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Leaders continue to tap “innovative” Airmen for energy savings


Air Force leadership calls upon Airmen to continue coming up with innovative ideas to provide the Air Force an assured energy advantage in air, space and cyberspace. 

 In fiscal year 2012, the Air Force spent $9.2 billion on energy, almost 10 percent of the total budget.  In a time of fiscal uncertainty, it is even more important everyone does their part in helping conserve resources, said Kathy Ferguson, Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics acting assistant secretary.   

 “Energy is a key part of the effort to modernize our Air Force and do more with less,” Ferguson said. “Every gallon of fuel and watt of energy we save allows us to have more resources to meet other Air Force priorities.”

More efficient flight descent procedures, new ways of  loading cargo, and vehicle idle time reduction are just a few of the ways Airmen can help the Air Force achieve its energy goals and maximize its energy advantage to support the mission.

Beginning in October, which is deemed Energy Action Month, and throughout the year, the Air Force will highlight the month’s theme “I am Air Force Energy” with specific steps Airmen can take in their jobs to be more energy aware.  

Hundreds of Airmen have gone above and beyond to help increase our energy security, Ferguson said.  A few examples includeEnergy Manager David Morin led an energy program at Laughlin AFB, Texas, that collected and analyzed energy use data to increase energy efficiency and implemented xeriscopic landscaping wherever possible.  Xeriscaping is growing native plants that not only save money on the water bill but also save time because the plants don’t need much care, and are more heat tolerant and drought tolerant than the normal garden variety plants. Through these efforts, Morin helped reduce base energy consumption by 27 percent, water by 24 percent and overall utility bills in fiscal 2012 by $1.9 million. 

U.S. Air Force Europe Energy Manager Kelly Jaramillo oversaw an energy program that included 46 projects that are estimated to save more than $5.5 million a year.  Jaramillo also implemented an energy awareness campaign that engaged the residents in military family housing and helped them reduce energy consumption 25 percent and natural gas 17 percent.

The Seymour Johnson AFB Support Center earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating by consolidating five functional organizations into a single facility, which cut energy consumption 60 percent and costs 50 percent.  The building utilizes a high-efficiency variable refrigerant flow heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, centrally maintained temperature set points, and low-flow plumbing.  These features helped the base reduce potable water use 50 percent, and save 2,862 thousand British thermal units (MMBTUs) and $55,000.  A BTU is a standard unit of measurement used to denote both the amount of heat energy in fuels and the ability of appliances and air conditioning systems to produce heating or cooling.

The Air Combat Command facility energy team at Langley AFB, Va., oversaw facility energy optimization at 16 installations, which reduced energy use by 5.9 percent from 2011 and awarded 39 energy projects to save 447,471 million British thermal units (MBTUs) and $5.4 million annually.  In total, the programs implemented by ACC reduced energy consumption by 538,809 MMBTUs, cut carbon dioxide emissions by 62,835 tons, and saved $6.67 million annually.

The 22nd Operations Group Fuel Efficiency Office at McConnell AFB, Kan., designed and implemented measures to reduce and eliminate inefficiency in the fuel management of the KC-135 Stratotanker.  These measures included reducing KC-135 landing fuel and changing the KC-135 standard landing configuration.  It also incorporated fuel efficiency software to inform flight speed, routing and altitude and pioneering a new training configuration which reduced aircraft basic weight and air maximizing simulator usage. Four hundred aircrew members were also trained on the importance of fuel management.  These efforts saved the Air Force $4.3 million, even though sorties increased 42 percent. 

“We need the continued commitment of every Airman and family member to help us continue to drive innovation, and ensure we efficiently use every gallon of jet fuel, every watt of electricity and every drop of gasoline,” said Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning.  “During these challenging economic times, every dollar counts and your every action can count towards reducing and supporting mission effectiveness.”

Besides learning from their colleagues, Airmen are encouraged to take an online energy module available to all personnel with a common access card on the Advanced Distance Learning System


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Leland, Muppets to get new landscaping thanks to grant

The Muppets’ Kermit the Frog is famous for singing, “It’s not easy being green.” Perhaps he is feeling better about that color after a landscape architecture grant awarded to the city of Leland.

Mississippi State University was recently recognized by a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant benefitting the city of Leland.

kermit_rgbOfficials with the university’s landscape architecture program and John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development collaborated with counterparts in the Washington County municipality and its Jim Henson Museum to apply for an “Our Town” grant.

Joan Shigekaw, NEA acting chair, said these awards fund community projects designed to improve quality of life through creative placemaking. The grant will be used to develop the Jim Henson Creative Park, to be located along the shores of Deer Creek where the Muppets creator may have first imagined Kermit the Frog.

