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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. 

– © Fairfax NZ News

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Neighbors wary about Urban Outfitters’ plans for former Waterloo site

Kids skateboard on Dorset Road just behind the proposed Devon Yard site. Neighbors fear their narrow road, which has no sidewalks and has heavy pedestrian use, will become an cut-through to the new complex, endangering residents. (Submitted photo)

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The Garden Guru: The season’s not over yet

Somebody asked me several days ago if it was too late to plant Bermuda seed, and I had to answer, “Yes. By five or six weeks.” There’s a time for everything, and I’ve made a hard-and-fast list of 20 things that are timely right now. You might want to scan down through them.

Fall landscaping. It’s the best time of the entire year to plant trees and shrubs around your house. Nurseries are well stocked, and it gives the plants maximum time to get established before summer.

Plan for daffodils, grape hyacinths and summer snowflakes. Put tulips and Dutch hyacinths in the refrigerator at 45 degrees for a minimum of 45 days. Plant them into the landscape toward the end of December. Comparatively close and massed plantings give the best show.

Dig and divide spring-flowering perennials. This is your time to separate plants that have become crowded, and to share plants with and from friends. Included in the list: iris, daylilies, Shasta daisies, violets and coneflowers.

Dead-head old perennial foliage and seed heads as they turn brown. Eventually you’ll want to trim them completely to the ground.

Prune to remove dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs, before the healthy branches start losing leaves. Other than light reshaping, save all other pruning for later.

Remove rose plants that are infected with the incurable and highly contagious rose rosette virus. It causes clubby shoots whose buds do not open properly. If you’re unfamiliar with the disease, look it up online and compare photographs. Don’t think that you can prune to remove it and save your plants. You’ll serve as the source of infection for the rest of your neighborhood.

Plant pansies, pinks, snapdragons, and ornamental cabbage and kale into freshly prepared and well-draining garden beds. They require full or nearly full sunlight.

Cut back on the water you’re giving your lawn and landscape. With water shortages seemingly unending, it’s imperative that we all take responsibility. You may be able to go several weeks between waterings over the winter, especially if we begin to get occasional rains.

Keep mowing at the same height as you’ve been mowing all summer. Letting the grass grow tall does not improve its winter hardiness. In fact, it weakens the grass.

Keep tree leaves picked up off your lawn. The easiest way is to use a grass catcher on your mower and simply to bag them. They’re outstanding mulches around perennials and shrubs, or you can put them into the compost pile. Do not send them to the landfill.

Mulch your beds to protect plants from rapid changes in soil temperatures over winter. It also discourages weeds, lessens runoff and evaporation, and simply looks good.

Be on the lookout for brown patch fungus in your St. Augustine. The dead areas will be 18 to 24 inches across. If the blades pull loose easily from the runners, and if they are decayed where they should be attaching, you need to treat with a labeled fungicide. Brown patch is not fatal, but it does weaken the grass.

Apply a broadleafed weedkiller (containing 2,4-D) to eliminate clover, dandelions, chickweed and other non-grassy weeds. Treat by mid- to late November. Once it turns cold, the herbicide won’t be effective.

Deal with bare spots. Use seed grass as a temporary cover. Ryegrass planted onto lightly tilled soil at the rate of 8 to 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet will do well. Water after you sow it to put the seeds into contact with the soil.

Prepare for spring planting. If you have turf areas where you would like to plant flowers, vegetables, shrubs or groundcovers in the spring, and if you want to eliminate all existing vegetation beforehand, you’re running out of time. Apply a glyphosate-only herbicide spray soon, and allow it at least two weeks to do its job. Glyphosates do not leave residuals in the soil.

Decide which tropical plants to save. Remember that nurseries will probably restock your favorites, so unless it’s a family heirloom or a large and valuable plant of some significance, or unless you have a home hobby greenhouse, you may not want to go to the trouble of overwintering the plants indoors.

Check your greenhouse heating system. Be sure it’s functioning properly. It’s a lot easier to get the HVAC people out now than it will be the night of the first freeze.

