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Spring Fest Plant Sale: All the gardeners wait for this one, when the UCCE Nevada County master gardeners sponsor their Spring Fest Plant Sale, coming this Saturday. The event begins at 8 a.m. with a composting demonstration, and the plant sale happens from 9 a.m. to noon. Offered for sale will be vegetables, herbs, color bowls, perennials and – my favorite – native plants. Master gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions. Free University of California publications will also be available. The event will be held at the Master Gardener’s Demonstration Garden, 1036 W. Main St., Grass Valley (on NID Grounds), and this location is wheelchair accessible. RAIN or SHINE event. There are indoor facilities in case of rain. Please contact their office at 273-4563, 72 hours in advance of any event, to request accommodations for people with disabilities. This is always a great event and our master gardeners are very generous with their time and expertise.

50th anniversary: Not a wedding anniversary, but the United Methodist Women’s 50th Annual Spring Luncheon. The theme this year is “Fiesta-Festivals,” celebrating the sights and sounds of festival celebrations here and around the world. The luncheon will be held on May 5 at the church on South Church Street. Doors open at 11 a.m. so that luncheon attendees can come early and admire the beautiful table and hall decorations.

“We’ve been celebrating this tradition for a long time,” said Lynn Schorr, luncheon committee member. It’s nice to know that in this busy world, there are still things that have been continuing for half a century!

Day of the Young Child: This happens Saturday at the Nevada County campus of Sierra College. It’s geared around kids, age birth to 8 years old. There will be food, games, entertainment, art and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and it’s a rain or shine event. For more info, call 477-5772.

WD-40: I’ll bet you have some of this in your garage, but I’ll bet you don’t know how versatile it is. It protects silver from tarnishing; keeps flies off cows; restores and cleans chalk boards; untangles jewelry chains; and gets oil spots off concrete driveways. I’ll list more uses another day.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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