This Weekend: Knives, Organic Plants and Cheese Blintzes


It’s a three day weekend. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of it.

Learn about Raised Bed Gardening
Hankering to grow your own produce? Cold Spring Ranch in Newcastle is offering a hands-on class from 9am to 3pm on Saturday called “Organic Gardening in Raised Beds.” The course will “encompass the skills needed to create an organic food garden with the multiple benefits of raised beds.” Taught by Vicky Bartish, a certified arborist and horticulturist, the class fee is $69 and includes handouts, free organic products, and “morning food.”
For more information, call Vicky Bartish at 916-663-2872, or email her at

Take your Family out to Breakfast
The Sacramento region is filled with great breakfast restaurants. Treat your kids to a stack of Tower Café’s crusty, delicious blueberry cornmeal pancakes or Riverside Clubhouse’s malted waffle; and you and your Significant Other will savor Rio City Café’s “Breakfast Combo” (a quirky plateful of scrambled eggs, a cheese blintz, “home style” potatoes, sausage and bacon) and Lake Forest Cafe’s crab, avocado and cream cheese omelet. Don’t forget the coffee.
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Hone your Knife Skills
East Bay Restaurant Supply is offering a free knife skills class from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday if you bring three or more knives in to be sharpened (90 cents per inch, minimum of 6″). The class will be taught by Master French Chef Dominique Besson of Star Sharpening, who will instruct attendees on how to cut, slice, dice, chop, mince and julienne, and will share “tricks of the chef” to maintain the knives’ edge, which will keep them sharper for a longer period of time. * Very limited seating.
To make reservations, call (916) 440-0623 or email Carolyn Kumpe at

Appreciate Local Art
Historic downtown Grass Valley is hosting a street fair on Sunday called the “Sierra Festival of the Arts” from 10am to 5pm. Featuring food from local businesses, fine art and crafts by a diverse array of California artists and live music, the event is free to the public.
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Revel in Healthy Eating
Think healthy food has to be boring? Chef Linda of Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa will teach you otherwise. Join her at 11am on Saturday for a class focusing on “fun and exciting” healthy cuisine – the menu includes a seasonal salad with salmon-wrapped asparagus and chilled blueberry soup. Class cost is $20, and lunch is included.
For more information, call (916) 482-6111 or visit