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Fall Gardening Tips For San Diego

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Fall Gardening Tips For San Diego

Aired 10/28/13


Nan Sterman, garden designer, author, botanist, and host of the KPBS television series “A Growing Passion,”


San Diego’s climate is rare. With its hot, dry summers and mild wet winters, San Diego enjoys a Mediterranean climate that can only be found in a few parts of the world.

Nan Sterman, garden designer, author, botanist, and host of the KPBS television series “A Growing Passion,” said most people aren’t aware that Fall is the best time to plant in our climate.

“The ground is still warm, the air is cool so it’s not as hot and dry,” she said. “Plants have an easier time adapting because they don’t wilt.”

Sterman said fall is the time to plant deciduous fruit trees, shrubs, lavender and anything that’s woody or native to California.

That gives you a lot of options. There are 5,500 native plant species in California, more than any other state.

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November Gardening Tips

In November at Cedar Creek Lake we start to experience colder temperatures and usually our first frost of the season. The average first frost day for our area is November 15th. While many plants above ground are moving into a dormant state for winter, there are still many important gardening tasks to be completed in and around the garden.

If you lost plants this summer due to the excessive heat and are looking to replace them, fall is the best times of year to replant. All horticultural professions are in agreement on this point – FALL IS FOR PLANTING. Trees and shrubs planted this time of year get their root systems established for better spring growth and blooming. Plus, it greatly improves their chances of surviving our hot Texas summers.

Preparing your plant and vegetable beds in the fall ready for spring is recommended. Using compost, manure and dried molasses to improve the quality of your soil will give your plants a big head start in the new year. At Cedar Creek Lake there are several different soil types. If you have heavy clay, use expanded shale or lava sand to break up the soil and improve drainage. For sandy soils, amending with compost will improve the soil structure and help hold moisture.

If you are looking to have bright vibrant colors in your home for the holidays or in your landscape in spring, think bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, paperwhites, amaryllis and hyacinths are all available now for planting. Bulbs, especially daffodils, look spectacular in the landscape when planted in clumps or groups rather than standing alone.

According to the Dallas Arboretum, single late tulips grow best in North Texas. They should know, they plant over 400,000 each year! Recommendations include Menton, Blushing Girl and Maureen. Tulips are best chilled in the refrigerator for 4 – 6 weeks before planting to ensure the best flowers.

If you have tropical plants like hibiscus, bougainvillea, palms or citrus fruits that are not winter hardy, remember to bring them inside before the night temperatures get too cold. When inside find a sunny location and continue to water but less often.

Pruning is recommended at this time of year. Pruning trees and shrubs serves two purposes – to remove dead branches that are an entry point for unwanted diseases and insects and to shape and beautify the look. Use sharp pruners and a pruning sealer to protect the cut. Perennials should be cut back to the ground after the first frost.

If your lawn is a warmer season grass like St Augustine or Bermuda it will start to go dormant this time of year. Cut back on watering to prevent fungus and disease from developing.

Happy Gardening

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Gardening Tips – Natural Garden Introduces Practical Ways to Landscape on a …

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Tips o’ the Irish gleaned from visit to Emerald Isle’s gardens

When we travel the world to see great gardens we learn to be flexible.

Our latest tour to Ireland was billed as the castles, gardens and pubs tour, but thanks to our local guide we added a performance of “River Dance” in Killarney and falconry lessons at an Ashford castle where launching a large falcon from one’s arm gives a whole new meaning to the term “flipping the bird.”

Here are a few take-home ideas from the most spectacular gardens in Ireland.

Choose a signature color for your garden. Many of the grand estate gardens used paint to add a repeating color on the wooden structures and hardscaping. Benches, artwork and doorways all matched with bright red, cool blue or turquoise green paint. The flower shades and foliage colors might change from month to month but a single, repetitive tint held the explosion of color together. Choose your own signature color and start painting — the front door is a great starting point.

Frame a great view with a wide path and side planting — or use your window frame. We were awed by the grand vistas at huge estates such as Powerscourt House but even without acres of landscape you can imitate the skill that the Victorians used in framing great views. Just a pathway of lawn or paving material can lead the eye toward a lovely tree, bench or garden art.

Another way to frame a view is to design from the inside looking out — let your favorite window be the frame for the garden view you will be looking at year-round.

Add some height with ivy covered arches, wooden columns or a classic “folly.” Greek temples or contrived castle ruins were used in large estate gardens and these destinations were called “a folly” by their creators as they fooled visitors into thinking the garden was much older than it was. In your own garden you can repurpose or recycle a broken pot laying on its side with a ground cover plant spilling forth from the opening or use a rusty bicycle or wine barrel as a planter to give your garden a sense of history.