Joe Fratesi, Stennis project director; Jeremy Murdock, Stennis research associate; and Taze Fulford, MSU associate professor of landscape architecture, were instrumental in securing the selective grant. Of the 59 awarded communities, Leland is the only one in Mississippi and one of just seven first-time grantees with populations under 5,000.

“Being the land-grant institution that we are, it is our mission and our privilege to work with Leland and offer assistance in landscape architecture and community planning,” Fratesi said. “That expertise, combined with the institute’s ability to identify what resources the university can provide, is just another good example of the university engaging the community.”

MSU faculty and administrators have forged a long-term partnership with Leland leaders, he explained. After Stennis representatives completed a community assessment in 2012, Fratesi and Murdock invited Fulford’s landscape architecture design studio to assist the community by addressing the design-related challenges the assessment identified.

The students toured the community and developed ideas for a master plan. Students focused plans on the site along Deer Creek, and their emphasis on that area inspired Fratesi, Fulford and Murdock to apply for the grant, Fratesi said.

“When the students got there, they just sat down and started sketching ideas along the creek,” Fulford said. “They really fell in love with the site and came up with a lot of different types of design, from geometric to organic forms. The more we looked at the site, the more we all realized the creek is the lynchpin.”

Deer Creek is the center of Leland, Murdock said. Not only is the Jim Henson Museum nearby, a school is also quite close. Additionally, a floating Christmas parade has been held on Deer Creek for more than 45 years, and many residents fish there.
“Deer Creek links the entire town, and it’s the best spot for a community space–a space they can use and enjoy while creating a city-wide amenity,” he said.

Fulford said he is excited about the site’s potential to become an ecological park, which informs residents and other park visitors about the need to protect water.

“It’s going to be a great place, right in the heart of the community, to teach about why we need to protect water,” he said.

MSU’s long-term collaboration with Leland is special, Murdock said, because the residents there are invested in improving their community.

“There’s passion in Leland; people there know they can make a difference,” Fulford agreed. “They want to see their community improve, and when we find those little spaces that want to be special, that’s where we spend our effort.”

Fulford, Fratesi and Murdock recruited 1986 MSU alumnus Robert Poore, landscape architect, to develop a design for the Jim Henson Creative Park, Fratesi said. Poore is a principal of Native Habitats, a Flora-based landscape architecture firm.

Because community input will be critical, a series of design charettes, or collaborative planning sessions, will be held to establish the community’s vision for the park, Fulford said. Once the design is finalized, Fratesi and Murdock will assist Leland leaders in developing an implementation strategy.

Fratesi said the city already has set aside some money to supplement the grant award, but more will need to be raised.

Park features will include pathways, seating and a feature piece of art, he said. Also, an abandoned city-owned building could become an additional exhibit space for the Henson Museum.

“This project is about teaching and learning through research and service,” Fratesi said. “It’s all about making Leland a better place and making a difference.

“All of us want to see Mississippi communities succeed, and this has been another great project that’s making that happen.”

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Billionaire Pritzker Brothers Choose Chicago’s SMS Assist For Biggest Venture …

Traditionally the Midwest has come up with more good business ideas than venture capital funding to support them. Billionaire J.B. Pritzker hopes to help change that, and he took a small step in that direction Tuesday by announcing a $45 million investment in SMS Assist, a Chicago-based company that uses technology to match gritty blue collar workers with Fortune 500 companies who need their services.

Together with a $17 million investment two years ago, J.B. Pritzker and his brother Tony now have $62 million behind SMS Assist, most of any of their venture investments.

“Companies who are in the Midwest are flying out to the coasts because they need to find capital,” said J.B. Pritzker. “We are stepping into, if not a void or vacuum, we’re stepping into a space you’ve identified where there’s real opportunity.”

The Pritzkers still have more venture money invested outside of the Midwest than in it. A quarter of their investments is in Silicon Valley, 30% is in the Midwest and 45% is dispersed throughout the rest of the country. Their future investments will also be spread throughout the country, J.B. Pritzker said. But compared to other venture capitalists, the Pritzkers’ money is more likely to end up at companies in the Midwest.

The Midwest has produced about 18% of the country’s patents in the last five years, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But only about 7% of the nation’s venture capital has gone to the region, according to PriceWaterhouse Coopers. That gap suggests that Midwesterners are starting fewer businesses not because they don’t have good ideas but because they don’t have rich investors near them who will support those ideas.

One investment won’t do much to close that gap, but the Pritzker brothers are just the sort of people the region needs. As two of 11 heirs to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, they are worth an estimated $3 billion (as of September), and they fund their Pritzker Group Venture Capital out of their own pocket.

