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Archives for February 27, 2014

Bulletin Board Calendar: Week of Feb. 24-March 2

Area codes are 518 unless noted. See more Bulletin Board Calendar listings at Submit items to or mail to: Bulletin Board Calendar, The Saratogian, 20 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Call 583-8729, ext. 220.

New Listings

Saratoga Film Forum Oscar Party benefit: 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Merry Monk, Henry St., Saratoga Springs. Guests are encouraged to come dressed for the red carpet or as a current or past movie character. Tango Fusion will perform a Hustle demonstration and teach a short lesson and there will be movie trivia. Tickets are $50 a person and include a free drink and appetizers. Upgrade to VIP for an additional $25 for a premium drink and swag bag. Purchase tickets at or at the Film Forum on movie nights.

Dominick Smaldone ITAM Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 35 meeting: 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs. All current members encouraged to attend. 885-3177.

Wilton Heritage Society: 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, Wilton Senior Center, 18 Traver Road, Wilton. The Society will look back at the Wilton House Tour homes. Refreshments will be served. 587-6363.

Malta Seniors meeting: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Lane, Malta. Refreshments before meeting. Enjoy day trips and luncheons. All Malta seniors welcome. 584-8160.

Author reading, discussion and signing: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga springs. Julie Moir Messervy, author and landscape designer will be discussing her “Landscaping Ideas that Work.” 682-4200.


Saratoga Central Catholic open house: 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 27, 247 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Opportunity for prospective students and parents to take a tour of the school and meet faculty and staff. 587-7070, ext. 108.

Cocktail party with author: 7 p.m. today, Feb. 27, Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs History Museum, Saratoga Springs. Partnering with Northshire Bookstores to host cocktail party with local historian, Timothy Starr. $7 advance reservations; $10 door. Reservations can be made at 584-6920 or

Saratoga Reads event snow date: 6:30 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 27, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Room, Saratoga Springs. All activities related to this year’s book of choice “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaleed Hosseini. Students in grades 3-6 invited to join Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College students in a discussion of “Extra Credit” by Andrew Clements. Students should select one night. Register at

Historic lecture: “Why French Canadians left Quebec,” 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 27, Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring St., Schuylerville. Talk on French Canadian settlements in this area. Lecture part of the Old Saratoga Historical Association meeting. Open to public. 698-3211.

Saratoga Horsemans’ Social: 6:30 to 10 p.m. today, Feb. 27, Longfellows Restaurant, Saratoga Springs. Night for the horse community to come together. $30, includes light fare, dessert, cash bar available. All horse-related businesses encouraged to bring information and advertisements for upcoming events. Raffle prizes. Wendy, 885-8995 or to register.

High school musical: “Bye Bye Birdie,” 7 p.m. today through Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, St. Peter’s Parish Center, 64 Hamilton St., Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Central Catholic High School’s musical. $10 adults, $5 students/seniors. 884-5504.

Friday, Feb. 28

Home and Lifestyle show: Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 2, Saratoga Springs City Center, Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The show will feature approximately 120 exhibitors, with a wide range of home improvement, outdoor living and landscaping, family recreation and lifestyle products and services, as well as prizes. Funds raised from the show support the Rotary Club’s donations to community charities and youth scholarships. $6 adults, $1 children, under 5 free. For daily hours and more information:

Kids Night Out: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Maple Ave. Middle School, Saratoga Springs. For all Saratoga Springs elementary students. Two hours of open gym including dodge ball, soccer, basketball, hockey, and more. Food will be sold. Supervised by high school coaches, athletes, and parents; to support the Saratoga High School Boys’ Track Team. $7 per child.

