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Why this new examination of trees is worth its weight in gold

24 karat gold. It is the measure designated for pure gold. But where does it come from? Ironically, it is derived from the seeds of a carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua), an arboreal species that you could hardly call glittery or glitzy. Carob tree flowers are drab and barely noticeable, and since the carob is an evergreen species, its leaves do not change color. As noted by Max Adams, author of “Trees of Life” (Princeton University Press, 2021), “Twenty-four carob seeds came to be the standard weigh...
Tags: Gardening, Japan, China, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Egypt, Malaysia, Morocco, Princeton University Press, Van Gogh, Southern California, Walnut, Adams


What to look for when purchasing bare root trees and how to plant them

To many gardeners, January is shopping season. Every day, it seems, we find a new seed or plant catalog in our mailboxes (both snail and e-mail). These catalogs offer a wealth of information on all kinds of fruit and berry plants. When making your wish list, keep in mind your climate zone, available space, and personal energy level. Although you might want to try one of each variety, prepare to make some tough decisions. The good news is that this is the best time of year to buy and plant fruit ...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


‘The Hate U Give’ novelist Angie Thomas talks new ‘Concrete Rose’ and planned Harry Potter-inspired fantasy

Novelist Angie Thomas has built a huge readership with her two award-winning, best-selling young adult novels, 2017’s “The Hate U Give” and 2019’s “On The Come Up,” and she has a message for her largely young audience. “I want them to know they have value and a voice, and to use their voice. They have the ability to change the world, simply by changing the small world that’s right around them,” said Thomas, whose debut was made into a 2018 film and her follow-up is set to film later this year. T...
Tags: Books, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Black, Southern California, Hermione, Thomas, Maverick, Maverick Carter, San Fernando Valley, Jackson Miss, Gregg Hurwitz, Russell Hornsby


Why this successful novelist decided to write her new book in a different language

Ilaria Bernardini has written 8 novels in her native Italian, but she had something different in mind for her first novel written in English. “I wanted it to feel like a thriller, keeping the revelations coming at a certain pace, giving the reader just enough so you’d immediately drawn to the next chapter,” says the author of “The Portrait,” published this month by Pegasus. Bernardini says the novels she’s written in her native tongue “have a dryness,” so it’s ironic that her English language d...
Tags: Books, Milan, London, France, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Shakespeare, Alice Munro, National Portrait Gallery, Southern California, Martin, San Fernando Valley, Isla, Valeria


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 21-28

    A Megalodon is on display during the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru experience at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The show features over 70 life-like dinosaurs and can be viewed with tickets purchased in advance online through January 31, 2021. (Photo by Andy Holzman)     Take a chance on cultural experiences, Jan. 21-28.   EVENTS   Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience at Six Flags Magic Mountain: A thrill of a different kind for the holiday season with lights choreographed to festi...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Comedy, Movies, California, Trees, Jerusalem, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Nasa, Dance, Richard Louv, Birds


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound and CALIBA, for the sales week ended Sunday, Jan. 17. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett 2. Hamnet: Maggie O’Farrell 3. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 4. The Prophets: Robert Jones, Jr. 5. The Searcher: Tana Fren...
Tags: Books, Stephen King, Barack Obama, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Harper Lee, William Gibson, Ursula K Le Guin, William Golding, Brit Bennett, Pond, Southern California, Frank Herbert


‘Orphan X’ novelist ​Gregg Hurwitz talks ‘Prodigal Son,’ Shakespeare and the home life of assassins

Gregg Hurwitz was already a successful author of standalone thrillers and mysteries when he started to think about writing the kind of big, action-packed series he’d long loved as a reader. “There’s so many characters I grew up with, and just love,” he says. “Whether it’s Jack Reacher, James Bond, Jason Bourne.” But he couldn’t quite get his head around what would make his hero — a character he thought of as Orphan X, a boy raised to be a secret government assassin — different from such legends ...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Navy Seals, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bradley Cooper, Darpa, James Bond, Shakespeare, Jack, Mia, Jason, Southern California, Peter