The Pritzkers changed the name of their group from New World Ventures to Pritzker Group Venture Capital a week ago. Along with the name change, they also announced that would be add more companies in the pre-IPO stage to a portfolio that had previously focused on early-stage ventures.

That’s encouraging news for entrepreneurs in the Midwest, who can often raise early funds close to home but have to head to New York or Silicon Valley for later rounds of capital.

“This is a great example of the larger, later stage investing that we’re adding on to what we’ve traditionally done,” J.B. Pritzker said. “The company is doing extremely well.”

SMS Assist is an old school, hands-dirty business with a digital age twist. Traditionally, Fortune 500 companies have local store managers hire contractors to do the dirty work at their facilities, like landscaping, window cleaning and snow plowing. But SMS Assist signs massive contracts with Fortune 500 companies, some of which total over $100 million, to handle companies’ maintenance needs around the country.

SMS Assist also works with local contractors, offering them jobs at several different stores that are close to one another. The workers get an efficient way to pick up jobs, and the Fortune 500 companies save 10-20% on maintenance costs while getting to pass on the worry about who’s going to shovel their parking lots and clean their floors.

It’s all managed through an online program that allows workers to find jobs and businesses to see where they are spending money on maintenance. SMS Assist has 220 employees in Chicago, another 120 in northwestern Indiana and a team of computer programmers in China.

“You wouldn’t think a facility maintenance company would have 75 IT code writers,” said Michael Rothman, CEO of SMS Assist. “That’s our secret sauce, is our ability to code so quickly.”

The computer platform has allowed the company to expand quickly without too many growing pains. It now works with 28,000 contractors and does maintenance for 50,000 facilities owned by about 50 corporations like Best Buy and Office Depot. The company had roughly $2 million in sales when Rothman bought it from his brother in 2003. Over the last five years, it has grown at an average annual rate of about 80%. This year, it will have revenues of nearly a quarter billion dollars. In three or four years, Rothman expects to be running a billion-dollar operation.

But in order to do that, he needed some extra capital in the short term. Fortunately for him, he already had a prior investor eager to bet more on the company.

“A lot of people saw us as sort of a local, Midwest thing,” Rothman said. “The Pritzker Group is building an ecosystem in Chicago-for jobs in Chicago because this is J.B.’s passion-and they’re trying to compete with Silicon Valley and the East Coast.”

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Newington Mayor Calls Ethics Allegations ‘Witch Hunt’

NEWINGTON — Almost two weeks after levying new ethics charges against Democratic Mayor Stephen Woods, Republicans apparently have yet to file a complaint with the town’s ethics board.

Woods said Monday that he has not been notified of a complaint, as would be required under the town’s ethics ordinance. Ethics board alternate Rose Lyons and Jamie Trevethan, executive assistant to Town Manager John Salomone, also said they were unaware of any complaint.

“No complaint has been filed through this office,” Trevethan said Monday.

GOP Councilwoman Beth DelBuono, who is running against Woods, and Republican Town Committee Chairman Neal Forte did not return messages Monday.

Woods, who challenged the GOP to file an ethics complaint at the last council meeting, repeated his charge that the allegations are a “witch hunt.”

“It’s politics, that’s all this is,” he said. “They want to make every thing I do look dirty. I believe that’s sad.”

The GOP’s latest ethics allegations are that:

Woods failed to notify the board that his business, Stonehedge Landscaping, worked on the 2011 Clem Lemire Field artificial turf field project or disqualify himself before voting in 2012 to close out the work;

Woods met as mayor with the builders of the Victory Gardens housing project at the Newington Veterans Hospital without disclosing to the board that his company was a contractor on the project;

Woods may have filed a required town ethics disclosure late;

Woods voted to appoint four family members or employees to various town boards and commissions.

Woods called his June 2012 vote to close out the Clem Lemire work a technicality. He confirmed that Stonehedge was a subcontractor, being asked at the last minute to seed the areas surrounding the artificial turf field. His company was paid about $9,000 for the work, he said.

Stonehedge did the work in 2011 before Woods became mayor.

Woods’ brother Don Woods, co-owner of Stonehedge, was a member of the building committee for turf field. Don Woods missed the meeting at which the committee chose the contractor for the $1 million-plus project, meeting minutes show.

Don Woods was out of town Monday and unavailable for comment.

Woods confirmed that Stonehedge installed the landscaping for the Victory Gardens project, but said that he was under no obligation to disclose that work to the council. He spoke to the Victory Gardens developers in his separate capacity as mayor, he said.

