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November Gardening Tips from Nevada County Master Gardeners

As the glow of the liquidamber (Liquidambar styraciflua) leaves begins to fade and the leaves accumulate on the ground, winterizing the garden is at hand.

There are a number of activities for gardeners as the days shorten.

— Gather fallen leaves for mulch, or in decomposed form, as compost to amend the soil. (Dry leaves are considered a “brown” in the 50 percent brown/green ratio for a compost pile.)

— Pick up dropped fruit and debris from under fruit and nut trees. Consider spaces for new trees which can be planted later in the winter (bare-root trees).

— Take a look at your fruit trees and imagine how you may want them to look next spring. Dormant pruning helps the overall health of the tree by maximizing the tree’s use of stored carbohydrates.

— Imagine a bowl of steaming broccoli for Thanksgiving; attend to the pests now for a lovely crop of crowns. A sharp spray of water will help wash away aphids and white flies. Other pests can be managed early; check the UC Davis IPM website for help solving the pest problem, http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu.

— In anticipation of much needed rain, consider treating peach and nectarine trees with copper sulfate fungicide or lime-sulfur (calcium polysulfide). This will aid in prevention of “peach leaf curl,” a fungal infection of peaches and nectarines. Spray once leaves have fallen. Spray again in spring.

— Continue to plant perennials and bulbs.

— Drain irrigation lines and store timers and hoses.

Source: UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County



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Gardening Tips: Hoping pests seek warmth elsewhere

Matt Stevens

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Posted: Friday, November 14, 2014 11:44 am

Gardening Tips: Hoping pests seek warmth elsewhere

By Matthew Stevens

The Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids, NC

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Every year when the weather begins to get cold, certain types of insects will find their way into homes in search of water and heat. Lady bugs are probably the most common culprits, but others such as box elder bugs and kudzu bugs may trek inside, too. Usually these insects will come inside through small openings in the siding, cracks around windows or doors or other openings.

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Putting the garden to bed

Posted: Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:00 am

Putting the garden to bed

By Bob Beyfuss
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Well, it is time for my annual “putting the gardens to bed” column. Here are some tips for your home landscape.

Lawns: This is not a good time to fertilize or try to plant grass seed but lime may be applied at any time. Bring a sample of soil to your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office to test and they will tell you exactly how much lime, if any, to apply. This is also not a good time to apply broad leaf weed killers for weeds such as dandelions, ground ivy and others. If possible mow fallen leaves into mulch or rake them off the lawn and use them to start a compost pile. Oak leaves in particular will suffocate grass. You can still mow the grass if it is very tall, but leave it at least 2.5 inches for the winter. In a few weeks the grass will turn brown as it goes dormant.

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Ornamental vegetables will put a smile on your face on the darkest days of winter

As well as cabbages there are ornamental kales. Shaggier and not quite so rosette-like in form, these, too, will sit happily through the winter, only running up to seed when the warmer days of spring arrive, by which time they can be pulled up.

But that is some way off yet, and there is plenty of time to buy and enjoy both cabbages and kales. I do think they look their best when planted on their own in terracotta pots. Alternatively, you can plant three, four or five in a row in a window box where a border of winter-flowering pansies will add to the spectacle.

There are few cultivation tips, other than making sure that the compost is well-drained. They are happy in sun or gentle shade but, as a rule, the brighter the light, the better the colour.

So, if you have always hated cabbage, make this the season to be jolly about them. You can eat them if you really want, but on the whole I think you’d be better with a ‘January King’. These brighter beauties are cabbages that feed the soul of someone who simply enjoys looking at a bit of winter brightness.

Don’t miss Alan’s gardening column in today’s Daily Express. For more information on his range of gardening products, visit alantitchmarsh.com.

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Stuart Rattle book details his architectural approach to garden design

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Open gardens

Though grass-fed, free-range egg production is the central feature of Wild Hen Farm in the Myrrhee Valley in north-east Victoria, the property is also home to a large garden that seamlessly blends into its rural setting. As well as an assortment of trees and shrubs, there are stone wall-surrounded vegetable beds and a Gothic-inspired cage to keep the birds off espaliered fruit trees, berries and tropical species. It is open from 10am to 5.30pm today and tomorrow, at 165 Redcamp Lane, Myrrhee. There will be talks on egg production at 11am and 2.30pm each day. Gardens in Mount Martha, Narbethong, Malmsbury and Camperdown are also open, with Open Gardens Australia this weekend. Go to opengarden.org.au for more information.


