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Longtime West Sacramentan is docent at the drought-tolerant exhibit at the California State Fair

By Monica Stark

Tucked behind Building B at the California State Fair lies a large outdoor garden area, from exhibits on rice farming, to aquaponics, there’s also a drought-tolerant display which demonstrates how to transform a typical lawn to a low-water Shangri-La, which was planted in May and will be on display for three years.
With California in its fifth year of drought, inspiring visitors to make conservation a way of life is what Department of Water Resource’s three California State Fair exhibits are designed to accomplish now through July 24. The trio of exhibits, dubbed Conservation: The California Lifestyle, feature drought-tolerant landscaping ideas, edible gardens and take-home information on conservation. Flyers are available for DWR turf rebates and water-wise plant lists.
Evelyn Tipton, a resident of the Summerfield area in West Sacramento, retired from the California Department of Water Resources after 36 years as a civil engineer and volunteers at the fair at one of the department’s outdoor exhibits.
“We have rebates and everyone calls up the department and says, ‘Well, how do we get the rebates? What do we do to convert our yards?’ So we set up the exhibit to go through the entire process from planning, stripping the yard out, irrigation system, hardscaping, plant selection, different types of landscaping.”
Tipton said in order to qualify for the rebates projects should be done in 120 days, though with the help of professionals it could be done in just a few days. Before and after pictures are definitely recommended.
Asked what some of the biggest challenges one faces when undergoing this kind of transformation, Tipton said, laughing, “Bermuda grass.” Also, “understanding and being able to plan out and picture it, that’s my problem. My daughter’s a photographer so she is really good at laying things out. ‘I know this will look good here and here and here.’ Me: I can do the technical stuff, but laying out is the hardest part for me and then it’s just the matter of the labor.”
While the California Department of Water Resources main concern is water supply, the rebates and encouraging drought-tolerant landscapes to this extent is a rather new undertaking. Prior residents would typically content their local water supplier, Tipton said. “We’re statewide and usually it’s a local water supplier that’s involved with the smaller areas.”
Giving a tour of the state fair display, Tipton started at the beginning: The planning stage. “You have to map out your house, your yard, how much area you are working with, the direction it’s facing (south, west, north, east) – that makes a great deal of difference of where you put your plants. You need to know where your shade’s going to be. If you have a north side face, you’ll pretty much be in the shade the whole time. It depends what kind of soil you got. In West Sacramento, in my area, it’s pretty much all clay, not so organic. Clay holds water but it’s not that easy to work with. It doesn’t drain well and it tends to run off, rather than soak in. So you have to amend your clay soil with gypsum or a lot of organic soil. Gypsum goes into the molecules and breaks up the individual, but the particles in clay soil are so fine that it breaks it apart chemically to loosen up your clay soil. And, then you add organic to it.”
You need to figure out where you are going to have your trees, Tipton advised, recommending putting trees near streets and driveways.
“We like to drive around neighborhoods and see what others have done, find projects we really like.” Also, during the planning stage, sign up for rebates, she suggested.
After the planning stage, it’s time for turf removal. Tipton recommends RoundUp and/or solarization (covering the problem area with a black tarp that will cook the grass). Solarization does sterilize the area so Tipton said you need to add in some worms and mulch. Or, you can also just dig up the grass. Then you lay down cardboard or newspaper. “I need to level my yard, put mulch on it. The advantage of this is when you want to plant it, you don’t want to have to remove the cardboard. You can clear out the mulch, cut a hole, and stick it in through the hole. That keeps the weeds out too.”
You need to lay out your yard and add a controller that will control how much water goes to each area. After that if you have any hardscaping paths, this is the time to put in walkways. Just make sure you put down permeable landscape material, sand on top and then lay your rock or brick into that. Just be sure you compact that sand pretty well or the rocks will shift.
Then you put the mulch down, followed by planting, suggested Tipton. “You need to put the right kind of plants together. If plants take more water, you need them in one area. Shade-loving plants you need to put them in the shade. And take into account how big those plants are going to grow. The fair display includes a pollinator garden, where they have salvia, butterfly bush, lantana.” Besides the pollinator garden, there are fruit trees on display as well as vegetables.
To get some more great ideas visit Tipton at the fair. The display is open everyday until the fair ends on Sunday. Visit for more information.

