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

Roseville tackles public nuisances

Hundreds of owners could be required to pay for city abatement of public nuisances on their properties under a resolution before the Roseville City Council. City staff is recommending that the council declare “weeds, rubbish, dirt and/or rank growth” to be a public nuisance, setting in motion a formal process for city abatement where owners have failed to fix by the problems by a Fire Department deadline. The council will be asked also to set a March 16 public hearing to hear property owners’ objections. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 311 Vernon St., Roseville.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday a reading celebration

A local superintendent, a lawmaker and labor leaders today are participating in Read Across America Day. At Bret Harte Elementary, Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent José Banda and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading to students starting at 9 a.m. Children’s book author Kate David, author of “Murphy and the Magical Hat,” will entertain Bret Harte students with a special performance. And Nikki Milevsky and David Fisher of the Sacramento City Teachers Association will read at Tahoe Elementary starting at 9:30 a.m.

Free business workshops in West Sacramento

A series of free workshops to help low-income entrepreneurs start or expand small businesses in West Sacramento starts at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave. Topics include starting a business, business plan guidelines, financial projections and cash flow, business loan resources and marketing. The two-hour sessions are in partnership with Opening Doors, which provides community support to underserved residents. For information on registration, contact Leslie Valdivia at 916-492-2591, ext. 213, or email leslie@openingdoorsinc.org.

Things to do

  • The second Banana Cream Pie Eating Contest fundraiser takes place from 6 to 8 p.m at Fat City Bar and Cafe, 1001 Front St., Old Sacramento. The event features local personalities eating as much pie as they can within two minutes. Spectators can sample pie and enjoy live entertainment from surprise guests. Money raised will benefit the Food Literacy Center, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching low-income elementary children about cooking and nutrition.
  • The Sacramento State Concert Band performs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the campus’ Music Recital Hall, 6000 J St., Sacramento. Go to www.csus.edu/music for more information.