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Smoke cancels Historic City Cemetery events


The Historic City Cemetery tours will resume in the new year.
(Photo courtesy Old City Cemetery Committee)

World War II, rose garden tours won't be rescheduled



Wildfire smog continues to affect outdoor activities in Sacramento. That includes this weekend’s public events at the Historic City Cemetery, bringing an early end to its tour season.

After one postponement, Sunday’s Veterans of World War II commemoration – originally scheduled for Veterans Day – as well as Saturday’s popular “Fall Color in the Rose Garden” tour have been canceled.

According to the Sacramento Region air quality districts, Thursday’s particulate matter in Sacramento measured 314 on the Air Quality Index; that’s hazardous to everyone. Friday’s forecast was for 195, still in the unhealthy range, although many in the city woke up to continued hazardous particulate levels.

“Due to the ongoing bad air quality, all tours scheduled for this weekend at the Historic City Cemetery have been canceled,” according to a Friday morning statement from the cemetery’s tour committee. “These were the last scheduled tours for 2018. We'll be back in 2019 with more tours and adventures in the Cemetery.

“Again, we're sorry, but we are sure you understand,” the committee added. “Thank you for all of your support!”

When the smoke clears, visitors are welcome to take self-guided tours of the cemetery and its gardens. Located at 1000 Broadway, the cemetery is open free to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Details:
www.historicoldcitycemetery.org

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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.

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* 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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