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This Week: Punxsutawney Phil predicts winter’s fate today

Today is Groundhog Day, enshrined in American lore as the time when a groundhog emerges from its hole to check its shadow. If the skies are clear, and the shadow visible, it means six more weeks of harsh winter. If it’s cloudy, and the shadow is obscured, spring is in the offing.

The most famous Groundhog Day celebration in the country is the one in Punxsutawney, Pa., where the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has maintained a series of rodents dubbed “Phil” that have predicted the weather for 129 years.

While snow and sleet were expected in Punxsutawney today, Sacramento appears to have exited winter early. January was the driest since record-keeping began in the 1870s, though the seven-day forecast holds the potential of at least some rain Friday and Saturday.

Despite Sacramento’s perpetual spring, you can still tap into the spirit of Groundhog Day. The Crest Theatre on K Street is hosting four showings today of Bill Murray’s famous “Groundhog Day” movie, in which a grumpy TV weatherman sent to Punxsutawney to cover Phil’s forecast is forced to relive the day over and over.

Mary Lynne Vellinga


Hearing scheduled Tuesday for planned senior facility

A hearing on a proposal to construct an 86-unit senior assisted-living facility on a site previously slated for a hotel will be held Tuesday before the Placerville Planning Commission. The three-story, 84,000-square-foot building is proposed on 4.4 acres at 1990 Broadway. A Hilton Garden Hotel was approved for the property in 2009 but never built. The site contains several abandoned multifamily structures, according to a staff report. A conditional-use permit is sought for the project.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 549 Main St., Placerville.

Info: www.cityofplacerville.org


El Dorado’s transportation future to be discussed

A workshop to discuss the 20-year vision for transportation improvements in western El Dorado County will be conducted Wednesday by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission. The commission seeks the public’s input as it updates the county’s Regional Transportation Plan. The plan, which covers all modes of transportation, is necessary to receive state and federal funding for projects.

The workshop is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Marshall Room at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville.

Info: www.edctc.org


Multimedia presentation of Disney history in Folsom

Former Disney archivist Michael Troyan will provide a multimedia presentation about the history of the Walt Disney motion picture company at 10 a.m. Friday at Folsom Public Library, 411 Stafford St. Featured will be the founding of The Disney Bros. Cartoon Studio in 1923.

Info: www.folsom.ca.us


Sacramento Museum Day will return Saturday

The 17th annual Sacramento Museum Day returns Saturday, luring area residents to a bounty of art, history, science and wildlife at little or no cost. Nearly 25 Sacramento-area museums will offer free or half-price admission all day. Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three museums on this day to allow time to enjoy the experience and to travel between sites. Because of the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations will limit the number of admissions in the interest of safety.

Info: sacmuseums.org/news-events/museum-day


Nominees for animated short films to be shown

See the Academy Award-nominated animated short films at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento. Films include “The Bigger Picture,” “The Dam Keeper,” “Feast,” “Me and My Moulton,” “A Single Life,” “Sweet Cocoon,” “Footprints,” “Duets” and “Bus Story.” Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. both days.

Info: www.crestsacramento.com


Chinese New Year fest scheduled at Johnson High

Ring in the Year of the Goat during a Chinese New Year Celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hiram Johnson High School, 6879 14th Ave., Sacramento. There will be stage entertainment, food, arts, children’s games, martial arts and community exhibits.

Info: http://cnyca.net

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