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5 things to do in your garden, Jan. 12-18

1. Now is the best time to buy and put in a surprising variety of plants. These include bare-root roses, berries, fruit and shade trees, vines, and perennial vegetables, such as artichokes, horseradish, and rhubarb, which grow and yield their produce year after year. Also, choose azaleas, camellias, cymbidium orchids, primroses and other winter flowers while they are in bloom, and don’t overlook the winter-flowering succulents and cacti. Be sure to water them in well after you plant them. 2. Whe...
Tags: Gardening, Washington, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Disney Animation, Kem Weber, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Home + Garden, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 12-19

    Camellia hybrid Jury’s Yellow. (Photo by BS Thurner Hof/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   JAN. 12   Southern California Garden Club – Rose Pruning at the Sepulveda Garden Center: Club members will demonstrate how to prune roses as they do a major pruning activity at the center, 8:30 a.m. Bring gloves, loppers and pruners. 16633 Magnolia B...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Ventura County, Barbara, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Keith Roberts, Adamson House, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Avenue


Family Biking: Join us for a new ‘Storytime’ event series

Storytime! 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month January-March.(*Thank you to Liz Holladay from Clever Cycles for the bike-riding book illustration and to Leslie Hickey of Hoarfrost Press for the graphic lettering.) I’m still chugging away at trying to pedal more throughout the winter in an attempt to keep my winter blahs at bay, but I’ve decided to supplement things with some indoor bike-related fun for the off-season. Enter Bike Shop Storytime. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Cle...
Tags: Books, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Sara Davidson, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Katie Proctor, Liz Holladay, Leslie Hickey, Hoarfrost Press, Hawthorne Blvd Portland


Gardening: Readers share their experiences with sweet violets, ‘paperwhites’

Two weeks ago, I asked if any readers had sweet violets (Viola odorata) in their gardens. Here are some of your responses: • “I have some sweet violets growing in my yard and they have been doing quite well. The summer heat is a challenge, as the violets need to be in moist soil. Mine are sentimental to me as they came from my parents’ former home in Northern California.” — Sharon Giordani, Temecula • “I brought the plants from my mother’s Studio City home when I moved here. She planted them in ...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Jupiter, Pacific Ocean, Mediterranean, Southern California, Northern California, Riverside, Viola, Disney Animation, Kem Weber, Home + Garden, Sharon Giordani Temecula •, Joy Williamson Saugus


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 4-11

  Learn about California native plants at classes offered at the Theodore Payne Foundation on Tuxford Street in Sun Valley. (Google Street View)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   JAN. 4   Christmas tree recycling at Agromin: Free potting mix when you drop of your Christmas tree at Agromin locations, through Jan. 19. Remove all tinsel, decorations and lighting. Hours and locations: Agromin Organic...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Anthony Bourdain, Jan, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Keith Roberts, Adamson House, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Avenue


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, Jan. 4-11

    Winter Sunrise by Mardi Georgio is part of an exhibit at the reopening of the Santa Clarita Artists Association Gallery in Newhall. (Photo courtesy of Mardi Georgio)     There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Flashlight Safari at Wildlife Learning Center: View nocturnal wildlife during 30-minute tours of the ce...
Tags: Art, Books, Music, Comedy, White House, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Earth, Chicago, Dance, Museum, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Ronald Reagan


10 books coming in 2019 that Southern California booksellers say you should read

If you love to read you may envy your local booksellers this time of year because they’re getting a peek at reads to come. Some books they have just learned about, while others they have actually had the chance to read, but either way they have the scoop and were willing to share it with us. LOS ANGELES COUNTY “Magical Negro” by Morgan Parker. (Photo courtesy of Little, Brown Book Group). “Magical Negro” by Morgan Parker Why the book should be a good read: Liked first book by the author, “...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Pasadena, Motion Picture and Television Fund, Penguin Random House, Southern California, West Hollywood, San Bernardino, Santa Monica, Newman, Los Angeles County, Knott


My Top Books of 2018

Every year, I take a look back at the books that have influenced my coaching, behavior, and thinking the most. Books are special because they allow you to take understanding to a deeper level. In a... [ To read more, please click the title link above.]
Tags: Books, Sport, Running, Teaching and Learning


