Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Friday, May 1:
Another hot spring day: Friday is expected to be the warmest day of a warm week. After a high of 92 degrees on Thursday in Sacramento, National Weather Service forecasters believe Friday could be a degree or two warmer. Wind will be slight. The weekend looks cooler but still in the upper-to-mid 80s in Sacramento.
On your bikes: Bike Month kicks off today , with regional morning commutes from three locations in the Sacramento area that will converge in downtown at the Capitol Rose Garden. The commutes will take off starting at 7 a.m. from West Sacramento, East Sacramento and the north end of Oak Park. Commuters (and well wishers) can gather at the Rose Garden from 7 to 9 a.m., where coffee from Insight Roasters and baked good from Yellowbill Café will be offered. The first 100 bicycle commuters at the Rose Garden can snag a free May is Bike Month T-shirt. Bike commuters can also have their photos taken to be posted on the May is Bike Month Facebook page.
Day 2 of draft: The second and third rounds of the NFL draft begin at 4 p.m. today. On Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers selected defensive end Arik Armstead, of the University of Oregon and Pleasant Grove High School. Another local player, linebacker Shaq Thompson of the University of Washington and Grant High School, was chosen by the Carolina Panthers. The Oakland Raiders selected wide receiver Amari Cooper from the University of Alabama.
Let the music play: The opening night in the free Concerts in the Park series in downtown Sacramento will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 901 I St. Concerts are scheduled every Friday through July 24 (except July 3). Today’s scheduled performers are Island of Black & White, Drop Dead Red, Riotmaker and DJ Epic.
Water safety offered: Parents concerned about water safety can bring their little swimmers to the Splish Splash Water Safety Bash at California Family Fitness this weekend. The free event, to be held in Natomas todayand Rocklin on Saturday, aims to teach basic drowning prevention skills to families. About 20 percent of people who die from drowning are children under age 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among children ages 1 to 4, drowning is the cause of 30 percent of unintentional injury deaths.
Local sports: PCL – El Paso Chihuahuas at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN 1320)
MLB – Oakland A’s at Texas Rangers, 5:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Los Angeles Angels at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
College baseball – Sacramento State at Chicago State, 4 p.m.
UC Davis at UC Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.
College softball – Sacramento State at Portland State (doubleheader), 1 and 3 p.m.