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

CSUS exhibit focuses on student suicide

An exhibit of 1,100 backpacks that represent the number of students who die by suicide every year will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St. The outdoor exhibit at the Library Quad, “Send Silence Packing,” includes 1,100 backpacks donated by families of students who died by suicide. Personal stories and testimonies written by families and friends accompany the backpacks. The exhibit will travel to campuses across California this fall. Go to www.ActiveMinds.org/SendSilencePacking for more details.

Stuck in the 80s

The weather is expected to be monotonously mild in Sacramento all week. Temperatures are expected to be in the low-to-mid 80s the first four days, increasing to the high 80s for Friday and the weekend. The forecast for Monday is for a high of 81 degrees with a light wind this afternoon.

Groundbreaking for STAR Academy in Natomas

Natomas Unified School District is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the first new campus to be built in the district since 2008. The celebration launches construction of a new campus for Natomas Charter School’s STAR Academy and is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at Gloster Way and Prosper Road in North Natomas. Expected to open next fall, the campus will serve students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade.

Benefit concert/birthday party to help fund scholarships

Dennis Mangers has been a teacher, assemblyman, lobbyist and political adviser. As he turns 75, he’s establishing a nonprofit to provide performing arts scholarships for low-income youths. The Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists will launch at a joint benefit concert and birthday party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St., Sacramento. The event features performances from local singers including the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, which he helped found. The scholarships will provide arts training to children in the region who could not otherwise afford it through organizations such as California Musical Theatre, the B Street Theatre and the Sacramento Ballet. The Sacramento Region Community Foundation, of which Mangers is the chairman, will manage the fund and match the first $10,000 in donations.

Last days of ‘Ink Paper Metal’

Monday and Tuesday mark the last days of an exhibit at Arthouse on R, “Ink Paper Metal,” with works by Taylor Gutermute, Vinay Sharma and Zbigniew Kozikowski. The works come from monotype printmaking and drypoint etching processes. The gallery is at 1021 R St. in Sacramento. Call 916-212-4988 for more information.

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