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Channel the adventuresome spirit of one of the planet’s most inspired writers with a plan to explore more than 26 miles of hiking, horseback and cycling trails across 1,400 acres in the stunning Sonoma Valley. In time, you can visit the stone barn and the home where London wrote his page-turners. The author of “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” was laid to rest on this landscape that nurtured his creativity and drive. It is now a National Historic Landmark. Currently, you can access the historic area, trails and picnic tables. From afar, you can also access the park’s natural beauty through a video series that includes ideas for engaging with nature in meaningful ways. More to explore:

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For those who love the outdoors and picnicking, this book offers 50 picnic ideas and recipes the whole family will enjoy. From baked to fried lunches and desserts, this book turns an ordinary picnic into an extraordinary time.

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Eating saucy sandwiches and dripping ice cream treats is all part of a great Fourth of July picnic. So, let your guests enjoy the messy fare by using inexpensive white dish towels as oversize napkins. Roll the towels and fasten with checkered shoelaces for a pop of color.

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Make picnic prep a breeze with an all-in-one utensil holder and place mat. Fold the long end of a dish towel up until it becomes the size of a placemat. Stitch or hot-glue the outer edges together. Insert utensils into the pocket, roll up, and tie with a separate ribbon.

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Use food to decorate the picnic table. Form sturdy wax paper into cones, securing with transparent tape. Fill each cone with blue or red berries to create a sweet treat and dazzling display all in one.

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An arrangement of classic snacks is a great way to keep guests happy until the Fourth of July picnic begins. The bright colors and nostalgic feel of licorice, pretzels and boxed caramel popcorn lend a festive baseball-game accent to the party.

Paramount Presents: Grateful Dead Meet-Up 2019 in HD: 7 p.m., Paramount Theater, (434) 979-1333, $15, $13 seniors, $11 students.

Chris Isaak with Tift Merritt: 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., Sprint Pavilion, (877) 272-8849, $69 gold circle reserved, $55 lower pavilion res…

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57th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony: Includes patriotic music by Charlottesville Municipal Band, 9 p.m., Mont…

» “La Nona Kanta: The Remarkable Life of Flory Jagoda” with Susan Gaeta and Trio Sefardi: 7 p.m., Vinegar Hill Theatre, (434) 243-7030, $12, $…

» Paramount Presents: Exhibition on Screen: “Van Gogh & Japan”: 7 p.m., Paramount Theater, (434) 979-1333, $14.50, $12.50 seniors and $10.…

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Yvonne Victoria Young, 30, of Fishersville, Virginia, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2019, at her residence. She was born October 14, 1988 in C…

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