In a small garden use structures and archway to add height. Not only do you get the instant gratification of a vertical element but a garden structure won’t outgrow it’s space.

Pot up your blooming plants and move them around the garden. Helen Dillon is an internationally known garden writer and we were surprised to find metal garbage cans filled with flowers and foliage plants framing her formal water feature. Dillon is a color expert in the garden, on display in the way her gray and silver containers blended with the gray paving stone around the dark pool of her water feature. She also grows plants in black plastic nursery pots so she can mingle them in her borders, adding color accents where needed. The black pots seem to blend and disappear into the soil.

Add extra color to your people photos — use garden blooms for a backdrop. You don’t have to be a gardener to add the wow factor to your family or vacation photos. Our group had great fun looking for flowers that matched up with what we were wearing. Posing in front of plants that coordinate with a scarf, shirt or jacket brightens the intensity of all the color tones and reminds us all that you don’t have to travel far to realize that the world is really a beautiful place.

Celebrate the autumn season by posing in front of a fall scene at a public park or garden. Wear something orange, gold or brown. You’ll want to print and frame the colorful result and bring it out for display every autumn.


Want to join us on our next garden adventure tour? We’ve booked a river cruise down the Danube that sails July 1 with stops in Vienna, Germany and Budapest, Hungary, and a custom tour of the gardens of the Sound of Music. Contact or 253-863-2245.

Marianne Binetti has a degree in horticulture from Washington State University and is the author of several books. Reach her at

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Pratt Mansion Turned into Showcase for Top Design Talent

A Glen Cove home showcasing the talents of 25 of the Metropolitan New York area’s top interior and landscape designers is now open to the public.

“Home Is Where The Heart Is” will turn Standard Oil heiress Lydia Pratt’s 7,000 square foot 19th Century Colonial Revival mansion at 145 Dosoris Lane into a paradise of art. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the American Heart Association. 

Participating designers include: Anne Tarasoff Interiors, Baltimore Design Group, Barbara Page Home, Baron-Goldstein Design Associates, Ltd., Beach Glass Designs, Catherine Brown Paterson Design, Dee Ann Design, LLC, Dyfari Interiors, Elsa Soyars Interiors Ltd., Eva Art Design, Inc., Garden Rooms, Inc.
Greg Lanza Design, Henry Co Design, Karen Joy Rosen Interior Design, Kate Singer/Kate Singer Home, Kim E. Courtney Interiors Design, Loria Design Group
Margreet Cevasco Design, Melanie Roy Design, Suzanne Costa Interiors, The Plant Doctor, Inc., The Rinfret Group, Vasi Ypsilantis Design Associates, Willow Garden Design. 

The showhouse will be open from Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 to Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Showhouse will be closed on Mondays and on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. 

Admission to the Showhouse is $30 per person or $20 per person when purchased in groups of 20 or more. There will be no admission to the Showhouse 30 minutes before closing. Children under 6, strollers and pets are not admitted into the Showhouse.

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Some Useful Garden Suggestions to Create a Garden to Look Beautiful

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Happy birthday John Brookes, the king of garden design

Anyone interested in design can immediately tell when they walk into a John
Brookes garden that it has been designed. It will have impact. The spaces
will contrast yet work together, it will feel good to be in, it will be
fascinating and it will work.

When John visits a new client and assesses their garden, he invariably takes
on board what the client wants, be it a large eating area, screening from
neighbours, or a children’s play area. Looking at the house inside can be
revealing: “If it is all a bit of a tip, they won’t cope with or want an
immaculate, formal garden,” he says. He will then see what the site needs:
maybe there is a muddle of conifers that are getting a bit above themselves,
views that could be opened up or unsightly views of flats.


The period and layout of the house has a strong influence on the site. Some
garden areas are more important due to their juxtaposition with the house.
Putting a contemporary, asymmetrical design in front of a perfectly
proportioned Queen Anne house would be a difficult mix to harmonise. “A good
design is rather like a well-cut suit – it has to be right,” he says. “No
matter how many decorations you add to it, if the basic cut does not look
good then nothing will rectify it. It also has to be suitable for the
purpose and place, just as you would not turn up to a black-tie affair in
jogging bottoms.”

