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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.

Solar Cooking Festival

Solar Cooking Festival

Learn to cook with the sun at this free event at William Land Park. This is a perfect opportunity for novices and solar cooking pros. When most people see it they say, "It's so easy!"

Watch local and international chefs demonstrate their cooking techniques. Solar chefs will hold mini solar-cooking classes to get you started. You can purchase new solar cookers or learn how to make one at home. 

Solar cookers help families throughout the world. You can learn more about the international outreach at this event or on-line at solarcookers.org

If you are a Solar Chef and would like to find out how to participate, go to http://solarcookers.org/events/festival/  

Online registration ends July 16th. This will be a unique opportunity to work alongside solar chefs from Kenya, Norway, Uganda, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.

This is a family-friendly event, so no alcohol please.

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.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Sacramento Children’s Museum Host 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Sacramento Children’s Museum Host 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration

On Tuesday, April 22, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and the Sacramento Children’s Museum will host their 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration. Starting at 11:00 AM, attendees will be able to celebrate Earth Day 2014 through interactive, Earth-friendly lessons from event partners. This is a free public event, and will take place in the parking lot next to the Children’s Museum. Kids 12 and under will be given free admission into the Children’s Museum.

 

WHO:            

Assemblyman Ken Cooley

Sacramento Children’s Museum

California Department of Parks and Recreation

California Department of Water Resources

California Department of Fish and Game

Sacramento Air Quality Management District

Sacramento Regional Transit

City of Rancho Cordova

Republic Services

Cal American Water

Sacramento Food Bank

Greenprint Summit 2014: Planning for Trees & Public Health

This year’s 4rd Annual Greenprint Summit will expand on last year’s Summit of the critical need to integrate the urban forest into urban planning, given the impact of the urban forest and built environment on urban health. 200 attendees are expected,  including municipal planners, health professionals, elected officials, urban forest managers, and community activists.

The Tree Foundation’s mission is to build healthy, livable communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best regional urban forest in the nation. Over the last decade there has been an explosion in new research and pilot projects involving the impact of the built environment on public health. The Tree Foundation has collaborated on several such projects and many more are happening around the region and in other parts of the country.

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want more shade next summer — and a cooler home? Plant a tree.

Fall is an ideal time to plant shade trees. The cooler weather and early rain help young trees put down roots and get off to a strong start.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District offer free trees through their Sacramento Shade program. Mature trees can cut home cooling costs during hot summer months by as much as 60 percent.

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Tour the Trees of McKinley Park

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a tree tour of Sacramento’s beloved McKinley Park. The tours will begin near the Shepard Garden and Art Center parking lot. The tours will be lead by a Certified Arborist. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet or smartphone and will be shown how to identify trees, edit data, and a lot more using GreenprintMaps.  Digital technology is not required to enjoy the trees and the tour.

Tour Begins/Ends: Shepard Garden and Art Center: 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento 95816

Tour dates:

Tuesday, July 30, 6:30-8:00pm.

Tuesday, August 20, 6:30-8:00pm.

Monday, September 23, 6:00-7:30pm.

Visit www.sactree.com/events for more information and to register.