“There’s no business between the town of Newington and Victory Gardens as far as the town council,” Woods said. “There’s no reason to disclose that.”

The ethics code requires the mayor, councilmen and other appointed and elected officials to file a disclosure of any real estate and business holdings that “may impinge on town affairs” within 90 days of taking office.

Woods dated his disclosure form Jan. 12, 2103, more than a year after he took office. The form, however, bears a town clerk date stamp of Jan. 12, 2012, less than 90 days after Woods became mayor.

In materials handed out by Republicans, they questioned the filing’s timing. But Woods said that he made an error.

“I wrote the wrong date,” he said. “The date stamp is the correct date.”

Asked about the filing, Town Clerk Tanya Lane said, “We don’t tamper with date stamps. We correct our mistakes.”

Regarding appointments, the ethics code sections cited by the GOP do not specifically prohibit council members from voting to appoint people with whom they have family or business ties.

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New Wallis Annenberg Center to Host Community Day, 10/27

New Wallis Annenberg Center to Host Community Day, 10/27

The new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is holding a Community Day celebration on Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the delivery of the new venue to Beverly Hills and the greater Los Angeles community. The Wallis transforms the Beverly Hills city block, facing Santa Monica Boulevard, between Crescent and Canon Drives, into the first performing arts center to be built in Beverly Hills: a vibrant arts destination and a major cultural and education hub for audiences of every age, with two distinct, elegant buildings: the renovated historic 1934 Italianate-style Beverly Hills Post Office, now the Paula Kent Meehan Historic Building, and a new, contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater.

Together, these two structures embrace the city’s history and future, creating a new artistic and visual landmark, and an entryway into Beverly Hills‘ fabled shopping district. Within the treasured Post Office, existing spaces are transformed into the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, a theater school for young people (opening in 2014), a café and gift shop. In addition there are a number of outdoor spaces, highlighted by the beautiful Jamie Tisch Sculpture Garden.

The open house will include activities in all of the spaces – and the Bram Goldsmith and Lovelace Studio stages will be filled with fun, family friendly entertainment that will make The Wallis come alive for the public. Small bites will be provided by Monsieur Marcel Beverly Hills. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Underground parking is available at The Wallis’ 450 N. Crescent garage with entrances/exits off of Crescent Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard (City parking fees apply). For more information about the open house, visit

The day also includes guided tours, a sneak preview of the theater school, interactive activities, workshops, live entertainment and an opportunity to meet the staff and hear about exciting ways that the public can participate in The Wallis community.

This will also be one of the first times in two decades the general public can re-engage with the historic Beverly Hills Post Office, one of city’s most beloved buildings, and an anchor for the Beverly Hills community.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and built in 1933, the historic Beverly Hills Post Office, was constructed as a Work Projects Administration (WPA) project on the site of the former Pacific Electric Railway Station, and designed by Ralph C. Flewelling, who worked in concert with Allison Allison Architects. The now- beloved Italian Renaissance Revival style complements the adjacent City Hall.

Inside, near the vaulted ceiling, are eight Depression-era fresco murals painted by California artist Charles Kassler. These murals were funded by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Work Projects Administration (WPA) program and are one of the only two remaining sets of WPA frescos in the entire California Federal Building system.

Painted as homage to the WPA program, the six murals on the north and south walls depict laborers and artisans working on WPA projects, collecting their wages and purchasing groceries at an outdoor market with their families. Flanking these vignettes of everyday life are two additional frescos representing the history and future of the postal service, the Pony Express and Airmail.

Inside the new Bram Goldsmith Theater, the design takes its inspiration from the movement of performers. With a state-of-the-art stage and sculptural American Walnut wood interior, the theater’s intimate setting allows for an unprecedented patron experience, with spacious seating, adaptable acoustics, cutting-edge lighting and excellent sight lines.

The interior walls are lined with panels of wood pieces whose size, shape and spacing have been calculated for the best possible balance for music: some are sound reflectors that add clarity and spaciousness, and some are sound transparent, allowing sound to travel through to the top rows of seating, to create a warm reverberation and extended resonance.

An entire theatrical production can be rehearsed and built at The Wallis. The campus includes a central costume shop, an essential behind-the-scenes component to all productions at The Wallis; adjoining the shop is a props room, where skilled craftsmen can create, build, and repair props. On-site original costumes and props can be hand-made by wardrobe and other specialists. The costume shop and props room can also assist future students with learning theater crafts.

