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Let kids create gift plants

• KIDS HOLIDAY PLANTING EXPERIENCE

Where: Green Acres Nursery & Supply, 8501 Jackson Highway, Sacramento; 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville; and 205 Serpa Way, Folsom

When: 9 a.m.-noon today

Admission: $5

Details: www.idiggreenacres.com, (916) 381-1625, (916) 782-2273 or (916) 358-9099

Let children make a living gift for someone special. Kids of all ages get to plant fun winter annuals in a terra cotta pot that they can decorate. In addition to supervision, Green Acres provides art supplies, container, plants, potting soil and fertilizer.

• LAVENDER CHRISTMAS FAIR

Where: Charleston Lavender Farm, 625 Yankee Jim’s Road, Colfax

When: 10 a.m. Sunday

Admission: Free

Details: (530) 637-4190 (call ahead in case of snow)

This holiday craft fair features all things lavender, including bouquets, sachets, plants, soap and more.

• MOUNTAIN MANDARIN ORCHARD DAYS

Where: Sierra foothills farms

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Saturday and Dec. 22

Admission: Free

Details: www.mountainmandarins.com

If you missed this tour earlier this month, now is your chance to grab some mandarins before they’re all gone – and meet the farmers, too. Several mandarin growers open their orchards and farm stands to the public again next weekend for a taste of this wonderful local citrus. See how mandarins grow while getting fruit direct from farmers. Most locations also offer crafts, mandarin-laced treats and fun activities to go with their fruit. For locations and directions, visit the website.

– Debbie Arrington

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