Inspect patio pots for bugs. Before you the pots into the house for the winter, check them closely for spider mites, aphids, whiteflies and mealybugs. If you find any, address them while they’re still outdoors. Check the drain holes, too, to be sure they’re not providing safe harbor to roaches and other undesirables. If they are, letting the plants soak in a tub of water will usually rid them of the soil-borne pests.

Buy and pre-cut frost cloth to put down over your cold-sensitive shrubs and annuals. Local independent garden centers and hardware stores sell it. After you have it cut, put it into marked bags and store them in a dry spot in the garage or work shed.

Put poinsettias in the dark. If you’re trying to reflower a poinsettia, it must be getting complete and total darkness for 14 hours each night now. That triggers the flowering process, and even a few minutes’ exposure to light can delay it.

Neil Sperry publishes “Gardens” magazine and hosts “Texas Gardening” from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday on WBAP AM/FM. Reach him during those hours at 800-288-9227.

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The not-so secret gardens: A story behind every garden at Destin Library …

I am amazed to find there are ten different gardens surrounding the Destin Library.  I am met by Daisy Pfoertner, a 15 year Master Gardener, a charter member of the Destin Garden Club and Chairman of the Garden Club’s landscaping committee. 

Daisy says, “ten years ago when the library moved to its present property on Sibert, the city landscaped with native plants such as blueberries, flame azaleas, palmettos, and oak leaf hydrangeas. This native hydrangea has handsome, deeply lobed, oaklike leaves that turn bronze or crimson in fall. 

In late spring or early summer, this plant with huge elongated clusters of white flowers will stop you in your tracks.  Another native, Florida anise, gives forth a delicious licorice-scent if mashed or clipped. This native area, is maintained by the city with a helping hand from members of the Destin Garden Club.

One of the newest gardens underway at the library is the Butterfly Garden.  This is an undertaking by the City of Destin and the Environmental Tree Board. 

Located on the right hand side of the library is the Imagination Garden along with this new butterfly garden.  The butterfly garden is being filled with plants that caterpillars like to eat and plants that adult butterflies feed on. 

This is a test garden with the hope that it will inspire people in Destin to put in more butterfly gardens.  Shrubs now found in the butterfly garden are chaste tree, cassia, bottlebrush, purple passion vine, plumbago and cuphea.  Ken Vanderzeyde, of the Tree Board, is looking for “host” plants like parsley, dill or butterfly weed.  If your garden has extras and you would like to share, call Ken at 650-3620 or Daisy at 650-2804.

The Imagination Garden is a nature garden filled with a bird bath, hummingbird feeder and bird feeder.  Native plants are used here for butterflies and birds to enjoy.  Destin Garden Club members were busy weeding and freshening up this garden when I was there.

There is a Seasonal Garden that greets you out front. It is beautifully done with fall colors, pumpkins, colorful chrysanthemums, and a small metal boy and a girl with her pigtails flying out and about. As Halloween approaches you can count on something scary and spooky in the garden followed by changes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Daisy says “Both young and older visitors love the displays.  You should see the kids eyes light up.”

The Destin Garden Club’s responsibility for maintaining many of these gardens include providing plants, fertilizer, garbage bags for cleanup and fresh soil for planting.  As if that wasn’t enough, there are 14 pots that take continual care.  The club raises landscaping funds from plant sales and raffle baskets at their meetings, and members provide approximately 2,000 hours of womanpower to keep the landscape in pristine condition.

There is a lot of work that goes into the garden and Daisy is grateful for the efforts of many. Friends of the Library gave a much needed and nice donation. 

“When I need something for the garden, it seems to appear.  When stepping stones were needed and we put out the word, Carol Baker called and said, ‘I have lots of those stones, come get them, you can have them.’ ” Daisy said. “It was heavy work to transfer all these stones but guess what?  This was when the guys showed up with their trucks and got the job done.”

When the garden work was drawing to a close, all the group gathered around for cookies, homemade pound cake and lots of chatter.  I ask several of the gardening ladies what they think about Daisy. 