Food drive: Through Feb. 28. Leadership Saratoga Alumni Association food drive to benefit Franklin Community Center. The “Yes, You CAN Make a Difference” food drive will be accepting non-perishable food items, including cereal, macaroni and cheese, tea/coffee, canned tuna/chicken, soups, personal care items and more. Four drop-off locations at the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce; Olde Bryan Inn; Longfellows Restaurant; Franklin Community Center. You can also make a donation by dropping off or sending a check to Franklin Community Center, 10 Franklin St., Saratoga Springs. For full info:

Saturday, March 1

Weekend tour to Philadelphia Flower Show: Saratoga Arts and Soroptimist International of Saratoga County are sponsoring a weekend bus trip to Philadelphia on March 1-2. Tour includes visit to exhibit on Pompeii at the Franklin Institute, followed by the Philadelphia Flower Show. Trip is $375 per person (double occupancy) and includes overnight accommodations, breakfast and entrance fees. Registration deadline is Feb. 12. For complete details,

Parents Without Partners meeting: 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Commons, Clifton Park. Singles orientation and open house. Learn more at or 348-2062.

Defensive driving class: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs. Save 10 percent on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to four points off your driving record. Portion of class fee benefits the church. $39, $34 if you bring a friend. Registration required, 286-3788.

Sunday, March 2

35th annual “Saratoga Day” reunion in Fla.: Sunday, March 2, Tampa Bay Downs Thoroughbred Racetrack, 11225 Racetrack Road, Tampa, Fla. Join former Saratogians for a day of fun and festivities. Contact Carol Lopreato in Clearwater, Fla. for the cost, time, sign-up sheets and additional information at

Book discussion: 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. The book this month is “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism,” by John Shelby Spong. All are welcome. 423-3569 or

Monday, March 3

Religious program: “When Christians Get It Wrong,” 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, March 3 through April 7, Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa. Program appropriate for middle school students up to senior citizens. Each session includes opening prayer, scripture reading, video presentation, discussion and reflection. Light refreshments provided. 885-1729 or 877-8045.

Galway Preservation Society meeting: 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, Galway Town Hall, Route 147, Galway. John Naple to speak about “The History of the Chuctanunda.” Refreshments followed by business meeting and program.

Trout Unlimited meeting: “Salmon Magic,” 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, ACC Wilton Campus, Room 213, Route 9, Wilton. Meeting to include a night about the exploration of wild salmon rivers on the north coast of Russia’s Kola Peninsula; conservation success story and fly fishing adventure tale. All are welcome. Mark, 893-2228.

Friends of Kayaderosseras annual meeting: 7 p.m. Monday, March 3, Gideon Putnam Room, State Admin. Building, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs. Guest speaker Dough Heller will speak about creek mitigation projects and Maria Trabka of Saratoga PLAN will discuss new natural resource maps. Meeting will also include a discussion period, officers will be nominated and awards presented. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: 7 p.m. Mondays, United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs. Meetings based on the 12 Steps every Monday night. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Helena, 584-8190.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting: 6 p.m. Mondays, Rockwell Falls Presbyterian Church, 7 Bridge St., Lake Luzerne. Jane, 409-8927 or OA Hotline, 292-0666.

Community Heart Health program for women: 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 50 West High St., Ballston Spa. An eight-week nutrition and exercise program for women. Classes include discussions about heart healthy eating and weight control, plus 30-minutes of light aerobic activity. For more information or to register, contact nutrition educator/leader Diane Whitten at 885-8995 or email

Tuesday, March 4

American Legion – Ladies Auxiliary Adk. Post 70 meeting: 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 34 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. 587-0236.

Thursday, March 6

New Thought New York meeting: “E-Squared Class,” 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, March, 6,13,20,27 and April 3, Pine Hollow Arboretum, 16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands. Based on Pam Grout’s New York Times Bestseller book, “E-Squared Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.” Offered on donation basis, but due to limited space, pre-registration required, 466-6846.

Saturday, March 8

Boy Scout spaghetti and meatball dinner: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, Route 146, Clifton Park. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Take-out available. $8 adults, $7 seniors/children, under 3 free. Max family cost is $25. Proceeds to help the Troop in the procurement of camping equipment and provide financial assistance for summer camp and trips to needy Scouts. 348-1238.

International Womens Day: noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Saratoga Springs Public Library’s community room, Saratoga Springs. World-wide recognition of the equal and differing gifts women bring to the workplace, to home and to governance. Mayor Joanne Yepsen and NY Assembly candidate Carrie Woerner to speak. There will be cultural activities and more. Open to the public. More information can be found on the Facebook page, Saratoga Springs International Women’s Day. 584-1036.