Among the other spaces at The Wallis are a dramatic indoor/outdoor lobby that flows into the garden and terraced landscaping, as audience members approach the venue. Patrons will enter the lobby through a grand staircase, or by a series of gently descending steps through the gardens and into the orchestra level. Beautiful glass encases the orchestra lobby that faces west toward the Jamie Tisch Sculpture Garden, the immediate exterior area of the Bram Goldsmith’s orchestra level. The garden is a serene, beautiful oasis decorated with works of art by renowned artists that becomes a gathering place for guests enjoying pre, post-show, and intermission with friends.

The area also features the David Bohnett Founders Room located directly across the lobby. The elegant room is for major donors and VIP guests, pre and post-show meetings and special events.

The former private office of the Beverly Hills Postmaster, one of the most significant historic features of the building, is handsomely appointed with preserved American Walnut paneling. This distinguished and elegant room is well suited for small meetings, VIP gatherings and intimate dinners.

Two additional outdoor spaces are worth noting. The Janine and Peter Lowy Promenade is the elegant walkway that begins in the Jim and Eleanor Randall Grand Hall, leads to the Lovelace Studio Theater, and connects to the Bram Goldsmith Theater. Patrons will take a journey from the historic post office to the contemporary main stage, enjoying views of beautiful gardens as seen through the Promenade Doors along the way.

Located outside the classrooms is the private Wells Family Courtyard for students and faculty. Connected to the historic loading dock of the Post Office, the courtyard offers the perfect respite and gathering place for youth and teachers between classes.

Located in the heart of Beverly Hills as the cornerstone of the golden triangle, The Wallis then officially then opens its doors to the public on November 8 and 9 with performances by Martha Graham Dance Company. Following Graham, The Wallis is producing Parfumerie, adapted by E.P. Dowdall, from the Hungarian play Illatszertar by Miklos Laszlo and directed by Mark Brokaw (November 26 – December 22, 2013), performing during the holidays. The play centers on a romance conducted through love letters, which is a perfect homage to the Post Office and to Hollywood having inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summertime and Nora Ephron‘s You’ve Got Mail.

From February 23 – March 23, 2014, The Wallis presents the highly acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre production of Noël Coward‘s Brief Encounter, an international sensation that will have its Los Angeles premiere. The chamber opera A Coffin in Egypt, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon with libretto and direction by Leonard Foglia, is a co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Opera Philadelphia. Based on a Horton Foote play, it will have its West Coast premiere (April 23 – 27, 2014) and stars beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. The season also includes many other offerings in music, dance, theatre, special exhibitions and family entertainment.

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Bayshore Gardens to offer classes

Bayshore Garden Center, which has served Lee County for nearly 40 years at 5870 Bayshore Road, has offered gardening classes for its do-it-yourself customers for years.

And beginning Saturday, it will continue that long tradition with four classes to take place on consecutive Saturdays starting at 9 a.m.

Terry Chepy, owner of Bayshore Garden, said the store has held classes every fall and spring since long before he took ownership three years ago.

“It’s been a way to welcome people back who have been gone and get people excited about plants and how to enjoy them,” Chepy said. “People are afraid they’re going to kill everything and it’s not that hard once you understand the basics.”

The classes, which are determined by customer interest, will be centered around new ideas such as container gardening and landscaping, to go along with traditional classes such as the ABCs of planting roses and butterfly gardening.

Container gardening will kick things off on Saturday.

The class on roses, which will be on Nov. 2, has always been a popular one, Chepy said, because it’s an area people have the most trouble with.

“They think they’re a lot of work, but with basic instructions, they aren’t very hard at all,” Chepy said. “We try to get them to understand how to take care of them, especially those from up north who like them, but don’t know the difference between the roses down here and up there.”

On Nov. 9, landscaping and plant maintenance will be offered for the first time, which will show how to design them and understand what plants you need and the kind of sun and water needed to maintain it.

“You need to know what makes sense. There are thousands of varieties of plants, but you need to put them together in a way that adds beauty and joy to the yard,” Chepy said. “Once you put a plant in you need to know how to keep them looking good.”

The final class, butterfly gardening, has been offered annually and shows the importance of the host and nectar plants to attract the butterflies.

It’s considered one of the more fun classes.

Chepy said the classes are easy and basic. All you need to do is be prepared to learn and have fun and if you have any questions, they can be answered for you.

Classes are free, but space is limited, so early sign-up is of the essence.

For more information call 543-1443.

