This Week: Small animals on exhibit at small zoo

Packed onto 14 acres in William Land Park, the Sacramento Zoo is the smallest accredited zoo among similarly sized cities nationwide. Its newest exhibit, Small Wonders of Africa, reflects the zoo’s determination to make the most of that space by refocusing on smaller creatures rather than large, showcase animals.

The exhibit opens to the public Saturday following a members’ preview Friday evening. It features five new species culled from breeding animals in other zoos around the country: aardvarks, Wolf’s guenons (a type of monkey), red-billed hornbills, crested guineafowl and straw-colored fruit bats.

These new arrivals will live in three pens created by a makeover and expansion of one of the zoo’s oldest structures. Six small partitions that formerly housed parrots, porcupines and lemurs were combined and expanded. An artificial termite mound will allow visitors to watch aardvarks, which are nocturnal, while they’re snoozing.

The opening of the exhibit was delayed for a month because of the sudden death of zoo director Mary Healy, 61, who suffered an aneurysm and heart attack while traveling.

Mary Lynne Vellinga

Theater, library celebrate ‘Banned Book Week’

The Sacramento Theatre Company and the Sacramento Public Library are teaming up for a celebration of Banned Book Week, with a Tuesday performance of scenes from the theater troupe’s upcoming presentation of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

The free, 7 p.m. event at the central library, 828 I St., will include a panel discussion of John Steinbeck’s novel, its stage adaptation and the censorship of the book in 1939.

Book publishers and the American Library Association celebrate Banned Book Week to draw attention to problems of censorship.

The Sacramento Theatre Company’s run of “Grapes of Wrath” starts Oct 1.

Info: (916) 264-2920

Sacramento group offers workshop on feral cats

Sacramento Feral Resources is offering the first in a series of free workshops on feral cats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on Sunday.

The workshop at the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, 3839 Bradshaw Road in Sacramento, provides information on why there are so many feral cats, where they come from, how to live with them in the community, and how to humanely control and reduce the feral cat population.

Info: www.sacferals.com

Food bank stages ‘Harvest for Hunger’ fundraiser

The River City Food Bank is holding a “Harvest for Hunger” fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, with live music, food trucks, beer, wine and tours of the food bank.

The $20 admission fee includes a beverage and a drawing for a trip on the Sac Brew Bike for the winner and 14 friends. Proceeds help the food bank continue its services for the 6,300 children, seniors and families it serves monthly in the Sacramento region.

The food bank is at 28th and R streets in Sacramento.

Info: Call (916) 446-2627 or www.rivercityfoodbank.org/events/harvest-for-hunger

Beer-tasting event comes to Cal Auto Museum

As part of Sacramento’s Farm to Fork week, the California Auto Museum, Hops to Table magazine and Dad’s Kitchen are hosting a beer-tasting event – the Sacramento Fresh Hops Beer Fest – featuring the offerings of more than 25 breweries, many of them from the Sacramento Valley.

Tickets for the event – from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the auto museum, 2200 Front St. in Sacramento – cost $35. A Dad’s Kitchen dinner is available for $15, and a designated driver service is $10.

Participants receive unlimited tasting and a free glass souvenir.

Info: www.calautomuseum.org/event/fresh-hops-brew-fest

Latin festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is staging a Latin Food & Music Festival at Cesar Chavez Plaza on Saturday to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Along with a variety of food and art, the festival includes dance and musical acts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event celebrates the cultures of various Latin countries, including Colombia, El Salvador, Peru and Mexico.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are free.

Info: www.sachcc.org/festival

‘Walk to Thrive’ at Capitol Mall Farmers Market

Kaiser Permanente’s “Walk to Thrive” downtown walking club hosts another in its series of strolls Thursday at Sixth Street and Capitol Mall.

Join the group at 11:45 a.m. for a 1-mile walk and an opportunity to talk with a doctor during and after the event. The walk is open to all and coincides with the Capitol Mall Farmers Market.

Info: www.kpwalktothrive.org