Concert photographers help out Alex’s Bar with new book

With its distinct red decor and velvet paintings of Elvis Presley and Mexican wrestlers hanging on the walls, Alex’s Bar in  has been a Long Beach mainstay for more than 20 years. Throughout its long tenure, the venue, which was opened by Alex Hernandez in January 2000, has hosted acts such as Black Flag, Eagles of Death Metal, punk legend Mike Watt and John Doe of X. These days, however, like most other businesses, Alex’s Bar is suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic because it cannot hold a...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Long Beach, Elvis Presley, Jesus, John, Shakespeare, Orange County, Alex, Mike Watt, John Doe, Hernandez, San Fernando Valley


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Jan. 18-25

  Uly Aquino, of Granada Hills, plays basketball at Holleigh Bernson Memorial Park in Porter Ranch on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)     Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting,...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Gardening, UK, Movies, California, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Joe Biden, Nasa, Things To Do, Soccer, Veterans, Community


Here’s why this gardening guide will spice up your garden

One of the discoveries I made while perusing Tasha Greer’s “Grow Your Own Spices” (Cool Springs Press, 2021) is that the licorice plant is suitable as a garden selection throughout Southern California. As long as winter temperatures do not dip below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, you can grow this vigorous perennial that develops into a five-foot-tall shrub with highly ornamental flowers. (Note: this is the confectioner’s licorice and bears no relation to Helichrysum petiolare, an attractive ground cove...
Tags: Gardening, California, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, North Carolina, Orange County, Mediterranean, Santa Barbara, Southern California, Bloomington, Greer, Inland Empire


Los Angeles native Amanda Gorman will be youngest poet to read at presidential inauguration

When Amanda Gorman reads one of her poems during the installation of Joe Biden as 46th president of the United States, the 22-year-old Los Angeles native will become the youngest poet ever to appear in a presidential inauguration. Gorman, while young, is no stranger to sharing her work on significant stages. Even before she was named the nation’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, she’d been invited to the White House during the Obama administration. Among those for whom she has re...
Tags: Books, Obama, Congress, White House, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Things To Do, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, United States, Harvard University, Arkansas, Bill Clinton, John F Kennedy, Associated Press


How a 15-year quest to find the work of Black comic book artists became ‘Invisible Men’

Twenty years ago, comic book historian Ken Quattro began digging for information on an artist named Matt Baker. “I couldn’t find anything about him anywhere,” says Quattro during a phone interview. “The only thing people knew, basically, was he died when he was young and he was Black.” A comic book fan since the early 1960s who has written thousands of articles on the subject, Quattro kept searching and that quest resulted in his book “Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books...
Tags: Books, New York City, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New York Times, Baker, White, Black, Comic-Con, Southern California, Joyner, Matt Baker, John Ridley, Quattro, George Saunders


Diagnosing why some fruit trees produce inconsistently

Lately I have received quite a few inquiries about inconsistent fruit production in citrus and other fruit-bearing trees. Why does a fruit tree produce so much one year, then hardly anything the next year? This phenomenon is called “alternate-year bearing” and is common to almost all fruit and nut trees. Tree branches have spurs, little twig-like growths that can produce either flowers/fruit or leaves. Not surprisingly, it takes much less energy to produce leaves than fruit. If the tree has unde...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, San Fernando Valley Jan


In a pandemic-scarred Old West, ‘Outlawed’ finds women in peril and fighting back

Author Anna North, whose previous novels include “The Life and Death of Sophie Stark” and “America Pacifica,” was finishing up copyedits on “Outlawed” as the 2020 pandemic swept the country. Set during an alternate history version of the Wild West, the story takes place after the U.S. has been devastated by one. “I remember having a manuscript copy printed out, and I would take it to coffee shops and try to mark it up there,” the Brooklyn-based writer says by phone. “And the last time I took it ...
Tags: Books, New York, California, Sport, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Brooklyn, Wyoming, New Hampshire, North, Vox, Ada, Southern California, U S, San Fernando Valley


Chef Nancy Silverton talks Mozza, La Brea Bakery bread and restaurants after lockdown

