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Victorious Gardens, Drag Racing And More On This 4th Of July

Here are a few things to do in Larkspur and Corte Madera on the Fourth of July, in addition to the parade and American Legion Pancake Breakfast.

Get pretty much everything you need from the experts to ensure a bountiful garden harvest.

The Marin Master Gardeners are at the Marin County Fair through Thursday, with a series of tips and lectures on how to make the most of your garden.

Wednesday's lineup includes:

12 p.m.: Turn Your Kitchen Scraps Into Black Gold!
We all want to learn how to best recycle and reuse. Master Gardeners Larry and Betty Mulryan discuss various ways to improve your soil by turning kitchen scraps into compost. They’ll bring their worm “apartment” to demonstrate how worms live, what they like to eat from our leftovers and how that produces wonderful soil for growing vegetables and ornamental plants.

2 p.m.: Successful Grid Gardening
Learn simple, immediately useful steps to creating an abundant, year-round food garden in a few square feet, with almost no weeds or pests. Master Gardener Susan Miller will offer “How Tos” on setting up a small productive garden in a limited space.

4 p.m.: Cooking from Your Herb Garden
Like to season your meals from your own garden? This talk will give detailed instructions about what herbs grow in what seasons, what conditions they need and how to use them in your cooking. Merry Kindred, Master Gardener, will provide fresh recipe ideas and help you develop a year-round flourishing herb garden!

Check the events directory for more things to do, or to post your own activities. Meanwhile, here are a few things to enjoy before the July 4th holiday:

• Giggles at The Village hosts an interactive story time every Wednesday at 11 a.m. The event is free.

• The Corte Madera farmers market at the Town Center will be a great place to celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday. Pick up just about everything you need for a holiday meal, fresh from local farms and ranches.

• Big, loud and spectacular! No, not the Fourth of July fireworks at the Marin County Fairgrounds. These fireworks are courtesy of Northern California drivers competing at Race Sonoma in Wednesday's Summit ET bracket drag races. The action starts around 9 a.m., with eliminations after noon. Come cheer for locals like Larkspur's Danny Valadez.

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