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

Free fishing at Howe Park

As part of its “fishing in the city” program, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife hosts a free fishing day from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Howe Park, 2201 Cottage Way, Sacramento. Rods, bait and tackle will be available free to up to 50 people on a first-come, first-served basis (no registration is required). Instructional clinics also are part of the program. Anglers will be fishing for channel catfish, and the pond has been stocked. Go to www.fecrecpark.com for more information.

DUI checkpoint on Norwood Avenue

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Saturday night on Norwood Avenue near Silver Eagle Road in the Del Paso Heights area. The checkpoint is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and last five to seven hours, according to police. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento continues through Monday. The free annual festival features costumed performers while musicians perform on multiple stages. There will also be historic re-enactments, gold-panning, wagon rides, children’s activities, a country western dance party, outdoor movie showings and more. Event times are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Go to sacramentogoldrushdays.com for more information.

Chalk art on display

Chalk-It Up Sacramento returns to Fremont Park, 16th and Q streets, through Monday. The annual chalk art and music festival benefits children’s art education and art activities in the Sacramento region. Children’s activities at the event are free. Event times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Go www.chalkitup.org/annual-festival for more information.

Things to do

  • Mark Noce will read and sign his new novel “Between Two Fires” from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Avid Reader at Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento. Go to www.avidreaderattower.com for more information.
  • Farmers will compete in a Tomato Taste-Off from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sunrise Mall Farmers Market, 6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights. The free event includes games, prizes, and a best salsa contest.
  • Sacramento River Cats host the Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field.
  • Sacramento Republic FC take on the Orange County Blues FC, 7:30 p.m., Bonney Field.
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