Church supper: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Trinity United Methodist Church, Ballard Road, Wilton. Menu includes salad, rolls, beverages and assorted desserts. Cost is donation. There will also be a benefit for a church member undergoing open heart surgery. Take-outs available. Church is wheelchair accessible. 584-9107.

Sunday, March 9

Boy Scout ziti dinner: noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9, Christ Episcopal Church, Ballston Spa. Meal includes bread, salad, beverages and dessert. $8 adults, $5 children. Full trays available, $25 ziti; $35 whole meal. Take-outs available. Proceeds will benefit the church. 884-0249.

Monday, March 10

Religious program: “When Christians Get It Wrong,” 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays, March 3 through April 7, Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa. Program appropriate for middle school students up to senior citizens. Each session includes opening prayer, scripture reading, video presentation, discussion and reflection. Light refreshments provided. 885-1729 or 877-8045.

Tuesday, March 11

Southwest Neighborhood Association meeting: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, Saratoga Eagle Community Room, Grande Industrial Park, Saratoga Springs. Residents from Geyser Crest, Evergreen Pointe, Rowland Hollow East, Casino Drive, and Tiffany Drive, are encouraged to attend. Guest speaker will be Supervisor Dan Lewza, who will be sharing plans for Milton’s upcoming Geyser Road improvement project. 587-8134.

Thursday, March 13

March Brown Bag Lunch lecture: “John Morrissey: A Musical Journey,” noon Thursday, March 13, Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs. Librarian Dan Hubbs and Irish fiddler Frank Orsini to discuss the life of John Morrissey. Free and open to the public. Tea and coffee provided. 587-3241.

Saturday, March 15

St. Patty’s dinner: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15, American Legion Post No. 278, 6 Clancy St., Schuylerville. Corned beef or ham and cabbage dinner. $8 adult, $5 children. Families welcome. Limited tickets sold at door. 695-3011.

Friday, March 28

Bus trip to Washington, D.C.: Friday, March 28 through Monday, March 31. Trip sponsored by the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga. Tour of the Capitol, White House, war memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian and more. Cost is $419 per person/double occupancy. For details and more information, 584-1621.


Free home Bible study: Compliments of Free Spirit Fellowship. An exciting and informative study. 885-3149.

Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop bag sale: The shop’s hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 116 Broad St., Schuylerville. The shop offers clothing for men, women and children, housewares, a Christmas shop and miscellaneous gifts. Veterans receive a discount on all items. 695-4640.

Prevention Council seeking speakers: Speakers needed for monthly Victim Impact Panel. The purpose of the Saratoga County Victim Impact Panels is to put convicted offenders face-to-face with those who’ve experienced this tragedy firsthand. Speakers can represent a variety of perspectives. To learn more contact Robin, 581-1230 ext. 3610 or email

Story time date change: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa. Both times are appropriate for children 5 and under. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free; registration not required. The first Wednesday program will be offered started Feb. 12. 885-5022.

Wilton Seniors: Center open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bus transportation is available to and from the center by calling 884-4100 before noon the day before. The Center offers ceramics, crafts, card games and bingo. Business meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, pizza is on the second, and a covered dish is the last Tuesday of the month. Dues, $10/year. 587-6363.

Spring Theater Arts program: Spring 2014 program for teens and adults beginning this March and April. Collaboration between the Dance Museum and Creative Place International to offer these wide-ranging programs. For more information visit or call 584-2225, ext. 3008.

Weekend tour to Philadelphia Flower Show: Saratoga Arts and Soroptimist International of Saratoga County are sponsoring a weekend bus trip to Philadelphia on March 1-2. Tour includes visit to exhibit on Pompeii at the Franklin Institute, followed by the Philadelphia Flower Show. Trip is $375 per person (double occupancy) and includes overnight accommodations, breakfast and entrance fees. Registration deadline is Feb. 12. For complete details,

Senior Center of Saratoga trips: The Senior Center is sponsoring the following excursions in 2014: Italian Vistas, Alaska Land Sea, Paris to Normandy River Cruise, Canadian Rockies by Train, Cowboy Country, Danube River Cruise and The Flavors of Thailand. Visit the Center for full itineraries or visit

Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop sale: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 116 Broad St., Schuylerville. Special sale on size 2X men’s clothing and $3 bag sale; 50 percent off Christmas items. 695-4640. 