Weekly River City High School Sports calendar and highlights

Calendar for the week of April 27- May 4

Wednesday, April 27:
-Boys Volleyball at Woodland at 6 p.m.
-Boys Tennis: T.C.C. Tournament, all day

Thursday, April 28:
-Boys Tennis: T.C.C. Tournament, all day
-Girls Soccer: home vs. Rio Linda, Varsity at 6:30 pm. JV at 5 p.m. SENIOR NIGHT
-Baseball JV/Varsity at Yuba City at 7 p.m.
-Freshman Baseball: Home vs. Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.

Friday, April 29:
-Varsity/JV Baseball: Home vs. Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.
-Softball at Woodland at 4:15 p.m.
-Swim: TCC Swim Champs at 8am

Monday, May 2:
-Boys Tennis: Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team Playoffs
-Boys Volleyball: Home vs. River Valley at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3:
-Girls Soccer at River Valley, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m.
-Boys Tennis: Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Team Playoffs

Wednesday, May 4:
-Softball: Home vs. River Valley at 4:15 p.m.
-Boys Volleyball: Home vs. Rio Linda at 6 p.m.

Sports Highlights: April 13-April 20

April 13:
-Boys Tennis beat Yuba City 9-0.

April 14:
-Softball played in Victory tournament and tied both games.

April 15:
-Softball played two games in victory tournament and won both games
-JV baseball played Rio Linda and won 12-0. Andrew Gully pitched and threw a no hitter!
-Varsity Baseball won 6-5.

April 19:
-JV Baseball played Pioneer and lost 1-0.
-Varsity Baseball played Pioneer and won 5-3.

April 20:
-Softball: Varsity played Inderkum and lost 4-3.
-JV Softball played Inderkum and lost by 3 pts.
-Boys Tennis played Woodland and won 9-0.

TCC League Standing for River City:
-Softball is 5-1.
-Girls Varsity Soccer is 7-1.
-Girls JV soccer is 6-1-1
-Varsity Baseball: 3-5.
-JV Baseball: 5-3.
-Tennis: 9-0.

River City High School sports calendar and highlights

River City High School Athletics is hosting its Inaugural Golf Tournament on May 21st at Wildhorse Golf Course. The cost is $100 per golfer. This includes golf, cart, lunch and T- Shirt. If you are interested register at or contact River City Athletic Director Jamie King at 916-375-7800 or

Calendar for the week of April 20-27

Wednesday, April 20:
-Softball at Inderkum at 4:15 p.m.
-Swim at Yuba City at 4 p.m.
-Boys Tennis at Woodland at 3:30 p.m.
-Boys Volleyball at Yuba City at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 21:
-Girls Soccer at Woodland, Varity at 4 p.m., JV at 5:30 p.m.
-JV/Varsity Baseball at Pioneer at 4:15 p.m.
-Boys Tennis: Home vs. Davis at 4 p.m.

Friday, April 22:
-Swim at Rio Linda at 4 p.m.
-Freshman Baseball: Home vs. Inderkum at 4:15 p.m.
-JV/Varsity Baseball at Inderkum at 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 23:
-Track and Field: Glenn Poole Invitational

Monday, April 25:
-Boys Tennis: Home vs. River Valley at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26:
-Boys Tennis: Home vs. Rio Linda at 3:30 p.m.
-Softball at Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.
-Girls Soccer: Home vs. River Valley, JV at 5 p.m., Varsity at 6:30 p.m.
-JV/Varsity Baseball: Home vs. Inderkum at 4:15 p.m.
-Freshman Baseball at Inderkum at 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27:
-Boys Tennis: TCC Tournament, All Day
-Boys Volleyball at Woodland at 6 p.m.

Sports Highlights:

April 8:
-Girls Softball played River Valley and Varsity won 5-2. Elizabeth Caffero, Ammarysa Medina, and Reyna Cota all hit home runs.
-JV Baseball played Woodland and lost 4-1.
-Varsity baseball played Woodland and won 10-0. The game ended in the 5th inning due to the 10-run mercy rule. Austin Roberts hit a 3-run homerun.

