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

Watch UFC workout, weigh-in

The public is invited to watch UFC fighters work out and weigh in before Saturday’s mixed-martial arts bouts at Golden 1 Center. Fans are welcome to watch fighters prepare for matches starting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the arena. Paige VanZant, Michelle Waterson, Sage Northcutt, Mickey Gall and Urijah Faber will work out. The workout is free to attend and open to the public. Fans can enter through the main entrance to watch the fighters take to the mat. Then, the sometimes-entertaining weigh-ins occur at 4 p.m. Friday. Fans can enter through the southwest entrance at Fifth and L streets to watch the fighters step on the scale and pose. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the weigh-ins. Fans can attend for free.

Highway 50 upgrade discussion set

A public meeting to discuss the planned $50 million safety upgrade of Highway 50 east of Placerville is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Camino Elementary School, 3060 Snows Road. The state Department of Transportation will give a presentation of the plan at 5:45 p.m. The plan’s key element is installation of two miles of concrete median divider to separate oncoming traffic in the winding and mountainous section between Placerville and the Apple Hill area. Construction is planned to start in spring 2019 and finish in 2021.

Ex-policeman to appear in court

A former Sacramento police officer arrested on drug-related charges is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento Superior Court. Isaac Richard Knutila, 45, was arrested in November following an internal investigation that started in October. Police found several drugs on Knutila, as well as in his car, including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and more than an ounce of marijuana. The 16-year veteran, who resigned from the force in early December, faces charges including felony possession of a controlled substance while carrying a loaded gun.

Neighborhood group meets

The River Park Neighborhood Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive.

Things to do

▪ The Sacramento Master Singers perform Christmas concerts at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1066 26th St., Sacramento. The choir will feature works accompanied by string quartet, including Buxtehude’s “Das Neugeborne Kindelein,” Brian Buda’s “Love Came Down at Christmas,” and Dan Forrest’s “The Shepherd’s Carol.” Concerts are planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. A show scheduled for Sunday is sold out, according to event organizers. Go to www.mastersingers.org for more information.

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