They all pipe up with mixed voices, “That Daisy is a slave driver, dig, plant, pull weeds…. do it, do it, do it.” 

While this friendly banter is going on, I slip over to have my second piece of pound cake.  Annie and I will walk this off later today.

Laura Hall is a longtime Destin resident.  She writes about area gardens and other topics of interest with her cavalier spaniel Annie.  Contact her at


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Master gardener offers 6 autumn gardening tips

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As October comes to a close, Minnesota gardeners should be out putting the final touches on their properties to ensure they survive the harshest winter months, said master gardener Julie Weisenhorn on The Daily Circuit.

It’s important to review what survived in your garden in the last year and make plans for next year for better results. Weisenhorn also said it’s important to empty rain barrels to prevent ice from cracking them and to clean out other water elements in your garden.

Weisenhorn offered some other tips for late-autumn gardeners.


• Don’t forget to keep watering your plants in the fall.
“They have to make it through the winter and we have such dry, cold winters that you have to really be sure you’re setting those plants up as best as possible going into that winter,” she said.

Keep watering trees and plants as long as the water is draining freely. If you reach into the soil, you should go about palm-deep and still find wet soil. If the soil is dry the next day, give it more water.

• If your bulbs didn’t bloom this year, blame the squirrels.
“Squirrels are notorious for eating those bulbs,” she said.

Weisenhorn said it’s important to bury the bulbs at least 6 inches into the soil and water them well before the ground freezes.

• It’s too late to prune.
“Pruning will sometimes kick a plant into production and it will start to put out leaves and small branches,” she said. “You really want to just let the plant go dormant now for the winter and then prune it later next year.”

Fruit trees should be pruned when they are dormant, usually in late winter or March.

“When you open up a wound on a plant, you invite all sorts of pathogens and pests,” Weisenhorn said. “Right now, we’re recommending you wait to prune when the plant is dormant and then the plant can heal over before the pests become active in the spring.”

• If your sugar maple didn’t change color this year, try watering more in the next year.
Weisenhorn said leaves with a brown edge suffered from drought stress. If the leaves are still green, there’s a chance they could still change this season.

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• Considering a new tree for your yard next spring? Look into beech trees.
“It’s a native tree to Minnesota, very underused,” she said. The tree has a nice smooth bark and produces strong fall colors.

• Plant evergreens away from roads.
Evergreens have a tough time withstanding the winter spray of salt from vehicles and plows, Weisenhorn said. She recommends planting them at least 10 feet from a property line.


Protecting Your Garden From Winter Weather
Advice for gardeners on protecting plants, winterizing roses, and making leaf mold. (Better Homes and Gardens)

Preparing Your Vegetable Garden for Winter
One thing that most gardeners will agree upon is that it’s worth the effort to clean out all the old annual plants. (Mother Earth News)

20 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Winter
If you have winter crops such as leeks, kale, parsnips, or Brussels sprouts, put a generous amount of mulch around them to help protect them from the cooler temperatures until they are ready to harvest. (Yahoo)

Preparing Your Garden for Winter Wildlife
Most people tend to tidy their gardens in autumn, but often take this to the extreme. They blitz them, removing most of the shelter for wildlife and leaving overwintering invertebrates homeless in the process. You can help wildlife by leaving as much tidying up as possible until the end of winter, and doing so can make your garden look more attractive, too. (Discover Wildlife)

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Sardar, Jennings, Oliver in panel discussion on design: Cornerstone in Sonoma will host a panel discussion Oct. 17 featuring author and design critic Zahid Sardar, Bay Area arts patron Steve Oliver and noted San Francisco architect Jim Jennings.

Jennings collaborated with Oliver on a visiting artist’s studio at Oliver’s Geyserville Ranch that has been widely acclaimed in the design world and is featured in Sardar’s new book, “West Coast Modern Architecture, Interiors Design.”