The whole design process is daunting for those not tuned into designing or
gardens. Now, at 80, John finds the process easier and quicker to get
results that both he and the client find satisfying and exciting. He has
encountered many different sites, clients, climates and budgets and has
developed a repertoire of strategies and techniques that enable him to
create great things from unpromising beginnings.

The process he uses is one he recommends to anyone embarking on a new garden.
The key starting position is to get an accurate survey of the site with the
house included. If you cannot run to a surveyor, your conveyance plan
enlarged to 1:100 or a convenient scale depending on the site, is a great
starting point. With a long tape measure (or two if you can go to
triangulation) you can add on all the elements you wish to keep: trees,
access, doors to the house, and so forth. Levels can be measured with the
help of a mini laser level from Screwfix or similar.

The client needs to compile a list of exactly what they want. For people who
have not had a garden before this is more difficult, but a garden space has
tremendous possibilities and these are expanding all the time.

Talking to a New Zealand architect recently, he said he designed houses with
gardens where anything you could do inside you could do outside too. He has
designed garden bedrooms with beds that could be rolled out so you could
sleep outside, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens.


Their climate is different to ours but we are increasingly pushing the
boundaries of what you can achieve in an outdoor space. Fresh air and more
natural surroundings are a wonderful tonic and in the garden we can exploit
them to contrast with our increasingly technological life.

The next step John advocates is to sketch positions on the plan of what might
go where. Then factors such as the orientation come into play and things are
shuffled round. Sometimes he will use cardboard templates to help this
rationalisation and organisation. The design process then proceeds with
decisions as to whether it will be classic and symmetrical or modern and
asymmetric. Eventually it will evolve into a design that embraces all the
factors. When he presents it to the client he explains the process and why
things are how they are.

John finds working on a new garden is invariably stimulating and exciting.
Much of his time is now spent on large commissions in Russia, Louisiana and
other far flung places which throw up exciting new challenges ensuring that
even someone of his vast experience is not continually within his comfort

Looking back at his designs from 50 years ago he is still proud of them but
they were different then. Today they tend to be larger and more lavish. The
Room Outside has grown — in many ways.

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Tonight: Woodside weighs next steps for Town Center plan

What qualifications should the town of Woodside require of a professional facilitator who would conduct community meetings early in 2014 about the future of the Town Center, with particular attention to buildings and structures, landscaping, signs, lighting, land use and traffic circulation?

The Town Council will meet to address this question tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 29) in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

“It is critical that the facilitator selected be familiar with the culture and history of Woodside, and its deeply-rooted desire to remain a rural residential community,” Planning Director Jackie Young says in a staff report. The town used a facilitator to guide a community task force in updating the general plan, a year-long community effort generally regarded as a success.

The task force working on the Town Center plan held several wide-ranging brainstorming sessions in the spring. The topics of greatest concern were parking and traffic circulation, the report says. Other ideas included public restrooms, water fountains, receptacles for recycling, parking for bicycles, burying utility lines that are now overhead, and possibly amending voter-approved restrictions on Town Center development (Measures J and 1) to allow additional uses, perhaps more parking and a farmers’ market.

At a May 28, 2013, council meeting, many residents vigorously reminded the council of the important role of Measure J in maintaining Woodside’s character. In response, council members repeatedly noted that ideas from brainstorming sessions are just ideas, not plans, that interesting and creative concepts sometimes emerge as a result of considering ideas that are not practical or workable.

Go to this link to view the entire staff report, including detailed minutes from earlier council meetings.

The discussion on amending Measure J had gathered momentum in the context of a new Sunday farmers’ market that had found a temporary home in the parking lot of Woodside Elementary School.

That location, while convenient for traffic on Woodside Road, is not town-owned property and thus makes the popular market vulnerable to dislocation. Ideas for a permanent home for a market included the parking lot area near Town Hall — a proposal that would have required amending Measure J, the town attorney said, and a proposal since discarded.

The school board “invited the market back for the 2014 season” on Oct. 14, according to the staff report.

In July, the council authorized traffic and parking counts. The traffic counts held in September on Woodside, Portola, Canada and Whiskey Hill roads showed a 6.5 percent increase over a study done at these same locations in September 2010, the staff report says.

The results of the parking study will be available in December. Because there is a council election in November, the council is not expected to meet until after the election has been certified, which generally happens around the end of November.

