Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, April 18, 2016:
Abnormally warm weather
Apply the sun screen this morning before leaving the house because today is going to a hot one. The high temperature on Monday is expected to reach 89 degrees, just two degree short of the record for April 18.
Masters of languages to be honored
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High school seniors from throughout Sacramento County will receive State Seal of Biliteracy awards during a 4:30 p.m. ceremony at the Folsom High School Theatre, 655 Iron Point Road. The county Office of Education is recognizing students for attaining a high level of proficiency in English and another language. Recipients in Sacramento County are proficient in 14 other languages, including Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hmong, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. Cathy Rodriguez, president of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is the keynote speaker.
Work continues on I-80 in north Sacramento
The state Department of Transportation reports that westbound Interstate 80 motorists can expect alternating lane restrictions and full ramp closures at locations including Northgate Boulevard, Norwood Avenue and Winters Street in Sacramento from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday. A contractor is scheduled to work on paving and sign replacement. The work is part of the $133.3 million multiphase I-80 “Across the Top” project. According to Caltrans, the project is more than 75 percent complete and is expected to be finished later this year.
Fracking discussion planned
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of blasting liquid deep into the earth, which forces gas to flow out of cracks in the ground. Studies suggest the practice, which is commonly used in California, can have negative health consequences on people living near drill sites, and lawmakers have stopped short of banning the practice. A coalition of health and environmental groups is hosting a panel discussion Monday on the impact of fracking at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St., Sacramento. The two-hour discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.
Social workers to rally on lobby day
About 1,400 social workers are expected to descend on the Capitol on Monday for the industry’s 28th annual lobby day. Organizers say the workers will rally in support of Assembly Bill 2590, which would overhaul the criminal sentencing system, and Senate Bill 23, which would change the guidelines for family aid under CalWORKs. The group and several lawmakers plan to rally at 11 a.m. on the north steps of the Capitol.
Armenian genocide remembered
The Armenian Legislative Caucus will commemorate the Armenian genocide that took more than 1 million lives. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the attacks. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. in room 500 of the Stanley Mosk Library & Courts on the Capitol Mall. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and other legislators plan to attend.
Things to do
- The 10th annual Spring Flowers Art Show continues at the Kennedy Gallery Art Center, 1931 L St., Sacramento. The free exhibit showcases local artists’ interpretations of floral art in all media. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The show continues daily through April 30. Go to www.kennedygallery.net for more information.
- Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees, 12:05 p.m., Raley Field