• 20TH ANNUAL SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN
Where: The Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday
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Details: www.ruthbancroftgarden.org, (925) 944-9352
The Bancroft Garden’s spectacular collection of succulents and water-wise landscaping becomes an outdoor gallery for this juried art show featuring the work of California sculptors. Continues Tuesdays-Sundays through July 13.
• GARDEN WORK DAY
Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
When: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday
Join volunteers from the California Native Plant Society as they work on their native garden in Sacramento’s historic city cemetery. Tasks include weeding, deadheading and seed hulling of lupines. Extra seeds and plants will be available for volunteers to take home. No experience necessary; wear appropriate garden clothing such as a hat, gloves and sunscreen. Garden tools, snacks and iced refreshments will be provided.
• TOUR THE TREES OF MCKINLEY PARK
Where: Meet at Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Details: www.sactree.com, (916) 924-8733
An evening tour of McKinley Park’s majestic trees. Bring your tablet or smartphone and learn how to identify them.
• NAPA COUNTY FAIR AND FIREWORKS
Where: Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 Oak St., Calistoga
When: Noon-11 p.m. Friday
Admission: $10 general, $5 youths
Napa’s wine country celebrates Independence Day with its own unique flair. Come early and catch the Fourth of July parade through Calistoga at 11 a.m. Fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.
• SACRAMENTO INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento
When: Doors open 6 p.m. Friday; fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free; parking, $10
The biggest fireworks show in Sacramento blasts off at Cal Expo. A limited number of reserved seats ($10) will be sold at the East Gate parking lot adjacent to Lot D; box office opens at 3 p.m.
• KIDS’ GARDENING WORKSHOP
Where: Green Acres, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; and 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville
When: 11 a.m. next Saturday
Admission: $5 including materials
This hourlong hands-on workshop teaches kids how to create an “ice cream cone” planting pot. The familiar flat-bottomed cone makes a biodegradable planter for transplants. Kids get to choose which seeds to plant.
– Debbie Arrington