2014 Town of Saratoga calendars available: Calendars may be purchased for $5 at Old Saratoga Books, Byron’s Market, Expressohuis, Saratoga Apple and at the Town Clerk’s office or at the Victory Village Emporium, Olde Saratoga Home and Garden, Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa and from Marion DeHeer and Pet Peck, members of Old Saratoga Historical Assoc. Call Pat, 584-4129, to arrange to have calendars mailed.

Seeking tax assistance volunteers: TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by AARP and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for tax season. TaxAide volunteers typically participate one day per week with flexible schedules. Volunteers answer questions and prepare file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors. For full information, visit or call Wally Decker at 373-1076.

Seeking volunteers to deliver meals for homebound seniors: The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors throughout Saratoga County. Current areas in immediate need are Saratoga, Moreau/South Glens Falls, Stillwater, and Charlton. Meals are prepared, packed, and ready for transport Monday-Friday at around 10:30 a.m. Delivery takes about one to one and a half hours. 363-4020 or 884-4100.

Local women meet-up group: Seeking group of Saratoga Springs area women 55+ that are willing and venture out and participate in a variety of activities. Some meetings may include discussing a best seller to golfing, walking in the park, riding bikes or motorcycles, making art, visiting museums, skiing, etc. If interested, contact

Office for the Aging Elderly Nutrition program: Farmers market coupons are now being distributed to those who qualify. Coupons can be picked up at the Office for the Aging at 152 West High St., Ballston Spa from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Qualifications include one booklet per household; age 60 and over; income eligibility: $1772.00/month for one person; $2392.00/two person. 363-4020.

Advocacy assistance to adults: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Adult Senior Center of Saratoga Springs. The center provides advocacy assistance to adults in the community. Receive help with doctors, insurance, housing or other issues. Advocates also offer instruction for computers, cell phones or e-readers. 584-1624.

Join the Adult Senior Center of Saratoga Springs: Anyone over age 50 can join the Center for $15 a calendar year. Membership benefits include activities, classes, trips and dinners for free or a minimal cost. Members can visit the Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and enjoy the social and health benefits of an active and independent lifestyle. or 584-1621.

Community service opportunities: The Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, is always looking for volunteers to assist with everything from basic cleaning to event organization to clerical work. 383-1343.

Seeking 55 and over volunteers: Saratoga County Office for the Aging needs volunteers to assist with the senior nutrition program at the Saratoga Adult and Senior Center, 5 William St., Saratoga Springs. Duties include serving meals and assisting with kitchen duties. Volunteers needed 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. 884-4110.

Taylor’s Heroes seeking applicants: Nonprofit Taylor’s Heroes seeks applicants ages 12 to 18 who are looking to get in shape. If selected, applicants join a free, three-month program that includes a fitness class, the ability to try new sports of their choice and the chance to learn nutrition information from experts in the community. or 894-1658.

Health insurance: New York State offers free and low-cost health insurance for children, teens and adults through: Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid. Free screening and enrollment services are available by calling toll free 1-888-242-1418. 580-2021.

Open Mic: 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Gaffney’s, 16 Caroline St. #1, Saratoga Springs. Hosted by Rick Bolton. 587-7359.

Community Bingo: Doors open 4 p.m., games at 7 p.m. every Monday, Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. Food and weekly specials. 584-2585.

Seniors offered transport: Moreau Community Center offers transportation for Moreau seniors to doctor’s appointments, shopping, banking and social events. 792-6007 or

Want to Get Published?: Galway Community Library seeking poems, photos, drawings and more for the book “The Galway Community in Images, Words and Sounds.” Details and submission guidelines,

Ballston Spa Rotary meetings: Breakfast meetings 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at D-Line Pub; lunch meetings 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays at The Factory restaurant. Meetings last one hour, feature a speaker and include a meal.

Bingo: 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Saratoga Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. $1,500 in prizes. 584-8547.

Make-A-Wish Seeking Volunteer Wish Granters: Volunteers needed for Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties to attend a training session and help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Cindy Conley, 782-4673.

