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The week ahead: Home and garden activities

Published: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2CALIFORNIA LIFE

GARDEN-RELATED ACTIVITIES

• THE (SO COOL) REDWOOD GROVE

Where: UC Davis Arboretum; meet at the Wyatt Deck

When: 9 a.m. today

Admission: Free

Details: http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-4880

This guided tour explores the cathedral-like cool and quiet of the arboretum's mature redwood grove. Learn about the redwood forest and the plants that love to share its shade.

• SALSA CONTEST

Where: Flower Hut Nursery, 603 Fourth St. at Highway 65, Wheatland

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today

Admission: Free

Details: www.flowerhutnursery.com, (530) 633-4526

Drop off your salsa by 10 a.m. Catergories include hottest, tastiest and best overall. Anyone who drops by the nursery will serve as taste testers and judges. Winners will be notified this afternoon.

• PLANT PROPAGATION FOR THE HOME GARDENER

Where: 3072 24th St., Sacramento

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today

Admission: $35

Details: (916) 617-7516

This course can sprout your green thumb – and save you money, too. Learn how to propagate plants from cuttings, division and seed – without a greenhouse or special equipment.


HOME-RELATED ACTIVITIES

• 17TH ANNUAL GRAPE & GOURMET

Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

When: 3-6 p.m. today

Admission: $50

Details: www.calexpo.com

Taste the winners of the 2012 State Fair wine competition and take some home, too. Medal-winning wines will be available for sale by the bottle or case with proceeds benefitting the Friends of the California State Fair's scholarship program. Also available for tasting are top beers from the fair's craft brew judging, winners of the fair's cheese competition and samples from area restaurants.

• SIXTH ANNUAL CURTIS FEST

Where: Curtis Park, Curtis Way at East Curtis Drive, Sacramento

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 26

Admission: Free

Details: www.sierra2.org, (916) 452-3005

The Curtis Park Neighborhood Association celebrates in style with a day full of local art, music and family fun. This festival features dozens of artists and artisans, live music, food and children's activities including a petting zoo. Organizers are accepting vendor sign-ups through Monday. Stick around after the festival for Music in the Park, starting at 6 p.m.

– Debbie Arrington

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