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To Commemorate Earth Day, New Sculpture to be Unveiled in Elk Grove

To Commemorate Earth Day, New Sculpture to be Unveiled in Elk Grove

As a part of the 47th annual Earth Day, a new piece of public art will be unveiled this Friday in Elk Grove.

The piece, a metal sculpture created by noted artist Gina Rossi that uses recycled material called Carl the Cart, will be formally presented at the City of Elk Grove's Special Waste Collection Center. 
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Cooper Introduces Bill to Expand Clean Vehicle Eligibility, Improve Air Quality

Cooper Introduces Bill to Expand Clean Vehicle Eligibility, Improve Air Quality

Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) introduced legislation yesterday that would expand eligibility for removal of older high polluting cars with more fuel efficient ones.

Assembly Bill would provide financial incentives for low-income individuals to replace their old, high-polluting, and less reliable vehicles with newer, cleaner, and more dependable vehicles. AB 1965 directs the California Air Resources Board to expand the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP) Plus-Up. ... Read More

Plant Clinic (The Secret Garden)

Plant Clinic (The Secret Garden)
Plant Clinic (The Secret Garden)
09-19-2015 - 09-19-2015
UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
http://ucanr.edu/sacmg
Admission: Free
 
(916) 875-6913
 
Start Time(s): Sat 9am-Noon
Do you have questions about your plants? Are these bugs good or bad? What is the reasons do your plant looks different this year?  How can you garden with limited water? Bring samples of your problem plants or insects to have a UC Master Gardener help you answer all over your questions There will also be a lot of information about gardening with limited water
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Take a Shower, Save a Tree Workshop (Home Depot)

Take a Shower, Save a Tree Workshop (Home Depot)
Take a Shower, Save a Tree Workshop (Home Depot)
09-05-2015 - 09-05-2015
UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
http://ucanr.edu/sacmg
Admission: Free
 
(916) 875-6913
 
Start Time(s): Sat 10am-11am
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County are joining the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Water Agency for a free Take a Shower Save a Tree Workshop Master Gardeners will talk about the benefits of selecting Mediterranean climate and California native plants for creating an attractive and water conserving landscape Sacramento Tree Foundation will teach you how to identify signs of water stress and how to do simple soil moisture monitoring  
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Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

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.

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.