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Insect and art events highlight busy October weekend

Loomis in the spotlight with compost class, High-Hand Nursery event

The Bohart Museum of Entomology celebrates insects in art and culture during its Saturday event.

The Bohart Museum of Entomology celebrates insects in art and culture during its Saturday event. Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis

Another busy October weekend! In addition to the Sierra Foothills Rose Show, which we wrote about earlier this week, these gardening and outdoor events are on tap Saturday:

Free composting workshop, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Loomis Library, 6050 Library Road, Loomis. The Placer County master gardeners will present the basics of backyard composting and how it can improve the soil. Learn how to get started and keep the compost pile healthy.

 — Special talk on “Plants, Insects and Art: Mary Foley Benson's Scientific Illustrations,” 11 a.m. Saturday at the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC) Building on the UC Davis campus.  This event is part of Spirit Week  for  Aggie students, parents and alumni, but all are welcome.  Srđan Tunić, a candidate for an M.A. in art history  and an associate at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis, will highlight the work of the late artist (1905-1992) and the collection of her work owned by UC Davis. Here’s a link to her beautiful illustration of a harlequin bug.

October Outreach event focusing on “Insects, Art & Culture,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis. The Bohart invites everyone to come learn about insects through the lenses of art and culture. (Spider-Man, anyone?) This event also is part of Spirit Week but the public is welcome. Free admission and parking. The Bohart is in Room 1124, Academic Surge Building, 455 Crocker Lane, UC Davis Main Campus. Map here.

– Grand opening of the High-Hand Mercantile, 5-8 p.m. Saturday. High-Hand Nursery and Cafe in Loomis is ready to reveal the renovated Mercantile. Light bites and complimentary wine while it lasts, and 10 percent off all purchases at the High-Hand Flower Market and on all pottery. 3570 Taylor Road, Loomis. Map here

-- Kathy Morrison

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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

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