedo will lead Kaiser Permanente’s next Walk to Thrive outing at 11:45 a.m. Thursday on the Capitol Mall. Participants can accompany Azevedo on a 1-mile walk and get answers to their health questions. Azevedo is physician-in-chief of Kaiser’s Sacramento Medical Center and an ob-gyn.