It’s ‘Strange Days’ for an Echo Park teen battling aliens in Constantine Singer’s debut YA novel

After writing four novels that failed to attract an agent or publisher, Constantine Singer, a Los Angeles high school teacher who lives in Echo Park, was open to suggestions. That fourth novel, he knew, was a really good book. It earned high praise from a would-be agent who with deep regrets ultimately passed on it – not for any lack of interest but for the saturation of the marketplace for a noir-esque novel, he says. And then his wife Araidne Shaffer, whose acting career had brought the couple...
Tags: Google, Books, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Sport, Earth, Things To Do, Soccer, Seattle, Einstein, Alex, Locust, Southern California, Gentry, Locke, Mary Poppins


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Dec. 28-Jan. 4

  Christmas tree recycling by Agromin in Ventura County. (Courtesy photo by Diane Rumbaugh)   Here is a sampling of upcoming garden classes, lectures and events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   DECEMBER 28   Christmas tree recycling at Agromin: Free potting mix when you drop of your Christmas tree at Agromin locations. Remove all tinsel, decorations and lighting. Hours and locations: Agromin Organics, 6859 Arnold Road, Oxnard (7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Anthony Bourdain, Jan, CSUN, San Fernando Valley, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Keith Roberts, Adamson House, Huntington Botanical Gardens


Master Gardener: How to plant a butterfly garden

Q: We are thinking about planting a butterfly garden but don’t know where to begin. Can you offer some suggestions? A: Butterfly gardens can be attractive to both butterflies and gardeners if a few considerations are kept in mind. First of all, choose a location that is sheltered from the wind and gets lots of sunshine. Typically, butterflies are most active from mid-morning until mid-afternoon. Your site should be nice and sunny during these hours. Situating the tallest plants on the windward s...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Anthony Bourdain, Susan, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, California Dutchman, Eschscholzia Californica


Gardening: In nearly 40 years of searching, I’ve never encountered this flower’s scent

Have you ever smelled sweet violets? If you live in Southern California, the chances are slim when considering the probability of engaging in this unique olfactory experience. During almost forty years of local plant observation, I have visited nearly every botanical garden in Southern California as well as hundreds of backyard and front yard gardens, but have never sniffed a sweet violet. Maybe they are growing somewhere that I missed. If so, please advise. There is only one Southern California...
Tags: Gardening, California, Ebay, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Johnny, Western US, San Gabriel Mountains, Viola, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF


TomatoFest introduces a new tomato named after Anthony Bourdain

TomatoFest, the organic heirloom tomato seed catalog, has introduced a heart-shaped red tomato named after Anthony Bourdain. Dubbed the “Anthony Bourdain Tomato,” this cross between a Sungold and an Amish Paste produces a one-pound fruit with bold, complex, fruity-sweet flavors and good acidity. The mid-summer tomato, created by tomato breeder Jeff Dawson, was named by TomatoFest founder and “The Great Tomato Book” author Gary Ibsen as a tribute to the culinary star he never got to meet. Bourdai...
Tags: Gardening, France, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Soccer, Julia Child, Southern California, Anthony Bourdain, Tony, Bourdain, Jeff Dawson, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


How ‘Mary Poppins’ came to be and child care today

A “Mary Poppins” sequel is now in theaters featuring a different spin on the magical nanny. Here’s a look at how the beloved franchise came to be and the modern world of child-care workers. The “Mary Poppins” stories were created by Helen Lyndon Goff, who wrote under the name P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers. She was born in 1899 in Australia and was a poet, journalist and Shakespearean actress before her move to London in 1924. The first “Mary Poppins” book was published in 1934 and Travers wrote...
Tags: Books, Business, New York, Texas, London, News, Children, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Walt Disney


Creativity endures for retirees at the Motion Picture and Television Fund home

The show keeps going on for residents of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement campus in Woodland Hills. Also known as the Wasserman Campus, the living and medical care facility offers dozens of programs to keep the entertainment industry veterans and their spouses living there occupied and thriving. And since most of them had creative careers of one kind or another, key activities involve writing, art and putting on shows. There’s even origami. “This isn’t your typical retirement co...
Tags: Books, Business, Hollywood, Movies, News, Minnesota, Retirement, Sport, Soccer, Ohio, Local News, Marvel Comics, Motion Picture and Television Fund, Salvation Army, Ucla, Jo Ann


