Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Saturday

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Volunteers clean the parkway

More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to take part in the Great American River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon along the American River Parkway. The cleanup aims to remove mass amounts of debris from the parkway to help protect the river ecosystem and improve water quality. Last year, 1,550 volunteers removed more than 20,000 pounds of debris, according to the American River Parkway Foundation. Go to www.arpf.org for more information.

POW/MIA remembrance in Elk Grove

A Prisoners of War/Missing in Action remembrance ceremony is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rhoads School House at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road. The ceremony remembers veterans not accounted for and aims to instill hope that they will return home. Go to www.elkgrovepost233.com and click “Calendar” for more information.

Author signs Giants book

Dan Brown, a sportswriter for the San Jose Mercury News who graduated from UC Davis, will be at the Limelight Bar & Cafe, 1014 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, from 4 to 5 p.m., signing his new book, “The Giants Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the San Francisco Giants.” Brown also wrote “100 Things 49ers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.”

Open house at Fire Station 20

Station 20 of the Sacramento Fire Department will host a free open house for residents from 2 to 4 p.m. at 2512 Rio Linda Blvd in North Sacramento. Visitors can meet firefighters and medics, tour the station, and take a close look at the trucks, engines, ambulances, equipment and gear. The event is part of the Fire Station Open House series.

Firewood available with permit

The Eldorado National Forest is inviting community members with a valid permit to help clean up the Wrights Lake Recreation Area by gathering firewood. According to the U.S. Forest Service, free residential woodcutting will be permitted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the same times Sept. 24 and 25. Participants must have a valid forest products free use permit for the Wrights Lake area. Permits are available at the Pacific Ranger District Office, Crystal Visitor Information station and will be provided by Forest Service employees at Wrights Lake. Call 530-647-5432 for more information.

Things to do

▪ Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park presents “Hands on History: The Real Gold in California” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event at the recently renovated fort, 2701 L St., Sacramento, focuses on the important role agriculture played in the state’s early development. Go to www.suttersfort.org for more information.

▪ A Guns and Hoses charity baseball game pitting area law enforcers vs. firefighters takes place at 1 p.m. at Union Stadium at Sacramento City College. Go to www.pigbowl.com for more information.

▪ Sacramento Republic FC hosts Los Angeles Galaxy II, 7:30 p.m., Bonney Field.