Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Acorn Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18, from 11 am to 3 pm, Native American dancers, singers, storytellers, and tribal elders will celebrate at the Acorn Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Activities, crafts and a native arts marketplace and cultural display booths make the festival a fun event for visitors of all ages. Fall is a time of harvest and festivities for Southern California Indians. The live oak (Quercus agrifolia) was an important and major food source. The harvested acorn were leached and ground into a mush. Native American dancers and singers will perform traditional songs and dances of pre-European Tovangar (the land of the Tongva) and tribal leaders lead the rituals and ceremonies of the fall celebration. Free with paid admission. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave, Claremont 91711. For more information, go to or call 909-625-8767.

Clever Gardening Technique

Toast Bird Seed
To keep bird seed from sprouting once it's spilled out of its container into your garden, bake it on a cookie sheet in a 300-degree oven for five minutes. The heat will sterilize the seed without lessening its nutritive value.

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