Dunsmuir is steeped in railroad history but also a place to fish and enjoy the Sacramento River.

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This restored and lively Victorian is part of today’s Sacramento Old City Association tour.
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Organic matter is key to helping your soil survive the drought and thrive in seasons to come, says expert.
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Tour focuses on beautiful backyard ponds, both big and small.
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This cold-tolerant trailing variety spreads out the flowers for bees and butterflies.
A visit from a dog, cat or other pet can make a bad day disappear. That’s especially true if you are a resident in a nursing home or a patient in a hospital. The experience of visiting with a therapy pet can soothe frazzled nerves, revive dormant memories and bring smiles and laughter in places where those things are often in short supply.
Broom power for cleaning chores adds up to significant water savings.

It’s easy to fall for Dunsmuir
Dunsmuir is steeped in railroad history but also a place to fish and enjoy the Sacramento River.
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NEED A CHANGE OF SCENERY?

As lovely as Sacramento and environs may be, brimming with boundless leisure-time pursuits, sometimes you've just got to get away. Check out these short trips from Sacramento:

Less obvious spots worth visiting in Bay Area
Head to Tahoe for high-elevation hiking
Gold Country offers history, views, wine
North Coast: Get really mellow or adventuresome
In Marin and Sonoma, quaint towns, unique spots
Napa Valley: Wine, music, ghosts and a castle
Weird, wild, wonderful Southern California

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Chef Evan Elsberry specializes in a number of dishes at his restaurant, Evan’s Kitchen, including prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood pasta. He also regularly matches ethnic cuisines with appropriate wines, usually coming up with some surprises. In past months, he’s sold out his Italian, French, Spanish and German wine-pairing dinners.

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This restored and lively Victorian is part of today’s Sacramento Old City Association tour.

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Sacramento is a booming craft beer town, with more breweries opening, several breweries expanding and plenty of breweries winning prizes. But sometimes it’s worth checking out the scene elsewhere to see what’s new and exciting and, possibly, what might fit in back here.

A visit from a dog, cat or other pet can make a bad day disappear. That’s especially true if you are a resident in a nursing home or a patient in a hospital. The experience of visiting with a therapy pet can soothe frazzled nerves, revive dormant memories and bring smiles and laughter in places where those things are often in short supply.

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New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides was on a multi-city tour for his new nonfiction narrative title, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” when he stopped at the Sacramento Bee Book Club Thursday night to deliver a words-and-pictures presentation to a crowd of 325.

This easy and unusual recipe comes from “Taste of Home’s 2004 Quick Cooking Annual Recipes”

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Anxiety can be like a Chinese finger trap. Try to break free with panicky pulls and it’ll just get worse. But approach it with a calm mind and a bit of patience and you’ll be out in no time.

The Stanford University Patient Education Center and Dignity Health’s 6-part workshop is designed to support caregivers of individuals suffering from any form of memory impairment. 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Pre-registration required. 9:30 a.m. Maidu Community Center and Library, 1550 Maidu Drive, Roseville. Free. 916-851-2793.

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