This Week: Village Square Sacramento debuts

Like to talk about government? Head to the Village Square.

The Village Square, a national organization created to foster civic discourse on topics of public importance, has arrived in Sacramento. The local chapter is an initiative of Valley Vision, a nonprofit focused on economic, environmental and social issues in the Sacramento region.

Village Square Sacramento will hold its first event on Thursday, a dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pannell Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road. Dinner costs $30 for one person, $55 for a couple, but the price goes up if tickets aren’t ordered by today. For more information, visit valleyvision.org.

Dinner includes a panel discussion moderated by local comedian and personality Jack Gallagher. The goal is to get everyone to discuss why – in an age when people “vote” all the time on social media sites – actual voter participation in elections is so low.

According to media reports, the Village Square was started in 2006 by two prominent Tallahassee, Fla. men who were good friends but found themselves on opposite sides of a contentious coal plant proposal.

Mary Lynne Vellinga


Folsom speaker discusses laboratory science careers

The public is invited Tuesday to the next installment of the Folsom Lake College Speaker Series featuring Darrell O’Sullivan, who will speak about careers in laboratory science.

O’Sullivan is a clinical laboratory scientist and the retired chief administrative officer of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Medical Center.

His free talk, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 10 College Parkway in Folsom, will focus on the shortage of qualified job candidates in the laboratory sciences, how the shortage affects the practice of medicine and the education and training one needs for a career in lab science.

Info: (916) 608-6526

Talk informs artists on marketing techniques

Sara Hanson, associate director of marketing at California Musical Theatre, will speak Wednesday on marketing one’s artwork, from sales techniques to setting up and arranging show booths.

The lecture, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. in Sacramento, is hosted by the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts is free for center members and $3 for non-members.

Hanson, a former interior designer, has managed conventions, booths and her own business.

Info: (775) 771-7313

Painter Chagoya appears at Crocker Art Museum

Mexican-born painter and print-maker Enrique Chagoya is the latest artist to be featured as part of the Icons in Conversation discussion forum at the Crocker Art Museum.

As an artist whose work is included in the Crocker exhibit, “Our American: The Latino Presence in American Art,” Chagoya brings an outsider’s perspective to political commentary, social satire and cultural critique. He speaks on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the museum, 216 O St., Sacramento.

Admission is $10 for museum members, students and youths; $20 for non-members. Reserving tickets in advance is recommended. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum Admission Desk or by calling (916) 808-1182.

Library offers ‘Books to Movies’ program for teens

The Franklin Community Library invites teens to join its free “Books to Movies” program Wednesday. Participants pick up the designated book at the first meeting of the month and then see the movie at the end of the month.

On Wednesday’s meeting, the group will see and discuss the book and movie “Divergent,” and sign out copies of the next book and movie to be reviewed, “Catching Fire,” the second of the “Hunger Games” books. The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. at the library, 10055 Franklin High Road in Elk Grove.

Info: (916) 264-2920

Niello Concours at Serrano auto show returns Sunday

The 11th annual Niello Concours at Serrano automobile event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the Serrano Visitors Center, 4525 Serrano Parkway in El Dorado Hills.

This year’s featured marque is Packard. The event, hosted by the Sacramento-based Niello Co., also will celebrate 100 years of the Maserati brand and the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.

Info: www.theconcours.net

St. Mark’s holds Blessing of the Animals service

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is holding a non-denominational Blessing of the Animals service Saturday in recognition of the Feast of St. Francis.

The public is invited to bring their pets to the 10 a.m. service at 2391 St. Mark’s Way in Sacramento near the intersection of Watt and El Camino avenues.

St. Francis is recognized as the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Info: (916) 483-7848