Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Saturday, Sept. 19:
Thermometer back to the 90s
High pressure is building over the west coast, a tell-tale sign that temperatures will trend upward this weekend. After a week of below-normal temperatures, the weekend will be warmer in Sacramento. The high today is expected to be near 93 degrees and 97 degrees for Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, which notes that winds will be breezy from the north.
Cleaning effort along American River
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Volunteers are planning to remove trash and debris during the Great American River Clean Up. The effort, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on a 23-mile stretch of the river, prevents pollutants from entering the watershed, harming wildlife or creating hazards for recreational users. Additionally, Dart Container is hosting a plastic foam collection (cups, plates, protective packaging), also from 9 a.m. to noon, at Ancil Hoffman Park, 6341 Tarshes Drive, Carmichael. For more information, go to www.arpf.org/garcu.php.
Chicken fest returns to Fair Oaks
The 10th annual Fair Oaks Chicken Festival features live music on a main stage, vendors, a food court, children’s park, a cluck n’ crow contest, craft brew tasting, breakfast and more. The festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Fair Oaks Village, 10219 Fair Oaks Blvd. Free entry and parking. For more information, go to http://fairoakspark.org/events/chicken-festival/.
Historic wagons featured at Sutter’s Fort
The interactive “Hands on History: Wagons West” is planned at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event focuses on the wagons used in the journeys of thousands of early emigrants and tens of thousands of gold-seekers who made the trek to Sutter’s Fort in the 1840s and 1850s.
Anniversary parade for South Lake Tahoe
The city of South Lake Tahoe is hosting a 50th Anniversary Parade. More than 85 entries and 300 walkers are expected for the celebration, which begins at 10 a.m. The parade starts at the “Y,” then proceeds east on Highway 50, turns right onto Al Tahoe Boulevard and ends at Bijou Community Park. There, the city will dedicate the Bijou Bike Park with a “Party at the Park.”
Things to do
▪ The second Smoke on the River fundraiser is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. at William Land Park, 3800 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. Proceeds will benefit the Sacramento Artists Council and will raise money for art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families and fund adopt-a-school art programs for area schools. The event features a barbecue tasting, live entertainment and beer tastings.
▪ The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival features performances by Bobby Brown, Monica, Freddy Jackson, Loose Ends and Evelyn “Champagne” King from 3 to 10 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) at Gibson Ranch Regional Park, 8556 Gibson Ranch Road, Elverta. For more information, go to ilovesoulfood.com.
▪ Project RIDE’s fundraising Spaghetti Feed and Carnival features food, drink, entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit Project RIDE’s therapeutic recreational horseback riding program for people with disabilities or special needs. The event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Project R.I.D.E Arena, 8840 Southside Ave., Elk Grove.
▪ Sacramento Republic FC vs. Arizona United SC, 7:30 p.m., Bonney Field
▪ Top water skiers compete through Sunday at the California Water Ski Pro Am Tournament at Bel Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda. The event begins at 8 a.m. today, and at 9 a.m. Sunday. The weekend includes activities such as face paintings, bounce houses, food trucks, slides, vendors, demos and more. Free entry, but there is a $5 parking fee.