The two-hour talk begins at 5:30 p.m. at Artefact Design Salvage within the Cornerstone complex. But ticket holders who arrive at 4:30 p.m. can take a guided tour of the installation gardens. Cost is $20. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets visit For information, 933-3010. 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.


Advice on caring for oaks: Do you know how to care for the oak trees in your yard? Forester Bruce Hagen and oak ecologist Steve Barnhart will show you how during a class Oct. 19 at Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa.

The class will offer a comprehensive foundation for maintaining the health of oak trees via landscaping, irrigation and managing the growing environment. It will conclude with a hike on the preserve to check out some of its many oaks.

Hagen worked as a forester for Cal Fire for 20 years and as an entomologist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for nearly 10 years. He is a registered professional forester, a certified arborist, and a qualified tree risk assessor. Steve Barnhart taught biology, botany and ecology at Santa Rosa Junior College for 37 years. He currently serves as Pepperwood’s academic director and is a renowned expert on California oaks.

The 3,200-acre Pepperwood Preserve is a community-supported ecological institute that conducts applied research and provides educational programming.

The class will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30. Register online by searching for “Pepperwood” at

Pepperwood is located at 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road, midway between Santa Rosa and Calistoga, off Franz Valley Road, and adjacent to Safari West. For more information, or 591-9310 ext. 204.


Think winter for fall flower show: “Winter Wonderland” is the theme of The Graton Community Club’s Fall Flower Show Oct. 11 and 12.

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. event features flowers and displays by Community Club members, as well as a plant sale, handmade crafts and gifts and antiques and collectibles. Admission is free. Lunch will be available for $10 and beverages and desserts on sale all day for snacking. Proceeds support the club’s scholarship program. 8996 Graton Road, Graton.


Native plants and more on sale: The Milo Baker Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold its annual fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.

Stock up on California native plants suitable to the North Coast climate including trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, groundcovers, and ferns. There will also be a wide selection of seeds and bulbs, as well as books on gardening with native plants, local flora, posters, notecards and a newly designed T-shirt by Pamela Glasscock.

A special feature of the sale will be a selection of habitat plants that attract birds and butterflies. The display will be staffed by Nancy Bauer, author of “The California Wildlife Habitat Garden.”

Members will be on hand to offer advice on gardening with California natives. For a list of plants available, visit 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 578-0595.


Workshop on plant propagation: Garden designer Gail Fanning will demonstrate how to propagate plants during a hands-on workshop Oct. 19 at the Harvest for the Hungry Garden in Santa Rosa.

Fanning will show how to create new plants from perennials and shrubs like rosemary and roses using soft wood cuttings. The free workshop will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1717 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa. 484-3613.


Student nursery offers bargains: Willowside School’s nursery offers good bargains on a wide selection of plants suitable for fall planting.

The student nursery will hold its sale next Saturday, Oct. 19 — rain or shine — featuring perennials, roses, grasses, trees, succulents and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5299 Hall Road at Willowside Road in Santa Rosa. For information, 569-4724.


A nod to region’s Russian heritage: The Russian River Rose Company celebrates the end of the season Oct. 19 and 20 with a Russian Tea Fragrance Festival inspired by the region’s history of Russian settlers and the Russian heritage of owner Mike Tolmasoff.

The festivities include live folk, Slavic and Gypsy music, tea leaf readings, rose tea samplings, rose water-infused nibbles by Chef Jake Martin of Restaurant Charcuterie of Healdsburg and cups of Russian “Sweee-touch-nee Tea” prepared in antique Russian samovars. Visitors are invited to stroll the gardens, still colorful with late blooming roses.

Cost is $5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg. 433-7455 or


Last open house at Digging Dog: Digging Dog Nursery co-owner Deborah Whigham will lead a stroll through her impressive demonstration gardens during the Mendocino Coast nursery’s last open house of the season Oct. 12. During the 2 p.m. walkabout, Whigham will also offer her expertise to help visitors with their garden problems. Refreshments will be served as part of the tour, free to nursery guests.

Throughout the weekend of Oct. 12-13, the nursery will also offer 20 percent to 40 percent discounts on plants.

