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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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