In brief: Beer, bowls and clean-up

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Sample local brews at Nugget tasting
Nugget Markets will celebrate Sacramento’s Beer Week with tastings at its Roseville store. The store at 771 Pleasant Grove Blvd. will host Gordon Biersch tastings from 3-5 p.m. Thursday. On Saturday, Anderson Valley will be poured from 1-3 p.m. and Lagunitas from 3-5 p.m.
“As the premier retailer of microbrew and specialty brews in the Sacramento area, we’re really excited to bring the ‘love of the brew’ to our guests during Sacramento Beer Week,” said Brian Madden, beer category manager for Nugget Markets. “Our tasting schedule gives our guests an opportunity to sample some new beers along with some old favorites and limited release items.”
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Placer Food Bank seeks donations
Placer Food Bank is currently seeking donations of hand-crafted ceramic bowls for their Empty Bowls fundraiser set for May 3 and 4.
The event is the first of its kind for the non-profit, which is modeling the fundraiser after the nationwide movement to raise hunger awareness and funds by hosting a simple meal. The empty bowls symbolize those who do not have enough to eat.
“We have seen a tremendous increase in the number of individuals who rely on local food pantries and feeding programs for supplemental or emergency food,” noted Dave Martinez, executive director of Placer Food Bank. “Over the past three years the number of individuals we serve has grown 168 percent. Currently the need has outpaced our ability to fund it,” he added.
The Food Bank expects to serve approximately 400 individuals at the event, and is relying on the generosity of ceramic artists, art students and hobbyists to provide the hand-crafted bowls.
Individuals interested in donating one or more bowls for the event can e-mail the food bank at or contact Mary at (916) 521-4456.

Rocklin holds clean-up day
Want to get a head start on spring cleaning? Do you have stuff that you want to get rid of which the normal trash collection will not take?
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 16, Landscapes & Facilities crews, working in conjunction with Auburn Placer Disposal Services, will be at three locations collecting those items that the normal trash collections will not take, including electronic waste.
Rocklin Clean-Up Day is provided for Rocklin residents only and identification is required.
Drop off locations are:
• Sierra College overflow parking lot at Rocklin Road and El Don Drive.
• City of Rocklin Corporation Yard, 4081 Alvis Court.
• Lone Tree Park, West Oaks and Lonetree boulevards.
A pick-up service will be offered to elderly or disabled Rocklin residents. Call Landscapes & Facilities at (916) 625-5275 to make pick-up arrangements. There is a maximum of one pick-up load per resident.
Items not accepted include refrigerators, freezers and air conditioning units.