Plus: 100 mph winds force Palisades Tahoe to close
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Today’s Forecast

52º | Partly cloudy | 7% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:23 a.m. | Sunset 5:01 p.m.

Let 311 solve your problem
If 311 can’t solve your problem, it’ll find the person who can. | Photo by @luce.e.amore
You’re familiar with calling 911 in case of emergencies, and — if you’re over 30 — probably remember calling 411 to get info before there was a supercomputer in your pocket. But did you know that the City of Sacramento also has a 311 service that aims to make the lives of its residents easier?

Allow us to explain.

What is 311?

No, we’re not talking about the late 90s rock band. 311 is a dedicated, non-emergency phone number community members can call within city limits. From reporting downed trees and potholes to determining what building permits are needed for home renovations, 311 has operators working 24/7 to either answer your questions or put you in touch with the correct city department. If you’re outside of city limits, they can still be reached at (916) 264-5011.

I have an issue, but do not want to talk on the phone

Honestly, same. Thankfully, there is a Sac311 app available on the App Store and Google Play that can handle most requests. If web browsers are more your thing, you can also put in a service request online (there’s a handy FAQ so you can see if other residents have already solved the problem for you).

Are there other numbers like 311?

In fact, there are. 211 is available for Sacramentans to call for information about local health services. Travelers can use 511 to get traffic information or find others they can carpool with. Homeowners should call 811 at least two days before digging on their property so crews can come out and mark utility lines.

Wednesday, March 15
  • Shonna McDaniels — The Black Woman Experience | Wednesday, Mar. 15-Friday, Mar. 31 | 5:30-8 p.m. | YoloArts Gallery 625, 625 Court St., Woodland | Free | Peruse this solo exhibit from the executive director of Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum.
Thursday, March 16
  • NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 9 a.m. | Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento | $50-$162 | Watch the first round of action and cheer on your favorite school.
  • MOSAC Nights: Save the Bees | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, 400 Jibboom St., Sacramento | $25-$30 | Learn about the way bees contribute to our world’s ecosystem and how you can help protect them.
  • Live Stand-up: Ian Lara | Thursday, Mar. 16-Saturday, Mar. 18 | Times vary | Punch Line, 2100 Arden Way, Ste. 225, Sacramento | $20-$30 | See one of the hottest rising comics in New York City.*
Friday, March 17
  • St. Patrick’s Day at Fairytale Town | Friday, Mar. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Dr., Sacramento | $7 | Take the kids on a scavenger hunt to track down a pot of gold.
  • Saved By The 90s | Friday, Mar. 17 | 7 p.m. | Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento | $15 | Break out those JNCO jeans as you dance the night away to this nostalgia-laden cover band.
  • HypotheChicks | Friday, Mar. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St., Ste. 130, Sacramento | $10 | Discover how these ladies use the scientific method to create improv comedy.
Tuesday, March 21
  • Sour Beer and Cheese Pairing Tasting | Tuesday, Mar. 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Good News Wine, 1050 20th St., Ste. 150, Sacramento | $45 | Enjoy a guided tasting of five sour barrel-fermented beers with cheeses to match led by Alex, owner of Cellador Ales + award-winning cheesemonger.*

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What to do if your home is flooded in Sacramento
Water levels in the American River have risen more than four feet since the start of the year according to the USGS. | Photo by SACtoday Staff
As wet weather and high winds continue to grip the Sacramento region, so do concerns of flooding. If your home has been affected, Sac County has created a guide of what you need to know when returning home after a flood.

The county’s tips include:
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings.
  • Check for gas leaks or damage to electrical systems.
  • Discard any food damaged by flood waters.
  • Clean and dry the building within 48 hours to help prevent mold.
News Notes

  • 63º | Mostly sunny | 12% chance of rain
  • Although today is expected to bring a break in the rain until Saturday evening, the National Weather Service is advising residents to monitor river levels near their homes. NWS officials say that river levels will continue to rise as water continues to move downstream into our valley.
  • Shortly after announcing Guns N’ Roses would headline its final day, Aftershock has released its full lineup of performers. Acts include Tool, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Incubus, and Limp Bizkit. Get tickets now for the October music festival.
  • Developers of Sac’s latest music venue, The Rose, plan to begin construction at the end of spring. The project — formerly known as the Sacramento Music Hall — will bring a 29,000-sqft event space/restaurant to the area stretching from 2950 to 3250 Ramona Ave. (Sac Biz Journal)
  • North Highlands’ Taqueria Los Cantaritos is opening a second location — this time in downtown Roseville. The new spot at 242 Vernon St. is in the former home of Nela’s Mexican Restaurant, which closed last year. (Sac Biz Journal)
  • Check out the stormy weather that forced Palisades Tahoe to close yesterday, with winds that were expected to surpass 100 mph at the top of the mountain. So far, Lake Tahoe has seen more than 50 ft of snow this winter. (Sac Bee)
  • AG1 by Athletic Greens is so much more than “greens.” With one scoop, AG1 empowers the gut for whole-body health. (And, ICYMI, we can’t achieve a healthier everything else without a healthy gut.) Try it and receive a free one year supply of vitamin D and 5 free travel packs.*
  • To welcome the new season, our online store (Six & Main) is running a Spring Forward Contest. The winner + two friends will receive a prize from one of our coffee or tea brand partners. The contest is running now through Friday, March 24. Learn more on Instagram. 🌸
  • Did you know our online store Six & Main features Sourhouse, a company that creates simple tools for sourdough bakers to care for their starters? The Goldie by Sourhouse + Cooling Puck is one of the most popular items. Let’s start baking. 🍞
  • It’s time for biscuits with the boss. Season three of “Ted Lasso” premieres today only on Apple TV+, which means AFC Richmond is hitting the pitch and Jason Sudeikis will surely have some feel-good life advice for us. Bonus: Get your first week free when you sign up to stream.
  • This Princeton grad’s startup raised $161 million to help people plan for retirement — and its free tool can match you with up to three vetted financial advisors serving your area who can help you work towards a more comfortable retirement. Try it out for yourself.*
Travel and Outdoors
Stress less at the airport
Sculpture of a red rabbit titled "Leap" by Lawrence Argent in Sacramento International Airport's Terminal B
The obligatory sculpture photo to let everyone know you’ve landed in Sac. | Photo by SACtoday Staff
Planning a spring getaway? Don’t forget to add TSA PreCheck enrollment to your pre-vacay to-do list.

The government program provides an expedited security lane at 200+ airports for travelers that pass a security screening — which includes a short application and a 10-minute in-person enrollment appointment — and are given a Known Traveler Number. Bonus: The screening is good for five years and costs $78.

The main benefit of enrolling? Save time when traveling. Recent data found that 96% of TSA PreCheck passengers spent less than five minutes at airport security checkpoints.

To apply, find out if you are eligible, then fill out an application and schedule an appointment at a nearby enrollment center. Most people will know if their application has been approved within three to five days.

Psst — don’t forget to read our airport guide before heading to SMF, and grab these airport essentials: a memory foam travel pillow, this smart luggage carry-on set, and an AirFly wireless headphones transmitter.
The Wrap
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From the Editor
My son and I have spent the chunk of our rainy days inside playing his favorite board game — Jumanji. It’s got a lot of “dramatic storytelling” (as he says) to it which is much better than having him stuck in front of a screen all day.
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