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Vocal sound impressionist, gardening for the birds, packing tips: Lake Oswego …

Halloween events

Fright Town Haunted House: Ages 11-17 invited for a field trip to
tour all three haunted houses at the famous Fright Town beneath the
Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Registration required. 5-9 p.m. Fri, Oct.
25. Meet at West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego; $34-$51,
includes transportation and admission; or Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 503-675-2549

Halloween Lunch:
Senior citizens invited for a Halloween-themed meal. 11:30 a.m. Wed,
Oct. 30. Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego; $4
suggested donation ages 60 and older, $5 others; or 503-635-3758

candycorn.JPGView full sizeCandy corn is a popular Halloween treat.
Halloween Trick or Treat: Costumed
staffers hand out candy to all ages. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Lake
Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free; or 503-636-7628


charlie-ssh.jpgView full sizeCharlie Williams “The Noise Guy”
The Noise Guy: Charlie Williams is a vocal sound
impressionist who can imitate the sounds of everything from planes,
trains, automobiles, and monster trucks, to dinosaurs and beat boxing.
He’s also a kids’ comedian, author and illustrator. 11 a.m. Sat, Oct.
26. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free; or 503-636-7628

Pain Free Body: Low Back Focus: Use
yoga-style stretches, soft foam rollers and muscle release balls to stop
common pain patterns in the low back while turning on your body’s
natural repair mechanisms. Bring yoga mat. 10-11:20 a.m. Sat, Oct. 26.
Lake Oswego West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego; $35; or

Make Your Own Sedum Shadow Box: Create
a living work of art using hardy outdoor sedums and succulents to hang
on a wall, fence or door. Bring garden gloves. Registration required.
12:30 p.m. Sat, Oct. 26. Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center, 1090 McVey
Ave., Lake Oswego; $25; or 503-636-4660

Tigard Rotary Club: Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici gives
an update on her work in the U.S. House of Representatives in
Washington, D.C. Noon-1:15 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Nicoli’s Grill and Sports
Bar, 17880 McEwan Road, Lake Oswego; $16.50 for optional lunch; or 503-720-6372
Inspecting-Carol-03.jpgView full sizeAlan King (right) and Grant Byington in a scene from the Lakewood Theatre Company’s production of “Inspecting Carol.”
“Inspecting Carol”: Lakewood Theatre Company’s holiday
show features the madcap comedy behind the scenes of a struggling
theater’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” Recommended for ages
13 and older (contains mild profanity.) Various times and dates
(generally Thu-Sun) Nov. 1-Dec. 8.  Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368
S. State St., Lake Oswego; $30-$32; or 503-635-3901
Inspecting-Carol-02.jpgView full sizeAlan King (right) and Gary Powell in a scene from the Lakewood Theatre Company’s production of “Inspecting Carol.”

First Tuesday Music Series: Steve Hale plays guitar and
sings original soul-inspired ballads, 7-8:30 p.m. Tue, Nov. 5. Lake
Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free; or 503-636-7628

Mommy and Me Preschool: Visit with your child, age 1-3,
and explore this new busy world with him or her. Registration required.
Weekly 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wed, Nov. 6-27. PLAY Boutique, 332 First
St., Lake Oswego; $75-$80 series; or West Linn Parks and Recreation, 503-557-4700

Pain Free Body: Neck and Shoulder Focus:
Use yoga-style stretches, soft foam rollers and muscle release balls to
stop common pain patterns in your neck and shoulders while turning on
your body’s natural repair mechanisms. Bring yoga mat. 10-11:20 a.m.
Sat, Nov. 9. Lake Oswego West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego;
$35; or 503-789-5833

Gardening for the Birds: Sharing
your garden with birds can greatly enhance your enjoyment. Discover what
plants are essential for wild bird food and shelter at various times of
the year and find out how to get your garden certified as backyard bird
habitat by The National Wildlife Federation and/or The Audubon Society.
12:30 p.m. Sat, Nov. 9. Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center, 1090 McVey
Ave., Lake Oswego; $5; or 503.636.4660

Diana Abu-Jaber: The award-winning
author discusses her process of writing about women and family
relationships. She is a New York born American with a Jordanian father
and her books reflect her Jordanian-American heritage. She won the
American Book Award, the Oregon Book Award, and the PEN Center USA Award
for Literary Fiction. Her experiences infuse the characters and
relationships depicted in her books. She is Writer in Residence at
Portland State University and teaches writing. 10 a.m. Sat, Nov. 9.
Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego; free; 503-608-2444

BonsaiView full size
Bonsai for Beginners: Learn the
basics of bonsai and create one for yourself (or one just in time for
the holidays). We will learn the difference between indoor and outdoor
plant selection, how to root-prune and pot-up an outdoor bonsai suitable
for beginners and discuss care, maintenance and training techniques. 1
p.m. Sat, Nov. 16. Dennis’ Seven Dees Garden Center, 1090 McVey Ave.,
Lake Oswego; $25; or 503.636.4660

