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

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Friday, Oct. 16:

Sunny and cooler

Temperatures will dip several degrees on Friday, bringing fall conditions to Sacramento. The high is expected to be 84 degrees and skies will be sunny, according to the National Weather Service. Chance of showers in the forecast for Saturday afternoon.

Violin virtuoso to meet students

Violin prodigy Simone Porter, 19, will visit two area schools to talk about the importance of a musical education. She will visit Howe Avenue Elementary School, 2404 Howe Ave., Sacramento, at 8 a.m., and Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St., at 9 a.m. Porter began her professional career at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony orchestra and debuted internationally with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 13. On Saturday, the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will present Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring Porter, at 8 p.m. at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. Go to http://2intune.org/ for details about the performance.

Elk Grove High homecoming parade

Elk Grove High School hosts its annual homecoming parade at 1 p.m. Road closures and alternative routes around the event are scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m.. Street closures are planned at Valley Oak Drive at Elk Grove High School to Vista Grande Way, Elk Grove Florin Road in both directions at Elk Grove High School to Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove Boulevard in both directions from Elk Grove Florin Road to Williamson Drive, Melrose Avenue and Southside Drive. The Elk Grove Police Department will assist with traffic controls and detours during the event.

Stargazing at Yolo viewing party

The Yolo County Library and the Astronomy Club of UC Davis are hosting a star party from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yolo Branch Library, 37750 Sacramento St., in Yolo. The party will begin with a discussion by Matt Richter from the UC Davis department of physics on how a modified Boeing 747 helps scientists with astronomy, and how it is the largest airborne observatory in the world. After the discussion, volunteers from The Astronomy Club at UC Davis will bring telescopes out for guests to look through while talking about objects in the night sky and answering questions about astronomy in general. The event is free and no reservations are required.

San Juan district salutes its STARS

The San Juan Education Foundation’s Evening with the STARS takes place at 6 p.m. at the Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa, 1220 Arden Hills Lane, Sacramento. The evening features wine tasting, a formal dinner, live and silent auctions, live music and the STARS (Students, Technology Arts and Reading for Students) Hall of Fame program. The event honors San Juan school district graduates who have made their mark in their chosen profession. This year’s honorees are Alex Stamos (Bella Vista High School), Facebook chief security officer; Mary Rotelli (Rio Americano High), Teichert chief operating officer; and Kate Levering (El Camino High), Tony-nominated actress. Go to www.sanjuaneducationfoundation.org/ for more information.

Things to do

▪ Sacramento City Council District 7 sponsors the Trucks & Such Gourmet Food Trucks event from 5 to 8 p.m. at Garcia Bend Park, 7654 Pocket Road, Sacramento. Sacto MoFo will be there with mobile food vendors, live music and more. There is free entry to the event.

▪ The eighth annual Davis Jazz and Beat Festival begins a two-day run at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St., Davis. The festival features poetry readings and painting improvisations set to the rhythm of live jazz. It is set for 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Go to http://natsoulas.com/ for complete schedule and details.

Local sports

▪ Prep football – The Sacramento Bee features a live chat at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the night’s games all over the area before and as they are played. Go to sacbee.com/sports.