April 9:
-The track team competed in the rain and wind. This was huge meet with 35 teams. Landon Hubbard placed 6th in the 300 Hurdles and Brianna Staffler placed 7th in the high jump. Sophomore Imani Green placed 3rd in the 100 and Won both the 110 and 300 Hurdles. The latter in a meet record is 40.95.

April 11:
-Softball played Yuba City and lost 5-1.

April 12:
-Girls Soccer played Inderkum and Varsity won 5-0. Sydney Schultz scored 3 goals and Jaylen Crim scored 2.
-JV Girls Soccer lost to Inderkum 1-0.
-JV Baseball played River Valley and won 11-9. Johnathon Christie pitched four strong innings and batted 4-4 at the plate.
-Varsity baseball played River Valley and lost 10-1

April 13:
-Varsity Softball played Rio Linda on Wednesday and won 8-3.
-JV Softball played Rio Linda and lost 10-4.

April 14:
-Girls Soccer travelled to Yuba City. Varsity won 4-3 Jaylen Crim scored 2, Sydney Schultz scored 1, and Arizona Vargas scored 1.
-JV Girls Soccer played at Yuba City and won 7-0
-Varsity Baseball played at Rio Linda and lost 4-1
-JV Boys Baseball played at Rio Linda and won 11-6

River City High School sports highlights:

On April 1, RC’s varsity baseball played Inderkum and won 9-5.
On April 4, boys tennis played Rio Linda and beat them 9-0.
On April 5, girls soccer played against Rio Linda and won 10-0. Jaylen Crim scored four goals; Sydney Schultz had three; Catalina Avalos had one; Deysi Ayala had one, and Itzel Geronimo had one.
On April 5, RC came to find out that girls softball off to a 3-0 start in league and 8-4 overall. They had a great tournament in Tracy in which they played some of top teams from the South Section. The Bee rankings came out on Tuesday and River City came in at No. 7 in the area.
On April 5, RC varsity baseball played Yuba City and lost 10-5.
JV Boys Baseball beat Yuba City 1-0 in extra innings on April 5.
On April 6, softball played Woodland and won 16-0.
On April 7, RC girls soccer played Pioneer beating them 4-0. Sydney Schultz score two goals, Jaylen Crim scored on a penalty kick and Arizona Vargas scored one.
On April 7, the JV girls soccer team also played Pioneer winning 6-0.

Weekly sports calendar: April 13-20

Wednesday, April 13
-Softball at Rio Linda at 4:15 p.m.
-Boys Tennis at Yuba City at 3:30 p.m.
-Boys volleyball: home vs. Pioneer at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 14
-Girls soccer at Yuba City, JV at 4 p.m., varsity at 6 p.m.
-Freshman baseball at Sutter at 4:15 p.m.
-JV/Varsity baseball: Home vs. Rio Linda at 4:15 p.m.

Friday, April 15
-JV/Varsity Baseball at Rio Linda at 4:15 p.m.
-Track and Field, Away, Woody Wilson Invitational
-Boys Tennis, away, Quincy Invitational Tourney
– Swim at River Valley at 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 16
-Boys Tennis, away, Quincy Invitational Tourney

Monday, April 18
-Boys volleyball at Inderkum at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19
-JV/Varsity Baseball: Home vs. Pioneer at 4:15pm

Wednesday, April 20
-Boys Volleyball at Yuba City at 6 p.m.
-Boys Tennis at Woodland at 3:30 p.m.
-Swim at Yuba City at 4 p.m.
-Softball at Inderkum at 4:15 p.m.

River Cats announce 2016 Opening Day roster

New manager José Alguacil leads roster with familiar faces and promising talent

0a7422fe-c257-4182-89f5-42837959c9aeThe Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the 2016 Opening Day roster. The River Cats open their 17th season in Sacramento with five players who spent time with the San Francisco Giants last year. The Opening Day roster also includes seven of’s Top 30 Prospect Watch players in the Giants organization in Mac Williamson (7), Clayton Blackburn (12), Steven Okert (17), Jarrett Parker (19), Ty Blach (24), Derek Law (27), and Chris Stratton (28).