Digging Dog is at 31101 Middle Ridge Road, Albion. It is wheelchair accessible. For information, 937-1130 or

You can direct Home and Garden news to or by calling 521-5204.

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Virtual Mayoral Forum – Part 4: Walkable/Bikeable Neighborhoods and Public …

cropped-bikepedlane_by_waferboard_1000x272Welcome to Day 4 of the SDFP Virtual Mayoral Forum. (See Day 1, Asking about managed competition, here , Day 2, Looking back on the Plaza de Panama controversy, here, Day 3, The Building Permit Process is a Hot Mess and Plans for the Planning Department, here.)

With input from our many contributors, editors put together a series of eight questions we felt were unique, not too open ended and not trite. We’re publishing one response from the candidates per day (Monday-Friday) so readers can see the verbatim responses side by side.

We emailed the questions to the addresses listed with the City Clerk’s office as contact points, knowing most of the minor candidates wouldn’t respond. Kevin Faulconer’s campaign is refusing to participate. We can only assume–and, believe me we’ve tried to get them involved– their non-response sends a message about their openness to the citizens in this city. You can decide what that message is.

Editor’s note: According to his campaign staff, Nathan Fletcher did not receive our questions until after we began publishing this virtual forum. His responses have since been added.

The complete questionnaire can be found here.

Today’s topic is about non-automotive modes of transportation in our community.  SDFP editor Anna Daniels put together an introduction to the issue so readers can see our thinking behind asking the question.


mts trolleyToday’s candidate question about alternative transportation/mobility is one of the most complex ones that we are asking in this virtual forum.

Any meaningful discussion of safe, liveable neighborhoods and the broader urban planning concept of smart growth must address mobility issues on the neighborhood level.  This is a particularly important issue, beyond the mayoral campaign, because SANDAG is developing a Regional Transportation Plan through 2050.  The City of San Diego has seats and a weighted vote on the SANDAG board of directors.  Interim Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Marti Emerald currently represent the City.

The terms “neighborhoods” and “livable neighborhoods” figured prominently last year in then candidate Bob Filner’s campaign. The neighborhood agenda that he campaigned on reflected both a broad policy vision and specific applications at the community level. This agenda was clearly a significant element of his electoral success.

Bob Filner, as the champion of this neighborhood agenda is gone, but the momentum to carry that agenda forward has not dissipated, particularly from  those neighborhoods that began to see some positive outcomes after decades of neglect despite tireless advocacy. The current mayoral candidates in this year’s special election to replace Filner have been quick to pick up the mantle of neighborhood champion if for no other reason than it is politically expedient to do so.

While automobile drivers advocate for street repairs and maintenance, more parking options and reduced commute times, residents who walk, bike and take public transit have a different set of priorities.  There is less concern about sexy streets and more concern for maintained sidewalks and in some areas of the city, the installation of sidewalks.  Street lights take on added significance as well as the placement and number of traffic signal lights around major corridors.  Transit riders need public transit to accommodate the schedules of working people, reduce their commute times and be affordable.

There are important granular distinctions that must be taken into account when discussing mobility issues.  Residents who rely on electric wheel chairs may need places to recharge their chairs; an elderly woman who walks to the local grocery store in the early morning may have concerns about personal safety; a thirty-year old biking from North Park to work in Old Town has different issues than a high school sophomore biking four miles to school in the urban core.  One of the most pressing issues is the availability of affordable housing in  proximity of good schools, employment and quality grocery stores.

The City of San Diego is a huge city geographically speaking, encompassing 372.40 sq mi.  and containing over 100 neighborhoods  and communities.  A great deal of the discussion about mobility and liveable neighborhoods focuses on the densely populated urban core and communities south of Route 8, where more infill is anticipated. Yet urbanization (infill) will continue in a northward corridor from the Mexican border toward Camp Pendleton.  How are these issues defined, then,  in Clairemont, Rancho Bernardo, Del Mar Heights and Mira Mesa?  The question of course is to what degree the mayoral candidates are aware, truly care and have an agenda.


