Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for July 9

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Thursday, July 9, 2015:

A cool State Fair opening Friday

The weather looks fairly good for the first three days of the State Fair. Opening day is Friday and the National Weather Service is forecasting a high of just 82 degrees for the fairgrounds. The weekend looks similarly mild with 87 on Saturday and 89 on Sunday. Today’s high is forecast to be 80 degrees.

Outreach meetings for new Elk Grove parks

The city of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District are hosting a community outreach meeting at 6 p.m. to share information on the planning and building of two new parks in the Laguna Ridge area of Elk Grove. Oasis Park is a 20-acre community park at Whitelock Parkway and Knotts Drive, and Porto Park is a 1.3-acre neighborhood park at Ponte Delgado Drive and Sintra Way. The meeting is at the multipurpose room at Toby Johnson Middle School, 10099 Franklin High Road. An open house format will begin at 6 p.m. to provide an overview of the proposed design for Porto Park. Residents can discuss and generate ideas for Oasis Park with a workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Forum on low voter turnout

Lawmakers, political consultants and other experts will discuss the reasons for the growing election apathy and possible solutions at “Understanding California’s Voter Turnout Crisis: The Decline of Civic Participation,” an event hosted by the Leadership California Institute. So far this year, lawmakers have put forward proposals for automatic voter registration and other efforts to help reverse the voter drought. The lineup of speakers includes state Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Assemblywoman Ling-Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar. Kim Alexander, president and founder of the California Voter Foundation, and Anthony York, editor and publisher of the Grizzly Bear Project, will also contribute to the forum. The event is at 11 a.m. at the Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street.

Davis schools discuss gifted students

The Davis Joint Unified School Board will have a special meeting to take public comments regarding changes in the district’s gifted student program, known as the Alternative Instructional Model. The board last month voted to stop using private testing to qualify students for the program in 2016-17 and to have staff recommend new procedures for the upcoming school year. The board meets at 7 p.m. at Community Chambers, 23 Russell Blvd., Davis.

Things to do

  • The Fulton Street Jazz Band is scheduled to perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at Village Park as part of the Fair Oaks’ Concerts in the Parks series. The free event is held every Thursday through Aug. 27.
  • Food Truck Mania returns to downtown Roseville from 5 to 9 p.m. at Vernon and Lincoln streets. The event features food trucks and family entertainment.
  • The free Loomis Familyfest features vendor booths, a food court, a children’s area and live entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza, 3640 Horseshoe Bar Road.

Local sports

  • Sacramento River Cats vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field, West Sacramento.