This Week: Swim for your Halloween pumpkin in Elk Grove

The folks at the Cosumnes Community Services District in Elk Grove are taking the idea of bobbing for apples and kicking it up a notch.

On Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can wade into two of their pools at the Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex and swim amid the 300 pumpkins that will be available for choosing for your Halloween porch display.

“Two pools will have floating pumpkin patches,” said event coordinator Molly Myer. In the 5-foot-deep Adventure Bay pool participants will be able to throw “golf ball-sized pumpkins” into a boat containing a “ginormous” papier-mâché pumpkin to qualify for a raffle prize – a summer family of four swim pass. At the second pool is a 2-foot-deep wading pool with an interactive splash playground for young children.

Once a pumpkin has been selected from one of the two pools, families can take advantage of decorating stations at the event to spruce up the gourds, which are being trucked in from Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse. Participants can also play carnival games and have their pictures taken in a Halloween photo booth.

The Wackford Community and Aquatic Complex is at 9014 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove. Entrance for the event is $6 per person, plus an additional $4 to swim and pick a pumpkin. Kids under 2 get in free.

For more information, visit www.yourcsd.com or call (916) 405-5600.

Ken Chavez

Decorate sugar skulls for Día de los Muertos

Teens can decorate a sugar skull for free in honor of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Franklin Community Library, 10055 Franklin High Road in Elk Grove.

Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday, often celebrated by other cultures, that brings together family and friends to remember loved ones who have died. Traditionally, colorful altars are adorned with sugar skulls, other decorations and food offerings to honor the deceased.

Info: (916) 264-2920

Rancho Cordova exhibit features local artwork

Members of the public can speak with local artists whose work is on display at the “It’s a Wrap: The Fall Show” exhibit from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive.

The Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra will provide live music at the free event hosted by the Cordova Community Council. Light hors d’oeuvres will be offered.

Info: (916) 273-5701

Mondavi hosts only U.S. performance of Stravinsky dance piece

The Akram Kahn Company will give its only U.S. performance of its “iTMOi” dance piece at the Mondavi Center at the University of California, Davis on Friday.

“iTMOi” stands form “In the Mind of Igor” and the performance uses movement, music, sets and lighting to convey the process Igor Stravinsky might have taken in composing the famed “The Rite of Spring.”

Akram Kahn has performed the piece in Moscow in early October and will take it to Montreal at the end of the month.

The performance in Davis starts at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $27 to $56.

Info: www.mondaviarts.org

Bayside stages Halloween event at Roseville Galleria

Granite Bay’s Bayside Church is taking its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event to the Westfield Galleria at Roseville for the first time.

Organizers expect more than 10,000 people to make their way through as many as 50 decorated cars for candy and other items in the Galleria parking lot near Pier 1. Activities include Ferris wheel rides, carnival games, bounce houses and live entertainment.

The Saturday event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for children 3-17; adults are free.

Info: www.facebook.com/baysidechurch

Robinson’s Taekwondo offers free defense class for women

All 17 Robinson’s Taekwondo locations in the Sacramento region are offering a free one-hour safety clinic for women Friday as the end of daylight saving time approaches Nov. 2.

The “Danger in the Dark: 2014 Free Women’s Safety and Self-Defense Clinic” takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn basic defense skills and escape tools.

Robinson’s Taekwondo locations can be found at www.robinsonstkd.com. Registration for the class is required and may be done through the website, or call (888) 249-7853.

Tour offers insight into trees at City Cemetery

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is offering the public a guided tour of trees in Sacramento’s historic City Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Participants will learn about the trees planted in honor of the city’s early settlers. The tour begins inside the cemetery gate at 1000 Broadway. Parking is located in the parking lot between Ninth and 10th streets on Broadway.

Register at www.sactree.com/events.