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Wide Open Walls mural festival returns to Sacramento. Your guide to art, music and food

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With the help of Friends of the Art Commission, the first Wide Open Walls Mural Festival was founded in 2016 with 11 murals painted throughout the midtown and downtown Sacramento area, according to the Wide Open Walls website. This year, the now annual festival is set to bring 130 murals, over two dozen artists and several events to Sacramento.

The festival begins today and concludes Sept. 19. Here is a guide to get you through the next several days of art, music, food and fun.

2021 MURAL ARTIST LINEUP

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UPDATE: Thousands of North Bay PG&E Customers Remain With Power Amid PSPS

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NAPA COUNTY (CBS SF/AP) — Thousands of people in the North Bay were still without power Wednesday following Pacific Gas & Electric’s latest Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Tuesday evening, PG&E began shutting off power to customers in 18 Northern California counties to prevent wildfires for the first time since last year’s historically bad fire season.

The nation’s largest utility announced the blackouts as a precaution to prevent wind gusts from damaging power lines and sparking blazes.

Though originally included in the PSPS area, customers in Alameda County and Contra Costa County in the end were not impacted due to changing weather conditions.

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Longtime Nut Tree secretary: ‘Attention to detail was important’

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Aaron Brunson, 4, of Fairfield checks out the winning pumpkin at the Nut Tree Pumpkin Patch in Vacaville in this file image from October of 1996. Carol Yount of Vacaville worked as a secretary for the Power family and helped put on the annual pumpkin patch and scarecrow contest (Joel Rosenbaum -- Reporter File Photo)

In 1967, Carol Yount had finished her studies at Napa College and was looking for her first full-time job as she neared the age of 20. After applying to a few different places, she saw an ad on the front page of The Reporter listing an open position for a secretary at the Nut Tree.

Yount, who moved to Vacaville in 1954 and graduated from Vacaville High School in 1965, had visited the iconic restaurant and roadside stop with her family before and jumped at the opportunity.

“I loved the Nut Tree,” she said.

That same summer, Yount was offered a position in the steno pool at California Medical Facility but was told by an employee that she would be dealing with very disconcerting stories regarding the inmates. When she interviewed for the Nut Tree position, it was conducted by managing partner Mary Helen Fairchild near the rocking horses amid a very colorful backdrop.

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Bay Area Cooling Centers Offer Relief From Heat Wave

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — As temperatures soar for inland parts of the Bay Area this weekend, residents can seek relief at cooling centers set up in some counties in the region.

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert for Friday, citing extreme heat across much of the state and a potential capacity shortfall on the state’s electric grid.

READ MORE:Heat Wave: Temps Soar As Excessive Heat Warning Takes Effect In Much Of Bay Area

LINKS TO INFORMATION ON BAY AREA COOLING CENTERS 

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California wildfire grows; evacuations remain in effect

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WEED, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that has put thousands of people under evacuation orders in Northern California grew substantially, but firefighters had some success against the flames, authorities said Wednesday.

The fire covered more than 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) but crews “made good progress on the western edge of the fire, cutting off progression into the communities,” Shasta-Trinity National Forest said in a statement.

Containment was estimated at 19%.

All evacuation orders issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office remained in effect for communities north of the city of Weed, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) north of San Francisco. Residents of other areas were warned to be prepared to evacuate.

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Firefighters’ Invention Saving Lives In Wildfires

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CALIFORNIA — One of the most enduring and frightening images of Northern California’s 2018 Carr Fire was a giant wildfire-fueled tornado, reportedly the first such phenomenon seen in the United States.

It was the most powerful tornado ever recorded in California — a monster EF-3, as measured by the National Weather Service. Less than 3 percent of tornados wield so much power, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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SuperLotto Tickets With 5 Winning Numbers Sold In Orange County

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA — Two lucky lotto players in Orange County fell one number shy of winning the SuperLotto Plus Jackpot Wednesday, but they will still walk away with $11,259 for getting five of the winning numbers.

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Wednesday evening’s SuperLotto Plus drawing and the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing will grow to $50 million. There were, however, four tickets sold with five numbers, but missing the Mega number. Each of those tickets are worth $11,259, according to the California Lottery.

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Solano inches closer to goal of 225,000 vaccinated residents

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FAIRFIELD — Solano County has nearly reached the goal of vaccinating 225,000 individuals 16 or older, and nearly half of the county’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, the Public Health Division reported.

The county reports in its Monday update that 222,199 individuals, or 98.8% of the 225,000 goal, have received a vaccine shot. About 63% of all individuals 16 or older have received at least one shot, the county reported, and 48% have been fully vaccinated.

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Memorial Day events return across Solano County

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Fairfield — Covid-19 was forced to cancel many traditional Memorial Day events in 2020, but those memories will return to the entire county this year.

The Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is looking for volunteers to help raise the flag on the cemetery from May 29th to 30th. The graveyard is located on 5810 Midway Road. Anyone interested in helping should contact the graveyard.

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California is set to reopen on June 15: What will change?

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On June 15, California plans to reopen after 15 months of pandemic restrictions. But a month before that date, it’s still not quite clear what exactly “reopen” means.

State officials say it will be a return to business as usual for scores of sectors — including restaurants, gyms and movie theaters — that have been forced to limit capacity under California’s color-coded blueprint. Bars will be able to reopen indoors in every county. Private gatherings like weddings can resume with larger guest lists.

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