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Lantern Tour tickets go on sale soon

Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery hosts its annual Lantern Tour on four nights in October. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Get ready to buy yours for this wildly popular pre-Halloween tradition

It’s the hottest tour ticket in Sacramento and annually sells out in hours.

And the countdown has just begun.

Tickets for the Historic City Cemetery’s 2019 Lantern Tour will go on sale Sunday, Sept. 1 at midnight.

“Program your phone! Mark your calendar!” said tour organizers in their official announcement Monday. “Tickets for our ever-popular Lantern Tours go on sale at midnight on September 1. Last year, they were gone by noon, so set your alarm and don’t hit the snooze button!!!”

Or just stay up late – which may be appropriate for a tour devoted to things that go bump in the night.

This year’s tour is set for four nights spread over two pre-Halloween weekends: Oct. 18 and 19 and Oct. 25 and 26. By lantern light, docents garbed in Victorian attire lead guests through Sacramento’s famous cemetery, the resting place of pioneers, city builders, civic leaders and more. Along the way, guests encounter many “residents” who retell their unique chapters in Sacramento history. It’s a spectacle not to be missed.

Tickets are $40 plus handling fees and will be available online at .

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free parking is available on surrounding streets.

For more details: .

- Debbie Arrington


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For week of Sept. 24:

This week our weather will be just right for fall gardening. What are you waiting for?

* Now is the time to plant for fall. The warm soil will get these veggies off to a fast start.

* Keep harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and eggplant. Tomatoes may ripen faster off the vine and sitting on the kitchen counter.

* 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.

* Fertilize deciduous fruit trees.

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

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

* 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. That includes bearded iris; if they haven’t bloomed in three years, it’s time to dig them up and divide their rhizomes.

* 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.

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

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