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Celebrate Juneteenth with twilight tour

Take an evening tour of the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery and learn about the city's early black history. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

Historic City Cemetery offers unique look at Sacramento's black history

Learn early and nearly forgotten chapters of Sacramento’s black history during a special twilight tour of the Historic City Cemetery, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

“Take a twilight stroll through the tombstones as we celebrate Juneteenth and commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States,” say the tour’s organizers. “You’ll learn about the contributions of Sacramento’s African-American community as they struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment.

“You’ll meet barbers, doctors, caterers, soldiers, singers, pastors and others who settled the frontier and helped make Sacramento the diverse city that it is today.”

Dating to June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is the nation’s oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. The tour is limited to 50 patrons. For tickets, go to:

Besides this unique lesson in Sacramento history, this is an opportunity to enjoy the cemetery’s gardens in the cool of the evening. Wear sensible shoes; this is a walking tour.

The Historic City Cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free parking is available on surface streets.

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For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

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