Sacramento sommeliers will need to be on their toes this week as restaurants in the central city fill with people who know a thing or two about wine.
The annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium runs from Tuesday through Thursday at the Sacramento Convention Center. More than 13,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, billed as the largest wine and grape industry trade show in North America. They will include vintners, grape growers, sellers of products and services, and others involved in the wine industry.
More than 600 exhibitors are expected to participate. Educational sessions cover a broad range of wine-related topics, including grape diseases, technological advances, quality control, packaging and public relations. One highlight: On Tuesday, former Peet’s Coffee owner and Starbucks co-founder Jerry Baldwin will give a keynote speech at lunch.
That will be followed Wednesday morning by the annual State of the Industry session, in which experts talk about trends in the wine market and what they expect to see in the coming year. For more information, visit unifiedsymposium.org.
– Mary Lynne Vellinga
IN THE NEWS
Annual Museum Day
A popular Sacramento cultural tradition – the 16th annual Sacramento Museum Day – returns Saturday, luring area residents to a bounty of art, history, science and wildlife at little or no cost. A record 30 Sacramento-area museums will offer free or half-price admission all day.
Behind the news: 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 interests of safety.
Info: For a list of participating museums, go to www.sacmuseums.org (click on News & Events).
Folsom to consider
The Folsom City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting a resolution creating the Sutter Street Entertainment District. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 50 Natoma St.
Behind the news: Businesses, individuals and organizations wishing to offer entertainment within the district would have to comply with entertainment permit requirements on hours of operation, noise, security, crowd control and litter prevention.
Info: The meeting agenda is available at www.folsom.ca.us.
For a Good Cause
DONATION DRIVE TO AID
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area, ReUseIt is hosting a donation drive through Friday. Donate unwanted clothing and household goods from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day at 5005 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento; 7770 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights; and 4395 Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Proceeds will fund mentoring programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Info: (877) 738-7348
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF
FOLSOM HIGH CHAMPIONSHIP
The Folsom High School Class of 1964 varsity basketball team will be celebrating the 50th anniversary its Golden Empire League championship season Friday during halftime of the 7 p.m. varsity basketball game at Folsom High School, 1655 Iron Point Road. The reunion will bring together members of the 1964 team.
QUILT EXHIBIT TO HONOR
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
In honor of Black History Month, Sisters Quilting Collective will host its third annual quilt exhibit, “Our Stories in Quilts: Quilts That Are Inspired by the Stories in Our Lives,” at The Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th St., Sacramento. The exhibit, which will run from Saturday to Feb. 15, will feature Karen Boutte, an author and quilter. There will be an opening and closing reception, quilt demonstrations and lectures by local and regional quilters, quilting story circles, interactive children’s quilting activities, films, a book and resource display, presentations and fashion show by fabric and wearable artists, and more.
Info: (916) 484-5025 or (916) 396-4672
MARTIAL ARTISTS TO COMPETE
AT MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
Martial artists from across the West will compete at the 12th annual Sacramento Invitational Taekwondo Championship, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. Competitors represent all ages and belts and include national and international black belt performers. The event will also feature special guests from Team Mexico and the Korean Shin Sung University Demonstration Team.
DOCUMENTARY TO FOCUS
ON VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES
The documentary “ Joystick Warriors: Video Games, Violence & the Culture of Militarism” will be shown from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Sacramento Area Peace Action , 909 12th St., #118, Sacramento. The film provides a view into the latest research on the link between violent video games and violence in society. A discussion will follow the film screening. Admission is free.
Info: (916) 448-7157