The pitching staff will look to continue its success from last season after coming off a team record single-season ERA of 3.85. The rotation is headlined by Blackburn, who claimed the ERA title for the Pacific Coast League (2.85) in 2015, and Blach, whose 11 wins were tied for third best in the league.

Behind the plate for the River Cats is local product Andrew Susac, a former Jesuit High School star, along with veteran talents in George Kottaras and Miguel Olivo, who have a combined 20 years of Major League experience between them. Manning the infield are five new faces with Juan Ciriaco the only returner from the 2015 season.

The outfield will see a number of familiar faces in Parker, Williamson, and Darren Ford. The already talented outfield will be deeper than ever with the addition of Gorkys Hernandez, a fleet-footed centerfielder who swiped 24 bases last season across three different levels.

Leading the way in 2016 will be new manager Jose Alguacil, who joins the River Cats after one season as the skipper in Double-A Richmond. Alguacil – or Augi, for short – led the Flying Squirrels to a 72-68 in what was his managerial debut. Joining him on the staff is new Hitting Coach Damon Minor, who re-joins the Giants organization from the New Orleans Zephyrs, where he served as the hitting coach for five seasons. Pitching Coach Dwight Bernard returns for his second season in Sacramento, as does Athletic Trainer LJ Petra. Rounding out the staff is Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam Vish, who, like Alguacil, comes to Sacramento from Richmond.

Full 2016 Sacramento River Cats Roster*

Pitchers (14)
Blach, Ty
Blackburn, Clayton
Broadway, Mike
Dunning, Jake
Fleet, Austin
Lara, Braulio
Law, Derek
Lujan, Matt
Mazzaro, Vin
McCormick, Phillip
Okert, Steven
Romero, Ricky
Stratton, Chris
Suarez, Albert

Catchers (3)
Kottaras, George
Olivo, Miguel
Susac, Andrew

Infielders (6)
Ciriaco, Juan
Delfino, Mitch
Gillaspie, Conor
Lee, Hak-Ju
Pena, Ramiro

Outfielders (5)
Ford, Darren
Hernandez, Gorkys
Lollis, Ryan
Parker, Jarrett
Williamson, Mac

The River Cats will be making three moves to cut the active roster to 25.

The River Cats will open their season at home on Friday, April 15 against the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). Game time is 7:05 p.m. PST. Tickets are still available. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS or visit

River City weekly sports highlights

Weekly sports calendar: April 6 to 13

Wednesday, April 6:
-Boys Tennis: Home vs. Pioneer at 3:30 p.m.
-Boys Volleyball: Away at River Valley at 6 p.m.
– Track and Field: Home, TCC Center Meet #2
-Raiders Softball: Home vs. Woodland 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 7:
-Girls Soccer: Home vs. Pioneer, JV at 5 p.m.; varsity at 6:3 p.m.

Friday, April 8:
-Boys Tennis: Away at River Valley at 3:30 p.m.
-Boys JV/Varsity Baseball: Home vs. Woodland at 4:15 p.m.
-Raiders Softball: Away at River Valley at 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 9:
-Track and Field: Away, Thunder Invitational
-Boys Volleyball: Away at West Campus, West Campus Tournament

Monday, April 11:
-Boys Tennis: Away at Inderkum at 3:30 p.m.
-Boys Volleyball: Away at Rio Linda at 6 p.m.
-Girls Softball: Home vs. Yuba City at 4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12:
-Girls Soccer: Away at Inderkum, JV at 5:30 p.m.; varsity at 7 p.m.
-Freshman Baseball: Home vs. River Valley, at 4:15 p.m.
-JV/Varsity Baseball: Away at River Valley at 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13:
-Boys Tennis: Away at Yuba City, at 3:30 p.m.
-Boys Volleyball: Home vs. Pioneer at 6 p.m.
-Girls Softball: Away at Rio Linda at 4:15 p.m.

Sports photo of the week

Photo by Saba Khan
River City forward, Jaylen Crim is stopped by Woodland’s goalkeeper on Wednesday night during their 3-1 loss at home against their league rival. The Lady Raiders are now 3-1 in league play and 10-2 overall. They will have a chance to get revenge against Woodland on April 21st.