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Learn how to use a rain barrel in your garden, MLK weekend

Several area organizations are partnering together to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with a day of service.  On Saturday, Jan. 17, Hands on Superior California, the City of Sacramento and Java City are lending manpower and resources to a special project to support community gardens and water conservation.

Rain barrels are a great way to capture the run-off of water during the rainy season for use later in gardening and other tasks when it’s hot and dry outside.

Join us for a free Rain Barrel Demonstration and Installation on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fremont Community Garden, 14th and Q streets, Sacramento. Java City employees have already spent hours painting the rain barrels so they will provide an artistic element to the Fremont Community Garden.  At this event you will learn about rain barrels, how to install them, help affix gutters, prepare the site for the barrels and assist with other gardening tasks. This event is free, though reservations are required due to limited space.  To sign up please go here.

See a full list of service projects for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Jan. 17-19, 2015.

“We’ve been leading events for many years and each year there is something fun and new.  We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Hands on Superior California again and to join in partnership with Java City for this day of service.  This project brings together so many exciting elements: art, volunteer service, healthy food and water conservation,” states Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator for the City.

HandsOn Superior California is the Regional Center for Volunteerism.  HandsOn is the expert in connecting volunteers to volunteer opportunities. Create your free volunteer account today and start learning about upcoming volunteer opportunities and events, and research local nonprofit organizations. Sign up to serve online.  Please call 916-447-7063 x326 or email with any questions.

Java City has pioneered initiatives designed to enhance the global village by supporting local communities with donated coffee to various local organizations. The company also addresses the needs at origin by funding programs that improve the lives of coffee farmers and their communities.

The City of Sacramento offers a wide variety of short-term and on-going opportunities to volunteer with programs for all ages. For information or visit us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, or contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at 916- 808-8317.