4.  Alternative Transportation/Mobility

What is the importance of walkable/bikeable neighborhoods and public transit in San Diego?

Mike Aguirre____________________________

SDFP Aguirre  LogoToo many of San Diego’s communities lack the basic amenities that make walking and biking safe, comfortable, and convenient. For the past fifty years, development has focused on automobile-friendly suburban communities. These communities are marked by wide roads meant to maximize car volume and speed, narrow or absent sidewalks and hazardous street crossings, few or discontinuous bicycle routes, and long distances separating destinations such as home, work, shops and schools.

There are barriers to walking and bicycling in many urban communities too. In some places, aging infrastructure and maintenance costs have left existing pedestrian, bicycle, and public transportation amenities in disrepair, while the suburbanization of many jobs and businesses has required city residents to drive to work. These trends have an influence on our health, economy, environment and overall quality of life.

We need to re-create neighborhoods through urban infill where residents can easily walk or bike to work. We need communities with access to essential services, like public transportation, parks, libraries, and grocery stores. We should expect well-maintained, uninterrupted sidewalks and an accessible network of bicycle facilities, such as bike lanes and trails. Our streets should be clean and attractive, with landscaping, benches, lighting, and other features that make walking, biking, taking the trolley or other means of transportation more pleasant. Parents must feel comfortable allowing children to walk or bike to school.

Communities that benefit from careful planning and enlightened zoning help strengthen the social fabric of communities. For example, studies have shown that residents living in walkable environments are more likely to know their neighbors and get involved in local civic processes. Small businesses also see a benefit, as pedestrians and cyclists are apt to spend more of their dollars locally. Residents who live, work, and play in vibrant, walkable places with easy access to a range of retail and services, public transportation, and jobs enjoy a quantifiably better quality of life.

David Alvarez___________________________

SDFP Alvarez  LogoIncreasing “active transportation” like biking and walking is a top priority. Bicycle and pedestrian-safety initiatives, improving bicycle infrastructure and launching the city’s bike-share program will make it easier to bike and walk to and from work, the grocery store, schools and other destinations. We know that bikeable, walkable neighborhoods are shown to improve local economies, so bike initiatives aren’t just for quality of life and air pollution reduction, they make business sense as well.

As Mayor, I will partner with bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations to improve our neighborhoods. I’ll adopt the “Vision Zero” platform with a goal of zero bike and pedestrian fatalities on San Diego’s streets and will pledge to double the funds resources used to implement the city’s bike plan and increase ridership.

As Mayor and the City’s leading representative on SANDAG, I will work with my colleagues to direct more dollars to active transportation and transit versus just widening freeways. We’ve slowly been on the right track to do that but SANDAG needs to be more accountable to the City of San Diego, as the biggest population source in the county.

Land use and transit are interdependent, but it is the City that determines land use patterns while SANDAG funds transit to serve (or not) those land use patterns. In the past, we have not worked in coordination to the best of either jurisdiction’s ability. I would build a cooperative relationship with SANDAG, so neighborhoods have land use and transit that work together.

Hud Collins____________________________

SDFP Collins  LogoFavor walkable in neighborhoods. Do not favor bikeable on public streets (alone). Public transit important to all areas.




Nathan Fletcher____________________________

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Walkable/bikeable  neighborhoods  and  public  transit  are  vitally  important  to  San  Diego  and  its   long-­‐term vitality.  The  great  cities  of  the  future  will  be  those  with  sustainable  infrastructure   built  around  urban  cores where  people  can  live,  work,  and  play  in  the  same  community  and   travel  between  communities  with  ease.

