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

Plastic bag fee begins in county

Grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores in unincorporated Sacramento County must stop giving out single-use plastic bags starting Friday. Under the change, retailers must charge 10 cents for paper bags or reusable bags made of other material that meet county standards. County supervisors approved the ban in March, hoping to cut waste and help the environment.

RT fares rise beginning Friday

Fares for bus and light-rail rides on Sacramento Regional Transit will jump on average 10 percent on Friday, part of an effort by the struggling agency to balance its budget. The price for a basic, single-fare ticket will go from $2.50 to $2.75. Monthly passes will increase from $100 to $110. The increases are the first at the agency since 2009. The increases represent one of several critical steps officials say they need to make to stabilize the agency. RT recently laid off 20 employees. Go to www.sacrt.com/fares16.stm for a complete list of fares.

Motorists urged to drive safely

The California Highway Patrol begins its maximum enforcement period for the Independence Day weekend at 6:01 p.m. Friday. All available officers will watch for motorists who are speeding, distracted or driving under the influence. The maximum enforcement period ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. According to the CHP, 26 people were killed on California roadways during the 2015 Fourth of July maximum enforcement period. During that same 54-hour time, the CHP made 930 DUI arrests. Locally, in the CHP’s North Sacramento area, there will be a DUI checkpoint beginning at 8 p.m. in the unincorporated area of Sacramento County. The checkpoint, staffed by CHP officers trained to detect alcohol- and/or drug-impaired drivers, is scheduled to end at 3 a.m. Saturday.

Woodland hosts downtown celebration

In conjunction for the First Friday Art Walk, the city of Woodland hosts a “Main Street Open” event downtown beginning at 7 p.m. in Heritage Plaza. Before the event, a ribbon cutting will take place at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of the Woodland Opera House’s Theatre and Dance Annex at 520 Court St.

Things to do

  • The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival kicks off its 2016 season with “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at 8 p.m. at the William A. Carroll Amphitheatre, corner of Land Park Drive and 15th Aveune. The venue is behind Fairytale Town and across Land Park Drive from the Sacramento Zoo. Go to http://www.sacramentoshakespeare.net for more information.

Local sports

  • Sacramento River Cats vs. Albuquerque Isotopes, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field
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