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EAST SAC LIFE FROM page 11 of his projects. Within the past few Society for the annual prune-a-thon years, he has begun a more serious of McKinley Rose Garden. attempt at painting other subjects— A group of rose lovers, or rosarians, few of which hold more nostalgia gathers each year to ready the flowers than the iconic Alhambra. “The for future blooms. tragedy of the loss of this stunning Everyone is welcome. landmark has No experience served as is required, a wake-up as expert call for rosarians will architectural be available preservation,” to teach Bolton volunteers said. “My how to painting is an prune. Help attempt to add will also be further to that needed in homage.” removing The painting rosebush was hung in trimmings, the events room raking the at 33rd Street garden and Bistro through pruning el Bolton ha ic M t tis ar the end of the the bushes Winning year. Bolton around the also provided garden. t h e C e n t e r f o r Sacramento While some equipment and garden History with a high-resolution digital supplies will be provided, volunteers file of the painting. are asked to bring a pair of garden To view more of Bolton’s work, go gloves, pruning shears and a rake if to they have them. At 8:45 a.m., courtesy of East Sac Hardware, professional knife HELP PRUNE THE ROSES sharpener Stanley Spencer of Stanley’s Perfect Edge will be at On Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. the garden to sharpen volunteers’ to 1 p.m., McKinley Park Volunteer clippers. This will be done on a firstCorps will join with Sacramento Rose come, first-served basis. Society and the Sierra Foothills Rose

On Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., McKinley Park Volunteer Corps will join with Sacramento Rose Society and the Sierra Foothills Rose Society for the annual prune-a-thon of McKinley Rose Garden


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Bob Miller took third place in the Celebrate East Sacramento Art Contest

Coffee and water will be available, and a hot soup lunch from Evan’s Kitchen will be provided to volunteers after the prune-a-thon. The lunch will be sponsored by East Sac Give Back. Because the majority of the roses are newer cultivars with patent protection, rose cuttings will not be available this year. Rose petal collection is allowed after the prune-athon to participating volunteers. The rose garden is at the corner of H and 33rd streets. RSVPs are preferred, but drop-in help will also be appreciated. The garden, a popular wedding spot, was renovated in 2012 and is managed by Friends of East Sacramento. For more information, call 452-8011 or email

TAX AIDES NEEDED AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program is seeking volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, is recruiting new volunteers to assist with federal, state and local tax return preparation. Volunteers are particularly needed to assist with electronic filing. It is not necessary to be an AARP member or retiree to volunteer. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Tax-Aide serves taxpayers with low to medium incomes, with special attention to taxpayers 60 and older. Returns are prepared between Feb. 1 and April 15. There are several sites in the East Sacramento area. For information on how to join


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