As  mayor,  I’ll  support  innovative  planning  ideas  and  implement  the  “city  of  villages”  strategy  in   our  general plan.  I’ll  soon  be  releasing  a  plan  to  make  our  city  more  bikeable,  focusing  on   eliminating  major  danger areas.  I  also  believe  we  need  to  get  serious  about  improving  our   public  transit  system,  which  is  not  useful for  many  people  who  would  use  it  because  it’s  not   “competitive”  with  cars.  When  it  takes  several  times  longer  to  get  somewhere  via transit  than   by  car,  those  who  have  the  choice  will  choose  to  travel  by  car.     The  impact  of  having  a  walkable,  bikeable  community  is that  we’ll  be  able  to  recruit  and  keep   the  young,  talented  work  force  that  want  what  cities  like  Portland  offer  –  ease  of  mobility  and   vibrant  neighborhoods.  Our  economic  vitality,  competitiveness  as  a  region  of  innovation  and   quality  of  life  depend  on  our  moving  away from  the  old  suburban-­‐sprawl  model.

Kevin Faulconer_____________________________

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 SDFP Chair

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Questions For the Candidates: Eric Reed

Downtown development, Ralston Avenue traffic and safety, and the city’s regulatory powers are some of the top concerns of those seeking the seats for a four-year term on the Belmont City Council on Nov. 5.

There are six candidates seeking three open seats. Incumbent Warren Lieberman is running for re-election. Other candidates are Gladwyn d’Souza, Charles Stone, Kristin Mercer, Mike Verdone, and Eric Reed. 

In this six-part series, Patch asks each candidate the same two questions to help voters gain better insight into some of these issues. 

Each candidate’s answers are arranged individually, in reverse alphabetical order by the candidate’s last name. Today’s candidate is Eric Reed.

Eric L Reed 
Occupation: Father / Biotechnology Director
Former Planning Commissioner, City of Belmont, 2008-2013
AYSO Coach
Belmont 4-H Project Leader
MBA, Santa Clara University
Associate Director, Genentech, Inc.
Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee, Alternate.

1. What differentiates you from the other candidates?

Each candidate in this race brings with him/her a unique perspective on issues and a desire to improve Belmont.  My perspective has been shaped by my experiences. I’ve lived my whole life in San Mateo County and I’ve seen how proactive economic development strategies can rejuvenate a city and I know we can do that in Belmont.  

Working for a global biotech company for 23 years (Genentech) has helped me understand how innovation drives success and the positive impact that can have on a community.  I have also learned that effective collaboration is the way to solve problems.  

As a Belmont Planning Commissioner (for 5 years), I was able to see the impact that our planning processes and regulations have on homeowners and businesses and I understand that those impacts are not always positive.  Lastly, being a father and a homeowner has helped me understand how critical it is that we continue to support our schools and how important the City-School Board relationship is.

2. How would you improve the downtown area that we already have? Given a limited budget, what ideas do you have to perk things up and make some immediate improvements?

Major improvements to Belmont’s downtown will only come with robust development, but we can improve downtown with a modest investment.  
City-owned properties (e.g. the auto shop on Hill and ECR) could be screened with trees and landscaping.  An underused patch of ground on Ralston across from Flasner Lane could be turned into a pocket park- trees, grass, benches and bike parking would make it an inviting spot to have coffee or eat lunch. The City could increase the incentive for facade improvements.  

We could study the impact of the closure of Emmett to car traffic and make downtown “walkable.”  Beautifying downtown is important, but it should occur alongside efforts to create solid tactics to spur economic development.  I would start by reforming the Economic Development Committee so City and business leaders alongside residents like you can determine the best path forward for Belmont’s downtown.

Next up…Kristin Mercer (Tues. Oct. 29)

[Editor’s note: Biographical information on each candidate, including a list of endorsements can be found at]

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Green crew says dismantle, don’t raze


When a venerable old house must come down, it’s upsetting to see it just crushed and carted away in bits and pieces.

Rob Green of Green Bros. Construction much prefers the approach of dismantling it with care and reusing the materials. And he learned on a recent Port Hope job that he is not alone.

When the owners of a 148-year-old two-storey brick house at 106 Bruton St. made the difficult decision that it must come down, in order to rebuilt a new home and studio on the site, the neighbours were vocal in their displeasure. Once Green prepared a flyer explaining his approach, he encountered a 180-degree shift in attitude. People even came to the work site to show their support and say thank-you.

