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PANCAKES TO SHARE: Boulder City Fire Department invites area residents to visit the firehouse, meet with firefighters and help honor the memory of fallen firefighters during its annual pancake breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7-11 a.m. at the fire station, 1101 Elm St. There is no cost to attend.

COLORFUL CELEBRATION: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children will benefit from Saturday’s 5K color dash. Packet pickup begins at 9 a.m. and the dash starts at 10:30 a.m. at the ranch, 100 St. Jude’s St. The color explosion is planned for 11:45 a.m. Cost is $40 per person, with discounts available for families and groups. For more information, visit http://newcolordash5k.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?id=100359

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Grace Community Church presents its 68th annual Country Store from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 1150 Wyoming St. A variety of goods will be sold, along with the church’s famous chilli and hot dogs and bakery featuring homemade treats and pie. Proceeds support church projects and local charities.

ZOMBIE INVASION: The living undead will invade downtown Boulder City starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the Zombie Walk benefit Safe Nest. A $5 donation per person is being asked. The walk starts and ends at Boulder Dam Brewing Co., 453 Nevada Way.

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Time is ripe for pruning

This is the time of year when you can take large amounts of wood from trees, shrubs and many of our flowering and nonflowering plants. Break out your loppers or handsaw and make sure it’s sharp, adjusted and sanitized before you start pruning. Remember, you can remove small amounts from trees and shrubs any time during the year using hand pruners but now is the time for removing stuff using the “big guns.”

Compost often steams in cold weather

Don’t be fooled because when compost is warm, it produces steam. It may look like it’s hot, but during this cold weather steam is very commonly found with warm compost. The temperature of compost when it’s cooling is only about 105 F. In the center of the pile it might be hotter but it’s not hot enough to damage plants.

Some plants more susceptible to freezing temperatures

I went outside very early in the morning to put something in the recycling bins when I noticed frost on the lids. I thought, “We must’ve had a light freeze last night.” I checked my phone weather app for the low temperature. It said the low was 45 F. “No, that can’t be right.” I checked other sources for the low temperature and it varied from upward of 36 F. My trash lids won’t lie. Phone apps are good for predicting a possible freeze and needed protection, but nothing replaces verification that an actual freeze happened.

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Film fest remains virtual for 2022

The 2022 Dam Short Film Festival is following in the footsteps of 2021 and will once again be held virtually.

Plants classified by water use

Recently, I characterized mesic landscape plants, the types of plants that don’t like to be kept overly dry or overly wet but grow most rapidly and healthier in “moist soils.” Mesic plants run a gamut from those that can handle very wet soils to those that can tolerate somewhat dry soils. But as I mentioned before, mesic plants tolerate lawn irrigations.

Evergreen Reminder

Celia Shortt Goodyear/Boulder City Review

Contest yields colorful entries

Boulder City continues to have some colorful characters — or rather characters who like to color.