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Home, Outdoor Show March 7-9

The Builders Association of Kosciusko-Fulton Counties Home and Outdoor Show is March 7-9.

The Builders Association of Kosciusko-Fulton Counties Home and Outdoor Show is March 7-9.

Got cabin fever? If your ready to cure those winter blues, then visit the Builders Association of Kosciusko Fulton Counties Home and Outdoor Show March 7-9 at Superior Group, 3144 East U.S. 30, Warsaw. Kosciusko REMC is sponsoring the event.

This is the 15th year for the show, which promises 90 vendors ready to help plan home improvement projects for the upcoming year. Joni Truex, executive officer, BAKFC said there will be something for everyone whether sprucing up the interior or exterior of a home.

“We’ll have builders, mortgage and insurance providers, specialty concrete companies, landscape experts, lawn and garden tools, decking, windows, doors, cabinetry, everything you can think of for the home,” she said. “In addition, some of our vendors will have live demonstrations of their products, and of course, everyone will be happy to answer any questions that you have.”

Truex said homeowners are looking for new ways to simplify their lives and enjoy their home at every stage of their lives. Smart technology is still very fresh along with home theater spaces, pools, outdoor kitchens and other amenities they may have had to leave home to enjoy in the past. She says homeowners want to relax with the family and entertain friends easily and without a lot of fuss.

“What they aren’t looking for are products that require a lot of maintenance,” said Truex. “People want to live in their homes, not work on them. They want additions that give them a bigger bang for their buck and allow them to enjoy their home even more.”

Truex said that warmer temperatures and budding trees seem to inspire homeowners to think about upcoming home improvement projects, and with the winter we have endured, she suspects people will do more on the exterior of their homes this year.

“Lawn and garden is always big, but I think people are eager to get outside and enjoy some warmer weather, and our landscaping and outdoor experts will have plenty to show and share,” she said.

She adds that she expects a good crowd to this year’s event and that visitors are diverse in their needs.

“Some people just want to get out for the day, while others have a specific project in mind. Others want to see the latest and greatest of what is out there or get ideas for something that they want to do down the road,” she says. “Either way, it’s a great place to gather, meet the local experts and do some research.”

The Home and Outdoor Show hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5. For more information, visit

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Richard Clare Brace, Diamondhead, Hot Springs, AR/formerly Janesville, WI …


January 9, 1931 – February 25, 2014

Richard Clare Brace, 83, of Diamondhead, Hot Springs, AR, went to his heavenly home, Feb. 25, 2014. He was born at home Jan. 9, 1931, in Janesville, WI, to Stewart and Ada Brace. After High School in 1949, he married his first wife and they raised their son and daughter. He was employed by General Motors Assembly Division for thirty years. Using his carpentry skills in home construction and remodeling as well as buying buildings to be restored, which were then rented and resold, gave him much pleasure and enjoyment. He and his wife, Uta, moved to Diamondhead, Hot Springs, in 1999. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement years, especially traveling, golf, and working outside with landscaping, always putting his creative ideas to good use.

Richard had a very strong Christian faith. He belonged to First Lutheran Church, Hot Springs, and had been a Lutheran Christian all his life. God gifted him with leadership and teaching skills which he used in churches that he was a member of. He served as elder, usher, member of the church council, lay preacher, Bible Study leader, and member of a steering commission made up of pastors and lay persons in order to form the TAALC Synod. Singing in the church choir gave him much joy, and he loved to entertain with is sense of humor. Many loved him and will miss him.

Survivors include his wife, Uta Brace of Hot Springs; one son, Craig (Yvonne) of Janesville, WI; one daughter, Denise (Chuck) Mueller of Wisconsin; a step-daughter, Becky (Mark) Swinehart, of Milton, WI; and a step-son, Cliff (Janet) O’Beirne of Janesville; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and one brother, Ralph (Jan) Brace of New Albany, MS. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Stewart W. and Ada Freeman Brace; and one brother, Robert S. Brace.