Mommy and Me Preschool: Visit with your child, age 1-3,
and explore this new busy world with him or her. Registration required.
Weekly 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wed, Dec. 4-18. PLAY Boutique, 332 First
St., Lake Oswego; $56-$61 series; or West Linn Parks and Recreation, 503-557-4700

Business Degree Information Sessions: Details about
undergraduate programs in business management and business leadership
offered on the Marylhurst campus, online, and on two Portland Community
College and Clackamas Community College campuses. The university also
offers four distinct MBA programs. 6:30 p.m. Thu, Nov. 7; 6:30 p.m. Thu,
Dec. 5. Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst; free; or 503-675-3961

Computer classes full size

Cooking classes


Art From the Heart Christmas: Child-focused art projects
for kids to make and give as gifts to loved ones, cookie decorating and
photo opportunities. Bring your camera. Parent participation required.
Registration required. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat, Dec. 14. PLAY Boutique, 332
First St., Lake Oswego; $15-20; or West Linn Parks and Recreation, 503-557-4700


Lake Oswego Rotary Club: 
Visitors are invited to the meetings, held from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Mondays (except on holidays) in the Lakewood Center for the Arts
community room, 368 S. State
St., Lake Oswego. Cost is $12 for buffet lunch, or a couple of dollars
for coffee only.

Rotary is an organization
of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide
humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations,
and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Speakers and programs include:

*Oct. 28: Alan Lertzman presents Revisiting Korea Through the Eyes of a Korean

*Nov. 4: Authors Gene Bryan and Andrew Bielat talk about
their book, “The Best Possible Enterprise”


Scottish Country Dance Classes:
Lessons for beginners weekly 7:30-8:45 p.m. Mon, beginning Sept. 9; intermediate dancers
8:45-9:30 p.m. Wear soft-soled shoes. Partner not necessary. Waluga
Lodge 181, 417 Second St., Lake Oswego; $5 (first lesson free); or Don Gertz, 503-692-5963 or
At Portland Highland Games.jpgView full sizePick up some Scottish country dancing tips in a free introductory class offered on Mondays at Waluga Lodge.

Kickboxing: Get a good
workout led by an instructor in the drop-in program for ages 12-18.
Visit for After School Activities Program membership
and schedule information. Weekly 4-5 p.m. Mon, through May 20. Lake
Oswego West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego; $2 per class, or
free to
After School Activities Program members; or 503-635-3758

guitars.JPGView full sizeLearn how to play your new guitar or pick up new skills in the After School program in Lake Oswego.
Guitar Club:
Learn how to play your guitar and pick up new skills in the casual,
jam-session-based club for ages 12-18. See website for the After School
Activities Program membership and schedule. Weekly 4-5 p.m. Tue. West
End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego; $1 per session, or free to
After School Activities Program members; or

Toddler Story Time:
Ages 19 months-3 years.
Weekly 11:45 a.m. Wed. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake
Oswego; free; or 503-636-7628

Mixed-media Art Class:

Learn several mediums, techniques and projects from an experienced
instructor in the drop-in class for ages 12-18. Weekly 4-5 p.m. Thu.
West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego; $2 per class, free to
After School Activities Program members; for details, visit or 503-635-3758

The 24/7 Library: Searching
Online Resources: Library-card holders can learn how to access
resources online anytime of the day or night. Registration required for
each class. Weekly 10 a.m. first and second Thu. Lake Oswego Public
Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free;
or 503-636-7628

Musical Lap Time:
Anne Clark, an early
childhood music specialist, leads a combination of gentle rhymes,
bounces and movements designed to create bonding between caregivers and
babies (through 18 months old). Weekly 10:30 a.m. Thu. Lake Oswego
Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free; or 503-636-7628

Nia: Increase
your strength, flexibility and agility in the class that fuses dance,
martial arts and yoga. Weekly 5:45-7 p.m. Thu. Pilates Bodies Studio,
16130 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Lake Oswego; $10 drop-in per class, $32
for four-class punch card; Danielle Mery-Stern by email to

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First Friday Pizza and Match Play:
Youth, ages 12-18, who are on the verge of playing tennis or are
currently playing are invited for pizza and a supervised competitive
match play. Junior racquets provided. Registration suggested. Monthly
6-8 p.m. first Friday. Lake Oswego Indoor Tennis Center, 2900 Diane
Drive, Lake Oswego; $15 per session; or Lake
Oswego Parks and Recreation, 503-675-2549

— Vickie Kavanagh

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Celebrity garden tips at Society event

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    Score plants, gardening tips at Fall Garden Fest



    This Sept. 26, 2010 photo shows a Halloween display at the Red Lion Inn, in Stockbridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

    Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:15 pm

    Score plants, gardening tips at Fall Garden Fest


    East Valley Tribune

    Fall Garden Festival 2013

    This year’s Fall Garden Festival will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Metro Tech High School, 1900 W. Thomas Road, in Phoenix. The yearly festival is put on by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension of Maricopa County Master Gardener program and the high school.

