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What's blooming? Garden tour

What's blooming? Garden tour

Come join a one hour guided tour of the Hamilton Square Garden in the beautiful Historic City Cemetery. With 800 plus unusual Mediterranean perennial plants the garden has drought tolerant color all year long. Meet at the tenth street gate. Free. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. There is ample free street parking on surrounding streets, with limited parking within the cemetery. For more information, call 916-448-0811.

Pollination sensation

Pollination sensation

Summertime is peak pollinator season as hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects are out in full force gathering pollen and nectar for their nests. California native plants in particular provide an excellent, high-nutrient source of food for not just the European honeybees but for our native birds and pollinators. Join our tour in the California Native Plant Demonstration Garden and learn how to garden for pollinators with our resilient, drought-tolerant summer blooming natives that continue to bring beauty into the garden even during the hottest months of the year. Sunday, June 26, 2016 10:00 a.m. Sacramento Old City Cemetery.

Support CA "Be Water Smart" program & possibly win FREE car washes

Support CA "Be Water Smart" program & possibly win FREE car washes

The California Be Water Smart Campaign wants YOU to show off your dirty car for a possibility to win 15 FREE car washes.

My husband and I own Rocky Mountain Window Tint, which has partnered up with the Be Water Smart water conservation program.

We are the only business in Sacramento offering water smart car washes and detailing that uses only 1 cup of filtered water. That's it!

Recycle your holiday tree for free

Recycle your holiday tree for free

Give your holiday tree a proper send-off; rather than tossing it in the trash, recycle it! You’ll be doing our local landfills a favor.

Sacramento County Waste Management Recycling and SMUD are partnering again this year to offer free holiday tree recycling, including flocked trees, for residents and businesses of Sacramento County. Please remove all tinsel, lights, tree stands and nails prior to bringing them in.

Dates, Locations, Addresses and Times

Dec. 26 – Jan. 31 -Elder Creek Recovery and Transfer, 8642 Elder Creek Road: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 26 – Jan. 31- Sacramento Recycling and Transfer Station, 8491 Fruitridge Road: Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 3- SMUD Corporation Yard, 6100 Folsom Blvd., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Free mulching available)

Acorn Harvesters Needed

Acorn Harvesters Needed

The Sacramento Tree Foundation is recruiting acorn Harvesters for our fall 2014 Acorn Harvest. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is committed to enhancing the natural heritage of the Sacramento region by growing locally adapted, genetically appropriate native trees. Training is provided to help volunteers identify, collect and record 500 viable acorns (about 2 gallons worth). From October to December, 7,000- 15,000 acorns will be collected.  Training class takes place at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center,  Saturday, September 27 10:00am – 12:00.

Please RSVP to Zarah Wyly: (916)974-4307, Zarah@sactree.com

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

Solar Cooking Festival

Solar Cooking Festival

Learn to cook with the sun at this free event at William Land Park. This is a perfect opportunity for novices and solar cooking pros. When most people see it they say, "It's so easy!"

Watch local and international chefs demonstrate their cooking techniques. Solar chefs will hold mini solar-cooking classes to get you started. You can purchase new solar cookers or learn how to make one at home. 

Solar cookers help families throughout the world. You can learn more about the international outreach at this event or on-line at solarcookers.org

If you are a Solar Chef and would like to find out how to participate, go to http://solarcookers.org/events/festival/  

Online registration ends July 16th. This will be a unique opportunity to work alongside solar chefs from Kenya, Norway, Uganda, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.

This is a family-friendly event, so no alcohol please.