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Sacred Heart holiday home tour returns to Fabulous Forties

East Sacramento tradition features five designer-decorated homes

This elegantly decorated dining room, from a previous Holiday Home Tour, is an example of what visitors will see on the 2022 tour. Another example is below.

This elegantly decorated dining room, from a previous Holiday Home Tour, is an example of what visitors will see on the 2022 tour. Another example is below.

Photo courtesy Sacred Heart Parish School

Expect to see lots of people strolling around the Fabulous Forties this weekend as a favorite Sacramento holiday tradition returns.

After a year off due to Covid restrictions, the annual Sacred Heart Parish School Holiday Home Tour will once more busy the streets of the East Sacramento neighborhood.

“The home tour is back this year!” announced the organizers. “We will have five amazing houses for you to tour the first weekend of December. The Cafe and Boutique will also be back this year with wonderful vendors and delicious food.”

A Fabulous Forties tradition since 1973, the Sacred Heart home tour went on hiatus during Covid. Last year, the school still hosted its ever-popular holiday boutique and cafe, but no designer-decorated homes – the event’s main draw. Proceeds from the tour support school programs and help offset tuition for students in need of assistance.

For this return, the tour has five classic homes in its East Sacramento neighborhood, each decorated in style by local designers. Within easy walking distance of each other, the houses are located on 39th, 40th and 41st streets and Sonoma and San Miguel ways. (Addresses are available on the tour’s website.)

Blue and white sitting room with a tall Christmas tree at left

Tickets ($30) are available now online at a discount, but you'd better hurry. Online sales cut off Thursday, Dec. 1. Starting Friday, admission goes up to $35 and tickets may be purchased at Sacred Heart Parish School or home No. 1 on the tour, 1304 39th St.

Meanwhile, admission is free to the event’s boutique and cafe. Held at the school, the boutique features more than two dozen local vendors and craftspeople. For a list of vendors, go to:

“We will be having an amazing in-person boutique this year,” say the organizers. “It will feature many of the vendors you have come to know and love over the years, as well as some new vendors. It’s a great place to do all your holiday shopping. There is something for everyone on your list. Bring your friends and make a day of it.”

Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

Sacred Heart Parish School is located at 856 39th St., Sacramento.

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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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