Our thanks go out to Dr. Stephen Divers, the Genesis Cancer Center, Dr. Michael Frais, Dr. Andrew Grose, Mercy Hospital 4th Floor Staff, Advanced Care Hospital Staff,

Quapaw Care and Rehab and Gentiva Hospice.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 2014, at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Hot Springs. The family asks the memorials be made to First Lutheran Church, Hot Springs, or the American Cancer Society.

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Making gardens great for less

Potting Bench, £29.99, Aldi

GETTING the garden ship shape ahead of the summer needn’t cause financial strain or back pain.

Aldi is stocking a huge range of gardening tools, equipment and accessories this spring, making beautiful gardens a breeze.

Eco warriors can pick up everything from compost and flower pots to belle cloche at just a snip of the usual cost, ensuring environmentally friendly gardening doesn’t cost the earth.

These ranges will go into store on February 27 and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The 220L Composter, priced £17.99, is fully assembled so there’s no need to add DIY to your ever-growing ‘to do’ list. It’s made from 100% recycled materials so you can keep the garden spick, span and debris free.

If you’re keen to grow your own pick up a Propagator Set 3s, priced £3.99, and watch your seedlings sprout. Suitable for use in the home or greenhouse, each pack comprises three trays with clear, shatterproof lids and twenty four cell inserts.

Gearing up to grow your own fruit and vegetables can be costly before you’re able to enjoy the fruits of your labour, but not with Aldi Specialbuys’ grow your own range.

Stocking potting benches, gardening gloves, trays, sieves and canes, aspiring horticulturists can pick up an array of excellent quality gardening gear and start sowing seeds.

Get started with the Three Tier Greenhouse, priced £14.99. With steel push-fitting joints, it’s both sturdy and easy to assemble and comes with a removable transparent PVC cover.

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Tips for gardening as winter weather continues

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Many people may be wondering about their plants after getting out and doing some gardening while the sun was out this past weekend.

CBS42 has some tips on how you can keep your greenery alive during this cold snap. And the good news is for people who planted trees, shrubs or bushes – they’re most likely going to be ok. It’s those of us who got a little over zealous with the flowering plants that need to worry tonight.

Pam Clark is the owner of Garden Shop of Homewood. On Wednesday afternoon, she and her staff were busy. They’re taking no chances with the cold weather. They’re putting up the Posey’s, dragging in the daisies and laying batting over the little budding plants.

“They may get a little cosmetic damage but once it warms up they’re going to perk right up and be all happy again,” says Clark.

Yet it’s hard to imagine any frilly flower could be happy when we’ve had several weeks of snow and ice. However Pam says living in the Southeast we shouldn’t be surprised by the cold.

“The six degree temps are not typical,” says Pam, “But just historically since I’ve been in the business, there have been ups and downs. Like last March, when it was cold for the entire month, unseasonably cold.”

So what can we do when stuck between mother nature and old man winter?

“I just encourage people to buy and plant, plants that do well in our area. That way you don’t have to worry about going out and covering anything up.”

And if you just can’t resist the pretty flowers, Pam says just know it’s a gamble but the 13- year shop owner feels its so worth it.

Although the temperatures are going to warm up a bit after tonight’s cold snap. Our area could get freezes as late in the year as mid April. So Pam says you should wait until after then to plant very sensitive plants like herbs, fruits and vegetables.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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This week’s gardening tips: parsley, caladiums and cool-season color edition – The Times

Hearths worthy of centerpiece status, even when they’re not ablaze. … Read the story»

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March Gardening Tips for Cedar Creek Lake


March is the start of spring – March 20th begin the official first day.  Already we are seeing new life appear as trees and shrubs start to show green buds and blossoms.  It’s an enjoyable time of year to be working in the garden.  Here are some important tips to keep your garden looking its very best.


Weeds in your lawn.  If you haven’t spread a pre-emergent on your grass, do so early in the month.  Pre-emergents stop the germination of weeds that invade during the spring.  A simple treatment of your lawn will save you the time and headache of weeding later.  If you use organics, spreadable corn gluten is recommended.  It’s also a natural fertilizer.      


Fertilize your lawn.  Fertilizing your lawn in March with a fertilizer will boost the growth of new shoots and green up the grass quickly.  A balanced slow release fertilizer blend is recommended for East Texas.   