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‘Peter Pan’ at Clackamas High, Halloween fun: Happy Valley, Clackamas …


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Halloween Fun Night: Ghosts, goblins and other costumed kids
under 12 years old can bring their parents and enjoy trick-or-treating
at participating stores, and activities in Macy’s Home Court. No masks,
painted faces or toy weapons please. 5-7 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Clackamas
Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley; free;

Santa at Clackamas Town Center: Visit Santa Nov. 10-Dec.
24. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon-Sat, noon-6 p.m. Sat, Nov. 9-27 (closed
Thanksgiving); 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun, Nov. 23-Dec.
22; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun, Dec. 22, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec.
24. Dogs and cats can visit Santa weekly on Mondays beginning at 6
p.m., Nov. 19-Dec. 17. Santa Pajama parties held on Tuesdays beginning
at 6 p.m., Nov. 19-Dec. 17. Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd
Ave., Happy Valley; or 503-653-6913


Once Upon a Story Time:
The themed event features picture story books, crafts, activities and
snacks. Weekly 10 a.m. Wed. Barnes Noble Clackamas Town Center,
12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley; free; or

Concerts: Live music. Weekly 6-8 p.m. Fri.
New Seasons Market, 15861 N.E. Happy Valley Town Center Drive, Happy
Valley; free; or 503-558-9214

American Girl Club:
books, kits and refreshments. Monthly 3 p.m. second Sun. Barnes
Noble Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley; free; or 503-786-3464


held in Happy Valley City Hall, Council Chambers, 16000 S.E. Misty
Drive, Happy Valley. Details: or

*Happy Valley City Council: 7-9 p.m. on first and third Tuesday of each month.

*Happy Valley Juvenile Diversion Panel: 5:30-7 p.m. on second Wednesday of each month.

*Happy Valley Planning Commission: 7-9 p.m. on second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

*Happy Valley Traffic and Public Safety Commission: 7-9 p.m. on second Thursday of each month.

*Happy Valley Youth Council: 7-9 p.m. on second Monday of each month, September through May.


Pan flies into Clackamas High School:

High School is bringing “Peter Pan” to the stage — one of the best known and
loved musicals of all time.

Peter Pan
spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland
as leader of the Lost Boys. The show’s adventures begin when Peter teaches
Wendy and her brothers how to fly and invites them to come with him to
Never-Never-Land where they encounter Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and his pirates,
Tiger Lily, and the Lost Boys.

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Thiessen as the villain Captain Hook, Megan Bradner as Peter Pan, and
Emily Derby as Wendy in the Clackamas High School production of “Peter

“Peter Pan”
opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and continues at 7 p.m. Nov. 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7
p.m. and Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at the school at 14486 S.E. 122nd Ave. in Clackamas

Tickets are $10 general admission, or $8 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, visit
For group sales and other information, call 503-353-5806 during school hours.

the magic going a little longer by attending Mrs. Darling’s Tea Party, right
after the matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 10. Enjoy beverages, savory and sweet
treats with Mrs. Darling in her garden decorated just for the occasion. Other
characters from the show will be stopping in to visit. Only 100 tickets are
available at $15 each.

The cast
of 85 students from elementary through high school is headed by Megan Bradner
as Peter Pan, Emily Derby as Wendy, Hailey Kilgore as Tiger Lily, and Jake
Thiessen as the villain Captain Hook. Including orchestra, crew and parent
volunteers, more than 150 people will be participating in the production.

The creative
staff includes: Steve Knox, director; James Cameron, musical director; Michael
Snider, choreographer; Thyra Hartshorn, scenic and lighting design; Berl
Dana’y, costume coordination; and Christine Kantor, hair/make-up designer.

production is produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

— Renee Boutin King, Clackamas High School parent volunteer

Frog and Toad Party: Make crafts and play games. All
ages. 10:30 a.m. Sat, Nov. 2. Sunnyside Library, 13973 S.E. Sieben Park
Way, Clackamas; free; or 503-794-3883

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Edible Landscaping: Clackamas County master gardener
Sherry Sheng offers ideas on the use of food-producing plants in the
residential landscape. Edible landscaping combines fruit and nut trees,
berry bushes, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, along with ornamental
plants, into aesthetically-pleasing designs. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tue, Nov. 5.
Sunnyside Library, 13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or 503-794-3883

Note Night: Features the Clackamas High School Concert
Orchestra. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wed, Nov. 13. Sunnyside Library, 13973 S.E.
Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or 503-794-3883

