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The Week Ahead: Spectacular orchids fill gigantic expo

Experience “The Thrill of Discovery,” the theme of the 63rd annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, off Marina Boulevard, in San Francisco.
Experience “The Thrill of Discovery,” the theme of the 63rd annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, off Marina Boulevard, in San Francisco. Sacramento Bee file

▪  PACIFIC ORCHID EXPO

Where: Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, off Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $14 online/$15 at the door; seniors, $11 online/$12 at the door.

Details: (650) 548-6700, www.orchidsanfrancisco.org

Experience “The Thrill of Discovery,” the theme of the 63rd annual Pacific Orchid Exposition. Hosted by the San Francisco Orchid Society, this huge floral event ranks as the nation’s biggest orchid show with more than 150,000 exotic plants on display and for sale. Docent-led tours, orchid potting demonstrations and special lectures are planned throughout the weekend.

▪ WORKSHOP: PLANTING SEEDS

Where: Green Acres, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento; 205 Serpa Way, Folsom; and 901 Galleria Blvd., Roseville

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Admission: Free

Details: www.idiggreenacres.com

Get ready for a spring garden. Learn the secrets to seed planting success including how to get them to sprout – and keep growing.

▪  TREE-PRUNING CLINIC

Where: San Juan Water District, 9935 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Admission: Free

Details: www.sactree.com

Learn how to prune young shade trees for healthy structure and a longer life. Sacramento Tree Foundation experts teach when and how to make pruning cuts as well as overall pruning strategies. Learn about tools and their uses. Wear comfortable shoes for an optional walkabout to look at trees.

▪  AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TOUR

Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Admission: Free

Details: (916) 448-0811, www.oldcitycemetery.com

This guided tour of Sacramento’s oldest cemetery spotlights the stories behind the city’s black pioneers.

▪  100TH ANNUAL CAPAY ALMOND FESTIVAL

Where: 21 miles along Highway 16; start at Western Yolo Grange, 16787 Forrest Ave., Guinda

When: All day Sunday

Admission: Most events free

Details: (530) 787-3242, www.espartoregionalchamber.com

This centennial celebration salutes the Capay Valley’s signature crop – almonds. The fun is spread through five communities along Highway 16 from Esparto to Guinda. Check out the map and events schedule online, then follow the almond bloom trail.

Debbie Arrington

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