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Cape Coral Things to Do – The News

Nov. 13

“And Then There Were None,” Agatha Christie’s superlative mystery The story takes place in an island house off the coast of Devon where statuettes of soldiers fall to the floor and break one by one, as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the 10 “soldiers” met his death until “there were none”. Eight guests who have never met each other or their absent hosts are lured to the island, and, along with two house servants, are marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having got away with murder. Show dates: Nov. 7-16. Show times: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $10-$19. Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 772-5862. culturalparktheater.com

Auditions Spamalot Needs a Lancelot This is a lead role that requires much singing and dancing with the Monty Python Humor. Age is not as much a factor as ability. This Production runs Jan. 9-25. Rehearsal schedule will run through November and December. Email or Facebook Message June Koc junekoc@aol.com. to set up an audition appointment as soon as possible. Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, 772-5862. culturalparktheater.com

• Comedy at Anthony’s on the Blvd. Thursday night comedy. 7-10 p.m. $12. Anthony’s on the Blvd., 1303 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. 772-5900. anthonyontheblvd.com

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 108 Meeting At 7 p.m. from September through June, but not July and August. Elks Lodge, 4631 SE 10th Place, Cape Coral, 283-5271. DAVCapeCoral.org

Dolphin Nature Cruise Bottlenose Dolphins are the main focus on this exciting excursion. There are many Dolphins to enjoy right here in our coastal waters. Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching the dolphins and all that nature has to offer from the water. Banana Bay Tour Company is a Certified Dolphin Smart Tour Operator which means we go above and beyond to promote safe dolphin viewing to help protect wild dolphins. $30. Banana Bay Tour Company, 5781 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral, 728-8687. BananaBayTourCompany.com

Eclectic Yoga Great for all levels. This dynamic and vigorous style of Yoga synchronizes breath and movement, endures longer holds on the poses, and cleanses and focuses the mind. Be sure to get an accurate schedule from the park office or instructor. Please register in advance. The fee for any guests, walk-ins or try-outs is $8 per class and is contingent on class size limits. (16+ years). 9-10 a.m. $24-$36. Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral. 549-4606. CapeParks.com

Exhibition by Painter Alberto Cruz Meet nationally and internationally recognized artist and instructor Alberto Cruz on Monday, Nov. 10 from 5-7 p.m. in the art gallery of the Cape Coral Library. Cruz will be joined by two of his students, Lionel Lewis and Deanna Housfeld. The artists’ paintings will be on exhibit from today-Dec. 30 at the library, which is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral. Call 239-533-4500 for directions or hours of operation.

• Farmers Market Fresh farmers market located in the large field next to Gulf Coast Village. This farmers market will be every Thursday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Locally grown produce, fresh pickles, jewelry, plants, sunglasses, food trucks and a lot more come check it out. Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, 785-8361.

Fleet Reserve Association Branch 118 Meeting Meets at 12:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. All active and former Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel are invited to attend. Lunch precedes the meeting at 11:30 a.m. For information, call John Panko at 540-4276. Perkins Family Restaurant, 1502 Cape Coral Parkway E, Cape Coral, 540-4276.

• Free Line Dance Lessons Line Dance Lessons every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Dixie Roadhouse LTD, 1023 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, 541-7900. facebook.com/dixieroadhouse

Hand and Foot Card Game Club Like to play cards? Want to meet new people? Join the new Hand and Foot Card Game Club every Thursday at 10 a.m. Lake Kennedy Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, 574-0575.

NAMI Connection Support Group NAMI Lee County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers free, confidential and safe support groups for adult individuals living with a mental illness. NAMI Connection support groups meet once a week for 90 minutes and offer a structured group process. These groups encourage, support and empower people. NAMI Connection is led by trained facilitators living in recovery themselves. Groups are available four times per week at various locations in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Call NAMI Lee County for information at 337-9024 or visit our website at www.namilee.org. 3-4:30 p.m. United Way Cape Coral, 1105 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral.

