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

Elk Grove may name park for Sikh men fatally shot

Elk Grove’s city manager has recommended naming a new 5-acre park after two older Sikh men who were gunned down while taking a walk in March 2011. Grandfathers Surinder Singh and his friend Gurmej Singh Atwal were taking a break from their daily walk along East Stockton Boulevard when they were shot by an unknown assailant, possibly as a hate crime. Singh, 67, died at the scene, while Atwal, 78, succumbed to his wounds six weeks later. The park site, to be developed in the central part of the Madeira East subdivision of the Laguna Ridge Specific Plan, would be renamed Singh and Kaur Park to memorialize and honor Singh and Atwal and in recognition of “their families they leave behind and the community that embraced them,” according to a report submitted by city planners to the Elk Grove City Council. “The use of both Singh and Kaur was proposed to represent not only the men who had died but also the wives they left behind. It is important to note that Kaur is the common last name used for women in the culture of the Sikh community,” the report says. The council meets at 6 p.m. today in its chambers at Elk Grove City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove.

Immigrants will be naturalized at Memorial Auditorium

Each year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it welcomes more than 450,000 citizens during naturalization ceremonies across the United States. “Included in those numbers are more than 10,000 service members who have naturalized through an expedited process,” the agency says. On Wednesday at 10 a.m., one of the many ceremonies to welcome new citizens will be performed at Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Things to do

  • The Yardbirds, the 1960s British Invasion band that launched the careers of guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, later of Led Zeppelin fame, play the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento, at 7:30 p.m. The band’s hits included “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.”
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