This Week: Sacramento Food Bank offering Thanksgiving meals

Runners line up at the start of the 10k run on J Street in East Sacramento. Thousands of runners, walkers and people just hoping to burn off some calories took off through the streets of East Sacramento in the 19th annual Run to Feed the Hungry on Thursday, November 22, 2012.
Runners line up at the start of the 10k run on J Street in East Sacramento. Thousands of runners, walkers and people just hoping to burn off some calories took off through the streets of East Sacramento in the 19th annual Run to Feed the Hungry on Thursday, November 22, 2012. rbyer@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services will offer a Thanksgiving meal to those in need and raise money to continue its work this week.

Sacramento County residents needing a holiday turkey can attend the organization’s Turkey Distribution on Monday. The organization received 9,344 turkeys during its seventh annual Turkey Drive last week that it will distribute along with two sides to each household or family.

Distribution starts at 8 a.m at the organization’s headquarters, 3333 Third Ave., near 34th Street in the Oak Park area.

Tickets based on the number of available turkeys will be distributed before the giveaway starts. Recipients should bring identification or proof of address and a cart or tote bag to carry the items. The organization recommends arriving after 11 a.m. to take advantage of shorter lines and wait times. The distribution continues until all turkeys have been taken.

But lining up before 7 a.m. isn’t recommended.

“We encourage people not to come before, because there’s no place to stand,” said Kelly Siefkin, a Food Bank spokesperson. “After we start, the line moves quickly.”

And those not in need of a meal can run to help the food bank feed those who are during the Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day. The event, which benefits the food bank, is expected to draw more than 28,500 participants. The 10K run begins at 8:15 a.m., and the 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. The race starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the streets of East Sacramento.

For information, go to www.runtofeedthehungry.com.



The city of Lincoln will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday to mark completion of the $8.8 million Nelson Lane bridge replacement and roadway widening project. Since the opening of the Highway 65 Bypass, Nelson Lane has become a significant route to the Lincoln Regional Airport, city officials said. The bridge replacement and roadway widening project involved construction of two northbound and two southbound lanes to accommodate increased traffic to and from the airport as well as future development in the area. The ribbon cutting will be on southbound Nelson Lane, near the Nicolaus Road intersection.

Info: www.ci.lincoln.ca.us


Sacramento State’s jazz ensembles will perform in concert with the university’s vocal jazz ensembles from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CSUS Music Recital Hall, in Capistrano Hall, 6000 J St. Admission is $10 general, $7 seniors and $5 students.

Info: (916) 278-4323


Thanksgiving Day is a time for reflection, football and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. But first, there will be running. In addition to the Run to Feed the Hungry, here are details about morning holiday runs in the area:

▪ ELK GROVE TURKEY TROT: The sixth annual event raises funds for Sacramento-based Courage Worldwide to build homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking and will take place at Cosumnes Oaks High School, 8350 Lotz Parkway. The run will feature a children’s Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m. and 5K/10K runs at 9:15 a.m. Every participant will receive a commemorative race medal and a long-sleeved tech shirt. Ten percent of race proceeds will benefit Runnin’ for Rhett Foundation, Turkey Trot’s race partner.

Info: www.courageworldwide.org/couragerun/elk-grove-turkey-trot

▪ ROSEVILLE TURKEY TROT: The run starts and finishes at Vernon Street Town Square in downtown Roseville, 311 Vernon St. The race will feature disposable chip timing with a chip start and finish time. The 10K run will start at 9 a.m., the 5K at 9:15 a.m.

Info: http://elementalrunning.com/races/roseville-turkey-trot/


Just in time for the post-Thanksgiving shopping season, the California State Railroad Museum will host a two-day “Small Train Holiday” beginning Friday at 125 I St. in Old Sacramento. There will be an assortment of trains, hundreds of feet of track and variety of buildings and accessories. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Info: (916) 323-9280


In honor of Native American Heritage Month, an Indian Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair will begin a two-day run Friday at the State Indian Museum, 2618 K St. Visitors can shop for handmade items such as jewelry, basketry, pottery, hand-painted gourds, dolls, holiday ornaments and more. They can also meet native artisans from all over California while learning more about Native American culture. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Info: (916) 324-0971


Placerville will usher in the holiday season Friday with its annual Festival of Lights on historic Main Street. The festivities, scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will include holiday singers, dancers, musicians, stagecoach rides, and a visit from Santa Claus. The tree-lighting will be held at 6 p.m. at the courthouse. Downtown businesses will be open for holiday shopping.

Info: www.placerville-downtown.org