• KIDS’ GARDENING WORKSHOP
Where: Green Acres, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; and 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville
When: 11 a.m. today
Admission: $5 including materials
This fun 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. (They’re so darn cute, too.) Kids get to choose which seeds to plant in their portable container garden.
• DEADHEADING AT DUSK
Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
Learn about the cemetery’s world-renowned rose collection while helping volunteers remove spent flowers. Bring gloves and pruning shears.
• CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento
When: Opens Friday ; continues through July 27; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday; 11 a.m-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Admission: $12; seniors (age 62 and up), $10; youth (ages 5-12), $8; children age 4 and younger admitted free; parking, $10.
For more than 160 years, the State Fair has showcased all that’s wonderful about the Golden State, and this year’s edition is no exception. From livestock contests to fried foods, find all your State Fair favorites as well as live entertainment, hundreds of vendors and thought-provoking exhibits. Make sure to drop by the State Fair’s Farm. Master gardeners will be stationed there daily to answer your gardening questions.
• 44TH ANNUAL WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL
Where: Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13
Admission: $5; children under age 12 admitted free
Hosted by the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association, this family event features plenty of fine feathers – and carvings – as dozens of decoy makers show off their craft. Other wildlife artists also will present their work (much of it for sale) in this showcase devoted to birds of the Pacific flyway. Lots of hands-on demonstrations and kids’ activities are offered, too.
• WATER-WISE GARDENING WORKSHOP
Where: Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville
When: 10 a.m. next Saturday
Admission: $8; $6 Roseville residents
Details: www.roseville.ca.us/explore, (916) 746-1550
How do you reduce water use and still have a beautiful landscape? With drought restrictions now in effect in many cities (including Roseville), this workshop covers the basics of how to save the plants you can’t replace (such as mature trees and shrubs) as well as squeeze the most out of every drop. Also, get ideas on how to transition your landscape from traditional lawn to water-wise alternatives. Call in advance to reserve a seat.
– Debbie Arrington