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

Cornel West speaks at Sacramento State

Sacramento native Cornel West, author of “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters,” speaks on “Race, Democracy, Justice and Love” at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom at California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St. The free lecture will also be available for viewing in Hinde Auditorium and at Serna Plaza’s lawn. Call 916-278-6997 for more information.

Davis police host meeting

The Davis Police Department hosts a community meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. at Holmes Junior High School library, 1220 Drexel Drive. The department seeks residents’ input about traffic, crime reduction and community engagement.

Neighborhood Summit planned

Elk Grove holds a Neighborhood Summit, where residents can learn about and share community issues, discuss solutions and resources. Sessions on police priorities and code enforcement issues are among the various topics to be discussed. The gathering is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way.

‘Life After Lawn’ discussion

The city of Davis and UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden present “Life After Lawn” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Center Activity Room, 646 A St. Ellen Zagory, director of public horticulture for the UC Davis Arboretum, will discuss creating attractive, low-water, easy-care, pollinator-friendly landscapes. Reserve a spot by emailing WaterSmart@CityofDavis.org or calling 530-757-5686.