By Nicholas Ibarra | The Sacramento Observer

All listed events, and more, can be viewed online on The OBSERVER’s community events calendar at

  1. Rancho Cordova Memorial Day Ceremony – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, May 29, at the CHS Performing Arts Center. The Cordova Community Council is proud to present a community event honoring those who have bravely served the nation in times of war and peace. This event is a tribute to those who have served in the defense of the nation, including those who have paid the ultimate price.
  2. Unlocking Opportunity for Boys and Men of Color in Sacramento – 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at the WELL at Sacramento State. Advocate, researcher and social change strategist Arnold L. Chandler will share the groundbreaking LifeCourse Framework to give us a better understanding of social problems that face boys and men of color. The framework is a foundation for developing interventions and solutions to improve life outcomes for people of color through policy and systems change, power-building and grassroots movements.
  3. Curren$y – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Harlow’s. Harlow’s and Sean Healy present Curren$y, with JAMS the Flava Child and ARTZ. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for $35. 
  4. Oak Park Neighborhood Association (OPNA) Monthly Meeting – 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Oak Park Community Center. They’ll serve a FREE meal starting at 5:30 p.m. from a local food business but they always appreciate those who bring a side dish or dessert. The meeting will start promptly at 6:00 p.m.
  5. Joe Montoya’s Poetry Unplugged – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Luna’s Cafe and Juice Bar. Join hosts Jenny Lynn & Sho’Nuff for a night of slam poetry where winners are selected by audience applause.
  6. Black Is Bright Book Share – 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Friday, June 2, at the Del Paso Heights Library. For children ages 0-5. Join Aliyah from North Sacramento Family Resource Center as she shares books celebrating Black identity and an art activity at the Del Paso Heights Library.
  7. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark – 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 25, at Celebration Arts. Sunday shows will start at 2 p.m. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage takes the audience back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, where we meet aspiring starlet Vera Stark, who works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career.
  8. Fridays in the Grove: Movie Night – 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the Old Town Plaza. They will be showing The Goonies. Bring your own blanket or low back chair. Limited table and grass seats available. There will be food available for purchase on-site. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
  9. V101 Summer Jam ‘23 – 7 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Thunder Valley Casino. Performers include Nelly, Bone Thugz-N-Harmony, Chingy, Twista and Luniz. Be sure to come out for a night of great music. 
  10. Yolo Juneteenth Celebration – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at the UC Davis Conference Center. Free family celebration with vendor fair, music, performances, exhibits, raffles, food vendors, information tables and healing spaces. Free parking at UC Davis. Free bus ride from West Sacramento Community Center. Bus leaves at 10 a.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m.