Today in Sacramento

Bee staff

‘Parklets’ to pop up downtown

Artists, designers and citizens will transform metered parking spots into a series of temporary “parklets” from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Sacramento United Park(ing) Day. The American Society of Landscape Architects, American Institute of Architects and Downtown Sacramento Partnership are sponsoring the event, which is held to demonstrate design solutions that enhance the pedestrian experience downtown. Sacramento’s creative community will transform Ninth Street into a series of temporary “parklets” that encourage play in the urban environment. Go to asla-sierra.org/events/parkingday for more information.

DUI checkpoint in Elk Grove

The Elk Grove Police Department plans a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday. The checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers and unlicensed drivers from the roadways. Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists.

Fundraiser for shelter

The fourth annual Paws to Party fundraiser benefiting Front Street Animal Shelter takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St., Sacramento. The event for those 21 and older will feature wine and beer tastings, food from area restaurants and more. Go to pawstoparty.weebly.com for more information.

Things to do

▪ The Sacramento Children’s Museum invites mothers and their sons to the annual Buccaneer Ball. Pirate costumes are encouraged at the dance. Go to www.sackids.org for more information.

▪ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at Vernon Street Town Square, 311 Vernon St., Roseville. The movie is part of the city’s Friday Flicks series.