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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


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


What to do about a mouse in the house

Now that the colder months are finally here, we have a different group of pests to deal with. This week, I will talk about the humble but ubiquitous house mouse. Mice, of course, are year-round nuisances both indoors and outdoors. When the outdoor temperatures drop, they are likely to seek shelter in houses, garages, and storage units. Mice can destroy food, fodder, electrical wiring and many other materials. They carry diseases such as salmonella and some respiratory viruses. They are almost as...
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


These 3 music memoirs tell the stories of Rob Halford, Gucci Mane, Willie Nelson and more

If you want to dig into the lives of musicians, there’s no shortage of books for you. Below, we’ve selected three recent releases with very different takes on the music memoir. “Confess: The Autobiography” by Rob Halford (Courtesy of Hachette) “Confess: The Autobiography” by Rob Halford (Hachette Books) When Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford came out as a gay man in a 1998 MTV interview, there weren’t many out LGBTQ people in rock ‘n’ roll, let alone heavy metal. In “Confess: The Autobiog...
Tags: Books, Music, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Mtv, David Ritz, Hachette, Amanda Palmer, Penguin Random House, Random House, Gucci Mane, Judas Priest, Rob Halford, Willie, Halford


What’s safe to put into a compost pile and what to avoid

Q: I enjoy your articles in the Orange County Register and have a question for you. Is it safe to use shredded newspaper as compost in the garden? I have so many earthworms and I am concerned that the newspapers would be unsafe for my earthworms. Thanks for any info! A: Shredded newspaper is a perfectly fine addition to a worm bin or compost pile but use only the non-glossy paper. Your worms have no use for coupons, and the shiny flyers don’t break down gracefully. Keep in mind that newspaper is...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Orange County Register, San Bernardino County, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Home + Garden


How Dolly Parton’s ‘Songteller’ celebrates the music of an American icon

By Edith G. Tolchin While everyone knows Dolly Parton for her golden voice—she’s been famous across seven decades—not everyone knows that she favors songwriting to singing. “I have often said that my songs are my children and that I expect them to support me when I’m old. Well, I am old, and they are,” writes Parton in her new book. In the retrospective “Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics” by Dolly Parton (with Robert K. Oermann), the book features a page of lyrics with a companion page...
Tags: Books, Music, Texas, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Nashville, Houston, Whitney Houston, Burt Reynolds, Knoxville, Parton, Dolly, Carl


How an unsolved murder fuels the search for a killer in ‘We Keep the Dead Close’

By Paul LaRosa This is not your typical true crime book, and that’s very much a good thing. At the same time, it’s a caution to readers who pick it up expecting a run-of-the-mill true crime. This is not that, but it is a stunning achievement—a whodunit page-turner with an unexpected ending that is both shocking and, sadly, a little disappointing. But no spoilers here. To discover who exactly killed Jane Britton, a 23-year-old graduate student at Harvard University or, perhaps more accurately, wh...
Tags: Books, New York, New York City, Sport, Groucho Marx, Harvard, Things To Do, Soccer, Harvard University, Radcliffe, Chadwick Boseman, Cooper, Abraham, Jane, Ma Rainey, Labrador


Hydroponic gardening for beginners: What you need to know

There’s no need to wait for springtime to start a garden. And you don’t even need to have a yard. With some water, some light and some basics, you can grow plants hydroponically. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using a mineral solution dissolved in water instead of soil. Here’s how to get started. Why grow hydroponically?  There are lots of reasons that someone might want to try growing vegetables and herbs hydroponically, said Dutch Baggerly, a manager at Long Beach Hydroponics and Or...
Tags: Gardening, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Walters, Cullen, Cal Poly Pomona, Kratky, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun, Home + Garden


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Dec. 21-28

  Eveline Garcia, 8-years old, shops for a Christmas tree with her mother Jaqueline and father Jimmy at Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees in Woodland Hills, CA., Friday, November 27, 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 Z...
Tags: Books, Gardening, Movies, California, Pets, Charity, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Lausd, Book Club, Local News, Pet Adoption, Wendy


