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It's tea (and porcelain) time in Sacramento

Unique event at Shepard Center features hand-painted items, tea service

This beautiful hand-painted plate was among the works displayed at last year's tea and show by the Camellia City Porcelain Artists.

This beautiful hand-painted plate was among the works displayed at last year's tea and show by the Camellia City Porcelain Artists.

Photo courtesy Camellia City Porcelain Artists

It’s tea time, Sacramento style.

This weekend, the Camellia City Porcelain Artists will host its 32nd annual show and fall tea at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. Admission and parking are free.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15, patrons are invited to sip tea, enjoy snacks and browse the show, packed with beautiful hand-painted creations.

“You are invited to view the art of traditional and creative works of hand-painted porcelain from local artists,” says the club. Honored artist for the event will be Linda Janzen, whose work will be featured.

Take home some finished pieces -- as well as what’s needed to start this creative hobby.

“Supplies will be available for purchase,” says the club. In addition, a Christmas tree fully decorated with hand-painted ornaments will be raffled off. Patrons will receive tickets for door prizes and a free raffle for a painter’s supply basket.

Interested in learning about ceramics and porcelain painting? This is the place. Watch artists at work; they’ll answer questions, too.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.



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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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