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Old Town Auburn hosts huge holiday party

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PUBLISHED DEC 13, 2018 9:58 A.M.
Auburn Alehouse will be among the craft breweries offering
during the Auburn Christmas street party.
(Photo courtesy Auburn

Classic Christmas mixes beer, bourbon tasting in free street fair

Take a break from gardening and catch a Classic Christmas on Saturday night with plenty to get grown-ups in the holiday spirit.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15, Old Town Auburn closes its streets and rolls out the cheer with a huge street party. Admission is free.

Four local craft breweries including Auburn Alehouse will host tastings along with a bourbon tasting station, serving craft spirits.

Several vendors and restaurants will offer food and beverages (including coffee and hot cocoa). Auburn Hook & Ladder No. 1 will serve its famous chowder out of Auburn's historic firehouse.
Local craftspeople will sell handmade, home-grown and unique wares. Manzanita headlines the evening's musical lineup.

Plenty of fun will be available for kids, too. Hayrides will be offered from Old Town Auburn to Park Victorian (culminating in free family photos and warm beverages). Children also can take part in Christmas crafts and entertainment. Of course, Santa is expected to drop by.

Parking is available in several structures and lots off Lincoln Way and Auburn Folsom Road near the the heart of Old Town.

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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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