Grow Your Own Veggies.  There is nothing better than tasting a fresh tomato picked directly from the vine.  Growing vegetables is easy, low cost and healthy.   Tomatoes can be planted outside when the threat of frost has past.  The last average freeze date for our area is March 15.   However, if temperatures drop close to 32 degrees it’s best to cover them.


Composting.  March is an excellent time to add compost to vegetable and flower gardens.  Decomposed organic matter improves the soil structure, helps retain moisture and provides important nutrients to support healthy plant growth.


Stephen Gent


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Winter garden tips

By Katie Marks

Posted Feb. 20, 2014 @ 10:40 am

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‘Drunken Botanist’ author offers tips on how to turn your garden into a …

MOBILE, Ala. — My first thought when I first received my copy of “The Drunken Botanist” was to flash back to my college years in a way that may surprise some of you.

Contrary to what you might think it wasn’t the drunken part, it was the botany part. The study of plants wasn’t my strongest subject; I think I made a D in the course.

So you can understand my skepticism when I received the book in the mail that explained in detail the relationship between drinking and plant science. But author Amy Stewart crafted a wonderfully entertaining book that made me want to rethink my own personal bias against plants.

On April 12, Stewart will be coming to Mobile, Ala., as the guest of the Mobile County Master Gardeners. She will be appearing at the 9th annual Master Gardener Educational Seminar at the Jon Archer Center on Schillinger Road.

Stewart, a bona fide botanist who is also the author of the book Flower Confidential, will discuss plants and gardening. But she will also spend a chunk of time talking about how mankind has used plants through the ages for something very important – making libations.

My first question to her was simple: Why do a book on plants and drinking?

Here answer was equally simple: “You can’t have the drinking part without the plant part,” she said.

She pointed out the obvious to a dope like me, that all alcoholic beverages are made from plants. All of them, not just a few, but all of them from a sloe gin fizz to a fuzz navel have roots in the soil.

At this point, I’m hooked.

Amy Stewart, author of “The Drunken Botanist.”  

Her message, she said, is to remind people that without plants we would have no cocktails. “I’ll be talking about the broad spectrum, how barley ends up in whiskey and some plants get added at the distillery. How hops in beer and juniper in gin change and improve the flavor for the better,” she said.

As for the home gardener, Stewart said there’s plenty to learn about how to grow your own plants to enhance your cocktail experience. “Well, I have a cocktail garden with 40 varieties that can be used in drinks,” she said.

A cocktail garden? Who knew? Maybe I have a green thumb after all.

She recommends amateur gardeners grow the things that they like to add to your cocktails. If, for instance, you like to sip on a mojito or a mint julep in the evening, then a nice array of mint plants would be an excellent idea. “We can be specific enough to tell you which mints to plant for which drink,” she said.

Herbs and some flowering plants also are wonderful add-ons for making cocktails more flavorful and Stewart said she will offer suggestions for how to maximize your plant production.

Living here in the humid subtropics, though, we can’t always grow everything we need when we need it. Stewart’s advice is quite logical: adapt and overcome.

“It’s all about growing what you can and making the best of where you live,” she said.

She pointed out that living in the Northwest as she does, she’s envious of our long and early growing season. “We can’t grow melons, watermelons and things like that. I have a wonderful watermelon tequila drink that is flavored with basil so you learn to love what you have,” she said.

Stewart’s presentation will be at 2:30 p.m., but the event starts at 1 p.m. when the county’s master gardeners will host a reception in their demonstration garden at the center. A host of tasty appetizers and some non-alcoholic infusions will be served.

The seminar is open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $20 and he deadline for reservations is April 4. Send ticket information and a check to Mobile County Master Gardeners, 12915 Dauphin Island Parkway, Coden, AL 36523.

In the meantime, here’s a cocktail from the book. I’m sure if it’s any good but I love the name.

The Frezier Affair

Makes 1 drink


3 slices ripe strawberry

1½ ounces white rum

½ ounce yellow Chartreuse

Juice of 1 fresh lime


Reserve 1 strawberry slice for garnish.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the remaining ingredients and crush the strawberries with a muddler. Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the reserved strawberry slice.

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