Gardening: Sharing the wealth is part of what makes the harvest so satisfying

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes, too.” If you dabble in the dirt, you may have come across these words of wisdom at one time or another. There is nothing like working in a garden to stabilize your mind and access your soul. God could have made Adam a fisherman, a hunter, a shepherd, or a gatherer of wild berries, but chose instead to make him the steward of a plot of ground called Eden. There had to have been a higher purpose in this divine decision. I think God wanted to...
Tags: Gardening, Texas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South America, Southern California, Adam, Cap, Rae, Turk, La Crescenta, Home + Garden, Joshua Siskin, Rae McCormick


5 garden tips for this week, Dec. 22-28

1. Navel maneuvers Home-grown Washington navel oranges are good enough now to use as gifts – as well as to enjoy yourself. When harvesting oranges, be sure to cut the stem off flat, leaving the green starburst that attaches it to the fruit. This helps oranges to last longer after picking, without shriveling. Use the smallest oranges for juice. 2. Stop watering Most of us can turn off automatic sprinklers for fruit trees, roses and landscape beds now – until spring. Most plants need very little e...
Tags: Gardening, Washington, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Santa Ana, Home + Garden, Rootone


Master Gardener: Want to dry your own flowers? Try growing these

Q: I often buy dried flowers but I think I could save a lot of money if I grew my own.  Can you suggest some that would be easy for me to grow? A: Common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is one of the easiest flowers to grow and it dries quite well. Yarrow is a perennial that tolerates full sun and drought conditions once it is well established. The plant grows up to three feet tall and has finely divided gray or green leaves. It produces an abundance of flattened flower clusters four or more inche...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Fernando Valley, Yarrow, Achillea, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


Get the history of Knott’s Berry Farm at a Pasadena author event

Published in 2010, “Knott’s Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, The History of Knott’s Berry Farm” sold out its initial printing. Think of it as a pass into the theme park. Now, a revised and expanded edition of Christopher Merritt and J. Eric Lynxwiler’s book has been published by Angel City Press. The work charts the early days, when Knott’s was just a berry farm, through its transformation into a theme park and its relationship with the Peanuts Gang. This second edition also features m...
Tags: Books, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Pasadena, Knott, Berry Farm, Angel City Press, Top Stories OCR, Knott's Berry Farm, Top Stories PSN, Christopher Merritt, Eric Lynxwiler, Lynxwiler


26 books Southern California booksellers are recommending to readers in 2018

If you’re a reader, you probably have a stack of books – your to-be-read (or TBR) pile – by your bed or on your desk. But you’re probably also on the prowl for other books you want to pick up. (We know we are.) So with so much to choose from, we went to some of our local experts. We asked local bookstore owners and their employees what their favorite reads were this year (even if some weren’t published this year – or this century). Cellar Door Bookstore in Canyon Crest Towne Centre owner Li...
Tags: Books, Japan, Florida, Hollywood, Sweden, Wales, California, New York City, Neil Gaiman, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Cameron, Margaret Atwood


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 14-21

    Montana Bitterroot brooch, made up of mostly pink Montana sapphires, by Paula Crevoshay, is part of the Art of the Jewel, The Crevoshay Collection exhibit through May 12 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Crevoshay Studio)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Disney on Ice – Da...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Christmas, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, New Year's Eve, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


Gardening: What you need to know about the world’s fastest growing plant

Q:  What is the scariest plant?A:  BamBOO I know, it’s a corny joke, but what would say about a plant that can grow as much as three feet in one day (or one inch every forty minutes)? Or culms (bamboo stalks) that grow a hundred feet tall and eight inches in diameter in one season, in as little as three months’ time? If bamboo, the world’s fastest growing plant, is not in the realm of scary, it would certainly qualify for the bizarre. People who live in tropical regions with native bamboo stands...
Tags: Gardening, California, Oregon, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Feng Shui, Far East, Van Nuys, Sasa, Nandina, Woodley Park, Home + Garden, Burbank Boulevard, Joshua Siskin, Woodley Avenue