Kristen Loken’s new book “Food People (Are the Best People)” is an homage to the California food and beverage industry. Loken traveled the state, connecting with industry pros and focusing on how they’ve managed the pandemic, summer wildfires, and more over the past year. “Crisis breeds creativity, and connections make us all feel better, no matter what we’re going through,” says the storyteller-photographer, who crafts photo and word portraits of 129 chefs and restaurateurs, farmers, winemakers...
Tags: Books, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Berkeley, Highland, Southern California, Chez Panisse, Los Gatos, San Fernando Valley, Silverton, Manresa


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound and CALIBA, for the sales week ended Sunday, Jan. 10. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett 2. The Midnight Library: Matt Haig 3. Ready Player Two: Ernest Cline 4. Mexican Gothic: Silvia Moreno-Garcia 5. Anxious Peop...
Tags: Books, Matthew Mcconaughey, Barack Obama, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, George Orwell, Moscow, William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Brit Bennett, Southern California, Frank Herbert, Katherine, Matt Haig


Michael Connelly’s ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ books to become a Netflix TV series

Author Michael Connelly, producer David E. Kelley and Netflix announced on Jan. 11 that they are teaming up to adapt Connelly’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” series for a TV series. The news comes as “Bosch,” the Amazon series that adapted Connelly’s Harry Bosch books, is set to end later this year after a seventh and final season. In a post to the Netflix blog, Connelly noted one of his few bright spots in an otherwise dreary 2020 came in November with the publication of “The Law of Innocence,” the sixt...
Tags: Books, Los Angeles, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Prada, Lincoln, Orange County, Msnbc, Joe Scarborough, Connelly, Haller, Manuel, Michael Connelly, Mickey Haller


Digging deeper into gardening? Here’s how to save seeds

The pandemic sprouted a newfound interest in gardening and for those who want to do even more with their gardens in 2021, saving seeds can add another level of fun. Seed saving allows gardeners to still grow their favorite varieties and it also lets people develop better fruits and vegetables over time. And as we found out during the early months of the novel coronavirus pandemic, you can’t always rely on a favorite seed company or nursery to come through. “Last spring, so many seed companies ac...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hgtv, Southern California, Southwest, Clinton Kelly, Cohen, Pena, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Jan. 11-18

  A great egret makes its way through the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area in Van Nuys on Thursday, December 24, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)     Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m. e...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Book Club, Local News, Council, Wendy, Alzheimer s Association, LA County, San Fernando Valley, San Dimas


What you should do when your plants flower out of season

In November, I received the following email from Gary Sparr concerning a tree that plum lovers should consider planting. “We have an 11-year-old Methley plum tree that is blooming now with new leaves and flowers and has some small plums on it. The tree typically blooms in spring and bears fruit in late June and into July. I fertilize the tree in early spring and we had our largest crop yet last summer. Should I be concerned with the late blooming in fall and should I remove the new leaves and bu...
Tags: Gardening, California, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South Africa, Long Beach, Santa Rosa, Lancaster, Armstrong, El Segundo, Studio City, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


How a teen Japanese American football team flourished in a WWII incarceration camp

Author Bradford Pearson’s “The Eagles of Heart Mountain” is a most unusual World War II story. It recounts how 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans were incarcerated by the U.S. government, but also focuses on how a group of teenagers trapped in one of these camps turned themselves into a football team for the ages. They did this while trying to complete high school, studying civics while being unjustly imprisoned by their own government. While the detainment camp was in Wyoming, much of the book...
Tags: Books, California, La, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Wyoming, New York Giants, Boston Red Sox, Seattle, Hyde Park, Arcadia, Pearson


Neil Sheehan, reporter who broke story on Pentagon Papers, dies at 84

By Will Lester | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Neil Sheehan, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times and who chronicled the deception at the heart of the Vietnam War in his epic book about the war, died Thursday. He was 84. Sheehan died Thursday morning of complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his daughter, Catherine Sheehan Bruno. His account of the Vietnam War, “A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vie...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Supreme Court, Yosemite, Washington Post, Washington, White House, America, Sport, History, Harvard, Soccer, Obituaries, New York Times, Army


George Saunders says writing new book was ‘like a spa day for my mind’

George Saunders remembers walking out of his classroom one day and realizing that all the work, all the “beautiful moments” he’d shared with his students over the past 20 years, might just disappear. Saunders’ latest book, the nonfiction guide to life and writing, “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain,” published on Jan. 12, represents his two decades of classroom experience as a creative writing professor at Syracuse University. “I think that was both the motivation to write the book and one of the ben...
Tags: Asia, Books, Hollywood, Instagram, Cheryl Strayed, California, La, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Hemingway, Southern California, Santa Cruz, Ryan Gattis, George Saunders


