Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Saturday, April 23, 2016:
Back to the 70s
After a stormy Friday, warmer spring weather is expected to return to Sacramento on Saturday. The National Weather Service predicts sunny skies, with a high near 73 degrees for the capital city area.
Homelessness topic of mayoral forum
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Sacramento mayoral candidates are scheduled to take part in the Mayor’s Candidate Forum on Homelessness from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Great Hall, 2620 Capitol Ave., Sacramento. The Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness is sponsoring the event. For more information, go to www.srceh.org.
Day of service, cleanups in area
Many area communities are planning cleanup events, or those commemorating Earth Day, including:
▪ The Cosumnes Community Services District and JustServe plan a Community Day of Service beginning at 8 a.m. The spring cleanup event will include more than 30 park enhancement and playground beautification projects in Elk Grove. Volunteers are invited to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Rotary Grove in Elk Grove Regional Park, 950 Elk Grove Florin Road, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
▪ The city of Rocklin’s EarthFEST! celebration is planned from 8 a.m. to noon. The celebration begins with a Community Garage Sale at Johnson-Springview Park. Proceeds benefit nonprofit groups. Also, Rocklin residents are encouraged to discard their unwanted household items, including e-waste, by bringing them to one of three collection sites: City of Rocklin Corporation Yard, 4081 Alvis Court, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Kathy Lund Park, 6101 W. Oaks Blvd., from 8 a.m to 3 p.m.; and Sierra College Overflow Parking Lot, Rocklin Road and El Don Drive, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
▪ The city of West Sacramento’s Earth Day Celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1110 W. Capitol Ave. inside City Hall and outside between City Hall and the Community Center. The free family event includes vendors offering earth-friendly home improvement information, products and services. There will also be food, workshops and live entertainment.
▪ The Mack Road Partnership hosts “ReBuild, ReStore, ReVitalize” from 8 a.m. to noon on the Mack Road Corridor. Projects include cleaning up Stockton Boulevard, painting fences along Mack Road and a variety of projects at the Mack Road-Valley Hi Community Center, 7833 Center Parkway, to increase safety and community involvement. A block party with community members, free food, music, entertainment, services and more follows from 1 to 6 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 7839 Center Parkway, Sacramento.
▪ The Fruitridge Manor area celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peter Burnett Elementary School, 6032 36th Ave., Sacramento. There will be a campus cleanup, garden revitalization, tree planting and mulching. Lunch, free for the first 200 attendees, begins at noon.
Big day for bees
The Davis Science Collective, a group of STEM graduate students at UC Davis who do science outreach in their spare time, hosts a free “Native Bee Day” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mary L. Stephens Branch of the Yolo County Public Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis. There will be a pollen display, live mason and carpenter bees.
Contestants, start you lawn mowers
▪ The Lawn Mower West Nationals roar into Prairie City Vehicular Recreation Area this weekend. Presented by the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association and Big Time Speedway, the event features lawn mower racers from Arizona, Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Utah, and British Columbia. Beginning event times are 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at 13300 White Rock Road. Go to http://letsmow.com for more information.
- Sacramento Republic FC vs. St. Louis FC, 7:30 p.m., Bonney Field