Vietnam Veterans Luncheon On the second Thursday of every month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All other veterans are welcome. The luncheon is free and donations are appreciated. 690-7715. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation, 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, 690-7715.

Volunteers Needed Bring your talents, time, and treasures: musicians, artist, writers, educators, all are welcome. Help us help others. New ideas welcomed. We are open Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Adventist Community Services, 829 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, 257.1493. capecoral22.adventistchurchconnect.org/

Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery Tours and Tastings Come see how Award winning Wicked Dolphin Florida Rum is made. Tours are available Tuesdays, Thursdays at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Wicked Dolphin Distillery, 131 SW 3rd Pl, Cape Coral, 242-5244. wickeddolphin.com

Zumba Fitness Ditch the workout and join the party! Brickhouse Cardio Club offers a fun and supportive atmosphere where you can focus on your fitness goals. Come out, get fit, make friends, and have fun. Call Carrie for information at 239-424-6111. Mondays and Wednesday-Saturday from 10-11 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6-7 p.m. $7 per class or memberships for unlimited classes. Brickhous Cardio Club, 311 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, 443-0061. brickhousecardio.com

Nov. 14

A Polynsian Luau Night an evening of great entertainment and food featuring fire dancers, wonderful Luau buffet, wine, beer and soft drinks. $50 per person and all proceeds will be benefiting the many local charitable projects that are sponsored by Rotary. 6-10:30 p.m. Cape Coral Yacht Club, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral, 357-8787.

Artini at John Michaels Diamond and Jewelry Studio Celebrate local artists, music and various community groups at John Michaels Diamond and Jewelry Studio’s Monthly ARTini events. Sip complimentary specialty martini’s and light snacks while mingling with some of the area’s best Artists. Also support local groups and organizations trying to make a difference in the community. 5-7 p.m. the second Friday of the month. John Michaels Diamond and Jewelry Studio, 1331 Cape Coral Parkway E, Cape Coral, 549-2099. johnmichaelsrocks.com

Club Gravity Teen Night Dance (11-14) Zombie Fest Prepare for the Zombie apocalypse with a night of screams ghouls and Zombies Galore. Dance with the walking dead and enjoy cool prizes too. 7-9:45 p.m. $5, $6 VIP. William Bill Austen Youth Center, 315 S.W. 2nd Ave., Cape Coral. 242-3950.

Container Gardening Learn the secrets of how to successfully grow plants in containers. Plus, get ideas for unique and interesting containers to use and how to plant for a colorful garden design or for food. (16+ years). 11 a.m.- noon. $10-$15. Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral. 549-4606. CapeParks.com

Dolphin Sunset Cruise Our destination is a meeting with the sun as it majestically sets, painting the sky with beautiful pastel colors. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the dolphins and the magnificent skyscrapes. $30. Banana Bay Tour Company, 5781 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral, 728-8687. BananaBayTourCompany.com

Free Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House Tour every Monday, Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are not required. Courtesy of the Friends of Wildlife. Donations accepted. Call 549-4606, email rotaryparkinfor@capecoral.net or visit capeparks.com for information. Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral.

Friday Morning Dance Jam Put on your dancing shoes and come to hear the sweet sounds of the Lake Kennedy Band every Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. $3. Lake Kennedy Senior Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, 574-0575.

Friday Night BINGO Participants will get a chance to win prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants. Light refreshments which tie into the theme will be provided each night.$100 for 10 games (each game will play 3 bingo cards). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tony Rotino Senior Center, 5817 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, 574-0807.

