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Get into the Earth Day spirit at family fest

Sacramento Bee file

Celebrate the Earth Festival

Where: Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 16

Admission: Free

Details: 916-746-1550, www.roseville.ca.us/earthday

Get the whole family into the Earth Day spirit with this “green” celebration. Learn about recycling, water-wise gardening, wildlife habitats and much more. Food and family entertainment, too.

Wildflower Wonders

Where: Soil Born Farms’ American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 16

Admission: $5 donation

Details: www.sacvalleycnps.org, www.soilborn.org

Learn about California native plants – and take some home, too. Hosted by the Sacramento Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society, this event features loads of interactive activities for wildflower hunters of all ages. Learn about bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects, and which flowers make them happy. Hundreds of native plants will be offered in a huge sale at the ranch’s Elderberry Farms nursery.

66th annual Sacramento Iris Society show and sale

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

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 16-17

Admission: Free

Details: www.sgaac.org

Another sure sign of Sacramento spring: irises. Colorful bearded irises also are very drought tolerant and make a water-wise addition to home gardens. The Sacramento Iris Society showcases hundreds of eye-catching varieties in a rainbow of colors. Take home potted irises, too.

Debbie Arrington