Around Town 11

Pops in the Park

Pops in the Park brings free, quality entertainment to East Sacramento during the month of June.  Brought to the community by Councilmember Jeff Harris, the concerts are held in four different neighborhood parks.  Sponsorship and advertising dollars, as well as proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the event are used to enhance neighborhood parks and provide youth athletic scholarships.  Choose from one of the concerts below, or enjoy all four.

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 6 pm: East Portal Park – The Count

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 6 pm: Bertha Henschel Park – Beth Duncan Swing’n Jazz Band

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 6 pm: McKinley Park – Joy and Madness and Walking Spanish

Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6 pm: Glenn Hall Park – AKA live

Second Annual First Festival

Sacramento’s grass roots, all local music festival returns on Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th for two days of fun and talent from the Sacramento region.  There will be two stages with 25 bands. This event showcases some of the year’s best local talent.  Enjoy delicious food and local craft beer available at three pouring stations.  Vendors, crafters and artists will also be onsite.  Single day tickets are $30 and weekend passes are $50.  12 pm – 10 pm, Southside Park, 2115 6th Street, Downtown Sacramento.

World War I Revisited 1916 Series

Presented by Sacramento Public Library at the Central Library.  This series will feature scholars and historians with exceptional knowledge of the first World War. Admission is free.  More information is available at

Saturday, June 4 (1pm-4pm): Lawrence of Arabia
Join in for a showing of 1962’s WWI epic film, Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif.

Sunday, June 12 (Noon-1:30pm): This Unending War – 1916 and the Year of the Big Battles
This talk will be presented by WWI Historical Association President Sal Compagno.

Sunday, June 26 (3pm-4:30pm): The 1916 Battle of the Somme – As It Was Fought and As It Is Remembered
This event will be presented by History Channel contributor, military history editor, and publisher Michael Hanlon.

Sunday, July 10 (1pm-2:30pm): The Great War’s Impact on Aviation – The Third Dimension Ascends
WWI writer and scholar Colonel (USAF ret.) Terrance Finnegan will present this talk.

Crocker Art Museum

Two new exhibits are opening at the Crocker Art Museum on June 19th:

Little Dreams in Glass and Metal, Enameling in America, 1920 to the PresentThrough September 11, 2016.

Ourselves through the Lens, Photography from the Ramer Collection. Through October 23, 2016

Bear in Mind: The Story of the Grizzly

Based on Susan Snyder’s 2004 book of the same name published by Heyday Books, Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly is a traveling exhibit chronicling the complex history of the state’s most iconic symbol, the grizzly.

Once the most powerful animal in the state’s landscape, the grizzly has been extinct in California since the 1920s but lives on as a steadfast symbol, reflecting the spirit of independence, strength, and adaptability the state is world-renowned for. Through artifacts and ephemera on loan from institutions including The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the California State Library and the California Academy of Sciences, the exhibit reveals the grizzly’s enduring cultural legacy over the last 200 years that continues to embody California’s ideals in the 21st century.

Produced and toured by Exhibit Envoy, the exhibit was developed in partnership by The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and Heyday Books, with support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Bank of the West.

Continuing through June 30th at the California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento. General admission is $8.50, $7.00 for seniors and college students, $6.00 for ages 6 – 13, and 5 and under free.