The following are the highlights for this weekend’s science fiction /fantasy events in the Sacramento area. They include several zombie themed activities for teens. All events are in Sacramento unless otherwise noted. Contact information, including web addresses/links, is provided for more details on a given event.
How To Defend Yourself Against a Creature of the Night
5605 Marconi Avenue
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Teens can learn how to defend themselves from supernatural creatures of darkness such as zombies, vampires, witches and ghosts. Part of the Summer Reading Teen Program.
Zombies in the Library
Sacramento Library, South Natomas branch
2901 Truxel Road
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A Summer Reading Teen event where youths can learn to make themselves up like zombies and compete to win prizes. Attendees need to provide a signed permission slip, “preferably returned in advance.” Permission slips can be obtained and registration done at the library. Space is limited. This event is for ages 13 to 17 only.
Zombie Apocalypse Lock-In Celebration
Sacramento Library, North Highlands-Antelope branch
4235 Antelope Road
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
A crash course in zombie survival for teens. The book stacks will be used as an obstacle course while participants search for supplies needed to escape the zombies! The night will conclude with refreshments and a classic zombie movie. A permission slip is needed to participate, “preferably returned in advance.” Permission slips can be obtained and registration done at the library. Space is limited. Ages 13 to 17 only.
Movie premiere: “Total Recall”
Various locations and times
Please visit Fandango.com for details.
Remake of the 1990 adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic science fiction short story, “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”, opens in theaters. Factory worker Douglas Quaid (played by Colin Farrell) goes on a virtual reality espionage adventure only to find out that it may be the real thing.
Zombie Scavenger Hunt At the Central Library
Sacramento Central Library
828 I Street
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This after-hours event for ages 14 and up involves searching for clues and useful items throughout the library while avoiding attacks from the undead! Registration is required. The event will also include a costume and makeup contest. Participants have the option to contest, play the role of a zombie, or volunteer to help out in this event. The organizers ask that participants do not bring their own props; props will be provided at the event. For more information and on how to register, please visit the library’s website.
Alex G. Spanos Center, University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
“The Central Valley’s new pop culture convention,” Stockton-Con, will feature gaming tournaments–including Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh–guest artists and comic book authors, an all ages art contest and much more! One of the goals of this con “is to raise awareness of outstanding artists in the San Joaquin Valley area.” The con benefits the United Way and St. Mary’s Dining Room for the needy.
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