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Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want more shade next summer — and a cooler home? Plant a tree.

Fall is an ideal time to plant shade trees. The cooler weather and early rain help young trees put down roots and get off to a strong start.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District offer free trees through their Sacramento Shade program. Mature trees can cut home cooling costs during hot summer months by as much as 60 percent.

WALKSacramento Strives for Complete Streets

WALKSacramento Strives for Complete Streets

One of WALKSacramento’s most important projects is convening the Complete Streets Coalition of Sacramento. What is the Coalition? The Sacramento area’s most active advocates gather each month in support of active transportation, including WALKSacramento, the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA), and the Environmental Council of Sacramento. Breathe California of Sacramento – Emigrant Trails hosts the Coalition’s monthly meeting in its local offices and has been a past partner. Coordinating good active transportation advocacy requires public agency input on technical issues and opportunities. Sacramento Regional Transit and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments are Coalition partners, providing critical facts and information on local plans, policies and projects. So what’s up with the Coalition these days? This month, the Coalition is putting in time with the Sacramento City Council. * Improvement Plan for the J and Carlson intersection.

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a tree tour of Sacramento’s beloved McKinley Park. The tours will begin near the Shepard Garden and Art Center parking lot. The tours will be lead by a Certified Arborist. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone and will be shown how to identify trees, edit data, and a lot more using GreenprintMaps.  Digital technology is not required to enjoy the trees and the tour.

Tour Begins/Ends: Shepard Garden and Art Center: 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento 95816

Tour dates:

Tuesday, July 30, 6:30-8:00pm.

Tuesday, August 20, 6:30-8:00pm.

Monday, September 23, 6:00-7:30pm.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.

Mulch Madness returns to McKinley Park

Mulch Madness returns to McKinley Park

Grab your wheelbarrow and join the after-work mulching party at McKinley Park. Volunteers are needed to help care for the park by applying mulch rings around the park trees. If you don’t have a wheelbarrow, just show up! The Sacramento Tree Foundation will have extra wheelbarrows, gloves and rakes.

Monday, July 15, 6:30-8:00pm  –  Meet near the Pond

Monday, August 12, 6:30-8:00pm. –  Meet near the basketball court

Monday, September 9, 6:00-8:00pm.  –  Meet near the Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.

Mulch Madness! is supported by the City of Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department and the Sacramento Tree Foundation.  Mulch is provided by the City of Sacramento Urban Forestry Service.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.

Dispose of Fireworks Safely – Collection Services Will Occur on July 4

Dispose of Fireworks Safely – Collection Services Will Occur on July 4

The City of Sacramento Recycling and Solid Waste Division urges customers to dispose of spent fireworks safely.  All used fireworks should be fully extinguished, doused with water and bagged.  Spent fireworks should be placed in garbage containers, they are not recyclable.

Collection Service on Holidays

Garbage, yard waste and A-week recycle collection will occur on July 4 for customers who have Thursday as their collection day.  Containers should be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Did you see the ring around the sun?

Did you see the ring around the sun?

If you were outside today, you may have noticed a giant ring around the sun. That ring is actually the reflection of ice crystals from high cirrus clouds, according to EarthSky.org

The ring was seen all over the area by News10 viewers, including Roseville and Stockton. Did you get a chance to see it?

Stash Organic Trash

Stash Organic Trash

Sacramento -- A free Backyard Composting seminar Saturday morning, April 13, explains how to stash organic trash into backyard compost bins and keep it out of landfills.

Camellia Park Commnity Garden at 6650 Cougar Drive in South Sacramento is the place to be for the two early morning seminars at 8 and 9 a.m. to learn about composting organic trash into nutrient-rich soil perfect for enriching gardens.

Save a landfill -- create compost for fun and excitement.