Homes Harbour Nature Cruise View the Multi – Million dollar estates and luxury yachts as we leisurely cruise the waterways that surround Cape Coral. On this tour you are sure to see some elaborate landscaping and the homes of many snowbirds. Occasionally we may even see a Manatee during the cruise. $30. Banana Bay Tour Company, 5781 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral, 728-8687. BananaBayTourCompany.com

Pet Coral Poolside Yappy Hour bring a chair and your dog. All dogs must be spayed/neutered and proof of vaccines. This is a off leash dog park environment, social dogs only. Refreshments served. 6:30-8 p.m. Pet Coral Resort and Veterinary, 924 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral, 673-8453. petcoral.com

The Sounds of Lake Kennedy Choral Group Join the Sounds of Lake Kennedy, where you can lift every voice and sing. As a group, we will make harmony come alive. Instructor: Sandra Dral. For information and to sign up call Sandy at 573-7731. 1-3 p.m. Lake Kennedy Senior Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral

Nov. 15

22nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair Please join us in the St. Andrew Parish Hall Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Excellent craft vendors, raffle prizes from local restaurants and businesses, 50/50 drawing, homemade baked goods, breakfast/lunch/ snack foods/beverages, as well as DJ music and entertainment. Saint Andrew Catholic School, 1509 SE 27th St, Cape Coral, 772-3922.

AARP Driver Safety Program Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., 282-0863. $20. $15 for AARP members.

Adult Learn to Row Looking for great exercise, and outdoor fun? Rowing is an exciting, social, way to get in shape. The Caloosa Coast Rowing Club offers beginners lessons for adults age 19 and up. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $160. The Marina at Cape Harbour, 5828 Cape Harbour Drive Suite 200, Cape Coral, 699-7800. caloosacoastrowingclub.com

Cape Coral Farmers’ Market Fresh local produce, Gulf-fresh seafood, baked goods, native plants and trees, crafts, jewelry, and live music by Dave Lapio, John Friday and Yard Dog Charlie. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May 9. Authorized EBT/SNAP. Cape Coral Farmer’s Market, SE 47th Terrace and SE 10th Place, Club Square, Cape Coral. 549-6900. capecoralfarmersmarket.com

Cape Coral Quilters Guild Meets every Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and welcomes those interested in quilting. For details, call or email Dianne Zinszer at 220-4555, dezinszer@yahoo.com or go to capecoralquiltquild.com. The group accepts fabric donations to be used in charity quilts. Annual dues $25. Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral.

Ecological Dolphin Lunch Cruise Experience our wild Dolphins, Osprey, Egrets, the occasional view of an endangered species and many other types of Floridian wildlife. Then stop at Picnic Island to have lunch, swim, collect shells and enjoy the sunshine halfway through the cruise. $56. Banana Bay Tour Company, 5781 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral, 728-8687. BananaBayTourCompany.com

Ending Hunger in 239 This fundraiser is to benefit the Love and Light Ministries Food Distribution Center. Featuring a car wash, vendors, raffle prizes, entertainment and a BBQ plate lunch for donations. Please come join us in effort to help better the community. 1-4 p.m. N F M Fraternal Order Orioles, 13290 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, 810-5517.

Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Meeting Guest speaker, author of “Through My Angels’ Eyes” and What a Difference a Day Makes”, local author Elizabeth Olancin. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and snacks. Event is free and open to the public. Cape Coral Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, 533-4500.

Movie Night Come and enjoy a day of skateboard fun, Movie starts at 7. General admission prices apply. $3 members, $6 nonmembers. Eagle Skate Park, 315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral, 573-0206.

Nature of Cape Coral Bus Tour Join a knowledgeable guide on this unique bus tour to see the real nature of Cape Coral. Possible sightings include: burrowing owls, manatees, osprey, eagles, scrub jays, hawks and a variety of shore song birds. Limited seats available; advance registration is required. 8 a.m.- noon. $15-$23. Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral. 549-4606. CapeParks.com

Saturday Adventure Camp Participants will enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, guest speakers, field trips, and more. Children will be provided with two snacks but need to pack a lunch. This program is for children ages 5-14 and is $19 dollars for the day. The program runs 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 242-3950. Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center, 315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral. CapeParks.com

Six Lakes Country Club Fine Arts and Crafts Fair Six Lakes has combined the Fine Arts Show and annual Arts and Crafts Fair into one experience. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Six Lakes Country Club, 9151 Littleton Road, North Fort Myers, 656-6911.

