By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

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All listed events, and more, can be viewed online on The OBSERVER’s community events calendar at Be sure to submit your events two weeks in advance to have the chance to be featured on the list.

  1. Invictus Youth Foundation Ninth Annual Champions Golf Classic – 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Valley Hi Country Club. Enjoy a round of golf, entertainment and networking. Proceeds will help raise funds to support Invictus Youth Foundation’s mission and to keep their annual programs free for all participants. Invictus Youth Foundation serves at-risk youth throughout California providing them with life and leadership skills through sport.
  2. Chamber of Commerce New Member Networking and Orientation – 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. Meet other new members, introduce yourself and your business, learn what’s included in your membership and what committees are available to join at this free event, held first Tuesdays monthly.
  3. Monthly Security Task Force Meeting – Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Florin Road Partnership. Don’t miss this highly informative meeting where they discuss reports from law enforcement, Sacramento County, City of Sacramento, district security, PBID maintenance, businesses, property owners, community members and more. Lunch will be provided by Panera Bread. Free and open to the public.
  4. Free Senior Resource Fair – 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Masonic Center-Folsom. Discover a wealth of resources and information tailored specifically for seniors. Whether you’re looking for health services, financial advice or simply want to connect with others in your community, this fair has it all. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore various booths and learn about the amazing support available to you.
  5. Wonk Wednesday: Nighttime Economy – 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at New Helvetia Brewing Co. Over the last several years, the Sacramento arts and culture scene has received increased investment and attention. Welcome Megan Van Voorhis, director of convention and cultural services and nighttime economy manager Tina Lee-Vogt to discuss the future of arts and culture and nightlife in Sacramento. Free and open to the public.
  6. Samara Joy – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Mondavi Center. In 2023, the young jazz singer from the Bronx earned two Grammys for her first album, including for best new artist. Don’t miss the opportunity to bask in Joy’s resonant, emotionally stirring voice. Tickets starting at $25.
  7. Her: Folsom Women’s Conference – 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Harris Center. Thought-provoking discussions, inspiring speakers, comedy, networking, shopping and more. Bring girlfriends, coworkers, business partners or come solo and meet hundreds of other women from throughout the region. Tickets starting at $132.
  8. “You Betta Work” Career Fair – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at 1015 20th St. This career fair celebrates diversity and empowers the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities in their career journeys. You’ll have the opportunity to network, learn about job openings and showcase your skills to potential employers. Free and open to the public.
  9. Briefing: Black Health Equity – Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at California Chamber of Commerce. Join the California Health Care Foundation for a free briefing that examines the health care challenges so many Black Californians face despite their pursuit of good health, as well as highlight strategies for advancing Black health equity. Free and open to the public.
  10. Connecting the Dots: Women in Business Dinner and Forum – 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Tsakopoulos Library Galleria. Featuring a cocktail hour followed by dinner and a powerful fireside chat with dynamic and accomplished women. Guaranteed to motivate and inspire you. Speakers include Azizza Davis Goines, Brandy Bolden, Lorrie Clark, Dr. Idara Essien-Wood, Dr. Michele Foss-Snowden and Karla Stevenson. Tickets starting at $315.
  11. AMA for Authors: by Jason Denzel and Anita Crawford Clark – 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at A Seat at the Table. Ask Jason and Anita anything about writing, marketing, editing and publishing books in any genre and through any publishing method, and network with authors and the bookselling staff. Free and open to the public.
  12. Cut to the Chase – 6-7 p.m. first Thursdays, starting Oct. 5 at Exclusive Barber Studio. A monthly meet-up for Black men to gather and discuss everyday challenges and issues. We invite Black men to join for encouragement, counseling and support in a small group setting with licensed mental health professionals. Free and open to the public.
  13. Godfrey – 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct 5, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7, at the Punch Line Comedy Club. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the great Godfrey as he performs his new comedy special for three nights in Sacramento. He has been featured on BET, VH1, Comedy Central and many other networks and films. Tickets starting at $30.
  14. Made Studio Makers Market: Oak Park First Fridays – 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Made Studio. Shop with local vendors, get a tour of the Made Studio space, enter a raffle, have fun crafting at Halloween-themed stations and bring home your own creations. Free and open to the public.
  15. California Black Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer – 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Seasons 52. This free mixer features distinguished guest speakers from the City of Sacramento and SMUD, who will discuss various programs tailored to benefit small businesses, a raffle and the chance to connect with like-minded individuals in the business community.
  16. David Covin Memorial Service – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Capistrano Concert Hall. Sacramento State professor emeritus David Covin carefully developed a network of organizations to advocate for the economic, educational and political condition of Black men, women and children. He died of colon cancer on June 3 at age 82, according to his daughter, Holly Covin Jacobson. A memorial service will celebrate his life and contributions on the Sacramento campus.
  17. Youth Braiding Academy – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the African Marketplace. This academy aims to empower youth by teaching them various braiding techniques and styles. From cornrows to box braids, our experienced instructors will guide participants through hands-on demonstrations and provide step-by-step instructions. Tickets starting at $200.
  18. South Sacramento Multicultural Festival – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at North Laguna Creek Park. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the community as a variety of traditions, music, dance and flavors are showcased. Celebrate diversity and foster cultural understanding. Free and open to the public.
  19. Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8, at Elk Grove Regional Park. Experience carnival rides, inflatables, arts and crafts, vendors and food trucks, contests, a pumpkin patch and more. Entertainers and musical acts will fill three stages; plus, some of the giant pumpkins from the weigh-off will be carved into boats and paddled across the lake in the Pumpkin Regatta. Free and open to the public.
  20. Sacramento Loves R&B – 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Harlow’s. An R&B experience that you will get nowhere else. Don’t miss the opportunity to dance the night away and groove to some of the best R&B music of all time. Tickets starting at $15.
  21. Honorary Negro Leagues Game – 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at John Smith Field, Sac State. Sierra Community Medical Foundation and Perfect Game Pitching Solutions present special guests Bob Kendrick from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and Dennis Biddle from Yesterday’s Negro Leagues Baseball Foundation for an afternoon of baseball honoring the legacy and impact of the Negro Leagues. The game will be played by area high schoolers and managed by local baseball legends.