Sacramento-based website designer J. Scott Coatsworth is the author of the LBGT-oriented “The River City Chronicles,” which he describes as “a magical realism tale set in my hometown.” Read it for free at www.jscottcoatsworth.com.
This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum’s “Life After Lawn” series – 45 can’t-fail, easy-care, low-water plants well adapted to our region and ideal for drought-tolerant landscapes.
Visitors to the California State Railroad Museum usually come for a look at our steam-driven past. However, an exhibit that’s drawing crowds this summer offers a glimpse of what likely will be the Golden State’s future.
It’s so intertwined with our civic identity that it even inspired a nickname. Yes, we’re talking about the tomato, and you’ll have a chance to celebrate it in all of its summer glory at the Sacratomato Festival, which runs 4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The free event includes a salsa-making contest, educational activities for kids, cooking demonstrations and live music from bands including Skylar’s Pool (which features Paragary chef Kurt Spataro and KFBK’s Kitty O’Neal). Now in its third year, the Sacratomato Festival takes place on the grounds outside Sutter’s Fort, 2701 L St., Sacramento.