Veterans Park Car Show Craft Bazaar The show is free for all spectators. All proceeds from registration fees will support the Emergency Fund for those in our community who are in need. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Cape Coral First United Methodist Church, the show will also include a craft bazaar which will be held in the Social Hall. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park, Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral. 542-4051. capecoralfirst.org

Wreaths Across America Fundraiser Provide a wreath for all of our veterans. 150th year Celebration of Arlington National Cemetery. Entertainment, food, raffles, ‘Pop a Balloon” auction. Grand Prize: two tickets from JetBlue. Proceeds go to Fort Myers Memorial Cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery and Military Museum. noon-5 p.m. $20. Southwest Florida Military Museum, 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral. 634-1117.

Nov. 16

Sunday Brunch Piano and vocals for Sunday brunch with Michael Moore-Kelly, open to the public. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Herons Glen Golf and Country Club, 2250 Avenida Del Vera, North Fort Myers, 731-4545.

Minnesota and Friends Social Club The Club will hold its first potluck dinner meeting of the season Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 2911 Del Prado Blvd. S. Cape Coral. Guest Speaker for the program will be Kathleen Smith, Public Defender. Bring a dish to pass, your own place setting and beverage. $4 per person. For further information call Sandy Abeler 239-945-3745.

Sunday Jam Session with the “Rhythm Kings” consisting of the best professional musicians and singers like in Southwest Florida performing live blues, jazz, country and everything in between. 6-9 p.m. Cape Coral Italian American Club, 4725 Vincennes Blvd., Cape Coral, 542-6515. capecoralitalianamericanclub.com

Nov. 17

Fletchers Farmers Market Fresh local produce, local vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays. Fletchers Farmers Market, 627 Cape Coral Parkway W, Cape Coral, 542-7878. fletchersgrille.com

NAMI Connection Support Group free, confidential and safe support groups for adult individuals living with a mental illness. 6-7:30 p.m. United Way Cape Coral, 1105 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 337-9024. namilee.org

Nar-Anon meetings If you have a loved one with an addiction, Nar-Anon meetings will help you cope. 7:30 p.m. Mondays. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, 940-2615.

Vietnam Veterans of America 594 Meet All veterans are welcome. They meet on the third Monday of the month. 7 p.m. VFW Post 8463, 4709 S.E. 11th Place, Cape Coral. 220-2369.

Nov. 18

“Wine Tasting Party” Appetizers and tapas are professionally catered and expertly paired with the wines of the evening. Take in the sunset view overlooking the Marina at Cape Harbour, socialize with other enthusiastic wine lovers and savor delicious and unique wines sure to please your palette. RSVP 540-1557. 5:30-8 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month. Waterside Wine Club, 5785 Cape Harbour Drive, Unit 203, Cape Coral, capeharbour.com

AARP Driver Safety Program Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 2691 NE Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, 463 0263. $20. $15 for AARP members.

American Merchant Marine Meet Southwest Florida Chapter meets every third Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. except July and August. For details, call Harold MacMillan 728-3169 or Mary Hodges at 543-4072. Gulf Coast Village, 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, 728-3169.

Cape Coral Nature Parks Badge Programs These programs will teach you everything about the nature and history of each park, while exploring the park with a naturalist on foot or by kayak. At the end of the program you will receive a badge for the park or preserve. Must be able to hike or paddle for a minimum of two hours. Wear sunscreen, appropriate clothing and footwear and bring bottled water. Advance registration is required. Rotary Park: Nov. 18; Eco Preserve: Dec. 9. 9 a.m.-noon. $15-$23. Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral. 549-4606. CapeParks.com

FAZZ LIVE with Frank Linda Get your midweek pick-me-up with FAZZ Live performing your favorite tunes from classic to contemporary. Great Dinner Specials, cool drinks and hot music. 7-10 p.m. Victory Lane Cafe, 4120 Hancock Bridge Parkway, North Fort Myers, 995-0340.

