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This Week: Trees light up the Sacramento region

hamezcua@sacbee.com

Now that Thanksgiving and Black Friday are behind us, it’s tree-lighting week across the Sacramento region.

The best-known ceremony is scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on the west steps of the state Capitol. Gov. Jerry Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown will be joined by 8-year-old Kimie Metcalf of Chino in lighting a 53-foot white fir from Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding. The state will again use about 10,000 LED lights and decorate the Christmas tree with 900 ornaments made by people with developmental disabilities. The event includes music and poetry performances.

Roseville, Citrus Heights and Davis have tree-lighting festivities slated for Thursday. The Roseville event starts at 6 p.m. in Vernon Street Town Square and features food, music and visits with Santa. Citrus Heights kicks off its ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot and will have carols, cookies and Irish dance. Davis starts its event with a parade that departs from the Davis Co-op at 6 p.m. before the city’s holiday tree is lighted at 6:30 p.m. in E Street Plaza. Davis will also have free screenings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Varsity Theatre.

West Sacramento follows with its tree-lighting celebration at 6 p.m. Friday outside City Hall. It features coffee, cocoa, cookies and carols. Rocklin has its Old Town Rocklin Tree Lighting festivities Saturday outside Old St. Mary’s Chapel, starting with a miniparade at 4 p.m.

And Rancho Cordova moved its Christmas Tree Lighting event to Sunday in an attempt to avoid this past weekend’s rain. Offerings include hayrides, music and food trucks starting at 4:30 p.m.

Kevin Yamamura


SUPERVISOR GUEST SPEAKER AT WORLD AIDS DAY EVENT

Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna is scheduled to be the guest speaker at an event observing World AIDS Day at 6 p.m. today at Faces, 20th and K streets, Sacramento. Serna will lead participants in an LED candle-lighting ceremony observing a moment of silence in support of HIV/AIDS survivors and to remember those who have died. Candles will be provided to all guests.

Info: www.capcityaidsfund.org or (916) 448-1110


AIR FORCE BAND TO PLAY HOLIDAY CONCERT THURSDAY

The United State Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base will perform a holiday concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St.

Info: www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil


CHILDREN’S CHORUS TO PERFORM ‘ON THIS NIGHT’

The Sacramento Children’s Chorus begins its 22nd season with “On This Night,” a holiday concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St., Sacramento. The group will also perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4600 Winding Way. All five choirs will perform at the events, which will feature traditional Christmas chants and carols, songs from the musical “Frozen” and more.

Info: www.sacramentochildrenschorus.org


CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR SATURDAY IN FOLSOM

Folsom’s 47th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Sutter Street. In addition to arts and crafts vendors, the event will feature live music, carolers, face painting and other family-oriented entertainment. The fair will be held rain or shine. Visitors are advised to park in the parking structure at the corner of Reading and Leidesdorff streets.

Info: Folsom Historic District Association, (916) 985-7452, or email info@historicfolsom.org


PLACERVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE PLANNED SUNDAY

Placerville’s 36th annual Christmas Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. The procession will begin at the Broadway Plaza parking lot on upper Broadway and continue down Main Street.

Info: (530) 344-5088 or (530) 642-5232


MARIACHI SOL DE MEXICO AT THE MONDAVI CENTER

Enjoy the pageantry of a Mexican Christmas as Mariachi Sol de Mexico performs a family-friendly holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mondavi Center – Jackson Hall, 9399 Old Davis Road, Davis. Familiar songs will be sung in Spanish and English.

Info: www.mondaviarts.org

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