    The free festival offers affordable plants grown by master gardeners who will share their expertise with attendees, a rummage sale, gardening-related vendors and how-to workshops such as 10 Steps To A Successful Vegetable Garden.

    The festival also features an inaugural “Home Gardeners Do It With Plants” contest, where Maricopa County residents can submit photos of their home garden in one of three categories: desert, flower or vegetable. A panel of master gardeners will select a winner in each category based on garden form and function. The three winners will be featured on the Maricopa County Master Gardener’s Facebook page and will receive one 30-minute phone consultation with a master gardener.

    For the most current information on the festival and contest, visit the Fall Garden Festival 2013 event on Facebook.


    Monday, October 21, 2013 12:15 pm.

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    Major developments to receive additional design scrutiny under new zoning law

    An overview of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in Planning District 2, which covers part of Uptown. The St. Charles and Magazine corridors, where a design-review committee will evaluate major projects, is highlighted in light blue. (via

    An overview of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in Planning District 2, which covers part of Uptown. The St. Charles and Magazine corridors, where a design-review committee will evaluate major projects, is highlighted in light blue. (via

    Any planned development larger than 40,000 square feet or with a substantial presence on a major thoroughfare will be specifically evaluated on whether its design meets city standards under the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, which New Orleans officials hope to ratify as law by February — after years of planning and public meetings.

    The City Planning Commission currently has a “design advisory committee” that reviews the plans for any public project proposed by City Hall or other agencies. The new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance would expand that committee’s authority, consultant Stephen Villavaso said at a public meeting Monday evening, to include two major groups of private developments:

    • Any development larger than 40,000 square feet, or
    • Any development with more than 100 feet of frontage on certain corridors, including the riverfront (such as the Tchoupitoulas area), “character preservation” corridors (such as Magazine and St. Charles), “enhancement corridors” (including Claiborne, Broad, Carrollton, Oak and Earhart) and “transformation corridors” (which include locations in New Orleans East, Gentilly and the Westbank). Multifamily residential projects with more than seven units on these corridors would also be subject to review.

    That change is just one of many described by city planners Tuesday evening in a presentation about the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in Central City. Another major shift, for example, is to eliminate “cumulative uses” in the zoning. Currently, a lot may be used in any way permitted by its zoning, or any use considered less intense than its current zoning — commercial uses may be built in industrial zones, for example, or residential uses are allowed in commercial zones. Under the new law, only the uses specified in each zoning district will be allowed.

    A frequent complaint at City Planning meetings, particularly about projects designated for Magazine Street, is how little parking is required. Businesses under 5,000 square feet are not required to have any parking, and that standard remains the same under the new law, said Leslie Alley, deputy director of the City Planning Commission.

    On the other hand, the new law does contemplate ways to ameliorate parking pressures on the corridor. For example, the city may create a “fee in lieu of parking” program, in which developers can pay into a specific fund for the development of public parking lots in congested areas, such as the lot on Freret near Napoleon. Many Magazine Street developers would be hamstrung by the need for parking — since the only way to create space for it would be by the demolition of adjacent historic buildings — but the city could facilitate the creation of public lots in strategic areas that are already vacant, such as unused NORA lots.

    The Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance represents the enactment of the Master Plan that New Orleanians voted into law in 2008 — the Master Plan was the goals for the future of the city, and the zoning ordinance will be the laws governing those goals for each property in the city.

    City officials presented a first draft of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance in 2011, though the zoning for many areas remained partially undetermined at that time, presenting residents with a choice between two districts, for example. After receiving and evaluating more than 1,000 comments about that draft, planners made selections for each parcel in the city, and those revisions are shown in the draft of the zoning law being circulated this month.

    City planners are now seeking comment on the selections they made, and will collect those through Nov. 30.

    “You know your neighborhood better than we do,” said planner Geoffrey Moen. “We poured a lot of time into creating these maps, but we don’t have all the details that you do.”

    When that comment period is over, planners will then make any final changes needed and present a final draft to the City Council to begin the public hearing process. They hope the new ordinance can be passed into law by February of 2014.

    Monday’s meeting also included a question-and-answer session that covered aspects of neighborhood participation and other issues. To read our live coverage, see below.


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