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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 March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

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

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* 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 fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* 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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