How to start a vegetable garden from seed

Gardening for food has become popular again this past year. If you’ve tried to purchase vegetable seeds or plants, you may have found empty shelves instead. Even kale seeds were sold out! If you are a novice gardener, or are new at seed starting, you may have been disappointed by your results this spring. Your seedlings may have emerged, then quickly fell over and died. Maybe your seeds didn’t germinate at all. With a little bit of knowledge and the right materials you can successfully start you...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, San Fernando Valley Jan


Ryan Gattis reveals how LA’s crime, courts and policing fuel thriller ‘The System’

In “The System,” the shooting of a local drug dealer leads police to a pair of gang members named Wizard and Dreamer. The catch is that only one of them is involved in the crime. The latest book from South Los Angeles-based author Ryan Gattis is a thriller, but it also delves into the impact of incarceration. “Incarceration is never something that simply affects one person,” says Gattis. “It affects everybody who loves them and impacts finances and everything else. It becomes a hardship, not jus...
Tags: Books, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Dolly Parton, Pasadena, Southern California, Ryan Gattis, South Los Angeles, Gattis, Lynwood, Top Stories LADN


Here are the bestsellers at Southern California’s independent bookstores

The SoCal Indie Bestseller List, as brought to you by IndieBound and CALIBA, for the sales week ended Sunday, January 3, 2021. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of Southern California, the California Independent Booksellers Alliance and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Vanishing Half: Brit Bennett 2. Ready Player Two: Ernest Cline 3. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: V.E. Schwab 4. The Midnight Library: Matt Ha...
Tags: Books, Matthew Mcconaughey, Stephen King, Barack Obama, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Michelle Obama, William Gibson, Richard, Ayad Akhtar, Brit Bennett, Southern California, Frank Herbert


Eric Jerome Dickey, bestselling novelist, dies at 59

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Jerome Dickey, the bestselling novelist who blended crime, romance and eroticism in “Sister, Sister,” “Waking With Enemies” and dozens of other stories about contemporary Black life, has died at age 59. Dickey’s publicist at Penguin Random House, Emily Canders, told The Associated Press that the author died of cancer Sunday in Los Angeles. She did not immediately provide other details beyond listing four daughters among his survivors. Dickey was an aspiring actor and stand-u...
Tags: Books, New York, News, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Obituaries, Obituary, Npr, Nice, Judy Blume, Ucla, The Associated Press, Memphis Tennessee


Driver fatally shot by San Gabriel police identified as a La Crescenta man

The coroner’s office identified the driver who was shot and killed by a San Gabriel police officer during a traffic stop Saturday, Jan. 2. During a struggle with the officer, authorities said the man allegedly reached for a gun and was shot by the officer. David Alvarado Jr, 38, of La Crescenta died at 11:58 p.m. in the 1800 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard, Coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Monday. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives are investigating the sho...
Tags: News, Guns, Sport, Soccer, Police Shooting, Los Angeles County, San Gabriel, San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department, Alvarado, La Crescenta, Westphal, Sarah Ardalani, Top Stories SGVT, Top Stories PSN, Robert Westphal


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Jan. 4-11

  Rain falls at Lake Balboa in Anthony C. Beilenson Park in Van Nuys, Monday, December 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m. every Monday of the month...
Tags: Food, Facebook, Books, Gardening, Movies, Sport, Soccer, Veterans, Army, Community, Book Club, Pasadena, Local News, Council, Association, Wendy


With ‘step out and just do it’ approach, Ken Craft’s Hope of the Valley weathers the pandemic

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Ken Craft Role: President/CEO, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Home: San Fernando Valley Quote: “I feel like we’ve just begun. We have an incredible opportunity to make difference in the community. And that’s what we’re going to do.” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic You might think after years of battling homelessness in the now COVID-19-drenched...
Tags: News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Homelessness, Soccer, Kaiser, Community, Homeless, Craft, San Jose, Starbucks, City Council, Local News



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