Taste the difference at Melon Mania

08/23/2014 12:00 AM

08/22/2014 10:42 PM

• MELON MANIA

Where: Maple Rock Gardens, 100 Clark Tunnel Road, Penryn.

Directions: Take I-80 east toward Reno. Exit at Sierra College Boulevard; turn left. Travel 7 miles to Highway 193 (Lincoln Newcastle Highway); turn right. Travel 1.5 miles. Turn right again on Clark Tunnel Road.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today

Admission: $10

Details: www.maplerockgardens.com, www.highhand.com, (916) 652-2065

Celebrate summer with tons of heirloom melons in more than 40 varieties. Tour Maple Rock Gardens, one of Northern California’s most beautiful private gardens. See the miniature railroad in action. Learn from “professor” Fred Hoffman as he offers his Farmer Fred University including tips for saving melon (and other) seeds plus his golden rules of gardening.

•  TOMATO TASTING CONTEST

Where: Sutter Creek Farmers Market, Eureka Street, Sutter Creek

When: Entries accepted 8:45-9:45 a.m. today

Admission: Free

Details: (209) 418-7591

Amador County master gardeners host this annual tomato taste test. To participate, bring at least one washed tomato for the category of your choice: biggest, best red, best non-red and best cherry tomato. (If entering the cherry division, bring at least five tomatoes.) Judging starts at 10 a.m. with the winners announced about 11 a.m. After the winners are revealed, taste more tomatoes, provided by the master gardeners, and judge for yourself.

• EIGHTH ANNUAL CURTIS FEST

Where: Curtis Park, 25th Street and Marshall Way, Sacramento

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Admission: Free

Details: www.sierra2.org

This neighborhood festival celebrates local artists with more than 50 displaying their talents. Also enjoy food trucks, live music, petting zoo, family activities and much more. Following the fest will be Music in the Park at 6 p.m.

• ALL ABOUT COMPOSTING

Where: Nevada County Master Gardener Demo Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley

When: 10 a.m. next Saturday

Admission: Free

Details: (530) 273-0919

Nevada County master gardeners share their expertise on how to make garden gold. Learn different methods of composting from the sophisticated to the “lazy man’s method.” Also learn how mulch can reduce weeds and insulate soil.

•  ART ELEPHANT SALE

Where: Shepard Garden and Arts Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday

Admission: Free

Details: www.facebook.com/SacramentoCenterForTheTextileArts

This “white elephant” sale has a twist: All items for sale are creative materials and supplies from Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts’ members. Find fabrics, beads, yarns, books, magazines, patterns, tools, even a sewing and a knitting machine.

Debbie Arrington

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