Korean War Veterans Luncheon Every Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All other veterans are welcome. The luncheon is free and donations are appreciated. 541-8704. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation, 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral

NAMI 2 Problems 1 Person Support Group A weekly adult (18 over) support group for individuals with a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, are items used to describe when a person has both a mental illness or mood disorder and a problem with substance abuse or addiction. A person who has a dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each illness has it’s own issues to address. Our 2P/1P group provide a welcoming, confidential setting where individuals can feel comfortable to discussing issues of dual recovery and feel accepted and understood by others who have shared common experiences. 6-7:30 p.m. Street Chick in Recovery Studio, 735 NE 19th Place Unit 1, Cape Coral. 337-9024. namilee.org

Surfside Sunset Market indoor shopping from May to November, outside November thru April. Fresh, healthy and local produce bakery items, Micro-greens, handcrafted soaps and lotions, local honey, jams and jellies and more. 3-8 p.m. Tuesdays. The Shops at Surfside, 2354 Surfside Blvd, Cape Coral, 549-6900 x 101.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Meets Welcomes our combat wounded veterans of Southwest Florida to meet at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Lunch will follow. For details, call Jack Wagner at 826-6062. Invest In America Veterans, 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, 826-6062.

Yoga/Body Sculpt Great for all levels. Tuesday will be a Vinyasa yoga-flow class focus on sculpting your buns and thighs while flattening your belly. Bring a yoga mat, towel or block and water. Please register in advance. The fee for any guests, walk-ins or try-outs is $8 per class and is contingent on class size limits. (18+ years). 10-11 a.m. $30-$45. Rotary Park Environmental Center, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral. 549-4606. CapeParks.com

Nov. 19

A Place For Prayer Come and pray with us in the Church Community Room in a casual setting of ordinary people seeking our extraordinary Lord. We sing songs of praise, have a short devotional thought, and have a variety of large and small group prayer activities, including time for special focused prayers of blessing. 7-8:30 p.m. Adventist Church Auditorium, 1813 Eldorado Parkway West, Cape Coral, 540-1290.

Diva Duck Amphibious Tour and Palm Beach County Historical Museum Join the Kennedy Cruisers as we head to West Palm Beach to experience south Florida’s exciting and adventurous 75 minute amphibious tour, over land and sea in beautiful West Palm Beach. Enjoy a Dutch treat delicious lunch at the fabulous Cheesecake Factory. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a 90 minute guided tour at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Historical Museum. 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $48 members, $53 nonmembers. Lake Kennedy Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, 574-0575.

Harney Point Kiwanis Weekly Meeting Lunch meeting 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Kiwanis is an International organization. We serve and volunteer together to change children’s lives. Club Major service project: Sponsored Youth programs and College scholarships. Club Minor service project: Atlas books for 4th graders. International service project: Eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Italian-American Club, 4725 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral, 728-1031.

NAMI 2 Problems 1 Person Support Group 2P/1P is a weekly adult (18 over) support group for individuals with a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, are terms used to describe when a person has both a mental illness or mood disorder and a problem with substance abuse or addiction. A person who has a dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each illness has it’s own issues to address. Our 2P/1P group provide a welcoming, confidential setting where individuals can feel comfortable to discussing issues of dual recovery and feel accepted and understood by others who have shared common experiences. 2-3 p.m. United Way Cape Coral, 1105 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral. 337-9024.

Nar-Anon meetings If you have a loved one with an addiction, Nar-Anon meetings will help you cope. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Nar-Anon Meetings, 814 SE 46 Lane, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

Rotary Club of Cape Coral Weekly Breakfast Meeting Worldwide organization of business and professional people meet from 7:30-9 a.m. every Wednesday for breakfast, guest speakers and discussions, $10. Currently accepting membership applications. The public is invited to join a meeting to “see what Rotary is all about.” La Venezia Ballroom located at 4646 SE 11th Place, Cape Coral. 898-9725, www.capecoralrotary.com.