Read, Write, Create: Students, kindergarten through third
grade, explore the art of picture books and create paintings in the
style of author and illustrator Todd Parr. 4-5 p.m. Wed, Nov. 13.
Sunnyside Library, 13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or 503-794-3883

markgreta_color2.jpgView full sizeMark Hanson and Greta Pedersen perform Nov. 21 at the Sunnyside Library.
Third Thursday Accent on Music: Grammy award-winning
guitarist Mark Hanson and award winning vocalist Greta Peterson perform a
variety of entertaining songs, ballads and instrumentals using an
assortment of instruments: guitar, dulcimer, recorder and various
percussion instruments from around the world. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thu, Nov.
21. Sunnyside Library, 13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or 503-794-3883


Sunnyside Grange Farmers and Artists Market: Vendors
sell fine art, crafts, fresh local produce and eggs, fruits, fine
foods, baked goods, plants and specialty items. Weekly 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sun. Clackamas Sunnyside Grange, 13100 Sunnyside Road, Clackamas; free
admission; or Peter Tuomala,

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String Along: Teen and adults of all skill levels are
invited to bring acoustic guitars, fiddles and other stringed
instruments and play some bluegrass or folk music in a jam-style
setting. Monthly 2-5 p.m. second and fourth Sun. Sunnyside Library,
13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or 503-794-3883

Knit and Stitch:
All ages and skill levels are invited bring a project or idea and make
new friends while crafting. Monthly 6:30-8 p.m. third Wed. Sunnyside
13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or

Book Group: Teens and adults read the book
selection of the month and discuss it with other readers. Monthly 8:30-8
p.m. first Thu. Sunnyside Library,
13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or

monopoly.jpgView full sizeTeens can play Monopoly and other board games at the Sunnyside Library.
Teen Lounge: Take a break from homework to
hang out with your friends. Play video games and board games, or just
draw or make crafts. Monthly 6:30-7:30 p.m. second Thursday. Sunnyside
13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or

Teen Writers’ Workshop: Are you a writer?
Whether you write poetry, screenplays or novels, get constructive
feedback. Meet once a month to discuss your writing — submitted
anonymously. Explore the craft through games and exercises to strengthen
your work. Registration required. Sunnyside Library,
13973 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas; free; or
reference desk at 503-794-3885


Damascus Square Trick or Treat: Participating merchants will give
away candy and other treats. 4-6 p.m. Thu, Oct. 31. Damascus Square,
Southeast 212 in downtown Damascus; free; or Damascus City Hall, 503-658-8545

darharv1.jpgView full sizeKids shop at the Toy Shoppe at last year’s harvest festival at Damascus Community Church.
Harvest Festival: Costumes
encouraged at the indoor celebration that features more than 20 games
with a carnival theme, a bounce house, prizes and candy. An onsite food
court offers food and beverages for 50 cents to a dollar. 5-8 p.m. Thu,
Oct. 31. Damascus Community Church, 14251 S.E. Rust Way; free; or 503-658-3179 o


For information, visit or call Damascus City Hall at 503-658-8545.

*Damascus City Council: Monthly 7 p.m. first and third Mon. Damascus City Hall, 19920 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus.

*Coffee With the Damascus Mayor: Monthly 7:30 a.m. first Mon. Arrow Coffee Shop, 19880 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus

Planning Commission: Monthly 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday.
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*Coffee With Damascus Councilors: Monthly 7:30 a.m. first Wednesday. Arrow Coffee Shop, 19880 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus.

Committee for Citizen Involvement: Monthly 6:30 p.m. first and third
Wed. Damascus City Hall, Conference Room, 19920 S.E. Highway 212,


Damascus-Boring Kiwanis Club:
Visitors are welcome to a meeting of Kiwanis International, a global
organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and
one community at a time. The local club supports the Mt. Hood Kiwanis
Camp, Adopt-A-Road, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Terrific Kids,
Meals-On-Wheels, Kiwanis Kids, Builders Club and Oregon Impact. Weekly 7
a.m. Wed. Pub 212, 20400 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus; no-host breakfast; or Dale Parsons, 503-806-3739


Wood Barn Quilt Workshop: Very
popular in the Midwest, these wood barn quilts are gaining popularity
across the country. Our version is 2-foot-by-2-foot, 3 colors, with
dozens of quilt patterns to choose from. We have several colors to
choose from and you are welcome to bring your own paint if you have
something specific in mind. These are wonderful hung inside or out. Bring a paint shirt. 10:30 a.m. Sat, Nov. 9. The
Wade Creek House, 664 Wade St., Estacada; $35, includes materials; or 503-630-7556

woodbarnquilt.jpgView full sizeA Wood Barn quilt donated to the Wade Creek House by Julie Altman

