Weeklong Bacon Fest begins
The fifth annual Sacramento Bacon Fest begins a weeklong series of events, including Thursday’s Bacon Fest Cocktail Battle. On Monday, tonight, an opening-night party is planned from 6 to 10 p.m. at Empress Tavern, 1013 K St. (lower level, underneath Crest Theatre). One of the highlights will be a chefs’ competition between three former Bacon Fest champions: Brad Cecchi (formerly of Grange), Kelly Hogge (Magpie) and Ian MacBride (Lucca). Go to www.baconfestsac.com for a complete schedule of events and more information.
Drying out in Sacramento
While last week was decidedly damp, this week will be mostly dry. No need for an umbrella for most of the work week in Sacramento. The National Weather Service is forecasting sunny or partly cloudy weather until Friday. Rain is likely Friday and Saturday.
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I-80 bridge work continues in Placer County
The California Department of Transportation reports there will be alternating lane and onramp closures on Interstate 80 from Sierra College Boulevard to Newcastle Road from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. every day through Saturday for bridge work. Motorists also can expect one-way traffic control from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday on the Brace, Gilardi, Horseshoe Bar, King, Penryn and Magra overcrossings for bridge work. The construction is part of the $36 million project to increase the vertical clearance of nine bridges in south Placer County to 16 feet, 6 inches. The vertical clearance will be increased on seven structures by lifting the bridge decks; the other two will have the roadway below dug deeper.
Golden State Warriors championship trophy
Golden State Warriors fans still basking in the glow of last year’s title (and this year’s dominance) can keep the party going as the championship trophy visits the Assembly and Senate chambers, with staff members allowed to see it in the upper house from 9 to 10 a.m. and on the green carpets from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. A members-only viewing is scheduled for the afternoon.
Legislative environmental report card
Votes on big-ticket environmental legislation have become proxies for determining who is a moderate Democrat and have stirred up electoral challenges in which some see racial undertones. Highlighting those overlaps, the California Environmental Justice Alliance is unveiling report cards that detail how business-friendly Democrats and members of ethnic caucuses voted. Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, the only member of both the California Legislative Black Caucus and the California Latino Legislative Caucus (he scored well), will speak on the topic in room 126 of the Capitol at 10 a.m.
Poets Pat Lynch and Penny Kline will read their works at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St. Lynch will read from her book “All That Glisters.” Kline will read from her first full-length poetry book before heading on a European reading tour.
Call 916-979-9706 for more information about the free event.
- Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena.