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High-Hand helps Paradise relief effort

Annual Holiday Celebration dedicated to Camp Fire victims

This annual party has taken on added meaning.

From 10 a.m to 8 p.m., patrons can eat, drink, shop and be merry in a festive atmosphere in High-Hand's century-old fruit packing shed. At the same time, they'll be helping the victims of the devastating Camp Fire that leveled the town of Paradise.

"This year’s Christmas tree lighting this Saturday, December 1 at High-Hand Nursery is dedicated to the victims and souls of those lost in the fires," owner Scott Paris wrote in his online newsletter. "I’ve seen their faces. It’s so unimaginable."

Since news of the Camp Fire's devastation broke, Paris has been working hard to help. Through his nursery and its website, he coordinated donation efforts, then made several round trips to Chico to deliver the goods.

Visitors also can dine at the High-Hand Cafe this Saturday evening
from 5:30 t o 8:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
(Photo courtesy High-Hand.)
His first call for donations Nov. 13 brought in more than $6,000, with much more since.

At the holiday party, donations will be accepted at a "Placer Cares: Donation Station for Butte County Camp Fire Victims." Among the items needed: Gifts cards for food and gas; paper plates, cups and plastic utensils; blankets; new underwear and socks; tents and sleeping bags.

Any cash donations will be converted into gift cards for the victims, Paris said.

"I promise you I will personally see that these funds are distributed straight into the artery of those in need," he wrote. "I cannot thank you enough for trusting us and allowing us to help those directly affected."

The whole experience has been overwhelming and life changing, Paris added.

"I have stopped complaining about things," he said. "My perspective has completely changed. We are blessed."

High-Hand Nursery is located at 3750 Taylor Road, Loomis. Details: .


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

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

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* 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 help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* 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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