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Celebrate Earth Day this weekend in Sacramento

Southside Park hosts huge event packed with eco-friendly advice and services

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(Sacramento Earth Day logo by Dana Gray
via Environmental Council of Sacramento)

It’s time to give Mother Earth a hug.

Today (April 22) is Earth Day, but most local celebrations will be held this weekend. The biggest is “Sacramento Earth Day,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Southside Park.

“Sacramento Earth Day is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region, providing people with the knowledge and means to take care of our Earth,” say the organizers.

This year’s theme is “In This Together,” and this Earth Day event will certainly have a lot of togetherness. Thousands of patrons are expected to attend.

“Over 100 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living,” say the organizers.

“You’ll also find local art and a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including live music, interactive educational games and a kids’ area. We will host several food vendors serving a range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options.

"Our event will showcase a display of electric vehicles to check out, ask questions about, and, if we are successful, ride in or test drive!”

Admission is free. Southside Park is located at 2115 6th St., Sacramento.

Details: https://www.ecosacramento.net/sac-earth-day/ .

Note: In addition to being a sponsor of Sacramento Earth Day, the City of Sacramento plans a citywide cleanup day on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at nine locations.

HandsOn Sacramento is coordinating registration for the various sites, most of which have spots still available. City details are here and the registration site is here .

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* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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