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

Special Olympics events through Sunday

More than 700 athletes and nearly 300 volunteer coaches are expected for the annual Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games, which run through Sunday at UC Davis. On Friday, law enforcement personnel will run the Special Olympics Torch, the Flame of Hope, from Beals Point in Folsom to Davis, pausing for a 10 a.m. ceremony at the state Capitol. Opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at the UC Davis Pavilion. Competition will include aquatics, bocce, tennis, and track and field. Go to www.sonc.org for more information.

Downtown concert at plaza

Downtown Sacramento’s free Concert in the Park series continues from 5 to 9 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St. Friday’s scheduled performers are Arden Park Roots, J Ras & IrieFuse, ZFG and Squarefield Massive. Go to godowntownsac.com for more information.

Park dedication in West Sacramento

The city of West Sacramento and the Parks Department host the dedication ceremony for the new 4-acre Joseph “Joey” Lopes Park from at 10 a.m. at 2101 W. Capitol Ave. There will be an unveiling of a Lopes commemorative art piece and park and garden tour. City officials said limited parking will be available along Sycamore Avenue and near the south end of the park on Sycamore and Evergreen avenues. Reserve a spot via 916-617-4634 or parks@westscramento.org.

Fire-management strategy to be discussed

The public is invited to discuss a draft stakeholder assessment report summarizing issues, concerns regarding the development of a Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy for the South Fork American River Watershed. The event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. The Consensus Building Institute prepared the assessment report. Reserve a spot by emailing jenniferachapman@fs.fed.us or by calling 530-622-5061.

Things to do

▪ The band Hip Service performs at the Concert in the Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road. Parking and admission are free. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Local sports

  • Sacramento River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field
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