• 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
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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
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
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
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
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.