This Week: McClatchy Park’s renovated playground to reopen

On Saturday, City Councilman Jay Schenirer and Mayor Kevin Johnson will officially reopen the playground and other portions of McClatchy Park after a $2.8 million renovation.

The improvements, funded by a state parks grant, also include a new picnic area, basketball court, jogging track, tennis court and skate park. The playground has been rebuilt with elements that evoke the Joyland amusement park that operated on the Oak Park site in the early 1900s until its closure in 1927.

Statues of mountain lions and a turtle recall Joyland’s small zoo. An undulating climbing structure calls to mind the three-story roller coaster that once provided thrills to Joyland patrons. Kids can also play on a giant, tipped-over box of popcorn, an ice cream cone lying on its side and a half-eaten, bright red candy apple.

Once known as a dangerous place frequented by drug dealers, McClatchy Park, one of the city’s oldest, has undergone a transformation in the past few years as the city joined neighborhood activists to add features that would draw more people. These include a disc golf course and a weekly farmers market.

Mary Lynne Vellinga

SMUD offers workshop on how to light your home

At SMUD’s “See Better with Improved Lighting Workshop,” you’ll learn more than where to position a reading lamp as consultant Deborah Burnett discusses the effect of light on vision and health, common eye diseases and the best way to light your home inside and out.

The workshop, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at SMUD Community Service Center, 6301 S St. in Sacramento, is free to the public, though registration is required. Low-cost, energy-efficient lighting will be on display and decorating tips will be offered.

To register, go to www.smud.org/workshops or call (916) 732-6738.

McGeorge hosts forum on state ballot measures

Students and faculty at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law will present analyses on the six ballot measures up for a vote on the Nov. 4 ballot, from a $7.5 billion water bond to a proposal to reduce penalties for certain drug crimes.

Tuesday’s California Initiative Forum is free to the public. It takes place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the law school’s Classroom C, 3200 Fifth Ave. in Sacramento.

The law school presents the forum every two years when initiatives are on the California ballot.

Info: (916) 739-7316

Workshop covers artists’ best business practices

Anthony Garafola, a Sacramento attorney and a member of the California Lawyers for the Arts advisory board, will lead a workshop Tuesday titled “Top 10 Things All Professional Artists Should Know” at Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St. in Sacramento.

The workshop, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., will cover the fundamentals of starting a small business with a focus on issues most relevant to professional artists.

Admission is $20; $10 for CLA and Verge members; and $5 for CLA students and seniors.

Info: (916) 442-6210

UC Center Sacramento examines voting by mail

UC Center Sacramento is hosting a panel discussion Tuesday on the growing popularity of vote-by-mail in California. The panel will examine new research on the demographics of vote-by-mail users and nonusers, as well as the common errors that prevent a mail-in ballot from being counted.

Panelists include Kim Alexander of California Voter Foundation; Jill LaVine, the Sacramento County registrar of voters; and Mindy Romero of the California Civic Engagement Project. David Lesher of the Public Policy Institute of California will serve as moderator.

UC Center Sacramento is at 1130 K St., Suite LL22. Doors to the free, noontime discussion open at 11:45 a.m.

ACC Senior Services offers health checkups at fair

ACC Senior Services, formerly known as The Asian Community Center of Sacramento Valley, is hosting its fourth annual Community Workshop and Health Fair on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ACC Greenhaven Terrace Community Room, 1180 Corporate Way in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood.

The public is invited to bring their over-the-counter and prescription medicines, vitamins and supplements to review with health care professionals. Health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, hearing and other conditions will also be available. The services are free.

Info: (916) 395-0210

Carmakers show off latest models at Cal Expo

Nearly 40 auto manufacturers will be displaying their newest models at the Sacramento International Auto Show, which kicks off its three-day run Friday at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., in Sacramento.

Ten automakers will be offering on-site ride-and-drives. Other highlights include special exhibits of high-performance, vintage and collector motor vehicles. Kids’ activities also will be featured.

Info: More information on admission/parking costs and show hours can be seen at www.sacautoshow.com.