Green made the winning bid for the demolition job, but found the owners (and their architect Reno Picini) very receptive to his ideas — the job would still be within budget, but would require a couple of weeks instead of the single day it would typically take to raze a building flat.

“I had my guys take it down board by board, brick by brick,” he said.

When visited last week, the site contained any number of piles where recovered materials had been sorted and set aside for specific purposes. The aluminum waste, for example, will go to Wakely Disposals for scrap metal.

The paving stones from the patio will be used at an appropriate future landscaping job. The stone that made up the foundation is set aside for foundation repairs on other jobs, and perhaps future landscaping.

The roof rafters and roof boards will be reused in another building they are working on, as will the decorative Victorian front door. The pine floorboards were salvaged, cleaned and de-nailed on site, and will go into another heritage project of theirs.

“The floor joists will be remilled in our window-and-sash shop, to be remanufactured into window frames for historic windows,” Green added.

As he explained in a recent Northumberland Today story about a schoolhouse he was renovating west of Centreton, his company treats these old windows to make them more up-to-date. The old paint and stain are completely stripped, the single-pane glass and old weather-stripping are replaced with thermal windows. The old rope-and-pulley mechanism is replaced with a modern spring balance.

In the end, the old window looks the same, but opens and closes as smoothly as one could wish and more effectively keeps the elements at bay.

Some of the old wood, which he refers to as scrap wood or garbage wood, is not of sufficient quality to reuse.

“We are cutting it up for firewood, and grinding it up into wood chips to be used to heat our shop in the wood-chip boiler,” he said.

One thing that especially pleased Green was when he saw that the brick on the home was the rare Port Hope brick that was popular in the 19th century but is no longer manufactured in North America.

As he explained when interviewed about the Centreton job, this material was probably made in a Port Hope-area brick yard. It would have been good quality, though not the best, and it was used in a number of heritage buildings that still stand.

Having a new supply of Port Hope brick is a bonus, augmenting the Port Hope brick he managed to find earlier this year from a derelict drive shed west of Welcome. The owner had wanted it dismantled, and Green did the job free in exchange for the brick.

With his men carefully dismantling and cleaning each brick, the Bruton Street job has added 100,000 lb. of Port Hope brick to his inventory. About 60% of it is headed for a Toronto company called Historic Restorations to go into finishing up the one of the buildings in the historic Distillery District.

The other 40% will stay in Green’s inventory. About 1,500 of the bricks are bound for a project his company has been awarded, rebuilding the front of an historic Walton Street building, which won the approval of the municipality’s Architectural Conservancy of Ontario president Phil Carter

Even the brick and concrete rubble salvaged will go into another project as the base for a driveway — a good solid base to put gravel on top, he said.

The owners insisted on keeping a magnificent spreading 100-year-old chestnut tree. And though another tree was found to be dying and was taken down, the chestnut tree remains in place. And a number of cedar trees, which would typically be dug up and thrown out, have been replanted to fill in gaps in the hedgerow.

“The only thing we couldn’t salvage was the shingles. They went to the dump,” Green said.

But then, that one ton of shingles in the landfill is far preferable to the materials from an entire demolition project.

In the end, it was a three-week job. And thanks to the good work of site supervisor Russ Wright and his thorough safety training, Green is proud to say that his workers sustained not so much as a cut finger despite the hands-on nature of the work.

Green’s biggest hope is that his work will signal to others that this is a sound approach.

“It’s been a really pleasant experience from start to finish,” he said.

“What we are doing, I believe, pays a level of respect to the craftsmen who originally built the house. They put a lot of love and energy into building it. To come and crush it would be like crushing up a valuable painting.”

The neighbours obviously agreed, and showed their approval by helping in various ways like lending a hose to water the tree and allowing them to tap into their hydro supply.

“The whole neighbourhood was extremely co-operative, extremely helpful. In their eyes, we are doing the right thing,” he stated.

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