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Sacred Heart Holiday Home tour coming soon

This 44th Street home will be featured during the 2019 Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. (Courtesy Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour)

Tickets are now on sale for Fabulous Forties celebration

Tickets are now on sale for one of Sacramento’s biggest and most beloved holiday events – the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour.

Now in its 46th year, this three-day tour annually attracts more than 5,000 patrons, who stroll through the Fabulous Forties to see houses professionally decked out in their Christmas best.

From Dec. 6 through 8, five distinctive homes will be showcased, each with an individual theme ranging from “Coastal Christmas” to “More the Merrier.”

Tickets ($30) are available online and through some select East Sacramento businesses. (See website for list.) Proceeds go toward scholarships for students to attend Sacred Heart Parish School as well as school programs.

This is more than a home tour; it's a community kickoff for the holiday season. A Champagne and Bubbles bar will offer fizzy refreshments in the late afternoon at the school. Sacred Heart also hosts a boutique with vendors offering Sacramento-made products and treats. The boutique and bubbles bar are open free to the public.

Tour hours are noon-8 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. For advance tickets and more details: . On tour days, tickets will be available at Sacred Heart Parish School, 856 39th St., and the first home on the tour, 1370 46th St.


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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