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

The River City Food Bank will hold its annual fundraising event, Empty Bowls, to raise awareness in its fight against hunger in Sacramento County on Monday and Tuesday at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St. Monday’s soup supper, scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The River City Food Bank will hold its annual fundraising event, Empty Bowls, to raise awareness in its fight against hunger in Sacramento County on Monday and Tuesday at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St. Monday’s soup supper, scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Rain moves on

Days of rain are forecast to give way to partly cloudy skies.

Empty Bowls fundraiser to aid food bank

The River City Food Bank will hold its annual fundraising event, Empty Bowls, to raise awareness in its fight against hunger in Sacramento County on Monday and Tuesday at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St. Monday’s soup supper, scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature wine, appetizers, soup, breads and dessert. Tuesday’s luncheon, planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature soup, bread, cookies and beverages. All attendees will select one of more than 1,500 handmade bowls donated by professional potters, glass artists, wood turners and area students to take home. Go to www.rivercityfoodbank.org for more information.

Shave your head for charity

Have your head shaved and make a donation at the St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at de Vere’s Irish Pub, 1521 L St., Sacramento. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds research to find cures for childhood cancers. Call 916-231-9947 for more information.

‘Across the Top’ work continues on I-80

The state Department of Transportation advises motorists to expect alternating lane restrictions and partial ramp closures on Interstate 80 from Northgate Boulevard to the Sacramento River. The restrictions are scheduled from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Monday through Friday, as a contractor is scheduled to continue pavement work. The improvements are part of the the $133.3 million multiphase “Across the Top” project to construct about 10 miles of bus/carpool lanes in both directions, repave the highway from West El Camino Avenue to west of Watt Avenue, and construct about 1 mile of new auxiliary lanes from West El Camino Avenue to the I-80 and I-5 interchange.

Nancy Reagan tribute planned

From denouncing the historic governor’s mansion as a “fire trap” to redesigning a larger-than-life bronze statute of her husband that occupies the Capitol’s basement rotunda, Nancy Reagan left a lasting mark on California politics.

The state Senate will pay tribute to the accomplishments of the former first lady, who died March 6 from congestive heart failure at age 94, with a ceremony during the afternoon’s floor session. Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, will lead a tribute in her memory, and Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, and Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, will also speak about her legacy. Several Reagan friends and family members are expected to attend the ceremony, including Reagan’s son-in-law, Dennis Revell, and her husband’s longtime secretary, Kathleen Osborne.

Open DataFest coming to city

Public health officials will descend on Sacramento for the third annual California Health and Human Services Open DataFest, a two-day symposium packed with presentations about how open access to free data is improving the state’s health services. The event will feature more than a dozen speakers from Kaiser Permanente, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and the state’s health agencies, among others. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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