Help get rid of that cottony stuff on your tree by eliminating ants

Q: I need your help in identifying what is attacking our large ficus hedge that surrounds three sides of our property. I have taken samples of the white cottony disease to three local nurseries and have gotten different answers each time. This is a recurring problem but has gotten worse this past year. I have used Spinosad previously so not sure if it helped or not. We live near the ocean in South Laguna Beach so moisture could be an issue. The hedge is very tall (12 feet) and is the main barrie...
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, South Laguna Beach, Spinosad


Dav Pilkey’s ‘Cat Kid Comic Club’ gives young readers just what they want

By Marissa Moss Dav Pilkey has done it again in the first of his new series, “Cat Kid Comic Club.” He’s created a world that kids will love full of adventure, time travel, action figures, slapstick violence, and poop. Smart teachers will use this book to encourage their own students to tap into their creativity and make comics. Any author who has done school visits will recognize the steps. You start by talking about how to get ideas. In this case, Petey the Cat instructs the comic club to “draw...
Tags: Books, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Comic-Con, Chadwick Boseman, Petey, Ma Rainey, Tom Petty, Daddy, Chris Hillman, Dav Pilkey, New York Journal of Books, Marissa Moss, San Fernando Valley LA, Cat Kid Comic Club


4 books of updated myths and fairy tales for a range of young readers

From “Cinderella” to “The Three Little Pigs,” there are stories that are so deeply embedded in our literature and culture that we might not recall the first time we heard them. Certainly, though, these traditional tales are always ripe for a retelling, and in 2020, some adventurous authors achieved fantastic results remixing fairy tales and fables. Giving a fresh perspective to traditional tales, these 4 books below update the classics, whether by reframing Cinderella as a story of female empowe...
Tags: Books, Movies, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Bronx, Natalie Portman, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Chadwick Boseman, Sophia, Ma Rainey, Portman


Jerry Seinfeld shares 45 years of comedy bits in new book, ‘Is This Anything?’

By John Rogers Forget the high-performance sports cars, the luxury Rolls-Royces and all those other classic automobiles in which Jerry Seinfeld ushers his fellow comics to the diner on television’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The most valuable things Seinfeld owns are the thousands of pieces of paper — yellow, scribbled over, sometimes crumpled — that for years he’s been cramming into those brown accordion folders that were once a staple of storage until something better came along calle...
Tags: Books, Comedy, New York, Microsoft, New York City, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Manhattan, Jerry Seinfeld, Pasadena, Seinfeld, Golden Globe Awards, Haiti, Long Island


‘Ma Rainey’ star recalls working with Chadwick Boseman: ‘His loss is truly profound’

f”Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is many things. It was first known for being August Wilson’s first Broadway play. Then when Denzel Washington decided to produce a film version for Netflix, it became known as the second of Wilson’s 10-play American Century Cycle that Washington had brought to the screen. Now, tragically, the film will be known as Chadwick Boseman’s final screen performance before his death from cancer this summer at the age of 43. Boseman’s fiery portrayal of Levee, a flamboya...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Viola Davis, Movies, Washington, Sport, Chicago, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Chad, Johnny Depp, Warner Bros, Orange County, Toledo


Why ‘Plantopedia’ is an excellent guide to houseplants and indoor plant care

Throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic in California, the list of essential businesses allowed to remain open in this state has always included plant nurseries. During these contentious times, it would appear that most people can agree on at least one point: life can only properly be lived in close proximity to plants. Even those who live on the 20th floor of an apartment tower can enjoy plants if they opt for botanical species compatible with indoor living. If you are in search of a book tha...
Tags: Books, Australia, California, Boston, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Zealand, Southern California, Sydney Australia, Rosmarinus, Newport Beach, Mulholland Drive, West Hills, Kentia, Lord Howe Island


How murder hornets kill and why they shouldn’t worry you

Before this awful year comes to an end, I feel that I should dedicate a column to “Murder Hornets,” so here it is. Asian Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia) are the world’s largest hornet. They are native to the region spanning from northern India through east Asia. In August 2019, a colony was discovered on Vancouver Island. Shortly after, more hornets were discovered in the far northwest part of Washington state. How were they discovered? A beekeeper found a large pile of decapitated honeybees on...
Tags: Asia, Gardening, California, Washington, India, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Winnie, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, San Fernando Valley, Asia Once, Top Stories OCR



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