Kick-start your fresh start this spring with various events around the city

So fresh! So spring!

The trees are abloom, the sun is shining, the air smells like allergies—I mean budding flowers. Does the arrival of spring every year ever stop feeling like a wonder? Yeah, OK, maybe not so wondrous if you still haven’t filed your taxes and there’s not enough Zyrtec in the county to stop your eyes from itching. But ’tis the season to tidy up and get your proverbial ducklings in order. Because that’s what our internal clocks dictate, or something. Below, a few options to kickstart this year’s fresh start:

Were you one of the millions of people who read up on Marie Kondo’s theories of neatness in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? No? Well here’s your chance for a different take from local organization expert Gwynnae Bird; the free Downsizing Your Home workshop takes place at the Carmichael Library (5605 Marconi Avenue) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Bird will cover physically downsizing your stuff, plus managing less tangible things, such as electronic files. Find out more at or by calling (916) 878-8934.

Do you have or know someone who has a very intense beard or mustache? Are you ready to bid it adieu before summer makes it a sweltering nest of stray food particles? Hold your horses for a minute: The fifth annual Northern California Moustache and Beard Competition is taking place on April 2 as well, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the California Railroad Museum (125 I Street). There will be awards in 16 different categories, plus beer from Monk’s Cellar, Lagunitas Brewing Co. and more, and food from Jimboy’s Tacos and Gameday Grill. Admission is $8-$25, and competition entry is $25; get more info at
or by calling (916) 599-2922. After it’s all over, bust out those clippers and let that upper lip breathe.

Then on Wednesday, April 6, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op is offering a class on Restoring Health with Fermented Foods—basically, a way to scrub your insides with the tart goodness of probiotics, enzymes and vitamins that occur in things like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha. The class costs $20-$25; register and find out more at or call (916) 868-6399.