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American River Parkway Thanks All Supporters!

American River Parkway Thanks All Supporters!

Dear Parkway Supporter,

The American River Parkway is a natural oasis that meanders through the urban core of Sacramento. The American River Parkway Foundation is proud to sponsor programs and organize volunteers to maintain and restore the Parkway. Each year brings greater challenges as Parkway use has grown to over 8 million user visits per year.

With your support through our membership drive the Foundation staff and volunteers have completed the following work thus far in 2014:

Removed 10 acres of invasive plants along the shore-line for enhanced boating, fishing and riparian restoration.

Maintained and cleared vegetation along the 23 miles of multi-purpose trail so equestrians, hikers and runners have access.

Planted 750 native plants to aid in the reforestation and challenge to exotic species.

Painted the bathrooms at Discovery Park after the new sewers were installed in a cooperative venture with the County.

Adopt-A-Park: Shasta Park

Adopt-A-Park: Shasta Park
Adopt-A-Park: Shasta Park
08-23-2014 - 08-23-2014
City of Sacramento Dept of Parks & Rec
: http://portal.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Volunteer-Opportunities/Short-Term-Opportunities
Admission: Free
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6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

"Deadheading at Dusk" at the Old City Cemetery

"Deadheading at Dusk" at the Old City Cemetery

Come join us in the beautiful Old City Cemetery’s Historic Rose Garden for an early evening hands-on event on Monday, May 5th @ 6:30 pm. We will be removing spent blooms from the many rosebushes and tidying up the garden which encourages repeat blooming of the roses in our treasured Historic Rose Garden.

Tools and training will be provided and light refreshments will be served.

Workshops are free, however, donations are appreciated and go towards the restoration and preservation of the roses and cemetery artifacts.

The cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Free parking is available in the lot at 10th & Broadway, across the street from the 10th Street entrance. For more information, call 916-448-0811 or 916-264-7839.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

California 'DELTA' Dreamin...

California 'DELTA' Dreamin...

Raised in the Sacramento Delta as a young boy my brother and I would venture through Freeport, Clarksburg, Steamboat Slough and wherever our Schwinn bicycles could take us. Fishing, hunting,  trapping crawdads and gigging frogs. We would sell the frogs to kids at school, and fried up frog-legs at our camp-outs with a crawdad boil and fresh picked delta corn-on-the-cob.

Ubuntu Green at The Avenues Community Clean-up

Ubuntu Green at The Avenues Community Clean-up

  This past weekend, the “Avenues Clean and Glean” event was a wonderful success. People of all ages came to help clean up trash and glean fruit off of trees for donation.