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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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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.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

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* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

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