Trivia This is a great night of trivia, 6 rounds 10 questions each. Prizes, pub grub, great drinks and tons of fun. Teams can have a maximum of 8 people. 7-9 p.m. Dublin Ale House Irish Pub, 1708 Cape Coral Parkway W., Cape Coral, 541-2663. Dublinalehousepub.com

USA Dance $6 Merengue Dance Classes Latin dance. Style, patterns by instructor, Greg Kurth. No partner needed and no contracts. 7-9 p.m. Four Freedoms Park, 4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral. 565-7947. usadance6049.org

Wacky Wednesdays Dance Jam Enjoy an afternoon filled with music and dancing with DJ Juke Box Hero! Host Chris Cammarota-the Juke Box Hero, has been a popular DJ in the Southwest Florida community for many years. Every Wednesday afternoon, he will be playing all of your favorite hits. His sound library contains a variety of music featuring the classics from the Big Band Era into Hit Parade, Rock and Roll, Oldies, Classic Rock of the 70’s into new wave of the 80’s, including vocals and dance. There will be trivia games with giveaways, line dancing and more! BYOB and free coffee! 2-5 p.m. $3 per person. Lake Kennedy Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, 574-0575.

Article source: http://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/cape-coral/2014/11/14/cape-coral-things/19023621/

Kelseyville High School FFA looks to future of barn

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KELSEYVILLE GT;GT; The Kelseyville Unified School District’s (KUSD) Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are looking into the future — the near future — for their dream of an on-campus barn to be realized; with good weather, a roughly 50-by-50 foot modular barn will be standing on KUSD property before the end of February and serve the high school’s agriculture department in a wide variety of ways.

While the high school has managed without since its ag program was started in the late 1970s, the barn will provide a central location for students’ animals and is expected to expand the 230-student FFA program’s capacity for teaching.

A primary function of the barn will be housing the animals of students who participate in the annual Lake County Fair but don’t have property to raise livestock at their homes. Up until now, a dozen or so families have graciously housed those students’ fair animals during the summer, but students have to make twice daily visits to those properties to attend to their swine, beef, goats or sheep. With the convenience of the barn will come a decrease in liability and cost for those property owners.

Ag advisor of 27-years, Donelle McCallister, has been responsible for making visits to each property to provide instruction to students. Her daughter, Mary McCallister, who is also an FFA member of four years and senior at KHS, gives testament to the amount of work those site visits have required. From April through August, Donelle assembles a five-student team every other week to visit each property and weigh the students’ animals, Mary describes. The scale alone causes backaches, taking four people to lift.

“It’s quite an adventure,” Donelle said.

But with a central location for the fair animals, Donelle and Mary are eager to open the barn doors to more students who want to participate in the summer program.

Another benefit of the barn will be an increase in hands-on learning for FFA students year round. The plan is to start out small in the first year, raising chickens and perhaps a few piglets, then move up to raising larger animals that can be sold or shown at the fair, Donelle said.

“When we had a smaller program, we were able to take field trips to local farms and other places,” Donelle said. “But with our larger program, the barn will allow kids to get hands-on experience, get beginning practice with veterinary skills and learn how to work around animals safety.”

In addition to teaching ag science and ag biology, Donelle also heads the floriculture and horticulture classes at the high school and the barn will provide just as many learning opportunities for the young gardeners. Landscaping the area around the barn and planting fruit trees will be those students’ responsibility.

The idea for an FFA barn on school campus has been a dream for a while. Jared Smith, a three-year FFA member and junior at Kelseyville High School (KHS), said he’s been pushing for a barn ever since he started taking ag classes. But it’s only been within the last year that the district came into some money that could be appropriated for funding it; several donations from community members prompted the board to seriously consider building the barn and it subsequently set aside some of the district’s funds for its construction, according to KUSD Superintendent Dave McQueen.

“It’s time has come and we’re ready for it,” McQueen said.

With some research, the barn has been planned to allow for both versatility and expansion in the future. Donelle took time to survey a few local barns for ideas, suggestions were pulled from the FFA students and a committee got together to work on the designs. After getting the green light on blueprints, KUSD director of maintenance Kyle Reams started heading the construction as project manager.

The current plans lay out 28 small stalls that can be expanded for larger livestock, a wash room with multiple stalls, a tack pen and a feed room. Gravel, dirt and cement ground surfaces will be specified for the needs of each area. Ten-feet-wide, roll-up doors on either end of the barn will allow students to easily move livestock in and out of the barn, and vented wire surrounding the barn will provide fresh air flow or can be blocked off in the colder months.

