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

Tarps cover the belongings of homeless people who have been currently living in a park near the Placer County Government Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in Auburn, Calif. The Placer Collaborative Network will hold a forum today to discuss homelessness in Placer County.
Tarps cover the belongings of homeless people who have been currently living in a park near the Placer County Government Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 in Auburn, Calif. The Placer Collaborative Network will hold a forum today to discuss homelessness in Placer County. rpench@sacbee.com

Slight chance of showers

Clouds and a slight chance of showers hang over Northern California today, bringing a 20 percent chance of less than one-tenth of an inch of precipitation to Sacramento, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to top out 75 today and drop to around 53 tonight. Breezes through the Sacramento River Delta will be 7 to 9 mph.

Students to ask trustees for ethnic studies graduation requirement

Members of Sacramento City Unified’s Student Advisory Council, working with Ethnic Studies Now – Sacramento Coalition, will ask board members to establish an ethnic studies program as a graduation requirement. District board members are scheduled to meet in public session starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Serna Center, 5735 47th Ave., Sacramento.

Roseville forum to tackle issue of homelessness in Placer County

Homelessness in Placer County is the topic of a free forum from 9 a.m. to noon at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. The event, hosted by Placer Collaborative Network, will offer ideas and recommendations for shelter and services. Speakers include Susan Farrington, Homeless Resource Council of the Sierras; Lt. Justin Docherty, Salvation Army and Right Hand Auburn; Suzi Fosset, The Gathering Inn; and Leslie Brewer,Placer Consortium on Homelessness.

Ex-senator, USC professor to discuss mental illness stigma

Former state Sen. Darrell Steinberg and University of Southern California professor Elyn Saks will talk about the stigma of mental illness at the Sacramento Press Club. The event will also include the presentation of $34,000 in scholarships. The luncheon costs $29 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Noon, Capitol Plaza Ballroom, 1025 Ninth St.

UC Davis holds Memorial Day ceremony

In an early Memorial Day event, UC Davis will display 135 American flags in honor of the school’s soldiers, sailors and Marines who died during military service. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at the school’s Memorial Union, which was established 60 years ago to honor the school’s fallen veterans.

Things to do

  • Opening day of the Sacramento County Fair at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. Carnival, livestock, entertainment, competitions. Admission: $5 general; free for kids 12 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Violinist Sarah Plum performs works by UC Davis undergraduate music majors in a free lunchtime concert. 12:05 p.m., Room 115, Music Building, UC Davis.
  • The West Sacramento Farmers Market takes place in front of City Hall at 1110 W. Capitol Ave., 4:30 p.m. to dusk. For more information, call (916) 371-7042.

Local sports

Sacramento River Cats vs. Memphis Redbirds, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field.

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