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AM Alert: Did he do that? Urkel announces cow art exhibition

Fairgoers enjoy "Uncle Sam” at the 147th Illinois State Fair in 1999. The exhibition was part of the first American “CowParade,” sponsored by the City of Chicago.
Fairgoers enjoy "Uncle Sam” at the 147th Illinois State Fair in 1999. The exhibition was part of the first American “CowParade,” sponsored by the City of Chicago. The Associated Press

A “CowParade” of colorful bovines is on the moo-ve to California.

The public art installment, featuring dozens of painted cow statues, has exhibited in 80 locations around the world over the past 15 years. Now the California Milk Processor Board, the folks behind the “got milk?” campaign, are bringing it here to promote the state’s dairy industry and arts education.

State Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross and Jaleel White, best known as Urkel on “Family Matters,” will be on the west steps of the Capitol at noon to announce the project, which will show throughout California next year before being auctioned off for charity.

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DROUGHT BUSTERS: We finally got the rain we were all waiting for last week, but California’s historic drought is not over yet. The State Water Resources Control Board holds a public workshop to discuss potential next steps for urban water conversation should the drought continue into a fourth year, 9 a.m. at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles.

HOLIDAY CHEER: It’s the first night of Hanukkah, and Chabad of Sacramento is celebrating by putting a giant menorah on the west steps of the Capitol. It will be lit during a ceremony with music and donuts at 5:30 p.m. Public employees are also getting into the Christmas spirit. The CalPERS Holiday Chorus is performing at 11 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda, followed by the Renaissance Choir Sacramento at noon.

DIAPER DUTY: A proposal by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, to create monthly diaper benefits for low-income mothers didn’t get far last session, but she’s keeping the effort alive this holiday season with a diaper drive for families in need, 5 p.m. at VFW Post 2111 in Chula Vista.

CELEBRATIONS: Congratulations to Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, who married Annie Lam this past weekend in a ceremony presided over by former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

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Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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