For now, the ground has been prepped for the barn’s foundation, a fence has been constructed around the plot and materials, which were ordered based on their prices from Middletown and around the country, are expected to be shipped in Dec. 15. A Santa Rosa-based company won the low bid for the construction and will start bolting the barn together when the materials arrive.

Eventually, water and electricity will be hooked up and the barn will open its stalls.

“This is a project we’re going to expand on as the program’s needs grow also,” Reams said.

In Kelseyville, where vineyards and orchards dominate the landscape, the addition to the school’s agriculture program is highly relevant to the students’ future.

“What’s neat about this whole program is that it really ties into the whole Kelseyville community of agriculture and farming,” McQueen said. “We have such a great tradition here with our ag department and its relationship with farmers and ranchers.”

“I’m very proud of my community and school, which continue to support career technical classes; we have such a proactive board and staff, the kids are really lucky,” Donelle said.

Article source: http://www.record-bee.com/news/ci_26938022/kelseyville-high-school-ffa-looks-future-barn

Bonnie Hauser: Bring economic development and affordable housing to Efland

Chapel Hill

Realtors ‘Fix-A-Home’ for Northside mom and kids

Article source: http://www.chapelhillnews.com/2014/11/14/4320717/bonnie-hauser-bring-economic-development.html

Discover Oklahoma shows us which restaurant is serving up some great food

OKLAHOMA – It’s the time of year when we transition into winter time fun.

Friday, Dino Lalli from Discover Oklahoma stopped by to talk with us about some great Oklahoma attractions.

Dino let us know the Devon Ice Rink opens Friday for families to enjoy this winter season.

The ice rink is set up at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

It costs $12 per person with skates and $8 for those who bring their own skates.

Dino says the proceeds go to a good cause, supporting cost of landscaping the Gardens.

He also let us know about an Oklahoma restaurant that serves a great steak.

Dino says this steak is worth the drive to Woodward.

Dan Parsons, owner of Big Dan’s Steakhouse, serves some of the best food around.

Many days you will find Dan in the kitchen, grilling choice, hand cut steaks.

He also says they have some excellent hamburgers.

“Our hamburgers. People say we have the best hamburgers in town. Like I say, we cut our own steaks, so our hamburger`s really the ribeye, strip, fillet. We grind it and patty it down ourselves. So it`s really good meat in the hamburger. And then we grill them back there. Our t-bones are very good. We have the 16-ounce ribeye out front. It`s certified black Angus. I mean it is just unbelievable,” he said.

Learn more about this restaurant and other Oklahoma attractions this Saturday on Discover Oklahoma.

Watch Discover Oklahoma this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on KFOR.

Article source: http://kfor.com/2014/11/14/discover-oklahoma-shows-us-which-restaurant-is-serving-up-some-great-food/

For Pleasant Hill Residents: Where To Get Free Recycled Water

Pleasant Hill residents can now get free recycled water from Central Contra Costa Sanitary District to be used for hand-watering lawns, gardens and landscaping, including plants such as fruit trees, vegetables and herbs, to help save drinking water supplies. Produce should be washed with drinking water prior to consumption.

How to get free recycled water:

  1. Before picking up water for the first time, complete a Residential Recycled Water Use Application/Agreement and receive training on the proper use of recycled water. Applications can be downloaded from
    www.centralsan.org/recycledwater or obtained at the facility.
  2. Visit the water station at 4797 Imhoff Place, Martinez. Hours are Mondaythrough Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  3. Bring containers, which must be a minimum size of one gallon, have water-tight lids, and be secured for safe transport.
  4. The maximum fill per trip is 300 gallons. There is no limit on number of trips.
  5. Please note: Water is heavy! Ten gallons weighs more than 80 pounds; 100 gallons weighs more than 800 pounds. When driving vehicles with such heavy loads, be sure to allow for additional stopping distance.

Central San, which collects and treats wastewater for more than 470,000 customers in central Contra Costa County, produces approximately 600 million gallons of recycled water each year.

For more information about the residential recycled water fill station, call 1-800-646-1431.

Article source: http://patch.com/california/pleasanthill/pleasant-hill-residents-where-get-free-recycled-water