Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Colby E. “Babe” Slater.
Colby E. “Babe” Slater.

UC Davis Olympian honored

To celebrate rugby’s return to the Olympic Games next month in Brazil, the UC Davis Library is showcasing its collection about UCD alumnus Colby E. “Babe” Slater, a two-time gold medalist and member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame. The collection focuses on Slater’s life, including his gold-medal-winning Olympic experiences in 1920 and 1924, service in World War I, and leadership on campus and in the Sacramento area. Materials from the collection were presented to the International Olympic Committee as it considered reintroducing rugby to the Olympics. The collection is on display in the lobby of UC Davis’ Peter J. Shields Library through Dec. 2. Library hours in the summer are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays. An event to celebrate Slater’s legacy is planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. July 30 at the library. Reservations for the event are required by July 21. Go to www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/events/slater for more information.

Kids can check out utility truck

As part of its Big Trucks Summer series, Roseville invites children to sit behind the wheel of an electric-line bucket truck. The free event, which features a different truck every week, is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. Children can hear a story at 9:30 a.m. then visit the trucks at 10 a.m.

Children’s museum explores Greece

The Sacramento Children’s Museum offers a weekly class exploring cultures from all over the world. This month’s country is Greece. Classes are offered from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova. Go to www.sackids.org for more information.

River Cats take on Tacoma Rainiers

The Sacramento River Cats play the Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05 p.m., Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento. For more information go to rivercats.com.