This Week: Florin Road closed in old town area

A section of Florin Road will be closed this week in the Old Florin Town area to allow Union Pacific crews to reconstruct the at-grade railroad crossing.

The closure, on a short section of the road between Power Inn Road and French Road, was implemented on Sunday and is expected to be lifted by 5 p.m. Friday, county officials said.

The work is associated with a $6.6 million street modernization project that is expected to be finished next year. Businesses in Old Florin Town will remain open during this week’s closure.

Detour signs and electronic message boards will be in place to alert motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists about the temporary road closure.

The Old Florin Town streetscape improvement project is one of a handful Sacramento County officials are conducing in older commercial areas of the county to enhance economic development and mobility improvement. Old Fair Oaks previously got a streetscape upgrade. Fair Oaks Boulevard in the commercial district of Carmichael is scheduled next for improvements.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.


Speaker to discuss role in 1964 Freedom Summer

Karen Duncanwood grew up as a white girl in a blue-collar family in the largely white Marin County community of Novato, where police were considered friends.

But in the spring of 1964, her freshman year at San Francisco State College, Duncanwood stopped by an information table in front of the cafeteria. There she saw photos of black youths in Mississippi being blasted by police with water cannons, and of white men and women celebrating the hanging of a black man.

“It stunned me that this could happen,” recalled Duncanwood, now 69 and a resident of Paradise.

She signed up to join hundreds of mostly white college students, many from Ivy League schools, in the Mississippi Freedom Summer, seeking to bring an end to segregation, discrimination and violence against the state’s black citizens.

“It was the most soul-searing experience of my life,” she said.

She lived with a sharecropper and was chased by members of the Ku Klux Klan and, although most of her fellow students returned to college at the end of the summer, Duncanwood stayed until Christmas working to register voters.

Duncanwood will recount her experiences of that summer 50 years ago during a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Robbie Waters-Greenhaven Pocket Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, Sacramento. The program, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Sacramento Branch, is free and open to the public.

Info: To RSVP, call Gloria Yost at (916) 961-3306, or email gloriayost@aol.com.

Driver safety class for teens, parents offered

A free driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents or guardians will be offered Thursday by the Sacramento Police Department.

The Start Smart class will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hall of Honor at the Public Safety Center, 5770 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. It is open to teen drivers 15 to 19 years old, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The class is intended to help educate young drivers, who often lack the experience needed to safely handle various driving situations, according to a Police Department news release. Officials note that motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old.

Info: Online registration for the class is available via the Police Department’s website, http://www.sacpd.org. Access the “Community Events” link on the left side of the home page and click on “Start Smart Program.” Follow the instructions on how to register after choosing the “attend” link next to Start Smart November. The student’s name should be be placed in the registration box. Registration also is available by calling (916)808-6030. Only one registration is needed per student/parent combination.

Three-day Harvest Festival begins Friday at Cal Expo

The Sacramento Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Show begins a three-day run Friday at Cal Expo. Hundreds of artisans will exhibit American handmade items, including jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, ceramics and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: http://harvestfestival.com/sacramento

Gemstones, rocks up for bid at CSUS Alumni Center

Bid for gemstomes, garden rocks, geodes, fossils and more at the Sacramento State Rock Auction. The event, which will feature more than 150 pieces, is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Sacramento State Alumni Center, 6000 J St. Proceeds from the gem auction will benefit the university’s Geology Club.

Info: (916) 278-6337

Crocker Museum visitors invited to sketch Sunday

Would-be artists 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction at the Sketch It program at the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento. The event, free for members and free with general admission for nonmembers, is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided.

Info: (916) 808-7000

Impact of WWI to be discussed at library

Librarian and historian James Scott will present “Great War in the Great Valley” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library, 828 I St. The event is held in observance of the centennial of World War I and will focus on the many effects the war had on the Sacramento region.

Info: www.saclibrary.org (click on “Events”)