This Week: Have a ‘Night at the Museum’

The Crocker Art Museum and the Sacramento Theatre Company are joining forces to re-create elements from the fantasy movie “Night at the Museum” at a family-oriented event Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Children can wear their pajamas or dress as their favorite movie character. The Crocker website says the night will include live animal shows, screenings of the movie, art activities and dancing like an Egyptian. The event is free for Crocker members and included in the cost of museum admission for non-members. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids from 7 to 17 years old and free for children under 6.

In “Night at the Museum,” released in 2006, actor Ben Stiller plays a newly hired security guard at the American Museum of Natural History who discovers that the animals and people in the museum exhibits come to life at night, animated by an ancient Egyptian artifact.

The movie was followed by a sequel, “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” in 2009. A third installment in the franchise, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is scheduled for release in December.

Mary Lynne Vellinga


Cooley brings career fair to Citrus Heights on Thursday

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, and nearly a dozen local employers are hosting a community career fair Thursday in Citrus Heights. Attendees of the noon event at Rusch Park Auditorium, 7801 Auburn Blvd., can learn how to search and apply for jobs with the state of California.

They also will be able to attend an application and interview workshop with Crossroads Diversified Services. Employers scheduled to attend the job fair include Thunder Valley Casino, Home Instead Senior Care, Sacramento County and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.

SARTA seminar offers financial advice for startups

SARTA, the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance, is offering a seminar Wednesday aimed at helping startup founders understand the financial end of the business. A panel of finance experts will discuss management of a startup and the terminology that investors expect new business owners to know.

The seminar at Drexel University, 1 Capitol Mall in Sacramento, runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration, breakfast and networking begin at 8:45 a.m. The cost is $40 for general admission; $25 for SARTA members.

Info: www.sarta.org

Pear Fair returns to Courtland on Sunday

The Delta town of Courtland stages its annual homage to the Bartlett pear Sunday with its 42nd version of the Pear Fair.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., fair-goers can sample all things pear – pies, strudel, fruit freezes, muffins, ice cream, scones and more – in the town 20 minutes south of Sacramento on Highway 160.

More than 7,000 people attended the fair last year. A petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, water slide and other activities also are available. The Delta is one of the state’s largest pear-growing regions.

Info: pearfair.org

Roseville residents can help name two new parks

Roseville is accepting residents’ suggestions for the names of two new parks until 5 p.m. July 29. One of the parks is a 3-acre site on Stone Point Drive in the city’s Stoneridge area. The second park is eight acres and is located next to Fiddyment Farm Elementary School, 4001 Brick Mason Circle.

Both parks include play areas for children and shaded picnicking spots. The Fiddyment Farm park also includes sports fields and a perimeter walkway. Residents must submit names to the City Clerk’s Office, 311 Vernon St., on forms available online at www.roseville.ca.us/parks or at the City Clerk’s office. The city’s park-naming subcommittee will review the submissions and forward its recommendations to the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council.

Placer reviews plans for widening Highway 65

The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln City Hall, 600 Sixth St., to review plans and hear resident concerns for a widening of state Highway 65 from the half-mile between Stanford Ranch Road and Lincoln Boulevard. One vehicle lane would be added in each direction in the freeway median.

The stretch of highway, a vital link for motorists headed to the Roseville Westfield Galleria and other nearby retail establishments from Interstate 80, is regularly congested during peak commute hours.

Info: pctpa.net/projects/sr65widening

About 30,000 expected at Elk Grove Strauss festival

The Strauss Festival of Elk Grove, the four-day celebration of Austrian composer Johann Strauss’ work, takes place Thursday through Sunday evenings at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road.

Each year, costumed volunteers perform waltzes and polkas set to a choreographed storyline of Strauss’ compositions. Each performance ends with a fireworks display.

The event has attracted roughly 30,000 people annually. Performances start at 8:15 p.m. each day. Admission is free, but parking is $10.

Info: www.straussfestival.com