Holiday Wreath: Decorate a fresh
mixed greens wreath base with all natural materials like cones, holly,
yellow cedar, varigated boxwood, etc. or bring your own special
decorations. Also available: ribbon, raffia, and bows. Bring gloves
and any special ornaments you may want to add. Great class for groups
or individuals. Registration required. 11 a.m. Sat, Nov. 30; 11 a.m. Sat, Dec. 7. The Wade Creek House, 664 Wade
St., Estacada; $16 per workshop; or 503-630-7556

Multiple Artists Exhibit: “Estacada on
the Clackamas: North Fork Dam and Powerhouse,” is an exhibit that features the works of 29 artists from Estacada
and the Portland area who explored all aspects of PGE’s North Fork Dam and

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 15 at the
Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade St., Estacada.

Participating artists include:
Sue Allen,  Zeb Andrews,  Connie Athman,  Eileen Belanger,  Peter
Carson,  Leslie Cheney-Parr,  Ben Dye,  Am Griswold,  Eileen Holzman, 
Katherine Hurd,  Mindy Jensen,  Caren Jones,  Emma Kirchofer,  Julius
Kuziemski,  Thea Kuziemski,  Phil Lingelbach,  Earlean Marsh, 
Christopher Mooney,  Neal Philpott,  Pam Randall,  Annette Reisbick, 
Janet Ronacher,  Susan Schenk,  Jeff Schnabel,  Brenda Scott,  Jean
Thomas,  Jill Torberson,  Nolene Triska and Dean Walch.

— Vickie Kavanagh

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Bold plan to renew coastal suburbs

Bold plan to renew coastal suburbs


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The reopening of the causeway linking Ferrymead to Sumner this week could be the first step in a multimillion-dollar makeover for the coastal suburbs.

The Christchurch City Council is seeking public feedback on its draft master plan for the area from the Ferrymead Bridge to Marriner St, Sumner under bold plans to rejuvenate Christchurch’s quake-damaged suburban centres.

The bay suburbs were among those hardest hit by the quakes.

Roads and bridges were severely damaged, while rockfalls and landslides destroyed many homes, businesses, and community facilities.

The Main Rd causeway has been closed for repairs since April, but is expected to reopen to traffic on Friday. Since the quakes, the number of people living in the Mt Pleasant, Moncks Bay and Sumner area has fallen by about 15 per cent, and the local workforce has dropped by 20 per cent.

Many local businesses and sports clubs have reported a noticeable decline in patronage as a result of the population decline and concerns remain about the potential economic and community implications should Redcliffs School not reopen.

Separate master plans have already been produced for the Sumner Village and for the Ferry Rd corridor through to Ferrymead bridge.

This draft master plan proposes redesigning Scott Park for windsurfing and watersports, redeveloping the two local shopping areas, building a new community centre, and improving public access to Moa Bone Cave.

It also incorporates the first stage of the Ferrymead to Sumner coastal pathway, for which the council has earmarked $9.9 million in its three-year plan.

“We have a clear steer from the community that people are keen to see the potential of the estuary and the beach enhanced through accessible, open, well-designed spaces,” said Christchurch City Council urban design and regeneration unit manager Carolyn Ingles.

People have also said they want to see the two local shopping areas developed as safe, welcoming places to visit and shop, with improved parking, transportation networks and streetscapes.

“The draft plan reflects these ideas by proposing streetscape enhancements such as landscaping and integrated seating to unify the Redcliffs village centre,” said Ingles. Through the plan it was also proposed to reinforce the role of Soleares Ave/McCormacks Bay as a community hub for the hill suburbs around Mt Pleasant.

“One of the suggested actions is to rebuild the Mount Pleasant Community Centre and kindergarten on their existing sites, but repositioned to create a centralised, multi-use place for the community to access a range of social and recreational activities.

“This initiative will also promote dual use of the forecourt space for parking and events, such as the farmers’ market,” Ingles said.

Fulton Hogan has already built a separated four metre-wide sealed path for pedestrians and cyclists along the causeway, which will be incorporated into the 6.5-kilometre coastal pathway.

Elements such as lighting, street furniture and more extensive planting will come once the coastal pathway concept designs are finalised and construction begins.

The public will then have until November 22 to lodge submissions on the draft master plan with the council.


Drop-in sessions where people can find out more about the draft master plan are being held next Monday, November 4, from 3.30 to 6.30pm, at Christchurch Yacht Club in Moncks Bay and next Wednesday, November 6, from 3.30 to 6.30pm, at the Mt Pleasant Yacht Club in Scott Park. 

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