5 things to do in your garden this week, Dec. 15-21

1. Harvest winter vegetables Continue harvesting winter vegetables planted in September and October. Replace those harvested completely, such as spinach, cauliflower, cabbages, radishes, beets and turnips. These new plants will be ready to harvest around Valentine’s Day, and then there will still be time to put in one more round, if you want. For plants that produce an on-going harvest – like peas, snap peas, Chinese peas and Swiss chard – pick the edibles regularly to keep the plants productive...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Home + Garden


Master Gardener: How to care for an air plant

Q: On a whim, I picked up an air plant called a Tillandsia as I was walking through a home improvement store. I figured that even I can’t kill a houseplant that lives on air. Now I’m thinking that there might be more to the story. Can you offer any information or advice before I kill it? A: First of all, relax. Tillandsias are very easy to care for. Since we don’t know the species, I’ll stay very general. You may be interested to know that Tillandsias are members of the Bromeliad family. The Bro...
Tags: Gardening, Texas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Moss, Tillandsia, San Fernando Valley, Genera, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden, Tillandsias, Ball Moss


Book Review: Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America and the Story of Golf by Mark Frost

The Grand Slam : Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf By Mark Frost ... Read more. The post Book Review: Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America and the Story of Golf by Mark Frost appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog.
Tags: Reviews, Books, Book Reviews, Sport, History, Golf, Mark Frost, Bobby Jones America, Mark Frost Read


How a list of Hollywood actresses led to Karina Longworth’s new book on Howard Hughes

It’s been years, but it all started with a list. On a message board, Karina Longworth came across the post that would inspire her new book on the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and the women in Hughes’s life during his years as a Hollywood mogul. The posting was a list of names of women who’d allegedly been sexual conquests of Hughes, and it stayed with Longworth for a long time. “As I was scrolling down that list I just thought, ‘All of these actresses that are on this list have these full...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Movies, China, Sport, Austin, Things To Do, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Leonardo Dicaprio, Las Vegas, Martin Scorsese, Austin Texas, Howard Hughes, Hughes, Ralph


Garden events in the San Fernando Valley area, Dec. 8-15

Time to try making a holiday wreath. (File photo by Suzanne Sproul)   Here is a sampling of this week’s garden classes, lectures and upcoming garden events in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area.   DECEMBER 8   Armstrong Garden Centers class: Wreath-Making class, 9 a.m. ($40 plus pre-registration required). Locations include: 5816 San Fernando Road, Glendale (818-243-4227); 1515 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge (818-790-2555); 12920 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks (818-761-...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, California Wildfire, Janet, San Fernando Valley, Lili, First United Methodist Church, Descanso Gardens, Pacific Palisades, Adamson House, Huntington Botanical Gardens, Avenue


Master Gardener: Looking for a colorful winter perennial? Try this plant

Q: I’ve been looking for a medium-sized perennial for my flower bed that will provide some color during the winter. Some of my plant catalogs show a perennial called Lenten rose that blooms in winter and I would like to try them in my garden. Will they survive in our low winter chill climate? A: Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis, is a winter to spring blooming perennial that I’ve grown in my garden for years. It performs quite well in Southern California as long as its light and soil requiremen...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


Rocking and talking: Musical memoirs from Jeff Tweedy and Beastie Boys put words to music

Rock memoirs tend toward some common themes: sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll. Jeff Tweedy’s “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc.” includes all that, but there’s a whole lot more in this fine look back at his three-decade career, which spans from his early days in the alt-country trio Uncle Tupelo to his long-running leadership of the band Wilco. He also just released a solo album, “Warm,” and is scheduled to play a series of sold-out solo dates at LA’s ...
Tags: Books, Music, New York, La, Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Gwen Stefani, Las Vegas, Kim, Lily Allen, Ben Stiller, Penguin Random House


Gardening: What kind of tree is best to plant in front of my house?

“I have been unable to plant a street tree after the city removed mine about a year and a half ago, because I can’t make a decision from the dozens that seem like good choices. Most people in my neighborhood have replaced their trees over the last 15 years but almost no two trees are the same. I know it will take decades to full maturity so I may never get the benefit of the shade we desperately need, I just don’t know what deciduous tree will be safest so that roots don’t invade pipes, not leav...
Tags: Gardening, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Melissa, Reseda, Home + Garden, Melissa Goldberg, Carrotwood, Pecos Photo, Monrovia Nursery Champaca, Lagerstroemia, Fauriei



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