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

A variety of caps are displayed at Republic FC’s store on 17th Street near Broadway. While its journey to become a Major League Soccer franchise continues, Sacramento Republic FC (1-2-0) already has made the big leagues when it comes to selling merchandise. Whether online, at its home games or in its hip midtown retail store, Republic is moving its branded products at three times the rate of its closest competitor in the United Soccer League, team officials say.
A variety of caps are displayed at Republic FC’s store on 17th Street near Broadway. While its journey to become a Major League Soccer franchise continues, Sacramento Republic FC (1-2-0) already has made the big leagues when it comes to selling merchandise. Whether online, at its home games or in its hip midtown retail store, Republic is moving its branded products at three times the rate of its closest competitor in the United Soccer League, team officials say. bnguyen@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Saturday, April 11:

Warm weekend: Springtime will be in full bloom this weekend, when temperatures in Sacramento are forecast to reach a high of 77 degrees today, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday is also expected to be pleasant, with the high expected to hit 79.

Sacramento Republic returns home: Tonight will be special at Bonney Field. It will mark Sacramento Republic FC’s first league home match since winning the USL championship in the team’s inaugural season last September on the same Cal Expo stadium turf. The team will play in front of the largest crowd at Bonney Field because capacity has been expanded from 8,000 to 11,000, and the match is sold out. It also will be televised regionally on Channel 31. More importantly, it will be the first home match against rival Los Angeles Galaxy II since the two teams met in last year’s raucous playoff semifinals at Bonney Field.

▪ Related Sacramento Bee story: Republic FC strikes up the brand

Explore Arcade Creek: The Sacramento Area Creeks Council will host an Arcade Creek Exploration from 10 a.m. to noon today at Del Paso Regional Park, 3635 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento. Participants can learn about the land and water of the creek and the animals that call it home. Biologists will guide the creek exploration, part of the area’s Creek Week events, and answer questions.

See for yourself: There will be 30 different stops today on the fifth annual Gardens Gone Native tour. Hosted by the Sacramento-area chapter of the California Native Plant Society, the free self-guided tour features gardens of all sizes from Woodland to Orangevale. Several are concentrated in East Sacramento and Land Park. Each garden includes at least 50 percent native plants, but usually more.

Hot-air airship: Look, up in the sky today – it’s a new thermal airship. That’s what David Wakefield calls his blimp that will be emblazoned with advertising and flown all over the Sacramento region. Today, the blimp will be flight tested from its mooring near Mather Airport. The airship is 135 feet long and more than 50 feet tall. Unlike most blimps, the Cheers Aerial Media airship uses hot air instead of helium.

Local sports: PCL – Salt Lake Bees at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN 1320)

MLB – Seattle Mariners at Oakland A’s, 1:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 5:40 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

College baseball – Cal-State Fullerton at UC Davis, 1 p.m.

Sacramento State at Utah Valley, 6 p.m.

Stanford at Cal, 7:30 p.m. (PAC12BA)

College softball – Sacramento State at North Dakota, 11 a.m.

Cal Poly at UC Davis (doubleheader), noon, 2 p.m.

NBA – Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (KNBR 1050)

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