This Week: Cats, kittens on sale at shelter

Sacramento County’s animal shelter at 3839 Bradshaw Road will hold its annual Kitty Palooza blowout cat and kitten sale on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Cats and kittens will go for $15 a piece – $20 for two – compared to the usual adoption fee of $81. The adoption price includes spaying/neutering, vaccinations, a microchip, ID tag and collar, a voucher for a free vet exam and a year’s licensing for county residents, a list of services the county says is worth $150.

It’s the eighth year the county shelter has held the event. Animal shelters in Sacramento County have used such deeply discounted adoption days to reduce their euthanasia rate, which dropped 28 percent between 2009 and 2012. In October, local shelters collaborated on a weekend sale that placed more than 500 animals.

About half of animals brought to shelters are still put to death.

A press release from the county says many of the kittens up for adoption this weekend have been raised with foster families and are well socialized to live with children and other pets. For more information, go to www.saccountyshelter.net.

Mary Lynne Vellinga


Group holds open house for Sacramento’s older LGBT adults

Wisdom Project of Servant Hearts is holding an open house Wednesday afternoon for older gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults at the Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center at 27th and J streets in midtown.

Organizer Cathy Perry said the event, from 2 to 4 p.m., will include a cultural sensitivity presentation about the LGBT community. Various service organizations, such as the Yolo hospice and the River City Food Bank, are expected to attend the gathering, as well as representatives for local lawmakers, Perry said.

The objective is to create a community and an infrastructure of support for older LGBT community members like the “younger LGBT community has,” Perry said, adding that the group intends to meet at the Hart center from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month.

Info: www.servant-hearts.org

Heritage Trail Tour showcases Placer museums

Twenty Placer County museums will offer free admission to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the seventh annual Heritage Trail Tour.

From the Donner Summit Historical Society Museum to the Rocklin History Museum, the tour follows Interstate 80 from North Lake Tahoe to Roseville. The 20 museums are categorized into valley museums, Auburn museums and mountain museums. Many of the facilities will offer food and beverages, including root beer floats and hand-churned ice cream, to visitors.

Info: (530) 889-6500 or visit theheritagetrail.blogspot.com

Harvest Day features gardening demonstrations, expert speakers

The public is invited to tour gardens, sample fresh tree fruit, watch gardening demonstrations and listen to speakers at the UC Master Gardeners annual Harvest Day on Saturday.

The free event, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd., includes presentations on a range of topics from drought-tolerant plants and organic gardening to composting.

Info: ucanr.edu/sites/sacmg/Harvest_Day

Co-op offers ‘Thrill of the Grill’ cooking class

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is offering a two-hour cooking class Thursday titled “The Thrill of the Grill,” with instructor Dionisio Esperas demonstrating how to prepare dishes such as grilled flat iron steak with onions and baby back ribs with chipotle blackberry barbecue sauce.

The 6:30 p.m. class at 1900 Alhambra Blvd. in Sacramento is $35 for co-op owners and $45 for non-members.

Info: (916) 455-2667

Sacramento’s annual Italian festival returns this weekend

The Italian Cultural Society of Sacramento’s annual festival returns to the Croatian Cultural Center this weekend, featuring a classic car, bike and scooter show, folk dancing, bocce, live entertainment and, of course, many Italian food dishes.

General admission to Festa Italiana at 3730 Auburn Blvd. is $12. Children under 15 get in free. The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Info: www.italiancenter.net

Golden Cadillacs to belt out country tunes at Folsom concert

The country band Golden Cadillacs performs this week in the last of this year’s Thursday Night Concert Series at the Folsom amphitheater at Sutter and Decatur streets.

Attendees of the 6:30-8:30 p.m. concert are encouraged to park in the garage at 905 Leidesdorff St. at the corner of Reading Street. The free concert series is organized by the Folsom Historic District Association.

Info: (916) 985-7452