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Old Town Auburn hosts huge holiday party

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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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Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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